The North Texas Daily (Denton, Tex.), Vol. 72, No. 9, Ed. 1 Tuesday, September 13, 1988 Page: 1 of 8
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The North Texas Daily
By M.C. Moewe
An apartment fire at 1408 Teasley
Lane Sunday caused an estimated
$100,000 in damage and left eight
people in temporary housing, said
Debbie Maszk, Woodhill Apartments'
The fire started in a kitchen, ap-
parently from someone cooking, said
Denton Fire Chief John Cook. “There
were two units that received heavy fire
and smoke damage and others had minor
Where the fire started has not been
determined, Maszk said. “We’re not
pointing fingers at any residents until
we know for sure.”
Maszk said four of the eight displaced
tenants are students, and all have been
moved into temporaiy housing provided
“Two will be able to move back in
at the end of the month,” she said.
“The others will probably take the next
apartments that come available."
The fire was reported at 10:33 a.m.,
and firefighters stayed on the scene until
3:05 p.m., Cook said. “It didn't take
long to put out the fire, but they stayed
to make sure it was out. Sometimes you
think the fire is out but you end up
losing the whole building.”
Apartment fires can be tricky because
most have a common attic for each
building, he said. "The fire did go up
into the attic but only slightly."
Cook said Woodhill Apartments had
all the fire stops installed to prevent
flames from spreading quickly. “There’s
actually a one-hour fire wall. That’s
2-by-4’s and five-eighth-inch sheet
But older apartments usually do not
have fire walls, ano many times if the
wall is present, it’s damaged, Cook said.
“Cable television and telephone in-
stallers have a tendency to penetrate
those walls and not repair them prop-
Only two of the eight tenants were
insured, Maszk said. “Some people
think we arc are liable for damage to
their personal things,” she said. “But
Lief Marquardt, a J.C. Penney In-
surance Co. agent, said renter’s in-
surance is the cheapest insurance avail-
able. “We’ve been selling a lot more
lately because we’ve been going out and
talking to residents," he said.
All Texas Apartment Association
lease agreements require tenants to
obtain insurance if they want their be-
longings to be financially covered,
At J.C. Penney, a $20,000 policy —
the most common sold — in Denton
for one year costs $158 for a brick
apartment, $201 for a frame apartment,
$117 for a brick house and $149 for a
"A house is cheaper because then
you don’t have the risk involved with
people living next to you,” Marquardt
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Jim Gregg of Denton in his former home at Woodhill Apartments
University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
72nd Year No. 9
Students say exemptions tower standards
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Editor's note: This is the second in a two-part
series on the university committee system and
the decisions that were made through it this
By Mike Bolduc
Dr. David Golden, NT provost and chairman
of the Curriculum Committee, said the policy
never came up as a committee issue. “I was
made aware of it and asked if I thought it was
a problem," he said. “I didn’t for two reasons:
first, that's an academic decision to be made
the department; second, it’s not going to
an wrtier f--------------------- “ “
A new policy in the English department that change anything dramatically (since it will affect
eliminates the testing stage in exempting students only 5 percent of incoming freshmen).
from freshman English has been criticized as a
lowering of standards.
Students with a Scholastic Aptitude Test score
of 570 or more in the English portion or an
American College Test score of 25 in the English
portion, now meet the requirements to be exempt
from freshman English.
Student Association President Will Helixon
said this decision lowers standards and should
have been a universitywide decision instead
of a department decision.
“It appears on the surface that it should have
been a Curriculum Committee decision,” he
HELIXON SAID THE decision has an effect
on the way the university is perceived by others,
and that “students and faculty should always
be involved in university decisions."
He said the department was within its limits
when it made the decision. "They can’t decide
who gets credit, but they can decide what the
criteria for taking a class are,” he said.
DR. JAMES LEE, chairman of the English
department, said he didn’t know why the Cur-
riculum Committee was not involved. “We
simply told the College of Arts and Sciences
that that’s what we wanted to do," he said,
“and they accepted it."
Dr. Jean Schaake, associate dean of the
College of Arts and Sciences, was unavailable
for comment. Dean Thomas Preston was ill and
The old policy allowed students with a 570
or more on their verbal SAT score to take an
essay test that qualified them for up to six credit
it I’m really waiting to see
what happens when the
students who skip freshman
English have to do their first
major research paper.
Now students can be exempt from both
freshman English courses by scoring 570 or
more on the verbal part of the SAT. without
taking the essay test. For credit, but not for
placement, students must take the essay test
“It is as if you had taken the courses or as
if we didn't offer them in the first place,"
THIS CONTRADICTS information given
to The Daily by Lee during the summer He
said the policy would give freshmen neither
credit nor placement, “It’s just a change in
the way we do things.'
Lee said students who place out of the courses
can take them if they want to. However, the
exemptions will not count toward an Honors
Program or Classic Learning Core student’s
Lee said only about 5 percent, or 100 stu-
dents, would be exempt under the new policy.
"This only accounts for 100 students who are
spread out over 80 or so sections of freshman
English,” he said. "It won’t really take any
of the teaching load off.”
Dr. James Tanner of the English faculty said
the average freshman English class holds 28
JON THEOBALD, freshman orientation peer
counselor, said the new policy is a lowering of
standards “In the past NT has been known
for its stringent standards in the English de-
partment." he said "It was pretty unheard
of to place out of six hours, and most people
failed to get any. Now with a 570 SAT or a 25
ACT score, you are automatically out of fresh-
Theobald said he talked to many of the
students at orientation, and they were “ec-
static" about the change. “Lots of them didn’t
do too well in English but they tested well “
he said “I’m really waiting to see what
happens when the students who skip freshman
English have to do their first major research
Lee said the new policy is not a lowering of
standards. "Our experience is that people with
a 570 or more do well in these courses, and
they don’t usually need to take them, he said.
“I think it will put us in the position of focusing
our attention on those who need teaching
DR. ANTHONY DAMICO, director of the
Honors Program, has devised a way for students
to take advantage of the new policy and still
participate in the program Formerly it was im-
possible to take the six hours of credit and still
remain in the program. Damico made it possible
because some potential Honors Program stu-
dents were choosing to stay out of the program
so they could avoid freshman English.
He said of the policy, "I understand that it
only affects 5 percent of incoming students, so
I guess it’s not so bad. I don t think most
students who come to college, even with a 570
SAT score, know all they need to know about
writing. 1 don’t think it’s academically a sound
move, but there are other factors involved "
the way we ao tmngs. ° '
Hotel accommodations end
University finds on-campus housing for students
By Julie Scherer
The “royal” treatment has ended for some N T students who had been
housed in a local hotel because of a shortage of dorm space, the director of
housing said Monday.
Dr. Betsy McGuire said all of the students who had been living at the
Royal Hotel Suites south of campus have been moved to on-campus housing.
About 50 students had been living in the hotel. Thirty-four of the students
were moved to the NT Conference Center on the first floor of Crumley Hall
with the remaining students transferred to dorms.
Usually, McGuire said, the center’s housing is reserved for families of
ti The students will probably be there (at
the NT Conference Center) until Christmas —
and we’ll get it back to a conference center
to need another RA.” she said. “I didn't know whether it would be a
permanent position — but now it is permanent
The students are housed in 17 of the 22 rooms in the center Of the live
additional rooms in the wing, one is reserved for the hall director's office,
one is reserved for the resident assistant and three are reserved for handicapped
students who need wheelchair access.
—Dr. Betsy McGuire
SIM Owim/NT Dally Stall
WANNA NICKEL?—David Wade of Denton contributes to the American
Cancer Society at the Third Annual Denton County Seat Day. Derv
Hudgens and “jailmate" Fran Davila, both of Denton, accepted the
contribution Saturday. _ ____
students, people attending conferences or entertaining in the University
Union, and commuter students.
"The students will probably be there (at the NT Conference tenter)
until Christmas - and we’ll get it back to a conference center alter that.
ShCInSaddition to the 50 students who were temporarily housed off-campus,
some students were crowded three to a room and some were assigned to
activity rooms in Maple Street Hall at the beginning ot the semester
NT has nine dorms, which house about 4,300 students
Missy McGlasfon. resident assistant for the NT Conference t enter, said
she was hired during the summer to be the RA for the first floor east wing
of the center, which usually houses guests
“Even by this summer they (the housing office) knew they were going
MIXING MEDIA AND MESSAGES — A Krum painter uses a
mixture of realism and symbolism to produce art that is thoughttul and
introspective." His exhibit will be at the Saguaro Gallery through Oct.
22. See Page 6.
WATCH THE BOUNCING CHECK — Of the $780,000 in hot checks
students wrote to the university last year, NT has recovered all but about
$75,000. The high dollar figures have prompted officials to consider a
change in NT’s check-cashing policies. See Page 4.
FILL FOUTS FIELD—Columnist Mike Drago wants more fan support
for the fust home football game of the season, to be played against Arkansas
State at 7 p.m. Saturday See Page 7.
High today mid 90s
Today and Wednesday mostly fair
Low tonight low 70s
Wednesday’s high mid 90s
Light southeast winds
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The North Texas Daily (Denton, Tex.), Vol. 72, No. 9, Ed. 1 Tuesday, September 13, 1988, newspaper, September 13, 1988; Denton, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth722895/m1/1/: accessed December 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.