The North Texas Daily (Denton, Tex.), Vol. 72, No. 63, Ed. 1 Tuesday, January 31, 1989 Page: 1 of 8
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Eagles stand alone atop SLC at 5-0; see page 7
The North Texas Daily
Tuesday, January 31, 1989 University of North Texas, Denton, Texas 72nd Year No. 63
Scott Milder/NT Daily Staff
Paul Racklcy, Richardson sophomore, left. Kathy Bisson. Plano freshman,
and Mike Burns, Plano sophomore, watch the NT women's basketball
game against Southwest Texas State University The Eagles lost 77-68.
Enrollment tops 23,000
Enrollment figures since fall 1986
Fall ’86 Spring '87 Fall '87 Spring '88 Fall '88 Spring '89
By Brian Alford
4 4 Other schools might limit their enrollment. We
supply the courses and make them available to any
students as long as they meet the minimum
requirements. } }
—Dr. J. B. Spalding
of the business administration faculty
By Leslie Hueholt
NT’s I2th-day unofficial enrollment
figures show a 10.6 percent increase
since last Spring, Assistant Registrar
Lynda Nygren said Monday.
This semester's preliminary count of
23,621 surpasses last spring’s en-
rollment, which was 21,350. "It’s
indicative of the healthy environment
and growth of the university," Nygren
said. The enrollment figure for fall 1088
was 24,498. Fall enrollments are
normally higher than spring enrollments.
The official figures, which will give
an exact count of enrolled students for
the semester, are expected to he released
within the next two weeks.
“The figures are still unofficial be-
cause there are still a few administrative
changes to be made that relate to par-
ticular students,” Nygren said.
Nygren said the current enrollment
figure is reported to the Texas Higher
Education Coordinating Board. The
board is appointed by the Texas Legis-
lature to oversee the affairs of higher
education. “We’re the collection point
for enrollment. It's reported to them and
they make decisions about funding,”
Enrollment is increasing also at other
Texas universities. UT-Austin’s Assis-
tant Registrar Gary Spear said 2,000
more students have enrolled at UT this
semester than in spring 1988. leaving
the school with nearly 52.000 students.
“There was a 2,300 student increase
in ’89 over ’88 and most of those stu-
dents are still with us,” Spear said.
Spear said the “cadillac theory”
contributed to UT-Austin’s enrollment
increase. "The fancier you make the
car, the more the people want to buy
it. The more stringent our admissions
requirements, the more students want
to apply. It's really funny how it
works.” Spear said.
The spring and fall semesters follow
the same enrollment patterns at schools
everywhere, Spear said. "Fail always
has the largest enrollment. In the spring
students graduate, transfer, decide not
to continue or are asked not to con-
tinue," he said. UT’s enrollment has
decreased every spring for the 18 years
that Spear has been with the school,
At UT-Arlington, 1,741 fewer stu-
dents enrolled in the spring 1988 se-
mester than in the previous fall. The
official enrollment counts are not yet
available at most Texas schools.
Texas A&M’s Registrar Donald
Crow said, "It looks like we’ll be up
a tad this semester, but not much.”
Crow said A&M had close to 37,000
students in the fall but lost many to
graduation. "A lot of transfer students
missed the deadline for admissions. I
think this explains the small increase
(of 250 or 300) this semester," he said
Of NT’s eight schools, the College
of Arts and Sciences contributes the
largest number of students to the enrol-
lment figures, Nygren said. The school
accounts for 10,164 of NT’s students.
The College of Business Administration
has 6,181 enrolled in its programs
J.B. Spalding of the business ad-
ministration faculty explained the
college’s high number of students.
' Other schools might limit their en-
rollment. We supply the courses and
make them available to any students as
long as they meet the minimum re-
The College of Education contributes
3.787 students, the School of Music
adds 1.173 and the School of Library
and Information Sciences, 826, Nygren
said Of NT's students, 12.412 are
female and 11,209 are male.
Officials predict additional tuition
hike for fall
By Melinda Lusk
AUSTIN — Students can probably expect
a $4 per credit hour tuition increase in the
fall due to legislative efforts to offset a 5
percent cut in higher education funding, the
chief clerk for the state House Committee
on Higher Education said last week.
"It’s very possible,” Greg Williams said.
“Since the (Legislative) Budget Board rec-
ommended a budget with a 5 percent cut for
higher education, the (House) members will
hold to that so as not to raise taxes. The
universities will have to raise revenues."
Williams said the two methods state legis-
lators are considering to fund colleges and
universities arc a tuition increase and a flexible
The proposed tuition increase would add
$2 to the $2 state-mandated increase, which
will take effect in the fall. State Rep Wil-
helmina Delco, chairman of the House Com
mittee on Higher Education, would favor the
additional $2 increase if the Legislature would
waive the next $2 mandated increase, said
Williams, her aide.
Flexible tuition is another option the legis-
lators are exploring, Williams said. First
proposed by UT-Austin President Hans Mark,
flexible tuition would allow the governing
board of each state college and university to
set its own tuition rate for undergraduates.
Flexible tuition has both positive and
negative sides, Williams said. “The up side
is that some universities are reaching their
enrollment limits and flexible tuition will
distribute enrollment levels more evenly,”
he said. "The down side is: Who wants
governing boards that have a self-interest
setting tuition rates?”
Critics of the flexible tuition proposal say
that the measure would create a caste system
among state colleges and universities, seg-
regating poor students from those with enough
money to attend higher-priced state uni-
versities, Williams said.
Flexible tuition for graduate, medical and
dental schools was passed by the Legislature
during its Iasi session Williams said that it
was already creating problems. “It has
created a caste system in graduate school,”
Williams said that while it would take some
time, he anticipated flexible tuition on the
graduate level would cause enough problems
that legislators would reconsider it.
But while the additional $2 tuition increase
is a possibility, Williams said that it was too
early to be concerned about the possibility
of flexible tuition.
Another action the Legislature may take
in order to save money is to delay the enaction
of the Texas Academic Skills Program, Wil-
liams said. The program requires all freshmen
to pass a three-part test before they may enroll
in upper-level courses.
Although the state requires colleges and
universities to begin administering the test
in the fall, it has not provided funding for
the test or the remedial classes that failing
students would have to take. The Texas
Higher Education Coordinating Board has
requested $34.6 million for the 1990-91
biennium to fund the test. NT's portion of
that request is $433,000.
Eating study links
people to their meals
By Tami Webb
Unlike many research projects, the
results of a survey conducted by Dr.
Harriet Aronson of the psychology
faculty can be easily explained:
You are what you eat.
Aronson said a survey that she and
two graduate students completed last
fall found surprising correlations
between eating and personality.
“We’ve overlooked how much
eating has to do with personality,"
said Aronson, who lead the research
team. "It’s a way of demonstrating
what kind of person you are.”
Results of the research were pre-
sented at an Oklahoma Psychological
Association meeting in November.
Graduate students Marla Fredman
and Marsha Gabriel assisted Aron-
The survey received responses
from 122 NT undergraduate females
under age 27 and 40 females between
ages 30 and 56. The research subjects
were given four different tests, in-
cluding an eating attitudes test, a
personality test, a restraint test and
a self report inventory, Aronson said.
The undergraduate subjects sur-
veyed had an average weight of 131
pounds at the time of the survey and
an average age of 20. In the older
age group, which was an average
age of 37. the average weight was
141 pounds, she said.
The initial purpose of the study
was to find a correlation between
the personality traits of normal
women and those in clinics for eating
disorders, she said.
“We’re smack in the middle of
4 4 It’s such an im-
portant thing these days
to be scrawny. 5 }
a university that has turned out a
lot of top people in the Miss America
contest,” she said. "We’re aware
that not everyone is that shape, and
we wanted to see how many normal
females have the habits and per-
sonality of people who do outrageous
things to keep their figures.
“It’s such an important thing
these days to be scrawny."
Instead of finding that normal
females had the same personality
traits as those with eating disorders,
the study found that normal women
share similar personality traits with
other women who have similar at-
titudes toward eating, Aronson said.
“If someone comes into a room
with a punk hairdo, you can make
strong assumptions about that person’s
personality,” she said. "Just like
you can tell certain things about a
person based on what kind of music
they listen to, you can find out things
about someone’s personality by what
they eat. It’s telling you more than
what they like to eat."
Similarities between the under-
graduate and older groups also ap-
peared, Aronson said. “We found
that it just wasn't undergraduates who
had similar attitudes, but the older
group had them as well.”
NT receives $478,869 in research grants
By Kim Covert
In a statewide competition for energy research
funds, NT received two grants for a total ol $478,869.
the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
The funds are part of $15 million awarded to 16
The funding for the grants came from oil overcharge
funds returned to the state by the U S Department
of Energy to be used in a program to support applied
energy research and development.
"This will benefit consumers by accelerating the
arrival of more efficient energy technologies. Gov.
Bill Clements said in a press release.
In the release, Clements said that limited research
funds have caused some promising energy tech-
nologies to have never been developed.
“The consequence has been lost energy-saving
opportunities. This program can change all that."
A $266,000 grant was awarded to Dr. Russ Pin
?.zotto of the physics department and four other faculty
members. The grant is for research on materials used
in electrical power generating units.
Rollie Schafer. NT associate vice president for
research, said Pinzzotto’s research group will examine
the microstructure of critical components of industrial
electrical power generation plants
Texas Utilities Electric Corp., and International
Digital Modeling Corp. of Austin will give an
additional $300,000 to the project. "The project is
a good example of NT’s effort to work with in-
dustry,” Schafer said
"The goal of the project is to develop materials
specifications that accurately predict the lifetime of
electrical generator parts." Schafer said. "Reliable
prediction of the lifetime of parts will permit the
electric company to replace parts before they fail.”
A $212,869 grant was awarded to Dr Ken Dau-
gherty of the chemistry department. The project
involves devising ways to turn municipal waste into
fuel pellets that can be burned to provide heat energy
in cement manufacture, so manufacturing can be less
reliant on fossil fuels.
Schafer said. "Daugherty’s group of chemists are
developing methods to chemically bond the fuel pellets
together so that they are transportable and weather-
resistant, and also minimize pollution when they are
Photo by Steve DelafieiO
Plenty of Room
Louis Chaffer, Dallas sophomore, glances one bus in September and another in Oc-
over his shoulder before starting one ol NT s tober. The diesel buses can seat 44 passen-
new $65,000 shuttle buses NT purchased gers.
The NT women snapped a four-game losing streak
with an 81-59 w in against UT-San Antonio at the Super
Fit Monday. See story in Wednesday's paper
DIVER SENTENCED — Olympic diver Bruce
Kimball was sentenced to a lengthy prison term for killing
two people while driving drunk See Page 3,
FATHER KNOWS BETT ER Parenting education
is so popular at NT that there’s a new section See Page
RAISIN’ ‘KANE’ — “Citizen Kane." Orson
Welles’ classic 1941 film about a newspaper tycoon,
plays today in the Lyceum as part of the Classic Learning
Core movie scries See Page 6.
TRI. TRI AGAIN — Two members of NT’s triathlon
club, Chris Gunderson and Robert Inglish. were ranked
in the top 10 by the Triathlon Federation of Texas for
1988. See Page 8.
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