North Texas Daily (Denton, Tex.), Vol. 98, No. 53, Ed. 1 Tuesday, November 29, 2011 Page: 1 of 8
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Tuesday, November 29,2011
Volume 98 Issue 53
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The Student Newspaper of the University of North Texas
Photo by James Coreas/Senior Staff Photographer
(Left) French and Spanish junior Colby Hernandez smokes a cigarette after signing a petition against UNT's proposed smoking ban. The Young Americans for Liberty organization stood outside the
University Union Monday afternoon collecting signatures in protest of the ban.
Organization protests smoking ban
The Young Americans for
Liberty organization passed
out free cigarettes Monday
and asked students to sign its
petition in protest of UNT's
proposed smoking ban.
The Student Government
Association is set to discuss
the ban at its meeting
Wednesday during which the
Young Americans for Liberty
will present the petition. As
of 1:15 p.m. Monday, the
group had collected almost
Economics senior Clint
Townsend headed the
"I believe in individual liberty
and personal responsibility"
Townsend said. "I think that the
right to smoke is a fundamental
right and it should be respected.
It's a very pertinent issue."
The current policy for
smoking on campus prohibits
smoking in campus vehicles,
inside buildings or within 25
feet of a building.
Though he does not smoke,
Townsend said the univer-
sity should not force its will on
others, adding that he feels the
current policy is sufficient.
"The solution is to main-
tain the current policy and not
impose further regulations
or allow more government
control over the lives of people,"
reprimanded the group when
Townsend and other members
began handing out free ciga-
rettes to students passing by.
"We're going to contact
some lawyers and look into
it a little more to see if there's
any recourse," Townsend said.
"It was symbolic. To ban our
expression is a breech of the First
Amendment. We're concerned
Other students were not so
supportive of the protest. Austin
Campb ell, a freshman intern for
SGA, said he's a proponent for
the ban because smoking can
be hazardous to the environ-
ment and to people.
"I'm for the smoking ban
because I love this campus,"
Campbell said. "If we're such
a green campus -1 think we're
in the top 10 in the nation - I
believe we need to see more
initiatives to stop cigarette
smoke and cigarette butts in
Campbell also said he believes
the wide social acceptance of
smoking is a detriment to the
campus as a whole, adding that
while the ban is a good idea,
there are other solutions to be
See PROTEST on Page 2
top award at
UNT's Residence Hall
Association won the Best
Delegation award in recog-
nition of its school spirit, lead-
ership and activities at the
Southwest Association of College
and University Residence Hall
From Nov. 17 to 20, SMU
hosted the annual conference,
which welcomes representatives
from more than 50 schools in the
Southwest region, including UT
Austin, Texas A&M, Texas State
and OSU. Those in attendance
learn from RHA memb er s at other
schools new ideas for programs,
ways to promote school spirit and
leadership skills, UNT RHA trea-
surer and accounting sophomore,
Kevin Banke said.
The UNT RHA represents
students who live on campus, puts
on programs and helps train resi-
"[The conference] was a lot
of intense, positive energy," said
Anthony Gilbert, a music freshman
and Bruce Hall resident. "It was
a great way to start my time at
Best Delegation is the most
honorable award to earn at the
conference, Banke said. The criteria
for the award include school spirit
displayed by the delegates, school
participation in philanthropy and
collaboration with delegates from
Attendees are encouraged to
cheer loudly to show school spirit,
something Gilbert and Banke said
UNT representatives did with
"We have famous cheers in the
Southwest," Banke said.
Recipients of the awards are
determined by a vote of the
conference's board of directors,
composed of RHA officers from
every school at the conference.
See RHA on Page 2
Student arrested after
disturbance at Kerr
Kerr Hall played host to UNT
police, and later EMS, on Nov.
14, when they were called to deal
with an intoxicated student.
Brett Zeeb, a studio art junior,
was kicked out of Kerr's cafeteria
around 6:30 p.m. after behaving
erratically and was trying to
re-enter whenpolice were called.
Police approached him and
tried to peacefully take him into
custody, but Zeeb resisted and
attempted to flee the scene, said
Ed Reynolds, UNT deputy chief
losh Lang, a history junior,
was working in the cafeteria
swiping IDs when Zeeb walked
in and neglected to swipe his
ID or pay.
"We went to talk to him and he
just started cussing at everyone,"
Lang said. "He was leaving
anyway, but we did tell him he
had to leave, which he did while
This was the extent of the cafe-
teria's involvement, as Zeeb was
not able go back inside; however,
Lang said Zeeb was stood outside
the building, waiting for someone
to open the
combative, resisting arrest, yelling
and spitting on officers, Reynolds
" We went to
talk to him
and he just
When initial efforts to take him
into custody failed, police had to
use more forceful measures, and
Zeeb wound up with a bloody
nose after police sprayed him
with pepper spray and he fell
"He was ultimately arrested
for public intoxication, harass-
ment of a public servant,
resisting arrest, possession of
a dangerous drug, a prescrip-
tion drug and possession of a
dangerous weapon," Reynolds
Once police were able to
subdue and search Zeeb, he
was found to be carrying a
prescription drug and a switch-
Police are required to call
medics when they resort to
spraying suspects, so EMS was
called to the scene to treatZeeb,
who was then transported to
Denton Co unty Jail.
Once there, Zeeb wasbooked
for harassing a public servant,
resisting arrest, possession of
a dangerous drug and posses-
sion of a dangerous weapon,
with $10,000, $5,000, $1,000
and $500 bonds posted, respec-
tively, for each offense.
All bonds were posted, and
Zeeb was released on Nov. 16.
Photo by Amber Plumley/Staff Photographer
Alex Delgado, a history senior, created the Facebook group UNoccupy UNT. The group was started to gain support for
signing the petition to remove the Occupy movement from UNT.
Group opposes Occupiers
The Occupy Denton move-
ment is under fire again, but it's
not the police leading the charge
this time. It's UNT students.
In an effort to "fully evict the
un-paying residents of UNT,"
a group of students began the
Facebook group UNoccupy
"I understand what they are
trying to do," said history senior
and group administrator Alex
Delgado. "But every time I walk
through there on my way home,
I can see the trash and smell
weed. I've had friends that have
been accosted by their yelling.
It's really disgusting."
During the fall UNT Preview
on Nov. 19, tour guides tried to
steer potential students away
from the Occupy Denton site.
"If a student is on the cusp
of deciding whether or not they
want to attend UNT, they might
see that and say, 'Oh, that's
really gross,"' Delgado said. "At
that point, the school is losing
The Facebook group boasts
283 members but does not have
any formal meetings. The same
thing can be accomplished in a
Facebook group as it could with
formal meetings, Delgado said.
See UNOCCUPY on Page 2
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