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about ’Fessor Graham’s 100th birthday in the latest
North Texan caught my special attention. As president of
the United Students of North Texas in 1957-58, I was much involved
with the declaration of “’Fessor Graham Day.”
In March 1958, at a Saturday Night Stage Show, it was my privilege
to present him with the award named in his honor and to announce
that the award would be given by USNT in future years to other outstanding
faculty members. It is very gratifying to know that this award is,
in fact, still being given annually and to see that Graham’s
extraordinary contributions to North Texas continue to be heralded.
Although not a musician, I had a close and somewhat unusual relationship
with ’Fessor. During my junior and senior years, I worked
part-time for the college as the spotlight operator and projectionist
for the Saturday Night Stage Show. The pay wasn’t bad and
no one in authority complained if I took a date along to keep me
company in the upper reaches of the auditorium. At any rate, I got
to know ’Fessor very well, and he was always patient with
my somewhat amateurish efforts to properly spotlight his shows.
I am usually
pleased to receive my copy of The North Texan in the mail
and happy to see the growth and positive changes on campus that
help ensure a bright future for the university. So imagine my surprise
to see the fall edition arrive with the title “The Freshman
Experience.” At a place with such a bright future it was disheartening
to see the sexist language from the past displayed for anyone who
reads the publication.
I’ll forgive the fact that the staff at The North Texan
may not be up to date on the research that overwhelmingly acknowledges
that sexist language has a negative impact on children and our society
as a whole. However, all major citation guides have considered sexist
language, including man-linked terms like “freshman,”
grammatically incorrect and improper for decades. How can an institution
of higher learning not pay attention to this fact and compose grammatically
and ethically incorrect texts?
Most major universities (including Penn State, the system I teach
in now) have moved to the term “first-year student”
to replace the sexist language of the past. I strongly encourage
The North Texan to do the same. Not to do so offends many
of your student body and omits more than half. The use of sexist
language may also negatively impact perceptions of North Texas for
those who come across your publications.
(’92, ’95 M.S.)
to detail needs to be paid when taking photos for ads. There is clearly
a University of Texas longhorn sticker in the window of the truck
for the tailgating ad (fall issue).
Truck banned from future ads
I love the ad. Hate the mistake.
Are you kidding me? The inside cover on the most recent issue shows
a Mean Green tailgater in the parking lot before a game, by his
car. The car has a University of Texas sticker on the back window.
I think not! Pay attention to the details. That’s an insult
to UNT and to all who read the magazine.
While sitting around with a few friends, I found myself defending
my alma mater once again. As I have explained to several people
on many occasions, I feel that UNT is one of the hardest schools
in Texas — if not the nation. We are a diverse, intelligent
and creative collective of students, teachers, staff and alumni.
Yet, we never seem to receive credit where credit is due. I can
only assume this is because we are still in the building stages
of our athletic programs, which seem to be important in gaining
school spirit and other’s respect in Texas. While football
isn’t even my favorite sport (I believe UNT needs a baseball
team), I love going to the games as an alum and sharing in the growing
pride and spirit of my college.
So, one might imagine my embarrassment when, sitting around with
the aforementioned friends (who happen to be graduates of the University
of Texas), one of them pointed out that in our alumni magazine there
was a longhorn sticker on the truck in the very first ad encouraging
tailgating on game days.
I find it very hard to believe that not one other truck on the UNT
campus out of the 30,000 students could be found for use in this
ad. Please don't give anyone the ammunition to fire at UNT any more
than they already do. We have all worked long and hard to get where
we are, so I implore the ad wizards behind that one not to make
the same mistake again.
Extremely poor proofreading was shown in allowing an ad for UNT
tailgating in the most recent issue to display a vehicle sporting
the sticker of another Texas university (UT). Great strides are
being made by our athletic department in getting the word out that
our people are proud to be from UNT. Displays supporting other universities
should not be publicized in our own publications just as caps, shirts
or stickers that are not UNT should not be tolerated on campus.
If loyalties are to another school, go there and support them, as
supporting them while at UNT has no place in our revival of campus
Editor’s note: The entire staff of The
North Texan apologizes for the appearance of the longhorn
decal on the truck in our tailgating ad. Although we spotted and
removed the decal electronically during the production process,
it somehow stampeded back into the printed piece. We especially
loathe this kind of error because it is contrary to our pursuit
of excellence and to the goal of the publication to enhance the
image of UNT.
We thank all the Mean Green fans for drawing it to our attention.
We’re also delighted that our readers have such a strong UNT
spirit and enthusiastically support the university.
note: The following message is one of many responses received
by Cynthia Chandler, UNT professor of counseling, as a result of
the “Connecting People With Pets” feature in the summer
I was thrilled to read the article in The North Texan on
pet therapy. I am a speech pathologist and am so excited about the
possibility of dogs helping kids with reading difficulties.
on the summer issue. I haven't enjoyed a publication from cover
to cover this much in years. The four feature articles, as well
as the photography, design and illustration, are world class. Bravo!
and illustrations in the spring issue of The North Texan
are spectacular, and the stories are well written and interesting.
Keep up the good words!
I might add something of my connection to UNT. I received my bachelor’s
degree in English. My late husband, Thomas Wayne Taylor, was an
alumnus and received a bachelor’s in 1941, a master’s
in 1947 and a doctoral degree in education in 1957. We also were
both graduates of the North Texas demonstration school.
Marie Buster Taylor
the story “Fat in America” in the spring issue, I commute
60 miles to work round trip and take my lunch. It’s my choice.
Where’s the part of the article that says fast food has a
gun to our heads? We have to take measures to change an environment
that promotes overconsumption? I think it’s called “eat
H. Freeborn Jr.