North Texas Daily (Denton, Tex.), Vol. 88, No. 7, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 23, 2003 Page: 1 of 11
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North Texas Daily
Student Newspaper of the University of North Texas
Newspaper of the University
Volume 88, No. 7
JUST KIL'N TIME
"rafts studio o iers specialized style of
COOL KILN FACTS
• The first kiln was produced in a
sun-dried form at least 6,000 years
• Kiln-dried bricks came to be widely
used in Western Europe for the pro-
tection they offered against fire.
• The kiln's uses were expanded in
ancient Rome by improvements in
manufacture and by new techniques
• The kiln brick was a major advance
in ancient technology because it revo-
lutionized architecture, allowing peo-
ple to build multi-story structures.
Kil'n Time Studio and Gifts — families,
couples, friends, the experienced and the sim-
ply interested of all ages gather there to cre-
The walls display professionally crafted
i«l ceramics, pieces and mosaics, as well as
works in progress waiting to be finished.
The business, located at 118 W.
Congress St. in Denton, provides a ceramics
haven, offering anything premade from fig-
urines, plates, picture frames, magnets and more.
"There is nowhere else to go to get access to pot-
tery or an idea of what goes on in the process of
ceramics," said Abbey Rothenbuehler, Casper,
Wyo. senior and employee. "It is just relaxing."
Kil'n Time caters to all needs, making the
process simple and memorable.
"You just come in, pick out something you
want to paint, then have as much time as you
want to paint it," Rothenbuehler said. "Then
you give it to us and we take it back to glaze it
for you and then fire it. You can pick it up three
to four days later."
Owner Elizabeth Gourdie, who minored in
ceramics at NT, started the shop two years ago
Gourdie also paints custom-made pieces
upon request. For eight years, she painted
sinks, mosaics, wall murals, furniture, dishes and
inspirational items for retail and catalog sales.
This art style is a recent trend in the United States
and the shop caters to gift ideas. For Valentine's Day
they suggest painting your loved one a vase, box,
heart trivet, plate or mug.
The shop offers weekly special events, such as
birthday parties, and discounted events including a
Thursday Ladies' Night, a Time-Out Tuesday and a
Three Friends Friday. The shop also hosts a
Wednesday neighborhood group.
"We don't do lessons yet, but in the future we want
to start offering them," Rothenbuehler said. "For
now, we help people out."
paint it and
then pick it
it in the
I NT Daily
$125 466 requested
by SGA for Spring
VALARIE 0NTIVER0S / NT Daily
Dr. Richard Rafes, vice president for administration, talks to students at the SGA meeting.
budget committee, in a
announced that the pro-
posed budget of $125,466,
has been turned in to
The budget is about
$1,500 less than their ini-
tial proposal from last fall.
Despite it being the
first meeting beginning a
new semester, the
Association meeting held
yesterday was eventful.
After listening to two
guest speakers, SGA
members proposed two
bills, went over executive
and committee reports,
made general announce-
ments, presented new
business and appointed
people to seats in the
The meeting also cen-
tered on the appointment
of senators who did not
run for or win in the Fall
See SGA, page 4
Centón County school officials: funding is insufficient
Jesse Jack Jones
A coalition of representatives for
Denton County school districts held a
press conference Wednesday to voice
concerns about what representatives
believe are inconsistencies in state fund-
ing for Texas schools.
"State aid has actually decreased in
terms of dollars," said Dr. Ray Braswell,
Denton Independent School District
Braswell cited figures that showed
that, in the 1999-2000 school year, the
state provided almost $134.5 million for
Denton County schools, yet in 2002-03
those same contributions had decreased
to about $96 million.
Even as state funding is shrinking,
local school district responsibilities are
growing. Jack Biggerstaff, Sanger ISD
superintendent, said local school districts
will become solely responsible for paying
teacher health benefits in Texas by 2009.
Officials said that even if the general
public wanted to assist schools financially
by paying higher taxes, they would be
unable to because the State of Texas
placed a $1.50 tax cap for maintenance
and operation budgets.
Most schools in Denton County have
already reached that cap and are still
under-funded, and those that have not
reached the budget cap will within the
next three years.
"The reality is, if we have limited
funds to hire teachers, class size will
grow," Tom Davenport, Lake Dallas ISD
The officials further explained that lit-
tle or no support from Austin included
cutting back on special programs, charg-
ing for participation in extracurricular
activities, or closing down school build-
ings so they can be used for other things.
The conference ended with a call to
action directed at legislators in Austin.
George W. Bush
pro-life stance in
speech at St. Louis
For opposing sides of the
abortion issue Wednesday at
NT, silence was mutual.
Notwithstanding a flurry of
of the U.S.
student activism on campus.
Dr. Ona Tolliver, assistant
dean of students, reported no
student organizations had
scheduled speaking times at
any of the campus's free
According to Ashley
Richardson, president of the
Feminist Majority Leadership
Alliance and member of
Students for Choice, the
Monday break and early peri-
od of the semester gave no
"real practical" reason to
Richardson, a Midlothian
senior, added that the
alliance's preparation for next
month's showing of the Vagina
Monologues strained any hope
for a pro-abortion rights
Richardson said the disap-
pointment of a pro-abortion
rights no-show was lessened
by the absence of anti-abor-
"I was truly concerned that
there would be no pro-choice
showing to counter them
Members of the anti-abor-
tion Eagles for Life organiza-
tion distributed black buttons
reading "Reverse Roe," but
refrained from outright
In an online poll posted on
the CNN Web site, 65 percent
of voters said the landmark
decision should not be over-
See ANNIVERSARY, page 4
illis Library ol ers most
complete prisoner records
Hidden in a small office on
the top floor of the NT library,
students, teachers and the
public can find the largest col-
lection of World War II prison-
ers-of-war books and oral inter-
views in the country, said
Robert LaForte, retired history
LaForte, who donated the
collection to NT in June 2002,
said he started compiling the
550-book archive about 15
years ago. The archives are
more comprehensive than
those of the Library of
Congress, he said. They are
also larger than the ones found
in any other American univer-
sity or military academy.
LaForte said he started col-
lecting the books because he
you a chance to
sadism of the
Japanese," he said of events
that occurred at the time.
University archivist Richard
Himmel said scholars from
See RECORDS, page 4
N sends group to Model U.N.
They're from American towns, they attend
an American university and they read
American newspapers. However, these eight
NT students are preparing to serve as dele-
gates for Iraq and Afghanistan in next month's
Midwest Model United Nations conference.
"Basically at that conference we're going to
be attacked," Chandra Simms, Denton senior,
said. "We have to act like Iraq and defend
The main goal of NT's Model
International Organization is to allow students
to deal with international politics, which pres-
ident Marty Willhoite, Arlington senior, said is
fulfilled by model conferences such as the
"That's what this is about- trying to create
a realistic model of current events and prob-
lems," Wilhoite said.
Because of the quantity of material avail-
able on both Afghanistan and Iraq, delegates
should not have difficulty representing proper
policies, he said.
"We go and we represent something that
may be abhorrent to ourselves and our views,"
See MODEL, page 4
A first glance
Beat Editor Brian
StimSOD examines the
arts and sports and how
money for sports will
bring money for arts.
at today s news
Students seeking a
teaching certificate for
under the English
department may be in
for a shock. Page 6
Nas's new album God's
Son is a worthy follow-
up to his debut album,
Illmatic, once again
even manages to bring
Tupac Shakur back to
life. Page 7.
TCU's inventive music
group, Trio Con Brio,
makes a stop at NT
today on their cross-
country tour. Page 7.
After losing three straight
home games, the Mean
Green take to the road for
games against New Orleans
and South Alabama. Page 8
Junior forward Michael
DeGrate is averaging eight
points and five rebounds
this season. Staff writer
Chris Hawkes examines
the transfer player's first
season at NT Page 8
Tina Slinker, Lady Eagles
head coach, has the most
coaching victories in NT
history. Writer Dominique
Rhymes takes a look at her
coaching career. Page 8
Editorial: Save your money;
boycott the music business
COMMENTARY, Page 3
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