The Rambler (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 84, No. 9, Ed. 1 Wednesday, October 25, 2000

TEXAS WESLEYAN
OCT 2 6 2000
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News Briefs
AEGIS candy sale
The AEGIS society will
have a candy sale Thursday
during free period in the
SUB, and the sale will contin-
ue until the candy is gone,
t * f M
Bowling League
Wesleyan's 1:45 p.m.
bowling class is trying to
form a Wednesday afternoon
league as part of the class and
is looking for interested fac-
ulty, staff, administrators and
students to join them.
The class bowls at Hurst
Bowling Lanes on the corner
of Precinct Line Road and
Pipeline in Hurst.
Members will bowl two
games beginning at 1:45 and
finishing around 3 p.m. The
cost is $1.70 per line and shoe
rental is free.
The league will continue
for five weeks, culminating
on Nov. 22.
If you're interested, call
Ed Olson, chair of the exer-
cise and sports studies depart-
ment, at ext. 4879.
Humanics Meeting
The first meeting for stu-
dents who are interested in
participating in the American
Humanics program will be
Thursday, Nov. 2, during free
period in Room 106 of Dan
Waggoner Hall.The program
is intended to prepare s
tudents for management posi-
tions in a non-profit organiza-
tion.
Brief Run
"The Brief Run," spon-
sored by Wesleyan's school
of law and the Tarrant Coun-
ty County Young Lawyers
Association, will be held Oct.
28 in downtown Fort Worth.
The 5K run/ walk starts
at Wesleyan's school of law
at 8:30 a.m. and finishes
there. Registration is at 7
a.m..
The cost to participate is
$20. Team fees for four or
more people are $12.50 per
person.
You can register at the
event or in advance at Luke's
Fort Worth, 1540 S. Universi-
ty Drive. Particiants will
receive an official race T-
shirt, runner packet and auto-
matic registration for door
prizes.
For more information,
call (817) 731-7280.
SACS Reaffirmation
Dr. Tom Benberg, Wes-
leyan's liaison from the
Southern Association of Col-
leges and Schools (SACS),
will be on campus Nov. 2 to
help Weslcyan formally "kick
off' its reaffirmation process.
All faculty are invited to a
general meeting/open forum
from 2-3 p.m. in the Science
Lecture Theatre.
If you have any questions,
call the Office of the Provost
at ext. 4405.
Landolt addresses concern about toxic chemicals
Donna Haney
CAMPUS UFE EDITOR
In response to questions asked
by Student Government representa-
tive Virginia Collins, students
expressed concern about the toxici-
ty of chemicals used in McFadden
science building. This was a partic-
ular concern of pregnant individu-
als.
Dr. Robert Landolt, chairman
of the chemistry department, said,
"It is very valuable for anyone who
is pregnant to be concerned, espe-
cially at key times during the preg-
nancy. All toxic chemicafs, includ-
ing cigarettes, household cleaning
agents and alcohol, should be mini-
mized."
According to Landolt, students
are not asked directly about preg-
nancy because that would infringe
on their right to privacy. However,
in each course's syllabi students are
advised to disclose any medical
condition that might be of concern
to the instructor.
"The policy of the chemistry
department, once instructors have
been advised of a student's pregnan-
cy, is to advise the individual to
consult her personal physician
about any potential risks. Most
often students decide to defer on lab
courses," said Landolt.
"Our business is to educate
people. We welcome stu-
dents ' questions."
-Robert Landolt
According to landolt, there are
a number of safety devices in place
throughout the chemistry depart-
ment designed to minimize expo-
sure to everyone.
"Chemicals are kept behind
locked doors and when they are
used in the classrooms, it is under
strictly controlled conditions under
vented hoods," he said.
Under federal government reg-
ulation and Workers Right to Know
Act, all chemicals in use must be
recorded on material safety data
sheets and must be available for all
employees upon request.
"Although students are not
employees, these records are locat-
ed on the chemistry floor and are
open and available to anyone in the
science building," said Landolt.
"Our business is to educate
people. We welcome students' ques-
tions. In our sophomore chemistry
classes, this is part of what we
teach; assessing whether a particu-
lar chemical is hazardous or not."
"It would be foolish to say that
there is absolutely no risk of expo-
sure to chemicals. However, with all.
the safety measures that we have in
place, I can say I don't think the risk
is any greater than the chemical
exposure to the pest control used in
every building on campus."
Politics of Persuasion
Dee Flowers
STAFF WRITER
A panel of eight representa-
tives from the Republican, Liber-
tarian and Green political parties
held a voter's awareness forum
during free period Oct. 24 in the
eating area of the Quad to help
students make their final voting
decisions. Approximately 50 stu-
dents attended.
Mac McLain,dean of the
school of business, introduced
Jean Campbell, director of the
26th district.
MacLain said, "Thirty-six
percent of the national income is
absorbed by taxes. This is
impairing the economic growth.
The Republican Party will make
college more affordable."
Campbell said, "I was going
to tell you how good we | Repub-
licans] are. But seriously, I'm
here to give you something to
look at and think about so you
can make an informed vote."
She said that the issue of the
balanced budget is over-empha-
sized and that the national debt is
expected to reach $300 billion.
"In 1998 the debt was $151
billion; in 1999 it was $88 bil-
lion," she added.
Campbell said the Republi-
See Forum, page 2
Photo by Martha Brinkcr
Representatives from political parties lead a voter's awareness forum in the
Quad Oct. 24.
Campus organizations participate in
Fort Worth's annual Cowtown Brushup
Jennifer Swenson
STAFF WRITER
Six organizations from Wesleyan partic-
ipated in the tenth annual Cowtown Brushup
Sept. 21, painting three houses located near
the intersection of Miller and Berry streets.
Approximately 3,000 volunteers painted an
estimated 150 houses total, according to Jane
Salazar, coordinator for the Cowtown
Brushup program.
"We had more volunteers this year than
we've ever had in the past," Salazer said.
Last year 139 houses were painted by
approximately 1,700 volunteers.
Members of Gamma Sigma Sigma, the
International Club, Alpha Phi Omega, Lamb-
da Kappa Kappa, the African-American Stu-
dent Union and Sigma Kappa Lamda were
among the volunteers who spent the morning
le
Photo by Martha Hrinker
Pam Riggins and Jiamara Camp-
bell, members of the African-
American Student Union, paint a
house as part of Cowtown
Brushup Oct. 21.
painting houses for elderly people and those
who were otherwise unable to do it them-
selves.
"Wesleyan has participated for years,"
Anita Westmoreland, chaplain's assistant and
coordinator, said.
After the houses were painted, the city of
Fort Worth sponsored a lunch at the Buck
Forty for all the Cowtown Brushup partici-
pants.
"When there are several people [paint-
ing] together, you get it done faster, have fun
and are doing it for someone who cannot help
themselves," Westmoreland said.
Sumali Fernando, a member of Gamma
Sigma Sigma, said, "It was awesome. We all
feel like we accomplished something."
Westmoreland said, "We always want to
be open to any organization who wants to be
involved."
Hickman honored at Business Hall of Fame
Shelly Wright
EDITOR IN CHIEF
Holt Hickman told approxi-
mately 80 students, faculty, staff
and administrators Oct. 18 how
to be successful, at a lecture in
the Law Sone Fine Arts Build-
ing.
The Fort Worth Business
Hall of
Fame
Fxecutive
of the
Year
stressed
the impor-
tance of
choosing
as soon as
possible
Holt Hickman
the profession that students feel
they could be happy with, learn-
ing as much as they possibly can
while in college, working hard to
achieve their goals and the goals
of the company they wish to
work for, establishing an overall
plan, being willing to change
that plan, remembering that the
customer is king and knowing
that the harder they work, the
luckier they will get.
Hickman is credited with
building Fort Worth Battery and
Automotive into the world's
largest retailer of automotive air
conditioning. He founded Lone
Star Manufacturing Company
and built it into the largest com-
pany of after-market air condi-
See Hickman, page 2
Students urged
to speak up
about injustices
Donna Haney
CAMPUS LIFE EDITOR
In the Student Government Association
minutes from the Sept. 14 meeting, science
and humanities representative Virginia
Collins went on record with some concerns
brought to her attention by several students
on campus.
Students made four suggestions to
Collins for improvements to the science and
humanities department:
1. Students should have the right to [disclo-
sure of] cherrficals in the laboratories.
2. Instructors need to be reminded of NO
TOLERANCE in racial or prejudice discrim-
ination.
3. Students wish to consider a "watch dog"
committee, [with] cameras placed in the
classrooms and randomly checked.
4. Instructor evaluations should be reviewed
and taken more seriously.
Collins said, "The suggestions came
from students who felt that some instructors
seem to be biased in some ways. Perhaps it
could have been gender or it could have been
racial. That really wasn't determined. They
felt like there is a bias there and they just
want to remind and encourage professors that
we don't tolerate that at this school."
According to Collins, students are reluc-
tant to come forward and formally complain
about an instructor.
"They [students] don't want to be retali-
ated against because [professors | have
knowledge of or can figure out who they are.
They don't want to be retaliated against
grade-wise," she said.
Marcia Hawkins, vice president of
administration said, "As a student, I know
this can be very difficult. There is a tendency
to just live with the frustration because you
have to take a particular class. But we want
students to know they do have recourse. This
is a situation that is taken very seriously."
Hawkins said the problem tends to be
prolonged when students don't speak up.
"I would say 95 percent of the time, the
instructor doesn't realize the negative impact
he or she is having on a student. It has been
my experience that whenever this type of
complaint is brought to the attention of a fac-
ulty member, he or she has bent over back
wards to take care of it."
Hawkins said students should first
attempt to talk to the professor.
"If that doesn't work, they should go
through the chain; department chair, then the
dean to lodge a formal complaint Once that
has been done, the provost appoints an
administrator to investigate," she said.
"I know students are afraid of recourse,
but once they start the process, they're pro-
tected. Rather than waiting [until] the end of
the semester, students should go through the
grievance process during the semester. If they
don't, a whole new class will begin and the
problem won't have been addressed," said
Hawkins. •
"The process works if you use it."

Wright, Shelly. The Rambler (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 84, No. 9, Ed. 1 Wednesday, October 25, 2000. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth253239/. Accessed July 24, 2014.