Conceding to requests and demonstrations by the HSAB, a ramp is
built at the E. Cullen Building for
those needing a wheelchair. Photo by
With righteous anger, the Veteran's
Club and Handicapped Student Advisory Board protest proposed cuts
in students service fees that will affect their organizations and members. Photo by Michael Williams.
Handicapped Student Advisory Board, as the name implies, is
formed by handicapped students
and is one of their best means to
voice concerns to the administration. In a crowd of 30,000 students, a few hundred could remain unnoticed, but this group is
determined not to let that happen.
The HSAB was formed so that
students could get together and
discuss events. HSAB provides a
means through which issues concerning handicapped students
are communicated to students,
faculty, and administration.
When merely voicing their needs
proves fruitless, the HSAB has
formally protested to get rulings
in their favor.
Headed by President Rodger
Peters, Vice-President Lori
James, and Secretary Linda Bos-
chian, the HSAB has been very
active, and plans to continue in
the future. They worked with the
M. D. Anderson Library to plan
a new entrance gate for wheelchair users. They also worked to
have a new West Entrance ramp
in the E. Cullen Building.
In the spring semester, HSAB
proposed to dorm officials that a
new and more efficient lock system be used in handicapped students' rooms. One other major
issue that HSAB worked on is
protesting budget cuts in student
President Van Horn proposed
that $500,000 in state funding for
the Career Planning and Placement Center and the Community
Center be used to fund faculty
raises, and that the athletic department receive $2 million from
student service fees in the 1988-
89 fiscal year. At that meeting,
Paul Moore, Vice-President of
Student Affairs, proposed that
handicapped student services receive 66% less than this year.
On hearing this, angry students from HSAB gathered outside President Van Horn's office
to stage a week-long vigil to protest cuts in their programs.
"If we sit idly by and let things
happen the way the Board of Regents wants them to, we aren't
going to accomplish anything,"
said Peters. "We have to speak
out and make other students understand that they are involved,
too, it affects all of us."
With constant efforts applied
toward their long-term goal of
improving the living and studying conditions for handicapped
students, the HSAB is confident
of success. These small triumphs
inspire the HSAB onward.
— Sunil Thakkar
"We have to speak out and make other
students understand that they are involved too, it affects all of us."
ADVISORY BOARD - Ramsey
Morris, Roger Peters, Lori Jansen,
Linda Boschian. Second: Dr. Mary
Rudisill, David Konen, Coy Wyatt,
Dina Abramson, Johnny Parker, Janet Wrage. Back: Harry Fudge.
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