The J-TAC (Stephenville, Tex.), Vol. 151, No. 8, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 7, 1996 Page: 1 of 6
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Spring break over the
TSU track team pre-
pares for Brownwood,
Voting p. 2
Awards cerimony. p. 3
Softball p. 5
Basketball stars . p. 6
The Tarleton Texan Weekly News
Volume 151 Number 8
A part of the Texas A&M System.
By Ann Davenport
If you are a Tarleton student
expecting to receive a Pell Grant,
You will receive a pink Student
Aid Report form which has an
error. The third paragraph of the
form incorrectly states that it is
not necessary to take these forms
to the financial aid office.
"Students attending Tarleton
are required to turn in these
SARs," said Dr. Skip Landis,
director of financial aid.
"Hopefully next year the forms
can be done electronically and this
will eliminate the need for the
paperwork, but for now students
must turn them in."
According to Landis, some col-
leges and universities already
have electronic transfer capability
for Pell Grants. However, most of
those are on the east coast.
"Another reason for the
requirement is to protect our stu-
dents," said Lapdiij, "As
Congress begins to make the bud-
get changes, they may come back
and require universities to have
SAR forms in the students file. At
that point we would have to go
back to our students and have
them bring it in. This way will
eliminate that confusion."
According to the Federal
Student Aid Information Center,
the intent of the paragraph was to
notify students not to send the
form to either of the processing
center addresses listed on the
form. Unfortunately some stu-
dents have misunderstood the
"Sometimes the students are
just lost... they are not sure exact-
ly what to do with the form," said
an operator for the center. "If stu-
dents have any questions they can
call us on our toll free line. We
are here to help clear up the con-
fusion and make it easier for the
students to complete the process."
The center is open Monday-
Friday 7 a,m.-7 p.m. and Sat 8
a.m.- 5 p.m. the toll free number is
1-800-433-3243. Center personal
can answer questions about parent
information, publications or will 1
even help filling out the forms
over the phone.
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FOR SPRING BREAK
By Justin Wayne Beam
A typical student goes to
class. There are no caft In the
parking lot, no hfank-eyed stu-
dents wandering the hulls',
even the professors seem to
have vanished. t?> it a mass
alien itbduction'> Has the latest
Jim Carey movie opened?
No, it is spring break!
Those-cars are cruising the
highways and the blank-eyed
students ate staring at bikini
dad babes---except for the
blank-cycd uwdS, they jure ill '
the bikinis. Even the profes-
sors are downing a few Shirfy
Temples in.Caricuii. Everyone
Or are they? What k the
average student doing for
Many students take this
opportunity thai spring break
offers to work, both on class
work and jobs. Some student1*
have to work spring break
because they cm not get off
their regular jobs.
'Tin going to catch op on
my instrumental chemistry
reports, which are hacked up
for two months" said Eric
Davis, a TSU student.
"I'm going to work my butt
off for my family's ranch,"
iaid another Etnonymoos stu-
Some students are returning
home not to workout to relax.
For them, nine days is just
enough time to catch up on the
sleep college has deprived
"It's culled not having
enough money to go to Padre,"
See Spring Break page 4
As trees bfourn in
feels the bite of the
latest cold front.
The -.indent who
owns the truck pic-
tured below has the
solution for the
t>y Joey Wwgo)
#™ *. , ^ •
By Jeromya Beltman
Starting next fall, Tarleton students will likely be
asked to pay a bit more in student service fees to com-
pensate, in part, for an increased demand in athletic
The increase, whiclj will be about $1 per semester
credit hour, has been requested because of increased
demands on the money raised by student service fees.
Foremost on the list is the athletic department. While
this increase is not a certainty, it has been recommend-
ed by both the Student Service Fee Advisory Council
and President Dennis McCabe and sent to the Board of
, During the , 1995-96 school year, students paid
$10.25 per semester hour in service fees, with a ceiling
set at 12 hours. In the fall of 1996, this rate will
increase by a little more than nine percent, resulting in
the $1 per hour increase.
Student service fees fund all of or a part of many
programs and activities on campus, including athletics.
During the 1995-96 school year, 59 percent of student
service fees1 went to various student activities and ser-
vices, such as leadership programs, SPA, student gov-
ernment, financial aid, recreational sports and student
publications. The remaining 41 percent went to
Tarleton's athletic programs.
While the increase in fees is not entirely due to the
athletic department„it is the biggest reason. Athletic
director and head basketball coach Lonn Reisman says
that athletics need the increase in fee money to fund
"To be competitive at all, we are going to have to
move up in scholarships," said Reisman. "If we don't
we simply won't be competitive."
"When we were in the NAIA, we were the top dog,"
said Reisman. 'That's not the case any longer."
Without the availability of more scholarship money,
Reisman fears the athletic department will go downhill
because of the greater level of competition.
Accordingly, Reisman has requested 45 athletic
scholarships next fall. Currently, athletics' have 29
scholarships to distribute. This increase would give
Tarleton about half of the scholarships most of the
other Lone Star Conference schools have available for
their sports programs. Most conference schools give
36 scholarships to their football programs alone,
according to Reisman.
With the probable approval of this increase in both
scholarships and student service fees, Tarleton will
have accelerated the original plan it proposed with the
entrance into the Lone Star Conference. Also involved
in the revised plan would be an increase in the per-
centage of the money athletics gets, from 41 percent to
"With the need for additional scholarships to com-
pete in the L one Star Conference, the original plan was
for each of the next four or five years to go up on stu-
dent service fees and also increase athletics share of
See Student Fees page 3
Attorney on 24 - hour call for students in need
By Nikki Galbreath
Editor in chief
Tarleton State University stu-
dents, faculty and staff who need
legal council can obtain it free of
Local attorney Garry Lewellen
has offered legal council to TSU
associates for the last 12 years.
"I donate my services and have
for the last number of years so
that the money can go back into
Tarleton activities," said
Lewellen. If, at a later date, the
need to hire an attorney arises,
Lewellen will represent the indi-
viduals), refer them to another
attorney or respect the individu-
als wish to utilize a family coun-
"Primarily the types of things
that 1 get most of my calls about
are landlord-tenant or transac-
tions such as mobile homes and
automobiles," said Lewellen.
Other TSU related cases
Lewellen has handled include
domestic, paternity and automo-
bile accident cases.
Lewellen stated that his first
objective is to get the charges dis-
missed. If dismissal is not possi-
ble, the second step is to try and
keep the offense off of the indi-
viduals criminal record.
"I've had some degree of suc-
cess in at least, in the worst case
scenario, keeping the charges off
the student's record," stated
Defending cases involving
DWIs are, according to Lewellen,
more difficult to defend, especial-
ly if the charged individual takes
an intoxilizer test.
"I'd like to get word to our stu-
dents that if they have had more
than two drinks, it is wise not to
take the intoxilizer test," said
Lewellen. "It will give me or
another attorney something to
Lewellen also defends crimi-
nal accusations such as assaults
and criminal mischief.
Available 24 - hours, Lewellen
is able to advise jailed individuals
about legal representation then
bond them out without charge.
"A bonds bails man will
charge them 15 percent of the
bond," Lewellen said. "I can
generally save them $150 or more
if they call me."
Lewellen received his bache-
lors degree in government from
the University of Texas in Austin,
attended UT Law School, was
licensed by the state bar in 1973
and began working in
Stephenville . January, 1974.
Wanda Richardson, who works in
the attorney's office has also been
doing this type of work for 17
"Wanda, who answers our
phones, will arrange to help them
get out of jail and then will gen-
erally take them home and feed
them," Lewellen said. "There is a
list of 30 or 40 I could give you
where truly that's happened."
Lewellen stated that he enjoys
working with students, faculty
and staff because of the quality of
"I generally have a client who
is smart enough to listen and to
assist in his or her own defense,"
Lewellen said. "I generally have
a client who, in the worst' sce-
nario, will learn from the mis-
Although Lewellen's contract
with TSU prohibits him from tak-
ing any type of case that is in con-
flict with the university, he is able
to help TSU students, faculty and
staff with any other legal prob-
lems they might encounter. TSU
alum Amy P. Bryan, who joined
Lewellen as an attorney two
months ago, will assist with the
Tarleton associate cases,
"They're more than clients,
we've made a lot of good friends
and a lot of fine people we've met
who have started out in a bad
predicament but ended up well."
(Photo by Robert Benton)
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