Student Activities/Organizations

‘Die-ins’ champion life
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Fri, Dec 5, 2014 - 10:50am

“All lives matter,” called out a Texas Woman’s University dance student as she led an interpretive dance at the university’s free speech space Thursday. “Love. Love. Love.”

More than a handful of dancers walked around students who lay motionless in the grass, holding signs reading “This stops today,” “Black lives matter,” “Don’t shoot” and “I can’t breathe.” The phrases have been used in recent weeks on social media and in protests calling attention to the police-involved deaths of unarmed black people. Passers-by at TWU stopped to observe the demonstration, ceasing conversation as they walked by.

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Annual Toys for Tots campaign chugging along in Denton County
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Wed, Dec 3, 2014 - 11:35am

So far, the Toys for Tots campaign in Denton County is on par with last year’s efforts, and organizers said they hope this year’s toy drive can be one of their best yet.

On Monday, an estimated $9,000 worth of toys were dropped off at First Baptist Church of Denton for the church’s Elves Shelves program, and that’s just the beginning, say organizers with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.

“Our big drive will be this weekend at Golden Triangle Mall,” said Capt. Norma Cabanas of the 407th Army Field Support Brigade out of Fort Hood. “We will have live entertainment through the mall all throughout the...

Organization advocates for marijuana reform
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Wed, Nov 26, 2014 - 12:25pm

Marijuana helped disabled veteran Tristan Tucker with his symptoms when pharmaceuticals could not, he said.

“I just got out of the military in 2010 for my disabilities,” he said. “I’m in chronic pain. I’m allergic to opioids and opiates.”

Now a political science senior at the University of North Texas, Tucker became involved with the DFW National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws in 2011.

“I advocate for people to have the option to choose what they want to do,” he said.

UTA chapter’s president Melissa Daniels said one of the goals of...

Local protestors honored family’s wish
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Wed, Nov 26, 2014 - 12:21pm

Editor's Note:

The issue

The grand jury’s decision in the Michael Brown case sparked controversy across the U.S.

We think

Supporters of Michael Brown at UTA made a strong choice by remaining silent in solidarity. 

 

The fires may have stopped in Ferguson, Mo., but the civil unrest rages on.

The grand jury’s decision Monday not to indict officer Darren Wilson for the Michael Brown shooting resulted in a protest in the city that quickly turned violent. More than 100 gunshots were heard in the city...

Stress unleashed
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Tue, Nov 25, 2014 - 11:50am

Willis Library at the University of North Texas had some unusual visitors Monday — nine therapy dogs.

In just two hours, hundreds of students were able to play with the therapy dogs to help reduce their stress levels as they begin studying for finals. It was the first of a few planned stress-relief events for students before finals begin.

The University Program Council decided to conduct the event after a similar program was successful last year, said senior Ashley Shepherd, a coordinator with UPC. The group puts on dozens of free events each semester, and this time of year the group focuses on events to help...