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TARLETON STATE UNIVERSITY
POSTAGE PAID USPS N0.133
STEPHENVILLE, TEXAS 76401
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 1990
A PROUD PART OF THE TEXAS A&M SYSTEM
Administration takes stand on presents
By Ben Tinsley
Tarleton President Dr. Barry
B. Thompson recently released
a memo to all TSU employees,
prohibiting the acceptance of
gifts from vendors of the amount
of more than $30.00 in value.
The subject of the memo was
"ethics." Issued on January 19,
the memo stated that Tarleton
"was entering a new period in
local, state and federal govern-
ment," which Thompson refer-
red to as "the ethics period."
"I have confidence in the
ethical standards of our univer-
sity employees," Thompson
wrote, "but.each of us must be
conscious of our actions and how
they may reflect on our job and
our university, we must continue
to show good judgement and
conduct ourselves in a profes-
Thompson attached a "gift
policy" to the letter, in the hope
that it would "keep Tarleton
State University above reproach
and reinforce Tarleton's policy of
efficient and lawful use of state
The "gift policy" stated that
no TSU employee may accept a
gift from any Tarleton vendor,
potential vendor, or a represen-
tative of a vendor that is more
than a token.
A token, stated the policy, is
defined as any item less than
$30.00 in value. The "token"
list included desk calendars,
book, T-shirts, caps, Christmas
hams, and complimentary
Any gifts exceeding the
amount of $30, the policy stated,
should be refused or returned
with a response indicating that
university policy prohibits accep-
Employees, the policy con-
tinued, are also strictly prohibited
from accepting airline tickets,
lodging, and rental cars from any
vendor, potential vendor, or
representative of a vendor not
covered in a grant or university
The policy also stated that TSU
policy does not allow employees
to accept honoraria, consultant
fees, or travel expenses from any
vendor. Exceptions to the policy
must be authorized by Thompson
based on a prior written request
and "proper justification."
Any university employee on a
12-month contract, the policy
stated, will be required to use
vacation for the days the con-
sulting fee or honoraria is earned.
Thompson told THE J-TAC
that the memo was not inspired
by any particular event — just a
growing need to verbalize what
had been understood for many
Photo by Ben Tinsley J-TAC staff
Sharing needles: Students wait for their Health Center after the recent outbreak of
turn to recieve vaccination shots at the measles on the Tarleton Campus.
Students get shots for measles
By Ben Tinsley
Approximately 1900 Tarleton
£tate University students were
vaccinated for measles during the
disease's sweep of Erath county
the week of Jan. 23.
The sweep left TSU with 17
confirmed cases of the illness.
The students received the vac-
cine for the nine-day virus in the
form of a shot administered free
of charge at TSU's Health
The central origin of the il-
lness, said Vice President for
Student Services Johnny
Johnson, was in Tarleton's
Women' s dormintories.
Although Tarleton students
composed the predominant
amount of those vaccinated,
many off-campus students
received shots, as well, Johnson
All TSU athletes were vac-
cinated as well, he said.
Johnson said that he was op-
timistic about the swift action
taken by TSU officials and the
Texas Department of Health in
Arlington, who provided the vac-
cine to Tarleton, also free of
"Maybe we prevented an
epidemic," Johnson said. "I
Johnson said that the entire
Student Services department shut
down normal operations to aid in
the administration of the vac-
cines, he said.
TSU's Health Center physician
Dr. Kam Ip and Nurses Dorris
Easley and Cindy Bicket ad-
ministered doses of the vaccine
The students, Johnson said,
responded well to the vaccine
call, and 25 students even
volunteered to unwrap and
unload the amounts of vaccine
the TSU clinic received.
"We couldn't have gotten
through without our student
volunteers," Johnson said.
Many students who contracted
the disease within the last week
had already received doses of the
free vaccine, said Student Ser-
vices Executive Secretary Sue
Breakall. The vaccine, however,
did lessen the intensity of the
The average age of those in-
fected was approximately 18
through 19, she said.
Associate Vice President for
Student Services Dr. Sandra
Hunter said that the 17 TSU
measles cases have been confirm-
ed through blood tests.
"We still have some vaccine
"We're trying hard to make
sure that the people who get it
have been directly exposed,
because it [the virus] is slowing
down," she said.
"We're not getting near the
cases we were getting confirm-
ed last week," said Hunter.
"There's not that many
[students] coming in and so
"We've seen a ddfinite
slowdown [of the disease] in the
latter part of last week," Hunter
The number of students call-
ing in ill with measles after leav-
ing for home during the weekend
has decreased as well, she said.
However, Hunter said, the
number of those diagnosed does
not include Stephenville or any
other part of Erath County
"All we've done," Thompson
said, "was to reaffirm what
we've had in place for a long
time. Just to remind all of us that
we're public servants — that we
represent a large clientele, to
conduct our business as we
always have — totally on top of
"We do thousands of transac-
tions each year," he said, "and
I just wanted to make sure that
everyone was operating on the
There is not a set penalty for
violation of this policy, he said.
"The understanding is that ap-
propriate disciplinary actionwill
be taken if the policy is
The policy is meant for all
TSU employees-teachers and of-
fice personnel alike, he said.
The $30 mark was set to allow
for the contingency of office gifts
between TSU employees.
However, he said, the $30 line
is the stopping point for the
amount of any and all gifts.
"... the line is very simple.
You don't except a gift of more
than $30. That's the line,"
Thompson said. "Higher educa-
tion has always held itself to a
higher standard probably to any
other segment of Americana
society. I just want to be sure we
continue to do that."
January 15, 1990
TARLETON STATE UNIVERSITY
Policy: Acceptance of Gifts from Vendors'
No university employee may accept a gift from any Tarleton vendor,
potential vendor, or a representative of a vendor that is more thaji
a token. A token is defined as any it$m less than $30.00 in value'.
Tokens would include such items as:
Memo on Gifts: Part of the memo sent out tance of gifts by faculty and staff at
by the administration concerning the accep- Tarleton.
Child saves diabetic father
with calm reaction to seizure
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Paul Kurko lapsed into a
diabetic shock with no one but
his 11-year-old son around to
But Paul Jr. didn't panic.
On January 2, what would
have been Paul Jr.'s first day
back to school since the holidays,
Kurko got up out of bed and went
to the restroom in the process of
getting ready to take his son to
''I said, 'Dad will you take me
to school?" said Paul Jr., "and
Dad said 'Oh yeah, I'll take you
But something was terribly
wrong with his father, he said.
Paul Jr. mentioned this to his
father, who replied: "No there's
"He walked in the bathroom
and came back out and sat down
like this," Paul Jr. said, sticking
his arms out and narrowing his
eyes in zombie-like fashon.
Paul Jr.'s grandmother,
Tarleton's Education depart-
ment, Dr. Virginia Bazil, was not
there to care for her diabetic son,
as she had been in the past.
Paul Jr. was on his own.
Paul Jr., Bazil, and Kurko
reconstructed what happened
As he had been trained to by
his grandmother, Paul Jr. went
into the kitchen and drew a cup
of sugar water to have his father
Kurko's mouth wouldn't open,
so in the hope of getting some
amount of sugar in his father's
system, Paul Jr. threw the water
in his face.
After waiting for two or three
minutes, Paul decided that the
splashing had not worked. So, he
improvised and ran into the kit-
chen to dial information at
"1-4-1-1." [Stephenville does
not yet have the capacity for
Through trial and error, Paul
Jr. eventually reached Harris-
' Methodist, ~ Stephenville. They
gave him the number of the local
ambulance company and told him
he had to call them himself.
As paramedics arrived with
life saving glucose, Paul Jr. held
his overactive dog Muffy at bay
while the medicine was
Kurko recovered shortly
"I had no control over the
situation," Kurko later told THE
J-TAC. "This was the second
time th,is happened."
Kurko said that he could have
easily died from the incident.
Bazil said that the seizure was
"Paul Jr. and I sat down an
had a long talk about the way his
father acted [when having a
seizure]," Bazil said, "and how
it wasn't really him, because he
was in a coma and he didn't make
"We went through then and
several times later what he would
SGA passes constitution
By Pmanuel >Alvear
Editor in Chief
Student Government Associa-
tion (SGA) met in a specially
called general Assembly to vote
on a new constitution.
Both branches of SGA, the
Student Senate and the Organiza-
tional Assembly, met in order to
ratify the constitution which had
been presented to SGA in a
general assembly held two weeks
During the assembly Robert
Parkey, SGA President, inform-
ed the Senators present that the
vote would be determined by a
roll call vote.
The Student Senate passed the
constitution in a roll call vote
with only one vote against it.
After the vote, the Senate
separated into committees and
left the Organizational Assembly,
The Assembly, headed by J.C.
Johnson, Vice-President of SGA,
voted unanimously to ratify the
The constitution had to pass
election in both houses by a two-
Having successfully passed the
vote in both houses, the constitu-
tion went before the general stu-
dent body for approval.
Speaker of the Senate
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