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Edboard sifts through semester’s debris

Edboard sifts through semester’s debris

November 28
23:45 2012

The onset of dead week and finals might as well be the apocalypse for a lot of students.

It’s no wonder the Mayans apparently predicted the end of the world this December—if we don’t all get some shiny gold stars on these upcoming tests, our lives might as well be over.

That’s why it’s a great time to take a break and look back on this semester’s highs and lows. Face it, you need something to distract you from passing out on the Willis Library basement floor.

Nod: 78 yards of Mean Green

This may not be the sports page, but at a school like UNT, it just feels wrong not to keep up with our football team as they attempt to rise in the ranks with the help of head coach Dan McCarney.

Our dedication to the Mean Green really paid off on Tuesday, Oct. 16 when the team triumphed over the Ragin’ Cajuns of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a shocking fourth quarter upset.

The greatest part about this victory? We won the only Mean Green game ESPN2 broadcast on live TV all season.

Freshman player Antoinne Jimmerson earned a lot of our adrenaline rushes with a 78 yard tiebreaking touchdown.

Seriously, you ought to look this thing up on YouTube or something, because the guy just can’t be stopped.

Some of us have never yelled at a TV before, but that changed very fast when Jimmerson pulled off a series of dodges that wouldn’t look out of place in a “Madden” game. We’d give the guy a nod, but we doubt any of us can catch him.

Shake: Smoking Money Talks

We weren’t exactly shocked when the UNT administration announced an approaching smoking ban on campus.

We’re fine with the idea in general, since the negative health effects of cigarettes are pretty much uncontroversially true, but what ruffles our feathers are the reasons UNT chose to pull the trigger on this whole thing now.

See, our administration isn’t just banning smoking out of a concern for student health and “green” campus policy. We’re sure that’s part of it, but there’s another important incentive.

The Cancer Research and Prevention Institute of Texas, among other anti-smoking groups, donates a fairly hefty chunk of grant money to various UNT research programs—and if the campus doesn’t enact tobacco-free policies, this faucet of sweet, sweet cash will run dry pretty quick.

We’re sure that smoke-free cash will help build this campus into a tier one school someday, but we still have a hard time believing that the decision really reflects the opinion of the student body’s majority.

Most of us don’t even smoke, but we frequently feel like having a drag and delivering as many shakes as possible towards this ban before exhaling.

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