Listen up! UNT trumpets music school after Grammy success

Fri, Feb 3, 2017 - 5:39am

By Chris Sadeghi

DENTON (WFAA) -- A billboard on the Dallas North Tolllway has been boasting one of the area’s best kept secrets that John Richmond wants to let everyone in on.

“I think it is something that is better known beyond Texas than it is within Texas.”

Richmond is Dean of the University of North Texas College of Music and the billboard reads “8 Grammys” in big white letters on a Mean Green background. That was the impressive haul UNT alums brought in at last month’s Grammy Awards and many...

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UNT breaks ground on $49M project

Mon, Feb 27, 2017 - 11:09pm

By Jenna Duncan

University of North Texas officials conducted a groundbreaking event Monday for their latest project: a tour center and residence hall, set to open in fall 2018.

The residence hall will be for freshman students and is designed to foster inclusiveness and community, said Gina Vanacore, director of housing. There will be beds for 500 students, with two students per room. These will be sectioned off in pods — clusters of 20 rooms plus designated bathrooms, study areas and common spaces.

“Pod style is just a term we use in the industry for creating units that break down the community within the...

Round Rock Cedar Ridge grad earns scientific honor

Tue, Feb 28, 2017 - 10:09am

By Mike Schoeffel

A Cedar Ridge High School graduate has earned a prestigious scientific honor.

Isabel Delwel, a junior at the University of North Texas, was chosen to participate in the 2017 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Exceptional Research Opportunities Program. One of Delwel’s professor’s, Dr. Lee Hughes, encouraged Delwel to apply for a spot in the program.

Now, she will be one of 67 students from across the United States to participate in the exclusive research opportunity.

The EROP program “aims to ensure that a diverse and highly trained workforce is prepared to assume leadership...

What Does a Diverse Hollywood Look Like? This Brooklyn Film School

Tue, Feb 28, 2017

By Helene Stapinski

Amanda Reyes was auditioning for her umpteenth acting role in New York City recently when the casting director asked her to “be more ghetto.” It was nothing new. She had worked for several years in Los Angeles, and the acting parts for Latinas were for teenage moms, gang bangers and hustlers — never the protagonist — and more often than not, an offensive stereotype.

“I go through this almost every audition,”...

Mile walk puts eating disorders in spotlight

Sat, Feb 25, 2017 - 11:09pm

By Matt Payne

Erika Buenaflor, a speech and hearing sciences senior at the University of North Texas, has spent the past year in recovery from one of the deadliest mental illnesses in America.

She always considered herself a perfectionist growing up. She was a girl who accomplished a lot, was heavily involved and had great grades in high school through college.

But Buenaflor grew to equate her self worth to how well she matched her idea of what perfection was, which included an idealized outward appearance and weight.

“Despite all of my accomplishments, my life felt empty,” she said. “Loneliness ruled...