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Granbury man charged with murder

cerned, so they thought something was wrong.” Thornton says that The Hood County Life Care EMS conSheriff’s Office has retacted her sister’s emerleased a statement that gency contact, which is Granbury resident Edlisted as her 17-year-old ward Pautenis, 59, has brother. After learning been charged with felthat he had not seen or ony first-degree murder heard from her, Life and felony third-degree Care EMS called the potampering with evidence lice. in the case of the disap“When my brother told pearance of his wife, them that he hadn’t seen Jennifer Pautenis, 29. her or spoken to her, they Jennifer Pautenis has called the law and had been missing since the the police go straight over to her house. Then “He is not concerned… For her to dis- he (Edward) said that he wasn’t concerned appear in thin air, there’s something about her, that he thinks left him for another definitely wrong. Whatever he did to she man,” Thornton said. her, he is trying to cover up his tracks.” Thornton says that her sister and her sister’s husband have had some night of Oct. 20, 2019. ter works at Life Care struggles in their marShe was last seen by her EMS, she is an EMS riage in the past, but she husband, Edward Paute- dispatcher. She has been believes her sister did nis. They had just got- there for a little over a not leave him for anothten back from a family year now, and she has er man. vacation in Tennessee never missed one single “He is going on about when Jennifer Pautenis day. They were con- how she left him for anBY SARAH HAYNER Associate Producer

disappeared while unpacking her van. Daisy Thornton, the sister of Jennifer Pautenis, said that she was called in as “missing” when she did not arrive to work. “Her husband did not make the 911 call. She was supposed to show up for work Monday morning and did not show up,” Thornton said. “They (employees at Life Care EMS) were concerned. My sis-

How Tarleton is affected by the Chick-fil-A protests BY TRISTON MCGEHEE Honeycutt Guest Writer she “tends to

said avoid Starbucks because of police discrimination.” Chick-fil-A has been According to campus embroiled in protests Chick-fil-A employees, around the United States the controversy has not because of Chick-fil-A’s affected their business. anti-LGBT views from “Business has been their religious beliefs. going very well, the Tarleton’s Chick-fil-A highest it has ever been says no discrimination, at Tarleton,” said Chris but students and faculty Terry, an employee at around campus say that the Chick-fil-A on camthere is discrimination pus. within the company. “The best it has ever Chick-fil-A is a big been the numbers have destination on the been increasing every school grounds of Tarsemester,” another emleton State University. ployee, Kyle Mabry, Chick-fil-A has been said. under scrutiny lately in Terry said there is only the national news beone reason they would cause of protests of the not serve a customer. company’s actions that “If they are caught some believe to be disstealing, other than that criminatory against the they would not be a reaLGBTQ community. son not to serve a cusChick-fil-A recently tomer,” Terry said. pulled out of donating to They thought about the Salvation Army afthe way their company ter push back from some is being portrayed, and protesters. Terry had to say, “[It’s] ridiculous to “It’s more that people judge business on who are assuming that they they donate to,” said are against they (ChickClaire Honeycutt, a fil-A) LGBT communimember of Turning ty. There have not been Point USA at Tarleton. any anti-LGBT things done. I have worked with people associated with the LGBT community

and didn’t have problem with them at all,” Terry said. Mabry agreed. “No discrimination to be seen at Chick-fil-A, and the LGBT community does not bother me at all,” he said. The campus Chickfil-A employees were in full agreement that the company did not have any anti-LGBT hate. Prairie Parnell a LGBT advisor at Tarleton, said “Tarleton could have done a better job of picking which company came in.” Four years ago, she decided to show action with her money, and stopped buying from Chick-fil-A because of their anti LGBT views. Parnell believes that the fast food restaurant can improve. “They must be honest on what they say they are going to do. They must stop giving donations and funding to organizations that harm minority groups. While I am okay for any company to do their own thing. I must ethically question any business that puts commerce over humans,” she said.

Chick-fil-A recently pulled out of donating to the Salvation Army after push back from protesters. Photo courtesy Chick-fil-A

Jennifer Pautenis went missing on Oct. 20, 2019. Photo courtesy Missing Persons Network, originally published by NBC News.

other man, and he has been basically slandering her name. For her to leave him for another man is just not true,” Thornton said. When Thornton contacted Edward Pautenis, she couldn’t get any information from him about her sister’s disappearance. “I talked to him the first night and after talking to him, to be honest, I couldn’t talk to him

anymore… He would just elude the whole situation of my sister,” Thornton said. “It was basically a narcissist talking about himself. I just couldn’t do it anymore.” Thornton said that Edward Pautenis took her sister’s van somewhere and that no one could find it. “He rented a U-Haul trailer, loaded up the van on top of the trailer,

and said he was towing something else other than the van,” Thornton said. “He took it somewhere, we don’t know where.” Thornton’s Facebook page for her sister, “Jenn Pautenis missing in Granbury Texas from Fort Pierce Florida,” is still active and groups have been conducting searches (sic). She says

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Purple Poo: Behind the mask BY AMY COMPEAN Guest Writer

The Purple Poo bring smiles and laughter to the students and faculty at Tarleton State University, but how does being a Poo affect students during their time at Tarleton and shape them for the rest of their lives? The Poo can be spotted from a mile away. They dress in bright colors and can be spotted around campus completely covered from head to toe. The members choose their own attire and often try to add their own personalities into their outfits. Ansley Jenkins from Rockdale was a former Poo known as Sister Redneck. Her costume represented who she was and what she enjoyed. “I choose clothing items that resembled my name and who I was on the inside without giving away my identity,” Jenkins said. “For example, I love rap music, so I got a dollar sign chain. That represented something I enjoyed but did not directly represent the person.” Courtney Hathorne, a former Poo from Midlothian, was known as Sister Clover. She says her Poo sign was the first part of her costume. “I came up with my Poo sign first, which was

Ansley Jenkin was Sister Redneck during her time at Tarleton. Photo courtesy Jenkin

a clover because my favorite color was green, and I actually hid my initials with ‘C’ as part of the leaf and ‘H’ as part of the stem.” Next time you see the Purple Poo, see how their costumes might give away hints about who they are and their personal interests. There is no telling what the Poo are struggling with behind the mask. “Being a Purple Poo helped me grow as a person tremendously,” Jenkins said. “During my time in the Poo I went through a lot of personal things. My Purple Poo family was there to help me overcome those hard times. With their support, I learned how to manage conflict, the gift of tough love and how

to develop others around me by highlighting their strengths…to let things go and not be so hard on myself. Lastly, I became much more confident in myself and realized who my true friends were.” Hathorne says that it’s difficult to keep your identity a secret. “It sucks when you try soooo hard to lie and even walk differently to protect your identity,” Hathorne said in an email. “A lot of people don’t realize we can hear the whispers of people saying, ‘I think that’s Courtney.’” Jenkins asks students to respect the Purple Poo. “The Purple Poos are very important in the

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December 5, 2019


Texan News Staff Senior Farewells

The last few years at Tarleton have been truly life changing. I came to Tarleton as a shy 18-year-old, nervous to put myself out there for anything, and I am leaving a much stronger, much better person and I have many people at Tarleton to thank for that.



Dan Malone and Kathryn Jones-Malone were the best mentors and teachers I could have ever asked for. The lessons they taught me will stick with me for many

BY HANNAH MABRY Managing Editor

I remember orientation when the past president, Dr. Dottavio, explained the Tarleton Core Values: Tradition, Integrity, Civility, Leadership, Excellence, and Service. As I look back on my time at Tarleton, I can see how these core values have shaped me into who I am today.

BY RACHEL LACROIX Executive Producer

My time as a college student is coming to an end, but there are so many things I learned at Tarleton that I will take with me when I go. I have spent the past three and a half years figuring out what I want to do

years to come, but more importantly, they helped instill a love for journalism in me. Their passion and love for this career helped me realize that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. Students here are extremely lucky to get to learn from these two. Dr. Liza Benedict taught my first journalism class and I still use many of the skills I learned in that course. She really opened my eyes to what good journalism is when I had chosen this major and emphasis at random. That class gave me my

first real taste of writing news and I have been in love with it since. Dr. Karl Aho has always been a champion for his students, and I appreciate his efforts to see students as people

first. He understands that college and life are hard, and he does not penalize students for it. I believe more professors

brave when professors and professionals at this school try to bully and intimidate their students into submission.

Texan News Service has impacted me more than I could ever put into words. Getting to work here has changed

First…tradition. Tarleton has important traditions that keep the spirit alive and students engaged. The beating of the drum, purple pancakes and yell are a few of my favorites. Additionally, Tarleton is a tradition in and of itself in my family. My parents, Dale and Vickie Mabry, met in a biology class here at Tarleton and eventually got married. They had my older sister, who came to Tarleton and found her husband. My older brother also graduated from Tarleton and met his wife here. The day after graduation, I am marrying JW Weiss, who I knew before attending Tarleton, but we both came here. Tarleton

was ground zero for my family. The second core value I have seen developed in my life is leadership. Tarleton has many student organizations that promote leadership, but the one I’m a part of is the Paradigm Ministry. To lead others is to serve others intentionally, something that Paradigm also taught me. I experienced the joy of serving God by serving others and I want to do that for the rest of my life. Another way I learned service here at Tarleton was through Texan News Service via the Communications Department. I was taught by Dan and Kathryn Malone to report events accurately

and ethically to serve the student body information that they can trust. This also taught me integrity, another core value at Tarleton. It’s easy to do the wrong thing, but a lot harder to do the right one. I learned that even if it takes longer to put a story out, the right thing to do is report the truth, no matter what. The core value of excellence was developed in me through my studies, where I was challenged by professors and other students around me to do my very best in all things and never settle for halfway. I was pushed towards excellence in my second language by my Spanish professors Dr. Urban and Dr. Marrugo to

study and gain fluency. I learned the core value of civility and what it means by discussing ideas with people who believe something totally different from me.

with my life, changing my mind and changing it again. For me, college has challenged me, seen me through immense growth and been an adventure I am happy to have gone on. I am not the same person I was when I first arrived at Tarleton, and I am grateful for the experiences I have had here, both good and bad. I have made several mistakes during my time as a college student, but I have also learned from my missteps and I am better for it. The communication classes I have taken have prepared me for the careers I am interested in, but

should look to Dr. Aho as an example for what they should be like. My time at Tarleton also taught me to persevere and stand up for what I believe in. It taught me how to be

It taught me that just because someone has a fancy title in front of their name and a higher position does not mean they care about or want to stand up for their students.

“Thank you, Tarleton, for the years, the lessons and the memories. They have shaped me for the rest of my life.”

the people I have met here have taught me so much more. I have always heard that you meet your best friends in college, and in my experience, that’s true. I

same place. However, the friendships I have formed here are ones that have endured our crazy college times and will continue to be a valued part of my life as we

my view of journalism and made me a better journalist and person. I had the honor of being editor-in-chief here and leading a team full of wonderful and talented people, and I have learned lessons that I will carry with me for a lifetime. I am excited to hand the reins to Sarah Hayner, the upcoming editor. I know she will do amazing things during her time here. Thank you, Tarleton, for the years, the lessons and the memories. They have shaped me for the rest of my life.

I think I can speak for my graduating class when I say that we aren’t the same individuals we were when we came to Tarleton. We have become more intelligent and stronger humans with values. But I learned how to have those discussions and walk away better educated on what others believe. I think I can speak for my graduating class when I say that we aren’t

has given me the opportunity to gain many journalistic skills as well as a chance to test my abilities to work with and lead a team. I am so appreciative of the TNS staff and Dan Malone, Kathryn Jones-Malone and Liza Benedict for helping turn me into the journalist I am today. As I head into the workforce, I leave knowing I have the skills to succeed and I could not be more grateful. Most people read the articles or watch the all embark on our next broadcasts that TNS adventures. puts out, but they don’t Aside from my friends, see the actual people beI will miss Texan News hind the writing. I have Service the most. TNS witnessed the entire

“College has challenged me, seen me through immense

growth and been an adventure I am happy to have gone on.” can’t say that I am sad to leave the essays or textbooks behind, but I will miss having some of my closest friends all in the

the same individuals we were when we came to Tarleton. We have become more intelligent and stronger humans with values. Going from this place, this incred-

ible university, we are prepared for whatever is next with our wellrounded education that has shaped us, challenged us, and grounded us. TNS staff at work, and they are constantly making an effort to write and produce quality journalism. I consider myself lucky to have been a part of this team. I am happy with the work TNS has done this semester and I cannot wait to see where next semester leads them. To everyone I have met at college that has affected my life in one way or another, I thank you for what you have taught me. To Tarleton itself, I thank you for preparing me for life outside of school.

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December 5, 2019


Tarleton band finishes 100 year celebration with trip to Hawaii BY MELISSA LEGVOLD Guest Writer

David Robinson, director of the band programs at Tarleton State University, says that students are most excited for their trip to Hawaii which will conclude the centennial celebration for the Tarleton bands. The bands recently had a week’s worth of activities that ended with a concert that incorporated all the bands and included alumni. The band program has come far since 1919. “First of all, the Tarleton’s band was founded under the umbrella of the ‘Core of Cadets, (CoC),’” explained Robinson. CoC was a militarystyle band that was popular in 1919. The

first band had only nine members. They were inexperienced and had never performed in public. Today Tarleton’s band program has grown considerably and is a bit more “diversified.” Students often participate in all three bands: marching, jazz and concert band. Almost half of the participants are music education majors or music majors. During the trip to Hawaii, Tarleton’s marching band, The Sound and the Fury, will march in the Pearl Harbor Parade. “We will have a jazz band performance and a wind ensemble performance while we are there as well,” Robinson said. Kaley Dowell, a soph-

omore communications major, is one of the band members going to Hawaii. She is extremely excited for the trip. “I’m most excited to sit on the beach and listen to worship music and the parade,” Dowell said. The trip takes place during the first few days of finals, but Dowell says she is not nervous about missing those few days. “All my professors have been very understanding,” Dowell said. So, after a monumental year like this what can we expect for the future of the Tarleton bands? The Tarleton band recently celebrated their 100th year. Photo by Makenzie Plusnick “The move to DI will provide some additional expectations but some for us, so that and the hand.” Robinson said. to meet the expectations additional opportunities growth will go hand in “Our vision is too grow- that we will have.”

Tarleton rodeo hosts its 10th Hall of Fame induction ceremony BY WHITLEY COMBS Multimedia Journalist

Recently, the Tarleton Rodeo team hosted their 10th annual Dinner, Auction and Hall of Fame Induction at the Twisted J Bar. The auction featured many great items including handmade leather goods, ropes and roping dummies. There was a separate live auction for the bigticket items such as a horse, a heifer and even a trip to Puerto Rico. For students and rodeo team members like junior Agriculture Industry major

Brady Fields and junior Agriculture major Jacob Perky, the live auction and induction is a big event because it provides inspiration for their rodeo life and education and supports their rodeo team through the spring semester. Both team ropers, friends and roommates, Fields and Perky have learned throughout their lives just how important rodeo is to them, and how much they love being a part of the Tarleton Rodeo team. Fields says that the Dinner, Auction and Hall of Fame Induction is an impor-

tant event for the rodeo team. “With this event we are able to hold the Tarleton Stampede, which is the last rodeo of the spring semester, and it’s the finals for the southwest region,” Fields said. “The dinner is special to induct past Tarleton Rodeo alumni into the hall of fame. It’s really special to me because Tarleton Rodeo has been something that has run in my family with both of my parents attending here; and now my sister and I are both going to Tarleton. This will allow us to complete our edu-

cation and have a little fun rodeoing.” For both Fields and Perky, being a part of the team goes far beyond the arena. Both men have had the rodeo and western lifestyle run in their families for decades. It’s how both of them have seen their families earn a living and find their passion. Perky loves that Head Rodeo Coach Mark Eakin teaches everyone, but that it is a studentled team as well. Perky says that the hard work that goes into the event is worth it. “With the work that

all of the team members put in to make it a great night for our town, and most importantly the induction members of the evening, it creates a comradery among everyone and makes the night really special,” Perky said. Perky got a late start into the rodeo industry compared to teammates, but he says that rodeo has become a big part of his life and has taught him so much and has allowed him to make connections with people that have made large impacts on the sport. “By the grace of God,

Playing for the Texans has been a blessing and a dream for Josh Hawley is known for defense, and some would say scoring. Hawley says it’s both, with Forward Josh Hawley has still being a team player. been the glue and corner“Defensive-first mentalstone for the Tarleton State ity but a scoring threat and University men’s basketball team player,” Hawley said. program. The senior from Hawley compared his Irving, Texas, is looking to playing style with his favorfinish his outstanding fourite player Paul George, who year career here on top. plays for the Los Angeles Clippers. “He plays hard on both ends of court and that’s what I try to do each game to help the team win,” Hawley said. Hawley expressed his goals for the team and as a player for this season. “Be the best player I can be and help the team win. Also, get back to the NCAA Tournament and make a deep playoff run,” Hawley said. However, Hawley is lookHawley was named Lone Star Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week on Dec. 12, 2017. Photo courtesy Tarleton Athletics ing for more than just getBY DEANDRE HOGG Graduate Assistant

Hawley says that his four years at Tarleton has been a blessing and dream. “It’s been a dream come true to play college basketball and I’m thankful that Coach Lonn and Chris Resiman gave me that opportunity to live out that dream,” Hawley said. Many have said Hawley

ting b a c k into the tournament. He wants to leave the Tarleton men’s basketball program as a champion. He knows what it will take for the team to win and what he needs to do to take that step do accomplish his ultimate goal. “A lot of team chemistry, hard work and dedication,” Hawley said. “We have the talent and team to make a run for championship this season.”

I get to do what I love every single day, and I have an amazing family and teammates that push me to continue to be the best that I can,” Perky said. “I plan on rodeoing for as long as I’m able and I look forward to what my future can become within the sport.” The Rodeo Team finished the season with one member, Haven Meged, qualifying for the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas Dec. 4-14. The Tarleton Rodeo team has their first spring rodeo on Feb. 20 in Odessa.



December 5, 2019

Life as college newlyweds


Getting married is one of the biggest decisions that most people will ever make. Some people make that decision before they graduate college, and while it’s not as familiar, some get married before they start college. This is the case of 18-year-olds Mayah and Oscar Solorzano, who went into their freshman year at Tarleton as newlyweds. Mayah and Oscar Sol-

orzano have known each other their entire lives. “It was the typical love story of the girl next door, where our parents were friends and had us around the same time and we fell in love,” Oscar Solorzano said. The couple grew up together and he proposed to her at their high school graduation. She said yes, and both of their parents helped plan their wedding. “After he proposed, we got married the summer before college start-

ed. We were so nervous about starting this new experience as a married couple,” Mayah Solorzano said. “I was afraid we wouldn’t make friends or people would think we were weird.” The couple lives offcampus and are full-time students. Mayah Solorzano is a nursing major, and Oscar Solorzano is a kinesiology major. “It’s a different lifestyle than what my friends are living, but I would not change it for the world,” Mayah Sol-

orzano said. Mayah Solorzano says it is important to join student organizations, clubs and Greek Life because they connect students to the Tarleton community. Mayah and Oscar Solorzano’s goals are to be well-rounded individuals with the college experience they have always wanted and will not let being married stop them from doing so. “We love Tarleton…It is different from the traditional college student,

Mayah and Oscar Solorzano in the summer before attending Tarleton State University. Photo Courtesy of Solorzano

and marriage does not mean you can’t achieve your degree,” Oscar Solorzano said. “I don’t feel like I’m missing any experience

that I want,” Mayah Solorzano said. “We enjoy this lifestyle we have and want other married couples to know it can work.”

SGA recap and a look into to next semester BY HALEY BARNETT Associate Producer

As the semester is wrapping up so are activities on campus. The Student Government Association’s (SGA) calendar is slowly coming to a close after a busy semester. SGA is broken down into four different parts, the Freshman Representative Council, Congress, the Judiciary Branch and the Executive Board. All four parts work to reach out to students and be a voice for them. “Our main goal on campus is to be the students’ voice,” said Tyler Schuster, the president of SGA. “If students have concerns, we want them to know SGA is the place to come to talk about it.” SGA helps put on events around all of the Tarleton campuses. Another important role of

SGA is to pass legislation. This semester, SGA put legislation into action that was passed in the spring. The legislation moved to move the flagpole that was previously in front of the EJ Howell Education Building to Alumni Island. “Now the new flagpole that is at Alumni Island, where it was previously hidden…but now it can be seen,” Schuster said. This semester, SGA passed legislation regarding students’ safety and supporting expansion at Tarleton. Schuster said, “We’ve had some legislation passed concerning the safety of students and promoting growth of Tarleton.” All students are invited to attend SGA meetings and events. Attending these meetings gives students the opportunity

to have their voice heard and to meet the students representing them. “I think it is important for students to know about SGA because we are truly the student voice,” Schuster said. SGA meetings occur every Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. The students who serve in SGA serve in other committees around campus as well. These committees often make decisions that directly impact students. It is important that students use the opportunity of speaking with SGA members to make their opinions known. “SGA members sit on committees on campus that decide things. If students have questions, comments, or concerns, they can always email SGA or myself,” Schuster said. SGA will kick things off in the spring semester on Jan. 22, when they host Coffee with

These committees often make decisions that directly affect students. It is important that students use the opportunity of speaking with SGA members to make their opinions known. Photo courtesy SGA

Congress from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. SGA encourages students to come and meet the people who are some of the leaders on campus. “Come grab some coffee and donuts, tell us your problems, get to know us and see who represents you,” Schuster said. Another upcoming event in the spring is

elections. Students have the option to run and possibly be elected to a position in SGA. SGA is striving to make an impact on campus and get to know more students. They want to bridge the gap and understand how students are feeling. “Students have to really understand that we’re all really here be-

cause we care for them,” Schuster said. “It’s important for us to get to represent them and so we want them to be involved and come and meet us because they matter to us.” For more information about SGA you can email them at SGA@ or follow them on social media.

Motorized scooters could be coming to Tarleton BY MACKENZI LINCOLN university program,” Guest Writer Lynch said.

As of this year, Tarleton State University meets the requirements to implement motorized scooters on campus and a possible partnership with Bird, a company dedicated to providing environmentally friendly alternative transportation, especially in an oncampus setting. Jeremy Lynch, who oversees university partnerships for Bird, said that Tarleton does in fact meet the size requirements set by the company when considering a university. “I would say we do have a few requirements, but none are really that rigid, except the size of the school. Tarleton State would qualify in that regard,” Lynch said. Bird would consider partnering with Tarleton. “I have not approached the administration in the past but would be interested in speaking with them if they wanted to learn more about our

Breana Blue, a sophomore at Tarleton, expressed interest in having scooters on campus. “Tarleton should definitely add them. The campus is growing and there’s definitely more people, so it’s going to get more congested so we will be forced to expand,” Blue said. “It would be beneficial to already have Birds here by the time campus does start expanding in order to help us get across campus quicker.” Sami Shaffer, a senior at Tarleton, says it could benefit students to have scooters. Shaffer also expressed concern about the effects the scooters could have on Stephenville residents. “I think it would be helpful for students because of the parking situation,” Shaffer said. “I know in Lubbock, they’re all over, not even necessarily on campus. So, I’m not sure how Stephenville residents would feel about it, but I know the college stu-

dents would love it.” Since Tarleton is a member of the Texas A&M University System, the rules and regulations set in place by the system would need to be upheld on campus. Currently, there is no system-wide policy on the use of motorized scooters on campus; it is handled at the campus level. Kent Styron, the director of risk management and compliance at Tarleton, explained the procedure in order to have a company like Bird on campus. “Just like any other service provided on Texas A&M University System institution or agency property, a vendor must meet certain standards, (including) insurance requirements, agreement terms, other state and local regulations…in order to provide that service,” Styron said. “Any proposed service would need to be evaluated to consider the impact to the institution and existing processes in order to provide ap-

propriate oversight.” Several universities across Texas have also partnered with Bird to provide their students with more efficient means of travel on campus. These universities include the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Texas at San Antonio and Southern Methodist University. There are several benefits to partnering with a company like Bird. They offer faster transportation around campus since they are powered by electricity. Bird’s product is also durable; studies show that their highest-performing scooters can last for 18 months on the road. Bird scooters also help reduce pollution and improve air quality. For every Bird on the road, there are 1,500 pounds of avoided carbon emissions each year. Bird has an easily navigable app that keeps the walkways clear by offering rewards to those who park in designated areas, away from busy

Bird is a company dedicated to providing environmentally friendly alternative transportation. Photo Courtesy AP News

pathways. The app also allows for tracking where Birds are located, easy transactions for processing payments on a secure platform and Community Mode, which makes it easy for anyone to send a complaint directly to their team. Bird Access also

allows students to pay with cash and unlock vehicles via SMS. For more information about Bird and its programs, go to www.bird. co/. To learn more about their university programs, contact Jeremy Lynch at jlynch@bird. co.

December 5, 2019



Tarleton Organization Spotlight: American Sign Language Club BY EMILY KAHLER Guest Writer

This past fall, Sara Rodriguez, a freshman biomedical science major, officially introduced the American Sign Language (ASL) club to Tarleton. Rodriguez is deaf herself and sees an exciting future for the club. “I am hoping to spread awareness for the deaf people on campus,” Rodriguez said. “I want them to see that they belong and that they have a voice here as well.” The ASL club has sev-

eral officers to help it run efficiently and to help the members as they learn a new language. Sophomore Political Science and English major Hannah Wilson, the secretary, has already seen an impact on campus since the start of this club. “Opening this conversation is a start towards increasing understanding of deaf culture and integrating it into our community,” Wilson said. The members of the club enjoy it for several reasons: supporting a

traditional recognition on campus. Through this club, the members will be able to learn ASL, and, ideally, be able to apply it in their life. The club meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Nursing Room 102. The club is currently covering the basics of ASL and welcomes anybody that may be interested. For those who can’t attend, the officers are working on uploading videos to social media Rodriguez and Wilson are both members of the ASL Club. Photo by Kahler covering each lesson. Dues are $20 per semesfriend, learning a new the doors to a commuter, which includes a tlanguage and opening nity that does not have shirt. Wilson encourages

anybody who is interested in joining to attend a meeting. “Please join! We’re a welcoming group and as long as you’re willing to learn we would love to have you,” Wilson said. “You would gain opportunities to learn about deaf culture, some of the realities of hearing impairment and a new language.” For more information on the ASL club, visit their social media pages: Twitter: @asltsu, Facebook: Texan ASL Club or Instagram: @asl_tsu.

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained: Big things ahead for Tarleton’s Laboratory for Wellness and Motor Behavior BY BRIAN HICKS Guest Writer

In recent years, a specialized laboratory housed within the School of Kinesiology, is revamping its program to better benefit the Tarleton and Stephenville communities with the use of extended hours. The Laboratory for Wellness and Motor Behavior (LWMB), since its founding in 1994, has set out to aid the rehabilitation of individuals who have been released from conventional healthcare. Often times, these patients are recovering from a stroke or injury that has left them paralyzed. Dr. Joe Priest, director of the LWMB, initiated the program to help those who have spinal cord injuries or other neurological disabilities. The LWMB has recently started training its 280th client, with 58 new clients in 2019. Students, faculty and community members are able to train in a facility in the heart of Tarleton.

Purple Poo Continued from pg 1 success of Tarleton and they truly love their school, so please respect them,” Jenkins said. “Do not try and figure out who they are or be rude to them when they try and interact with you on campus.”

Murder Charge Continued from pg 1 this is how she knew about her sister’s van being hauled off by a UHaul trailer. “I have created a search group… The community has come together, and they were watching her husband. They watched him load up her van on a U-Haul trailer. I would’ve never known that if it wasn’t for them,” Thornton said. “I don’t know if its missing, but it’s not

This semester, the Lab has extended its hours throughout the week, to better allow engagement from the communities its surrounds. Benjamin Edlebeck, a Kinesology graduate student from Houston, believes that “changing the hours, lets the lab fit the schedules of Erath County citizens, rather than expecting citizens to fit their schedule into the lab’s.” “From a people-first perspective, it helps people not see their disability as a prison. We [Laboratory of Wellness and Motor Behavior] still have a long way to go. My dream is to have the lab open on weekends,” Eldebeck explained. Edlebeck said that with these hour changes, they have seen that physicians and professors are able to get workouts in after work, instead of taking time off. In addition, with the hours extended after school, children with disabilities are able to work out right after school with positive college role models. “These patients actu-

ally look forward to exercise – which is what every kinesiologist wants!” Eldebeck said. Priest, a Tarleton professor of 29 years and Director of the LWMB, explained that the lab started out many years ago using Kinesiology majors, who have been trained on the body. When individuals are released from healthcare, and “medicine can do no more”, the Laboratory for Wellness and Motor Behavior takes them in. These students are given the opportunity to take their talents in the classroom and apply them on real people; this in turn has led to this semester’s 76th consecutive set of student interns. Priest says that there is no recruitment involved. “I just teach them about the body in class… some of them want to try it on real people. My kids [interns] are assigned to give them the right kind of exercise… so it’s good for everybody,” Priest said. Clients have informed Priest that the lab is their

Along with the school events the Poo attend, the students behind the mask balance their studies, a social life, and downtime. “I managed homework and being a Purple Poo by keeping a very detailed planner of when events were and when my homework was due,” Jenkins said. there,” Mike Mulkey, a neighbor of the Pautenis’, said about the van’s whereabouts. Members of the Facebook page have been posting speculation about her abandoned van being found in Florida. “I had a hunch that he brought it here (Florida), so I decided to check all his address that were affiliated with him. We found it at his ex-employers,” Thornton said. Senior Forensic Death Investigator for Johnson County and the lead investigator on the Paute-

LWMB gives students the opportunity to get hands-on experience.

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favorite place to be; they get the chance to train, socialize, and just feel better overall. In late 2016, Priest published “After Everybody Else Gave Up”, a book focusing on the story of 14 clients and a team willing to explore beyond conventional training and healing. Priest is hoping that there can be an increase in publicity for the Laboratory and the amazing team and clients within. The book tells the true, real life,

stories of the healing process of each client. The LWMB was started years ago, and Priest says that it’s time to replicate it elsewhere. “We have recently been contacted by an out-of-state university, who is considering replicating the lab at their university,” Priest said. Priest believes that the more people that have access to it, the more people they can make healthier. He hopes the news of this lab will

make other universities ask if they can do the same thing, and Priest says the answer is “yes you can”! The Laboratory for Motor and Wellness Behavior is committed to helping clients see past their disabilities while allowing our Texans to gain hands on experience to know how to take care of our community. To contribute a donation to this experience, visit www.tinyurl. com/TarletonLWMB.

They have support from their Poo family and the people they choose to tell outside of the organization. “I did tell a few people. My best friend/roommate, my boyfriend, who is now my fiancé, and my immediate family,” Jenkins said. “I only told these people because I wanted them to

help me keep my secret from others and I truly trusted them.” “My family knew and two best friends knew so they could cover for me when I couldn’t be at an event as myself,” Hathorne said. She enjoyed the interaction between students and the Poo. “When you are behind

the mask and start talking with students you can tell they love Tarleton just as much as you do…that’s what makes this school so special,” Hathorne said. Jenkins encourages students to be proud and grateful for being at a university like Tarleton. “I hope all Tarleton students know that Tar-

leton State University is a very special place,” Jenkins said. “Not all colleges out there are so student focused and amazing at what they do, so be thankful and be involved on campus! GO TEXANS.”

nis’ case, Gary Morris, confirmed that they did find Jennifer Pautenis’ van in Florida. Before Edward Pautenis was charged with murder, Texan News tried to interview him. However, a deputy sheriff was parked in the front yard of the Pautenis’ residence, and he would not let Texan News interview Edward Pautenis, saying that the house was an “open crime scene.” “He may have had motive, but he gained nothing. He just lost his income, she was the

bread winner. I don’t know how they are getting by,” Mulkey said. Thornton claims that Edward Pautenis had not tried to search for his wife since she went missing. “He is not concerned… For her to disappear in thin air, there’s something definitely wrong,” Thornton said. “Whatever he did to her, he is trying to cover up his tracks.” Hood County Public Information Officer, Lt. Johnny Rose, released a statement on Dec 4, 2019, regarding Edward

Pautenis arrest. “We are currently working a scene in Hood County where human remains are being recovered and may be the remains of Jennifer Pautenis. The remains will be sent to forensic lab for identification and processing for DNA to confirm the identity of the remains,” Rose said. “I’m glad to see this case move forward. My investigators have worked non-stop since Jennifer was reported missing and my hope is, we give Jennifer’s family some type of closure

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Edward Pautenis was arrested on Dec. 4, 2019. Photo courtesy Hood County Sheriff’s Office

on this terrible tragedy,” Hood County Sheriff, Roger Deeds, said.

When: June 21 - July 24, 2020 How much: $1,670 is what you pay to Tarleton for tuition and traveling. You pay for airfare, personal items/souvenirs and food which is about $3,450. Why: “The students really get the experience of learning much more about Korea then they do here, so they get a much better understanding of the country and the culture,” Marcy Tanter, pro-

English and Communications trip to South Korea:

When: June 13 - July 11, 2020 How much: $4,855, everything included Why: “You’re immersed in the language you have no choice but to speak and to try to understand,” Caitlyn Oxford, student, said. Contact: English and Languages Instructor Janet Bell at for more information.

Spanish trip to Burgos, Spain:

When: May 12 - June 1, 2020 How much: $1,960 for housing, breakfast, dinner and transportation while in Japan. Does not include travel to destination, entertainment, tuition and lunch. Airfare would be between $1,200 and $1,500. Tuition would be about $1,000 for three credit hours. Why: “It’s a great way to really experience a different place, a different culture and get a lot out of it,” Jensen Branscombe, assistant professor of history, sociology, and geography, said. Contact: Dr. Jensen Branscombe at or Dr. Atsuko Kawakami at

History and Sociology trip to Osaka, Japan:

Get out of the classroom and into the world with study abroad at Tarleton. Here you will find information about the opportunities Tarleton has for you to learn as you travel the world. The trips Tarleton offers all over the globe provide you with hands-on experience that cannot be taught in a classroom. There is a trip for every major and every student. For more information, you can contact the professors leading the trips.


When: Summer 2020 How much: $3,950, does not include tuition. Why: “There’s not luxury to it, it’s

History and Political Ecology trip to Nepal:

When: March 5 - March 14, 2020 How much: Not available Why: “What we’re going to be doing, we’re visiting some coffee plantations, a lot of wildlife areas, a volcano, some cloud forests so it’s a really good opportunity to apply what we learn, whether it’s in photojournalism, art photography, or our ag photography/livestock photography class, in a real setting,” Associate Professor and Department Head of the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Sciences Wayne Atchley said. Contact: Dr. Wayne Atchley at for more information.

Agriculture and Wildlife Photography trip to Costa Rica:

When: May 18 - May 29, 2020 How much: $1,956, does not include tuition and airfare. Why: “It’s a booming country, it’s growing so fast. So, we’ll take the students to see what the changes [are] over there.,” Professor of Agricultural and Consumer Sciences Mark Yu said. Contact: Dr. Mark Yu at yu@tarleton. edu for more information.

Agricultural Economic trip to China:

When: May 17 - June 2, 2020 How much: $1,800, everything included. Why: “Building relationships with the people in the Czech Republic because they are so happy and their students are so excited,” Cahlen Cheatham, student, said. Contact: Dr. David Frazier at frazier@ for more information.

Agriculture and Consumer Sciences trip to Prague, Czech Republic:

with these indigenous people and doing a service project… so actually giving back a little bit when we go,” Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Consumer Sciences Jacob Manlove said. Contact: Dr. Jacob Manlove at for more information.

Nursing trip to the United Kingdom:

When: May 18 - June 3, 2020 How much: $1,800, not including tuition, meals or airfare. Why: “It’s safe, it’s not like you have to speak a second language, it’s affordable, and it’s a lot of fun,” Associate Professor and Associate Dean of the College of Business Administration Sue Joiner said. Contact: Dr. Sue Joiner at or Dr. Randy McCamey at

Business trip to Ireland:

Why: “This trip is really great because it’s an Honors trip, so it’s like a bunch of like-minded people who are really passionate about their studies,” Grant Nickles, student, said. Contact: Dr. Craig Clifford at for more information.

*includes many different courses for Honors Core and Upper-Level Honors students When: May 31 - July 3, 2020 How much: $2,600, does not include tuition.

Honors trip to Urbino, Italy:

When: May 10 - May 30, 2020 How much: Cost is still being finalized. Why: “It is intraprofessional in nature,” Associate Dean for School of Nursing Sandra Lee said. Contact: Dr. Sandra Lee, slee@tarleton. edu for more information.

Health Science and Human Services trip to Spain:

Foreign Language trip to Berlin, Germany:

When: July 17 - July 27, 2020 How much: $3,150 Why: “Ours is really unique because we are part of the entire A&M system collaborative and it’s never been done before, so throughout the summer each of the A&M system schools take a week and we tag team the entire summer with these kids,” Assistant Professor of Department of Health and Human Performance Amy McKay said. Contact: Amy McKay at, Dr. Stephanie Robertson at, Dr. Trina Geye at g for more information.

Kinesiology and Psychological Sciences trip to Mexico:

When: May 24 - June 14, 2020 How much: $4,800, does not include tuition. When: May 17 - June 13, 2020 How Why: “Anybody who’s interested in much: Not available nursing at all, it is a great experience. It Why: “Berlin is one of the most cosmo- helps inspire their future nursing profespolitan cities in Europe and so you really sion, when they hear about the heroes would get a sense of people from all over that started it and get to stand in the the world not just in that home country. places where the history of the world And German is cool, so if people don’t changed. It’s an inspiring place to go,” know that they should come find out,” Nursing Simulation Lab Supervisor Assistant Professor of English and Lan- Cheryl Hunter said. guages Renee Barlow said. Contact: Cheryl Hunter at chunter@ Contact: Dr. Renee Barlow at rbarlow@ for more information. for more information.

When: Summer 2020 How much: $7,500, does not include tuition. Why: “From a learning standpoint, you see such a wide variety of biodiversity and every single day you’re learning something new, you’re seeing something different,” Klaire Brock, student, said. Contact: Dr. T. Wayne Schwertner at, Dr. Heather Mathewson at, Dr. Darrel Murray at dmurray@tarleton. edu or Dr. Jeffrey Breeden at for more information.

Wildlife Resources trip to Southern Africa:

you’re living with the people in the heat, in the cold water, eating the food that they’re making for us. It’s just a very authentic experience,” Sarah Beth Boggan, student, said. Contact: Dr. Hemanta Kafley at for more information.

When: May 15 - May 26, 2020 How much: $4,119, does not include tuition. Why: “We are going to be bringing

Communication and Education Harry Potter trip to England, Ireland and Wales:

When: May 14 - May 24, 2020 How much: $1,200, does not include tuition. Why: “It’s learning the ways that other countries do business and how we can implement that in our own country,” Maricsa Perez, trip representative, said. Contact: Dr. Drake Mullens in Ft. Worth at or Dr. Miguel Baeza in Ft. Worth at baeza@

Business trip to Chile:

When: March 4 - March 15, 2020 How much: $5,000 Why: “One of the key things that no one from Tarleton has ever done is go to the Dday beaches where General Rudder landed, so that is part of our plan because General Rudder was our football coach at Tarleton before the war and did quite a bit with our department,” Assistant Professor of the Department of Sport Science Jarrod Schenewark said. Contact: Dr. Jarrod Schenewark at or Dr. Kayla Peak at for more information.

History of Sport and Exercise trip to France:

When: March 13 - May 20, 2020 How much: Not available Why: “One of the main highlights in Paris that students will be involved in is they get to see the Eiffel Tower, they get to go to the Louvre and then in Amsterdam they’re going get to go to the Anne Frank museum and house,” Associate Professor and Department Head of Psychological Sciences Jamie Borchardt said. Contact: Dr. Jamie Borchardt at or Dr. Kim Rynearson at for more information.

Psychological Sciences and Curriculum Instruction trip to Paris, France and Amsterdam, The Netherlands:

When: May 2020 How much: $1,430 (based on last year’s cost) Why: “It was the intimacy and the size of the group, but then also the independence it offered and Portugal and Spain the history there and the melding of cultures. It was unbelievable,” Karen Sue

Wildlife Sustainability trip to Iberian Peninsula in Portugal and Spain:

When: May 30 - June 13, 2020 How much: $3,425, does not include tuition. Why: “It’s at a marine institute and resort. We’ll be diving and snorkeling and doing a lot with marine animals,” Associate Professor and Assistant Department Head of Biological Sciences Kristin Herrmann said. Contact: Dr. Kristin Herrmann at, Victoria Chraibi at or Dr. Max Sanderford at for more information.

Tropical Ecology and Evolution trip to Roatán, Honduras:

When: July 14 - August 5, 2020 How much: $3,500, does not include tuition and airfare. Why: “We look at history, we look at art, we look at theater and we interweave mathematics with all of that,” Professor of Mathematics Eileen Faulkenberry said. Contact: Dr. Eileen Faulkenberry at for more information.

History of Mathematics trip to Athens, Greece:

what we are seeing in England, Ireland, and Wales into the Harry Potter world and then talking about how do we use that to connect with other people. Because Harry Potter is such a pop culture icon, so many people identify with it. That is definitely a gateway entrance to developing relationships and opening communication,” Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction Rebekah Miller-Levy said. Contact: Dr. Rebekah Miller-Levy at or Prairie Parnell at for more information.

When: July 2 - August 3, 2020 How much: $6,950 for undergraduate students. $7,200 for graduate students. Everything included. Why: “We’re offering 12 different classes, and we will have somewhere around 100 different students… students that may not be in the same major and may not be able to take the same study abroad course normally can participate in this program [together],” Director of the British Studies Program through Midwestern State University Michael Mills said. Contact: Dr. Michael Mills at michael. or Ms. Johnna Lynn Weigand at johnna.weigand@msutexas. edu.

American Summer School in London: not faculty led

When: Spring semester (January 27 May 15, 2020) or Summer program (mid May - late June, 5 weeks). How much: $9,600 for the spring semester or $2,550 for the summer. W hy: “The Czech Republic is in the middle of Europe, so it’s really easy to travel from Prague to the rest of Europe. You can get on a plane and be in Budapest in 45 minutes, you can be in Barcelona in an hour and a half, Paris in an hour and a half, London in 2 hours so everything is right there,” Tim Smetana, administrative staff at the University of New York in Prague, said. Contact: University of New York in Prague at or go to their website at w for more information.

University of New York in Prague, Czech Republic (UNYP): not faculty led

In addition to study abroad classes led by Tarleton faculty, students can also go for a summer or a semester as exchange students with schools that partner with Tarleton.

Blaize, trip representative, said. Contact: Dr, Jim Muir at for more information.


When: June 3 - June 13, 2020 How much: Not available Why: “Instead of just going over and just doing the normal tourist activities, the last half of our trip we’re going to be

Ag Business, Ecotourism, and Sustainability trip to Peru:

When: June 20 - July 31, 2020 How much: $5,750, tuition not included. Why: “We see all kinds of a variety of different species, we see the whales during their migration, we see various, numerous amounts of birds, and all the marsupials so it’s pretty unique in that regard that we see how marsupials evolved on the continent of Australia,” Associate Professor of Animal Science and Veterinary Technology Kimberly Guay said. Contact: Dr. Kimberly Guay at guay@ for more information.

Animal Science and Vet Tech trip to Australia:

When: June 28 - July 20, 2020 How much: Not available Why: “You’re going to see Medieval architecture, you’re going to see communist architecture, then the vibrancy of this new up and coming democratic based government,” Marcie Reynolds, instructor of government, legal Studies, and philosophy, said. Contact: Dr. Marcie Reynolds at or Dr. Rhonda Dobbs at for more information.

Criminal Justice and Political Science trip to Prague, Czech Republic:

When: June 28 - July 12, 2020 How much: $3,300, tuition not included Why: “We need to be learning a lot more about our environment and understanding the impact of single use plastics, for example, we’re going to do sea turtle conservation,” Social Work Program Department Head Melody Loya said. Contact: Dr. Melody Loya at or Dr. Eric Morrow at morrow@

Social Work and Political Science trip to Costa Rica:

fessor of English and languages, said. Contact: Dr. Marcy Tanter at tanter@ for more information.

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about a year ago and basically it is a map of the world, where you can click on every individual country that is available in that database, and it will tell you country information, cultural information, societal information anything that you can think of…The only other thing we have here available is Mango, so Mango Languages is a comprehensive application we have in our databases for students, staff and faculty at Tarleton to use.” Jacob Martin, staff member at Dick Smith Library, said. For more information, contact the library at (254) 968-9249.


Resources available: Money: You can apply for financial aid to help pay for a study abroad trip. You can also apply for a general Tarleton scholarship and a Study Abroad scholarship. Contact the Financial Aid office for more information. Language: “Some of the resources we have at the library (to) prepare students for their study abroad trip include…the books we have at the library,…Global Road Warrior (which) was introduced to me

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