The Rambler (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 94, No. 3, Ed. 1 Wednesday, February 2, 2011 Page: 1 of 10
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February 2, 2011
Vol. 94 • No. 3
Shou d students have pets in
Opin on, page 2
The voice of Texas Wesley an University students since 1 91
' -jm Super Bowl brings celebration
and protest to ort Worth.
Community, page 6
Theft at Elizabeth leaves student anxious
sbbanks@mail. txwes. edu
Returning to her room in Elizabeth
Armstrong Hall in the afternoon on
Jan. 6, junior exercise science major,
Cordelia Henderson realized her
Sony laptop and Apple iPod had been
Campus security was notified with-
in 10 minutes of Henderson finding
her belongings missing.
down roots in
rlpeel@mail. txwes. edu
Former CEO of the Harry S.
Truman Scholarship Founda-
tion, Frederick Slabach, was
appointed the 19th president
of Texas Wesleyan University
on Nov. 19, 2010, and took of-
fice Jan. 1 this year.
Slabach left his CEO posi-
tion with the Truman Foun-
dation when he accepted the
position at Wesleyan.
"I really missed being di-
rectly involved in higher edu-
cation and so when this op-
portunity came up I jumped
at it," Slabach said.
He applied for the position
when he heard it was open last
After being appointed, the
Texas Wesleyan Board of
Trustees asked Slabach to take
office in January, so it was a
quick move for him from his
hometown in Virginia.
"The difficult part of the
transition for me is that I'm
here and my family, my wife
and children, are still in Vir-
ginia," Slabach said.
Slabach has 12-year-old
twin boys in seventh grade,
and a 6-year-old daughter in
first grade. His wife, Melany
Neilson, a nominated Pulit-
zer Prize author and his three
children will join him in June.
+ SLABACH, page 8
"The bad part about it is, all of this
happened right before the second se-
mester started, so I don't have a com-
puter or anything like that," Hender-
son said. "I have to spend all my time
in the library'
Henderson said she was gone all
evening the day before, but that both
entrances to her room were locked
before she left.
"The University takes every pre-
caution to protect students and their
possessions," said Pati Alexander, vice
president of enrollment and student
services. "We advise students not to
leave their possessions unprotected."
Alexander said the university ad-
vises that students carry personal
property or renter's insurance.
According to the Fort Worth Police
Department report, Henderson stat-
ed that she has no idea how entry was
gained, and that there were no signs
of forced entry into the room.
"The main reason I make sure I
lock my door is because I play on the
basketball team and I'm on the oppo-
site end [of the residence hall] as my
team mates," Henderson said. "I'm
not surrounded by people I know''
Henderson moved from West Vil-
lage at the beginning of last fall, want-
ing the extra space that Elizabeth's
single occupancy rooms offer.
"I called [campus security] as soon
as I found that my stuff was gone, and
they came over. They asked a couple
of questions and wrote down on pen
and pad," Henderson said. "I person-
ally feel like that day it was important,
but I don't feel like they're really wor-
ried about it anymore."
Henderson also contacted the Fort
Worth Police Department and was
called back within an hour to give
her statement to an officer.
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Will immerman, director of food services, implemented several changes in Dora Roberts Dining Hall this semester, including freshly baked cook-
ies at the door (limited to two per person), a Swiss Miss hot chocolate machine and an updated salad bar for healthy eating options. In addition,
Dora's also now has photos of Wesleyan athletes enlarged and hanging from the ceiling. ~ mmerman also initiated changes in the Brown-Lupton
Campus Center's food court. Improvements in the SUB include a new paint job to give the eating areas a cafe vibe, he C3 Express convenience
store will be moved soon to open up more space for students visiting Grille Works, Bene Pizza and Java City in the SUB.
smej ia@mail. txwes. edu
In attempt to create new hot
spots for Wesleyan students, Dora
Roberts Dining Hall and the
Brown-Lupton Campus Center's
Grille Works and Bene Pizza, have
recently undergone facelifts in their
appearance and to their menus.
The changes in Dora's and the
SUB were fueled with ideas from
Will Timmerman, director of food
services. Timmerman, an employ-
ee of Aramark, joined Wesleyan's
food service department at the end
Aramark has been Wesleyan's
food service provider since 2006,
and beat out other companies
when Wesleyan accepted bids to
contract a food service provider in
Debbie Cavitt, director of pur-
chasing, said Aramark was the bet-
ter option because it offered the
best service at the best price.
Timmerman entered the Wes-
leyan community with several new
ideas for improving and expand-
ing food offerings in Dora's and the
"He has done great things to
spruce up the cafeteria," Cavitt said.
Dora's now offers artisan breads,
including ciabatta, pitas, hot or
cold wraps, paninis and low-carb
The salad bar was moved from
its prior position, and a new
breakfast and soup station was
A Swiss Miss hot chocolate ma-
chine was also added, along with
a new dessert case.
"My overall goal is to drive stu-
dents' satisfaction so that they
feel comfortable renewing their
housing and meal contracts,"
+ DORA'S, page 3
Gandhi's grandson set to give UCD keynote address
Arun Gandhi, grandson of
Mahatma Gandhi, is set to
speak at Texas Wesleyan's an-
nual University College Day
With the "Connecting the
Community and the World"
theme in mind, students, fac-
ulty and staff can make sub-
missions online for presen-
tations at the event anytime
before Feb. 11.
"The number of submis-
sions has increased by about
one-third, which is a pretty
substantial increase," said Pe-
ter Colley, associate professor
of art and chair of the UCD
committee. "This is a celebra-
tion of intellectual experience.
It really is quite wonderful;
and not only that, it's very en-
Gandhi will give the key-
note address on UCD, and
attendees will need a ticket
to get into his speech and the
"Pricing has not been de-
cided," Colley said. "Tickets
do not apply to presentations.
We want everyone to come to
Colley said presentations
are not limited to in-class
work. Personal interests are
"There has to be some aca-
demic merit to it," he said. "It
is people's experiences volun-
teering, people's experiences
in community organizations."
Colley said students un-
sure how their ideas could
be turned into a scholarly
presentation are free to con-
tact him for assistance. Ev-
ery presenter must have a
faculty sponsor— preferably
someone working in the area
the presentation pertains to.
Every presentation will
be limited to 20 minutes,
including time for question
"Last year, we had 90 sub-
missions and only 40 slots,"
Colley said. "This is quite a
change compared to 1997.
When this started, there were
around 12 presentations."
The Student Government
Association is the co-sponsor
for Gandhi's visit to Wesleyan
and is also funding the lun-
"I really think this is a good
opportunity for the student
body," he said. "I think of
the experience this is going
to mean for this university
and the publicity it's going
to bring. I think having a
speaker like this come to our
university will do lots for the
Assistant Professor of Reli-
gion Mark Hanshaw has met
with Gandhi before and is
looking forward to the key-
"I think he's interested in
speaking to two very impor-
tant issues: how we, in terms
of our day to day practice, can
adopt and embrace these very
same ideals that motivated
his grandfather so strongly,
and what it would mean for
our world if all of us began to
adopt the pathway of nonvio-
lence," Hanshaw said.
Hanshaw will moderate the
evening presentations as well as
be a personal host to Gandhi.
Presentation sessions are
held around campus, with an
itinerary listing the present-
ers, places and times.
Teachers are encouraged
to offer their students extra
credit or assignment credit for
attending UCD. Students do
not have to have a full paper
or presentation to send in a
submission, just an idea.
Anyone presenting at
UCD have the opportunity
to take that same work and
submit it to Wesleyan Press
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