The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, August 05, 1970, Image 1

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    Welcome freshmen to Aggieland
be Battalion
Vol. 65 No. 131
College Station, Texas
Wednesday, August 5, 1970
Thursday & Friday — Partly
cloudy, afternoon thundershow
ers Friday. Wind Southeast 10-
12 m.p.h. High 93, low 72.
Saturday & Sunday—Continued
partly cloudy, scattered thun
dershowers in afternoon.
Telephone 845-2226
Texas A&M President A. R. Luedecke
Luedecke greets
seniors of 1974
The administration, faculty and staff of Texas A&M University
welcome you as the newest members of the oldest public institution of
higher learning in the state. We believe you will find an attitude and
environment conducive to the advancement of your higher education.
The fact that you have been accepted into Texas A&M University
is evidence to us that you have the capabilities and a desire to achieve
an education. In so doing you will contribute to the University’s goal of
maintaining a standard of excellence of which we all can be proud.
Your own success will be determined primarily by your attitude and
the diligence of your effort. It will be our role to provide the necessary
resources, guidance and encouragement. Your scholastic record will be
one of the basic elements of the standard by which your success is
measured and that record begins with your first attendance at class.
We are confident that we have the fine teaching and research
facilities, the competent faculty and staff, and the fine student body to
provide the opportunity for a challenging educational career for you.
We also have full confidence that you, the members of the A&M Class
of 1974, will accept this challenge and devote your full energies to the
attainment of your educational objectives.
Basement features
special programs
Special entertainment will be
presented Wednesday at the Base
ment, Texas A&M coffee house
being held this summer on the
terrace near the Memorial Stu
dent Center Assembly Room.
Music will be provided by “The
Third Generation,” Larry Lude-
wig, "Spring” and John Pinno
and Vicki Hampton, announced
MSC summer special events chair
man Allen Huddleston.
“These are real good groups,”
Huddleston emphasized. “I doubt
that the Basement will have any
to compare with them again for
quite a while.”
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A&M to mark
its 94th year
Texas A&M University begins
its 94th year of classes in August
with around 15,000 students ex
pected in the fall semester en
The state’s oldest public insti
tution of high learning will mark
its beginning 100 years ago dur
ing the 1970-71 school year. The
Texas Legislature approved an
act establishing Texas A&M on
April 17, 1871.
Around June 21, 1871, state
officials and Bryan residents who
deeded land to the college located
the site of the first building.
Classes began formally Oct. 4,
The radical difference in start
ing dates then and now is the
result of the university’s depar
ture from standard semester
Fall semester classes will be
completed before the Christmas
holidays, with fall commencement
on Dec. 12. The 1970-71 spring
semester will be from Jan. 18 to
May 15.
Returning students who did not
pre-register last spring will en
roll for fall classes Aug. 24-28.
New students who attended sum
mer conferences have been pre
registered and have only to pick
up their room keys to be set for
the Aug. 31 start of classes.
Other freshmen check in Aug.
24 for the conference procedure
and new student orientation dur
ing the first part of the week.
Students in the professional
veterinary medicine curriculum
start the fall trimester Sept. 7.
Returning students will find
new facilities, features and im
The $9 million engineering cen
ter is nearing final exterior pro
portions. Contracts for the $6.8
million 15-story oceanography-
meteorology highrise and $7.2
million low-density dormitory
complex have been let, with con
struction to begin soon.
A mall surrounding the univer
sity library is getting final
touchup. The Texas Aggie Band’s
sparkling new rehearsal hall and
the 12-dorm services building are
in use.
The proposed Memorial Student
Center-auditorium expansion is in
the final design stage.
University organization has
achieved a new department, with
sociology and anthropology be
coming operational in the College
of Liberal Arts Sept. 1.
TMA training ship
completes journey
Member of the Texas coffee
house circuit, the Third Gener
ation includes Bob Robinson and
Travis Miller. They played at the
Basement last Wednesday when
more than 200 persons including
High School Publications Work
shop participants attended.
Singer Larry Ludewig has ap
peared previously at the Base
ment, as has “Spring,” a local
high school group of David
Pfannstiel. Vocalists with the
group are Sheri Lindquist and
Debbie Walker.
Pinno is an accomplished gui
tarist who shares the microphone
with singer Vicki Hampton.
Racing into port only hours
ahead of an anticipated storm
the “Texas Clipper,” training ship
of the Texas Maritime Academy,
eased up to its new Pelican Island
dock Sunday night.
The 15,000-ton ship’s tie-up at
the new 100-acre Mitchell Campus
facility completed an eight-week,
12,303-mile journey.
More than 2,000 persons lined
the Port of Galveston dock to
welcome the TMA cadets and
spring high school graduates
enrolled in the “summer school
at sea.”
Hurricane Celia was watched
closely as the Clipper steamed for
Galveston Sunday from Port
Lavaca-Point Comfort. The ship
had made goodwill visits to
Brownsville and the new deep
water port at Point Comfort.
Joining the 180 students who
participated in the entire cruise
was a delegation of legislators
and other guests who boarded at
Poft Lavaca Sunday morning.
State lawmakers taking part in
the one-day jount up the Texas
coast were Sen. D. Roy Herring
ton of Port Arthur and Reps.
Rufus Kilpatrick of Beaumont
and John Poerner of Hondo. Sev
eral Calhoun County officials,
including Port Lavaca Mayor
K. A. Wallace, were guests. A
National Geographies magazine
representative was among sever
al newsmen making the final leg
of the cruise.
President A. R. Luedecke and
Robert G. Cherry, assistant to
the president, were aboard.
Adm. James D. Craik (USCG-
Ret.), TMA superintendent, said
the legislators and other guests
were invited aboard to acquaint
them with the academy’s opera
tions at sea.
The Clipper was given an
elaborate welcome Thursday at
Brownsville. Dedication of the
Port Lavaca-Point Comfort port
was carried out upon arrival of
the Clipper Saturday. The Acad
emy vessel was the first ocean
going ship to tie up there.
The ship departed Galveston
June 6 and visited Cobh, Ireland;
Hamburg, Germany; Aalboig,
Denmark; Plymouth, England,
and Ponce, Puerto Rico.
Among students abroard the
ship were 78 spring high school
graduates who took courses in
English, history and mathe
matics. Others were TMA cadets
fulfilling summer training re
TMA Cadet mans the wheel of training: ship Texas Clipper
Cadets, crew, fish host delegation of legislators, other guests
Summer school at sea
relieves Atlantic cruise
Battalion Editor
One hundred-eighty cadets and
spring high school freshmen spent
two months at sea this summer.
Two months . . . that’s a long
time to spend looking at the same
faces day after day.
One thing which did relieve the
boredom was summer school. All
of the freshmen were required
to take six hours or two classes.
Classes in freshman English,
algebra, and history were offered.
No classes were held while the
180 cadets and 40 crew members
toured Europe.
Freshman Richard Raun of El
Campo described the Irish as be
ing warm and friendly compared
to the rest of the Europeans they
From Cork, Ireland, the first
stop, the vessel cruised to Le
Havre, France, where the cadets
took an overnight tour into Paris.
“We got to go into a nightclub
called Lido’s Follies—it was quite
a place. It’s kind of like a topless
Ed Sullivan,” Raun said.
The tour was expensive. The
trip cost $35 which didn’t include
$1.40 apiece for cigars and extra
champagne at $20 a bottle.
“There were magicians, danc
ers, and two white stallions on
stage,” he continued.
After eyeing the follies at
Lido’s, the cadets took a bus tour
of Paris. “We just took pictures,
but a couple of us rode a French
train back to the ship so we could
stay longer and see the Eiffel
Tower,” Raun recalled.
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Miss Workshopper—Julie Thomas, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Clyde D. Thomas of 2309 Harper, Pasadena, was
selected Miss Workshopper at the 12th annual High School
Publications Workshop here.
In the Batt
This annual freshman edi
tion of The Battalion is de
signed to give new students and
their parents some insight into
the background, size traditions,
facilities and extra-curricular
activities of Texas A&M.
The new student might find
it helpful to keep this issue of
the “Batt” and bring it with
him in September to help him
in the big job of getting ac
quainted with the university.
The first section contains
the current campus news and
feature stories.
The second section includes
information on the ’70 football
team and what is in store for
the fall.
The third section centers
around the history, traditions
and extra-curricular activities
available to the students of
University National Bank
“On the side of Texas A&M.”
Maritime Academy cadets strain at the ropes on board Clipper
Anxious cadets hustle to bring vessel into new dock at Pelican Island
From Le Havre, the Clipper
steamed into Hamburg, Germany,
the biggest port city the cadets
visited. “There were all kinds of
night life there. It was the most
jumping port we visited. I mean
it was wild.”
After two days in Hamburg,
the ship sailed to Aalborg, Den
mark where the cadets and crew
attended a July Fourth celebra
tion commemorating the U. S.-
Danish friendship. Raun said
there were many Americans at
the dedication of the Rebild Na
tional Park.
Raun has some distant cousins
in Copenhagen, so he flew there
to see them for a day.
The fish had two days of class
es between Denmark and Ply
mouth, England. “England was
great—we took the $35 tour of
London and saw the Picidilly, the
ingham Palace, Westminster Ab-
changing of the guards at Buck-
bey, and two American movies,
including ‘Woodstock’.”
“We also visited the famous
Wax Museum while in London.
It was one of the best parts of
the trip. The figures were so
realistic I found myself thinking
museum pieces were real and the
real people were wax,” Raun said.
After England, the ship began
its 10-day voyage back to the
states. On the way back, the
Clipper stopped at Ponce, Puerto
Rico. There the cadets and crew
relaxed in the clear waters of the
“I swam about a half mile
across the harbor to the yacht
basin wtih a bunch of others, but
I forgot my life preserver when I
got across, I realized I had a hole
in the pocket of my swim suit and
had to swim all he way back for
some money. Naturally, I got my
life preserver for the trip back,”
he said.
The ship had all the comforts
of home — a complete medical
staff, worship services every Sun
day, ship’s store, barber and
beauty shops, and a bar. The sign
on the bar says: ask for beer
(root), screwdriver (orange),
Scotch (pepsi), moonshine (Mt.
Dew), and Martini (Teem).
“Another feature is the rail
around the bunk. They’re pretty
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