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The North Texas Daily
Thursday, September 12, 1986 North Texas State University, Denton, Texas 69th Year No. 7
Mattox rejects religion teacher proposal
By MARC MCDONALD
Attorney General Jim Mattox ruled Wednes-
day that NT cannot appoint as faculty members
people who have been nominated and financed
by religious organizations to teach religious study
The opinion, dated Sept. 6, was written by
assistant attorney general Jennifer Riggs. Mattox
issued the ruling in an opinion to Higher Educa-
tion Commissioner Kenneth Ashworth.
Ashworth said Wednesday that NT had ap-
proached the Texas College Coordinating Board
with a proposal to convert its philosophy depart-
ment into a combined philosophy-religion depart-
ment. He said NT proposed that the department
consist of the philosophy faculty and six “Bible
In the proposal, Ashworth said, the Bible
chairs would be maintained by religious groups,
which would nominate and finance the people
who would occupy the chairs. NT had reported
the proposal could be done at no cost to the
state, he said.
The Coordinating Board discussed the proposal
with the NT administration and faculty, Ashworth
said. The board “felt the proposal would violate
the separation of church and state,” he said.
After an analysis of the proposal, the Co-
ordinating Board approached the Attorney
General’s Office for advice on the legality of
the proposal, Ashworth said. “We asked them
if the proposal was permissible.”
The Attorney General's Office found the
proposal invalid, Ashworth said. He said the
proposal called for the “nomination of faculty
members and their financing by sectarian
The Attorney General’s Office found this
violated the Establishment Clause of the First
Amendment as applied to the states through
the 14th Amendment, which prohibits a state
institution of higher education from appointing
people who are either financed or nominated
by a religious group to faculty positions to teach
religious studies courses.
“The nomination by sectarian groups would
permit them to have too great a role in the
selection of the faculty of the university,”
Ashworth said that under the attorney general’s
ruling, NT will not be able to implement the
proposal in its present form.
“What the ruling does is set out the parameters
of what is not permissible. If the university
could work out a proposal that was within the
bounds of what is legal, then a resubmission
would be possible.”
NT has two options, Ashworth said. It can
either withdraw the proposal or ask that it go
before the Coordinating Board, he said.
Ashworth said his recommendation to the
board would be to disapprove it.
NT cannot implement the proposal without
the approval of the Coordinating Board,
“The authority under which we’ve considered
this proposal is that no (educational) institution
can have a departmental change without the
approval of this board,” Ashworth said.
NT President A1 Hurley said Wednesday he
had not had a chance to study the opinion
because his office had not yet received a copy.
“We’ll follow whatever the ruling is,” he said.
Hurley said there is a possibility the opinion
may not cover what NT’s proposal intended to
“One of the things we need to look into is
whether (Mattox) took into account that the
selection would be made by the Personnel
Affairs Committee of the department involved.
They would be looking at the persons suitable
not based on the nomination but based on the
New vice president sets goals
By TONYA McMURRAY
As NT’s new provost and vice president for
academic affairs settles into the NT community,
he is already setting his goals on helping NT
to prepare for its future.
Dr David Golden said he is excited to be
at NT and believes NT will continue to grow
in the years ahead.
I’m very excited,” he said. “I think this
is a great place to be. 1 think this is a good
time lor this university. 1 think things are about
to happen that are going to make it more visible
in the Metroplex.”
Golden succeeds Dr. Robert B. Toulouse,
who retired Aug. 27. Golden comes to NT
from the University of Oklahoma, where he
had served as chairman ot the physics and
astronomy department since 1975.
Golden said he believes one of his most
important jobs is to facilitate communication.
"The most important thing I can do is
become a good communicator,” he said. “I
sec this office as a focus for all the academic
parts of the university. This office needs to
provide cohesion for the progress of the uni-
versity. It needs to set the tone for what
Me said his background as a physicist will
help him approach problems constructively.
"As a physicist, I view problems as things
one can solve if you can define the problem
in the right way,” he said. “1 begin with a
philosophical stand and move to a practical
solution. I’m trained to translate philosophy
Although Golden has not set any specific
goals for his tenure at NT, he said he wants
to help make the university better.
‘Tm very interested in making this university
. good as it can be,” he said. "Philosophically,
I'm very well-attuned with Dr. Hurley and I
am really very much in agreement with all his
goals, and I expect we will make a lot of
progress in the next few years.
“I think the way the university needs to
develop is that we need to address what is
already good. We need to make what is already
good better as our first priority. As our second
priority, we need to take advantage of what is
already around us.”
One thing Golden has already begun work
on is a program to bring distinguished people
to campus for a week or so to teach seminars.
“The idea is to bring very distinguished
people to campus—people who have name
recognition to almost everyone,” he said. “We
have enough money to bring one such person
a year to campus. We hope to raise enough
money to be able to expand that and televise
it to the Metroplex.” It would be televised on
the TAGER network.
Another of Golden’s goals is to help NT
get more involved in the high-tech arena.
Golden said he believes NT has the capability
to play a major role in the high-technology
industries of the Metroplex. The allocation of
Proposition 2 money will help NT develop the
programs and facilities necessary to help NT
enter the high-tech arena, he said.
Proposition 2 is an amendment to the Texas
constitution that allocates funds to Texas col-
leges and universities not in the University of
Texas or Texas A&M systems.
NT is competing for part of a $35 million
fund set up by the Legislature for universities
in the high-tech arena, he said.
One proposal NT has made to the Legislature
for the use of the money is for a materials
characterization project that will involve all
the science areas in the university, Golden said.
Materials characterization is a process of ana-
lyzing various materials to see what they are
composed of and what kind of impurities they
In addition to his position as provost, Golden
is a member of the physics faculty. Although
he is not teaching this semester. Golden said
he hopes to teach in the future. For now, he
is working on research projects he brought from
the University of Oklahoma.
Photo by MELISSA MAHAN
MIND BOGGLING—Mentalist Craig Karges successfully guesses hand. She had been told to hold up any object from her purse
that Allyson McAllister, Hurst junior, holds a phone bill in her Karges was promoting his Wednesday night show
Vandalism spree ends
Police arrest two students
By AMBER SMITH
After a summer of beating the streets
searching for clues. NT police arrested two
Bruce Hall residents in connection with a
series of acts of vandalism last spring totaling
close to $1,200.
NT Police Chief Dan Martin said one more
Bruce resident is a suspect in the 10 incidents
involving spray paintings on campus and in
The two students, a man and a woman,
were arrested last week on a tip from Crime
Stoppers. They have been released on their
own recognizance, and charges are pending,
The two have admitted to four counts of
vandalism, and police assume they are in-
volved in the six other incidents. Unless
someone wants to press charges, Martin said,
the vandals will be punished through the Dean
of Students Office.
They could face charges of criminal mis-
chief. a misdemeanor that carries jail time
or a fine, depending upon the extent of
"The university will ask for civic duties
to be done and for restitution." Martin said
The people involved will have to donate
campus work and pay for the damage they
Martin said the police have no witnesses
to the crimes but do know of some students
who were told of the crimes after they hap-
pened. He said the three students involved
in the vandalism had a close relationship but
were not part of a campus organization He
called the series of spray paintings a “peer
fling” that will cost $800 to $1.200 to clean
Investigators searched the art department
and made a check of paint sales over the
summer, in hopes of gaining information about
the black spray paint that appeared on buildings
all over campus and in Denton last spring
Officer academy pushes for professional attitude
Photo by BILL DOUTHART
Public Service Officer Maria Amosson, Plano senior
By AMBER SMITH
Clean-cut, all-America students are
responsible for the new image NT Police
Chief Dan Martin said his department now
In recent years. NT police have steered
away from the gun-toting, authoritative
appearance and put friendlier, younger
faces in uniform, calling them public
"The last thing we want is a badge-
heavy person walking through the residence
halls with authority recking all over him."
The students who wear badges are
expected to be every bit as professional
as their patrol officer superiors. To impress
that, a PSO academy, similar to a police
academy, was established this semester.
The week before fall registration. 40
public service officer candidates and vet-
erans attended the weeklong academy in
the PE Building The academy included
courses on parking regulations, firearm
safety, department policies, traffic control,
first aid. suicide intervention, crime pre-
vention. driver training, vehicle mainte-
nance. report writing, radio procedures
and campus geography.
Two candidates were expelled early for
lack of discipline and lack of interest,
The 38 remaining had to pass a written
exam in order to be accepted into the PSO
Officers who went through the academy
described it as "very strict and formal ”
They went to classes from 8 a m. to 5
p.m. and were required to wear navy blue
pants and white shirts every day.
Since three of the NT police staff mem
bers teach classes at the Regional Police
Academy in Arlington. Martin said, it was
not difficult for them to help organize the
PSO academy, thought to to be the first
of its kind on a Texas college campus.
Martin said the University of Texas
system. Texas A&M. University of
Houston and Southwest Texas State have
cadet programs similar to NT’s, but none
involve as many students as NT’s docs,
and none allow the students to do as much
as the students here are allowed.
The difference between police and PSOs
is that police officers make arrests and
carry weapons; PSOs don't.
The academy was designed to be as
much like a police academy as possible,
but students were not exposed to as much
law as police officers would. Martin said,
because "they (PSOs) always have the
police officer to fall back on."
There were no physical requirements
during this academy, but Martin is con-
sidering adding them to the next academy,
scheduled for the week before spring
He said passing the academy will be
required of all PSOs. even if they are hired
during the semester Because of the high
turnover rate in the PSO program, officers
hired after a semester has started will be
assigned a training officer who will provide
them with the academy course work.
Martin said the professionalism and the
friendly attitudes the PSOs are supposed
to have improved police relations with the
It used to be that university police were
considered nothing more than night w atch-
men, but in the past 30 years, that role
has undergone considerable transformation,
he said. The turbulent 60s made university
forces become more like city police forces,
in some cases even creating equivalents
to Special Weapons and Tactics teams
In the last five years, the number of
police calls has tripled, while the number
of police officers has remained close to
the same. Martin said. "Wc could not
respond in a timely fashion to a lot of
things we had in the past.”
The department's three PSOs began
responding to low-priority calls that in-
volved helping motorists, unlocking doors
and escorting women across campus
When Martin came to Nr in June 1483.
he began shaping the PSO program into
what it is today.
PSOs now' work as police dispatchers,
in parking enforcement, in the libraries,
in traffic control, in the parking garage,
in information booths, as bus drivers, as
an escort service and a v ariety of other
Assignments are given on the basis of
seniority, and the most requested beats
are residence halls and the escort service.
Students like those assignments. Martin
said, because of the interaction with stu
dents and because the PSO escort some-
times gets to assist NT police. He said
the library beat is now the most unpopular
The PSOs arc not paid for through the
police department. Martin said. Instead,
individual campus departments pay their
salaries and for their uniforms The police
department provides hiring and supers ision.
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