The Rambler (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 87, No. 5, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 28, 2002 Page: 1 of 8
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MAR 0 1 2002
February 28, 2002
Fort Worth. Texas
Vol. 87, No. 5
Former director of
Stephanie Boatner tendered
her resignation to Pati
Alexander associate vice-
president for student services.
According to Alexander,
the letter of resignation was
although Boatner did offer to
remain for two weeks.
Boatner is an alumni of
Wesleyan and served in the
admissions office for approx-
imately 10 years.
A collection of 8 short
comedies by David Ives will
be performed from Feb. 28-
March 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the
Law Sone Fine Arts Center.
Admission cost is $5 for
students, faculty, staff and
senior citizens; $10 general
Monologues" will be per-
formed at the Law Sone Fine
Arts Center on March 4 at
Obie award winning play will
be performed by various stu-
dents. faculty and staff mem-
The Fort Worth Women's
Business Center is sponsor-
ing an Entrepreneur Expo on
March 1 at the Fort Worth
Convention Center. This is a
great opportunity for men and
women interested in starting
their own business.
Students have a special
entry rate of $22.50. For more
information, contact the the
center at (817) 871-6025.
Questions are raised about 'The Scrambler'
Following several com-
plaints regarding the contents of
the underground newsletter,
"The Scrambler," Wesleyan
administrators have begun an
investigation into the organizers
and their distribution practices .
The satirical, tabloid style
handout, which touts itself as
"The Official News Source of
the Texas Wesleyan Student"
came under fire for not follow-
ing established campus guide-
lines for distribution as well as
for the possible misuse of uni-
President Harold G.
Jeffcoat said, "1 think that some-
thing like this that claims to be
'official' needs to be sure they
are sanctioned. In the absence of
that, they can't possibly be the
According to Peter Phaiah,
dean of students, there is a
process which all students and
student organizations must go
through in order to post or dis-
tribute any material on campus.
All materials must be approved
and stamped by
the office of stu-
ers were posted
before the first
issue of "The
out on Feb. 13,
Phaiah said his
fliers or the newsletters. In fact,
Phaiah said he had only seen the
most recent issue.
[If they violated handbook
policy| "There is a process
whereby student life officials,
after due process, will take some
action," said Jeffcoat.
In addition to concerns
about the failure to follow pro-
cedures, Rambler reporters
asked "The Scrambler" organiz-
ers about the resources used in
producing the newsletter. The
students involved, declined to
comment on the record.
According to Phaiah, if the
students used the campus com-
puter labs to produce "The
Celebrating spring early
Photo by Dusty Wrighi
Wesleyan students Julie Engelhart, a mass
communications freshman, and James
McGarrigle, an international business student,
celebrate the early spring-like weather and
kick up their heels during a pick-up game of
soccer on Martin Field.
used resources that
come directly from
fees. The misuse of
university assets is
another area to be
investigated by the
office of student
that claims to have
official status [but
lacks it] must run afoul of some-
thing," said Jeffcoat.
According to Phaiah, the
matter is being discussed with
Quentin McGown, Wesleyan's
chief legal counsel. "We don't
want to step on anyone's First
Amendment rights," he said.
"This isn't about the 'appropri-
ateness' of the material. It's
about the failure to follow estab-
lished procedure and the possi-
ble misuse of university
Student, staff and faculty
reaction to "The Scrambler" is
mixed. Latasha Sackie, a kinesi-
ology freshman, said. "I like
'The Scrambler' and I think it's
funny. It brings a little humor to
Erin Sloan, a senior theater
major, said, "It's funny. A good
dose of sarcasm can raise the
Travis Mosely, executive
food services director, said, "For
a new student, this could be mis-
leading. 1 don't like it."
Andy Baker, senior refer-
ence librarian, said, "It's not
quite on par with Jonathon
Swift, but as librarians, we stand
for all sides of all issues, even
issues of satire."
Dr. Thom Chesney, assis-
tant professor of English, said,
"As an underground paper, I
don't think it's particularly effec-
tive. There are good ones, but
the best are able to understate
truly important issues in a clever
way. 'The Scrambler' has no
intention of being serious."
reporters were able to talk to the
students responsible for "The
Scrambler," they did not wish to
be identified or quoted at this
Wesleyan freshmen sought
for committee on housing
Wesleyan is currently plan-
ning to build a new apartment, or
other style residence hall, and is
seeking student input to deter-
mine the campus' housing needs.
According to a memo issued
by Stacy Nestor from the office
of student life, surveys are being
handed out in various classes this
week to get student recommen-
In addition to the surveys,
student life is recruiting 12-18
freshmen to be on a focus group
to discuss the campus' housing
Richard Eldredge, coordina-
tor of residential life, said his
department is trying to assess the
needs of all the groups of stu-
"We are not just dreaming
out loud. We are moving forward
with feasibility studies," said
Nestor said, "We want to
talk to freshmen, particularly
those who do not live on campus.
We want to find out why they're
not and what would entice them
to live on campus."
Eldredge added, "We always
look at the freshmen group. At
this point, we have kicked around
several ideas. Half of our waiting
list for Wade Hall is made up of
"It is helpful to isolate
groups," said Eldredge. "We are
considering housing needs for
married couples or students in a
Eldredge said that an addi-
tional concern being considered
is that students rush to fill up a
new building and leave the exist-
ing buildings empty.
Eldredge acknowleges the
current resident numbers are
down as compared to previous
years and that the "traditional"
student does not have the same
Freshmen interested in serv-
ing on the focus group, which
will meet Monday, March 4.
from 11-11:30 a.m. in Dora's
should contact Nestor at ext.
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Manning, Melanie. The Rambler (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 87, No. 5, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 28, 2002, newspaper, February 28, 2002; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth253270/m1/1/: accessed September 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas Wesleyan University.