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February 2, 2011
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Pets on campus would require compromise
srmoritz@mail. txwes. edu
Fort Worth is quickly becoming
one of the biggest dog-friendly
communities in the country.
Texas Wesleyan University
could join the forefront of this
movement by changing its poli-
cy regarding dogs in on-campus
According to their websites,
Texas Christian Universiy and
the University of Texas at Arling-
ton do not allow pets other than
Not only would allowing pets
in the residence halls at Wesley-
an make living on campus more
comfortable for some students,
the policy could generate more
popularity for the school and
thus, more revenue.
However, there are certain as-
pects of the potential policy that
would need to be included.
The best situation would in-
clude a $500 pet deposit, weight
limitations of 30 pound maxi-
mum, and pets spayed or
Also, students who plan
to bring their pets should
have to agree to complete a
formal training course, and
a new pet-friendly dorm
would have to be used only
by students who wish to
live with or around cats and dogs.
"I would do it, but it's more im-
portant just to have the option,"
said Lynsay Buell, freshman busi-
ness and mass communications
Buell, who also plays on the
volleyball team, has five dogs at
her home in Ponder, Texas but
would like her youngest puppy
to come live with her in the West
"I love living with my team, but
I'd love just as much to have my
puppy," Buell said.
Sharon Manson, director of res-
idence life, lives on campus with
her two dogs, Max and Mollie.
Each of her dogs is a Canine Good
Citizen as well as a Therapy Dog.
They have completed extensive
formal training, and are an im-
portant part of Manson's life.
"If there was a choice between
the dogs and the job, I would've
chosen the dogs," Manson said.
Manson also worked for Loui-
siana State University in Shreve-
port, where they do allow pets in
She said there, the dogs could
be no more than 20 pounds and
there is a $300 pet deposit.
There are some students who
oppose the idea of having pets in
Phillip Blocklinger, senior ex-
ercise science major, said he is
"I think dogs are noisy, espe-
cially when students leave for
class or to go out," Blocklinger
said. "I think they would tear up
Dogs can certainly have this
reputation follow them because
proper dog training is still an
The average dog owner does
not sign up for a training class on
the first trip home with the pup.
If more owners were aware of
the need for proper training,
dogs would have a much better
Requiring students to take a for-
mal training class will reduce the
amount of damage the pets cause.
It would also get the dogs on track
to becoming Canine Good Citi-
zens just like Max and Mollie.
Stephen Moritz Rambler Staff
Super Bowl more about money than football
So, you think you want to go to
the super bowl this year. You better
be loaded, because Super Bowl XLV
is projected to be the most expensive
football game in history to attend.
What I am really saying is that it
will be the biggest rip-off in NFL his-
There will still be 11 men on each
side of the football at kick-off. As a
matter of fact, the only difference
between this game and any random
NFL contest you might have attended
before is the price you pay to be a part
of it in person.
Hotel rates are criminal
and the cost of parking and
game tickets made me furi-
edu In the past five super
bowls, hotel rates on aver-
age have more than doubled
from the same week in the
previous year, and generally
averaged more than $300 a night.
With just a little online research, I
was able to discover the average rate
for rooms available since the match-
up was set on conference champion-
ship weekend is more like $512. Most
of the rates will have doubled or tri-
pled by the time this newspaper goes
Once you swallow the high price
of the room, you will be sickened to
learn that game parking can range
from $105 minimum to $1,250 for
tail-gaters. Yes that is what it will cost
to park your car for three hours at
Meisa Keivani Najafabadi Rambler Staff
If you still have money in your
pocket after you get parked, you
might be surprised to learn that avail-
able tickets will cost you between
$2,435 for nose bleed seats to $9,500
in section C-134.
To put the prices in perspective,
you should know that tickets to the
first Super Bowl in 1967 cost $6. Yes,
these are for one seat to see two teams
play one football game. If money is
not an issue, you can get a suite for
yourself and your friends. The suites
range from $165,900 for field suites to
$603,900 for VIP suites. Wow.
I have said nothing about the cost of
airfare, meals and extras. Maybe visi-
tors will rent a car while they are here.
If so, you can count on spending
another $325 to $380 for four days
use of a full-size car.
There may be some other miscel-
laneous expenses for the average
super bowl fan, but my budget was
busted as soon as I arrived at the
$500 a night hotel.
The economy is down right? Obvi-
ously, not everyone is suffering equally.
Let's face it — the super bowl is not
available to the average hard-working
sports fan. The NFL does not remem-
ber how loyal you were during the
The league and the local greedy
hoteliers will make sure that only the
elite can see it live. Next season the
prices will rise again, and there is no
telling how high.
This situation is an insult to the av-
erage fan on a budget.
The good news is you still have
time to get your new flat screen up
and running before kick-off.
kcstrain@ma il. txwes. edu
should read labels
Most of the time when we
buy food from restaurants,
grocery stores and fast-food
places we don't take the time
out to examine or view expi-
ration dates on the items we
buy or eat.
We are so trusting that we
put our health in the hands
of the manufacturer, believ-
ing what we are consuming
So many are clueless and
need to open their eyes and
realize that the food market is
not as safe as we want it to be.
We must take responsibil-
ity for our own health and
be more cautious of what we
consume. I guess the question
is whether we are concerned
enough with contaminated
and expired food products
and our lives.
After personal experiences
with bad foods, I have found
myself constantly checking
every single thing I consume.
I will either smell it, examine
it or do a taste test before eat-
ing the whole thing. I have
a very weak immune system,
so I am careful to make sure
that I am giving my body the
proper nutrition in order to
Although I make the effort
to check my foods, I some-
times forget. Two weeks ago
I bought donuts and a bag
of Cheetos from the vending
machine on the third floor
of Wesleyan's administration
I just wanted a quick snack
to relieve my hunger. When
I first bit into one of the do-
nuts, it had a bitter taste, so I
quickly spit it out.
I bit into a second donut
and that same bitter taste
conquered my mouth. I then
noticed the donuts had what
appeared to be spider webs
If that was not shocking
enough, I found that my bag
of Cheetos had an expiration
date of February, 2007.
This is why I cannot stress
enough how important it is to
be careful what you eat. Ob-
viously, the university needs
to take the responsibility
for making sure all vending
machines on campus have
snacks that are safe to eat.
This was not such an iso-
lated case on campus. About
a week after I had this expe-
rience, I learned that another
student bought the same ex-
pired donuts from the same
How many more incidents
will we have before university
officials realize that expired
food in their vending ma-
chines is not acceptable?
This issue needs to be han-
dled immediately. As a stu-
dent at Wesleyan, I admit this
is a great campus with only
a few errors that need to be
corrected. The vending ma-
chine issue is one of them.
What do you think about
a owing pets in the dorms?
" I think pets should be in the dorms because it teach-
es a good sense of responsibility"
- Kayla Mason, junior,psychology
" I think that small pets in the dorm are O. K.
I can definitely see why they wont let dogs in."
- Ashlie Sivley, freshman ,religion
" I don't think you should be allowed to have pets in
the dorms. I have really bad allergies."
- Ben Tatner, freshman,theatre
" I think pets aren't allowed in the dorms because they
are loud, and they might be distracting to roommates"
- Arturo Calderon, freshman,chemistry
" I think pets should be allowed because people have
really special relationships with their pets."
- Brittany Adelstein, freshman,theatre
" Pets should not be allowed in the dorms because
they tend to be destructive."
- Lisa Wilks, Payroll specialist
Shauna Banks, editor-in-chief
Barry Grubbs, opinion editor
Eliana Mijangos, sports editor
Meisa Keivani Najafabadi, photo editor
Stephanie Mejia arts & entertainment editor
Jonathan Resendez, multimedia editor
Erica Estrada, graphic designer/cartoonist
Wendy Moore, faculty adviser
Dr. Kay Col ley, faculty liaison
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