The J-TAC (Stephenville, Tex.), Vol. 178, No. 8, Ed. 1 Thursday, October 18, 2007 Page: 1 of 10
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October 18, 2007
TARLETON STATE UNIVERSITY, STEPHENVILLE
Vol. 178, No. 8
Highly-anticipated Grassburrs finally
arrive, ready for pick-up Page 2
"Bowling for Boobs" raises money for Relay
for Life and breast cancer research Page 7
Proposed Core Curriculum
Proposal could lower number of core curriculum hours
■ Current Tarleton requirements are among state's highest
By KELSEY FITZGIBBON
A proposed resolution could lower the
number of hours Tarleton students will be
required to take as part of their core cur-
riculum. The Core Curriculum Committee
reevaluated Tarleton's core curriculum re-
quirements and proposed that the number
of required hours be lowered to 42. Student
Kenneth Brisendine/The J-TAC Body President Brady Pendleton says Tar-
leton currently holds a 47 hour require-
ment, one of the highest in the state.
Texas legislation sets the minimum re-
quirement for all universities at 42 hours
and the maximum at 48. State law prede-
termines 36 of these hours, which cannot
be changed. Tarleton is required to include
six hours of communication, three hours of
mathematics, six hours of natural science,
six hours of humanities, and 15 hours of so-
cial or behavioral sciences into the curricu-
The university is also required to in-
clude an additional six to 12 hours as part of
the core curriculum. Currently, Tarleton re-
quires 11. In addition to the above 36 hours,
Tarleton requires six hours of social and be-
havioral sciences, three hours of wellness,
and two additional hours of natural science.
The Core Curriculum Committee is now
See PROPOSAL, Page 2
family of fame
Johnathon Parker/The J-TAC
From left to right: Lonn Reisman, Dr. Lamar
Johanson, Paula Phillips-Abernathie, Dr.
Dennis P. McCabe, Rodney Webb and Robert
Ibey were inducted into the Tarleton Ath-
letics Hall of Fame during halftime of last
Saturday's game against Midwestern State.
By REED BAIZE
Four individuals were inducted into the Tar-
leton State University Athletic Hall of Fame on
Saturday during a moving banquet in which for-
mer friends, coaches, and teammates expressed
their respect and admiration for the inductees
and what they have meant to the university.
Former football standout Rodney Webb was
presented by former Tarleton President and Tex-
as A&M University Chancellor Dr. Barry B.
See FAME, Page 9
Beat the drum
■ Silver Bugle hunt results
■ Yell Contest results
■ Beauty and the Beast
■ Snake Dance returns
■ Homecoming Queen election
■ L.V. Risinger Bonfire
Visit us online at www.thejtac.com
Verdict in for Texan Homecoming Court
Johnathon Parker/The J-TAC
From left to right: Jana Waldrup, Rachel-Turner, Jessica Medina, Amy Scott and Dana McLaughlin were nominated for Home-
coming Queen. To choose your queen, vote online at the Tarleton home page from 9 a.m. Oct. 22 to 4 p.m. Oct. 24.
Parade for pride over prejudice
By NICOLE DODD
On Friday, the organization P.U.L.S.E., which stands for Pro-
moting Understanding of Lifestyles through Service and Educa-
tion, held a campus-wide Pride Parade. The parade crowd, which
included P.U.L.S.E., students and faculty, began its route in the
front of the Barry B. Thompson Student Center, and walked
through the campus, in front of the library, and stopped at the
Although there were only about 20 people in the parade, their
presence was well-known. As they marched with signs and bal-
loons, the group shouted chants such as, "What do we want? Gay
rights. When do we want them? Right now." "Gay rights are hu-
man rights," was also yelled. After they reached the administra-
tion mall, they all stopped and simultaneously released their bal-
loons into the air. After the parade was finished, the group made
its way to the humanities building, to Room 117, to listen to Dr.
Daniel Helminiak give a presentation titled "What the Bible Re-
ally Says About Homosexuality."
Dr. Helminiak began with an introduction, explaining that he
works for the University of West Virginia and used to be a Catho-
"I am not here to give a religious speech. My concern is the
way we view things," he said. Helminiak went on to talk about
the different views people have of what the Bible says about ho-
He said that there are two main views, one expressing that the
Bible shows homosexuality as wrong, and one view that the Bible
says nothing about homosexuality or that the Bible has nothing
"I want to get reconciliation between the two ideas," Helmin-
iak said, "If we can't make progress imagine what the world will
be when you're in your 50s or 60s."
Helminiak then dove deeper as he said that you can not take
the teachings of the Bible and apply them directly to the world
we live in today. He demonstrated with the example in the Bible,
they believe the world is flat, not round lil-e we know it is today.
"Every reading is an interpretation," Helminiak said.
Helminiak is a renowned author, with many books on the
Marcy Waters/The J-TAC
Approximately 20 marchers attended the P.U.L.S.E Pride Parade
on Friday that stretched from the TSC to the administration mall.
subject of homosexuality and religion. Some of his works include,
"The Transcended Christian: Spiritual Lessons for the Twentieth-
First Century," "Sex and the Sacred: Gay Identity and Spiritual
Growth," and "What the Bible Really Says About Homosexual-
ity." For a complete list of his books and to get more information,
students may visit his Web site at www.visionsofdaniel.net.
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