The J-TAC (Stephenville, Tex.), Ed. 1 Thursday, March 1, 1990 Page: 1 of 6
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TARLETON STATE UNIVERSITY
MAR 01 1990
POSTAGE PAID USPS N0.133
STEPHENVILLE, TEXAS 76401
TAI ILL I ON OTATS
THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 1990
A PROUD PART OF THE TEXAS A&M SYSTEM
Tarleton receives water research grant
By Ben Tlnsley
Assistant to the Editors
Tarleton State University has
received a water development
grant in the amount of $200,000
from the Texas Water Develop-
ment Board in Austin to study
and evaluate water quality in the
Erath County area.
The appointed director of the
grant, said TSU Vice President
for Student Services Dr. Dennis
McCabe, is Tarleton alumnus
Ron Jones, a longtime analyst of
Reading from the actual grant,
McCabe said that: "In layman's
terms, the grant allows for the
^studying of water issues in this
The grant has been inspired by
the Erath County "waste-water"
controversy, said Vice President
for Business Affairs Larry Bicket
— a controversy concerning
"dairy runoff" or fecal matter
found in bodies of water adjacent
to Erath Dairies/This controver-
sy led to a senate sub committee
hearing on the matter this sum-
mer in TSU's Fine Arts Theatre.
Eventually, fines .were levied
by the Texas Water Comission
(TWC) against Dairies found
responsible for "wastewater
"There was obviously a need
to investigate what was going
on," said Bicket, "and try to
figure out ways to solve the pro-
blem. Senator [Bobby] Glasgow
[D-Stephenville], Dr. [Barry B.]
Thompson [President of Tarleton
State University]. Ron Jones and
others discussed and tried to
work on this problem."
Jones, he said, began to work
with various agencies in the state
of Texas that had a vested interest
in the environment, water and
pollution. "He [Jones] presented
several proposals to the univer-
sity and to these agencies
Jones, Bicket said, then devis-
ed a proposal which TSU and
Jones both agreed with,"and went
down to the Texas Water
Development Board, proposed it/
and was awarded the grant.
' 'We have within 50 miles of
Stephenville the number one
dairy producing area in the state-
-and there are four or five dairy
producing areas in this country,"
Jones said. "The whole area is
designated by the Texas Soil and
Water Conservation Board as the
number one non-point [not
originating from -one specific
area] source Agricultural Pollu-
tion area in the state. The ques-
tion that comes is in how we can
continue to have a viable dairy
economy and yet maintain the in-
tegrity of our environment."
"The thrust of what we're do-
ing," Jones said, "is how to find
ways to regulate and educate the
dairy industry. The runoff from
these dairies has emptied into the
streams on down to the Bosque
River into the lakes on
"And then, there's some ques-
tion about whether we're,
polluting the underground
aquifers from which we draw the
water that we drink and use for
manufacturing purposes," Jones
said. "We>'re doing the research :
necessary—the planning :
necessary to bring about the-
orderly development of the in-
dustry and yet keep the en-
vironmental quality of the
The grant circulates around an
advisory board and a committee
for constituency developement —
to which local dairymen will
belong as well as citizen and en-
vironmental groups. Jones said,
"it's a consensus-building com-
mittee. That's why so many will
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Police work with students to improve safety
* Editor's Note: This is the first
in a three-part series.
By Ben Tinsley
Assistant to the Editors
The recently attempted sexual
assault of a TSU Coed has spark-
ed a wave of concern on campus
— a wave focusing on the fact
that women are vulnerable before
and after dark, and that fear can
be very real, even at Tarleton
TSU Police Sgt. Randy
PollQff, ^whQ has been in-
vestigating the sexual assault case
on behalf of the school, said that
the case is currently under in-
vestigation, but that several
suspects have been found.
Dolloff, who was present in
most of the campus assault cases
during the past two years, said
that during a brief period of
panic, several female students
> took extreme measures to defend
themselves — one such coed was
caught carrying a machete on
campus as protection the same
day the attempted sexual assault
"I think there is a more ra-
tional concern among the girls
about their safety, " he said.
"They've started asking ques-
tions like, 'are my activities
safe?' and they want answers.
"So," he said, "we've started
small seminars on rape and date
rape around campus on how to
minimize your risk — the cam-
pus has reacted to that as a
Soon, he said, a student of-
ficers escort and patrol service
will be implemented and station-
ed around the women's dor-
mitories, "These will be students
hired through us, that will be
wearing a distinct uniform. One
idea is to wear a white shirt with
an officers badge, but we're not
The students would be provid-
ed with equipment to help
students, in distress. "Jump
starts, unlocked cars and things
to expedite gettipg a young lady
in [her dormitory room],"
Dolloff said. "It's a progressive
program. I think it will be a big
Some Tarleton women, he
said, have realized that they are
j. ltting themselves at risk in the
manner in which they go about
their day-to-day activities. "One
lady said that when she goes to
the bar in Dallas, she would leave
her purse in the car because it is
too heavy to carry. Every now
and then, she would have to go
to the car to put on fresh makeup.
She'd go out to the parking lot
and back by herself."
"In our discussion," Dolloff
said, "she realised that she was
really putting herself in
Many women, he said, need to
be certain that they are careM
at parties; drinking responsibly
and , making sure that nothing
alters their judgment in areas out-
side their homes.
The assault incident has also
sparked interest among coeds in
self-defense instruction, he said.
' 'We intend to try and assist and
promote this. There's been a
great amount of interest in self-
protection. Young ladies need
Caution at night is the best key
to prevention at TSU. "If you
. j<jecl tp be going .to the library
and about campus at night, I
would reccomend an escort
"I would reccomend going in
groups, especially if you're not
going to use the service," he
said. "If you're going to parties,
party responsibly. If a young
lady is going to date someone,
know the date. If its someone
they do not know very well, then
they should go to a public
"Basically," he said, "just
think. And think about minimiz-
ing your risk."
Dolloff recalled an incident
that emphasized the importance,
of being carefull in the dark: .
"Several"years ago," he said,
"I worked an incident in which
a young lady was leaving the
library one night and walking off
campus on a dark area."
"She was struck in the back of.
the head with a tire tool, and the '
assailant stole her purse. She "
could have been killed."
"She should never have been:
in that area by herself."
"Due Jo the fact that we
haven't had many assault pro-
blems, we've become lax. We'
need to rethink our safety."
"I," he said, "would use the
ananlogy of a seatbelt. You get
in your car 1000 times and never
get hurt. It doesn't mean on the
1001 time you do it ^ou won't.
You get in a habit of wearing'
your seatbelt and its
Caution, he said, is not uncom-
fortable. Rather, it's extremely
Next week: Safety on campus and
the motivations behind sexual;
to stop hazing
By Vance Runnels
In step with a national move-
ment to abolish all forms of haz-
ing in fraternity life, the national
fraternity of,Alpha Gamma Rho
has begun a program which will
eliminate the source by which it
believes hazing begins: pledging.
To do this the fraternity has in-
' itiated a program in several of its
60 chapters and colonies which
emphasizes fraternity education
and leadership training.
One of these pilot colonies is
the Tarleton State University
Colony of Alpha Gamma Rho.
The Tarleton Colony, initiated
in January of 1989, adopted the
program last fall and saw it pro-
ve very beneficial as a means to
get its new members active in the
fraternity soon after they begin
their education process.
John Robertson, membership
educator for the Colony, explains
that he program, called Leader-
ship Training, entails a two to
three week intense fraternity
education program where new
members meet four times per
week for educational classes.
After this period of time has
been completed, the new
members are initiated into the
, Robertson says this may sound
like too short an amount of time
before a member is initiated, but
their education does not stop at
that point. From there the
members continue their Leader-
ship Training program
throughout the rest of that
semester and there is even a con-
tinuing education program for se-
cond, third, and fourth year
members as well.
Because of growing national
concerns regarding the matter of
hazing, this issue has been
brought to the forefront of frater-
nity concerns with several frater-
nities. Several fraternities have
adoopted similar programs, such
as Tau Kappa Epsilon and Zeta
Beta Tau, two of the nations
largest fraternities) while other
fraternities are evaluating their
current programs to see how they
might address the problem.
Jeffrey Warner, Director of
Chapter Services for AGR in
Kansas Ci^y, Mo., says, "we
owe it to our members to see that
training while in Alpha Gamma
Rho adheres to the most produc-
tive and sound activities that a
member can use throughout his
lifetime. Lengthy, drawn out
programs that make members
wait for a longer period of time
don't always focus their attention
of a new member's leadership
development and scholastic
achievment and will fall prey to
unproductive activities such as
Students speak of radio station
Photos by Marc Parks J-TAC staff
By Julie Grlder
Tarleton State University's
Student- Government Association
recently considered the possibili-
ty of an on-campus radio station
— a possibility that has fueled
student speculation on the needs,
of the general listening public.
In a recent student survey held
by THE J-TAC, students where
asked, "What would you want
from a campus radio station?"
Twelve out of 15 students said
they wanted a station that played
a variety of music. Students also
expressed interest in contests and
coverage of Tarleton sporting
Matt Blevins, a junior Ag Ser-
vices, ^nd Development major,
believes a variety of music
should Be played for the students
who like country and rock.
"That,way it will satisfy all th&
students," Blevins said;
"In addition, school functions
should be advertised over the sta-
tion as well as individual and
Leslie Coan, a freshman
Liberal Arts major , would also
like to hear TSU oriented news.
"I'd like to hear some good,
music and have events relating to
the Tarleton campus rather than
Stephenville news," Coan said.
Many students expressed in-
terest in radio contests to win
prizes or money.
"I think the radio station
should play a variety of music
and have contests with prizes and
money," freshman Physical
Education major, Jerrod Lem-
Sophomore Rhonda Greiner
would like to hear a variety in not
only music, but disk jockies as
"I can not stand to hear the
same person on the radio over
and over." Greiner said. "I
would like to hear a variety of
D.J.'s, both girls and boys."
"A radio station that plays
both country and rock would be
,a real plus, because a lot of peo-
ple like both country and rock,"
Although the majority of
students agreed to have a varie-
ty of music played on the station
two students wanted only coun-
try music played and one wanted
' 'I want to hear country music
non-stop," Don Edgar, a
freshman Agricultural Education
Some students said they would
want to hear more creative
"I would like different student
comedians, and contests,"
Shawn Shack, a freshman
Engeneering major said.
Shack also believed a variety
of music should be played.
Several students expressed in-
terest in coverage of TSU
athletics including volleyball
baseball, and basketball.
/' 'I'd like coverage of Tarleton
athletic events," Richard Nog-
gin, a freshman Physical Educa
tion major said.
"I also would like a variety'o:
. music 24 hours a day and cash
give aways," Noggin said.
All TSU students interviewed
said they liked the idea of an on-
campus radio station. ;
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