The J-TAC (Stephenville, Tex.), Vol. 159, No. 1, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 27, 2000 Page: 1 of 12
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January 27, 2000
Vofume 159, Number I
U N I V
I T Y
W ?E E K L Y
Parker's predictions come
true while Fame makes Y2K
BUSTING THE CODE
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DVD code to run
on different systems.
McCabe speaks about
impending SACS visit.
try to settle
States claim that Microsoft is
ignoring court's ruling on
West Texas A&M
West Texas A&M
8 p.m.Wisdom Gym
Big game a loss even before
have a disability
Special to The J-TAC
One in 12 College fresh-
man reports having a dis-
ability, up from one in 33
two decades ago, accord-
ing to a recent study
released by the American
Council on Education.
Researchers found that 9
percent of all full-time and
enrolling in 1998 reported
having a disability com-
pared with only 3 percent
Of those reporting dis-
abilities in 1998, 41 per-
cent said they were learn-
ing disabled, up from 15
percent in 1988. The sec-
ond most common disabil-
ity students reported fell
into an "other" category
(21.8 percent), followed by
"health related" (19.3 per-
cent), "partially sighted or
blind (13.3 percent), "hear-
ing" (11.6 percent), "ortho-
pedic (9.1 percent) and
"speech" (5.3 percent).
Ten years ago, the "par-
tially sighted or blind"
category netted the most
responses, with 31.7 per-
cent of first-year students
reporting those condi-
Disability See Page 12
Former student gives inspirational address
By Jennifer Dawson
Approximately 200 guests came together last
Thursday to cele-
brate Martin Luther
King day at the fifth
annual MLK lun-
enjoyed a luncheon
in the SDC ballroom
with keynotes by
awards were given out.
Among the guests were Stephenville mayor John
Moser and Jerry Madkins, the Stephenville NAACP
Three awards were given out during the lun-
cheon. The Student Leadership Award was given
to Tarleton senior Trenzio Turner.
Turner was a captain on the 1999 Texans football
team and named to the Who's Who in American
Colleges and Universities. He was also a recipient
of the 1999 Eagle, Award, which is presented by
Tarleton's Office of Multicultural Services.
The Humanitarian Award for a business was
given out to Habitat for Humanity. The award
for Outstanding Person in the Community was
given to Justin Landers.
Washington spoke for
approximately 45 minutes on
the vision that King had and
how we as the community
can continue to fulfill that
"if we are to continue
carrying the vision of Martin
Luther King we must leave
our footprints in the sand,".
Footprints, according to Washington, are left
'when two people of different races communicate
with one another or when people recognize one
another by name as opposed to race. He also
said that King was a tree that had many fruits,
and that he has had many chances to benefit
from that fruit. He cited several examples of how
he has benefited such as eating in any restaurant
that he chooses and riding in a taxi.
"We should learn from the past, not live in it,"
Luncheon SeePage 12
Special to The J-TAC
Mark Washington, above, speaks to the crowd during
the Martin Luther King, Jr. luncheon.Washington attended
Tarleton and graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Business
Administration degree in human resources management.
false alarm consequences
after Seton Hall tragedy
The fire alarm that warned of thick, black
smoke billowing throughout his Seton Hall
University dormitory failed to rouse fresh-
man Pete Tornatore from bed.
"I actually went back to sleep after I heard
the alarm, and my roommate had to wake
me up and tell me it was real," he said.
That Tornatore and many of his neighbors
didn't immediately spring from bed was of
little surprise to several students milling
around the burning building, where 18 false
alarms had sounded since September.
Fire See Page 12
All halls equipped with fire
extinguishers and fire detectors.
One fire drill scheduled per
Hard-wired smoke alarm system
monitored 24-hours a day.
perform periodic room
checks for fire hazards.
University police respond to all
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Firefighters stand in front of Boland Hall at Seton Hall University where
an early morning fire on the third floor killed three people and injured 58 others.
By Carolyn Hardy
Several students calling
t|if,^eJvesf Texagi Fpr the
Community, are initiating
a clothing drive to benefit
the Foster Home for
Children in Stephenville.
Texans For the
Community (TFC) is a
new group on campus
with a focus on a commu-
nity service agenda.
This group of students
became friends and went
to the Foster Home asking
what they could do to be
. * According to member
Brice Hail, "The clothing
donations will benefit resi-
dents of the Foster Home
for Children, ranging from
preschool to age eighteen.
Clothing not used at
Foster Home will be dis-
tributed to other needy
children in Erath County."
Starting today, January
27, the drive will run for
one month through
Clothing boxes will be
set up at McCoy's, 7a.m. -
6p.m. at 3001 Northwest
Loop in Stephenville. TFC
Clothing See Page 12
Overcrowding leads to new apartment construction
By Ricky Coppedge
18 months to complete them, which is a very fast paced
StaffWriter § project.
"We are vigorously pursuing the building of the apart-
In the fall of 2000 Tarleton will begin construction of
new University-owned apartments. It will take around
Special to The J-TAC
The proposed site of the new University-owned
apartments is on the land behind Crockett Hall.
ments," said Wanda Mercer, Vice President of Student
The apartments will be built on Rome Street by the
water tower. There has been a need for more housing
for some time.
The university currently owns and manages two
apartment complexes, Summit and Venture.
This past fall, the housing occupancy of all the residence
halls and apartments was at 102 percent. These apart-
ments are expected to help with the overcrowding,
The ever-growing population of Tarleton has been a
central issue for administrators. After surveying students
to find out what they wanted, it was decided to build
more University owned apartments.
"This is a positive step for Tarleton," said Charlie
Gibbons, Director of Housing.
All the plans are still being worked out, but the project
has been approved by the Texas A&M System. Tarleton
has already begun to clear some of the land to make way
for the construction. They will contain 200 to 400 beds-
each bed equals a person.
The rooms that have been discussed will have four
bedrooms and two baths or two bedrooms and two
bathrooms, and will be furnished, but the details are still
being worked on.
The pricing will be determined by the amenities that
will be included in the apartments, such as microwaves,
dishwashers and a pool.
The apartments will be under the Housing
Department and will follow existing guidelines.
Students will pay by the semester and they will not have
opposite sex roommates.
In addition, students who do not have a roommate
will be paired with one.
"I'm excited to be able to provide new housing for
Tarleton as we go into the new century, because this is
what the students want and need," said Mercer.
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