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Page 12AThe Battalion/Monday, March 18, 1985 Poll reveals 47 percent support Goetz in shooting Associated Press NEW YORK — Bernhard Goetz’s subway shooting attack on four teen agers asking him for money was sup ported by 47 percent of Americans asked about it in a Media General- Associated Press poll on crime. The nationwide poll also indi cated that 42 percent of Americans believe mugging victims have the right to take matters into their own hands, that one in five U.S. families has been touched by serious crime and that 56 percent of those victims were dissatisfied with response from the police. Goetz, 37, an electronics engineer dubbed the “subway vigilante,” gained worldwide recognition in the Dec. 22, 1984, shootings of four youths on a New York City subway train after at least one of the teen-ag ers asked for $5. One grand jury re fused to indict him on attempted murder charges, but the case was re opened last week and a new grand jury is expected to begin hearing re submitted charges this week. The Goetz case prompted wide spread debate on crime and self-pro tection and led President Reagan to say in January, “In general, I think we all can understand the frustra-, tion of people who are constantly threatened oy crime and feel that law and order is not particularly pro tecting them.” The 1,532 adults contacted in the nationwide telephone poll were asked, “Do you believe that people who become the victims of muggings or holdups have a right to take mat ters into their own hands, or should they let police and the courts deal with the matter?” Forty-two percent said crime vic tims had a right to strike back, 47 percent said police and the. courts should deal with the matter and 11 percent didn’t answer or said they didn’t know. Asked specifically about Goetz, 47 percent said they supported the ac tions of the subw'ay gunman, 17 per cent opposed what he did ana 36 percent said they didn’t know enough about the case to form an opinion. When the responses were tallied Around town Duchesses needed for Cotton Pageant Applications are now available for duchesses to the 51st Annual Cotton Pageant. Any campus organization is invited to enter a con- testatu. as well as sororities and fraternities. The winner receives a S500 scholarship to TAMU, Entry fee is $40. Ibe pageant will be held March 29 ami 80. For applications and information, call Patrice at 764-7133. Womens club sponsors CPU courses Two Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) courses, open to the public, will be offered at the Womens Club at !2<K) Carter Creel Parkway in Bryan. Each course consists of two sessions. Today and Wednesday, a course is scheduled for 9 a.m.-noon. Tuesday and Thursday the course -will be held 7 pan.-10 p.m. Attendance at both sessions is necessary to-complete the course and to receive certifica tion form the American Heart Association and Red Cross. The only' cost to to participants is 50c for an instruction booklet. To register, call the American Heart Association at 775-1970. Student budget workshop held tomorrow J wo workshops for treasurers of student organizations concern ing budgets for student organizations allocations will be held in 137 MSC on Tuesday- One will begin at 3:30 p.m. and second will stan at 5:15 p.m. All organizations must have a representative attend one of these funding budget workshops prior to submitting a budget re quest. Budget requests are due March 29 at 4 pan. in the Student f i nance Center. Applications opened for peer advisor ippli YMCA. There is an infot matron session scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m, in 137 MSC. This will cover peer advisor responsibilities' as well as a description of the total Peer Advisor Program. Anyone in terested in being a 1985 peer advisor is encouraged to attend. Phalanx defense system reliability under question Associated Press WASHING TON — You are the captain of the U.S.S. Heroic, a fictio nal American frigate plying the Mediterranean in wartime. Only sec onds away, four Soviet missiles are hurtling toward middeck at nearly the speed of sound. Your only defense is the last de fense. the Phalanx system. These radar-guided Gatling guns spit out “penetrators” at the rate ot 75 per second. These are special bul lets —- made of super-haru depleted uranium — and to be effective they must strike the incoming missiles’ 12-inch heads, churn through the armor and set off the explosive. If the Phalanx bullets misfire, or fail to penetrate, the U.S.S. Heroic sinks. The more bullets that hit, the better your chances. Can you count on the ammuni tion? That question, involving the U.S. Navy and the navies of seven allied countries, has been askqd and ex plored in great detail in courtrooms in Santa Barbara, Calif., and Wash ington in recent weeks. There was testimony and evidence that the an swer is yes. And no. On one side is Fritz Feldmann, in ventor of a break-away plastic shroud that encases the penetrators as they travel through the gun bar rel. The white-haired, Swiss-born Feldmann claims he isn’t being paid royalties for his invention, called a sabot. Moreover, he says his sabot was altered for the mass-production process and lost two-thirds of its ac curacy because of it . If he were the captain of a ship under attack? “I’d want better ammunition,” said Feldmann. On the other side is the Navy, which has more than 221) Phalanx systems on 125 ships and is scram bling to triple that. The Navy and the sole manufacturer, the Olin Cor poration, say Feldman’s invention wasn’t distinctive enough to com mand royalties. They say the five million rounds of the ammunition made to date are nearly twice as ac curate as required. If you were ( the captain of that ship? Peter T. Adams, the lead labo ratory manager for the Phalanx tetri at the Naval Surface Weapo Center in Dahlgren, Va., testified: “If you have a weapons sysij that has the probability of di job with die current ammunition 100 percent and you are aware ways of improving the ammunit* ... What happens if you makej ammunition netter? Basically noi ing-” , , fhe Navy tested Phalanx last Mi lor the first time against the Freni built Exocet, successfully knodi out three of four. fhe debate in the U.S. Cl Court spiced up an otherwise n tine trial over royalties claimed Feldmann, who holds three patei on the sabot. The sabot is needed cause the |>enetrator is smaller a normal 20mm bullet. Phalanx is used aboard ranging from the largest m earners to (he smallest frigates marvel of modern warfare, its simultaneoush tracks incomiii siies and outgoing projectiles,a[ ing corrections before the burst arrives in (he target/one. Vol. 80 Kidnap (continued from page 1) along racial lines, 33 percent of blacks said they supported Goetz, 26 percent opposed what he did, and 41 percent said they didn’t know. Among whites, 49 percent sup ported Goetz, 16 percent opposed what he did and 35 percent said they didn’t know. The wounded youths are black; Goetz is white. In New York, some angry black leaders said the public would have been less supportive if the gunman had been black and the youths white. Federal prosecutors were asked to charge Goetz with civil rights violations, but the request was denied after prosecutors deter mined Goetz acted in fear and not from racial motives. Twenty-two percent of the re spondents said they or members of their families had been victims of se rious crime in the past year. Among those, 56 percent were dissatisfied with police response, 39 percent said they were satisfied. Respondents were also asked if they believed crime in their commu nities was more serious than other problems, just as serious or not as se rious as other problems. Nineteen percent said more serious, 39 per cent said just as serious and 40 per cent said not as serious. Threats were made against Anter- icans in Lebanon over the U.S. veto in the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday of a Uebanese-sponsored resolution condemning Israeli prac tices in occupied south Uebanon. The caller’s statement said; “We are definite that Islamic Beirut is full of agents f rom all sides, and accord ingly we are working day and night to purge our region of any subver sive element.” Police sources in, Beirut, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed Sunday that a Libyan dip lomat had been abducted from his car on west Beirut’s Corniche Maz- raa Boulevard the day before. They identified him as Abdel-Basset Tra- bulsi, a member of the Libyan Peo ple’s Bureau, the equivalent of an embassy. There have been several kidnap pings of Libyan diplomats in west Beirut. All have been released un harmed. The statement attributed to Is lamic Holy War yas given by a man speaking Lebanese-accented Arabic to a Western news agency in Beirut, which translated it into English and provided it to the AP with the un derstanding the agency would not be named. The statement also threatened Swiss citizens and interests, claiming Switzerland, a neutral country, was planning to buy weapons from Is rael. After reading the statement, (he caller added: “We have delayed re leasing this statement until the three were taken outside Beirut.” There was no way to authenticate the validity of the call, similar to those which have followed past kid nappings of other Americans in Bei rut as well as anti-American bomb ings and other violent activities. Judge not laughing at T-shirt words ssociaio* Press SAN ANGELO — As Ra Don Smith sat quietly courtroom gallery, he wore a I shirt displaying two horizi lines of large alphabetical ch ters that spelled nothing. But when his wife, Karen! Smith, 19, took the stand tot tify about the divorce she squi Smith. 22, smiled and foldedii his T-slurt, causing (he tharai to display a common obscenity in letters six inches tall. State District fudge Curl) saw no humor in the action, stopped the Friday hearing, dared Smith in contemp court, and sent him to jail! hours. AA g McDonald's DRIVE THRU WINDOW MCDONALD’S INTRAMURAL HIGHLIGHTS AA, £ Me Donald: Ha ma ant ula At University Drive At Texas and S.W. Parkway At Manor East Mail At 2930 E. Highway 21 BREAKFAST EVERY MORNING C BREAK THE RECORD The Intramural Track and Field Meet is fast approaching on the calandar. Entries open March 18 and close March 26. For you diehard trackstars, here is a list of Intramural track records that have stood for five or more years. Go for the gold! Event Record Year 100 M Dash 10.6 1978 200 M Dash 21.47* 1978 800 M Dash 1:59.0* 1975 1600 M Run 4:24.26* 1978 110 M Low Hurdles 13.13* 1975 1600 M Relay 3:26.59* 1977 Softball Trow 350’6” 1978 Women’s Track and Field Event Record Year 800 M Dash 2:28.73* 1979 400 M Relay 53.39* 1978 High Jump 5’5” 1978 Long Jump i6’y 2 ” 1979 Softball Throw 210’2 1 /4” 1976 * Indicates converted from Imperial Measure All records for Intramural Track and Field are listed in the Intramu ral Calendar. For more information about the Track Meet, call the Intarmural Office at 845-7826 or come by East Kyle. IM GAMEPLAN ENTRIES CLOSE: SUPERSTARS — Budding decath- letes take notice. Entries close Fri day, March 22. Entrants chose 10 of the 12 events. Competitions will be held March 23 and 24. A meeting for all participants will be held Satur day,March 23 at 11:30 a.m. in 164 East Kyle. ★ * * * * * * * * * * ENTRIES OPEN: TRACK AND FIELD —Rev up the old sneaks. Entries open today, March 18, and close Tuesday, March 26. A Scratch and Informa tion meeting will be held Thursday, March 28 at 6 p.m. in 164 East Kyle. Field events will be held on Sunday, March 31. Prelims for running events will be Tuesday, April 2; divi- sionals are Thursday, April 4 and Ail-University will be the following Tuesday, April 9. Individuals andi teams are encouraged to enter. HANDBALL DOUBLES —Entries open today, - March 18 and close Tuesday, March 26. Pay begins Monday, April 1 at East Kyle. USHA Rules will apply. Matches consist of the best two out of three games. Free. VOLLEYBALL TRIPLES AND INNERTUBE WATER POLO Just a reminder that Volleyball Triples and Innertube Water Polo tournaments begin tonight. Team captains who missed the team captain’s meeting can pick up their schedules in room 159 East Kyle. PENBERTHY DEADLINE EXTENDED The Intramural Office will continue to take entries for the Penberthy Softball Tournament until 6 p.m., March 20. This tournament will be held March 22, 23 and 24. Entry fee is $40. Games finish at midnight each night of the tournament. Ass WRESTLING WINNERS WATER POLO NEWS The Men’s Water Polo Club which placed 2nd in the National Water Polo Association Tournament will hold an organizational meeting on Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m. in room 109 Military Science Build ing. Any person interested in becoming a member is encouraged to attend. For more information call Chris Blockhaus at 260-1774. Congratulations to the following winners in the Intramural Wres tling Tournament. Winners Weight Class Tom Gore 118 A Mark Okamoto 134 A Karl Gromelski 134 B Steven Martter 142 A Alan Carlisle 150 A Frederrick Brenz 158 A Scoot Parrot 158 B Charlie Werth 167 A Araon Dennis 177 A Blake Walter 190 A Randy Schrecengost HWT WAS Amid ii lobbying gan, th Senate Commit Monday freeing build an tional M and Neb Comn predicte full Sen; in Reag; lion’s tie Senat am conf Golds pose the “A vc presidei thing, n Despi M ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Wrestling champ (134 Ibs.-Class A) Mark Okamoto accumulates points toward his victory in the Intramural Wrestling Tournament. McDonald’s Intramural Highlights is sponsored each Monday in the Battalion by your local McDonald’s" Restaurants at University Drive, Manor East Mall and on Texas Avenue. Stories are written by members of the Intramural Staff, graphics are by Joel Nickerson, and photos are by Tom McDonnell and Marcy Basile. Editoi PWofi some sci Mars. By \ And "ith hai tie stra. iras fam May all The and sup ls not as former Ployed £ “The We ’ r e tal miliar; t tion ma said Dr c iate pr< n 0ran Kesearc