The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, April 05, 1968, Image 1

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Number 564
To New Election
Candidates React | XCH ClaSS OffiCCFS dlOSCn
In Light Voting Turnout
Election Tuesday
For 9 70 Prexy
Wednesday night’s Student
Senate decision to hold new elec
tions for Junior Class President
brought mixed reactions from the
candidates in the race.
The Senate reversed a decision
made by the student election com
mission Monday night to approve
all the election results.
Corps member, brought the only
formal complaint before the
Wednesday Senate meeting.
“I feel the decision made by
the Senate was in the best inter-
ests of the student body as a
whole, Gingrich said.
“I plan to campaign actively
in both the civilian and Cadet
Corps areas before the election
Gingrich missed the run-off in
last Thursday’s election by only
two votes.
JOHN MacGILLIS, one of two
civilian candidates who finished
in the run-offs, brought a com
plaint to the Student Senate in
a special meeting last night.
MacGillis argued that the
Thursday election results should
be approved by the Senate. He
said the decision by the commis-
AROTC Cadets
Set For Inspection
Texas A&M’s Army ROTC
cadets will be standing tall today
and Saturday for annual federal
Col. Jim H. McCoy, professor
of military science, said Col.
Herbert W. Krueger, Fourth
Army official at Fort Sam Hous
ton, will head the inspection team.
The Saturday schedule calls for
an 8 a.m. in-ranks inspection and
a 9:30 a.m. review on the main
drill field.
University National Bank
“On the side of Texas A&M.
sioners should not have been re
MacGillis’s reaction to the new
“We cannot look back. We’ve
got to go ahead. I will campaign
actively on both sides of the
campus,” he said.
“I have no animosity towards
anyone; I will work as hard as
I can before next Tuesday to be
elected to the office I’m running
other civilian finishing in the
run-offs, joined all the candidates
on one point:
“I hope the results and pro
cedures of the past election does
not widen the rift between the
Cadet Corps and the civilians.”
“I did feel that it was a direct
slap in the face of the civilians,”
he said. “However, I don’t think
the civilians should start picking
apart an election that has already
taken place.
“I hope the civilians will get
out and vote again, in force, and
place their candidates in office.”
Corps member, is the only other
candidate considering the possi
bility of competing for the office
in Tuesday’s election.
“I think the Senate’s decision
was the only fair thing. I can
understand what the civilian stu
dents tried to do; I just think the
methods they used were unfair,”
he said.
“I intend to consult with Corps
members and civilians alike be
fore I make a definite decision to
actively campaign again.”
None of the remaining candi
dates of Thursday’s election will
be actively campaigning. How
ever, they all had comments on
the student senate’s decision.
JOHN OTTO, a member of the
Cadet Corps, said this:
“I was all for it. I’m glad some
body brought up the issue. I
think that the fact that people
had to stay in line up to an hour
(See Reaction, Page 2)
David J. Jacoby, sophomore in Company E-2, signs the telegram that will be sent to the
Fish Drill Team in Washington, D. C., as Bob Keane, Squadron 9, and Richard Nance,
Company F-l, Association of Former Fish Drill Team Members watch. More than 1,000
students signed the telegram wishing the FDT a first-place finish in the Cherry Blossom
Festival. (Photo by Mike Wright)
Martin Luther
Two Suspects
King Killed,
In Custody
MEMPHIS, Tenn. _ Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr., 1964
Nobel peace prize winner and
America’s leading exponent of
non-violence in the civil rights
struggle, was shot to death Thurs
day night, Asst. Police Chief
Henry Lux said.
Two unidentified men were
arrested several blocks from
where King was shot, while stand
ing on the motel balcony.
The Rev. Andrew Young, ex
ecutive vice president of the
Southern Christian Leadership
Conference haded by King, said
the shot hit King in the neck and
lower right part of his face.
Dedicated ‘Interfaith 9
Chapel Uses ‘Assumed Name’
The All-Faiths Chapel, at Jones
and Houston Streets, is perhaps
the only building on the A&M
campus that goes under an as
sumed name.
“Although it was originally
dedicated May 10, 1958, as the
“Interfaith Chapel” Archivist
Ernest Langfox-d recalled, “some
time aftei-ward someone started
calling it the All-Faiths Chapel
and the name stuck.”
ANOTHER name closely asso
ciated with the chapel is “beauti
ful.” A Tyler mother once told
J. Gordon Gay, YMCA secretary
and coordinator of religious ac
tivities, that “one could not pass
by without being influenced by its
The $225,000 structure, a gift of
the Association of Former Stu
dents, was designed to be “more
like a shelter in a garden than an
enclosed building, fitting among
the existing trees and being
visually open to the interior court
or garden.”
Covered garden walks, enclosed
by perforated brick walls, invite
secluded meditation “among na
tural beauties.” '
THE SLOPING copper roof of
the U-shaped building is sup
ported by walls of alternating
panels of glass and shell limestone
of a type matching that of the
Memorial Student Center.
The terrazo floor and natural
wood finish of the interior com
plement the rustic style of the
building’s construction.
Occupying the Chapel’s 9,000
square feet of floor space are a
160-seat sanctuary for religious
services and rites, a meditation
room, a small library, a reading
or waiting area and an office for
the coordinator of religious ac
Chapel and Its Use, appointed by
A&M President M. T. Harrington
in 1955 to study and submit pro
posals for a campus chapel, clear
ly outlined the purposes that such
a building should serve:
“The Chapel shall be equally
available to religious groups of
all kinds, but not the regular
meeting place of any. Chapel
programs should encourage spiri
tual development and expression
of students and staff, supple
menting rather than encroaching
on activities of existing religious
IN KEEPING with the policy
The only campus building- that goes under an assumed name, the building was originally
named the Interfaith Chapel. More than 340 marriages have been held in the Chapel since
its completion in 1957. A gift of the Former Students Association of A&M, the structure
is never closed. (Photo by Mike Wright)
set by the President’s committee,
the only “regular” services held
in the All-Faiths Chapel are the
special student-directed programs
for Thanksgiving, Christmas and
The Chapel has also been used
for over 340 weddings, numerous
batisms and other special reli
gious services of all faiths.
Gay, in charge of all Chapel
programs, is assisted by a special
committee appointed by the uni
versity president. The committee
is composed of representatives
from the faculty and former stu
dents, the chairman of the YMCA
Advisory Board, the student presi
dent of the YMCA and the civilian
and Corps chaplains.
IN ADDITION to attennding
special programs, A&M students
frequent the Chapel at all hours
of the day to read religious books
and magazines in the library,
quietly reflect in a meditation
room or play the electric organ.
The doors of the Chapel are never
For the Association of Former
Students the completion of the
Chapel in 1957 was the climax of
a five-year fund raising drive.
AS THE primary objective of
the Former Student Development
Fund in 1952, 1953 and 1954, gifts
for the chapel were solicited from
thousands of former students,
“men of all faiths, from many
Motto of the fund-raising effort
“Few or none of us could build
a chapel, alone; but the gifts of
all of us together can make it a
In October, 1955, the officers
of the Association of Former Stu
dents presented the Board of Di
rectors with the Association’s gift
of $200,000 for the chapel con-
In addition, the Association
agreed to assume all architectural
and engineering costs.
When the Chapel was nearing
completion, a number of former
students made a special gift to
the Association of $15,800 to pro
vide furniture and equipment.
“He didn’t say a word; he
didn’t move,” Young said.
Immediately after the shooting,
the civil rights leader was rushed
to St. Joseph’s Hospital where he
was declared dead a short time
The long road to Memphis had
begun in Montgomery back in
1955, when King led Negroes in
a boycott of segregated city
The effort touched off bombing,
street attacks and mob violence,
but King considered the efforts
a success when a court ruling
finally desegregated the buses.
From that beginning King
launched into a career that made
him a reputation as the father of
the civil rights movement and
won him the Nobel Peace Prize
for “consistently asserting the
principle of non-violence.”
Bom Jan. 15, 1929, in Atlanta,
King was the son of a Baptist
minister whom he followed into
the ministry.
He was married to the former
Coretta Scott, a former voice
teacher. They had four children.
Battalion Special Writer
Only 1,600 Aggies voted Thux-s-
day in the class officer runoff
election as compared to 2,450 who
voted in the general election
March 28.
In the runoff that had only one
presidential post in question, Gary
J. Martin was elected head of next
year’s sophomoi'e class.
MARTIN, with 482 votes, de
feated Michael Schilab, a civilian,
who polled 345 votes.
The scheduled runoff between
John R. MacGillis and Robert L.
Bowling for president of the class
of ’70 was cancelled by the Stu
dent Senate Wednesday flight.
There will be a special election
Tuesday with the full slate of
the original eight candidates for
the office. In addition to Mac
Gillis and Bowling, the candidates
are John R. Gingrich, Allen D.
Janacek, John P. Maline, John C.
Otto, Albert J. Reinert and Collier
R. Watson.
The Senate action resulted from
complaints of voting irregulaxi-
ties in the March 28 election.
In last week’s general election,
Beverly “Early” Davis drew
enough votes to be elected senior
class president.
IN THURSDAY’S runoff, Bud
Welch was elected vice president
of next year’s senior class wtih
188 votes. His opponent, Danny
McCauley, drew 163 votes.
The contest for vice president
of the class of ’70 was won by
Jerry Dunham with 270 votes
while Kenneth R. Graeber, a
civilian, polled 217.
The vice president of next
year’s Sophomore class will be
Michael J. McKean, who had 440
votes. He was trailed by Charles
R. Hoffman with 380 votes.
In the runoff for seci’etary-
treasurer of the class of ’69, Bob
Foley defeated Lonnie H. Mc-
Gaughy. Foley polled 261 votes
to 117 for McGaughy.
Daniel L. Swords, a Corps mem
ber, was elected secretary-treas
urer of next year's junior class
by defeating Bobbie Van Ness.
Swords drew 289 votes to 194
votes for Miss Van Ness.
THE SOPHOMORE secretary-
treasurer will be William E.
Shepard. Shepard polled 462 votes
to defeat Paul Scopel, who had 367
In the runoff for social secre
tary of the class of ’70, Ronald
Bruce Smith defeated James St.
John. Smith and St. John had 252
and 212 votes, x-espectively.
Next year’s sophomore class
social secretary will be John H.
Speer, a civilian. He polled 433
votes to defeat Michael E. God
win, who drew 381.
The position of senior historian
was won by Don Wayne Bonifay
with 216 votes. Ronnie Wise, a
civilian, had 157 votes.
Last Opportunity
To See A&M Film
Last chance to see “We’ve
Never Been Licked,” the only film
ever made of Texas A&M, is a 8
p.m. tonight in Guion Hall, accord
ing to Dave Mayes, chairman of
the Memorial Student Center
Travel Committee.
Starring Robert Mitchum, the
film depicts the A&M college life
as it ws “back in th days of Old
Army” in the 1940’s.
Mayes said the proceeds from
the film will go to finance travel
loans for nine A&M students
touring Europe this summer.
Bryan Building & Loan
Association, Your Sav
ings Center, since 1919.
Nixed By
Battalion Editor
After almost two hours of de
bate, the Student Senate Thurs
day night defeated a motion by
Student Senator Wayne Prescott
that would have reversed the de
cision reached at Wednesday’s
special meeting that provided for
reholding the election for the
presidency of the Class of 1970.
The motion was defeated by a
vote of 15-9.
Thursday night’s meeting was
called after John F. MacGillis,
candidate for the office, protested
the action taken at Wednesday’s
meeting and the lack of advance
notice about the meeting given
to persons involved.
Gingrich, a candidate who missed
winning a place in the runoff elec
tion by two votes, presented a
fox-mal protest that certain facets
of the March 28 election were not
properly conducted.
MacGillis asked Gingrich to
elaborate since he had not been
at the first meeting. Gingrich
reasserted his opinion that elec
tion campaigning regulations had
been violated by the passing out
in the Memorial Student Center
of ballots containing only the
names of civilian candidates and
that some people did not have an
opportunity to vote because of
long lines, Army drill, or class
argument, the Senate had passed
a motion proposed by Bob Collins,
a civilian graduate student, which
Since the Election Commis
sion has handled the election
fairly shoddily and at an inop
portune time, I move that the
election be held again.
The motion passed 22-1, with
Election Commission Chairman
Tony Benedetto dissenting.
This decision means that x*e-
turns from the March 28 election
for the office of president for the
Class of 1970 will be thrown out
and all candidates would be placed
on the ballot again for the new
IN ADDITION to Gingrich and
MacGillis, candidates include
John C. Otto, Albert Reinert, Col-
Her Watson, John Maline, Robert
Bowling and Allen D. Janacek.
MacGillis contended that the
campaigning in the MSC was done
without his consent or knowledge
and, because of this, he did not
thixxk Gingrich’s complaint was
Benedetto told the Senate that
election regulations as they now
read do not allow campaigning
for a candidate by anyone on
election day within 50 yai'ds of
the polling place.
ELECTION Commission regu
lations also state that . . . “If- a
c"^didate or an election commis
sioner wishes to charge a candi
date with a violation of the elec
tion regulations, he shall file a
written charge and explanation
to the Election Commission with
in ten calendar days of the elec
tion. The Election Commission
will investigate the charges and
forward its recommendations to
the Student Senate. A majority
vote by the Student Senate will
be required for approval of the
Election Commission’s recom
Some students questioned the
fact that only one race was being
questioned when violations of
campaigning regulations could
have affected every race. Student
Senate President Jerry Campbell
told the meeting that this was be
cause it was the only office about
which a formal protest had been
Gerald Geistweidt, Election
Commission member, agreed with
Daugherty but expressed discon
tent with the criticism given to
the Election Commission by the
“We have tried everything in
our power to discourage the prac
tice of campaigning at the elec
tion site, but it is impossible to
watch everyone.”
Geistweidt said that a list of
candidates was placed on the
entrance to the room in the MSC
where the runoff elections were
conducted yesterday but was con
fiscated by an Election Commis
sion member.
First Bank & Trust now pays
5% per annum on savings certif
icates. —Adv.