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Wednesday, October 3,2012
James Rambin, Views Editor
Are you watching the
first presidential debate?
Why or why not ?
'If I had time I would I just
might have it on while doing my
homework. Watching is agreat way
of staying informed, and mainly
because I can finally vote now.'
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outcome is going to be based on what
happens. This is the only chance
Romney has left to redeem himself
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Nation gears up or tonight s debate
Tonight across this great nation, grills
will fire up, supermarket cases previ-
ously stuffed with frozen hot wings will
lie barren and stocks on Hidden Valley
ranch dressing will close at a record high.
Flat-screen televisions will fill our living
rooms with the cool glow of cable news,
beer cans will crack open with a deaf-
ening report, and let's face it - some of us
will keep loaded guns within easy reach.
The first 2012 presidential debate has
arrived, and both candidates are cram-
ming harder than students at Willis
Library the night before finals. That's
probably a smart move, considering
that tonight's broadcast will go out to
more than 50 million viewers - and one
mistake or verbal error could sink either
candidate's public impression.
According to the New York Times,
Republican Party nominee Mitt Romney
plans to address his characterization as
a stiff, humorless robot by preparing a
series of "zingers" and snappy lines to
bring out his human side. Meanwhile,
Democratic Party staffers are working to
bring shine to President Obama's rarely
used unscripted speaking style, which
has been criticized as long-winded and
overly academic in a political climate
desperate for quick, cutting sound bites.
It's clear that both men intend to
establish their respective viewpoints
and characters all over again tonight,
and if previous elections are any indica-
tion, every perceived gaffe or rhetorical
triumph will dominate the headlines for
weeks to come. These upcoming debates
also provide undecided voters with an
opportunity to inform themselves on
which candidate's beliefs are most in line
with their own - and winning their votes
can determine the outcome of an election.
It might be hard to imagine a college
student completely lacking a political
opinion this late in the race, but polls
don't lie - these figures of myth certainly
exist, and unless they're motivated by
an impressive debate performance from
either side, they may decide not to vote
If you consider yourself passionate
about the presidential election, you m ight
encourage your uninterested friends
to get involved at least a little, even if
motivating them proves to be an uphill
battle. It's important to remember that no
matter where your vote eventually lands
in November, it contributes to the demo-
cratic process and ideal that constructed
this nation from the ground up.
After all, you're the only person who
can silence yourself, but considering
the entertainment value of this season's
"reality TV," why wo uld you? If nothing
else, you'll certainly miss out on the
highs and lows of tonight's uniquely
UNT's new color is orange. Whether
near a parking meter, apartment
complex, the bus stop or walking to
class, construction is everywhere.
There are currently 10 "miscella-
neous construction projects" and nine
reduce/track] energy projects" on
campus. Construction projects show
growth by improving walkways, land-
scapes and the overall appearance of
the campus, but students should be able
to arrive to their classes with a positive
attitude and a will to learn. Education
is hindered when students have to trek
through mud, water or detours to class
because of constr uction.
Excluding transportation and other
costs, the average resident paid $6,448
to attend UNT this semester. SMART
projects have been in full swing since
2010 and are scheduled to continue
until 2013. According to Construction
Obstruction Report maps on the UNT
Management and Constr uction Facilities
website, August and September have had
the most construction and SMART proj-
ects when compared with June and July.
W7hy is UNT hosting more proj-
ects now, while UNT's booming 4,444
freshm an class is making its first impres-
sion, rather than during the university's
downtime summer months? Freshmen
not only have to live on campus, they
have to see UNT's messy condition before
the "greener" initiatives are finished.
They may get their money's worth by
2013, until then, they'll have to put up
Yes, UNT's striving to become Tier
One. These hindrances in front or along-
side students add time to routes around
campus, and students may show up
tardy or distracted to class after being
drenched by "Irrigation in Progress"
or walking in mud amongst the many
broken sprinkler systems.
We can all agree that muddy, damp
clothing is uncomfortable and distracting
inside the classroom. When such events
happen, irritability rears its ugly head
and students just don't want to be in
class or - more importantly - on campus.
There are many other issues on
campus worth complaining about:
the confusing new bus routes, the
still uncompleted pedestrian bridge
connecting main campus to west
campus. However, it shouldn't be such
a hassle to get around. UNT should help
the student body get to class more easily
and achieve higher academic excellence
by providing clear pathways, clear routes
and, consequently, drier clothing.
UNT can start by fixing broken sprin-
kler systems immediately or by putting
material such as stones or even plywood
over muddy pathways. Schedule
construction and SMART work during
the weekend, and, perhaps, plan better
in the future.
Amber Plumlei/ is a journalism senior.
She can be reached at AmberPlumley@
If you'd like to know what's wrong
with this country's electoral process,
all you have to do is get online.
Currently trending on the front
page of Reddit is an article simply
titled, "If women vote in November,
Barack Obama will be re-elected. It's
actually that simple." Regardless of
what any news source will tell you,
regardless of what any poll will tell
you, this election does not come down
to any one demographic simply not
This election will be decided by
the campaign of one man and how
many voters he can pull away from the
reigning political parties. This man is
Gary Johnson, and he's running under
the flag of the Libertarian Party.
You might recognize Gary
Johnson's name. He unsuccessfully
sought the Republican Party nomi-
nation early on, but like most candi-
dates with actual ideas, he failed to
receive the support he needed and
From there, he moved to the
Libertarian Party, where he was
warmly received. He has the poten-
tial for true bipartisanship because
he is fiscally conservative but socially
liberal. He believes in lowering taxes
and counters this with real solutions
to cut spending at the federal level,
something that most of the modern tea
party leaders like Michelle Bachmann
Gary Johnson remains an enigma
to most voters, as it has been the "job"
of almost every mainstream source
to keep him out of the limelight. The
proof is in his lack of appearance
at the debates. The Commission on
Presidential Debates controls who is
allowed to "perform" at the presiden-
tial debates and has a rule regarding
participation of third-party candi-
The candidate must be polling at
15 percent in order to receive a spot
on the bill. Now that's just fine and
dandy if you're trying to keep a joke
candidate like Vermin Supreme - an
anarchist "performance artist" who
cares more about good oral hygiene
habits than economic affairs - out of
the debates, but serious third-party
candidates deserve a spot on the bill.
For all the complaining we do about
the two-party system, serious reform
starts with recognizing that some-
thing other than the tw o parties exists.
Gary Johnson deserves to be in
the spotlight, the same as any other
candidate, and allowed the same
recognition in debates as Romney or
Obama. Our failure to push for his
publicity and candidacy will only
lead to continued perpetuation of
Nicholas LaGrassa is an emergency
administration and planning senior. He
can be reached at NicholasLaGrassa@
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