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TUG-OF-WAR, Corps vs. Residence Halls, is scheduled
for Sunday at 2 p.m. Other events of the weekend include a
showing of “The Poseidon Adventure” in the Rudder Theater, 8
p.m. Saturday. Stage Center continues “Plaza Suite,” curtain
time is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Coffeehouse will open
its doors at 8 p.m.
The ILLINOIS-A&M WEEKEND kicks off at 8 p.m. Fri
day with the Hues Corp.-Mandrill concert in G. Rollie White.
The show is followed by Midnight Yell practice in Kyle Field.
The Spirit Line will form-up at 11:05 a.m. Saturday. The team
will leave Caine Hall at 11:15 a.m. The game starts at 12:50 p.m.
ABC-TV will telecast the game regionally. The Student Y will be
selling license plates holders in the MSC before the game. The
Floriculture Club will be selling corsages before the game.
FILING WILL OPEN Monday, Oct. 9 for those persons
interested in running for one of the five freshman seats in the
Student Senate or for the seat from the Krueger-Mosher-Aston
living area. Applications will be available in the Student Gov
ernment office, on the second floor of the MSC. Filing will close
Oct. 15, with the elections to be held Oct. 23.
UNITED FUND DRIVE started Sept. 15 with a goal of
more than $135,000. See inside. Page 4.
Rogers as president of the University of Texas “must not be
allowed to stand or to continue, the Travis County legislative
delegation said Thursday.
Regents chose Dr. Rogers on a 5-3 vote even though a
student-faculty advisory committee had refused on four separate
occasions to recommend her.
A joint statement in Austin of the four House members and
Sen. Lloyd Doggett, also of Austin, said they were "deeply
concerned. . . by the apparent use of taxpayers monies to cir
cumvent the established budgetary process of the university in
an apparent attempt to punish those among the teaching faculty
who had opposed the president.
The faculty members have discussed unionization with rep
resentatives of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), a
faculty member says.
Joe Oppenheimer, associate professor of government, said
faculty members signed a sheet indicating their interest, and
most of those who signed volunteered to help organize the
1,600-member faculty.
TEXAS LEGISLATORS have forgotten an important de
tail in the rewritten state Constitution: to name a “seat of gov
ernment. They made a provision stating “the legislature is to
meet at the seat of government unless otherwise provided by
law. Austin is not mentioned in the rewritten document.
A MAYOR CANNOT SERVE as county chairman of a
political party. The decision was made in reply to Hidalgo
County Criminal Dist. Atty. Oscar Mclnnisby state Atty. Gen
John Hill.
THE SON OF H. L. HUNT personally ordered the
wiretapping of his father’s aides but insists he was unaware of the
illegality of the request. Bunker and Herbert Hunt are facing a
six-count indictment for wiretapping in Lubbock.
THE CARRILLO BROTHERS of Duval County have
been accused of causing the "disappearance of certain Be
navides school district records. The income tax trail continues.
BOB BULLOCK CONTENDS his card files on political
contributions is not the work of public employes. He does
concede that his off ice employes are compiling a massive clip file
on state politicos.
THE 1975 TAX REDUCTION should not be extended
into 1976, Arthur F. Burns, chairman of the Federal Reserve
Board recommended. He added that Congress would be court
ing another round of inflation if it enacted new spending prog
rams. Burns also said that unemployment was “mostly volun
tary” because of government supports.
PATTY HEARST DOESN’T want to be released if “I’m a
prisoner in my own home.” She also said that she would not
issue any statement unless she finds out for certain whether she
can be released on bail.
brought grief to Oliver Sipple, the man who is credited with
deflecting the gun arm of the woman who attempted to kill
President Ford in San Francisco Monday.
Vietnamese refugees) and filled it out, putting down ‘naturalist
resort’ as place of residence. I didn’t feel we had anything to
hide,” said Lucille Hansen, owner of a nudist colony. The U.S.
Catholic Conference is now rebuffing Hansen and her husband
for their interest.
A TREATMENT FOR LEPROSY and its damaging effects
has been found in the sleeping pill, thalidmomide. This drug
caused deformity of thousands of babies throughout the world in
the early 60’s.
THE FBI HAS CONDUCTED hundreds of break-ins
against “domestic subversive targets” over a 26-year period
ending in 1968 said Frank Church, chairman of the Senate
Intelligence Committee.
DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS bill was slashed by $9
billion as it was reported out of the House Appropriations Com
mittee. A $344 million slice was from U.S. intelligence ac
AN OIL COMPROMISE is in the works between Ford and
the Democratic-controlled Congress. The groups have agreed
to re-establish oil price controls through Nov. 15.
Cbe Battalion
Vol. 69 No. 16
Copyright © 1975, The Battalion
College Station, Texas
Friday, September 26, 1975
Council grants
phone rate hike
Councilman Larry Bravenec appears undecided on an is-
Academic Council meets
Battalion Staff Writer
The College Station City Council
in a surprise move Wednesday
night, passed an ordinance granting
General Telephone Company of the
Southwest an increase in local rate
The ordinance set new rates
which, along with miscellaneous
service charges, will produce the
$219,000 additional revenue which
College Station and Bryan had ear
lier agreed to grant to the phone
Councilman Homer Adams voted
against the ordinance saying, “I
don’t think the phone company is
entitled to this increase at all.”
The new rates are schedided to
Dunn argues against
foreign student limits
Campus Editor
Appearing before the Academic
Council yesterday afternoon. Stu
dent Body President Jeff Dunn ar
gued against three proposals involv
ing the admission of international
students into Texas A&M Univer
“I am against all three of these
proposals, Dunn said. “The inter
national students were not con
sulted or notified of the proposals;
the students at A&M had no input
on any level; I question the use of
the English proficiency test for ad
mission, and I do not want to de
crease enrollment on a discriminat
ory basis.”
“We are not trying to limit inter
national student enrollment, said
University President Jack Williams.
Williams said the proposal is de
signed only to eliminate unqualified
international students.
Williams said that more interna
tional students than U.S. residents
return home because of scholastic
The first of the three proposals
recommended that the overall
grade point average (CPA) for un
dergraduate international students
transferring from colleges and uni
versities in the United States be
raised from 2.0 to 2.5. This re
quirement covers each of the last
two semesters of attendance.
“This will mean a better chance of
success for the student, said Dean
of Admissions Edwin H. Cooper.
He said the measure will also re
duce the overall student popula
Arguments arose as to why this
proposal should apply only to inter
national students. Data was not av
ailable as to how many residents
would be affected so the motion was
tabled until the next meeting.
Another proposal recommended
that all international students must
score at least 550 on the TOEFL (an
English proficiency test) or have a
grade of C in each of two regular
university-level English courses
and have successfully completed an
English proficiency test adminis
tered by the university.
“When a student comes from a
foreign country, under this propos
al, he will not know if he will be
become effective at 8 a.m. Wednes
Under the ordinance, the rate for
a residence one-party line will rise
from the present $6.50 to $6.75.
Under General Telephone s origi
nal request for $1,073,193, the rate
would have gone to $9.65.
The ordinance states that “Gen
eral (Telephone) has failed in its
burden of proof to show that any
increase in rate is justified. Even
so, the council approved the new
rates “in hopes of avoiding costly
litigation and in hopes that General
will upgrade its telephone service to
a reasonable level.
An apparent conflict exists bet
ween the passage of the ordinance
and a temporary restraining order
issued against General Telephone
by 85th Dist. Court Judge W. C.
Davis on Tuesday.
The court order restrains Gen
eral Telephone from collecting rates
which are not fixed by the plaintiffs
(Bryan and College Station), Col
lege Station City Attorney Neeley
Lewis said Friday morning.
Since the ordinance was fixed by
one of the plaintiffs, General Tele
phone can begin to collect the new
rates in College Station on Wed
nesday, Lewis said.
The Bryan Council would have to
pass a similar ordinance for General
Telephone to effectively realize
$219,000 under the College Station
ordinance, said Bryan City Manager
Lou Odle this morning.
“There is a possibility that we
may pass a similar ordinance next
week at a special meeting of the
council,” Odle said. He said that
meeting has not yet been called.
B. A Erwin, division manager of
General Telephone, said Thursday
night that the phone company had
no prior notification of the proposed
“They (College Station) are bas
ing their request on the same
$219,000 figure which they offered
us last Week and we found it unac
ceptable at that time, Erwin said
Friday morning.
Erwin said he has sent a copy of
(See “City Council,” Page 5)
admitted until he takes the exam,
Dunn said. “If he should flunk, he
would either have to go back to his
country or enroll full-time in the
English Language Institute, which
woidd take an extra semester and
more money.
George Kunze, dean of the
graduate college, said that the in
ternational students had provided
input into the development of the
English proficiency test.
“We discussed this matter for at
least a year, and there were interna
tional students on that committee,
he said.
The Academic Council approved
that proposal and another stating
that international students seeking
entrance to the graduate college
must present an acceptable
Graduate Record Examination
(GRE) score.
In the past, students attempting
to raise their GRE or waiting to re
ceive their GRE score had been
admitted as special students.
“There were graduate students
admitted that actually lacked the
credentials, said Kunze.
(See “Academic Council,” Page 5
Academic Council meets
Student Body President Jeff Dunn is shown relaxing during
the Academic Council meeting yesterday. Dunn was pre
sent to argue against a proposal for new admissions re
quirements for international students, staff photo by jack Holm
Some without roommates, but...
Everyone’s got a home for now
Battalion Staff Writer
Now that the registration dust has
settled, it appears that everyone has
found a home.
This year, anyway.
The consequences of the housing
crunch, brought on by a 3,784 in
crease in student enrollment, still
remain unresolved.
At least 150 students were unable
to find roommates this semester and
are paying up to $250 a month to live
in an apartment by themselves.
Karen Switzer, Student Develop
ment Coordinator, said Wednes-
“What it amounts to,” Switzer
said, “is that people panicked at the
last minute and leased apartments
without finding roommates.
“There was a rumor going around
that the town was completely fille-
d, she said. “But one thing is clear:
there are still places left.”.
Switzer suggested that students
use the roommate service provided
by the Student Services Office in
the YMCA building.
The students who moved into
Scandia III are still living on a con
struction site. Twenty of the 198
units are occupied.
“They told us the TV cable would
be installed in two weeks, Scandia
resident Sharon Davis said Wed
nesday. “That was two months ago.
She was told by the apartment
manager that a phone could not be
installed until a group of five build
ings were completed.
Davis said she pays $175 a month
for the one-bedroom, unfurnished
apartment. She receives no con
struction discount.
Some apartment complexes offer
a reduction in rent during construc
tion because of inconvenience to
tenants from unfinished facilities.
When Davis complained to the
management, she was told that she
could get out of her lease. There
were plenty more to take her place,
one of the managers told her.
There are now 3,677 apartment
units in College Station, not count
ing 4,700 university-owned units.
City Planner Al Mayo said Thurs
day that in 1971 there were 1,200
commercial units and 800 university
units in the city.
As far as more housing for next fall
is concerned, Mayo said he knows of
only two complexes being con
structed now, Scandia III and Taos,
both on Anderson Street.
Last month several prospective
developers contacted the city about
building additional complexes,
Mayo said, but so far none have in
dicated any further interest.
“Everyone thinks this is such a
good market because of the de
mand,” Mayo explained, “but actu
ally it is not.
He said this area was a high risk to
developers because it was a student
market, and therefore not a lucra
tive market.
“You can only push up the rent so
much when you’re dealing with stu
dents,” he said. Houston or Dallas
provide a higher money market
than this area, he added.
He said that during the summer
some complexes have a 40 per cent
vacancy rate since most students
rent apartments for a nine-month
Another problem for developers
is that most of College Station is
surrounded by flood plains.
Most of the growth in College
Station has taken place between
Highway 30 and Wellborn Road.
The continuing growth of College
Station depends on the growth at
A&M, Mayo said.
On Thursday President Williams
announced a Board of Regents
meeting for November to consider
limiting University enrollment.
“They keep saying they are going
to limit enrollment,” Mayo said.
“They once said 25,000 was the
limit, and then added the west cam
pus to the drawing board.
“I don’t think they have any idea
of the unbelievable potential at
A&M, Mayo said. “They could
build the west campus the same size
as the present one and then add
another the same size from here to
the Brazos.
The University owns most of the
land from Wellborn Road to the
Brazos River.
“They (University administra
tion) could stop the growth, de
pending on their policies, he said.
“When they changed the policy a
few years ago to include civilians
and women, the rapid growth made
them go out of their minds,” Mayo
Mayo predicted that College Sta
tion’s population would go over
40.000 in two years. The population
is currently estimated between
34.000 and 35,000.
Mayo said there has been an in
crease in the number of single
family units being built, making a
“pretty healthy balance between
apartments and houses.
There are 538 existing duplexes
in College Station, 220 mobile
homes and 2,900 single family units,
he said.
“But you had better start looking
for a place now, ’ Karen Switzer
Local builders are having a difficult time dent population has left many apartment
keeping up with the increasing local pop- builders with unfinished buildings when
ulation. The unplanned for increase in stu- they could use them the most.