The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, March 08, 2002, Image 1

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RIDAYMARCH 8. 2002 VOLUME 108 • ISSUE 110 THE BATTALION TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY nst Clint ed Wednesdays fges against Pres ky. Arena still posting deficits Iromtwprsj successor ,'n after (eavrcl Jan. 19,20c- strikes adMi proseatoti By Sarah Darr THE BATTALION espite bringing in the biggest sh|>w of the season with “Disney on fee,” financial advisers at the Reed Arena admit the four-year- old facility may still be skating on thin ice. | With no concerts this fall and a heightening recession, the arena experienced negative growth last semester, said Reed Arena director Steve Hodge. Though the arena expects to make up for its losses with a spring line-up that includes a cir cus Muster and a possible WWF filming, Hodge said he still expects a defieit of $222,000 this year. ■That figure is down slightly from Officials hope spring lineup will carry Reed out of debt last year’s deficit of $240,000. For the first five to seven years of operation, Reed was expected to lose money, Hodge said. As in most uni versity arenas, and in a venue close to major thoroughfares like Houston and Austin, earning a profit is unlikely while an arena is still new and paying for the cost of its construction. Reed opened for Muster in April 1998. Tickets for “Disney on Ice” have not sold out. Reed’s Deputy Director Mary Helen Bowers said they are not expected to sell out because there are seven showings. But, Bowers said, arenas do not always aim to sell out shows. Empty seats are not just a prob lem for the ice show. Basketball attendance, which has been much lower than expected, has left Reed Arena echoing during some of its biggest basketball games. Last season, of Reed’s 12,500 seats, an average of only 2,750 were filled for men’s basketball games, with an average of 1,000 less than that for women's basketball. The numbers have not been com piled for basketball attendance this season at Reed, but Bowers said overall attendance has improved. The Texas Tech game drew the high est attendance of the season with for mer Indiana coach Bobby Knight as the star of the show. “We have a good core of basket ball fans because the games are so fun to watch,” Bowers said. The Arena is booked solid after spring break. Tickets went on sale this week for Nickelback in April, part of the MTV Campus Tour. A verbal agreement was also made with WWF to have a televised See Reed on page 2 STUART VILLANUEVA • THE BATTALION Workers put a sheet of ice down at Reed Arena, which has experienced negative growth lately. Yee-haw Ided. lenry Hyde for impeac against Of Min oughtwf- liter. hink haii wants it-^ id Hyde. House i n Decemte him of ng justice. Hx him the report disci e of evidence iresident tlm nton’s own .mi nett, idavits subfli- rs with ion a year ett recalled li Clinton’s test lawsuit, the Lewinsky’s & h said she hae relationship flinton con: ie affidavit he deposition' iffidavits state A steer waits to dash from the chute as Texas A&M Rodeo Club members Bret Richards (I) and Nathan Bradford (r) prepare to rope it at the Flying Ace Ranch in College STUART VILLANUEVA • THE BATTALION Station on Thursday. Bradford and Richards are practicing for the club's upcoming rodeo this weekend at the Freeman Arena. Student Senate criticizes top 20 By C.E. Walters THE BATTALION Student Senators said Wednesday that the top 20 percent plan did not go far enough to address student concerns. Calling it a reconstruction plan, the senators cited the need to pro vide additional scholarship money to allow more students from lower income areas to attend Texas A&M. Senators referenced other schools, such as the University of Texas and Rice University, who provide more money for students, essentially “out-bidding” A&M. Under the proposed plan, the top 20 percent of graduates from 254 economically disadvantaged high schools in Texas would be ushered into A&M if they met the University’s SAT and grade-point requirements. University officials decided last week not to pursue the top 20 plan this fall, citing a lack of time to implement the plan. Top 20 may still be figured into admissions for Fall 2003. “We didn’t think it (top 20) was a good plan,” said Student Services Committee Chair Daniel Pearson, a junior political science major. During debate, senators ques tioned whether the initiative was based on the race of the applicants. Senator and junior political sci ence major Tyler Dunman said admissions policies will not solve the diversity problem on campus. “I think we’re just missing the whole point,” Dunman said. Richard Carlson, speaker of the Faculty Senate and professor of geology, was at the meeting and said any resolution passed by Student Senate recommending the Board of Regents directly target minorities would be illegal and consequently be disregarded. Northside Caucus Leader and sophomore biomedical science major Natasha Eubanks said the purpose of the legislation was not to target minorities. In other senate business, sena tors placed a student referendum on the same ballot as student body elections at the end of March. The referendum will cover a possible licensing agree ment with Microsoft that would give students discounted software for an additional fee of $1.25 per scholastic hour. If passed, students could pay as little as $5 for Microsoft software in stores. In her bi-weekly report to the Senate, Student Body President See Senate on page 2 tudents to lose parking lot le Field construction affects four campus lots Aggie Nights provides students with alternative By Sarah Szuminski THE BATTALION Plan Students living on campus may have to adjust their park ing routine after spring break, when parking lots near the ! Kith end of Kyle Field will be fenced to prepare for con- itmption, officials say. 3O0lVIore Construction TES FOR ONt' ER MONTH vt/sf roamw® ss AME» year service 1175 White s u l nt discount * wire L ADRIAN CALCANEO - THE BATTALION H PA 69, 91, 48 and 46 will be closed for construction fter spring break. The start of construction of the new south end zone foot ball complex and academic center was scheduled for early March but has been bumped back to later in the month, said Bobby Bisor, interim director of the Department of Parking, Traffic and Transportation Services (PTTS). Student access to the affected parking areas was extend ed through the present week because of the postponement of the project, Bisor said. Affected lots include on-campus resident red lots PA 69, 91 and 48, and faculty and staff yellow lot PA 46, the lots sur rounding the south end of Kyle Field and the Read Building. Alternative parking for red permit holders will be provided in commuter lots PA 61 and 97 on West Campus to accommo date the 750 resident parking spaces lost to the construction, said PTTS Information Specialist Angela Newman. The previously blue lots are currently accessible to both blue and red permit holders. The football complex and academic center is scheduled for completion in October 2003 and will contain offices, locker rooms, meeting rooms, an equipment room and lounge, as well as an academic service center, auditorium and training and rehabilitation center. Upon completion of the complex, all of PA 91 will be lost, along with most of PA 69 and part of PA 48, Newman said. These lots will re-open to students as construction allows. “It will depend on the phase of construction and all of the other factors such as the weather,” Newman said. Additional accommodations have been made to ensure adequate parking facilities for all students during the con struction and after its completion. More than 1,175 new spaces will be provided by the addition of PA 114 adjacent to the Tennis Complex on West Campus, along with construction of PA 100 at the southwest corner of Reed Arena and additional spaces in PA 63 at Olsen Field. These lots are intended to supply sufficient See Parking on page 2 By Tanya Nading THE BATTALION A new Memorial Student Center pilot pro gram aims to provide stu dents with a Friday night alternative to the crowded, smokey bars that line Northgate. An estimated 500 stu dents attended the first Aggie Nights program held Friday, March 1, and more students are expected to attend the April repeat of the program. “It has been a recent trend among a lot of col leges and universities to sponsor this kind of event,” said Dave Salmon, MSC Town Hall adviser and an organizer of Aggie Nights. “Myself and two students within the MSC attended a Big 12 Conference at the University of Missouri where we discussed the possibility of bringing this type of program to our campus,” Salmon said. “We thought it was a great idea, and I was given the responsibility of putting it together for a trial run.” Aggie Nights provided many forms of entertain ment for students, consist ing of a karaoke contest with a first place prize of $150, free bowling and pool, crafts and live music. “I got the same experi ence hanging out with my friends rather than going out to a smoking, alco holic environment,” said Meredith Petry, a senior mechanical engineering major and member of the MSC Opera and Performing Arts Society. “We could talk and hear everything everyone had See Aggie on page 2 tUSlOlr Sports Pg. 8 Aggies host Southern Miss No. 21 A&M takes on Golden Eagles in doubleheader AggieLife Pg. 3 Watch your back Students offer safety tips for spring break travel Vt’lIATHLT HIGH 68° F LOW 54° F FORECASTS COURTESY OF