The J-TAC (Stephenville, Tex.), Vol. 56, No. 6, Ed. 1 Thursday, October 2, 1975 Page: 2 of 12
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Page 2 The J -TAC
Sad but true
October 2, 1975
Texan losing streak: it's more than had luck
Last Saturday night, the Tarleton Texans
played one of the best games seen in
Memorial Stadium. They made some mistakes
which cost them the game and got some
tough breaks on a few questionable calls, but
for those who saw the game there was no
question about who really won.
Unfortunately, not even a tenth of the
student body, showed up to see it. And that is
the saddest thing about the whole affair.
The football team at any college invariably
is a reflection of the quality of an institution.
You don't find many winning college teams ,
that come from a second-class institution of '
education, and if you do it is usually a fluke
In the Lone Star Conference the
conference leaders are usually the ones,
considered above the others in just about
every category including football.
And one of the things which those teams'
have going for them is that they are an
accepted part of the campus life. As such they5'
are given maximum suppor. .by'the student
body, and win or lose a large number of
students show up for the games. They show
up because the ones playing are their fellow
students and they know they are doing their
best for them. •
To further exemplify the point, take a
look at the independent college of
Lutheran. Though they
college than Ta,rleton, they invariably have
their bleachers■ filled up. In fact, the shouts.of
their supporting students and fans have
undoubtedly given them an extra push in all
their home games. Even the Sequin high
are a much smallef
school band shows up en masse for the games.
It shouldn't take long for you to see the
point which is being made by all of this.
Without real acceptance and support for the
TSU football teams by the Tarleton students,
the building of the new stadium might as well
be lor some other team like Stephenville high
school's. " ■ .
That doesn't mean, more students need to
show up and holler their iuilgs out at each
game, although it miglit help. It means that
the football players should be accepted as
part and parcel of everything which this
school stands for. ' ;
It is doubtful if molt students would know
a member of the football team if he walked
up to them on the sidewalk and told-them his
name. In short, they just don't,care.
This same type of attitude is contagious
and at present permeates dot 'just things
related to athletics but the whole of student
activities. Nobody wants to get involved in
anything, and the vyhole*university eventually
suffers for it.
Some students advocate dropping the
football team altogether. Fine, but watch it.
What would you drop next? There aren't that
many things which TSU; does win at.
Basketball, track, you name it and the same
general story begins to pop up again.
Of course there is rodeo. Indeed TSU has
been known for it's rodeo team -in:the past
and present. But how many students would
be more willing to turn out for a rodeo than a
' football game?
The answer should be obvious to those
who do? attend the rodeos. " Certainly, the
rodeo team deserves more recognition than it
currently receives for their outstanding
efforts. The question is would it really be the
solution to the situation of disinterest and
non-involvement which exists. -s
It is a valid question, and students would
do well to consider it and any other solutipns
to the void which exists as far as campus
activities are concerned.- i-,
Coming soon will be the Homecoming f
which has in itself all but dies out at Tarleton. -
Last year's bonfire was a farce and there were
probably more ex-students attending the
homecoming game than those enrolled. ■■ .'
The losing streak which the Texans are'
steeped in right now is more than just bad
luck. It . is a psychological attitude of losing
which the student body possesses, and which,
has just shown itself in the version of poor-
Don't expect Tarleton to ever have a
winning team until they get a winning
attitude. And don't expect the team to get a
winning attitude until the school does.
Meanwhile, about eighty students will
make the school trip to Angelo this week, and
even without the extracurricular activities,
which have been scheduled in conflict with
the trip, it is doubtful that that number
would come close to doubling.
Hopefully, the Texans will prove this
theory to be wrong and will be able to
overcome the losing spirit through their
intense desire to win. Only time will tell. One
thing is for sure, they are putting out their
Letter to editor
Student criticizes Dining Hall
University to receive plaque and
bicentennial flag at homecoming
I am ;i senior student l'ving in
the J o r ill ;i lory (sic) as a
counselor. Living in (lie dorm, I
am required to pay for food in the
University dining hall. In enjoy
lite in the dorm, but having to eat
in the dining hall is a real pain. I
leel that the use of too many
•starches with little emphasis on
nutrition and tile use of powdered
foods which are also low in
nutrients is not what the students
or.their parents, as the case may he.
are paying for.
Mr. Covington, in his letter to
tlis.1, J-TAC last week, stated that
the dining hall is a self-supported
,. business, when in., reality it's ,a
self-supporting monopoly. The
kids have to eat there no matter
what the food is like and I feel
that it isn't 'fair to serve ;then>
food that is kicking in nutrition
and taste. Just because you have a
person "trapped" in a situation.
Covington slated on Foods
Council last year that our job was
to give helpful ideas Instead of
criticism, the helpful ideas haven't
worked!! When he is confronted
with suggestions on how, to
improve the food and service, lie
only turns, a deaf ear to the
situation. I'rob.'ems such as the
number of flys (sic) in (he
building have been-ignored.
It seems ridiculous to hire
women who are' excellant (sic)
cooks only to give llien.i MISSION
IMPOSSIBLE so to speak. You
can't fix good tood when you
don't have good food to work
■.with or. permission to fix it
properly. Perhaps that is why the
dining hall is self-supporting.
■Lower prices for 'lower quality
food and higher prices for
The employees in the dining'
hall care about what they , serve
the students-it's a real shame that
their supervisor doesn't. This
letter is sent in the hopes that.
someon^'will read it and care
eno.tigh' about the fate of the
students to' take some helpful
. Gary Best
The University is to be
presented with a bicentennial flag
and plaque at the homecoming,
luncheon scheduled for Oct. 1,8
according to Bicentennial
committee chairperson Dr. Sue
McGinity. Also the University was
recently recognized as a
Dr. McGinity also announced
that any university organization
planning to participate in the
'bicentennial homecoming activities
should contact her at 8-210$.
Other committee members who
may also be notified are: Mrs.
Natrelie Young; Dr. O.A. Grant;
Dr. Robert Walker; Dr. Alice Jobe;
and Mr. Gene Atkinson.
Those who do participate will
be listed in the American
Revolution Bicentennial i
A University Arts and Crafts fair
in cooperation with the city of
Stephenville is being planned for
■ April 9-11.
ED I TOR \S NO TV-Mr. James
Covington has not previously run
a letter in the J-TAC, and after
being contacted by the J-TAC
stated that he would- make no
reply to Mr. /test's letter. The
letter expresses only the views of
Mr. Best, and the opinion's therein
may or may not represent true
facts. There is nothing contained
in Mr. Best's letter which
necessarily, represents the opinions ■
of the J-TAC, the,administration
or student body of the University.
Women's Volleyball Schedule
TWC, Ft. Worth
TWU, Den ton,
/ Oct. 6
TWC, Ft. Worth
U. of Houston Tournament
U. of H., Houston
* Oct. 13
University of Dallas
UD. , Irving
Howard Payne & ACC
University of Dallas'
North Texas Toi^fyhient
Oct. 31-Nov. 1
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