The J-TAC (Stephenville, Tex.), Vol. 173, No. 7, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 8, 2007 Page: 1 of 12
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TARLETON STATE UNIVER
H E N V I L L E
Volume 173, No. 7
March 8, 2007
permit for KKK rally
By ERIK WALSH
The city of Stephenville
officially granted permits
for the Traditional Christian
Knights of the Ku Klux Kian
(TCKKKK) to protest at the
courtyard of the Erath County
Courthouse and for an anti-
KKK group to protest at the
Stephenville City Park March
17, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The permit includes street
closure in a two-block radius
around the courthouse square
beginning at 9 a.m. and end-
ing upon complete disband-
ment of the assembly.
The street closure and
separation between protest-
ing groups were strategically
put in order by the city of
Stephenville to prevent vio-
"We have spoken to oth-
er towns where KKK rallies
were held/' Mark Kaiser, Ste-
phenville city administrator,
said. "Based on their experi-
ence, we have decided to cre-
ate a two-block buffer zone
between the KKK demonstra-
tors and the anti-KKK protes-
The decision was made
after learning about cases of
violence in other cities.
"This buffer zone was de-
cided after we spoke to the
other towns," Kaiser said.
"Midland, for one, had too
little of a buffer zone, and
the opposing groups began
mooning each other, leading
to incidents. We also spoke
to town officials from Ama-
rillo who were also useful in
explaining how these buffer
zones should be created."
Although many groups
will be showing up at the
protest rallies either for the
TCKKKK or for the anti-KKK
protestors, only two permit
applications were received by
the city, according to Kaiser.
"We got one from the
KKK and from Jennifer Gel-
ski/' Kaiser said. "While
there is no paperwork done
indicating other groups are
coming, we anticipate having
some other groups," Kaiser
Some citizens of Stephen-
ville involved with the anti-
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The smashed remains of a police cruiser is on display near
the Clyde H, Wells Fine Arts center. The wrecked car, which was
loaned to Tarleton by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), is
part of the university's "Safe Break Week" campaign. The exhibit
is aimed at educating students on the hazards of drunk driving.
The car in question was destroyed in a collision with a
drunk driver on Oct, 10,1992, Both occupants, Police Officers Lew-
is, 36, and Crocker, 43, were killed. According to the notice board,
the drunk driver was going to a nightclub to drink some more. He
received 5 years in prison.
Diversity speaker talks on Islamic veil
By D'LEESA KEYS
Many people misunderstand Mus-
lim women's head veils, hajibs, and the
reasoning behind them.
Dr, Faegheh Shirazi, associate pro-
fessor of Middle Eastern languages
and cultures at the University of Texas,
graduate from Ohio State University,
Sunni Muslim and author of the book,
"The Veil Unveiled: The Hajib in Mod-
ern Culture," presented "Western Mis-
conceptions Concerning the Political,
Religious and Cultural Significance of
D'Leesa Keys/The J-TAC
the Veil" in attempt to shed light on this Dr- Gary Peer (right) with guest di-
Shirazi discussed the origins of the
versity speaker Dr. Faegheh Shirazi
veil, the roles it plays in Middle Eastern and Muslim society
and how it has been viewed and used in the western world,
Shirazi began her presentation by asking the audience
how many of them thought of the hijab or
head veil when they thought of Muslim
"Just because I am a Muslim wom-
an doesn't mean I have to veil myself,"
Shirazi said, "There are many different
concepts of veiling and many reasons
why people do or do not veil,"
According to the research Shirazi
did and what she wrote in her book, the
veil did not originate with the onset of Is-
"The first reference to the veil was
See SPEAKER, Page 9
Tarleton students plan for Spring Break
is a highly an-
for students that
serves as a week-
classrooms, and t ,, . _ A _ _
Courtesy: MCT Campus
er, the activities students choose to take part
in widely vary, and the debate of whether
popular party "hot spots" are overrated or
underestimated continues throughout the
minds of college students far and wide.
Many students are electing to take care
of chores and work over the break instead of
going to the beaches of Texas, Mexico, and
Florida for Spring Break,
"I'm going to work and write papers,"
Austin Crotts, English grad assistant, said.
Fellow grad assistant Paula Kent will
also be working over the break by altering
and improving her thesis.
"I'll be working on my thesis for my
master's in English," Kent said.
Although Crotts is staying home instead
of traveling, he believes many party places
such as South Padre Island are overrated,
and that alike events can take place at home
without the expense.
"I think they're all overrated. You can.
do all that stuff at South Padre at home and
save money," Crotts said. "Think, If you
spend two nights at a hotel and spend $200
per night, most of the time you will be in a
drunker haze and not remember anyway."
Cancun is also overvalued, and there are
other less well-known places people could
go to have a good time, in Kent's opinion.
"To me, Cancun is overrated. Everybody
goes there, and I'd want to go somewhere
different, If I had more time for Spring
Break, I'd like to go to Melbourne, Austra-
lia," Kent stated.
Other students, such as nursing junior
Joy Jenkins, are traveling, but rather than to
party, they are volunteering in the commu-
"I'm going to volunteer at Champs
Camp, a sports camp for elementary-aged
See SPRING BREAK, Page 9
Campus Life 6-7
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C;. \ Tattoo parlor
Tattoos are gaining in populari-
ty among college students. Find
the reasons inside
See Page 4
The Tarleton connection
Why do students pick Tarleton over other schools?
See Page 6
SPA-sponsored event draws large crowd
See Page 6
Tarleton Texans split week-
end series with Central
See Page 12
Men's and women's basket-
ball both miss bid to national
tournament 0 .. . .
See Page 12
Daylight Savings Time
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\ March 11.
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