The Rambler (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 80, No. 18, Ed. 1 Wednesday, October 15, 1997 Page: 1 of 6
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The students' voice since 1917
October 15, 1997
Fort Worth, Texas
Vol. 80, No. 18
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AEGIS lays groundwork for
a new kind of University
Looking for a new approach to the tradition-
al college learning style? Dr., Judy Simpson,
English professor, has the answer: Texas
Wesleyan's new AEGIS program.
AEGIS stresses learning competency, rather
than information retention. It is basically how
well do you know what you know, rather than
what all do you know.
About four years ago, Dr. Simpson and other
faculty members decided that a new approach
should be taken to education at Wesleyan.
Colleges across the nation are reporting that an
ever increasing number of college graduates in
America say that the information they learned in
college, outside of their major courses, had little
or nothing to do with the rest of their life after
Simpson disagrees with that attitude. She
said she believes education should have every-
thing to do with your life, the science classes you
take should prepare you for when you read a
newspaper article dealing with science, or your
government class should prepare you for when a
candidate proposes a change in term limits.
The information you learned should prepare
you to make an intelligent decision about the
issues that you face in everyday life, Simpson
AEGIS covers the 10 general education
requirements that every Texas Wesleyan graduate
should demonstrate their competency in. They
competency in a variety of communication skills.
This includes the ability to write and speak con-
ventional English clearly and correctly as well as
the ability to speak interactively;
an appreciation of the fine arts;
an understanding of Western culture and history;
informed citizenship with an understanding of
an understanding of the scientific method;
the ability to perform precise logical arguments;
knowledge of religious history and concepts;
an understanding of physical fitness;
an understanding of the integration of education
and life <rs well as how it relates to real-life;
and sufficient skills in technology and informa-
tion retrieval. This includes such things as
AEGIS focuses on the interconnectiveness
of all these concepts and shows practical ways in
which the student, can use knowledge to his or
her best advantage.
AEGIS activities include debates, confer-
ences, and field trips and essay writing. Students
have visited the log cabin display near the Fort
Worth Zoo, have had on-line debates in the com-
puter lab and other such intellectually simulating
While the program is fun, Simpson said that
it's not all'fun and games. The program is more
difficult, but also more rewarding. The two kind
of balance each other out and students end up
feeling like they understand more.
The program is set up so that a student may
enter in the middle of the academic year, or drop
out as well without it affecting credits and degree
plans too much.
Anyone interested in AEGIS, can contact
Simpson in Stella Russell Hall.
Why do people give blood?
"Because 1 want to help others,"
said Miranda Fox, a sophomore
who gave blood Thursday at
That's what most people said.
They were all out there to help oth-
On Oct. 8 and 9, the Carter
Blood Care Center, 1263 Rosedale,
sent out one of its mobile units,
resembling a mobile home, to the
campus and held another blood
drive for the Polytechnic United
Jeff Hart, senior psychology
major, said while giving blood,
"This is my first time to do it." Hart
is donating blood to help his moth-
er who sells the supplies used in the.
process of giving blood.
"The Carter Blood Care Center,
built in 1956, has been holding
blood drives on a regular basis here
at Wesleyan since Nov. 2, 1978,"
said Winston Burkman, donor
recruiter for Carter Blood Care.
The Carter Blood Care Center
employs 135 people including lab
technicians and teachers.
The mobile unit used on cam-
pus is just one of four .that the
Carter Blood Care Center uses
seven days a week. Burkman said
the mobile units go to high schools,
businesses and college campuses.
"As long as we have at least 20
people who want to give blood
somewhere, we will send the
mobile units out to get it," said
"The whole process of giving
blood takes about 30 minutes," said
Burkman. This includes filling out
the proper forms, giving blood, and
waiting in line. The actual giving of
blood takes about five minutes.
During the daily blood drives,
The Carter Blood Care Center takes
in more than 200 pints of blood a
Since the Carter Blood Care
Center is a blood bank for 49 hospi-
tals in the area, it uses all the blood
that comes in each day, said
The shelf life of a pint of blood
is about 42 days. However,
Burkman said if someone wanted to
save his own blood for himself, he
could freeze it, increasing the shelf
life to about 10. years.
In order to be able to give blood
certain criteria must be met. A per-
son must not have had a tattoo or
body piercing in 12 months, must
not be. pregnant, must not have been
in jail two days prior to giving
blood, must not use drugs. One
must not have received money for
sex or drugs, must not be sick, must
be at least 17 years old and must
weigh at least 110 pounds.
After a person gives blood, he
or she cannot give blood for 56
When asked if people pass out
a lot, Burkman said," Not really."
The reason that most people faint is
because they have an empty stom-
ach, he said.
' Organizations on campus such
as Alpha Phi Omega tried to
encourage their members to give
blood by rewarding them. Members
of Alpha Phi Omega, who must
have at least 20 hours of service
each semester, gave an hour of ser-
vice to members who gave blood
during the blood drive.
If you didn't get a chance to
give blood this time around, you
can give blood at Carter Blood Care
on 1263 Rosedale.
Its hours are from 9 a.m. to 8
p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, 9
a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday
through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
on Saturday. Call Carter Blood Care
at 335-4935 if you have any ques-
Food Services director open to
improving quality of campus food
Rick Gallagher, director of Food Services,
Sodhexco Marriott Alliance Co., told the Student
Government Association ort Oct c>. that he plans some
improvements to food and service on campus. Toward
the end of the meeting. Gallagher said that "he is alwav s
visible on campus" and he is always open to sugges
tions. Gallagher pointed out that he was willing to make
some changes. He mentioned the Secret Shopper
Selected faculty and students anonymously rate the
fiKxl service on campus, and in return for their reports.
the> receive a declining balance on a Sodhexco meal
card. Gallagher said that he plans to post the Secret
Shopper reports so that students "see the good with the
bad " .
tie said he hopes that students are able to recognize
some changes He also pointed out alia the meeting,
that he is the director, however, it is the "the staff that
makes it work "
Student Government had submitted surveys to
dorm students about: the overall food service on cam-
pus. including the quality and selection of food offered,
and the food-handling practices of food serv ice workers
at both the cafeteria, the Subway on campus and snack
During the meeting, a Student Government repre-
sentative asked Gallagher about the training and manag-
ing of the Subway staff. Gallagher said he sent Brent
Webster, one of his managers, to Subway Co. for
Subway's two-week training course.
He also said that the Subway workers were hired by
Sodhexco and that they were trained by Subway, by the
management and through tapes about making sand-
wiches and food-handling practices.
Another question about Subway was the fact that
the they have been running out of wheat bread and rolls.
Gallagher said he checks the inventory himself and that
there was no reason for them to run out He blamed the
problem on "lazy people."
There Was a concern at the meeting about the snack
bar and Subway closing early Regular snack bar hours
arc 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.. Some students asked Gallagher
why the snack bar was starting to close at 6:30 p.m.
Snack bar workers were saying they needed to start
closing up at 6,30 p m Gallagher said the closing up
early was "an excuse" and that ail the workers in the
snack bar and Subway are paid until the lime they leave
Concerns about Dora Robert's cafeteria were also a
major topic. There was a question about the availabili-
ty of vegetarian dishes on the cafeteria's menu
Gallagher said that he understands that vegetarian
dishes have gained in popularity, ami he said that he Was
open to suggestions for new vegetarian entrees As
director of food serv ices, he said he has to look at how
much a certain food item is sold
Another question is how often the menu changes
' Gallagher said that the cafeteria has a six-week menu
A certain group of nVenu items are featured during
this cycle, and then another menu would come into play
The menus change, three times during the course of the
semester. Another student pointed out that
students on campus during the weekend are
tired of only the snack bar being open, and
would prefer that the cafeteria be open during
Gallagher said that if the cafeteria was to
stay open, then the snack bar and Subway
would have to close on the weekends
because of the lack of revenue. According to
Gallagher there are usually around 100 stu-
dents on campus during the weekend and
those numbers don't justify keeping both
After the meeting. Charlie Dalton.
Weekend University representative for
Student Government, said that because of the
weekend classes there arc probably more
people on campus than Gallagher estimates.
Students at the meeting also voiced a
concern as to the rude behavior of some of
the cafeteria and Subway workers. One of
the students said that two female workers in
particular were flirting w ith the men and that
he found that "distracting."
Gallagher said he understood the prob-
lem and knew who the workers were and has already
talked with them;
Comments on the meeting from Student
Government representatives were positive. Mary Ellen
Brown, head of the Student Government food commit-
tee. said. "Gallagher was very cooperative" about the
changes that needed to be made pence Blakelyi also on
Phoin by Jon Mc Kcnzie
Rick Gallagher savs he is dedicated to filling the needs of
the students and meeting their satisfaction.
the food committee, said that she was. looking forward
to seeing some changes next week.
Mark Bohon. business representative, said that he
was "very impressed and that it looks like [Gallagher] is
working for positive change." Raun Shepherd, fresh-
man representative, said that he is very excited and he is
looking forward to seeing some changes.
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