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Washington’s advice for Denton

Washington’s advice for Denton

September 09
00:00 2014

Texas Rangers’ manager Ron Washington resigned for personal reasons Friday, and that’s a shame. His seven seasons managing the team saw four 90-win seasons and two pennants. Clearly, neither of those things were going to happen this season.

Godspeed, Washington. Take as much time as you need to deal with your “personal reasons.” Press conferences have revealed you as a fantastic motivational speaker, and we think you shouldn’t have to stick to baseball. There are a few groups here who, frankly, need your signature advice to get their heads out of their butts.

The construction industry

This is the middle of the construction decade at UNT. The construction site for the new union is a black hole on campus, turning previously short trips across the area into marathons. This is all done on the theory that the old Union wasn’t big enough for the new population, but frankly, nobody was ever in there anyway.

It isn’t limited to the Union. Seemingly everything is under a renovation of some sort, and it’s always with fairly good reason. This campus is more than 120 years old; buildings got to get up to specs. But could you not have made half the campus into a barrier between classes? Could you not have closed the Science Research Building for what will end up being four years over some rusty bricks? And could you not have done all of this at once?

And what Einstein thought that the first day of school was the best time to tear up Fry Street?

Construction industry, getcha heads outcha butts.

Absent alumni

Apogee will be just four years old this season. There’s a pavilion specifically for alumni just north of it. The team is finally good, and has moved to the more prestigious Conference USA.

There’s beer. Not just crappy beer pong beer, they’re serving actual beers, like Fort Worth-based Rahr and Sons, at Apogee now.

But still, hundreds of seats go unfilled. Why? There’s beer, the atmosphere is fantastic, there’s beer, what more could the school do to bring attendance up?

There’s beer!

Students and alumni not going to football games, getcha heads outcha butts.

Trash-throwing students

There are bottles everywhere in this town, many of them still full. It’s disgusting. The city and UNT have invested in Big Belly Solar compactors – wonderful, magical devices that compress trash and recycling with solar power, but still people just leave things on the ground.

And when they do throw things away, they can’t be bothered to put them in the right place. Plastic bottles in trashcans, banana peels and disposable Styrofoam cups in recycling – who does that?

People who don’t know the difference between littering and recycling, getcha heads outcha butts.

The North Texas Daily

Look: WordPress can be a handful. And with classes starting up, everybody’s tired. But some of this is just silly. Attor-ney? What’s an attor-ney?

“The Daily” has been all over the place so far this semester, with stories written straight from press releases, stories that function as advertisements and typos, typos everywhere.

Our staff knows how to write out times in AP Style. It knows how to add bylines to online articles and it knows there is not hyphen in the word “attorney.” Y’all, getcha heads outcha butts.

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