The Rambler (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 86, No. 6, Ed. 1 Thursday, October 11, 2001 Page: 1 of 4
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The students' voice since J 917
October 11, 2001
Fort Worth, Texas
Vol. 86, No. 6
Donor brick dedication
Ceremony and reception
will be held in front of the
EJW Library at 10:30 a.m.,
Business Hall of Fame
Fort Worth businessman
Clifton H. Morris, Jr. will be
honored at the 32nd annual
Business Hall of Fame dinner
on Oct. 18 at the Fort Worth
Club. ' •
Single tickets for the
event are $250 and tables of
10 are available for $2,500.
All proceeds benefit the
scholarship program at Wes-
leyan's school of business.
Attire for the evening will
be black tie optional. For
reservations, call ext. 4415.
Legal questions answered
The Tarrant County Bar
Association will host its free
Legal Line on Thursdays,
Oct. 11 and Oct. 25 from 6-8
p.m. Attorneys will answer
legal questions over the
phone. Call (817) 335-1239.
Students in the U.S. Armed
Due to the events of Sept.
11, 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 "I"
(Incomplete) for courses to be
completed at a later date.
3. Withdraw from some
courses for a full refund and
receive an "I" 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 Tau
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.
Cowtown Brush Up
Volunteer groups are
needed to participate in the
11th 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-
WIN: Wesley an Information Network
University introduces comprehensive computer program
Wesleyan revealed its new comprehen-
sive technology program called "Wesleyan
Information Network" (WIN) which will
enable the university to comply with SACS
requirements for updated technology, accord-
ing to Karen Krause, director of financial aid
and project manager.
The hardware for the new computer sys-
tem, as well as the software program from
Datatel has been purchased and installation is
underway. The $1.5 million contract will be
paid out over the next three years and will pri-
marily come from the operating budget rather
than student technology fees. There will be an
additional maintenance contract.
"This is a 'phase in' project," said Krause.
"There will be four different modules: the
financial, the student, which is the largest, the
human resources and the benefactor systems.
According to Krause, the financial system
for the university will be the first ptfe to be
completed and should be operational by June
1, 2002, to coincide with the new budget year.
"Many people will ask 'What is the
impact for students?' This system will affect
students behind the scenes," she said. "This
program includes the general ledger, accounts
payable and projects accounting. The main
impact on students is that they will be able to
get a more accurate billing."
The student portion will, include admis-
sions and recruitment, management and facul-
ty information, academic records and registra-
tion, financial aid, degree audit and advise-
ment, residential life and campus organiza-
Although implementation has begun and
portions of the program will be operational as
early as September 2002, it is not expected to
be completed until summer 2003.
The human resources module will incor-
porate payroll, personnel and physician bud-
geting and is anticipated to be operational by
The benefactor system will encompass
alumni data, fundraising, gift processing and
pledge processing. The estimated goal for its
completion is June 1, 2003.
A training room with new equipment has
been installed in room B-16 of the EWJ
library. In addition, the training commitment
,which is a part of the contract with Datatel,
includes sessions at the company's three facil-
ities in Irving, Fairfax, Va. and San Francisco.
Training for Wesleyan's Information Technol-
ogy staff, has already begun.
"Datatel has non-technical, end user
training for everyone (up to 10 per group)
using a particular system. The training pro-
gram will also be conducted in phases that are
the most beneficial to those using a particular
program, rather than training six months
before a system is in place," said Krause.
"2002-2003 is going to be an interesting
year," she said. "The conversion process is
never fun. Unfortunately, this is not like
installing Microsoft Office Suite. Right now,
different departments are on completely dif-
ferent systems. Registration uses Clearview.
the law school uses Twin and advancement
"We have to convert data from multiple
systems. That conversion process is compli-
cated. but what we will be able to do once it's
up and running will make it worth it," said
According to Krause, the implementation
of WIN should not eliminate any personnel
positions, though it may change some job
descriptions or shift some job responsibilities.
"I have found the more information you
can get out of a system, the more they want,"
"This will not have a negative effect on
Wesleyan's "'hands-on' relationship with its
students. In fact, it will give us more flexibili-
ty and easieraccess to the data we need. It will
actually improve our service to students." said
"In order to be successful, we need to
approach WIN as a tool. Right now, especial-
ly in departments with multiple budgets, many
are keeping manual records. That makes for
very convoluted forecasting and projecting.
"WIN will allow us to be good stewards
of the financial budget. We will be able to do
future analysis of both financial areas and
eventually academic programs and policies."
book nominated for
Dr. Elizabeth Alexander, visiting professor of history and
interdisciplinary studies, will release her debut book, "Notorious
Woman: The Celebrated Case of Myra Clark Gaines" in Novem-
ber through LSU Press.
The book, which is based on a 19th century legal case, has
been selected by LSU Press as a nominee for The National Book
Award for non-fiction.
"I am very excited about the book," said Alexander. "In fact,
each day when I go home, I anxiously look through the mail, hop-
ing to find a box with my advanced copy. I won't win the award,
but it's incredible to be nominated."
According to Alexander, she owes the idea for the book to her
TCU dissertation director, Dr. Ken Stevens. "This case became a
true soap opera. It had all the staples of a melodrama—a lost will,
a missing heir, a bigamist marriage and a murder," she said.
"Myra Clark Gaines discovered that her father was one of the
richest men in New Orleans. After his death, she tried to claim his
estate. She filed her first claim in 1834 and it still wasn't settled
when she died in 1885. In fact, it wasn't resolved until 1895,"
This case helped courts to shape the direction of family law.
It affected wills, the determination of heirs and the recognition of
marriage, according to Alexander. The Supreme Court heard the
case 17 different times and reversed themselves several times in
the key legal area of determining Gaines' legitimacy.
"The case was on all the front pages of the newspapers of the
time, but then nothing has been written about it since 1946. I felt
it needed to be re-examined in light of women's history," Alexan-
"I knew this would evolve into a book," she said, "i wrote my
dissertation as if it was a book because I didn't want to have to
write it again."
Because the last book printed about the case was published by
LSU Press, Alexander selected that company and submitted an
overview and the first chapter of her manuscript.
She said they were very enthusiastic and after sending it out
for peer review, the book received strong endorsement and the
arduous process of locating illustrations and photos began.
Advance orders of the book can be placed through Ama-
Photo by Jose Vulde/
Dr. Elizabeth Alexander discusses her book with
students and faculty during the Wilson-Reed lec-
Photo b\ Jose Valde/
Extensive damage to the Sid Richardson gymnasium tloor was reportedly caused by water
damage due to leaks in the roof. The entire floor will be replaced. An estimated completion
date is not known at present.
Men's basketball team faces sever-
al challenges as new season begins
As the new basketball season gets underway, men's
head coach TerryWaldrop has no idea where his team will
be practicing. Due to leaks in the Sid Richardson gymnasi-
um roof, the entire floor will have to be replaced, prohibit-
ing the team from starting their practices at home on Mon-
day, Oct. 15.
"Right now we are looking for a college level facility
we can utilize. Dr. (Skip) Applin (executive director of
intercollegiate athletics) is calling around. We are probably
looking at 6 a.m. practices. As of Wednesday, I have no idea
where we will be practicing Monday." said Waldrop.
The problem with the gym floor is the most recent hur-
dle that Waldrop has had to overcome.
When Wesleyan made the decision to move from Divi-
sion II to Division 111. the effect on the basketball program
was "catastrophic" according to Waldrop.
"We were able to retain only four scholarship players
all of whom are in line to graduate this year. In terms of the
talent level and recruiting base. Division III is a complete
change," he said.
"There is a different focus. The Division III philosophy
is in the true sense of the word 'student' athlete. It is more
about the love of the game as opposed to skill. Each animal
is an individual unto itself. The first time 1 see a Division 111
game, it will be one that 1 am coaching in. I'm not familiar
with these schools.' said Waldrop.
According to the coach, basketball faces the most
NCAA restrictions of any collegiate sport. Wesleyan faces a
three-year probationary period. Next year, the team will
become a member of the American Southwest Conference,
but will not be eligible to compete in post-season tourna-
The following year, the Rams will be able to participate
in post-season play, but cannot compete at an NCAA
national level until the third year.
Wesleyan made an application for admission to the
National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association which, if
accepted, would have allowed post-season competition.
According to Waldrop. following an on-site visit in
August, during which members of the NCCAA interviewed
several people including President Harold G. Jeffcoat.
Chaplain Jeff Miller, Applin and several members of the
coaching staff, a report was submitted to a committee.
"We got a letter about a week and a half ago that said
we were not approved," said Waldrop. "The letter said we
were 'not of like-mindedness.' You can infer what you
want. A lot of student athletes involved in faith activities
would question this. I'm certainly not happy with the way it
According to the athletic office, a copy of the letter
along with Wesleyan's response will be forwarded to the
president's office this week, but was not available to The
Rambler at press time.
"I have a commitment to the players who returned.
They all turned down opportunities to go to other schools on
scholarships. Some went to the bank and took out loans to
remain at Wesleyan." said Waldrop.
"My goal is to blend these players with new players
and continue making the basketball program as competitive
as it has been the past two years that I have been here." he
"My goal for these four young men is to see them fin-
ish their careers on a strong note."
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