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Letter from the Editor Dear Readers, As the year goes on, it’s becoming evidently clear the economy isn’t going to get better any time soon. And many Americans are realizing what we should have realized years ago: Something’s got to give. This summer, fewer people will be going on those big family vacations, fewer people are going to the movies (though that may have something to do with the quality of those movies), and fewer are getting to enjoy the things they once did. When my dad lost his job in January — the job he’d had for 27 years — it took a toll on my whole family. Everyone had to start making sacrifices. And now, sometimes my sister and I have to help out our parents instead of vice versa. But a negative economy isn’t reason to bury your head in the sand and hope it gets better. Nor is it time to become cynical. There are lots of opportunities to be gained from times when things seem hopeless. That’s part of the reason we’ve focused this issue on sacrifice. In this issue, you’ll find alternatives to expensive vacations so you can still spend time with your family without spending your life savings. We’ll also highlight a series, inspired by Esquire magazine, in which our staff members gave up something they thought they couldn’t live without for a week. Some were more serious than others, but everyone learned a valuable lesson in self-control. The magazine won’t be completely drab and stoic.

You’ll also see the staff’s picks for the best movies, albums, songs and TV episodes of the year so far along with our monthly calendar of the best things to do and see in the DFW area. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am for Christopher Nolan’s new film “Inception.” We’re now midway through the summer. Next issue is our last. I hope we’ve raised the bar with this issue. Let us know how we did at ntdaily.com and send letters to northtexasdaily@gmail.com. Until next time,

Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney Editor-in-Chief KipMooney@my.unt.edu Is it really possible that I’ve finished my college education for good? Though it will still be a few weeks before I walk across the stage and get that diploma, I’m still trying to process the fact that it’s all over. For now, I’ll be catching up on all the movies I’ve missed and relentlessly updating my new website, kipmooney.com. Maybe that’ll help land me a job. Maybe it won’t. Regardless, I’m finally getting to take time for me. That’s what summers are for. And that’s something I’ve missed out on in my first summer being an adult. So that’s what I’m devoting these next few weeks to: enjoying what’s left of my youth. I’m going to visit my grandparents like I used to years ago. I’m going to watch “Grease” and “A Goofy Movie” an obscene amount of times. I’m going to eat cereal at 1:30 in the afternoon. Once the reality of my gloomy job search sets in, I’ll have to be professional all the time. I’ll enjoy this while I still can. But since we’re on the subject, if you know of any journalism jobs in the Chicago or DFW area, e-mail me! Until then, I’ll just quote singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson and “learn to get by on the little victories.”

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Staff

Contributors

Abigail Allen

Brianne Tolj

Managing Editor

Nicole Landry Copy Chief

Assistant Editor

Brandon Nichols Photographer

Lauren Blewett Visuals Editor

Josh Pherigo Staff Writer

Brandon Bell

Contributing Writer

Brandon is a social studies junior from Highland Village. Check out his piece on the new album from the recently rehabbed and revamped Wavves on p. 33.

Aimeé Saldivar Contributing Writer

Aimeé is a foreign languages junior from Brownsville. Read about her experience with the study abroad program, which took her all across Europe, on p. 12.

Matt Goodman

Contributing Writer

Matt is the Daily’s former editor-in-chief. He currently works for CBS 11. See p. 33 for his blurb about Arcade Fire’s new album. Additional photo courtesy: p.7 Nadine Tolj and Audrey Pruitt p.8 Turner Network Television p.9 “Friday Night Lights”: NBC Universal Passion Pit: F.J. Ludo/Creative Commons p.22 Greg Allen p.25 Stephanie Brown/Creative Commons p.32 Lady Gaga: Vitchi Marco/Abaca Press/MCT Kevin Smith: Jonathan Wilson/Philadelphia Inquirer/MCT p.33 Ariel Pink: FirstDark/Creative Commons Built to Spill: F.J. Ludo/Creative Commons

Louie Solomon Web Editor

Christina Mlynski Staff Writer

Nasreen Iqbal Staff Writer


One good deed starts a mission By Brianne Tolj • Assistant Editor Opinion

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few weeks ago, a family friend, Audrey, accidentally left her purse on the back of her car and sped away from the grocery store. The purse went flying. But at a stoplight, a homeless man lightly tapped her window, grasping her belongings in his hands. His sincere demeanor and genuine concern for her was moving and slightly surprising, especially considering all of her belongings –including money – hadn’t been touched. She thought to herself that this kind man who had obviously fallen upon hard times could have taken her cash and cards quite easily and bought himself a meal or shelter. But he didn’t. Her perceptions shattered, she brainstormed with her son, Eli, and got the idea for Project

Possible: She would fill plastic bags with water, toothbrushes and toothpaste, socks and granola bars and hand them out to the homeless. My mum, Nadine, soon joined her cause. They purchase all the items from the Dollar Store and separate them in brown lunch bags. From there, they load a handful of the bags into their cars. When they see someone in need, they hand them a bag. It’s a low-impact way of volunteering that often, as my mother so fondly retells, makes a huge difference. I remember her telling me of her first time handing a bag to someone. She was nervous. Her window was rolled down just enough to fit the bag through. She simply said “hello” to a man sitting at the corner. He walked to the car, and she mustered a nervous smile and offered him the bag. She told me he looked inside and then slowly angled his head upward, meeting my mother ’s stare. “Thank you,” he said. And that was it. An earnest thank you, accompanied by a smile. My mom said that helped shake her nervousness. She now rolls the window down all the way and tries to have a brief conversation with the person she’s helping. Her efforts are often met with a welcome sense of surprise. Project Possible is an easy way of helping out. It doesn’t require an alarm clock or old clothes — just a trip to the Dollar Store and an empty passenger seat. It may be cheeky- but “Project Possible” is a fitting mantra for how simple and selfless volunteering can be.

Nadine Tolj

Audrey Pruitt

Eli Pruitt

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elieve it or not, the year’s half over. And unfortunately, there hasn’t been that much good in the way of entertainment. But

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TV Episode “The Son” (“Friday Night Lights”)

It truly doesn’t get better than this. Zach Gilford shined as the conflicted Matt Saracen, who had to wrestle with his feelings of guilt and anger in the wake of his father’s death in Afghanistan. Instead of going for an over-the-top emotional outburst, Gilford’s performance is extremely subtle, which fit his shy character. His breakdown during dinner at his girlfriend’s house is particularly heartbreaking. It was his last full episode on the series, and it’s not hard to see why. It was time for his character to move beyond that small town, but it’s also time to recognize one of the best actors of his generation.

–Kip Mooney Runner-up: “The

Power of Madonna” (“Glee”)

Film “How to Train Your Dragon” With Pixar and the “Shrek” franchise leading the way, kids’ movies aren’t just for kids anymore. But this year’s animated standout is clearly “How to Tame Your Dragon.” The movie follows Hiccup, a scrawny, clumsy Viking who fails to fit in and constantly disappoints his father, Stoick. But an intense experience with a dragon named Toothless leads to a major cultural shift in Hiccup’s homeland. Before he can prove himself to his clan, though, he has to convince tough girl Astrid that he’s worth her attention. Although things could easily get hokey, the plot draws you in, making you invested in Hiccup and Toothless’s destinies, and evokes nearly every emotion, from embarrassment to happiness and anger to sadness. ”How to Train Your Dragon” proves you can see a well-written film without having to leave the kids at home.

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our staff sifted through the ups and downs of pop culture to find the best the first six months of 2010 had to offer.

–Abigail Allen Runner-up: “Shutter Island”

Drake, “Thank Me Later”

Aubrey “Drake” Graham can expect a red carpet rolled out in his honor, but it won’t be for his performance on the hit TV show “Degrassi: the Next Generation.” Instead, it will be for the release of his impressive full-length debut, “Thank Me Later.” Tracks like “Fireworks” and “Unforgettable” are standouts on a stellar album full of big-name production and deeply personal lyrics. You should thank him now.

–Christina Mylinski Runner-up: The National, “High Violet”

Concert Passion Pit (Palladium Ballroom)

On June 21 at the Palladium Ballroom during a sold-out show starring Passion Pit, lasting impressions were made. Lights went out as a pumpedup crowd yelled and five figures walked out on stage, situating themselves into position. The room exploded with light as lead singer Michael Angelakos grabbed the microphone and shouted his upbeat lyrics of “The Reeling” to the audience. The Cambridge natives put on an impressive show, setting an atmosphere that made everyone dance around. The flashes of green to red and blue to yellow lights made for a hypnotizing experience. The band—who hadn’t played Dallas since 2008—played nonstop for a full 90 minutes, yet they never lost their energized hype and all technical aspects ran quite smoothly. The closing song was “Sleepyhead,” with Angelakos letting the crowd control the show by passing off the microphone to his devoted fans. The picture is still clear, with the entire crowd jumping up and down singing the same lyrics Angelakos was belting out. Passion filled that place, poured out into the streets and followed us home.

–Christina Mylinski Runner-up: LCD Soundsystem (Palladium Ballroom)


The ‘Boys’ are back in town

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ast month, I talked incessantly about the greatness of “Friday Night Lights.” But every great drama needs a less-draining comedy to complement it, and with the lack of quality shows even more glaringly obvious in the summer, you’ll have to venture over to cable to find one. Although TBS is known for not living up to its “Very Funny” slogan with its original programming (no, Tyler Perry does not get funnier each week), this is one show worthy of those adjectives. In a way, “My Boys” is the anti-“Sex and the City.” Yes, both deal with the social, workplace and romantic trappings of a big-city girl. But that’s the only place where the two shows diverge. While “Sex and the City” created a world full of rich prima donnas who get into the most unrealistic of situations, “My Boys” is distinctly middle-class. PJ (spunky Jordana Spiro) is a sports writer for the Chicago Sun-Times and is far more comfortable playing board games with her group of guyfriends at the local pub than sipping on cosmos and gossiping at some hip, uptown bar. This leads to far snappier and relatable dialogue than anything on that HBO relic. You’re more likely to hear the gang chat about the Brazilian soccer team

By Kip Mooney • Editor-in-Chief Opinion than a Brazilian wax. Still, like most sitcoms, viewers aren’t on needles and pins to find out exactly what happens to each character. But, like the best sitcoms, you still want them to keep showing up and remaining funny, which is exactly what they do. The show that most quickly springs to mind is “Friends,” and PJ’s relationship with the quintet (boyfriend Bobby, brother Andy, sweet-natured Kenny, obnoxious Mike and the indecisive Brendan) gives the show its spark and their chemistry is just as spot-on as the NBC smash. But unlike many shows, “My Boys” is hitting its stride but not coasting. In early episodes, every single situation had to be related to baseball. But PJ’s use of metaphors has dropped significantly. And while I could use even less narration (a device I feel insults the intelligence of the viewer, just like a laugh track—something the show thankfully lacks), this is still a hilarious, enjoyable show that’s perfect for summer. Each season lasts only 10 episodes or so, which makes for a low-commitment endeavor. But by the time the season ends in September, you’ll find yourself wishing you could spend a little more time with this group.

“My Boys” premieres on TBS on July 25.

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Looping offers musicians richer sound By Brandon Nichols • Photographer Opinion

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ooping is a recent phenomenon in music history. The basic premise in looping is to take a small portion of a sound — a sample — and repeat that sound throughout a song. That may seem simple enough, but as you build layers from different samples and create variations of the samples, the sound becomes more complicated and developed. This means that with the right timing and musical aptitude, one person can create the sound of a full orchestra. Andrew Bird and KT Tunstell are both musicians who started their careers by looping to create the sound of a full band. Older bands, like The Beatles, Pink Floyd and King Crimson, have all experimented with loops in their music. You can find looped samples being used in lots of different local acts as well. Peopleodian is an electronic experimental band lead by James Washington. Washington controls the looped samples through his Nintendo DS while band members play along and improvise over his loops. The real practical implementation of looping is that you can make a larger sound with fewer band memMusicians to check out: bers. The popular new Colleen genre of house music Susumu Yokota is also grounded in the Set Fire to Flames idea of using repeated Gavin Bryars musical phrases to creEluvium ate high-energy, dancePauline Oliveros able music. Terry Riley “Around the World” Martin Dosh is a song by the French Pomplamoose electronic music duo Prefuse 73 Daft Punk where the ti-

tle is repeated throughout the song one hundred forty-four times in the album version. To enjoy this level of repetition, you have to appreciate the numerous possibilities that one repeated phrase could produce.

Variation is the key.

In a discussion with local musicologist and UNT alumni Joe Overman, he said, “The ability to slow down, speed up or reverse is really the most important part of any kind of loop.” Overman also gave some insight into the history of looping. When the plastic cassette tape became widely available around the 1950s, experimental composers, like Edgard Varese, John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen, started toying with the idea of looping. Minimalist composers like Brian Eno, Steve Reich and Philip Glass later adopted it. They began heavily implementing loops into their compositions. Now it is used in almost every genre of music. If you’re interested in creating your own looped sound, there are a few ways of doing this. The most inexpensive way would be to get online and search how to make a cassette tape loop. This will show you how to take apart a cassette tape and splice it so that you have a sample that will feed through the tape infinitely. You could also invest money in a sampler, which is an electronic device that records and stores sounds, much like a synthesizer. Another option would be to buy a loop station. Most music shops now sell loop stations that allow you to input your instrument of choice and create live samples. But before you run out and invest your money in expensive electronic equipment, listen to the variety 11 of sound that you can achieve by looping.


Breaking News: The Cat is Alive!

By Aimeé Saldivar • Contributing Writer Opinion

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refuse to believe that curiosity killed the cat. For all we know, the cat is simply exploring an exotic far-away land where he is deprived of technological means and therefore can’t “tweet” or “status” his every move. It’s more credible that someone who is curious will answer his or her questions, rather than become tragically assassinated by them. My optimistic version of the infamous cat’s whereabouts inspired me to follow my own curiosity. For as long as I can remember, I wanted to travel overseas and walk in shoes of all shapes and sizes. This spring semester I made it happen by studying in Seville, Spain. Studying abroad was never a question. It was a goal I was

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to achieve before graduation, which is why I began planning for it early on. It wasn’t easy choosing the best program, city and school, finding the money to finance it or filling out the mounds of paperwork it requires. The preparation for it was an added class on my schedule, but the struggle proved well worth it upon arrival in Spain. My first few hours abroad were a flurry of emotions. I was finally in the country that had graced my books, television, computer and radio so often that I was fond of it even before we met. Having a solid set of preconceptions made it a challenge to arrive without expectations, but somehow I managed to do it. I was ready to understand what Spain was and not what I wanted it to be.


Seville is known for its folklore and traditions. It’s the city where, in the words of Samantha Brown, “our most romantic notions of Spain come from,” and I could not have chosen a better time to live there. Spring in Seville is like no other. I was able to see the “Carnaval” costumes and celebrations, the “Semana Santa” processions. I learned to dance Flamenco during

However, I do advise everyone and anyone to not overdo it, especially if you are there as a student. There is so much to see in Spain during daylight hours that partaking in excessive nighttime activities could prevent you exploring, and as in all countries, it could also draw focus away from academics. Studying in Europe has other great advantages, such as the opportunity for cheap independent travel. Thanks to low-budget airlines, trains and hostels, traveling to other countries is accessible for anyone who is willing to compromise comfort. I took full advantage of that and my welcoming foreign friends, grabbed my backpack and traveled in Morocco, Portugal, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands and soon Bosnia as well. I could write a book about my adventures in each of those wonderful countries! I’m currently getting ready to begin my intensive French-language summer studies in Paris, France, and will wave a bittersweet goodbye to Europe in August. It’s safe to say that the past seven months have been life-changing. They broadened my perspective of the world and made me stronger, resourceful and even more independent. It wasn’t always easy, but the challenges I faced were worth every minute. Studying abroad is a feasible option for any student. If you really want it, you can make it happen, regardless of how economically disadvantaged you think you are. Don’t let your “disadvantages” define you. Take the bull by the horns, invest in your education and embark on an adventure. There are a number of resources available to help you. My suggestions are that you research programs, find the perfect fit and apply to as many scholarships as possible. I received the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship, which is dedicated to helping students go abroad, and I highly recommend that those who meet the eligibility requirements apply. Be fearless and follow your curiosity. As far as the cat goes, I’m sure he’ll send us a smoke signal as soon as he’s done hiking the Swiss Alps.

“The past seven months have been life-changing...and made me stronger, resourceful and even more independent.” the “Feria de Abril,” and watched my very first bullfight. In other words, I got a great slice of their globally recognized traditions. To fully absorb the culture, I chose to live with a host family –– or in my case host mom –– and participate in an integrated program at the University of Seville. These decisions didn’t necessarily make my time abroad easier, but they sure did make it worthwhile. The knowledge and insight I gained about the culture, educational system and selected classes are invaluable. Additionally, I joined extracurricular activities as soon as I had a chance. My program’s director recommended an experimental theater workshop, where students are taught to develop a clown character and apply the skills they learned to more serious acting performances. The classes were taught in a tiny theater room conveniently located directly behind a bar/coffee shop where many artists gather. After class, many of us would stay there for hours at a time, which facilitated my friend-making process. The time I spent there was amongst the most memorable. If New York is the city that doesn’t sleep, Spain is the country that only sleeps during the “siesta” from 3 to 5 p.m. I was able to visit cities in Southern, Central and Northern Spain, and if they have one thing in common, it’s their lively night. A normal nighttime itinerary would read: dinner at 10 p.m., drinks after and on weekends add some dancing at a nightclub! If I ever write a book titled “100 Things To Do Before You Die,” partying in Spain would definitely top the list.


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Story and photos by Christina Mlynski • Staff Writer Opinion

very summer, my three best guy-friends and I embark on a sweaty, scream-a-long, $7 for a bottle of water adventure to the most memorable music festival of the summer: Warped Tour. We’ve been driving down to Fair Park in a hellishly hot SUV since we were sophomores in high school. Every year, we make our way to the three stages hidden behind rows of booths stuffed with memorabilia. Most people would consider Warped Tour to be a thing of the past. But for us, this is a tradition, something that has kept us bonded to each other and music for the last six years. There’s only one place in this state where you can blow up contraceptives like balloons, drop your parents off at a daycare, cut off your jeans

at the knee –– dubbing them “hardcore pants” –– meet your musical heroes, and experience that amazing feeling where you can relive your days from the Plano Centre and the Door Dallas when they still had good music — post-hardcore music. Living in Denton, the music scene is indiemeets-folk with a synthesizer. I don’t have any problem with that because I listen to a wide range of tunes, but my roots began with post-hardcore. Throughout high school, Bring Me the Horizon, Attack Attack!, Enter Shikari and Parkway Drive were the founding fathers of my personal music journey. I had some of my best memories at their shows and now all of these bands have an entire day devoted to them under one roof—the blistering Texas sky.


Warped Tour 2010 was a rollercoaster of emotions, ranging from astonishment to irritation. The festival brought on the most dreaded part of the day: — rain. The weather was something I had feared since the weekend rolled around. With gray skies and overcast clouds, it was nonly a matter of time before the storm finally came through and completely soaked us. There were a few light drizzles throughout the day, but at 5 p.m. the mother of all showers introduced herself. Needless to say, an umbrella wouldn’t have saved you from the monstrous rain that felt like hail when it hit your skin. Bring Me the Horizon, one of the most anticipated headliners, hailed from Sheffield, England. The members took the stage in spite of the danger because of lightning. Its set mesmerized us into a world of heavy breakdowns and mind-blowing vocals, courtesy of Oli Sykes.

The rain continued to fall along with a teethchattering temperature that made everyone huddle together. Thus, a mosh pit began during the band’s single, “Diamonds Aren’t Forever.” As soon as the chorus kicked in, every Warped Tour attendee had a diamond shape thrown in the sky and sang along with the band that had traveled halfway across the world to do what they’re good at: gathering people in one spot for the sake of music. As I get older and see venues and concerts come to an end, it makes me realize how much my life has changed. Still, Warped Tour is that one festival a year where I can be swept away with other enthusiasts by our passion of music. Even if that genre of music seems to be dwindling away, always remember that as long as there are people out there willing to endure weather hazards, overpriced tickets, sweaty people and screaming music, Warped Tour will live on forever.

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Mall’s future still uncertain Story by Nasreen Iqbal • Staff Writer Photo by Brandon Nichols • Staff Photographer

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olden Triangle Mall’s lenders JP Morgan Chase have put a foreclosure on the mall because of an outstanding balance of $24 million. General Manager Matt Ludemann said the mall’s current owners, New York-based Feldman Mall Properties, will continue to operate as owners until the property is sold at auction. Ludemann said the owners told him that neither he, storeowners nor employees could make any additional comments to the press. “The owners and bank are not local, so there is no real reason for them to contact anyone on the city level,” City of Denton spokesman John Cabrales Jr. said. Randy Guttery, a UNT finance and real estate professor and associate dean for graduate programs, said the news isn’t that much of a surprise. “The retail business has all but collapsed in the past three years,” he said. “The owners might not have done anything wrong. It might have just been bad timing.”

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But mall shopper and UNT hospitality management sophomore Caroline Koop said the lack of popular stores is to blame for the mall’s failure. “This is a college town and yet you don’t see any stores that college students would shop at,” Koop said. “There are a few, but really most places cater to junior high students or the elderly. This mall is depressing.” Guyer High School student Vanessa Longoria agrees. “It’s boring,” she said. “I come here if I have nothing better to do.” Golden Triangle Mall first opened in 1980 and has since gone through several owners, many of whom have claimed interest in upgrading the mall’s atmosphere and store selection. But Guttery said the foreclosure does not necessarily mean the end of Denton’s only mall. “There are a lot of places to shop in that area, so the mall could really be a nice continuation of that,” he said. “It’s a great piece of property with a lot of opportunity.”


Money Management offers financial advice By Nasreen Iqbal • Staff Writer

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he story of 41-year-old family practitioner Michelle Bisutti made national headlines. In February, the Wall Street Journal published a story about Bisutti, who graduated from medical school in Ohio in 2003 with $250,000 worth of student loans. In the seven years since Bisutti graduated, her loan amount has escalated dramatically to half a million dollars. “Maybe half of it was my fault because I didn’t read the fine print,” Bisutti said in the article. “But this is just outrageous now.” Stories like Bisutti’s seem to be popping up everywhere: in major newspaper articles, on business news talk shows and amid the conversations of nervous college students. Paul Goebel, the senior associate dean of students at the Money Management Center, said 60 to 70 percent of students have to rely on some form of financial aid assistance to offset their college and living costs while attending UNT. “Loans are not evil,” Goebel said. “However, they can be very dangerous if they are not managed and controlled. A decision to accept the debt obligation of a loan should not be taken lightly by any student.” Financial Aid representatives urge students to manage and understand their loans and interest rates by visiting the National Student Loan Data System’s website at www.nslds.ed.gov. Goebel also recommends that students schedule an appointment with the consultative team at the Money Management Center if they feel concern for their student debt or simply to seek help managing their money. “I think a lot of students are living check to check,” said Peggy Ordonez, a political science junior. “College is when they really learn how to handle their finances.” Ordonez said that her love for shopping as a freshman resulted in credit card debt that she recently has begun to pay back and manage. “It was not a good year,” Ordonez said. “But it took me getting into this situation to really understand how to manage my money well.” Goebel said that, through his work, he has learned of several financial pitfalls students unknowingly fall into.

“I believe three of the most common financial mistakes students make include the short-sightedness when they plan their college experience only one semester at a time, not to adequately research all their college and living costs, and to exhaust their financial aid refund before the next disbursement date,” he said. Elementary education senior Montreal Williams said he is aware of the financial mistakes many college students can make. “When I was a freshman, I would spend my money so easily,” he said. “Initially I would eat out a lot. Three dollars here and four there add up over time.” Williams said that as a freshman, he was a customer of a local bank and found the convenience of a debit card appealing. Today however, he no longer has a checking account and prefers to use his money the old fashion way: in cash. Peyton Roden, a master’s of business administration adviser and finance professor, said that Williams’ tactic is one of the best that college students can implement to avoid getting into debt. “Money is not the problem,” Roden said. “It’s that plastic card that gets people into trouble.” Roden said the key to avoiding debt is living within one’s means. “My philosophy is that it should be difficult to spend money,” Roden said. “Paying in cash is the smartest thing people can do for themselves. Today, it’s far too easy to borrow.” Although Bissuti’s loans resulted from three years of medical school, Goebel said that students should learn the basics of student loans and money management while they are undergraduates to avoid falling into similar extreme situations of financial hardship. “UNT students have an incredible opportunity to strengthen or enhance their money management skills,” he said.“I would hope students learn how to take a more active role in managing their money so they can reduce the level of debt obligations when they cross the next threshold in their lives as either new professionals or graduate school candidates.”

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imes are tougher than ever. Between paying for school, phone bills, rent, utilities, gas, groceries and what little is left over to reward yourself with a $3.50 movie or a $2 drink special, we’re having to pinch pennies harder than ever before. Not to mention how little time we have to devote to ourselves after school and work have drained what’s left of our energy. So something’s gotta give. We here at the Daily challenged our-

selves to give up something that consumes our lives for one week. The goal was to determine something that sucked from our wallets or from the precious 24 hours we’re given each day. Or maybe just something that makes us feel vain or lethargic. Below are the experiences we had. Some failed, some wept but most found going without surprisingly liberating. Read on and challenge yourself to see what you could give up.

EATING OUT I generally eat out a lot in the course of a week because I am often too lazy to muster up the energy to go to the grocery store or spend time at home cooking, so I gave up eating out for one week. It turned out to be a really gratifying experience, because by the end of the week, I felt healthier and more energetic. I realized that I actually kind of like cooking for my friends and myself. It is a fun and delicious activity. In the course of this experiment, I discovered some good options when buying fresh produce. If you don’t mind waking up early, try heading out to the Denton County Farmer’s Market on Carroll Drive. They open at 7 a.m. and have

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some tasty stuff. For those who are not so skilled in the culinary arts, I recommend trying to find recipes and how-to videos online. Another benefit in cooking at home is that it can save you some money if you do it right. Look for sales and clip coupons. Also, NEVER forget to use your Kroger card. In the future, I would like to continue cooking meals at home and striving to eat out less, resisting the urge to visit the Taco Bell drive-thru at 3 a.m.

–Brandon Nichols


PEANUT BUTTER

JUST WATER

If I had to rank the world’s greatest inventors of the last 200 years in order of their importance, every single one would pale in comparison to George Washington Carver. Thomas Edison? Who? Alfred Einstein? Psh. Carver, who was a civil rights hero, invented the greatest food on the planet. Who cares about theories of relativity or incandescent bulbs when you can eat your results? For me, peanut butter wasn’t just a comfort food or an excuse to relive childhood by having a PB&J sandwich and a glass of milk way past the age when such things are acceptable. The fact is, although peanut butter is a great food for kids because of its high protein content, it’s not so great for us older kids. Unless you’re a health nut, there’s no way to burn off the insane amount of fat in just a tablespoon of the heavenly spread. I figured it was time to see what would happen if I gave up my favorite chunky controlled substance. The last time I had to do without was after I got salmonella from a contaminated Peter Pan jar, and it was agony. By the way, their creamy brand is still the best on the market (at least now that there’s no salmonella). So for a week, I couldn’t have anything peanut-y: no peanut butter, no peanuts, no peanut M&M’s and certainly no mouth-watering Reese’s products. It was easier than I thought. For something I’d had a spoonful of nearly every day for years, I didn’t have that much trouble going without it. It was more inconvenient than life-altering. I didn’t get the shakes or the cravings like I thought I would. Maybe now I can adjust my eating habits and see what life is like when I’m not always concerned about calories. Or I could just run to Braum’s for a peanut butter-hot fudge sundae.

We here at the Daily decided to do the impossible: Give up something we love for a week. I know, I know. Hold your applause. The question became, naturally, what should I give up? Facebook? Of course not! The thought of the chaotic state that my Café World application would be in once I returned was stomach-turning (pun intended). A favorite food? I already don’t eat red meat. Television? I can’t even type that without laughing. Then, I was struck by genius. My entire life, I’ve had but one mortal enemy: dihydrogen monoxide a.k.a. water. Sure, we are on speaking terms when it comes to bathing, but I could not be paid to drink it. Why would I put my taste buds through the motion when they weren’t going to be rewarded with flavor? Gross. So it was decided. I would drink NOTHING BUT WATER for an entire week. Being unable to crack open a can of ice-cold root beer or stop to pick up a container of pomegranate lemonade at the grocery store was unbearable. I genuinely felt angry every time I walked into the kitchen and filled my glass with that bland, taunting liquid. Every night, my boyfriend had to deal with me whining about being unable to drink something tasty. He promised to buy me a big bottle of root beer when the week was up. It couldn’t get here fast enough. Lo and behold, I managed to survive. Much to my parents’ chagrin, I was not transformed into a water lover or even a water liker. I continue my vendetta with more fervor, now that I’ve spent a week with the wet devil. Now, there’s nothing left to say except THANK GOD FOR POPSICLES!

–Kip Mooney

-Nicole Landry


MIRRORS Reversing out of my driveway, I check my rearview mirror and step on the brake. The yellow Post-It I stuck to my mirror calls for my attention. “Check only for cars,” it says. “Not to be used for applying mascara.” Ditto. I had forgotten that I put a note on my rearview mirror –– and on every other reflective surface for that matter –– the night before to help remind me of my week’s assignment: Go a whole week without looking in a mirror. “What difference does it make?” my sister asks me. She likes to remind me that no matter how much time I stand in front of the mirror fixing myself up, I still end up looking like I just woke up and I still end up walking out the door with the same old jeans and T-shirt attire. In all truth, she’s right. But I soon discover that there are many practical reasons to use a mirror. How, for example, do I know if one of the seeds from my bagel this morning stuck between my teeth, if my shirt looks as tight as it feels or if I accidently put on enough dark eyeliner to pull off being one of the cast members from “Twilight”? In reality, I assumed that this assignment would be an easy one to master since I have grown accustomed to ditching makeup and dressing casually on most days. Still, I know that when it comes to making an impression, the harsh reality remains that appearances matter. Day one to four felt pretty miraculous. I grocery-shopped, conversed with my neighbors, went to class, worked and even shopped without having checked the mirror first. True, I slipped up every once in a while by accidently looking at my reflection in the car window or in elevator mirrors, but I managed to successfully refrain from consciously giving myself the look-over in my own mirror. It was as if I had given my insecurities — my vanity –– a break for the week. And it felt great. On day five, my hectic schedule and insecurities caused me to cave. I knew I would be interviewing complete strangers for an article, and I have come to learn that a polished look earns one points on the approachability scale. I noticed, however, that people were no nicer to me than they were when I had not used a mirror. I soon recalled a lesson I had learned from childhood and through experience: Good character and a good attitude rather than an attractive appearance is what people find most appealing. I believe that a smile is the single most attractive accessory a person can possess, and I kept that truth in mind until day seven, smiling all the while and avoiding poppy seed bagels at all costs.

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–Nasreen Iqbal

FACEBOOK Facebook is ever present in our lives. Our friends have it, our family has it, our professors have it. It provides us with a lifeline to people we rarely, if ever, communicate with, complete with pictures and views into their daily interactions. But with everything that is good about Facebook, there are some equally bad attributes. One of those is that Facebook can be an immense time-suck. For that reason, I decided to give up Facebook for a week. That week showed me a lot about myself. It began on a whim while talking to my boss after a long night at work on June 17. I thought, “Oh, I can give up Facebook. No big deal.” I hadn’t realized how often I go to automatically log on to Facebook and check to see what my friends hundreds of miles away are doing or what a new person whose name I hear looks like and is interested in. When I’m bored, or even when I pull up the Internet to look something else up, my first instinct is to pull up the social networking site and troll around my friends’ pages. Without that outlet, I felt sad and disconnected. It felt as


REALITY TV SHOWS

though I was unaware of what was going on in my life because I couldn’t see the picture of one of my best friends and her new boyfriend or post on another best friend’s wall on her birthday. I did fail once. I was trying to contact a friend of mine to help one of the other writers find a person to talk to about the new iPhone. I felt guilty but tempted to look at my new notifications and the friend request that I had waiting for me, but I went only to my friend’s page and then exited out quickly. Whenever my husband got on Facebook, I would peak over his shoulder to see what his friends were doing, to get a Facebook fix. He teased me, saying I was breaking the rules. It surprised me how difficult it was to separate myself from my virtual life. As soon as my week was up (and believe me, there was a count down), I was back online, catching up on a few friends’ lives and seeing what crazy things popped up on my newsfeed. All-in-all, I’m OK with loving Facebook, but this experience taught me I need to control my obsession with it.

-Abigail Allen

For most people, their weekly night line-ups, featuring their favorite shows, like “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” or “House,” are fictional. However, I am on the opposite end of the totem pole. I never considered myself a reality-TV advocate until I went through my DVR one day and realized all of my shows were based on real-life events. Food Network has my heart, and I can usually be seen on Sunday nights in front of the TV watching the newest challenge. The intensity of pastry chefs franticly running around their workspaces as the clock counts down the minutes—I’m always sitting on the edge of my seat and captivated by the obstacle at hand. When asked to participate in giving something up I really value, the first thing I thought of was reality TV. Now, I must say that I did weigh out my options and tried to think of something else, but I knew if I was going to do this, I was going to do it right. I convinced myself that it wouldn’t be as bad as I thought it was going to be. I was wrong. Of course I would pick the week that had all of my favorite shows releasing new episodes. “Intervention” on A&E started up a new season, the “Drake’s Better than Good Enough” documentary was released on MTV, and “Cake Boss” and “Say to the Dress” on TLC. Thank goodness we weren’t asked to do this during mid-July because I would have thrown in the towel from day one, with the new series premiere of “Kate Plus 8.” At first it wasn’t too bad. I watched a lot of movies and Teen Nick had an every “Degrassi” episode ever marathon, so the weekend was a breeze. The beginning of the week is when I started to see the storm coming. My family is really into reality TV as well, so around every corner I could hear the intense episodes going on. Temptation was all around me. Yesterday, a day before my full week of sobriety, I broke down. I was walking through the living room to the kitchen and there it was on TV: “Drake’s Better Than Good Enough” documentary. I tried to resist but stopped dead in my tracks. I was glued to the screen immediately, and my body felt a surge of relief as if I were a smoker who had given up cigarettes and decided to give in and have one. I’m not proud of my incomplete, but I will say that I am impressed with myself for giving up six days of what I normally plan my life around. My name is Christina. I am a reality-TV junkie, and I couldn’t be happier.

-Christina Mlynski


Beating the Texas Heat By Josh Pherigo • Staff Writer

Part II: The Texas Factory Tour

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veryone wants to stay cool this summer and most folks want to save some money while they’re at it. But not everyone’s an outdoors type. And while Texas boasts plenty of awe-inspiring parks, some people still want their air conditioning, and who can blame them? So here are three must-see indoor spots, all within a short drive. Get ready to experience some distinct Texas flavor without bursting into flames.

Bureau of Engraving and Printing

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ne of only two plants in the country that prints paper money, the Fort Worth Bureau of Engraving and Printing is a must-see for anyone who hasn’t gone before. Completely free to get in and take a tour, participants are led on a guided trip around the facility. Walking

on a raised platform with large windows to allow views into the printing rooms, visitors can watch as wall-sized sheets of uncut bills are stacked on pallets like plywood. Billions of dollars in paper currency is made and processed every day.

Draw: You’ll probably see more money in 30 seconds than you’ll earn in your whole life. Cost: Free admission, Free tour Hours: June & July: M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 a.m.

Tours every 30 min from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Aug-May: M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Tours every 30 min from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Just a tip: As you might imagine, security is pretty tight. Allow up to 30 minutes to get through screening. If you think it’s prohibited, it is. That includes: cell phones, food and drinks, cameras, backpacks and electronics of any kind. Location:

45 minute drive to: 9000 Blue Mound Road Fort Worth 1-866-865-1194 (toll-free)

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Mrs. Baird’s Bakery

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true modern marvel in the size of the factory and quality of the product, visiting one of Mrs. Baird’s Bakeries is like stepping into the bread version of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. OK, not quite, but it’s still impressive. Tours of this enormous factory allow visitors

to walk along the factory floor and get an up-close (but not too up-close — germs are bad) view of the process that goes into baking, slicing and packaging the many bread products we see on our grocery store shelves every day. Along the way, the smell of baking bread carries you forward as the tour guide shares information about the interesting history of the company. Visitors are lead past historical artifacts as well as gigantic modern machines with working blades and moving parts so dangerous there are a large number of rules that comprise the safety briefing at the beginning of the tour.

Draw: Your taste buds might just find sweet relief after

being around enticing baking bread for an hour. Follow your nose!

Cost: Free

Just a tip: Visit the website to verify that you are com-

plying with the dress code, which mostly deals with footwear. mrsbairds.com/bakery/tour.php

Location:

45 minute drive to:

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday; Call at least 2 weeks in advance to set up a tour

7301 South Freeway Fort Worth 817-615-3050

Dublin Dr Pepper Bottling Company

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his year the oldest operating Dr Pepper Bottling plant in the world celebrated its 119th birthday. Well worth the drive, this historic town is home to a true Texas original, Dublin Dr Pepper. Stepping back into the past, the plant offers visitors a look at what it was like to bottle the soda when it was first being produced near the late 19th century. Still operating –– though not everyday –– tours are given of the bottling line and the museum daily. The soda shop is

worth the drive, and a trip wouldn’t be complete without a tasty ice cream soda.

Draw: Perfect for a cheap day trip and chance to get away from the big city for half a day. Doc’s soda fountain is delicious. Order a sandwich and then get dessert. If you don’t come back with a case of Dublin DP, you did something wrong. Cost: $2.50/adult tour Hours: Soda Shop: Daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tours: Daily 10:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. every 45 minutes

Just a Tip: What makes Dublin Dr Pepper so special is the fact that it is still made with imperial sugar cane and mostly bottled in glass. Most believe the sugar cane makes the drink taste phenomenally better. I agree. Location: 2 hours south:

Dublin 1-888-398-1024 Can’t miss it.

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Gutterth dedicates passion to local music scene

By Christina Mlynski • Staff Writer

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he front room is bare — no one occupies tables or chairs. The door swings open as a dark-haired, bearded man circles the inside of Art Six Coffee House. Dressed in cargo shorts and a black T-shirt, he doesn’t look like a typical Denton resident. Looks can be deceiving, as the man describes his excitement for the four-hour drive he will soon make to Oklahoma to see his favorite band, Tool. For Brent Frishman, co-founder of Gutterth Productions and an art and design senior, driving to see a band that has influenced his view on music and his passion for discovering different artists, which ultimately led to opening a production company, is the least he could do. “I’m a huge fan boy,” Frishman said.

Who Can Deny How Delicious it Tastes

Frishman was in high school when he witnessed a local tour of bands from a label titled One Ton. The collaboration of artists, not the actual music, showed him what a local record label could do. To Frishman, it was the satisfaction the artists got from being a part of the label and creating a family that stuck out to him. From that moment, he knew he wanted to experience that type of bond personally. “I’ve always been a huge fan of music ever since my 26 brothers got me into Metallica when I was around 12

years old,” Frishman said. Gutterth was founded in 2006 when Michael Briggs, co-founder and childhood friend, invited Frishman to help him book one of their favorite bands: The Paper Chase. “The show did really well, with a lot of people showing up, so we started doing other shows and everything just really gelled together,” Frishman said. The concept of crafting shows alone seemed overdone. Instead, the two friends labeled their performances “episodes,” which combined artwork, a live show and music by artists on their label in one setting, Frishman said. “What I’ve noticed from time and time again is that they’re a bit more excited about representing the bands they work with and the shows they put on …,” said Ryan Thomas Becker, an artist on their label. “They do it, all of this, for the love of it.”

A Little Place Called Trust

Frishman enjoys his partnership with his best friend. “I like working with just Michael,” Frishman said. “We’ve played around with the idea of hiring an intern, but for the most part it works really well between the two of us. We butt heads definitely, but it’s pretty mutually friendly.”


The duo started their company based on one primary theme: friendship. Briggs was the first person to drive nine hours to Louisiana with Frishman to see Radiohead after seeing the band hours before in Oklahoma. “Their dynamic is very opposite from the other one,” Becker said. “It’s the music that brings their personalities together. Briggs and Frishman share a prominent personality trait: bluntness. When it comes to the music they support, the two of them book and release music viewed worthy of being heard, Becker said. “It’s based on Brent’s and Michael’s taste,” said Charlie Hunter, the proprietor of a venue called the Schoolhouse. “They don’t put out a single release they don’t like, whereas others put out what will help make their wallets bigger.”

So How Goes the Good Fight?

Most of the artists on their label are friends they have listened to or seen live. Over the past four years, Gutterth has released 21 albums and hosted 43 “episodes,” Frishman said. “The purpose is simply to put together the shows that we want to see and put out the records that need to be heard,” Briggs said. Frishman and Briggs have given all of their personal finances to Gutterth so the business can continue to grow. “When we make profits, it goes into the next project,” Frishman said. “We’re not sitting on a big mountain of cash.” The lack of money keeps them closer to their business and reminds them of the reason why they continue to spread the word, Frishman said. “Gutterth has more of a ‘do-it-yourself’ mentality with how they go

about running their business and doing their own thing,” Becker said. Frishman hasn’t given much thought to future plans. The main vision he and Briggs strive for is acting as middleman, helping bands make their mark. “It makes me happy to see our bands sign with big record companies who can give them more business, and I wish so badly we could have done that for them instead,” Frishman said. “Maybe one day we’ll be able to.”

Don’t You Wish You Had Some More

Hunter, Spune Productions and Gutterth have a working relationship of healthy competition. “If you want to come here and go to school for four years, fine, then go to Lucky Lou’s. But if you want to experience Denton and be right up there with everything, then look to Gutterth because they’re actually a part of the creative community,” Hunter said. Gutterth’s local competitors and artists would like to see the company expand itself beyond the region, Becker and Hunter said. “I’d like to move them more regionally out of the Metroplex and working with different kinds of music scenes in the Texas area,” Becker said. Frishman sees the business as a chance to help people in bands he respects. “This isn’t just a hobby,” he said, pausing. “It’s fun at times and really rewarding, but we’re not doing this because we have nothing else to do. We do this because we want to –– this is our family –– and to see a band growing and seeing them coming up in the music world ... To know that is happening, half-way across the country, it’s a really good feeling.”


Summer dinner idea Story and photos by Abigail Allen • Staff writer

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Pasta Salad

ith the high temperatures of summer, a cool dinner can fill you up without warming you up too much. This recipe, courtesy of my mother Rosemary Thatcher, can feed about six to eight people and is a fun way to get

some protein and vegetables. This is an often-requested family favorite in the Thatcher household. Even people who dislike tuna usually like this variation, but it can be changed to match your tastes, substituting chicken or shrimp for tuna.

Ingredients: 16-ounce package of pasta (shells) 2 sticks of celery 2 large carrots 1 1/2 cup frozen peas

2 6-ounce cans of tuna 1 cup of Miracle Whip 1/2 cup of Italian dressing

Directions: 1. Fill a large pot two-thirds of the way full with water for the pasta. Set it to boil. 2. Cook the pasta thoroughly according to package directions. 3. Strain the pasta and set it aside in a large salad bowl to cool. Sprinkle it with some of the Italian dressing. 4. While the pasta cools, wash, peel and shred the carrots. 5. Add the carrots to the pasta. 6. Then cut the celery in half, length-wise, and chop them into about 1/4 inch pieces. 28 7. Add the celery to the pasta. 8. Open the cans of tuna, leaving one part of the lid

attached for easy draining. 9. Using a fork, remove the tuna and pull the tuna apart. Add it to the pasta mix. 10. Add the Miracle Whip to the pasta, spreading it throughout the pasta. 11. Add the remaining Italian dressing and mix it with the pasta. 12. Put the peas into the salad. 13. Stir all of the ingredients together thoroughly. 14. Refrigerate the salad for an hour or more, based on your preference. If you’re in a hurry, you can eat the salad immediately.


A Photographer’s Rights Story and Photo by Brandon Nichols • Staff Photographer

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s the staff photographer for the Daily, as well as a photography major at UNT, I am interested in understanding the rights that a photographer has. I think it is relevant to everyone because it deals with our civil liberties. Most of us now walk around with cell phones handy. Many of these cell phones have picture and video capabilities. We have the technology to send and receive information at an incredible rate. Living in a postSept. 11 world, there is a fear this abundance of information could be used in the planning of terrorist attacks. Businesses fear that photography could ruin certain trade secrets they don’t want known. Also most people just don’t like to be photographed. So will we politely put our cameras away and abandon our right to free expression out of fear of being bullied? Heck no! Carlos Miller from the website “Photography Is Not A Crime” has had his fair share of bullying by Miami police in the past. He has twice been arrested as well as permanently banned from the Miami-Dade Metrorail. After his first arrest, he started his website to document First Amendment violations against other photographers throughout the country, which “occur on a shockingly regular basis,.” he says. Since the start of his website, he has successfully overturned all charges from his first arrest and is now fighting

his second court case. His website provides a photographer’s rights pamphlet that can be printed and put into your camera bag to help inform you of how to handle yourself in any circumstance where you feel you are being harassed for taking pictures or video. It also outlines important rules about photographing in public. The general rule is that anyone may take photographs of whatever they want when they are in a public place. Security is rarely a legitimate reason for restricting photography. Taking a photograph is not a terrorist act. So don’t let security guards or employees in public places impede on your rights. A police officer should respect your right to photograph, but he or she may ask you to keep away from areas where you might be disrupting their activities or endangering your safety. However, they don’t have the right to prohibit you from taking photographs from further away. Miller writes that the best way to handle confrontation is to be courteous and respectful. Don’t allow the situation to escalate out of hand. If a situation does arise where the other party becomes pushy, combative or unreasonably hostile, consider calling the police. If you know your rights beforehand, you will be better equipped to defend them. So keep those cameras out and don’t be afraid to use them.

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The Best of Denton Circle one nominee per category and turn in to GAB 117 OR vote online at www.ntdaily.com

BEST SANDWICH

Jimmy John’s New York Sub Way Pita Pit McAlister’s Deli Panera Bread

BEST PIZZA

J&J’s Pizza on the Square TJ’s Wings-n-Things Crooked Crust Hot Box Pizza Palio’s Pizza and Café

BEST SUSHI

I Love Sushi Avocado Uncommon Ground J Sushi Mr. Chopsticks

BEST BURGER

Denton County Independent Hamburger Co. Boomer Jack Central Grill Katz’s Hamburgers Sweetwater Tavern & Grill

BEST COFFEEHOUSE

Art Six Jupiter House Big Mike’s Banter The Hydrant

BEST UPSCALE RESTAURANT

Hannah’s Bochy’s Bistro Frilly’s Green House The Abbey Inn

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BEST GROCERY STORE

The Cupboard Denton County Farmers Market La Azteca Meat Market

BEST FROZEN TREAT

Beth Marie’s Yogurt Story Yogurt Fusion Eskimo Hut Bahama Bucks

BEST THAI FOOD

Andaman Thai Sukho Thai II Sweet Basil Thai Ocha Siam Off the Square

BEST ASIAN CUISINE

Bulgogi House Chinatown Café Mr. Chopsticks Shogun Keiichi

BEST BUFFET

Pizza Inn Double Dave’s Buffet King Evergreen Super Buffet Pancho’s Mexican Buffet

BEST BREAKFAST/ BRUNCH

Cups and Crepes Old West Café Ruby’s Diner on the Square Le Peep Kolache Haven

BEST HOME COOKING

Ruby’s Diner on the Square Old West Café Frilly’s Catfish King Cracker Barrel

BEST MEXICAN FOOD

El Fenix El Guapo’s Miguelito’s Fuzzy’s Taco Shop La Mexicana

BEST BBQ

Metzler’s Rudy’s Rooster’s Roadhouse Smokehouse

BEST WINGS

TJ’s Wings-n-Things Wing Stop Boomer Jack Buffalo Wild Wings

BEST LATE NIGHT FOOD Crooked Crust Whataburger Taco Bell IHOP Taco Cabana

BEST INTERNATIONAL FOOD

Yumi’s Kohila Indian Cuisine Giuseppe’s Michael’s Kitchen


BEST GUILTY PLEASURE Kolache Haven/Candy Haven Beth Marie’s Mi Casita The Angry Friar Waffle House

BEST MAN V. FOOD

Blazin’ Wings (Buffalo Wild Wings) Hell Burger (Rooster’s Roadhouse) King Kong Burger (RG Burgers & Grill)

BEST VEGETARIAN

Mr. Chopsticks The Cupboard The Greenhouse

BEST BAR FOOD

Cool Beans Sweetwater Rocky’s Pourhouse Hooligans

BEST BAR

Cool Beans Lucky Lou’s Riprocks Public House Mable Peabody’s

BEST BEER RUN DESTINATION

Howdy Doody Metzler’s Eskimo Hut Midway Mart Beer Barn

BEST PLACE TO BE A WINE SNOB

Wine Squared Vigne

BEST HOOKAH BAR

Kush Jasmine Natalie’s Bagheri’s Cold Fusion

BEST MUSIC VENUE

Hailey’s Andy’s Basement Bar & Grill Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios The Boiler Room Dan’s Silverleaf

BEST DANCING

’80s Night/’90s Night (Hailey’s) Denton Swingout (First Baptist Church) Salsa (La Milpa)

BEST ART GALLERY

UNT Art Gallery Oxide Gallery UNT on the Square Gallery Greater Denton Arts Council Meme Gallery

BEST TATTOO PARLOR

Denton Tattoo Co. Intradermal Designs Smilin’ Rick’s Ace’s

BEST THREADS

2nd Street La-Di-Da Circa ’77 Burger & Friends Plato’s Closet

BEST THRIFT STORE

Denton Thrift Goodwill Holy Family Ruth’s Room Twice as Nice

BEST BOOKSTORE

Books ‘n’ More Recycled Books Hastings

BEST COMIC BOOK STORE

Madness Comics & Games More Fun Comics & Games Hastings

BEST LIVE THEATRE

Campus Theatre UNT RTFPA Building TWU Redbud Theater Green Space Arts Collective

BEST TEXTBOOK STORE UNT Bookstore Campus Bookstore Eagle Text Voertman’s

BEST MOVIE THEATER

Cinemark 14 Movie Tavern Rave Hickory Creek

BEST DENTON EVENT

NX35 Arts & Jazz Fest North Texas State Fair and Rodeo

BEST WEBSITE

My Denton Music Think Denton Stalker Texas Ranger We Denton Do It

BEST BIKE SHOP

Denton Bicycle Center The Bicycle Path Querencia

BEST LOCAL PERSONALITY

Eli Gemini (city council candidate/ independent filmmaker) E.B. (“The Van Guy”) Lou (owner of Lucky Lou’s) Laurent Prouvost (Denton Pedicab) Bob Clifton (perennial mayoral candidate) Big Mike (owner of Big Mike’s)

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“Inception”

Lady Gaga

Every decade or so, a movie comes along and completely re-defines what science fiction can be, where films can take us. In the ‘60s Stanley Kubrick took us on a space odyssey in “2001.” George Lucas brought us “Star Wars” in the ‘70s and everyone knows the mind-blowing power of “The Matrix.” It’s not that often that a film can show us a world we’ve never seen, especially in this effects-heavy era. But I doubt even I’m prepared to have my mind blown this wide open. Bring it on. – Kip Mooney, Editor-in-Chief

If Madonna and Marilyn Monroe ever had a child, it would be Lady Gaga. With her promiscuous acts and ‘80s fashion sense, everyone is going gaga for Lady Gaga. An overnight sensation, the “fame monster” has swept the world with her hit singles. Lady Gaga will take the stage in Dallas at American Airlines Center for two nights in a row, something the influential singer and fashionista won’t repeat anywhere else on her tour. – Christina Mylinski, Staff Writer

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen Page

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Palladium Ballroom, Dallas

For those who didn’t get to make it to Warped Tour, round two is officially here. SummerFest presented by Third String Productions has moved from the Plano Centre to the Palladium Ballroom –– a big boy venue. The headlining band, Forever the Sickest Kids, may come as a surprise since they haven’t released anything new. However, the Rowlett-based pop alternative band is no newcomer to these types of gigs. Summer Fest may become more appealing to post-hardcore fanatics with bands like Silverstein, Dance Gavin Dance and Sky Eats Airplane, who will all perform at various stages. Bonus: This concert’s indoors. Hello, A/C! – Christina

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“The Other Guys”

Arcade Fire, “The Suburbs”

starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg After the greatness of “Toy Story 3,” I really appre ciate movies that can simultaneously entertain par ents and kids alike. But every now and then you want a film you absolutely cannot take your little cousin to. While the movie’s not yet rated, I certainly hope it gets a hard R. Think of all the foul-mouthed hijinks Ferrell and Wahlberg can get into as two bumbling cops who hope to be as cool as their rivals (Samuel L. Jackson and the Rock). Could this be the revival of the buddy-cop genre? A kid can dream, can’t he? – Kip

OK, listening public: Can we all write off Arcade Fire’s “Neon Bible” yet? Can we finally admit that it’s an overblown, overproduced mess? I think that’s vital before we begin discussing why “The Suburbs” is worth anticipating. Their debut “Funeral” was booming and exciting but they’re not some heavenly choir. They’re just a talented group with like, 43 members–half of them banging trashcans or something. But the four songs that have leaked from “The Suburbs” display a focused and sinister troupe that’s taken a step back. There’s an almost evil tone that lurks just below the surface of these songs. It’s subtle, but it’s evident and not overpowering. And when can we ever describe something this band has put out like that? – Matt Goodman, Former Editor-in-Chief

T S U G AU Sunday

Monday

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Hailey’s Denton 9 p.m.

CD Releases: Arcade Fire,

Crowded House

“The Suburbs”

House of Blues Dallas 7 p.m.

Wavves,

“King of the Beach”

“The Other Guys”

“Step Up 3-D”

starring Sharni Vinson and Rick Malambri

American Idols Live

American Airlines Center Dallas 7 p.m.

Built to Spill

Granada Theater Dallas 7 p.m.

Issue Three hits newsstands

*All dates and times sub

ject to change

Wavves, “King of the Beach” After having one of the biggest freak-outs of 2009, Nathan Williams is cleaned up and ready to rock ‘n’ roll in 2010 with his post-indie act Wavves. The third album’s lead single “Post Acid” is a plea for help but also a summer jam. “King of the Beach” is Williams’ reminder that he’s still a hipster at heart,. Wavves is scheduled to hit up the summer music festival circuit once again, starting with Lollapalooza in Chicago in August. – Brandon Bell, Contributing Writer

Best of Denton 2010

Don’t forget to vote in our summer’s Best of Denton polls. Turn to page 30 to fill out your ballot and turn it in to GAB 117. You can also vote online at ntdaily.com. Voting ends August 2.

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Tips for finding your study method Story and Photo Illustration by Abigail Allen • Managing Editor

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tudying, although not always the most fun, provides a great basis for confidence and knowledge of your subject. Studying does not have to equal no social life, especially if you find the right way to study for yourself. Here’s my list of options for studying without having to tear your hair out. Try them out with something random that doesn’t matter as much as that class that could drag down

1. Find a friend or loved one who is willing to let you blabber on about the subject you’re studying until you feel confident that you can explain everything. Give them a checklist of things to go over with you, either through a review list, your notes or key words listed in your textbook. Don’t worry if you get things wrong at first. Just let them explain it and then try to repeat the correct answers multiple times. 2. Read through your textbook, jotting down the main ideas and other points that stick out to you. The act of transferring the information from your book to your brain to your hands and onto the paper processes the information differently than purely reading the material. It will also keep you actively engaged in the book with a lower likelihood of nodding off. 3. The classic study idea is, of course, flashcards. This works well if you’re a visual learner who can put a word or an image with its definition. 4. Get together with a study group and take turns teaching each other the material. You learn more when you teach something than if you are just learning it, so the act of educating others helps you get a firmer grasp of your subject. 5. Use a recorder for either your professor’s lectures or to capture your own voice reading through the chapters or notes for your class aloud. If you’re an auditory learner, your brain will make more sense of the information that you hear repetitiously than it does things that you see. 6. If you have to memorize a list, use some kind of trick to visualize it or otherwise trigger your memory. One such trick is the method of loci, which has you imagine the pictures of objects stacking on top of each other in the order you need to remember them in. Practice by having someone give you a random list of things that they keep track of and try to recite the list back to them. 34

your GPA or the test that determines your ability to get into graduate school. Then, if it works for you, stick with it. If not, don’t be afraid to experiment with other new ideas of how to effectively study, and don’t get discouraged if something doesn’t work for you. Knowing you did well at the end of a test beats feeling like you blanked out on the answers after cramming.


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