North Texas Daily (Denton, Tex.), Vol. 100, No. 12, Ed. 1 Tuesday, September 25, 2012 Page: 3 of 6
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Tuesday, September 25,2012
Arts & Life
Brittni Barnett, Arts & Life Editor
Students voice opinions on Dining Services
Photos by Tyler Cleveland/Staff Photographer
Left: Comment cards filled with students'opinions and suggestions are posted in Maple Hall's Mean Greens dining hall. Comment boards are just one of the ways in which students can share their opinions on Dining Services.
Right: Pierre Monticolombi, executive chef of the Bruce dining hall, reads comments posted by students Monday. "We want the students to eat well, good flavors," said the chef of 32 years.
Senior Staff Writer
Students m ay not always agree
with the decisions UNT Dining
Sendees makes, which is where the
UNT student-run Food Advisory
Committee comes in.
The committee allows students
to voice their opinions about the
food that is served in the cafeterias,
the service they receive and other
Executive Director of Dining
Services Bill McNeace said
he suggested UNT start the
committee in 2009, when he first
"I think students sometimes are
in a bad position," McNeace said.
"Especially resident students. They
are stuck on campus, so we make
sure they have a lot of variety of
food to choose from and a schedule
to accommodate them."
Committee chair Yolanda
Armstrong said 25 students
attended the first meeting. She
said she hopes to see a consis-
tent number of students at the
"Food is a comfort for students
away from home," Armstrong
said. "It's an open floor for them
to talk about their food. People are
passionate about their food. Their
voice makes a difference."
She said anyone who goes to
the meetings and voices their
opinion is considered a part of
"It's not just food," she said. "It's
Mechanical engineering tech-
nology junior Thomas Luepke has
seen the impact of the committee
Luepke said he collected 160
signatures of students who wanted
West Hall to extend its hours.
Luepke's philosophy class
ends at 1:50 p.m., so he only
had 10 minutes to get to West
Hall and get his food before it
closed to prepare for dinner.
"I had hoped it would extend
congestion so students could
have a relatively comfortable
lunch," Luepke said.
He printed out eight sheets
of paper asking people to print
and sign their name if they
wanted West Hall to stay open
until 2:30 p.m. and checked it
every day for two weeks.
Luepke presented his
idea and signatures to the
As of Monday, West Flail
will now serve lunch until 2:30
p.m. instead of 2.
"It was very fast, consid-
ering UNT is a bureaucracy
and runs on paperwork,"
Luepke said. "I was surprised.
I didn't have a goal, I was just
hoping for as many students
In addition to the committee,
students can voice their opin-
ions about Dining Services
using the comment boards
located in each of the dining
The Food Ad visory
Committee meets every month
at the Avesta Restaurant on
the second floor of the Union
at 5 p.m.
The next meeting will be
Students put on their
country dancing shoes
Photo by Ashley Padilla/ Staff photographer
Pre-psychology sophomore Abdullah Rohaizad dips Elise Raley, vice president of the Country Western Dance Club, at a
club meeting in the Environmental Education, Science and Technology Building on Sept. 12.
Two steps back, two steps
forward and then repeat.
This is commonly known
as the "Texas two-step," one
of the various western-style
dances taught by UNT's
Country W7estern Dance Club.
The club started last
semester when biology junior
Kristen Eichler took Survey
of Dance, taught by dance
professor Lily Sloan.
During the class, Eicher,
along with pre-visual arts
studies sophomore Madison
Paulette and business soph-
omore Alexis Torres, did a
project about social dance
where they performed country
dancing, or Texas swing.
The project inspired them
to start UNT's first Country
Western Dance Club.
"Our goal is just to spread
awareness about this facet
of Texas culture with the
campus," said Eichler, the
club's president. "It's kind
of one of those stereotypical
things people think all Texans
know, but not very many do."
The club meets every other
Wednesday in Wooten Hall.
Some of the dances taught
include the two-step, half step,
line dance and country waltz.
Many of the dances require
spins, dips and even aerial
components, which are consid-
All students are welcome,
even those who have never
done any country dancing.
The dances are taught at a
steady pace, and the steps are
"There are people who have
never danced in their whole
lives to people who have been
country dancing their whole
lives," Eichler said. "It's a wide
variety, and you get to learn a
lot and meet a lot of different
Sloan is the club's adviser
and is originally from
"Being a northerner from
Michigan, it's fun getting a
taste of the real Texas culture
through this dance," Sloan
said. "There's a real sense of
community around something
that's positive and fun."
After meetings, the group
can often be found at Rockin'
Rodeo in Denton, where they
take over the dance floor with
their newly learned country
getting a taste
of the real Texas
Sloan said. "It's not neces-
sarily just bars, it's all ages.
I would encourage anyone to
go, they are really welcoming
and make it very accessible."
The club's next meeting
will take place Wednesday in
Wooten Hall, and the room
number is to be announced.
Those interested are encour-
aged to bring a good pair of
dancing boots or shoes without
"I think the club sounds
like a nice way for students to
connect." mathematics junior
Candace Clary said.
For more information on the
club visit orgsync.com/49175/
ity unearths 'orgotten time capsule
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Photo Courtesy Glen Farris
Senior Staff Writer
At 12:01 a.m. Sept 13, more than
40 Dentonites applauded musi-
cian Glen Farris as he strolled up
Hickory Street toward Locust
He reached the intersection
where the Wells Fargo building
towered over a plaque that read:
"First State Bank Time Capsule
Buried September 12,1992, To Be
Opened September 12,2012, Our
Some participants held "free
the capsule" signs, and city coun-
cilman Kevin Roden made a
solemn speech commemorating
the day Denton did not open its
"Because of the level of which
people are involved and present
in the community, this doesn't
surprise me," Farris said. "I've
never seen people in other places
come together like this. The absur-
dity and theatrics that happen day
to day in this town cracks me up."
In the early morning, a week
after the midnight celebration, a
crew of workers from Floyd Smith
Concrete Company, contracted by
the city, jackhammered PVC tube
out of the ground beneath the
An hour and a half later, the
city's street manager whisked the
capsule to Assistant City Manager
Howard Martin's office for safe-
"The time capsule was not put
in by the city of Denton," Martin
said. "There are a lot of blogs and
misinformation about the sequence
of events, but there were only two
people involved. The time capsule
is the property of First State Bank"
On Sept 6, a former First State
Bank employee contacted Martin
about opening the capsule.
The employee, who chose not
to be identified, asked Martin to
hold out on excavating the capsule
so that there would be time to plan
a ceremony, Martin said.
Wells Fargo Inc., which bought
First State Bank in 2001, now occu-
pies the original building and is
currently in possession of the
capsule. Representatives from
Wells Fargo declined to comment
"The day after I was contacted
by the former employee, someone
from Wells Fargo called and asked
why I was giving the capsule to
someone else," Martin said. "It
was because no one else asked. I
gave them the employee's contact
information and let them work out
their own deal."
While former First State Bank
employees are discussing a
reunion to open the capsule and
view the contents, there is no
Prior to the capsule being dug
up, Farris and other participants
who commemorated the day
Denton "forgot" to open its time
capsule planned to fight to allow
the capsule to stay in the ground
and celebrate the occasion each
"There was a wide spectr um of
the community there to support
the eternal entombment of the
capsule," Farris said. "If it's not
opened o n the 12th, it should never
be opened. But this is just a way for
us to come together and be present
in each other's lives. I discovered
this merciful, funny gift of comedy
to come together over. This encap-
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