The Rambler (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 84, No. 2, Ed. 1 Wednesday, September 6, 2000 Page: 1 of 6
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The students' voice since 1917
September 6, 2000
Fort Worth, Texas
Vol. 84, No. 2
All students who do not
want $200 charged to their
accounts for mandatory
insurance should contact the
Office of Student Life or the
Health Center. Students must
submit a waiver card arfd
proof of comparable insur-
ance no later than Sept. 8.
An all-Wesleyan alumni
cast will present Robert Har-
ling's Steel Magnolias Sept.
6-10 at Jubilee Theatre. Per-
formances are at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday through Sunday
and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday. Tickets are $12 for
adults and $10 for students.
For reservations, call (817)
Dr. Jeffcoat to preach
Dr. Harold G. Jeffcoat
will give a sermon at Poly-
technic United Methodist
Church Sunday, Sept. 10.
Worship begins at 10:30 a.m.,
with reception immediately
following. A11 students, fac-
ulty and staff are invited to
Methodist Church will pre-
sent Lerner and Loewe's
Camelot Sept. 8-10. Perfor-
mances are at 7 p.m. Sept. 8,
2 and 7 p.m. Sept. 9 and 2
p.m. Sept. 10. For more infor-
mation, call (817) 534-1741.
Joe Scruggs Concert
Joe Scruggs will be in
concert at 6:30 p.m. on
Thursday, Sept. 21, at Will
Rogers Auditorium. Tickets
are $7 each. Proceeds will
support the Spring Break
Work Trip. For more infor-
mation, call ext. 4461.
The deadline to sign up
for intramural wiffle ball or
flag football is 5 p.m.,
Wednesday, Sept. 6.
An intramural wiffle ball
tournament will be held Fri-
day, Sept. 8, starting at 7
p.m., in the Sid Richardson
Gymnasium. The cost is $6
An intramural flag foot-
ball tournament will be held
at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9,
at Martin Field. The cost is
$10 per team.
For more information,
contact Dr. Donn C. Ren-
wick, director of sport man-
agement and recreation, at
tryouts will be held Saturday,
Sept. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3:30
p.m., in the Sid Richardson
Building. For more informa-
tion, contact Na'Micha Boyd
at (817) 535-7873 or Brooke
Beasley at (817) 451-5084.
Stella Russell Hall tenants
endure problems with water
EDITOR IN CHIEF
Approximately 60 residents and
administrators attended a forum at
Stella Russell Hall last night to dis-
cuss options concerning the water
problem that has been ongoing since
Dr. Skip Applin, associate vice
president of student life and athletics,
discussed the options of keeping the
residents in Stella Russell Hall and
continuing to distribute bottled drink-
ing water, relocating the residents to
the Ramada Inn on 1-30 and Com-
merce Street adjacent to the law
school or relocating residents to Eliz-
abeth and O.C. Armstrong Halls and
putting one or two additional tenants
in each room.
Applin said that having the resi-
dents remain in Stella Russell Hall
would be very convenient. However,,
the shortcomings of this plan are that
bad results from water tests or addi-
tional leaks would force the tenants to
relocate, inconveniencing everyone
According to Applin, relocation
would enable administration to get
problems fixed and to have Stella res-
idents reoccupy more quickly.
Applin said that, if residents were
relocated at the Ramada Inn, there
would be 50 rooms available, double
occupancy. Wesleyan would pay for
the lodging, up to the same date as
that stated in the handbook for resi-
dence in Stella. He said that this
option would be available to students
with at least 60 hours.
Another option for residents is to
move off-campus. Applin said that
students who do this will be fully
refunded the cost of their rooms, and
prorated money would be issued for
According to Chuck Huddleston,
director of facilities, the water prob-
lem was discovered after a chemical
treatment was begun June 12 to flush
out rust, which was causing a weak
water flow. Scales in the water were
causing it to appear brown in color
when faucets were turned on.
Peter Phaiah, director of student
life, said the water only turned brown
when students used hot water. He said
that once students shut the hot water
off, turned on cold water and then
See Stella, page 2
Got Water? . . . Consider Milk!
Photo by Martha Brinker
Freshman Raehal Henderson distributes drinking water at Stella Russel Hall. Students were advised not to
drink the water because of the metallic taste. Ninety gallons of water have been distributed and 360 more gal-
lons have been brought in by mAintance.
Student enrollment up from last year
Figures show increases in freshmen enrollment, graduate studies
Mari a Montgomery
Wesleyan has a 6 percent increase in freshmen enroll-
ment and a 7 percent increase in graduate students,
according to Dave Voskuil, vice president of enrollment
and student life.
*According to Voskuil, figures from the third class day
enrollment show that the number of freshmen has
increased from 270 last year to 286 this year. Enrollment
in Wesleyan's graduate studies programs has increased
from 424 to 540 students in Education, Master of Business
Administration and Certified Registered Nurse of Anes-
Wesleyan also gained 31 new international students.
Wesleyan has maintained its undergraduate and law
school enrollment and slightly decreased the number of
part-time students in attendance.
"Wesleyan has a very good enrollment
picture," said Voskuil.
Amy Bretthauer, president of the Student
Government Association, said, "With the
increase in enrollment we will hopefully see
retention rates and involvement in campus life
go up as well. This will only happen if admin-
istration and especially student life meets the
needs of the current and new students."
Bretthauer said that the increase in stu-
dents could be stimulated from people "realiz-
ing the great professors and the good education
they are getting here."
Voskuil said, "Any areas that were slight-
ly down from last year are in the part-time
areas, and I think some of that is due to the
good economy. I think we need to rethink our
part-time student market and how we can
deliver classes to them."
Wesleyan's room for growth at the undergraduate
level is limited due to facilities. Voskuil said our ability to
grow on the main campus is limited, not only in the resi-
dence halls but in facilities. He said that any possible
growth would come from the weekend and evening class-
"The need for facilities to compensate for this growth
will be necessary both in residence life and classroom
space," said Bretthauer.
Voskuil said that initial reports indicate that the resi-
dence halls are full.
"We would like to expand our residence halls as
quickly as possible," said Voskuil.
men of O.C. Hall
Due to an overflow of female students seeking on-campus
housing, Karla Nunn, a junior exercise and sports studies major,
has resided in O.C. Armstrong hall for nearly two weeks.
Nunn is one of three female students originally assigned to
O.C. Hall, a traditionally all-male dorm, because of a shortage of
rooms in Elizabeth and Stella Russell halls. The other students
were able to move into vacated rooms in female dorms prior to
arriving at O.C., leaving Nunn the sole woman among approxi-
mately 70 men.
"I'm older, so nothing the guys do bothers me," said 25-year-
old Nunn. "It's no big deal."
Nunn said she feels safe living in an all male dorm.
"The guys look out for me," she said. "[They] always stop by
and see if I need anything. I'm like their sister."
"'We've been looking at all the issues but I don't
know if this situation will move the housing issue to
As a member of the soccer team. Nunn feels that her athletic
prowess helps her relate to her fellow dorm members.
"Sports gives us something to talk about," said Nunn.
Nunn's placement in a male dorm reflects a growing concern
on the Wesleyan campus—the lack of sufficient housing.
In previous years, students who could not be placed in a resi-
dence hall had their names put on a waiting list until space opened
Richard Eldridge, director of residence life, said he was
"instructed to lose the waiting list," leading to the initial assign-
ment of three women to the men's dorm, with the option to add
Peter Phaiah, director of Student Life, stated that at one point
during the summer, the waiting list contained as many as 12 names.
The problem was exacerbated by the fact that the student popula-
tion is 60 percent female and 40 percent male, while the residence
halls are "set up to be 50-50," according to Phaiah.
Phaiah said he was unsure whether the current housing situa-
tion would expedite the University's plans to build more on cam-
pus living areas.
"We've been looking at all the angles," said Phaiah. "but I
don't know if this situation will move the housing issue to the
Building plans being considered by the University include pri-
vatized housing and an apartment-style living complex capable of
housing approximately 228 students. The issue has been in the
works for about four years.
Meanwhile, Nunn said she harbors no ill feelings toward the
Wesleyan administration for placing her in a male dorm.
"All my stuff is here already and I like it here," said Nunn on
"I think I should be allowed to stay if I want."
As of the time of this printing, Nunn had not yet been reas-
signed to Elizabeth or Stella Russell halls.
CAMPUS LIFE EDITOR
On or about Aug. 18, Wes-
leyan student and employee
Robert Alicea was taken into
police custody by members of
the Tarrant County Sheriff's
Alicea, a sophomore
majoring in history, was arrest-
ed on campus as police made
their second attempt to serve
the federal warrant. The first
time sheriffs came to campus.
Alicea was not there.
In a prepared statement,
Caren Handleman, vice-presi-
dent for university advance-
ment said, "Due to the confi-
dentiality of employee informa-
tion, Texas Wesleyan Universi-
ty is unable to provide informa-
tion about any employee other
than title and dates of employ-
ment. Mr. Robert Alicea. who
worked in the office of transfer
admission, left the university
for personal reasons."
Almost without exception,
members of Wesleyan faculty
and staff declined comment on
the arrest or the events leading
up to the arrest.
Joyce Breeden, former
dean of transfer admissions
said, "Under the law, employers
are limited in the information
that can be given out to the pub-
"Due to the confidential-
ity of employee informa-
tion. Texas Wesleyan
Vniversity is unable to
about any employee
other than title and dates
However, The Rambler
was able to obtain public docu-
See Alicea, page 2
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