The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, October 07, 1975, Image 1

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Che Battalion Vol. 69, No. 21 Copyright © 1975, The Battalion College Station, Texas Tuesday, Oct. 7, 1975 y had nit it •oach if he /ould heck’ been y was if the i the ire to been the n 0-3 Kyle ii the ibout ii but iving lalms little ■i Society in assassination cycle’ Phone rates By WILL ANDERSON Battalion Stall Writer American society appears to be in an “assassination cycle" and President Gerald R. Ford is tempting fate, Newsweek’s Tommy DeFrank said Sunday night. The 1967 Texas A&M Uni versity graduate has been with Newsweek for five years and a White House correspondent since late 1973. The United States has gone through cycles of student de monstrations, then hijackings Defrank said. Now a cycle of as sassination fever is beginning. He was 15 feet from the Presi dent during the first assassina- Captain and Tennelle The hit Pop duet, Captain and Tennelle performed Satur day night for an enthusiastic noncapacity crowd in the Rudder Auditorium. Photo by Douglas Winship Campus RICHARD LEVENSON will speak on “International Terrorism . . . The Inside Story” in a Great Issues presentation Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the MSC Ballroom. Levenson, an International Affairs Specialist and a Military Intelli gence Analy st, has specialized in Middle East military situations. He will speak on the methods of terrorists and the counter measures of the Israeli Intelligence. The lecture is free to Texas A&M University students with an activity card. Admission for all others is $1. ANY MSC COMMITTEE chairman or officer who has posted a 2.4 GPR or has a 2.4 GPR overall will he put on probation with one semester to solve the problem, the MSC council said Monday. The council also has re-establish a European travel program during Christmas vacation and has organized a Food Cost Comparison Committee to Food Services prices with those of caterers off-campus. AUDITIONS FOR “Petrified Forest will he held in room 212 of the MSC at 7 p.m. These are open to any interested student. City THE BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION JAYCEES will conduct a Personal Dy namics seminar to help individuals develop qualities of leadership tonight and Wednesday night. The seminar will he from 7 to 9 in the Texas Room of Bryan Building and Loan at 2800 S. Texas Ave. Speakers for the seminar are John Birkner, University National Bank; Col. Glendon Jones, Bank of A&M; Bryan City Councilman Jim Wright, Bryan Building and Loan; and Jim Smith, James Smith and Associates, Inc. There is no charge. For more information call Bo Blackledge, 846-7992. Texas CARRILLO’S LAWYER, ARTHUR Mitchell, has requested that the Texas Senate grant a "bill of particulars” spelling out the charges against Carrillo. The request was denied and postponement requests for the trial were also denied. House prosecutor argued Monday that the Senate alone decides what constitutes an impeachable offense. tion attempt in Sacramento and 100 feet away when the shot was fired in San Francisco. DeFrank said the President's constant travelling recently has had several bad effects on both him and the President. First, it exposes Ford more to possible assassins. Secondly, the more Ford speaks in his travels, the more people realize he has no thing intelligent to say. And third, since DeFrank must ac company Ford, he is seldom home with his family. “When Ford went to the White House, I went with him,” he said. “I can’t tell you how long he’ll be there but I’ll probably be there as long as he is. “In August of’74, the country was on the brink,” DeFrank said. “Ford has really calmed it down. The Imperial Presidency of Nixon and Johnson are be hind us. Integrity and decency are in the oval office again." DeFrank said, however, that Ford is a poor leader with little vision of the past or future. He suggested that history would be kinder to the man than the American voters will be in the next election. “If I bad to bet right now, I’d have to say there will be a Democrat in the White House in 1977,” he said. “It will be determined by two things: the economy by June or July, and who the Democrats run. But one thing I have learned in Washington is to never underestimate the Democrats’ ability to destroy themselves. “L F. Stone once said that all government officials are liars,” he said. “Irresponsible? Maybe, but look at the litany of lies that has been fed to the press in the recent past — Eisenhower and the U-2 incident, Kennedy and the Bay of Pigs, the Pentagon Papers revealed several lies. The Jack Anderson papers showed we were lied to about the U. S. involvement in the India-Pakistan War. “We were told for years of the hands-off policy towards Cam bodia while all the time we were bombing the hell out of it. Then there’s Watergate. DeFrank cited a lie from Ford when he denied the exis tence of any secret treaties in Vietnam. The treaties were re vealed just before the fall of Saigon to the North Viet namese. “No administration tells it like it is but bow they want you to think it is,” he said. rise again By STEVE GRAY City Editor Local phone rates have goite up again to the ring of8496,000, follow ing an out-of-court settlement Fri- da\ afternoon between General Telephone Compam and the cities of Biyan and College Station. The increase is retroactive to Oct. 1. All three parties met briefh in 85th Dist. Court Judge W. C. Davis chambers earh Frida) morn ing prior to a scheduled 9a.m. hear ing on a permanent injunction against General Telephone. Both cities and the phone compam then spent neark ada> negotiatingo\ era fair rate increase before reaching an agreement. The out-of-court settlement which was recommended b phone-rate consultant Bill McMoi lies of Amarillo, stipulates th; General Telephone ma> not requeM am future rate increases until th Texas Utilities Commission god into effect Sept. 1 next \ear. The agreement is similar to th one made a couple of sears agj when General Telephone Compan last sought a rate increase in Ma j 1972. That settlement was mi reached until after a sear of litig: i tion in district court. The new monthls rates are: 87.5 ; for residence one-parts line: S6.,3j| for residence, two-parts line: 85.O j for residence four-parts line: 815.9ji‘ for business one-parts line: an 812.82 for business two-parts line Senate considers tickets, again By JERRY GEARY Battalion Staff Writer Worries about date tickets for sold-out football games are over if the senate passes the guest ticket resolution Wednesday night at 7:30 in room 204 of the Harrington Center. A group tickets proposal would allow groups of over 6 persons to pick up their tickets on their designated class days. Lynn Ashby Tickets not picked up by those groups are to be allotted to the next day’s ticket purchasers. Two senators from the Aston-Mosher-Krue^er area may be elected at-large if the senate passes a possible con stitutional amendment to ex tend the limit of living area senators from 30 to 31. Filing for election would begin Oct. 9. All students with season ‘Half can’t read, rest can’t write’ coupons are guaranteed a ticket to football games, and there are only 200 seats available after all coupon holders buy their tic kets. The possibilitx has existed that there would not be enough seats available for freshmen. The date ticket resolution pro vides that all students with sea son tickets will get a seat whether in the stands or on the track. All student seats will be sold under the current distribution system, with the reservation that date tickets be sold if there will be enough seats for student season ticket holders. The senate will also vote whether to approve the lease with Ridgecrest Shopping Center for the Student Radio Station. Two bills pertaining to the University of Texas will also be introduced to the senate. The first bill endorses the actions of the UT student senate request ing the resignation of Dr. Lorene Rogers because the student-faculty input was ig nored in the selection process. The other proposal states that the Texas A&M student senate “publicly opposes any Board of Regents who ignores the re commendations of a student- faculty committee concerning administrative appointments or major issues affecting the stu dents. Duane Thompson, Vice Pres ident of Rules and Regulations, will nominate Danny Coleman for the senate vacancy in Mar ried Student Housing. ★★★ Vacancies m the Graduate Student Council exist in the col lege of Science, College of Geosciences and the college of Veterinary Medicine. Applic ants should contact Joe Mar cello in Room 216 of the Memo rial Student Center. Applica tions close Oct. 13. Both the Judicial Board and the Student Services Commit tee will meet Tuesday evening. J-board will meet in Room 216 E at 7 p.m. and Student Ser vices will meet in Room 216 N at 7 p.m. in the MSC. ,1 By STEVE REIS Battalion Staff Writer “Half the people in Texas can’t read and the other half can’t write,” remarked Lynn Ashby, Houston Post columnist, Sunday night. Ashby then hedged and mumbled when asked which half he belonged to. Waving his arms about and some times pressing them together as though in prayer, Ashby addressed his listeners with anecdotes about his profession. “Of course my own job is some what tenuous; Mr. Hobby keeps tel ling me not to make any long range plans . . . like winding my watch.” He indiscriminately poked harm less fun at the Pope, Patty Hearst, Houston police and Austin legis lators. Ashby was one of the guest speakers this weekend at the 23rd Annual Conference of the Texas Junior College Press Association. A graduate of the University of Texas, Ashby started his lecture with the usual cuts and jabs at Texas A&M. After the preliminaries, he started with a bang and gave his opinions of his own profession — journalism. “If you like money, don’t go into journalism, blacksmithing pays bet ter.” He also admitted that there were drastic drawbacks to his type of work. The hours are terrible, the divorce rate is high and drinking al cohol is a major problem. Ashby warned the future jour nalists that they would become high profile targets. “Journalists are a scurrilous bunch of people, he boasted, “so we must be careful of what we write and how we run our private lives. “There are many charlatans and terrible incompetents in the field and these people’s actions reflect on me. They are my personal and pro fessional enemies. "I make myself look bad daily,” he said, “so I don’t need their help. ” Ashby finally mentioned some of the advantages to being a journalist. The travel is great because “it’s hard to hit a moving target. He regarded the pay as adequate. After being asked exactly how much he makes a week, Ashby im mediately answered by saying, “That’s a very good question. Maybe 1 can answer that for you.” He then expounded on the relativ ity of his salary compared to others. For five minutes, he answered without giving an answer. All he would say about his pay was that it isn’t enough for what he does. He then launched into an explana tion of his job. “I give people the facts. Then I tell them what to think about what I’ve just told them.” Realizing that he still hadn’t given an adequate answer about his sal ary, he said, “I make enough to sup port a wife, three kids, a dog, a hamster named Felix and a parakeet. Anyway, it’s none of your damn business.” Ashby closed his witty monologue by telling the confer ence what he plans to do when he gets out of journalism. “Die I suppose.” Pot seized, two charged By STEVE GRAY City Editor Two Texas A&M Universit) students were arrested last week b\ Universit) Police on charges of misdemeanor possession of a control led substance. Charged were Vernon Milan Kindall, 19, a sophomore mechanical engineering major from Seabrook, and Kenneth Arnold Schenker, 20, a sophomore business management major from League City. Kindall was arrested about 4 p.m. last Tues day when police searched Kindall’s room in Moses Hall. Police said they found 63 “black mollies,” a type of amphetamine, and two marijuana cigarettes. Police had earlier obtained a search warrant from Justice of the Peace Jess McGee to search Kindall’s room. According to police reports, Kindall later led officers to an isolated area in Wellborn where police said they found several marijuana plants growing. Officers said they then seized the plants. Schenker was arrested about 12:30 a.m. last Wednesday. Officers said they searched his room in Hart Hall after obtaining a search war rant. Police said they found a quantity of what may be amphetamines and barbituates. Police also seized what they said appeared to be eight “baggies” of marijuana. Both men were charged in Brazos County Court and are free on bond. 1 Confiscated plants Campus Patrolman Stan Wade displays three marijuana plants confiscated by po lice last week in Wellborn. Photo by Glen Johnson Moving the tracks Railroad threatens to split campus in two By JERRY NEEDHAM Battalion Staff Writer What was in 1876 a boon to the developing Texas A&M.Universit) empire threatens in 1976 to split the campus in two. With the first of the major west campus construction, the Soil and Crop Sciences Building, scheduled for completion in late 1976 and the second, the Animal Industries Building, in 1977, the campus will soon be divided by the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks on which 11 trains make their daily, noisy trek. The tracks were first laid on the existing railroad route (running parallel to Wellborn Road) in 1867 by the Houston and Texas Central Railroad Company. Some time later, Southern Pacific, the oldest railroad company in Texas, bought the tracks and have owned them since. During the earl) history of Texas A&M, the railroad played a very important role in bringing students to and from school and delivering supplies. Passenger sen ice to the area was discontinued in 1958, so a portion of the service offered when the rail road was built is no longer available. What is wrong with the present location of the tracks? Texas A&M President Jack Wil liams said last week that the current railroad location presents no prob lems except for the noise of the pas sing trains, but said he does foresee problems with the railroad as a bar rier to the University’s expansion. “If we go across Wellborn Road in some strength, we 11 have the rail road in the center, and it will be both a noisemaker and a general confusion-causer, Williams said. Biyan Mayor Lloyd Joyce last week said there is more involved than just the noise problem in Bryan. “We still have a danger in cros sing the tracks. There is also the inconvenience and a certain amount of fire danger because of the possi- bilit) of trains blocking the road,' he said. Southern Pacific makes five daily runs on the tracks,.and the Missouri Pacific Railroad Company leases the tracks from Southern Pacific from Biy an to Nay asota and makes six daily runs. N. E. Allphin, Southern Pacifie s local agent, has said the only prob lems encountered b) the company with the present track location is the maintenance of crossings. Keith Langford, Biyan Fire Chief, said freight shipments by rail run the spectrum as to content. Any thing that is shipped in bulk to industries is carried by rail includ ing fertilizer and liquified gases, he said. Texas A&M presently ships and receives less than fhe percent of its supplies by rail, according to Uni- y ersit) officials. Between 15 and 20 industries ii Biyan are currently served In tin railroad. Langford said that several car loaded with liquid petroleum ga: and fertilizers exploded after derail ing near Mumford three y ears ago The train had then just passec through Biyan. Langford said that if the accideu had occurred in town, a one- o two-block area would have been dq stroxed from the blast. “Trains observe self-imposet speed limi ts wh ile t rax el ing t hrongl town, ' Langford said. "Tbe rail roads here are doing a real good jol of maintenance.