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What does
Columbus Day mean
to you?
'Another excuse to celebrate
America in an incorrect way:
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'Nothing more than history. He
was just curious about a new
place."
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He was really bad toward
[Native Americans], and I
don't celebrate it. Its not a cause
worthy of a holiday.
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"The day he discovered
America."
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Pre-bioloQu sophomore
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Dogs' worst riend on the run in Denton County
If you've ever visited the Center
for Animal Assisted Therapy at the
UNT College of Education, you may
have already met Rusty. This red-
and-white cocker spaniel is a certi-
fied therapy dog, attending classes
and "sitting in" on therapy sessions
with stressed-out students, which
helps them calm down and provides
emotional support through play.
With dogs like Rusty keeping our
student body happy and healthy, not
to mention the other rescue, police
and service dogs that operate on
and around this campus, it's hard
to imagine how anyone could treat
these animals like anything except
man's best friend.
But last Tuesday, an unknown
individual in Denton County proved
us wrong in an upsetting way.
Early last Tuesday morning, about
50 purebred Maltese dogs were
discovered running free on the side
of the road in Denton County near
Flower Mound, and that night, 40
cocker spaniels were released in
Sanger.
It's theorized that these mass
dumps of dogs in the North Texas
area are related to new legisla-
tive measures in the state cracking
down on shady dog breeders. These
new regulations are intended to
prevent animal cruelty by holding
local kennels to a higher standard
of performance, but it looks like a
few breeders couldn't take the heat.
Instead, they opted to leave their
problems on the shoulder of the
road, a criminal act commonly
reserved for the trash and junk
that irresponsible people consider
too much of a hassle to dispose of
properly.
But this time, they were dumping
live animals, and although leaving
a broken dishwasher somewhere
along the median is certainly bad
enough, abandoning an entire litter
of dogs to fend for themselves by the
roadside requires a kind of high-
octane psychopathy,
It's a relief that the Humane
Society of North Texas and Flower
Mound Animal Services both acted
quickly to retrieve the dogs and
ensure their health. But the fact
still remains that someone in our
county was unethical enough to
carry out these acts of cruelty in
the first place.
If you're looking to adopt a pet
this month, it might be worth noting
that the Flower Mound Malteses
are up for adoption, and the cocker
spaniels at the Humane Society of
North Texas should be available
soon as well.
We can't speak for the community
at large, but we're sure that quite a
few animal-loving students on this
campus would like to have a quick
word with this particular crook -
and Rusty probably wouldn't mind
either.
Columns
American system
means air trials
or everyone
On Nov. 10,2009,1 reported for duty
at the Brooke Army Medical Center in
San Antonio. My deployment in Iraq
had ended, and I looked forward to
hospital life.
My first extra assignment was over-
night security on the intensive care unit
I guarded the entry7 to where Maj. Nidal
Hasan, the Army officer charged with
killing 13 and wounding 32 people at
Fort Flood five days earlier, lay critically
injured. The question on many minds,
mine included, was, "Why don't we
just kill him?"
I followed orders and guarded him.
Killing Hasan may have felt justified,
but that act would destroy the liberty
soldiers fight to defend. America's free
society, built over 236 years, must suffer
the bad with the good.
Bullets ended Hasan's 2009 rampage,
paralyzing him from the chest down. On
Sept. 24, medical issues postponed his
court-martial yet again. This extended
the time spent arguing his religious
right to grow a beard.
The Army Court of Criminal Appeals
will hear oral arguments about the beard
on Oct. 11, and the court's ruling may
then be appealed to the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the Armed Forces - creating
another delay. Three years have passed
since the massacre, and Hasan's court-
martial remains in the pre-trial phase.
Why was his beard an issue? All
criminal defendants are innocent until
proven guilty. Hasan is considered an
active-duty officer and subject to Army
regulations, specifically AR 670-1 and
AR 600-20. The regulations mandate
males remain clean-shaven, regard-
less of religious beliefs, and authorize
enforcement by commanders while
requests and appeals are processed.
The presiding judge, Col. Gregory
Gross, found Hasan in contempt of court
five times before ordering him forcibly
shaved. The defense appealed citing the
Religious Freedom Restoration Act and
stating Hasan grew the beard in accor-
dance with Islamic beliefs.
In civilian courts, appeals based on
religious expression have merit, but
Army courts work differently. For
example, Hasan can't plead guilty to a
murder charge, but regulation 600-20
would allow forced shaving.
To many, Hasan's guilt seems irre-
futable. Many soldiers want him dead
in the name of justice, but these same
soldiers believe in American principles
more. American philosophy promotes
freedom and liberty, and if punishment
comes before conviction, the system
falls apart.
Our system allows Flasan's court-
martial instead of a lynching, and the
same goes for all Americans.
As for Hasan, let's invoke his Sixth
Amendment right to a speedy trial. The
last Army execution was carried out in
1961 - It was a hanging.
Christopher Lewis is a photojournalism
senior. He can be reached at cglewis78@
gmail.com.
ollege waitsta
need tasteful tips
to get by
An article in the Huffington Post
recently questioned how much
gratuity a server should receive
for working in a restaurant. The
article said that some restaurants
were adding a "suggested gratuity"
note on the bottom of guest checks
that ranged up to 30 percent. Is
a 30 percent tip too much? The
comments below the article all
shared the same sentiment, a loud,
defined "yes." After working in the
food industry for six years, I can say
that standards may be changing. A
server will always be happy to get
a 30 percent tip, but a standard tip
should at least be 15 percent bare
minimum.
In Texas, restaurants can pay
their staff $2.13 an hour, a wage that
has remained the same since 1991
despite the cost of living continually
rising. Because taxes on reported
tips are taken out of the hourly
wage, it leaves many servers with
a minimal to nothing paycheck.
What it boils down to is: servers
live and pay bills on tips. That
being said, trying to meet every
customer's needs can be a chal-
lenge. And for any server who's
received the STD tip (standard two
dollars), stayed hours after closing
time to clean or been the victim of
a dine-arid-clash, you know how
frustrating it can be.
Tipped jobs can be great, but
like any other job, they have their
downside. "It's not my responsi-
bility to pay your rent if your boss
doesn't pay you." "Why don't you
get a better job?" "You did a great
job, but I can't leave a tip." Trust
me; we've heard it all before.
Part of me wants to yell back: "If
we all got paid minimum wage,
your food would be significantly
more expensive! I'm a student; I
need part-time work in a hard job
market! Thank you, but my land-
lord doesn't accept compliments
instead of cash!"
Don't get me wrong, I enjoy
being a server and am thankful
to have a job that works with my
school schedule. But to keep oper-
ation costs down, servers are paid
less and base their income on the
generosity of patrons. Of course
quality of service comes into play,
but servers work the best they
can to keep customers, cooks and
managers happy.
If there's any advice this server
could give, it's this: When you go
out to eat, please remember that
it is a human being who is taking
care of you. The amount you tip is
directly part of that person's live-
lihood. So when you bust out the
tip calculator, aim higher than just
10 percent.
Lauren Williamson is a jour nalism
junior. She can be reached at laiiren-
williamson90@gmail.com.
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