The Rambler (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 94, No. 18, Ed. 1 Wednesday, October 5, 2011 Page: 2 of 8
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October 5, 2011
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Wesleyan paid paternity leave not of fered
Paid paternity leave should be made
available to all Wesleyan staff and fac-
Wesleyan's current policy offers
mothers maternity leave for 30 days
with a steady-paid salary the same as
if they were worki ng.
Men however, are only allowed to
file for the Family Medical Leave Act
which includes 12 weeks of unpaid
leave, according to Sarah DeLeon in
the Human Resources Department.
According to pbs.org, early child-
hood development is defined as a
stage of exploration and knowledge.
Children will test their boundaries
and learn to socialize with the group
of people they are exposed
to the most, their immediate
This stage cannot be fully
edu completed without both par-
ents having an allotted time
with the child. Although a
man cannot breast feed his
child, he can provide it with a
different type of interaction that will
be vital to a child's growth and under-
standing of society.
With that said, I am assuming the
topic of parental leave to be directed
at a two-parent family with one male
and one female. However, in families
where two mothers or two fathers are
prevalent, I think both of them should
be allotted time with the new born
child as well.
I will agree the woman giving birth
will need the time provided by paid
leave for physical reasons, but I believe
the necessity of two parents in the
growth and development process of a
child makes the second parent just as
qualified for paid leave.
Next, the cost of a baby
cannot be planned. Ac-
cording to walmart.com,
the price of baby diapers
ranges anywhere from
$11.97- $43.90 per pack-
age, depending upon
the amount and quality
of the diaper. Formula
costs anywhere from
$38.16-$ 149 and clothes
can range from $7-$27.
These basic prices don't
include the toys and fur-
niture that come along
with a new born and the
medical treatments for sensitive im-
mune systems. To imagine a pay cut
when the family bill j ust got raised by
an average $1,000 is insane.
According to babycenter.com, pa-
rental leave is typically a paid session
of anywhere from two to six weeks of
The University of Texas allows
its employees, male and female,
up to 12 weeks of paid leave after
child birth according to utexas.
edu/policies. I believe that a uni-
versity as large and successful as
UT should be a valid example for
Also, with a tuition estimated at
$19,760 for the year by the Texas
Wesleyan cashier's office, the ex-
cuse of being unable to afford a
paternal leave seems far stretched.
All in all, I believe Wesleyan
should be a strong advocate for
the growth and development of
children. Being an entity of edu-
cation, Wesleyan should therefore
endorse paid paternity leave.
ommunications skills essentia
Campus Feature Editor
In today's world, commu-
nication and persuasion skills
are essential everywhere. Take
a look at any major company
and you will see innovation is
To succeed in any career, stu-
dents must be able to commu-
nicate effectively. That means
students will need to have
strong written and verbal skills.
There should be no more
writing at a sixth grade level
or speaking to a higher au-
thority the same
way you speak to
need to advance
their skills. The
best way to do
that is to read lit-
academic journals and most
importantly their textbooks.
I know textbooks may not
always seem interesting but
they definitely provide impor-
tant information, especially the
books relating to a student's
major. Textbooks hold infor-
mation students need to ab-
sorb to be at a scholarly level.
Some students may argue
that because they are majoring
in degrees nonrelated to com-
munication, it is not necessary
for them to learn about meth-
ods of communication.
However, even the math and
science majors will need to
write in their careers. They will
need to explain their logic and
reasoning in every project they
Also, there will always be
clients, customers and co-
workers to communicate with
regardless of the career.
Take job interviews for
example. Interviews are
the one thing every college
graduate will encounter. It
is vital that he or she dem-
onstrates good communi-
cation and critical thinking
skills to the interviewer.
Those written and verbal
skills will be the attribute
that sets that person apart
from the competition.
Resumes, cover letters,
proposals, memos and let-
ters of recommendation—
these are all just a few ex-
amples of communication
that graduates will be re-
quired to write.
You can be certain there
will be plenty more to
come. It is in every stu-
dent's best interest to learn
now, to make sure nothing
will hold him or her back in
So the next time you are
assigned a 10-page essay for
English composition, in-
stead of complaining about
it, use it as a chance to bet-
ter develop the communi-
cation skills you will need
for your future.
In the Sept. 28 edition of The Rambler, there
are a few things that need to be corrected in the
"Graduate programs now accepting applica-
tions" story on page three.
The website where graduate admissions
programs applications are available is www.
For the fifth year option in the School of
Education, students apply for the program in
their junior year.
The Burleson campus does not offer the
Nurse Anesthesia or doctorate of Education
Graduate student, Travis Smith did not com-
plete his undergraduate at Texas Wesleyan.
Online applications are not offered for the
Nurse Anesthesia program.
The Rambler regrets these errors. If you have
any comments regarding any articles, please
email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Self-exam for breast cancer detects early, saves life
Many doctors are now allowing
their female patients to go two years
in between mammograms to check
for breast cancer.
I firmly believe this is a step in
the wrong direction. However,
there are other preventative mea-
sures women should take on their
own to catch breast cancer at an
One woman's decision to
do a monthly self-breast exam
saved her life. Almost 11 years
ago, my mother was doing her
routine monthly self-breast
exam and to her dismay she
felt something abnormal. She
did not think much about it,
but when she checked again
a week later the abnormality
doubled in size.
This concerned her, so she made
an appointment with her obstetri-
cian. After several tests, including a
mammogram and a biopsy, her doc-
tor confirmed she had a rare type of
aggressive cancer called inflamma-
tory breast cancer.
According to the National Insti-
tute of Cancer website www.cancer.
gov, IBC is a type of cancer in which
the cancerous cells block the lymph
vessels in the skin of the breast.
This type of breast cancer is called
"inflammatory" because the breast
often looks swollen and red, or "in-
IBC accounts for 1 to 5 percent of
all breast cancer cases in the United
States and it tends to be diagnosed in
younger women compared to non-
IBC breast cancer.
At the time my mother was diag-
nosed, little information was known
of this type of cancer and the surviv-
al rate was very slim.
After a year of chemotherapy,
radiation and a mastectomy, her
cancer went into remission and
she is still alive today.
The importance behind her story
is not to scare women into doing
self-breast exams, but to educate
them on how important self-breast
exams are. Many women, especially
those in their early 20s think breast
cancer is a disease for older women.
Cancer has no age limit. Accord-
ing to abcnews.com, in April 2009 the
youngest person to be diagnosed with
breast cancer in the United States was
a 10-year-old girl, Hannah Powell-
Auslam, from Fullerton, Calif.
As of October 2009 after several
treatments of chemotherapy, Han-
nah's cancer was no longer detectable.
In June 2009,1 found an abnormal
lump in my right breast and imme-
diately I called my doctor and set up
an appointment to visit her.
Thankfully it was a fibrocystic
mass, due to increase consumption
of caffeine, but I still cannot express
the need enough to my fellow class-
mates for self-breast exams. If some-
thing seems abnormal call your
doctor immediately to schedule an
If my mom had not found the
lump at an early stage, she probably
would not be here today. I would
have lost a mother and she would
not have been at my high school
graduation, beside me on my wed-
ding day or at the birth of her first
Thumbs up to the IT department and its offer-
ing of free computer repair services to students at
Wesleyan. In todays economy, computer repairs
and diagnostics are not ever in the budget.
'Thumbs up to the Academic Success Center and
its new Skype tutoring option. Sometimes we just
don't feel like dragging our tired hineys into the li-
brary for help, so is new outlet helps accomplish
what we want in the comfort of our PJs at home.
'Thumbs up to residence life for its planned activi-
ties for residents and other students. We saw stu-
dents on brooms playing quidditch last week, re-
ally covering their seeker and scoring those goals.
Somewhere, Harry Potter is giving you a thumbs
Thumbs down to the Social Rams planning of a su-
persoaker and water balloon fight for this Saturday
While we appreciate the idea, the thought of being
drenched seemed much more appealing in August
when each day felt like we were like we wer
Thumbs down to the igloo temperatures kept in the
business building. We propose that free Wesleyan
hoodies be handed out at the door unless we can
get a little heat to help us survive the ice storms our
classes have become.
Thumbs down to the vending machines all over
campus. By the time we get to you each day, all you
have left are the mystery meat and cheese stick com-
bos and the peanut butter crackers that we haven 't
liked since we were in first grade.
Shauna Banks, editor-in-chief
Eliana Mijangos, sports editor
Rachel Peel, community editor
Jordan Twine arts & entertainment editor
Alejandro Garcia campus feature editor
Jonathan Resendez, multimedia editor
Meisa Keivani Najafabadi, photo editor
Erica Estrada, cartoonist
Wendy Moore, faculty adviser
Dr. Kay Col ley, faculty liaison
Frederick Slabach, publisher
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