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WEDNESDAY March 31, 2010

Vol. 93 • No. 9 ONLINE:

www.therambler.org

The Rambler The voice of Texas Wesleyan University students since 1917

Take a look at religious cultures in our community. College Life, page 4

The Fort Worth Zoo has a moving new exhibit. A&E, page 5

Rosedale apartment plans in the works

Photo Courtesy of TownSite

Conceptual preliminary illustration of the proposed Wesleyan Row residential project. Jonathan Resendez

jlresendez@mail.txwes.edu

Students who long to live in affordable apartments near Wesleyan may get their wish as early as fall of next year. TownSite, a Fort Worth real estate development firm, is negotiating a

deal with the university to build studio and townhouse-style apartments on Rosedale between Vaughn and Collard streets. The tentative plan would offer about 25 units, with a percentage of those apartments reserved at below market rate as government subsidized living, a requirement of gov-

ernment grants being used for the project. Bill Bleibdrey, senior vice president of finance and administration, said the exciting thing about possible apartments across the street is their appeal to older, non-traditional students. “They would be available for mar-

ried students or students with families, people who don’t necessarily fit in to the existing student housing we have,” he said. Constructing the apartments would coincide with a nearly $2 million plan to renovate Rosedale, which includes landscaping, traffic

  APARTMENT, page 3

Snack Sacks provides for needy FWISD kids Melissa Bates mdbates@mail.txwes.edu

The Wesleyan community can help feed the hungry children in Fort Worth. A drop station is located in the career services center for Snack Sacks, a program that provides food for Fort Worth elementary students in need. Snack Sacks is facilitated through Arborlawn United Methodist Church. “The program is the brainchild of a few of our members who have elementary aged children and realized that children who receive free and reduced lunch and breakfast at school were not getting food over the weekend,” said the Rev. Beth Evers, associate pastor at Arborlawn UMC. The efforts reached the Wesleyan campus when Snack Sacks came on the radar of Kelley Phillips, a graduate counseling student at Wesleyan. Phillips is a member of the Social Addicts Society, a women’s group that was previously a social organization but has become much more. “We wanted to start using our time wisely,” Phillips said. “We still get together and shop and lunch and all that but decided to start giving back to the community as well.”

Registrar encourages punctual advising Jonathan Resendez jlresendez@mail.txwes.edu

Administrators are encouraging students to see their advisers and register as soon as possible. Registration for summer and fall classes begins Monday, April 5. Advising for the summer and fall semesters began March 22 and will continue throughout the rest of the year. However, students who wait too long to register risk incurring $100 fees or losing a spot in classes where seats are limited. “A lot of students wait until the last minute and don’t mind the late fees,” said Kay Van Toorn, registrar and secretary of the university. “Others register over the spring and forget about it over the summer.” Van Toorn said last-minute registration for the fall gets “rowdy” and doesn’t allow students to meet with the proper advisers. Most faculty aren’t required to come in until a few days before classes start, so finding a particular teacher is hard, she said. Alexis Perez, senior biochemistry major, said she usually registers last minute and often struggles to get signatures from advisers. “I always wait to see if I pass a certain class because of my major,” she said. Another student, who wishes to remain anonymous, said she’s forged signatures in the past because she was unable to track down certain advisers during the summer. Punctual registration can also benefit students’ financial aid, said Financial Aid Secretary Tara Cates. “The sooner you register, the sooner we know how to

  REGISTER, page 3

“We wanted to start using our time wisely.”

Kelley Phillips

graduate counseling student SAS has worked with The Women’s Center, the Rape Crisis Center, Individual Families, SafeHaven of Tarrant County and now Snack Sacks. What started small has grown to several churches and organizations helping a number of elementary schools. SAS adopted Woodway Elementary School. Other volunteers are needed to adopt schools or simply pack sacks. “Depending on the size of the group that comes for a packing session, we ask them to pack between 500 and 700 sacks so that we can have a good few weeks of snacks on the shelves and so that our volunteers who deliver to the schools can just come in and pull however many sacks they need and just deliver them to the school,” Evers said. Other volunteers shop for food, organize

  SNACKS, page 3

Rebecca Moore | Rambler Staff Amy Murr and Dora Venezuela, counseling interns, get practice hours in the Glick House.

Glick House offers support Tonia Kilcoin

tmkilcoin@mail.txwes.edu

Wesleyan community members can get counseling on an array of issues free of charge at a small building across Wesleyan Street. Glick House Community Counseling Center offers counseling for marriage or family issues,

direction with school-related issues, guidance on parenting, partner violence or relationship issues, as well as grief and substance abuse. At Glick House, clinical services are provided by master’s-level counseling students from the graduate counseling department. Sessions

  GLICK, page 3


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