The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, September 26, 1975, Image 1

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Campus 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. City UNITED FUND DRIVE started Sept. 15 with a goal of more than $135,000. See inside. Page 4. Texas THE PROCEDURE EMPLOYED to select Dr. Lorene 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. National 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. • HOMOSEXUALITY AND LINKAGE to gay politics has 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. • “I CALLED FOR AN APPLICATION (to sponsor two 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 tivities. 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 V 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 By JERRY NEEDHAM 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 charges. 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 company. 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 By KARLA MOURITSEN 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 sity. “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 deficiency. 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 tion. 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 day. 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 ordinance. “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 By CATHY RANDALL 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- day. “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 period. 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 said. 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 said. 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.