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Where are they now? Alumna realizes show business dream

 By Shari Goldstein Stern

Name an actor. Any actor. Chances are Peggy Villines has some work history with any number of them. Whether she was promoting them as an actor or director, marketing their films or television series or providing public relations assistance, it was “Hooray for Hollywood!” for this native Texan.With a BA in fine arts from the University of North Texas, (North Texas State), Villines’ career began unfolding when the 1965 Bryan Adams High School (BA) graduate, Peggy Tipton couldn’t wait to get to New York, where all she wanted was a career on Broadway. She lost a bet and ended up in Los Angeles...

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UNT not obliged to repay $83M

The University of North Texas is not obligated to repay an estimated $83 million in excess funding revealed in a state audit in 2014, officials have confirmed.The university already has paid $4.7 million to the state, but the remaining balance in excess fees does not have to be repaid because of legislative action this past session.The $83,461,691 originally reported was for excess funding estimated in a state audit examining the university’s finances from 2004 through 2012. In response to the audit’s findings, then-Gov. Rick Perry instructed all...

UNT: Can Darrien McNair change fortunes of Mean Green?

By Christian Blood

Following a disappointing 2014 season in which University of North Texas finished just 4-8, a good question is whether or not new outside linebacker recruit Darrien McNair can change the direction of the program.

McNair represents a huge signing for the Mean Green, especially seeing as how the young prospect was apparently headed for Mississippi State for most of this year. After not qualifying academically, the Bulldogs made other plans – and so did McNair.

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2015 Conference USA Football: Who Will Be Bad?

By Jason Jones

Only teams that have been playing football for decades are being looked at in this ugly relapse into football badness. Newcomers to FBS football were spared since they have an excuse: they are building from scratch.

Teams like Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss, Rice, and UTEP have been around forever so they are fair game. We look back at some of the historically bad seasons that Conference USA teams have been able to put together. Than we take a look at who may join them.


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A fresh start: First-time students move into new dorm

Although most of the perimeter around brand-new Rawlins Hall at the University of North Texas is still blocked off with construction fencing, the freshmen moving in didn’t seem to mind.

Once students and families found the designated sidewalk leading to the entrance of the hall and pushed their bright orange bins over gaps in the concrete, they entered a lobby many likened to a hotel.

Hall director Sky McClure said he wasn’t worried about the dormitory being completed before move-in. The student rooms are ready, and as soon as everyone got inside...

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