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  1. Skipper added a topic in Mean Green Athletics   

    UTA Hands Mean Green Their Third Straight Loss, Second in Straight Sets
    Clay Massey | Staff Writer @Clay_FCD ARLINGTON, Texas – Carnae Dillard’s record breaking night was spoiled by the Mean Green’s second consecutive loss in straight sets. Dillard moved into 5th
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  2. Skipper added a topic in The Eagles Nest (There Should be Pie For Everyone Forum)   

    UNT executive gets $225,000-a-year job after walking out amidst accounting scandal
    One of the three top finance officials who departed abruptly in the wake of last year’s accounting scandal at University of North Texas walked out the door and into a job — with a pay raise — as acting vice president for finance and operations at Sam Houston State University.
    Carlos Hernandez resigned February 13, 2014, and was hired at Sam Houston a month later. By August 2014, he was named the permanent vice president of finance at Sam Houston at an annual salary of $225,000. His pay at UNT was $210,000 plus an annual cell phone allowance of $1,080, with $3,120 in longevity pay. He had been at UNT since 2011. Hernandez cited “personal reasons” for leaving, the school said.
    His hire still puzzles state Sen. Paul Bettencourt, an accountant and member of the Senate Finance Committee.
    “I have no idea why you would hire someone under circumstances like that,” Bettencourt said.
    He is the latest to question the hiring of Hernandez. Buried in hours of testimony during budget hearings earlier this year, Sam Houston State University President Dana Hoyt acknowledged that Hernandez knew of the errant bookkeeping.
    But, she said, Hernandez received high marks from Terry Pankratz, a former UNT finance official who had been gone from UNT for almost 15 months when Hernandez was hired at Sam Houston.
    “We do a background check on all hires and also visited with his direct supervisor at that point, which was Terry Pankratz,” Hoyt told state Sen, Royce West, who questioned the hire of Hernandez during a Feb. 12 hearing.
    Pankratz was the vice chancellor for finance at UNT in 2011, a year in which the university received $15 million in excess funds for employee benefits.
    He left before the UNT scandal was made public to take a job at University of Texas-Dallas. He had been at UNT for a little over two years.
    “And you felt comfortable given what had transpired at UNT and that person’s potential involvement in that, that that person would be suitable for employment at Sam Houston State?” West asked.
    Hoyt said the primary timespan of the malfeasance was before Hernandez arrived.
    “It was something he actually helped, in fact a quote from Pankratz was that he was probably…smart enough and savvy enough on the accounting and technology side to kind of figure out what had been an issue,” Hoyt said.
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    Securing the Square
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    Cross Country team off to fast start, finishes 1st and 3rd in first tournament
    Jesse Brackeen | Staff Writer The Mean Green Cross Country team kicked off its season Tuesday night at the Baylor Twilight Invitational, with the Men’s team finishing in first place
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  5. Skipper added a topic in Denton News   

    Jury indicts suspect in Square shooting
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    County approves penny tax decrease
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    Wazny pushes for Denton budget cuts
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    940’s slates opening
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    Blotter: Pursuit leaves police empty handed
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    Wednesday, September 2 Calendar
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    Cross Country sets the bar high after a successful 2014
    Jesse Brackeen | Staff Writer @hail_bracKing Last season, the Mean Green men’s Cross Country team finished at the top of Conference USA, winning its first title since UNT moved from
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  12. Skipper added a topic in UNT News   

    The Dose: Release your inner fan in ‘Madden 16′
    Reece Waddell | Senior Staff Writer @ReeceTapout15 Platform: Xbox One Release Date: August 25, 2015 Developer: EA Sports Price: $59.99 or $69.99 for “Ultimate Team” Edition. Typically, I’m not one to
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    UNT alumni and students teach in China
    By Sergio Pamies
    Former UNT graduate student Kangning Sun serves as musical director for the Golden Jazz Contemporary Music Institute (CMI) in Zhuhai, China. The CMI is a private music school with an emphasis in jazz that offers a degree in jazz studies designed by Kangning. The CMI is a project developed by Golden Jazz, a company contributes to the cultural scene of the city offering jazz not only to the CMI students, but organizing weekly free live performances and special concerts featuring international artists.
    Former and current graduate students from the UNT jazz studies department have been teaching workshops in jazz composition, improvisation, and small group playing at the CMI during 2015, and some of them have been appointed as Visiting Professors. These students include pianist Marcos Merino, bassist Young Heo, drummer Rasmus Blixt, pianist Sergio Pamies, saxophonist Drew Zaremba, and vocalist Jimin Lee. They have presented lectures as well in certain topics in jazz for the general audience, not just musicians, and they have performed in local theaters in Zhuhai. They were greatly surprised by the interest that the CMI students showed towards jazz and their capacity to work on the discussed materials.
    This collaboration is a good example of how the strong relations that UNT students develop during their academic experience can result in the future into professional opportunities.
    Photos by Yu JiaHui. Click on the image for a full-quality image.








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    Armadillo Ale Works set to brew with new location, competition
    Matt Payne | Senior Staff Writer @MattePaper Yianni Arestis and Bobby Mullins aren’t interested in ruthlessly contending with other bars and taprooms. By offering their in-house ales to be brewed on-site,
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    An evening of talks for TEDxUNT
    Dalton LaFerney | News Editor @daltonlaferney Academics, politicians and educators from around the country gathered in the Gateway Center Monday evening for TEDxUNT to talk about how to rethink public policy
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