The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, June 10, 1970, Image 1

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Buflet Cans 1 lies GALVESTON — The “Texas Clipper” steamed out of Galves ton Bay Saturday carrying 181 students on an eight-week Euro pean voyage of learning, fun and goodwill. Galveston’s weathered Pier 19 was crowded with families, friends and fiancees seeing the students off and shedding a few tears. for European voyage Che Battalion Spirits were lifted when a Texas Maritime Academy band aboard ship swung into the “Aggie War Hymn” as the 15,000- ton converted oceanliner pulled away from the dock. The cruise is part of the re quired training for students en rolled in the academy, a division of Texas A&M. The TMA cadets operated the ship under the super vision of the academy staff per sonnel. Joining the 103 TMA cadets were 78 spring high school gradu ates enrolled in Texas A&M’s “Summer School at Sea,” which offers basic freshman courses. While visiting four foreign ports, the students have been in vited to participate in two special American-related events. They Warm, cloudy, humid Vol. 65 No. 123 College Station, Texas Wednesday, June 10, 1970 and they’re gone .. will help observe American In dependence Day at Denmark’s Rebild National Park July 3-4 and join in observance of the 350th anniversary of the sailing of the “Mayflower” July 9 at Plymouth, England. Other European ports of call include Cobh, Ireland, and Ham burg, Germany. Thursday — Hazy, possibility of scattered light rainshowers. Winds South to Southwesterly at 12 m.p.h. Telephone 845-2226 ^ Grant awarded lies e l» jitor tour-year ins afa _/ S pollution study Sonic booms’ effects possible to minimize '2.01 mi 1 56<» 38* * 38<« 27<» $ The Research Foundation has keen awarded a $45,815 supple mental grant to support pollution research in the Houston Ship Channel. Dr. Roy Hann Jr., associate professor of environmental engi neering, noted the supplement brings the total Water Quality Administration grant to $356,428 for the four-year study. Dr. Hann said the increase was needed for expanded projects in cluding an enlargement of the field program and an analytical study of the results. Summer ‘fish’ meets started b 89 f lift# JJ* Z: $ i Texas A&M’s two-day summer Freshman Orientation Confer ences began this week on campus, with 13 scheduled between now and the first week in August. Auston Kerley, director of the sponsoring Counseling and Test ing Center, reports approximately freshmen and about 150 par ents will attend each session. June eonferences start each Monday md Thursday with July and Au gust conferences held Thursday and Friday only. All the new “fish” have been accepted for fall admittance. A&M’s Registrar, Counseling and Testing Center, Housing Of fice, Deans, Student Life and ilOTC offices., are involved in the Program that smoothes the way fnr the fall freshmen. When the new students report f« Aug. 31 start of classes, they only have to pick up room keys to be bonafide students. During the conferences, the stu dents receive placement tests, Mentation, dormitory assign ments, are measured for ROTC •niforms, confer with deans and Pre-register for classes. Fees are paid later but books may be purchased or reserved, Wley noted. Advanced placement tests and ( redit by examination are given tligible freshmen each Wednes day during the orientation period V the student’s major depart ment. 1 University National Bank '‘On the side of Texas A&M.” —Adv. Housing is available in univer sity dormitories for $3.50 a night. Kerley said the first four June conferences are full. During the first day, the stu dents and parents meet together at 7:30 a.m. Aptitude, achieve ment and personal interest tests are given at 8:30 and the parents have an orientation program from 10-11:15. Civilian and Corps of Cadets meetings are held the first after noon. At 7:30 p.m., the students meet with the parents for regis tration orientation and receive reports on the morning tests. Record 6,427 enrollment Texas A&M enrolled a record 6,427 students for its first semes ter of summer school, for an in crease of more than eight per cent over the same period last year. Registrar Robert A. Lacey said registration on the campus totals 6,015. An additional 182 students en rolled at Galveston for the Euro pean summer cruise of the Texas Maritime Academy. The Marine Laboratory, also at Galveston, has registered 57 students. The Texas A&M Adjunct at Junction has an enrollment of 173, including 110 freshmen and 63 geology and civil engineering students conducting field work. A research boat, the R. V. Ex cellence, is used in the study entitled “Management of Indus trial Waste Discharge in Complex Esturine Systems.” Seventy per cent of the funds for the project is coming from the Research and Development Program, Water Quality Admin istration, and Texas A&M’s Texas Engineering Experiment Station is funding 30 per cent of the total $510,000 study. Dr. Hann noted the research is at the halfway point with two years remaining. The university has also been awarded two federal grants total ing $117,424 for research in con trol of both air and water pol lution. A $16,221 award from the Na tional Air Pollution Control Ad ministration will support a new basic study entitled “Structure and Reactivity of Absorbed Ox ides of Sulphur.” Sulphur dioxide, on a tonnage basis, is one of the greatest con tributors to air pollution, noted Dr. Jack H. Lunsford, Texas A&M chemistry professor head ing the new study. Lunsford said sulphur dioxide results from the burning of coal and hydrocarbons. He pointed out it also is a by-product of the mining industry. “We will be basically trying to understand how the molecules are absorbed and their properties in the absorbed state,” the Texas A&M chemist explained. He said the study also will explore ways to react the oxides to make useful products, such as sulphuric acid. The $16,221 grant provides first-year support for a three- year study. Dr. William B. Davis, head of the Environmental Engineering Division of Texas A&M’s Civil Engineering Department, said the $101,263 grant from the Depart ment of Interior continues sup port of the university’s graduate student training in water quality research. He said 18 students will share in the funds while assisting in university projects at Houston and Dallas, as well as on the Texas A&M campus. DR GORDON I. SWANSON World traveler key speaker at conference Concepts of successful business management can be applied in making education more relevant, the keynote speaker suggested at the School Administrators and Supervisors Conference. “In towns of 1,000 or more population, the most successful business can be accurately pre dicted as banks, insurance com panies, chain drug stores and franchise businesses,” Dr. Gordon I. Swanson claimed Monday. The University of Minnesota international programs coordina tor said in a less successful cate gory are hardware, produce and implement firms, bakeries, laun dries and dry-cleaners. “Something consistent about the first category is that these businesses use management data systems,” Swanson informed 500 county and district superintend ents and instructional super visors. “Where is the school, toward the first or second category?” the conference lead-off speaker asked. “How are schools using their community resources? Can these local forces be mobilized for edu cation ? ” “How can management organ ization and entrapreneurial meth ods be used by schools? Can schools survive on the basis of these kinds of management?” he continued. Swanson suggested planning, goal rather than strategy orien tation, and community involve ment are necessary in education. “Planning was not a respect able concept in education 10 years ago,” he claimed. But its respect ability is improving. Reasons are that planning is the best way to educate officials and associates, it is part of the competitive en terprise system, leads to goal setting activities and can recon cile one part of a system with the whole or another system, the speaker said. Window-rattling sonic booms are a fixture of the modern world about which very little can be done directly. “The effect can be minimized,” Texas A&M graduate Dexter C. Collier of San Angelo said, “but it will have to be done by operat ing planes flying at supersonic speeds within prescribed guide lines.” The guidelines will consist, the May aerospace engineering grad uate believes, in restricting super sonic craft to designated maneu ver areas outside populated areas, very high cruising alti tudes and strictly - controlled climb and descent phases of flights. A sonic boom is a simple phys ical phenomenon naturally asso ciated with an object moving through the atmosphere at sonic or supersonic speed, Collier de scribed. If the object is large enough— such as an airplane — and low enough, a shock wave that trails like an arrowhead from its lead ing point intersects the ground. Pressures in front of and be hind the shock wave differ. The ear of an observer, windows and other fragile structures interpret passage of the pressure wave as an explosion. At one time an interesting phe nomenon experienced only around air shows or military bases, sonic booms are increasing in number and distribution due to larger numbers of military planes flying at sustained supersonic speeds, the aero student added. Proposed supersonic transports (the SST) will result in almost everyone hearing sonic booms oc casionally. Indications are that some peo ple are hearing too many already. Reacting to sonic boom fears, the Senate Appropriations Commit- (See Student, page 4) Oceanographers beginning project Oceanographers Dr. Thomas J. Bright and doctoral candidate William W. Schroeder started an unusual project this week, a sur vey of bio-acoustical sound fluc tuations of underwater marine life. They will remain 50 feet under water throughout the 21-day re search period, sleeping, eating and working from a Tektite habi tat planted on a coral reef be neath the surface of Great Lame- shur Bay in the U. S. Virgin Islands. The scientists entered the wa ter at 1 p.m. June 1. They are scheduled to come up at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 21. A 20-hour decompression peri od will follow. Bright and Schroeder are on the fourth mission of the ambi tious underwater science program known as Tektite II. The program started in April and will continue to Nov. 1, 1970. Site of the study is the Carib bean, off the south shore of St. John in the U. S. Virgin Islands. Tektite II was designed and programmed by more than a doz en government bodies, educational institutions including Texas A&M and private industry. The U. S. Department of the Interior is the lead participant. General Electric designed and built the underwater lab and liv ing quarters. Soft Crash—This test vehicle at Texas A&M University’s Texas Transportation Institute received only moderate front-end damage when rammed at 63 mph into a collapsible con crete device designed to “cushion” bridges and other rigid obstacles along the roadside. Instruments indicated the wreck would have been survived by passengers wearing seat belts.