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NOV 2 0
The following students were
selected to attend Leadership Lamar
Tina Sue Allen, Byron Amerson,
Renee Antoine, David Atkins,
Dorothy Bodden Bailey, Chuck Ball,
Mark Bankston, Christopher Barclay,
Rickey Beaver, Rome Bloomfield,
Gusta Booker III, Eric Boutte, Kim
Boyd, Shannon Breaux, Chandra
Denise Britton, Greg Brown,
Heather Clark, Randy Cox, Holly
Crawford, Daucy Crizer, Chris Cupit,
Deanna Annette Denton, Huong
Thu Diep, Cristal Dorman and Jody
Nicole Renee Felsher, Roy-
Winston Frederick, Carlos Garcia,
Nicey Gibson, Shannon Gibson,
Dewanah Gilford, Jimmy Gilliam,
Thomas Glenrl, Patricia Greenwood,
Robbie Gussman, Paula Hebert,
Jennifer Heisler, Laura Rachelie
Hughes, Shelly Jackson, Cherlyn
James, Schynthia Johnson, Narayan
Joshi, Diana Lane, Heather Lane,
Todd Langston, Lana Laureen
Leake, Andrew LeBlanc, Joy
*By Michael Wright
*UP staff writer
State funds used in the operations
^of two of thc-threc endowed chairs at
^Lamar-Beaumont exceed by several
times the amount of private money
•given to their operations.
^ The Gill Chair in chemistry and
the Conn Chair in education are both
•secured with life insurance policies
£hat will pay $1 million on the death
of their benefactors.
* An endowed chair is established
iwhen a private donor gives a lump
sum to be held in a trust. The uni-
versity uses the interest generated
oby the principle to fund a professor-
ship. This interest usually pays the
salary of the professor filling the
*chair, as well as the operating
However, this is not the case at
•Lamar, where private funds come
through annual donations.
The majority of the funds for the
•Gill Chair and the Conn Chair are
provided from the fee monies gener-
ated by non-credit classes given off
In fiscal year 1992, the total
expenditures of the Conn Chair were
$132,826, of which C.W. Conn pro-
vided $25,000. This means that
$107,826 came from the continuing
A; In the same year, the Gill Chair’s
jotal budgeted expenses were
$171,205.52. Jack Gill donated
$20,000, meaning Lamar-Beaumont
had to pay $151,205.52 from its con-
tinuing education funds.
In fiscal year 1991, the Conn
Chair’s budgeted expenses were
$199,397.28. Conn again donated
$25,000 to the chair’s expenses, leav-
ing $174,397.28 to be paid out of
continuing education funds.
The Gill Chair's budget for 1991
was $192,524.82, $20,000 of which
was donated by Gill. Lamar-
Beaumont had to put $172,524.82
into the operations of the chair.
W. Brock Brentlinger, interim
president of Lamar-Beaumont, said
that putting the chairs in operation
before the endowments were com-
plete was an aggressive strategy.
“Other campuses may be more
conservative,” Brentlinger said,
adding that this practice might be
“We made a judgement call to
begin operation of the chairs before
they were fully endowed.”
“We felt the work being done in
these areas was of sufficient impor-
tance to put some of the continuing
education funds into the chairs.
These funds are designed to be used
for academic activities.”
Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston
State and Southwest Tfexas universi-
ties all have endowed chairs operat-
Sm CHAIRS, page 6
leads to closing
pf Parking Office
Dolph Norton, interim chancellor
of the Lamar University system, who
dined with Higgins and his wife
Wednesday evening at a local restau-
rant, released a statement Thursday
“We are, of course, shocked and
deeply saddened,” Norton said. “We
pray for his full recovery. Certainly
our prayers are with Lee (his wife)
and all of Wayne’s family.”
Higgins, 48, came to Lamar in
March 1991 from Old Dominion
University in Norfolk, Va., where he
served as vice president for opera-
tions and finance for seven years and
then as vice president for administra-
tive services from 1985 to 1991.
Higgins’ professional service
includes one term as chairman of
Virginia’s Council of State Senior
Business Officers and 16 years on the
financial advisory committee to the
State Council of Higher Education
He received a bachelor of science
in business administration in 1967
and a master of business administra-
tion in 1969 from Old Dominion.
By Kenneth Vincent
UP staff writer
Rats have infested the walls and
ceilings of the Parking Office on
feavaca, which has resulted in the
temporary closing of the building
and relocation of personnel to the
Lamar Police Station.
! New insulation and rat traps will
be put in the walls and ceiling of the
building. In addition, the old ceiling
will be replaced.
Kathryn Cherry, supervisor of the
parking office, says the building’s
use as a filling station in the past and
-its deterioration led to the problem.
She said the building is old and easi-
ly accessed by rats and the blown-in
insulation makes warm nesting
rhaterial for the rodents.
The office closed its doors
Wednesday. The renovations will
probably not be completed until
HPL 1 * a AP laMrphato
1 he eyes have it
A worker in Albany, N.Y., uses an airbrush to put the finishing touches
on a billboard overlooking the busy downtown area.
«.By Mark Bankston &
E. Wayne Higgins, vice president
for finance and operations, is in criti-
cal condition at St Elizabeth’s hospi-
,tal after suffering a bullet wound to
_thc right side of the head around
i d n i g h t
» The call for an
tin at 12:06 a.m.
' Department said.
- director of public Wayne Higgins
information for the Beaumont cam-
*pus, said that Higgins was at home at
-the time of the incident.
The police spokesperson said that
4he department did not suspect foul
play. However, they would not com-
ririent on whether the wound was
By Stephan Malick
UP news editor
The Lamar University Political
Science Forum met Nov. 17 to dis-
cuss “Students’ Perspectives and the
Problems at Lamar.” The issues cov-
ered concerned the computer use
fee, the situation of the Gray Library
and that of the athletic department.
Russell Rach, Political Science
Forum president, said the goal of the
evening’s discussion was to find con-
structive alternatives and solutions
to some of the problems facing
Rach began the discussion by
talking about the availability of ter-
minals for academic computing and
the level of operation of the equip-
ment. Rach said the computer sci-
ence department operates the labs
on a budget of approximately
$700,000 a year and, after other
expenses, has only about $38,000 to
maintain the labs.
Bruce Drury, professor of political
science, said that the fees are being
used in part to buy a mainframe
computer for the administrative
Rach raised the question of
whether the system should be
changed and a central computing
center be created and operated on an
18- or 24-hour basis.
Drury said this idea is feasible,
but a building or large room to house
such a center does not exist and
would have to be constructed. One
person in attendance suggested that
the Cardinal Club or the John Gray
Institute could be used as the facili-
“An ideal facility would be large
enough to hold about 80 PCs and be
operated by two to three students,
graduate students, preferably,”
Drury said. “The areas would have
to somewhat segregated by comput-
ers according to those used for word
processing and those used for num-
“Students would definitely use
such a center, especially if it was
open all hours of the night,” Lamar
alumnus David LeBlanc Jr. said.
“Such an area would be easier to
secure and be more available to
Sm FORUM, page 6
Students attending 1992 Leadership Lamar conference
LeBlanc, Karen Lemons, Dametra
Lewis and Brie Libersat.
Corey Louviere, Katie Lusignan,
Stephan Malick, Matt Marchak,
Greta Mary Matson, Stephanie Gail
McClenon, Tres Moreno, Amanda
Moss, Melissa Tess Myers, Shannon
Myers, Earnest Navy, Rogena Nealy,
Jim Nelson, Kelli O’Neal, Gopal
Parakulam, David Parker, Pamela
Patterson, Rogeana Patterson,
Andrea Payne, Mark Penny, Jeff
Prince, Patrice Pugh, Russell Rach,
Thomas Riley Jr. and Joey Rinando.
James Roberson III, Holli
Sanderson, Aaron Scott, Annmarie
Schofner, Suzy Simon, Mary Anne
Skeels, Angela Smith, Kris Sullivan,
Marae Tiylor, Minh Van Tran, Mike
Van Chau, Virginia Ann Velasco,
Chelecia Walker, Kim Walton, Kedric
Westbrooks, Melissa Whitehead, Rob
Whitmarsh, Carter Williams Jr.,
Helen Williams and Reah Lea
The steering committee is made
CONFERENCE, page 6
ACM expects 35 teams
for programming contest
The eighth annual Lamar
University High School
Programming Contest is set for
Saturday in the Maes Building.
The contest is sponsored by the
Association for Computing
Machinery and Upsilon Pi Epsilon,
the computer science honor society.
ACM expects approximately 35
teams to compete. Teams consist of
three members each and will be
allowed to use GW BASIC, TUrbo
Pascal, TUrbo C, Apple BASIC or
Apple Pascal programming lan-
guages. There are two divisions of
the contest this year.
Trophies will be given to the top
three teams. A $200 Lamar comput-
er science scholarship will be award-
ed to each member of the first place
team in Division I.
The doors of the Maes Building
will open at 8 a.m., at which time
students will be allowed to set up
their equipment. The contest will
run from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., with the
awards ceremony at 6 p.m.
The two divisions are Division I
for experienced students with aca-
demic experience in computer sci-
ence and Division II for students
who have not taken a computer
class. All students may compete in
Division I if they desire.
A crane gently lifts a 65-foot Norway Spruce into its place of honor at New York’s
Rockefeller Center Nov. 12. When the tree is finally decorated and its Christmas
lights turned on in two weeks it will become a traditional Christmas focal point
for tourists and New Yorkers alike. In the foreground is the Rockefeller Center
skating rink with its statue of Prometheus and Channel Gardens.
A tree grows in Gotham
Lamar-Beaumont is asking for
$358,000 in transitional monies
from the State in the legislative
appropriations request for fiscal
years 1994 and 1995 each. In addi-
tion, LU-Orangc is requesting
$119,000 and LU-Port Arthur
requesting $93,000 for both years.
Also, Dr. Alan Coleman is
member of the board of the L
Alumni Association, not preside!
of the association.
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!Vice president shot in head,
Remains in critical condition
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