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Permit Nb. f33
Student newspaper of Tarleton State University
September 11, 1980
Lloyd Warren shows how rappelling is supposed to be done as he descends from the 53 foot H & B
building. The action took place Wednesday during an ROTC exercise. (J-Tac staff photo by Cliff
Fine art center named
for ex-TSU student
By Cindy Nelson
Clyde H. Wells, who was recently
awarded a lifetime honorary
membership in the national honor
society Phi Kappa Phi in addition
to having TSU's new $7.5 million
Fine Arts Complex named in his
honor, is a distinguished alumnus
of Tarleton State and Texas A&M
Clyde Henley Wells was born in
Stephenville in 1916, was educated
in Stephenville public schools, and
attended Tarleton when it was a
two year agricultural college.
Upon graduation from Tarleton in
1936, he transferred to Texas A&M
to continue his education.
"It (Tarleton) was a fine place to
go to school. I had strong
professors and I give them credit.
It was a fine atmosphere for young
people to go and get their
education," Wells commented in a
In 1938 he received his B.S.
degree in Agriculture with honors.
Shortly after, he returned to
Tarleton to serve as Professor and
Head of the Agronomy Depart-
ment within the School of
Agriculture. In addition to TSU,
Wells also taught at Texas
Wells is now a resident of
Granbury and keeps his time
accounted for with his various
interests. Included in the long list
of his association with the Texas
A&M Board of Regents. Appointed
to the Board in 1961, he became
Chairman in, 1969 and has held that
position ever since.
"I now serve on the Board of
Addison Bank in Addison, Texas, I
sit on the Sunbelt Savings Board in
Stephenville, I am Director of
Texas and Southwest Cattle
Association, I am a trustee of
Texas A&M Research Association,
and I am Acting Chairman for the
Council of Governing Boards for
State Supported Institutions for
Higher Learning," Wells said.
Posts he has held in the past
include President of the Granbury
Chamber of Commerce, President
of the Board of Education, and
President of the -'Tarleton Ex-
Students Association. He has also
been a member of the Board of
Trustees for the First United
Methodist Church and in
Stephenville, he served as Master
of the Masonic Lodge.
Contib Jed on page 3
The freedom "tunnel"
By Mary Rucker
It was almost seven and Helen
was putting the last of her dirty
clothes in her basket. A knock
sounded loud on her door and
without realizing it she jumped.
Laughing at herself she called
out, "Come in." Ethel slipped in
the door, her laundry basket full
to the brim. "Are you almost
ready?" She added, "If we don't
hurry we'll be late. I'm afraid
that Nancy might be getting
"You say that every time we
do this," Helen chided, "What
do you want to do—quit going?"
The two girls picked up their
baskets and walked out the
door. On the way to the laundry
room Helen hummed to herself
thinking about the evening to
come. As they reached the door
of the laundry room Ethel
breathed gratefully, "There's no
The girls walked over to
the machines and hurriedly
stuffed their clothes in the
machines. Ethel mused, "Gosh, I
really should have brought some
soap." "Would you hurry up?
They're going to turn the steam
on in about two minutes,"
Baskets left in open view of
anyone coming or going to the
laundry room the girls tiptoed
over to a grate opening in the
wall and opened it, A hole about
three feet in diameter lay behind
the grate and Helen began to
' Fugitives from a prison?
Truants from a boarding school? '
Maybe sisters running away from
home? What could make two
girls so desperate for escape that
they would crawl into a hole
going who knows where?
Well, they are not escaped
convicts of any sort--but
escapees they are, in fact. And
what they are escaping from is
close to all of our hearts...good
'ole TSU, or whatever TSU was
called around 1940.
The foregoing scene evolved
from a conversation with a
woman who was a student at
TSU some forty-odd years ago.
As she described the rules that
were enforced upon the students
at the time, everyone wore
uniforms, a general assembly was
held each morning at 7:30 a.m.
and students' personalappearance
was checked. No student was
allowed to own or even ride in a
car without special permission,
and all dating was screened
through the school.
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