The North Texas Daily (Denton, Tex.), Vol. 68, No. 63, Ed. 1 Tuesday, January 29, 1985 Page: 1 of 8
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The North Texas Daily
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Tuesday, January 29, 1985
North Texas State University, Denton, Texas
68th Year No. 63
Board approves NT management program
Sheraton construction continues
By HANK CHERRY
A new hotel, motel and restaurant man-
agement degree program was approved Fri-
day by the Texas College Coordinating
Board. The program may begin in Septem-
ber if funding for the program is approved
by the board.
Students in the program would earn a
bachelor of science degree with a major in
hotel, motel and restaurant management. The
management program would be in the School
of Home Economics and was approved by
the University Curriculum Committee last
Getting the program approved by the coor-
dinating board was a step in the implemen-
tation process, said Dr. Robert Toulouse,
vice president for academic affairs.
"Now we must submit a letter explain-
ing the adequacy of funding the program to
the board,” he said. "In April, they will
either approve or disapprove funding. We
think we can get the approval.
“The degree involves so few new cours-
es that additions won’t be necessary for a
couple of years. We’ll be making use of
existing courses in the maximum way pos-
sible. Courses added in the future will be
very limited, probably to the junior and
If the program is implemented at NT,
courses in front-office management, proper-
ty management and travel and tourism would
have to be added. The addition of more
courses would be considered as the program
grew and changed.
The Sheraton North Texas Hotel and Con-
ference Center being built on the NT Golf
Course was a factor in trying to establish
the program, Toulouse said.
"We have made verbal agreements with
Sheraton in which the internship parts of
the program will be at the hotel.”
The Sumner, Greener, Fussell Group, con-
tractors for the center, offered to make it
available for NT to use for internships.
Students earning bachelor of science
degrees in the program would have to com-
plete 136 hours of course work. In addition
to university requirements in English and
physical education and state requirements
in political science and history, the program
would include eight hours of laboratory
sciences, six of mathematics, three of com-
puter information systems, three of statis-
tics and six hours of accounting.
It would include three hours each of
sociology, psychology, nutrition, labor re-
lations, business law, personnel management,
business communications, marketing, finance
and advertising. Fifteen hours of food and
beverage production, marketing and contol
are required, as well as six hours of basic
By BETH GUENZEL
The Sheraton North Texas Hotel and Conference
Center is scheduled to open in fall 1985, said Ray
McFarlane, director of facilities, planning and con-
“We are hopeful that it will be in operation by
the first of September,” he said.
THE CONFERENCE center, which is being built
at the NT Golf Course, was scheduled to open this
semester. McFarlane said a steel shipment that arrived
late was the latest delay in the center’s construction.
“We expect to start erecting steel today,” he said.
"You can always expect construction to be delayed
some. We do not have a lot to say about how it
goes. We would, however, like to see it moving
The seven-story center will have 150 rooms and
be on more than five acres of the golf course. It is
being built by the Sumner, Greener, Fussell Group
McFARLANE SAID that once the center is open
it should attract more conferences to NT. "It would
be used predominately for conferences and regular
The NT Board of Regents approved an agreement
in July 1983 with the contractors, who leased the
golf course to build the $12 million facility. Con-
struction on it began in fall 1983.
The center will be used for an internship program
with the new hotel, motel and restaurant manage-
ment program. The program was approved by the
Texas College Coordinating Board on Friday but can-
not be implemented unless the board approves fund-
ing for it.
Photo by BILL DOUTHART
ROLL ON—People visit Union Pacific System's No 8444 at the old Union
Pacific Railroad Station, 520 E. Hickory. The steam engine is on a nine-
day tour on its way from the New Orleans World Fair to Cheyenne, Wyo.
The engine was built in 1944 and operated until 1960.
Early registration begins Feb. 25
Registrar outlines changes in procedures
By JOYCELYN JACKSON
Early registration for the summer and
fall semesters is scheduled for Feb. 25
through March 5. Summer and fall sched-
ules will be available Feb. 5, said Regis-
trar Joneel Harris.
Deadlines for paying tuition and fees
are May I for summer and Aug. 1 for
the fall semester.
Harris said she thinks the registration
process for this semester went quite well,
but some changes are in order-
“Preregistration, or earlv registration
since the name has been changed now,
went remarkably well because more than
8,000 students who early registered re-
ceived all of the classes they wanted. Reg-
ular registration earlier this month also
went quite well, despite the two sched-
ule revision days.”
Harris said the name was changed from
preregistration because some students
thought preregistration indicated that the
registration process was not yet com-
pleted. but early registration does indi-
cate that the process is over.
"Some students came to schedule revi-
sion and made a whole new schedule.
That isn’t exactly what schedule revision
Harris said the whole process was a
learning experience, and said administra-
tion and staff members expect to learn a
lot more onee a 12-month cycle of regis-
tration has been completed.
One change that Harris said she hopes
to see for early registration is for classes
to be filled to full capacity, not just 80
percent. She said she also hopes that prob-
lems the system had w ith variable credit
and alternate courses last semester are
One of the biggest changes would be
to have the financial aid award process
implemented into the Student Informa-
tion Management System by fall 1985
so students would not have to go to the
Coliseum on schedule revision days to
finish paying tuition and fees, she said.
“There were quite a few things we
learned during registration and there are
some changes that I think are needed,
but I cannot say how things will be done
for the upcoming early registration until
I talk with other administrators,” Harris
Students w ill be able to early register
for both summer terms and for the fall if
they choose to. Harris said. However,
as with spring early registration, students
will need advising clearance forms from
their major departments to register early.
"We did not put too much stress on it
last semester because we knew students
were only registering early for spring
classes, but now we’ll have no way of
knowing," she said. "I am not sure how
each department is handling the advis-
ing of students this semester, but stu-
dents will need to be advised, and if a
student plans to drop or add a class dur-
ing the schedule revision period, they will
need to show us the advising clearance
sheet to get into the Coliseum.”
Harris said she would like to give credit
to all students for having patience through-
out the early registration process and to
those who made good suggestions. -
By AMBER SMITH
NT police were still investigating Mon-
day what caused a 19-year-old NT student
to fall from the third level of the Art Build-
ing at 1:50 a.m. Sunday.
Peter Sean Searcy, Fort Worth freshman,
sustained external and internal injuries,
including a possible broken neck and back,
said NT Police Chief Dan Martin.
He was in serious condition at Fort
Worth's Harris Hospital Intensive Care Unit
Monday after being admitted with multi
pie fractures at 3:22 a.m. Sunday, said hos-
pital spokeswoman Bridget Barry.
Patient status reports at Harris Hospital
are labeled good, fair, serious, critical or
undetermined, she said
Sgt. Nancy Bilyeu of the NT Police
Department said Searcy also had a punc-
tured lung and that “he does not have any
feeling in any of his lower extremeties.”
She said, "They can't even get a stable
enough condition on him to do any inter-
nal work, like exploratory surgery.”
Martin said Searcy was drifting in and
out of consciousness when the police arrived
at the Art Building on Sunday. "He was
incoherent. He could have been on drugs,
but there’s no evidence that he was."
He said police were fairly certain the fall
was not an attempted suicide.
Bilyeu said, "We don’t know if he
jumped or fell. We do know he had suffi-
cient mental problems." She said he had
been previously diagnosed as schizophrenic.
Officials and students who were in the
building did not agree about why Searcy
fell. Some said they believe he may have
been trying to leap from the third floor ledge
to the library balcony, while others said he
may have passed out before falling.
Bilyeu said, "To him. it was like jump-
ing off the side of a curb. He didn't have
the mental facilities to understand the
NT police officers arrived at 1:59 a.m..
the same time Denton Fire Department para-
medics did. she said
Dan Gutierres. Midlothian junior, said
he did what he could to help keep Searcy
alive before professional help arrived. "My
first reaction was to render aid to him. Keep-
ing hint awake was about all I could do”
He said Searcy was conscious w hen he
found him in the Art Building foyer. He
said he talked to him for about 15 minutes
before paramedics arrived. “To me it ap
peared either he was on drugs, emotional-
ly disturbed or both. He was definitely some-
Anne Eseh. Fort Worth senior, said she
was working in the third floor painting stu-
dio about 12:20 a.m. when three white males
walked through About five minutes later,
she said, one of the men returned to the
studio. The other two remain unidentified
Eseh said she thought the man was an
amputee, but later realized his arms were
inside a hospital-blue shirt with the initials
TCHD. She said. "It became clear to me
that he was very agitated about something,
Dr. Margaret Lucas, chairwoman of the
art department, said the building is open
to students from 5 to 10 p.m. Mondays
through Fridays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturdays. In order to remain in the build-
ing after scheduled hours, an access card
Student moniters are supposed to record
the names and social security numbers of
the students who remain in the building
when they leave at 10 p.m. Monc lys
through Thursdays and at 5 p.m Saturdays,
The four students in the building about
2 a.m. said they had not been contacted
by a monitcr at any time Saturday
Anne and her sister Julia. Fort Worth
senior, said they had been working in the
Art Building since about 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Julia, Gutierres and Abraham Alghussein.
Dallas senior, were in a second floor room
about 12:30 a.m
Anne said she spent about an hour talk-
ing to Searcy in the painting studio. "He
said he was from a different world." she
said in a voluntary statement to the police.
"He found a penny and put it on the floor
in the middle of a gesso (plaster of Paris)
rectangle, trying to illustrate how he felt
as an alien here in our world. The only
consistency was his insistence that he was
an alien and that he felt isolated."
Anne said she began to feel uncomfort-
able and left the room. She said she raced
to the second floor room where her sister
and Gutierres were and told them about
Searcy. They decided to ask him to leave
the building, she said, and she and Gutierres
returned to the third floor.
Gutierres said they had trouble finding
him but heard what sounded like a locker
door slamming. When they walked by the
foyer, they said, they saw a body lying
face up in a small pool of blood.
Anne said he weakly cried. "Help.
Linda." but said she had no idea where
the name came from.
"What makes it sound so strange is that
he did not scream," Eseh said "A nor-
mal person would have screamed I think
he intentionally jumped, but I don’t think
he meant to kill himself”
Gutierres said he raced to the lower lev-
el while Anne, Julia and Alghussein called
"1 told him if he stayed awake and had
that fight to live, that I would be his friend
I want him to be able to say That guy
didn't lie to me.’ 1 made him that promise,
and I'm going to keep it. I know he re-
Roy Miller, staff writer, contributed to
The College Inn purchase draws mixed reactions
By TONYA McMURRAY
NT's recent purchase of The College Inn has
prompted mixed responses from sorority mem-
bers who live in the facility. Many sorority mem-
bers are upset by what they see as a loss of
privileges, but some believe the purchase is a
positive step for NT and its sororities.
NT bought The College Inn from Bass Broth-
ers for $3 million in late December
Housing officials met with 50 sorority mem-
bers Thursday night to discuss new rules that
went into effect this semester and give the wom-
en a chance to voice their complaints. Liz Lucas,
The College Inn housing director; Annetta
Ramsay, associate director of housing; Bobbie
Bclzung, housing manager for Panhcllcnic; and
Mary Crisford. Panhcllcnic president, met with
a group of representatives from campus sororities.
Many ot the sorority members were angry
because they were not told that NT was consid-
ering purchasing The College Inn until after the
purchase had been made.
One sorority member said. "I think we should
have been told and then we could have had the
option to stay or get an apartment and not be
active with our respective sororities or whatever
the consequences were.”
ANOTHER SORORITY member said, "I
moved to College Inn from an apartment I moved
out of the dorm because I didn't like dorm food
I don't like the way they cook. I don't like their
rules. Moving to College Inn was simply so I
could be with my sorority. If I had known 1
would have to live under dorm rules I would
have stayed in my apartment."
Dr. Betsy McGuire, director of housing, said
it would have been nice if the university could
have told the women about the purchase How-
ever. this was not possible because of the rapidity
with which NT made the purchase.
Other sorority members complained of a loss
of services. Before NT s purchase of The Col-
lege Inn, the office sold stamps, made change
and cashed checks for the nearly 300 residents
of The College Inn. Now those services have
Ramsay said those services were taken out to
make The College Inn consistent w ith other dorms
and also for safety reasons.
Ramsay said the Housing Office plans to
improve how The College Inn is operated. Some
of the improvements include increased security,
an open front desk with RAs on call 24 hours a
day and an extermination project. The College
Inn residents will also be supplied toilet paper,
light bulbs and smoke detector batteries free of
HOUSING OFFICIALS said they were not
suprised by the reactions of sorority members at
Bclzung said. "I expected the anger and the
shock. I’m kind of between a rock and a hard
place. I sympathize with the people who live
here because I have to live here too; yet I see-
the university's position—they're doing what they
have to do."
Ramsay also said she was not surprised by the
women's reactions. "I understand that to come
back and find every thing changed is hard We’re
ready for some of the anger I think the biggest
thing is that we want them to know that we re
going to listen. I'm just glad they had a chance
to get some of that out of the way because I
knew it was there under the surface '
Not all sorority members have negative feel-
ings about NT's purchase of The College Inn.
Donna Burch, president of the Alpha Phi
sorority, said the purchase may be beneficial to
The College Inn residents because of increased
security and maintenance. However, she said.
the change is difficult for sorority members to
accept because of the increased supervision.
“IT’S DIFFICULT because some girls have-
not lived in a dorm for three years." she said
"If they wanted that kind of supervision, they
would have stayed in the dorms. A lot of it is
not bad, just different."
Other sorority members, such as Delta Zeta
president Karen Keith, believe that although the
change may appear negative now. it can be
"I looked at it as it was going to be a posi-
tive thing." she said "So far all we have seen
is negative. There are a lot of services that we
pretty much took for granted that have been tak-
en away. I think they could have handled it better
I hope that all the negative things that have been
negative at the beginning don't turn everyone
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