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TARLETON STATE UNIVERSITY
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POSTAGE PAID USPS NO. 133
STEPHENVILLE, TEXAS 76401
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1990
A PROUD PART OF THE TEXAS A&M SYSTEM
Assault and break-in reported at Tarleton
By Ben Tinsley
Assistant to the Editors
A 19-year-old Tarleton female
was the victim of an attempted
sexual assault Monday night,
hours before an unidentified in-
truder was seen entering and flee-
ing the Hall of Presidents.
The two incidents are
unrelated, say Campus Police,
but they did occur within hours
of each other.
The attempted sexual assault,
said Tarleton Police Chief Robert
Hooper, took place at 8 p.m. this
A TSU co-ed had apparently
driven her car into the women's
parking lot, between the female
dormitories and TSU's Nursing
The co-ed, said Hooper, heard
what she later described as a
female scream coming from the
area of the Nursing center. She
walked towards the vicinity of
the noise, he said, and saw a
young female with long, blonde
hair struggling with two males.
The coed walked closer, only
to be seized by the two men, who
attempted to sexually assault her,
While the co-ed was being at-
tacked, said Hooper, the other
female escaped and ran away.
An Erath County Crimestop-
pers ad published in response to
attempted assault describes one
of the assailants as either a white
male with dark complexion, or
a hispanic male with light com-
plexion, approximately 5'11"
tall with long brown hair.
The second assailant has been
decribed as a white tpale,
noticably shorter than the other
This individual also had long
hair, the ad said.
Hooper said that the younger
female involved in the attack
could not be located at the pre-
The intrusion into the Hall of
Presidents, said Hooper, occur-
red around 11:00 p.m., during
the hours immediately following
the attempted sexual assault.
"We were stopped on the
street [during the assault in-
vestigation]," said Hooper, "and
when we got there [to the Hall
of Presidents], we were ap-
proached by several people [stu-
dent members of a TSU spirit
club] who had come out of the
"They said that they had heard
somebody downstairs in the
building," said Hooper. "They
had searched for the person, and
were unable to find hiin.
"This happened several times,
and then finally, the fellow was
seen leaving the [Northwest door
See 'Crimes' Page 7
Stars at TSU
Exciting performance: Steve Wariner
performs before a Tarleton crowd in
Wisdom Gym Thursday, Feb. 8. The concert
Photo by Marc Parka J-TAC staff
was sponsored by the Student Programing
Country stars entertain Tarleton
By Amie Campbell
. Managing/Opinions Editor
Feb. 8 Tarleton State's Student
Programming Association (SPA)
hosted the Garth Brooks/Steve
Wariner Concert in Wisdom
Gym to a full house.
Country Music's Garth Brooks
opened the concert with an up-
beat show that kept the .crowd
screaming. Brooks, the 26 year
old Oklahoman, released his first
Top 40 hit Much Too Young (To
Feel This Damned Old), off of his
debut album entitled Garth
Brooks second release was the
soft ballad If Tomorrow Never
Comes, also reaching the Top 40.
The music video for the single
features his wife of four years
and a little girl, which inciden-
tally isn't theirs. "We don't have
any children," said Brooks.
"We do have a dog, but that's
Brooks doesn't consider any of
his lyrics depressing. "I consider
the words to If Tomorrow Never
Comes to be the ultimate compli-
ment that you could pay
somebody," said Brooks. "The
way I look at it, I don't sing any
Brooks next release from his
album will be the single Vie
Dance, which he performed at
the concert. "We are also
See 'Concert' Page 7
Photo bv Marc Parks J-TAC staff
Soft song: Garth Brooks sings one of his hit songs during
his performance Thursday.
A. c. Unit
Chain link Fence .
Women's Dorm Parking
To Washington St.
Scene of the crime: Map showing area student occured.
where an attempted assault on a Tarleton
Student wins national
By Ben Tinsley
Assistant to the Editors
Tarleton CIS .major Sue
Robertson recently won a spot on
USA Today's third All-USA
In response to the October 9 J-
TAC article concerning USA To-
day's search for superior
acedemic students in America,
Robertson's teacher, Associate
Professor Dr. Ruth McQueen of
the CIS and management depart-
ment, recommended that she
apply for the team. "She called
me in and said I should get it,"
"In the USA Today thing [con-
test] ,'' she said,' 'you have to do
something other than school. I
designed a pretest for incoming
freshman to discover just what
their literacy level is."
The idea for the "pre-test"
arose from a project she had
previously worked on in a
technical writing class. "The
reason we wanted to use it [the
"pre-test,"] is because I design-
ed it for incoming freshmen to
discover just what their computer
literacy level is," said
The reason her "pre-test" idea
worked well, she said, is because
it allowed people with computer
problems that took the test to be
separated from the generally
average students, and to be in-
structed more on their level.
January 19 was the dates the
winner was announced in USA
Being selected to the third
team, she said, means that the
selectee is considered among the
best of the third set of students
chosen in the nation to occupy
those positions. Each set contains
Nominees for the positions
were judged not only for outstan-
ding individual athletic behavior,
she said, but for participation in
community campus awards,
honors, and demonstrations of
initiative as well as grade point
Teacher evaluations influence
decisions with student input
By Ben Tinsley
Assistant to the Editors
Previous university policy con-
cerning semesterly teacher
evaluations has been changed due
to TSU teachers' fears that
students are not taking the pro-
cess seriously enough, the
Academic Affairs office reported
"And if the students don't take
it seriously, then there's no
reason to have it," said Vice
President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Bob Fain.
The decision for change was
made at a recent Academic
Council meeting, Fain said. The
policy change is active as of next
The original proposal was to
conduct the evaluations in every
class during the Fall semester of
every other school year, he said.
The period of the proposal was
altered to every fall semester for
every TSU teacher.
however, said Fain, must be
evaluated in the Spring, as well.
' 'And the department head has
the perogative to require any in-
structor to have the evalutions,"
Fain said. '
"What it amounts to is that
most of the teachers won't have
to do it [be evaluated] in the
Spring semester," he said.
The change in evaluation times
is now official university policy,
"Our [computer] programs
identifies anyone that did not turn
something in [to Data Process-
ing]," he said. "And there are
some teachers around here that
"I can assure you, that this is
considered at raise time and pro-
The evaluations are ranked on
a scale of five to one, five being
the lowest ranking and one, be-
ing the highest.
Teachers are evaluated on their
semesterly performance on the
job, he said.
The process takes place near
the end of the semester. The ac-
tual evaluation, Fain said, is ad-
ministered by a teacher not
associated in any manner with
that particular class.
The information is then seal-
ed in an envelope, he said, turn-
ed into the department heads of-
fice, and sent to data processing
where the forms lay dormant un-
til the end of the semester ". .
. to insure confidentiality," says
At the end of the semester,
Data Processing inputs the stu-
dent evaluations into the school
computer, and specific analyses
are then performed at the in-
dividual level, the departmental
level and the college and univer-
"An individual teacher will get
his response or his report," says
Fain. "And then, the Department
Head receives both a departmen-
tal analyis [a compiled list of
evaluation ratios for the entire
department] and individual
analyses for the teachers."
The evaluation results are
shown only to the teacher and the
department head, Fain said, for
the same reasons of the confiden-
tiality that calls for postponement
of semester results.
With the composite depart-
mental analysis, said Fain, the
department head can tell how that
particular department is function-
ing as a whole.
"The Dean gets an analysis on
the departmental level and also
on the college level — a very
broad based analysis."
Fain said that just like each
department has its own evalua-
tion chart, section for section,
every evaluation is incorperated
into one distinct rating chart for
Tarleton State Univeristy as a
whole. Tarleton's rating last
semester was 1.75 overall.
"These things [evaluations]
are used in the promotion process
and in the tenure process both,"
See 'Grading' Page 7
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