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NORTH TEXAS DAILY
Thursday, September 7, 2005
THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS
Former NT student files lawsuit.
News, page 6
Meet the director of
Arts, page 3
ON THE WEB
Due to space constaints, today's Student
Life and Sports sections can only be found
atwww.ntdaily.com. Both will
Students work with evacuees
Three classes chip
in at Camp Copass
Mason W. Canales
NT's department of rehabil-
itation, social work and addic-
tions moved three classes to
Camp Copass Tuesday to help
with Hurricane Katrina evac-
uees. There are approximately
320 people housed in Camp
Copass, which is on McKinney
Street in Denton. The evacu-
ees are staying in the camp's
dorms and cabins.
Tom Barton, an associate
professor in the department,
sent the department's practice
one, two and three classes to
Camp Copass after a social
work agency at the camp
asked for NT's aid, Nicole Var-
dell, Sherman senior, said.
"One of the professors in the
social work department came
to our meeting today," Denise
Springer, Camp Copass office
manager, said. "They sched-
uled a time to do an i nquiry to
try and give refugees contact
with loved ones, or help them
with getting aid in the Denton
The students asked evacu-
ees if they had ID cards, if
they knew their Social Secu-
rity Numbers and other basic
"We asked them or helped
them to fill out a sheet that
had personal information that
would help them find family
members," Ben Nurguia, San
Antonio junior, said.
Cecilia Thomas of NT's
social work program said 55
students came to the camp.
"They were very excited
about coming," Thomas said.
"They enjoyed their expe-
rience and thought it was
Social work training classes
give the department's stu-
dents hands on experience.
"In the first class, they
learn to work with individu-
als," Thomas said. "In the
second, they learn to work
with families and groups and
in the third, they learn to
work with communities."
Nurguia said working at the
camp was a good way for him
to hit the ground running.
"This is my first year in
the social work program, so
I wouldn't be a good judge of
whether it fit with the classes,
but the professors obvious-
ly thought it did," Nurguia
He said most of the refu-
gees were pleasant with the
students, but some were upset
for obvious reasons.
The people I interviewed
were nice," Nurguia said.
"They felt bad because they
wished they could offer me a
nicer place to sit down."
Reunited after Katrina
Emily Hughes/NT Daily
Clara Utley, Highland Village junior, and Sarah Meador, Coppell senior, hug Friday in the University Union after
seeing one another for the first time since evacuating New Orleans. Now taking classes at NT, Utley and Meador
are good friends who were attending Loyola University prior to Hurricane Katrina.
N closes athletic gender gaps
Three years ago, NT athletics director
Rick Villarreal came to NT students with
a vision. It consisted of changing NT's
athletic climate by closing gender gaps
that were supposed to be filled under
Title IX, a provision that was added to
the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in the 70s.
Title IX prohibits sex discrimination
in educational programs that receive
federal funding, However, the statute
does not reference athletics programs.
Villarreal said that, although Title IX
does not specifically regulate athletics,
university officials wanted him to bring
all of NT's sports programs up to snuff
in gender equality.
" [Title IX compliance] fluctuated for
a while," Villarreal said. "We were 11
percent out of compliance when I came
to NT. I think now it is close to 1.5 to 2
percent out of compliance."
By the close of this semester, NT's
women athletes will have new facili-
ties to call their own. The NT Women's
Athletic Complex will have a softball
stadium, soccer stadium, tennis cen-
ter, volleyball gym, a practice gym for
basketball, an indoor golf facility, locker
rooms, meeting rooms and coaches'
The complex is being built at Eagle
Point, on the former Liberty Christian
School campus that NT acquired in
2002 for $5.1 million. Much of the fund-
ing came from donations and student
"We didn't make a lot of sacrifices to
fund this," Villarreal said. "We went to
the students and asked them to support
more athletic facilities ... and they said
yes by approving the athletic fee."
See Compliance on page 3
Twenty-two senators were
present for the Student Gov-
ernment Association welcom-
ing of the 13th Student Senate
Wednesday night. The group
elected the speaker of the sen-
ate, announced their 2006
budget and introduced its
Chris Clack, Grand Prairie
junior, was voted Speaker of
the Senate. Clack, a school
of community service sena-
tor, has been involved in SGA
since his freshman year.
I'm very excited about this
coming school year," Clack
said. "I feel the focus needs
to be more on the students
instead of on the internal
The group unanimously
voted to implement their
proposed 2006 budget that
totalled 20 percent less than
last year's. Internal affairs,
public relations and the SGA's
summer budget were sig-
nificantly decreased. Total
spending for student affairs
decreased by $100.
"Everything took a cut across
the board except scholarships,"
David Hall, R ichardson junior
and SGA president, said. "We
felt that we could do as good
of a job as we could in the
past. Our biggest resource isn't
The SGA's Raupe Scholar-
lished to help
$1,000. Hall said the money cut
from the SGA's 2006 budget will
return to NT's general student
service fee fund to be dispersed
to other organizations.
The senate's executive
members announced that
the organization is accept-
ing volunteer applications
for students who want to
get involved in student gov-
ernment. Samantha Weber,
Houston junior and SGA vice
president, said the SGA has a
record number of freshman
interns this semester.
The SGA also announced
that it is starting two new
organizations: the Sena-
tor Mentor Program, which
matches a student senator
with a freshman SGA intern,
and the General Assembly
meeting for SGA volunteers.
Over this academic year,
the SGA plans to be actively
involved in the election and
progression of the university's
new student regent position
and in residence hall life.
"I want to have a very pro-
active student senate," Clack
said, "I want to find out ways
to help students out and make
life here easier for them."
The SGA meets biweekly at
5 p.m. in Wooten Hall Room
322. Their office is located on
the second floor of the Univer-
sity Union Room 216B.
Black organizations inform students of options
For the member of the Coali-
tion of Black Organizations, the
word "umoja" means unity. It
also stands for the occasion to
meet with other black students
The fourth annual Umoja Night
was held Wednesday in the One
O'clock Lounge and Campus
Chat. Each of NT's registered black
student organizations gave a short
presentation and guest speak-
er Ada Yovonie, the founder of the
coalition, gave a speech.
Afterward, students could
receive more information on
or join an organization. Each
group had a table set up in the
The purpose of the night was
to inform black students of their
options on campus.
"It basically started as a way
to reintroduce black students
to student life on campus," said
Ashley E. Hyder, Houston senior
and president of the coalition.
Umoja comes from one of the
seven principles of Kwanzaa, a
black cultural observation that
begins after Christmas, Hyder
About 150 students attended
Umoja Night, either to represent
an organization or learn more
"I thought it was very informa-
tive," Jehrika Summerhill, Killeen
junior, said. "I learned about a lot
of new organizations."
Guest speaker Yovonie came
to NT in 1997 to study music and
eventually became involved in
various student life organizations
In 2003, she urged the black
organizations on campus to unite
in order to give black students a
voice, and through that created
the Coalition of Black Organiza-
"I hope CoBO will continue
to be successful," Yovonie said.
"It's very exciting to see everyone
While she considers Dallas
her home, Yovonie lived in Sierra
Leone, Africa, from age 13 to 16.
At the time, it was considered the
poorest country in the world.
"Being in Africa taught me that
most of the things I thought were
important were not," Yovonie
said. "It taught me how much
better off most of us had it in
Liliana Castillo/NT Daily
President of Coalition of Black Organizations
Ashley Hyder introduces guest speaker Ada
Yovonie during Umoja Night.
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