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The Student Newspaper of the University of North Texas
February 12, 2004
Volume 88, Issue 74
life at NT
His colleagues in the computer
education department at NT remem-
ber Paul Lynn Schlieve as a kind of
model Boy Scout: exuberant, clean-
cut, caring, honorable.
"He was a good citizen as far
as the university community was
concerned/' said Jon Young, NT's
department chair of technology
and cognition. Young worked with
Schlieve for two decades at NT.
So it came as a rude shock to
Young when word reached the de-
partment that Schlieve had been
picked up last May by Pilot Point
Police with 217 grams of metham-
phetamines and a sawed-off shot-
gun in his backseat.
Schlieve had publicly disap-
proved the use of even over-the-
counter drugs to the point where he
would not so much as use a painkill-
er after he had neck surgery.
"Paul always thought that was
the worst thing that you could do,"
For this reason, Young and others
in the department simply can't accept
the harsh reality that a jury found
their beloved colleague guilty of con-
spiracy to manufacture and distribute
methamphetamines and other serious
charges that could put him in jail for
life. Schlieve will be sentenced in a
See SCHLIEVE, Page 2
the r eyes on
& Reyna Gobel
Fruitless parking space hunts, fran-
tic, groping searches for that non-ex-
istent quarter for the meter and the
eventual dislodging of a yellow park-
ing ticket from under the windshield
wiper are often a part of the college
But according to Lee Mears, com-
munity services manager, the meter
maids — or community services of-
ficers — are teaching students a valu-
able lesson in parking etiquette.
"In the fall, we've got to educate
the freshman to park where they're
supposed to," Mears said.
NT meter maids handed out
2,800 tickets in January alone for
offenses like parking in designated
handicap spaces and having no
NT police control and maintain
162 meters on campus. And it's the
meters that can either save one's
pocketbook or sink it into debt.
For commuters and those on
campus only a few days a week,
paying the meter may be the only
cost-effective means of parking.
"One time I was seconds late to add
coins and I got one [ticket] anyways,"
See PARKING, Page 2
OR A aids animal rights organizations
ampus group helps train animals behavior
Going to the zoo isn't just
for day care and elementary
school field trips anymore
YI stud ents can go for school
The Organization for Rein-
forcement Contingencies with
Animals at NT is available as
a lab for graduate practicum,
special problems class or vol-
unteer work for anyone who
wishes to participate.
Nicole Dorey, president of
ORCA, said this kind of or-
ganization is few and far be-
"We are one of two gradu-
ate schools that have a lab like
this," she said. "It's pretty rare
to have an opportunity to train
a zoo animal in captivity"
ORCA was formed in 1999
by Eddie Fernandez, 2003 NT
graduate who is now a doctor-
al student at Indiana Universi-
ty, when he wanted more than
just the required animal train-
ing project in his class taught
by Dr. Jesus Rosales-Ruiz, as-
sociate professor of behavior
Rosales-Ruiz recalled Fer-
"Eddie came up to me and
said, 'Oh my gosh this is what
I've wanted to do all my life. I
want to train animals, I want
to make a career out of this,'
" he said.
Dr. Rosales-Ruiz said that
there were several students
that felt the same way, so he
encouraged them to form an
association. So they did, nam-
ing Fernandez president and
ORCA started to work with
organizations such as the Soci-
ety for the Prevention of Cru-
elty to Animals, an organiza-
tion in which dogs are taught
good behaviors and how to
interact more gently.
ORCA has maintained a re-
lationship with the Frank Buck
Zoo in Gainesville for about
The ORCA labs have seven
See ORCA, Page 6
DEBORAH TURNER/NT DAILY
Nicole Dorey, Florida graduate student, target trains
Amy the ostrich at Frank Buck's Zoo in Gainesville.
- against -
50 years of
Nearly 50 years ago, 19-
year-old Joe Atkins was at-
tending college in El Paso
quietly trying to pursue
his education when the
Texas Rangers came to pay
him a visit.
They wanted to question
him about his associations
and activities, especially his
ties with an organization
that the state attorney gen-
eral was not at all fond of at
the time: the National As-
sociation for the Advance-
ment of Colored People.
As it turns out, Atkins had
run afoul of the state law for
taking a bold step: applying
for admission to NT, then
named North Texas State
College, a whites-only col-
lege. Even bolder was his
decision to fight the univer-
sity's decision in court, deny-
ing him admission because
he was black.
The NAACP helped At-
kins bring suit against the
university, citing the land-
mark Supreme Court deci-
sion, Brown v. the Board of
Education of Topeka, Kan.
The high court ruled that
lic schools were unconstitu-
SPECIAL TO THE DAILY
This 1960's NT English class was first published in the yearbook The Yucca.
Despite the ruling, hard-
core Texas segregationists
like Governor Alan Shiv-
ers and Attorney General
John Ben Sheppard contin-
ued to oppose desegrega-
tion, and racially motivated
bombings in Dallas sought
to maintain the status quo
through terror. But Atkins
didn't back down.
"It was intimidating,"
Atkins said, "and that was
its purpose to intimidate."
He finds it ironic that "all
he was trying to do was get
About eight months af-
ter Atkins filed suit, Texas
courts forced NT to open
its doors to Atkins and oth-
ers blacks, paving the way
for a movement that trans-
formed higher education in
the state ever since.
Desegregation at NT,
marked not by violence but
relative calm, proceeded
rather quietly against the
dramatic tides of changes
elsewhere in the country.
See PIONEER, Page 6
SGA votes on ballot issues
Senate stands against
system for students
The Student Government
Association took a stance at
its meeting last night against a
plus/minus grade-point system
proposed by the Faculty Senate
for NT undergraduates.
The bill was proposed by
Denton junior Jesse Davis, di-
rector of special programs, and
six other senators after a paper
survey was conducted showing
that out of 580 NT students, 565
voted against the plus/minus
system and 15 voted for it.
Princeton, N.J., sophomore
Justin Couchman, director of stu-
dent affairs, said he doesn't like
the plus/minus system at all.
"If they change it, they should
change it at every public univ-
erisy in the state," he said. "This
system will hurt any and every
student at this university be-
cause it has the ability to lower
our cumulative GPA."
An A+ and A would equal a
4.0 grade point average, which is
equal to a 95. An A- would equal
a 3.7 GPA, a B+ would equal 3.3,
a B would equal a 3.0, and a B-
would equal a 2.7.
If a student makes a 90 in a
class currently, he would have a
4.0 GPA. Under this new plus/
minus system, that same grade
would equal a 3.7.
However, some wondered if
it was too early to take a stance
because students may not have
wholly understood the situation
when they took the survey. Man-
sfield sophomore Chris Brown,
a non-SGA senator attending
the meeting, said it's a "hasty
thing" for SGA to make a stance
at this time.
"It's bad on this body to make
decisions like this to speak for a
student body that doesn't really
know about it," he said.
However, the bill adopted by
In addition, there was a bill
proposed to ask NT students on
the 2004 SGA Spring Election
See SGA, Page 11
for NT's future
The faculty senate convened
Wednesday afternoon for the first
time this semester. The group ad-
dressed several issues, and a pre-
sentation by NT Provost Howard
C. Johnson sparked a lively discus-
sion about the university's future.
Johnson outlined the newest
draft of his academic plan to the
senate. The draft has already been
sent to Dr. Norvahl Pohl, NT presi-
dent, and Johnson invited the sena-
tors to take an active role in helping
See FACULTY, Page 6
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