The following are links to news stories featuring UNT people and programs as well as stories of general interest to the higher education community.

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Money-smart kids: Stemming the tide of college debt

Thu, Sep 3, 2015 - 10:30am

By Janet Bodnar

Democratic presidential candidate and former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley raised more than a few eyebrows when he recently disclosed that he and his wife had racked up nearly $340,000 in parent PLUS loans (federal education loans for parents or graduate students) to pay the college tab for two of their four children. Getting that deeply in debt is no way to pay for college, either for students or for parents. 

My best advice to college-bound families is always to run the numbers before you borrow a nickel. I recommend the loan-repayment calculator at FinAid.org that lets students calculate...

Fine Arts Series underway at UNT

Thu, Sep 3, 2015 - 7:19am

By Rhiannon Saegert

Coming this year, Breaking Bad actor RJ Mitte will appear along with musicians, artists and lecturers for the University of North Texas’ Fine Arts Series on Oct. 29.

Mitte, who played Walter White’s son, has cerebral palsy, the same disorder the character had in the show.

He’s given his lecture about his childhood experiences with bullying, his role on the show, and diversity in entertainment, at universities nationwide.

Mitte also works with organizations promoting diversity in entertainment, as well as PACER’s National Center for Bullying Prevention.

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Vegetarian focus group holds first meeting of semester

Thu, Sep 3, 2015 - 1:35am

By Audrey Browning

A lack of vegetarian and vegan menu items on campus brought roughly 30 students to the first monthly Vegetarian Focus Group meeting of the semester Wednesday. 

The Division of Housing and Food Service hosted the focus group meeting to collect data from students. Rene Rodriguez, Director of Food Service, said these meetings are always about educating ­­— be it about University issues, health tips or for students themselves to educate the division’s staff. 

Rodriguez said UT was rated in the top 20 vegetarian schools for the past three years, but it was not even...

UNT flips for Gray’s talent

Wed, Sep 2, 2015 - 11:33pm

By Brett Vito

James Gray and a few of his North Texas teammates were at Apogee Stadium this summer when they came up with an idea for what they agreed would be a video with viral potential among Mean Green fans.

Gray has only been on campus for a few months and already had established himself as one of the best athletes on the team.

The video they shot that day illustrates that fact.

The 6-foot, 200-pound junior safety stood flat-footed, jumped off the turf and casually turned himself over in a backflip while eying a ball quarterback DaMarcus Smith had fired at him from a few yards away.

Gray...

UNT now works through odd bye week

Tue, Sep 1, 2015 - 11:29pm

By Bret Vito

North Texas still has a long way to go before its opens the football season at SMU, thanks to an oddly timed bye in the opening week of the season.

UNT won’t head to Dallas until Sept. 12, a date that crept just a bit closer when the Mean Green wrapped up fall camp Saturday with their final full scrimmage.

UNT is in the midst of its bye week, which gave coach Dan McCarney a little time to reflect on how an unusual camp unfolded.

“We don’t have any more or less practices. What we have had is more time,” McCarney said Tuesday. “So far I’ve really liked it. The commitment from the players and...