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Spring 2003 issue vol. 53 no.1

The North Texan Spring 2003 issue vol. 53 no.1

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Spring is in the air and math is in our issue, including a 50-year-old problem solved by UNT professors and a web site for the math-challenged maintained by alumni "nerds" and friends. Also featured: UNT's new Spirit Bell and the family that helped bring it to campus, and a few former Eagles who soar these days as hot air balloon pilots.

New Orleans victory
We’ve posted our best 2002 New Orleans Bowl pictures so you can relive the glory of the Mean Green’s 24-19 win over Cincinnati.

feature stories

Mysterious Math
Professors Dan Mauldin and Steve Jackson solve a 50-year-old problem.
By Cathy Cashio

Math E Matics
Helping with math homework everywhere gives nerds a good name.
By Cathy Cashio

Romancing the Wind
Alumni experience the ups and downs of hot air ballooning.
By Laura Short

UNT Spirit Bell
The Swartzes’ 20-year effort to restore a UNT tradition is a ringing success.
By Rufus Coleman


math professors Dan Mauldin (left) and Steve Jackson


Windy weather has delayed our videotaped hot air balloon ride. We'll link to it here as soon as we have it. In the meantime, can we interest you in some ballooning trivia?



alumni news  

Alumni Items
Game Face: Gerald Stovall ('64) shares his Mean Green spirit
Lasting Memory: "Betsy" and friends reunite at Marquis Hall

Class Notes

Friends We'll Miss



Sex in advertising, school choice, Eduardo Mendoza, speaking points, adventure novels, eating disorders, consciousness, a giant, a dragon, slippage

What's Been Happening
The semester in photos




Read letters about math professors, sports ads and the appropriate use of the word "freshman." Or send in your own letter to the editor.


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eagle tale

Cool in a crisis: Bill King ('51) recalls the day he began teaching at North Texas, with a whole 10 minutes’ notice.

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time tracks

Historic games
Famous football feats at Fouts Field

Birthday #50
Fouts reaches the half-century mark with stories to tell

Down the Corridor
Memorial tower plans, A-bomb tests, watermelon seed spitting, love in the air


UNT news

Mean Green flag

Green glory
Paul Berg ('93, '95 M.B.A.) takes UNT spirit around the world

New appointments
UNT names vice chancellor, vice president for research, engineering dean

Golf course plans
University moves across I-35 to develop Eagle Point Golf Course property

Recent deaths
Bob Nunley
Retired associate professor of mathematics
Richard Owsley
Professor Emeritus of philosophy

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