North Texas Daily (Denton, Tex.), Vol. 89, No. 104, Ed. 1 Wednesday, April 20, 2005 Page: 1 of 12
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APRIL 20, 2005
- WEDNESDAY -
Volume 89 Issue 104
North Texas Daily
The Student Newspaper of the University of North Texas Since 1915
Council meets amid election race
have stake in
Three candidates are vying for
the Denton City Council District
Three seat, which includes NT
and the surrounding area north
of campus. Seeking office in the
May 7 election are attorney W.
Travis Biggs, emergency man-
agement assistant Jack Daniels,
and District Three incumbent
Biggs argues Thomson and
the city are not adequately pro-
viding accommodations for the
large number of students who
currently reside in Denton.
"I would make Denton a
more hospitable place for the
students," Biggs said. 'The city
has to learn to accommodate
for the students, to make the
city more inviting and to retain
the students post-graduation."
If elected, Biggs said he will
revitalize the Fry Street area and
beautify other areas surround-
ing campus, namely Eagle Drive,
which he says is unfriendly to
pedestrian traffic. Biggs also said
he will bring tax dollars back to
businesses in his district.
To retain college students
after graduation, Biggs said he
will work to bring more jobs to
the area, saying that students
are often frustrated by the lack
of jobs in Denton.
"I'm keenly aware of the
issues that the students are
really concerned about," Biggs
said. "I should be elected
because I can do a better job of
representing the interests of the
people of District 3."
Incumbent Thomson and the
current City Council have all
but cleared the way for the Fry
Street Fair's return this year, but
Thomson remains concerned
about safety of the event's
attendees and the residents in
the surrounding area. Despite
these concerns, he is glad to
have the fair back on Fry Street.
In response to Biggs' criticism,
Thomson maintains that he has
served his constituents well.
"I think I've promoted the
economy of the City of Denton,"
he said. "I've been protective of
neighborhoods, and I've sought
to have the municipality operate
in an efficient manner. I've been
promoting the continuing rede-
velopment of downtown with
hopeful multi-use retail and res-
idential. There are a lot of things
that [the city council] needs to
do, and I think we've started a
lot of really good things."
- see COUNCIL RACE
DAVID MINTON/NT DAILY
Denton Fire Marshall Rick Jones addressed the City Council Tuesday night about the preparations for the Fry Street Fair.
Council amends noise ordinance for Fry Street Fair
Denton City Council members unani-
mously approved an exception to the
city's noise ordinance Tuesday to make
way for Fry Street Fair. Council members
raised the acceptable decibel level from
70 to 75, the same range allowed for the
Denton Arte and Jazz Festival.
The ordinance's approval was the last
requirement Delta Lodge officials had to
meet in order to bring Fry Street Fair back
to Denton on April 23. However, the item
did not pass without discussion from
some City Council members.
Denton Fire Marshall Rick Jones first
addressed the council, stating that delegates
from the Delta Lodge met all requirements
for approval of the sound ordinance.
"We started with a pretty large list (of
requirements)," Council woman of District
Two Pete Kamp said.
The Delta Lodge held numerous neigh-
borhood meetings between residents and
business owners along Fry Street over the
last two months to reassure that the fair
will not overwhelm the area.
Kamp explained that the lodge had
to devise a public safety plan, dealing
with everything from inclement weath-
er, fire dangers, medical attention and
getting safety apparatuses in and out of
The lodge, in return, paid one-third of
their $2,000 debt to the city and the NT
police, took out a $2 million insurance
policy on the fair and will make their
financial records available to the public by
publishing them in area newspapers.
- see MEETING page 4 -
Israeli lecturer dissects terrorism
Ami Pedahzur told the story Tuesday of a
29-year-old lawyer blowing himself up and
killing a 4-month-old baby in the process.
Pedahzur, a senior lecturer in the
Division of Government and Political
Theory at the University of Haifa, Israel,
used the story to open his Tuesday lecture
about suicide bombing. Pedahzur's lecture
is based off his recently published book,
NT's Jewish Studies Program,
International Studies, the Department of
History, College of Arts and Sciences, NT
Hillel, Bnai Zion of Dallas and the Consulate
General of Israel-Southwest Region brought
Pedahzur to speak about 'The Culture of
Death," a term referring to motivations
behind suicide bombings.
"Most of the communities
that support suicide bombing
are discriminated against and
face suffering for a long time,"
Pedahzur said. "The way out is
the way of martyrdom."
Pedahzur said suicide terror-
ism is another manifestation of
terrorism, and he described a sui-
cide bomber as a smart bomb that
can decide when to detonate.
'These groups, like any politi-
cal group, are looking for a strat-
egy that works," Pedahzur said.
Pedahzur denounced the notion that
suicide bombing is unique to the Middle
East and cited the militant actions of the
Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka. According to
Pedahzur, this strategy did not become
University of Haifa
used until the early 1980s.
"If it was inherent to Islam,
we should have seen this long
before the 1980s," Pedahzur
said. "It cannot be something
imbedded in a specific culture.
Religion cannot be considered
the cause of this culture."
According to Pedahzur, orga-
nizational structures perpetrate
95 percent of all suicide attacks,
and commitment to a cause or
organization is a higher motiva-
tion than personal crisis. He also
said suicide bombers see them-
selves as soldiers or members of a gang.
"Suicide terrorism is not about suicide,"
Pedahzur said. "Ifs about killing others.
- see ISRAEL page 4 -
Library displays rare recordings
On Tuesday, those pres-
ent in the Rare Books Room
of Willis Library could hear
"Napoleon's Last Charge"
three feet in front of them.
The recording, copyrighted
in 1910, was one of sever-
al played during a phono-
graph demonstration, the
last of three scheduled dur-
ing "Recapturing the Melody:
Songs of Yesteryear." The
exhibit began Feb. 10 and runs
until April 29.
According to Susannah
Cleveland, Music Recordings
and Digital Resources
Librarian, the exhibit was, in
part, designed to raise aware-
ness of the university's his-
toric music collection.
"I think a lot of people
didn't realize we have all
this stuff," she said. "Most
of the recordings are located
in a remote storage facility
called the Annex that the
library owns. It's located out
by the airport."
Students occasionally use
the collection as a research
tool, she said, but very few
use old equipment, like pho-
nographs, to play recordings.
Edward I Ioyenski, assis-
tant curator of the Rare Books
Room, said the library's
music collection and record
players have not been read-
ily available in the past.
According to Hoyenski, most
of the university's record-
ings have not been played
since being donated.
"Up until now, the record-
DAVID MINTON/NT DAILY
Vintage phonographs and other music players occupy the Rare
Books Room of Willis Library for an exhibit running until April 29th.
ings haven't been very acces-
sible, even though most of
them are playable," he said.
"This is a chance for people to
hear the music played on the
- see PHONOGRAPH
result in campus
Denton and NT police
are working together to
apprehend two suspects
implicated in two robberies
NT police issued a uni-
versity security alert that
identified two black males
who allegedly robbed two
students, one at gunpoint.
The robberies occurred
about two hours apart.
NT police Deputy Chief Ed
Reynolds declined to reveal the
identities of the victims.
"At this point, I don't want
anybody contacting our vic-
tim because these guys are
still out there," he said.
The suspects approached
the first victim at his resi-
dence on Stella Street at 1 a.m.,
according to Denton Police.
After asking to use the stu-
dent's phone, the suspects
asked him for money, and hit
his face with a semi-automatic
pistol when he told them he
had none. The suspects fled
after getting his wallet.
At about 3:30 a.m. on the
north side of the General
Academic Building, suspects
fitting the description of the
initial robbers approached
"The victim then laid the
wallet down and his cell
phone and did as they told
him to do, which was walk
away," Reynolds said.
Reynolds said the depart-
ment will increase patrols.
Generally, there are about six
police officers on patrol on each
shift, and each officer works
about 12 hours.
NT police provide students
with police escorts, but only
after the Night Rider stops run-
ning at 2:30 a.m.
Students who want a
police escort can call the
cy line at (940) 565-3000.
More than 40 emer-
gency phone stations are
placed throughout campus.
Students can use the blue
strobe light-mounted poles
to report crimes or request
for police escort service.
"If someone calls in on an
emergency phone, thaf s a pri-
ority call," Reynolds said.
Aside from the police escorts
and the emergency phone, the
NT police department teach-
es a rape aggression defense
course during the semester,
according to Kenneth Ballom,
NT Dean of students.
NT police are asking any-
one with information about
the two incidents or the sus-
pects to call the NT police
department's criminal inves-
tigations division phone
number at (940) 565-3006.
Callers wTho wdsh to remain
anonymous can call the NT
Crime Stoppers number at
(940) 565-TIPS (8477).
Integrity is strangely absent
from NT's leadership.
Check out the best veggie
restaurants of Denton.
Seniors perform last concert
with NT jazz singers.
Freshman pitcher helps
build softball program.
High 82 / Low 64
Forecast: Partly Cloudy
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