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April 22, 2009
Ram Jam ‘09
News Briefs Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Theatre Wesleyan’s 55th annual musical, will run April 23-26 at the Thad Smotherman Theatre. Ben Phillips stars as Sweeney Todd, Ashley Moseley plays Mrs. Lovett, and the musical is directed by Elizabeth King Dubberly with musical direction by Aimee Hurst Bozarth. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. April 23-25 and at 2 p.m. April 26. Ticket prices are $12 general admission; $8 Wesleyan faculty and staff; $6 students with ID and seniors 65+. Call the box office at (817) 5314211 or the theater department at (817) 531-5867 for more information. Ticket sales start at 1:30 p.m. on April 14.
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Students gather for Ram Jam festivities April 14 as they welcome the spring weather and anticipate summer break. Students enjoy hot-dogs, hamburgers, potato chips, lemonade and sweet tea under the warm sun (right). Fraternities and sororities also conducted their Greek Week competitions (left). Gamma Sigma Sigma competes in a balance game eventually won by Lambda Theta Alpha. Photo by Tiara Nugent
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Putting Wesleyan on the map
New vice president brings experience, presence and a new vision Eunice Nicholson STAFF WRITER
Although he studied accounting and business at Texas Christian University during the mid ’70s, it was the creative process of advertising that appealed to Chuck Burton. So appealing in fact, that in the middle of his junior year he decided to cram in as many advertising and marketing classes as he could before graduation. It is this appeal and passion for advertising, along with more than 30 years of experience, that united Burton with Texas Wesleyan University. On March 23, Burton assumed his new role as Wesleyan’s assistant vice president for marketing and communications. “Texas Wesleyan is the best kept secret in Fort Worth,” said Dr. Harold Jeffcoat, Wesleyan’s president. “If students don’t know who we are or where we are—they can’t possibly know about Wesleyan University or our programs.” The VP position is a new one, and Jeffcoat
said Burton is here to create brand awareness so prospective students do find out who Wesleyan is and what and what it has to offer. “Burton listens, he has a strong work ethic, he knows Fort Worth, and he has tons of experience,” Jeffcoat said. Right now, Burton is in the “discovery” mode and is getting to know the Wesleyan community. “Every time I walk on campus, I can’t help but notice how peaceful it is,” Burton said. “I see Chuck Burton students walking by, and they are friendly and open, like everyone I’ve met who works here.” In addition to becoming acclimated with Wesleyan’s culture, Burton is busy evaluating the university’s current marketing and communications
products and needs. “I am working on a marketing plan and hope to present an ad campaign that will result in a compelling and professional look in everything we do,” he said. Burton is also developing an ad production process that will help improve the way Wesleyan’s marketing and advertising materials are produced. “[Implementing the process] will take cooperation in getting everyone to participate, but, in time, we will see improvements,” Burton said. Burton’s career began with Fort Worth-based Radio Shack. He was hired out of college to be a copywriter for the consumer electronics division. “When you are a copywriter you really learn how to sell,” Burton said. “You may have only three sentences, so every word has to count.” Although Burton left Fort Worth in 1979 for an opportunity with an advertising agency in Atlanta, Fort Worth, he and his wife, Marine, decided, was where they wanted to raise their family.
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Discount ticket opportunities not all gone Martin Garcia
The Coffee Spot Java Joe’s has announced a growing menu that now includes sandwich and chip combinations. They have also added new frozen drinks including frappes, cremes and smoothies. The Internet is also up for those who wish to connect on the go. Groove X, a night of classical music, spoken word and a jazz and R&B performance will be held at Java Joes from 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. April 24. Reserve seating is available starting at $5 a seat. A two-person table can be reserved for $15 and a four-person table for $25. Call (817) 531-7177 for details.
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“We are the students’ representatives. We should handle this stuff,” Scott said. “We guarantee that things will be in order next year.” Fort Worth Zoo, Six Flags Over Texas, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor and In the mean time, while they ponder their next move to avoid overpaying the State Fair of Texas tickets used to be available for discount purchase for regularly priced tickets, students can at least be enjoying the benefits of through Student Life. A convenient and college-pocket friendly service that discount Texas Rangers tickets. Texas Wesleyan University at Rangers Ballwas previously handled by the coordinator of student activities has jumped park in Arlington, a program that is separate from the program the cashier’s office and SGA will be handling, was recently introduced with discount offership. Discount ticket opportunities haven’t merely disappeared from campus; ings for students, faculty, staff, alumni, family and even friends. Julie Handley, coordinator of new student programs and transfer liaison rather, the sales will eventually be hanat the Academic Success Center, was dled by a different department. previously the event coordinator for the “Student Life will no longer handle Texas Rangers before bringing her labors ticket sales,” said Joslyn Neblett, Stuto Wesleyan. She personally made sure dent Life administrative assistant and that the Wesleyan community could join reservation coordinator. “The cashier’s efforts with the Texas Rangers in this office is picking [the program] up. They discount program. are working with [Student Government “I thought it would be something Association] to finalize what tickets they great to have for the whole campus,” are going to eventually end up selling.” Handley said. Student Life did not provide further As of right now, the program offers details but did say that Marian Ford and discounted prices for select games from the cashier’s office will be their go-to May 2 through Aug. 2. A number of seat people for markdown tickets. levels are available. According to Hand To provide the most convenience, ley, there is a promotion for every game Neblett said, the cashier’s office will that is offered on the slate, so check for work with SGA when handling sales. details. More game days will announced A student will be able to inquire about later down the road—in time for the sectickets and prices at the SGA office in Photo by Martin Garcia ond half of the season. the student union building and pick up Texas Wesleyan University Days at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington To purchase Rangers tickets, papurchased tickets, much like one does at (above) will allow University students, staff, family and friends to enjoy trons can go to www.texasrangers.com/tx a will call window. discounted tickets in nine seating areas throughout the facility. wesleyanu and enter the password txwesu SGA is excited at the opportunity to get to work with the cashier’s office in this endeavor. Chief Justice Heath to be prompted to the special price. Scott shared his eagerness to serve the students in yet another manner. By The program with the Rangers provides a nice alternative to students adding the discount ticket program to their agenda, Scott said that they will while they wait for the resurfacing of the discount program they used to know. be adding another element to the long list of items that SGA plans to offer The cashier’s office and SGA hope to have the system set up soon, representatives said. students starting in the fall of 2009. NEWS EDITOR
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April 22, 2009
Fort Worth, LaGrave Field play host to tax day tea party Rachel Horton WEB EDITOR
Inspired by the actions of our founders in 1773, bloggers in Seattle, Washington, were the first to bring conservatives together for a rally in February to protest government bail-outs. Playing off the phrase “Taxed Enough Already” and using that first successful rally as a test run, grassroots activists quickly organized mass TEA parties across the nation for Tax Day, April 15th. The TEA parties were advertised through every possible media outlet from social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook to e-mails and print media. Few were prepared, however, for the thousands that descended on LaGrave Field in Fort Worth. According to law enforcement estimates, more than 4,000 gathered in there (in the spirit of 1773) to protest taxation without representation. Armed with signs declaring “It's spelled Texas, not taxes” and “Stop Taxing Our Patience,” old and young alike gathered for a good old fashioned TEA party. Texas Wesleyan student Julie Hutson was one of the thousands who came to hear the speakers and voice protest through peaceable assembly. Noting that it was her first political protest, Hutson called it an “amazing experience.” “
Photo by Rachel Horton
More than 4,000 people pack LaGrave Field for Fort Worth’s TEA (Taxed Enough Already) party on tax day, April 15. Passionate citizens brought signs that let their voices be heard. Signs tried to spread messages that read: “stop over-spending” (above), “God Bless Texas” and “Don’t Mess with Texas.” The rally hosted a panel of speakers that included Gov. Rick Perry, Rep. Joe Barton and former Rep. Bill Zedler. Plans for Fort Worth to host a Fourth of July TEA party are underway.
“More youth should be involved in the political process,” she said. The youth were certainly out in force. High school age attendees passed out hundreds of Lipton tea bags between speeches, and people threaded them through button holes, draped them over ears and attached them to signs like so many badges of honor. Parents and grandparents came with children of all ages and the youngsters were a visible presence throughout the rally. The speaker's lineup included Gov. Rick Perry, founder of the Free Market Foundation Kelly Shackelford, college freshman Marshall Sherman, former state Rep. Bill Zedler of Arlington and Rep. Joe Barton. Protesters said that like their colonial forbearers, they felt their voices were not being heard by their government and the speakers echoed the sentiment. But the spirit of the rally was certainly not a tone of defeat. “In the words of Sam Houston, Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression,” Perry said. “We will not stand for our pockets to be picked.” These words, and many others like them, brought the crowd to its feet numerous times with thunderous cheers and applause. The enthusiasm lasted down to the very last speaker. But even then, the party wasn’t over. The last speaker, Tarrant County Republican Party Chair Stephanie Klick, hinted at the possibility of another Fort Worth TEA party in the works for the Fourth of July.
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Burton, from page 1 Two years later they returned home, and their first child was born a month later. Today, they have three children: Natalie, 27, who lives in Lewisville, and Justin, 22, and Kelly, 18, who live at the family’s Fort Worth home. With his return to Fort Worth in 1981, Burton also returned to Radio Shack. This time he was hired as advertising manager of the computer division. Soon he was managing communications for Radio Shack’s cell phones, marketing tools, education division and even producing the company’s annual report. Burton spent 30 years rising up Radio Shack’s corporate ladder as he developed and implemented marketing, advertising and communications strategies for the company. In 2007 he left the company and began working as an independent communications consultant for the Regions Financial Corporation in Birmingham, Ala., and CRM Studios in Irving. Then in February, Burton got a call about the marketing position at Wesleyan. “The job criteria fit me to a T,” he said. “I knew what was needed, and I was excited about the opportunity to increase the awareness of the university.” Burton has a lot to do, but there is no doubt that his passion for the creative process of advertising is alive and well. “I intend to put Wesleyan on the map,” he said.
Students support bill aiming to make American Dream a reality Chuck Fain STAFF WRITER
Immigration. Remember that social issue? With the economy on life-support, the two wars America is involved in and with the election of the first black president in American history, this issue may have taken a backseat in some minds, but those directly affected by this issue, which includes Wesleyan’s own students, are not so forgetful. The Dream Act – which stands for Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors – is a bill currently being considered by the House and Senate, which would take steps to help those productive members of society who are already here gain legal citizen status. According to a Web site about the bill, its language states, “undocumented young people could be eligible for a conditional path to citizenship in exchange for a mandatory two years in higher education or military service. Undocumented young people must also demonstrate good moral character to be eligible for and stay in conditional residency.” The bill, available to the public through thomas.gov, requires that children of illegal immigrants: • Must have entered the United States before the age of 16 • Must have been present in the United States for at least five consecutive years prior to enactment of the bill • Must have graduated from a United States high school or have obtained a GED or have been accepted into an institution of higher education • Must be between the ages of 12 and 35 • Must have good moral character Supporters see the bill as an important step forward in dealing with the United States’ immigration issue, saying that, while it doesn’t solve the problem, it does address the issue of the innocent children who grew up in the United States and consider it their home, only to find out that their pursuit of the American dream is greatly hindered by the sins of their fathers. Congress has been debating similar bills since 2001, the Arizona Republic reports, and with ample bipartisan support, this bill seems likely to pass. Others like “unions, religious leaders and, of course, the country's growing (and voting) immigrant community,” are in support of the bill, Alan Wernick of the NY Daily News reported. “The most important support group could be college and university presidents,” he wrote, prompting interested students to petition their college/university presidents to get involved in the program. Some students have already taken the initiative, such as freshman theater majors Gloria Mendoza and Jovan Rodriguez. “Our first goal is educating and informing people,” Mendoza said, “so that they can get involved and help us pass this bill.” Mendoza stressed the importance of the program, stating the numerous benefits of the bill, such as “a possibility to receive financial aid, loans, work study and certain scholarships… a job to pay for college. But most importantly, once they graduate and have a degree it will actually mean something. There are people now who have been through college that have master’s [degrees] and can't do anything with it because they are illegal.” To help get word out, Medoza and Rodriguez set up a Facebook group, they put up flyers about supporting the bill written in Spanish around the neighborhood, and they joined with LULAC to help raise awareness and support. Also, they have set up a postcard campaign where Medoza, Rodriguez, and their supporters will be sending postcards to all the senators who have not yet voted and/ or who are undecided. The group of 50 will send out 20 post cards each per week, and they have also tried to generate support for the bill by contacting local media outlets. So far, however, they said the Fort Worth Star-Telegram is the only one to respond. If you would like to get involved with the Dream Act, contact Wesleyan’s LULAC chapter, browse The Dream Act’s Facebook page, or call Jovan at (817) 495-2532.
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The School of Business Administration hosted its Delta Mu Delta (ΔMΔ) and Dean’s List ceremony April 15 in the Baker Building. Inductees included Lauren Bell, Henry Crider, Kyle Finkler, Jane Fowler, Michael Gambill, Desirae Gibbs, Yesenia Gomez, George Guo, Michelle Hobbs, Jennifer Lake, Carrie Lyon, Junu Manandhar, Tracy May, Evita Murdock, Ouyi Nabassi, Elizabeth Onderko, Ines Perhoc, Kristen Potter, Zachary Shanklin, Erica D. Smith, Diana Sterrett, Trent Tobola and Daisy Votis. Dr. Thomas Klaasen and Dr. John Shampton were inducted as honorary members. Delta Mu Delta inductees must be juniors, seniors, or graduate students. A GPA of 3.25 is required for junior and senior inductees and a 3.60 for graduate students. All inductees rank in the top 20% of their class.
“Bow hunting on exotic ranches.” “No school.”
No gorilla in my mirror
Sandi Nears Freshman Exercise Science Major
“Making a lot of money.”
Estevan Martinez Freshman Political Science Major
“Going to Mexico.”
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Quality education requires presentation of all facts, theories I
“What are you most looking forward to about summer?”
Justin Payne Junior Political Science Major Melissa Gibson Sophomore English Major
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don’t visit my ancestors at the zoo. account of God speaking the universe – including human life as we know it – into Nope. Never have, never will. instantaneous existence for even the unbeliever must admit it is a popular field of Many kids nowadays may be puzzled at my declaration, thought in society. should it ever reach their little ears. Why, you ask? To present only one side of an issue – especially one typically considered Because our country forbids the teaching of any concept popular today – equals bias (yes, lofty judges, we know where you stand) and of our universe’s construction excepting that of that of the cannot be thorough education. Would we teach the history surrounding World War big-bang theory. II without presenting the mentality, actions and goals of both the Germans and Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution proposes that Americans? Indeed not, for to astutely humans evolved from animal species over millions of years. formulate your informed personal opinion Creationism states that God fully created humans and the on the war, you must hold knowledge of Tiara planet within seven days. For decades lawful rule has dictated both sides. that evolution must only be taught as scientific fact within our Conservatives may criticize me for Nugent nation’s public schools. advocating the teaching of both theories, In addition, our free country’s highest law of the land, the Supreme Court, but perhaps they forget that a set of beliefs deemed it unconstitutional to restrict an educator from explicating evolution. – not matter what their nature is – cannot Yet all the while, creationism may never be taught as scientific fact under and should not be forced upon any person. any circumstances. Rather, if mentioned at all in the education sphere, it is in a Doing so will not genuinely make him or comparative religion course as an example of how a religion faction’s beliefs. Fair? her believe anyway. The effort is futile. At long last, the noble state of Texas is about to pummel a small break through, Equal presentation allows for the according to Youth Radio. word of God to speak to and move those The Texas Board of Education recently voted 13-2 in favor of language that who are open to rational, researched, will be printed substantiated evidence (for all that does in textbooks exist) . . . and God’s messages. beginning Whether evolutionists, creationists in 2011 and or something in-between, each and every remain in individual has the same evidence and the student and same facts from which to draw his or her teacher hands own conclusion. Think about it. Everyone for 10 years. sees the same stars, the same fossil The layers, the same animals, the same plants, etc. What decides how we amendment interpret those facts are our presuppositions – the lenses we see and mandates that judge the world through. These, in turn, affect our conclusions. “In all fields As renowned author and lecturer Ken Ham insists, students (and of science, all people period) must learn to elucidate not what they believe, but analyze, why they believe what they believe. evaluate, On the national front, the most recent progress in objective and critique teaching dates back to 2000 when disclaimers regarding the theory of scientific evolution as the only explanation for the development of humankind explanations by were found to be unconstitutional. using empirical In Freiler v. Tangipahoa Parish Board of Education (2000), the evidence, Supreme Court struck down a school board rule requiring teachers logical to read a disclaimer that said that the teaching of evolution is “not Photos by Tiara Nugent reasoning, and intended to influence or dissuade the Biblical version of Creation or experimental any other concept.” observation and testing, including examining all sides of scientific evidence of those That’s a nice step, long overdue though it may be. It’s not good enough, explanations so as to encourage critical thinking by the students.” however, so Supreme Court, please do not stay there. I say it’s about time. America needs to catch up to Texas. Stepping aside from my staunch belief in intelligent design (another term Tiara Nugent is a senior English major and is editor-in-chief for The Rambler. for creationism), I still believe that school children should be taught the Biblical
the best of selling Let’s talk about texts, baby Make back your old textbooks
n a matter of weeks, classes will be over, finals will be completed, and you will be left with a big stack of textbooks, most of which you will probably never touch again. You could go the sophisticated route and keep them on your maple bookshelf Ryan in your study in order to strike up conversations about Authier such topics as “Medieval and Renaissance Literature,” “Roman Art: Romulus to Constantine” or the ever so exotic “Math.” But odds are you will be selling back those books in order to pocket some change for summer travels. Here is the best way to break even and possibly even make a profit of your texts: So you have your BOOKS and you need a STORE to sell them back too? Aha! The bookstore. Ah yes, the university bookstore. This is probably where you bought your books, so it’s logical to sell them back here for the best deal, right? Not so much. In fact, this is most likely your worst option. Yes, it is easy. And yes, it is close. But knowing this, the bookstore buys back books for quite possibly the lowest possible price imaginable, usually around 30 to 40 percent of the original purchase price. Not to mention the fact that the original price was probably ridiculously high to begin with. Understand the bookstore itself does not set the prices, so don’t direct your anger towards them. Also understand that it is your money, so you are given the choice. College Algebra: Ratti Original Purchase Price (New): $107.00
Buyback price: About $40 There are some other things to keep in mind So what other options are out there? Many when selling or selling back textbooks. For college students like to purchase books on sites instance, there is always the issue with certain like Amazon and Half.com, but few venture to editions. Editors and writers are constantly actually selling their texts this way. Honestly, this putting out new editions of their texts, and it is probably the best choice. seems to bite students in the butt year after year. Now in my eighth semester at Wesleyan, every Don’t fret. textbook I have ever purchased and sold has been Granted, our bookstore refuses to buy back this way. By cutting out the middle man known any old edition of texts, but there is always as “business,” you get the freedom to buy books a buyer somewhere. Check with other local at significantly discounted prices and sell them at universities or sell online. Somebody will buy your own asking price. your book, but if it’s an old edition, you won’t be Granted, you getting the same price for it. must pay for On that same note, there are professors If you’re like my grandmother shipping, but this on our campus who prefer to use dated and just don’t trust the Internet, usually costs only editions. This is actually a great way to there is always the old-fashabout $3 or $4. ioned way of just selling books make money. If a professor decides to use With this option, an old edition (often times Spanish, history to your friends. you, an individual and math classes will to this), the bookstore seller, are selling will buy back and sell the book at the to an individual buyer. The transaction is simple, original price. and, as of now, Amazon and Half (a subsidiary of You can also buy outdated editions online for eBay) only take a very small percentage from the dirt cheap, even $1 for some texts. (Hmmm … final sale. Compared to the bookstore, however, why not buy a couple online and sell them back to you are still making a much larger gain. the bookstore and turn a bit of a profit? Business College Algebra: Ratti 101.) Original Purchase Price (New): $72 Lastly, don’t be too quick to sell away all of (average) those texts. Looking back, I regret not keeping Buyback price: $65 (average) a handful of books, especially those related to If you’re like my grandmother and just my major. Cash is nice, but the goal of college is don’t trust the Internet, there is always the erudition, so think twice about sending all your old-fashioned way of just selling books to textbooks down the line. Hang on to the ones you your friends. This option guarantees a cash-toeither actually enjoyed reading, or that you might hand transaction, but on a small campus, your need to reference in the future. purchasing population is pretty limited. However, if you know somebody who needs it, you may as Ryan Authier is a senior psychology major and is entertainment editor for The Rambler. well sell it.
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Thumbs down to the insects swarming the bushes lining Sid Richardson.
Thumbs down to the Stella Coke machine. The labels aren’t reflecting the correct products.
Thumbs up to Lisa Wilks for going out of her way to help students.
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April 22, 2009
New service group targets community Rachel Horton WEB EDITOR
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Chicken or beef? Texas Wesleyan’s chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) hosted an enchilada sale April 16 to benefit the National Foundation for Transplants.
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Circle K International is among the largest collegiate service organizations in the world, and now, thanks to the collaborative efforts of several in the Texas Wesleyan community, Wesleyan has its own chapter. Overall, the Circle K Web site claims a membership of more than 11,000 collegians on more than 500 campuses worldwide. Here at Wesleyan, the fledgling club has just reached the necessary membership to obtain the charter for a chapter on campus and will receive the official international charter in October 2009. With its recent official recognition from Student Government Association, Circle K has taken its place in the Wesleyan community. Though small, Circle K club members have been involved in a flurry of activities ranging from reading to elementary school children every Thursday, to hosting events in collaboration with other Circle K clubs. For freshman finance and marketing double major Melinda Pospichal, beginning a Circle K chapter at Texas Wesleyan University is just the return on the investment that Kiwanis, Circle K’s parent organization, made in her life through Key Club in high school. “I was originally involved with Key Club in high school, and I enjoyed the opportunity to make a difference in the community,” she said. “I really loved what it stood for.” Pospichal, now president of the Wesleyan chapter, is one the students who worked diligently for a Circle K chapter on campus. The events and activities place the Circle K tenets of leadership, fellowship and service to the community at the center. Activities are the brainchildren of the students involved. Jasmun Askew, vice-president of the chapter, came up with the idea of reading to elementary school children on Thursday afternoons. The group is called “Ram Readers” and has been active at Contrares Elementary School since the inauguration of the activity. Circle K is responsible for the boxes that are currently sprinkled on campus to collect old magazines to benefit JPS hospitals. Circle K also collaborates with chapters at other schools to have a maximum impact on the community. The Texas Women’s University chapter recently met with the Wesleyan chapter for fellowship, food and the opportunity to put care packets together for single mothers in Africa. No problem is too big or too small, according to the Circle K Web site, and many agree. John Gonzales, president of the Kiwanis Club and head of Wesleyan’s Community Outreach program, sees Circle K as a positive development for the campus and its surrounding community. “Circle K offers a variety of benefits for its members, but the lasting impact it leaves on the community is the greatest possible benefit from this society.” Photo by Tiara Nugent
Circle K’s current service effort involves collecting magazines for the JPS Network.
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“You can motivate by fear, and you can motivate by reward. But both those methods are only temporary. The only lasting thing is self motivation.” - Homer Rice American Football Coach
El Campeón de Pocas Palabras In any language, soft-spoken golfer Armando Villarrel is considered a top-tier talent
April 23 *3 p.m. Baseball vs. Southwestern Assemblies of God *5 p.m. Baseball vs. Southwestern Assemblies of God April 24 *6 p.m. Baseball vs. Southwestern Assemblies of God April 25 *Noon Softball vs. University of the Southwest April 26 3 p.m. Baseball @ Oklahoma City April 27 TBA Golf @ NAIA National Qualifer April 28 TBA Golf @ NAIA National Qualifer May 1-3 TBA Softball @ Red River Conference Tournament May 1-4 TBA Baseball @ Red River Conference Tournament
Poche named pitcher of the week April 13 Rams pitcher Cody Poche was named conference pitcher of the week for the period of April 6-12. The senior New Orleans product claimed a victory against conference frontrunner Northwood University. He allowed one unearned run while spreading five hits over seven innings and striking out nine hitters. Softball splits with Eagles April 11 The softball team split a doubleheader with Oklahoma Christian University taking game one 3-1 before falling 2-1 in game two. Sophomore Ashley Tarrant picked up the pitching win after allowing one run on five hits while striking out nine in seven innings pitched. Sophomore catcher Haley Butler went 2-for-3 with two RBI’s and a run scored. Arenas places third April 7 The Gaillardia Intercollegiate golf tournament concluded with Wesleyan shooting a final round team score of 311 to finish in a tie for seventh place. Senior Carlos Arenas turned in a 72 to mark the second best round of the tournament and tie for third in the field of 63 golfers.
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No. 9 Wildcats top Rams April 15 The baseball team suffered an 8-3 loss at NCAA Division II No. 9 ranked Abilene Christian University. Junior outfielder Ryan Jacobi went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
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As a freshman last season Armando Villarreal played in 11 varsity events and was named second-team All-American. Now as a sophomore the Mexico native has led the golf team to a second place finish at the UST Texas Intercollegiate Tournament and a tie for seventh at the Gaillardia Intercollegiate. The team will attempt to qualify for NAIA Nationals April 27-28.
On the western coast of Mexico, Armando Villarreal began his journey as an aspiring golfer that has brought him on an exciting adventure and eventually led him to Texas Wesleyan University. Fresh upon his arrival last year, Villarreal established himself as a top player not only at Wesleyan, but in the nation. Now he is delivering an encore performance as a top sophomore. A successful freshman campaign left Villarreal with a tournament victory, rare for a freshman, as well as All-American honors. “The fact that Armando was among the top five freshmen in the nation speaks for itself,” golf coach Kevin Millikan said. “Also, to be honored by the Golf Coaches Association of America is a tremendous feat.” Villarreal achieved his first college victory at the 2008 Red River Athletic Conference Championship. His tremendous play throughout the season earned Villarreal a second team All-American nod and selection to the All-Freshman squad which consists of the top newcomers in the country. “In high school I was all-region and all-state,” said Villarreal. “But when I made All-American my freshman year, I felt it was a huge accomplishment and a really cool experience.” Villarreal’s ascent began at age six when he was introduced to the game of golf by his father. He first enjoyed going to the golf course because his dad let him drive the golf cart. His many trips to the course for the fun of driving carts bread a genuine interest in the sport. Very early on he began taking lessons from an instructor at his home course. Villarreal was soon winning tournaments by huge margins and by the time he was in the ninth grade, he knew he needed better competition. His search for such competition and superior and practice facilities led him to Tucson, Ariz., where he left home behind and enrolled at Rincon High School. There, more competitive tournaments and a variety of courses were available, but a new set of challenges awaited. Villarreal’s sophomore year was a struggle trying to perfect his English and adjust to American school. At the end of his first quarter, Villarreal found himself ineligible to participate in the regional and state competitions due to a low grade point average. “It was difficult learning English, taking classes and practicing all at the same time,” said Villarreal. “It was a hard learning experience.” By his senior year, Villarreal improved both his academics and golf game and he set the goal to win multiple tournaments and earn a college scholarship. A friend who was also a Spanish-speaking registrar offered the native Mexican help whenever he needed it, and their connection ended up playing a part in making the latter of those goals become a reality. After scoring an Arizona high school golf championship, Villarreal had to choose where to attend college and his friend introduced him to Tony Martinez, a prominent Metroplex coach. Martinez introduced Armando to Texas Wesleyan University because he thought it would be a good fit. After trying out for the team and gaining the attention of Millikan, Armando found himself signing for the scholarship he had been working toward for so long. “Armando brings a great level of maturity to the team, especially for an underclassman,” Millikan said. “He contributes to the team not only through his play but also through his leadership qualities.” Often a man of few words, Armando allows his game to speak for itself. “I want to win more college tournaments and make All-American every year,” said Villarreal. “I want to become one of the best players in the country.”
Fairest of the fairways
Liking the weather? Visit these local links that are just a lob wedge from campus Gasten Schoonover PHOTO EDITOR
Golf: it’s a game you can never win. All you can do is try your best. But, if your ball is in the rough or on the green, it is still a great game that we can all have a lot of fun at. Thomas Bosco of the Texas Wesleyan golf team has been playing the game for 15 years. A freshman marketing and management major from Milan, Italy, Bosco knows his stuff. He has won eight national tournaments and 20 regional tournaments in Italy, placed third at the International Championships in Vienna, Austria in 2006 and is a two-time champion of his home course in Italy. Bosco recently provided some input on local courses, so read up and you might just pull a couple shots off your score. No. 4 on his list of nearby greens is Polytechnic’s hidden jewel, Sycamore Creek. Located just south of Lancaster on Highway 287, this course is, Thomas described in one word, “fun!” Obscenely close to campus and ridiculously cheap (between $6 to $10 depending on when you go) Sycamore Creek is a great little course. From one to 10, Bosco said Sycamore scores a “6 as a golf course, but 8 in fun factor, especially if you play with a friend.” This is an average condition golf course with interestingly laid out holes, small greens and is great to practice on. “I was really fascinated by the course layout,” said Bosco. “This course has nine holes, but two tee boxes for each to give 18. In Europe, we have nothing like this; I’ve never seen it before!” Rockwood Golf Course at 1851 Jacksboro Highway comes in at No. 3 on Bosco’s list. “This is a really short golf course, really short,” he said. Despite the brevity of the holes, it is a wide-open course and a great course for golfers of all skill levels, especially beginners. It boasts easy-toread greens and is pretty cheap to play (between $8 and $15). “This is a really good course for golfers with more experience,” said Bosco. “It’s easy to score here; it really builds your confidence.” Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course is No. 2 on his list. It too is a short course and has flat, medium sized greens and average fairways. It’s decently priced ($10-$17), hilly and physically challenging. This is “a straightforward course that anyone can play.” Finally, coming in at No. 1 is the Links at Waterchase. “This is a great, enjoyable course,” said Bosco. “It is my favorite public course.”
This is a challenging and long course with many breaks on the greens and a lot of water that comes into play. “The front 9’s fairways are very tight, you really have to place your shots, but when you get to the back 9 the holes start to open up,” Bosco said. One of your main opponents on this course is going to be the wind. If the wind stirs up this course makes for a pretty tough play. This course is
Local Golf Courses: Sycamore Creek 287 and Vickery Street (817) 535-7241 Meadowbrook 1815 Jenson Road (817) 457-4616 Rockwood 1851 Jacksboro Highway (817) 624-8259 Z. Boaz 3200 Lackland Road (817) 738-6287 Pecan Valley (817) 249-1845 The Links at Waterchase (817) 861-4653 Whitestone Golf Club (817) 249-9996 Courtesy of dreamstime.com
suggested for intermediate golfers—those who are new to the sport might find the holes here a little too challenging. Regardless of the course you choose to play, hopefully these tips will help you to get some great practice in and let you have some fun while you do it.
April 22, 2009
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The Demon Barber of Wesleyan Street Theatre Wesleyan presents its 55th annual spring musical
Chuck Fain STAFF WRITER Wesleyan’s 55th annual musical is coming to campus April 23rd, and this year’s performance is promised to be a cut above the rest. Theatre Wesleyan will present Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Directed by adjunct professor of theatre voice Elizabeth King-Dubberly, this dark tale of murder and revenge in industrial revolution-era London aims to have us gasping in horror and astonishment. Sweeney Todd (senior theater major Ben Phillips) has returned to London from a 15-year prison sentence in Australia. Todd, a barber in a former life known as Benjamin Barker, finds lodging in his old apartment above Mrs. Lovett’s Pie Shop, featuring the worst pies in London. Todd is astonished to find out through Mrs. Lovett (junior theater major Ashley Moseley) that the man who falsely imprisoned him, Judge Turpin (freshman theater major Major Attaway) also raped his wife, driving her to suicide, and took his infant child as his ward. Todd’s daughter Johanna (senior theater major Whitney Park) has an admirer in Anthony (junior theater major Chase Burnett), an optimistic, naive young man who is kept at bay by Judge Turpin and his henchman Beadle Bamford (senior theater major Robert Carroll). Todd vows revenge on Judge Turpin, and he and Mrs. Lovett concoct a plan. Later, Todd is challenged by a rival barber, Adolfo Pirelli (freshman theater major Parker Fitzgerald), who is a former apprentice of Todd when he was known as Benjamin Barker. After threatening to expose Todd’s true identity, which would get him banished from London, Todd kills Pirelli and hides his body. Pirelli’s young apprentice Toby (freshman theater major Jeremy Jackson) is taken in by Mrs. Lovett.
After the Judge escapes Todd’s grasp, he goes on a murderous rampage, killing anyone who might sit in his barber chair. Todd and Mrs. Lovett begin to use the dead bodies as the main ingredient in her now famous meat pies. Her pie shop is a rousing success, much to the dismay of a pestering beggar woman (junior theater major AJ Fenton). Todd trims more than just beards on his murderous mission to exact his revenge, urged on by the morally corrupt Mrs. Lovett. The play escalates to a shocking climax, warning others not to let revenge consume their lives. Theatre Wesleyan has a proud tradition of putting on topnotch musical productions every year. Sweeney Todd will be no exception. With it’s astounding and inventive stage design, catchy musical numbers and riveting talent on stage, this year’s musical promises to be an event to die for. Take note, this will be your last chance to see many of these talented actors grace the Thad Smotherman stage, as a good many of the cast are graduating seniors. This is a chance to see this delightfully dark musical and to see some of Wesleyan’s finest before they move on to stardom. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street will show at 7:30 p.m. April 23, 24 and 25. A 2 p.m. matinee will show April 26. As part of Alumni Weekend, note that tickets for the April 25 performance can only be purchased through the alumni office by calling (817) 531-4404. Ticket prices vary for this date, so contact the alumni office for more information. Otherwise, tickets are $12 general admission, $8 for Wesleyan faculty and staff and $6 for all students with ID and seniors 65 and up. The box office will open one hour before curtain on performance days.
Photo by Michael Kreitzinger
Senior theater major Whitney Park stars as Johanna, daughter of Sweeney Todd, in the spring production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
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Wesleyan students have two opportunities at artistic expression as the campus hosts consecutive open mic events: 1:15 p.m. April 23 in the Carter Conference Room and 6:30 p.m. April 24 in the Coffee X Spot at Java Joe’s. Thursday’s event is hosted by Aries, a Journal of Creative Expression. Aries’ hosts two open mic events each semester; this semester’s commemorates National Poetry Month. Students are welcome to perform original works or their favorite classics. Door prizes and finger foods will be available. Friday’s event will showcase classical music, spoken word and jazz/R&B sections and will feature Java Joe’s new extended menu. Reserved seating is available. Contact the Coffee X Spot for more details.
• Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: Thad Smotherman Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Off Campus: • Black Label Society: Palladium Ballroom, 6:30 p.m.
• Baptist Student Ministries: Carter Conference Room, noon. Free lunch served
• Methodist Student Movement: Poly UMC, 12:15 p.m. Free lunch served.
• Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: Thad Smotherman Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
• Driving Miss Daisy: Casa Manana, 7:30 p.m.
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nce every few years, amidst the backdrop of synthetic muck that Hollywood tends to produce, comes a film that makes one wish they had an extra thumb or a few more stars to dole out. A film that allures multiple dimensions of human emotion. A film that could easily be transposed from the reel to the real. Adventureland is that film. Written and directed by Greg Mottola (Superbad, Arrested Development), Adventureland has been prematurely tagged as yet another teen sex romp flick, but this could not be further from the truth. Starring Jesse Eisenberg (The Village, The Education of Charlie Banks) Ryan and rising star Kristen Stewart (Jumper, Twilight), the story is both Authier genuine and genius. Down on his luck James Brennan (Eisenberg) is forced to return home for the summer after college graduation and find work in order to fund his graduate schooling at Columbia. Unfortunately, demand is low for a recent college grad with no work experience, and the only place that will hire is the shabby town theme park, Adventureland. Here, working as a games booth attendant, James finds love in Em (Stewart), who, despite being completely screwed up, is captivating all the same. Eisenberg’s awkward quirkiness and Stewart’s seemingly untainted beauty and perspicacious stare just seem to fit on screen. Set in 1987, Adventureland radiates with the Regan-era pothead vibe: Ringer T’s, big hair and acid-washed jeans all make guest appearances. Drifting from the Superbad tradition where all character interaction must be phallic in nature, Adventureland’s characters seem much more concerned with music and literature than they are with getting drunk and getting laid. Accompanying James and Em at the theme park are cliché ’80s nerd Joel (Martin Starr; Knocked Up, Walk Hard), complete with briar pipe and Russian literature, stuck-in-high school Tommy Frigo (Matt Bush; M.O.N.Y.), self proclaimed “musician” Mike Connell (Ryan Reynolds; Waiting, Just Friends), and the ever fun duo of Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) playing the park’s management team of Bobby and Paulette. The cast is undeniably entertaining, providing an immense amount of humor to accompany the love interests’ primary plot. Vaulting past the high school humor of Superbad, Mottola appeals to a much more mature audience with Adventureland, while still keeping the laughs coming. Although the plot may feel a bit familiar for fans of films like Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, it’s only recycled on script, because it’s recycled in reality to all of us – just change the back drop. The story will take you back to the times when summer love looked like a reality, and you dreaded the coming of September as much as you did your next birthday. Above all things, no matter what your age, Adventureland will make you feel young again. Ryan Authier is a senior psychology major and is entertainment editor for The Rambler.
• Open Mic Night: Java Joe’s, 6:30 p.m. • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: Thad Smotherman Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Weekly Movie Releases: Fighting; Obsessed; The Soloist
• Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: Thad Smotherman Theatre, 2 p.m.
• 3PR Banquet: Louella Baker Martin Pavilion, 6:30 p.m.
• Wesleyan Chorale Concert: Hurst United Methodist Church, 7:30 p.m.
• Art in the Square: Southlake Town Square, 11 a.m.
• Mates of State: Granada Theater, 8 p.m.
Weekly DVD Releases: Bride Wars; The Uninvited; What Doesn’t Kill You Courtesy of Miramax
Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart share the screen in the all-grown-up teen love story Adventureland.