The Rambler (Fort Worth, Tex.), Ed. 1 Wednesday, April 17, 1996 Page: 1 of 6
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Photo by Khuniphu Bouaphanh
Striving to be heard
Now that the controversy over its forming has died, the G.L.E.E.
club is spreading its message of awareness and tolerance
Last November, after much contro-
versy, The Gays, Lesbians, and
Everybody Else club (G.L.E.E.) was
approved by the 1 ■
Since its forma-
tion, the club has
focused on the
On April 2-,
the 6th annual
walk-a-thon in the
quad. The walkers
collected pledges and donations of
money and canned food for the event.
The club raised more than $150 for
AIDS awareness and prevention. The
money will be used to help fund
G.L.FF.'s future programs of AIDS
awareness and prevention and was used
to buy canned goods for the AIDS
Outreach Center. Additionally, the club
distributed the pledged and donated
canned goods to the center.
G.L.E.E. president Angela Gant
said, "The walk-a-thon served a dual
' purpose. It let us
be seen by the
campus and the
money and food
donations went to
a good cause."
person and vice
Statham . said
________________ another step the
group has taken
in the prevention of AIDS was to solicit
the help of Bridge the Gap, Inc. and the
Tarrent County Medical Education and
Resource Foundation (TCMERF).
See G.L.E.K., page 4
"It seems like there is not a
prejudice against alterna-
tive lifestyles as much as a
'don't ask, don't tell' policy
Physical plant director fired
Bensmiller cites differences in management
styles in his dismissal
Director of plant operations
Barry Bensmiller was tired on April 3.
"They said they no longer needed my
services and that 1 was not meeting their
expectations," said Bensmiller. "1 asked
them, and they wouldn't elaborate any
more on that."
He said he thinks his management
style was different from his new manager,
assistant to the provost Karen Bethel, and
he sensed that things were not well.
However, he said he didn't know it was so
serious and was surprised at the news.
Bethel had no comment on the reasons
behind his termination.
Bensmiller had been with Wesleyan
for 16 months His duties consisted of
managing manintence, housekeeping and
keeping the master calendar.
"I think we were able to show a lot of
progress," said Bensmiller. "1 left there
knowing that 1 contributed to the universi-
ty and I feel like 1 did a good job."
During the time he was employed at
Wesleyan, he said his deparmenl worked
through the hail storm, was completing an
average of 350 work orders
a month, obtained more
vehicles for security, began
a dispatch department for
911 calls, and reduced the campus utility
bills by $100,000.
"We really appreciate the work he did
for the campus," said Bethel. "He set the
groundwork for us: to move forward."
Bethel said that they are working on
an interim management structure to be
"It wasn't my decision to leave. I
enjoyed working there, and I wish it well,"
Texas Wesleyan may purchase
Southwestern Bell building
The Texas Wesleyan Law School,
now located on Gawyler Road in Irving,
may be moving closer to the main campus.
The proposed site for the new location is
the Southwestern Bell building in down-
town Fort Worth.
Provost Tom Armstrong said, "We
have been for sometime working to move
the law school downtown. We see this as
a phase in achieving a law center down-
Beth Slaton, head of admissions for
the law school, said, "There will be a
move. . . I know it will be in Fort Worth,
but I don't know exactly where."
When asked about the solidity of the
new location, Armstrong said, "The uni-
versity. is ' negotiating with the
Southwestern Bell company over the pos-
could be new home
of law school
sibility of buying the Southwestern Bell
building. It is important to note that it is
the university, not the law school, that is
looking into the purchase."
Slaton said, "I have not been told any-
thing about the move to the Southwestern
The decision to attempt the acquisi-
tion of the building was not made by one
single person, Armstrong said.
"It is a decision involving the law
school, the board of trustees and the uni-
versity," he said.
One outcome of the acquisition could
be easier access to law students. The move
would also make the law school more
accessible and offer space for larger enroll-
When asked about the price of the
building, Armstrong said, "The price is nol
known yet because negotiations are still
going on." He also said the move and pur-
chase of the new building would pose no
expense to undergraduates or increase
James R George, associate dean tor
academic affairs at the law school, could
not be reached for comment. However, a
sources close to George who wished to
remain anonymous said, "The information
about the Bell building is not published
knowledge at the law school."
Armstrong said that the move will
take place sometime near the summer of
Photo by Rachucl Stevens
Art professor Kit Hall poses in front of some of her paintings that hang in the Boyd house painting studios. Hall
was-promoted to chair of the art department after serving as interim chair for a year.
Art professor Hall promoted to chair of her department
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Stuff writer '
After serving as a part-time art
profe or for two year* and interim
chutf for one year, K;t Halt has been
named chair of the Wesleyan art
Hall, art and hu inanities teacher
andwifeofDr.JohnHalK chair of
Wesleyan's psychology deportment,
earned her bachelor of general stud-
ies in 198H from the 1'mverstty of
• After earning her degree, she
worked for Watereolor Art Society;
of Houston as well as for a non-prof-
it .organization. DaCamera. where
sbe was development assistant. In
1990 she and Her husband moved to
Fort Worth after he was hired' b>
In May 1993, Hall earned her'
master 's of fine arts degree in paint-
ing and art history from Texas
Woman'* t nivefMty in Demon Hail
said this was a major turning point
in her life.
She said shcenjoycd earning
her master's degree as she: was able
to relate life experiences to her stud-
Hall's style of art is expression-
istic The content of my art com-
municates life's transitions such as
youth to oM age and growth, which
' is frequently painful and chaotic."
She said she constantly battles
die balance between her organiza-
tional and artistic sides. As a
teacher. Hall said she enjoys the
inspiration she receives working
side b\ side with students
When asked how she felt about
receiving the chair position. Hall
said. "It is a challenge I had not
anticipated: I am thrilled Vtith (his
opportunity. K is exciting to have a
vision and build a program."
Hall spoke highly of former art
chair Mary Apple and said she
desires to continue the wonderful
job Apple began 3Q years ago—to
argue for better. facilities and to
develop artist scholars
"Mary is the anchor of the an
department, the exclamation point at
the end of the sentence! It is great to
have her.back We need her experi-
ence and knowledge," she said.
As art chair, Hall said her prior-
ity will be recruiting.
"We need to keep a certain level
of majors, but not more than 30,
because we want to maintain inten-
sive, small classes," she said.
Hall said she is very pleased to
have Chris Goebel as Wesleyan's
artist-in-residence, and that she
belie ves maintaining someone of his
artistic status enhances Wesleyan's
art program. She said it gives stu-
dents someone to learn from without
regard to (he grading element
"We have a great faculty/' Hall
said. "Jerry Mahlc and Ed Garcia
have enhanced our program in ways
we never realized. We have each had
to establish relationships and bonds
with the students."
She said having three full-time
professors works wonderfully
because responsibilities are evenly
See Hall, page 2
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