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Editor tn Chief
Go to Sherman
Support the Texans
The Tarleton Texans are on top of TIAA again, and once more
have their shot at the play-offs.
This week, they will journey to Sherman to play Austin College
in what will be the determining factor in TSU's quest for the
Travel to Sherman and support your team. Drive to Austin Col-
lege, and show our players some purple pride,
Tarleton has taken some hard knocks this semester, starting with
'the TIAA censure in September for beginning Fall practise early.
This, added to the 44-7 loss to Howard Payne University in October,
served to dampen the spirits of Texans and Texan fans alike. /
However, Howard Payne also lost a crucial game with Austin Col-
lege in October, as well. That put TSU back in the running.
Last weekend, the Texans stomped all over Midwestern College
49-11, raising morale greatly.
And now it's time to venture to Sherman and reclaim our lost soul.
We, as a Tarleton family, need to unite and follow our brethren.
As a family. .
Apathy this semester has lowered from its original all time high,
but is still rampant at times when spirit and enthusiasm are sorely
needed. TSU needs to gear up for a spirited fight.
Go. Your team needs you.
A special tribute
To the Delta Zeta Sorority and its Step Sing coordinator Kim Win-
frey for a marvelous job in organizing this year's Step Sing. Perhaps
the greatest part of this achievement is managing to incorporate non-
greek organizations, such as the Rodeo Club and the Purple Poo,
into the show, making it a true purple-pride event.
What's your view?
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Letters to the Editor
Letter to the Managing Editor
YES, DORM LIFE IS HELL...
It is especially hell when you work for
the University and you are the one who has
to go around with the inspector or occa-
sionally be the inspector. The main purpose
of room, inspection is early detection of
destruction of university property, even
though you are the. renter! This includes
mice, insects (ants), broken objects, minor
and major repairs, etc. Signs for room
check are posted the Sunday evening before
room check oil the following Thursday. If
you pass room check with three checks or
less then you don't have room inspection
again for four weeks. If you don't pass (four
checks or more) then your room is check-
ed again within two weeks after the failure.
At the beginning of the semester room'
check was performed every two weeks
mainly because so many students had fail-
, ed it the first time.
I will strongly agree that PRIDE comes
from inside; however, I have seen the in-
side of some of the rooms where the carpet
consists of Pizza boxes, clothes, shoes, and
probably feeding insects. I have also had
to referee fights between roommates who
were in disagreement over the condition of
their room. I feel that if a room can not be
cleaned for one day out of twenty-eight days
then perhaps there is a problem and so-
meone should help the student(s) with it.
Also, sophomores and upper classmen are
in the minority in the dorms, except for
Coed, and they were not required to live
on campus until after they had signed their
housing contract which doesn't expire un-
My suggestion would be to make sure the
signs are posted by your RA and if they are
not posted on time then you need to tell the
housing coordinator in your area. If you
have excess time during the week you could
clean someone else's room for a small fee
and thus begin to lay your ground work for
the future. Also, I appreciate the copies of
the editorial that were left under or on my
door (16-plus copies to date).
Director, Hunewell Dorms
Letter to the Managing Editor:
Military dorm inspections? I don't think
so. I seriously doubt the individual writing
about white glove "military" dorm inspec-
tions ever spent a day in the military. I
recently spoke with a resident advisor about
the inspections being conducted. I was in-
formed a white glove was not used and the
inspections are conducted once a month.
Sanitation is the main way to prevent
disease, roaches, and rodents. I understand
students pay good money to live in the
dorms, but they in turn must abide by the
standards set by the University.
Ditto..... Field work
Letter to the Managing Editor:
Many people don't understand what
ROTC is all about, I hear statements such
as I would join, but I don't want to be tied
down to a military commitment. Listen up!
The Corps does not require a military com-
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Relating these inspections to the military
and ROTC were not used fairly in this ar-
ticle. The Military Science Dept. and
ROTC cadets try hard to maintain an im-
age and improve our program. If you
haven't served in the military or ROTC,
don't make comparisons to what we do or
don't do. You don't know. I invite
EVERYONE to stop by and see for
CDT CPT, TSU ROTC
mitinent until the third year in the program.
So don't be afraid, find out whi(t the Corps
is all about The Corps has a lot to offer:
leadership training, management experience
and the chance to become an officer in the
United States Army. For more information
call 968-9188 or come by the Military
Science department located in the west end
of Wisdom Gym. Be all that you can be!
Letter to the Managing Editor:
The Tarleton Corps of Cadets will be
conducting a field training exercise at Camp
Bowie located in Brownwood, Texas this
weekend. This weekend's activities will
consist of a land navigation course and Tac-
tical Application exercises which tests
cadets on their ability to react to various
The land navigation course is a challeng-
ing course that tests the cadet's ability to
use a compass and military (skills? Sorry,
handwriting analysis may be fauity)to find
different points. The course covers approx-
imately 20 square kilometers. Cadets com-
plete the course by using a compass to find
a direction and then walk a given distance
to locate a stake with a number on it. The
cadets then move from stake to stake until
the course is completed.
The Tactical Application Exercise con-
sists of various lanes that a cadet must lead
a squad through-- During the course of each
lane and enemy situation develops that the
cadet must react to. The cadet is graded his
command, control, and correct reaction to
the situations. Enemy situations consists of
reaction to a sniper, ambush, artillery fire,
Doug Williams ^
P's & Q's
To future writers of letters to the editor:
It is my job to put all copy intended for
print in the J-TAC into the computer. I
spend a good deal of my time deciphering
copy which is, badly handwritten.
I love my job, and I really enjoy seeing
responses to our paper, but I'm likely to
go blind trying ^ discover exactly what was
written. Letters to the editor are printed ex-
actly as they are turned in, except for spell-
ing corrections, which is a matter of
Please, everyone, ANY time yoti are
writing anything for any publication, (I)
either type it, double-spaced, or (2) print
it VERY neatly and legibly, double-spaced.
I would appreciate it very much, and
please do keep the letters coming. The J-
TAC is your voice as well as your informer.
Assistant to the Editors
Sabre Smooth is too slick for rider
Breaking two-year old horses is
an experience every cowboy and
cowgirl should go through. Not on-
ly does it allow you to better
understand how horses think and
feel, it builds your own character
I broke and trained my first fil-
ly my freshman year in high
school, arid have been breaking
ever since. Sometime during day
aftej day of working with my colt
'or filly, getting bucked off,
frustrated, and tired, I learn things.
I've learned to work my rear off
for personal satisfaction rather than
pay, because I've always broken
my own horses to show or sell.
Most important, I've learned pa-
tience, and that there are times
when it is impossible for a person
to be patient. I've also learned that
sometimes things just aren't meant
Let me tell you about the colt I
trained last year. To begin with, he
is a registered Paint gelding out of
my show mare and his name is
Sabre Smooth. My goal for this
colt was to show him in the District
and State 4-H Western Pleasure
However, we never made it.
The first couple of weeks went
great. Sabre never offered to buck,
and he usually travelled in a slow
and collected manner, which is
what you look for in a pleasure
horse. His only fault at that time
was spookiness, but that is to be
expected with colts.
I started getting worried about
the situation when he spooked at
the calves which were at one end
of the arena. . . every time we
passed. . . every day. Now this
might be normal for a colt who has
never been around cattle. But Sabre
spent the first four or five months
of his life in a cow pasture and as
a yearling in a pasture next to one.
Not to mention the fact that his sire
is a cutting horse.
Oh, well, I thought. At least
there won't be cows around dur-
ing the pleasure classes.
After a week or so, Sabre was
working pretty well and got over
his cow phobia. I got up my nerve
to take him out in the pasture.
Sabre was being fairly calm for his
first time out in the real world. He
only spooked at one calf, a hawk,
and a few butterflies (no joke). So,
I figured this non-bucking, slow
loping pleasure horse might could
handle a faster pace. That's when
he exploded. Now, he couldn't
buck worth a flip, but how come
every time a horse can't throw you
that way, they play dirty?
He ran straight for them, while
he managed to forget what
"whoa" and reins were for. Well,
he got me. As I'm sitting there on
the ground brushing the dirt off my
favorite Dwight Yoakum shirt
I'm wondering if I can be patient
very much longer.
What really sux after you get
dumped in the middle of no where
is the long walk back. Then you
have to catch the fool and ride him
til his tongue is hanging out, which
at least provides some satisfaction.
But probably worst of all is hav-
ing to clean out the moron's stall,
when you'd really like to let him
stand in it and suffer.
Fortunately, he nfever acted like
that in the pasture again, but now
Sabre decided to turn into a lazy
horse instead of a pleasure horse.
I constantly had to kick and click
to keep him going. My patience
was running out. I decided to get
a switch and use it on him the next
time he tried to quit on me.
Well, he didn't like that and
decided to buck again. This time
I pulled his head around so he
couldn't get it down and do what,
he wanted. Unfortunately, I didn't
let go in time and he flipped on me,
I forgave him that time because it
was my fault, but my patience was
Every day for two months, I
worked with Sabre. Apparently, I
was the only one who thought he
was a moron, so I kept on work-
ing. One day I decided to take him
to 4-H riding night at the arena in
town. Guess what?
Sabre refused to load in the
trailer. He had been in a trailer so
many times, he had even loaded in
the dark. That was it; my patience
was gone. I decided he only had
one more chance.
Last chance. We were riding in
the arena again, it had been rain-
ing and it was muddy. Sabre was
actually working really nicely and
I was quite relieved because I
didn't want to be a quitter. We
were loping down the rail and
Sabre tripped on who knows what
and fell face first in the mud and
and rolled head over heels.
Somehow I managed to bail off
and land on my feet. He jumped
up and looked at me, obviously
embarrassed, with his face com-
pletely covered in mud, his ears
cocked to the side, and legs spread.
I couldn't help it.
I fell down in the mud and laugh-
ed my tail off.
As I sat there laughing at him I
decided that was it. He was a good
horse, but some things just aren't
meant to be, and the two of us were
just that. '
I learned a lot from Sabre even
though things didn't work-out. My
uncle, mom, and dad have had
very little trouble with him. I went
back to showing Sabre's dam and
ended up very successful last year.
January is getting close and I have
a Paint Filly already lined up to
train. Hopefully, things will turn
I think everyone should try
things they like to do and set
goals for themseves. Work hard
to accomplish these goals, but if
you fail, it's not the end Of the
world. Bounce back and try
again, or try something new.
I felt guilty after giving Sabre
back to my Dad. However, I
came to realize that just because
I didn't succeed that time didn't
mean I was a quitter or a failure
or that I wouldn't succeed the
next. This not only pertains, to
training horses, but to all aspects
Julie Grider Is Feature
Editor of THE J-TAC.
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