The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, April 06, 1976, Image 1

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    IfHE THIRD installment board
lyment for the 1976 Spring Semes-
r is due on or before April 8,
(76. The amount is $137.80 for the
Day Board Plan and $123.45 for
e 5-Day Board Plan. Please pay
i either at the Fiscal Office,
hard Coke Building or at the
hier’s Office in the main lobby
the Rudder Center to avoid
Cbe Battalion
Vol. 68 No. 101 College Station, Texas Tuesday, Apr. 6, 1976
day is partly cloudy with a 30 per
cent chance of showers this af
ternoon increasing to 50 per
cent Wednesday morning. High
today,76; low tonight, 60; high
Wednesday, 77.
Imost anything goes:
0gs> mud or golf balls
mid you like to be stuffed in a
©aid box, have mud smeared all over
body, have raw eggs cracked in your
h and golf balls thrown at you while
B flying through the air?
ese are only a tew things that the 144
st,mts of the Almost Anything Goes
i game went through Sunday on the
Ik&M Drill Field.
B was sponsored by the Residence
association in cooperation with Has-
|ee, an information organization for
pus students.
re were 18 teams competing in the
fttion obstacle course. Each team
imposed of four males and four
ft. The eight teams having the fastest
Competed in the five major events,
(event of the Triumphant Tramp
fter the obstacle course. The object
atch as many golf balls as possible in
hile jumping on a trampoline. The
ect was to keep from getting hit by
son who was throwing the balls over
>ot high ply-board sign. The RHA
event on their second try by catch-
Jialls. They had to do it over because
ren t jumping high enough on their
empt. They only caught six the first
ling machine boxes, instead of re-
Itor boxes, were placed over the
jof the contestants in Ronnie’s Re-
Jtor Run. There were no major colli-
in the relay race, but there was a lot of
■ingand falling down. Moses III took
vent, followed by Old College Main I
Fowler Hall.
By far the messiest event of the day was
Tired of It All. Four tires were placed over
a human axle and then rolled over a ramp
into a mud hole. Each time the axle and
tires came over the ramp to land in the
mud, the crowd groaned. Keathley-Moore
II crossed the finish line first with a time of
:31.45. Old College Main I and Puryear
Hall followed with times of :35.5 and :37.9
Peat moss and sand flew in the Great
Confederate Confetti Bash. The eight
members of each team had to dig through
this to find eight poker chips. Fowler Hall’s
team came in first, followed by Hughes
Hall and the RHA.
The contestants returned to the obstacle
course for the Grand-Finale-Around-
the-World-Tour. The team members had
to run through tires, jump three hurdles,
crawl under a low bridge and sprint about
20 feet, each with an egg in his mouth. If
the egg broke, the contestant had to get a
new one. They must have tasted good, be
cause some people went back for seconds
and thirds. Old College Main I came in first
in this event. Fowler Hall took second
place and Keathley-Moore II took third
The team of Old College Main I took
home the first place trophy for winning
AAG. Fowler Hall representatives re
ceived a second place trophy and
Keathley-Moore II placed third. Toby
Rives, assistant director of Student Affairs,
presented the participation rftvard to Wal
ton Hall. Walton’s team did not make any
FDT wins again
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p scallop;
ie Texas A&M Fish Drill Team won
itate of Texas Invitational Drill Meet
■ Saturday for the fifth consecutive
lis is the team’s fourth win this year,
ie team earned 918.8 points from a
iMe 1,000. Even though they placed
nd in inspection, first places in basic
Fahey drill assured a first place overall,
reshmen Christopher Craft and Glenn
Jlaun placed first in the tandem drill.
H an individual competition and does
:ount toward the team’s meet points,
e next meet is the Trinity University
fleet April 24 in San Antonio.
newly-formed Texas A&M Wo-
s Drill Team placed second in the
State of Texas Invitational Drill Meet.
The University of Texas at El Paso, their
only competitor, placed first.
The Women’s Drill Team placed first in
inspection and fancy drill and second in
basic drill.
— Linda Gilliam
—Because of today’s campus
election section, precinct results
of last Saturday’s elections will
be in Wednesday’s Battalion.
Students to consider
constitution revisions
MStudents will consider student
!|]B)dy constitutional changes during
shident elections Wednesday and
The changes are as result of a con
stitutional convention held in Feb-
Jiary. The convention recom-
jpDnendations were included in the re
ferendum following approval by the
(^■The purpose of the proposed
|Hianges is to clarify, update and de-
lete phrases that have been incorrect
or misleading.
Students will vote on each ad-
endment separately and not on the
tire constitution.
The preamble changes from “to
Jssume the privileges and respon-
sibilities of self-government and to
omote the welfare of the student
dy.” The addition now outlines
ie purpose of student government
s the representative voice of the
tudent to the administration and
initiator of organization of stu-
ent affairs.
Article I, Section II would change
tudent government’s role from gov-
rning to representing the student.
Article I, Section IV’s change
eals with the separation of student
;overnment’s branches and forbids
nyone to be in more than one of the
Article I, Section IV adds the re-
uirement that executive committee
embers post a 2.0 GPR to remain
i office. An executive committee
andidate would have to get 100 sig-
atures on his election petition in-
tead of 50. . _ .
Article II, Section II defines the
ualifications and length of office for
he student body president.
The new requirement would be
hat the candidate must have been
registered in classes at A&M for at
east three consecutive semesters
efore filing. It also outlines the pro
cedure for the appointment of a re
placement in case the presidency is
The replacement would be by Se
nate selection from among the five
vice-presidents five days after the of
fice is vacated.
The Article II, Section III changes
require the president to announce
when appointment recom
mendations will be considered by
the Senate. There are also some
changes in the ordering of duties.
Article II, Section IV outlines the
president’s veto power, his ability to
make contracts and his duty as cere
monial representative for the stu
dent body.
Article II, Section V removes the
sexual hodge-podge of he/she and
his/hers from the present statement.
Article II, Section VI will allow
the Advisory Council to make rec
ommendations on its own.
Article II, Section VIII requires
the student body president to give
prior approval for standing commit
tee chairmen recommended by the
executive director. The director is
also given the authority to remove
any of these chairmen.
Article III, Section I specifies the
student Senate as the official policy-
and opinion-making student group.
Article III, Section II will require
people on scholastic probation to
leave office. Senators must file with
25 signatures for office. Their term of
office is determined by the latest Se
nate meeting or the election of a new
senate, whichever comes later.
Another change would provide for
senate vacancies to be filled within
10 class days with a member of that
There is also a change dealing with
the recall of a senate member by his
constituency. Ten per cent of the
constituency must sign a petition
and file it within 10 days of the com
pletion of the election to the Student
Government Office.
The changes also affect the dismis
sal of members for disciplinary con
duct probation.
Two amendments to Article III,
Section IV remove powers from the
Senate. One takes away the Senate’s
power to override the Student Body
President’s veto. The second re
moves the Senate’s authority to rec
ommend recognition to and with
drawal of student organizations.
An amendment to Article III, Sec
tion V removes the Rules and Regu
lations Committee’s power to review
appointments which the Senate
must approve.
An addition to Article III, Section
VI lowers the number of signatures
necessary to call a referendum from
20 per cent to 10 per cent of the
student body. That amendment also
requires that the referendum be
called within 10 days after such a
petition is presented to Student
Article IV, Section IX is an
additional section that would be
added to the constitution. That sec
tion would give the judicial Board
the power to establish its own by
laws and procedures.
Photo courtesy of Carol Silverthorn
Just rolling along
The A&M Residence Hall Association sponsored obstacle courses and participated in such things
an “almost anything goes” competition Sunday as a refrigerator box race, a confetti bash, and
afternoon on the drill field. Competing teams ran a tire race, as shown in the photograph.
MSC council
The Memorial Student Center cele
brated its 25th anniversary with a banquet
and awards ceremony Saturday night in the
MSC Ballroom.
The event served as the climax of a re
union of past MSC council and directorate
“What we celebrate tonight is a con
cept,” said John Nelson, chairman of the
Silver Anniversary. “We celebrate the
concept of student unions and students.”
Former students presented Con
gressman Olin Teague with a special award
tor his continuing and immense contribu
tion to the MSC and to the Student Con
ference on National Affairs (SCONA).
John Lindsey of Houston was recognized
for his support of the MSC. Lindsey, foun
der of SCONA and founding contributor to
the President’s Endowed Scholars, hosts
the Texas A&M leadership conference in
Houston annually.
The former students gave appreciation
gifts to J. Wayne Stark, secretary-treasurer
of the council and directorate; Olie Davis,
worker at the MSC loading docks; Ann
Bradley, accounting secretary; Faye Yates,
finance secretary; Pat Ramsey, SCONA
secretary; and Ruth Hewitt, Senior Secre
tary of MSC.
Twenty-eight students were recognized
for their outstanding service during the
1975-76 academic year.
Outstanding committee member awards
were given to Ken Dimmick, Arts; Terence
Cozad, Aggie Cinema; Bill Coady, Base
ment; Wayne Paulus, Cepheid Variable;
Michael Buben, Great Issues; Ann
Chenoweth, Outdoor Recreation; Kathy
Oeffinger, Political Forum; Roberta
Britsch, SCONA; Susan Clark, Town Hall;
and Mike Cox, Travel.
Class awards recipients were freshman
Peggy Mitchell, Basement; sophomores
Greg Martin, Black Awareness; Marie
Sohner, Recreation; and Barbara Michaels,
junior. Town Hail.
Student distinguished service awards
were given to John Nelson, council;
Michael Riewe, Aggie Cinema; Gordon
Bruner, Basement; John Oeffinger, Politi
cal Forum; John Morlock, Outdoor Recrea
tion; David McKissack, Arts; Mark Probst
and Daniel Fette, Town Hall.
Distinguished service awards for non
students were presented to Dr. Robert
Chenoweth, MSC council; Dr. Vaughn
Bryant, Political Forum and Great Issues;
Dr. Merrill Whitburn, Arts; and Dr. Mur
ray Milford,, Political Forum.
John Oeffinger received the first “Bo”
Lee award. The award serves as a source of
funding and financial help for MSC direc
Mrs. Gertrud Adam was the recipient of
the Lawrence Sullivan Ross Award.
Jane Logan, 1975-76 MSC Council and
Directorate President, was given the
Thomas Rountree award. The Rountree
award is given to an outstanding leader.
H. Hughes
dead at 70
Associated Press
Howard Hughes, the phantom financier
who ruled a business empire valued at
more than $2 billion from a series of secret
hideaways, died Monday en route to
Methodist Hospital in Houston for treat
ment. He was 70.
The aviation pioneer died aboard a char
tered ambulance jet from Acapulco,
Mexico half an hour before it landed in
In Los Angeles attorney Greg Bautzer,
who said he had represented Hughes for 25
years, said the billionaire died of a stroke.
The hospital spokesmen said Hughes
died at 1:57 p.m. Customs agent Nancy
Carney caught a glimpse of the body as it
was carried off the plane. She reportedly
said he looked thin and aged. “He looked
much older than 70,” she said.
Funeral services for Hughes are pend
ing. The disposition of Hughes vast for
tune is still a public mystery. Hughes
wealth was built on wizardry in aircraft
manufacturing and in oil drilling tool de
Five polling
locations set
Polls will be open at five locations
on-campus for the Student Govern
ment general election tomorrow and
Polling places will be located at
the first floor of the MSC and
Zachry Engineering Center, the
Commons, the Guard Room and
outside Sbisa Dining Hall. The polls
will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each
Students must present a univer
sity activity card and a student ID
card when voting.
Voters will elect Student Gov
ernment executives and senators,
RHA and class officers, yell-leaders
and Graduate Student Council
Student Government constitu
tional revisions and a referendum on
the football ticket distribution sys
tem will also be considered by vot
ers. In the football ticket referen
dum students will choose between
first-come, first-served and random
distribution methods.
Run-off voting for undecided races
in the election will be April 15.
Revision results uncertain
Contributing Editor
Newly-elected College Station Mayor
Larry Bravenec appointed a three-member
committee last night to study the validity of
Saturday’s city charter referendum elec
tion results. Bravenec had been mayor for
only about five minutes when he told
the College Station council that he had re
ceived complaints from voters who said
they had difficulty in understanding the
charter change proposal as presented on
the ballots. Voters approved a change from
the present at-large system of election to a
ward system by 29 votes.
Councilmen James Dozier, Jim Gardner
and Gary Halter were appointed to study
possible discrepancies in the wording of
the ballots at the six polling places in the
Bravenec’s appointments came shortly
after the old council officially approved the
results of the charter election by a 3-2 vote.
Then-Mayor O. M. Holt cast the tie-
heads G.B.
Associated Press
LONDON — Aides say the main foreign
policy aim of Britain’s new prime minister
will be to strengthen Western Europe’s
partnership with the United States.
James Callaghan, who succeeded Harold
Wilson yesterday as the Labor govern
ment’s leader after two years as foreign
minister, is a dedicated Atlanticist. He be
lieves, with U.S. Secretary of State Henry
A. Kissinger, that the time has come to
recast the Atlantic relationship on political,
economic, and defense issues.
But Callaghan’s more immediate con
cern, to be tackled in a budget message to
parliament today, is the home front and the
state of near bankruptcy that threatens the
Callaghan will get a chance to press for
closer European-American cooperation
next January when Britain becomes presi
dent of the nine-nation European Common
Market for six months. Meanwhile, infor
mants say, Callaghan, who would like to
visit Washington before then, will visit
soon if the American election campaign
breaking vote in favor of approving the
charter election after Councilmen Dozier
and Halter voted no. Councilmen Adams
and Gardner voted in favor of the results.
Dozier, an opponent of the ward system
and chairman of the Charter Revision
Committee, which submitted the ward
proposal to the council earlier this year.
See related column, page 2.
said he was not sure the results of the re
ferendum were legal.
“I felt that the council was a little prema
ture in approving the charter change re
sults. I wanted a little more time to check
out those complaints,” he said.
Halter said he also received some com
plaints from voters about the way the re
ferendum was presented. “Apparently,
there were some discrepancies in the word
ing of the ballots at several of the precincts
and the voter? became confused,” Halter
Nearly all of the council expressed sur
prise that the proposal was approved.
Adams had been the council’s only propo
nent of the ward system.
Bill McLeod, president of Texas Voting
Systems, Inc., said yesterday he felt that
the proposal, as it appeared on the ballots,
was worded in such a way that it would
probably be approved by the voters.
“I was not at all surprised that it was
approved,” he said. “As long as I’ve been in
this business I’ve found that most voters
won’t read more than the first few sen
tences of a proposition. They won’t read
their ‘instructions.’
Texas Voting Systems was responsible
for the printing and tabulation of the ballots
from the city and school board elections.
The proposed charter change was drawn up
by the Charter Revision Committee, City
Attorney Neeley Lewis said.
City Manager North Bardell said
McLeod told him before the election that
the wording of the proposition was confus
ing because of the number of legal terms
included. The proposal appeared on the
ballot in' the form of a city ordinance.
The revision committee has been study
ing possible changes in the city charter for
about a year. Although the ward proposal
was not favored by most of the committee
members, Dozier said, they submitted it to
the voters figuring that it would probably
fail. Since the ward proposal was approved,
additional charter revisions cannot be
made for two years.
“It was the backfire of the century,”
Gardner commented.
Jeff Dunn
vetoes GPR
An election regulation bill was vetoed
yesterday by Texas A&M Student Body
President Jeff Dunn.
The bill, passed last Wednesday by the
Student Senate, would have changed the
grade point requirements for class officer
candidates from 2.5 to 2.25, effective im
Student elections are to be held Wed
nesday and Thursday. Several persons
have been staging write-in candidacies
since the passage of the bill by the Senate.
Filing for the election closed on Monday,
March 29.
This is the first time the president has
used the veto, a power given to the office in
Dunn said he did not veto the bill be
cause he disagreed with the grade point
ratio established.
“I question whether the major intent was
the grade point ratio change or to allow
certain major individuals to run in this elec
tion,” Dunn said. “I feel the passage of this
bill has violated the concept and purpose of
establishing election regulations.”
The Senate, which meets tonight at 7:30
in Harrington 204, can override the veto
with the approval of two-thirds of the
“I think the timing of the bill is an injus
tice to the student body because the Stu
dent Senate changed the regulations dur
ing elections,” Dunn said.
“The proper time to make changes is
after the elections. Allowing this would set
precedent for future senates to change
rules during each election,” he said.
Staff photo by Jim Hendrickson
New city council
College Station’s new mayor, Lorence Bravenec, was sworn into
office last night by former mayor O. M. Holt. Five city council-
men were also sworn in after having been elected Saturday.