Meet the MLS vexillologist who makes original team flags as a hobby

Tue, Sep 29, 2015 - 5:00am

by Nichole Haase

At 21 years old, college student John Lenard has already found a way to marry two of his strongest passions. He’s brought a lifelong interest in vexillology – the scientific study of the history, symbolism, and usage of flags – with a relatively more recent love for MLS.

The result? A collection of creative custom team flag designs catching fire in popularity on North American soccer fan forums. Check out, for example, this one, for Lenard’s home team, FC Dallas:

Born in raised in the area, Lenard’s gateway into his hobby came when he discovered the team during the 2010 MLS Cup Final. That’s...

Volunteers register student voters at UNT

Tue, Sep 22, 2015 - 11:03pm

by Julian Gill and Rhiannon Saegert

For National Voter Registration Day, the Denton chapter of the League of Women Voters helped University of North Texas students get registered for the upcoming election year.

Julie Leuzinger, political science librarian at UNT and vice president of community relations for the local League of Women Voters chapter, registered 128 student voters between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. — some first-timers, some with new addresses.

She said that sometimes, a lack of information prevents students from voting.

“I did get a lot of questions today about ‘I didn’t even know how to register...

Peace standing tall

Tue, Sep 22, 2015 - 5:21am

UNT International, which serves University of North Texas students from other countries, unveiled a 10-foot-tall “peace pole” on Monday, the United Nations World Day of Peace. The limestone pillar has seven sides bearing the words “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in English, Arabic, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Korean and Thai — the top seven languages spoken by UNT students. The pillar stands in front of Marquis Hall, UNT’s newly renovated 1936 building, which was dedicated Monday as the headquarters of UNT International.

Pianist performs free concert as part of Daniel Pearl World Music Days

Most people remember Daniel Pearl as the Wall Street Journal’s South Asia Bureau Chief based in Mumbai, India, who was kidnapped and assassinated by terrorists in Pakistan while working on a story about Al-Qaeda.  Before turning to journalism, though, he was trained as a classical violinist.  In October more than 2000 concerts in over 80 countries will commemorate his life and use the power of music to reaffirm a commitment to tolerance and humanity.

Pianist Nathan Ryland, a native of Richardson, will play works by Beethoven, Liszt, and Rachmaninoff as a part of this network of concerts on Friday, October 9, at 7...

Fatihaat Ismail dreams big

Sun, Sep 20, 2015 - 12:00pm

by Ariyike Lateef

Sixteen-year-old Fatihaat Ismail, coor­dinator of Great Leading Africa Minds (GLAM), over the weekend in Lagos hosted a youth development programme to promote music, dance, and fashion.

Fatihaat, a student of University of North Texas (UNT), Denton, United States of America, who is currently in Nigeria for her summer holiday used the event to encourage and motivate youths to nurture their talents in order to be independent and become useful members of the society.

Among others, the event provided lots of thrills, glamour and excitement for parents, guardians and children. It also...