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Tuesday, October 7, 2008
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Student government discusses new stadium
By Taylor Short
Senior Staff Writer
Student Government Association
members and NT athletics director
Rick Villarreal met Thursday to
discuss how to inform students
about the proposed $7 athletic fee
increase that would help fund the
Some ideas were to disperse
flyers by mail or to insert them
into each North Texas Dailynews-
paper. Toulouse School of Graduate
Studies Sen. Derrick Murray
suggested placing the informa-
tion on the sides of campus buses
and hiring "street preachers or
Other students said the effective-
ness of the Internet shouldbe used.
As of press time, the "Students for
a New Stadium" Facebook group
had 1,899 members, while the
"Students against a New Stadium"
The Daily polled 300 random
students and asked, "Do you
support increasing student fees
by $7 per credit hour to pay for a
new football stadium?"
Results show 29 percent, or
87 students, said "yes," while 67
percent, or 201 students, said "no."
Four percent, or 12 students, said
they had no opinion.
"When you talk to students
about something over and over,
it gets repetitive, the message gets
blurred and they're just turned
off to it completely," SGA director
of communications Brandon
Reynolds said. "This is probably
the biggest vote to be put in front
of the students in the history of
Reynolds said many students
are still confused about the
proposed athletics fee, which, if
passed, would raise the fee from
$3 per semester credit hour to
$10 per semester credit hour upon
completion of the stadium in fall
2011. The fee would be capped at
15 credit hours.
Villarreal answered questions
and spoke about how the new
Photo by Jonny Carroll / Contributing Photographer
Sophomore quarterback Giovanni Vizza is sacked by Florida International linebacker Quentin Newman in the first
quarter of the game on Saturday.
Mean Green loses irst
conference game to FIU
By Benjamin Gooding
Senior Staff Writer
Mean Green football
continued its season-long
trend of going down early and
staying there this weekend.
On Saturday night, NT
opened up conference play
with a 42-10 loss to Florida
who went up early in the first
quarter and never looked
"It's tough. It really is," head
coach Todd Dodge said. "Our
kids battled hard this week.
We had a lot of soul searching.
I felt like practice was spir-
ited. We want people to care
about what's happened to our
football team. It's very disap-
On NT's first offensive
drive, sophomore quarterback
Giovanni Vizza was sacked
for what would be the first of
Vizza went on to throw three
interceptions and was hit hard
enough in the third quarter to
warrant some snaps from his
backup, sophomore quarter-
back Nathan Tune.
Despite Vizza's rough games
against both Rice University
and FIU, Dodge said he has no
doubt that Vizza will remain
the starting quarterback.
"I never felt like there
needed to be a change at quar-
terback except for the fact that
he got his bell rung," Dodge
The only Mean Green touch-
down came in the fourth
quarter off a 1-yard run by
sophomore running back
Last week, sophomore
wide receiver Sam Dibrell
people to care
happened to our
quit the team for undisclosed
reasons. The NT Athletics
Media Relations department
had no comment based on
DibrelFs protection by the
Health Insurance Portability
and Accountability Act.
Senior wide receiver Casey
Fitzgerald said Dibrell's deci-
sion to leave was not a factor
in Saturday's loss and is just
something the team will have
to work out.
"We got players that can
step up and take that spot,"
Fitzgerald said. "It will take as
many players as it takes."
Fitzgerald had 120 yards on
10 receptions and rushed for
"We got to go back, study
and get back to it," he said.
"That's all we can do. A loss is
a loss. It doesn't matter what
happens on the field."
FIU freshman wide receiver
T.Y. Hilton could not be
stopped by NT and chalked up
145 yards on three receptions
with two touchdowns.
"We have the intent that
we want to do things right,"
sophomore linebacker Craig
Robertson said. "It's just not
going our way right now."
Robertson, who led the team
in tackles with five, said he
thought the team made prog-
ress despite giving up 28 points
in the first half, he said.
The Mean Green will have to
view the tape and try to figure
out what went wrong and what
can be built on, Dodge said.
"The only thing I can muster
to my team afterwards is to
hang on and make sure we
don't quit," he said. "We are in
about as much adversity that
a football team can be in, but
tomorrow is a new day."
stadium was a part of his plan
when he started in 2001 and would
alleviate many problems with
"What we told [football coach
Todd] Dodge is that it was our
intention to build a stadium,"
Villarreal said. "I think he took
the job with the understanding
that part of his role and deal would
be a new stadium."
Villarreal said Fouts Field has
buckling concrete, power prob-
lems and no accessibility for the
disabled. The proposed stadium
wouldbe the first football stadium
in the nation to be built using
the Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED)
Green Building Rating System,
featuring recycled materials and
solar panels to assist with power.
The stadium would also provide
opportu nities for student employ-
The athletics fee, if passed,
could only account for half of the
$60 million venue, according to
state law. The remaining money
must come from private donors
"We know we're still going to
have to raise about $37 million
ourselves," Villarreal said. "Right
now, we're out raising private
dollars; we know we're probably
going to have some corporate
Villarreal said there would be
a tour of Fouts Field today at 6:30
p.m. for anyone who wants more
information. He also empha-
sized the importance of the
proposed stadium to the future
of the university and the football
"If the decision is not to build
a stadium, the football program
will no longer be able to compete.
It will continue to get worse and
just become more of a detri-
ment than a plus," he said.
"When you're investing a penny
and everyone else is investing a
dollar, you're going to get what
you get. That's just the reality of
Piracy cases on campus
can have repercussions
Universities have attracted the
attention of record companies and
their lawyers as the rate of college
students downloading tunes
from peer-to-peer file sharing
networks has towered to more
than 50 percent, according to the
Recording Industry Association
"In the past month, 52 NT
students have been reprimanded
for illegally downloading music
on campus," NT network manager
Jason McMullen said.
Because of students like those,
the association has made an extra
effort to deter them from ille-
gally nabbing music. Not only is
it working to inform students of
the severe consequences of file
sharing, but it is also working to
discover who's doing it and to put
a stop to it.
NT is also taking its own
measures to battle the trend. The
university blocks some major peer-
to-peer networks and post signs in
the dorms explaining the risks of
piracy. However, some students
don't heed the warnings.
"Most of the copyright infringe-
ment actions on campus are caught
by the RIAA," McMullen said.
Both Apogee, the school's
Internet provider, and the
Association use filters to track the
number of students downloading
on campus, McMullen said. Once
the filter discovers a student down-
loading excessively, Apogee shuts
down the port, thus disabling
Internet access. To get back online,
the studentmusttake the computer
to Resnet and pay $40 to have the
Photo by Savannah Boyd / Intern
Ashleigh Tribble, a fashion merchandising freshman, downloads music from
¡Tunes in the Victory Hall lobby.
illegal material removed, as well
as any programs used to obtain
it, said Maureen McGuinness of
the Center for Student Rights and
"A second violation is the same,
along with the permanent loss
of Internet access in the resi-
dence hall and a referral to the
Center for Student Rights and
Responsibilities," she said.
Aside from internal conse-
quences at NT, McGuinness said
any illegal downloading puts the
user at risk for expensive lawsuits
from record companies looking to
battle illegal file sharing.
According to the Association's
Web site, after lawsuits and reac-
tivation fees are combined with
money lost by recording artists,
illegal downloading can be more
expensive than what is often real-
King ut comes to Dallas
By Savannah Carter
Glittering golden jewelry intri-
cate woven chairs and immense
glaring statues are just a few of
Egyptian artifacts on display at
the Dallas Museum of Art.
The "Tutankhamun and the
Golden Age of the Pharaohs"
exhibit opened Oct. 3, featuring
more than 130 ancient artifacts
from King Tut's tomb and other
areas in Egypt.
Ken Johnson of the history
faculty said King Tutankhamun
became pharaoh at the age of 8 or
9 and was the son of Akkenaten,
a pharaoh who did away with
the traditional gods of Egypt and
decided to worship only one god.
"One of the most important
things he did was to restore the
old worship of traditional gods,"
Johnson said. "The Egyptians
valued tradition more than any
other ancient civilization."
The in-house curator for the
Tutankhmum exhibit, former
archaeologist Anne Bromberg, said
the treasures are more than 3,000
years old. Bromberg said there
are four new artifacts displayed
that have never been seen in the
southern U.S. before.
"There are two exquisite pieces
of jewelry," Bromberg said. "There
is a scarab bracelet and a spec-
tacular pictorial that represents
the Egyptian religion in jewelry
Bromberg said that this large
and glitzy pictorial contains a
glowing scarab beetle, which is a
symbol of the sun god Ra, in the
center. What is unusual about this
piece, Bromberg said, is that the
beetle is made of a type of glass
from an asteroid impact that hit
Siberia in the early 20th century.
"The most complex is the set
of nested coffins that were found
with stillborn little girls inside,"
Bromberg said. "They are thought
to be King Tut's daughters."
The gilded coffins were found
nested one inside of the other in
Tut's tomb. National Geographic
is currently conducting research to
determine if these are in fact Tut's
daughters, Bromberg said.
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Kerr Hall residents create weekly dorm newspaper for community
By Katherine Grivna
Forget posters and bulletin
boards—Kerr Hall will soon have
its own newspaper.
The Kerronicle will begin circu-
lating this week and contain four
pages of sports and entertain-
ment articles as well as an advice
column and calendar of events
specific to Kerr Hall.
Kevin Phillips, a radio, televi-
sion and film junior and REAL
community resident assistant,
came up with the idea.
Phillips said he wanted to
create the opportunity for Kerr
He said he hopes to produce
about five issues per semester to
establish a new tradition at Kerr
and help more than 900 residents
get to know the Kerr Hall staff.
"None of them really know
them beyond what they have met
for a few minutes," Phillips said.
"The paper hopefully will focus
Editor-in-chief and jour-
nalism freshman Jana Bickham
said she plans to use Microsoft
Publisher on computers in the
Kerr computer lab to create and
print The Kerronicle every two
"I think it is interesting to say
that you helped create a paper,"
Bickham said. "We are a huge hall,
and I would like to have every-
Hall director, sponsor and
undeclared graduate student T.J.
Zambrano said he likes the idea
of a dorm newspaper and said he
hopes to create a hall Web site that
will include Kerronicle articles.
"The Kerr Hall Web site will
be a resource for the residents to
look at all the time for the most
update information," Zambrano
said. "With The Kerronicle, a lot
of the stories can be put on there,
as well as some of the stories
that might not make it into The
Radio, television and film
freshman Michael Zisk said he
plans to draw comics for The
Kerronicle and wants residents
to enjoy them.
"I want the students to get some
laughter out of it and relate to it,"
Zisk said. "We are not doing this to
get paid; we are just doing this out
of our own free time. I think that is
what makes us different and that
is what makes us awesome."
Many residents said they like
the idea of having a newspaper
specifically for them.
"I think it just goes to show
that Kerr is the best hall," new
media art junior Trey Celaya said.
"When you live somewhere, you
get attached to that place, and I
think it's cool that we have our
Kerr Residents are welcome
to go to meetings, held at 10 p.m.
Tuesdays in the Blagg Room, or
e-mail finished stories anony-
mously. The Kerronicle staff
consists of more than 30 resi-
dents as of press time.
Part of The Kerronicle is
"creating more of that commu-
nity feel within the hall so that
they can call it home," Phillips
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