The Rambler (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 86, No. 5, Ed. 1 Thursday, October 4, 2001 Page: 1 of 4
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Oct o n m'—
T E X A S W E S L R Y A N U N I V E K S / 7 Y
The students' voice since 1917
October 4, 2001
Fort Worth, Texas
Vol. 86, No. 5
The Rams baseball team
is sponsoring an event at the
Pig-n-Whistle Pub on Thurs-
day, Oct. 4 from 10 p.m.-2
a.m. The cost is $5 for 21 and
up and $7 for students 18-20.
The evening will include
an auction of 5 girls and 6
guys for a prepaid date. Bids
of cash or check will be
All proceeds will benefit
the Rams team. Pig-n-Whistle
Pub is located at 210 E. 8th
St. in downtown Fort Worth.
In observance of Colum-
bus Day. the campus will be
closed on Friday, Oct. 5.
Students in the U.S. Armed
Due to the events of Sept.
II, students who are
reservists in the U.S. Armed
Forces and are called to active
duty will be allowed to (their
1. Withdraw from their
courses and receive a full
refund of tuition and fees.
2. Receive the grade of "1"
(Incomplete) for courses to be
completed at a later date.
3. Withdraw from some
courses for a lull refund and
receive an "1" in some cours-
Students receiving finan-
cial aid should contact the
financial aid office before
withdrawing or taking an "I."
For more information,
contact the Registrar's office
at ext. 4414.
Your books are needed
Members of Sigma Tan
Delta, the English Honor
Society are asking students to
donate books of all types for
their annual book sale, tenta-
tively scheduled for Oct. 30.
Clearly marked boxes
will be placed in all main
buildings on campus. Dona-
tions will be accepted through
Monday. Oct. 29.
Covvtown Brush Up
Volunteer groups arc
needed to participate in the
I ltli annual Cowtown Brush
Up which is scheduled for
Saturday, Oct. 20. The event
pairs volunteer groups with
the elderly, disabled or low
income individuals of Fort
Worth whose homes need
some "sprucing up" outside.
For information, contact
the City of Fort Worth Hous-
ing Department at (817) 871 -
On page 6 of the Sept. 27
issue of The Rambler, Shelly
Wright was incorrectly credit-
ed for the article titled
"Alumni Association wants
you!" It was written by Kathy
Walker, class of 1997.
Reorganization of school of science causes concern
President Harold G. Jeffcoat instructed
the faculties of the math, computer science
and science departments to agree on a reorga-
nizational model involving the math and sci-
ence departments and present it to the admin-
istration by October 15. during a two-hour
meeting Monday at the Eunice and James
"The meeting was called because the fac-
ulty was concerned about some of the details,"
said Dr. Robert Landolt, professor of chem-
"It [the original model] didn't really meet
with the overall approval of the faculty," said
Dr. B.C. Deaton, professor of geology and
Deaton indicated the faculty's primary
concern with the reorganization was layered
He said the model presented by the
administration would eliminate department
chairs by creating a division head.
"Weil, the way they envisioned it was that
there would be no departments, so the faculty
would report to the division head. The divi-
sion head would report to the dean; the dean
would report to the provost," Deaton said.
"When you appoint division heads,
you've added another layer. The department
chairs are not really a layer of administration,"
Deaton said, "We had the division struc-
ture 20 years ago, except we didn't have
Deaton stated there wasn't a division
head at the present time.
"|Dr.) Mary Anne Clark was ihe division
head but she resigned this [Tuesday| morn-
ing," he said.
The budget was another concern Deaton
"Some of the departments, like chemistry,
have seven budgets," he said.
"Our budgets are as tightly wound-up as
they can be. Over the years we've had a 5 per-
cent cut here and a 5 percent cut there and
they're just down to what we think is the bare
bones," said Deaton.
Deaton also stated the original model
would influence the approval and distribution
of grants for the various departments.
"We [the faculty] do not think the pro-
posed structure would serve the sciences to
maximum efficiency. In other words, we were
afraid that instead of strengthening some of
our programs, it wouldn't," Deaton said.
"The purpose of the school is academics
and we want to keep all of our academic pro-
grams as strong as they can be. You just don't
weaken academics," he said.
"Anytime you start to change the way
things are done at an institution, if they've
been doing things in a particular way for a
long period of time, it's natural that there's
going to be concerns," said Jeffcoat.
He stated the goal of the re-organization
wasn't to weaken the academic programs.
"We're not trying to diminish the
strengths of a particular program, but what
we're trying to do is open up opportunities for
people," he said.
"There's something to be gained by pro-
grams drawing on the strengths of one anoth-
er without diminishing the traditional
strengths of that particular area," Jeffcoat said.
Deaton indicated that many individuals
worked hard over the past 15 years to bring
the programs to their present level.
"We strengthened every one of our pro-
grams and we don't want to do anything to
hurt those programs," he said.
"The new organizational model is not,
should not, be tampering with their success.
It's giving other opportunities for growth,"
"Dean Kirkpartick and Allen Henderson,
the interim provost, have been working for
some time to figure out what would be the
most efficient and effective way of helping the
college and the new school of arts and sci-
ences as a whole," Jeffcoat said.
Deaton said Henderson indicated the re-
organization would impact the budget in a
"He indicated the re-organization would
save the academic side of the university a con-
siderable amount of money," Deaton said.
Henderson was unavailable for comment.
"We're still discussing how this division
is going to be organized," Deaton said.
"There's some discontent on campus
among faculty about this, but now's the time
to work through those issues," Jeffcoat said.
Deaton said. "Why would you change
something that's working extremely well?"
Boys & Girls Club facility
nears completion date
A new Boys & Girls Club facility on East Rosedale
Avenue, constructed in a partnership with Wesleyan is
expected to be operational in late January or early Feb-
ruary, according to Sharon Driggers. vice-president of
the club's Fort Worth chapter.
The original deadline had to be moved back after
construction on the Wesleyan-owned site led to the dis-
covery of "oil."
"When we began, we didn't realize that location
had been a filling station back in the 20s." Driggers
said. "We found the gasoline storage tank, still [self]
contained. There was no contamination. They just don't
build them like that anymore."
After waiting for inspection and clearance from the
various environmental inspectors, building construction
was able to move forward.
According to Driggers and Quentin McGown. uni-
versity chief legal counsel, the partnership between
Wesleyan and The Boys & Girls Club began during the
administration of former Wesleyan president Jake B.
Schrum and received support of the board of trustees.
"The university owns the land the new facility is
being built on," said McGown. "As part of an ongoing
effort to establish a true partnership with Ihe communi-
ty. we wanted to positively impact the kids growing up
in this neighborhood."
McGown said the location of the new facility,
across the street from Wesleyan's main campus would
allow area youth to view college as an attainable goal.
In addition to the donation of the land for the new
facility, organizers with The Boys & Girls Club of Tar-
rant County are counting on continuing student partici-
"When we began this project, we were working
closely with Jake Schrum and Dave Voskuil [former
vice-president of student enrollment] who are both gone
now," Driggers said.
According to Driggers. originally, this was going to
be a part of the Hurnanics course. Students were going
to do practicians and internships for credit.
"Wesleyan was already heavily involved with
William James Middle School. The Boys & Girls Club
wanted to establish a similar connection with their
kids." she said.
Although Driggers said club officials haven't been
able to talk directly with current president Harold G.
Jeffcoat, she said she felt confident that the progress
made with Schrum and Voskuil would continue.
"President Jeffcoat is a former Boys & Girls Club
member," Driggers said.
McGown said. "The primary [university] liason is
going to be the exercise and sports studies program. Our
direct involvement will be through the hours that our
students contribute to the center."
"We hope this will provide lots of mutual opportu-
nities for Wesleyan students as it exposes the youths of
the neighborhood to them. It holds college as an incen-
tive." Driggers said.
"[Students] will have the opportunity to do
practicums and some non-profit management intern-
ships for credit. Of course, there will also be opportuni-
ties for work study and some paid positions," she said.
"Right now, we just have to make the time to sit down
with Dr. Jeffcoat and work things out."
According to Driggers. planners envisioned Wes-
leyan students fulfilling many of their courses' "hands
on" requirements in the new facility. "Students have
worked with public schools for a long time doing stu-
dent teaching. Our facility will allow the same experi-
ence for those students majoring in health or physical
exercise areas," she said.
In addition to Wesleyan's commitment to the cen-
ter. Driggers said there are many other community ser-
vice organizations that have committed their support to
"The Tarrant Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse
will be on hand to help with prevention and counseling
programs and we have had a long history with the [Tar-
rant Area] Food Bank." she said.
"This is a very positive partnership that will bene-
fit your students and our children. Once the construc-
tion is completed, we will be up and operational right
away. It won't sit idle for long," Driggers said.
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Photo by lose Valdez
President Hal G. Jeffcoat is inaugurated as Wesleyan's
18th president in a ceremony held on Sept. 28.
Student health services
have been restructured
Pholo by Jose Valdez
Construction of The Boys and Girls Club new facility on East Rosedale is expected to be
completed in late January or early February.
EDITOR IN CHIEF
Wesleyan's health services
department will continue to offer
medical support and educational
programs, despite decreased office
hours, according to Peter Phaiah,
dean of students.
"The nurse is here
about 15 hours a week
because that's about
what we have room for
in the budget." said Pha-
iah, "but we don't expect
services to be
health services office is
staffed by a part-time
nurse who can be reached via pager
outside of regular office hours.
If the nurse is unavailable, stu-
dents who require medical assis-
tance can receive a list of recom-
mended doctors or other options
from the office of student life.
Flu shots will be made avail-
able at the start of flu season, dur-
ing which time the nurse will be
available for additional hours.
The office will also distribute
information about breast cancer
later in October, in recognition of
Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
In a change from last year, the
student insurance plan offered by
Academic Risk Manage-
ment Inc.. is no longer
mandatory for all stu-
dents without an outside
Phaiah said that
the price of the policy
increased by $139 per
year when the participa-
tion in the plan became
"The plan is still
pretty affordable," said Phaiah.
"We did our homework to find that
best possible plan without having to
force it on people."
Information about the plan can
be found online at www.acade-
micealthplans.com or by calling
(SI7) 421 -6388.
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