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TARLETON STATE UNIVERSITY
POSTAGE PAID USPS N0.133
STEPHENVJLLE. TEXAS 76401
THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 1990
A PROUD PART OF THE TEXAS A&M SYSTEM
Dog Days at TSU
_ _ Photo by Ben Tlnsley j-TAC staff
Preparing for Battle: Drug dogs are ed, the dogs did not have time to get past
prepared for search of campus. Although the two mens Residence Halls during their
a search of the entire campus was intend- search Friday.
By Ben Tlnsley
Assistant to the Editors
Twelve confirmed drug dog
alerts were reported during the
third of an ongoing series of cam-
pus drug sweeps last Friday,
Tarleton State University's
Police department reported.
An "alert" can be defined as
a confirmed drug dog sweep of
a vehicle or room, TSU police
said. To initially alert, a trained
dog has to be led past the par-
ticular vehicle or residence door
suspected, and bark. The "alert"
is confirmed when a second dog,
led by the same door, also barks.
Usual procedure during a
sweep, Hooper said, is to sum-
mon the owner of the "alerted"
car - student or employee - and
ask that the car be opened for
If the owner declines to open
the car, then a warrant has to be
obtained by Tarleton Police.
No criminal charges have been
filed on any students found to be
possessing illegal paraphenalia,
marijuana, fireworks or firearms,
said Hooper, but four such
students have been reported to
Tarleton Dean of Students Rus-
ty Jergins for dicipline.
"He'll examine the situation
and decide how to deal with it,
" Hooper said.
Although the sweep would
have normally encompassed all
property at TSU - dormitories
and parking areas included - the
police never investigated further
than the Fergusson and Bender
hall parking lots befor the end of
their alloted search time.
"There were a lot of alerts,
and the process is-slow, " said
Tarleton Chief of Police Robert
Hooper. "This time, we only had
half a day."Lacking the
assistance of the Cross Timbers
Drug Task Force - the organiza-
tion that usually assists TSU in
the drug searches- the police
divided into teams of three, in-
cluding the drug dog, dog
handler, and Tarleton police
The main subject of the search,
Hooper said, was a "usable
quantity" of marijuana or con-
trolled substance. Illegal firearms
and firecrackers were also
targeted, he said.
Among the contraband found,
he said, were a shotgun and
shotgun shells, small amounts of
marijuana, an uncomfirmed
amount of prescription drugs,
and a hunting knife.
"But he (the dog) didn't smell
the knife, " said Hooper. "He
smelled a residual marijuana
odor which led toi the knife's
"Traces of marijuana were
found in several cases, he said,
although many of the amounts
were not "usable quantities."
The law is what defines a
usable quantity, and they don't
define it very precisely," Hooper
"I would think that one flake
or one seed would not be a usable
quantity; it's sort of left up to us
"Now a controlled substance
such as methamphetimine and
heroin or cocaine-only a trace
amount is required to define as
possession," he said.
However, Hooper said, only
firecrackers, marijuana, and
firearms, no methamphetimines
or steroids - were found during
The sweeps, Hooper said, are
not completely random. "There
are constraints that we have, as
part of the school. We wouldn't
want to interfere with anything
like final exams."
"Now, that doesn't mean that
we'll never do it during final ex-
ams," he said, "It just means
that we don't want to do anything
that would interfere with the mis-
sion of the university."
By Ben Tlnsley
Assistant to the Editors
A new IBM-compatable com-
puter system is currently being
installed in the old language arts
lab, room 210, on the second
floor of the Humanities Building.
The new system, said English
and Languages Department head
Dr. Russell Long, includes 24
seperate computers, and 12
The changes, he said, will in-
clude restructuring of the lab
itself. "We're going to place a
cluster of computer tables in the
center of the room. We're going
to place long tables on the out-
side edges of the room, so the
students in the language arts lab
can either work at the computer
if that's what they happen to be
doing, or write at a table if they
Included in the new software,
he said, are tutorial systems that
are designed to assist students in
developmental writing courses.
"If the student were having a
certain kind of punctuation pro-
blem, this would be part of that
developmental remediation pro-
gram. In other words, he could
generate his own text but there
would also be assistance there,
to help instruct him,"
English instructor Bennie
Shirley is coordinating the in-
stallation project, Long said. In-
formation and assistance concer-
ning computers that will be utiliz-
ed in new TSU courses, such as
a Desktop-Publishing class —
designed to teach students the
practical use of modern com-
puters for newsletter and
magazine page design — begin-
ning next year, is being provid-
ed by English instructor Dr.
"Some of the equipment in the
lab will be used for that [desktop-
publishing] course," Long said.
The computer installation, he
said, is still underway. *
, The money for the new system
comes from the ' 'Title III Institu-
tions Strengthening Grant," a
five-year grant presented to
Tarleton at the beginning of the
1989-90 school year by Texas
Senator Phil Gramm.
"The money became available
to us at the end. of October,"
Long said, "That's when we
started buying this equipment."
SGA elections slated
By Pmanuel Alvear
Editor in Chief
The deadline to apply for a
position on the ballot for Student
Government Association (SGA)
officers has been set for Tuesday,
Robert Parkey, SGA President
said that the dates for the elec-
tion for officers, senators and
Texan Rider were currently set
for Tuesday and Wednesday,
April 3 and 4.
Students interested in applying
to run for President or Vice-
President must submit a letter of
intent stating that they wish to be
placed on the ballot for an office
by the deadline of March 20.
Parkey said that letters of in-
tentcan be submitted to the SGA
office on the second floor of the
Student Center or to the Office
of Student Services on the second
floor of the Administration
In order to be placed on the
ballot for SGA President, a stu-
s dent must be a junior, senior, or
graduate student during his
tenure of office and have one
year of Student Government
The same qualifications must
be met by candidates for Vice-
Elections for Departmental
Senators will coencide with the
election for officers. Students
wishing to be placed on the ballot
for these positions must sign up
in the SGA offices or the Office
of Student Services.
Students will be placed on
ballots to represent the depart-
ment which contains their major.
The deadline to register to be
placed on the ballot is Tuesday,
The deadline to register for
Texan Rider is March 20.
Students intending to run for
SGA office may not campaign
before the established deadline
Each department will have two
Senators, with three exceptions,
The following departmental
Senator positions will be
Accounting and Finance,
Agricultural Services and
Development, Biology, Com-
puter Information Services,
Education and Psychology,
English and Languages, Fine
Arts, General Agriculture (3),
General Business (3), Graduate
Studies, Home Economics, In-
dustrial Technology, Marketing
(3), Math and Physics, Military
Science, Physical Education,
Physical Sciences, and Social
Students will be allowed to
vote only under the department
under which their major falls
with the exception of Military
Students warned to be aware
Language lab sets up to aid students
Editor's Note: Information
contained in the following story
may be offensive to some
readers. It is the second in a two-
By Ben Tlnsley
Assistant to the Editors
The current wave of student
caution on the Tarleton campus
may not be directly resultant of
the recent attempted sexual
assault of a Tarleton coed, a TSU
It may be a result of students
feeling overly secure anywhere.
"Whether you're a male or a
female," says Tarleton Director
of Counseling Dr. John Mae-
chietto, "no one is totally safe in
our society or culture."
The problem that many
students encounter — particularly
students from small towns — is
the feeling that they are in-
vulnerable, he said.
"They [students] think that
they can't be a victim of crime.
When it happens, they can be
psychologically more distressed
with it [the crime] because it took
them by total surprise. There can
be a lot more emotional strain
when that happens. There's a lot
of panic and fear. The illusion
hps been shattered."
This, he said, is not a matter
of carelessness; it may be a mat-
ter of not having been careful in
the first place. "I'm not saying
that people running around with
their guards up all the time is a
good thing to have happen," said
Macchietto. "You can overdo
things, but it you have the illu-
sion for a long time-that the
crime won't happen to you, and
then you see an incident that
becomes publicized. That's when
people start becoming more
disturbed, There's a sense of
panic at times."
Although crimes against
women are more common, he
said, men are not neccesarily free
of the threat, "Men run around
with the delusion that things like
this don't happen, because
they're men. They're strong.
They can fight them [the at-
"Now," said Macchietto, "I
don't know what the statistics are
at Tarleton, but I do know that
men are three times more likely
to be the victim of violent crimes
than women are."
Caution is definitely one of the
first and foremost crime preven-
tion methods on campus, he said.
"And women know that. They
know that they are not imper-
way that's going to do the most
damage. Sex becomes the vehi-
cle of your hostility towards
another person. And it can be
towards men or women-as far as
rape goes, it's directed towards
Many rapists, he said, are ac-
ting against a feeling of
powerlessness when they commit
sexual assault. "Male rapist have
this very large percentage of be-
ing sexually abused as children."
vious to crime right now.
They're aware of it, and they are
more on guard now."
In addition to standard safety
precautions, he said, is the
necessity of positive body
language while walking. "Walk
with a purpose. Let people
around you know that you're not
going to be a victim."
The fact that rape is not ex-
clusively a crime commited
against women, he said, was em-
phasized repeatedly during his
time as a councelor at a post-
Vietnam veteran stress ward in
"Men could get raped in Viet-
nam as well as America. Rape
takes many forms. Some of these
were homosexual rapes, and
others where there was a great
deal of pressure from a group of
The very nature of rape is
itself violent, he said, "You [the
rapist] can lash out with it in the
However, he said: "That
doesn't mean that because you're
sexually abused that you're go-
ing to be a rapist. If you look at
the rapist group, there's a large
percentage of them who've been
abused or molested."
In most cases of sexual
violence directed at women by
men, he said, the male attackers
have at some point in their lives
lived through a situation where
they have been held powerless by
a female. "Most all of us grow-
ing up are powerless in some
way or another. We're at the
mercy of parents and people that
bring us up. They know stuff
about money, provide for all our
needs, we're all in a very helpless
"And if one of these people
abuses us — takes advantage of
us — whether sexually or emo-
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