The Rambler (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 102, No. 5, Ed. 1 Wednesday, February 18, 2009 Page: 1 of 6
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The students' voice since 1917
February 18. 2009
Vol. 102, No. 5
Do you think you have
what it takes to strum and
fret the sounds of Aeros-
mith and Metallica? Join
students as they take part
in the cultural phenom-
enon that is Guitar Hero
World Tour. The jam ses-
sion starts at 7 p.m. Feb.
26 in the lobby of Stella
Chili and Tombstone
The Taste of Texas of-
fers a remedy for the cold
weather and a typical
Wednesday; join them as
they serve chili and show
the movie Tombstone.
Events start at 7 p.m. on
Feb. 25 in Elizabeth Hall.
The Hatton W. Sumners
will accept applications
until Feb. 23. Scholars
chosen will receive up
to $3,500 a semester and
will participate in special
forums on public policy
and leadership. Preference
is given to those studying
political science, pre-law,
history or social studies.
Students from other pro-
gram areas who have high
and exhibit a strong sense
of community responsi-
bility will also be consid-
For the 21st year, Texas
Wesleyan will host Ex-
panding Your Florizons in
Science and Mathemat-
ics conference. Middle
school girls are invited to
participate from 9 a.m. to
3 p.m. April 4 at the Sid
W. Richardson center.
Participants will take part
in hands-on activities in
workshops presented by
professional women in
the science or mathemat-
ics fields. Conference cost
is $5 per person, and the
registration deadline is
March 12. Contact Dr.
Jane Moore at (817) 531 -
Please send all news
briefs to twurambler@
due by noon Friday to
see brief in the following
Three years in the books and Burleson site moves right along
As Texas Wesleyan's
Burleson site begins its fourth
year of service, the staff finds
themselves reflecting on three
years of growth.
"We started with five stu-
dents in 2006," said Judy Ar-
nold, Burleson site coordina-
tor. "This semester we have
over 60 students enrolled in
classes," Arnold said.
The Burleson site, lo-
cated in Johnson County just
south of Fort Worth, opened
its doors to students in Janu-
ary 2006. A satellite campus
of Texas Wesleyan, it offers
junior and senior level cours-
es to students who have com- Photo by Tiara Nugent
pleted general course require- Judy Arnold, Burleson site coordinator, has anchored the program that has seen a
ments or hold an associate s jump from five students to more than 60.
The significant growth is largely attributed to Arnold, said Dr. Carlos
Martinez, dean of the school of education.
"The key to our success in Burleson lies in the connection Judy has with
the community," he said.
Arnold has been a member of the Wesleyan staff more than 18 years.
She has lived in Burleson since she was 11-years-old. Arnold is a member of
the local Rotary Club of Burleson and serves as the club's director of com-
munity service. She is also involved
in her church and knows many of the
people of Burleson.
For her, the situation is a win-win.
"I'm helping Wesleyan provide
more options for its students, and I
am helping my community by pro-
viding higher education to its resi-
dents," Arnold said.
When local universities began es-
tablishing satellite campuses in the
Metroplex several years ago, Wes-
leyan wanted to do the same, Mar-
tinez said. Originally, a location in
Collin County, north of Dallas, was
considered. But Martinez said that
when the connection was made with
the city of Burleson and the First
United Methodist Church in Burle-
son was suggested as a location, it
was a good opportunity.
In addition, part of the space at
the church was already occupied by
Hill College, a two-year community
"I think it is a tribute to Wesleyan to be forward-thinking and to be able
to take a risk and branch out to give students options they deserve," Arnold
said. "Most of our students come from Hill College and the Southeast cam-
pus of Tarrant County College. We help make the transfer to Wesleyan easy
by nurturing them."
See Burleson, page 2
Predicting the lit lire or gas prices:
Why we shouldn t expect last year s hike but still shouldn t get too comfortable
As college students' tight bud-
gets enjoy relatively acceptable gas
prices today, the daunting past of
record-high gasoline that hit around
last summer stays embedded in our
memories. Remembering such hard
times and going through the other
current challenges of a recession,
many may worry if the sequel of gas
record highs will occur again in the
near future. But according to many
experts, there may be good news on
A gas spike last summer brought
gas prices to unforgettable record
highs of more than $4 per gallon.
They then fell, bringing gas prices
in many states to no more than $1.50
a gallon late last year, according to
Kennth Musante of CNNMoney.
These prices are driven by crude
oil, the main ingredient in gasoline.
The price was more than $100 a bar-
rel in summer 2008.
It has since dropped to $47 a
barrel, after a brief drop to $32.40,
according to Musante, making many
While many consumers fear a
rise in gas prices, subtle increases
have already occurred. In Janu-
ary, the national average was up to
$1,672 per gallon for unleaded, ac-
cording to the American Automobile
"Oil companies don't like to
shock us," said Jason Toews, co-
founder of Gasbuddy.com, in Mus-
ante's article. "They like to ease us
into higher prices."
Although slowly climbing high-
er and higher, Toews does not see an
occurrence of $4 a gallon occurring
again anytime soon. He said he sees
a more likely rise to $2.75 a gallon
by summer, due to such factors as
higher demand and the falling econ-
Other industry experts are in
accordance when it comes to pre-
dictions associated for the future of
gas prices. According to the Energy
Information Administration, cited
in an article by Outside the Beltway
writer Steve Verdon, $51 per barrel
for crude oil in 2009 would offer
consumers more reasonable, lower
prices are not in
tion o f the Petroleum
tries) favor profit-
wise, Verdon wrote,
and lower prices
may drive OPEC
to hope for higher
demand. In addi-
tion, he said, they
would be hoping for
stimulus package to
revive the economy
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be charged. While the thought of gas at more than $4 a gallon is still
"A lot depends fresh on the minds of drivers, sources say that this sum-
on the nature and mer's hike shouldn't be as worrisome.
depth of the eco-
nomic recession," said UK Royal
Institute of International Affairs pro-
fessor Paul Stevens in Verdon's ar-
Adam Siemenski, chief energy
economist of Deutsche Bank, was
also quoted in Verdon's article and
said the week economy will bring a
very low demand for gas unlike what
we've experienced in the last quarter
of a century.
With many critics and specialists
not seeing the dreaded sequel of $4
per gallon gas occurring anytime in
the near future, it brings a little hope
to the strapped college student, as
well as the average American con-
sumer. Although gas will probably
never be $1.19 per gallon like it was
in the '90s, maybe our wallets can
breathe easier for a little while.
3PR, Princeton Review prepare pre-pro essional students
As the spring semester ever so quickly nears
the halfway mark, students with post-secondary
education goals are realizing that graduate school
is right around the corner.
With that in mind, Wesleyan's Pre-Profes-
sional Program (3PR) is teaming up with The
Princeton Review to bring the Graduate School
Test Fest to campus Feb. 21st.
"Princeton came, and we liked the price tag,"
said Ann Smith, recruitment and activities spe-
cialist for the M.D. Anderson Pre-Professional
Smith, who is currently in the tail end of her
first year in 3PR, is trying to implement a system
which provides graduate school prospects with
the tools necessary to prepare for the application
Test Fest will do just that as it will provide
students with one free practice test of the MCAT,
LSAT, GMAT or GRE.
"As the 3PR audience grows in size, the
program requires a restructure that imple-
ments events like Test Fest."
- Anne Smith
Recruitment and A ctivities Specialist
M.D. Anderson Pre-Professional Program
The session will also include a catered lunch
followed by a test strategy session given by one
of the program's expert instructors.
"The ultimate goal is to do this every semes-
ter," Smith said. "We need to have a benchmark
to realize what the students still need to learn, and
we must remain informed as to what they need to
be working on."
3PR has seen a resurgence this year as par-
ticipation has multiplied. The organization now
caters to a long list of pre-professional individu-
als including law, medical, ministry, psychology,
sociology and pre-college teaching.
Test Fest will demonstrate the Pre-Profes-
sional Programs' desire for its increasing number
of students to succeed.
"Students are now taking their career paths
more serious, and they want to develop those in-
dividual strengths," Smith said.
Test Fest is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Feb. 21 on Wesleyan's campus. Students can reg-
ister for the event at www.princetonreview.com/
events or by calling 800-2Review before Friday.
For questions, call Ann Smith at (817) 531 -
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