The North Texas Daily (Denton, Tex.), Vol. 57, No. 98, Ed. 1 Tuesday, April 9, 1974 Page: 2 of 6
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2—THE NORTH TEXAS DAILY
Tuosday. April 9.1974
Fund in Trouble as Giving Diminish
Photos by TIM BULLARD and JUDY TURNER
Charitable Cause Faces Axe
With the proverbial axe hanging inches from the chopping block, the
Fund for Human Need Committee meets today to decide whether to let the
axe drop or to parole the charitable organization for one more year.
Silently backing the death sentence is 54 per cent of the North Texas
faculty and staff who chose not to donate to the fund the three-tenths of
one per cent of their yearly incomes as requested by the committee.
The defense, supported by 46 per cent of the faculty and staff who pledged
over $24,000 this past year, claim ending the fund will be detrimental to
the campus three times over.
F irst, many fledgling organizations will fold without the financial support
so willing offered by the fund. Such is the case of Help House, which re-
lied on the fund for three years until they were able to convince the United
Fund of their charitable worth. Such is the case of DASH (Denton After
School Help) who every year through hundreds of volunteers breach the
gap between confusion and understanding for hundreds of school-age chil-
dren. Such is the case of countless groups who find initial support without
the complicated red tape required by the professional fund raisers.
Second, is the freedom from numerous solicitations both in the mail and
in person. Until now the campus has been closed to all other charitable
organizations. The Fund for Human Need has acted as an agent for many
of the major organizations...each year about two-thirds ol the money raised
is given to the United Fund.
Third, is the choice the fund offered. Each person contributing is able
to name the cause he wishes the money to go to and is able, no matter how
small the contribution to help any number of his pet charities through one
How the committee decides today is dependent on the leedback depart-
mental representatives are able to contribute. The axe is pretty close to
the chopping block . ..only a strong last minute effort will get the Fund lor
Human Need a well-deserved parole. —JANICE DABROSKI
By CAROLE BURG
To abolish or continue the Fund for
Human Need is the decision facing the
fund committee at its meeting today,
according to Dr. Fred Connell of the
physics faculty and chairman of the
For the past 37 years the university,
Denton city and county and many non-
profit charitable organizations have been
aided by the fund. Dr. Connell said.
SOME OF the organizations receiv-
ing university funds include the City-
County Day Nursery, the American
Heart Association, the American Can-
cer Society, Denton Help House and
the Denton Association of Student Help-
Dr. Connell explained that the Fund
for Human Need, like the United Fund,
is a nonprofit fund-raising organization
which however solicits donations from
NTSU faculty and staff members only.
This year, he said, only 46 per cent
of the staff and faculty have participated
in the program. The dollar amounts
contributed have been disappointing,
OF 1,586 full-time employes, 732
have made pledges and this averages to
$32.84 from each department. “It seems
obvious, since less than half of the full-
time employes donated to the fund, that
quite a few persons feel strongly about
disbanding it,’' Dr. Connell said.
Abolition of the fund, he pointed out,
will mean the loss of donations to those
organizations aided by the fund for Hu-
man Need but not aided by United
Fund. “This is the first year the United
Fund has included Help House, but the
Denton Association of Student Helpers
(DASH) gets support from our fund,
and not from the United Fund.”
Dr. Connell said he is concerned that
many newly-formed organizations and
organizations struggling to stay alive
will suffer if the committee votes to
abolish the fund. These types of organi-
zations, he said, are the ones most likely
to benefit from the NTSU fund as they
are not aided by donations from agen-
cies such as United Fund.
ORIGINALLY, DR. Connell ex-
plained, the fund was established to
end door-to-door type solicitations on
campus by many different charity organ-
It was decided originally in 1937 by a
faculty vole that it would be mandatory
for faculty and staff employes to con-
tribute a specific percentage of their in-
comes to the fund. A committee was
then established to collect the money
and allocate it to charities favored by
the faculty members.
"Soliciting by so many organiza-
tions at least 10 different ones be-
came so time-consuming that the faculty
decided to pool its efforts and come up
with their own unified fund-raising pro-
gram,” Dr. Connell stated
HE ADDED that the faculty was
certain it could do a better job with the
same amount of money. "At that lime
there was no Community Fund or
United Fund,” he noted.
In 1966, because of dissension among
faculty and staff, the fund was changed
from a mandatory payment to a volun-
tary donation basis, Dr. Connell ex-
plained. “Over the years the fund be-
came automatic. It was renewed each
year without voting to do so. And once
adopted, it became a pattern without
further faculty action."
Problems developed, he said, when
new members joined the faculty and
were not ever given an explanation of the
purpose of the fund. "This engendered
a lot of ill will and culminated in a re-
bellion on the part of some persons,
causing the fund to go to a voluntary
payment basis," he declared.
HOWEVER, SINCE the fund was
put on a voluntary payment basis there
has been an increasing lack of participa-
tion by faculty and staff employes, Dr.
Connell said. As a result, the committee
decided last year to put the fund on a
one-year probationary period. This week
marks the end of that probationary
period, he said.
In 1973 the committee asked for a
minimum of $30,000 in contributions.
But to date, of $24,037 pledged, only
$22,449.20 has been received. “In terms
of the usual contribution guidelines
quoted by Community Chest and United
Fund, it is pretty embarrassing to see
what we have collected in proportion to
what is normally expected in unified
charity drives,” Dr. Connell said.
According to the chairman, each per-
son was asked by the fund for Human
Need to contribute three-tenths of one
per cent of his income in comparison to
the six-tenths of one per cent of income
requested by United Fund.
NATURALLY, THE custodian is
not expected to contribute as much
as the dean. Dr. Connell noted, but
each person is expected to give as much
as he can reasonably afford.
“There are always family situations
that come up and a person gels in a bind
or has other obligations, so it is unrea-
sonable to expect 100 per cent partici-
In citing some statistics for the past
year, Dr Connell noted that of 737
full-time employes in the academic de-
partments, only 439 participated. The
nonacademic departments had 185 out
of 474 employes participating. He be-
lieves that the lower salaries paid to
physical plant, food services and stu-
dent housing employes accounted for
only 108 of 375 people contributing.
DR. CONNELL feels that contri-
butions have declined because there
has been no personal contact in asking
for donations. All contact has been by
mail in the form of pledge cards, he
At the March 28 meeting there were
not enough committee members present
to take a vote for or against disbanding,
Dr. Connell said “I hope that at our
next meeting we have full committee
attendance so that whatever decision is
made is representative of the total Uni-
versity opinion," he stated.
In the event the committee votes to
continue the fund it will consider the
adoption of a constitution prepared by
a committee headed by Keith Shelton
of the journalism faculty.
Officers of the fund committee in-
clude Don Jones of the business faculty,
vice-chairman; John Hargrove, business
manager, treasurer; and Rachel Mays
of the food service, secretary.
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Gholson Defends Fraternities The North Texas DaNy staff
Bill Gholson, 1616 W. Oak
To Mr Jon Novi, whose letter down-
graded the Greek Community at NTSU
and across the nation: In considering
scholarship, a National Interfraternity
Conference report shows a high per-
centage of the 4,(XX) NIC Fraternity
chapters are above the all-man average.
For example, on this campus, Greek
Scholars would have to be among the
following: Tom Morgeson- a Senior
student. Dean’s List, Class load of 21
hours, and an RA at Kerr Hall: 4.0;
Barry Wortham- 4.0 gpa; Steve Webb-
3.5 gpa; David Mallard- 4.0 gpa; Ross
Todd- 4.0 gpa; James Ocker- 4.0 gpa;
Roger Ogden- 3.8 gpa; And there are
Leadership is also stressed in our
society, and taught through the Greek
Communities. A U.S. Government
study shows that 76% of our nation's
Senators, 70% of the key Executives,
and only 71% of the me listed in Who’s
Who In America are fraternity men.
Men who can take responsibilities know
how to accept the responsibilities of a
Greeks have always stressed the bet-
terment of the Campus Community
and the Country as a whole. Working
together and helping each other is done
through groups of concerned young men
and women on this campus. Being a
Greek enriches one’s life. All Greek’s
doors are always open to young men
and women who would like to become a
person that belongs to a group of great
In no way, Mr. Jon Novi, do I say
that independents are not great people,
and that concerned people are not re-
sponsible people, because at one time, all
Greeks were independents. The door is
open. Maybe you would like to visit
us with other independents who will be-
come Greeks someday.
Wiley Criticizes Judge
For Obstructing Justice
Rick Wiley, ==48 Royal Oaks
Being for strict law enforcement and
against the drunk driver, I feel I must
speak out against Judge .1. Ray Martin,
just the same as I would anyone
One only has to talk to city or state
law enforcement officers (the ones who
arrest drunk drivers) in Denton County
to see that I am also expressing their
personal views in the matter. Go
ahead, just ask any of them.
If an officer files a traffic violation
and also files drunk driving (DWI), all
the accused has to do is pay the traffic
ticket and Judge Martin will let him go
free on the drunk driving charge calling
it “double jeopardy."
Now as dedicated peace officers,
sworn to uphold all of the laws of the
state, they will continue to file their
eases the proper way and Judge Martin
will (improperly) continue to turn mur-
derous drunken drivers loose. I say
improperly because the Attorney Gen-
eral has ruled that it isn’t double jeopar-
dy at all. I’m sure lawyers like this
means of disposal, though.
But, in other words. . Judge Martin
must think it is okay for anyone to ha-
zardously run a red light, stop sign,
speed or run you off the road just as long
as he is drunk. Traffic violations only
apply to sober drivers?
Hogwash our court of criminal ap-
peals has repeatedly upheld these types
of convictions, ruling that this does not
constitute double jeopardy as in the
• Speeding and DWI were held to
constitute separate and distinct offenses.
Grant vs State.
Crabb vs State, 503 S.W. 2 D 260,
held that speeding and fleeing from an
officer are separate offenses.
• McMillan vs State, 468 S.W. 2 D
444, held that DWI and driving on the
left side of the road to be separate of-
• In Ward vs State, 185 S.W. 2 D
577, aggravated assault with a motor
vehicle and DWI were held to be sepa-
rate and distinct offenses.
These are only a few. You can see
in each case that the courts have ruled
that neither offense is a lesser included
offense or a necessary element of the
other. Offenses charged are separate and
And, not double jeopardy
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