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North Texas Daily
VOL 106 No. 12
THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2016
First Zika case in Denton confirmed
By Alejandro Medellin
County health officials said
this week that a Denton County
woman has the Zika virus, the
first confirmed case of the virus
in the area since international
outcry began last year.
The woman, whose name
and age were not released
to the public, traveled to St.
Martin in the Caribbean in late
January, where officials believe
she contracted the virus. This
news comes just days after the
CDC said there is now no doubt
Zika is linked to microcephaly
- a birth defect in which a
newborn’s head is much smaller
“There is little to no risk,”
chief epidemiologist for Denton
County Health Department Juan
Rodriguez said of the virus
spreading. “But it’s hard to
predict what would happen, and
it could come here like any other
Rodriguez added that
people, especially pregnant
women, should avoid areas with
dense mosquito populations.
Expecting mothers who contract
the virus may infect their child,
resulting in microcephaly.
“It’s kind of scary because
it’s here in Denton, but I really
don’t know much about it,”
applied science freshman Hailey
SEE ZIKA ON PAGE 2
Former offensive lineman Walker forced to
choose between football and career path
Donning a black North Texas
Football sweatshirt, broadcast
journalism junior Dominick
Walker walked into his sports
journalism class, towering over
with his 6-foot-5
a sports broadcaster, or quit
football and pursue his passion.
He chose the latter.
“Football is, something I’ve
grown up with that’s helped
develop my character and who
I am as a person,” Walker
said. “But I also know being a
journalist is something I want to
do for the rest of my life.”
combination of conflicts between
football practice schedules
and required coursework for a
broadcast journalism degree.
Football practices typically take
place in the afternoon Tuesday
through Friday during the fall
semester, with the spring posing
a similar problem.
But a handful of upper level
classes required to earn a Bachelor
of Arts in Broadcast Journalism
exclusively meet during football
practices in both the fall and
SEE BROADCAST ON PAGE 8
frame. With an immense weight
lifted off his shoulders, his heart
Just weeks before, Walker was
faced with what he called the
most difficult decision of his life:
Maintain his football scholarship Walker waT forced to make
but abandon his dream of being his..decision because of a rare
Broadcast journalism junior Dominick Walter had to give up football because of conflicting schedules with class and practice. Colin Mitchell | Senior Staff Photographer
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Denton artist brings his love of tattooing to a new medium
Former tattoo artist and owner of online shop “Tattoo My Shoes” Ernie Moreno
says he started drawing tattoo-style designs in the early 90s.
Paulina De Alva | Staff Photographer
By Kayleigh Bywater
Senior Staff Writer
Carefully holding his equipment
in hand, tattoo artist Ernie Moreno
delicately adds color within the
outlines of an owl design he is
The gold coloring fills the owl’s
wings as Moreno blends a lighter
shade of brown, creating a depth to
the design and tone to the wings.
Moreno has been working on the
piece for a couple of hours, but has
several details to add before the image
itself is a complete, cohesive tattoo.
This piece, however, isn’t being
permanently placed on a human
canvas. Instead, Moreno tattoos on
something else: shoes.
“I started tattooing around 2000,”
Moreno said. “When I realized the
possibilities that designing shoes
provided, though, I knew it was time
for a change. So, I hung up my tattoo
machine and picked up markers
Moreno, who is also a computer
technician, now runs Tattoo My
Shoes out of his Denton home,
where he creates custom footwear for
customers. His designs have included
everything from Day-of-the-Dead-
inspired pieces to Japanese imagery.
Although he jumped into the
business in 2014, Moreno has been
interested in art and tattooing since he
was young. He would spend his nights
looking at tattoo magazines and in his
free time he’d draw tattoo designs for
friends and family.
Slowly, he began to realize while
he enjoyed looking at tattoos, he
wanted to create them. Inspired by
tattoo artists such as Filip Feu and
Kari Barba, Moreno wanted to create
something that would make a lasting
impression on people.
“A lot of the times, you would look
in those magazines and they would
SEE CREATIVITY ON PAGE 5
Marvel released the first trailer for the new
film, Doctor Strange, starring Benedict
Cumberbatch. Releasing in November, the
film will tell the story of how a famed sur-
geon became the Sorceror Supreme after a
Kobe Bryant hung up his sneakers
Wednesday April 13, after playing his last
basketball game. The Lakers lost 96-101
against LTtah Jazz.
A new one-shot Marvel Comic
released today reveals how C-3PO
received his red arm. Spoiler: It’s
EDITORIAL ON PAGE 10
ETHAN COUCH COMES DOWN
Familial values propel UNT equestrian team
By Matt Payne hard wood of barn fences from by a family of horse owners. not been impeded by restraint.
Features Editor toppling off the saddle have gone She’s been recovering from a
@MattePaper hand-in-hand having been raised back sprain, but her progress has SEE EQUESTRIAN ON PAGE 4
Saddling onto the backs of one
of five horses has become a weekly
ritual for interdisciplinary studies
sophomore Hannah Collins - a
member of the UNT equestrian
team --just like a full-body impact
onto cold, pointed gravel affords
no second thought from the athlete.
It’s a classic pastime in the
South that’s conditioned her
body and way of life, especially
in overcoming a back injury
sustained from exercising this past
“Once you fall, you’re
immediately faced with trying to
figure out what’s going on around
you,” Collins said. “Then you just
have to force yourself to get back
Collins has been horseback
riding for as long as she can recall.
The countless falls in trodden
thickets of grass and against the
Flannah Collins, a rider on the team, volunteers before each practice helping clean stalls and wash horses.
Hannah Ridings | Senior Staff Photographer
By Lisa Dreher
Tiffany Miller was recently
re-elected as the SGA senator for
the College of Arts and Sciences,
but in the days leading up to the
contest, she and a few of her
colleagues considered leaving
because of internal conflicts they
say are degrading SGA’s integrity.
About 11 percent of the
undergraduate population are
witnessing a run-off election for
the SGA president, but beneath
the campaign flyers and YouTube
posts lies problems these senators
say need to be fixed.
“I have tried to the best of my
abilities since I was appointed in
the fall to embody the spirit of
what a senator represents,” Miller
said. “I am not entirely convinced
that everyone who is in SGA
is in SGA for the benefit of the
Miller said some members
use SGA as a resume builder.
Currently UNT’s fencing club
president, a Fearning Center
tutor and nonprofit organization
employee, Miller said she does
not need participation in SGA to
“That’s not why I am doing
this,” Miller said. “I work very
hard, or at least I try to. The fact
that some senators in there are not
as active and are not there for the
same reasons is very frustrating
SEE CAMPUS GOVERNMENT ON PAGE 2
By Reece Waddell
Senior Staff Writer
less than 2 oz.,
the Denton County jail records.
According to the arrest affidavit,
Minor was pulled over by UNT
Police Department Cpl. Terrance
Harris on North Texas Boulevard
for running a stop sign. Upon
approaching Minor’s vehicle,
Harris noticed the vehicle smelled
heavily of cologne, which he noted
is sometimes used to mask the
smell of illegal narcotics.
Minor then told Harris the
vehicle possibly contained
marijuana and denied it belonged
to him, according to the affidavit.
Harris did a probable cause search
of Minor’s vehicle and found 1.2
grams of marijuana, a metal grinder
and a multi-colored glass pipe with
burnt marijuana. The pipe was also
warm to the touch, according to the
“We have never tolerated
behavior by any student-athlete
SEE ARREST ON PAGE 8
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