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UP sports writer Michael
Thibodeaux profiles a track family.
UP staff writer Nedone Brantley
profiles Lamar musician Lee Ann
Quote of the day
“Everybody gets so much informa-
tion all day long that they lose their
'fhday, April 7,1995
Lamar University Beaumont, Texas
Declining enrollment cited in housing budget deficit
TJP staff writer
u An overall decline in enrollment is
thought to be one cause for the over
:$1.2 million deficit currently accounted
ifor in the housing department, accord-
ing to Bruce Stracener, assistant vice
£? The housing budget is part of the
.auxiliary fund which receives no state
v .funding or tax dollars. The account has
ieen an increase in it’s debt by
$1,022,580 since 1990.
The department is fee driven, based
entirely on students living in campus
“That’s how the dollars are generat-
ed. The housing deficit began in fiscal
year 1988 in direct correlation to the
drop in enrollment. Approximately 80
to 82 percent of the students at Lamar
University are from the Jefferson,
Hardin and Orange counties therefore,
live at home,” Stracener said.
He said a yearly bond payment also
financially hurts the department.
“Every year, we have a bond pay-
ment from the building of all
the resident halls. Each year,
before we do anything, this
has to be paid right off the
top,” Stracener said.
In fiscal year 1995, the
payment was $536,000. In
1999, this figure will have
dropped to $218,000.
“This year when it’s $536,000, it
takes 312 students per semester to pay
off the bond,” Stracener said.
Revenue for the department comes
from the $857 per semester room rate
that students are required to
pay for living in residence
halls. From that revenue,
the department must pay
the bond payment, utili-
ties, maintenance and
Revenue from the
board payments goes towards
operating the dining hall.
Stracener said that a large percentage
of students that live outside of the
Hardin, Jefferson and Orange county
area that attend Lamar live on campus.
race against the sun
UP staff writer
Photo courtesy of Darren Habetz
Mechanical engineering students will participate in a race involving solar-powered cars. The students will
have to compete in a qualifying race June 16-18. Organizers said that they need about $20,000 to finish fund-
Ifc, ing the project.
Most people have proba-
bly heard of racing with the
sun, but have your heard of
racing by the sun? Sunrayce
’95 contestants will do just
that. Students will drive
cross-country in June.
A group of Lamar
dents have made plans to
suit up for this race. The
qualifying race dates are
June 16 through June 18. The
actual race will begin on
June 20 in Indianapolis, Ind.,
and finish in Golden, Colo.
Lamar will compete with 64
other schools to qualify for a
“We don’t want to just get
there or just compete, we
want to win it,” Darren
Habetz, associate professor
of mechanical engineering,
Habetz is excited about
the 21-day trip to Sunrayce
The cars will race during
daylight hours in order to
comply with the rules.
Sunlight or solar radiation
are the only external sources
allowed for propulsion.
engineers have been afford-
ed the opportunity to work
with other disciplines and
have had to work hard on
this project,” Habetz said.
Students have given up
Christmas and spring breaks
in order to work on the car.
Team project manager,
Rusty McEacham, said over-
seeing the project was great,
but he was really excited
about the material they have
See SUNRAYCE, page 2
Only 12.5 percent of the total number of
full-time students choose to live on cam-
In the fall of 1983, housing boasted
1,957 students filling the dormitories.
In the fall of 1994, 617 students lived
on campus, which was an increase from
the previous semesters.
He said an increase in enrollment
from outside the Golden Triangle and in
1999 the bond payment decreasing by
$317,771 will help the housing program
eventually come out of the deficit.
See BUDGET, page 6
AUSTIN — Lt. Governor
Bob Bullock announced
Monday that a proposed consti-
tutional amendment will allow
legislators to submit bills to vot-
ers and let the voters decide
whether they become law.
The proposal has been devel-
oped by Senator David Cain of
Dallas, Senator Jane Nelson of
Flower Mound and Lt.
Governor Bob Bullock and
would give Texans a greater
voice in their government.
Currently Texas voters are
limited to having input on con-
stitutional amendments. This
proposal would allow the
Legislature to submit any bill to
voters and voters decide
whether they want it to become
See BULLOCK, page 2
arth Day Enviro Fair
Scheduled for April 21,22
Earth Day '95
Social work department gives helping
hand, positive influence during hard times
(JP staff writer
c* The community-wide obser-
vance of the 25th anniversary of
parth Day, April 22, is receiving a
lot of cooperation from city gov-
*'rnment, regulatory agencies,
♦ocal industries, Gulf Coast
. i Center and the South East Texas
11 Regional Planning Commission.
* The event is to be held at the
Emphasis of the event will be
to demonstrate that working
together as individuals, business,
and industries can result in a clean
All participating industries will
have the opportunity to inform
individuals about positive actions
i/aken to improve the environ-
1 The use of posters, photos, and
charts to tell the community about
environmental efforts in pollution,
prevention, air quality, air emis-
sion, cleanup of ponds, pits, and
4agoons, solid waste cleanup, treat-
ment, storage and disposal of haz-
ardous waste will be on display.
Businesses can make use of this
fevent as a forum to make the
community aware of positive steps
*| .taken to improve the environ-
The Earth Day festival will be a
UP feature writer
A 25th Atmiveriary Celebration of
Partnership* for Environmental Progress
two day event. Beginning on April
21, at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on
April 22, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Held in conjunction with Earth
day is Enviro Fair. Enviro Fair is
individual projects dealing with
environmentally related issues.
Projects will be judged similarly to
that used in school or district fairs.
There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd
place prizes for the best projects.
Grade school students will have
the opportunity to enter an alu-
minum can collection contest as
well as poster contest.
Activities include musical
entertainment, creating art from
recycled materials and continuous
environmental video presenta-
tions. If you have any questions
regarding the Earth day or Enviro
Fair, call Peggy Hubert at 880-
The social work department
lends Lamar a helping hand in
adding a positive influence dur-
ing troubled times by offering a
strong program with dedicated staff and students.
Over the years, the social work department has
evolved from being a minor in sociology in 1969, to
becoming a bachelor degree in 1977, to being
accredited from the National Council of Social
Work in 1980.
According to Betty LeMaster, president of the
Social Work Student Association (SWSA), stu-
dents who go through this department have a bet-
Social Work Student Association
See SWSA, page 2
Grammy winning singer Selena murdered
UP staff writer
Grammy winning Mexican-
American singer, Selena
Quintanilla Perez, was murdered
in Corpus Christi last Friday. The
23-year-old was shot to death in
a hotel room
club and man-
Selena sustained two gun shot
wounds — one to her shoulder
and one to her lower back. She
was pronounced dead shortly
after 1 p.m. at Memorial Medical
Saldivar then locked herself in
her pick-up with a .38-caliber
revolver to her own head. After
a nine hour stand-off with police,
she was arrested.
Her father, Abraham
Quintanilla said he suspected
Saldivar of embezzling money
from the boutique.
“That’s the problem with
yoi^ng people. They trust too
ter chance at passing their state
One Family boards, which have a high failure
rate, because it is an accredited
“People in accredited pro-
grams have better odds,”
According to LeMaster, for such a large depart-
ment, there are only four faculty on staff. There are
two full-time faculty members, Stephen Saur and
Vernice Monroe, and two part-time, Deborah
Tomplait and Debra Levi.
“We are very proud of our instructors. They do a
tremendous job,” LeMaster said.
The SWSA, which was organized in 1978, is one
much,” Selena’s father and man-
ager, said. “They just think that
there’s no bad people out there
who can hurt them.”
Selena was known as “la
princessa de la musica Tejana”
(the princess of Tejano music —
a modern urban version of the
Tex-Mex, accordion-based music
Selena’s fans described her as
“another Elvis Presley.” She was
recording her newest album in
English. She wanted to expand
her music into the mainstream of
American music. However, she
See SELENA, page 2
UP staff writer
Last Thursday, five Lamar
students were inducted into
the Epsilon Iota Chapter of
the National French Honor
Society, Pi Delta Phi. This is
an honorary fraternity of
those who are friends of the
French language and culture.
In order to be accepted
into the honor society, one
must have completed at least
one advanced course (300 or
400 level) in French. In addi-
tion to this, one must also
have a high grade point aver-
age in French as well as a rela-
tively high, overall GPA.
LeRoy Ellis of the French
department, who is a member
of Pi Delta Phi, was the spon-
sor of the evening. Ghada
Moujaes, the emcee, is the
president of the Epsilon Iota
Chapter. Moujaes was a
Lamar student who finished
her degree in French last year.
Moujaes, Cindy Merrill, a
French major student and
Charles Pentecost, who
See FRENCH, page 2
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