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Read about the Lenten journey of three NT students.
Arts and Life Page 5
Recap softball's games during spring break.
Sports Page 8
Tuesday, March 25,2008
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North Texas Daily
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The Newspaper of the University of North Texas
SGA hosts presidential election redo
By Ashlee Salem
After all the campaigning and
voting for Student Government
Association presidential elections,
there are no results.
There is going to be a re-vote
for the candidates, though the
SGA would not give a reason for
According to an election board
statement, "the Election Board was
unwilling to certify the results due
to continued examination of issues
board felt there
a part in the
and does not
Holman feel comfort-
able letting the
election stand as it is.
Candidates including presi-
dential contenders Jeff Kline and
Thomas Holman will be voted
for again, as will vice presidential
nominees Meghan Vittrup and
Shana Gooch, director of
marketing, promotion and public
relations for SGA said she believes
the elections willbeheldnextweek
for three days.
The election board plans to form
an election timeline and a meeting
with the candidates according to
Elections will be held the same
way as before on the SGAs Web site,
www.untsga.edu. Gooch said the
candidates will meet Wednesday,
and "we will know how everything
will play out on Wednesday."
"The election board is meant to
reflect the will of the student body
and weighs this responsibility in
every decision they make," said
Stephen Withkowski, SGA elec-
Photo courtesy of Ron Ogden
Protesters hold up signs and chant anti-war slogans March 19 on Stemmons Freeway in Lewisville. The demonstration was organized by Peace Action Denton.
Peace Action Denton protests war in Iraq
By Elizabeth Knighten
Four police officers looked
on in the bright Texas sun as
peaceful protestors stood on the
sidewalk outside Congressman
Michael Burgess' office. The
protest led by Peace Action
Denton, took place at 4 p.m.
March 19 at 1660 Stemmons
Freeway in Lewisville.
"George Bush wants to spread
democracy, but you can't spread
it with a gun," Denton resident
Ron Ogden said.
Peace Action Denton
members held signs with anti-
war sentiments, American flags
and peace signs as drivers who
passed by honked.
There was a wide mix of
protestors from senior citi-
zens to college and high school
students. One Peace Action
Denton member brought her
young grandchildren to help
"March 19 is the five-year
anniversary of the invasion
of Iraq," said Sandy Swan, a
Denton resident and program
coordinator of Peace Action
Denton. "I'm here to ask that
they bring home our troops and
keep them safe."
Swan said the organization
decided to protest to help draw
the community's attention to
the war and its economic and
domestic ties to the nation.
Jason Waite, a Denton grad-
uate student and member of the
United Aid organization, said,
"I think this will garner some
attention in the public because
there's a lot of apathy."
Katie Dupont, a Dallas soph-
omore at North Central Texas
College, said she believes many
young people in the U.S. don't
think about the war as much as
"I don't think a lot of students
care because they think it
doesn't affect us because we're
young," Dupont said. "Nobody
realizes every little bit helps."
See Protestors on page 2
N exceeds 2008 endowment goal, plans next goals
By Stephanie Butts
NT has exceeded its endow-
ment goal for 2008 by 13 percent,
said Greg McQueen, senior vice
president for advancement and
president of UNT Foundation.
Endowment is all the money
housed and invested by the
university and UNT Foundation,
NT is ranked 29 out of 785
universities nationwide in
an annual study done by the
National Association of College
and University Business Officers
for total growth over the last 12
months, McQueen said.
"It's growing at an appropriate
rate," he said.
This survey has been
conducted for three decades
and is to provide institutions
for higher education informa-
tion about their financial health,
said Jessica Shed, director of
research and policy analysis for
"It's intended to be a decision
support tool," Shed said.
McQueen said the growth
is because the university has
invested wisely and donations
have become larger. The univer-
sity has encouraged donors to
make gifts in the forms of endow-
ments instead of expendable
Expendable donations are
meant to be spent immediately,
but endowments are meant to
be invested to use the earnings
to support the donor's wish, he
"It appears that people are
becoming more inspired, more
involved and more willing to
invest their money in the univer-
sity," McQueen said.
ITe said the reputation of the
university is growing because of
the large success from its gradu-
ates. People want to have an effect
on the future and see students as
a healthy investment, he said.
"We've encouraged people to
think in those terms, but the
donors made the shift," McQueen
Randy Simmans, director of
development for advancement,
said NT invested wisely. UNT
Foundation, a non-profit founda-
tion created to serve the univer-
sity, hired Hammond Associates,
a financial advising firm, in 2005,
Simmans said. The firm helps
the university by spreading its
money into different accounts
to limit risks.
McQueen said he is planning
the endowment goals for the
next three years, but he has not
completed them yet.
of College of
Wilkin s ,
O. Finley Graves as dean
of the College of Business
Graves has served as the
interim dean since former dean
Kathleen Cooper stepped down
August 16, 2007, to pursue a
national energy policy. Graves
said Cooper's resignation came
as a surprise, though she had
given some indications that she
was thinking about it.
He said the appointment will
not alter his duties or powers, but
it removes some anxiety.
"Being the permanent dean
just settles things," Graves said.
"It removes the uncertainty and
allows us to move on."
Graves said he had thought
about serving as the permanent
dean since he replaced Cooper,
but did not apply until February
of this year.
Graves said his permanent
position would require the super-
vision of the College of Business
Administration's two major
concerns for the coming year: a
new building and renewing its
State funding has provided
$50 million for the construction
of the building, but Graves said
the college hopes to raise $10 or
$20 million more by soliciting
donations in NT's annual fund-
raiser Capital Campaign.
Accreditation is the process by
which a college or school is certi-
fied as meeting the standards
or requirements of a national
organization. The Association
to Advance Collegiate Schools
of Business accredits the College
of Business Administration and
the school of accounting within
it every five years.
Graves said preparing for the
process would keep the college
"it assures students, parents
and employers that we have a
quality program," Graves said.
"It shows that we are engaging
in strategic management."
Graves served as chair of
accounting from 2002 until
January 2006, when he became
senior associate dean. He is
a certified public accountant
licensed in the state of Mississippi
and won numerous awards as a
professor of accounting at the
University of Mississippi.
He was a professor and head
of the department of accounting
as Kansas State University and
the chair of the department
of German and Russian at the
University of Alabama, where
he also received his doctoral and
Graves' appointment is effec-
tive April 1, and he is more than
qualified for the job, said Donna
Asher, assistant vice president for
"He has a vast background in
academic administration and he
is a full professor," Asher said.
Asher said that an interim
dean "just keeps things going"
and Graves' appointment allows
him more discretion and gives
him more authority.
Spring break late timing, planning formula hinders students plans
Next year's break
By Hailey Persinger
As many Texas college students
were preparing to get back into
the swing of classes and part-time
jobs, NT students were gearing up
for their weeklong break.
Like last year, NT's spring break
came a weeklater than other major
universities in the state. Though
NT shared its spring break with
Texas Tech University this year,
other similar sized schools shut
down during the week of March 10
— a full week before NT did.
Buddy Price, NT news promo-
tion manager, said students
should not assume NT plans the
break this way deliberately. Lie
said the timing of spring break
is not meant to torture students
or keep them from participating
in traditional spring break trips
with friends from other univer-
sities. Rather, he said, there is a
systematic method to planning
the mid-semester hiatus.
"It's always the third week in
March," Price said. "That is based
on the day of the week March 1
Price said the university
considers the first week of the
month to be the month's first week
with at least three working days
So if the first is on a Thursday or
Friday, Price said, it doesn't count.
The first day of the month must
fall on a Wednesday, at the latest,
for that week to be counted as the
first week of the month.
This year, March 1 was on a
Saturday, so the first week of
March didn't officially began
until March 3, placing NT's spring
break a week later than most
Texas schools like the University
of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M
According to the planning
formula, however, next year's
spring break will line up with
both UT and Texas A&M.
Price said since the breaks
sometimes come at the same time,
many students assume all state
schools are on the same break
schedule, but since each school
is a separate institution, it makes
its own decisions.
"State schools set our own
calendars in Texas, but it changes
every year," Price said. "Now I
don't know about UT and A&M.
They might have some kind of
thing worked out."
Price said that the university's
master calendar could — and
sometimes does — change at
the discretion of the planning
committee, but breaks are sched-
uled far in advance.
"It's planned two years in
advance by the administration, by
deans and the president and their
cabinet members," Price said.
Vanessa Weidner, a Ponder
freshman, said spring break for
her was welcome, but the timing
made it difficult for her to make
plans. Like many NT students
with friends at other Texas univer-
sities, Weidner said she found
that getting friends together was
"All my friends had spring break
the week before," Weidner said.
"It was kind of hard because they
were all back at their schools."
She also said she would have
liked the scheduling of the break
to line up with other state univer-
"It would have been nice
because we could have actu-
ally gone out and done stuff,"
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