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Texas Woman’s University | Student run since 1914

Women in Commerce Conference: finding your center

Shannon Quick News Editor

Yesterday students, faculty and staff gathered in the Underground to celebrate Thanksgiving. Students enjoyed turkey, ham, cornbread stuffing, green bean casserole, and classic deserts such as pumpkin, pecan and lemon meringue pies. There were also vegetarian and vegan options including: Quorn, Turk’y Roast, cranberry sauce and creamy butternut–squash soup. The food was not the only thing that drew students to the underground yesterday. Friends of freshman Biochemistry major Emelia Beltran gathered to celebrate her birthday singing and talking about their Thanksgiving plans. Also dining in the Underground yesterday was the Junior Cadet Corps from Leonard Middle School, which posted the colors at the TWU Veterans Symposium earlier in the morning. Many students are planning on going home over the Thanksgiving holiday to destinations as close as Dallas, Ft. Worth and Denison or as far away as San Antonio and Louisiana.

Dennis Barbee Managing Editor

Photography by Shannon Quick

Students enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving buffet in the TWU Student Union Underground.

TWU Veterans Symposium

Laura Hilton Features Editor

“TWU has more female veterans that any other state university in Texas,” declared Director of TWU Commuter and Non-Traditional Student Services Amy O’Keefe. Yesterday in Hubbard Hall, Commuter Services hosted its first Veterans Symposium and Benefits Expo. “We’d eventually like to see it become a full–day conference,” O’Keefe stated, “and so [with] our first project, we wanted to start with something a little more bite–size.” O’Keefe added that the symposium was held because the university has a commitment to “Serving those who served.” The symposium gave TWU the opportunity to attain more information regarding those services available to veterans.

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Left to Right : Members of the Fort Worth Leonard Middle School Junior Cadet Corps Jack Bodenmiller, Trey Vinton, Ana Espinosa, and Tomequa Baker-Hule perform the posting of colors ceremony at the TWU Veterans Symposium.

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The fifth annual Denton Women in Commerce Conference helped students focus on “Finding Your Center.” The annual event, held last Friday, is a program sponsored by the Denton Chamber of Commerce, Texas Woman’s University’s School of Management and Sally Beauty Holdings Inc., and focuses on showcasing and supporting women–owned businesses in Denton County. The event was held in Hubbard Hall with talks scheduled throughout the day and a marketplace for local female business owners to display their products. Guests were invited to have their “passport” (a small booklet handed out for the event) stamped upon entry for door prizes given out at the end of the event. Featured speakers were authors Julie Hersh and Cindy Kleckner as well as author, trainer and speaker Elizabeth Lions. The group focused on balancing work and life, mental health and nutrition. Director of Programs and Membership Development Angelica Del Rosal stated her belief that the event helped women network with other women in business and create a support structure that can be crucial to succeeding. “As a single working parent, I am very fortunate to work for an organization that understands my commitment at home, to my child, and that I also give a hundred percent, at my job, that I balance both of those.” Del Rosal continued, “It can get difficult, but I think having the support from your employer is very important and not all women get that… We want to help women feel that they have that support.” Author Julie Hersh discussed her own experiences with clinical depression, and her thoughts on how to stay mentally well in your everyday life and how a support system can be instrumental in maintaining a healthy balance. “Do some things for yourself so that you’re more prepared to deal with your life,” Hersh advised. Hersh also spoke about the importance of maintaining your mind as you would any other organ because “the brain is an organ that needs maintenance, just as if you had a cavity you would go to the dentist so it would not get worse.” Hersh continued, “If people would start thinking of their brains as an organ that needs care and that would help people treat depression as the

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1937 1937 Lasso news— 75 years ago

TWU, then known as the Texas State College for Women, hosts world champion typist Chester Soucek for a demonstration to the typing classes on campus. Soucek earned the title after typing 134 words per minute for one hour at the 1937 International Typewriting Contest held in Ontario, Canada. Carl Sandburg, lecturer, poet, and troubadour, presents on the drama series in the auditorium.

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1962 Lasso news— 50 years ago TWU student, Mrs. Jessie Brown Thomas, 68, writes a winning ballad in a contest sponsored by the Poetry Society of

Texas. TWU conducts 100 Denton third graders to an on campus showing of, “The Emperor’s New Clothes on campus.”

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1987 Lasso news— 25 years ago

The American College of Theater Festival names TWU winners for the play, “Sex Wars: A Free Adaption of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler.” Another dance performance in Redbud Auditorium causes controversy over nudity among students and faculty when members of the North Carolina Dance Theater removed their blouses and performed part of the play, “Fiesta.”

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Vendors at the Women in Commerce Conference talk to guests last Friday during a break in the morning’s speakers.

Panama ends diplomatic relations with United States. Anti-U.S. rioting breaks out in Panama Canal Zone. In January, “Meet the Beatles” album is released in the United States, and in February, the Beatles arrive in America for the first time. By the end of the month, they will have given their first American concert and their album moved to “Gold.” Egypt ends state of siege that lasted from 1952-64. The United States begins bombing in Vietnam. 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified, barring poll tax in federal elections.

Correction: In last week’s special section, the student photo labeled as Cheryl Kalmoe was actually Kalina Edwards. The Lasso apologizes for this mistake.

TWU Police Report A report of fire/arson was

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Dr., Monday, Nov. 5. Theft/Suspicious Disturbance/Fighting

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Bike repair stations fix it up Junior Color Guard Supports Veterans Aaron Claycomb Editor-in-Chief

Cyclists on the TWU Denton campus now have access to two bicycle repair stations that were installed last Thursday, Director of Physical Plant Ron Tarbutton stated in an email. The newly added repair stations mark the completion of a project started in the spring 2011. The new bike rack installations made on all three campuses last month were a part of this project, and was a combined effort between Commuter Services, Facilities Management and Construction Department and the Student Union, in addition to several TWU faculty, students and staff. Facilities Management and Construction Department workers installed the service stations last week, Tarbutton noted. “TWU is working to make it easier for students, faculty, staff and visitors to get to and around campus while being a

“‘TWU is working to make it easier for students, faculty, staff and visitors...’” - Director of Physical Plant Ron Tarbutton

little greener,” Tarbutton added. The hope is to encourage a more sustainable and healthy lifestyle. Tarbutton said that repair station users also have the ability to hang their bikes for convenience while they are working on them. These repair stations “have a tool set and tire pump attached,” he added. Tuesday morning, sophomore Tiffany Edwards chained up her bike on a rack located behind the Student Union. After retrieving her morning coffee, Edwards came back out to service her bike, which she had walked all the way across campus from to her dorm. “My bike just got a flat tire yesterday,” Edwards admitted. Edwards added that it

was just perfect timing that the bike pump had been installed. “You can even use the QR app on your smart phone,” Tarbutton said. Users can retrieve a detailed bicycle repair manual if they use the QR (Quick Response Code) function to scan a QR code that can be found on the repair station. On the Denton campus, repair stations are located on the southwest side of the Student Union and on the southwest side of the Fitness and Recreation Center. Dallas and Houston campuses each will also have one repair station made available for use.

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The Junior Cadet Corps from Leonard Middle School in Fort Worth gathered in the Underground for a Thanksgiving lunch after posting colors at the Veterans Day Symposium yesterday.

TWU graduate students showcase work in DanceMakers

Stephanie Terrell Sr. Reporter

TWU’s Department of Dance will hold its DanceMakers concert featuring graduate student and faculty works Thursday—Saturday in Margo Jones Performance Hall. Choreographers, who were chosen through a departmental adjudication process this semester, include Associate Professor of Dance Sarah Gamblin and graduate

Festival of Lights

Shannon Quick News Editor

On Nov. 27 the second annual TWU Festival of Lights will take place. The festival brings together the entire TWU community and families for an evening of holiday celebration.

students Amie Davis, Erin Bailey, Leslie Conner, Erika Record, and Melissa Sanderson. Undergraduate and graduate dance majors will also aid in the production elements of the show, such as lighting, music and working backstage to ensure the show runs smoothly. For the first time, TWU’s Department of Housing is providing Living Learning Community residents and other residents living on campus the option of a free backstage tour.

The students will be taken to Margo Jones Performance Hall and shown how crew members work backstage. After viewing behind-the-scenes secrets of production, students will have a Q-and-A session with the choreographers whose work was featured in the show. “The idea for this DanceMakers event came up when I was discussing audience development with Amy O’Keefe in Commuter Services,” Record explained. “I wanted

to help demystify dance while looking for ways to increase our audience while also helping to provide them with an enriching experience with dance. She recommended I look into working with Housing because the resident assistants look for educational programs for the residents.” Only students who sign up through LLC or with their resident assistants can participate and Record added if the event is successful, it may be

work. After the concert, Fuchs will be available to answer any questions the residents have after viewing the dances. “This is a great opportunity for viewers both familiar and unfamiliar with dance to jump into a conversation about dance,” he said. DanceMakers will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday and at 7 p.m. Nov. 16-17 in Margo Jones Performance Hall. Admission for TWU students is $5, non-TWU students/seniors $7, and non-students $9.

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celebrated its eighth annual Non-Traditional Students week. Non-traditional students consist of veterans, student parents and adult learners. On Monday, Nov. 5, students were able to drop by the lawn of the MCL for “Info & Go!” sponsored by the Commuter and Non-traditional Student Senators. Pizza was available and non-traditional students could pick up information from Commuter Services. Nov. 5-6 students were also able to participate in the Buddy Basket Collections Program, which benefits previously homeless veterans who are now starting to establish a home, according to Assistant Director of Commuter and Distance Services Annie Phillips-Newton. Also on the Nov. 6, Go N.U.T.S, a new non-traditional student organization, held a gathering in the Student Union. On Wednesday Nov. 7, the Veterans Lunch, an event sponsored by TWU Dining Services, was held in the Underground. Approximately 35 veterans were in attendance, according to Phillips-Newton. Thursday, Student Parents Also Raising Kids held an event in the Student Union, Career Services held a program on money management entitled “Smart Money Managements Before & After Graduation” and the Alpha Sigma Lambda Non-Traditional Student Honor Society held its induction ceremony. Alpha Sigma Lambda inducted 15 new members, according to Phillips-Newton. Last Tuesday the celebration commenced with the Veterans Symposium.

TWU BRIEFS The event kicks off with a candlelight parade starting at Old Main and traveling to the Hubbard Hall Oval where speakers can be heard at the beginning of the walk in front of Old Main. Then the lights of Hubbard Hall will be lit, refreshments will be served, carols will be sung, and fun for the whole family will be had. “The event committee has been working hard to make this a fun and memorable

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event,” commented Executive Assistant to the Chancellor and President Amy Liedtke. Contributors to this event will include the TWU Faculty Senate, the Chancellor’s Office, Office of the Provost, Office of Student Life, Staff Council, Student Government Association, Association of Service and Support Employees of TWU, and the Student Alumni Relations Council.

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AGENDA1 TEXAS WOMAN’S UNIVERSITY BOARD OF REGENTS COMMITTEE MEETINGS FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE, INSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE, ACADEMIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, & STUDENT LIFE COMMITTEE

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Institutional Development Committee: Regents Chriss (Chair), Gibson, & Tonn I. Consider Approval of the Minutes of the Committee Meeting of August 17, 2012 (Exhibit 14) II. Receive the TWU Fundraising Report (Exhibit 7) III. Consider Recommending Acceptance of Gifts to TWU (Exhibit 8) IV. Receive the TWU Charitable Gift Planning Report (Exhibit 9) Academic Affairs Committee: Regents Moreno (Chair), Bancroft, Blanco, & Scanlon McGinity I. Consider Approval of the Minutes of the Committee Meeting of August 17, 2012 (Exhibit 15) II. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Update III. Receive Informational Items on the Activities of the Ofce of Academic Affairs (Exhibit 10), Including: A. Integration and Reorganization of Information and Technology Services into Academic Affairs B. Global Connections C. Two Flutists Abroad D. Nursing Student Internship with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center, Bethesda, MD E. TWU Phi Alpha Theta Chapter Student Life Committee: Regents Schrader (Chair), Blanco, Chriss, & Moreno I. Consider Approval of the Minutes of the Committee Meeting of August 17, 2012 (Exhibit 16) II. Consider Recommending Approval to Authorize an Increase in the FY 2013 Budget Limit for Food Services to the Income Amount for the Fiscal Year, Resulting in an Increase of $612,950, This Change to Be Effective Immediately (Exhibit 11) III. Consider Recommending Approval of an Increase in the Student Union Fee to $149.00 per Semester for Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters; $75.00 per Semester for Summer II and Summer III Semesters; and 37.50 per Semester for Summer I, as Previously Approved by Student Referendum and Subject to Approval by the Legislature, Effective Spring 2014 (Exhibit 12)

Consider Recommending Approval to Move Forward to Solicit Proposals for Programming and Design of a Proposed New Residence Hall Building Project Receive Informational Items on the Activities of the Division of Student Life, Including: A. Enrollment Update B. Scholarship Update 1. Terry Foundation C. HRSA Grant D. TG Frontier Program Grant AGENDA2 TEXAS WOMAN’S UNIVERSITY BOARD OF REGENTS MEETING

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Finance & Audit Committee: Regents Bancroft (Chair), Wilson (Vice Chair), Gibson, & McCullough I. Consider Approval of the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of August 17, and October 19, 2012 (Exhibit 13) II. Consider Recommending Approval of Personnel Report (Exhibit 1) III. Consider Recommending Acceptance of Grants (Exhibit 2) IV. Consider Recommending Approval of Contracts and Agreements (Exhibit 3) V. Consider Recommending Approval to Solicit Proposals for Programming and Design of Up to Two Parking Structures on the Denton Campus VI. Receive the Quarterly Status Report of the Ofce of Internal Audits (Exhibit 4) VII. Receive Informational Items on Activities of the Ofce of Finance and Administration, Including: A. HUB Report (Exhibit 5) B. Project Status Report (Exhibit 6)

Board of Regents Room, 10th Floor 6700 Fannin Street, Houston, Texas Friday, November 16, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Full Board Meeting: I. Call Meeting to Order II. Executive Closed Session: Real Estate, Litigation, or Personnel Matters, under V.T.C.A., Government Code Sections 551.072, 551.071, and 551.074, Respectively III. Consider Approval of the Minutes of the Joint Meeting of the Finance & Audit Committee and Board of August 10, 2012 and the Board Meeting of August 17, 2012 (Exhibit 17) IV. Consideration of Public Testimony on Full Board Agenda Items, If Any V. Finance and Audit Committee Items: A. Consider Approval of: 1. Personnel Report (Exhibit 1) 2. Acceptance of Grants (Exhibit 2) 3. Contracts and Agreements (Exhibit 3) B. Consider Approval to Solicit Proposals for Programming and Design of Up to Two Parking Structures on the Denton Campus VI. Institutional Development Committee Items: A. Consider Acceptance of Gifts to TWU (Exhibit 8) VII. Student Life Committee Items: A. Consider Approval to Authorize an Increase in the FY 2013 Budget Limit for Food Services to the Income Amount for the Fiscal Year, Resulting in an Increase of $612,950, This Change Would Be Effective Immediately (Exhibit 11) B. Consider Approval of an Increase in the Student Union Fee to $149.00 per Semester for Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters; $75.00 per Semester for Summer II and Summer III Semesters; and 37.50 per Semester for Summer I, as Previously Approved by Student Referendum and Subject to Approval by the Legislature, Effective Spring 2014 (Exhibit 12) C. Consider Approval to Move Forward to Solicit Proposals for Programming and Design of a Proposed New Residence Hall Building Project VIII. Receive Comments from the Chancellor and President, Including: A. Update on the Activities in the Ofce of the Chancellor and President IX. Board Chair’s Closing Remarks and Adjournment

During the committee meetings a majority of the Board of Regents may be present. Each committee reserves the right to go into executive closed session for real estate, litigation, or personnel matters under V.T.C.A., Government Code Sections 551.072, 551.071, and 551.074, respectively, for any item listed on the Agenda.

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The Board reserves the right to go into executive closed session for real estate, litigation, or personnel matters under V.T.C.A., Government Code Sections 551.072, 551.071, and 551.074, respectively, for any item listed on the Agenda.

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Great American Smokeout promotes quitting Aaron Claycomb Editor-in-Chief

From 11 a.m.-1 p.m. today, students or anyone who wants to take a pledge to quit smoking may join Student Health Services in the Student Union Purple Lounge for The Great American Smokeout. According to the SHS Facebook page, this is an annual event that is promoted to help people live healthier lives. This year, its theme is “Be a quitter. Make the Great American Smokeout … the date you quit tobacco for good,” as stated in a press release from the American Cancer Society. This marks the 37th year the American Cancer Society has been its official sponsor. The event is to encourage smokers and non-smokers to make a non-smoking pledge. Additionally, the event’s flier notes, quit kits will be available “to smokers ready to kick the habit.” Smokers in attendance will be provided with quit kits and non-smokers will receive prizes for their healthy choices, according to the flier. Nonsmokers who come to support someone who smokes may also pick up Adopt-a-Smoker support information. For more information readers may contact Student Health Services Promotion at 940-8983833.

Aaron Claycomb Editor-in-Chief Today at 3 p.m. is the last of three Facilities Visioning Forums being held this fall semester in MCL Room 101. “The following forums are scheduled to give the Denton campus faculty, staff and students an overview of future expansion possibilities on campus during the next 15 years,” Vice President of Finance and Administration Dr. Brenda Floyd explained in an email. As a result of the forums held in the spring 2012 semester, Facilities Management and Construction Department will be presenting ideas that have since been developed. All TWU students may attend today’s forum. Last week, TWU faculty and staff were able to attend two separate visioning forums presented for them in the ACT building.

TWU celebrates NonTraditional Students Week Shannon Quick News Editor Last week was all about the non-traditional student as TWU

Calendar of events

Denton Nov. 14 – Professors Corner: Seamus Heaney 7-8:30p.m. Denton Public Library - South Branch Nov. 14 – Great American Smokeout 11a.m.-1 p.m. Student Union, Purple Lounge Nov. 14 – Nail the interview with effective interview techniques – 2:30-4 p.m. Student Union 113 Nov. 15 – Dress for success: Developing your professional wardrobe 2:30-4 p.m. Student Union 207 Nov. 17 – Open House Nov. 18 – Global Interact Thanksgiving Dinner 4:30-6:30 p.m. Denton Senior Center Nov. 20 – Discover Scuba 1-3

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considered for future semesters. “This event will provide the attendees with an enriching conversation about the dances that will be presented in DanceMakers,” Record said. “Before the Thursday performance, [Assistant Professor of Dance] Jordan Fuchs will facilitate a discussion on topics such as how a dance is created, what it means, and how to watch it. A few choreographers in the show will also be present to discuss the specifics of their

p.m. Nov. 27 – “Investigating the Relationship Between Internet Attitude of College Students and Their STEM Career Outcomes” 12:25-12:55 p.m. Stoddard Hall 308 Nov. 27 – Festival of Lights 5 ·p.m. Old Main Building Nov. 27 – Deadline for Dodge Ball tournament registration at Fit and Rec Nov. 28 – Holiday Bingo noon1 p.m. Student Union Purple Lounge Nov. 28 – Deadline to register for senior breakfast/lunch Nov. 28 – Soups, stews and chili lunch buffet 11a.m.-2 p.m. The Underground Nov. 29 – Student Union Board

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Meeting 12:20-1 p.m. Student Union 109 Dec. 4 - Free HIV screenings in Student Health Services Dec. 4 - Winter Wonderland Craft Fair 10a.m.-3 p.m. Student Union Dec. 7 – Senior Breakfast 8-9:30 a.m. Hubbard Hall Dec. 7 – Senior Lunch noon1:30 p.m. Hubbard Hall Dec. 14 – Commencement Dec. 15 - Commencement Dallas Nov. 26-27 – Personal Safety & ·Self defense workshops Nov. 27 – Texas Population Health: Data Analysis, outcomes & cost improvement 12-1p.m. Dec. 3-5 De-Stress Express Dec. 4 – I.T.S. Lunch & Learn

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TWU holds Celebration of African roots Megan Pillow Reporter

The women and men of TWU dressed up for the Multicultural African Organization’s Cultural Showcase held Nov. 8 in SU 207. Starting promptly at 7:30 p.m., guests sat at tables draped in black with lighted centerpieces to enjoy a night of music, dancing, poetry, skits, and a fashion show celebrating pride and awareness of African culture. “The main purpose of this event was to bring the African culture once again to Texas Woman’s University campus,” explained TWU Nursing major and president of the Multicultural African Organization, Emmanuela “Emma” Nwora. “We were founded in 2003, and since then we have been doing a pretty good job, but it kind of faded out as time went by. I just really wanted to make people aware that African culture still exists here on campus. In the past, we usually went off to different competitions, but it is important to know that we are here.” Vice President Shade Emdin agreed stating that she would like to promote awareness of this organization, as well as make this an annual showcase. The Multicultural African Organization was founded by former TWU student Monday Gimah and chartered on TWU’s campus in March 2003. “The mission of MAO is to provide a forum for sharing the unique African cultural heritage, a place to discuss issues affecting Africa, to promote love, understanding, peace, unity, to encourage cooperation among members, and to provide a home

for incoming students,” Nwora announced. “Our purpose is focused on educating our TWU community about the African culture, while spreading diversity and giving back to others through service,” she continued, “Today MAO is making a comeback by making an effort to bring back the African culture as best as we know possible to TWU’s campus— the same vision that our founders had back in 2003.” The host, TWU Kinesiology major Olaide “Ruka” Ogunmefun, started the show by announcing the first segment: TWU Business AdministrationMarketing major Truth Francisco, featuring J-Ion performing “Up, Up and Away.” Ogunmefun said that Truth Francisco was born and raised in Acres Home, Houston, and started rapping at the age of nine. Because of the deaths of two out of three very important people in his life, his grandmother Ethel Bell Randle and father Mark Steven Francisco Sr., Francisco uses music to express himself to others about what he’s been through in life. Last January, he was signed with the Houston lable, Blue Chip Entertainment, and his music videos can now be found on YouTube. The next segment was by TWU Social Work major Nikaleya Waters performing her poem titled “Color Traits.” Students snapped their fingers, in the poetry tradition as she spoke her words to the crowd, and ending with applause. Later, a dance performance was presented by TWU Nursing major Tierra Johnson. Johnson is from Dallas, and has been dancing for Walking the Faith Outreach Ministries and Outreach. Johnson praise danced to “I Told the Storm” by

GTAs take initiative Stephanie Terrell Sr. Reporter

TWU’s Department of English, Speech and Foreign Languages is offering free workshops available to all TWU students focused on fundamentals of English such as grammar and formatting called the Initiative Workshop Series. “GTAs and adjuncts from ESFL were discussing how much time we were spending in class on topics that, although important, were taking time away from the focus of the day’s lesson,” graduate teaching assistant for ESFL Rachael Geary explained in an email. “While we still address these issues in class, we decided a supplemental workshop would be a great way to get the information to students while giving more time to the topic.” Although all TWU students are welcome to attend, Geary explained that the workshops were originally created for first year composition students, however, realizing the writing topics being covered were beneficial to all students. Topics which to be covered include Microsoft Word Fundamentals, Blackboard, American Psychological Association and Modern Language Association citation styles, and grammar. The first workshops took

place Nov. 7-9, with an emphasis on MLA and APA formatting styles. Geary explained that the workshops focused on aspects such as page headings, in-text citations, bibliographies, and other general formatting rules. Geary said that each of the four workshops held from Nov. 7-9 presented these topics separately and focused on either MLA or APA individually. Two more workshops called Grammar Boot Camp will be available for students to attend 6:30-7:30 p.m. today and Friday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.. These workshops will focus on common grammar errors students make. “We will host another round of workshops in the spring,” Geary said. “Once we know what the schedule will look like, we will be sending out announcements. Next semester we will revisit these topics as well as several others, and we hope these workshops will be a tradition that future GTAs and adjuncts continue in future years.” For more information about the Initiative Workshop Series, readers may contact Raechel Geary at rgeary@twu.edu.

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TWU choir concert Before the break for Thanksgiving, allow yourself to be serenaded by the TWU Concert Choir. The Margo Jones Performance Hall will be filled with the voices of TWU’s choir on Nov. 20 for the TWU Choir Concert. It will be among the last of the semester’s music performances. TWU Choir singers audition the week before each semester starts. Four choir ensembles currently reside at

Ndey Fatou Njie, Nwora, Tochi Tiko, Linda Nnajiofor, Psychology major Lessley Okoro, Kinesiology majors Autumn Ikimi, Chucks Ihediwa and Uriel Mbata took bows. “I really liked the fashion show,” Vance commented. “My mom was a seamstress, and I got to do those types of things when I was young. Some of the different clothing items they presented were really nice. I really enjoyed those types of things. And of course Ruka was amazing. She had me laughing the whole time; she did a wonderful job.” The next performance was by Rodderick Parker, a sophomore English major at the University of North Texas from Copperas Cove, Texas. Parker performed a spoken word piece titled “Ring.” The audience yet again provided finger snaps as Parker presented his piece. The next segment presented was a piece called “Cause the Media Don’t,” performed by TWU Kinesiology major Paula Ellison and TWU Child Development major Joya Hatchett. The piece is meant to incite discussion about stereotypes when asked by others about their race and culture. Following Ellison and Hatchett’s piece, the MAO performed a dance to “Ikanya” by Kukere, which they had previously performed at the Culture Connections Leadership Conference. The final performance of the evening was by UNT student Ekemini “Kemical” Akpanumun. Ogunmefun explained that Akpanumun was born in Benin City, Edo state, Nigeria, and was introduced to music at a young age. He started writing and recording songs as he grew older, working with local

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Being a teacher, you are expected to hold both a certain strength and patience when dealing with students, but being a middle school teacher you are also asked to hold “survival skills,” according to Eliza Gootman of the New York Times. While some teachers attempt to defend themselves from cruel comments made by students by being extremely strict with them, other teachers, such as Dr. Mark Irwin, attempt to build relationships in which the students are comfortable enough to talk about issues they might be facing both in and out of school. This approach demonstrates how you do not have to be strict or unattached to your students to get them to respect you, and that you can gain both respect and admiration by simply caring for their future. Walking into Irwin’s classroom in Medrano Middle School you are automatically filled with a sense of comfort. Your eyes wander around the room taking in every quote pinned to the wall. Pictures of both family and friends are displayed in his room, making it feel more like home. Irwin greets each of his students and engages them in conversation.

He listens to every word said, genuinely taking an interest in their lives. His students are all smiling, talking and laughing in the room, showing the safeness and comfort they feel in the class. As he begins to discuss the objective of the week, he starts to use all kinds of hand gestures, mesmerizing his students. As Irwin prepares to take his students to the upstairs library, he reminds them to pick a book that is a memoir. He puts so much emphasis on the word that his students begin to joke around by repeating the word over and over — you would have thought parrots were in the room. Irwin also reminds his students that he will be their “resource person” in case they need help finding any books. He wants his students to be able to depend on him. Once in the library, as his students begin to look for their books, Irwin shares with me his thoughts on libraries. “This is where their journey begins, but sadly it is one of the most ignored places because of technology.” His passion for books is demonstrated through his words, as well as his belief in how much his students can learn from their message. Once he sees that all of his students are doing fine looking for books, he begins to talk to the librarian, asking her a million questions all

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TWU student Tierra Johnson does a praise dance at the Multicultural African Showcase held Nov. 8. artists and joining a pop/hiphop band called Kastique. Since then, he had formed a group called Full Blooded Nigerians, before leaving to start on a solo project. Akpanumun performed three songs, “Get on the Floor,” “Lose Control (remix),” and “Mbre Ikoso.” The night closed with serving cake, taking pictures and President Nwora thanking her executive board for working together to make it such a successful night. Host Ogunmefun reminded students to “not forget their roots.” “This event was beyond

successful. I am very thankful to have all the board members and to everyone that contributed. It was a great turnout,” Nwora said. “We plan on competing in African Organization-related events at the end of November and another one in February, and [to] also continue with community service and bringing awareness about African culture.” For more information on the Multicultural African Organization’s events, students may contact Public Relations Officer Deborah Okunade at dokunade@ twu.edu.

relating back to his students. He takes an interest in what could possibly fascinate them and how they may respond to it. While his students may not need his assistance picking out a book, he always seems prepared to help. Not everyone can deal with the pressures of being a teacher, let alone teaching middle school. Students go through both physical and emotional changes during the time they are in middle school. These changes tend to lead to “a lot more anger and outburst” by students, according to Gootman. I was curious to know why anyone would even consider teaching middle school, so I asked Irwin what influenced his decision: “I never would have chosen to teach middle school. I loved teaching college and was so fascinated by people’s complex lives, their drama, how they were able to bring all that to the text. I tried teaching elementary and failed. A friend at Cary Middle School told me to go over there and she’d show me to be a teacher and I loved it.” Although it may not have been his first choice, Irwin has been teaching middle school for about 16 years. Over these years, he has held many responsibilities, but his greatest responsibility would be the one to his students — “Building a relationship with them, letting them know they are important. Kids now have to grow up so fast they aren’t able to enjoy their childhood. It’s important to give them the tools they need in order to succeed.”

The relationship Irwin strives to build with his students ensures both a mutual trust and respect between student and teacher. The one thing Irwin would want each of his students to become is a reader because “if you’re a reader, you’re a thinker. If you’re a thinker, then you can survive.” He believes that reading greatly impacts one’s future, and is what helps him or her succeed — you gain both knowledge and a greater understanding of the world. Irwin’s students were not wild, cruel, or disrespectful during the time I spent with them. They acted like young adults with a hint of immaturity, but what else can you expect from 12-year-olds? Not playing the role of the strict teacher benefits. Irwin by gaining his students’ respect. Irwin truly does make a great impact on his students’ lives by taking an interest in their lives as well as through the kindness he demonstrates. He says he became a teacher to help others, and I can say he has stayed true to his word. Being a former student of Irwin’s, I can say that the interest and encouragement he displayed in my life helped me get past all the struggles I faced in middle school. Many years have now gone by, yet I still take his advice into consideration. He was, and still remains, a huge influence in my life. I became a reader in his class, and I’m a thinker now, so I know that I will be able to survive.

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Greg O’Quinn. “Many of you present this evening may not know that Nigeria’s film industry, more commonly known as Nollywood, is undoubtedly the most popular film industry in Africa,” Ogunmefun explained. According to Ogunmefun, are themes and life lessons illustrated in the skits are commonly seen within western African societies. Some of those ideas are: how education and certain lifestyles are viewed, the differing values of the new and old generations and how women should hold themselves. A humorous skit, “Mercedes,” was performed throughout the evening in parts, stirring laughter and entertainment. During intermission, some served food while others participated in an Azonto dance contest. According to TheWorld. org, Azonto is a Ghanian dance that has been “making waves across West Africa and beyond. It calls for dancers to act out their occupation.” Fried chicken, potatoes, spicy rice, and fruit punch were served as students watched the dancing. “I’m from New Orleans, so I don’t mind spicy food; but that rice was really spicy,” Brandon Vance, president of TWU Senate, laughed. “It caught me off guard, but wow, it was well worth the price of admission.” Next was the African attire fashion show, featuring outfits that would be customary to wear traditionally or in wedding ceremonies. TWU students strutted their stuff down the stage as the crowd cheered and took pictures. TWU Nursing majors Sheree Noruwa, Deborah Okunade, Harriet Anim, Sherifatu “Sherri” Salami,

TWU, including the Concert Choir, the Chamber Singers, Pioneer Voices, and the Choral Ensemble. The TWU Choir Concert takes place Nov. 20 7:30-9 p.m. in the Margo Jones Performance Hall. Tickets are $5 for adults, and free for children 12 or under. The event is a culture card event. For additional questions, email music@ twu.edu or call 940-898-2500. Those interested in auditioning for future choir ensembles should visit http://www.twu.edu/music/choiraudition.asp for information about how to sign up for audition slots and how to prepare for the audition process.

as the disease that it is.” Lions spoke on social media and how best to ensure that your presence is projected in the right way. Lions questioned the crowd, asking: “What are we putting out there in terms of content? Would you be able to get a job if someone saw the wrong stuff out there?” Lions discussed several ways to keep track of your online presence and content. Included in her presentation was a KLOUT score. KLOUT is a free web service that can help determine your presence on the web. Lions pointed out that you should “always remember there is someone looking at everything you post.” Registered Dietitian and culinary specialist for Cooper Fitness Center Craig Ranch

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in McKinney, Cindy Kleckner, spoke on how to take care of our bodies and focus on becoming healthy. She urged everyone to watch their intake and make wise choices, especially during the upcoming holidays.

Businesswomen and students who attended the conference were also given “goodie” bags with copies of the published works of Lions and Hersh along with other helpful items. The authors spent time

discussing many things with the attendees and signing books after the event, wrapping up everything.


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Proud to be American

Kyla Rae Reporter

Flags were put up in the front yards of family homes, showcasing their appreciation for the military. One day out of the year, America has the chance to celebrate the heroic citizens of our country, brave veterans who put themselves in the line of duty to protect our nation. Sunday Nov. 11 was Veterans Day, where those who have served us get their time in the spotlight. Following their service, some veterans decide to enroll in college. “We have a large number of student veterans on our campus, and they all deserve to be recognized for their service and for the commitment to pursuing further education,” President of Student Senate and Vice President of the Student Veterans Association Brandon Vance explained. Vance served in the United States Air Force at Kelly Air Force Base located in San Antonio for four years. “I was a part of the 76th Medical Group working as a medical administration specialist; I basically worked in the command section of Kelly Clinic doing medical administration work,” he continued. Military veterans have a strong sense of pride in the work they have done for their country, no matter what branch they were a part of. “I am not just proud to be a veteran, but a woman veteran,” Vice President of the SVA, Jill Nelson, stated in an email. “Women’s rights have been a battle and is still an ongoing process in the military, but women are now on ships (since 1978), and in 2010 the Navy announced that women will now be integrated on submarines.” Nelson served in the Navy for five years of active duty and three years of active reserves as a Hospital Corpsman from 1997-2005. “I worked labor and delivery, post-partum, NICU [Neonatal Intensive Care Unit], family practice clinic, preventative medicine; I taught classes on STI, HIV, and unintended pregnancy, and I started the Corpsman Sexual Assault Response Team in Okinawa, Japan.” Nelson is expected to graduate from

TWU on Dec. 14. Monika McKemmie, United States Marine Corps veteran, has learned life-long lessons from her time served. “The benefit that makes me different from my peers is a better sense of direction and having conquered most of my fears,” she said. “I am ready to face any obstacle.” McKemmie served in the USMC for two years and has been a veteran since ’02. “I am proud to be a veteran because serving our nation is something I would do again in a heartbeat,”she said. “Being a veteran also means that I served and did so proudly.” Due to the benefits offered, some veterans are attending school because of their time served. U.S. Air Force veteran, Stephen Cook, served as a Security Specialist. “I only served for 13 months due to a knee injury during maneuvers.” Cook said, “I have been a disabled vet since 1981. Even though I served during peace time, I would have fought in battle had the need arose. I am attending college now as a direct result of the military.” There are many benefits offered for veterans and now are becoming more available to spouses and children of veterans. “I can tell you that there are a lot of veterans and ‘dependent’ children of veterans that receive educational benefits,” Nelson assured. “Recently, veteran’s educational benefits were made transferable to family members, so if you didn’t use all of your benefit[s] or you don’t have plans to use it, you can pass it to a spouse or children.” Veterans Day is the perfect opportunity for veterans to feel that their time served for America was greatly cherished, no matter what branch or occupation they held. “I appreciate the emotional support and understanding of what military life was like compared to civilian life. This is needed when switching back to civilian life after so many years,” USAF veteran Jennifer Hall admitted. “Sometimes, people who have never been in the military do not quite understand the sacrifices made by all military members and their families. It helps to sit and chat with those fellow veterans if it has been a difficult day.”

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TWU Veterans Symposium Graduate Assistant for Commuter Services, Whitney Coleman, corresponded with the invitees and assisted in establishing vendors for the benefit expo. Coleman said she does not have any family members who are veterans, but she does have a few friends who have served. “Veteran’s Day is something I often overlooked and disregarded when I was younger,” she explained via email, “now that my awareness has been raised as an adult…I think Veteran’s Day is an extremely important day that reminds us of those who have served and sacrificed for our country.” The symposium began at 11:30 a.m. yesterday with the posting of colors by the Junior Cadet Corps from Fort Worth Independent School District’s Leonard Middle School. Their instructor, Sgt. Kimberly Strachan, is a TWU alumni and former marine. The main speaker for the event, Angela Shinn, is the Women Veterans Coordinator at the Texas Veterans Commission. Shinn graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and then served in the Air Force. Shinn has also earned a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Management and a master’s in Business Administration, both from Arizona State University. Additionally, she has earned a master’s degree in International Management at

Photography by Laura Hilton Dr. Heather Speed introduced the posting of the colors at the TWU Veterans Symposium.

the American Graduate School of International Business. Shinn gave a presentation about the various programs and services the Texas Veterans Commission offers, with a focus on women veterans in particular. The four main focuses the commission has concerning women are coordinating support for the women veterans, advocating services, raising awareness of the women veterans, and increasing support. The commission offers information for women veterans in the areas of health services and mental health services. They provide assistance to women who may have undergone abuse during their time of service and encourage those women to step forward and seek help from a

third party rather than dealing with everything on their own. The idea, Shinn explained, is to provide these services to women veterans so they are able to rethink their situation and receive help so they can move forward with their lives. The presentation ended with the viewing of “Lauren”, a video of the story of a woman soldier who had been assaulted and must choose between doing what is right or her job as a soldier. The video, made in part by the Service Women’s Action Network and a YouTube channel called “Where It Gets Saucy,” highlights one of the many problems women soldiers deal with. After the symposium, the doors were opened to the benefits expo. Representatives were available from many

different resources around Denton including: Bonham Women’s Health Liaison, Denton Clinic, Denton Country Veterans Service Office, Grace After Fire, Star Program-American Legion, Texas Veterans Commission Claims and Representation, Employment, and Education, Texas Veterans Leadership Program, and Veterans Court. Various departments around TWU were also present including Admission, Career Services, the Office of the Registrar, and Injured Veterans Entering Sport Training. Veterans seeking information regarding the various services and resources available to them can contact the Texas Veteran’s Commission at 1-877-898-3833 or visit http://www.tvc.state. tx.us/.

TWU Dallas honors veterans’ service Stephanie Terrell Sr. Reporter

TWU’s Dallas campus celebrated Veterans Appreciation Week Nov. 5-9 to recognize TWU students and their family members who have served or are currently serving their country as members of the U.S. Military. According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs website, the Veterans Day National Ceremony is held annually at the Arlington National Cemetery on Nov. 11. Coordinator of Student Life of TWU’s Dallas campus Chre

Parnell explained in an email that this week was specifically chosen to honor veterans and lead up to the national celebration in Arlington. “We wanted to do something special to recognize our students who have served, are currently serving, or who have family and friends who have served or are serving,” Parnell revealed. “We chose the week leading up to Veterans Day. We also had two big events, Graduation Extravaganza and Career Day, the following week, so we knew we would not be able to do anything that week.” Parnell explained how Student Life held a lunch

special in the café, which served veterans or active military personnel for free. Representatives of TWU’s Veterans Affairs Services Office were also present during these lunches and hosted a Fallen Soldier table for students, faculty and staff to pay their respects. “In addition to lunch,” Parnell said, “we had a box drive to collect non-perishable snacks, travel toiletries, and other items to make care packages for the military and we also had a blood drive.” “On Monday the counseling center also did a workshop on common stressors that effect non-traditional,

military, and veteran students.” According to the Military Friendly Schools website, TWU remains one of the most military friendly universities, and the consideration for veterans can be seen through these types of appreciation events. More veteran appreciation events took place on the Dallas and Denton campuses Nov. 11-13 through Commuter Services and the Student Veterans Association. For more information on Veterans Appreciation Week events, readers can visit http:// www.twu.edu/commuter/veteranstudents.asp.

Denton celebrates Veterans Day

On Monday, Nov. 12, veterans and supporters gathered at the county courthouse on Denton’s town Square to celebrate the contributions of the men and women of America’s armed forces.

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Volleyball digs deep to prepare for LSC championship

Allie Beaurline Reporter

The Pioneer volleyball team is preparing to take on its challenges tomorrow –Saturday in the Lone Star Conference championship. Head coach Shelly Barberee said that the team has played with athleticism since the start of the season. “It takes a great team to be champions, not great individuals,” she added. Expectations for the LSC championship are obvious: to win, Barberee stated. The team intends not only to compete in the tournament, but to win the tournament. “I think we’ve come a long way,” sophomore and setter Kayla

“Do what we do every single day: prepare hard to compete hard.” - Head Volleyball Coach Shelly Barberee

Rivera said. “We had a good amount of people coming in who were new, so it takes a lot for a lot of new girls and old teammates to mesh and really get in sync,” she said. We have a good record and worked really hard. I think we deserve to be where we are right now.” Rivera emphasized that the team must remain motivated in order to be prepared for the championship games. She added that having that sense of urgency in practice just like in a game is also another important factor to bear in mind. In order play better, the team needs to reduce errors as well, Barberee mentioned. As a coach, Barberee said she puts so much effort and heart into getting the team recognized, she can barely sleep. Rivera clarified that the LSC

championship will “definitely be hard. I think that the group of girls and the talent that we have and the discipline that we’ve been working on is really going to pull through for us. I think we really have all the talent to win it.” To win, Rivera explained, the team needs to have constant communication and stay disciplined. The team has a good shot at winning it all if it can stay focused and maintain communication. The LSC championship will bring new challenges, because the team does not know exactly who it will be playing. Barberee said she expects the team to go to the regional tournament and play in a relaxed manner. Barberee said they are facing two nationally ranked teams, which also are the top teams in

the conference. “Just because of the way that certain teams have been finishing, we should win the first round for sure and then the next round will definitely be a more difficult game for us. But we just have to take it one game at a time and hopefully the cards are in our favor,” Rivera revealed. Approaching the LSC championship, the Pioneers biggest priority is mainaining focus. Barberee said the team will “Do what we do every single day: prepare hard to compete hard.” The women hope that by following this practice, they will be able to claim victory. TWU, 22-7 overall, has tied the school record with 15 LSC wins this season and will be entering a the championship for the 10th year in a row, a school-record. TWU Pioneers will face off against Texas A&M-Commerce tomorrow at 5 p.m. in San Angelo, Texas, in round one.

Pioneers handle Hardin-Simmons Alex Ancira Jr. Copy Editor

The TWU Pioneers basketball team took care of business last Thursday, against the Hardin-Simmons Cowgirls. And while it may only have been an exhibition game, the Pioneers seem to be living up to the preseason poll’s hype. Through both periods, the team never trailed once. Right out of the gate, the Pioneers dominated on both sides of the court, racking up six rebounds before the first timeout was taken. By the midway point of the first period, the Pioneers held a commanding 18-7 lead. Forward Ria Pateraki from Athens, Greece, led the Pioneers, scoring 17 points while playing the least minutes of all starters at only 20 minutes. Not only did the Pioneers outscore the Cowgirls, it commanded the game through

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Soccer #15 Dallas  Baptist Ouachita  Baptist East  Central Northwestern  Oklahoma Eastern  New  Mexico West  Texas  A&M Incarnate  Word Angelo  State Abilene  Christian Midwestern  State Texas  A&M-­‐Commerce Angelo  State Incarnate  Word West  Texas  A&M Eastern  New  Mexico Midwestern  State Abilene  Christian Texas  A&M-­‐Commerce

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Forward Ria Pateraki kept TWU leading by scoring double-digits during the Hardin-Simmons game. rebounds as well, led by fellow starting Forward Kaitlyn Waller with 12 rebounds total. In the first period, the Pioneers harassed the Cowgirl shooters, holding them to only 24.2 percent shooting.

The second period began with the Cowgirls hanging in there, but the Pioneers came out looking to pull away with an 11-6 run, which soon became a double-digit lead it never relinquished for the remainder

of the game. When the dust settled, the Pioneers emerged on top with a 62-44 win. It led in nearly every statistical category, excluding shots taken and three-point attempts.

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The Pioneers’ only rain cloud shadowing this win was its frequent turnovers with 21 overall. However, the team easily made up for that problem by more than doubling the Cowgirls in rebounding, posting 53 total rebounds, 19 of which came from the offensive side of the court. The offensive rebounds contributed to 10 second chance points altogether, helping to cushion the lead throughout the duration of the game. Ten more of the team’s points came from

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fast-break, which was a treat for the 336 crowd members to experience. The Pioneers won at Ouachita Baptist 60-59 last night and open at home against Texas A&M-International on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. TWU closes the Marriott Champions Circle Pioneer Premiere Sunday at 4 p.m. vs. Central Oklahoma at Kitty Magee Arena.

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DCT illustrates Method and Theatre Madness Marygail Isobel Lakner Opinions Editor

The Denton C o m m u n i t y Theatre is hosting the second annual Method and Madness Playwriting Competition, and is currently accepting submissions for evaluation. The one-act playwriting competition places a focus on imagination, the human condition and/or mental health awareness. The winners will have their plays performed as staged readings at the DCT POINTBank Black Box Theatre May 30-June 2, 2013, during Mental Health Awareness Month. There are also cash prizes, with first place receiving $2,000 and fifth place receiving $200. Submissions must run under 50 minutes and be postmarked by Dec. 1, 2012.

All entries must be written in English. Winners will be contacted on April 1, 2013. “The Method and Madness Competition and Festival was very successful last year,” DCT outreach director, Julie Brinker said. “And we are hoping to build on that success this year. We have just heard that one of our finalists has published his play, and our grand-prizewinning playwright told us that our festival was better than almost all he’s attended, including [those performed in] New York City and Sydney, Australia!” Last year’s submissions came in from not only local writers, but also some from California and New York. Along with the entry form, a complete list of all submission guidelines, along with entry forms, can be found at http:// www.dentoncommunitytheatre. com/#!__outreach-home/ play-writing-contest. For more information, please email thedctteam@campustheatre.com or call 940-382-7014.

Drama seeks new blood Marygail Isobel Lakner Opinions Editor

The TWU Theatre Department has an exciting array of auditions approaching for three different plays to be performed next semester. The first play, Lisa Kron’s “Well,” is a show about health and wellness, to be directed by Theatre Department Chair Patrick Bynane. The available roles include the central character Lisa, her mother Ann, and an ensemble of four additional actors, two men and two women.

According to the Well Auditions event on Facebook created by the TWU Theatre Department account: “Auditions will be comprised of cold readings. The sides of the readings are in the production office [located in the Redbud Theatre Complex in Hubbard Hall] for preview.” The second show is a musical as well as a graduate thesis project. “The Last Five Years” is a two-person musical, one male and one female, that chronicles how the two fell in love, got married and divorced. The role of Cathy has already been filled by Aracelli Radillo Bowling as part of her graduate thesis work. The role still to be auditioned is the male role, Jamie. “Auditioners should

prepare “If I Didn’t Believe in You” and “Moving Too Fast” in their entirety,” director Katlyn Snader stated. “[Bring] head shots and résumés if you have them. There are sheet music and rehearsal CDs in the production office in the Redbud.” Anyone interested in auditioning can sign up on the callboard in the Redbud Theatre Complex before noon on Nov. 27. The third show to be auditioned for is Anton Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard”, which explores a wealthy Russian family that is about to lose its estate to foreclosure. Certain that everything will work out, they do nothing to remedy the situation and are surprised when they lose their orchard.

The show is to be directed by Steven Young. Auditioners should prepare a monologue they can perform well, as well as a joke. Any strange or interesting skills should be included on the audition form, and be ready to perform them. The show contains a large cast with several lead and ensemble roles. All auditions are to be held Tuesday-Wednesday, Nov. 27-28, 2012. Callbacks will be announced as needed on Thursday, Nov. 29. “Well” will be performed Wednesday, Feb. 20-24, 2013, “The Last Five Years” will be performed Thursday, March 7-9, 2013, and “The Cherry Orchard” will be performed Wednesday, April 17-21, 2013. For additional questions, please email drama@ twu.edu or call 940-898-2518.

Local Starr speaks to students Maura Teague Graphic Designer

If you live in Denton, you’ve probably seen the masterful handiwork of professional sign painter and artist, Sean Starr. His hand-lettered signs adorn Jupiter House and advertise Bookish Coffee on the town square. His company, Starr

Studios, is committed to preserving and promoting the art of the hand-painted sign. Last Friday, Starr gave a lecture and workshop for students in TWU’s Visual Arts department. The event was organized by TWU Pioneers in Design. Starr lectured on the history of handcrafted signs, delighting students with his

own collection of historical sign work. Starr also works as a movie consultant, advising set designers on the accuracy of their signs for a particular period. Next, Starr showed students how he plans his work and applies his delicate lettering to a roughly textured surface, also covering techniques for the application of gold leafing.

Starr said his inspiration comes from antique signs and advertisements, and love of handmade craftsmanship. “It was refreshing to see a more traditional aspect of Graphic Design that doesn’t involve the computer,” Pioneers in Design Vice President Cliff Caster said.


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Bullying meets discrimination Facebook ads are over

Shelby Baker Sports Editor

Remember in elementary school when the bullies picked on you for being different? If not, you may have been the bully; but I can assure you, it felt awful, and no one saw or knew how much it hurt. For a number of people, the bullyvictim relationship still exists; only this time, they are victims of discrimination by society and the law. Lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transsexuals, or any other group of people who may be shunned by society based on sexual aspects are still people. They are no different than any other person. They eat, sleep, love, ache, and have personalities. They are no less human than anyone else. Yet for a country and a populace who put freedom above all else, the hypocrisy of the anti-LGBT stance rife in this country is almost ironically hilarious. Americans prize freedom almost religiously, and throughout the centuries of this country’s existence, one movement after another has come forth to fight for different peoples’ basic rights in this country. The civil rights movements, the Age Discrimination Act, the 19th Amendment and the Americans with Disabilities Act were all created to grant equal rights to those different from the white man in any aspect. I want to know why the white man is so

superior, even in this day and age, that anyone different is automatically a lesser form of human being. Discrimination is still discrimination, regardless whatsoever of the type. One example can be seen here at TWU. There are lesbian and gay students who married their partners from Texas in another state, but because the state of Texas is violating the Constitution’s Full Faith and Credit Clause, which means the states have to respect and recognize the laws of other states. They cannot file residency, even though their partner has lived in the state for years. This is denying their rights of marriage and negates all privileges that come with being married. That piece of paper is the key to hospital visitations, to making medical decisions for a partner, inheritance rights and access to family health coverage. Focusing on the marriage element for a moment, many arguments against same-sex marriage are simply excuses to restrict the LGBT community. Those opposing same-sex marriages claim marriage is for procreation, and thus if the couple is not capable of having children, the marriage should not happen. Infertile heterosexual couples are not capable of having children naturally, yet they still have the right to marry. Some couples choose not to have children. The point is that marriage is not a breeding program for the next

generation. No matter where an LGBT individual stands, there is always difficulty, be it with the law or the home. Those who come out to their families are either accepted or shunned. Every family is different, but it can still be hard to tell parents news they may not want to hear. It’s important for people to support and encourage each other through tough situations, which is one of the reasons people need to be more aware of LGBT. As long as someone cares, any obstacle or difficult circumstance can be overcome. Perhaps the reason some people are anti-LGBT is because they simply don’t take the time to understand the subject. Just because someone is homosexual and the same sex as someone straight doesn’t mean that the straight person will be automatically hit on. Some people are asexual, meaning they aren’t interested in either men or women sexually. All people have turn-ons and turnoffs, so really, no one should jump to conclusions or feel uncomfortable for any reason. Everyone deserves to be treated as more than just a single title, trait or belief. I would rather be judged for who I am, not what I am. “Shelby” is just the combination of all the “whats” creating and the person and identity. People always say, “Never judge a book by its cover,” and the saying holds true irrespective of time.

By labeling and persecuting the LGBT community, advocates of anti-LGBT are limiting them, classifying them as a “what” rather than as an individual who makes up part of the group. Being labeled always hurts, because we are all more than just a single label: we’re people. A number of TWU students are a part of the Ally program and showed their support at the Dallas Pride Parade as stated in a previous issue. Last week, Maryland and Maine announced the legalization of gay marriage within their borders, a victory for Ally members everywhere. People across the nation need to realize that this topic is personal on many levels. Something the university should consider attempting would be the implementation of an Ally training session during New Student and Transfer Student orientations, optional for those who would like to participate. This is a national topic, one that sparks controversy in every level of government. As active members of society, we have a duty to our fellow students, friends, citizens, and family members to help achieve equality in whatever way we can, and it starts with the decision to help. Individually, students can join the Ally program, walk in Pride Parades and make their voices heard in courtrooms, where the right to marriage is being fought for every day.

times of the year. More than 56% of drivers will travel at least 100 miles, with the average long-distance trip being 214 miles.” The website also stated that “About 91% of Thanksgiving trips are made by car.” The National Safety Commission makes it clear that “Most of the travelers who are going long distances will be leaving after work on Wednesday evening. They will find that the normal rush hour delays will extend throughout the evening and far out into rural areas where traffic is normally light. Tired drivers who have worked

all day and are now facing the frustration of being stuck in slow traffic for such a long distance may be tempted to take chances they might not otherwise take. Sleepy drivers may nod off at the wheel and are just as dangerous as drunk drivers.” Work isn’t the only reason people may leave late, however. Classes can and will cause students to leave late as well. With those kinds of travel statistics, don’t the powers that be at TWU realize that they’re contributing to traffic jams, late-night driving, and a greater percentage of car accidents? This also takes away from

the amount of time that people can spend with their families. Travel will take up more of our precious time if we are required to leave on Wednesday night when everybody else is leaving, making travelers more tired. They’ll of course want to catch up on sleep, cutting into family time even more. So what about ways to shave off some time and still attend class? Travelers can go to class with their cars packed, ready to leave the minute they get out of their last class. Of course, that puts them at risk for having their cars broken into during class. They could have everything

Day before Thanksgiving classes: simply put, it’s inconsiderate Marygail Isobel Lakner Opinions Editor

If one was to take a quick glance at the TWU academic calendar, one might notice we have class on Wednesday, Nov. 21. In case you’re not certain, that’s the day before Thanksgiving. Never mind the fact that not all of TWU’s students live in Denton, Dallas, Houston, or the areas surrounding those campuses. According to www. Nationwide.com, “Thanksgiving is one of the most travel-heavy

Hate statuses: it’s called respect, maybe give it a try Marygail Isobel Lakner Opinions Editor

Even before the election was called Nov. 6, 2012, Facebook exploded with political status updates. I regret being online at that time. Pictures of a man, supposedly Paul Ryan, with his face in his hands on an airplane are captioned with “That awkward moment when you realize you’ll never be Vice President.” Another status stated: “If I wanted to live in a socialist nation I would have moved to a European country by now. Wake up people, ObamaCare isn’t

giving you health insurance, it is FORCING YOU to pay for it. Tough sh** if you can’t afford it.” This isn’t even the worst of the commentary that people publicly advertised on the social media sites. These statements included profanities aimed at each candidate, insults thrown at the intelligence of people who voted for candidates other than the one the person posting voted for, disrespectful comments about political issues such as gay marriage and women’s issues, threats to leave the country if certain candidates won, and even racial slurs slung

at President Barack Obama. I don’t care what your political stance is. I don’t care how you voted. I don’t care why you voted whichever way you did. What I do care about is respect. I don’t see a single reason why anyone should ever be so insulting, not only to political leaders, but to other people with differing viewpoints. At least I wasn’t the only one who got sick of the negativity and blatant hatred bombarding Facebook patrons. “I would calmly like to remind everyone to temper all remarks today,” wrote one of

Features

From TWU archives (The Lasso news) As The Lasso reaches its centennial year of publication next fall, we are looking into the past to reveal the foundation that has made this newspaper one of the oldest continuous publications in the country. We invite you to join us here weekly as we uncover 99 years of TWU and Lasso history. It will be an interesting look into how much we have grown, not only as a publication, but also as a university of productive citizens. We will not be editing the following article by today’s standards. Instead, we will maintain history as it was originally recorded. The following selection is from an Lasso article originally published in 1964.

Researched by Ginger Hughes Sr. Reporter Knowledge Essential, Davis Says The honorable Bruce Davis, attorney-at-law, stresses Wednesday to TWU’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors the importance of producing people with a general encyclopedic knowledge and dedication to the task. Paul Roseland, president of the chapter, introduces Mr. Davis as a “man with a reputation for getting things done fast and well.” Mr. Davis speaks on “The Four Wise Men.” In research in anthropology, the four main professions revealed are teaching,

my more levelheaded Facebook friends. “The election is over. No need to berate or be overly jubilant today. Please also remember that almost half of the nation is dissatisfied with the current leadership, and these folks are friends, coworkers and family members. Please everyone; just be kind to one another.” It is customary for the losing candidate to congratulate the winning candidate after the election has been called. Governor Mitt Romney’s statement about making that call to his opposition was calm, patient and collected:

law, medicine, and priesthood. Mr. Davis states that approximately 20,000 years ago civilization had natural leaders. This leader was known as a “Know man.” The “know man” combined all four of the main professions of today in his life. He was a teacher because he knew how to teach, enjoyed teaching, and continued a repository knowledge. Enforcing the laws and morals as a lawyer does, the “know man” of long ago respected laws and rules. What he said was “word,” yet he was not considered a tyrant. As a doctor, the leader had an insight of good medicine and liked to help people. He knew people

physically and mentally. Knowing how to influence men in their hearts was the main duty of the leader as a priest over people. “Today these four professions have been fragmented in our society. We now have specialists and experts in each field.” Yet with all our specialists and experts, we are not producing men of general encyclopedic knowledge. “Yet we are capable of doing so and indeed of doing so,” says Mr. Davis. He further states that although we can build machines without knowledge, we cannot give them wisdom and good judgment.

— if you want them to be

A girl hardly can scroll through Facebook anymore without news about friends’ cats, daily trials and innermost thoughts being interrupted by sponsored advertisements. While Facebook has had professional profiles and “Like” pages for some time, these profiles can now pay to use Facebook’s sponsored stories feature and have their updates highlighted more prominently than non-paying users. This means sponsored stories are more likely to appear in others’ feeds, and likely to appear higher than they would based on chronology alone. This is why companies are suddenly making posts designed to get more interaction between other users. For example, a makeup company might post an update that says “Like this status if you believe every woman has the right to feel beautiful,” next to a photo of a model wearing their products. Alternatively, a professional profile might pose a question to its followers looking for interaction so their “sponsored story” (read: paid advertising) will show up on their followers’ friends’ feeds. This method of advertising has been so effective because we, small-time personal Facebook users, are doing all the legwork. We’ve built a group of friends who care about what we have to say, which these companies are now tapping into as a consumer market. For each person who presses “Like” on a sponsored story, that story will be seen by many of their friends -- so advertising exposure can grow exponentially. Did we create our Facebook profiles so we could interact with corporate entities? I

can imagine for most of us, the answer is no. We created Facebook to stay in touch with friends we rarely see, to share our own thoughts, and participate in one of the major ways our culture socializes. It’s unlikely that Facebook’s administrators are going to decide they really don’t want to make all that money any more and call the whole thing off. So if users don’t want ads on Facebook, it’s up to us to do something about it. The solution is simple: stop interacting with corporate accounts. Realize that pressing “Like” on the hypothetical makeup ad mentioned earlier does nothing to make every woman feel beautiful. Ask yourself before commenting on a sponsored status what value it will bring to your life, and whether you want to bring this advertisement to all your friends as well without being compensated for your time. This is not to say that small, local businesses don’t have a place on Facebook, with followers who are interested in seeing their updates. However, these small, local businesses often cannot afford to pay for sponsored story status. Note: Readers can choose to view all updates from pages they “Like” by clicking on the small gear icon in the top right corner of the page and choosing “Add to interest lists.” Like many systems we take as immutable, Facebook’s Story sponsored storyIdea? system gives The Lasso wants a great deal of power to to the hear people. It’s upfrom to us toyou use that power by not participating in interactions that don’t bring twu_lasso@yahoo.com meaning to our lives or enrich our experiences. So let’s get back to what made Facebook great: pictures of cats.

packed and ready to go in their dorms or apartments and go home after class, load up their cars from there, and leave. This would require them to stay up late and pack everything before class either the night before, or even the morning before. This cuts down, however, on the amount of rest that travelers can get before they leave.

Not to mention this is only a look at the students. I have serious doubts that the faculty or staff want to be on campus any more than students do. To continue having class on Wednesday is a negative experience for nearly everyone involved. And, as far as I’m concerned, it’s just inconsiderate.

“I have just called President Obama to congratulate him on his victory. His supporters and his campaign also deserve congratulations. I wish all of them well, but particularly the president, the first lady and their daughters.” If Romney’s attitude toward Obama can be accepting and fair, why can’t the general public behave the same way? Whatever happened to that kindergarten lesson of “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all?” Everyone has different viewpoints on all kinds of political and social issues. If you expect to have someone respect your views, be prepared to respect someone else’s. Healthy discussions and

debates promote learning and an understanding of different mindsets. Mindless arguing and insults isolate people from each other and contribute to the country’s divided state. I’m not saying don’t cultivate your own thoughts. Don’t ignore your feelings about this election. There is no reason to turn it into a fight, though. Follow the advice of the tags on Yogi Tea: “Our thoughts are forming the world.” Let your thoughts help to form a better, more respectful world. So next time someone you know expresses viewpoints that clash with your own, start a conversation and check your feelings. Try to learn something and maybe, just maybe, you’ll find a strong hold on your own views.

Erin Russell New Media Editor

Stream Clean 2012: staying active in your community Megan Pillow Reporter

Citizens of Denton slipped on their gloves, picked up recycling bags and prepared for a morning of cleaning the city waterways last Saturday. Denton’s Stream Clean 2012, sponsored by Water Utilities and Keep Denton Beautiful, was held in the Denton Civic Center located at 321 E. McKinney St. According to the City of Denton website, Stream Clean is a volunteer clean-up event which specifically targets waterways around and within Denton. After the big clean up,

volunteers were invited to join in on free pizza, drinks and fun. “What Stream Clean focuses on is taking all the litter and trash that is thrown around Denton waterway areas (lakes, drainage, etc.), so it’s a city-wide endeavor where they had hundreds and hundreds of volunteers being distributed around Denton,” explained President of the Golden Key International Honor Society Tina Sikes. Sikes explains that some of the volunteer groups include Golden Key International Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholarships and other volunteer groups from

UNT, in addition to city offices and other individuals from around the area. Sikes was one of the participants in the event, representing the Golden Key Society here on campus. “It was really organized,” Sikes commented, “I was really impressed. There was over 50 people who were designated just for our area, and I was really impressed with the community turn out. It’s really inspiring to see that many people in the community, not just college students, there were [also] children, older individuals. It was a really wonderful sight, seeing all of Denton coming together to do something good for the community.” For more information on upcoming community projects and events, visit www.cityofdenton. com, to check out the calendar of future events, print out waivers and information or see how to get involved in the community.


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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Arts & Entertainment

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Art studio opens house to TWU students Shelby Baker Sports Editor

Welcome to the whimsical world of artists — where pottery, ceramics, sketches, paintings, and photography pour forth from the creative minds of individuals. A studio is the very beginning of each masterpiece, where the art is put into action. Tomorrow, be prepared to enter this world and peek into an artist’s mind. Tomorrow, the Graduate Art Student Open Studios will take place 1-5 p.m. at the Patio Building on the corner of Oakland St. and Third St. A reception with the artists will take place at 5 p.m. and is a

“It gives people a chance to see the work that goes into the final product, and draws attention to the art department and what we do. - Art graduate student Angelia Ford

Culture Card Event. “I think the studio open house is a great idea,” Art graduate student Angelia Ford declared. “It gives people a chance to see the work that goes into the final product, and draws attention to the art department and what we do. I actually welcome the opportunity for others to stop in and see us.”

This is the first year an open studio event has ever taken place. According to Ford, a fellow graduate Art student, proposed the idea and many colleagues agreed. “90 percent of what we do is solitary,” Ford stated. “Inside the department, I have a lot of interaction with students, faculty and staff, but art is a mostly quiet process.”

Hail to the Hollywood chief Stanton Brasher A&E Editor

With the 2012 election in the world’s collective rearview mirror, The Lasso wanted to take a look at the best depictions of presidents in film. Whether the character is fictional or real, Hollywood has had many different portrayals of the commander-in-chief. Perhaps Daniel Day-Lewis’ performance in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” will appear on this list in 2016. Here is a list of the 10 best presidential performances. 10. Jeff Bridges: “The Contender” Bridges plays President Jackson Evans, who is burdened with the job of replacing his vice president. He finds a strong contender in Senator Laine Hanson (Joan Allen). As soon as Hanson expresses interest in the job, a media firestorm about

a past controversy comes back to haunt her. Best presidential line: “Greatness: it comes in many forms. Sometimes it comes in the form of sacrifice - that’s the loneliest form.” 9. Jack Nicholson: “Mars Attacks” Martians have landed and President James Dale is not worried. He wants to take a strong “politically correct” approach with the alien visitors. Of course, the aliens have no interest in that and proceed to vaporize everyone in sight. Best presidential line: “I want the people to know that they still have two out of three branches of the government working for them, and that ain’t bad.” 8. Kevin Kline: “Dave” Dave looks a lot like the president insomuch that he makes paid appearances as a celebrity lookalike. When the

president suffers a severe stroke, Dave is asked to step in and perform his schtick on a national level until the president recovers. Best presidential line: “You don’t really know how much you can do until you stand up and decide to try.” 7. Josh Brolin: “W” Will Ferrell received all the glory for his performance as George W. Bush while this film was failing in theaters. While Ferrell’s performance is hilarious, Brolin’s portrayal of Bush made me forget the unpopular president was not actually playing himself. The movie was mediocre, but the performance was outstanding. Best presidential line: “I believe God wants me to be president.” 6. Stephen Colbert: “Monsters vs. Aliens” Colbert plays President Hathaway, who is trying to deal

Photography by Amanda Amaral

GTA Elva Salinas gathers inspiration for her graduate perspective in her studio.

Entering the artists’ studios will allow people to question the artists and discover for themselves what goes into a piece of art. According to the TWU Visual Arts webpage, each studio houses easels,

tables, furniture, and is well lit by natural light. “It’s a quiet place where I can go and work without interruptions,” Ford said. “It’s a home away from home.” According to the TWU

with an alien invasion. Luckily for him, the government has a secret team of monsters to help. Colbert plays the hilariously dimwitted and overly-afraid president to perfection. Best presidential line: “Boys, set the terror level at code brown, ‘cause I need to change my pants.” 5. Harrison Ford: “Air Force One” If John Wayne is too dead to be our president, here is the next best person. Ford plays President James Marshall. While on the Air Force One with his family, they get hijacked by terrorists. It is up to the commander-in-chief to kick some butt. Best presidential line: “Get off my plane.” 4. Jack Lemmon and James Garner: “My Fellow Americans” Lemmon and Garner play expresidents Russell P. Kramer and Matt Douglas, from differing political ideals. After realizing that they are being targeted by the current administration, they set off on a goofy, crosscountry journey to clear their

names. Lemmon plays the softspoken liberal, while Garner plays the blunt, straight-shooting conservative. Best presidential line: “Hail to the chief, he’s the chief and he needs hailing. He is the chief, so everybody hail like crazy.” 3. Terry Crews: “Idiocracy” The future is full of idiots and only one mediocre man, played by Luke Wilson, can save them. Crews plays spandexwearing leader of the free world, President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho, and he is ready to kick some butt for America. Best presidential line: “So you’re smart, huh? I thought your head would be bigger.” 2. Morgan Freeman: “Deep Impact” The planet is in danger. A meteor is on track to crash into Earth and millions of people are sure to die. Freeman plays President Beck. His calming voice and eloquent speech is enough to make anyone feel at ease with the end of the world.

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Visual Arts webpage, many of the university’s faculty and staff have been shown in various shows and exhibits. These individuals include Allison Proulx, awarded best in show at VAST Member Exhibition; Ford, shown at 010 Gallery; Art History faculty member, John Calabrese who was “selected for the 14th Annual Juried Online International Art Exhibition;” and Jessica Reddin, a student finalist in the 2012 Silk Cut Awards. “I am an Art student and would benefit from seeing my older peers work,” freshman Andy Scott stated. “And they would also benefit from the support. I am looking forward to seeing the graduate level artwork and borrowing new techniques.” Anyone wanting to stop by during free time is encouraged to visit between classes, chat with a graduate, and walk away experiencing a backstage pass to the art studios. Best presidential line: “Cities fall, but they are rebuilt. And heroes die, but they are remembered. We honor them with every brick we lay, with every field we sow, with every child we comfort and then teach to rejoice in what we have been re-given: our planet, our home. So now, let us begin.” 1. Bill Pullman: “Independence Day” When vicious aliens come to take us down, you can bet the president who earns my vote will be the one from this film. Pullman plays President Thomas J. Whitmore, and he is not afraid to put his money where his mouth is. Not only does he inspire with his words, he suits up in a bomber jacket and fights the aliens on the front line. Best presidential line: “It’s a fine line between standing behind a principle and hiding behind one. You can tolerate a little compromise, if you’re actually managing to get something accomplished.”

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