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Student coasts toward policy change Shauna Banks
One student has initiated a university policy change, that if approved, would allow students to coast down sidewalks to their next class. Nicholas Franda, freshman political science major, has started the process to have Texas Wesleyan policies changed concerning skateboards and rollerblades on campus. Currently, according to the student handbook, the use of skateboards or rollerblades on campus is prohibited. Tyler Mendez, Student Government Association representative, has written a resolution to the policy, which at time of print, was waiting for SGA committee approval before being heard on the floor during an upcoming SGA business meeting. Franda began the process by starting a petition which he got 246 signatures for. “I know some students that signed the petition want more ways of transportation to class,” Mendez said. “Even if it ends up being slower, just to know you have that option to know that you can skateboard to class or rollerblade makes people feel a little more comfortable and not so limited.” The resolution Mendez proposed calls for students to be allowed to skateboard and rollerblade on campus to get to class, but still prohibits the use of skateboards and rollerblades inside residence halls. However, risk of injury has continued to be a big concern for administration at Wesleyan. Cary Poole, dean of students, said in an email that approximately five years ago, the issue of skateboards came up. Poole said the university attorney advised administrators against allowing skateboards on campus due to the risk of liabilities. According to university policies on their
websites, surrounding universities, including the University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Christian University both also prohibit the use of skateboards and rollerblades on campus. “People get hurt, and that’s something that goes along with what you’re doing,” Mendez said. “I could get hurt walking from class. You can get hurt anywhere.” Concern has also risen with injury to people other than those riding the skateboards or rollerblading. Patti Gearhart Turner, J.D., chief of staff at Wesleyan, said risk assessment is a big factor when administrators are making final discussions on these types of policies. “We haven’t designed a campus for skateboarding activity. When you go to a skate park, they’re very much designed for that sport and that activity, so users of skateboards know when they go there, it’s equipped for their skateboard,” Gearhart Turner said. “Whereas here, it’s like—are you going to hit a hole in the street or what the sidewalks are like for transportation like that.” Effects on students with disabilities have also been a concern for administrators at Wesleyan and surrounding universities. “At larger universities where you have students with more disability needs like seeing-eye dogs or motorized wheel chairs, skateboarding could be very disconcerting to a person like that,” Gearhart Turner said. “They’re loud and kind of noisier than a bike.” Gearhart Turner also commends students who take the time to initiate changes at the university they attend. “I understand why some students would be interested in it and go forward with it, and I applaud students for taking the iniErica Estrada | Rambler Staff tiative,” Gearhart Turner said. “I’m a big believer in you learn about how to affect Students are now trying to initiate a university policy change, which would allow skateboards change by engaging in something that in- and rollerblades to be used on campus for transportation to and from classes. Currently, they are both prohibited everywhere on campus, including in residence halls. terests you.”
Skype provides new platform for Wesleyan student tutoring Shauna Banks
Meisa Keivani Najafabadi | Rambler Staff Students take advantage of scuba diving classes offered each year at Texas Wesleyan at the university pool. The kinesiology department is now offering free training to two applicants chosen by staff in the department to hire a new lifeguard for the pool.
Kinesiology department offering free lifeguard training to hire one Alejandra Garcia
Staff members in the department of kinesiology are seeking two students to complete lifeguard training at Wesleyan for free. The two students selected will attend class on two consecutive weekends from approximately 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekends available for this training include Oct. 22, 23, 29 and 30. American Red Cross personnel and staff in the kinesiology department are collaborating to provide the lifeguard training. Gayle Anderson, department of kinesiology secretary, said this is the second time
Wesleyan has partnered with Red Cross. They first collaborated last spring. Anderson said it was a success the first time and Red Cross personnel came to her to ask if she would be interested in collaborating a second time. “They approached us [and] they asked us if we could do it again,” Anderson said. Anderson said this is a good opportunity for students who are interested in becoming lifeguards, especially because fees are waived. Lifeguard training normally costs $175.
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Staff and student tutors in the Academic Success Center have just taken tutoring to a new level at Texas Wesleyan. Having officially launched Sept. 26, tutoring online through Skype is now available to all undergraduate students. To use the service, students must have Internet access and create a free Skype account at skype.com. They do not have to have a webcam, but must have earbuds or headphones to listen with and a microphone to communicate verbally with the tutor stationed at Wesleyan. The initial idea for Skype tutoring originated with Melody Bell Fowler, director of student support programs and services, and Michael Greer, assistant learning director and learning specialist at Wesleyan. “We, and the tutors, had reservations about the effectiveness of online chat or phone-based tutoring,” Greer said. “However, we did want to offer a service
for students who have left campus, are home in the evening, and realize they have questions and need assistance.” The system works with a web camera being pointed at the top of a desk service, where tutors can work with students by writing math problems or suggestions for other subjects for students to see on their screens at home. “We thought if a student at home could see what the tutor is doing and have a conversation, that might be effective,” Greer said. “Skype makes this possible.” Currently there are five tutors involved in offering this service to students—three for writing and two for math. The service is offered from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for math only on Wednesdays, and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays. “I think it will be a great program once students start to try it,” Morgan Kirkpatrick, academic success center tutor, said. “Our long distance students will learn to greatly appreciate the service as well.” Kirkpatrick said the new
service will help close the gap between disadvantaged long distance students at Wesleyan by allowing them to use a service that used to only be available on campus. “Since the majority of Texas Wesleyan students commute, Skype tutoring will be a great convenience for all of those that live 20 minutes, or even more, away from campus whenever they are having trouble with their math or writing,” Kirkpatrick said. Students are also optimistic about the Skype program. “If you have last minute questions, it gives the student an opportunity to ask it then, as opposed to them having to wait for the next day,” Ashley Arriaga, sophomore pre-law major, said. To use the Skype tutoring program, students should register for a Skype account and search for Txwes ASC or txwes.asc and then select and click the arrow next to call and select Skype. “I thought it was simple to use and I got what I needed when I was at home,” a freshman, said. “Calling in to ask for some guidance helped me have more confidence towards taking my test.”
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Wesleyan paid paternity leave not offered of people they are exposed to the most, their immediate Eliana Mijangos family. Sports editor This stage cannot be fully email@example.com completed without both parents having an allotted time with the child. Although a man cannot breast feed his child, he can provide it with a Paid paternity leave should be made different type of interaction that will available to all Wesleyan staff and fac- be vital to a child’s growth and underulty members. standing of society. Wesleyan’s current policy offers With that said, I am assuming the mothers maternity leave for 30 days topic of parental leave to be directed with a steady-paid salary the same as at a two-parent family with one male if they were working. and one female. However, in families Men however, are only allowed to where two mothers or two fathers are file for the Family Medical Leave Act prevalent, I think both of them should which includes 12 weeks of unpaid be allotted time with the new born leave, according to Sarah DeLeon in child as well. the Human Resources Department. I will agree the woman giving birth According to pbs.org, early child- will need the time provided by paid hood development is defined as a leave for physical reasons, but I believe stage of exploration and knowledge. the necessity of two parents in the Children will test their boundaries growth and development process of a and learn to socialize with the group child makes the second parent just as
qualified for paid leave. Next, the cost of a baby cannot be planned. According to walmart.com, the price of baby diapers ranges anywhere from $11.97- $43.90 per package, depending upon the amount and quality of the diaper. Formula costs anywhere from $38.16-$149 and clothes can range from $7-$27. These basic prices don’t include the toys and furniture that come along with a new born and the medical treatments for sensitive immune systems. To imagine a pay cut when the family bill just got raised by an average $1,000 is insane. According to babycenter.com, parental leave is typically a paid session of anywhere from two to six weeks of leave. The University of Texas allows
its employees, male and female, up to 12 weeks of paid leave after child birth according to utexas. edu/policies. I believe that a university as large and successful as UT should be a valid example for Wesleyan. Also, with a tuition estimated at $19,760 for the year by the Texas
Communications skills essential thority the same way you speak to Alejandra Garcia your friends. Campus Feature Editor Students will firstname.lastname@example.org need to advance their skills. The best way to do that is to read literary magazines, In today’s world, commu- academic journals and most nication and persuasion skills importantly their textbooks. are essential everywhere. Take I know textbooks may not a look at any major company always seem interesting but and you will see innovation is they definitely provide imporfundamental. tant information, especially the To succeed in any career, stu- books relating to a student’s dents must be able to commu- major. Textbooks hold infornicate effectively. That means mation students need to abstudents will need to have sorb to be at a scholarly level. strong written and verbal skills. Some students may argue There should be no more that because they are majoring writing at a sixth grade level in degrees nonrelated to comor speaking to a higher au- munication, it is not necessary
for them to learn about methods of communication. However, even the math and science majors will need to write in their careers. They will need to explain their logic and reasoning in every project they work on. Also, there will always be clients, customers and coworkers to communicate with regardless of the career. Take job interviews for example. Interviews are the one thing every college graduate will encounter. It is vital that he or she demonstrates good communication and critical thinking skills to the interviewer. Those written and verbal skills will be the attribute that sets that person apart
from the competition. Resumes, cover letters, proposals, memos and letters of recommendation— these are all just a few examples of communication that graduates will be required to write. You can be certain there will be plenty more to come. It is in every student’s best interest to learn now, to make sure nothing will hold him or her back in the future. So the next time you are assigned a 10-page essay for English composition, instead of complaining about it, use it as a chance to better develop the communication skills you will need for your future.
Wesleyan cashier’s office, the excuse of being unable to afford a paternal leave seems far stretched. All in all, I believe Wesleyan should be a strong advocate for the growth and development of children. Being an entity of education, Wesleyan should therefore endorse paid paternity leave.
Corrections: In the Sept. 28 edition of The Rambler, there are a few things that need to be corrected in the “Graduate programs now accepting applications” story on page three. • The website where graduate admissions programs applications are available is www. applytexas.com. • For the fifth year option in the School of Education, students apply for the program in their junior year. • The Burleson campus does not offer the Nurse Anesthesia or doctorate of Education degree programs. • Graduate student, Travis Smith did not complete his undergraduate at Texas Wesleyan. • Online applications are not offered for the Nurse Anesthesia program. The Rambler regrets these errors. If you have any comments regarding any articles, please email us at email@example.com.
Self-exam for breast cancer detects early, saves life One woman’s decision to do a monthly self-breast exam Rachel Peel saved her life. Almost 11 years Community Editor ago, my mother was doing her firstname.lastname@example.org routine monthly self-breast exam and to her dismay she felt something abnormal. She did not think much about it, but when she checked again Many doctors are now allowing a week later the abnormality their female patients to go two years doubled in size. in between mammograms to check This concerned her, so she made for breast cancer. an appointment with her obstetriI firmly believe this is a step in cian. After several tests, including a the wrong direction. However, mammogram and a biopsy, her docthere are other preventative mea- tor confirmed she had a rare type of sures women should take on their aggressive cancer called inflammaown to catch breast cancer at an tory breast cancer. early stage. According to the National Insti-
The Rambler Shauna Banks, editor-in-chief Eliana Mijangos, sports editor Rachel Peel, community editor Jordan Twine arts & entertainment editor Alejandra Garcia campus feature editor Jonathan Resendez, multimedia editor Meisa Keivani Najafabadi, photo editor Erica Estrada, cartoonist Wendy Moore, faculty adviser Dr. Kay Colley, faculty liaison Frederick Slabach, publisher
tute of Cancer website www.cancer. gov, IBC is a type of cancer in which the cancerous cells block the lymph vessels in the skin of the breast. This type of breast cancer is called “inflammatory” because the breast often looks swollen and red, or “inflamed.” IBC accounts for 1 to 5 percent of all breast cancer cases in the United States and it tends to be diagnosed in younger women compared to nonIBC breast cancer. At the time my mother was diagnosed, little information was known of this type of cancer and the survival rate was very slim. After a year of chemotherapy, radiation and a mastectomy, her
Thumbs up to the IT department and its offering of free computer repair services to students at Wesleyan. In today’s economy, computer repairs and diagnostics are not ever in the budget.
Thumbs up to the Academic Success Center and its new Skype tutoring option. Sometimes we just don’t feel like dragging our tired hineys into the library for help, so this new outlet helps accomplish what we want in the comfort of our PJs at home.
Thumbs up to residence life for its planned activities for residents and other students. We saw students on brooms playing quidditch last week, really covering their seeker and scoring those goals. Somewhere, Harry Potter is giving you a thumbs up too.
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cancer went into remission and she is still alive today. The importance behind her story is not to scare women into doing self-breast exams, but to educate them on how important self-breast exams are. Many women, especially those in their early 20s think breast cancer is a disease for older women. Cancer has no age limit. According to abcnews.com, in April 2009 the youngest person to be diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States was a 10-year-old girl, Hannah PowellAuslam, from Fullerton, Calif. As of October 2009 after several treatments of chemotherapy, Hannah’s cancer was no longer detectable. In June 2009, I found an abnormal
lump in my right breast and immediately I called my doctor and set up an appointment to visit her. Thankfully it was a fibrocystic mass, due to increase consumption of caffeine, but I still cannot express the need enough to my fellow classmates for self-breast exams. If something seems abnormal call your doctor immediately to schedule an appointment. If my mom had not found the lump at an early stage, she probably would not be here today. I would have lost a mother and she would not have been at my high school graduation, beside me on my wedding day or at the birth of her first grandchild.
Thumbs down to the Social Rams’ planning of a supersoaker and water balloon fight for this Saturday. While we appreciate the idea, the thought of being drenched seemed much more appealing in August when each day felt like we were like we were literally in hell.
Thumbs down to the igloo temperatures kept in the business building. We propose that free Wesleyan hoodies be handed out at the door unless we can get a little heat to help us survive the ice storms our classes have become.
Thumbs down to the vending machines all over campus. By the time we get to you each day, all you have left are the mystery meat and cheese stick combos and the peanut butter crackers that we haven’t liked since we were in first grade.
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Walmart Supercenter set to break ground Rachel Peel
This November the City of Fort Worth will break ground on a new 182,000-square-foot Walmart Supercenter. Walmart is the focal point of a new development, Renaissance Square, located off of Highway 287 and the intersection of Berry Street and Mitchell Boulevard—just five blocks from Wesleyan. Diana Lopez, junior exercise science major, does not live on campus but frequently shops at Walmart and said she loves the retail chain. “It would benefit a lot, because I know a lot of people who actually go there,” Lopez said. “Putting a Ross or Marshalls in the center [of Renaissance Square] would be a good thing too.” Andre McEwing, executive director of Southeast Fort Worth Incorporate, said he hopes the new supercenter will revitalize the local community. “You can only imagine how long the community has waited for another development like this one,” McEwing said. “So, that’s an excitement of itself.” McEwing said the new
supercenter should help change the mindset and attitude about the area. “There’s a whole psychology change here,” McEwing said. “It’s not just because of the store.” McEwing said this Walmart will allow young mothers to have a place to buy fresh fruit and a place where they can go and buy affordable clothes for their children. “Children can go shop nearby, they don’t have to just go to convenience stores anymore,” McEwing said. McEwing said the new Walmart will provide the community at least 300-400 new jobs and some of the potential retail stores he is looking at bringing in are Ross, Michaels and QuikTrip among several more. District Eight Fort Worth Councilwoman Kathleen Hicks agrees with McEwing on how the new Walmart will revitalize the community. “The community has been very vocal in their concerns,” Hicks said. “We know that people have to drive a long way just to go to grocery stores, which has been a great concern for me.”
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Hicks said the City of Fort Worth has been engaged in high economic development and is working hard to revitalize the area which has been underserved in the past.
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By completing the training, the students will be certified in lifeguarding, CPR and First Aid. Anderson also said, upon receiving certification, the students can apply for lifeguard jobs in the Sid Richardson Student Center “I’m always looking for good lifeguards,” she said. Anderson said it is important that candidates be strong swimmers. “They test them to make sure
they are strong swimmers,” Anderson said. Selena Stewart, senior music education major and head guard, said she thinks the waived fees are a good idea. “I think it’s a great opportunity for students to take because if they were to get that certification elsewhere, it could be very costly,” she said. Stewart said the hardest part
“We hope that there will be more amenities for people closer to their home,” Hicks said. “We hope that people will look again at Southeast Fort Worth and reinvest into the community.”
of the training is remembering what to do for certain situations because every day, situations are different. Stewart also said it is important students pay attention to all the legal matters taught in the training because there are things a lifeguard can and cannot do. If a lifeguard were to do one of the restricted procedures, they could be held accountable for it in court. Bradden Van Noy, Student Gov-
Hicks said the project began in 2005 when the city found out the land was going to be for sale and she thinks some of the first stores in the new square will be opened as early as next year.
ernment Association president, is a lifeguard at the Sid Richardson Center. He received his certification through the city of Fort Worth’s Park and Community Service last year. Van Noy said lifeguards need to be prepared for any incident. “When there are people in the pool, you need to be scanning the pool, scanning the bottom,” Van Noy said. “You have to be able to jump into action.”
“In many places projects have stopped, or delayed,” Hicks said. “This one is moving full speed ahead and I think that it’s because people recognize that this is really an untapped market.”
Van Noy said he thinks it is a good idea for students to gain their certification through Wesleyan and Red Cross. Van Noy said his advice for candidates is to practice swimming and be knowledgeable about CPR. For more information about the lifeguard training, or to find out how to apply, students can visit Gayle Anderson in the kinesiology department office in the Sid Richardson Center or email her at email@example.com.
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Zoe Hart puts Summer Roberts to shame
Be still my O.C. loving heart. The wait is over. A replacement for the show that jumped the shark in its last season is finally here. Rachel Bilson, most famous for her role as Summer Roberts in the teen drama, The O.C., which aired from 2003-2007, has crossed over into the land of slightly more sophisticated storylines with The CW’s newest drama, Hart of Dixie. With a whole lifetime of events seeming to pass in the first 15 minutes of the show, the writers don’t waste any time putting Dr. Zoe Hart (Bilson) smack dab in the boonies— which is pretty much the only
word that seems to accurately describe the town of Bluebell, Ala. Having graduated from medical school in New York, Zoe has just completed her residency in Manhattan and aspires to be a top heart surgeon. After applying for a fellowship that is sure to boost her career, she is rejected—ironically, for not having a heart. That’s when she finds herself accepting the offer of an old doctor that has been sending her post cards in the mail since seeing the speech she gave at her medical school graduation four years prior. Each post card has offered the same thing—a job, in Bluebell. At first, the whole premise of the show seems forced, but after 15 minutes of back story, flashbacks and seeing how Zoe makes it to Bluebell, the show
takes a sharp turn into the pure guilty pleasure goodness this type of show usually offers. There’s the obvious love interest for Zoe in Bluebell’s golden boy, George Tucker (Scott Porter), whose words drip with southern charm in every scene he mysteriously appears in. Oh but wait—he’s engaged to the town snob, Lemon Breeland (Jamie King). Predictably, it’s already been implied that Lemon and George’s relationship may not be as rosey as they’d like the town to think it is, and that perhaps Lemon isn’t a one-man woman. This will of course make the storyline less homewrecker-esque when Zoe inevitably wins his affections down the line. So, even though Scott Porter is definitely no Adam Brody (ex-Seth on The O.C.), this
CW.com | Courtesy Hart of Dixie premiered at 8 p.m Sept. 26 on the CW. It airs regulary on Mondays at 8 p.m.
show has definitely found a permanent slot on my DVR each week. Airing regularly at 8 p.m. on Mondays—up against other top rated shows like Two and a Half Men and Dancing with The Stars—Hart of Dixie
is the perfect show to record while you’re watching the others in real time, and then watch on a calm evening with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s and a Diet Coke. Boyfriends and husbands beware. There’s not an ounce
of testosterone appeal surging through this drama. Better to park it in another room for Monday night football and let the lady of the house enjoy an hour of hunky southern men and blooming romance.
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Graduate student returns from serving overseas Melissa Bates
In August, Captain Priscilla Shaw (36), a graduate student currently enrolled in the Texas Wesleyan Doctorate of Nurse Anesthesia Practice program, returned to her home in Ewa Beach, Hawaii after serving six months in Iraq. Shaw enrolled in the DNAP program at the end of 2009. The DNAP program is one of a handful of doctorate programs where a majority of students take the courses online only. Shaw’s husband, Cleve, a stay-at-home dad and part-time personal trainer, said Shaw joined an Army reserve unit at age 17, served eight years then took a few years off to finish her bachelor’s degree at California State University in Sacramento. Shaw rejoined active duty in 2003. “Her mom was in the military for a few years when she was young and her dad was in the military—so was her grandfather,” Cleve said. Shaw completed her master’s degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 2008 and later moved to Hawaii. Cleve and Shaw have three children: Nicholas (16), Jacey (11) and Christian (10), who are all very proud of their mother. “They all feel very proud that she serves our country,” Cleve said. “I think it sets a very great example.” Cleve said he supports Shaw in her desire to accomplish her goals in life.
“She’s a very driven, motivated, focused, intense individual,” Cleve said. Cleve said he and Shaw are currently training for an IronMan triathlon while still taking care of their other responsibilities. “She’s doing work fulltime; she’s going to school full time; she’s able to do her training full time and she’s still there for the kids and their stuff,” Cleve said. Cleve said Shaw is very humble about what she has accomplished and he is always amazed by her. “I don’t think she realizes the level at which she has accomplished things,” Cleve said. “To me, she really embodies what leadership is about. I feel very privileged to be a part of her life.” Dr. Lori Dieckmann, assistant professor of pharmacology in the graduate programs of nurse anesthesia, taught two of Shaw’s classes. Dieckmann said Shaw was always an outstanding student and even though Shaw had a lot of responsibilities, she always did well in her classes. “She always meets and exceeds the criteria and she’s just so professional,” Dieckmann said. “I really admire that she was there in Iraq and able to do all her work under those conditions.” Shaw said she is proud to have served with the men and women she helped in Iraq. She said she is in awe of them and their dedication to this country and each other. “They’re just incred-
Priscilla Shaw | Courtesy Captain Priscilla Shaw is a current long distance graduate student in the Texas Wesleyan Doctorate of Nurse Anesthesia Program. She returned to her home in Ewa Beach, Hawaii on August 2011. She was in active duty overseas for six months.
ibly amazing, strong and brave people,” Shaw said. “It’s so humbling and honorable to be able to take care of them.” Shaw said it took a lot of mental effort and fo-
cus for her to be able to complete her coursework while in Iraq. “You have to be very self-motivated and disciplined in order to get your coursework done in a
timely manner,” Shaw said. Shaw said she loves America and is proud to have served her country. “It’s just so worth it because our country is a wonderful place,” Shaw
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Martin Boys and Girls Club and Sycamore Community Center are in need of college students and community members willing to tutor students in math and science, as well as those willing to coach sports teams. Vickie Birdow, Sycamore Community Center supervisor, said the center is going through tough times. “We are in a building phase,” Birdow said. “There are not a whole lot of children really close within walking distance.” Birdow said some of the volunteer opportunities the center has are working with children in a summer day camp, or helping children with homework and various sports programs. “We can always use volunteer assistants with that [Summer Day Camp],” Birdow said. “We try to cram so much in those few weeks; we try to do a lot of things.” During the summer 10week program the center offers a variety of different things. They have field trips, education sessions and the Fort Worth library comes out as well. They also offer a drug program called Too Cool for Drugs and a self-esteem program. Birdow said they try to collect funds for the community center for people to attend some of the events they have going on at the center, but raising funds is not their main focus. Birdow also said many of their teens come from William James Middle School and some of them are high school students that still need after-school assistance. However, the center does not have any elementary school kids that come because most of the elementary schools have
an outside organization that comes into the schools and does an after-school tutoring program. “We are trying not to leave the building,” Birdow said. “But if we have to take our show on the road, we will do that.” Nelson Rowls, late-night supervisor at Sycamore Community Center, said other volunteer opportunities at the center include decorating for special events, ushering during boxing and basketball tournaments. Martin Boys and Girls Club, located at 3123 Ave. G. just a block from Wesleyan in Fort Worth. The club has some of the same programs the community center offers, but Jason Sands, branch director, said what seperates them apart from other organizations is they are cite based. Cite-based means instead of taking their programs to the schools, they pick up children from eight different elementary schools in the area and bring them to their branch. “The last thing that I want, especially for my boys and girls club, is when the kids get to school [Boys and Girls Club] they are not in school again,” Sands said. “That is not what we are about, that’s not what it’s for.” Martin Boys and Girls Club is specifically designed for ages six through 18, and is a prevention program for kids after school. They have character leadership classes, health and life skills classes, an art program, a sports fitness recreation program and an educational program. All of these classes cannot operate without the use of volunteers. “We are changing, because we are finding out the school system is really not getting it done for our babies in a lot of ways,” Sands said. “We are go-
ing more with a measuring of outcomes, seeing how often they are coming to the club, and seeing how our educational component is helping them with their grades in school.” Anabel Morales, junior business marketing major at Wesleyan, has been with the Boys and Girls Club for two years and is currently working at the front desk. Morales said when she first started working for the club, it was a work study opportunity partnered with Wesleyan. Morales worked in the education room when she first began and saw what students were dealing with in the classroom. “All these kids go and ask questions and their teachers are not really helping them with their homework, but they always know what they have to do,” Morales said. “They’re something else.”
Photos by Rachel Peel | Rambler Staff Top: The Martin Boys and Girls Club located at 3123 Ave. G in Fort Worth offers several different volunteer opportunities for Wesleyan students. They are in need of volunteers to assist students with homework during the week in math and science. Bottom: In the Boys and Girls Club game room members can choose to play games after school after homework is done.
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Volleyball slams Huston-Tillotson Eliana Mijangos
Lady Ram volleyball took a 3-0 win over Huston-Tillotson University Oct. 1 in Austin, Texas. “We got the job done,” senior defensive specialist Marissa Rangel said.
The Lady Rams swept HTU in the first set taking a 25-6 win. “We came out aggresive and played well,” head women’s volleyball coach Christi Clawson said. The second set was closer as HTU was able to capitalize on the Lady Ram’s hit-
ting errors, but TWU came out on top with a score of 25-15. The Lady Rams finished off HTU with a 25-21 win in the third set. Angelica Arroyo, sophomore setter, had 25 assists in the match while Stephanie Dominguez, sopho-
more setter, finished with six kills, eight digs and one block assist. “We still need to work on not giving up runs off points and staying aggressive when in the lead to have a strong finish,” Clawson said. Bailey Blunting, fresh-
man middle blocker, and Katherine Rosenbusch, sophomore middle blocker, both led their team with eight kills a piece. “It was a good response to the loss on Friday to UST [St. Thomas University],” Clawson said. The Lady Rams will face
off against the Red River Athletic Conference reigning champions, the University of Texas-Brownsville, at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Sid Richardson Center “We showed up as a team and played together,” Arroyo said. “We started strong and finished strong.”
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Meisa Keivani Najafabadi | Rambler Staff The Lady Rams set up for a block against school rivals Southwest Assemblies of God University at the Sid Richardson Center Sept. 20. The Lady Rams beat the Lions 3-1 and followed their win with a 3-0 sweep of Huston-Tillotson University on Oct. 1.
Ram cross country competes in OSU Jamboree Emma Fradette
The Texas Wesleyan men’s cross country team ran Oct. 1 in Stillwater, Okla. The Rams participated in the Oklahoma State University Jamboree which consisted of 29 teams with the Rams placing 22nd in the 8K run. “I would say the Jamboree course is probably one of the toughest courses I’ve ever run,” Andrew Herrera, junior 8K runner, said. “It’s a course that can give you
nightmares if you’re not ready for it. I try not to think about how hard the course is going to be. The way I see it is, everybody’s running the same course so let’s see who wants it more.” The team time was 2:15:09 for the entire race. Freshman 8K runner Ramiro Garcia was the top runner finishing first for the Rams with a time of 26:27. Herrera was next along with sophomore runner Bobby Hawes who both finished below 27 minutes. Along with Langston Uni-
versity and Bacone College in the Red River Athletic Conference, there were also Division 1 schools competing. Texas Christian University was running along with Oklahoma State University. Division 2 schools competing included Abilene Christian University and Texas A&M UniversityCommerce. Wesleyan out ran the University of North Texas, TCU, and Oral Roberts, all Division 1 schools. “I think we went out there
and competed with some of the best schools in the nation,” Herrera said. “I know we can keep getting better and we will.” Hawes said he felt this was one of the most competitive races he had participated in. “I feel like we all ran good, and competed against some really good teams,” Hawes said. “We are making a name for ourselves. We just keep pushing each other and we are all working right toward our goal to win conference.” Hawes said the Rams
pushed each other to do their best, and the team refused to give up on their teammates. Rebecca Nichols, freshman runner for the Lady Rams, said the girls also joined in on the encouragement. “We chase each other around the course and cheer each other on, but practice wise, we are completely separate,” Nichols said. The men race again Oct. 22 in Kansas to compete in the National Association
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Ram Soccer breaks UTB win streak
Texas Wesleyan men’s soccer team took on the University of Texas at Brownsville Oct. 1 at Martin Field where they took a 1-1 tie on breast cancer awareness day. The men wore pink shirts to warm up and to honor all breast cancer survivors and fighters. Last time the Rams faced off against the Scorpians was the 2007 Red River Athletic Conference championship game which resulted in a 0-0 tie. The Rams suffered from five consecutive calls from officials early in the game, 13-17 minute, including a yellow card on freshman midfielder Javier Padilla.
Ivan Kovacevic, sophomore midfielder, had an assist to T.J. Romaguera, junior midfielder, to bring the score to 1-0 and shut down the officials at the half. The Scorpians couldn’t get through Ram defense in the second half until the 78th minute when they found the goal and tied up the score 1-1. “Although Brownsville is a good team, I believe we are a better team,” Christian Sotelo, senior defense, said. “Unfortunately we let a goal in late. We work hard this week and move forward to Northwood on Thursday.” The Rams and Scorpions went into double overtime with neither team scoring, but this tie broke UT-Brownsville’s
34 conference game winning streak. “UT Brownsville is an elite team in the conference for the past couple of years and for TWU to compete and be winning 1-0 for most of the game shows our level of competitiveness,” senior defense Ricardo Aguilera said. The Scorpians outshot the Rams 29-20 with junior goal keeper Dejan Milosevic having seven saves in the tie. “I think we played very well,” Kovacevic said. “From the start we knew UTB was a very good team, but we came together and did our best.” The Rams will face off against their conference rivals, Northwood University, at 3 p.m. Oct. 6 in Cedar Hill.
a 0-3 deficit to the Lady Rams. Kayla Mason, senior defensive player, put one on the board for Wesleyan scoring off a free kick with seven minutes left in the game. The Scorpions scored one more time to finish the game with a score of 4-1. Mason said she does not think this game will affect how they continue to play. “I think it was a good learning experience for us,” Mason said. “We now know what we have to do for the rest of conference and when we face them again in the tournament in November.” Erin Bethany, senior defensive player, said the team has to continue to work hard and keep the team goals in mind. “We have to get better individually and as a team in order to make it to the conference tournament to face these teams again,” Bethany said.
Mason said giving up is not an option for the Lady Rams. “I think we don’t have a choice but to become closer and work harder after these two loses,” Mason said. “I believe in these girls and we will do everything it takes.” You can catch the Lady Rams again at 1 p.m. on Oct. 6 in Cedar Hill, Texas where they will face off against Northwood University. Scan the barcode below to get more game coverage of Lady Ram soccer from www. ramsports.net
Meisa Keivani Najafabadi | Rambler Staff Ivan Kovavecic, sophomore midfielder, goes for a steal at Martin Field as the Rams face off against the University of Texas at Brownsville. The men tied the game 1-1, ending the 34 conference game winning streak for UTB Oct. 1.
Lady Ram soccer gets stung by scorpions 4-1
The Lady Rams soccer team played against the University of Texas at Brownsville Lady Scorpions Oct. 1 at Martin Field. The Lady Rams took a tough 4-1 loss to the Lady Scorpions. This game brings the Lady Ram record to 10-3 for the season and now 2-2 in the Red River Athletic Conference. The teams were going back and forth throughout the whole first half until the Scorpions scored with 7:53 left in the first half. The first half ended with Wesleyan down 0-1. The Lady Scorpions again scored 38 minutes into the second half making the score 0-2. The Lady Rams received an unintentional hand ball offense allowing the Scorpions to get a penalty kick bringing
Meisa Keivani Najafabadi | Rambler Staff Whitney Chappell (left), senior forward, looks to get a steal and advance the ball in a game against Our Lady of the Lake University Sept. 29 at Martin Field. The Lady Rams took a 1-0 loss against OLLU in double over-time.
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