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The North Texas Dally
Thursday, November 7,1985 North Texas State University, Denton, Texas 69th Year No. 39
NT issues new faculty sick leave policy
By TONY ORTEGA
NT’s new sick leave policy has been
approved and mailed to faculty members.
The policy was approved by the
Council of Deans and President A!
Hurley, said Dr. Jack Davis, associate
vice president for academic affairs.
The new policy states that when a
faculty member becomes ill and his
colleagues cannot teach his classes, the
department or division chairman, dean,
provost and Hurley will decide whether
the ill faculty member will get emergency
leave with pay or leave without pay.
WHEN FACULTY members must
miss class because of illness, they must
notify either their dean or their depart-
ment or division chairman as soon as
Chairmen and deans must then arrange
for someone else to teach the class or
notify students that they have a walk.
The policy was created in response
to the state sick leave law, which became
effective Sept. I. That law ends the
accrual of sick leave by full-time faculty
members with less than 12-month con-
tracts. The law blocked faculty members
from using accrued sick leave.
“The new policy is fairly consistent
with how most other universities around
the state are handling the issue,” Davis
said. The sick leave issue was discussed
by chief academic officers at the Oct.
17-18 meeting of the Texas College
Coordinating Board in Austin, he said.
DAVIS SAID he was aware of a
lawsuit by faculty senate members at
Texas A&M but wasn’t sure about the
provisions of the lawsuit. Senate mem-
bers object to the law’s freezing of sick
leave already accrued because, they
contend, it takes away property faculty
members already had.
State Rep. Wilhelmina Delco, D-
Austin, asked Attorney General Jim
Mattox for a ruling on the State Auditor's
Office’s interpretation of the law. That
office advocated the law, which passed
through the Legislature as a rider to a
bill. State Auditor Lawrence F. Alwin
wanted the rider because many state
universities were not keeping adequate
sick leave records.
ANOTHER RIDER to the bill allows
university presidents to decide whether
to pay faculty members who miss work
for a long time. In such a case, the
university must hire someone to take
that faculty member’s place.
Before Sept. 1, faculty members
could use their accrued sick leave during
Only full-time faculty members with
less than 12-month contracts are affected
by the law.
Photo by ROBERT STONE
Homosexual threatens to file suit
AIDS victim alleges police harassment
By MARC McDONALD
A homosexual West Texas man who said he
was harassed by law enforcement officers said
Wednesday that he plans to file lawsuits today
against the Denton Police Department and the
Denton County Sheriff’s Department.
Tommy J. Wilkinson, 27, of McCamey, said
he also plans to file suit against two officials from
the North Elm Baptist Church of Denton, who he
claims released information that he has AIDS to
his employer, who fired him. Wilkinson said his
brother. Dan, who is associate pastor of the church,
and Floyd Gaston, who is pastor, released the
information to his employer, an Upton County
hospital where he was a respiratory therapist.
Wilkinson said he was harassed four times by
officers of the police department and the sheriff’s
department after he was detained on a hot check
warrant and later released. He said the officers
shouted derogatory comments at him from a passing
car after he left the police department on foot.
A police spokesman denied Wilkinson had been
“I know for a fact that no one in this department
has been harassing him. We don’t even know where
he lives, so we couldn’t have been out harassing
him. The guy’s just trying to get some publicity
Wilkinson said he was “very hurt and very
angry” that his pastor supposedly released the
information that he had AIDS.
Gara LaMarshe, statewide executive director of
the American Civil Liberties Union, will represent
Wilkinson in the suit. Wilkinson said the ACLU
plans to file its own suit against the North Elm
Baptist Church for violating Wilkinson's civil
The purpose of his suit is to “hopefully prevent
other ministers from doing the same thing.
“1 doubt 1 will be able to get anything monetarily
out of this, but I hope to prevent this from happen-
ing to someone else,” Wilkinson said.
The ACLU is also planning to help Wilkinson
file suit against the city of Denton and Denton
County for the alleged harassment by the officers.
Wilkinson said he was angry about the harassment
he said he received. ”1 think it’s totally outrageous.
It’s like we’re living back in the time of the
Wilkinson said he is discussing with the ACLU
the possibility of taking legal action against his
former employer. “I’ll be going home at the
beginning of next week, but I don't have a job
now, thanks to all this.”
Dr. Edra Bogle of the English faculty, a founding
member of the Gay-Lesbian Alliance of Denton,
said Wilkinson's case shows that "our public
officials are prejudiced against gays.
"I'm extremely sorry that this once again demon-
strates that gay people can't even trust their
ministers," she said.
grab for water
AUSTIN (AP) — Texans’ approval
of the $1.43 billion water package could
lead to a water grab by local govern-
ments that have thirsted for help with
local problems, a sponsor of the plan
“If 1 were a political subdivision in
need of a water project, I’d be getting
in line as soon as possible. There are a
lot of projects on the drawing boards
that will now qualify for funding,” said
Sen. John Montford, D-Lubbock.
Final, unofficial vote totals released
Wednesday by the secretary of state’s
office showed big wins for the two
constitutional amendments that made up
die plan. Proposition 1, needed to enact
the program, was supported by 73.97
percent of the voters, 711,993 to
Proposition 2, a loan program aimed
at encouraging farmers to buy water-
saving equipment, draw support from
69.85 percent of the voters, 657,369
Montford said the plan worked out
by lawmakers this year succeeded be-
cause “the Legislature worked hard to
balance it" Previous efforts to work
out a state water plan were killed by
“It never got branded as a regional
or provincial process,” he said of the
“The problem in the past has been a
grandiose scheme and grandiose funding.
In the ’60s, the plan was to dig a ditch
across Texas. In the early ’80s, it was
to dedicate half the state surplus to water
projects,” said Montford.
State leaders who supported the plan
billed it as a cornerstone for state growth.
“It was a vote to resolve every major
water problem we have faced in Texas
for years. It was a vote for clean water
to drink, to grow food, to provide jobs
and to prosper,” said Gov. Mark White.
Under the plan, the state will sell
$980 million in bonds to raise money
for reservoirs, pipelines, treatment plants
and flood control projects. Proposition
I also included a $250 million state fund
to back water bonds issued by local
governments. That backing would make
the local bonds more attractive to buyers.
Proposition 2 lets the state sell $200
million in bonds to raise money for low-
interest loans for farmers to buy equip-
ment that uses less water.
Opponents of the plan said it could
lead to open season for developers who
make money by pushing major water
projects. State Sen. Carlos Truan, D-
Corpus Christi, called it "pork-barrel
heaven for the water hustlers.”
Edward "Ned” Fritz of Dallas, who
led a push against the plan, called
Tuesday "a day of infamy.”
“They will look back on it and say,
‘That’s where we began to lose the last
of our natural resources,’ ” he said.
Fritz said state water officials now
are free to approve “unneeded water
projects and expenditures.”
“I predict the water developers will
get enough state money to cover up
hundreds of thousands of acres of valu-
able forests and agriculture land under
unneeded reservoirs,” said Fritz.
Montford said the opposition by Fritz
and Truan brought attention to the plan
that, in the end, helped.
“I’m going to send Ned and Carlos
a bouquet of dead flowers,” he said.
Photo by BILL DOUTHART
EASY DOES IT—Scott Weckerly, Denton senior, care- in the dorm’s lobby. Bruce Hall, across the street from
fully maneuvers his drums into Bruce Hall for a session the Music Building, houses many musicians
Speakers present opposing views
Forum addresses abortion controversy
By REGGIE PARMAN
Speakers will answer students’ questions about
abortion alter presenting their opposing views on
the subject at 7 p.m. today in University Union
Pat Covery of the Catholic Campus Community;
Ted Gross, director of the Baptist Student Union;
and John Thorton of the United Methodist Ministry
will sponsor the forum, which will be presented
by the Denton County Right to Life organization
and the National Organization for Women.
The forum was set up by David Caswell,
president of Denton County Right to Life, and
Kathy Eubanks of NOW.
Two speakers, one pro-life and one pro-choice,
will have 15 minutes to present their views. An
hourlong question-and-answer session will follow.
Speakers for the pro-life side will be Dr. Roger
Guthrie and Debra Sims.
Guthrie, an obstetrician/gynecologist from
Bedford, performed abortions before deciding to
advocate an anti-abortion stance.
“Dr. Guthrie speaks from a very unique view-
point,” Caswell said. “Not only is he a medical
doctor, but he once performed abortions and he
knows about it.”
Sims, who has had an abortion, will speak on
her personal experience and her membership with
the group Women Exploited by Abortion.
Linda Brock and Rev. Robert Cooper will speak
for the pro-choice side.
Cooper is the assistant chaplain at Southern
Methodist University. Brock is a volunteer coun-
selor for Life Planning-Health Services Inc. She
will speak on her experiences in counseling women
with unplanned pregnancies.
Life Planning-Health Services Inc. offers non-
directive counseling. “The point of non-directive
counseling is to let a person know all the alterna-
tives they have, for them to look at their lives
and the alternatives and choose what is best for
them,” Brock said.
Brock said she believes it is important for
women to have a choice because each individual
case is different and should be handled in the
way that is best for that person.
“Directive counseling, which tells people what’s
best for them, is like playing God with somebody
else’s life." Brock said.
Brock said she believes that it is important for
students to attend such a forum because of the
enormous amount of misinformation circulating
abflht abortion. She said the forum will be educa-
Caswell said he believes that the forum will
be an excellent opportunity for students to hear
some well-read and educated people speak on
“It is rare that a group of speakers of this
stature get to speak together The forum will be
very informative.” he said. “I believe this issue
is the premier issue confronting Americans at this
time, and all intelligent individuals need to make
a stand on it. ”
Caswell said he thinks the issue is really not
debatable because, he said, anyone who knows
freshman biology knows that at the moment of
conception everything needed to make a person
“The only things that are needed for the egg
to survive arc nutrients, food and time; and tune
is the difference between the egg and a human
who is walking around." he said.
Man's a sucker
for women's toes
By AMBER SMITH
A 29-year-old Allen. Texas, man has
taken his foot fetish a step too far by
roaming the campus in quest of toes to
NT police arrested the man for criminal
trespass Tuesday after they told him in
February to go suck toes somewhere else.
Apparently, he did.
The toe-sucker told police he’s been
touring a circuit of campuses including
Texas Woman’s University. Southern
Methodist University, UT-Arlington and
NT. Police believe he may have sucked
as many as two dozen toes here.
“He comes across pretty rational. He’s
always well-dressed He seems to be quite
credible," said Police Lt. Robert Hooper.
"He’s a pretty smooth talker. He’s had a
lot of success."
The toe-sucker preys on women who
sit alone in libraries. He tells them he is
conducting a survey about jogging and
feet. Once he works them out of their
shoes, he sucks on their toes.
Police said he is apparently not con-
cerned with foot odor, as he is a sucker
for women wearing tennis shoes as well
as those wearing high heels.
Many women who have fallen victim
to the toe-sucker may not have reported
the incident because of embarrassment
Police have not received complaints from
Police Chief Dan Martin said. “Some
people wouldn't mind their feet being
played with, but others would be more
apt to report it." He explained that many
of the women who wind up with their
toes in the man's mouth are outgoing and
courteous and simply go along with his
But to avoid confrontation, he suggested
that women “be suspect of someone’s
introduction, lines and spiel, and call for
assistance from people who are around.''
A former public service officer told
police that the toe-sucker had returned to
campus after she saw him in the Willis
Library Tuesday afternoon. She recognized
him because he had approached her. want-
ing to get into her shoes, last spring
Police responded and arrested the man
for criminal trespass at 5 p.m Tuesday,
but it will be difficult to make the man
toe the line “It’s not against the law to
suck people’s toes," Hooper said.
Martin said women who have had their
toes sucked by the man could file assault
charges. But so far there have been no
reports of any violence The man has not
attacked anyone, and he apparently stops
sucking when a victim puts her foot down
T don't know why he does it." Hooper
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