The Rambler (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 80, No. 17, Ed. 1 Wednesday, October 8, 1997 Page: 1 of 4
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The students' voice since 1917
Fort Worth, Texas
Vol. 80. No. 17
Thursday in the Quad
Photos by Jon McKenzie
Oct. 2 in the Quad, members of the
intermural flag football team play a
flag football exhibition game while
the band Bazooka Joe entertains the
crowd. Eric Stockhausen and Peter
Phaiah organize the events for every
free period. Students from local high
schools tour the campus with Student
Si san Downinc;
Suifl writrr ■
Have you ever witnessed a
childV wide-eyed excitement and
heard his cries of ."More, more?"
when he is being road a storv ' It
not, Wesley an's Reading Council
wants you to join in the fun and
share the jov of teaching Children to
According to Kirsten Murphy,
senior education major and presi
dent of both fb.- kV.uhtu: I'lUtneil
and Student Education Association
at Texas. Ytexleyan. "You don't have
to be a reading specialist. You just
have to care Murphy said that the
Reading Council is actively seeking
more volunteers to read to children
The Reading Council is a pro
tessional organization affiliated
with the International Reading
Association: The council's pur
pose is to teach members how to use
children's b*H>ks with the children
to promote literacy," Murphy said
She stressed that the membership i--
open to any Wesleyan student,
regardless of major
She said that members also pre
learn their ABC's
sent their ideas on classroom read-
ing activities. "And." she said,
"Wesleyan professors do presenta-
tions that are helpful to the tnerh-
Murphy said that this year the
. Reading Council was trying to
incorporate other subject areas into
its activities. "We are doing a lot of
tutoring." she said.
< I pcoming activities planned
include a Young Authors' Dav. Dec
5. and Battle of the Books. April 23,
!9jWk Young Authors' Day will
have students form surrounding
school districts visit the Wesleyan
Murph> >aid that the Battle of
the Books is a contest for elemen-
tarv school children who answer
questions about assigned books they
have read. Dr. TWyla Daniels has
her seminar class read children's
books, aitd then we have to write
questions about the books, she
She advised that the list of
hooks is sent to four area schools
whose students read them. They
then come to Wesleyan in the spring
to answer the questions in a concept
similar to television's "Family
Feud" game show. Murphy said
that there were no winners or losers-
just a good time.
Murphy said that the Reading
Council is planning to work closely
with the SEA on' several projects.
"Additionally, we are going to try to
get some of the other campus orga-
nizations involved." she explained.
Reading Council meetings are
heljj monthly. The next meeting
w ill be held in Dan Waggoner Hall
on Oct. 9 during free period.
Murphy said that she would encour-
age anyone with a desire to help
children learn to read to attend any
Murphy said she felt that get-
ting involved in children's literacy
was a worthwhile endeavor for any
student. "I don't think people real-
ize that school is more than just
going to class, she said "When
you graduate and go to that first job
interview, be prepared to answer
when you are askjedr-^What did you
do besides show up for that 8 a.m.
class every day?""
University settles bookstore
In a controversy over
Wesleyan's termination of its book-
store contract this. summer, the
University has settled With Michael
Gore, the ex-manager of" the book-
store. for an amount no more than
Informed sources who. prefer
to remain anonymous said that the
university paid $75,000 to Gore for
breaking his contract.
However, top school officials'
would not comment on the amount.
One faculty member said it was
less than $75,000.
"TWU has been a great univer-
sity. I was there for 24 years and
I'm sure that Follett Bookstores
will do a good job," said Gore. He
would not comment on anything
At the beginning of the semes-
ter, controversy surrounded the
change in the management of the
bookstore. Gore was planning to
sue the university for breaking his
"The store was producing less
than satisfactory service," said Dr.
Tom Armstrong, provost and senior
The university brought in a
new company, Follett, a national
bookstore chain with more than
550 stores nationwide, to run the
Because of the litigation
between Gore and the university,
the university had two bookstores
at the beginning of the semester.
"The university was afraid that
the students and faculty would not
get their books," said Marcia
Wilemon, secretary of the universi-
ty, "The university asked Follett to
come to help. It was a bumpy tran-
sition and Follett saved us. They
didn't have to do that, but they took
• The reason behind having two
bookstores was that Gore was not
selling any of his inventory to the
university until he settled his litiga-
tion with the university.
Follett did not have any inven-
tory when it came in and Follett
had to rush order all the books
needed to supply the students. That
is why students and faculty had to
buy mostly new books, said
If Gore had sold his inventory
to the university, there would not
have been two bookstores and there
wouldn't have been all the contu-
sion that the students and faculty
had to go through. •
All the problems were caused
because Gore wouldn't leave, said
a faculty member.
Gore was reportedly aiigry and
wanted to sue the university
because he thought that he did not
"Would it cost less
to go to court, or
would it cost less to
settle out of court?"
-Dr. Tom Armstrong
receive his termination notice with-
in the 120 days his contract speci-
The reason why he did not see
the notice is still a secret. "Gore
said he didn't read it in time," said
Wilemon. Others faculty sources
say that the mailing service,
Cyclone Courier, did not get the
letter to Gore on time.
"The university believes that it
took the right steps to terminate
Gore. We were prepared to argue
the case in court," said Armstrong.
When asked if a settlement had
been reached between Gore and the
university, Armstrong said, "I can't
say one way or the other." When
asked the same question later,
Armstrong said. "A settlement has
He also said that Gore and the
university had reached an agree-
ment that pleased both sides. Thai
agreement included that all those
involved could not talk about it to
Armstrong said that the board
members came down to asking
themselves, "Would it cost less to
go to court, or would it cost less to
settle out of court?"
He said he could not comment
anymore about the settlement.
Aaron Young, president of
SGA, said that lie had many "dis-
gruntled" students complaining
about not being' able to buy any
used books and books for classes
that were not in stock.
"I wish that the faculty would
let us know, what is going on. The
students want to know," said
Anthony Covert, a senior, said,
"I was very unhappy with the ser-
vice and I didn't like the fact that 1
had to buy all new books."
Susan Sherwood, who worked
in the old bookstore with Gore,
said, "Gore didn't tell us anything,
The employees were always left in
the dark." Sherwood now works in
the mail center. '
Because Follett is a nationwide
company, the new book store will
have many benefits for the students
that the old bookstore could not
"We accept buybacks all year,"
said Tina Garza, the manager of the
"Now that Gore is out, the new
bookstore will be able to sell books
' for much less because they are
bought in bulk," said Peter Phaiah,
director of student support ser-
vices. "Follett will be able to offer
twice as many non-book it^ms
because it is such a large compa-
Phaiah is working on setting
up a bookstore committee of stu-
dents and faculty to start redesign-
ing the bookstore. "Because this
new bookstore can be much larger,
it needs, a larger space," said
Officials are looking into the
possibility of buying the old.,
Mama's Pizza building and putting
the bookstore there. "We hope to
have the plans ready to start
redesigning the bookstore during
the Christmas break," said Phaiah.
Campus news at a glance
Fall Access Weekend will be Oct. 18-19. This is a
weekend devoted to students interested in attending
Wesleyan, contact the offices of freshman or transfer
admission, at 531 -4422
Fort Worth FD
Officer John Danna, FWPD, would like to inform
everyone that his new pager number is 998-0531,
Contact hint if you need the assistance of the Fort Worth
Police Department. His office number remains 531-
The Cowtown Brush Up will be held on Saturday,
Oct. 18. This, is a day to paint and spruce up homes
belonging to elderly citi/ens in low income neighbor-
Volunteers are needed for the Shady Oaks
Elementary School carnival, on Oct. 18. Contact Linda
Howard at .531 -4461.
More volunteer positions are available with Meals
on Wheels, which meets every Thursday at 10:30 a.m.
Several organizations need volunteers or interns to
serve as mentors for Pre-K through 8th grade students.
Call 531-4461 for information
Flu shots w ill be available beginning Oct. 16, in the
Health Center, room 109 of SID Richardson, from 8
a.m. to 5 p.m . and until 7 p.m. on Oct.28 and Nov. 5.
Flu shots will also be available at the law school on Oct.
22. from 3-6:30 p.m. and Oct 30 from 10 a.m. to 3
p.m.. Weekend University times are Oct.25. from 10
a.m. to 3 p.m., and Nov. 8 from 2 to 6 p.m.. in room 125
of the Armstrong building. There will be a $5 charge.
Don't forget the Carter Blood center blood drive
on Oct. 8. from 1 to 6 p.m. and Oct. 9, from 2 to 7 p.m.,
at Polytechnic United Methodist Church. Contact nurse
Heidi Hunter at 531-4948 for more information.
The National Council of Alpha Lambda Delta
Academic Honor Society for Freshmen will award the
16 $3,000 fellowships for graduate study for the 1998-
99 academic year.
Graduating seniors may apply if they have
achieved a 3.5 grade point average at the end of the first
term of this year.
Applications can be obtained from Elizabeth
Battles, assistant professor of English. Applications
must be postmarked by January 16, 1998.
Scholarship for Study Abroad
•The National Security Education Program (NSEP)
awards scholarships to American undergraduates for
study in foreign countries and world regions critical to
U.S. national security. Contact the NSEP Campus
Representative. Helena Bussell at 531-4220. for more
information. The campus deadline is Dec, 12. the appli-
cation deadline is Feb. 9, 1998.
Alcohol Awareness Week
Oct. 20-24 will be National Collegiate Alcohol
Awareness Week. The newly formed Peer Education
Group is planning daily activities to increase awareness
Business Week will be Oct. 13-17. Webb Joiner,
CEO for Bell Helicopter Textron, will'be speaking on
Tuesday morning, at 8:30 a.m. in the Sone.
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