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Fry Street's newest additions, Chipotle, Macdaddy's and Potbelly, have siphoned some business from older restaurants.
ry Street business fluctuates
Eleanor Sadler
Staff Writer
Grand openings, new build-
ings and new businesses mean
change. They mean new options
for dining and fresh competi-
tion for established businesses.
Fry Street's newest additions
have disrupted the status quo
at Denton eateries that have
been around for years, business
managers and employees said.
New franchise businesses
that opened earlier this month
are starting to affect the older
restaurants on Fry Street by
impacting sales and increasing
property value, Jimmy John's
general manager Hiro Miyata
said,
"Customers have more
choices, and business is more
evenly distributed," Miyata said.
"They aren't going to just one
place anymore."
The openings of Chipotle,
Potbelly and MacDaddy's near
UNT campus has given students
more options during lunch
breaks.
See FRY on page 2
Universities mark
long collaboration
Andrew Freeman
Staff Writer
Oct 12 will mark the 10-year
anniversary of UNT's collabor-
ative partnership and friend-
ship with the Universidad
Autonoma del Estado de
Mexico in Toluca, Mexico. To
celebrate, 12 of the university's
administrators and professors,
including its president, will
visit Denton.
"For UNT, this is a very
important partnership
based on similarities within
the school and friendship,"
UAEM-UNT Academic Liaison
Office Director Manuel Goel
said. "We're both willing to
work at the same level."
A luncheon will be held at
the Diamond Eagle Suite in
the Union, and later that night,
artwork brought over from
UAEM will be set up for an
exhibit at UNT on the Square
"We've had hundreds of
trips, and many people know
each other," Goel said. "There
is true friendship between us."
The two campuses share
research in a huge number
of fields. Although the focus
is mainly on environmental
science and biology, collab-
orative research in educa-
tion, political science and even
music has been growing.
"I've been to Toluca, Mexico,
five different times now," said
Bruce Hunter, acting director
We've had
hundreds of
trips, and many
people know
each other, "
-Mauel Goel
Academic Liaison Director
of the UNT Institute of Applied
Sciences. "We've worked on waste
water treatment, and I've taught
several [Geographic Information
Systems] courses."
Hunter is currently working on
a project with a graduate student
from UAEM.
"Mexico is a fascinating place,
and I have forged several personal
friendships," Hunter said. "They
have many hardworking faculty
and students over there."
Over the last 10 years, the two
universities' partnership has
grown considerably because of
similarities between the schools,
including respective size. Goel
said the partnership will continue
to thrive.
"We are looking at another
20 years," he said. "We're plan-
ning on larger projects, a greater
number of exchanges and more
faculty mobility."
See MEXICO on page 2
Fro essors research, study
whistle-blowing reactions
Nadia Hill
Senior Staff Writer
Four UNT accounting
professors recently conducted
and presented the first ever
research study about how
people perceive wrongdoers
and the whistle-blowers who
report misconduct.
Previous studies have
focused on the reporter or
lawbreaker, not the third-
party observer.
"Whistle-blowing is a big
deal because a very small
amount of people do it," said
accounting professor Mary
Curtis, a member of the
research team. "One of the
reasons they don't is a fear
of retaliation from peers. We
wanted to know why peers
have an opinion and why
people ostracize."
Mary Curtis, Jesse
Robertson, Cameron Cockrell
and Dutch Fayard conducted
the research from 2009 to 2010,
using 139 anonymous students
who read specific scenarios
such as cheating on an exam
or selling term papers, and
then responded to them.
Curtis and her colleagues
measured the students' reac-
tions toward the wrongdoer
and whistle-blower based on
likeability and non-confor-
mance, or the level that the
reporter adheres to societal
norms.
"We understand third-party
perceptions come about but
wanted to know how people
influence these," Curtis said.
"Originally we thought like-
ability and non-conformance
would be equally impor-
rWhistle-blowers] are rarely treated
the same in society, even though
they chose to do something right...
-Philosophy Department Chair Irish Glazebrook
tant and only apply to the
reporter."
Their research found
participants were more
willing to ostracize the
reporter than the wrong-
doer, and likeability and
non-conformance were equal
factors in judging both the
reporter and wrongdoer.
According to the report,
fear of peer retaliation had
nothing to do with whether
or not reporting the act was
the right thing to do.
Instead, peers focused
more on how much they liked
the wrongdoer and the way
the reporter conformed to
society.
"People who whistle-blow
are rarely treated the same
in society, even though they
chose to do something right
and, in many cases, required
by law," said Accounting
Department Chair Don Finn, a
whistle-blower researcher. "In
almost every case, whistle-
blowers are branded as being
disloyal by coworkers."
Finn said that was notable,
because in most cases, those
who choose to turn a blind
eye to wrongdoing should be
deserving of criticism.
The research sheds light
on how people view ethical
dilemmas.
From WikiLeaks to movies
about the tobacco industry,
whistle-blowing is an issue
in business ethics and a soci-
etal phenomenon.
"The whistle-blower did
their civic and public duty
but are still out of a job,"
Philosophy Department
Chair Trish Glazebrook said.
"It's often not people at the
bottom of the barrel, either.
It's people who have access
to more information and can
see cover-ups."
Glazebrook said the way
whistle-blowers are often
shunned seems to go against
the ethical standards people
strive to meet.
"They become heroes but
are outcast in their own line
of work," she said.
The team submitted the
report, presented at the
Ethics Research Symposium
in August, to several journals
for possible publication.
Each team member also
conducts separate research
relating to ethics.
"There is an enormous
amount of ethical respon-
sibility embedded in every
single profession," Finn
said. "We all have profes-
sional, ethical responsibili-
ties, and from that perspec-
tive it becomes one of those
ingredients that makes us
successful or not successful."
Photo by Nicole Arnold/Staff Photographer
or the Johnson family, their chickens have become more than just a source of fresh eggs. Their oldest son, Carlos,
plays with the hens in their backyard Monday morning.
Denton takes look at
urban poultry policy
Jason Yang
Senior Staff Writer
Move over cats and dogs,
a new flock of backyard pets
might be coming to town.
The Denton City Council
plans to vote in the next
few weeks on a new ordi-
nance that could rework
the rules of chicken owner-
ship at homes in the city.
The ordinance, if passed,
would allow up to eight hens
in a yard, and would reduce
the current 150-foot limit
between a coop and a neigh-
bor's yard to 50 feet.
No roosters will be
allowed because of the
animals' noisy habits.
"The new ordinance is
set up where it allows flex-
ibility," city councilman
Dalton Gregory said. "If
passed, we have coded
enforcement and a police
department to enforce the
rules."
Denton resident Dawn
Paradise first proposed the
ordinance in 2010. The Paradise
household has always lived in
an environmentally friendly
home setting
Her backyard has a large,
raised garden bed and fruit
trees, and the possibility of
homegrown organic eggs
encouraged her to push
for the new ordinance.
As for the noise concern,
Paradise said her neighbor's
dogs bark much louder than
chickens, sometimes at 3 a.m.
"The chickens eat bugs,
weeds - and homegrown egg
has a higher level of omega-
3s, so they're significantly
healthier than store-bought,"
she said. "The lifestyle of
slaughterhouse chickens is
abysmal for ethical and health
reasons."
Gregory said the new ordi-
nance would require residents
interested in chicken owner-
ship to register with the city.
There won't be any addi-
tional fees after registration,
and the city will provide liter-
ature on keeping chicken odor
to a minimum to be courteous
to neighbors.
Corinth homeowner Sandra
Johnson owns four hens.
Growing up in Philadelphia
where urban birds are a rare
sight, she wasn't initially warm
to the idea of keeping hens in
her backyard. Seven months
after taking in the chickens,
her opinion has changed
completely.
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