North Texas Daily (Denton, Tex.), Vol. 93, No. 40, Ed. 1 Tuesday, April 7, 2009 Page: 2 of 8
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Bryan Shettig & Shaina Zucker
N'1 club sweeps mock Si-style competition
By Courtney Vickery
The NT Criminalistics Club
jumped up and cheered, "Go
green!" after it won first and
second place at the Annual
Arlington CSI Competition on
Members of the club gathered
at the Arlington Police Academy
to compete in mock crime scene
"We engage in CSI compe-
titions, decipher criminal case
studies, and reenact crime
scenes as a team," said forensic
genetics graduate student
and Criminalistics Club Vice
President Sandy DeLillo.
The first place team members
were Ryan Mabbitt, president
of the Criminalistics Club and
a chemistry graduate student,
Tara Ferman, an anthropology
senior, and criminal justice junior
Second place winners were
Scott Brandt, a criminal justice
junior, Brandy Thomas, a
biochemistry senior, and Jennifer
Archer, a biology senior. This
was the second year for the
NT Criminalistics Club to take
first and second honors in the
Arlington CSI Competition.
Murder, mystery and mayhem
over the murder of a company
vice president at a board meeting
gone terribly wrong was the
competition's premise, which was
kept secret up until five minutes
before the teams had to examine
the mock crime scene.
Three NT teams came to battle
for first prize against eight other
teams from the University of
Texas at Dallas and the University
of Texas at Arlington.
The teams were led by a host
to the first room, where they
received five minutes to look over
an incident report. The second
room was the crime scene, which
was surrounded by blue tape that
contestants were not allowed to
cross. Contestants who touched
the blue tape or anything at the
scene were disqualified. Teams
were given one opportunity to list
crucial evidence to be tested, and
had to sketch the scene within
The teams had 15 minutes to
assess the evidence, write a report
that identified their primary
suspect and present their find-
ings to a chief investigator.
The judge for the contest was
UT Arlington alumnus Detective
Tom LeNoir, who opened the
competition with instructions
to the teams. He is known for
capturing North Texas serial
killer Dale Devon Scheanette,
otherwise known as the "Bathtub
Killer," and for helping on the
case to hunt down serial killer
Jack Reeves. LeNoir has been
featured on several television
shows, including CBS Cold Case
Files, HBO's America Undercover:
Autopsy Series, andA&E's Forensic
"I'd love to compete again next
year and have our club take first,
second, and third," said DeLillo.
"We're also planning to create our
own CSI competition at NT in the
To see a video of the
team's crime club, visit:
studies, and reenact crime Archer, a biology senior. This Texas at Dallas and the University The teams had 15 minutes to featured on several television : .|k
scenes as a team," said forensic was the second year for the of Texas at Arlington. assess the evidence, write a report shows, including CBS Cold Case
D enton mayor still facing $3 k campaign debt
By Chris Speighi not the run-off, which I basically youcarryitlikeitwasaloanfrom or to pay themselves back, on how interested they are in Burroughs said the money he
By Chris Speight
Denton Mayor Mark Burroughs
is still out almost $38,000 from
his mayoral race against former
mayor Perry McNeill last year.
However, Burroughs stresses
that this money came from his
personal bank account and he
does not owe anyone for the
"I had raised sufficient funds
to cover the general election, but
not the run-off, which I basically
paid for out of my own pocket,"
Burroughs said that he
stopped fundraising once the
run-off election between he and
reported $37,700 of debt in his
2008 financial report.
"The only way you can ever get
paid back by contributors from
putting your own money as a
candidate in a [political] race is if
you carryitlike it was a loan from
yourself to the campaign," he
said. "That's how I carried it."
Arun-off occurs when two or
more of the candidates get less
than 50 percent of votes and can
be common in elections that
have more than two candidates
vying for the same position, said
Don Alexander, Denton County
Many politicians have annual
fundraisers to pay back debts
or to pay themselves back,
"I have not had a fundraiser
since the time of the run-off,"
Burroughs said. "The run-off is
what caused this $37,000 busi-
Burroughs said that his overall
campaign expenses totaled
about $79,000, for the general
and runoff election.
Alexander said the money a
person spends on a race depends
on how interested they are in
winning a particular election.
"The amount of money
spent also depends on the size
of the city or jurisdiction they're
running in," he said. "When you
start talking about county-wide
races, the cost of the elections
can get very expensive. You get
down into a small town where
they're running an election, the
cost might get down to less than
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with costs. The estimated cost
of the stadium is $78 million,
according to a Feb. 25 Daily
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and material prices fluctuate,
the actual cost of the stadium
fluctuates, he said.
"We're not trying to break
the bank," he said.
The university is also
continuing with its fund-
raising efforts for the stadium
including a few six-figure dona-
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Burroughs said the money he
received through fundraising
went to campaign materials such
as posters, buttons, shirts and
The university envisions the
stadium becoming an enter-
tainment complex used on a
regular basis for hosting high
school events and concerts,
The stadium will also give
visitors closer access to the
field and offer more grassy
areas, he said.
"We think it's a great land-
mark for the university to make
a statement," Villarreal said.
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