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BC: We began the year by being told to expect a pledge class of a hundred. This year we saw shootings, bombings, stabbings, super storm Sandy, level five tornadoes, and a city wide manhunt. We have rewritten the Talons Constitution, reorganized Bonfire committee and Cannon Crew as well as reinstated Moter Pool. We have fought, laughed, and cried together and have come together as a family. Talons has doubled in size with one pledge class as well as said goodbye to some of our members, now alumni. We have organized and build the homecoming bonfire in just a month. As we leave behind one school year and look to the next we eagerly await the new memories and associate members that await us. May our teams and clubs be winners, may UNT stay green, let Denton stay our of a burn ban and may Talons continue to be as crazy and weird as it has always been and become stronger than ever in the coming years.

FC: Talons 2012 2013

1: We leave this to future talons as a record of the past, so that those who come after us might learn something from what we have left behind. | Plan well, work hard, cheer often, make friends, laugh, be crazy, and never forget to | CAW!!

2: Rush Week

4: once upon a HOMECOMING | University community celebrates homecoming | This weekends events will bring together thousands of students and alumni to celebrate their love of the Mean Green. From the bonfire and pep rally on Friday night to the parade and game on Saturday, the campus will be decked out in school spirit. Instead of spirit walls where students decorate large pieces of plywood, the university decided to use cloth spirit banners to get more students involved. the first year the bonfire and yell like hell will be held on two separate nights. yell like hell was held Wednesday night, Friday's spirit march begins at 7pm at fraternity row with the bonfire and pep rally immediately afterward. This Friday marks Apogee Stadium's first bonfire. Blair McDermett and | an organization of about 60 had a month to plan the event, as the burn ban was lifted Oct. 1. The annual homecoming parade is Saturday at 1 am starting at the intersection of Welch and Hickory streets. Kickoff for Saturday's homecoming game is 4 pm at Apogee Stadium against the Arkansas State red Wolves.

5: This was the first bonfire most of us had ever taken part in and it was awesome. Most of us half believed that we wouldn't survive the week but we did and with only one trip to the ER. Tensions and tempers ran high and some alumni was always commenting on our tiny stack, we only had a month to get the entire event planed, and a lack of palettes meant many day watch hours. In the end we only had seventeen torchbearers from a lack of building hours. Daiquan our unofficial mascot and a palette gnome kept watch over the bonfire site during building and went down a glory of flames to gave his face discovered among the coals of the bonfire. The fire was started to a failed count down, lit with bits of fireworks raining down on the torchbearers, and burned to the tune of the full fight song courtesy of Talons. Burnout lasted till 6:30 in the morning with some poor talons up on campus half and hour later helping direct drivers to parking for the homecoming parade.

7: Talons Initiation Spring 2013 Pledge mom Stacy Cenal Christina Renee Gabby Ibarra Hannah Clark Alex Wells Kade Woerner Dillon Moskowitz

8: formal

10: Retreat

11: crazy talon moments anyone have any photos to add?

12: April 15, 2013 Boston Bombings | Yestarday at 2:50 p.m. two explosions went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring more than 140 people, including children. There is an ongoing investication to find the source of the attacks. Officials defused two other bombs near the 26.2 mile race. Seven Denton residents participated in the race, finishing before the bombs exploded. "It is tragic how you can take something so beautiful as a whole city taking off work to celebrate the historic Boston Marathon to cheer on those achieving goals and dreams, and tuning it into destruction" said Stacy Blaylock. | The silver lining we should retain from such terrible events is their ability to demonstrate the resiliency of the American spirit-or more precisely, the human spirit. If you can stand to see them again, look up the eyewitness videos of the explosion and its aftermath. Watch the spectators who ran toward the scene, instead of away from it, to lift debris from casualties and help the injured any way they could. Think of the competitors who, after running more than 26 miles, kept on running to the hospital - or lingered at the scene to distribute waster and blankets to shocked bystanders. | April 17, 2013 West Explosions | No mention of the West Explosion was in the North Texas daily, even so no one needed to be informed about this new disaster in the nation. After the Boston Bombings there was a cloud over campus as some students frantically called family members and friends and others resolutely set off for lectures and labs as classes went on. Just two days after the bombing life on campus resumed to almost normal as students focused on class work that had been left unattended. At the time of the West Explosions most students had thrown themselves into their classwork because of approaching deadlines and refused to look up from their books other than to confirm that family and friends were alright. The explosion at west began with a fire at West Fertilizer Co. The plant was storing about 270 tons of a substance sometimes used in bomb making as well as 54,000 pounds of a poisonous and combustible substance. 15 People died in the explosion which left a crater more than 90 feet wide causing over $100 million dollars in damage. Nine were volunteer fire fighters, one was a professional firefighter, two were posthumously named volunteer first responders, three were residents who lived near the plant and died from injuries | A streak of record tornadoes hit multiple small towns in the US. The responded as it did before, with wave after wave of volunteers, and donations including a charity concert to help rebuild. | Once news spread of the West Explosion, which occurred as the sun rose, volunteers began arriving to help in any way they could. By 7 am the red cross was informing the public to not go to the scene but to donate blood or money to help the victims saying that any new volunteers who showed up would have to sent home because of the sheer abundance of volunteers

13: An indefinite alcohol ban on Greek life has been enacted due to a recent spike in incidents resulting in injury and hospitalization from Greek life furnishing alcohol to minors | The plans to renevate the school union, first built in the 1970's is back on track, with plans for the new union to be sustainable and targeted to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, will feature a student organization center. The estimated two-year process of expanding and renovating the Union will begin in June. | UNT president Rawlins announced yesterday he will retire by the end of 2013 and step into a smaller role with the university.

14: the Student Alumni Association and NT40 will host a school spirit event called I Heart UNT at the Union Courtyard. students and faculty will have the opportunity to share why they love the university and what they do to give back. | The Suit Crew show up at basketball games "suited up" and heckle the opposing team sitting directly behind the opponent's bench. Starting this season, Menchio and four other men began the tradition. the idea originated from "How I Met Your Mother" character Barney Stinson. | Hundreds of UNT students and alumni walk across the new pedestrian bridge to cheer on the UNT football team at Tuesday's televised game. Lead by UNT Talons, one end of the Spirit march started in front of legends with another beginning at kerr.

15: the Mean Green Machine has been overhalled by seven mechanical engineering technology students working on their senior design project and turned completely electric. | the B wing of UNT's Life Sciences Complex opened in june 2010 and was built to meet the exact standards of the U.S. Green Building Council and is gold LEED certified. In 2008 UNT signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment signifing UNT's commitment to achieve at least silver LEED certification on all future construction projects | For the third straight year UNT has been recognized in the Princeton Review's "Guild to 322 Green Colleges." The review credits UNT's Green Initiative, Leed certification buildings, limiting the need for fossil fuels, and becoming more sustainable.

16: UNT defense, running game topples Texas Southern Tigers on Saturday 34-7 from an opening loss to No. 3 Louisiana State University. junior running back Brandin Byrd, junior kicker Zach Olen, senior Jeremy Brown, and redshirt freshman Antoinne Jimmerson giving it their all for the Mean Green | last Saturday the Mean Green lost to Louisiana State 41-14 but the team left determined to improve | in front of a national audience and 17055 fans the Mean Green was able to erase a 14-point deficit and defeat the University of Louisiana at Lafayette 30-23. The Mean Green started of with a slow first half with the supportive fans got to watch a spectacular finish during the second quarter with highlights being shown for days later to skeptical football fans around campus

17: UNT loss ends five-game win streak on saturday against Florida Atlantic University. UNT's womens basketball team plays against Middle Tennessee next. | UNT womens basketball breaks its losing streak by defeating Louisiana-Lafayette. | UNT Mens Basketball team won against Florida Atlantic University 66-57 with an overtime three-pinter | UNT basketball loses four players to transfer Loryn Goodwin P.J. Hardwick Clarke Overlander Braylah Blakely | UNT's mens basketball drops fourth straight in overtime with Arkansas State University with the game running into overtime.

18: The Mean Green men's and women's golf teams face highly ranked foes this weekend. The women's golf team starts the SMU Invitational Friday, a 15-team tournament that hosts ten top-100 teams including No. 3 Oklahoma. | The Mean Green women's golf team was hindered by weather and tied for seventh out of 14 teams in the University of Arkansas Little Rock Women's Golf Classic. UNT freshman Georgina Mundy finished five strokes ahead of the next closest golfer. | The UNT swimming team made history in the NCAA pool. UNT competed for the first time and one Mean Green diver finished highest in school zone meet diving history. Kimmy Phillips is the first swimmer in UNT history to make it to the NCAA championship. Rebecca Taylor placed 12th in the three meter dive at Zone D. | Mean Green men's golf team placed 11th out of 12 teams at the Aggie Invittional at the Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas. UNT was the lowest-ranked team in the tournament.

19: UNT's inline hockey club overcomes teammate's death to capture its fourth-straight Southwest Collegiate Hockey League championship. This victory was dedicated in hnor of teammate Jordan Baker who died in a car accident on January 19. Allen Foss, planning on sitting out to focus on school jumped right back in just to help them out. UNT beat Texas Tech 4-0 in denton on march 3 and was named champions of the SCHL - a four team league. It was the sixth championship in the past seven years for the hockey club. | The SCHL is affiliated with the National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association along with more than forty other collegiate inline hockey clubs. It hosts a national tournament and UNT has one of the 24 clubs invited to compete.

20: Freshman Dane Joubert and senior IIona Serchenko started off the Longhorn Inviational a Texas' Penick-Allison Tennis Center in Austin by defeating Heidi Stewart and Holly Verner from Southern Methodist University. "When you get a team with four in the semifinals and the fifth making it to the championship, it's amazing, and as a coach I could not be happier," Lama said. | UNT's Volleyball team found success in Indianapolis Ind. but wasn't as fortunate in Lubock. The Mean Green took its undefeated 5-0 record on the road and came home 7-2. Friday loss to Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Jaguars Saturday won against Ball State Cardinals and Georgia State Panthers. Monday UNT fell to the Raiders. | While more and more collegiate volleyball teams are playing their games in cavernous basketball arenas, volleyball head coach Ken Murczek has a different approach. "I like a small venue, I like it loud. I like it where the fans are on top of each other. It's intimate." The Mean Green Volleyball Center is the facility of choice for Murczek and his team. A game against Baylor on Sept. 18 showed the stadium off at its finest as 622 fans packed into the center with only 600 seats. the last few opting to stand rather than miss the game. "This crowd was amazing, to see people floating in from the corners of the gym," Windham said. "I couldn't hear anyone. I couldn't hear my own thoughts. It was great." Home court advantage is often only associated with how loud the fan base can get, but the Mean Green Volleyball Center takes it a step further. The ceiling is a paltry 29 feet above the floor, barely passing the 23 feet minimum to comply with NCAA regulations. "I think its an advantage when the ball bangs around the ceiling," Murczek said. "At the end of the day, good teams manage to find way to get it over the net. Good teams still figure it out."

21: The UNT softball team started the fall season with a win against Texas Woman's University and loses against Sam Houston State University and Texas A&M. Saturday "Against TWU, everyone came really so ready to play," Hoff staid. "I feel we tore them apart from beginning to the end." The team added seven freshmen to the roster this year after losing five seniors. Hoff played most of the A&M game and felt that the momentum after the Sam Houston loss carried over into the next game. "We carried some of the Sam Houston game over into the Texas A&M game with us, we have to do a better job of just cutting the bleeding," Hoff said. "We had runners on base almost every inning, we just couldn't find a way to score them." Sunday UNT took on both Sam Houston State and Texas A&M. Freshman infielder Karly Williams hit a homerun her first at bat against Sam Houston. | UNT womens soccer team remains undefeated with a UNT shutout South Alabama 4-0, and on Sunday the offense led the team to a 5-1 win over Troy. "We are starting to wear a lot of teams sown," head oach John Hedlund said. "We want to apply pressure. We learned a great deal from playing nationally randed teams like Baylor, Long Beach State and Olkahoma State as far as their pressure game. That's what we're trying to do to a lot of these Sun Belt teams, and that's what we did this weekend."

22: Blair Marie McDermett alrighty here are my words of wisdom for you guys! i am so proud of each and every single one of you. it has truly been a blessing to be able to watch you mold into who the people you are today. it makes me sad to not be able to see that like i have for the past semester, year, two years for some of you. i came into talons in its worst. and i am proud to say i am leaving it better of than i could have ever imagined. but i did that will YOUR help. I know there was times when it wasnt easy, in fact very difficult. but that only made us stronger as a whole. I hope that each one of you realize that soon one day you will get your alum status, so treat every game, meeting, and event like it was your last, because that day WILL come and i hope you leave with no regrets. last night was something t...hat as a Talon i have never seen or experienced before in the 3 years being here. KEEP THAT. make it hard for people to leave because i knew then that i made a difference here. and im sure i speak for katrina and hannah as well when i say that. I wouldnt have had it any other way. last night was one of the most special nights i will keep and cherish for the rest of my life. it was hard to hug everyone like it would be the last and please know that it will NOT ever be the last. alot of you said that i was the reason you stayed in Talons, well now its your turn to make that happen with someone else. because like we realized this past weekend. someone out there NEEDS this org for more than people realize. That quite person might need you to talk to them or that loud guy might need a friend. BE that person that is there. Dont forget about me cause i will never forget about each one of you.. even the people that quit. i will always be there if yall need me. and i hope that you come to me for advise or whatever Talons needs. i feel that it is only fit that i went out on the week i turn 23... (so i win) ;P good luck my friends and as Carolina says "GO BIG OR GO HOME!" Katrina Roberts & Hannah Brown: i know leaving hurts but look at where this org is now. and know we made that happen. carry on knowing you will always have that family with you. the memories we all share, we will have forever! lets come back during bonfire and keep them on their toes =) i have enjoyed working with the both of you and i will always be here if you need anything.See More

23: Katrina Roberts So, I couldn't say this in the meeting for obvious reasons (I would have broken down), but for the past three years, Talons has been my life. I am so proud of each and every one of you and I know you guys will have the best times of your life with this org, just like I did. You guys are wonderful and you all make it so hard for me to leave. Believe me though, those tears were just tears because I'm leaving the past three years of my life. I know I'm moving on to my next adventure, but it's really hard for me to leave all my friends in Talons. And just like Hannah said, this organization has made me grow into who I am today. I promise I will come to Bonfire if possible, but please please please don't lose touch with me. I don't care if you email me or msg me or whatever, I will always be here for each and every one of you. Seriously, if you find yourself in a tough spot, even outside of Talons, and just need someone to listen to you or to give you advice, don't hesitate. I love you guys. Now, promise me that you will just keep improving Talons and strive to make it the best org on campus! | Hannah Brown Thank you for such a wonderful sendoff, everyone. I can't begin to tell you how much Talons has helped me to grow as a person within the university along with every other aspect of my life. You all are my family here in Denton and I don't know what I'm going to do if I end up going to grad school elsewhere. Expect to see me at Bonfire as a food fairy, as a fellow nightwatchman, and of course I'll be there to see it burn down. I want to be at games with you all as often as I can and I hope that I can still be somewhat active in the Talons community for as long as possible. I seriously cannot thank you all enough for the joy you have given me in these past years.

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