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The students' voice since 1917
March 7, 2001
Fort Worth, Texas
Vol. 85, No. 7
Entertainment page cut
Due to quantity of news,
The Rambler senior staff has
eliminated the entertainment
page this week. We will
resume the page on our next
issue March 21.
Free legal advice
The Tarrant County Bar
Association will have a legal
advice hotline on the second
and fourth Thursdays of each
month, except November and
December, from 6 p.m. to 8
p.m. This month's dates are
March 8 and March 22.
All parties remain anony-
mous. The number is (817)
Fiesta de Burleson
The Burleson Chamber of
Commerce is sponsoring a
celebration in conjunction
with the traditional Cinco de
Mayo from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday, May 4 at Burleson
Buddy Boren, a cancer
survivor form Dallas who fin-
ished a 3,066 bike ride to
raise money for cancer
awareness Summer 2000,
will support the Honey Tour
de Burleson bike ride from 8
a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May
5 at Burleson High School.
For more information on
these events, contact the
Burleson Chamber of Com-
merce at (817) 295-6121.
Children's Art Exhibition
The exhibition is being
held through March 22 in the
C.E. Hyde Gallery of the Law
Sone Fine Arts Center. For
more information, call ext.
Race for the cure
Sponsors are needed to
represent Wesleyan for the
annual race to raise funds to
battle breast cancer, Race for
the Cure. The races will be
held Saturday, April 7. Con-
tact Dr. Libby Gilmore for
more information at ext.
Dr. Nancy F. Meagher,
chemistry professor at Texas
Woman's University, will
speak on "Interactions of
Hydrazine and Blowby
Gases" at 3 p.m. Monday,
March 19 in room 304 in the
Ella C. McFadden Science
Center. The presentations are
open to the public. Contact
Dr. Cecil L. Jones at ext.
4809 for more information.
Mammograms on campus
A mobile mammography
unit will be on campus Fri-
day, March 23. Appointments
begin at 9 a.m. Contact Libby
Gilmore by e-mail to make
http:// f>ilmorel@ txwes.edu.
John Fisher, associate
professor of music , will per-
form a piano solo in a faculty
recital 7:30 p.m. Tuesday,
March 27 in the Law Sone
Fine Arts Auditorium.
Summer school in Britain
Students can take Sum-
mer I semester classes with
Wesleyan professors on cam-
puses located in Scotland and
England while in residence at
British colleges, universities
and bed and breakfast guest-
houses. Sign up when you
register for Summer 1 classes.
Athletic scholarships to be revoked due to
Board's decision to move teams to Division III
Wesleyan athletics will switch
from NCAA Division II to NCAA
Division 111 at the end of the current
semester, according to a press
release issued March 6. The change
will mean the elimination of all ath-
in the gym to
hear the news
that a propos-
al for the
been made by
Skip Applin at
the request of
Wesleyan president Harold G. Jeff-
The proposal was put together
on Feb. 27 in an attempt to meet
stringent new budget cuts enforced
upon the university.
The proposal was presented to
the executive committee of the
Board of Trustees on the afternoon
of March 6 and subsequently a deci-
sion was reached on the future of
The move was approved and it
is thought that the change of divi-
sions will be effective from the end
of this spring semester.
184 student athletes are cur-
rently enrolled in Texas Wesleyan.
In the press release made avail-
able to local media, it was stated
that the reason Wesleyan has con-
sidered such measures was so they
could "make the athletics programs
more competitive and to explore the
addition of new sports programs."
There was no mention of budget
cuts in the release.
Jeffcoat himself commented
that the move to Division III
enables Texas Wesleyan to consider
the expansion of sports programs at
the university. He considers the
move to Division 111 to be a positive
one for both the university and the
Wesleyan's president expressed
his regrets for the disappointment of
student athletes but stated that it
was his belief that that Division III
competition would be equally satis-
fying as that of Division II.
Before the Board of Trustees
met, Applin assured athletes that if
the proposal was approved, the Uni-
versity would do all that is in its
power to help find new universities
for those students who needed to
He recommend that concerned
athletes obtain a release form so
they have the option of negotiations
with other institutions.
In a private interview, Applin
expressed that it was his personal
recommendation that Wesleyan
should remain a Division II affiliat-
ed school. He also demonstrated
concern for the students.
"Due to the short amount of
time we have had in order to come
up with the proposal, there is no
plan as to how the University will
help athletes who want to change
schools. If the proposal is approved,
however, a plan will be put together
in a very short space of time," he
Applin added that it was not
only athletes who will be affected.
"There will also be a significant
impact on the coaching staff. I
would prefer if all of them would
stay, but they have families to con-
sider and I can understand if they
want to remain in scholarship pro-
grams," he said.
When asked about competition
in the event of a change to Division
III, Applin explained that there
would be the opportunity of strong
competition. He mentioned, howev-
er, that even if a suitable Division
III conference were found, Wes-
leyan would not be allowed to com-
pete in it for the first year, due to the
one-year provisional period
enforced on such a transition.
This would mean that there
would be no conference champi-
onships, no regional competition
and no opportunity to qualify for
In response to the announce-
ment of the proposal, various Wes-
leyan athletes had their own points
Junior baseball player Michael
Hall said, "Now 1 have to worry
about finding another school and
about paying for it."
Soccer team member Andrea
Ellis, a senior with one semester
said, "The president should
have come and talked to us face to
face as he appears to be the only one
who really knows all the details.
Nobody else really knows what is
Senior basketball starter Aaron
Brochmann said, "The sentiment of
a lot of athletes is that if the Univer-
sity is going to close up shop and
restrict scholarships, the athletes
will find schools that will offer
them (scholarship money]."
Teammate sophomore Shawn
Ashworth said, "It's an unfortunate
situation, but there is nothing we
can do to stop it. The possibility of
Division III puts us athletes in a bad
predicament, but you have to deal
with it like adults. If the proposal
goes through I II have to weigh up
my options for next year."
laid off to
EDITOR IN CHIEF
Wesleyan President Harold G. Jeff-
coat bid off between 22 and 31 employ-
ees March 2 to help balance the budget
in connection with the Southern Associ-
ation of Colleges and Schools accredita-
There have been unconfirmed
reports that Marcia Hawkins, vice pres-
ident of administration; Loralee Pohl,
associate vice president of employee
relations; Tim Jenicke, assistant coordi-
nator of media services and Clint
Depew, new student coordinator in the
Office of Student Life, have been laid
It is also reported that two part-time
admissions employees and members of
the housekeeping and maintenance
staffs, along with employees from the
Career and Counseling Center, have
been laid off.
Dr. Jeffcoat was unavailable for
comment, and faculty and administra-
tion have been told not to release names
of those who have been laid off.
Jeffcoat sent letters to Wesleyan
faculty and staff March 2 to inform
them that approximately 10 percent of
the administrative staff had been laid
off. According to the letter, former
employees will receive a severance
package, including "salary through
April 30, 2001, and a continuation of
tuition benefits for employees and their
dependents through Dec. 31, 2004."
Jeffcoat wrote, "It is hoped that
through a nominal reduction in adminis-
trative staff and spending. Wesleyan will
avoid a substantial increase in tuition for
the 2001-2002 fiscal year. Staff cuts
have been implemented through a com-
bination of efforts, including leaving
open positions unfilled, job reassign-
ment and layoffs. No faculty positions
will be affected by the layoff."
In his letter, Jeffcoat also addressed
See Lay-offs page 2
STUDENT PROJECT ATTRACTS ATTENTION
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Photo h\ Martha Brinker
A class project is displayed in front of the Art Department March 1. The project had both negative and positive
reactions. Some staff members and passerbys expressed their aversion, but some found it humorous. "Midnight
Friday there were people taking pictures with it," said Angel Fernandez, the senior art major who created the
sculpture. See the story on page 2.
Anita Hill to speak for Women's History Month
Anita Hill, nationally known for her expe-
rience as a witness in the confirmation hearing
for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas,
will speak at the Faye C. Goostree Women's
Symposium 1 p.m. Thursday, March 22 in the
Law Sone Fine Arts
Center as a part of Wes-
leyan's celebration of
"The theme is
'Women and the Law',"
said Dr. Sara Horsfall,
assistant professor of
clinical professor of the
law and director of law clinic at Wesleyan's
law school, knew Hill from their alma mater,
Oklahoma State University in Norman, Okla.
Hughart asked her to come and Horsfall fol-
lowed up through several phone conversa-
"Anita Hill was real gracious," said Hors-
Hill, a social policy, law and women's
studies professor at the Heller Graduate
School at Brandeis University in Waltham,
Mass., will lecture on "Race and Gender
Issues: Women and the Law."
The lecture prececds a luncheon that takes
place at noon in the East Rixim of the West
Library. The luncheon is $10 for students, $15
for faculty and staff and $20 for all others.
Reservations arc required for the lecture
and luncheon events. Contact the office of
Advancement at (817) 531-4499.
Other programs scheduled to celebrate
Women's History Month will take place on the
main campus and the law school.
On the main campus, a presentation enti-
tled "The Law is Male," will be given by
Malinda Seymorc. professor of law at noon.
Tuesday. March 20 in the East Room of the
Library. A presentation on the "Models of
Motherhood in Reproductive Technology
Law." will be given by Richard Storrow, asso-
ciate professor of law, noon Wednesday,
March 21 as part oft he Mitchell-Reed Com-
munity of Learners BYOL (Bring Your Own
At the law school, a panel discussion on
the issues facing women lawyers 111 their
careers, sponsored by Women Law Students'
Association, will take placc noon,Thursday in
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