The J-TAC (Stephenville, Tex.), Vol. 155, No. 5, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 19, 1998 Page: 2 of 6
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You might be a redneck if...
Money-eating Shark II
Opening scene. Take one.
The sun beats down on the hot pavement. An unsuspecting student pulls into a fifteen minute parking zone;
she jumps out and runs inside the building to talk to a professor. The situation appears innocent to the normal
eye, but (The music starts... da dum daaa dummm) lurking in the dark shadows, the shark — a money-eater —
emerges to take a look. It keeps its distance, keeping time, waiting for the proper moment (The music gets loud-
er). All at once it swims ferociously at its victim. It goes for the kill; its eyes roll back. The fifteen minutes have
expired. Tickets are flying everywhere. Grown women and men flee in panic. Innocent pedestrians are trampled
in the stampede. The scene is disgusting.
What am I writing about you ask? Well, our famous money-eating sharks that patrol Tarleton State looking
for blood. I attended a student ticket forum on Tuesday to learn more about our dire situation here at our
beloved University. I believe it's my duty to keep you, the student, informed, even though you don't think so
and even though you throw rocks through my window at night with notes that read "Mind your own business,"
and "You're ugly, and you also stink." That last one hurts. Since I like "Jaws" a lot, let's pretend again that
we're there at a town meeting discussing the shark problem.
Spectator 1: Chief Brody, are you going to close the beaches?
Spectator 2: Chief Brody, how can you stop this shark?
Me: Why are teachers and staff treated differently than students? Why don't they get tickets like the rest of
us? Why did you tell a ticket writer (hence forth, they shall be called sharks) not to ticket them?
Spectator 1: Chief, is it true that you knew about the shark before little Jimmy was eaten?
. Chief Brody:
Me: How does the appeal process work for tickets? Who decides the appeals? Why is it so hard to get a
Spectator 2: Chief, can we throw this Miller guy to the shark for bait? He's annoying the rest of us with his
parking ticket questions. Doesn't he realize that this is a serious situation? People are dying. If
the beaches are closed, I'll lose money, but all he cares about is our parking tickets.
Me: Why do you have my commentary, which is shredded, on your wall next to the ten-most-wanted list?
Don't you think you should have this shark up there instead? Oh wait, that would be the department's
own picture then.
If you're wondering why the chief didn't answer any questions, it's because he wasn't at the ticket forum. No
one from admin was at the ticket forum. Maria Mock, our SGA president, told us that they all had excuses.
Maybe they did; I figured they were boycotting our forum like the students did their fee forum. Maria men-
tioned holding another forum again in two weeks, and when we do have another forum, we — the students —
need to pack the house, so that way, the admin knows that we are serious about tickets.
Here's an interesting note: Do you remember the guy who paid with pennies last week? You know, the guy on
the front page. Well, he got another ticket while he was helping someone change aflat tire over in the men's
dorm parking lot. He mentioned this fact to the shark, but it only told him to pay with more pennies. When he
made a loud comment, he got a disorderly conduct charge filed on him.
I talked with a retired shark, and he mentioned that he was never told to write a certain number of tickets, but
he did mention that he was praised when he wrote many tickets, like over 50 in a day!
The message needs to get across that the students are unhappy. Keep paying the tickets with pennies, and I
think that you should toss in a few washers, gum, lint and Canadian and Mexican coins also. Don't short change
the police; pay the correct amount, just add some junk. That keeps them on their toes.
I know that students are breaking the rules when they park illegally, but I believe that the police department „
is just out looking for mpney and not for violations when they patfolfflfe parking lots. -llfeylte^the university' j
needs to charge us a flat fee at registration because the money has to come from somewhere to run the depart
merit. Students would at least know that the fee will be taken out. The police wouldn't have to be looking for
money,. so they could focus on parking violations and crimes instead of finding a way to meet their budget!
Think about questions that concern you about tickets, and when the next forum gets here, go and voice your
concerns. You need to get your opinion heard. Write to the J-TAC and voice your opinion here.
Before I go, I have a challenge to the sharks. I am parking my car somewhere - without a tag! Go find it. I
dare you. I double dare you. Come on. Do it. You know you want to. What's holding you back? You can't get
Letters to. „ .
Pay parking tickets with gobs of pennies
First, I would like to commend Jamie Landers for his protest of the excessive parking violations that have
been written on this campus. I plan to pay any fines I receive(I am sure they will find something) in pennies; I
also hope other students will have the same courage to do what Mr. Landers has done.
I would also like to thank the J-TAC staff for being so attentive to the goings on of this campus. I am glad to
know that they keep the students of this campus in mind when writing their columns and not being intimidated
by the possible repercussions for them covering the real unbiased story.
I would like to reiterate an important point Mr. Landers made: "Worse crimes have been committed in the
parking lots, like car-keying and hit-and-runs." This point rings especially true for myself as last year my truck,
as well as, I believe, about ten others parked in the Bender-Ferguson parking lot, Were keyed by an unknown
assailant who, to date, has yet to be found or known of. My question is: Why do they always get the guy who
parked in a fifteen minute parking space for twenty minutes, but can't seem to find any clues about approxi-
mately $10,000 worth of damage to vehicles of people who pay their salaries?
I had an interesting conversation with one of the ticket writers last year in the parking lot to the east of the
SDC. As she finished putting a ticket under my windshield wiper for parking in a visitor parking space, even
after my valiant effort to dissuade her from doing so, stating that I was just visiting the SDC and that I had no
intention of staying there, she said there was nothing she could do, I was in the wrong. I admit that. She even
told me that the campus police were getting very strict about the parking policies, some even went as far as tim-
ing the fifteen minute parking space users to be sure they were there for only the allotted fifteen minutes. This
Later, when I went to the police department to see what had been done about the keying incident, our illustri-
ous police chief told me they had some leads and were pursuing them and should anything happen I would be
the first to know. This, in my opinion, was his way of saying, "Leave us police officers alone to drink coffee
and eat doughnuts. We'll let you know if we get around to doing any real police work." Needless to say, I never
heard from them again, unless I went to them to see if anything new had been discovered about my truck or if I
was delinquent in paying one of the parking citations I was issued. Let's get our priorities straight.
Ah yes, the appeal system! If you feel the fine is unjust, well, appeal it. Of course one must also consider the
amount of tickets that actually do get appealed. I know I personally have had one. That is one out of about fif-
teen. Pretty good ratio. I was actually discouraged by one of the workers at the police department; her reasoning
was that 95 percent of appeals ended with the ticket being upheld. This brings me to my next point, money.
I believe I may know the reason there are, as of last week, over-700 parking violations written. Think of this
mathematically: 700 tickets all of them at least $10 a piece, that would generate for the department a grand total
of $7,000 dollars, I wonder what that money is used for? Maybe to pay for the fancy bikes with shocks on
them. Why the shocks? the reason should be obvious, the cobble stone streets!! That's their justification for
them anyway. Let's try this, everyone that receives a citation pay in pennies! Who says you can't buy anything
with pennies anymore?
I don't want to sound like I am against all the campus police officers. Several of the officers, they know who
iy are, are some of the finest people and police officers you will find, but unfortunately, the majority of the
1- jlice officers are not following their example.
Soon to be Penny Pusher
I thought I'd leave them up
there4 til Valentine. My old
lady thought they looked
Letters to the editor continued
Pick up your room cause Mom is watching
As a new student at Tarleton State University this semester, I was appalled at the University baby sitting ser-
vice. I am a military veteran, 28-years-old, and have lived on my own for the past two years, but evidently, I
need someone to tell me to clean my room and that a trash can isn't for trash on inspection day.
Tuesday, February 17,1998, will be my first experience with room inspection from a department that obvi-
ously doesn't have anything better to do than harass the students on campus. Between my roommate and I, we >
pay just short of $2000 per semester for what amounts to a studio apartment with a harassing landlord. What
happened to the quality of life for university studepts? By what law does a landlord have the right to violate the
privacy of tenants for no cause? I can understand entering a room if there is reason to believe there is a health
hazard to other students, but are the dirty clothes in my hamper that big of a health hazard? Is the fact that I was
in a hurry today to get to class and didn't make my bed the cause of the new mad student disease?
I would like to request an audience with the University Dean to clarify the purpose for such harassment of
students on campus. I was impressed when I first arrived on campus at the services offered to improve the stu-
dent quality of life, why is that standard compromised for such a ludicrous policy? As an "alternative" student
who has served as a dorm director for a state agency, I can only view the actions of such room inspections as
"justifying" existing state positions.
I am greatly concerned over the housing authority's lack of concern for the welfare of students. As a student
studying for a biojqgy and ^gongqietry te^,;l ^^this,tp be nothing raqre than a waste of my tinie. if the con-
dition of my room or any other room affects the well-being of other students, by all means, take action! If a ,
new disease exists that I should know about, then let me know; otherwise, find some other use of your time and
allow me to make good use of mine.
Brandon Martinez ' ■
Student says /
Don't judge all cowboys by one comment
I just finished reading Melissa Marshall's article, "What a ghoul." If you didn't read it, the author told how
she walked by a guy (one wearing cowboy boots and a hat), and as she smiled at him, he said "Halloween's
over ya know." It shows a lot of ignorance to say something like that to someone you don't even know. It also
makes me think of the time I heard a female student say that she wouldn't even walk in front of the Agriculture
Building because of all the rude comments, cat calls, etc...
I am an agriculture senior, and I'm proud of it. However, I'm not proud of the labels "red-neck, jerk, racist,
etc..." There are many students on campus who group cowboys (and agriculture students) into these categories.
Can I blame them? Sure, we get a bad rap a lot of the time. I guess the only way to change this is to show
them that we are just as mature, friendly and intelligent as everyone else, but we have to act that way first. I
guess that some "cowboys" think that they have to act like something they've seen on TV. We have to realize,
though, that our actions influence the way people think of agriculture students. Why can't we model ourselves
after someone like one of our agriculture professors? They set good examples, but unfortunately some people
would rather act like some drunk bar-room cowboy (wanna be).
Next time you see someone who looks like a cowboy, don't automatically assume that he is a racist, jerk,
etc... Most of us aren't. We generally realize that just because a girl (or guy) isn't dressed like a red-neck
doesn't mean that we have a right to say something.
By the way, I personally like the girls that wear platform shoes, bell-bottoms and blue nail polish.
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