The J-TAC (Stephenville, Tex.), Vol. 181, No. 2, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 29, 2009 Page: 1 of 10
The following text was automatically extracted from the image on this page using optical character recognition software:
Visit us online at
News - 2
Features - 4
Entertainment - 5 Campus Life - 6
Sports - 10
TARLETON STATE UNIVERSITY
Volume 181, No. 2
Rec gets props
he Recreational Sports Center
receives national award Page 4
Making a prom princess
Texann Lonestars make dreams
come true Page 5
What's ins de
■ A review of The Red Jumpsuit
Apparatus'" Lonely RoacTPg. 5
■ Duo of Texans win fishing tour-
■ ART "task force" new addition
toTarleton Pg. 2
JANUARY 29, 2009
■ w ' ■ : ■>; - jr jr
v *,• -W
Hearing allows students to input on upcoming ee changes
By KATY THOMPSON
It Is not often that students
get direct voice to the admin-
istration regarding how the
money that they pay Tarleton
via tuition is spent. It happens
about once a year in the spring
when the President addresses
all interested parties during the
Student Fee Hearing. At the
hearing the President and other
members of the administration
presented to the student body
proposed changes in student
fees and provided rationale.
According to Vice Presi-
dent of Student Tife Dr. Wanda
Mercer "...students care a lot
about their money, but are also
realistic-and perhaps fatalis-
tic about cost-they recognize
that the cost of doing business
is getting greater when they
buy gas, and have no reason
to believe that school is any
different." With little or no in-
crease in the amount of money
that Tarleton receives from the
Texas legislature and costs of
resources rising, Tarleton must
ask for fees in order to keep up
with the economic burden of
remaining a competitive learn-
Tarleton has the ability to
petition the A&M Board of Re-
gents to change the Designated
Tuition rate per course hour.
This number is represented as
a range so that the Board of Re-
gents can choose to adjust the
rate as funding from A&M and
any state grants changes the
"If the amount from the
State or system goes up, the
amount we will need to in-
crease goes down" noted Mer-
cer. The current rate charged
is $88.50 per course hour, the
See HEARING, Page 8
Katy Thompson/The J-TAC
University President F. Dominic Dottavio
addresses those in attendence at the Stu-
dent Fee Haering on Wednesday Jan. 28.
Seth Griffin/The J-TAC
guide to Super
By KELSEY FITZGIBBON
Hey Super Bowl fans! Put this ar-
ticle down. It is not for you. This ar-
ticle applies to those who do not find
interest in the run ten yards, get tack-
led, reset, and fall down again sce-
nario. Although the Super Bowl does
tend to dominate the media industry
during the final weeks of the football
season, for those who cannot seem to
fake an interest in the sport there are
a few alternatives.
What better time to paint the town
red then when the town is huddled
around sports bars and crowded liv-
ing rooms? Might we suggest a girls
or guys night with the buddies to
catch the latest flick, such as "Taken"
or "The Uninvited?" After the movie,
get some grub at your favorite restau-
rant, while avoiding sports bars and
If catching a movie does not
sound of interest to you, take a group
of buddies out bowling or even to the
Fort Worth Stockyards that day. For
all of you ladies (or guys) in need of a
little pampering, we suggest a night
of glam that includes a facial, mani-
cure and pedicure, new hairstyle or
even a massage.
If you are not looking to spend
your hard earned cash this weekend,
use your free time to break in that
gym membership or cruise the park
with friends and a camera. It is a lot
more fun than it sounds!
For those already obligated to
attend a Super Bowl party, why not
crash several? Make a game out of
hitting up each of your friends, or
friends of friends football bashes. Eat
See SUPER BOWL, Page 4
The current Des-
Rate per course
hour is $88.50
per course. The
crease would be
to a maximum
of $101.50 per
According to Dr.
Vice President of
Student Life, "the
$13 increase will
allow us to keep
things where they
Katy Thompson/The J-TAC
Walking in a winter wonderland
T'" I r T
L-1 _ _h r -ih > id* f* fci ni V
Ashley Cambanis/The J-TAC
Campus closed down at 2:30
p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27 due to
inclement weather. Ice covered
roads, windshields and lawns.
The high for the day never
reached above freezing and even
traces of snow fell for a while.
Students, faculty and staff were
left to do whatever they pleased
with the afternoon off. Tempera-
tures in the area are supposed to
warm up by the weekend.
Ashley Cambanis/The J-TAC
As alcohol makes its
way to Erath county
its full impact is yet
to be seen
By MAELYN MOCNIAK
Almost everyone in Stephenville
or in Erath County should already
know that the county is wet. Since vot-
ing is, of course, private, the only way
to know if people were for or against
the sale of alcohol within county lines
is if they themselves talked or cam-
paigned about it. Vice President for
Student Life, Wanda Mercer spoke of
her opinion on alcohol being sold in
Although Mercer did not state a
specific view of being for or against
the selling of beer and wine she did
comment on the fact that it was up to
the voters and the majority won.
"The voters have spoken," Mercer
said. "It matters less what I think...
It was their option, they voted and
that's wTiat is going to take place."
Since the vote, people have been
keeping an eye out for when stores
will be selling beer and wine. There
are preliminary steps to go through
before it actually happens but now
that school is back in, beer and wine
is seen at some places already.
"I'm not surprised that the con-
venience stores, H.E.B. and W7al-Mart
are going to include beer and wine
into their sales," Mercer said.
Mercer included that she believes
these sales will help the tax revenue
for Erath County because we will be
the ones collecting it.
There is also a concern that has
come up from alcohol now being sold
in Stephenville. Will this create a big-
ger problem for student drinking?
"It think students who wanted to
drink in the past, will drink and stu-
dents who haven't wanted to drink,
won't," Mercer said.
Mercer does not believe that there
will be any extra problems but said
she said that it was not an absolute
The only thing to do is wait and
see if alcohol being sold in the county
will either cause more drinking or
influence more underage drinking.
Since alcohol is now sold in some
stores, there is more contact with it.
"Access [of alcohol ] will clearly be
greater," Mercer said.
7/10/13 2:54 PM
Here’s what’s next.
This issue can be searched. Note: Results may vary based on the legibility of text within the document.
Tools / Downloads
Get a copy of this page or view the extracted text.
Citing and Sharing
Basic information for referencing this web page. We also provide extended guidance on usage rights, references, copying or embedding.
Reference the current page of this Newspaper.
Cedeno, Michael. The J-TAC (Stephenville, Tex.), Vol. 181, No. 2, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 29, 2009, newspaper, January 29, 2009; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth476617/m1/1/: accessed May 24, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Tarleton State University.