UNT police pass review

Wed, Nov 25, 2015 - 7:59pm

by BJ Lewis

The University of North Texas Police Department has again been accredited as a law enforcement agency.

It is a lot of work — documentation and adhering to rigorous policy — but according to UNT Police Chief Ed Reynolds, accreditation means his department is operating under best practices recognized across the country.

“It’s a desire on the part of the department to elevate our professionalism as an agency,” Reynolds said.

Accreditation comes from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, an organization formed in 1979 as the authority to grant law enforcement agencies...

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UNT seeks to move up in rankings

Fri, Nov 20, 2015 - 11:38pm

by Jenna Duncan

University of North Texas officials estimate the university is ranked about 280th of the national universities ranked by the U.S. News and World Report, and they want to see that number go higher.

During a Board of Regents meeting Friday, regents asked university leadership to keep working the ratings to help the university gain national prominence, a focus of Neal Smatresk’s tenure as UNT president.

Regent Al Silva said he wants to see UNT improve its standings by getting better in areas that are important to the university and in the rankings, such as student retention and...

UNT programs included in $1.9 million gift

Sat, Nov 21, 2015 - 10:10pm

The University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design is among the beneficiaries of a major donation from an alumnus.

The art college received $250,000 from Jerome “Bruzzy” Westheimer, who graduated from UNT in 1965. The donation will go to the Valerie Dean Westheimer Memorial Fellowship for Visual Arts and Design. An additional $250,000 was given by Westheimer’s nephew, Dr. Christian O’Donnell, who graduated in 1986 to support the Valerie Dean Westheimer Graduate Fellowship in Music and The Valerie Dean Westheimer Scholarship in Music. These gifts were given in memory and named for Westheimer’s sister, Valerie...

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Campus carry law not fairly, equally applied

Tue, Nov 17, 2015 - 10:55pm

Remember this old saying?

There are two things you don’t want to see made: sausage and laws.

It’s true, especially in the case of state legislation hammered out last spring on the campus carry issue that is bedeviling the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University right now.

In the waning days of the legislative session, it appeared that gun rights lobbyists and their Republican backers were not going to get a campus carry bill passed this year. It had been at the top of their gun-rights expansion agenda since 2011.

Pro-gun advocates wanted all Texas colleges and universities to allow...

UNT Basketball: New year looms for Mean Green

Wed, Nov 11, 2015 - 11:34pm

by Brett Vito

J-Mychal Reese has seen his fair share of players during his college career that started at Texas A&M and will continue this season at North Texas.

What he hasn’t seen is anyone quite like Jeremy Combs, UNT’s sophomore forward with the wild, unkempt flattop and a propensity for dominating the paint.

“I have never played with anyone who plays as hard every play as Jeremy,” Reese said. “Some of the moves he can make I have never seen before. He can get through little spaces and score.”

UNT’s hopes for a breakout season in the fourth year of the Tony Benford era will rest largely with...