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- Leading green. The Princeton Review named UNT a “Green College,” making it one of only three Texas universities on its list of environmentally responsible universities. And, UNT’s Crumley Hall, one of 14 residence halls on campus, is the first university residential building in Texas and one of only 74 in the nation to earn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s prestigious Energy Star rating.
- All things jazz. The 31st annual Denton Arts & Jazz Festival drew 2,200 musicians, artists and performers, including 20 ensembles and bands from UNT’s renowned College of Music, to Denton’s Quakertown Park. Famous alumni, "Blue" Lou Marini, Tom “Bones” Malone (’69) and Marvin Stamm (’61), from UNT’s jazz program — the first in the nation — paid a musical tribute to the late Leon Breeden, longtime director of jazz studies and the One O’Clock Lab Band.
- Mysteries of the universe. Ohad Shemmer, assistant professor of physics, and an international team of astronomers from Israel and Chile are helping to shine light on outer space. Their seven-year study identified the earliest known epoch of fast growth of the supermassive black holes in the universe and learned that the era occurred when the universe was about 1.2 billion years old — a growth period lasting 100 to 200 million years.