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Vol. 69 No. 36
Copyright (c) 1975, The Battalion
College Station, Texas
Friday, Oct. 31, 1975
Farenthold voices
opposition toward
oroposed charter
Associated Press
Liberal leader Frances Farenthold fi
lly has found something on which she can
ree with Gov. Dolph Briscoe: neither
ethe proposed new Texas Constitution.
Mrs. Farenthold, twice an unsuccessful
ndidate against Briscoe, wrote a former
onse colleague, Hep. Bill Blythe,
What a pity for the state, its people and
future to have the proposed constitu-
m, flawed in its conception, to be on the
link of acceptance.
Blythe released copies of the personal
|ter, which concluded, "If this document
repudiated in toto, efforts can begin to
ve the drafting done by the citizens of
I is state, where it rightfully belongs under
| r system of government.
Briscoe announced earlier this month lie
iposes the new document, which will he
mitted to the voters in a state-wide elec-
n Nov. 4.
Former Speaker Price Daniel,Jr., the
iident of the 1974 Constitutional Con-
Intion, said, however, that debt restric-
us in the new constitution “will help
arantee the financial stability of Texas
ies and insure against fiscal collapse,
ch as that which now almost daily faces
:w York City .
Sen. Peyton McKnight, chairman of a
itewide group that opposes the new eon-
tution, said “even the proponents of the
pnient admit that it would “give the
gislature much more power than it has
They contend that this is good while
ft believe that the people are better off to
[tain for them selves such powers as that to
termine the salaries of the legislature.
[Speaker Bill Clayton, an advocate of the
constitution, said the 10-year self-
Jstnict clause for state agencies "brings
more than 2(H) state agencies down so
p'can look them straight in the ey es and
He if they are performing their duties and if
^particular agency should continue to func-
President C. David Evans of the Texas
liminal Defense Lawy ers Association said
| association poll showed 575 defense
iwyers oppose the proposal to merge the
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Court of Criminal Appeals and the Sup
reme Court and only 179 favored it of the
association s approximately 1,100 mem
Evans said proposed revisions in the
court system woidd result in a "judicial
quagmire and additional millions of dollars
of expense. ”
A former State Bar president, Josiah
Wheat, said, however, that adoption of the
new judiciary article would “make it possi
ble to hold down the cost of operating the
judicial sy stem by spreading the workload
more equitably.
Former Sen. Walter Richter, the co
ordinator for a Central Texas group favor
ing the new constitution, said, "Annual
budgeting should save millions simply by
requiring more frequent projections of in
come. In six of eight states that recently
have taken up annual budgeting, Richter
said, “there was actually a significant de
crease in the growth rate of expenditures.
Another former State Bar president,
Leroy Jeffers of Houston, said, "I doubt
that a state constitution has ever been de
veloped in the history of our nation which
has had as much public input, study, de
bate, and discussion as the new
Texas constitution. The new constitution,
which I support in its entirety, is a people’s
document, written in the peoples lan
guage, that can he read and understood by
the people.
Rep. Ronald Earle, coordinator of a
statewide organization supporting the new
constitution, said the document “includes
far more numerous and infinitely more
reasonable restraints on the power of the
legislature than the present constitution —
including such provisions as the totally new
prohibition against the legislature s ability
to enact a sales tax on groceries on
medicine, taxes which leading legislative
opponents of the constitution voted for in
Earle s group. Citizens for the Texas
Constitution, released a statement saying
the 500-member Texas chapter of the
American Institute of Planners had en
dorsed the new constitution at its conven
tion in San Antonio.
Student Academic Council
Choice of profs
survey discussed
A survey, which will help set guidelines
[lowing students to choose their professors
Id times, was discussed at the Student
pademic Council meeting last night.
Of the 500 students interviewed, the
iajority favored being able to choose both
rofessors and times. Only 37 students fa-
bred being able just to choose either pro-
essors or times.
The majority also favored selection of
lofessor rather than selection of time if
ply give the choice of one. In determining
[e selection of courses, the majority voted
rthe seniority system with majors getting
prst choice.
Under the present system, subject to
lange, the computer is programmed to fill
mrses on a first come basis. Each course
ill be filled to a certain percentage of
ipacity with openings remaining to give
1 students a cushion to fall back on during
Id-drop. If a student did not get a certain
rofessor, a certain time, or a certain
ourse desperately needed, then the cush-
)n would he filled to maximum enroll-
To aid students in choosing their profes
sors, professor evaluations will be filled out
by students during the week of Dec. 1-5,
and will be published before spring regist
Three resolutions were also passed by
the council. A resolution allowing students
to obtain a double major at Texas A&M was
passed unanimously by the council. Prog
ram options would include substitution of
second major requirements for electives of
the first, basic requirements would have to
he fulfilled in both major fields of study,
and a notation on degree transcript.
Credit for off-campus internships was
another resolution passed. Such projects
allow students to work off campus, with the
approval of a faculty member. According to
the resolution a student working at Baylor
College of Medicine could receive credit
hours for it.
A ‘491’ Program was the last resolution
passed. This resolution provides a research
course for undergraduate students. Stu
dents in this course would work on indi
vidual research with the aid of an adviser.
The grade would be on a pass-fail basis.
Toy gun jolts
Ford’s agent
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Formally dressed up for the Halloween festivi
ties are Jeffrey Wright (left) and Janice Fortune —
they were part of a group of five similarly-dressed
MagetteS. Staff photo by Steve Goble
Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO — A man carrying a
toy gun who claimed he was trying to pro
tect President Ford was taken into custody
Thursday at a parking garage near the
downtown hotel where Ford spoke to a
political luncheon.
The man, he said his name was “Albert
W. Zero, was released to San Francisco
police after two hours, and the Secret Ser
vice said there was no indication he actually
intended to harm the President.
The incident occurred about 10 minutes
before Ford left the St. Francis Hotel,
where five weeks earlier he had been the
target ofan apparent assassination attempt.
There was no indication that the President
was aware of the incident, about a block
Singing “Glory, Glory Hallejulah and
rambling on about his affection for whisky,
the man was taken from the Union Square
Garage for questioning by Secret Service
“It’s a dopey gun, he yelled out as he
was led away. “It doesn’t fire anything — it
fires dummy, dopey bullets.”
The man said he pulled his play gun after
an employe of the garage had threatened
the President. The Secret Service said,
however, there was no indication of such a
“They got me handcuffed, the man said.
“I tried to protect the President and they
got me handcuffed.’
Warren Taylor, assistant special agent in
charge of the San Francisco Secret Service
office, said a decision on whether to charge
the man would be left up to local police.
“To the best of my knowledge he made
no threatening remarks, statements or
moves, or took any threatening actions di
rected toward the President of the United
States, Taylor said.
The Secret Service said the stockily built
man with a shaven bead was in bis late 3()s
or early 40s.
A report that a man had been seen with a
gun sent police and federal agents speeding
to the garage in the security-conscious city.
It was just five weeks ago that Sara Jane
Moore fired a shot in the direction of Presi
dent Ford as he left the St. Francis Hotel.
Thursdays incident occurred about 10
minutes before Ford s motorcade sped
away from the hotel, racing at about 40
miles an hour through downtown streets on
the way to San Francisco International Air
Ford left for Milwaukee where he will
address a Republican fund-raiser.
“I think be was cuckoo, Police Capt.
James Curran said. “He kept saying, God
Bless America.
Another police captain, Jeremiah Taylor,
described the man as “an eccentric who had
been there all day. Taylor said the man
had displayed his toy gun to a bystander
who then telephoned police.
A&M’s legal and fiscal areas
Battalion Staff Writer
There must be a legal department and a
financial department in any large corpora
tion. At A&M both of these aspects are
structured under the Executive Vice Pres
ident for Administration, Clyde Freeman.
Freeman’s department is responsible for
the University System’s investments,
trusts, audits, fiscal and accounting proce
dures, and budgets. It is also responsible
for legal services, lands, system personnel
matters, and administration coordination.
William C. Freeman, Jr. was born in
Terrell, Texas in 1919. He lived in Terrell
until 1935, when he came to live in Bryan.
Freeman was graduated from Texas A&M
University in 1940, where he received his
degree in Agricultural Administration.
There are three assistant vice presidents
who answer directly to Freeman. Each is
the head of a smaller department within the
structure. Allen Schlandt is assistant vice
president of the Audits and Accounting
Department. The construction on campus
is first handled by this department.
A document to start improvements or
construction on campus or anywhere
throughout the system must pass through
many approvals before it can be executed.
First, a document is initiated and sent to
the Physical Plant System. If it is approved
there, it is sent to the Accounting Division.
There it is considered and if found to to
satisfactory is approved.
It must then pass through Freeman’s
hands to University President Jack K. Wil
liams. Williams decides whether to pass it
to the Board of Regents. If it is approved by
the Board of Regents the money is approp
riated and the construction begins. More
than likely the contract will also he looked
over by the Legal Department (another
department under Freeman).
Working closely with the audits and ac
counting department is the budget de
partment. Clifton W. Lancaster is the assis
tant vice president in charge of it.
The Budget Department sets the entire
money plan for the Texas A&M University
System each year. The money that A&M
acquires from land investments, hank in
vestments, and state appropriations are all
taken into consideration.
“Last year Texas A&M System s total in
come was in excess of $200,000,000,” said
Freeman. “State appropriations usually ac
count for about 50 per cent of the total
Mr. Lancaster mentioned that some
years the payroll for personnel will account
for almost 75 percent of the budget. Texas
A&M, like the corporation, has a legal de
partment, headed by James A. Amis.
TheLegal Department represents both
Texas A&M University and the Texas A&M
University System. Almost all legal matters
for the system are handled by this depart
There are some instances that do not
allow the Legal Department to intervene,
such as when resolutions must be made by
the Attorney General or if the case involves
a criminal matter. Amis made i t it clear that
civil matters were the only ones handled by
his department.
However, Amis said, "The Legal De
partment does assist the Attorney General
in making decisions and in making resolu
tions that involve the University System.
Another job that the Legal Department
handles is the examining of contracts deal
ing with property, investments, or con
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Vampires Dave Herrington (left) and Tom Vitek
were among the spooks who turned out for the
Thursday night.
among dormitory students
Staff photo by Steve Goble
OPAS GUILD BUFFET is scheduled
Nov. 11 in the Rudder Tower at 6 p. m. The
Pennsylvania Ballet will be the feature.
Students with OPAS tickets may sent $5 to
Mrs. Frank G. Anderson, Jr., 743 S.
Rosemary, Bryan, 77801. Student reserva
tion deadline is Nov. 1.
THE CLASSES OF ’76, ’77 and ’78 will
sponsor a Halloween Dancefriday night in
DeWare Fieldhouse from 9 to 1 a.m. The
cost is 50 cents per person and the proceeds
will be contributed to the Freshman Class.
Music will he by Jack Bryant and students
should wear costumes.
by the Dairy Science, Horsemen’s Associa
tion, Poultry Science, Range Science and
Saddle and Sirloin Clubs will be held Fri
day, 8 p.m. at Lakeview. “Young Country”
will be featured.
GIRLS ARE NEEDED to work exclu
sively with the A&M swim team. Girls in
terested should call Mary Ann, 845-6080;
Laura, 845-7280; or Diane, 845-7064 to
find out about interviews.
selor Appreciation Hamburger Fry and
Mixer has been changed to Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.
in the Grove. All counselors are asked to
call 845-1626 and R.S.V.P.
Saturday and Sunday in Room 601 of the
Rudder Tower. There is a $2.50 entry fee,
and prizes will depend on the number of
entries. For information call Kermit
Pittman at 846-8497.
“Z”, presented by the Arts Committee,
will be shown Monday at 8 p.m. in the
Rudder Theater. After the movie, a discus
sion will bv led bv Dr. Paul Parrish.
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AGGIE SPIRIT is scheduled to he spot
lighted nationally Saturday on the “CBS
Evening News with Dan Rather.”
A network film crew was on campus this
past weekend to shoot student activities
surrounding the game with Baylor.
The news team documented a wet but
spirited “midnight yell practice,” was on
hand for the “spirit line through which the
players passed Saturday morning en route
from Cain Hall to Kyle Field and then
filmed the “Twelfth Man in action in the
stands. The newsmen also interviewed
Coach Emory Bellard and yell leaders.
KBTX-TV will show the clip on the 6 p.m.
and 10 p.m. newscasts Monday.
Bryan High School, 3401 E. 29th St. Prizes
will he awarded and refreshments and en
tertainment will be provided.
address to the Dallas Salesmanship Club
yesterday, renewed his opposition to the
proposed state constitution which will he
voted on Nov. 4.
SAN ANTONIO’S Northside School
District trustees filed suit to block a Texas
Education Agency order calling for pairing
of six elementary schools. Attorneys will
argue today whether busing should he used
to attain racial balance among 1,800 chil
dren in the school district. The suit said
there is no legal or educational basis for the
TEA directive.
THE BRYAN PARKS and Recreation
Department is conducting basketball and
volleyball leagues this season, Roy G. Ross,
recreation superintendent has announced.
Managers’ meetings for the leagues will
be Tuesday night in the Medallion Room of
the Bryan Utilities Building.
Managers for Men’s Open Basketball
will meet at 7 p.m.. Men’s Church Basket
ball at 8 p.m. and Mixed Volleyball at 9
BICYCLE SAFETY and Awareness
Week ends Saturday with a Pedal Power
Parade starting at 9 a.m.
Bryan residents should meet in the Civil
Auditorium, 800 S. Coulter, and College
Station residents should meet in the Red
mond Terrace Shopping Center parking
lot, 1400 Texas Ave.
The parade will end at the parking lot of
THE THIRD AMERICAN in eight days
was kidnaped by unidentified Lebanese
gunmen in Beirut yesterday. He was iden
tified as Clyde Huddleston, 47, of Fort
Meanwhile, Moslem gunmen appeared
to gain the upper hand in Lebanon’s civil
war as they and their Palestinian allies
overran the last forward Christian militia
outpost in the downtown hotel district in
Beirut and moved into the shadow of the
25-story Holiday Inn.
nounced in Madrid last night that it has
transfered power temporarily from
Generalissimo Francisco to his heir. Prince
Juan Carlos, as Spain’s new chief of state.