The J-TAC (Stephenville, Tex.), Vol. 159, No. 7, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 23, 2000 Page: 1 of 12
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March 23, 2000
Volume 159, Number 7
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By Amanda Gilbreath
Special to The J-TAC
Charges of aggravated
assault have been dropped
against Torrie Simmons,
who was arrested Feb. 23
for suspected involvement
in the assault of another
According to Carol
Martin of Stephenville's
Division, Simmons is free
from legal action.
Simmons and two other
students, Lonnie Jones, Jr.
and Derek Grimes, were
arrested for an assault that
took place behind
Bostock's bar Feb. 9. A 19-
year-old male victim was
transported to Harris
Methodist Hospital —
Erath County and suffered
a broken jaw and several
* The case remains under
investigation. Jones and
Grimes are still charged
vyith aggravated assault in
conjunction with the inci-
The case was sent to a
grand jury this week, but
was passed. According to
the District Attorney's
office, the jury didn't think
the officers had gathered
sufficient evidence to
indict Jones and Grimes.
Investigators must now
gather more evidence to
present to another grand
jury. The District
Attorney's office expects
the case to be heard next
Show me the money
TOP SIX STUDENT SERVICE FEE RECIPIENTS
Fees pay for more than meets the eye
By Blair Ponder
Staff Writer _
Students that took the time to
examine their registration receipts
year found a
under the label "student services fee
- spring". Many students wrote this
charge off as just another fee that
Tarleton charges in order to get more
money, while others assumed that it
was used to benefit the university.
"I think it is important for students to
know where their student service
fees are going," Wanda Mercer, vice-
president of student services, said.
"These fees are not used for the
salaries of teachers and they're not
used for classroom materials, they
are used for the students."
Texas statutes define student services
as activities that are separate and
apart from the regularly scheduled
academic functions of the institution
and directly benefit students. These
functions include recreational activi-
ties, health and hospital services,
medical services, intramural and
intercollegiate athletics, artists and
lecture series, student publications,
student government, student trans-
portation services and any other ser-
vices specifically authorized by the
governing board of the institution.
Darla McMeely, a Tarleton junior,
said she always wondered how the
university came up with the amounts
they could charge for the student ser-
"I always assumed they were made
up by the university or something,"
State law currently dictates that
institutions of higher education can
charge $12.50 per semester credit
hour for spring and fall semesters up
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As shown above, South Padre Island is one of the most popular Spring Break destinations for college students.
spkwl to The J-TAC
By Amber Loftin
Spring break is every
student's dream and every
parent's nightmare. What
did Tarleton students
chose to do when Tarleton
opened its doors and let
spring fever run rampant?
Here at Tarleton we
were well represented in
just about every pastime
Senior English . major
Students hit the beach
Abby Gode quite possibly pete with that?
wins the title of the
Tarleton student that trav-
eled the furthest-
Abby spent her break in
Sidney, Australia. She is
lucky enough to have an
aunt who invited her to
tag along, and hit all of the
local tourist spots.
She toured the beaches
and museums, learned to
play the didjeridoo, and
was even hit on by a tooth-
less local. Who can com-
Wejl Liana Stone, a
freshman music major,
made an attempt. She also
traveled across the ocean
on a trip to Paris with her
As any normal
American, Liana hit the
tourist hot spots and expe-
rienced all that Paris had
to offer. But, overseas
Break See Page 8
Special to The J-TAC
Two members of the Beach Reach group, shown above,
talk with a couple of students camped out an the beach.
By Katie DeBusk
Next week Tarleton will
be visited by a group of
peer evaluators from the
Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools.
They will be all over cam-
pus conducting interviews
with students, faculty,
" 'a'dministotors, and staff. !
This is important to stu-
dents because accredita-
tion is proof that the uni-
versity has met certain
standards and makes
degrees credible. Also, the
process fulfills require-
ments for the university to
receive funding. This visit
is a part of the accredita-
tion process that is
required by the U.S.
Department of Education.
SACS See Page 8
Whiz on Wall Street
Student outperforms financial pros
By Caleb Chapman
Tony Landes recently took part in a stock market sim-
ulation as a project for Joe Brocato's Investment 4043
Virtual stock exchange over the Internet gave Landes a
fake account with a total of $500,000 to start. The project
spanned over last semester where the goal was to beat
the performance of Fidelity Magellan.
This was not an exercise in day trading, but a research
effort where return performance would reflect his ability.
Landes used the Wall Street Journal to scope out stocks
that he wanted to invest in.
He invested daily using the
New York Stock Exchange
(NYSE), American Stock
Exchange (AMEX), and NAS-
He bought stock in such
companies as Heinz, Phillip
Morris, Dillards,' Wal-Mart,
Southwest Airlines, and Microsoft.
"I made many bad decisions as well as good deci-
sions," he said.
He actively managed his portfolio daily and kept a
daily log. Landes was his own advisor and did all the
His good decisions proved well for Landes. At the end
of the semester he beat Fidelity Magellan's performance.
His returns were at 49.52 percent where as Fidelity
Magellan's were 30.75 percent.
Brocato noted that this was not luck, that Landes inves-
tigated well and purchased good stock.
Overall, Brocato felt that as an educational tool, this
was a good project.
★ ★ TRYING TO LIVE WITHOUT * *
By Eufemia r.
tury Americans run on stop-watch
time where each millisecond counts.
We demand faster computers, speed-
ier cars, and every convenience. My
life is no exception. Shopping is a
sport to me, so the one-stop shopping
service offered by Stephenville's 24-
hour Wal-Mart Supercenter is a cher-
ished element of my chaotic sched-
ule. Where else in Erath County can
you change the oil in the Toyota, shop
for final exam munchies, restock your
bathroom cabinet with toilet paper,
and select the world's best Christmas
During one of the few times that
I've updated my check register, I
noticed an inordinate number of
debit entries labeled "W-M." I decid-
ed that I spent too much time and
money in that single store. In the
name of economic research and fair-
ness, I decided to spread the wealth.
For the twenty-nine days of
February 2000, I endured a state of
self-inflicted prohibition of Wal-Mart
products. My obvious addiction to
convenience shows alternatives
one-stop shopping experience,
the aisles of the Supercenter made me
wonder if I could survive one month
Stephenville offers a wealth of
small, Mom-and-Pop specialty shops,
but I am obsessed with convenience.
As a muititasker, I sought out
replacement stores that offered
household and personal products of
more than one genre.
For groceries and pet supplies, I
became a patron of HEB (HEB was
chosen over the local Piggly Wiggly
due to a traumatic deli sandwich inci-
dent which occurred in years gone by
- - no elaboration necessary). Prior to
my quest for knowledge, I had
shopped at HEB on occasion, but I
still had a little trouble locating a few
items on my shopping list. In fact, I
still haven't found my Bumble Bee
Tuna. On the whole, though, the
arrangement of the products exhibit-
ed more common sense than any of
that shown by Wal-Mart's organiza-
During February, I spent $179.63 at
HEB. This amount is comparable to
my previous Wal-
Mart grocery expen-
ditures, so I deter-
! mined that the prices
at HEB were fairly
reasonable. Al$o, the quality of the
HEB store brand was an improve-
ment over the Sam's Choice brand. I
also noticed that my HEB skim milk
stayed fresh up to the date so that my
unsinkable Cheerio's weren't com-
peting with milk curdles for surface
The downside to HEB is longer
checkout lines and a smaller selection
of non-grocery items such as cat lit-
tler, dog food and school/office sup-
plies, In the end, I've switched to
HEB for my grocery needs, but I'll
shop at Wal-Mart for my precocious
kittens and pup.
Due to the lack of paper product
choices at HEB, I selected Eckerds on
West Washington for class supplies
and seasonal celebration favors -
a.k.a. Valentine's Day gifts. I am a
last-minute shopper when it comes to
gift-giving, so shortly before V-Day, I
could be found wandering the heart-
filled aisles of Eckerds. As luck
Wal-Mart See Page 8
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