The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, March 18, 2002, Image 1

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ONDAYMARCH 18, 2002 VOLUME 108 • ISSUE 111 hiday, MucU •vmmm itarti 'T’T TT* THE TALION TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY ith oiegents to announce A&M ■residential candidates lever we play it • extra rnotivatio e they beat us we played a Jt a couple of ei i ''injtles.’’ "ig wins in sinj ie Aggies was V v port, senior Ke i Ante Matijesic ’•cube’s matchup El Dorrs elk: :M. ■ a young tear coach Tim Ca- led back after: it (at LSI) »; ' us. It is a tout: think our gus' rs will beenti r a matchup 14 University tg to College ;s on Sarurdav. Comstock released Bonfire victim returns to campus after stay in intensive care unit Staff & Wire After months of secrecy, a Texas eNI search committee is expected to ommend several finalists for the iversity presidency this week. He committee screening prospec- Hiires will make recommenda- ns Thursday to the Texas A&M stem Board of Regents during the Regents’ meeting on the A&M cam pus, Dionel Aviles, vice chairman of the board, said in Sunday’s The Bryan-College Station Eagle. John Junkins, a distinguished pro fessor who chairs the 24-member pres idential search committee, refused last week to release the names of the final ists but said they could be made public as early as Tuesday. Junkins said he will also release the date each candidate is scheduled to conduct interviews at A&M. The nationwide search for President Dr. Ray M. Bowen’s replacement has been a closely guard ed process. Bowen is stepping down June 30 after eight years at the top post See President on page 12 ro-life march areing, Carter face off in Republican race for District 31 isib Powell ft ;k for a 75-& Brandon Posvar, a senior chemistry major and a vol- ith 31 sec# Ifinteer for the Brazos Valley Coalition for Life, marches ildez hit tw£ jHown East 29th Street in Bryan with a group of anti- o make it 7/4 day's quarte'" Raiders vi' Oklahoma iey split with reason, winr ame and to he road. 9-22) had 9-38 on Jesse ^ House District 31: then Ell* " hterWareing 37 percent ?e throwsanjp n Carter 26 percent un that P ut! 'me Hottse District 14: ; reefer"" ird Bernard lOPeS inters andtwer" make it, 53-5- finished! STUART VILLANUEVA • THE BATTALION abortion activists Friday morning. The group marched from the St. Joseph's hospital annex to the Planned Parenthood Clinic, where a prayer vigil was held. By Sommer Bunce THE BATTALION John Andrew Comstock spent spring break at home after a scare left him in the hospital for more than a week. Comstock, a junior biomedical sci ence major who was the most-injured student in the 1999 Aggie Bonfire col lapse, was home in Dallas with his family after pancreatitis, a kidney stone, gall bladder problems and three seizures left him in intensive care. He was admitted to St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan March 4 and upgraded to the intensive care unit (ICU) the next ss day after experiencing a seizure in front of visiting friends. After being tested, poked and prodded, he was released March 12. Because of the seizures, Comstock will not be driv ing for six months, and with a buildup of what Comstock called “sludge” in his gall bladder and a kidney stone that has not yet passed, the Aggie will be taking eight pills a day. Back in College Station for classes Monday, Comstock will head back to physical therapy, said his mother, Dixie Edwards. Comstock learned how to drive with only one leg last summer, after a year-and-a-half of hospitals, prayers and physical therapy separated the Texas A&M student who loved Bonfire from normal college kids. His recent hospitalization is another bump in the road to recovery that began after the fall of the Aggie tradition more than two years ago. Comstock, a Moses Hall freshman, was trapped for seven hours under the fallen Bonfire stack on Nov. 18, 1999. After he was rescued, he held on to consciousness until he reached the emergency room at College Station Medical Center but did not wake up But what else is different about par enthood? I’m just happy to have these two boys back 99 until sometime between Christmas and New Year’s. Comstock woke up with his left leg amputated below the knee, his right hand crushed and unus able and nerve damage that left him with no feeling from the waist down. Twelve Aggies were killed when Bonfire fell, and 27 others were injured. The “13th Man,” as the tattoo over Comstock’s shoulder reads, returned to campus for classes in Fall 2001, hoping the struggles of returning to a normal life were behind him. He had a new wheelchair, a new scholarship and a prosthetic leg signed by friends, family and Moses Hall residents. But the road before him was not smooth and painless. Comstock had a set of incomplete grades from previous semesters, which he is still completing. The routine in the new electric wheel chair, which tops out at speeds of 7 miles an hour, became tedious. The alu minum ramp the University placed at the entrance near Comstock’s Moses Hall room lost some of its shine. Comstock is ' still attending physical therapy three times a week. Earlier, he said he hoped it would be down to two or less times a week by now. This year, he added his name to a lawsuit claiming the University and some key administrators could have prevented the 1999 collapse. On March 4, Comstock reported to the hospital with a pain in his right kidney. The next day, he called his mother and told her he was feeling fine and would be released soon. Then, talking with friends who came See Comstock on page 2 — Dixie Edwards Comstock’s mother n»2«ReDut)lican —pnimary • 74 percent 26 percent RUBEN DELUNA • THE BATTALION By Rolando Garcia THE BATTALION The hotly contested race for the District 31 Republican nomination will be decided in an April 9 runoff between the top vote getters in the March 12 primary, Peter Wareing and John Carter. Wareing, a Houston businessman, received 12,785 votes (36 percent) and Carter, a retired state district judge from Williamson County, received 9,122 (26 percent). One of two newly created con gressional districts awarded to Texas following the 2000 census. District 31 stretches from West Houston to Round Rock, an Austin suburb. Brad Barton, a Dallas real estate developer who moved to College Station to run for Congress, fin ished third with 5,735 votes (16 percent). Barton, a 1993 Texas A&M graduate, touted his Aggie creden tials in an effort to galvanize typically apathetic stu dent voters. Patrick Meece, a Brazos County justice of the peace, got 3,648 votes (10 percent) and Flynn Adcock, Eric Whitfield and Roy Streckfuss each received about three percent of the vote. The winner of the April runoff will face Democrat David Bagley in the November general election. State Rep. Fred Brown, R-College Station, easily defeated Brazos County Judge A1 Jones in the state House District 14 primary, receiving 74 percent of See Runoff on page 2 K |n S ch^itudy shows Hispanics :ast one-third of ballots miza spend time ^ Peter Late, ty members st DALLAS (AP) — Hispanics cast out one-third of the Democratic ballots last Tuesday’s primary election, bolster- l Texas’ sagging voter turnout among her ethnic groups, two preliminary College of teV- The Hispanic turnout comes just short V acclaimed W 1 meeting the expectations of the William ; jhjifiS |Velasquez Institute in San Antonio, rich predicted Hispanics would make up University percent of the vote in the primary. , rpflllgdgyi The Institute, which studies Latino ^,t er i SSU es, found in a preliminary stelection survey that Hispanics repre- ted 33.6 percent of the ballots cast, or 5,340 votes. It also found that 17.2 percent of the ino registered voters cast ballots in the cratic primary. Statewide, about 13 percent of Texans ^istered to vote cast ballots, based on als from the races that drew the most ters in both parties’ primaries, according the Secretary of State’s office. ‘‘Without historic Latino turnout num- rs invigorating the 2002 primary elec- ti, turnout figures may have reached w lows,” Robert Aguinaga, research jector for the Institute, told Sunday’s itions of The Dallas Morning News. Another study by Dallas mathemati- p; and political analyst Dan Weiser PARKING 1 ^ ie L at ’ no share of the primary vote at 35 percent in the race for the U.S. Senate nomination. According to the study, black voters constituted 26 percent of the Democratic primary vote, while the white share was 39 percent. The analysis showed that ethnicity mattered in the Senate race. Schoolteacher Victor Morales of Crandall got 54 percent of the Hispanic vote, while former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk, who is black, captured 84 percent of the black vote. Morales and Kirk will face off in a runoff April 9. Weiser’s study showed Houston Rep. Ken Bentsen, who lost the Senate race, received 47 percent of the white vote. Weiser based his analysis on predomi nantly Hispanic counties and precincts, Spanish surname registration and returns from predominantly black precincts. He has conducted similar studies in several elections, including the 1994 pri mary for U.S. Senate, in which he found that Hispanics accounted for 19 percent of the primary vote, while blacks pro vided 14 percent and whites were in the majority in the party. White voters were the minority during Tuesday’s primary, which featured two Hispanics vying for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination and a Hispanic and black candidate in the Senate races. Checkmate ALISSA HOLLIMAN • THE BATTALION Former president George Bush and Saddam Hussein are portrayed as figures on a chess set given to Bush during the Gulf War. The unique chess set is part of the Fathers and Sons exhibit at the George Bush Presidential Library and Conference Center. The exhibit compares the relationships between the only two sets of fathers and sons to be U.S. presidents — John Adams and John Quincy Adams, and George Bush and George W. Bush. Fathers and Sons will be on display through July 31, 2002. Sports Pg. 9 Ags find success at relays Battalion News Radio Bryan pushes for driving safety Listen on KAMU 90.9 FM at 1:57 p.m. VVE/aUtEU TODAY HIGH 80° F LOW 65° F TUESDAY 50% HIGH 80° F LOW &GrO00OOQ 65° F FORECASTS COURTESY OF