The J-TAC (Stephenville, Tex.), Vol. 173, No. 9, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 29, 2007 Page: 1 of 12
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TARLETON STATE UNI
MARCH 29, 2007
VOLUME 175, NO. 9
Upcoming election decides SGA '07-08 officers
President, Vice President headline balloting
Shane and Jessica's
Find a way
Senate and house to meet
together regularly to know
each other and share ideas to
Gather student support for
dedicated, careing people to ad-
vise students degree plans.
What: Student Govern-
When; April 10-12
Whe*e; Online at a com-
puter near you*
How; Log Into Tarleftm'a
homepage and select the
link Jo vote* Have you
student ID ready!
Brady and Sarah's
Spring Spirit Rally
Begin spring semester with
a new traditions rally.
Purple Pedal Push
Cover the campus in pur-
ple. Establish purple bicycles
for students to travel around
campus free of charge.
Shane Henry and Jessica Shaver.
Brady Pendleton and Sarah Barron.
2007 SGA Candidates
Student Body President
and Vice President
Shane Henry and Jessica Shaver
Brady Pendleton and Sarah Barron
College Senator ■
College of Agriculture
and Human Sciences
College of Business
College of Education
College of Liberal & Fine Arts
College of Science & Technology
JC Kyam Mande
Gay alumnus shares his story
By ELLEN STRACHAN
P.U.L.S.E. kept with the semester's
theme of increasing diversity on March
21 when they featured a lecture given
on the difficulties growing up gay in a
straight society. Although' fairly new,
P.U.L.S.E. stated their purpose was to
increase diversity at the school, and
raise awareness about the gay, lesbian,
bisexual, and transgender community.
The speaker, Josh Ward, opened with
praise for the club.
"I'm excited that Tarleton has a
group like [P.U.L.S.E.] here on campus.
This group wasn't around when I at-
tended Tarleton/' Ward said.
To help the audience better under-
stand where he was coming from, Ward
shared his childhood and adolescent
years. As young as 2nd grade, he knew
there was something that separated him
from the Qther kids, but attributed his
feelings to changing hormones. How-
ever, those feelings didn't go away in
middle school, and Ward continued to
carefully guard his secret. At that time
in his life, he had underlying feelings
that he was gay, but he saw the way an
older classmate that struggled with gen-
der identity was harassed by the other
students, and Ward knew he didn't
want that. Afraid of losing his friends
and family, he swore to take his secret to
"It was so hard, because I was living
a lie. I couldn't be who I really wanted
to," Ward said.
Ward continued through high
school, carefully watching himself to
make that no one found out. Because of
a family financial issue, he had to work
The Rainbow flag, or 'Freedom Flag"
is a symbol of gay and lesbian pride.
two jobs his senior year in order to pay
for college. Seeing college as his way out
to be who he really was, Ward worked
hard and earned $10,000 to pay for his
first semester at Texas Tech. After the
one lonely semester, he transferred to
Tarleton. A few of his friends had cho-
sen Tarleton, and he hoped to not be as
alone at the university as, he was at Tech.
Besides an education, Ward learned a
few other things,
"It's amazing what you learn when
you're gay I was a master at manipulat-
ing my words so no one would know
that I was gay," Ward said.
After living a lie for so many years,1
Ward knew he had to stop living an ar-
tificial life, and took the steps towards
coming out. He had an uncle that he had
always been suspicious of being gay, but
had never askec}* Ward decided to take
a trip to visit his uncle, but his mom
asked him not to, telling Ward that his
uncle was gay and that she didn't want
him to associate with that lifestyle.
"It was both a positive and a nega-
tive. Now I knew that my uncle was
definitely gay, but I also saw ho.w my
mom would react to my coming out,"
After the conversation with his
mom, Ward said that he hit rock bottom,
and became very suicidal. One day, he
was going through a memory box and
found a letter that his uncle had written
the day Ward graduated. It said "There
will be a day in your life when I am the
only one who will understand you."
There were also two prepaid phone
cards enclosed and so Josh called up his
uncle, who arrived in a few hours later.
During an eight-hour conversa-
tion, Ward's uncle listened, advised,
and gave counsel to Ward. At the con-
clusion, he was left with a great tip:
"You need to find a way to turn your
life around, make it something positive,
and work through this."
After that talk, Ward began to
steadily rise out of the hole he had fall-
en in. When he came out to his parents,
they were very accepting of him, and
encouraged him to be who he was, as
long as that meant that he was happy.
Ward found himself mentally, emo-
tionally, and spiritually, and his uncle's
introduction to the gay community'in
Dallas gave him a chance to discover
his passion in life, the fight against
"People tell me 'AIDS is a gay dis-
ease/ I'm like, 'Uhm, no, it's not. It's an
everybody disease. It doesn't discrimi-
nate'," Ward said.
After a visit to an anonymous AIDS
testing clinic, of which the results were
negative, Ward stopped running with
the crowd he was around, and began to
spend time with a couple who
See ALUMNUS, Page 9
wins at annual state
Kenneth Brisendine/The J-TAC
SAN ANTONIO - Students
from Tarleton State Universi-
ty's Student Publications de-
partment won 24 awards here
Saturday during the Texas
Intercollegiate Press Asso-
ciation's annual convention,
including a "best of show"
placement for the Feb. 22 issue
of The J-TAC and an "overall
excellence" placement for the
Tarleton students com-
peted in on-site competitions
in writing, photography'and
layout, attended numerous
seminars on journalism issues
and techniques, and inter-
acted with student journalists
from around Texas.
"I'm proud of how our
students represented Tar-
leton State University," said
Jim Looby, Director of Stu-
dent Publications. "This event
gives them the opportunity to
see how their skills are devel-
oping and how they compare
to other institutions/'
listing of awards
given to Tarleton
cations at TIPA,
Turn to page 9,
TIPA is the oldest colle-
giate press association in the
nation, created in 1909, It in-
cludes more than 50 colleges
and universities in-its mem-
The Department of Stu-
dent Publications is taking ap-
plications for staff positions in
the fall 2007 semester. If inter-
ested in applying for positions
in writing, layout, photogra-
phy or Web site editing, please
contact Jim Looby at looby®
Campus Life 6,9
Students travel to Bolivia
over spring break.
See Page 4
The mutants are back and
teady to kick shell.
See Page 5
Find out why flipy-flops
may not be healthy.
See Page 6
Pet of the Week
Meet Maxwell, a vocal
and big-eared, hound. .
See Page 6
Tarleton claims one invividual
event at the Baylor invitational.
See Page 10
Tarleton drops three to Savage
Storm, stay afloat above .500.
See Page 11
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