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A weekly student publication ofTarleton State University since 1919.
VOL. 172, No. 1
The coming year at a glance
fee changes Greetings from the SGA President
President McCabe details the
new fall 2006 fee changes at an
SGA meeting. ■
By D'Leesa Keys
^ ' , Staff Writer
The first Student Govern-
ment Association (SGA) meet-
ing began with a town hall style
meeting about upcoming in-
creases and decreases in student
fees. Tarleton President Dennis
McCabe explained each differ-
ent fee change in detail and later
- ;took questions from concerned
; "The state of Texas pays for
'.'about $38 million of Tarleton's
. "$100 million budget/' McCabe
said. "A large part of our budget
comes from students."
The fees discussed that night
. included the Board Authorized
Tuition, or Student Designated
fee,-Mhe ''International' Educa-.
tion fee/ the Library Access fee,
the Student" Center Complex
fee, the Student Service fee, the
Intercollegiate Athletic fee, the
Freshman Experience fee and
the- Course, Lab and Field As-
signment fee. Each increase or
deb-ease will go into effect fall
The Board Authorized Tu-
ition fee, which was approved
by the Texas legislature, allows
the university to decide how
much to increase or decrease the
fee. The fee is now at $60 and
will increase as much as $10 per
semester credit hour.
The International Education
iee will go from $1 to $4 per se-
mester. The increase will go to
help international students only.
The Library Access fee will
go up to $5 per semester credit
hour to help get new books, on-
line databases, increase the wag-
es of students working in the
library and buy hew equipment
for the library.
The Student Center Complex
fee will go from $3 to $3.30 per
semester credit hour to help pay
for management of the Thomp-
son Student Center.
"The , current amount of
money is not sufficient enough,"
The Intercollegiate Athletic
fee, a new fee which the student
body voted in favor for last De-
cember, will be $6 per semester
credit hour. The money will go
;to pay "fof athletic equipment,
travel and scholarships.
The Freshman Year Experi-
ence fee will be $100 per semes-
ter and heip'to pay for freshman
events like orientation.
"This is not a new fee, just a
See BEE, Page 9
On behalf of more than 9,000 students
of Tarleton State University and the Student
Government Association, let me be the first
to welcome you home! Summer Orienta-
tion is an exciting time for you to come and
meet the members of the Tarleton Family
and begin to make a very important transi-
tion in your life.
At Tarleton you are not just another
number or face iri the crowd, but a mem-
ber of a very special family. As a member
of this Tarleton Family, you will find fac-
ulty and staff who truly care about you and
want to see you succeed. You will meet stu-
dents who love this university and want to
share that love and passion with you every-
day. As a new member of the Tarleton f am-
ilyone of the things you will
hear the most is, "(Insert
your name) get involved
on campus"! There js
truly no better piece of
Just like any
tunity in life, ifs your'choice what you will
do with it. Become involved on campus
as a freshman and learn what the spirit of
Tarleton is all about. Take a leadership role
and make this university a better place than
how you found it. The first
step to becoming involved
on campus is to go to Duck
Camp! This is a must for
every incoming , freshman
as you will learn the history
of Tarleton, meet fellow stu-
dents, and make friendships
that last forever. But most
importantly. Duck Camp is
fun and.a great way to kick off your time
here ait Tarleton.
tunity. I invite you to
experience is becom-
ing a member of the
Who to call
Camp Office call: 254-
For FRC, contact Sarah
Barron at 254-968-9082
ernment Association. SGA serves as the
voice of the students here at Tarleton and
also strives to develop leadership skills in
its members. As freshman you will have
an opportunity to apply to be a member
of the Freshman Representa-
■ tive Council. FRC is a group
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According to legend, Oscar P,
John Tarleton's pet duck
was so loyal, that the
two are reputed
to be buried
of twenty freshmen who are
selected to serve in Student
Government, represent the
freshman class and coordi-
nate awesome activities like
Midnight Breakfast and Sixth
' Grade Day Away. For more
information on becoming
a member of FRC please contact our FRC
chair Sarah Barron at 968-9082 or look for
our booth at the Phase nprientation fair.
I believe in my heart that in choos-
ing Tarleton State University as your new
home, you are now apart of the greatest
" University in the world. You are about to
learn the rich history of Tarleton State Uni-
versity arid the, spirit and tradition that it
encompasses. A tradition which began
with-a" mystical man named John Tarleton
who left us this place that we love tocfay. A
spirit which is carried on by the mystery of
: the oldest spirit organization in Texas, the
Purple Pod arid the Enthusiasm of the Plow-
boys and other organizations on campus. A
spirit which you can literally .hear in the air
during Homecoming week every October.
This Spirit and Tradition is not one that is
merely; spoken of, but is lived out by
Tarleton' s tudents e very d ay.
. , If you have any questions
please call 968-9082 or come by
the SGA office in the Thompson
Student Center. Once again,
; welcome to Tarleton and have a
'•great time at Orientation.
Bleed Purple, '
Casey F. Hogan
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free time in
. Steps to an active
social life in
By AMY BURK
If this is your first semester
at Tarleton State University; you
may find yourself looking, for
a way to fill your free time and
make some friends. There are
three ohvious paths to an active
social life in Stephenville — faith-
based organizations, participa-
tion in student groups and party-
ing like a rock star. The choice is
yours to make.'
For those looking to get in-
volved - through school-spon-
sored student groups, Tarleton
has many to pffer. TSU has Greek
fraternities and sororities repre-
sented on campus with rush time
designated at the beginning of
Many other, groups can be
joined at any time during the
semester. There is a groupfor
just about everyone at Tarleton.
From club sports to departmen-
tal groups related to particular
fields of studies, the possibilities
are endless. There are groups
that are dedicated to the encour-
agement of the performing arts,
organizations formed to promote
particular interests .'in sUidents'
professional future careers,
See GROUPS, Page 8
The insider's guide to Tarleton icons
■ The Purple Poo evolved from the
TTS/TTP spirit organizations. Still
secretive as ever, the Poo gather
together to make Poo signs every
Monday night. The signs appear on
campus on Tuesday morning, and
usually comment on student po-
litical issues, and student life. The
signs can usually be found nailed to
trees on campus, and are intended
to promote school spirit.
Since their identities are closely
guarded, the Poo appear in public,
dressed in costume. Some of the
members are "unmasked" at the
Leadership and Awards Ceremony
held each April, while still others
chose to have their pictures appear
in the Grassburr.
Upon joining the Texas A&M System
in 1917, the Tarleton athletic teams
became known as the "Junior Aggies."
In 1924, Coach W.J. Wisdom became
disenchanted with the name and held a
contest tQ, select a new mascot. But the
name "Plowboys" popped into his head,!
and he immediately adopted the new
mascot and kept the $5.
But with the University's changing .
image, however, another election was
held in 1961 and students approved the
name "Texans." The horse and rider
became the new athletic mascot of the
In 1984, a group of interested
students established a spirit orga-
nization on campus and re-adopted the name "Plow-
boys." The Plowboys attend athletic events and other
The Texan Rider was cre-
ated Whcln the university voted
the horse jand rider as the official
mascot, in place of the Plowboys
The Texan Rider today is
aan elected position within
the Student Government
Association (SGA) and
appears at home
sports ,, events
and certain away
Source: Tarleton Traditions
"The Purple Book"
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