The J-TAC (Stephenville, Tex.), Vol. 178, No. 15, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 17, 2008 Page: 1 of 10
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January 1 7, 2008 :
TARLETON STATE UNIVERSITY, STEPHENVILLE
Vol. 178, No. 15
Debut of the C3
Students get their chance at re-
wards and success Page 6
Making a cache
GPS helps locals find hidden
treasure and adventure Page 4
Sophomore killed in one-car accident
By CHAI READ-WALSH
Tarleton State Universi-
ty sophomore John Smith, a
20-year-old agricultural ser-
vices and development ma-
jor from Dublin, was killed
in a car accident on Dec. 11
near the intersection of State
Highway 108 and EM 3025.
Smith was "going to get
milk from a dairy to feed
two calves/' said Eva King,
He fed the calves at a
friend's house as a part-time
His memorial service was
on Dec. 14 and more than
300 people attended the ser-
vice including Tarleton Ro-
deo Coach Bob Doty.
"He was a fine young
man. It was a real loss to the
community," Doty said.
Doty said he met Smith
when he purchased some
calves from him.
"He had a lot of energy.
It was a bad deal," he said.
Smith aspired to go to
New Mexico or Colorado to
work on a dairy farm after
he received his undergradu-
ate degree. He wanted to
finish his master's degree at
Tarleton. Smith's hobbies in-
cluded hunting and fishing,
He is survived by his
Courtesy: Eva King
mother Eva King, his fa-
ther Johnny Smith, his two
brothers Zane and Kolton
Smith, his stepbrother Jack
Keeter, and his two stepsis-
See SMITH, Page 2
Out with the old,
swearing in the new
Courtesy: Jim Looby
New police chief Justin Williams is sworn in by Vice President of Finance and
Administration Jerry Graham on Dec. 10 in Wisdom Gym.
Child psychologist possibly linked
to explicit Internet materials
Psychology -professor's tenure terminated under
investigation of downloaded child pornography
By MARCY WATERS
On Dec. 13, 2007 as students
and faculty prepared for finals
and made plans for their Christ-
mas break, interim provost and
vice president of academic affairs
Bradley Chilton was drafting a
letter addressed to professor of
child psychology Dr. Thomas
Dougherty, notifying him of his
"Under System Policy 12.01,
Section 4.3, your use of system
property for illegal activity to
intentionally access, create,
store or transmit obscene mate-
rials, as defined in Texas Penal
Code Section 43.21, is prohibit-
ed by System Policy 33.04. Your
recent conduct has exhibited
moral turpitude adversely affect-
ing the performance of duties
and the meeting of responsibili-
ties to Tarleton State University
See DOUGHERTY, Page 5
Assistant Director or Study
Abroad broadens horizons
■ Marilyn Robitaille named new Director
Oj International Academic Programs
By ASHLEY FUQUAY
Dr. Marilyn Robitaille, an
English professor and Assistant
Director of the Study Abroad
Program at Tarleton is now the
new Director of International
"I applied for it and there
were a number of applicants
and so I was happy," said Ro-
bitaille after receiving the position.
The Study Abroad Program is part of
the International Academic Program that
helps send Tarleton students to other coun-
tries to study cultural and social aspects of
that country, and also helps international
students at Tarleton by aiding them in get-
ting visas, making travel arrangements, and
Study Abroad helps students decide what
programs to take and how to go through the
application process. Students can go on fac-
ulty lead trips or go it alone either by trans-
ferring credits or through student exchange
agreements. Last year the Study Abroad
program gave away over $80,000 in scholar-
ships for students to attend classes in foreign
"We facilitate faculty to create and de-
sign programs for students so they can offer
a class in another country. Those
are all run during the main se-
mesters and during the summer.
My office helps coordinate all the
million details that have to be tak-
en care of to make that happen,"
While attending Tarleton,
Robitaille and other students were
encouraged to expand their life
experiences by studying abroad.
"I had a French professor
when I was an undergraduate here at Tar-
leton and he made a big point of encouraging
our class to do study abroad at some point.
This was a long time ago and Tarleton didn't
have a Study Abroad program at the time,
but he really encouraged us to get out and
see the world," she said.
This encouraged Robitaille to attend a lit-
erature class in England while attending col-
lege. After she returned, Robitaille received
her bachelors from Tarleton, then earned her
master's degree from Middlebury College in
Vermont. She then worked towards receiv-
ing her doctorate from Texas Woman's Uni-
versity and she has been teaching English
The study abroad office is located in the
Tarleton Center in Room 121. For more in-
formation about the Study Abroad Program
What do you think about the UFO situation?
" ■ j
"I don't think much of it.
I don't believe in UFOs or
anything. They could've
been under the influence
Exercise and sports
"I kind of think it's an-
other area 51. I don't
think it's real but then
again it could be."
Agricultural services and
"I don't believe it's real.
I think people are try-
ing to get attention. The
people who are talking
are saying things that
are out of this world."
"It's cool. I think it's
true. Maybe it was a
secret mission and they
Unidentified flying objects
were reported by several
Erath County residents
earlier this month. The
story was originally re-
ported by the Stephenville
Empire-Tribune, The story
was then picked up by the
Associated Press and nu-
merous international me-
All photos by Katy Thompson
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Hensely, Joanna. The J-TAC (Stephenville, Tex.), Vol. 178, No. 15, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 17, 2008, newspaper, January 17, 2008; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth476543/m1/1/: accessed June 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Tarleton State University.