The J-TAC (Stephenville, Tex.), Vol. 159, No. 11, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 20, 2000 Page: 3 of 10
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\pril 20, 2000
1587. That is the number of
udents who voted in this weeks
iJine SGA election. That is
:arly 1,000 more votes than
ere registered in last year's SGA
Was it the ease of voting
lline? Was it the candidates'
•llity to motivate students to
■te? Or was it thatTarleton stu-
ints have once again shown that
ey care about what happens on
Whatever the reason was
hind the 166 percent increase
is year, we think is outstanding.
We would like to commend
those who voted in the dec-
n and hope that this trend will
ntinue throughout the campus
■ years to come. Tarleton stu-
nts have shown that they also
'e about issues that do not
olve parties and alcohol, i.e.
iflre. Thanks for proving the
jbters wrong once again.
Editor in Chief
Justin Taylor ]
John Kerby j
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Ad Design Manager
Ad Sales Manager
Enough with Elian already
It was two years ago
this past Thanksgiving
when Elian Gonzales
was rescued by two fish-
ermen of the coast of
Florida. Wait a minute
...two years? Maybe it
just seems like two years
worth of Eliannundation has been
crammed into a scant five months. How
much longer can we possibly hear about
the six-year-old Cuban boy? Not soon
enough if you ask me.
For nearly five months I have avoided
this topic like it was the plague, but now
I have been pushed too far. It was bad
push the little red button sending all of us
capitalist-dogs to Capitalist Hell.
Cuba and the United States are draw-
ing this child into a highly volatile rela-
tionship which Elian has nothing to do
with. I am not going to go into a history
lesson here, so let's just say for those of
you that missed a couple of American
History 101 classes that the two countries
really do not get along. How's that for
simplistic? Any history majors out there
that want to write a letter to the editor
about my oversimplification of this issue
can have a campus wide tutorial lesson
that no one will show up to because we
simpy don't care.
Then we have the television media mis-
enough that I could not go to a local bar-
bershop an^nqthejgjrabiUtfihow eVJryj ..takenly thinking ttaUWfUWSii vEUao-
one involved in this debacle is wrong, but updates every hour on the hour. Sorry to
now it appears there will be no end in the burst their bubbles, but I really don't
"To wrap this up, I don't
care where the little Cuban boy ends up.
Here, there, whatever. I am completely apathetic..."
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: near future. Are you ready to hear about
j the straw that finally broke this camel's
I back? You might want to sit down.
CBS has announced its intention of
| tion on a
| mini-series covering the Elian story. The
! two-part, four-hour movie is slated to
| start this fall.
HOLY CRAP! If you are thinking like
me (I know it's a little scary, but you
know you like pushing the envelope) you
will undoubtedly find something else to
do. Like watch the grass grow. Or maybe
curing concrete is more your speed. For
the very adventurous, we could have
slug races. Could be the ticket out of this
Cuba-United States "Mine's bigger than
yours is" contest. Unless an unscrupu-
lous contestant imported some Cuban
I feel for the kid for all that he is endur-
ing, but you know, stay or go, I really
could care less. You people should feel
honored because this is one of those rare
occasions that you will ever hear me say,
"I don't care."
I'm just tired of hearing about how it
happened, why it happened, political
analysts describing the ramifications of it
all, psychiatrists telling us that at age 14
Elian will become disenchanted with
America, join the Cuban military and
want to know that Elian farted when he
went down the slide at the park, That
information falls under the, "Entirely too
much much B.S." category. We also do
or his favorite color, or how many times
he says "uh" in a sentence.
To wrap this up, I don't care where the
little Cuban boy ends up. Here, there,
whatever. I am completely apathetic on
this subject because I feel it is being
crammed down our throats whenever we
open a newspaper, a magazine or turn on
Maybe those of you out there that have
been following closely could form a
secret organization where you're entirely
too boring lives can further revolve
around the little Cuban kid.
For the second time in two weeks, I feel
I must apologize, unprecedented I know,
to you, my valued readers. This is quite
possibly the worst commentary I have
ever written and trust me when I say they
will only get better from here on out (only
two more issues). |
Next week stay tuned for my unofficial5
sign off as Opinion Editor here at The J-
TAC. For the last paper I have written
something so incredibly valuable to all of
your lives that I am sure you will be beat-
ing down the doors to get a copy.
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SGA offtrack with latest bills
Sadly, the Student Government has
decided to try to out do both the U.S.
Congress and the Texas Legislature in
terms of passing bad, ill conceived and
poorly plan bills. In the April 13 J-TAC
article on the SGA it reported three bills
passed by that body, two of which reach
a new level of immaturity.
Senate Bill 00-02S on having academ-
ic advisors give students scholarship
applications and financial aid catalogs
ignores the fact that we have an entire
office whose sole function is to deal with
financial aid and scholarships. Advisors
have more than enough to do without
duplicating the work of people who are
already in place. Additionally, the finan-
cial aid and scholarship offices have bet-
ter trained personnel for these purposes,
Most departmental offices already do
distribute scholarship material if stu-
dents ask for it. This effort to create more
work for some people at the expense of
students taking responsibility for them-
selves is a bad idea and bad precedent.
Senate Bill 00-04S on informing stu-
dents about Tarleton traditions and
activities is, if anything, even worse.
First, my classes are about academic sub-
jects and the time we have should be
used to that effect. Second, we have peo-
ple whose job is to deal with these non-
scholastic activities and they are perfect-
ly competent to handle that. Still, in the
spirit of fairness let me say I will contin-
ue to inform my students about three
1-Come to class on time every class.
2-Study two hours outside of class for
every hour in class.
3-Do all assigned reading for every class.
" If the Student Government continues
to support ideas to redistribute the
workload from students to faculty they
will find a very hostile audience for
ideas of genuine controversy such as on-
line evaluations. College is about assum-
ing responsibility not trying to avoid it.
Dr. Charles Howard
Dept. of Fine Arts & Communications
Jergins' suspension looTori'g
Jergins is right about suspending the .
entire org. But the suspension through
the first of Sept. is too long.
The Poo is an important part and tradi-
tion of Duck Camp and Traditions week.
If they are not allowed to participate I
am sure they will be around in sprit and
the students will protect them to the
fullest of our ability, They should be
allowed to come back mid Aug.
Innocent until proven guilty
As an older non-trad, I have always
heard innocent until proven guilty.
Every thing I have read in the J-TAC
says, "she says" therefore they (the Poo)
are guilty. Does she have any witnesses
supporting her accusations? If both of
the Poo deny that they touched her
breast, doesn't that mean more than one
person saying that they did? I think the
J-TAC is convicting the Poo ii) print and
Dean Jergins' is following popular
Mary Sue Blaylock
Sr. CIS Major
"Disruptive conduct"? Not to me.
I would first like to say that most
Tarleton students would probably con- .
sider me an outsider, and I prefer to
remain that way. As a student though, I
have the right to make comment on this
volatile subject. I pledged a Fraternity
deeply rooted in secrecy and tradition. I
respect the institution of the Purple Poo
and the secrecy and tradition that is so
important to them. I DO NOT respect
Sexual Assault though. I am not saying
the two gentlemen are guilty. I am say-
ing that the actions they are accused of
are worthy of a higher label. I think it is
plain and simple. Someone groping a
female student is sexual assault, not
"disruptive conduct," as this fine
University would like to label it.
If the allegations are true, Dean of
Students Rusty Jergins needs to take a
more definitive action than the suspen-
sion of an Organization. If found guilty,
the two students responsible for this
action should be dealt with in accor-
dance with the law. I hope the shadowy
world of these gentlemen will be
revealed. I certainly hope that they
would not be photographed for the
Texas Sexual Offenders list wearing a
I leave you with this one thought. If
someone were to grab Dr. McCabe's
wife's breast, would it be Sexual Assault
or Disruptive Conduct?
Gabe W. Grote
Alumni reminices on "Old Poo"
As an alumni of TSU I am amazed at
that is happening. When I attended
Tarleton a Poo would have never even
asked to sign someone's breast even if
she raised her shirt. The Poo were wild
and adventurous but to blatantly ;
violate another person would have been'
out of the question not only because
of the disrespect it shows but also!
because all knew Mary Jane would not
tolerate such behavior. I am sure Rusty
looked into all aspects of the allegations,
but the Poo should be allowed to prop-*
erly defend themselves. Are we not all
innocent until proven guilty?
We all might want to stop and think
of the role of the advisor of the Poo, what
do they have to say for themselves?
Untouchable? Not the Poo!
In my opinion, the Poo are responsi-
ble for their own actions just like
everyone else. Nobody is untouchable. If
the school won't hold them accountable,
then the girl should go to the police
department and file sexual assault
charges on the two Poo involved. The
rest of them should not be punished for
the actions of those two delinquents.
Either way, something should be done. If
not, then that just goes to show that they
are the schools babies and they can get
by with anything. The school needs to
it's tit out of their mouth and make them
face the music.
Michael E. Thompson
Haven't kept up with the story?
I've kept up with the story about the
alleged Poo incident. I've seen you cover
both sides of the story. Most people
haven't kept up with the story, however,
A yyhich_saddens me and some of the peo-
ple that do, are apathetic to it.
As.a student at Tarleton for 3 years
now I have seen the Poo at various activ-
ities and on campus and I think they are
an integral part of this campus and its
traditions. I happen to like the Poo BUT
I think as an organization they must be
held accountable and responsible for
any wrong behavior they might or might
not have committed. They shouldn't be
unmasked, either, which I think is unfair
of you to ask the campus.
Emotions are high on this issue and
we should not be quick to judge either
side. Whether it happened or not the
important issue to remember is that peo-
ple are not above the law. Dean Jergins'
decision was fair and I believe what he
said is true. If this had been a different
campus a group like the Poo would have
been eliminated long ago. The Poo have
an aura of untouchability around them
and this proves once and for all, despite
if the incident is true or not, that no one
is above the law. No one should be.
Everybody should be held accountable
and responsible for every decision they
make. Its time to stop making excuses.
Regardless of what happened this
should be a message to students that
partiality isn't always based on popular-
ity or tradition. I believe this is a wake-
up call and it does not matter what they
might or might not have done, I believe
they should still remain on this campus
and remain a part of tradition.
Grad student makes birders day
I would like to pass on an email as it
was sent to me. It just goes to show that
not everything on this page is always
negative. This was passed on to Dr.
Roger Wittie about one of his students.
"This is a special day!!! One of your
GREAT students helped me save a pre-
cious little bluebird today. Your won-
derful student's name is Tim Walker. He
was more than eager to come to the
small birds rescue. We had a time get-
ting the maintenance men to cooperate
but they finally did. Tim climbed a large
ladder to place the birdie back with his
mommy. Tim was my hero today.
Please do not let his wonderful actions
IS student, animal lover
Thanks Tim for showing some com-
passion for other people's and needs.
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