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Partly cloudy and mild today, high in low
80s. Low tonight in the mid 60s. increas
ing cloudiness with a chance of showers
tonight and Wednesday. High tomorrow
in low 80s. Precipitation probability 30
per cent tonight and 40 per cent tomor-
Che Battalion
Vol. 68 No. 117
College Station, Texas
Ward election challenged
D A. “Andy Anderson, former mayor of
ollege Station, has submitted a petition to
ollege Station Mayor Larry Bravenec
mtesting the validity of the city’s newly
losen ward system. Bravenec has said
at no immediate action will be taken con-
>rning the petition.
The ward system was approved by voters
i an April 3 referendum vote. The re-
irendum has been criticized as being am-
iguous to voters, reportedly resulting in
ites cast for the ward system when they
ere actually meant to oppose it.
Anderson had earlier requested the city
auncil to take legal action against the re-
rendum. The council agreed in a 4-1 vote
istructing the city attorney to proceed
[ with the proposal.
On Friday Bravenec, City Attorney
eeley Lewis, and Councilmen Jim Dozier
nd Anne Hazen discovered that under
Texas law the city could not sue itself, as
the initial proposal would have entailed.
A Battalion reporter then saw Bravenec
begin work on what appeared to be a rough
draft of the petition that he later received
from Anderson. The petition given Bra
venec on Monday, is dated Sunday.
Bravenec said yesterday that Anderson’s
petition had “a couple of modifications”
from the draft he wrote at city hall.
The petition was filed on Monday to
keep within the 30-day time limit for con
testing elections within the state. If the
petition had not been filed by Monday the
referendum would have stood.
The petition, also sent to former mayor
O.M. Holt and the city and county attor
neys, cites the following reasons for con
testing the referendum: the ambiguity of
the legal terms used in the ballot, the lack
of instruction telling the voters to turn to
the next page of the ballot, the wording
“for” or “against” instead of “yes” or “no”
as required by state law, a violation of
the city charter in that two amendments
were mentioned instead of one as required
by the charter, and failure of the city to
clear the election with the Department of
Justice as required under the federal
Voting Rights Act.
A straw vote to determine the validity ot
the referendum election was approved by
the city council at tis last meeting. The
nonbinding vote would presumably take
place during the summer at the proposed
Capital Improvements bonds election.
“The person that is responsible for re
sponding to this letter (Anderson’s peti
tion) will not respond until after the straw
vote is taken, and the outcome will deter
mine his action,” Bravenec said.
When asked what would happen if he
didn’t answer the petition within the re
quired 10 days, the mayor said, “Tell them
to sue me.” Bravenec said, however, that
Anderson did not expect a response until
after the straw vote.
Jim Gardner, the only councilman to
show any displeasure with the attempt to
nullify the election, has termed the coun
cil’s legal action, “spinning our wheels.”
Bravenec had earlier used the same term to
describe the necessity of nullifying the re
Councilman Gary Halter has estimated
the costs of instituting the ward system as
being between $5,000 and $10,000. The
legal costs of contesting the referendum
election were estimated at $1,000 to $2,000
by Bravenec.
There were no Texas A&M student sig
natures on the petition. Of the 26 signers,
two are former mayors, one is a councilman
and another was a candidate last month for
city council. Bravenec’s name did not ap
pear on the petition as a signer.
Fall ID pictures
to be made all week
All persons who pre-regis-
tered for fall classes after 9:30
a.m. Monday of last week must
have their picture taken for
their ID cards. The photos will
be taken between 8 a.m. and 12
noon, and 1 and 5 p.m. through
Friday at the registration center
in the Old Exchange Store.
Enrollment growth blamed
Date tickets may be rare
Enrollment at Texas A&M is expected to
reach 27,000 next fall. That is an increase of
several thousand students. The seating
capacity of Kyle Field, however, is not in
creasing and the result may be that date
tickets to home football games next fall will
be very hard to come by.
Student football tickets will be sold by
the random method on a seniority basis,
like this past year. The cost for a student
season coupon book will be $16.50, or
$2.75 for each of the six home games.
The Student Senate has projected that
21,756 student ticket books will be sold,
with a maximum student allocation of
22,809 tickets, said Scott Gregson, vice-
president in charge of finance. This only
leaves about 400 tickets to be allocated first
to spouses and then to dates at $42.00 per
coupon book, Gregson said.
A resolution, now being considered by
the Ticket Evaluation Committee of the
Student Senate, would work something
like this: any student who is not going to a
home football game could relinquish his
ticket, on a “friendly exchange basis,” to be
used as a date ticket. In other words, if you
have a friend who isn’t going to a game, you
could use his ticket to purchase, with an
additional $4.25 and the corresponding
I.D. card, a date ticket. The $4.25 brings
the price of the date ticket to $7.00 which is
■a Southwest Conference requirement,
Gregson said.
-For example, if 15,000 students were
going to a certain game, the proposal would
allow up to 5,000 dates to attend and at the
same time utilize the student section of
Kyle Field to a maximum. Gregson said he
feels students should be aware that unless
the resolution passes they may not be able
to take dates to the games next fall.
The proposal, if it passes committee, will
be voted on ^by the Student Senate as a
whole. From there it will go before the
Athletic Council.
Until a decision is reached, the plan is for
spouse and date ticket books to be sold at
the Kyle Field ticket booth from Aug. 23
until Sept. 10, 1976.
Staff photo by Jim Hendrickson
Mint condition
This dollar sign was discovered on the side of the new Soil &
Crops Sciences Building being constructed on the west campus.
It is unknown whether the artists felt the cost of the building was
too high, or that the building looked more like a bank.
Reagan takes all 96 GOP Texas delegates
Bentsen releases his favorite-son delegates
From AP and staff reports
Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, D-Tex., said today
le is releasing his favorite son convention
lelegates because it is obvious that Jimmy
Carter is the choice in Texas.
“I am releasing all delegates pledged to
ny favorite son candidacy, to make their
nvn choice at the Democratic National
Convention this summer,” Bentsen said.
I am releasing both those elected by the
voters last Saturday and those chosen at
)recinct conventions across the state
Saturday night, though I would hope they
would continue to support Gov. Dolph
Briscoe as chairman of the Texas delegation
and as leader of the Democratic party in
“It is my understanding that we did well
in the precinct conventions, but it is obvi
ous that Gov. Carter is the choice of the
Democrats of Texas. I wish him well. And,
in the spirit of unifying the Democratic
Party, I am releasing Bentsen delegates
from any commitment they have to me.
Bentsen said he made the statement
after he talked extensively yesterday with
his supporters in Texas, including Briscoe.
Jimmy Carter continued his winning
ways Saturday with about 45 per cent of the
state’s Democratic votes going to his dele
Republican candidate Ronald Reagan
made a clean sweep of Texas’ 96 GOP dele
gates in the primary,
Rep. Olin E. “Tiger” Teague of College
Station edged out his opponent, Ron God-
bey, in the 6th Congressional District race,
154 to 151 at the Texas A&M polling place
in Saturday’s primary, and finished the
race with 58 per cent of the district vote.
Teague will run against Republican Wes
Mowery in November. Mowery won deci
sively against Carl A. Nigliazzo in the Re
publican primary.
Sen. Lloyd Bentsen received more than
60 per cent of the statewide vote to defeat
Phil Gramm. Bentsen will face Republican
Alan Steelman in the general election.
There will be a June 5 runoff in the
Democratic Texas Railroad Commission
primary between Jerry Sadler of Grape-
land and Jon Newton of Beeville. The win
ner will meet Republican Walter
Wendlandt of Austin in November.
State Senator William T. “Bill” Moore
was re-elected to his position in the Texas
Legislative, as was State Representative
Bill Presnal.
In the newly established County Court
at Law office. Assistant District Attorney
Bradley Smith defeated John Hawtrey with
71 per cent of the vote in the Democratic
primary. The race was not contested in the
Republican ballot.
Incumbent County Attorney Roland
Searcy defeated his opponent John M. Bar
ron, Jr. with more than 68 per cent of the
vote in the Democratic primary.
In another incumbent victory, Brazos
County Sheriff J. W. Hamilton won 58 per
cent of the Democratic vote to defeat John
Miller of the College Station Police De
partment. Hamilton will run against Re
publican W. R. “Bill” Owens for the
County Sheriff*s office in the general elec
tions in November. Owens defeated his
opponent, Ronald Woessner, in the Re
publican primary with approximately 66
per cent of the vote.
Randy Sims, incumbent county commis
sioner for Precinct 3, and H. L. “Bud”
Cargill will meet in a runoff election June 5
to determine the Democratic candidate in
the commissioner’s race. Sims received
approximately 45 per cent of the votes
while Cargill collected 44 per cent.
In the race for constable. Precinct 7, in
cumbent E. W. Sayers received more than
65 per cent of the Democratic vote to de
feat Rick Cockrell.
The race for constable. Precinct 4, will
be determined in a June 5 runoff, with
incumbent Dick Munday meeting Jesse
Stanfield. Munday received 45.5 per cent
of the votes to Stanfield’s 28.6 per cent.
Brazos County Tax Assessor-Collector
Raymond Buchanan ran unopposed Satur
day. He will also be unopposed in
Other candidates running unopposed in
the Democratic primary Saturday were W.
T. “Tom” McDonald, District Attorney;
Bill Cooley, Commissioner, Precinct 1; B.
H. Dewey, Jr., J. P., Precinct 4, Place 1;
Michael B. Calliham, J. P. Precinct 7,
Place 1; Raymond H. Day, Constable, Pre
cinct 1; Jimmie T. Gray, Constable, Pre
cinct 3; Sam N. Fachorn, Constable, Pre
cinct 5; and Neeley Lewis, County Chair
John N. Raney ran unopposed for Re
publican County Chairman.
Associated Press
Final unofficial returns from Sat
urday’s primary election as tabulated
by the Texas Election Bureau. Cer
tification of official votes will be
made later.
Presidential Popular Vote
Presidential Delegate
U.S. Senate
Supreme Court of Texas
Barrow 516,159
Yarbrough 794,095
Criminal Appeals Court
Full Term
Chamberlain 402,989
Roberts 729,931
Unexpired Term
Phillips 496,815
Dally 321,839
Voller 263,848
U.S. House
District 6, North
Central Texas
Railroad Commission
Leaders of 2 agencies recommend
Texas not consolidate 3 water panels
Photo courtesy of Bill Cole
Just one more step!
Thomas Nelson steps off the high platform at Wofford Cain Swim
ming Pool and starts his rapid fall to die water below. The recent
hot weather has encouraged many students to take time out for
a swim.
Associated Press
AUSTIN — If you like the way
Washington handles environmental prob
lems, you would love a Texas super-agency
for water, the director of the Texas Water
Quality Board said Monday.
Hugh Yantis was joined by Chairman Joe
Carter of the Texas Water Rights Commis
sion in telling a subcommittee of the
“Hobby Commission” that Texas should
continue to have three water agencies.
Crash kills
sociology major
Funeral services for Suzan Marie Zen-
ner, 20-year-old Texas A&M sophomore
killed in a car wreck here Sunday night,
will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Our
Saviour’s Lutheran Church in College Sta
Burial will be in College Station Cemet
ery under the direction of Memorial Fun
eral Home.
Miss Zenner, a sociology major, died
about 9:20 p.m. Sunday when the car she
was driving left the road and overturned on
FM 2818 near its intersection with Texas
Highway 21.
She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Harry E. Zenner, Jr., of Bryan. He is an
assistant professor of business analysis and
research at Texas A&M.
Other survivors include a sister, Sharon
Ann, and brother, Edward, both of Bryan;
maternal grandmother, Mrs. Bernice
Ewert of San Antonio, and paternal grand
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Zenner, Sr.
of La Vernia.
But Gov. Dolph Briscoe’s chief water
adviser, James Rose, said consolidation of
fers both dollar savings and the advantage
of a “multi-disciplinary approach.”
Rose, also director of the Texas Water
Development Board, read a 55-page
statement to the panel, part of a legisla
tively mandated study of ways to make
state government less expensive.
Yantis said his fear was that consolidation
would remove protections built in to the
present system of separate boards and
“EPA (the U.S. Environmental Protec
tion Agency) shows what’s wrong with the
The English department offers a
unique course in movie apprecia
tion. Page 3.
Four Marines are charged after a
young recruit was killed in train
ing. Page 6.
A small community of craftsmen is
a world unto itself. Page 5.
The old sport of rodeo remains chal
lenging and entertaining at A&M.
Page 6.
The coach of A&M’s football defense
is flattered by other coaches stud
ying his methods. Page 7.
Classified. Page 4.
Entertainment. Page 3.
secretary system. There is no one to tell
him he is wrong,” Yantis said.
Yantis said the present boards and com
missions, made up largely of private citi
zens with six-year terms, develop expertise
in the limited subject matter of their agen
If they were consolidated, “inevitably,
because of the overload on the board, you
would end up with poorer decisions or
rubber stamping of staff judgments,” Yan
tis said.
Rose said the subcommittee should con
sider consolidation of such major functions
as planning, project financing, data collec
tion, and computerized data processing.
Water rights adjudication — the field of
Carter’s agency — should be separate from
water planning and developing, he said.
Consolidation of functions offers oppor
tunity to take advantage of a multidiscipli
nary approach in which a wide range of
technical expertise can be brought to bear
upon individual problems,” Rose said.
By consolidating common administra
tive, data processing and field operations
functions. Rose estimated the state could
save at least $500,000 a year.
Carter reminded the subcommittee that
Texas water agencies are organized along
lines recommended a decade ago by the
Texas Research League.
He said the agencies are “functioning in
an admirable way” and the “Texas program
of water development, administration and
management is one to which other states
look with envy.”
County D.A.: crime rate to rise
unless judicial system improved
“If you live in Detroit, you have a one out
of 15 chance of being murdered,” Carol
Vance, Harris County District Attorney,
said at Law Day ceremonies last night in
the Rudder Forum.
The crime rate is on the rise and it will
continue to increase unless the courts start
having speedy trials and punishment that
fits the crime, Vance said.
‘The whole judicial system is becoming a
failure unless we get speedy trials,” Vance
Vance suggested that the prison, courts
and prosecution areas have been neg
“We’ve been too preoccupied with de
termining guilt. We send them to prison
without careful reviews of the person’s
character,” Vance said.
There are popular myths that have been
caused by the media and criminologists
that Vance said should be made clear. A
myth portrayed by television is that the
guilty party in a crime is always arrested,
he said. Vance said many times the guilty
party won’t be arrested and won’t go to