October 27, 2010
Vol. 93 • No. 21
The Rambler The voice of Texas Wesleyan University students since 1917
Rambler editors take on both sides of voting.
The many faces of Wesleyan’s Music at the Modern.
Opinions, page 2
A&E, page 7
Presidential finalists selected, will visit campus Jonathan Resendez
The hunt for Wesleyan’s next president inched closer to completion this month. The Presidential Search Committee trimmed the list of candidates from four to two after in-person interviewing Oct. 16 and 17 at the Hyatt Regency DFW. The finalists are Dr. Sandra Stecher Harper, current president of Our Lady of the
Lake College in Baton Rouge, La., and Frederick G. Slabach, executive secretary and CEO of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation in Washington, D.C. The committee scheduled two separate on-campus meet and greet sessions Oct. 28-29 with Slabach and Nov. 8-9 with Harper, according to an e-mail sent by faculty chair and associate professor of history Dr. Elizabeth Alexander. Harper said she’s pleased to be a
finalist and credits the accomplishment to her experience at institutions similar to Wesleyan such as McMurry University in Abilene. “I’ve come up through the faculty ranks,” she said. “I think it was very likely that my academic experiences as both a faculty member and an academic administrator helped me get this far.” Harper previously served as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Texas A&M Uni-
versity at Corpus Christi. Both candidates are native to north Texas and said the appeal of coming back to the metroplex played a factor in applying for the position. Slabach served as dean of Wesleyan’s law school prior to moving to Washington D.C. for his current position. “I think the most important thing is to make sure that the entire community, all the stakeholders within the Texas Wesleyan community are
on the same page in terms of the future of the university,” he said. The first of the candidates to visit the campus, Slabach said he looks forward to the formal process. “I’m very excited about the opportunites and the possibilities presented by Texas Wesleyan,” he said. “It’s a good school, and I think it can be a great school.” Beverly Volkman-Powell, chair of
Breast Cancer Awareness Issue
PRESIDENT, page 3
Coach kicked off the squad Eliana Mijangos
Angie Ruiz | Rambler Staff (Left) Freshman middle blocker Katherine Kline follows behind freshman middle blocker Lynsay Buell during the Lady Rams breast cancer awareness game Oct. 21. (Above) Freshman outside hitter Hannah Horton focuses during the game.
UTB stings Wesleyan The Lady Rams took a 3-0 game loss to the number one ranked University of Texas at Brownsville Scorpions during the annual ‘Dig Pink’ breast cancer awareness game. Story on page 5.
The athletic department fired head men’s soccer coach Gaspar Martinez Oct. 15 for admitting to drinking alcohol in the presence of the men’s soccer team at a team sponsored event, he said in a telephone interview while reading his letter of termination. Martinez initially faced suspension but was later terminated when more accusations arose, he said. Martinez said he didn’t know the origins of the accusations and was not given a chance to present his side of the story. “I didn’t get to speak to anybody,” Martinez said. “I only spoke to Kevin [Millikan, Athletic Director], that’s it. It’s not like there was some hardcore investigation going on.” Martinez said he is not bitter about the situation and completely understands the mistake he made. He said his anger comes from the way the situation was handled. “They didn’t ask me to draw up my own timeline or anything to rebut the accusations,” Martinez said. “I didn’t even get to speak to anyone besides Kevin. I know that Kevin doesn’t make the final decision in this. It’s not like
COACH, page 3
Frat targets sweet tooth to raise money
SGA enacts funding legislation
Fundraising and planning events for organizations at Texas Wesleyan just got a little easier. In an attempt to reach out to other organizations on campus, the Student Government Association is offering honoraria with a monetary value of up to $100. To be considered for an honorarium, an organization needs to pick up an application from the SGA offices in O.C. Hall. Individuals going on trips in support of the university can also apply for honoraria up to $50. “We do have a lot of legislative [money] this year, so we want the organizations and students to start coming to
Photo illustration by Meisa Keivani Najafabadi
us,” said Melissa McDuffee, head of the SGA food committee. McDuffee said SGA has a legislative budget of $30,795 for the fall semester, with $25,295 still left to use. The Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity, an all-girl organization, received the first organization honorarium of the semester for $100. Tara Harwell, Sigma Alpha Iota president, said the
MONEY, page 4
Wesleyan fraternity Lambda Kappa Kappa is using cupcakes to combat breast cancer unawareness. Lambda Kappa Kappa sold almost 50 cupcakes for $1 each on Oct. 14 and 21, raising a total of $162, said senior psychology major and LKK president Daniel MartinezTorres. The fraternity will donate the money raised to the American Cancer Society. The cupcakes come with pink ribbons, the international symbol for breast cancer awareness, to pin on clothing and backpacks. Meisa Keivani Najafabadi | Rambler Staff “The more support for re- Matt Mata, freshman undecided major, and Erik Lopez, freshman business major, sell cupcakes search the more hope there is and accept donations at Lambda Kappa Kappa’s table in front of the SUB while Natalie Demefor a cure,” Martinez-Torres tre, freshman chemistry major, digs in her purse. said. Giovanni Monsanto, LKK breast cancer awareness and “I think people should have Monsanto also said the framember and sophomore po- finding a cure. Monsanto’s an awareness of breast can- ternity plans to sell cupcakes litical science and criminal mother was diagnosed with cer because a lot more people for breast cancer awareness justice major, said he has a breast cancer in 1997 and is have experienced it than you personal desire for raising still undergoing treatment. might expect,” he said. CUPCAKES, page 8