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Durrance announces mayoral candidacy Brief RYAN SCHAEFER

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For mer Denton Cit y councilman Neil Durrance announced Feb. 10 his candidacy to become the next mayor of Denton. There are currently three candidates in the election: Mark Burroughs, the current mayor seeking his third term in Denton, Donna Woodfork, m a r k e t i n g d i r e c t or, a nd Durrance.

“I’ve been concerned with the lack of leadership between the people and government,” Durrance said. “I look forward to a spirited campaign, but I hope we have a serious discussion towards the issues with the city: showing the proper respect to people a nd t he accountability of officials is my primary issue.” The deadline for individuals to file their candidacy is March 5. Early voting will be held April 30 to May 8. Election Day will take place May 12.

Current Denton mayoral candidates

PHOTO BY BLAKE HAMPTON / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Art seniors Analise Minjarez and Lesley Craig paint pre-English junior Colby Shelton like a Juggalo (fan of Insane Clown Posse hip hop group) in the University Union on Feb. 12 while filming the sitcom, “Support Group,” to air next semester on ntTV, UNT’s official television station. “It’s just a bunch of crazy people in one group trying to solve their problems,” said director Ryan Serr, a radio, television and film senior. See SENIORS on page 3

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SGA establishes election dates Student Government JUSTIN BRIGHT Staff Writer

The Student Government Association dealt with a number of internal housekeeping matters during its meeting Wednesday night. The agenda included discussion of the election of next year’s president, vice president and senate, which will be held in April. An election calendar was voted on and approved by the Senate. Campaign week will be held from March 26 to 30 with elections held the following week from April 2 to 6. “There is a great pool of excited candidates that have expressed interest in running,” Speaker of the Senate Morgan Ray said. “Anyone can run for office, and no previous SGA experience is required.” Applications for all positions are available at the SGA office in the University Union and must be turned in by March 2 to be on the ballot. The Senate also discussed its upcoming “Meet Your Senator” event, which will take place February 27 to 29 outside of the Union.

“This will give us a chance to hear what our constituents want and what they’re concerned about,” SGA Director of Public Relations Abigail Glavy said. The SGA voted in favor of reappointing seven senators in order to correct an error with election-related legislation passed last semester. Adam Hasley, a College of A rts and Sciences senator, reported that the SGA external committee is working with the Office of Sustainability to push for a community garden on campus. A plan for a garden has been worked on for two years by the North Texas Energy and Env ironment Club but has failed to find a suitable location. Journalism junior Chinazo Onwukaike spoke about “The Big Event” on March 31. Attendees will meet at the Librar y Mall outside Willis Library at 8 a.m. and fan out across Denton to assist various community organizations. “Last year was the first for the event, and we had 1,800 participants. This year we want over 2,000,” Onwukaike said.

PHOTO BY TYLER CLEVELAND/VISUALS EDITOR

Accounting sophomore Kevin Banke, treasurer of the Residence Hall Association, speaks about the role of delegates in the association during the Student Government Association meeting Wednesday night in Terrill Hall.

GRAPHIC COURTESY OF ARCHITECTURE DEMAREST

Artist’s rendering of the 33 North apartment complex, expected to be finished by fall 2013. Rent will start at $645 per month for a four-bedroom apartment.

Denton to add upscale apartments NICOLE BALDERAS Senior Staff Writer

Construction is set to commence in either May or June on a new Denton apartment complex called 33 North, with an expected completion date of fall 2013. The five-story luxury apartment project is a collaboration between Fountain Residential Pa r t ners a nd Crossw ind Development Partners and will be located on Eagle Drive between Beatty and Bernard streets. “Even though it will be the nicest project in Denton, it will still be comparable to other projects on the market today,” said Brent Little, pres-

“Even though it will be the nicest project in Denton, it will still be comparable to other projects ...” — Brent Little President, Fountain Residential Partners ident of Fountain Residential Partners. The complex will house 139 units and 427 beds. Rooms will start at $645 a month for a fourbedroom, and all amenities will be included except for parking. “We will have a central

parking structure in the center of the project,” Little said. “We didn’t want to include parking because some students may not need it, so why should they have to pay?” The garage will have a fivestory parking structure so students can park and walk

Amenities of upcoming “luxury” apartment complex • Fitness center • Tanning stations • Outdoor kitchen area • Infinity pool directly to the level where they live, as well as two electric carcharging stations at the garage’s entrance, which will be open to the public for use. The price of parking passes has not yet been determined.

See LUXURY on Page 2

Digital Library gains world acclaim CAYDEE ENSEY Intern

The UNT Digital Library is among the world’s top 20 digital repositories, according to a report by Cybermetrics Lab, a research branch of the Spanish National Research Council. UNT is tied with Australia’s University of Queensland’s eSpace digital library as the world’s 19th best digital repository in the Ranking Web of World Repositories. Released in late January, the rankings report measures the amount of material a repository holds and how much access the public has to Internet and library resources such as

online journal databases and scientific publications. “This is a tangible measurement of the hard work our teams

UNT Digital Libraries is home to more than 60,765 items made up of 3.8 million files and includes digital collections such as the

“This is a tangible measurement of the hard work our teams have committed themselves to ...” —Martin Halbert Dean of Libraries have committed themselves to and the visibility we are receiving as a result,” UNT Dean of Libraries Martin Halbert said.

CyberCemetery, which holds information from inoperative agency websites. “Say it’s election time and we

switch presidents,” Halbert said. “The old president’s website is going to come down, and a new one will go up. We are making an effort to preserve historically relevant websites like this that will be important in future studies.” The teams at the library can digitize about 100,000 pages a month, according to Halbert. “By myself I can digitize about 20 documents a day,” said Laura Waugh, repository librarian for scholarly works. “But our team is made up of about 15 full-time programmers, specialists and other librarians, as well as about 30 student assistants.”

See LIBRARY on Page 2

Inside Denton county faces budget short fall News | Page 2

Men’s basketball team starts final road trip Sports | Page 5

Santorum spreads divisive message Views | Page 8


News

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National/Regional news briefs STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS NATIONAL

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U.S., North Korea hold nuclear talks

Judge exonerates Dallas man of murder

BEIJING — Amid cautious opt i m i s m , U. S . a nd North Korean envoys met T hu rsday mor n i ng for their first talks on dismantling Pyong yang’s nuclear programs since the death of the countr y’s long-time leader Kim Jong Il. The discussions will be closely watched for signs of a m or e c o op e r a t i v e approach from North Korea, which stands to gain food a id, econom ic help, a nd diplomatic concessions in return for taking steps to end its efforts to develop nuclear weapons. T he cou nt r ies were on the verge of a deal to have Washington prov ide food i f P y on g y a n g s u s p end s it s u ra n iu m en r ich ment program when the agreement was upended by Kim’s Dec. 17 death. “Today is, as we say, ‘game day.’ We will have an opportunit y to meet w it h First Vice Foreign Minister Kim and his team,” U.S. envoy Gly n Dav ies sa id before the start of morning talks with Kim Kye Gwan at the North Korean Embassy in Beijing. A second session was held Thursday afternoon at the U.S. Embassy.

DALLAS — Richard Miles cried Wednesday as a state district judge formally declared him innocent of a 1995 murder for which he spent 14 years in prison. With a declaration of innocence, the 36-year-old Miles will be fully cleared of the crime and can apply for state compensation for wrongfully imprisoned inmates. Miles’ mother, several inmates who’ve also been exonerated and other supporters cheered inside the courtroom as Judge Andy Chatham called him a free man. “Now, the world knows that I’m innocent,” Miles told reporters beforehand. “I’ve always known that I was innocent.” Miles was sentenced to 40 years in prison after being convicted of the murder of Deandre S. Williams and the attempted murder of another man. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals last week determined that “actual innocence” existed in Miles’ case — a rare declaration for someone exonerated without the help of DNA evidence. Miles was released after an advocacy group found evidence implicating another man in the murder hadn’t been turned over to Miles’ attorneys before trial

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County projects budget shortfall ISAAC WRIGHT

Senior Staff Writer Denton County officials project a $4.6 million budget shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year as the county deals with falling property values, bond debt and higher health care costs. County officials met to assess its 2012-2013 budget Feb.15. Denton County Budget Director Donna Stewart said the shortfall would make up 2 percent of the county’s $198.4 million budget. The shortfall was caused in part by the county’s $2.2 million bond debt, higher healthcare premiums for the county, which increased by 6 percent in the last year at a cost of more than $2 million and declining property values. Stewart said the impact of the declining values is not officially known because the County Appraisal District has not yet provided their final reports, which are expected to be completed in July. Following summer workshops to develop solutions, county officials plan

Luxury Continued from Page 1 The 2.083 acres of la nd t he complex w i l l be bu i lt upon had six single-family rental houses at the time of purchase, though they were uninhabited, according to C r o s s w i nd D e v e lopm e nt Pa r t ners fou nder Doug Huffman. “They’re in the process of replotting the land, which is essentially getting it ready

to adopt a budget Sept. 4 once the appraisal district sends its reports. However, the county will not increase property taxes, according to Stewart, because of the county’s “Truth in Taxation” law, in which it states it will not raise taxes during times when

an assistant professor for the College of Business, said property values are dropping because of the large numbers of foreclosed properties and distressed properties. According to RealtyTrac. com, a website that monitors and indexes foreclosure infor-

“Probably 80 to 90 percent of that money goes into our roads and bridges fund.” —Donna Stewart Denton County Budget Director property values are in decline. “‘Truth in Taxation’ assures we don’t benefit or get penalized when home values fluctuate,” Stewart said. Denton County brought in more than $51.7 million in property taxes in 2011, with the tax rate at about 2.8 percent. Kimberly Winson-Geideman,

for construction to begin,” said Erica Marohnic, senior planner with the City of Denton planning department. Apartments will be fully furnished and will include stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops and washer/dryers. Ot her a men it ies w i l l include an Infinity pool, outdo or k itc hen a r e a , tanning stations, a cardio t he at er a nd a f it ne s s center. Preleasing will begin in August.

mation in the U.S., there are currently 1,678 foreclosures in Denton County as of January 2012. Nationwide, the rate of new foreclosures has risen 2.9 percent – about 205,000 homes– from December to January. Foreclosures and distressed properties are generally sold at a highly discounted value by

Library Continued from Page 1 Hannah Tarver, department head of the digital projects unit, goes through most of the material before it goes digital. “I’ve seen some crazy stuff,” Tarver said. “The silliest thing I think I’ve digitized was an article the Texas Department of Agriculture put out a few decades ago with detailed instructions about how to put on overalls. If you can’t put on overalls, you

banks who repossess them, and that causes values in an entire neighborhood to go down. “Banks are not in the business of owning houses,” WinsonGeideman said. “When property is sold at that deep discount it affects the value of anything else in the neighborhood around it.” The county usually receives millions of dollars in revenue from taxes on gas drilling sites, but lower property values have impacted the value of gas drilling sites, causing revenue from the sites to decrease from $2.3 million in 2010 to $1.9 million in 2011, Stewart said. The bulk of revenue received from gas drilling site taxes goes toward maintenance of county roads and bridges. “Probably 80 to 90 percent of that money goes into our roads and bridges fund,” Stewart said. “All the traffic and large trucks associated with the industry tends to damage our county roads and bridges so we try putting that money back into maintenance.”

probably can’t read.” The digital library works with many of the university’s departments, preserving scholarly works such as theses, dissertations and scientific articles, as well as documenting other projects. “The College of Visual Arts and Design gives us a lot to work with,” Waugh said. “We recently did a photo project with them documenting a lot of historical garments and fashion ware that they had to sort through manually before we came, and now it’s all stored on the digital library for everyone to see.”

In Wednesday’s edition of the North Texas Daily, in the story “Metalsmithers thrive in state’s largest program,” UNT’s metalsmithing program was misidentified as the only program in the state to offer master’s level metalsmithing classes. Several other Texas universities offer master’s level metalsmithing classes. The Daily regrets this error.

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U.S. troops guard the base during a protest against Quran desecration at the gate of Bagram Airbase in Bagram district of Parwan province, Afghanistan, on February 21, 2012. Hundreds of Afghan people gathered outside the base to protest the alleged burning of Quran by U.S. troops inside the Bagram detention center in Parwan province on Tuesday.

Quran burning incites riots (MCT) KABUL, Afghanistan – At least nine people were killed and dozens wounded Wednesday in the second day of anti-A merican protests in A fghanistan af ter U.S. personnel burned Qurans and other Islamic material at Bagram Air Base, officials said. Six protesters were killed and 13 wounded in Parwan province, north of Kabul, where Bagram is, said Shah Wali Shahed, the province’s deputy governor. Shahed said police were forced to open fire when protesters attacked a district police headquarters and tried to storm the district chief’s office. He said that some in the crowd had weapons, and it wasn’t clear who had fired first. One person was killed and 10 wounded outside Camp Phoenix, one of the few U.S.-led coalition bases in the capital,

when guards fired on several hundred Afghans who were throwing stones and burning tires. Protesters in nearby streets chanted “death to America” and “death to America’s allies,” and blocked the main road between Kabul and Pakistan for hours. “A merica destroyed our country. America burned our holy book,” one protester, Ahmad Milad, told McClatchy Newspapers. Protests a lso swept the eastern city of Jalalabad, where demonstrators burned 11 fuel tankers bound for a coalition base. One person was killed there. Another person was killed in Logar province, south of Kabul, the Interior Ministry said. The protests took place despite fulsome apologies Tuesday by Marine Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of U.S.-led international forces in Afghanistan, and Secretary

of Defense Leon Panetta, who condemned the Quran burning “in the strongest possible terms.” Coa lit ion leaders spent Wednesday trying to calm the outcry over the incident. They conceded that the incident had “grave implications” for U.S.-Afghan relations and the broader war effort. Ashton B. Carter, the U.S. deputy secretary of defense, who was in Afghanistan on a previously scheduled visit, persona l ly apolog i zed to several senior Afghan officials Wednesday, including President Ha m id Ka rza i, Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak and several members of Parliament, the Pentagon said in a statement. What precisely happened to the Qurans is still unclear. Carter acknowledged in his apology that the books had been burned, but a statement on the

findings of a joint U.S-Afghan investigation into the incident wasn’t expected to be released until Thursday. Among the questions the investigation will attempt to answer is whether a commander ordered the Qurans destroyed because inmates were placing messages in them to one another, said Brig. Gen. Carsten Jacobson, a German spokesman for the coalition. “We haven’t got any proof of that yet, and that is a vital part of the investigation that is ongoing,” Jacobson said. Jacobson sa id t hat t he Qurans were never purposely placed in a fire pit but were part of a collection of materials that had been removed from the library at the air base’s prison because of extremist messages found within them. Afghan laborers discovered charred copies of the Quran in the pit and removed them.


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Dunks for fitness

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Students dance for charity JEANETTE SILVA

Contributing Writer UNT students will shimmy, boogie, jitterbug, two-step and dougie for charity Saturday in the Union’s Silver Eagle Suite for the university’s third annual Dance Marathon. The marathon, which raises money for the Children’s Miracle Network and Cook Children’s Medical System, gives students the opportunity to dance the day away and help charities improve the lives of children in need, many of whom will be at the event. “This year, every hour has a different theme to it,” said hospit a l it y m a n a gement senior Joshua Williams, executive director of the marathon. “We’re doing a UNT spirit hour, a line dance hour, a top 40 hour, a Disney hour, a rave hour, a workout hour with Zumba and a few others.” The dancing commences at 1 p.m. and won’t let up until 9 p.m. Students are free to come and go as they please, but

Williams thinks many will stick around. “It’s really fun, and most people do end up staying longer than they think they will,” Williams said. UNT will provide food and drinks throughout the day, and special performances are scheduled to give the dancers occasional breaks. Forte, an all male a cappella group on campus, will be performing for the first time this year. Students are encouraged to come in groups and switch out on the dance floor. “A lot of groups will sign up as a group of 10 people, and they will switch out their 10 people all day long,” Williams said. NTDJs, the UNT student DJ organization, will be soundtracking the marathon. The event is $10 per person and discounted at $75 for a group of 10, and the money from the registration fee will go directly to Cook Children’s Medical System in Fort Worth. Dance Marathon, held in cities and universities around

UNT Dance Marathon

Where: Silver Eagle Suite in the Union Date: Friday, Feb. 24 Time: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. the country, started in the early ‘90s to get young adults involved with the Children’s Medical Network, Williams said. Last year UNT raised just less than $3,000 and hopes to hit the $5,000 mark Saturday. Coordinators for Dance Marathon hope to increase the number of volunteers from last year and are anticipating 250 to 300 students to join in dancing ‘til they drop.

Seniors write, produce comedy show for ntTV PHOTO BY ETHAN HEALY/CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Kinesiology senior Carlo Dixon dunks Tuesday during Rec Sports and Fitness Day at the Pohl Recreation Center. This year, the event featured its first slam dunk contest, in addition to free group exercise and free rock climbing.

Visiting Writer Series brings author to UNT LEIGH DANIELS Intern

Denton fiction enthusiasts will be in for a treat this afternoon as respected author Wells Tower visits UNT as part of the Department of English’s Visiting Writers Series. Tower will read some of his work, answer audience questions and hold a book signing at 4 p.m. in the Language Building room 316. Tower, recently named one of the most promising fiction writers under the age of 40 by “The New Yorker,” said he got his start at a young age. “I think my first public outing was in second grade when I wrote a school play, a commissioned piece on the perils of tooth decay,” Tower said. Tower has come a long way since his amateur playwright days, receiving awards such as the Pushcart Prize and getting his work featured in prominent outlets such as “The New Yorker,” “Harper’s Magazine,” “McSweeney’s,” “The Paris Review” and The Washington Post Magazine. Tower said aspiring writers should avoid getting complacent. “Don’t adore your work too much,” Tower advised. “Destroy it heartlessly, revise generously and don’t let it go until you’re sure every word is at home.” Tower hopes to give more advice during his visit and give students a glimpse into his artistic process. English professor Barbara Rodman said that the Visiting Writers Series began about 20 years ago. “Originally, they stayed a few days and taught a class, but that program evolved into this reading series,” Rodman said. Now that the series has reached its full potentia l, Rodman said the College of English brings in four or five writers each year, which has allowed the writers to reach a

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Award-winning author Wells Tower is visiting UNT today. His latest collection of short stories is titled “Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned.”

“Don’t adore your work too much. Destroy it heartlessly, revise generously and don’t let it go until you’re sure every word is at home.” —Wells Tower Pushcart Prize winning author much larger audience. Director of Creative Writing Corey Marks said the series provides an essential part of the education process for aspiring writers. Marks said the series lets students to see and hear firsthand from nationally known authors what a professional writer’s life is like. Writers that visit give a deeper insight into the artistic process of working on poems and novels, Marks said.

Past writers in the series include T.S. Eliot Prize winner Christopher Bakken; Rosellen Brown, whose novel “Before and After” was adapted into a film starring Meryl Streep a nd L ia m Neeson ; a nd Percival Everett, winner of the Academy Award in Literature from The American Academy of Arts and Letters. Next in line for the Visiting Writers Series is Stephen Dunn, winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

A SHLEY GRANT Staff Writer

Seniors Ryan Serr and Caleb Richardson, who met four years ago as freshmen at Kerr Hall, are bringing their own brand of comedic chaos to UNT’s official television station, directing and writing a sitcom that will air next semester on ntTV. Serr, a radio, television and film major, compared the show – tentatively titled “Support Group” – to the beloved but short-lived program “Arrested Development,” describing it as quirky. “It’s just a bunch of crazy people in one group trying to solve their problems,” Serr said. The show has an official cast of eight students, with Serr and Richardson’s friends occasionally filling in as extras. The show revolves around a school suffering from budget cuts. Since the fictional university can’t afford to fund support g roups for students w it h various ailments and aff lictions, it lumps them into one catch-all group. Initially, Serr and Richardson said, they had no idea what they were doing. “We thought we wanted to do something serious at first,” Serr said. “We’re too easygoing for that, so we decided to make it really funny.” RTVF lecturer James Martin said the experience Serr and Richardson are getting would serve them well in the long run. “Any experience that mimics what they will do in their career is valuable,” Martin said. To get their sitcom off the ground, the duo had to take their idea to ntTV and then enter a UNT-sponsored “Training Ground” program designed to walk students through the process of making a television show. St udent s i n “Tr a i n i ng Ground” working on shows for ntTV are required to submit work weekly, anything from character biographies to rough

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Radio, television and film senior Ryan Serr films the sitcom, “Support Group,” to air next semester on ntTV, UNT’s official television station, in the Union on Feb. 12. drafts of the script. It also gives them a chance to film three or four episodes before airing the pilot. Richardson and Serr rent the pricey equipment through the university station. Richardson, a radio television and film and English major, said delving into the world of making a university television show has so far been exhausting and a lot of work. Developing the first script, from writing to shooting, took about six weeks, Richardson said. “We started shooting every other weekend, but lately we’ve

been shooting every weekend,” he said. The production crew for “Support Group” – Richardson and Serr – film on the fourth floor of the University Union because they described it as fitting a generic, support-group meeting area. Serr and Richardson try and make filming as fun as possible, and said the sitcom spends plenty of time mocking itself. However, they wouldn’t mind if the show turned into something special. “Who knows, maybe we’ll get some awards out of this,” Serr said.


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Thursday, February 23, 2012 Bobby Lewis, Sports Editor

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Mean Green visits Sun Belt division leaders Men’s Basketball BRETT MEDEIROS Senior Staff Writer

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Senior guard Brittney Hudson goes up for a shot during UNT’s 50-44 loss to the Denver Pioneers on Jan. 21 at the Super Pit. The Mean Green fell 52-39 to the University of Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans on Wednesday.

UNT offense slowed down in road loss Women’s Basketball ALISON ELDRIDGE Senior Staff Writer

In the first of its last two road games of the regular season, the Mean Green women’s basketball team (14-14, 7-8) fell to the Sun Belt Conference-leading Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans (6-12, 11-4) 52-39 Wednesday night. UALR, which allows the third fewest points in the conference at 56.1 points per game, has now held 12 of its 18 opponents to less than 50 points this season. The Mean Green score 61.1 points per game, the third best in the conference. “Sometimes you just have to say that a team played better than you and give them the credit instead of belittling the way you played,” head coach Karen Aston said. “I wish we would‘ve played better, but they had a lot to do with that.” The loss dropped the Mean Green to fourth place Sun Belt Conference West Division standings. The team will need to beat second place Denver on Sunday to have a chance to move up third place headed into the SBC tournament next weekend. With the win, UALR claimed first place in the SBC West Division. Wednesday night’s game was the fourth time this season the Mean Green finished a game without a single player reaching double digits. “I think we came out and played good defense, we just didn’t have as good an offense tonight,” senior guard Tamara Torru said. “Our shots weren’t falling, and we weren’t getting second chance shots, and that’s what the game boils down to.” UNT didn’t get many of those opportunities with junior forward Sara Stanley, averaging 7.8 rebounds per game, on the bench after she fell into early foul trouble. The junior racked up three personal fouls in the first 12 minutes of the game. Stanley stayed on the bench the remainder of the half and didn’t return until halfway through the second. Turnovers plagued UNT as well, as the Mean Green gave up the ball 13 times in the first

half and added another 11 in the second half. The Mean Green cut the Trojans lead to three points on three separate occasions, but each attempt to close the gap was promptly stopped. UALR continued expanding the lead, going up by 15 points with 18 seconds remaining. “We spent way too much time tonight worrying about the

fact that they were playing very physical,” Aston said. “That’s the way they played, and we’ve got to learn how to deal with that.” The Mean Green w ill continue its roadtrip Sunday when it travels to Colorado to play its final game of the regular season against the second place Denver Pioneers.

Since UNT joined the Sun Belt Conference in 2000, 11 of its 20 matchups against the ArkansasLittle Rock Trojans have been decided in overtime or by less than five points. UNT has won four of the last five regular season matchups, a trend it will try to continue tonight in Arkansas. UALR (14-14, 11-3) holds a 16-8 all-time advantage over the Mean Green (15-12, 8-6). In this season’s Sun Belt opener, the Trojans defeated UNT 69-66. In that game, freshman forward Tony Mitchell was a non-factor. Mitchell has struggled with foul trouble all season and in UNT’s previous meeting against UALR, Mitchell fouled out in 13 minutes, resulting in his shortest outing of the season. “[I] just need to play aggressive still without fouling,” Mitchell said. “We all need to play smart and keep our poise out there through any double teams and foul trouble.” While UNT will play in the Sun Belt Tournament regardless, it can still help play the part of a spoiler. The Trojans need to win just one of their final two games to clinch the top spot in the SBC West Division. “We have definitely got to show some improvement these next two games because the most important thing for us right now at the end of the day is the conference tournament, and we’ve get to make sure we are playing well going into the tournament,” head coach Johnny Jones said. “At the end of the day we will have to play good teams to win a championship, so you

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Sophomore guard Alzee Williams looks to pass while holding off the ULM defense. The Mean Green beat the Warhawks 86-51 Feb. 17 at the Super Pit. have to be playing the right way at the right time at the end of the day.” The Mean Green would be the fifth seed in the conference tournament and face the No. 4 Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns if the tournament started today. UNT is coming off a loss to ULL in the Mean Green’s final home game of the season. UNT has been a relatively strong free-throw shooting team this season at 71 percent, but in last Saturday’s game against

ULL, the Mean Green shot just 46 percent from the line in a game UNT lost by four points. “We really need to regroup as a team. We have to treat every possession like it’s our last and get those 50-50 loose balls to go our way,” junior guard Brandan Walton said. “If we do all of those little things right everything will fall into place, and we can get the win.” The Mean Green will try to get back on track tonight at 7 p.m. at the Jack Stephens Center in Little Rock, Ark.

Mean Green Trivia As the UNT swimming and diving team prepares to host its second Sun Belt Conference Tournament, the team will enter with plenty of confidence. The Mean Green has earned the No. 7 ranking in the CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Poll, the highest ranking in team history. Recent tournament history also favors the Mean Green, as UNT is fresh off its highest all-time at the Sun Belt Tournament last season. Where did the UNT swimming and diving team place at the Sun Belt Conference Tournament last season?

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Page 6 Bobby Lewis, Sports Editor

Thursday, February 23, 2012 blew7@hotmail.com

Getting to know the Mean Green coaches Coaches:

What would you do if you couldn’t coach?

Who is one celebrity you would like to meet?

What is your favorite sports moment?

“I’d probably own a coffee shop because I like coffee and dogs and music.”

“I think I’d like to have met Elvis because when I grew up my mom was a real big Elvis fan, and I just think it would’ve been cool to know what he was like.”

“I would probably be a commentator. Since I wouldn’t be able to coach, I would at least get to talk about basketball.”

“Dr. King, Martin Luther King. Just because of what he stood for with the nonviolence, equality and all those things.”

Carl Sheffield

“That’s a good question because I need to find that answer. Most likely fishing, because that’s how I relax. Is that the right answer? If I ever was to stop coaching, I would say something administratively. I like managing and dealing with people.”

“Oh, Muhammad Ali. He’s the greatest. You know when people talk about being able to sit down at dinner? Back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, he’d be somebody I’d like to sit down and have dinner with.”

Sujay Lama

“My original plan when I went to college was to be in the United Nations. I wanted to work as a diplomat for world peace. I like to communicate. So that’s what I’d probably do, but I love coaching. It’s hard to imagine doing anything other than coaching at this point.”

“I think I have two. One is the Dalai Lama because of his holiness, and he has touched many lives, and the other is Barack Obama. To be the first African-American president of the United States is historic. He is such an articulate person; he is such a good speaker. Also, because I admire the way he handles hardships and decisions.”

Karen Aston

Most people would be shocked to know I...

“The state championship when I coached, just to see the flip side of that. It was the first one that I won as a coach and got to see what it’s like to be on the other side, instead of the player, be the coach and see the fun that the kids get out of it, of accomplishing a goal.”

“I like opera.”

“Playing-wise, I would have to say going to the Final Four in 1981 playing for LSU, the game we clinched in the Elite Eight going into the Final Four against Wichita State.”

“I love horseback riding. I grew up in the country, and I always enjoyed riding horses. I was really a cowboy with riding horses and watching western movies. I enjoy wearing my boots and jeans and all that stuff as well.”

“This is going to really sound corny and cliché. It was the day Michael Johnson set the world record, because I was at the meet. It was so surreal that it was like a dream. To hear that crowd and see the flash bulbs go off, my heart had to be beating as hard as his was, you know? I don’t know why, but I was so in the moment.”

“Most people would be shocked to know I like to bake. I just like to bake cakes or muffins if I get around to it.”

“There’s several, I guess, but I think my favorite moment was when I became the first [person from Nepal] to play in Wimbledon. I think that was something I had always dreamed about as a child.”

“I shower like, three times a day. In my job I sweat a lot. I love the sweating, but I can’t walk around with sweat in me, so I shower at least three or four times a day.”

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Conference commissioners eyeing BCS changes GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — Before there will be significant changes to college football’s postseason and how to determine a champion, there are plenty of options to be considered. Con ference com m issioners who run t he Bowl Cha mpionsh ip Ser ies a re just getting started on that process. “We’re just trying to underst a nd concept ua l ly w hat the pieces are. ... It’s at the ver y beg i n n i ng,” Big Ten Commissioner Jim Dela ny said. “While I think people have a reasonable idea on the range of what’s under consideration, the study and the inspection and understanding of that range I think is going to be months in the making.” The 11 conference commissioners and Notre Dame’s athletic director spent two days meeting with BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock at a hotel at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport. They are scheduled to

meet there again March 26. “They are determined to do what’s best for the game,” Hancock said. “Everything is still on the table and there will be a time when they obviously have to start taking things off the table. But that point hasn’t come yet.” “No one re a l l y k now s what the actual drop-dead date is,” said long-time WAC Commissioner Karl Benson, who takes over as the Sun Belt’s commissioner in April. W hile there seems to be growing support for creating a four-team playoff to determine a champion, how exactly that would work remains to be seen. But t here a lso appea rs to be some confusion over what a plus-one model would mean. Some attending the meeting, again without being specific about what they had discussed, indicated that a plus-one model could be a singular championship game played after all the bowls when

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Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Mark Barron (4) is ecstatic after winning the BCS National Championship football game as the Alabama Crimson Tide beat the LSU Tigers 21-0 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, Jan. 9, 2012. the top two teams would then be determined. Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson likened the

process to what’s going on with his conference in forming a new league with Conference USA. “You’ve got a big circle and you’re trying to tighten the circle and get it dow n to some manageable, workable deals,” Thompson said. “Everybody’s come in good faith and consciously trying

to do what’s right for college football. ... There is no clubhouse leader from what I’m listening to.” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive, whose league has won t he last si x BCS nat iona l championships, said there are plenty of issues that have to be reviewed.

“Ever y aspect of t his is going to be looked at,” Slive said. “By making this a marathon and not a sprint, we’re going to have the luxury of looking at every element of every possibility and view it against the regular season. I think that’s the sum and substance of where we are.”

Serchenko receives SBC honor Brief TY LER O WENS Staff Writer

Ju n ior I lona Serchen ko wa s na med t he Su n Belt Conference Women’s Tennis P l a y e r of t h e We e k on Wednesday for her ef for ts against a pair of ranked oppo-

nents last weekend. “It’s very exciting,” she said. “This is the first time. I’ve never gotten it before.” Serchenko went 2-0 in singles play last weekend in Arizona, where she sealed the UNT win against No. 50 Cal Poly by beating sophomore Ane McPike in straight sets, 6-1, 7-5. She also defeated senior Debora Castany of No. 33 Arizona, 6-4, 7-5, earning the only UNT victory in its match against the Wildcats. Following of the team’s win over Cal Poly last weekend, the Mean Green has moved up one spot to No. 60 in the Intercollegiate Tennis

Association rankings. Serchenko is 7-3 t h is year in singles, including f ive v ic to- ILONA ries against SERCHENKO players on ranked teams. She joins senior Nadia Lee as the only two Mean Green tennis players to notch Sun Belt Athlete of the Week honors this season. Serchenko and her teammates w ill play their first home matches in two weeks this weekend when UNT hosts South Alabama and Florida International.


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As a society that demands honesty and the inside scoop from athletes, we question their team loyalty when they are blatantly honest about t he te a m or t hei r te a mmates. On t he f l ipside of t hat, we become rest less when we hear the same “It was a great team effort” line from the exact same athlete. T h a t h a s n’t b e e n t h e case w ith Joe Dykstra this season. Twice this year, Dykstra, head coach of the UNT swimming and diving team, has told me flat out that the Mean Green’s opponent will have the upper hand in a meet. The first time was against No. 6 ranked Texas A&M, a 186-105 loss.

T h e s e c on d t i m e w a s t wo day s before t he Su n Belt Cha mpionsh ips i n Rock wa ll. Dykstra told me it was Denver’s meet to lose. That honesty may drive some people crazy. But Dykstra doesn’t doubt his tea m at a ll. Even w it h what he calls the best team he’s ever had, pu re ta lent isn’t the reason he thinks of his team so highly. During his tenure at UNT, t h i s tea m i s h i s g reatest because of its camaraderie. Of course, players like freshman Krista Rossum have helped, but team chemistr y was his top reason. It’s odd to have team chemist r y i n sw i m m i ng, r ig ht? How can a sport with no ball have chem ist r y? Tr ut h is, everyone has dealt with some sort of issue where good or bad chemistr y has affected the outcome. C hem i st r y i sn’t ju st i n

s p or t s . E v e r y one’s de a lt w it h t he k id who cont ributes absolutely nothing to a group project, thus dragging the group’s grade down. However, it’s always ver y easy to tell when a team has really good chemistr y. W hat ma kes t he s w i mming team’s chemistry more i mpressive is t he nu mber of ne w fac es a nd u nderclassmen on the team. Of the 35 members, 21 are considered underclassmen, 14 of them freshmen. To be able to mesh so quickly with one another and to not have any senior-freshmen confrontations about team dominance is a moral victor y in itself. Thus far, Dykstra has been right. After the first day of cha mpionsh ip act ion, t he Mean Green is up on Denver 110-101 and sits at first place. The team also set two school records in the 800-free and 3-meter dive.

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Sophomore Sarida Muslow backstrokes during practice at the Pohl Recreation Center on Feb. 7. The Mean Green will host the Sun Belt Conference Swimming & Diving Championships in Rockwall, running today through Saturday. For at least one day, UNT’s chem ist r y is fa r i ng bet ter than the team whose meet it

was to lose. The Mean Green is outper forming ex pectations in Rockwall, and there’s

no reason to think it won’t come out of the weekend as the SBC Champions.

What fans need to know about the game of golf Opinion Ryne Gannoe Intern

Golf deserves a mulligan, a do-over, a second chance. The emergence of Tiger Woods ,one of the highest paid athletes of all time, has helped professional golf, but golf is still looked at as a secondary sport. To Jeff Mitchell, former pro golfer and head coach of the UNT women’s golf team, the game is universal.

“Golf to me is such an unpredictable, fascinat ing a nd rewarding [sport],” Mitchell said. “No one has ever mastered golf, no one ever will master golf. Sometimes you have moments of brilliance, other times it’s the most humbling thing.” Understanding golf terms and rules is one of the major roadblocks to enjoying golf the way Mitchell and other golf enthusiasts do. Although there are no tackles, dunks or body checks that are seen in more prominent sports,

golf is a physically demanding game. Players must navigate all kinds of hazards across hundreds of yards on a single hole. Those hazards are a threat to the player’s score from the first swing. Players start each hole at the teeing ground, where they take their first swing off of a tee. The goal is to try and hit the shorter, lighter green grass called the fairway. It is easier to hit the ball from the fairway than the darker green grass

Ryan discusses roster and chances in 2012 SUR PR ISE , A r i z . (A P) — Te x a s R a nger s pr e sident a nd CEO Nola n Rya n says the team assembling for this spring training “is as strong a club as we’ve ever been. “ At a packed news conference Wednesday, t he Ha l l of Fa me pitcher spoke of how impressed he is w it h the team’s expensive addition from Japan, right-hander Yu Dar v ish, then talked of t he add ict ion st r ugg les of outfielder Josh Hamilton and his high expectations for this club. The two-time defending AL champions signed Dar v ish to a si x-yea r, $ 56 m i l l ion cont ract a f ter pay i ng h is Japanese club $51.7 million just to have t he chance to acquire him. “It’s exciting that he has the following that he does and so many people are excited about it,” Ryan said. “I walked through the airport and not many A mericans k now his name yet but they say, ‘Boy, how about t hat Japa nese pitcher y’all have? ’” Still, Ryan said, Dar v ish will have to learn the hitters, adjust to a d i f ferent ba l l, acclimate himself to a fiveday rotation instead of the six days he had in Japan, and deal with life in a different culture. “ W h at you hope i s he doesn’t come into camp and feel like he has to try to do more than he can and more than what he is,” Ryan said. “I think that’s a tendency when contracts and situations come up. I’m sure Prince Fielder will be feeling that to some degree this year going into Detroit’s camp. W hat your hope is he can relax and just focus on what he needs to do to get ready and not try to go

out and prove his worth here in spring training.” Ha m i lton, t he Ra ngers’ standout who has dealt with addiction all his adult life, relapsed in early February, drinking into the night at a Texas bar. Rya n sa id he has ta lked to Ha m i lton a nd says t he former AL MV P is in great shape a nd a n x ious to get started in spring training. He is expected to arrive on Thursday. “I think that probably is one of the things that Josh realizes after this last time is the support that he does have out here, and I think that’s probably very comforting to him.” As for a long-term contract for Hamilton, that will have

to wait. “I can’t go into that,” Ryan said. “There’s so many factors t hat come into play when you’re ta l k ing about longter m cont racts. It doesn’t matter who it is. At this point in time, I think ever ybody k i nd of just decided t hat we’d just let things kind of settle down before we went any where.” The Rangers are proceeding with a plan to move Hamilton to lef t w it h a compet it ion this spring to find another center fielder. “We feel like one of them will surface and basically be our everyday center fielder,” Ryan said, “but it’s a pretty good opt ion i f you’ve got to go back to Josh in center field.”

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just off of the course, called the rough. Another risk is hitting the ball into a bunker, also called a sand trap. It’s difficult to hit the ball off of the sand to get it out of the bunker. If you do manage to do everything right, the last shot will be taken from the green, the shortest and best kept grass, where a short range shot called a putt is your best chance at golfing glory. An entire game typically consists of 18 holes. Each hole has a set amount of swings,

called strokes, it should take to finish the hole. If you complete the hole in the right amount of strokes it is called hitting par. The fewer attempts it takes you, the better. One stroke less than par is a birdie, while two less is an eagle. On the other hand, taking too many strokes will put a golfer over par. “I think most people should play the game for the fun of the game, not the score,” Mitchell said. “If you have a good expe-

Ryne Gannoe rience, enjoy that, don’t focus on the bad shots.”


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Rick Santorum’s message exclusionary While former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum currently leads the polls for the Republican nomination, his extreme approach to value-based politics makes him one of the most divisive candidates in recent memory. Santorum’s persistent use of religious rhetoric in discussions of policy and disregard for non-Christian faiths raises questions about his ability to lead a nation founded upon diverse principles. Santorum continues to link each issue to his faith, even when the connection between them seems unclear. The gay community isn’t the only group Santorum is accusing of compro-

mising the sanctity of marriage. Now, according to WSBT.com, he’s targeting President Obama’s health care package for discouraging marriage as well. “Do you realize that if you are married under Obamacare, you pay a lot more than if you are living together under Obamacare? A lot more,” Santorum said Tuesday. The Obama campaign responded, explaining that the Affordable Care Act did not create the funding formula that Santorum appeared to be complaining about and added that in many instances benefits from Medicaid can increase when couples get married. While Santorum’s claim was false, the bigger issue is that he had a problem

with legislation because it discouraged marriage. He didn’t debate the logistics or implementation of the plan but rather its ideological representation. This unnecessary inclusion of faithbased argument is completely unfair to voters who don’t identify with his values Santorum’s intolerance of those who don’t agree with his religion or values hurts his campaigns credibility. The first amendment states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” Every time Mr. Santorum redirects questions into a discussion of faith, he ignores that vital part of our constitution.

The former Pennsylvania senator’s message has not only been divisive but outdated. He stated to NBC that he felt women could pose a threat to the effectiveness of the military because of men’s “emotions when they see a woman in harm’s way.” This kind of sexist thinking does nothing to encourage productive debate and only represents an antiquated attitude toward gender roles in American society. Because of his lack of respect for different faiths and the divisive nature of his campaign, the Edboard questions Santorum’s message and narrowminded approach to governance.

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UNT needs more parking solutions for students I’m sure all of my fellow UNT students can attest to t he fact that the UNT parking service and their little yellow envelopes are one of the worst things about the school. In a ll fairness, t he ticketing officers do their job ver y well. The ticket officers remind me of police canines that are trained to sniff out narcotics. No less than one minute after a parking meter hits 00:00, the officers are there, ready to print out a ticket on their portable “make the student’s life a living hell” machine. When I see a UNT ticket officer walking on campus, I wonder which student is going to get screwed out of their money next. For those who live off campus and don’t care to pay for a parking pass, which ca n cost bet ween $135 to $235, the pain of trying to park on campus is unbearable. The buses to get to the university from the apartment complexes are crowded, the old parking garage­ – not the overpriced gargantuan tower next to the BLB – fills up quicker t ha n Public House on a Thursday night, and there is generally nowhere to park on the outskirts of campus. So what do we do, as college kids? We decide to scour all of t he hidden places our f riends have told us about or ones that we have found: the side of the Village Church, Stella Street and many others that I’m sure exist. I’ve even risked getting my truck towed during a three-hour class because I didn’t want to see a

three-by-one yellow envelope on my windshield. I would tell everyone the secret place where I park, but I don’t want all of you taking my parking spot, nor do I want my truck to get towed in the future. Since I’m a nice guy, I’ll give you a hint. The place rhymes with “Cortman’s.” Back to the problem: these little yellow envelopes with their $20, $30 or $40 tickets are ridiculous. I had a friend who parked at one of the Pohl Recreation Center meters longer than the allotted time he paid for and got not one, but two tickets in less than fifteen minutes. That’s at least $40, and $40 to a college kid is like taking us off life support. We need that money. So my plea to UNT officials is: get us students some more parking before we have to pull the plug. P.S. - Don’t blame me if your car gets towed at “Cortman’s.”

Zach Claussen is a journalism senior and can be reached at zclau11@yahoo.com.

True Rangers fans anything but hopeless October 27, 2011 was one of the worst nights of my life, as it was for any die-hard Rangers fan. But I don’t need to get into Game Six. It’s about time to forget all of that. T he moves t hat Ra ngers President Nolan Ryan and General Manager Jon Daniels have made this offseason have kept hope in the hearts of the Rangers faithful. The team signed Yu Darvish as a starter, Joe Nathan as a closer and is moving Neftali Feliz to the rotation this year. Yes, we lost C.J. Wilson to our division rival. He was a workhorse for us the past few years, but he went 0-3, gave up 6 home runs and posted a troublesome 5.79 ERA in the 2011 postseason. Let the Angels have him. Yes, the same Angels nabbed Pujols, but so what? Texas’ lineup is still way more intimidating than theirs, even with “The Machine.” I don’t care if you have the best rotation in baseball, try pitching to Ian Kinsler, Elvis Andrus, Josh Hamilton, Adrian Beltre, Michael Young, Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli 19 times a year. That’s the best lineup in the MLB. The Rangers didn’t need Fielder to have outsta nding of fensive production. What they needed was an upgrade in the rotation and a deeper bullpen. Well, they got it. Darvish’s contract was a risky one – the team paid more than $100 million for him in the long run – but everyone that has seen his stuff says he’s better than Daisuke. He’s supposed to be the best Japanese

player to come to America since Ichiro Suzuki. That’s a risk that’s going to pay off. Joe Nat ha n, w ho su f fere d through Tommy John surgery last year, is still one of the best relievers in today’s game. Feliz pitched as a starter in the minors for a while, so I don’t see why he shouldn’t be able to improve his off-speed stuff, increase his pitch repertoire and make a splash at the back end of the rotation. The Rangers are even better than they were last year. With a stacked lineup, a formidable rotation and a solid bullpen, they shouldn’t have a problem going deep into the postseason for a third straight year. This offseason has done anything but left us fans “hopeless.” It should give us hope that we’ll be able to raise that “World Series Champion” banner in 2012. Stay optimistic Rangers fans. This is our year to win it all.

Tyler Owens is a pre-journalism sophomore and can be reached at tylerwilsonowens@gmail.com.


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NOW HERE’S AN

EARLY GRADUATION GIFT YOU CAN ACTUALLY USE.

2012 COMPASS

500

$

2012 PATRIOT

500

$

CO LLEG E G R A D UATE (1 )

B O N U S CA S H

CO LLEG E G R A D UATE (1 )

B O N U S CA S H

Time to trade in your cap and gown and prepare yourself for the real world in a 2012 Jeep Compass or Jeep Patriot. Take advantage of these special offers. You’ll be ready to embark on the next chapter of your life and avoid any obstacle in your path from behind the wheel of your stylish, well-built and incredibly capable Jeep 4x4.

J E E P. C O M

(1)Eligible customer must be a college graduate or recent college graduate and must meet one of the following criteria: graduating in the next 6 months with any degree, graduated in the last 2 years with any degree, or currently enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program. Residency restrictions apply. See dealer for details. Offer ends 7/31/12. Jeep is a registered trademark of Chrysler Group LLC.


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