New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 6, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Page 10AHerald-Z§ltung, New Braunfels, Texas
Sunday, October 6, 1991
Legislators encourage students to vote for proposition
SAN MARCOS — The future of state guaranteed student loans rests in the hands of voters in the Nov. 5 election, and it is up to college and university students who benefit from the program to rally suppon and urge voter approval for Proposition 13.
This was the message state Sen. Conzalo Barrientos (D-Austin) and state Rep. Libby Linebarger (D-Manchaca) had for students attending the legislative forum on issues affecting higher education. Sponsored by SWTSU’s Associated Student Gov-
• aliment and Black Student Alliance, Idle forum was held recently on the >$Wtsu campus.
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English offered as x-second language
!• Classes in English as a second lan-juagc and English and basic Amcri-•’<an government for amnesty applicants are still being offered at Lone S£tar Elementary every Monday and ; I Wednesday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. and at •|d»e Community Service Center every I • Monday and Wednesday from 6 to 9
•X The classes are under the direction I; af the Texas Education Agency and ;«)Jie New Braunfels and Comal inde-• I pendent school districts and are prodded free. Maggie Cunningham, 'director for the program, said this is the last year the amnesty classes will he offered.
“Those who already have legal residency cards are encouraged to continue their education in the English language,” she said. “Those who wish to take their citizenship tests in the future are also encouraged to attend.”
For more information call Christine Zavala at 629-2731.
Literacy training offered in Schertz
The Literacy Council in Comal and Guadalupe counties and the Greater Randolph Area will hold a tutor training workshop Nov. 9 and Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at 703 Curtis in Schertz.
The Adult Literacy Council is a non-profit community based organization which provides one-to-one instruction for adults 17 and older.
The council recruits students and volunteers, trains new tutors and raises funds for program expenses.
Tutors receive training before they start tutoring. If you or someone you know needs the services of the council, contact Vcmell Martinez, local coordinator. Registration for this workshop ends Nov. 6. To register call Vemell Martinez at 625-9480.Early admission to dental school offered
SAN MARCOS — Students at Southwest Texas Slate University arc eligible to apply for a new “3+4" early admission program with the dental ^school of The University of Texas health Science Center at San •Antonio.
! Through the “3+4” program, audients wittx dental school after competing three years of undergraduate •studies. Credits earned in dental ^school are used to complete work toward the bachelor’s degree.
The program is designed to attract students in their final year of high school and first year of college who arc certain about having a career in dentistry or are strongly considering •one. Studies show that 50 percent of dental students first considered derm-jury prior to college, and 20 percent make their final decision prior to -college.
The program ’s first three undergraduate students, who have applied to complete a baccalaureate degree as J well as a doctor of denial surgery ’ degree in only seven years, already
* have completed a required week in J San Antonio this summer
* Students in the program are
* required to spend at least a week on I campus aftcr their freshman year in
college and again after their second year
The summer programs allow students to meet professional role models in the field, to become familiar with the dental education environ meni, to better prepare for the required Dental Aptitude Test (DAT; and to recognize issues in health care and begin to develop the knowledge base and skills required for leadership j in the profession.
For more information contact Dr. J Caroline Benjamin of SWT’s Depart J mem of Biology at (512) 245-3358 or i 145-2178
Passage of Proposition 13 would enable the state to scil $300 million in general obligation bonds to finance the slate Hinson-Hazclwood Student Loans, which provide low-intcrcst loans to low-and-middle-incomc students.
Authorized by voters in 1965, the Hinson-Hazel wood program usually operates as a revolving, selfsupporting program. Since 1966, when the program issued its first loans, $360 million in bonds have been sold to provide loans to college students.
Currently, $240 million of that is invested in loans that arc not yet due for repayment. An increase demand
for the loans, due to higher enrollment and cuts in federally funded programs, has caused a shortage in available funds, lf voters do not approve Proposition 13, available funds will be depleted by March 1992.
“We need a constitutional amendment to allow the sale of general obligation bonds for continued — it’s not a new program — funding of Texas Student Loan Programs for lower-and-middlc-incdmc students,” Barrientos said. “The annual demand for the Hinson-Hazclwood Student Loan Program has increased nearly five fold in the past three years.”
The program is administered by the State of Texas through the Higher Education Coordinating Board and has a default rate of only 4 to 5 percent as opposed to the 30 percent average default rate for federal loan programs.
“Since 1965 students have repaid (these) loans in full, plus interest, to cover an extremely low default rate,” Barrientos said. “Not one penny of state appropriation tax dollars has ever been used to repay Hinson-Hazel wood loans.”
On Aug. IO, in a statewide election with less than 12 percent of registered voters participating, Texas narr owly voted down a previous effort to pump
more money into the state loan program.
“lf the students don’t vote for this proposition what more can I do to help you?” Barrientos asked.
Linebarger also challenged the students to get involved.
“I’ve always felt that apathy is our worst enemy and I think that is what happened when voters narrowly turned down that constitutional amendment in August and I hope that you, as students, do not allow that to happen again,” she said.
Linebarger commended student involvement in other issues that affect higher education as well.
“I was impressed (during the recent special session of the legislature) with student involvement not only from Southwest Texas State University but from around the stale,” she said.
With the help of students from universities across the state who held press conferences and protests, Line-bargcr said the legislature defeated a prosposal which called for doubling tuition at all state universities in order to balance the state budget.
Instead, the legislature voted for a gradual increase in tuition to be phased in over the next six years.
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