The J-TAC (Stephenville, Tex.), Vol. 169, No. 12, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 21, 2005 Page: 1 of 16
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limbin' up to Div* I:
Two Tarleton students
give their opinions on the
potential move to D-I'in a
Pro / Con format, Page 3
Doing it all .over again:
Students given the "second , ;
chance" to go to a prom and takp
a "Walk in the Tropics", Page<12
A weekly student publication of Tarleton State University since 1919.
SGA elections yield new president, VP
• Tiffany Littleton wins Texan Rider runoff election; Justin Per-
kins wins Mr. TSU, Mackenzie Campbell-Furtick wins Ms. TSU
Casey Hogan Lizzie Ruess
Hogan won the Student Government Association (SGA) presiden-
tial election against Mintora Minish and Jessica Castaiieda. Ruess
won the vice presidential election against Blaine T. Christopher.
New pope elected;
chooses the name
of Benedict XVI
^Ratzinger is first German pontiff since 1057
By JOHNATHON PARKER
The Student Government Association
(SGA) saw the election of hew leadership
as Tarleton students v'oted in Casey Hogan
as student body president and Lizzie Ruess
as vice president last week. The votes for
the new Texan Rider came very close in the
initial election, prompting a runoff between
Tiffany Cummings and Tiffany Littleton.
The runoff, which took place at the
same time as the vote for Mr. and Ms. TSU,
lasted until Wednesday and ended with
the victory of Littleton. Justin Perkins won
the election for Mr. TSU while Mackenzie
CampbelLFurtick won Ms. TSU.
Hogan won his campaign based on his
goal to, "Strengthen the voice of the student
While running, Hogan wrote, "I love
Tarleton State University and would love to
spend the next year fighting for you — the
Ruess was elected with her aim to
i 7 .
"make a difference here at Tarleton." She
also showed a desire, to continue projects
that she helped to start while participating
Out of an originally full ballot .contain-
ing Brooklyn Christian,, Tiffany Cummings,
Courtney Estes an4 Tiffany Powers, Little-
ton was whittled down to a runoff with
Cummings and took the vote. One slogan
used by Littleton was, "A Little girl with a
Ton of spirit/'
By JOHNATHON PARKER
After the appearance of white
smoke from the chimney of the
: Sistine Chapel and the ringing of
the church bells, crowds swarmed
to catch a glimpse of the newly
; elected pope, who made his first
1 appearance from the balcony of
St. Peter's Basilica Tuesday.
. dinal Jorge Arturo Medina Este-
vez, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger
;■ of Germany, in his first public ap-
' pearance as Pope Benedict XVI,
- ^merged to a 'cheering crowd.
Benedict called himself, "A sim-
ple, humble worker in- the vine-
- yard of the Lord."
J * According to MSNBC News,
I the 265th pontiff will be officially
inaugurated as leader of the Ro-
; man Catholic Church on Sunday
~ at 10 a.m.
; The last pope to carry the
name "Benedict", which is de-
- rived from the Latin word mean-
ing "blessing", was Benedict XV,
who reigned from 1914-1922.
Benedict XV led the church
through World War I and was
. credited by many with settling
troubles that stirred between
Pope Benedict XVI waves to
the crowd of faithful from the
modernist and traditionalist
Currently, the Catholic
Church has a following of 1.1
billion members. Much specula-
tion was made over the choice for
the new pope, considering the
church's wide spread, particu-
larly in Latin America. This wide
spread was acknowledged when
Estevez prefaced his introduction
of the new pope with the phrase
"brothers and sisters" spoken in
According to Yahoo! News,
of the two dozen possible candi-
dates, Cardinal Ratzinger went
into the Conclave with the most
"buzz", impressing many; yith
See BENEDICT, Page 15
'It's time to look back and honor the sacrifices these people
\ ' made a long time ago.
-Major Paul Stock
Assistant Professor of Military Science
form a block
T during last
cadets who form
the 21-gun salute
Megan Young / J-TAC
Silver Taps remembers 121
By PATRICK CHARLES
Megan Young / J-TAC
who have passed away from the
"Silver Taps is a ceremony
The crowds displayed som- honor those Tarleton stu-
ber and heartfelt emotions in dents, alumni, faculty and staff
last Thursday's Silver Taps cere- who have died sifice the last ob-
mony, paying tribute to the 141
former students and soldiers See SILVER.TAPS, Page 15
Courtesy Chico Enterprise
Record Web site
Current child molestation trial
• i 1
may be end of Jackson's career
By AKHIL KADIDAL
Like a bad soap opera past its prime, so
unwinds the life of Michael Jackson. Once
again, the famed "King ofi Pop" has been
hauled into the courts to answer charges of
child molestation. Jackson, who fancies him-
self a sort of age-less Peter Pan of J.M. Barrie's
"Neverland", is instead finding himself stuck
in an endless nightmare.
Jackson was charged with nine counts
(seven of child molestation and two of em-
ploying an intoxicating agent for the purpose
of committing a crime) in December 2003.
The felonies were allegedly committed in
February and March 2003, and involved a
cancer-stricken.teenager. Now, the mother of
that teen, Janet Arvizo, seeks to collect dam-
ages, even though she was tractable during'
their alleged perpetration.
Jackson's lawyer, famed Celebrity de- •
fender Mark Geragos, had.this to say on the
lawsuit brought on by Mrs. Arvizo: "Michael
Jackson is unequivocally and absolutely iri-.
nocent of these charges. I am telling you right
now that there is absolutely no way that we
will stand for the besmirching of this man...
and there is no way the prosecution will pre-
vail in this case." (
Geragos likened the litigants to blood-
suckers "looking for money", while the pros-
ecutors as men "looking for an axe to grind."
Unfortunately for Jackson, white the pros-
ecution may not have prevailed yet, they are
proving persistent. In January this year, near-
ly two years after the^ alleged felonies were
reported, the case finally went to court. The
trail actually began'a month later. The prima-
ry tactic adopted by the Jackson defense team
is to discredit Mrs„-Arvizo. They attempted to-
do this ih part by showing that she had in the
past, attempted to glean money from other,
celebrities, and even going so far as to accuse
her of being a con artist.
The result has . been a highly, unconven-
tional trial. One legal analyst commented that
the whole trial i§ "as nasty and contentious
and theatrical a cross examination as you will •
ever see, pitting a bulldog defense attorney,
and a wackyiwitness fighting over key issues'
in a criminal case."
"If it weren't happening for real, and if-
See JACKSON, Page 15;
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