The Rambler (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 87, No. 7, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 14, 2002 Page: 3 of 8
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The Rambler March 14, 2002 3
Campus upgrades can solve issues
Age adds character to a university,
but it also brings a variety of problems.
Normally this is a matter of moderniz-
ing equipment and general mainte-
nance, but Wesleyan has three serious
The first one is easy to solve, but
also requires a little cour-
tesy from fellow stu-
dents. The other two are
slightly more difficult
and require Wesleyan's
has become a serious
problem around the Ella
C. McFadden Science
Center and Armstrong-
Mabee Business Center.
I haven't seen any unau-
thorized parking this ________
semester, but there still aren't enough
handicap parking spaces for peak class
For students who aren't aware of
Texas state law regarding parking per-
mits. handicap stickers are issued by
the state of Texas, not by a doctor sim-
ply because a patient is a little uncom-
However, even with a handicap
permit Wesleyan's current parking situ-
ation makes access to the administra-
tion building, library and bookstore
unreasonable and often painful for
I wonder if everyone realizes that
handicapped people actually hurt when
engaging in what should be normal
Imagine a headache that never
quite goes away. That is what a degen-
erative knee or hip joint feels like when
you walk. I have a degenerative hip
joint due to cartilage loss in my right
But that's a minor disability; think
of what the more seriously disabled
must endure in order to move around
Nika Maples, a senior mass com-
munications major and a contributing
writer for The Rambler choose
Wesleyan because the campus was
small and larger universities were too
difficult to navigate. Maples has
noticed that some students occasionally
use permit only parking because
they're late for class. Although
Wesleyan has made a "concerted
effort" to make facilities accessible, she
believes that more could be done.
Maples said, "The most difficult
trek on campus is from the nearest
parking spot to the library. On some
days I can barely make it."
I agree, walking to the library
is something I try to avoid too.
Greg Guttmann, also a senior
mass communication major, uses
a wheel chair; and requires a van
accessible parking spot. Due to
the parking situation, he has
often been left without close-in
parking. Gutttmann said, "I've
been parking all over the place."
We, as students along with the
,S university, have a personal and
___ civic obligation to help with this
Until other arrangements are made,
administration should reallocate the
visitors' parking spots along the island
between the science and business cen-
ters as handicap parking. Visitors are
few, and they can easily be parked
along the curb at the end of the circles.
The university also needs more
and better-located access ramps with
handicap accessible automatic doors on
all the main campus buildings. These
items should only require small budget
changes. But remember, they will be
big changes for the handicapped.
But that's only a quick fix. There
are no parking facilities for the handi-
capped that are reasonably near the
library, administration building or the
Wesleyan needs a small parking lot
with handicapped spaces with limited
time for everyone in front of the
library. This would give handicap
access, plus relieve some of the crowd-
ing on the east side leaving most of the
central area between the buildings
We should try to be more consci-
entious about opening doors and assist-
ing our fellow students, handicapped or
not. And to the students that park
legally, "thank you," all of us that are
disabled really do appreciate it.
Bill Barnes is a junior mass communi-
cation major and a staff writer for The
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Scientific achievements key to future
Science is in the minority of subjects
easily comprehended, yet it receives a
tremendous amount of commentary from
scientists and non-scientists. It takes deter-
mination and specialization to begin the
journey of understanding what it is current-
ly accomplishing and where it is going.
I can see where it would be easy for
those in other areas of spe-
cialization such as mass
communicaions. to harbor
misunderstandings in inter-
preting the undertakings and
potentials of science.
While banging my head
over mathematical concepts
developed in the 1800s. I
was willingly distracted by a
about medical innovations of
that same century. ——————
One invention was an age-reversal
machine similar to a modem CAT scan.
The machine's claim was bitsed on an
unproven theory that light waves (emitted
by color assorted household bulbs') affected
your body to the degree that after you exit-
ed the machine you were younger looking
than when you went in.
Eager customers were not hard to find,
yet their equal dispppointment was directed
at the scientists who 'failed' ttafm.
It's easy to scoff at the often absurd
attempts of scientists to achieve the seem-
ingly impossible. However, because of
their attempts that we know w hat not to do
We all dream of a Star Trek reality - a
dream of finding a more efficient of
traveling faster than the speed of tfgfoi, bel-
ter utilizing earth's resources to accommo-
date its growing inhabiants, or perhaps
expanding beyond bodily demise.
Whatever the dream, it takes time for
its manifestation. The point to clarify w
that it does happen!
It takes years, people power, mistakes
and deadends to achieve sci-fi feats- in
accordance to the laws that nature allows.
Tiny miracles occur every day in biolo-
gy, chemistry, physics and engineering.
Science and its devotees are literally
shaping the world through disappointment
and success each hour. Contacts, bladder
control remedies and birth control are sci-
Yet some yearn for even greater
achievements than genome sequencing,
cloning, stem cell utilization, detection of
pulses from undiscovered solar
bodies....How? 1 am not quite sure, but if
you miss the passion of discovery or
excitement of things to come, 1 suggest you
take a hike into our own backyard.
Our science professors are among
the best. Drs. Benz, Clark,
Chandrasekaran. Jones. Landolt,
Prater, Deaton, and Rodriguez can
recapture your childlike enthusiasm
for science from what they them-
selves are currently researching.
We have the tools to change life
unrecognizable 50 years from now.
If we do not have them yet we will,
and with that the opportunity to use
—— them if our value system at the time
so dictates. Science is in the pursuit of
increasing the quality of our life, under-
standing its rules to then feel the thrill of
breaking past them.
Today is one of the most exciting times
of pushing past our perceived limits.
Tomorrow will be even better.
It is important for everyone to under-
stand what science is currently capable of
and then decide which path to take. Robert
Frost suggests the one less traveled.
The trek its mantra of going where no
one has gone before reverberates among
scientists and non-scientists in setting
Einstein's view of discovery is nothing
short of "a refinement of everyday think-
ing. AD religions, arts and sciences are
i branches of the same tree. All these aspira-
tions are directed toward ennobling man's
life, lifting it from the sphere of mere phys-
ical existence and leading the individual
A fellow peer sums up rather well that
"scienCels a man's quest to conquer his
own ignorance" (Brett Hudson - math).
Understanding and supporting the
process of discovery is the secret to our
future success as a developing species and
spiritual being - not to mention the benefit
of feeling the thrill from 'knowing' our-
Faith Beverly is a sophomore biochemistry
major and a contributing writer for The
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