The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, February 06, 1968, Image 3

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Mosquitoes Cost Professor Blood, Tears For Research THE BATTALION Tuesday, February 6, 1968 College Station, Texas Page 3 PHONE I 822-«i;l utes Eat-In HUT r^e. :ant i ow EAK YOU! advantage Ice now. \NY One night transferable $50.00 ly 50.00 50.00 iv 55.00 50.00 50.00 50.00 lay 50.00 lay 50.00 50.00 rniation dl| 1-0066. 'OUR ftLD emce Bryan M. Schulif THE ; "V/Uv m, When Dr. Darryl Sanders hears a hungry buzz, he knows he’s about to lose a little more blood in the cause of science. He doesn’t even say “Ouch!” anymore. The Texas A&M professor regularly rolls up his sleeve and offers a succulent forearm to the eight different kinds of mos quitoes which inhabit Gulf Coast salt marshes from Louisiana to below Corpus Christi, Texas. Vacationers and campers know how fierce the mosquito hordes can be. And so do cattlemen who must move their herds out of the ■Ha ,rf. GROWING STRONG The Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas began in 1871, six miles from the nearest settlement, with a donation of 2,400 acres from the citizens of Brazos County. Today, the Texas A&M University physical plant exceeds $100 million and 5,200 acres. Brazos County Citizens Figure In A&M’s Origin Eleven Caught * 1 Smuggling Pot EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a three-part series de scribing the influence of Texas A&M on the Bryan-College Sta tion community. Its influence will be surveyed in three ways: First, the establishment of the school and its history through the pres ent will be discussed. Second, the university’s economic impact on community businesses will be de scribed. The current image of Texas A&M and its administra tive policies will form the con clusion. By MIKE PLAKE Battalion Feature Editor President Abraham Lincoln set the stage for A&M’s beginning by signing the Morrill Land Grant College Act in 1862. In 1871, the Texas Legislature appropriated $75,000 to construct the main building on the newly- formed Agricultural and Mechan ical College of Texas campus. Proceeds from land donations un der the Morrill Act, the legisla ture appropriation, and 2,416 acres of lands donated by citi zens of Brazos County, finally es tablished Texas A&M College in practicality. Two buildings and three cot tages housed the first classes in 1867. Forty students studied un der six professors and the first President, Thomas Gathright, in that term. A&M’s HISTORY since that time has been predominantly mili tary-oriented. Six Texas Aggies received the Congressional Medal of Honor. During World War II, the school received widespread recognition by supplying more officers to the Armed Services than any other U. S. institution! The area surrounding the school has grown with it. From forty students in 1876, the stu dent population has increased to more than twelve thousand in 1968. The Bryan-College Station com munity, six miles from the origi nal buildings, now lies next door. Its population has grown from less than a thousand in widely- scattered areas in 1870 to more than 51,000 in 1967. LAND AND property ownings of the university have increased from the original 2,400 acre do nation from the citizens of Brazos County to more than 12,000 acres. An especially important histori- SfAWETY PROSRAi »*«>»>» i A TOWN HALL EXTRA On TUESDAY, FEB. 6, 1968 G. ROLLIE WHITE COLISEUM 8:00 P. M. TICKET PRICES: A&M Student & Date $1.50 Public School General Admission $2.00 Reserved Seats $2.50, $3.00 Tickets On Sale At University National Bank Bank of A&M City National Bank First National Bank First Bank & Trust Bryan Building & Loan Gibsons Tip Top Record Shop MSC Student Program Office cal change took place on August 23, 1963, when the name of the school was changed from Texas Agricultural and Mechanical Col lege to Texas A&M University. This change, “emphasizing the stature the institution has achieved in its 90 years,” accord ing to a university bulletin, has indirectly affected other changes in its make-up. One such change occurred in 1965, when membership in the Corps of Cadets was made non- compulsory. This change made an already increasing number of ci vilians on campus expand even more. With a greater number of civilians came the problem of rep resentation, and the problem of adjusting the attitudes of the school to include civilian opinions. The history of Texas A&M gives an inkling to the future. Since World War II, the policies and attitudes of the institution have changed to fit the times. In addition to performing admir ably the task of training an in creasing number of R.O.T.C. ca dets, the university has adapted itself to the growing number of civilians. It will change from what began as a small school for specialized technological training to one offering substantial pro grams in business, pure sciences, and social sciences. GREAT SOUND /yore/co 9 CARRY-CORDER '150’ * TAPE RECORDER Tho Portable Fun Machine! Up to l>/ 2 hours record playback per cassette. Cordless. Dynamic microphone. Patch cord. Weighs 3 lbs. Carrying case. Versatile. WHITER AUTO Bryan & College Station 822-3867 — 846-5626 LAREDO, Tex. <A>> —U. S. Customs officers arrested 11 per sons, including students from Oklahoma and Florida schools during the past weekend on charges of smuggling marijuana, the Webb County sheriff’s office said Monday. Six of those arrested were identified as students at St. Gregory’s College, Shawnee, Okla.; four were from Florida State University, and one was a soldier stationed at Ft. Hood, Tex. Only the soldier remained in custody Monday night, a deputy said. Arrested at the International Bridge spanning the Rio Grande between Nuevo Laredo and La redo were six students from the Oklahoma school. They were Gabriel Alonzo Rivero, 17, Mexico City; Thomas C. Joseph, 19, Clinton, N. Y.; Thomas M. Dowd, 19, and Marc L. Noel, 19, both of Buffalo, N. Y.; and Thomas E. McGuirk, 18, Salisbury, Md. They were released Monday after posting $2,500 bond each. U. S. commissioner Lawrence Mann said the students had four and a half ounces of refined marijuana in their car at the time they were arrested. Arrested at a Laredo motel after allegedly picking up a pack age containing eight and a half pounds of crude marijuana at a Laredo bus station were Douglas Hassing, 20, Peru, Ind.; James L. Roberts, Jacksonville, Fla.; Gail I. Gour, 23, a co-ed from Opa- loska, Fla.; Robert Carnley, 23, and Keith Komyakovsky, 23, both of Tallahassee, Fla. All were identified as Florida State Uni versity students and were re leased Monday after posting $5,000 bond each. David Gerstein, 22, Howard Beach, N. Y., arrested with the FSU students, was being held for military authorities from Ft. Hood Monday night, a deputy said. A Webb County deputy said the recent arrests brought to 106 the number of persons arrested at Laredo so far this year on charges of smuggling marijuana into the United States from Mexico. Ski Buffs do it! English feather® For men who want to be where the action is. Very schussy. Very mas culine. ALL-PURPOSE LOTION. $2.50, $4.00, $6.50. From the com plete array of ENGLISH LEATHER men’s toiletries. A PRODUCT OF MEM COMPANY. INC.. NORIMVALE. N. J 07t>47 rich grasslands every summer or see them become gaunt and die. The loss of thousands of acres of coastal pasture during the summer is the motivation behind a substantial interdepartmental research effort now under way at A&M. Entomologist Sanders said “We’re looking for weak links in the life cycle where the mos quitoes might be susceptible to some cultural practice.” By this, he means something like drainage of breeding areas. “We know we can kill them with insecticides. The question is whether we can afford to,” Dr. Sanders continued. Not only the Department of Entomology, but the Wildlife Science and Animal Science de partments are collaborating. Some experiments with insecti cides will be carried out in the spring. The wildlife researchers will determine the effect on small animals while the animal scien tists and agronomists at the re search substation near Angleton will be studying a small herd of cattle pastured on the coast in Brazoria County between Angle- ton and Galveston. It is near here that Dr. Sanders has set up several “Malaise” traps for mosquitoes and where he takes samples of larvae from the standing water. And, as a standard method of counting the populations and species present, he bares an arm and counts the number of land ings per minute. Or, he simply counts the number which land on the front of his shirt. “They can really smell you,” Dr. Sanders said. Counts up to 200 landings per minute have been made after hurricanes. “After these storms, they’ll move out of the marshes—maybe 20 miles into populated areas. It’s then that the mosquito control districts have to create some sort of barrier strip with insecticides,” he went on. Included in the eight species found on the Texas coast is the “Southern House” mosquito which is the primary carrier of encepha litis. It prefers humans, birds and horses to cattle, however. The primary coastal mosquito pest is one called Aedes sollicitans which lays eggs on the ground where they wait for high tides or heavy rains to hatch. Biologically clever, the eggs, like some cold capsules today, have built-in re lease times so all don’t hatch in a given flooding to fall prey to another natural disturbance. Not only mosquitoes, but other blood-sucking insects must be considered in the five-year proj ect. “Horse flies also have a big in fluence on blood loss from cattle,” Dr. Sanders noted. So far, the study has been aimed at establishing the normal biological conditions. The experi mentation will begin this spring. If the researchers are able to find the mosquito’s Achilles Heel, the economic impact on the cattle Military News MAJOR PROMOTION Maj. Homer J. Gibbs (right) of Texas A&M was presented his promotion papers by Col. Jim H. McCoy, commandant, Tuesday. The Aggie-ex teaches in the Military Science Department. Auditions Slated ForSinging Cadets Auditions will begin this week to fill vacancies in the Singing Cadets due to graduation, an nounced Robert L. Boone, direc tor of the choral group. Tryouts will be held in the practice room in G. Rollie White Coliseum all week. The auditions will be held from 2 to 4 each afternoon, Boone said. Those who wish to bring their own music are welcome, Boone continued. Three Officers Get Awards, Oath Here Two Air Force officers were awarded the Commendation Med al and another was sworn into the Regular Air Force at Texas A&M Wednesday. Capt. John A. Zingg, an Air Force Institute of Technology student studying for a master of computer science, took the oath from Col. Vernon L. Head, pro fessor of aerospace studies. Capt. Charles C. LaSalle of Springfield, Mo., and Capt. Ron ald L. Hurst of La Junta, Colo., were pinned with the medals. Zingg, 31, served on a B-52 combat crew as electronic war fare officer before enrolling at A&M. He was commissioned in the reserve at the navigator school in Harlingen in 1961 and has 1,900 hours flying time as navigator. He received the bach elor degree at Omaha University in 1965. The officer, his wife JoAnn and two children reside at 512 Gilchrist. A 5,000-hour pilot, Captain Hurst was cited for instructor pilot service with the 3535th Navigator Training Wing at Mather AFB, Calif. He flew the C-123 in Vietnam and also wears the Air Medal. The 1959 Colo rado State Graduate is also in the Industrial Engineering De partment computer science mas ter’s degree program as an AFIT student. Hurst, his wife Mar garet and three children reside at 1110 Marsteller. Captain LaSalle served with the Space Systems Subdivision, Systems Command three years and was cited for service as engi neering division project officer, working in the Atlas space boost er program. The Galveston Ball High gradu ate spent eight years in the spe cial weapons career field, re ceived a degree in aeronautical engineering at the University of Wyoming through the AFIT program and is studying for a masters in mechanical engineer ing at A&M. LaSalle’s home is at 1303 Village Drive. He and his wife, Mary Katherine, have three children. Grads Attending Squadron School Two 1962 Texas A&M gradu ates from Bryan are attending Squadron Officer School at Max well, AFB, Ala. Air Force Capt. Charles M. Cole Jr. and Capt. Sam Piccolo will receive 14 weeks instruction in international relations, com mand-staff team duties and aero space doctrine at the Air Univer sity school. Piccolo graduated from S. F. Austin High in 1958. He studied accounting and was commissioned at A&M. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony S Piccolo, 605 Berka Lane, has since taken a master’s degree at Michigan State. Son of Dr. and Mrs. Charles M. Cole, 507 E. 24th, Captain Cole completed SFA in 1957 and re ceived a degree in history at A&M. ’62 Grad Receives Vietnamese Cross Army Capt. Raleigh E. Cop- pedge of Cuero, a 1962 Texas A&M graduate, has received the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with silver leaf for service in Vietnam. Captain Coppedge was cited for his role with the Viet Cong near Loc Ninh. South Vietnam Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky spoke at the ceremony near Lai Khe. “It is fitting this nation hon ors the heroes who came to help defend its territory against ag gression, but it is even more important for us to bear in mind that the pages of glory which you have written here do not be long to any one nation alone —r they belong to the entire family of ‘free men’,” Ky said. Coppedge is on assignment as intelligence officer of the Second Battalion, 28th Infantry, First Division. The officer studied marketing at A&M and was commissioned through A&M’s ROTC program. Read Battalion Classifieds “A PLACE FOR YOU AT J&L” Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation Will Be Interviewing Candidates For Career Opportunity On February 20, 1968 For Further Details Check With Your Placement Office en equal opportunity employer AIRLINE Reservations and Tickets At No Extra Cost .... 30 Day Charge Account . . . Bonded ASIA Agent Call Beverley Braley ... Tours ... 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