The J-TAC (Stephenville, Tex.), Vol. 150, No. 4, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 28, 1995 Page: 2 of 8
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O J. Simpson trial
system of justice
By Todd Whitehead
The O.J. Simpson trial is
finally coming to an end, but at
what price? Many people now
fear certain aspects of our justice
system, and it will take a long
time to overcome the effects that
this trial has caused.
Most of us would agree that
this case has been like no other.
The months and months of
sequestration, hours and hours of
testimony, days and days of
cross-examination and the con-
stant barrage of the press are just
a few of the realities of this
ordeal. What if they were person-
ally involved in a high-profile
trial like this?
Jury duty is avoided at all
costs by many people due to the
hardships that it causes—both
financially and mentally. Since
the jury in the O.J. Simpson mur-
der trial has been involved in this
trial for a year, and it's still not
over, one can only imagine how
difficult it will be to select juries
in the future. You can't blame
people who don't want to give up
a whole year of their lives. Is it
worth putting a job on hold and
being away from family just so
a high-profile defendant and his
lawyers can put on a spectacle
for the American public to see?
Another frightening aspect of
this case was how the witnesses
were treated by lawyers on both
sides. People who testify expect
that their testimony will be cross-
examined and gone over with a
fine-tooth comb. When this is
done on national television, and
replayed on every news telecast
in the United States, it almost
resembles a public hanging.
Although witnesses shouldn't
have anything to hide, when you
go over something again and
again, day after day, and in front
of millions of people, just
answering your name correctly
might take some extra thought.
Although there are many roles
in this trial that none of us would
like to portray (especially that of
the victims families), we must
remember that this trial has been
like no other in the past and we
hope will be unlike any in the
future. This trial has gone on for
so long and has gotten so far out
of hand, that even prosecution
lawyer Christopher Darden has
called this trial a "circus."
This trial has jeopardized the
public's trust in our justice sys-
tem. When a trial such as this
one defies every norm, there
must be a reason. That reason is
clearly O.J. Simpson and' his
Our justice system must find
a way to protect not only the
rights of a high-profile defen-
dant, but also find a way to pro-
tect jurors and witnesses from
unfair hardships and public
Campus ecology movement growing nationwide
Six years ago, the National
Wildlife Federation, the nation's
largest conservation education
organization, created Campus
Ecology to assist college and uni-
versity students, staff and faculty
in conserving natural resources.
Since Earth Day 1990, NWF has
worked with over one-third of the
institutions of higher learning in
the United States.
In its first few years of exis-
tence, NWF organizers looked
for what they called "backyard"
solutions to global environmental
problems. Now over 1,200 pro-
jects later, Campus Ecology con-
tinues to improve and expand its
offerings in response to a grow-
ing campus movement for a sus-
What does this have to do with
The organization WANTS you
to organize projects on your cam-
Projects range from campus
wildlife habitats, chlorine-dioxin
contamination, composting, envi-
ronmental justice and injustice,
eating lower on the food chain,
energy efficiency, four Rs
(refuse, reuse, reduce, recycle),
green cup environmental compe-
titions, landscaping, toxins and
hazardous waste and tree planti-
NWF Western Natural
Resource Carter, 921 SW
Morrison, Suite 512, Portland,
Oregon, 97295 is the address of
the organization for this region.
The Internet address is western
Letters to the editor
Coed eschews city Promises, promises, promises
1 U, A' . ^ i
By April Moseley
(Editor's note: The editor asked this
resident of Hurst why she chose to live
five miles from Stephenville and com-
mute to campus. This celebration of
country life is the result of that inquiry).
At home, I live in a world of
fast food, instant coffee, rapid
transit and 30-second sound bites.
And if the grease from the food or
stress doesn't get you the smog
We have been conditioned to
seek and expect immediate gratifi-
cation. "Now! or forget it!" seems
to be the motto for the 90s.
Everything must be easy and
quick, or we don't want it. But as
the world turns faster and faster
and technology takes on bigger
and better tasks, the race only
picks up pace just to catch up.
This leaves us exhausted in the last
leg and final stretch of the race.
Now, take a walk down a dirt
road and imagine a cool, refresh-
ing September breeze gently curv-
ing the tips of knee-high johnson
grass as the bright, but delicate,
sun fans across the horizon.
Listen as the current waltzes with
creation and dances about, wafting
the sweet fragrance of a nearby
coastal field through the screen of
an open window. With its gentle
breath, the wind pushes invisible
beings to play behind the drapes.
This is a place where the galax-
ies jump out in such a way at
night, that they seem almost with-
in human reach. Here you can be
--ui&.A \ m writing in concern of the promises made to.th&'students of Tarleton
State University. During the 1995 spring semester I had a meeting with Ed
Knoll, the Director of the our new student center. I was told that the ATM
machine, the rest of the of the pay phones, a Xerox copy machine and the
big screen TV in the food court would be ready for student use by the start
of school this fall. Now into the fifth week of school the students of
Tarleton are still waiting.
I hope this doesn't turn into the "Ping Pong Situation." The tables were
in by last fall and were not put up until the following spring semester. The
reason the tables were not up was because the paddles and balls were still
on order. Being an avid ping pong player, I offered to donate ten paddles
and a bag of twenty ping pong balls so I and numerous other ping pong
players could start playing. My gracious donation was denied and I was
assured that Mr. Knoll would go to Wal-Mart personally to purchase the
materials. This was October of '94 and it was not until well into the.spring
semester students were enjoying a good game of ping pong.
It would be nice to enjoy these luxuries before I graduate. It really
angers me that we were promised these things and still we wait. I would
hope our Administration would start putting some student priorities and
needs ahead of their own and let students see some benefits for our always
increasing student fees. I would also hope our own Student Government
gets involved and seriously looks into these issues and finds out why we
are still waiting. I don't speak alone on the SDC problems, I speak for the
hundreds of students who wrote these concerns in the SPAC concern box
in the SDC. I feel the students of Tarleton deserve some answers.
assured a shooting star every
night. The fire flies flicker in the
quiet air, while the crickets sing a
For the most part the compa-
ny's quiet. No one coming in and
out, no slamming doors and best of
all no obnoxious honking horns.
From the porch, the eye can see for
miles, there are no brick buildings
obstructing the view. The pace is
slower here and very laid back in
comparison to the city. Of course,
this admiration comes in time. It
is not a characteristic one is born
with. It takes much patience, a
trait that has almost become
extinct in this society.
Girl Scouts offer thanks for Badge Day help
If you were on campus Sat.,
Sept. 9, you probably saw some of
the 300 girls from grades 1-6 who
were enjoying Girl Scout Badge
Day. The Heart of Texas Girl Scout
Council sends its appreciation to all
who made the Badge Day a suc-
Thanks to Dr. McCabe for let-
ting up us use the campus. Thanks
to all the faculty and staff who
helped with the day in any way.
We also recognize the members
of Alpha Phi Omega who provided
physical assistance all during the
day. The students were Amy May,
Jonathan Kubala, Karen Geddie,
John Cox, Frank Craig, Lisa
Nygaard, Elizabeth Otto, Steve
BY ATTORNEY GENERAL DAN MORALES
Flores and Michelle Dunigan.
Thanks to the J-TAC and Keith
Ordeneaux for assistance on a pho-
Badge Day Coordinator
Charles Crittenden, Jr.
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interest rates—is illegal in Texas,
but some outfits tries to get around
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While there are many reputable
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Fort Hood troopers, who are sta-
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Encouraged to establish an account,
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Military personnel are not the
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Consumers, who regularly use
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For more information
For more information about
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