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Republican candidate, Alan Keyes, delivers a speech at the Gateway Center Mon-
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By Lena Dirbasi-ii
The rare Texas snow welcomed
Alan Keyes, a former U.N. diplomat
and Republican presidential candi-
date, last night as he ended his
campaign swing in the half-full
An enthusiastic speaker, Keyes
thanked the crowd for "braving the
weather," which he compared to the
threatening sovereignty of the U.S.,
particularly on the issues of border
security, deteriorating morals, abor-
tion, lack of respect for religion and
abuse of authority.
Keyes argued that the threat
lies in the disappearing notion of
a government of, by and for the
people, which became a theme of
his hour-and-a-half speech.
The event opened and closed
with a Christian prayer followed by
the national anthem and Pledge of
Throughout his talk, Keyes
remindedhis audience that, "Godis
the premise of our liberty and those
who have faith in God hold the key
to the restoration ofthatpremise," as
he frequently pronounced his faith
in God and Jesus Christ.
Keyes did not shy away from
charging his colleagues with moral
incompetence. He accused fellow
Republican presidential candi-
date John McCain of contradicting
his stance on pro-life because of
his support of his daughter's pro-
choice option, and later accused
Democratic presidential candidate
pro-indecency and pro-homosex-
Mocking Obama's call for hope
and change, Keyes said, "We don't
want change; we want preservation
of the Constitution."
Referring to the lack of publicity
his campaign receives from the
media and the absence of poll
ratings, Keyes ended his speech by
assuring the audience that the end
result isn't as important as making
sure that "people know that good
choices will never fail," before
receiving a standing ovation.
The North Texas College
Republicans sponsored the event.
Sheramie Law, North Texas college
Republicans chief of staff and a
sophomore from Sherman, said
Alan Keyes' staffers contacted their
organization seeking sponsorship.
Carla Michele, special assistant
to Alan Keyes since he first ran
for president in 1996, said Keyes'
campaign chose NT because it liked
the students on campus.
"There were a wonderful group of
Republican kids at UNT," she said.
"It's a wonderful campus."
The event cost about $1,000
and was paid for by Alan Keyes'
There are two pool tables
and a "seat yourself" sign at the
Sweetwater Tavern. Menus are
available on the tables but were
not at the Food Snobs' table when
The information about the pool
tables and sign was incorrect and
the information about the menus
was sunclear in Friday's paper.
Hillary Clinton rallies Teaxas supporters at Fair Park Saturday afternoon.
Photo by Bo Joplin / Intern
Clinton visits Fair Park
urges Two Step
By Bo Joplin
Hillary Clinton came to
Dallas Saturday afternoon
at Fair Park to encourage
voters to participate in the
Texas Two Step because here
in Texas, things are done a
Texas is unique in that
voters can participate in a
two-step process: both a
primary and a caucus. In
a primary, votes are cast
by a secret ballot, unlike a
caucus, where voters have a
public discussion about the
candidates of their affiliated
party and then determine
their winning candidate.
Darlene Ewing, chair of
the Democratic Party, began
the rally by saying, "It's
tight; every vote counts."
Normally, Ewing remains
neutral during the primaries.
However, having voted early,
Ewing loudly campaigns for
Clinton took the stage
around 3 p.m., making eye
contact with many adoring
fans cheering from every
direction. Prior to her
arrival, Clinton rallied more
than 5,000 people at the
Stockyards of Fort Worth.
"We have a war to end
in Iraq and a war to win in
Afghanistan," she said.
She also spoke about her
passion in strengthening
the middle class as well as
providing affordable health
care to all Americans. She
noted that her health care
plan includes everyone,
unlike Barack Obama's,
which leaves out many
Clinton spoke about
needing a commander-in-
chief who has adequate expe-
rience and who can make a
difference. She referenced
her opponent, Obama, who
criticized her latest "3 a.m."
commercial, insinuating that
it incites fear.
"I don't think people in
Texas scare all that easily,"
She gave examples
throughout her speech about
her years of experience: her
involvement in foreign policy
during her husband's pres-
idency and her first-hand
experience in traveling to
80 foreign countries.
Clinton urged the audi-
ence to vote in Tuesday's
primary and caucus.
"It took a Clinton to clean
up after the first Bush....
Grab your brooms and your
mops and your vacuum
cleaners and help me out,"
Hopeful faces swarmed
the crowds after Clinton's
speech. The Thomas Jefferson
High School's marching band
voluntarily participated in
the Saturday's rally.
Junior Ana Florez said, "I
like what she does for the
Cynthia Allen, a Dallas
attorney at law, brought her
daughter Robbin, son Scottie
and his six teenage friends to
the Clinton rally.
"She is solid. She has
weathered every storm and
can fight back," Allen said.
Despite the number of
supporters at the rally, a quiet
undertone of uncertainty
penetrated the crowd. The
apprehension of Clinton's
unknown position in Texas
was a clear concern among
As Allen left the rally she
said, "Pray for her at the
Polls have already
predicted that 60 percent
of voters were women, but
the race between Clinton
and Obama remains close.
Tuesday's primary will deter-
mine a democratic winner.
Student dies two years after battle with cancer Actors Campaign for Obama at N
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Vargas said Parra identified
herself as a Latina at heart.
"People could not tell because
of her blue eyes, but when you
heard her speak Spanish, you
knew," she said. "She was the
person you could confide in and
talk to about anything."
Parra's passion for life and
dedication to the community
stemmed from her own experi-
ences that gave her strength. In
July 2006 Parra was diagnosed
with cervical cancer and later
that year lost her grandfather,
"She never let it get the best
of her, and I think that says a lot
about her personality," Vargas
said. "It was just an obstacle in her
life, and I remember her saying
it was just something you dealt
Parra had survived her battle
with cancer and funneled her
energies toward changing others'
lives, Vargas said.
Parra began this semester at NT
as a Spanish major. Vargas said
Parra transferred to pursue her
aspirations to become a teacher.
"Her determination to make
a difference was admirable and
made her an all-around good
person," she said.
Vargas said the past couple of
days have been bittersweet.
"I have not been able to look at
her picture without crying, and as
I remember her I can appreciate
the moments I spent with her,"
In memory of Parra, her family
set up the Ashley Parra Memorial
Fund. Donations raised will be
given to the Dallas Children's
Advocacy Center. Vargas said
Parra's grandmother chose the
agency because they wanted to
remember Ashley's passion and
love for helping children.
"Today many of us smiled as we
remembered the young, beautiful
person she was," Vargas said.
Lynn Davis, Dallas Children's
Advocacy Center president and
CEO, said it is a tragedy to lose
such a young person with a good
"It's a shame when a person
with such good intentions in
helping children is taken from
us," he said.
Those interested in contrib-
uting to the Ashley Parra Memorial
Fund may make their donations
at any Bank of America.
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By Charlie McRae
More than 100 people gath-
ered in the University Union
Courtyard Friday to see two celeb-
rity guest speakers and listen to
their endorsements for Illinois
Sen. Barack Obama.
Sophia Bush, an actress on
TV's One Tree Hill and Adam
Rodriguez oí Miami spoke to the
crowd and many cheering fans
about Obama's views, policies
and why theybelieve he shouldbe
the next president of the U.S.
"Barack Obama is the first
candidate that I've ever gotten
this excited about," Rodriguez
The two stars spoke for about
15 minutes and then encouraged
everyone to march with them
to the Joseph A. Carroll Denton
County Administration Building
on West Hickory Street, where
people cast their ballot on the
last day to vote early.
"I finally feel like my one vote or
my one speech here can matter,"
Two bicycle police officers
escorted the crowd and the two
actors as they marched down
Hickory Street to vote. Bush
and Rodriguez spoke with fans
and continued to explain their
support for Obama.
"Volunteer and get involved
with the campaign," Rodriguez
said. "These are all things that
you're going to take with you for
the rest of your life and tell your
grandkids about and say 'I was a
part of something, I was part of
making that change.'"
The administration building
already had a line of about twenty
people coming out the door
who were in line to vote. It was a
"limited ballot," meaning voters
could only vote for president, state
senators and railroad commis-
sioner, among others.
Bush reminded the crowd
that it needs to come out again
after the polls close on Tuesday
to caucus, so their vote will fully
"If somebody told me my
vote only counted 70 percent,
I wouldn't be cool with it," she
The polls close at 7 p.m.
today and caucusing begins
at 7:15. Voters must caucus in
their precinct, or one that has
been assigned to them at early
The University of North Texas has
sent interns to work for Sen. Kay
Bailey Hutchison, Sen. John Cornyn,
Rep. Michael Burgess, the Election
Assistance Commission and Hous-
ing and Urban Development.
Come meet former interns and learn
more about the program at an informa-
tional meeting Thursday, March 6 at 5
Call 940.565.4373, visit p.m. in the Ponder Room, located on
www.unt.edu/ntdc or Union 319 for the third floor of the University Union,
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