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The fall 2008 enrollment numbers for all Tarleton campuses were released earl ier this month. The Stephenville campus is
home to 7,755 this semester. The senior class makes up the largest portion of students with 1,944 on the main campus. For
more information, click on the "Texan Facts" link at http://www.tarleton.edu/~opeir/.
Blackboard failure leaves
students in the dark
By MARCY WATERS
As most students were
trying to enjoy a last day with
their families during Family
Weekend, others were try-
ing to find a way to turn in
assignments and take tests
on the Blackboard network.
Many found they could not
access the Blackboard net-
work from the Tarleton home
On Sunday, students who
were using computers out-
side of the Tarleton network
were unable to access any
Tarleton Web sites. Downed
sites included Blackboard as
well as Duck Trax. Some stu-
dents were able to use short-
cuts, such as direct Web site
bookmarks, or by entering the
URL of the desired site. Many
students were left with no
way to access the network.
Some students tried call-
ing the IT Department only
to find that Tarleton network
personnel do not work on
the weekends. This left stu-
dents searching anywhere
they could for help and some
of them turned to the Dick
Smith Library staff.
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Gaither wins at banquet
By KELSEY FITZGIBBON
On Thursday, Sept. 18, Tarleton staff members gathered
in the Thompson Student Center Ballrooms to celebrate
the Staff Employee of the Year Banquet. The Oscar-themed
award ceremony honored the university's most outstand-
ing staff members of the 2007-2008 academic year, came to a
close as the award was presented to Registered Nurse Nancy
Candidates for Employee of the Year included all 12 Em-
ployee of the Month recipients from the last academic year,
from September of 2007 to August of 2008. The honorees re-
spectively included Administrative Supervisor Fran Teten;
Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing Supervisor Tom Rob-
inson; Manager Jamie Trusner; Program Specialist Angie
Nimmo; Head of Cataloging Glenda Stone; Systems Librar-
ian Tracy Holtman; Accounts Receivable Barbara McCoy;
Carol Naegele; Buyer Lisa Stroebel; Lead Electrician James
Wilson Jr.; Acquisitions Specialist Kay Wiley and Gaither.
Guests at the banquet entered down a Hollywood-style
red carpet before the ceremony began. Mark Holtorf and the
Tarleton Improve Group entertained guests, incorporating
volunteers into their act and asking for suggestions from the
audience. As guests dined, a slide show played, showing
See AWARD, Page 8
WORK 2 DAYS
TEXAS NATIONAL GUARDS?
By ASHLEY FUQUAY
At the Student Government Association Senate meeting
on Monday many decisions were made. Resolution 01-08F
was passed by the Senate and changes to the election codes
and the Yell Contest rules were approved.
Student Government Association Resolution 01-08F
states that the crosswalks around the campus should be re-
painted white and in the "zebra" style, rumble strips should
be replaced and that every crosswalk should have a sign pri-
or to the crosswalk to warn traffic of pedestrians. According
to information provided to members of the SGA, none of the
crosswalks around campus are up to the code with the Texas
Department of Transportation. This resolution was passed
unanimously by the Senate.
The 2008 Yell Contest Rules have been approved by the
While participating, no group or individual shall use
any outside sources of amplification such as music, mega-
phone, P.A. system, musical instruments or anything else
that is not part of the human body to produce sound.
Props are not allowed.
The maximum time limit for each team's yell is five min-
utes. Time will begin when the first member steps onto the
taped area and will not stop until every member is off of
the taped area. Those who exceed the allotted time shall be
TSU Spirit Organizations can participate, but are not eli-
gible to win.
The winner of the large division (20 or more people) will
be the second participants to beat the drum, immediately
following the Plowboys. Small division (20 or less) winners
will beat the drum following the large division winners.
One representative of all participating organizations
must sign in 45 minutes prior to the starting of yell Contest.
Failure to do so will result in not participating.
Order of performance will be drawn after sign-in. Orga-
nizations must be ready to perform at the designated time
assigned to them.
All participants must be currently enrolled TSU stu-
After tabling the election codes for a week after a much-
heated debate. The discussions of the amendments to the
election codes were re-opened. What caused the most dis-
agreement was raising the GPA requirements of the Vice
President and President of SGA to a 3.0 and the Homecom-
ing Queen and Mr. and Mrs. TSU to a 2.5. After much de-
bate, the Senate decided not to raise the GPA requirements
of any of these positions.
"I just don't think that Tarleton is ready for the President
and the Vice President to have to have a 2.75 much less a
3.0," said senior Senator Michael Butler.
The same was decided about the other positions debat-
"Let them have Mr. TSU if they deserve it," said Senior
Senator Chad Hays when discussing the GPA requirements
for Mr. and Ms. TSU and the Homecoming Queen
Senator Spenser Adams agreed.
"It's a title and not a position of power, so GPA shouldn't
be an issue," he said.
The Senate is in disagreement with the House on this
issue, so the election code will be sent to committee to settle
on a compromise between the two bodies.
For more information or to voice concerns about the
campus, visit www.tarlcton.edu/~sga.
In the Student Govern-
ment Association House of
Representatives meeting on
Wednesday, the council ap-
proved a resolution to im-
prove crosswalks associated
with the campus and a fund-
ing request presented by the
Student Nurses' Association.
SGA Resolution 01-08F
proposed a renovation of
every crosswalk that runs
through campus. The resolu-
tion states that the majority
of crossings associated with
campus are missing paint,
rumble strips and warning
signs, putting them in viola-
tion of the Texas Department
of Transportation and the
Transportation Code of Texas.
The resolution suggests re-
painting each crosswalk white
in the "zebra" style cross-
ing, placing new pedestrian
signs near the crossings to
give drivers advanced warn-
ing and replacing damaged
rumble strips, which are the
white, risen buttons that run
along the crossing. The cross-
walks are the property of the
City of Stephenville, therefore
the resolution recommends a
collaborative effort between
the university and city. The
resolution, which passed in
the Senate on Monday, was
passed by the House as writ-
ten and will be sent to admin-
istration for further approval.
The House is given a
$10,000 budget each aca-
demic year to fund university
events. This budget is split
between the fall and spring
semesters. Recognized uni-
versity organizations are al-
lowed to request funding for
half of the cost of an event, up
Melissa Limmer re-
quested the maximum fund-
ing of $650 on behalf of SNA
to finance the SNA Annual
Council of Schools. This is a
weekend-long seminar held
from Sept. 26 to Sept. 28 at
the Omni Hotel in San An-
tonio. SNA. is sending eight
members to the conference to
give the students knowledge
of the nursing profession. The
council approved the request
for the full amount.
The SGA House meets
weekly at 5:15 p.m. in Room
102 of the science building.
7/17/13 10:33 AM
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Hensely, Joanna. The J-TAC (Stephenville, Tex.), Vol. 180, No. 4, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 25, 2008, newspaper, September 25, 2008; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth476388/m1/2/: accessed May 27, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Tarleton State University.