The Rambler (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 93, No. 1, Ed. 1 Wednesday, January 26, 2005 Page: 4 of 8
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4 January 26, 2005
on downtown Fort Worth
The 40-degree temperature on
Jan. 15 didn't keep representatives
from Wesleyan faculty, staff and stu-
dents from walking a 27-block route
of downtown Fort Worth in this
year's Southwestern Exposition and
Livestock Show and Rodeo parade.
Known as the world's largest
Western parade, according to the
Stock Show Web site, the 109-year-
old tradition had 222 entries this year.
This is the first year for Texas
Wesleyan to participate in the parade.
Approximately 25 participants
marched in the parade, including rep-
resentatives from the volleyball team,
Sigma Kappa Lambda and faculty
"It was a great experience for me
because I got a chance to represent
my school and help put Wesleyan on
the map," said Lyndsey Jones, a soph-
omore education major.
The excitement from alumni
watching the parade could be seen,
students said, as Texas Wesleyan fol-
lowed first in line after Stock Show
dignitaries and officials.
Attendees said another high point
of the parade came when the crowd
honored the Lady Rams volleyball
team with cheers and praises as their
wagon passed. The Lady Rams ended
Photo courtesy of Judy Allred
From left, sophmore Crystal Maldonado, junior Tiffany Garcia, senior Ayah Sayyed and sophomore Lyndsey Jones
brave the elements during the Fort Worth Stock Show parade. This was Texas Wesleyan's first year as a participant.
their 2004 season with a 37-5 record
and were ranked fourth in the 2004
NAIA Region VI standings.
Faculty and staff members
brought their children and grandchil-
dren to join in the festivities.
John Gonzales, administrative
assistant in the office of the provost,
was the parade coordinator for Texas
Wesleyan. Gonzales notified students
by sending out a university-wide e-
mail and asked the Student
Government Association for assis-
tance with spreading the word on
Gonzales' intentions were to
spread and promote the name of
Texas Wesleyan University to the cit-
izens of the surrounding area as being
the oldest university in Tarrant
County and one of the oldest in North
East Texas, second oldest behind
Austin College in Sherman.
"It's a shame that we've been
here since 1890 and no one knows
that we're here," he said. "This was a
good way to spread the word about
Texas Wesleyan University."
Gonzales said he considered the
event to be a success and would like
to Wesleyan participate in the parade
The Stock Show runs through
Feb. 6 this year. For more informa-
tion, visit the Web site at
Foreign students see America over break
For many, the last final of the fall meant tossing your book
bag into the closet and grabbing your purse or wallet to rush
off to busy shopping malls, while some lingered back at the
dorms, spending their days and nights watching television. For
others, namely international students, winter break meant con-
tinuing to spend time far from family. Several of them, how-
ever, took the chance to hit the highways.
Ben Hunt, a guard on the men's varsity basketball team,
shot his last hoop and took off to the far west with his girl-
"Over the Christmas break this year, Erin and I went to
Las Vegas for a wedding, then traveled to
Portland, Ore., to visit friends who live
in Australia, but are from Oregon origi-
nally," he said.
Hunt, in his third year of school in
America, remembers his first encounter
with Christmas in the United States where
he spent it with his good friend and team-
mate at the time, Danny Russel, and his _________
family in Trawick Texas, just outside of
Nacogdoches. "They were very warm and welcoming since I
could not be with my family during Christmas," he said.
With customs similar to those back home, the only thing
missing was family - and the sweltering heat.
"Christmas in Australia is very hot as it is summer there
December through February. Apart from the weather, it is very
similar," Hunt said. "Americans value family and a sense of
belonging as much as Australians do. It is a time to spend with
your family and share gifts among one another. Christmas
trees and decorating your house with lights is certainly a high-
light at Christmas time."
While Hunt spent Christmas in Oregon, freshman Dinko
Kranjac, a native of Croatia and a member of the table tennis
team, swatted his last ball across the table and headed north to
spend Christmas with family in Illinois.
"This Christmas I did not have a chance to go home, but I
visited my family in Chicago," said Kranjac. "They are
Croatians and celebrate Christmas the same way I do in
"This Christmas I didn V
have a chance to go home,
but I visited my family in
— Dinko Kranjacs
Croatia." Croatians have their own cultural variations, but still
celebrate Christmas much the same way Americans do.
"Usually at Christmastime I am surrounded with my fam-
ily. I have a big family, and it is always very nice when we can
spend some time together. That does not happen frequently
because family members live in different places, countries and
even continents," he said.
The values, however, remain the same.
"I like that Christmas is a time of giving and sharing, and
it's the time when families have the chance to spend some
quality time together," Kranjac said.
While the custom of watching a big professional basket-
ball game on Christmas day was a surprise to Hunt, to Kranjac
the surprise was the hustle of Christmas shopping.
"I realized that Americans are really dedicat-
ed when it comes to Christmas and holidays,"
he said. "At that time everybody has a kind of
Christmas fever when it comes to buying gifts
for family members and friends."
Here in Fort Worth there were international
students who, instead of getting away on road
trips to meet family and friends, spent the time
_____ in the nearly empty residence halls.
Some efforts are made to make the holiday season
more welcoming for Wesleyan's international students.
Student Life planned a skating trip a couple of years ago for
residents who didn't have holiday plans, but these efforts
mostly are not much and not often.
"We got vouchers to Subway or Whataburger during the
break," said senior Beatrice High, hall director at Elizabeth
Noticing the condition, High proposed the idea of a
"I was thinking that for the holidays we should have a
Thanksgiving feast for the people that don't go home. We
would do it at Christmastime, but usually more of them go
home for Christmas than for Thanksgiving."
According to Resident Director Zandy Baker, no efforts
were made on behalf of the international students during the
Christmas break in 2004, but there are plans to change that.
"We didn't have any programs this past year," she said.
See Christmas, page 5
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The Fit Files
set, except me9
A student chronicles his quest
to sculpt the perfect Cancun
body for spring break.
will be particularly meaning-
ful for me. Simply put, it
will be my last as a
Wesleyan student - my last
chance to be a part of what
so many of the lucky coeds
get to be a part of every
With all of this well in
mind, I plan on doing it all
the right way. I have every-
thing set: five days and four
nights in the infamous
Cancun. The room at the
gorgeous resort on the beach
is reserved, the plane tickets
are booked, and the dates
have been marked. I even
have a countdown on my
cell phone that keeps track
of my departure to the
minute. Like I said, every-
thing is set, except me.
As of today, I weigh 211
pounds, and the closest I get
to a six-pack is on the bever-
age aisle at Albertson's.
Needless to say, my body is
far from ready for being
seen half-naked by thou-
sands of coed beach bun-
nies. But come March 16,1
will be ready, and this is
I'm really watching
what I eat. I'm drastically
cutting down on my sugar
intake. The only sugars that
I eat now come from natural
sources like fruit and pure
juices. I've cut back on fats
and increased my daily fruit
and vegetable intake. I no
longer drink sodas or car-
bonation of any kind, and
See Chronicles, page 5
"Open Gym: Gym
open for all stu-
dents, 5:30 p.m-7:30
Movement meeting: Stella Russell
Hall lobby, noon: free lunch
"Baptist Student Ministry meet-
Carter Conferenece Room, noon:
free lunch served
"Open Gym: Gym
open for all stu-
dents, 5:30 p.m-
12:15 p.m-l:15 p.m.
Carter Conference room
"Community Church of Christ
Bible study: 7 p.m.
Carter Conference room
ball vs Wiley
College: 5:30 p.m.
"Men's basketball vs Wiley
College: 7:30 p.m.
Sid Richardson Center
Sunday morning service: 10 a.m.
ball vs .larvis
Christian: 5:30 p.m.
Sid Richardson Center
"Men's basketball vi .larvis
Christian: 7:30 p.m
Sid Richardson Center
"I.amda Theta Phi
Fajita night: 7 p.m.
In front of Dora's
basketball on 9 foot
goals: 5:30 p.m.-
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