October 20, 2010
Vol. 93 • No. 20
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Lady Rams vow to stop losing once team is healthy.
Chuck dishes out costume advice for the Monster Bash.
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Dora’s provider will not change Shauna Banks
Improvement in residential food service and variety are on the Student Government Association and administrators’ plate this semester. The SGA passed a bill Oct. 12 allotting money for a bi-monthly election, in which students can elect their favorite employee in Dora Roberts Dining Hall, known as Dora’s. Slated
to begin the first week in November, the recognized employees will receive a framed certificate and recognition in the entryway to Dora’s. “The goal of this is to make Dora’s employees feel more a part of the Wesleyan community instead of doing a job,” said Melissa McDuffee, head of SGA’s food committee. “People who take pride in their work and take pride in their jobs tend to work harder. That’s kind of the goal of what
this is about.” Kayla Walton, junior exercise science major, said she noted changes at Dora’s. “They’re trying to improve and you can notice it,” she said. Other issues involving Dora’s included a response to student suggestions, with another $1,000 bill passed to put televisions and a clock inside. Although changes are coming, McDuffee said the SGA was not
pushing for a switch in food service. “Any type of food service we go to, we’re going to be getting essentially the same thing,” McDuffee said. Other ideas presented to the food committee include pushes to make nutritional label information for food, and making Dora’s more accessible to those who dine there. “As chair, we have been discussing new ways we want to take this food committee, because in the past it has
always been used to decide what food will be at our SGA meetings, which we no longer do,” McDuffee said. “So rather it’s what our new direction is, and what we can we be doing.” Debbie Cavitt, director of purchasing, said one of the issues the university is currently addressing with the current food service provider Aramark is a lack of food variety.
Wesleyan alumnus returns to read
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New group offers help, strengthens academia Melissa Bates
Jonathan Resendez | Rambler Staff
Wesleyan alumnus Keith Walker returned to Wesleyan after more than 10 years to read from his urban romance and suspense novels Fixin Tyrone’ and How to Kill Your Husband. Walker’s next book, A Good Dude, hits the shelves Nov. 2. Jonathan Resendez
The “master of romantic suspense and urban fiction” made an appearance in his old stomping grounds last week. A crowd of about 20 people gath-
ered Oct. 14 in the Baker Building to hear published author and alumnus Keith Thomas Walker read from his books Fixin Tyrone’ and How to Kill Your Husband. Genesis Press, the largest privately-owned AfricanAmerican publisher in the U.S. according to its website, has published
15,000 copies of Walker’s books. Walker received a bachelor’s degree in English from Wesleyan in 2000, which was also the last time he set foot on university grounds. “Coming through here was really nostalgic, it brought back a lot of fond memories,” Walker said. “I
love this campus. All of you guys, you’re in a great place.” Walker grew up within walking distance of the university in Polytechnic Heights. He cites Stephen King as the first author that cap-
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An organization aimed at improving lives and strengthening academic programs is now available. On Oct. 13, Wesleyan’s Domestic Victims Advocates group held its first meeting in Carter Conference Room in the SUB. About two dozen students, faculty and staff attended to hear Amy Suffield, community education specialist with The Women’s Center, speak about the services the center provides such as victim services. “We see family go through the problems of domestic violence, and I thought we, as students, could contribute in a positive way by spreading the word about the ways to get the help needed,” said Ray Cox, senior criminal justice major and president of DVA. There is a center located in Fort Worth and one in Arlington where victims of abuse can receive counseling, and women can get employment and education help. “Just like all aspects of society, colleges are not immune from these problems, whether it’s date rape, spousal abuse or child abuse,” Suffield said. Cox said he hopes to have guest speakers attend meetings, as well as hold bake sales and raffles. He also wants to form a line of communication
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Chemistry week coming to campus
Program suffering, mentors lacking
The Mentor Program is experiencing a shortage of mentors due to the amount of Wesleyan freshman and transfer students requesting the program. Blair Moore, coordinator of new student programs and transfer liaison, said only 74 mentors are available to more than 150 mentees requesting the program. “The problem is that the mentor’s are being assigned more than one mentee, and that could affect how good of a mentor they are, and how available they are if they have more than one mentee,” she said. Freshmen were exposed to the mentor program in their academic success experience classes. Both transfer students and freshmen are encouraged to
The American Chemistry Society hosted “Behind the Scenes with Chemistry” Oct. 19 in the mall to start NaPhoto Illustration by Meisa tional Chemistry Week. The event introduced stu- Keivani Najafabadi dents to the fundamentals of chemistry and the American permit him to do it here. Chemical Society. “The purpose of this event “There will be fire, there is to show others the chemiswill be explosions,” said New- try around us, and that it can ton Hilliard associate profes- be a lot more fun than it can sor of chemistry. “We will be seem,” said Diana Gerrard, demonstrating a wide variety junior bio-chemistry major of [chemical] reactions, most and president of the Wesleyof them are high energy reac- an chapter of the American tions.” Chemical Society. Hilliard said he has perThirteen ACS members formed chemical shows for worked on a variety of dis22 years. plays for the event from the Hilliard once built fire- beginning of the semester. works in New Mexico for the chemistry, page 3 event, but Texas law won’t
request a mentor, but it’s voluntary. “One of the biggest benefits of a mentor is we are guiding the freshman,” said Trent Sandles, sophomore English with secondary certification major and mentor. Sandles said mentors assist mentees with everyday tasks and tutoring depending upon the subject. Mentors also guide mentees and make sure they’re on the right path since their first year can be tough, he said. Moore said she believes the shortness of mentors is related to potential mentors being overwhelmed with classes or work and feel that another responsibility will be too much, or that they have had a bad experience before when their mentees did not respond to them. “I had two [mentees] that were both painfully shy, and could have benefited from
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it [the program], but I only saw them once or twice,” said Michael Greer-Hall, assistant director of the academic success center and learning specialist. “But I couldn’t seem to get them to participate as much as I would have liked.” Sandles said there aren’t too many disadvantages to being a mentor because both men-
tors and mentees can be flexible with their time schedules. The only disadvantage is mentors can’t give each of their mentees their sole attention. Mentors have to split their time between three mentees, he said. Moore encourages students who wish to become mentors to stop by her office in the ASC in the West Library.
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‘Don’t Ask Don’t tell’ policy faces repeal
Phillips to set aside her decision until the military is ready to handle the ramifications of Chuck Fain this new policy. Arts & entertainment editor If she refuses, the Justice Decmfain@mail.txwes.edu partment will send the case to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to stop the legislation. If the law is repealed, reinstating DADT, then those service Recently, U.S. District Judge people who have or will come out Virginia A. Phillips repealed the about their sexuality will suffer “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law en- the consequences. forced by our military, which forThis is a slap in the face to all bids homosexuals to express their those oppressed by this law and to sexuality under penalty of dis- those who worked so hard to get charge. the law repealed. And what’s the On Oct. 14, the Los Angeles reasoning behind all this? Times reported that Col. Dave Why is the government and Lapan said, “the department will the military actively trying to get abide by the terms in the court’s DADT reinstated? ruling, effective as of the time and Reasons such as the military’s date of the ruling.” inadequate or non-existent sysWith this unjust law overturned, tem of dealing with this new isbrave men and women willing to sue and backlash from troops serve our country can do so with- are excuses they cite for wanting out fear of being themselves, and the new law repealed. This seems America moves a step forward in flimsy at best. social evolution — right? It’s hard to believe that the miliDon’t plan the parade just yet, tary isn’t ready to accept homofriends. sexuals into their midst when evAlthough the law has been over- ery other major institution in our turned, and though the fact is rec- society already has. ognized by our military, the JusIf everyone else has figured out tice Department has asked Judge that gay people are not feral, sex-
Tiffany Stone Contributing writer
How would you define communication? Communication is a transfer of information exchanged through a common system of symbols, signs or behaviors. This concept seems simple to grasp, right? Today, I am not so sure that it is. Upon reviewing my degree audit, I learned in order to obtain a degree in English, I must obtain 12 hours of a foreign language. No problem, I thought to myself. I decided to go ahead and set the path I would take to achieve this goal. To my dismay, I found my only choices were Spanish, French and German. What about American Sign Language? I began to do my homework, asking questions, doing research, and I discovered that Texas Wesleyan University does not consider ASL to be a foreign language. So here I am, trying to stir up trouble in hopes that I convince enough people to see this issue the way I do. This is where communication comes in. Not only will I attempt to convey my
crazed maniacs preying on the innocent breeders, why can’t the military come to the same conclusion? Some argue that the military is a different sort of job that cannot be compared to anything in the civilian world. They would say that you trust the person next to you with your life, and you should be able to know who that person is. Agreed. Those who choose to serve in the military do a job that not every American is capable of or willing to do. They go through rigorous training and discipline and protect our way of life with their lives. It follows that anyone willing to take on that sort of responsibility should have the right to be who they are, and their colleagues should accept that they are there to perform a serious, important job — not pick up dates and organize dance parties. Besides, the military has had 17 years to deal with DADT, and although this may come as a shock to some, homosexuality existed before the DADT law, meaning the military has always had to deal with homosexuals within their ranks.
Silent language needs a chance at Wesleyan
opinions of this unfortunate rule that restricts ASL from being considered a foreign language, but I will use a simple definition to prove my point. As stated before, communication is a transfer of information using a common system. This means that no matter what method or language you use to transfer this information, it is still communication. When the receiver does not understand the method or language used, this constitutes the method or language used as foreign. The purpose of foreign language requirements is to expose a student to cultures and languages different from his or her own. There is no inherent reason why this culture and language must come from another country. The culture of the non-hearing community is one far different from the hearing community. Most non-hearing Americans use American Sign Language as a first or second preferred language. When used as a second language, they are considered bilingual because they are
fluent in the written English language as well. If the deaf can use English as a second language, shouldn’t sign language be considered a second language for the hearing? Introducing students to American Sign Language has various benefits. Like other foreign languages, it provides our students with the tools they need to immerse themselves in a new culture. ASL has a complex grammatical structure different from the English language, and like Spanish, the language is more commonly used in our area and would be exceedingly beneficial for our students. Change will and should happen, not always for the good, but it’s necessary for human growth. We should come together, in the name of education, and propose a new foreign language for our required curriculum. American Sign Language can be beneficial to students, faculty and the community. This change will allow students to communicate effectively with the deaf community, not only in our area, but wherever they may go.
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And furthermore, what sort of plans will they institute? Sensitivity training? Rules of engagement for a homosexual soldier? Will they section off those gay troops and form a rainbow unit? All the military has to do is set up a harsh penalty for violent attacks on gay troops. That way the troops are safe, no one does anything stupid, and no one has to go see a stupid PowerPoint presentation on tolerance. This situation has gone on long enough. The repeal of DADT and the policy of allowing gays to serve openly in the military is long overdue in this country. If someone is going to take a bullet for our freedoms, they should be allowed to write a love letter to their significant other without fear of retaliation. The only fair solution I see is to allow gays to serve openly, without this legal booby-trap, or to deny everyone of their sexuality and make any display of sexual orientation, gay or straight, a crime punishable by dishonorable discharge.
Rachel Peel Staff writer
Accommodations must be made for our diverse community at Wesleyan. College campuses should embrace the changing world and develop ways to teach and mentor teens and young parents how to handle college and life after high school. Being a mom should not be the determining factor for whether a student attends college or not. With motherhood comes responsibility, not only to the child but to yourself as well. Colleges should not make a student choose between being a parent or a student. Currently it’s hard to support a child or family on one income. It requires two. Some families can make it on one income, but there are consequences and sacrifices. As a mother, a student and an employee, it is hard to find balance in my life. If I give one area more attention, one or all may suffer. Being a student, a parent and a spouse are all part of who I am, and I am glad to wear every one of those hats. However, my
Non-traditional students face unique challenges
a mother, a student and an employee, it is hard to find balance in my life” circumstances shouldn’t determine what classes I can take. Last year I had a fellow student in my business class that made me realize how others may not have the luxury that I have, having family to help out when needed. If it wasn’t for my family, or my husband, I don’t know what I would do. Sometimes without realizing it, you have important things placed on the back burner. College campuses should find an alternative to this situation. Perhaps install a campus day care for children, or some sort of program for school-aged children to participate in while their parents attend night classes. Another student that I have talked to is also a mom, a student and a wife. She suggested that we offer more online classes at
junior and senior levels, so that we can attract more non-traditional students to Wesleyan. If Wesleyan decided to have an on-campus day care, it would offer a great opportunity for education majors to do their observations, which are required for the majority of education classes offered on campus. Some would say it wouldn’t qualify and maybe it wouldn’t, but it’s an idea that I feel our administration should consider. Most universities strive to make changes and accommodate the needs of their students, but not all students have been noticed. With the growing number of non-traditional students enrolling each semester, it seems essential that some changes be made.
What do you think of gay Americans openly serving in the military?
Angelica Choice, freshman nursing
“No matter what your sexuality, you should be treated equal.”
Robert Talavera, freshman computer science
“I just think they shouldn’t have to hide it. If they want to serve, let them.”
Breuntay Reed, junior business
“If you’re going to defend your country, your sexuality shouldn’t matter.”
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Ric Barberena, junior liberal studies
“It doesn’t bother me as long as they are doing what they need to to serve the country.”
Shaun Murphy, junior business
“People should be able to be open, but there are still homophobic people in the military.”
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Interim President shares decades-long connection with school Smith also began working for the city of Dallas and preaching at two small churches. “I really was doing a little too much,” he said. Not a year after graduating, Smith went back to Wesleyan after President Sone gave him a job recruiting students. In 1951, Smith and his wife moved into a building on campus that been converted into apartments during World War II. “I would work full time recruiting students in the spring and summer, then I’d go to school full time in the fall and winter,” Smith said. After graduating from SMU, Smith went to First United Methodist Church in Fort Worth because he heard they were seeking a minister. “The pastor down there was a great preacher, but he had a difficulty getting along with people,” Smith said. “I walked into his office and he said, ‘Can you get along with people?’ I said, ‘Dr. Foote, I just got out of the seminary, and I don’t know the first thing about running a church. But I can get along with people.’” The pastor hired him, called the bishop and Smith began preaching as associate minister at the UMC in September 1955. The Present Fast-forward four decades. After traveling the globe more than 12 times to places such as Israel, Greece, Turkey, Hong Kong and Japan, and heading churches in Texas and Louisiana, Smith returned to Fort Worth in 1997. He once again assumed the position of associate minister at UMC. One more decade finds Smith back at Wesleyan serving as interim president, while the university searches for a permanent replacement to Dr. Harold Jeffcoat, who retired in early 2010. “That usually doesn’t happen for a person his age, but he’s the perfect person,” said long-time UMC member Gerry Grieser. “He’s a person who can bring two parties together to communicate. I can’t think of anybody who can do the job he’s been asked to do better than Lamar could.” Other members of the community echo praises for Smith. “I’d do anything for that man,” said Marilyn Cantu, sec-
It’s Fort Worth, Texas, 1949. The dining hall hums with chatter as the smell of food drifts through the air. A 6-foot, 22-year-old man with dark hair and lightbrown eyes walks through the hall and sits with the upperclassmen. The young man showered after his afternoon studying and now sports his nicest trousers, shirt and vest. At 175 pounds, he looks small sitting next to 300-pound math professor Fontaine Mathis. However, Lamar Smith weighs 25 pounds more than when he left the Navy in 1946—the year Texas Wesleyan University’s current interim president enrolled at Texas Wesleyan College. For more than half a century, Smith and Wesleyan have shared a connection unbroken by distance, time or obligation. The Past The father of Smith’s first college girlfriend, Beverly Sone, is credited with saving Wesleyan from financial ruin during the great depression. In part, Law Sone did this by recruiting a football team. “There were no boys, of course, on campus,” Smith said, referring to Wesleyan’s early years when it was known as Texas Woman’s College. “So he [Sone] went over to Weatherford Junior College and he recruited the whole football team to come over to Texas Wesleyan. And for a year or two or three, we had a football team.” Smith and his roommate were two of only three cheerleaders in 1950, the year he received his Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan. Although he briefly dated Wesleyan President Sone’s daughter, Smith said they parted ways after she moved to Dallas to attend college. “She fell in love with somebody else over there, and I fell in love with somebody at Texas Wesleyan,” he said. Smith married Doris Hudgens in 1951. After graduating from Wesleyan, Smith enrolled at Southern Methodist University to receive his master’s degree in theology. While his wife was pregnant with the first of their three children,
Top photo Meisa Keivani Najafabadi, bottom photos courtesy of Lamar Smith (Above) Interim Wesleyan President Dr. Lamar Smith took the university’s helm after Dr. Harold Jeffcoat retired June 2010. (Bottom left) Smith served in the U.S. Navy for two years from 1944 to 1946 before enrolling at the university, known then as Texas Wesleyan College. (Bottom right) Smith and Beverly Sone smile for the camera at the Sweetheart Banquet on Valentine’s Day in 1947 at the Polytechnic United Methodist Church.
retary and treasurer for First Street Methodist Mission. After the death of his wife in 2007, Smith eventually rekindled a love which originally began at Wesleyan more than 50 years ago with college sweetheart Beverly Sone Elbert, whose husband had died 10 to 12 years earlier. “I heard that she [SoneElbert] was living in Fort
Worth,” Smith said. “So after a period of time, I called and invited her to dinner, and we started courting.” Smith and Sone Elbert married in 2008. The Now It’s Fort Worth, 2010. The cool air in front of the Wesleyan library hangs quietly as students mill about after class. In the president’s confer-
ence room, a 6-foot, 83-yearold man with white wispy hair and light-brown eyes sits by himself at the end of a massive wooden table. Dark veins crowd around the knuckles in his hands. One hand holds a pen, the other rests on a Bible. His light brown Oscar de la Renta coat contrasts stylishly with his dark brown slacks. From behind tortoiseshell
reading glasses, Lamar Smith’s eyes scan papers as he prepares an introduction for an important dinner he’s attending the following night. Smith still has an office reserved for him downtown in the United Methodist Church. At Texas Wesleyan University, five miles away, Smith forever has a place reserved in the annals of its history.
$20 flu shots offered to Wesleyan students, faculty and staff Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, outbreaks of the flu can occur as early as October. However, the illness activity often peaks in January or later. A $20 flu shot will be available to students, faculty and staff from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 21 in the Fellowship Hall of the PUMC. “Getting a flu shot is an excellent way to reduce your chances of getting the flu,” said Paige Cook, Texas
Texas Wesleyan University Health Center officials are encouraging Wesleyan community members to prevent the spread of influenza by offering flu shots Oct. 20. Immunizations can protect against the three most common bugs of the upcoming season, research indicates. According to the
emotions. From fear to sorrow, depression, happiness, joy—every emotion he wanted me to feel I felt it.” Although no one else in his family was a writer, Walker said he began taking writing seriously from the fifth grade on. Walker said he uses his memories from childhood
and adolescence to create backdrops for the stories he currently writes, which consist of the struggles urban people face in their normal and love lives. After a 10-year hiatus from writing and a brief stint teaching at William James Middle School, Walker said he eventually landed a cleri-
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and have to miss school.” The CDC Guidance for Responses to Influenza for Institutions of Higher Education pamphlet compares symptoms of the flu with those of the common cold. “I hope everyone who is able to get the vaccine goes and gets it,” said Robert Walker, freshman liberal studies major. “I don’t want anyone to spread their germs around where I live and study.”
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tured his imagination. “I remember in the fifth grade reading his stuff, and I probably shouldn’t have read it because I think Pet Sematary gave me nightmares,” he said. “But it was amazing to me that somebody could sit down and write something, and I could read it, and I could feel so many different
Wesleyan nurse practitioner. “This shot provides protection against this year’s most common strains of flu, including H1N1. It is never too early to get your shot.” There are two different ways people can get vaccinations. The standard shot is an inactivated vaccine that is given with a needle, usually in the arm. The shot is approved for use in people older than 6 months, including healthy
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cal job with Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital. He worked his way through the ranks to an administrative position on the overnight shift that left him with long hours of free time. This led him to start writing again, he said. After about 20 failed attempts at having his work published, Walker said he finally inked a deal with Genesis Press for Fixin’ Tyrone. “The letters started getting better,” he said, referring to his continued attempts at getting published.
Chemistry How shampoo works and the types of chemicals our bodies produce to attract a certain mate are examples of the displays exhibited, Gerrard said. Tuan Nguyen, junior biology major, said, “Last year we had a chem show in the
Walker picked up five contracts which include two books already printed, a third coming in November, and two more coming next year. Walker’s mother, Jackie Hafford, also graduated from Wesleyan in 2001 with a degree in psychology. She said the entire family is excited to see his writing career take flight. “Just keep writing,” she said to aspiring writers. “If you enjoy it, and it’s your passion—keep writing.” English professor Dr. Jeffery DeLotto said he remem-
bers Walker’s writing prowess in Colored Rags, a short story about Crips and Blood gang members. “It had excellent description and dialogue,” DeLotto said. “He took his writing seriously.” DeLotto said he wasn’t surprised when he learned that Walker’s work had been published. “Some people who take writing have fun, but you can sense it’s not an important part of what they do,” he said. “I did not get that from Keith.”
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food. Gift cards to Barnes & Noble, Starbucks, Whataburger and others were raffled off. “People should come out and watch,” Hillard said. “You’ll see some things happen you don’t normally get to see anywhere but on TV.”
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Dinner honors alumni, recognizes achievement
The Fort Worth Club hosted the Wesleyan Alumni Medal Dinner in downtown Fort Worth Oct. 15. Members of the Board of Trustees, honored alumni and their families, faculty and a few student representatives were all in attendance. “I am shocked, humbled and shocked,” said Alumni of the Year recipient Claudia Stepp, class of ’72. The recognition is awarded to an outstanding alumnus or alumna whose service and loyalty to the university, community involvement and personal accomplishments merit the honor, according to Wesleyan Magazine. Stepp has served on the board since 2002, and on March 23, 2009, ground was broken for the Claudia Stepp Scene Shop to honor her contributions to the Wesleyan theatre department. “I always try to give back more than what’s been given,” Stepp said.
Brian Matlock, class of ’01, was awarded the Young Alumni Achievement Award, recognizing his outstanding personal and professional achievements after graduation. “When I found out that I won, I was almost embarrassed,” Matlock said. “Because you go on in life, you try to do the best that you can for the community and really don’t expect to win anything—so it’s humbling.” Matlock is currently senior manager of Rothstein Koss’ Dallas Office, where he is in charge of the region’s commercial service, he said. “I’m very honored and can’t wait until I can give back,” Matlock said. Recipients of the awards are chosen by the Alumni Board of Directors. “They have a nominating committee that will get together and sort through past nominees from the past years, as well as new nominees and whittle down the list,” said DeAwna Wood, assistant director of alumni relations.
Meisa Keivani Najafabadi | Rambler Staff Brian Matlock, class of ’01, received the Young Alumni Achievement award for outstanding personal and professional achievements after graduation.
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“Food service is one of those things that gets talked about— often negative—because it tends to be repetitive, it tends to be a sameness to it,” Cavitt said. “What you can generally go into on a contract is asking that they vary the menu over a three-week cycle. Now that doesn’t mean you may not have rotisserie chicken two or three times in that cycle, but you’ll have something different with that chicken.” Brandon Ford, graduate student in the nurse anesthesia program, said the food doesn’t bother him. “The biggest con isn’t the variety of food, it’s the hours of operation,” he said. “It’s not the worst thing I’ve ever had. The service isn’t terrible.” Ford said he studies from
about 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dora’s weekend hours, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., often find him looking for food elsewhere. “It doesn’t open early enough. I find myself going off campus after I’ve already paid for a meal plan.” The university is currently in its fifth year of service with Aramark. Purchasing director Cavitt said although there are other food service vendors, there are not many, and it’s a lengthy process to switch. “They [Dora’s staff] are in the process of addressing those issues, and have been very responsive to our needs,” Cavitt said. “If service was horrible, if they were doing something horrible, ab-
solutely that would have no bearing on it. But when you have an existing provider who on the whole is doing good work, you’re always better to try and work whatever problems come up with the provider.” Before Aramark, the university used the food service provider Twelve Oaks, and Sodexo before it. “I think some people who are not familiar with having a contractual service might think changing providers is like deciding to go to the Gap instead of Aeropostale,” Cavitt said. “It’s a much more complicated and lengthy process. Institutional is never going to be mom’s food. Institutional food always has some limitations.”
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between the DVA, other Wesleyan student groups and the Women’s Center. “Texas Wesleyan is a community-oriented campus,. Whenever we see a problem, we want to help,” Cox said. Greg Gullion, assistant professor of criminal justice, said the group is needed because all of Wesleyan’s departments need more connections with outside agencies to see what professionals are doing in that field. “We all need to be able to connect to people working out in the field who are employed,” he said. “If we have a domestic violence advocate group, we should have people who are out in the streets, working in the system that can come in and talk on this topic versus
just going in and listening to an instructor discuss it. It’s nice to balance the approach. You get the academic side and then you get people from the outside. This is how it is.” Wesleyan is not the only school to form an advocacy group. Suffield said Texas Christian University has a 15-year-old advocacy program, and the University of Texas at Arlington has an employee who facilitates a similar program. “With planning, training, monitoring and staying connected to the larger community, other such programs have been successful,” Suffield said. Suffield said advocacy groups on college campuses make it easier for students, faculty or staff to talk about
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problems they have because they know the person involved with the advocacy group or, at least, have seen them around campus. “Others may not want to talk to people that they know, which is where the referrals to on- and off-campus services come in,” Suffield said. “I think overall, it’s a good program for awareness, a support system and a referral system to get anyone the help that they need.”
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Record saves fail to save Rams Eliana Mijangos
Men’s soccer suffered a 2-1 loss to their rivals, Northwood University, but Joakim Soederbaum, senior goal keeper, broke the school record for saves finishing with 248. The Northwood Knights had an early score, but Ivan Kovacevic, Wesleyan freshman midfielder, had a score assisted by Ricardo Aguilera, junior forward. The rest of the half, the men battled with a tight 1-1 score. Early in the second half, the Knight’s Gabriel Elizondo was rejected by Soederbaum, but the ball wasn’t recovered, and Northwood took a 2-1 lead.
“It’s frustrating to lose when you dominate the game,” Soederbaum said. The Rams had several opportunities to recover with a tie including junior mid-fielder Chase Richeson’s corner kick to sophomore mid-fielder, T.J. Romaguero. Northwood’s goalie had a lastminute save denying the Rams’ effort and did so again when Kovacevic had a free-kick in the 87th minute of the game. “We played a great game considering our circumstances, and we had our chance to win, and it didn’t go our way,” mid-fielder Aguilera said. “We’re still confident about our team’s possibilities and to and go to our conference tournament.”
The Rams finished 36-11 in shots, 12-5 shots on goal and 11-1 on corner kicks. Soederbaum started the game with 248 saves for the season, breaking the school record, and finished with an additional three saves. “Soccer was one of the main reasons I came to Wesleyan,” Soderbaum said. “The record reminds me of what a large part of my life soccer has been, but it’s hard to be excited about individual accomplishments when the team is struggling.” The next Rams’ game will be Meisa Keivani Najafabadi | Rambler Staff in Waxahachie against the Southwest Assemblies of God Univer- Miguel Arreguin, senior forward, trails junior defensive mid-fielder, Adam Pierce as they break away sity Oct. 28 at 3 p.m.
Lady Rams guarantee stop to conference losses
Meisa Keivani Najafabadi | Rambler Staff Sam Greer, right, sophomore mid-fielder, played defense for the first time her college career, and according to head women’s soccer coach, Josh Gibbs, “she does whatever you ask of her with a smile, and at a very high work rate. She did a fantastic job.”
Wesleyan women’s soccer played 50 minutes of a 90 minute game, taking a 3-0 loss to Northwood University. The game’s first goal seemed to be a mistake when one Ram player tried to head the ball out of the goal and ended up scoring for the Knights. Christina Zimmerman, senior mid-fielder, had a chance to tie the game in the 39th minute, but missed off the left post. The momentum of the game didn’t turn around until the second half when Northwood’s sophomore forward, Natalie Carter, scored two back-to-back goals within one minute of each other. “We were clearly the better team for 50 minutes, but that isn’t enough in a 90-minute game,” said women’s soccer head coach Josh Gibbs. “Northwood was better, and they deserved the win. Now we just focus on
LSU-Shreveport.” Northwood led the Rams 18-17 in shots and 8-4 in shots on goal. “I am proud of my team for their work ethic, playing without two of our starters
and many injuries as well,” said senior mid-fielder Jodi Blowers. “There is no doubt in my mind that once our team is back together, we won’t lose another conference game.”
Meisa Keivani Najafabadi | Rambler Staff Jacqueline Wittman, senior mid-fielder, pushes past Northwood’s defense hoping to find some hope for a goal after a quick 3-0 deficit in the second half.
Lady Rams Basketball plans to push past predictions
Women’s basketball opened its season on Oct. 3 with one thing in mind: conference champions and national rings, said head women’s basketball coach Staci Francis. Francis also said the team is coming back hungry after a four point loss in double overtime to Southwestern Assemblies of God University in last year’s Red River Conference Tournament. The Lady Rams have seven returners, three of which were members of the 2010 Red River Athletic All-Conference Team. Junior guard Brittany White received Honorable Mention AllConference, junior guard Eliana Mijangos and senior guard Tiffany Adair both received Second Team All-Conference honors.
“We want to be undefeated at home and be conference champions,” said senior guard Shayla Moore. Francis, who has coached the Lady Rams for 10 years, said the team should be competitive each game. “Our main goal is to be conference champions,” she said. The Lady Rams have nine newcomers. Out of those nine, only three are freshmen. Four of the nine recruits come from division one programs. With trying to win a conference title and become national competitors, leadership seems to be a big factor, Moore said. “Our seniors are our main leaders,” Francis said. “With all the new players, the seniors are helping to keep the team on the right path, to win conference.”
The Lady Rams have worked hard in weight training, conditioning and full court drills since the first day of school. Videos of team practices can be seen on YouTube at http://www.youtube. com/user/TWURamsBasketball. Last year, the women tied with the Southwestern Assemblies of God University for second place in the Red River Athletic Conference. The Lady Rams are picked to finish fourth in conference according to a coaches poll for Red River Athletic Conference, but after last year’s defeat, they won’t accept anything less than first place and a national championship ring and title, Francis said. The Lady Rams will kick off their season with an alumni Bryan McDaniel | Rambler Staff scrimmage Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. in Freshman gaurd, Dominque Arthur comes off a screen set by junior gaurd the Sid Richardson Center. Brittney White during a practice Oct. 14 at the Sid Richardson Center
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Something scarier than midterms is coming to Wesleyan- the annual Texas Vesleyan Monster Bash. For the third year, the costumed dance will take place at 6 p.m. Oct. 29 in the SUB. The event will feature a costume contest, a pumpkin chunking contest, free food, raffle prizes, a disc jockey and a ghost tour, said coordinator of student activities and volunteerism Michael Chaney. â€œItâ€™s going to be a fantastic social event filled with lots of fun, lots of people, lots of good music, crazy dancing and lots of good prizes,â€? Chaney said. Chaney said he looks forward to seeing a wide array of costumes from scary to funny. Although the event is open to students, faculty and staffâ€” their young children are not allowed. â€œThis is an adult costume contest, a college-level party where there might be inappropriate costumes,â€? Chaney said. â€œThe bottom line is this is a college-level event.â€? Baron Yarborough, sophomore business management major, said heâ€™s excited about the event. â€œOutside of the classroom, we donâ€™t have many fun events on campus,â€? Yarborough said. â€œMichaelâ€™s [Chaney] really trying to put more and
Chuckâ€™s helpful Halloween costume tips This hideous thing is supposed to be a cupcake costume. It looks like it needs to go back in the oven. The nerd outfit is a classic choice. Some of you may not have to buy anything new for this outfit.
The ninja outfit not only looks cool, none of your friends will know itâ€™s you out trick-ortreating.
Be it cop, nurse or cocktail waitress, a sexy version of any costume choice is always a good call in my book.
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more out there, and I think one of our biggest times to hang out as a school is actually the Halloween party.â€? Joe Brown, professor of theatre and communica-
tion and dean of freshman success, said he looks forward to the Vesleyan Monster Bash every year. â€œThe first year, I went as the oldest living cheerleader with pom-poms, a
walker and a cheerleading outfit,â€? Brown said. Brown also prepares the campus ghost tour. Quentin McGown, Wesleyan alumnus and Fort Worth historian, directs
the tour. â€œWe do the ghost tour around 9 p.m. where we go around to the buildings that are known to have spirits or ghosts,â€? Brown said. â€œThe most famous being the fine
arts auditorium but also the Dillow house.â€? There are stories of ghosts haunting the Boyd House, the school of education and the administratorâ€™s building, Brown said.
La Altena serves up authentic Mexican munchies Barry Grubbs | firstname.lastname@example.org
This review is the second in a series The Rambler staff is working to bring you featuring potentially overlooked dining spots on East Lancaster Avenue. This weekâ€™s focus is on Carniceria La Altena, a taqueria located at 3316 E. Lancaster Ave., just a short drive from the campus. You may be able to judge from its name that we are talking Mexican food, and this taqueria style lunch spot was just what I hoped it would be. Prices are low, the location is close enough to Wesleyan to walk to, and the food is delicious. From the street there is
nothing remarkable about the place. The interior is clean and inviting and the large open dining room is tastefully decorated. The menu fits on one side of a single page and features tortas, tacos, quesadillas, burritos and lunch plates (platillos). Simplicity is the name of the game at La Altena. You wonâ€™t get chips and salsa while you peruse the menu. You will, however, be served a variety of fresh meats cooked perfectly, and everything tastes home made. It is worth pointing out that all dishes include a trio of fresh salsas ranging from pico de gallo to a spicy red salsa
and finally a tomatillo blend. Each is so delicious, youâ€™ll wish you had a basket of chips to attack them with. One of my dining companions went straight for the tacos. Pastor, chorizo and bistec tacos were served on fresh-made flour tortillas for $1.25 each. My other dining companion ordered the torta pastor, which was seasoned pork served on a fresh roll with lettuce, tomato and a side of Mexican rice for $4.50. After agonizing over the menu choices for a few minutes, I decided on the special of the day. My selection was the platillo, bistec which included carne guisada served with rice, refried beans and fresh corn tortillas on the side for $4.99. We were served in less than 10 minutes and all of the dishes were delicious. Mexican sodas and assorted soft drinks are available and priced between $1.50-$2, but we were surprised to discover that
Angie Ruiz | Rambler Staff La Altena offers a variety of authentic Mexican tacos within walking distance.
iced tea is not on the menu. Barbacoa and menudo are offered only on the weekends for $5.99. La Altena opens for business at 9 a.m. but offers the same menu all day with no special breakfast items available. The place is really a hidden treasure in the heart of the Wes-
leyan community. You can get there fast, get served fast and enjoy a variety of scrumptious authentic Mexican meals at reasonable prices. After lunch, we stepped through into La Altenaâ€™s Carniceria and mini-supermarket located under the same roof. Fresh cuts of beef, chick-
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Jackass 3D sticks to its guns, pushes the envelope MOVIE REVIEW Jonathan Resendez
The kings of disgusting buffoonery returned to their stomach-churning antics Oct. 15 in the third installment of the Jackass movie series—this time, in 3-D. Ten years after the original television show debut, Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O and Bam Margera all used the film to show the timelessness of their antics—or the unwavering immaturity of their fans. In an age where MTV seldom shows music videos, Jackass 3D nodded to the channel’s bad boy heyday with an introduction by the pioneering duo Beavis and Butt-head. With a reputation for larger than life introductions, Jackass 3D didn’t disappoint. With the Dickhouse Productions rainbow logo as the backdrop, the gang took turns going through their usual self-torturing rituals during the opening scenes. Deadline Hollywood, an online entertainment news website, reported Jackass 3D’s opening box office gross at $50 million, showing big pain can rake in big bucks. According to Deadline Hollywood, not only were Jackass 3D’s opening numbers more than double the favored flick The Social Network, it held on to the number one spot throughout the weekend. While not exactly pioneering, the movie’s 3-D effects were certainly innovative in the realm of tastelessness. The effects increased the
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The Jackass crew celebrates the opening of their new 3D adventure.
gross out factor—few things make bodily fluids more appalling than feeling like the vomit or urine spilling off the screen is going to land on you. More notable, however, was director Jeff Tremaine’s constant use of slow motion. With the action moving incredibly slow, audience members could see
every jiggle of the jowl when someone is punched or annihilated in any way. The movie would not be fit of its title if multiple scenes involving animals were not used. The usual large and ornery animals such as bulls and rams made appearances and did their best to gore the notorious celebs.
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The animal whose performance shined the brightest, however, was the mammoth of a pig named Bob. No spoilers will be given, but Bob’s scene probably shook PETA up the most. Jackass 3D stuck to the formula, often leaving the audience’s mouths agape while they wondered what would happen next. The whole
movie still initiates an odd desire for the shenanigans to continue nonstop. Senseless violence? Check. More than 50 percent of stunts involving bodily secretions? Check. Almost constant full frontal male nudity? Check. Scorpions and pooh-coasters? Ugh, check. With audible gasps, groans and laughter from the crowd
from beginning to end, the new Jackass movie lived up to its crass predecessors. Considering the money the film cashed in at the box office, the most for the month of October ever—there’s no reason the film shouldn’t be the third in a line of a dozen movies. It doesn’t take a jackass to figure that out.
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Hubba, hubba, hubba... Wesleyan Starlett Dance Team and Cheer Squad host their 2nd annual Date Auction Eliana Mijangos
Money flew, numbers were exchanged and deals were negotiated at the second annual Date Auction in Lou’s Pavillion Oct. 13. The Wesleyan Starlett Dance Team teamed up with members of the cheer squad and mascot team to auction off dates with sorority girls, male and female athletes, and regular students to raise money for nationals. Wesleyan students filled the room after hours of preparation in hopes of getting the highest bid for their dates. “I couldn’t decide between a skirt and jeans, but I figured the skirt would make more money for a great cause,” said freshman kinesiology major Dominque Arthur. Food, drink and cookies were available for participants and bidders. With no entrance fee, bids started at $5 and went up to $100. The auction heated up when two and threefor-one deals stepped up to the stage. Three men’s basketball players, Jeremy Smith, senior liberal arts major, Jonathan Blake, senior computer graphics major, and Jeremy Mayfield, senior mass communication major, went for $75. “It was really awkward being up there, but it was worth it for a good cause,” Blake said. All participants bought are required to go through with the dates within 30 days. Robert Tutt, freshman liberal studies major, and buyer of a three-for-one deal with two female basketball players and a female soccer player, said he plans to take them to a party to “avoid any awkwardness.” The money from the date auction will go toward traveling expenses for the cheerleaders, dance team and mascots. “It was a huge turnout and a big success,” said head cheer and dance coach Carolyn Ikens, “We really appreciate all the support.”
(Far top right) Senior exercise science major Taylor Pokluda pushes for a winning bid. (Bottom left) Stefania Quevedo cracks a smile as the bidding wars ensue. (Bottom right) Freshman kinesiology major Garrett White vies for a date. Photos by Meisa Keivani Najafabadi and Jonathan Resendez.
Religious Life at Texas Wesleyan University Chapel: Live music with brief time of worship Tuesdays at 12:15 in PUMC Chapel Free lunch after on PUMC 3rd Floor – Room 312
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