North Texas Daily (Denton, Tex.), Vol. 89, No. 103, Ed. 1 Tuesday, April 19, 2005 Page: 1 of 10
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April 19, 2005
- Tuesday -
Volume 89 Issue 103
North Texas Daily
the student newspaper of the university of north texas since 1915
Core class requirements not changing
Students might balk at NT's
required 47 hours of core curriculum,
but Catherine Parsoneault said foun-
dation is an integral part of being a
well-rounded student and person.
No attempts to streamline degree
requirements for a quicker gradua-
tion are foreseen in the near future.
According to Parsoneault, a pro-
gram director in the academic affairs
and research division of the Texas
Higher Education Coordinating
Board, in 1997, the board recom-
mended that the Texas Legislature
mandate a minimum of 42 hours of
"We get a lot of information about
how college can help us prepare for
our jobs and our careers, to earn more
money," Parsoneault said. "There are
more reasons than that to attend col-
lege. We're not one-dimensional crea-
tures. We're not our jobs."
NT's required 47-hour core exceeds
the 42-hour core component neces-
sary for graduation at the University
of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M
University, but falls below Texas
Tech's 48-hour core curriculum, the
maximum allowed by the state.
Suzanne LaBrecque, vice provost
and associate vice president for aca-
demic affairs, said NT's minimum
stood at 44 hours because of its
required one-hour labs in addition to
the core science courses, then faculty
members and administrators elected
to add three more hours of communi-
cation, wellness, cross-cultural diver-
sity and global studies courses.
The university's core curriculum
requirement passed through sev-
eral levels before it was put into
effect, LaBrecque said, including the
University Curriculum Committee,
the Core Oversight Committee and
the Faculty Senate
"[The core classes] are foundations
of an educated person, and we think
they're basic to an educated citizenry,"
LaBrecque said. "The additional hours
add the unique UNT signature."
Core curriculum and transfer guide-
lines fall under the Texas Administrative
Code, Subchapter S, Section 61.821-829.
Under the code, Parsoneault said, any
student who takes their core hours at
one Texas public institution can direct-
ly transfer those hours to another Texas
"You guys have a really good
operation there," Parsoneault said.
"UNT has bent over backwards to do
this thing right."
According to Parsoneault, not all
states have statewide core curriculum
For example, Wyoming, with just one
public four-year university and a hand-
ful of community colleges, would not
need such a broad-based code, she said.
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Keyes cleared of
Denton county grand
jury members have
declined to indict musi-
cian and NT alumnus Eric
Keyes for sexual assault.
The jurors issued the deci-
sion on March 31, accord-
ing to Denton County
Police arrested Keyes at
his home on Oct. 8, 2004.
He posted a $10,000 bond
that day and has remained
free since. Police obtained
a warrant for Keyes' arrest
after a 26-year-old woman
reported that Keyes sexu-
ally assaulted her on the
night of Sept. 21.
Detective Dave Stewart
of the Denton Police
Department testified at
the grand jury trial but
declined to comment on the
proceedings and referred
all questions on the case to
Jim Bryan, Denton Police
business and media rela-
According to Bryan,
once the evidence is
handed to the Denton
County District attorney's
office, the case is off the
police officers' hands. Fie
declined to comment.
Assistant District attor-
ney Kevin Henry, review-
ing attorney for the case,
declined to comment on
the grand jury hearing.
"The grand jury declined
to indict the charge, it's
finished as far as we're
concerned," he said.
believes there was suf-
ficient evidence to bring
the case to court.
"We wouldn't have
taken the case to the
grand jury If it didn't
have merit," he said
In a press statement
released by his legal
defense firm, Foreman,
Lewis and Hutchison,
Keyes expressed his inno-
cence and gratitude to the
Denton Police Department
and the Denton County
District Attorney's office
"I am totally innocent
of the charge and inca-
pable of anything of this
nature," he said in the
statement. "I am thank-
ful that the system has
restored my good name."
He also criticized the
coverage of his arrest.
The news of his arrest
was published in the
Denton Record Chronicle,
The Dallas Morning Nezos
and The North Texas Daily.
He expressed concerns
about media outlets read-
ily naming defendants of
sexual assaults but not
the victims' names.
He said this double stan-
dard undermines the justice
system's concept of inno-
cent until proven guilty.
"Never assume, always
verify," Keyes said.
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NICK MOSSER/NT AERIE
Kelli Royer, Eugene, Ore. Sophomore, reaches for a drop shot in The Mean Green tennis team's 7-0 loss to SMU on
Saturday in the regular-season finale at Goldfield Tennis Center.
administrators to attend Turkey conference
A group of NT administrators and
faculty members will travel to Turkey in
June for the first Istanbul Conference on
Democracy and Global Security.
The conference will include delegates
from many American universities as well
as officials from the Turkish National
Police Force and representatives from
schools in Turkey.
"We've had representatives of the
Turkish National Police studying here at
North Texas for several years," said Dr.
Thomas Hoemeke, executive director of
NT's International Studies and Programs.
"They've developed quite a community
here and have been very participatory in
the life of the institution."
NT's Turkish Institute for Police
Studies (TIPS) coordinates approximate-
ly 160 graduate students at NT and at
26 other universities across the United
States. Many students have achieved
their master's degrees in criminal justice
and other specializations since the insti-
tute opened with 11 students in 1999.
The program's first doctoral students
will graduate this summer.
"We know these graduate students
are going home to very responsible posi-
tions within the Turkish National Police,"
Hoemeke said. "That's a very good link
for the University of North Texas."
According to the Istanbul conference
Web site, the program aims to bring togeth-
er specialists from academia, law enforce-
ment, leadership, media and other areas
which are concerned about issues of bal-
ancing safety, security, anti-terrorism and
peacemaking with human rights and social
justice, all from a global perspective.
The site quotes Turkish Prime Minister
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, co-sponsor of the
conference, who said terrorism cannot be
justified in any form or in any location.
"Terrorism, which contravenes the most
fundamental right, namely the right to life,
has to be fought and decisively defeated,"
Erdogan said. "This requires full interna-
tional solidarity and cooperation."
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New documentary focuses on lives of exas Rangers
Kirby Warnock wanted to
tell a story that bothered his
grandfather to no end. What
he uncovered, however, was
a dark side of an institution
revered and glorified in Texas
folklore and history.
The NT division of Equity
and Diversity, along with many
of NT Hispanic and Latin
groups hosted a screening of
"Border Bandits," a documen-
tary of the Texas Rangers in the
The film focuses on Roland
Warnock's story of the alleged
murder of two unarmed
Mexican-American men at
the hands of the Rangers at
the McAllen Ranch in the Rio
Grande Valley. Warnock was
19-years-old at the time and
worked as a cowboy working
at the Guadalupe Ranch.
According to the film, Texas
Rangers allegedly shot Jesus
Bazan and Antonio Longoria
in the back after they lied
about knowing information on
bandits the rangers were look-
ing for. There are no death
certificates for either man, nor
are there any reports in Texas
Rangers archives of the event.
Kirby Warnock, a 53-
year-old proposal writer for
Affiliated Computer Systems
in Dallas, shot the documen-
tary in the span of five years.
The documentary came about
after he published his book,
"Texas Cowboy," a collection
of his grandfather's stories as
a cowboy in South Texas. One
of the stories recalled the inci-
dent at the McAllen ranch that
involved the murder of two
unarmed men at the hands of
The film also recounts other
stories of Texas Rangers' alleged
atrocities on Mexican-American
who lived in the valley.
Benjamin Heber Johnson,
Southern Methodist University
History professor, said most of
the violence at the time was a
response to a would-be revo-
lution of Mexican-Americans
who lost their lands as more
and more Anglos moved to
south Texas. These individu-
als, labeled as bandits, raided
ranches, railroads and farms.
He said these acts seemed to
be an implementation of a
uprising called the Plan of San
Diego, which was drafted in
"The plan called for a lib-
erating army of all races com-
posed of Mexicans, blacks
and Indians, to kill all white
males over the age of 16
and to overthrow U.S. gov-
ernment in Texas, Colorado,
New Mexico, Arizona and
California," he said in a dis-
cussion after the screening.
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gives a brief
to the advance
screening of his
work Monday in
OTTO K RA US/NT DAILY
Professors should be able to
speak their opinions freely.
The NT Daily reviews two
humorous guide books.
Denton's Nectar pollinates
Fry Street Fair.
Mean Green track team con-
tinues to break records.
High 76 / Low 62
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