The Rambler (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 92, No. 23, Ed. 1 Wednesday, November 11, 2009 Page: 1 of 6
November 1, 2009
Vol. 92 • No. 23
Coffee X Spot teams with student
organizations to raise funds.
College Life, page 4
he voice of Texas Wesleyan University students since 191 7
Student-athletes juggle families, class
Sports, page 6
Campus safety still
an issue for some
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Campus security is a concern at every uni-
versity, no matter how large or small.
According to campus security reports, there
were 19 burglaries and five assault violations
on or around Wesleyan since 2007. Compar-
ing these numbers to Texas Christian Uni-
versity's 27 burglaries and 10 assaults would
make Wesleyan appear safe.
For some Wesleyan students, however, safe-
ty is still a concern.
Heath Scott, president of the Student Gov-
ernment Association, said campus security is
the only SGA priority that hasn't made dis-
cernible progress this year.
"I can't walk around this university without
hearing students talk about the lack of camer-
as, lack of lighting and things in that regard,"
Over the summer, Scott met with Felisa
Barnes, security manager, and Kun Dunson,
director of facilities and security, to discuss a
campus lighting and security camera initia-
tive. SafirRosetti, a nationally renowned se-
curity firm, was hired by Wesleyan to do an
assessment of the campus' security.
The report included possible short-term
and long-term security investments Wesley-
an could consider. Suggestions for physical
factors such as lighting and fencing were in-
cluded along with personnel suggestions like
hiring an armed police force.
"We had a lot of anecdotal evidence and
individual opinions about, 'We need to do
this or that,' but it was good to have an ex-
pert opinion as to what we ought to do said
Bill Bleibdrey, senior vice president of finance
and administration. "Some of the things were
kind of no brainers, and we had them under-
way already. We knew we needed better light-
Bleibdrey said some of the things in the re-
port, like blanketing the campus in security
cameras, will not be implemented because
they are "impractical."
Hie lighting project still has a way to go,
especially as more parking lots are added,
Bleibdrey said. For some students, campus
♦ SECURITY, page 3
While efforts are made by the univerity each year
improvements are needed.
Laura Rosser Rambler Staff
to improve campus security, some students still think
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The school of business is
working to receive accredi-
tation by the Association to
Advance Collegiate Schools of
Business. Hie AACSB is an in-
ternational accreditation that
symbolizes the highest stan-
dard of accomplishment for
business schools worldwide.
"Only about 5 percent of
all schools of business hold
the elite title," said Dr. Hector
Quintanilla, dean of the school
The main purpose of the ac-
creditation is to show that the
institution confirms its pledge
to quality and continuous im-
provement through meticu-
lous and comprehensive peer
review. AACSB has a standard
of excellence in management
"Schools like [the University
of North Texas and the Uni-
versity of Texas at Arlington]
are AACSB, and we want Wes-
leyan to join this prestigious
level," Quintanilla said.
AACSB puts colleges and
universities through a process
to obtain the recognition.
It begins with the school
establishing AACSB inter-
national membership, then
moves to a recommendation
for accreditation by the ac-
creditation committee are sent
to the board for approval or
"AACSB would enhance the
look of the school because the
school would be on an interna-
tional level," Quintanilla said.
"It would allow students from
other countries to attend, and
it would allow them to transfer
credit hours from their cur-
rent school to Wesleyan."
The possible status has stu-
♦ BUSINESS, page 3
Theater students hard at work in new shop
The long-awaited Claudia
Stepp Scene Shop opened
this semester at the corner
of Binkly Street and Avenue
C, giving theater students a
functional place to work on
"I absolutely love it," said
senior Jenny Jones, student
foreman at the new scene
shop. "It's nice to have a new
building with enough space
and work areas."
The scene shop is where
theater students go to build
the sets for all of their perfor-
mances. This scene shop is not
only the first one on campus
to be designed specifically as a
construction zone for sets, but
it is also the first building ever
designed specifically for the
theater department's use.
"It makes it more appropri-
ate to the environment our
students are going into," said
Bryan Stevenson, designer
and technical director of the
theater program. "It brings us
more up to the industry stan-
The previous home of the
scene shop was in the Baker
"It makes it more appropriate to the
environment our students are going
into. It brings us more up to the indus-
Theater Progrom Designer and Technical Director
Building, built in 1915, before
its extensive remodel last year.
It was originally three differ-
ent storefronts and was pur-
chased by Wesleyan in 1982
to serve as the international
gymnastics headquarters cen-
That idea was terminated
and - fortunately for the the-
ater students who, at the time,
were working out of a three-
car garage - it was approved
to house the scene shop.
"Everything we had there
we had found to come in; and
that was our home," said Joe
Brown, theater professor.
However, while the Baker
Building improved upon the
garage, it was still less than ad-
equate. It had only basic elec-
tricity, an old central heating
and cooling unit and one tiny
"It was really not meet-
ing code; it was a dangerous
building," Brown said.
Last year, when the school
was given the opportunity to
remodel the Baker Building
into the new Coffee X Spot
and community center, the
theater department was given
the chance for the new scene
This was due in large part
to Wesleyan board member,
Claudia Stepp, the benefactor
and namesake of the scene
shop. She donated the down
payment for the building and
provided additional funding
"It's a replacement building
for something we really need-
ed, a good classroom space,"
Andie Massingill I Rambler Staff
Nick Young-Davis and Michael Rudd work on sets in the new Claudia Stepp scene shop
Although the students have
been working in the scene
shop all semester, it will be-
come official the evening of
Nov. 14, when the shop will
have its ribbon cutting and a
reception prior to the Wesley-
an production of The Woman
That's when the theater stu-
dents - who have been busy
customizing the shop and
putting together sets for two
shows - will get their chance
"They haven't had time to
stop, look and enjoy because
we had to get shows built,"
Brown said. "But generations
will benefit from this shop."
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