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ARTS & LIFE
Read how students are dealing
with midterm stress.
Soccer team forced into tie
Yea or nay?
for stadium vote.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Volume 92 I Issue 29
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Athletic referendum voting under way
By Bryan Shettig
Senior Staff Writer
Voting began Monday for a
referendum that would help pay
for the construction of a new $60
million football stadium to replace
the 56-year-old Fouts Field.
The referendum wo uldincrease
the athletics student service fee
by $7 per semester credit hour.
The fee is capped at 15 hours per
semester, which means students
would pay up to $105 per semester
in new service fees. However, the
fees would not go into effect until
the stadium is built and in use,
which would be around 2011.
The proposed stadium will be
built across Interstate 35E from
NT's main campus and will
seat between 32,000 and 35,000
people. If necessary, the stadium
could be renovated in the future
to hold up to 50,000.
According to Texas State law,
students can only foot half the bill.
NT plans to have donors pay for
the other half. Athletics director
Rick Villarreal said donors are
loyal to the projects they decide
to give money to.
"I don't think any donor would
back out after pledging to donate
money to the stadium," he said.
"We have a very high rate of reten-
tion with donors."
Villarreal made the case for
Fouts Field's inadequacy by citi ng
the stadium's lack of updated
compliance with disability accom-
modations, old restrooms and
lack of power. The latter problem
requires the department to rent
anywhere from 10 to 19 genera-
tors for games, with each costing
about $200 per rental, he said.
Initially, Villarreal said that it
would cost more money to reno-
vate Fouts than to build a new
stadium, but no official assess-
ment on renovations has been
Fundraising for the proposed
stadium began about a year ago,
but serious development talks
didn't start until about four
months ago, he said. Part of the
negotiations with football coach
Todd Dodge included the promise
that a new stadium would be
built, Villarreal said.
"What we told him, we told to
every other candidate," he said.
Villarreal said that Fouts would
not be torn down immediately so
its track could remain in use, as
designs for the new stadium do
not include a track surrounding
the field. After Fouts is demol-
ished, Villarreal said a parking
garage and additional dorms
would be built in its place.
Fees and the Student
Currently, students pay $3 that
goes toward women's athletics.
The proposed fee will strike that
but add a dedicated athletics fee
of $10, for a net increase of $7.
If students vote against the
referendum, however, Student
Government Association presi-
dent Jeff Kline said the SGA would
stand by that decision and not
overturn the vote.
In 2002, the SGA overturned
the decision of student s who voted
against a proposed athletics fee.
Students petitioned to recall 19
of the 21 senators that voted for
the fee. Later that year, five of
the recalled senators were reap-
pointed by the SGA in a Supreme
If students vote to pass the refer-
endum, it must then be approved
by the NT Board of Regents and
the Texas Legislature.
"From the discussions I have
had with the other regents, we
would uphold the students'
decision," Regent Gayle Strange
Strange said no decisions have
been made by the board about
how to vote, and the students'
vote is important in their deci-
The $3 fee from 2002 is still
in place but would be removed
if the referendum were passed.
Instead, the $10 fee will go to the
stadium only until it is paid off
and then to the athletics depart-
ment in general. Villarreal said
that money would be used to
maintain the new stadium — an
amount he said will be consid-
erably less than it costs to main-
Making the ballot
Kline said the SGA worked
closely with the athletics depart-
ment and administrators on the
Photo by Roberto Rodriguez / Staff Photographer
People filled the foyer of the Environmental Education, Science & Technology Building on Saturday during the Energy and
Environment Forum. Several speakers and companies presented material about being more environmentally conscious.
'Green forum proposes
changes for sustainability
By Graciela Razo
NT President Gretchen
Bataille presented a list of every-
thing the university is doing to
be more energy efficient at the
Discover the Power of Green
program on Friday.
She said the university is
replacing harmful aerosol
cleaning products with wipes,
putting electric vehicles on
campus and using soy-based
flooring for buildings — tasks
that she described as being
Bataille's speech preceded
the numerous speakers and
demonstrations that were apart
of the Energy and Environment
Forum, which was sponsored
by the North Texas Energy and
The two-day event stressed
the importance of alternative
energy sources, environmental
building and resource sustain-
It also started NT's "We Mean
Green" project, which promotes
more environmentally friendly
ways to live.
"I am so incredibly proud
of this campus," Bataille said.
"It is 'greener' than it ever has
As attendees went to
different rooms to listen to
guest speakers, "We Mean
Green" reusable water bottles
were handed out to reduce the
number of plastic bottles and
on us being
stewards to our
Energy chairwoman of
the Lone Star chapter
of the Sierra Club
the energy it takes to manu-
talks about "green" building,
environmental justice, energy
conservation and linear hydro-
power, a form of renewable
energy through natural water
Guest speaker Ann Drumm,
energy chairwoman of the
Lone Star chapter of the Sierra
Club, said she was impressed
that there were sustainability
conferences such as this one
"I think any kind of educa-
tional forum that teaches
people to be solutions to envi-
ronmental problems is a great
thing," she said.
Drumm previously gave
presentations at NT to those
who do not identify themselves
as environmentalists because
of negative perceptions. She
said she usually comes across
those who find an inconsis-
tency with protecting the
environment and being pros-
"Long term wealth depends
on us being stewards to our
resources now," she said.
Encouraging young people
to be "green" was the focus
of Drumm's speech at the
forum. She said this genera-
tion is the most important in
reducing carbon footprints in
"Today's students are at
the leading edge of an evolu-
tion," she said. "Because of
that evolutionary advance, we
will get to a more sustainable
place than we are at now."
Where: The sga web
When: Voting ends at 5
p.m. Friday Oct. 17.
How: You need an EUID
to log on.
Nr fees vs. other universities:
Athletic fees broken down by universities of
NT $7 increase, $105 max new fee per semester
University of Houston $0 per semester
Texas State University. $10 per credit hour but $20 by 2013
Texas A & M, Corpus Christi $13.23 per credit hour
UT-Tyler $10 per semester credit hour
Texas Tech University. $50 per semester
The athletic referendum on the ballot appears as follows:
"In order for the University of North Texas to have a better Athletic program, which in
turn can lead to national exposure and increased recognition of UNT; I agree to a dedi-
cated Athletic Fee not to exceed $10 per semester credit hour, capped at 15 hours. Once the
Athletic Fee is implemented, the Student Service Fee will be reduced by $3 per semester
credit hour. The Athletic Fee shall not be implemented until the semester the new football
stadium is complete, which is expected to befall 2011."
wording of the ballot. He said it
was approved by the majority of
vice presidents on campus prior
to going online Monday.
Despite that, the wording of
the referendum has even drawn
criticism within the SGA.
"I really don't think the wording
of the referendum sounds objec-
tive enough," said joe McNulty, a
senator from the College of Arts
and Sciences. "But I have to accept
the decision of the student Senate
that passed that wording."
McNulty said he voiced his
concerns at a Senate meeting
about the referendum's wording,
which states the case for how the
referendum could improve NT's
But Kline disagrees. He said
he does not believe the wording
of the referendum ballot or the
posters on the SGA Web site are
"It's not biased by any means,"
he said. "It simply states fact."
One of the posters shows a
pair of hands holding up a deli-
cate, miniscule stadium and has
a tagline that reads, "It's in your
Kline also said better athletics
programs "always lead to more
exposure" for universities, and
the SGA asked senators to name
universities with good athletics
programs that are not nationally
recognized, and none could.
Kline said he expects about a
12 to 15 percent voter tu rnout and
that the average turnout is about
See ATHLETIC on Page 2
NT offense sees improvement
By Benjamin Gooding
Senior Staff Writer
This weekend marked one small
step for NT football and one giant
leap for the Mean Green offense.
On Saturday, the Mean Green
(0-6, 0-2) squared off against the
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
(3-3,2-0) in a30-59 loss. However, it
was the first time NT scored at least
30 points in a game since playing
Navy in November.
"I'm thinking that when we
look at the video, we are going to
see some things that, if we wrap
ourselves around them, we can
improve on," head coach Todd
Dodge said. "I told these kids I
believe in them and that we need
to make sure when its time to use
this adversary to our advantage
we need to make sure that we do.
We can't have anybody jumping
off of the ship."
For the first time all season,
the Mean Green held its first lead
when junior kicker Jeremy Knott
kicked a 46-yard field goal in the
first quarter. Sophomore quar-
terback Giovanni Vizza showed
signs of improvement as well by
throwing for 361 yards (29-for-
44), two touchdowns and only one
Senior wide receiver Casey
Fitzgerald had a strong night
with 231 receiving yards and
one touchdown. It was his first
trip to the end zone since Sept. 6
against Tulsa University and his
first game with more than 150
receiving yards this season.
"We are moving the ball,"
Fitzgerald said. "We stopped
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Photo by Khai Ha / Staff Photographer
Junior running back Cam Montgomery fights past the University of Louisiana at
Lafayette Ragin'Cajun defense for a first down.
ourselves most of the time when
we did get stopped."
Despite the improvement
made by the offense, the game
marks the third time this season
NT has given up more than 50
points and the defense has not
given up less than 40 points in a
game all season.
"Defensively ... we really
handled a great running back
and a great quarterback pretty
well," Dodge said.
ULL has one of the top-ranked
ground-based offenses in the
nation, led by senior running
back Tyrell Fenroy — held to 93
yards. ULL had four players with
touchdowns, including senior
wide receiver Jason Chery with
three from his 123 receiving
"This team has to be tighter
than you could ever imagine,"
Dodge said. "I believe in my heart
that they will. Before you get
something good going, you got to
go through some hard times."
New fraternity seeks members
By Ariel Reno
Junior Staff Writer
Last week, new fraternity Phi
Delta Gamma began recruiting
members for its founding colony
The fraternity, also known
as FIJI, is represented on 114
campuses throughout the United
States and Canada, according to
its Web site.
Greek Life coordinator Alex
Seltzer said FIJI is coming to
NT because of its strong greek
"Our students and our staff
have been doing a great job, so
it's a campus where national orga-
nizations and successful organi-
zations, like FIJI, want to be a part
of," he said.
During its second week on
campus, representatives of
the fraternity are working on
recruiting men from every class
who have at least a 3.0 grade point
average, display leadership quali-
ties and are able to work well in
Several recruitment events have
been scheduled for this semester,
including bowling and a dodgeball
game on Oct. 22.
Jesse Hitt, Fiji's director of
expansion, said the fraternity
is using a three-tier interview
process to find men who display
qualities from the group's five
main values: friendship, knowl-
edge, service, morality and excel-
"We want men who are
academically focused," he said.
"The fraternity actually has the
highest GPA across the board for
all the NIC, which is like the NFL
The fraternity also donates
more than $250,000 a year in
scholarships from its educational
foundation. Hitt said beyond all
of these requirements, FIJI will
also be "giving away $1,000 this
semester to a non-greek male on
He said this is strictly to promote
the fraternity, and there are no
requirements to get the money.
Hitt also said that FIJI is a
different fraternity because of
its level of dedication to schol-
"Across the nation, I think our
focus on academics and leader-
ship really makes us stand out,"
he said. "That's something we are
Men interested in joining the
fraternity can call 937-216-6830
or stop by the Greek Life office on
the fourth floor of the University
Union. More information about
FIJI can be found at phigam.org/
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