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Office helps provide
or students in need
Jason Yang
Senior Staff Writer
"Students are not an interrup-
tion to our work. They are the
purpose of it"
That's the quote attached
to the end of every email from
Maureen McGuinness, UNT dean
of students and vice president of
student affairs.
She borrowed the line from
New England businessman L.L
Bean and swapped out the nouns
and prono uns, but said it perfectly
sums up her office's mission.
"I adapted the quote because it's
quite filling to what we do every
day" McGuinness said. "It's quite
fitting."
Tucked between the Student
Government Association Office
and the lounges on the third floor
of the Union, the Dean of Students
Office serves as a student advocate,
navigating students through the
trials and difficulties of college life.
Last year the office handled 209
complaints, helped 329 students
"seeking options and solutions"
and assisted about 170 students
considering withdrawal.
In dire circumstances, the office
even ensures that no student ever
has to go hungry.
"I look at the DOS office as an
area [that can help] no matter what
the issue the student is dealing
with," McGuinness said. "I want
to make sure the student gets to
where they need to go or receives
the help the need."
The service took shape when
McGuinness took the helm as Dean
of Students in January 2011.
When she first took the job,
McGuinness said she occasionally
heard stories of students struggling
to keep up with tuition, rent and
book fees, sometimes to the point
that they were skipping meals.
After conducting research, she
put together a flier of local services
and groups that offer free food
every day of the week.
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N students, professors
study water contamination
Julie Bird
Staff Writer
It's easy to see that humans
have an enormous impact on
the environment, but the nega-
tive effects of civilization and
its byproducts on reservoirs
and aquatic life are often over-
looked.
Students and professors
at UNT's Aquatic Toxicology
Lab are hoping to change this
by researching the effects of
mercury and various chemi-
cals on fish in Texas' lakes and
streams.
As the population of North
Texas grows, more and more
chemicals are being put into
the water, biology professor
Thomas La Point said.
"We take medications and
antibiotics and use other
personal products that go down
the sewer," he said. "About 98
or 99 percent of it is treated by
sewage plants, but about one
percent gets
through."
That one
percent can
have an effect
on fish, snails
and other
species living
in reservoirs. AARON
The lab ROBERTS
has tested fish from streams
in North Texas and found that
there are noticeable amounts of
some chemicals accumulated in
their tissue, although the fish
haven't shown any significant
negative side effects yet, La
Point said.
Researchers in the lab have
also looked at the effects of
mercury on fish and hope to
help limit human exposure
to mercury by educating the
community.
"This research is extremely
important to not only Texas
or North Texas, but to all of
the world," said biology senior
Mark Vernon, who works in the
lab. "Just think about how much
fish the world consumes."
Mercury is a neurotoxin that
can dramatically affect the
nervous system. The metal does
not accumulate significantly in
water, but instead builds up
in the tissues of fish, biology
professor Aaron Roberts said.
Fish that are lower on the
food chain tend to have lower
mercury concentration, since
they don't absorb mercury from
other fish.
The state of Texas sets advi-
sory warnings for consuming
fish from specific bodies of water
based on the mercury content
of the fish muscle. However, the
U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency recommends a much
lower maximum mercury
content than the state.
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Director appointed to
statewide rehab council
Whitney Rogers
Contributing Writer
Gov. Rick Perry appointed
Martha Garber, a licensed
professional counselor and
director of applied research
and development at the
University of North Texas,
to the Rehabilitation Council
of Texas late this summer.
The RCT works closely
with the Department of
Assistive and Rehabilitative
Services, or DARS, on poli-
cies, planning and how to
best distribute resources to
help Texans with disabili-
ties.
"I would like to see Texans
with disabilities receive the
best possible service that
is individualized for each
person," Garber said.
As a young adult, Garber,
who was born without a
left hand, was a client of a
rehabilitation agency that
helped her learn how to func-
tion in school and the work-
place with a disability. The
agency provided the training
and help she needed to get a
bachelor's degree and start
her career.
"My degree was in another
field, but I ended up coming
back to rehabilitation because
it's my passion," she said.
Garber has been named
chair of the council's planning
and review committee and has
also been asked to serve on its
executive committee, where
she will work with the rest of
the council to advise DARS on
policy and make rehabilitation
services more effective.
"The vocational rehabilita-
tion program helps build an
individual plan to help you get
to your goal," Garber said. "It
gives you skills to live your life
as independently as possible."
MARTHA
GARBER
Thomas Evenson, dean of
the College of Public Affairs
and Community Service, said
Garber's
appointment to the council
"elevates the stature of the
rehabilitation program through
the state" and inspires confi-
dence about the quality of the
program.
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Development continues at Denton's Rayzor Ranch
Ashley Grant
Senior Staff Writer
Residents of Denton's north side
have already seen the beginning
of a m akeover intended to bring
housing, retail and entertainment
spots to the Rayzor Ranch devel-
opment near University Drive and
Interstate-35 E.
The area's facelift, following
the examples of neighboring cities
such as Piano and Frisco with
walkable new developments, is
still underway, and is scheduled
for completion by early 2013.
Separated into two sides, north
and south, the 412-acre mixed-
use development will be a game
changer for the city, Mayor Mark
Burroughs said.
"The amount of improve-
ments that are going to be made
to this area are in the hundreds
of millions of dollars," he said.
"With the Rayzor Ranch devel-
opments, both halves combined,
the totality of the value of what
they're building is well over a
Photo by Carrie Canova/Staff Photographer
Rayzor Ranch, located off of University Drive and 1-35, is in the process of expanding. After construction is complete, Rayzor Ranch will add Kohl's, Joann Fabric and
Crafts, Famous Footwear and Petco to its list of businesses.
billion dollars."
Burroughs said he expects
the development to transform
the northwest corner of the city
from an area that's been "pretty
darn stagnant" into one of the
more vibrant parts of Denton, a
hot destination for residents and
visitors enticed by all the new
options.
The northern half, Rayzor
Ranch Marketplace, is about 80
percent completed and will even-
tually be occ upied by Petco, Kohl's,
Famous Footwear and Joann's
Fabric and Craft Store. Currently
open and anchoring this side of the
development are the retail giants
Walmart Supercenter and Sam's
Club, along with several other
businesses including GameStop
and Freebirds World Burrito.
Erica Sullivan, economic devel-
opment analyst for the city, said
Walmart is valued at $15.4 million
and Sam's Club at $12.2 million.
Rayzor Ranch's southern half,
Rayzor Ranch Town Center, will
have a retail component, but will
be designed like a town center
with parks, a museum, a movie
theater and restaurants as well as
single-family homes, townhomes
and apartments, Sullivan said.
"It's going to be like a small
town within a town," she said.
"Theoretically, some people won't
even have to use their cars."
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