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Thursday, September 23, 1982
North Texas State University, Denton, Texas
66th Year No. 15
Hazards prompt waivers
Proposal to eliminate NT liability
BY RALPH GAUER
A proposed instructional safety pro-
gram. under consideration by the NT
Deans Council, would require students
taking courses judged to be hazardous
to waive N I s liability in the event ol
University Attorney Richard Rales,
who presented the safety plan to the
deans, said Wednesday the promised pro-
gram would also waive the university’s
liability in injuries caused through neg-
ligence on the part of students.
It is designed te, ensure that danger
ous courses are evaluated and justified,"
Rales siiid, "so we do not take any un-
necessary risks, and we don't have stu-
dents taking unnecessarily dangerous
courses w ithout being made aware of the
Rales said the proposed safety program
would assign courses a hazard rating based
(wi low, medium or high risks of injury
in those classes.
Most academic courses would fall into
the low risk catagory. Rates said. "In
an English class, there’s very little dan
A 20-year old N I student told Denton
police she was attacked and knocked to
the ground by a man as she walked along
the 4(H) block of Fry Street Tuesday night.
Denton Police Lt. Gene Green said the
woman was attacked at 9:28 p.m. Tues
day Green said police had not determined
whether the attack was a thwarted rape
or robbery attempt
The woman told police she noticed a
ger associated with sitting in a straight-
backed chair and listening to a lecture."
Moderately dangerous courses would
include undergraduate chemistry courses.
Rales said, and would be assigned the
second of three hazard ratings.
Courses found to be extremely danger-
ous would receive the third hazard rat-
ing. Rates said examples of these courses
could include scuba or parachuting classes
and graduate work in chemistry. "(Classes
receiving the third rating) are where there
is a great risk of injury." Rates said.
Dr. Robert Toulouse, acting vice pres-
ident for academic affairs and chairman
ol [lie Dean s Council, said In. hopes to
continue work on the proposed safety pro-
gram this week.
"We're still very much at work on
it." Toulouse said, "and we ll have an-
other meeting Friday sometime to con-
Toulouse said no aspect o! the proposed
safety plan is final yet Some faculty
members have indicated displeasure with
requiring students to waive university li-
ability in the event of injuries caused by
negligence, but Toulouse said "That (as-
pect) may or may not be a part ol the
black man following her as she walked
home from campus. The man ran up to
her and started a conversation with her.
saying he was from Port Aransas and was
staying in Denton with a friend
The woman told police the man then
attacked her. grabbing her around the neck
and throwing her to the ground. The
woman told police she began screaming
final paper What we’re discussing here
is simply working paper, and we will
consider all of it again when we meet
"Like all state institutions,” Toulouse
said, "we want to provide a safe envi-
ronment for students. That’s the sense
of this policy, and that’s something we
can all agree to."
Toulouse said he hopes to finish con-
sideration on the safety program quick-
ly. after which it will be forwarded to
NT President Al Hurley for his consid-
eration. Should Hurley accept the pro-
mised safety program. Toulouse said, Stu-
dent ' lii cluv-njs judged U > li’.i/UrdwUS could
be required to fill out university liability
release forms during the current semester.
Rates said the safety program is an
innovation at NT. "I don’t really know
of any other universities that are using
this." Rates said, "but then not many
universities are as advanced as we are in
our safety program."
Rates said the safety program was
not a response to a specific problem within
the university or to a spate of recent law-
suits. but said. "Lawsuits are always a
for help, then passed out When she
regained consciousness, the man was
Green said the man sought in the at-
tack is 5 feet 6 inches tall: 17 to 18 years
old; with a thin build and a short to me-
dium length Afro. Green said the
woman was not seriously injured anti was
not taken to a hospital
Victim escapes serious harm
traps. The repair was done Wednesday afternoon, in front
of the Administration Building.
Photo by SAL SESSA
STEAMED HEAT—C D Young physical plant employee
comes up for air after working on some worn-out steam
Budget divisions anger coaches
By JERRY HILL
Editor’s note: This is the second in
a three-part series on the 1982-83 ath-
Several coaches are angered by the ath
letic department's budgeting method,
which entails spreading the costs ol ad-
ministration. facilities and trainers'
expenses to all sports for fiscal year
However, head football coach Corky
Nelson said, "I can't see why we should
be picking at each other.
"It’s a family type deal,” he said.
"We have to pull in our horns and work
together I can understand, however,
that there are hard feelings because of
tfic way thing-, were done m the past.
The 1982-83 budget is SI 7 million,
with all sports receiving at least a 30 per
cent cut from the previous year, said Walt
Parker, vice president for external affairs.
I he department worked under a S2.6 mil-
lion budget last year and had a SI 5 mil-
The football program paid for all ex-
tra expenses in the past. Parker said, such
as administration, facilities costs. Sports
News and Information. Mean Green Ea-
gle Club and trainers' expenses.
However, one coach (who wished to
remain anonymous), said football had
never picked up
the bills. The coach
said that the extra
expenses had been
separate of the
Parker said the
that the department
will have to make
further cuts next
year. He said the
will meet with the
N T Board ol Regents in February to re
view the athletic situation and see if there
is a need to make additional changes
Nl track coach John McKenzie said
Wednesday that the track team was able
to recruit only one athlete this year due
to the budget cuts.
"We recruited no new people with the
exception of Diana Atkinson in the wom-
en's program," McKenzie said. "And
we recruited zero in the men’s program
Our No. I priority this year was to re-
new the scholarships of all our deserv-
ing athletes We signed all the people
we had last yea:
The National Collegiate Athletic As
sociation requires all Division I track pro-
grams to compete in at least six cross
country meets, four indoor track meets
and eight outdoor track meets. McKenzie
“On the men’s side, we couldn’t cut
down any on our number of meets," he
said. "We were already running in the
minimum number of meets. If we don’t
meet Division i requirements, the whoie
program will have to drop down to Di-
The track program’s traveling squad
was dropped down to 14 members.
McKenzie said, due to budgetary reasons.
"According to this budget, we get
SI59.466.94 for the total track program,"
he said. "You must divide that by three,
because we have three sports -cross coun-
try. indoor track and outdoor track.
"Of that figure. $50,(XX) goes to track
athletes through equipment, travel and
scholarships ’’ The track team itself will
receive $50,()()(); administration ot the
track team will cost $1 10.000. he said.
"The $110,000 includes $40,000 for
coaches’ salaries, plus $2.(XX) STOOD fo»
telephone and mailings, and the rest is
itemized in the budget.” he said.
McKenzie said dropping the school’s
minor sports men’s and women's track,
tennis and golf, men’s soccer and wom-
en’s volleyball and basketball -would do
little to settle the athletic department's
“If you want to talk figures, you could
drop all the women' sports and all the
men's sports except iootbaii and basket-
ball. and you would save about
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still be around $1.4 million even with-
out the other sports,
"All the other costs would still be the
same. You would save a little on admin-
istration costs, but the costs for facilities,
the Mean Green Eagle Club, the Sports
News, all that would be the same."
McKenzie said further cuts will hurt
the track program but said it can survive
as long as the team can meet the NC \A
Division I and Southland Conference
Richard Lowe said
the budget cuts
limited his re-
cruiting and travel
tjns year, but that
the actual effects
of this year's bud-
get will not be seen
for two to three
years from now.
"I don’t know
how long we can
keep going like tins. Lowe said An-
yone can do it for a year or so. but sooner
later you ,1 'tart luaug
ation and don't fill their spots with good
freshmen. You're going to hit the skids
if you can't keep up the pace
Lowe said the soccer program did away
with letter awards, which were given to
players who performed well during the
season, and cut back on mailing and tel
ephone expenses In addition, the team
cl id not buy any equipment or new um-
forms this year.
"It’s kind of a strange situation." he
said "The previous athletic director. Bob
Tyler, knew the financial straits we were
in and promised us the money for an ad-
ditional chola-dup bo we broke that
into five parts and gave that out to the
Basketball coach Bill Blakeley, whose
budget was cut 30 percent, said the bas-
ketball team will not be affected much
this year but is wary of future cuts in
the department's budget.
"Beyond this year, we're in real trou-
ble." Blakeley said.
Nelson is working with a budget of
$957.57i budget for tins year's footbaii
team and said. "I will have to face ad-
next year But until then. I can t let that
"I think we are at the Southland Con-
ference level as far as budget and schol-
arships. I'm hoping that we can stay at
that level, but I guess we ll just have to
see what happens next year."
Lisa Allred. Tort Worth junior and the new Miss
Texas I SA. visited with her N I Alpha Delta Pi soror-
ity sisters Wednesday afternoon.
Allred said she plans to travel w ith pageant officials
for a year before she returns to N T to complete a de-
gree in fashion merchandising. She attended Richland
High School and competed as Miss Tort Worth in the
In addition to the title. Allred won $80,000 in cash
"It’s been very hectic, but a lot ol fun." Allred said.
Allred said she entered the pageant for the first time
last year for the fun ol it and was lirst runner-up. Next
May she will compete in the Miss USA pageant.
"II this is exploitation. I hope to be exploited all my
life ” she said in reference to the idea that beauty pag-
eants exploit women.
Allred said she prayed about w inning the contest but
would not have been disapponted il she hadn’t won.
"My desire is to serve (iod, whatever he wants is fine
with me." she said.
Photo by DAVID BRICKEY
Lisa Allred, Miss Texas-U.S.A., joins sorority
sisters in their chapter room at College Inn
Industrial art gains new program
Board approves degree
By JULIA ROBINSON
A bachelor of science degree in indus-
trial technology has been approved by
the Texas College Coordinating Board
and will be implemented at NT begin-
ning this December, said Dr. John
Richards, chairman of industrial technol-
ogy div ision ol the College of Education
The degree will be offered in place ol
a bachelor of science in industrial arts,
to students concentrating in industrial
technology and who choose to work in
industry rather than education.
Previously, the industrial arts division
awarded a bachelor ol science degree to
industry-bound students as well as those
who planned to teach industrial .iris
The coordinating board expressed to
N'T a need for a distinction between the
two programs and then different functions,
and suggested the degree as a positive
step. Richards said
Richards said N I s industrial arts pro
gram has been a successful one " There
is hardly an industry in this area ot any
size that doesn't have an industrial arts
graduate from N'T."
Richards said the industrial arts stall
will issue a report for a curriculum revi
sion within a seat He said he forsces a
strengthening of the academic base for
the industrial technology requirements m
mathematics, physical science and
"High technology exposure will be in
demand in the technical fields." he said.
"In order for the program to succeed in
the long run. it will have to train stu-
dents with computerized machine tools,
a materials testing lab and other high tech-
Graduate students in industrial technol-
ogy sidI may earn a mastei of science
degree in industrial arts. Richards said
\ master’s degree program in indus-
trial technology has not yet been ap
proved, but having the bachelor's degree
program makes the eventual appearance
of a master's program more realistic.
Judge to set rape trial date
Pete Dcvercaux. a former NT stu-
dent and varsity football team mem
ber. will appear before 21 Ith District
Court Judge Sam Houston Friday ,
when a final date will be set for Ins
trial in connection with a sexual as-
sault during the summer.
A date for the trial was to be set
last week, a district court official said
Wednesday, but Dcvercaux A attorneys
requested a delay
Dcvercaux was an Nl sophomore
during the second summer session,
when he was arrested in connection
with the rape of a 21-year-old Nl
The attack occured it I a m Inly
21 in the playground behind the I ni
versity Ministry Center at the corner
ol Welch and Collins Denton Police
reports state that the victim was ap-
proached by a man as she walked to
her apartment The man pulled a knife
and forced the woman to walk to the
CMC. where lie raped her
Dcvercaux was arrested bv Denton
police on July 22
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