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Volume 98 | Issue 54

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Denton cleans up chem spill ISAAC WRIGHT

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an economic development program grant agreement back in August. “Working together makes a more successful project,” Pierce said. “The city understands that retail is a key aspect of the city and you don’t want to fall back.”

The city of Denton is still in the process of cleaning a chemical spill that occurred at the Lake Ray Roberts Water Treatment plant in August, but city officials have said the cleaning should be finished later this week. During a pipe repair at the water treatment plant, sodium hydroxide, a chemical used to manipulate the pH levels of water to lower acidity, was spilled into the soil around the facility. On Nov. 15, the city approved $250,000 to hire an outside firm to remove and dispose of the contaminated soil. John Cabrales, spokesman for the city of Denton, said Nov. 18 that the spill cleanup is expected to be completed late this week. The spill is limited in scope and did not affect any of the drinking water treated at the facility, Cabrales said. “The spill was limited to the soil around the water treatment facility,” he said. Follow ing t he incident, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality was notified through a complaint. The TCEQ is currently overseeing cleanup efforts.

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People walk and window shop at Golden Triangle Mall. The mall is under new management, GTM Development, who plans to redesign the entrances, exterior and storefronts within the building.

New owners bring change to Golden Triangle NICOLE BALDERAS Senior Staff Writer

Redevelopment of Denton’s Golden Triangle Mall is set to begin in early 2012, followed by a grand reopening in the fall. Plans for the 765,000-squarefoot shopping center include a new food court, new exterior, additional retail space, new floors, as well as indoor

and outdoor landscaping. The property was signed over to GTM Development Ltd. Nov. 16 in a partnership created by The MGHerring Group and Cencor Realty Services, said Ian Pierce, director of corporate communications for the Weitzman Group and Cencor Realty Services. “At this point we engaged an architect, we have preliminary

plans, and now we’re finalizing plans with the architect,” said Jim Greenfield, senior vice president director of property management for Cencor Realty. An exact date for construction has not yet been set, but it is expected to commence in January or early February, Greenfield said. “Once we know the time

table [for construction], we will then work with the retailers and let them know, and we’ll be publishing the schedule to inform people of what’s going on,” Greenfield said. “There may be certain portions of the mall blocked off at times, but it will not be closed off completely.” The project is backed by city of Denton officials who signed

Virus affects unseasonably high number of children R EBECCA RYAN Staff Writer

North Texas doctors are seeing an unseasonably high number of toddlers being affected by the virus known as hand, foot and mouth disease. The disease is a common viral illness that typically affects

infants and children younger than 5 years old, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Linda Ball, a family practice specialist with UNT’s Health Science Center, said the virus is seasonally cyclical, meaning it only manifests itself in specific months.

Warmer temperatures and higher humidity provide a more favorable climate for the virus to survive in, and therefore warmer fall temperatures w ill bring about a higher number of cases, Ball said.

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Communication studies senior Mie Williams asks two participants questions from his jeopardy for violence game at the 2011 Gender Fair. He said he was surprised that many people did not know a lot of the answers about gender, violence and rape.


This winter break, College Inn and Mozart Square Hall will remain open to house students staying in town during the holidays. Both residence halls offer sessions consisting of two seven-day sessions, one 12-day session, or a full winter intersession stay for 26 days over the break. Although College Inn is open to all students, Mozart is open only to those currently living in the residence hall.

Dorms offer winter break housing A LEX M ACON

Senior Staff Writer After what promises to be a grueling finals week for many students, the fall semester ends and a monthlong winter break begins. As bleary-eyed students get as far away from the library as possible and on-campus residents pack up to head

home for the holiday, UNT is set to become something of a ghost campus for much of the break. Amanda Gates, assignments and accounts representatives for UNT Housing, said while most dorms will be closed, students who choose to remain on campus can pay $390 to stay at College Inn.

Residents of Mozart Hall, who Gates said are mostly upperclassmen and athletes, are also given the option of sticking out the winter hiatus at UNT. About 20 students usually stay at College Inn, sometimes less, she said.

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Gender fair educates UNT community about issues RYNE GANNOE Intern

Upon entering the One O’Clock Lounge Tuesday, students, faculty and staff were welcomed by the Gender Fair 2011 display. T he Depa r t ment of Communication Studies hosted Gender Fair 2011 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to inform the UNT community about multiple gender-related issues. The fair included a variety of booths and games focused on educating visitors. Suzanne Enck-Wanzer of the

communications faculty sponsored the event and said she hopes those who visit the fair will walk away with an appreciation that gender is a complicated subject. “I think it’s important for the community to understand how we communicate and miscommunicate gender,” she said. The students from EnckWa n z e r ’s G e n d e r a n d Communication class, along with other volunteers, created the booths. “It’s not just black and white like people think it is; it isn’t,” she

said. “People need to be more open [to] their intersection.” Enck-Wanzer said she hopes events like the fair will bring a richer understanding of the issues and better interaction among the community. The topics discussed at the fair ranged from feminism and masculinity to gender and violence. Volu nteers pa ssed out brochures and hosted a variety of games like Gender Fair Jeopardy and Who is a Feminist.

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“It seems like there’s a peak now because it usually presents itself in the spring, summer and fall months,” Ball said. “It generally goes away in the colder months. We don’t really know if it’s because it’s warmer that we’re seeing more cases, but we can assume so.” The virus is transferred through contact, saliva and mucus, said Robert Nichols of the family medicine department at UNT’s Health Science Center. To stop the spread, adults must wash their hands properly before and after changing diapers and handling food. “It can also be in the stool of infected people, which is why it is so prevalent in day cares,” Nichols said. Symptoms of HFM include fever, sore throat, loss of appetite and a red, irritating rash in the mouth and on the hands and feet. “It’s a relatively mild-tomoderate viral infection that


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Game winners received prizes, including chocolates in the shape of sex organs. Mie Williams, a communications senior, handed out the genitalia-shaped candies and invited all who passed by the display to visit the booths. Jerra Rivers, a psychology sophomore, said she thought the

is mainly seen in children under 10 years old,” Nichols said. “That’s why it’s typically seen in nurseries and school settings.” Nichols said at this point, there is no cure for the virus, and the best thing for parents to do is give infected children ibuprofen (not aspirin) and make sure they are well hydrated. “The rash develops a few days after the child experiences a loss of appetite and slight fever,” Nichols said. “The symptoms should go away within seven to 10 days.” The UNT Child Development Laborator y ser ves as a preschool for children ages 3 to 6. Ally Rubenzer, a student office assistant at the laboratory, said classrooms are cleaned daily to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria. “I wipe the door knobs try to help clean up as much as I can,” she said. “The teachers disinfect the classrooms and tables every day. At night, the janitors come in and vacuum the floors and everything ends up getting cleaned.”

Gender Fair was a creative way to teach people about gender. “I think it’s a great way to educate people on gender roles and equality,” Rivers said. Matt Curtis, a general studies senior and Gender and Communication class member, said the purpose of the gender fair is educational. “This is a huge informational [event] about gender, feminism and masculinity, male and female, gender versus sex,” he said.

Correction The phrasing in the lead sentence of Tuesday’s story “Group opposes Occupiers” unintentionally mischaracterizes local law enforcement’s response to the Occupy Denton protest. The sentence reads, “The Occupy Denton movement is under fire again, but it’s not the police leading the charge this time.” To the Daily’s knowledge, law enforcement has been cooperative and respectful of the Denton protesters since their campus occupation began and has not done any “charging” against the protest. We regret that this poorly worded sentence reflects otherwise.

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After reconstruction of the property has commenced, a monthly assessment of sales tax revenue will take place and be compared to the 2010 monthly average of $95,000. “If they exceed the 2010 monthly average, they will be given 50 percent of their

increase in profits,” Ratliff said. The mall’s former owner, Feld ma n Ma l l Proper t ies, went bankrupt in 2007, and unt i l its recent purchase, the mall had been owned by JPMorgan Chase & Co., Ratliff said.



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Lisa Wheeler, public affairs officer of the TCEQ, is investigating whether the city notified the commission of the spill in a timely manner. T he i nvest igat ion is ongoing, Wheeler said, and t he TCEQ w i l l release its report next week. W heeler was not able to

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The Lake Ray Roberts Water Treatment Plant is dealing with a chemical spill where sodium hydroxide seeped into the soil in August.

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the mall, said Linda Ratliff, director of economic development for the city of Denton. The company has an estimated $40 million to spend on the mall, including the purchase price, which w ill be submitted to t he cit y’s economic development sector.

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“We do have several international students who stay, but also out-of-state students or people who have work,” Gates said.

this could lead to the death of organisms in the soil. “If the spill was larger than what they’re saying, or if it occurred over a long period of time, it will tear up any tissue in the soil,” he said. “If it was something going on for a long time, it could sterilize the soil.” This is the first spill ever repor ted at t he La ke Ray Rober t s Water Treat ment plant, which has been in operation since 2003.

address what penalties the cit y or t he pla nt may be subject to under the guidelines. “Our final report has not been issued yet,” W heeler said. “[TCEQ guidelines for spills] might not apply now, depending on t he t y pe of compa ny a nd t he k ind of media involved.” Thomas La Point of t he biolog y f ac u lt y s a id t he chemical does have corrosive properties; however, if the

spill is small and contained, it is unlikely there w ill be any serious environmental damage to the land around the plant or the surrounding area. “From what the cit y has said, I don’t think it will affect too much,” he said. La Point said there could be a danger to the land quality a rou nd t he faci lit y if t he chemical was spilled in a large quantity or if it happened over a long period of time. He said

Michel le Del lis, genera l m a n a g e r o f Vo e r t m a n’s Bookstore, said in the 16 years she has worked there, UNT’s winter break typically means slow business for the store. Yet in the last five years or so, Dellis said she has noticed a change. “It ’s not qu ite a s dead

“I really am tired of walking as it used to be,” she said. “[Denton’s] not quite such down hallways with doors,” a sleepy little college town Sellers said. A few st udent s stay i ng anymore.” She sa id she isn’t su re in town said they enjoy the exact ly what has changed, slightly slower pace of life but brought up a few factors, over the holiday. Me g h a n G on z a le z , a n i nc lud i n g a l a r ger U N T s t u d e nt p opu l a t ion a nd applied technolog y sophoan increase in off-campus more, said she plans to work at the Love Shack on Hickory housing. Dellis said the break tends St reet whi le school is out to f ly by, and Voertman’s is a nd is look ing for wa rd to a lready preparing for next less traffic and a chance to recuperate after a long four semester. “We’ve just gone through months. “With everybody vacating buy-back,” she said. “Now we just have to put stuff back on tow n, it should be k ind of nice,” Gonzalez said. “Not so the shelves.” With UNT’s winter break much to worry about.” UNT employees’ holiday not too far on the horizon, severa l UNT st udents a re break runs from Dec. 23 to already looking past finals Dec. 30, when the university to a month free of academic is officially closed. C ha rl ie Jack son, a ssi sworries. Steven Sel lers, a music tant vice president for UNT freshman who lives in Kerr Facilities, said the departHall, said he plans to go home ment is currently planning to San Antonio to prepare for several on-campus construcnext semester and play folk tion and renovation projects The with UNT announ to beginAccommodation while students are music hisOffice father. of Disability hours for Fall 2011. Drop by with any questions, Mond He said he w ill miss his out of class. from 2-3 pm. No appointment necessary. First come, first s He said the projects could friends in Denton but is glad Office of Disability Accommodation into January, but specifics to get a mont h away from run University Union, Suite 321 (940) 565-4323 yet to be decided. dorms and classrooms.

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The quilt “One Tree” is one of many pieces Naomi Adams has made over the past 14 years. Adams uses mainly cotton and dyes some of the fabric herself.

UNT quilter honored among state’s craftiest Holly H arvey Staff Writer

For Naomi Adams, quilts are more than just something to keep warm with; they’re art. In the last 14 years, the fibers graduate student has featured quilts in various quilting publications and shown her quilts in festivals all over the United States. She is featured in the book “Lone Stars III: A Legacy of Texas Quilts,” which showcases memorable Texas quilts from the last 25 years. “I’m not just making quilts,” Adams said. “I’m cutting them up and making them into sculptures and playing with their form.” Adams specializes in innovative varieties of comforters. She manipulates the material of the quilt to make it appear 3-D or look like text. Her latest quilt, “Greek,” has material imitating text and demonstrates frustration and communication in a relationship, she said. “I like for my quilts to have an innovative use that’s really pushed to the fullest potential,” Adams said. Most of Adams’ quilts are made from cotton, stuffed with batting and hand-dyed. Their size varies. Adams has made about 30 quilts, and an average quilt takes her roughly 250 hours of work. When she first started quilting, it took her nearly 500 hours to make a quilt. Fibers senior Essence Beasley

said quilting is often misunderstood as being crafty when it really requires great skill. “It’s about manipulation of fabrics and it’s really conceptually based,” she said. Adams’ challenge when creating her quilts is weighing the creative against the craft. “There’s a balance between learning the craftsmanship and all the things I need to do it well and the formal aspects of art and conceptual challenges,” she said. Some of the quilts also have a deeper meaning than just art hanging on a wall. Adams’ favorite quilt came out of her experience caring for an Alzheimer’s patient. Making the quilt was therapeutic for Adams and the quilt became part of a traveling Alzheimer show that toured for four years. Not only is Adams a quilter, but she also works with other mediums such as paper, printmaking, bookbinding and silk screening. She will graduate in May and hopes to continue quilting along with her other artistic endeavors. W hat she l i kes most about quilting is making the everyday object into something different. “I started out making functional items that were meant to be used and really quickly I became interested in quilts that could be used as art on the wall,” she said.

Behind the glamour of the UNT College of Music lurks reality: Only about 1 in 6 hopeful students make the cut after an audition, interview and tests to study in the prestigious college. “I didn’t even apply anywhere else,” said Eric Wolf, a music composition sophomore from Boerne, Texas. “I decided if I didn’t get in the first year I would try again the next. If that didn’t work, I’d switch to business.” While the process means some students apply multiple times or never make the program, the selection has lead the College of Music to an impressive list of alumni and accolades. “Our best students often leave here and go on to head up music education programs in schools all over the country and have excellent programs because they’ve been trained as good teachers and good musicians,” said John Scott, associate dean of admissions and professor of clarinet. The process starts Dec. 1 when UNT’s general applications are due. The next step is the audition. At this point in the application process, generally only 1,500 students remain. The rest either did not complete the application or were not accepted to UNT. Auditioning students perform for a panel of at least three judges. “Let’s say a student auditions for tuba; he will come to the studio down here at his audition time and be listened to by three people. It might be Don [Little], who is a tuba professor, someone else on the brass faculty and a doctoral teaching fellow,” Scott said. Students choose their audition pieces from a selection found on the music school’s website, which will tell them whether their instrument has a specific audition piece, a list they can choose from, or simply a requirement to play a piece on the same musical level as a list of pieces. “I was told to be prepared to play three pieces,” Wolf said. “I chose ‘Bach’s Prelude in G Major,’ Bach’s ‘Prelude in C Major,’ and Bach’s ‘Sarabande in G Major.’” Prospective students also have an interview and two tests, one on music theory and one on pitch matching, where students match pitches played on a piano to pitches in their vocal range. Faculty members then

begin the laborious task of eliminating nearly three-fourths of the 1,500 applicants who auditioned to a group of about 400. “Those three days [of auditions] are crazy; we start at 7 a.m. and some sections don’t finish until 7 p.m.,” said Becky Hughes, assistant to the dean in admissions and scholarship services. While the standards are high for any prospective student, different expectations are set for performance students or music education students, for example. You can’t teach music if you don’t know music, Scott said. Music students excel in far more than just music. Last year, seven National Merit students were admitted to the College of Music. For years, the college has had one of the highest entering SAT scores. “Our students get academic scholarships; they’re smart people,” Scott said. “Music people think differently sometimes than other people. Musicians are problem solvers.” As the College of Music continues to grow and become a bigger player in the music scene, more and more students are applying, and they have more talent and experience. Students are choosing UNT for many reasons, but College of Music dean James Scott said he believes it starts with the faculty. “Our audition days are often reported as the best that students ever experience,” he said. “Mostly it is the faculty, though that motivates applicants to choose UNT over schools that offer larger merit scholarships.” “Students are also interested in the quality of our performance opportunities and the possibility of participating in them,” Scott said.

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Music composition sophomore Eric Wolf plays the cello at UNT. He was one of the few students who made it through on his first audition for the music program back in December 2009.

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Mean Green Spring Sports Preview Balanced team enters spring season with confidence Softball BRETT MEDEIROS Staff Writer

After posting an 8-0 record in the fall season with highlight victories against Texas A&M and Sam Houston State, the UNT softball team has shifted its focus to the spring. The Mean Green will take on a difficult nonconference schedule this spring, as it will face No. 9 Baylor twice, No. 10 Oklahoma twice, No. 15 Oklahoma State, No. 20 Houston and number No. 31 Texas Tech. “You can certainly get an idea about how good you’re going to be facing that kind of competition early,” head coach T.J. Hubbard said. “It can also really help show you what you need to be working on.” UNT may also deal with

conference foe No. 34 LouisianaLafayette up to three times– the teams meet twice in the reuglar season and could face off in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. With a tough schedule ahead and a very successful fall season, the Mean Green can’t afford to lose a step during the twomonth break between fall and spring. “We worked hard all fall and I expect for us to work harder in the spring once we get back,” freshman infielder Danielle Hoff said. “I’m going to do everything I can do to maintain the shape that I’ve gotten in.” If there is anything the Mean Green can focus on during the break, it’s consistent offensive production. UNT scored more than 10 runs in multiple games this fall, but against tougher opponents runs will be harder to come by. “We’ve always been a team that plays better when we’re against the nationally ranked schools,” senior infielder Lisa Johnson said. “Our expectations are still up there and I think



we’ll surprise a lot of people this year.” Expect breakout performances from Hoff and sophomore Brooke Foster, two infielders who add stout defense to the right side of the Mean Green infield and power in the middle of the lineup. Sophomore pitcher Ashley Kirk should emerge as a true ace for UNT after a strong freshman season and equally strong fall stint. The Mean Green will have a more balanced team than last season and has a great chance of breaking the .500 mark following last year’s 22-30 performance. The team returns to the diamond Feb. 10 for its first regular season game against OSU in the University of Houston Tournament.

Mean Green to receive big boost from Mitchell Men’s Basketball BOBBY LEWIS

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Freshman diver Bobbi Bliss practices on Nov. 21. The Mean Green will face a difficult spring schedule after the winter break, with meets against TCU, UALR and Texas A&M.

UNT awaits critical spring meets Swimming RYNE GANNOE Intern

As it nears the end of the fall semester, the UNT swimming team knows the most challenging part of its schedule still remains. With a meet against local rival TCU and the Sun Belt Conference meet slated for the spring, the Mean Green (3-2) will be tested most after the winter break. Head coach Joe Dykstra said

the meets will be the most important of the season and UNT will begin preparing for them during the break. “The athletes, they still have a climb; our hardest training is between semesters,” Dykstra said. “Once school starts, it’s downhill.” Before competing in the SBC Meet in Februar y, the team will also host conference foe UALR and visit Texas A&M. “It’s kind of like the seventhi n n i n g s t r e t c h ,” s e n i o r Stephanie Bernier said. “We’re almost done, but we have to keep working hard.” Before Dykstra’s time as head coach at UNT, the team was 0-15 against the Horned Frogs. Under Dykstra’s leader-

ship the team has won two of the last three meetings. The Mean Green w ill look to jump into second place in a competition after earning three consecutive third-place finishes. Senior Rosa Gentile said she’s most focused on the Sun Belt meet. “I think we’re the best team we’ve ever been; I’m rea l ly excited,” Gent i le said. Ot her t ha n better ing its conference standings, t he tea m is look ing to take a swimmer to NCAA national meet for the first time in Mean Green history, Dykstra said. The team brought in nine freshmen this year, a move that Dykstra said could be a problem going forward. “Anytime you integrate nine freshmen it’s a third of our team, but in reality it’s been a smooth transition,” he said.

Although the UNT men’s basketball team has struggled to find its identity on offense so far, major help is less than a month away. Freshman for ward Tony Mitchell will join the team Dec. 17 if he passes the last 12 of the required 24 credit hours he needs to pass to become academically eligible. Mitchell is taking those final 12 hours during the fall semester. Mitchell, who ranked as the nation’s second-best forward and the 12th-ranked overall recruit by, originally committed to Missouri out of Pinkston High School in Dallas, but was not certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center because 14 credits weren’t transferrable from his previous high school to Pinkston. UNT assistant coach Shawn Forrest had already recruited Mitchell before he committed to Missouri, so Mitchell enrolled at UNT after his plans to play for the Tigers fell through. Head coach Johnny Jones won’t have to wait much longer before Mitchell joins the rest of his young team, which features six underclassmen. “It says a lot about the program because it gives us credibility as a team that you have someone with his talent and that he was ranked as


Senior forward Kedrick Hogans is confronted by the Longhorn defense during UNT’s 73-57 loss to UT Austin Tuesday night in Austin. high as 12th in the country,” Jones said. “I really think that he can take this program to new heights, even with how successful we’ve been in recent years.” When Mitchell makes his debut w ith UNT (1-3), he will likely see a lot of playing time with fellow freshmen guards Chris Jones and Jordan Williams, who lead the Mean Green in scoring with 16.8 and 12.3 points per game, respectively.

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Mitchell, who averaged 20.5 points during his senior season at Pinkston, will add a dynamic scoring option for a team that should be close to finding its offensive identity by the time the freshman phenom joins it. Mitchell will also offer help in the inside with the big men. The forward averaged 13.2 rebounds per game during his senior season at Pinkston, while UNT has been getting outrebounded by an average of two rebounds per game. W hen Mitchell joins the team, he will make an already big team even taller, as the Mean Green will boast an average height of 6-feet-5.5inches, the tallest team Johnny Jones has had since he joined UNT in 2001. “He just has such a high IQ for the game,” Johnny Jones said of Mitchell. “With that being said, he’s really gifted and really talented. God has given him a special gift and we’re just hopeful that everything comes around so that he can play.” If everything goes according to plan with Mitchell’s eligibility, Mitchell will get his first chance to suit up with the Mean Green in a home game on Sunday, Dec. 18 against Jackson State. UNT students will get their first post-holiday chance to see Mitchell against Huston-Tillotson Wednesday, Jan. 18 at noon in the Super Pit.


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Mean Green heads west for Lobo Invitational Ice Hockey A LLISON ELDRIDGE Intern

The UNT ice hockey team travels to Albuquerque, N.M., today to compete in t he University of New Mexico Rel iable Eng i nes L obo Invitational. The team will take on the

University of New Mexico and Northern Arizona University during the three-day-long tournament. Entering the competition, the Mean Green (17-1) sits fourth in the Western Region of the Division II American College Hockey Association. “It’s good for the team to get out and play some other teams from other places to show

people that not only can we beat the teams in and around our area but others as well,” forward and captain Tyler Fulton said. “It should also help our rankings going forward as we look toward regionals.” Texas Tech and Colorado State Universit y a re a lso competing in the Invitational, but won’t square off against the Mean Green.

Defenseman Martin Burns said the games will help more with the team’s experience than its national ranking. “This [New Mexico] tournament is more to test our skills and play some harder teams,” Burns said. The tournament brings with it the opportunity for the team to gain much needed points and momentum in the race

to the regional tournament in February. Forward and club president Ronnie Kennedy said plenty of preparation is needed before every trip the Mean Green takes. “Everything is funded by the players and they are on their own as far as getting to the games,” he said. “Since this trip is over 10 hours, we pulled

together to get a passenger-andcargo van to make the trip, all funded by us.” The team will close its fall season with games on Dec. 9 and 10 against Dallas Baptist University. The team will hit home ice again in January when it plays Arkansas State. It also holds a spot at a showcase tournament in College Station.

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Kentucky Wildcats guard Darius Miller scored in traffic against Old Dominion during the Hall of Fame Tip-Off. Kentucky defeated Old Dominion 62-52 at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn., on November 20.

Undefeated Wildcats earn top spot in poll Saint Louis, California and Texas A&M. Florida State (5-2) dropped out from 22nd following losses to Harvard and Connecticut in the Battle 4 Atlantis. Arizona (4-2) fell from No. 23 after a home loss to San Diego State.

Missouri had the week’s biggest jump, using easy wins over Notre Dame, California and Binghamton to move from 21st to No. 13. Memphis, which lost to Michigan and Georgetown in the Maui Invitational, had the biggest fall, dropping from No. 8 to 22nd.

Sean Gorman Denton – Starkova spent her f reshma n a nd sophomore yea rs facing Sout heastern Conference competition at A rk a n sa s a nd Serchen ko ea r ned w i ns aga i nst f ive Sun Belt opponents while play ing for McNeese State last season. UNT will start the spring season with four new confident players to complement its core of three seniors who were members of UNT’s 2009 Sun Belt title team. Based on recent results from the fall, that group of new players will thrive in their first season at UNT.

Despite its 69-62 loss to Arizona on Monday, the 4-2 UNT women’s basketball team is off to one of its best starts in years. The Mean Green earned its first 4-1 start since the 2005-2006 season in its 61-43 victory against Texas State on Friday. What was the name of the last Mean Green coach to lead UNT to a 4-1 record to start the season? Hint: The coach’s 19-year stint at UNT came to a close on March 11, 2008. Those who think they know the answer can guess tweet their guesses to the NT Daily Sports Twitter, @ NTDailySports! People who answer correctly will be mentioned in Thursday’s paper.

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AP — Kentucky is back at No. 1 in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll for the first time since the 2009-10 season. Saint Louis is back in the Top 25 for the first time since 1993-94. The Wildcats (6-0) replaced North Carolina, which had been No. 1 since the preseason poll, on Monday, receiving 46 firstplace votes from the 65-member national media panel. The Tar Heels (5-1) dropped to fifth follow ing their 90-80 loss to UNLV in the championship game of the Las Vegas Invitational. Ohio State (6-0) moved up from third to second and had 17 first-place votes, while Duke (7-0), which won the EA Sports Maui Invitational, jumped from sixth to third and had the other two No. 1 votes. Syracuse, North Carolina, Louisville, Baylor, Connecticut, Wisconsin and Florida rounded out the top 10. UNLV (7-0) used the win over North Carolina to move in at 18th. The Runnin’ Rebels were ranked for four weeks last season. Saint Louis (6-0), which beat Boston College, Villanova and Oklahoma to win the 76 Classic, moves in at No. 23, the Billikens’ first time in the poll in almost two decades. “Being nationally ranked is a big deal, but we’re not going to practice any different or play any different,” Saint Louis forward Cody Ellis said. “That’s what’s been keeping us successful.” North Carolina is at Kentucky on Saturday, a matchup that would have had No. 1 facing No. 2. This is Kentucky’s 90th week at No. 1, fourth on the all-time list behind UCLA (134), Duke (122) and North Carolina (108). Before the one-week appearance at No. 1 in 2009-10, the Wildcats’ last time on top of the rankings was the final poll of 2002-03. Xavier moved up one place to 11th and was followed by Alabama, Missouri, Michigan, Kansas, Marquette, Pittsburgh, UNLV, Gonzaga and Vanderbilt. The last five ranked teams were Mississippi State, Memphis,

After a disappointing loss to conference rival Florida International in last year’s Sun Belt Tournament semifinals, the UNT tennis team enters the spring season with a slew of lofty expectations. The Mea n Green w ill depend on four newcomers while tr y ing to achieve those goals, which include winning a conference title and advancing in the NCAA Tournament. “We plan to reach the Top 30 nationally,” associate head coach Jeff Maren said. “In the past, our goal has been to win conference and just to participate in the NCA A Tournament, but we now know we have a team talented enough to be capable of more.” Since first arriv ing in Denton t h is of fsea son,

freshmen Kseniya Bardabush and Franziska Sprinkmeyer and junior transfers Valentina Starkova and Ilona Serchenko have impressed their teammates and coaches on and off the court. “They’ve been good from the beginning and have only gotten better,” Maren said. “If you were to put a United States label on these girls, they’re all blue chippers and five stars.” The freshman duo dominated singles play throughout the fall, combining for an 18-8 record. “The college competition is something I’m not used to but, I really enjoy the atmosphere,” Barbadush said. “I think I can bring a strong mental energy on the court –I’m a fighter.” Thriving in doubles play, t he ju n ior t ra nsfers a lso made their presence felt – UNT went 20-6 in doubles matches involving Starkova or Serchenko last fall. E ac h of t he t r a n s fer s brought strong resumés to


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What do you think about Herman Cain reconsidering his candidacy?

“Honestly, [the sexual harassment allegations] are going to just destroy his candidacy. It’s like the same issue Clinton had with Monica Lewinsky. It destroys your publicity and most people don’t do their research and only hear things like that through the news, so if that’s all they’re going to hear, then he should probably drop out and apologize publicly and then move on from that.”

Roxanne Hutchings Journalism freshman

“I think it’s a smart choice. I don’t know why he’s stayed in for so long with all of these different women coming up. ... there’s a time and a place where you just have to stop and examine the position you’re in and if you can get out of the hole ... I don’t think he can, especially with this new accuser. You’re out of the race.”

Stephanie Clausen

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“I don’t think he would be elected. I’m sure a lot of people feel the same way. ”

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Interdisciplinary studies junior

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Staff Editorial

Smoking referendum needs third option Legislative sessions, be they in Congress, the Texas House of Representatives, or college SGA, are often marked by a single change they make in their constituents’ lives. The proposal for a controversial campuswide smoking ban stands to be the defining issue of this semester’s UNT Student Government Association. The resolution – which calls for a student referendum to vote either “yes or no” on “Should smoking be banned on the UNT Denton campus?” – will be sent to vote on today. Should it pass, students will have a chance to vote on the issue. The vote will be evaluated by UNT administrators who will have the ultimate decision

on the course of action. The problem with the legislation is the all-or-nothing approach SGA has taken in regards to the smoking issue. There’s a practical third option that should be considered by SGA and included in the resolution. The current vote leaves students with two choices that are sure to create friction on campus. An option for designated smoking areas that are away from buildings and walkways could represent the perfect compromise for these warring factions. This third option is a win-win. It’s understandable that non-smokers wouldn’t want to be subjected to secondhand smoke when walking

around campus; if smokers only smoked in these designated areas, then it would be easy for non-smokers to avoid them. It’s as simple as that. Smokers would be slightly inconvenienced by the change, but they would be much more inclined to go along with a small inconvenience rather than a complete overhaul of the current policy. Another problem with the resolution is the aspect of enforcement. There’s currently a rule that says smokers must stand 25 feet away from the door of any entrance to a building, which goes completely unenforced. That kind of rule only requires surveillance of select areas outside of buildings. By

contrast, the new rule would require campus police to patrol the entire campus hassling smokers instead of keeping an eye out for dangerous crime. It’s hard to see how this plan could be implemented successfully. Smoking areas would face similar enforcement issues; however, it’s reasonable to assume that students would have an easier time convincing the nicotine-addicted to go to a nearby area to smoke than completely leave campus. It’s imperative that SGA think beyond the obvious. There’s no reason to be unnecessarily divisive when a practical compromise is waiting in the wings.


Handing out cigarettes doesn’t prove your point As much as I advocate activism here at UNT, I also try to push for pragmatic changes on campus rather than purely ideological ones. Members of the group Young Americans for Liberty, an offshoot of Ron Paul supporters, apparently believe the primary threat to their civil liberties on this campus is a potential outdoor smoking ban. To fight this mighty injustice, the group handed out cigarettes to passers-by. The event garnered plenty of media attention. Even Kidd Kraddick mentioned it Tuesday morning on his show, renaming the group “Paid for by Phillip Morris.” When a man who has spent his entire life peddling laser eye surger y and rehashing reality television shows can call you a sellout, you’ve hit rock bottom. There’s also the rather awkward irony that someone calling himself or herself a libertarian would attend a public university. That pseudo-philosophy renounces anything public as “collectivist,” or worse, “socialistic,” mostly by using the first Ayn Rand or Thomas Friedman quote that comes up on Google. How they handle that cognitive dissonance has yet to be explained. Additionally, passing out cigarettes to random people, many of whom may be under 18, is not a freedom of speech issue as the group proudly claims. As a card-carrying member of the American Civil Liberties Union, I get frustrated when a group wants to lump itself with more important First Amendment causes. Freedom of speech does not pertain

to your right to give out free stuff wherever and whenever you like. I understand why someone might be opposed to a smoking ban on campus on practical grounds, but don’t lecture me on how it is some kind of established “right” to smoke. It’s not like the nonpartisan Public Health Institute hasn’t already studied this issue extensively and found that there is no constitutional right to smoke. Nobody can explain why, if smoking is a “right,” they aren’t protesting the indoor smoking ban as a violation of those “rights” as well. Just because you think something is edgy doesn’t mean it is effective. It clearly wasn’t, based on the extremely negative reaction to the methods used. Believe it or not, you can be arrested for these inanely pointless tactics, and something tells me none of the 543 people in Denton County who voted straight Libertarian on the last ticket will bail you out.

Brandon Cooper is a kinesiology graduate student. He can be reached at

Israel provides US a valuable Middle East ally If you keep up with the campaign trails, you may notice a few candidates debating about the relationship between our country’s ally in the Middle East and whether or not they would continue to support the relationship if they win the election in 2012. It is easy to pawn this topic off as something geographically irrelevant, but with other nations in that area threatening to use nuclear weapons, it might be beneficial to take a moment and think about your stance on having an ally in that region which has never threatened or turned its back on America. Israel offers something unparalleled in its region of the world: a liberal democracy. Citizens have the freedom of religion, the freedom to vote, the freedom of speech and the freedom of sexuality. While other countries in that portion of the world still stone individuals to death for dressing immodestly or being attracted to somebody of the same sex, Israel offers a safe haven for those being persecuted, welcoming them with open arms. Israel hosts several shelters for women who need to escape domestic violence, which is sometimes supported by religion and corrupt governments. Israel is home to the most compassionate city in the Middle East to the openly gay or transsexual, Tel Aviv. Homosexuals can and do serve in the military and are not condemned in the least. Israel’s medical community has made significant contributions in virtually every component of medicine, diagnosis and treatment. Some contributions include the early detection of autism, the creation of drugs to

successfully combat the debilitating effects associated with multiple sclerosis, and the capsulized endoscopy, which is courtesy of a tiny camera in a small pill formed device that can collect images from the inside of the digestive tract without the need for expensive sedation. The “Israeli” bandage, which is specially designed to stop bleeding from hemorrhagic wounds caused by traumatic injuries, has been used by American soldiers and throughout American hospitals, saving many lives. Israel also shares its military technology with America. The anti-ballistic missile targets ballistic missiles and keeps them from reaching their sporadic destinations. Unmanned aerial vehicles provide air surveillance while not risking the lives of pilots. The “Iron Dome” air defense system, which intercepts rockets, has proven very effective in prohibiting terror attacks. Israel has tremendous expertise in homeland security, from border patrol and airport security to counterterrorism. Because of this strong relationship, America benefits from Israeli familiarity in these areas. As an aspiring doctor, I am inspired and thrilled at the groundbreaking medical technology that Israel offers. The rich culture which Israel offers, in combination with the ambition and philanthropy of the Israeli people, provides a unique atmosphere in an area currently clouded by turmoil. Overall, Israel proves to be a worthwhile ally. Shari Esquenazi is a psychology junior. She can be reached at shariesquenazi@

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Mean Green suffers road loss to Longhorns Poor shooting plagues UNT again Men’s Basketball BOBBY LEWIS

Senior Staff Writer The UNT men’s basketball team hung tough with the Texas Longhorns, but its inspired effort fell short as UT claimed a 73-57 win on Tuesday. T he loss is UN T’s (1-4) fourth straight, all of which have come away f rom t he Super Pit. One of the Mean Green’s downfalls was its shooting, as it knocked down just 31 percent of its shots. The effort marked the fourth straight ga me t hat UN T ha s shot under 40 percent. “I was just goi ng to be honest with them and I told them if we executed better, we’d probably have a couple more w i n s,” he ad c oach Johnny Jones said. “But what I can tell them is that we are i mprov i ng. We’ve got ten better each game and tonight was another indicator.” Sophomore g ua rd A l zee

Junior forward Niko Stojiljkovic looks for an open man during UNT’s 73-57 loss against UT Austin Tuesday night. Wi l lia ms paced t he Mea n Green with a career-high 17 points and five rebounds. “Our coach just told us to

go out there and be aggressive and try to execute the plays,” Williams said. “We’re getting better as a team, so


that allows everybody to go out there and get some good looks.” UNT kept the game rela-

tively close in the first half, entering the locker room with a 38-28 halftime deficit. However, UT (4-2) opened

the second half with a 13-4 run to gain a 19-point lead five minutes into the half. The Mea n Green closed the gap to 11 twice later in the half, but couldn’t get the game any closer. “We got the ball, first play in the second half, don’t make it and they score five straight times,” Jones said. “It was an uphill battle for us from there, but those things we’re going to get better at.” Ju n i o r f o r w a r d R o g e r Franklin had his best game of the season, going for his first career double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds off the bench. The rebound total was a career-high for t he junior, who had some ex perience play i ng U T i n t he Fra n k Erwin Center. Play i ng w it h Ok la homa State, Franklin grabbed his previous career-high of eight rebounds in a road game at Texas before he transferred to UNT. “It kind of did help because I know what to expect from Texas,” Franklin said. “They a re a big-time tea m a nd I knew that I was going to have to go out there and give it my all and a little more, but that’s every game.”

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