The J-TAC (Stephenville, Tex.), Vol. 178, No. 2, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 6, 2007 Page: 1 of 12
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TARLETON STATE UNIVERSITY, STEPHENVILLE
Volume 178, No. 2
Freshman perishes after car accident
By JOANNA HENSLEY
One Tarleton freshman is dead and another
is in serious condition after an accident. The
wreck involved two motorcycles and a car and
took place Sunday night on Washington Street.
Stephenville Police Sgt, Steven Watts said
a 1994 Geo Prism driven by a 16-year-old male
from Dublin struck the two motorcycles as he
was turning left down Dale Street, reports the
Lora Wulfjen, an 18-year-old Tarleton freshman
from Breckenridge, was taken by CareFlite to
John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Wul-
fjen passed away Wednesday morning after be-
ing taken off life support. Funeral services for
Wulfjen are pending and will be handled by
Morehart Mortuary in Breckenridge.
Another Tarleton freshman, 17-year-old Ju-
lie Ohnemus of Waltham, Massachusetts, spent
the night in critical condition at Harris Method-
ist Erath County Hospital after being CareFlit-
ed. She is now at Harris Methodist Fort Worth
in stable condition.
Both females were passengers on the motor-
cycles that struck the turning vehicle, Wulfjen
with 29-year-old Timothy Cunningham and
Ohnemus with 21-year-old Appolio Long. Both
men are from the Stephenville area. Witnesses
who spoke to the Empire-Tribune said that none
of the motorcycle passengers appeared to be
The driver of the car and the 15-year-old
female passenger from Stephenville were both
taken to Harris Methodist Erath County Hospi-
tal following the accident.
Tarleton students may visit the Student
Counseling Center, located in room 212 of the
Thompson Student Center, for free counseling.
Rec center entering final quarter
: By ASHLEE WATSON
; Texan News Service
For decades the big purple "T"
in Tarleton State University symbol-
ically stood for the traditions its stu-
dents revere. Today, however, the T
could as easily stand for transition.
Tarleton, which many still think
of as a rural agricultural college, is
undergoing as much if not more
change as anyone on campus can
Dr. Dennis E McCabe, Tar-
leton's president since 1991, re-
cently announced that he is retiring
next June. McCabe's departure will
follow those of the university's chief
academic officer, its vice president
for institutional advancement, three
of eight deans/ and its police chief.
Further, the changes come at
a time when the university, long
known for its rodeo prowess and
See TRANSITION, Page 9
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Despite heavy rains
during May, June
and July, the Rec-
facility is set to open
on Oct. 15, which is
the original date the
facility was sup-
posed to open. The
facility will include
a rock climbing
wall, inside track
and three basketball
courts. The recre-
ational sports center
in the Fall 2006 se-
Courtesy: Setterfield & Fontikes
Summer success for Tarleton ROTC
By JOLYNN ELKINS
Summer activities are what many students still
have on their minds as they reminisce with their
friends. Things like going to the lake, hanging out at
the local hot spot and hand-to-hand combat before
garrison duty,..wait, that's only junior and senior ca-
dets from the Tarleton State University Texan Bat-
talion, who participated in several ROTC and Army
camps over the summer. Along with more than 4,000
cadets from all across the country, ROTC battalions
from small state colleges to major universities like
Texas A&M, 36 of TSU's finest participated in what
the Professor of Military Science, Lt. Col. Robert Levis,
has described as "the final grade" of ROTC. Accord-
ing to cadet Chris Condy, a cadet will spend their first
three years training for the Leadership Development
Assessment Course, then they "have only one shot to
be evaluated...everybody who wants to get
commissioned has to complete LDAC"
LDAC is an intense five week course at Fort Lew-
See ROTC, Page 4
Johnathon Parker/The J-TAC
Cadet John Black leads his squad
during a training exercise for LDAC..
Texan rides with Dallas Cowboys
Johnathon Parker/The j-TAC
Richard Bartel started his collegiate football career at SMU
before making his way to Tarleton in 2005.
By WYATT NORMAN
Texan News Service
It is somewhat out of the ordinary for a NCAA Divi-
sion II football player to ascend from the ranks of the rela-
tively unknown to battle for a possible spot on a National
Football League roster. Recently, however, Tarleton has
been able to break the mold and send a few players to the
NFL. James Dearth, Derrick Ross, and now Richard Bar-
tel are among players who have managed to work their
way onto an NFL roster.
Coming out of Grapevine High School in 2001, Rich-
ard Bartel was highly regarded as both an accomplished
signal caller for the football team and a right handed
pitcher with big league potential. These talents yielded
Bartel a minor league pitching opportunity and a spot on
the Southern Methodist University Mustangs roster as a
While at SMU, Bartel was able to get starting experi-
ence as both a freshman and sophomore. In two years
with limited starts, he threw for a combined 1875 yards
with 17 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Midway
through the 2003 season Bartel left the Mustangs to pur-
sue his baseball career.
In 2004, after playing in the minor leagues for a year,
Bartel decided to put the pads back on and found a home
in Division II Tarleton State University.
"When I came to Tarleton I first tried to figure out
what I was doing here because Tarleton was such a small
school," said Bartel earlier this summer. He has been un-.
available for comment since. "I decided to accept where
I was and make the best of what I had."
After sitting out his first season at Tarleton, Bartel won"
the starting job for the Texans and in 2005; he completed
153 of 253 passes for 1883 yards and 12 touchdowns, but
also threw 11 interceptions.
While 2006 may not have been a great season for the
Tarleton football team, Bartel had, statistically, a much
improved season in which he threw for 2023 yards on 161
of 276 attempts and 16 touchdowns while only throwing
Following the 2007 NFL Draft, Bartel was invited
along with 20 other pro prospects who, graduated from
local high schools to participate in a weekend mini-
camp for a possible position on the Dallas Cowboys ros-
ter. Cowboys' coaches were impressed with Bartel's arm
strength and build, and on May 13, Bartel signed with
"Richard is a big kid with a big arm," said Texans'
head coach Sam McElroy. "Richard went up to their
camp and really did a good job and worked hard."
"I didn't expect to get drafted, but I expected to be
picked up," said Bartel. "The Cowboys' scouts opened
the opportunity for me to get a chance."
See BARTEL, Page 12
Additional reporting by Reed Baize and Nathan Bural.
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