The North Texas Daily (Denton, Tex.), Vol. 72, No. 70, Ed. 1 Friday, February 10, 1989 Page: 1 of 8
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The North Texas Daily
*day, February 10, 1989
University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
72nd Year No. 70
Ad hex: committee
By Julie Hemby
A proposed amendment to the city zoning ordinance by
a group of Denton residents could possibly change the
living arrangements of some NT and Texas Woman’s
University students if it is approved by the city council.
But first the group of residents, calling themselves the
Ad Hoc Review Committee on Single-Family Zoning, has
to gain approval for redefining family zoning from all the
members of the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission.
Sparked by problems in the members' neighborhoods
throughout Denton, the Ad Hoc committee concurs that
tiie city’s zoning laws regarding single-family neighborhixxis
Group spokeman Paul Petty said during a Wednesday
night Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, “We’re
just trying to define the single-family neighborhoods.
“We re not targeting this to any group, not to college
students, not to the group from the state school, not the
handicapped — no one,” he said.
“When me and my wife moved into the area, we were
under the impression that our neighborhood was zoned for
the ngle lamily,” he said “But the meaning seems to
be interpreted differently.”
Arthur Cognard, another member of the group, said that
portions of Appendix B - Article 27 of the city zoning
ordinance do not make sense. “It first says one family,
then it proceeds to say two families.” Cognard is a resident
of the North Lake Trail neighborhood on the city's northwest
Section 26 in the zoning ordinance states that a one-family
dwelling is a detached building having accommodations
for and occupied by not more than two families and not
more than four boarders and lodgers.
Section 31 defines a family as any number of individuals
living together as a single housekeeping unit in which not
more than four of the individuals are unrelated by blood,
marriage or adoption.
“Aside from the likely incompatibility of these loosely
constituted groups, other physical problems such as adequate
living faculties and parking spaces are likely to occur,”
the Ad Hoc Committee states.
The committee also contends that Section 3) would not
"stand the scrutiny of Texas courts. Applying the definition
of family to the dwelling defintion in Section 26 could
conceivably result in more than 20 persons living in a
The Ad Hoc Review Committee is recommending that
Section 26 be changed.
"Section 26 regarding the single-family dwelling should
read, 'A detached building containing living accommodation
for and designed to be occupied by one family. A family
equivalent grouping that is acceptable ... would be composed
of two adults plus their children,”’ Petty said, while
addressing the commission.
A portion of the zoning ordinance would restrict more
than two unrelated individuals living in a single-family
residence. The single-family zones do not include apartment
Guline Brock, Chairwoman of the Planning and Zoning
Commission, said that she can empathize with both sides.
"We are empathetic to people who are disturbed in the
single-family residences,” Brock said, "but we also need
to consider the needs of people who are unrelated and
living together in homes for economic reasons.
“When you talk about college students, they’re not all
bad,” she said. "A family does not necessarily make a
good neighbor, and a student is not necessarily a bad
James Englebrecht. Planning and Zoning Commission
member, said Thursday that the situation indicates the
complexity of managing a city and keeping people living
in neighborhoods contently.
"I don't know how it will be resolved because it’s
such a complicated issue in the city," Englebrecht said.
“How can we meet everyone’s needs'?
"When people buy homes in S-E (single-family) resi-
dences, they have a perception of what the neighborhood
should be like." he said.
Englebrecht said that there is a question of “intensity
levels" in neighborhoods. “The city has a definition of
intensity, which means vehicle trips per day. We use it to
measure the activity level in neighborhoods.”
Denton has three intensity levels with regard to zoning.
Moderate intensity refers to the zoning areas around major
streets such as University Drive or Carroll Street.
A low intensity area is predominantly a single-family
residential area where small children are likely to be out
playing in yards and near the streets.
The third intensity level is the commercial and apartment
areas that have virtually no intensity. Collector streets help
to alleviate traffic in these neighborhixxis
The Planning and Zoning Commission will tackle the
single-family definition after further review of the Ad Hoc
Review Committee’s proposals and will meet to discuss
the issues next month.
Scott Mikter/NT Daily Staff
John Rozeboom, Plano sophomore, exhibits
some old-fashioned team spirit as NT comes
back to make a last-second shot, tying the
game at halftime 36-36. The Eagles beat
McNeese State University 74-71 See story
in Tuesday’s edition of The Daily
form new NT board
By Rogers Cadenhead
Mctroplex leaders have been invited
to NT today to form a new group that
will strengthen the university's com-
“It’s the first step," NT President
Al Hurley said “It’s an effort to draw
to the university a new group of people
who can give us badly needed help in
telling our story to the state."
Meeting for the first time today, the
Board of Visitors will supplement the
Board of Regents, Rose Marie Wil-
kinson, executive director of develop-
“Private schools have a board of
directors or board of trustees drawn from
leaders, not limited to alumni — prom-
inent people,” Wilkinson said. "But
in public (schools), our governing board
is the Board of Regents, which is ap
pointed by the governor. Unless we
establish some sort of volunteer board
we have limited access to the com-
The board members, whom Wil-
kinson said would be identified after
the first meeting, will meet on campus
for an “informational visit” and be
here most of the day, she said
Wilkinson said bylaws have not been
established for the board yet, but there
will probably be less than 30 members
“The purpose is to invite a broad
spectrum of people.” Wilkinson said
“They have been given materials about
the university, and we will be visiting
a variety of things . . an overview.”
The Advancement Center has planned
the visit and recruited prospective board
"Right now. (people have been
sought) primarily throughout the Metro-
plex,” Wilkinson said. "But it’s not
Hurley said the scope of the board
would be broader than Dallas/Eort
Worth. “We have an interest in an area
from the Red River to the southern edge
of the Mctroplex,” he said "A group
that will be a source of feedback on
the impact we’re having in the region.”
That input will be its primary purpose,
Wilkinson said “It will be a very
important group because it will provide
us input and feedback that we have not
had," she said. “We’re going to try
not to talk at them, but listen to them.”
Hurley said it is “of crucial im-
portance for us to develop a broader
and deeper base It gives us a line of
He said he hopes the board will bring
increased interest to some of NT’s
special programs, such as the Center
for Texas Studies, the Center for
Materials Characterization and the
Classic Learning Core.
“As we develop new ideas, such
as a senes of new centers, we hope to
generate interest in them,” he said.
They merit a lot of support, and
although those who know (about the
programs) are supporting them, many
aren't aware that they are here.
“The Center tor Texas Studies is
already making an impact,” he said.
“We want people to understand it and
talk it up The Board of Visitors will
be leaders to tell the story to the com-
"It is an effort to involve me re
leaders in more of the university,” he
said. “The principle reason is to
develop a group that will be a sounding
board of new initiatives."
SA campaigns to change centennial logo
By Rogers Cadenhead
Changing NT's 1990 centennial logo will
be the purpose of a Student Association
letter-writing and petition campaign, the
assembly decided in a Wednesday vote.
“If this (logo) is going to be on every-
thing for an entire year, it should be of higher
quality,” assembly member Janet Folmar,
Pattison senior, said.
The logo, which depicts the Administration
Building tower, was chosen by a university
centennial committee in January . “The two
logos that people at NT identify with the
most are the eagle and the tower." Dr. Bill
Luker, chairman of the centennial committee,
said after the selection.
SA members argued Wednesday that the
tower logo resembles the 1990 centennial
logo ot Oklahoma State University too
closely, and that it doesn’t look like the
Administration Building tower.
"I don't think it’s good for the logo to
represent 100 years of excellence and not
be our tower,” SA member Stacie Braga-
lone, Abilene senior, said.
Folmar said. “Our tower is eight-sided,
not four-sided. Basically, it’s not just the
tower, though, it s the whole logo. It does
not represent the quality of NT."
SA plans to circulate petitions to more
than 100 student groups Friday, Folmar said.
Assembly members will also take petitions
to classes and around campus, she said.
SA Vice President Jay Ruuska said, "The
design for the logo was hurriedly decided
upon by the selection committee because of
publication deadlines I am an ad art major
and know something about logos, and have
even designed a few I think the committee
could have come up with something better
The logo will be NT's main identification
symbol, which several SA members said was
a factor in their campaign.
“This logo is going to be on every-
thing,” Ruuska said. "It will be printed
on all centennial publications, all university
letterheads, all athletic uniforms, all uni-
veisity vehicles and over 350 University Store
The campaign is intended to convince the
centennial committee to change the logo
before it is printed, Folmar said
Ruuska said, "The logo itself doesn't
have the ability to lend distinction to the
university or inspire admiration."
in other SA business Wednesday, the
assembly considered four resolutions and one
The assembly voted to oppose the housing
department’s standard of "reasonable sus-
picion” for searching dorm rooms.
“There are better ways to go about it.”
Bragalone said. "This is not the way this
needs to be gone about — a temporary
“What they call reasonable suspicion is
not a legally defined term —- probable cause
is," she said.
Three resolutions were passed in response
to pending state legislation House Bill 54,
which would create a prepaid tuition trust,
was unanimously supported.
The assembly also voted to support House
Bill 560, which would require state teachers
to be trained on how to answer the sex
education questions of inquisitive students
Senate Bill 172, which would require sex
education curricula to include a statement
that "abstinence from sexual intercourse
outside of lawful marriage is the expected
societal standard for school-aged unmarried
persons," was opposed.
The bill "carries significant overtones of
legislated morality,” according to the SA
resolution. "It is not the responsibility of
the state Legislature to dictate morality."
Another bill supported by SA creates an
April “NT Night at the Apollo" student
talent show held as an SA fundraiser.
Daily reporter Kirsten Frederick con-
tributed to this stars .
Cold spell chills pocketbooks
By Leslie Hueholt
The recent cold spell in north Texas will
cause discomforts other than cold noses, a
utilities official said Thursday. It may serve
to drain consumers’ pocketbooks.
"These past months have been relatively
mild, but this past week’s cold spell will be
retlected in future bills,” Ernie Tullos,
director of Denton electric utilities, said.
Tullos said the compiuiy cannot help reduce
the rates for several reasons. “The oil and
natural gas prices sel by OPEC are artificial
prices," he said. "I am told that those
people need to charge almost 16 to 18 dollars
a barrel to pay for drilling and transportation
of the oil.”
Bills tend to be high because many apart-
ments lack sufficient insulation, said Monica
Sanders, Pace’s Crossing resident and San
"We live in an efficiency apartment where
we’re supposed to have good insulation. We
try to have fires in our fireplace quite a bit
Unless a fire is going constantly, though, the
vent lets a lot of cold air in."
Sanders’ monthly electric bills have in
creased $40 since the start of the winter,
leaving her with $70-$80 bills
Tullos said, "Apartment residents should
see a 15-20 percent increase in their bills
just because of that one cold week. We can’t
do much to reduce the rates, but we advertise
ways to conserve energy."
The City of Denton Utilities charges resi
dents 8 cents per kilowatt-hour. "You get a
wide variation of costs depending on where
you live,” Tullos said. "The cheapest cities
in Texas are close to Austin and the most
expensive city is El Paso, where residents
are charged 10 cents per kilowatt-hour "
La Colina resident Kevin Sherrick, Lima.
Ohio junior, also blamed the increasing utility
bills on poor insulation. "Right now I'm
sleeping in my living room and keeping my
bedroom closed off because the draft from a
nearby door is so bad.” Sherrick said.
Sherrick said he noticed that many house
and apartment tops did not retain ice during
the ice storm last week “There is not enough
insulation in the roofs of these homes and
all of the heat is escaping.
Cearan Henley, a resident of Prairie Hollow
apartments and a Denton sophomore, said.
“I’m always real conscientious about my
light usage and 1 keep the thermostat down
when I’m not there."
Tullos said. “For every degree lower that
the thermostat is kept, there is a substantial
decrease in the cost of the bill. The heating
part of the bill decreases 3 to 4 percent for
Lack of state funds could block NT staff raise
By Tobv Perkins
Whether NT staff members will receive raises
will not be known until April, President Al Hurley
said Wednesday at a staff sack lunch.
Hurley answered questions that were submitted
by staff members who attended the lunch in the
University Union Silver Eagle Suite.
“The barrier to any raise will be lack of funds
at the state level," Hurley said.
State Comptroller Bob Bullock submitted a
revised edition of the Current Services Budget to
the Texas legislature in December. The budget
was SI billion less that Bullock had earlier
The budget uses the previous year's budget as
a base and additional money is allocated to a
university according to its growth.
“ The outlook would be better if we received
the proper funding for our growth,” Hurley said.
NT grew more than 15 percent over the last two
years. Hurley said
In April the House Appropriations Committee
will meet with the other committees and sub-
committees involved and decide on allocation.
“There is a proposal in the Texas Senate right
now that would call for an emergency pay raise
for staff members, but lack of funds is still a
barrier," Hurley said
Hurley said he and the Council of College
Presidents supported the State Employees As-
sociation's call for the best possible raise tor stall
members. Hurley, president of the council, said
the council would also ask for a raise for faculty
members to accommodate the median salarv ot
the 10 most populous states
Hurley and NT representatives will meet
Monday with the House Budget and Oversight
of Higher Education Committee to present NT's
Hurley also answered other questions submitted
by the staff members who attended the lunch
"The idea of a no smoking policy is difficult
to enforce," he said "But the Surgeon General
has clearly stated that it is a health problem for
those who smoke and those who arc around
Hurley said he believed smoking restrictions
would tighten in the future in order to “move
us along to that objective."
In response to other questions Hurley informed
the nearly 180 guests about the expansion ot the
library, the process for chairman evaluation and
the traffic situation on Avenue C.
Prior to the question-and-answcr peruxl. Hurley
presented Outstanding Service Awards to Mildred
Cases, campus operator supervisor. Ron Huehner.
instructional television services manager, and
Martha Shepperd, senior clerk
Deon Hunter hit a tie-breaking
shot w ith 30 seconds to go and sank
a game-sealing free throw with four
seconds left to lift NT past McNeese
State 74-71 Thursday night in a
thriller at the Super Pit.
The victory gave the Eagles sole
possession of first place in the
NT was also led by Wendell
Williams’ 17 points. McNeese was
paced by Tad Hams’ 22 points and
Michael Cutright’s 21.
In the women’s game. NT ended
a six-game losing streak with a
87-57 win against the McNeese
State women. Nelda Roy scored 27
points and pulled down 18 rebounds
for the NT women.
KIDDIE DUCKIES — A
Houston woman was appalled by
the sale of condoms to her 8-
year-old nephew . See Page 3.
DENTON DINING — A new
restaurant. Shoney’s. will move into
Denton at the end of March,
bringing w ith it jobs for students
See Page 4
TESTING, TESTING ... —
Twenty-four NT football players
will soon be randomly selected to
participate in an NCAA off-season
steroid testing program See Page 8.
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