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“You must do the thing you think
you cannot do.”
The Symphony of Southeast Texas previews its
Toughman competition returns to the
Beaumont Civic Center.
Wednesday, September 11,1996 Serving Lamar University and the community for 73 years • Vol. 73, No., 3
Student Support Services might help you stay in college
UP staff writer
« Student Support Services is a
federally-funded university de-
partment at Lamar University
*which provides free academic sup-
port to students.
Support services are designed
to create a friendly and helpful
environment and to help students
remain in school until graduation.
Tutorials are provided by sup-
port services. Loyce Sinegal,
director of Student Support
Services, encourages all eligible
students to take advantage of free
“We believe every student that
comes to Lamar has the opportu-
nity to succeed,” Sinegal said. “If
we can help in any way, come to
us. We care about each student’s
Tutoring is scheduled to
accommodate the tutor’s as well
as the student’s class and work
schedules. It is held Monday
through Friday, beginning at 8
a.m., in 111 Education Building
and in the ROTC Building and
after regular school hours in Gray
Library. Tutors are also available
on weekends as long as there is a
need and tutors are available,
Students can be tutored in
math, English, science and study
skills, and there are also self-
esteem workshops. Eligible stu-
dents must have an academic
need. This means that grades
must reflect that there is a weak-
ness in at least one of the offered
subjects. The individual must be a
citizen of the United States or
meet residency requirements for
federal student financial assis-
tance, presently enrolled or
accepted for enrollment, be con-
sidered low income by a federal
funding income scale, be a first
generation college student or
have disabilities. The applying
student must also possess a poten-
tial to graduate with a bachelor’s
degree. The program can serve
260 students a year.
Thirty-five tutors are hired
every year. Those applying to
tutor must have a 2.8 GPA or bet-
ter and an A or B in the subject
for which they are applying.
Applicants must also have a rec-
ommendation from their depart-
ment head, dean or a faculty
Sinegal says the objective of
Student Support Services is to
assist students in developing skills
See TUTORIAL, page 2
•Talina Grimes, above, holds on tight
while testing the group’s artificial gravity
• Team leader Mark Adams, right, looks
less than down-to-earth.
• Members of the G-team, below, are, left
to right, Karen Woods, Mark Adams,
Talina Grimes, and LU professor Jim
Text by Todd Sonnier
Layout by Liv Lindberg
NASA helps winning
LU proposal take off
yg group of Lamar students recently
/1 had the chance to experience what
/ I few ever do — weightlessness.
-at JL Lamar geology professor Jim Jordan
and students Mark Adams, Talina
Grimes and Karen Woods earned the opportuni-
ty after submitting a proposal to the Texas Space
Grant’s Student’s Understanding of Reduced-
Gravity Flight Academy competition.
The Lamar students, along with groups from
Rice University, Texas A&M University and the
University of Houston, won the competition,
which involved experiments proposed by the
teams to be performed in a reduced-gravity envi-
ronment. The winning teams were then able to
execute the experiments on NASA’s KC-135 air-
craft, which simulates the gravitational conditions
experienced in space. The plane, designed pri-
marily to train astronauts, achieves the reduced-
gravity effect by repeatedly ascending and
descending rapidly at 45-degree angles. The air-
craft, known as the “vomit-comet,” was also used
to film scenes in the motion picture “Apollo 13.”
The Lamar team, also known as the G-team,
proposed an experiment in which members
would attempt to simulate earth’s gravitational
pull in the reduced-gravity environment. In order
to do so, they created a device consisting of a spe-
cially designed clear container and a record
turntable, which, when revolved, causes colored
water in the container to form a ring which rep-
resents where gravity exists.
The idea for the experiment was conceived by
team members after studying the effects
microgravity conditions have on the body.
Muscle atrophy and rapid redistribution of body
fluids are just a few of the negative changes that
the human body undergoes during prolonged
exposure to reduced gravity conditions. These
would be serious problems in situations such as a
manned mission to Mars or a long-term space sta-
Jordan said that in a 12-inch cylinder, the
earth’s gravitational pull is created at 78 rpm,
which, by coincidence, is a standard setting on the
turntable. Were that not coincidence enough, the
other settings on the turntable, 45 rpm and 33
rpm, accurately represent the gravitational pulls
of Mars and the moon, respectively.
“We think some cosmic influence might have
been at play there,” Jordan laughs.
In preparation for the flight, the team under-
went a significant number of physical tests and
training. In one particular test, they were flown to
25,000 feet and asked to remove their oxygen
masks. In a decompressed cabin, the body quick-
ly begins to feel the effects of hypoxia, a condi-
tion in which oxygen does not properly reach
“At first, the feeling is almost one of eupho-
ria,” Jordan said, “and it takes a few minutes
before someone has to make you conscious
of the fact that you’re losing it.
Fortunately, we all recognized it fairly
early and never reached that point.”
When time finally came for the
flight, the team stepped on board
the KC-135, experiment in hand.
Jordan described the moment
See NASA, page 2
LU police say
quiet on campus
UP staff writer
The Lamar campus has had its share of disturbances and
crimes this summer, but, according to Dale Fontenot, chief
of the Lamar police, “It’s been a quiet summer. Even in
Beaumont, it’s been quiet.”
On Monday, a witness reported graffiti that had been
painted on the west side of the Tech Arts IV Building'.
According to the police report, the graffiti may be gang-
Oh-Sept. 4, the police were caHed to CardinaFStadiuiirKr r ’
inspect the press box. They discovered that someone had :
entered the press box by breaking the clasp off the south \
entrance door. Five public address speakers were found
hanging by their wires from the ceiling. Three fire extin- i
guishers were dropped to the ground out of a window. Also, ■
several light bulbs had been dropped out of a window.
Earlier in the summer, on July 1, a female custodian at 1
McDonald Gym reported that someone had been posting
nude and obscene pictures of men in the restroom stalls at
On July 16, a strong odor was reported to be coming from
the third floor of Gray Library. Maintenance and the fire
department were called. The third floor was evacuated until
it was checked. The fire department checked the fight fix-
tures and found that the ballast was hotter than usual.
Electricians handled the situation and everything returned
On July 28, six juveniles (two females and four males)—. * *
were found swimming in the pond at the John Gray
Institute. Police had asked the females to leave the area ear-
lier that day. Their ages ranged from 11 to 15.
On Aug. 25, a man fitting the description of a robbery sus-
pect was spotted at a local convenience store. The suspect
had in his possession a wallet containing credit cards, money
and personal items. The girl that the wallet belonged to wag,
notified by the police. The suspect said he found the wallet i
next to a telephone.
On Aug. 26, a student had a CD player, assorted CDs and
an equalizer stolen from his car on campus. The student’s-
window had been broken into two days before and was cov-
ered with plastic and tape at the time of the incident. The
reported value of the stolen items was $459.
On Aug. 29, a resident of Campbell Hall reported that,
she received a phone call from a male who claimed he knew,,
her. The caller correctly addressed her by her first name.
The caller, however, incorrectly referred to her last name. .
The resident hung up. The caller telephoned two additional
times asking her where she lived.
The incident was reported to the resident assistant.
“Everyone is aware of the crime throughout the city,”.
Fontenot said. “Our main problem in past summers was
juveniles, but there are more programs for juveniles now
when they are out of school. That has helped. Also, the word
has gotten out about the bike patrol. That has helped
tremendously since June.”
Phi Kappa Phi inducts 42 juniors and seniors
Forty-two Lamar University
juniors and seniors were inducted
into the National Honor Society
of Phi Kappa Phi at its spring ini-
tiation banquet April 29 in the
eighth floor Reception Center of
Seniors elected to membership
ranked in the upper 10 percent of
the August 1996 graduating class.
Juniors ranked in the top 5 . per-
cent of their graduating class.
Guest speaker at the ceremony
was Diane Wittry, conductor of
the Symphony of Southeast
Initiates, their home towns, and
majors included the following:
Anahuac: Ryan L. Kihn, com-
Beaumont: Jason .R. Ayers,
management information sys-
tems; Mary S. Bock, English;
Kevin J. Choate, electrical engi-
neering; Kimberly Gonzales,
interdisciplinary studies; Erin E.
Henry, interdisciplinary studies;
Earl R. Hudson, English; Zainab
Z. Kayani, biology/pre-med;
Jeremy L. Kethley, psychology;
Katherine E. McGraw, chem-
istry/pre-med; Anastasia K.
Reynard, biology; Nancy G.
Snedden, home economics; and
Donna R. Tanner, home econom-
Bridge City: Karen C. Dorsey-
Louviere, earth science; Randi M.
DuBose, psychology; Heather B.
Jeanise, French; and Charlotte M.
Buna: Leah D. Dowdle, nurs-
Friendswood: Daniel A. Hop-
Groves: Heather S. Ducote,
nursing; Petrina Sigona, dance;
and Donna D. Zollers, nursing.
Lumberton: Shelly D. Polnick,
Nederland: Elizabeth M. Ab-
shire, English; Amanda D. Byrd;
social work; and Alicia T. Kubala,
Orange: Richard A. Ashmore,
geology; Ken K. Hirasaki, elec-
trical engineering/pre-med; Susan
J. Hodo, accounting; Julie A.
Kibodeaux, social work; Angela
C. Stephenson, interdisciplinary
studies; and Stephanie K. Turkel,
Port Arthur: Steven L. La-
zenby, social work.
Port Neches: Julie A. Cheat-
ham, office administration; and
Brandy Granger, social work.
Silsbee: Earl O. Fitzgerald,
applied sciences; and Corliss R.
Sour Lake: Russell M. Watleyj
Vidor: Christy L. Gould, busi-
ness administration; Elizabeth H.
Howard, social work; and Jim D.
Seratt Jr., criminal justice.
Woodville: Falguni K. Patel,
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