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    CM Battalion
Vol. 68 No. 120 College Station, Texas Friday, May 7, 1976
Quake hits northern Italy
Associated Press
ENICE, Italy — About 300 persons
ebelieved killed in an earthquake that
ed northeast Italy last night. Strong
norswere felt in at least six other coun-
s, causing panic among millions, but
ewere no reports of casualties or major
iage outside of Italy.
i addition to the area of Italy rocked by
quake, there were tremors in sections
fugoslavia, Austria, Czechoslovakia,
stGermany, The Netherlands and Bel
li. Hundreds of Belgians fled from
i-rise apartment houses,
taly’s quake devastated dozens of towns
villages in the Tagliamento River Val-
nearthe Yugoslav border. Major Italian
es did not suffer heavy damage or
lational police headquarters in Rome
1187 bodies had been recovered in 19
us, but several villages nestled in the
thills of the Alps were still cut off.
A police spokesman said most of the
damage was in towns and villages along
both sides of the Tagliamento, which flows
from the eastern Alps into the Adriatic
some 40 miles northeast of Venice.
Two more tremors struck the area this
morning, but there were no reports of
casualties or damage.
A few chimneys were knocked down in
Venice and thousands rushed to the Piazza
San Marco and other open spaces seeking
safety, but no casualties or major damage
was reported there or in other major cities.
The worst casualty toll was reported in
Maiano, a town of 1,900 about four miles
from the river and 11 miles from.the district
capital of Udine, where officials set up a
command center.
Police said a series of sharp tremors kil
led 58, injured 300 and destroyed half the
homes in Maiano. The town s mayor said
the dead included a young girl crushed
when a Renaissance bell tower fell.
The U.S. Air Force sent six helicopters
with 10 medical officers, stretchers and
other supplies from the air base at Vicenza
to the quake area.
Italian army trucks carried troops into
the area to begin digging through the rub
The national police in Rome said the
quake leveled Forgaria, a town of 4,000,
and destroyed a quarter to a half of the
buildings in the towns of Buia, Osoppo,
San Pietro di Ramogna and Collaredo.
Interior Minister Francesco Cossiga
worked through the night in Rome coor
dinating rescue work. Troops, police, fire
men and volunteers were rushed to the
disaster area from hundreds of miles away.
Authorities in Udine, a city of 90,000
about 15 miles east of the Tagliamento,
ordered all doctors in the area mobilized
and made urgent appeals for blood. They
said damaged hospitals were unable to
handle the flood of injured.
The earth shocks also damaged an oil
pipeline from West Germany to Trieste, on
the Adriatic 35 miles east of the Tag
liamento. Technicians stopped the oil flow
after signals that a leak had developed.
The quake struck about 9 p.m. as many
Europeans were watching television. Mill
ions of Italians fled to the countryside in
panic, choking the highways.
The quake was felt most strongly in the
area from Bolzano in the Alps down to the
northern edge of Rome, and from Trieste
on the Yugoslav border to Turin near the
French border. The intensity decreased
from north and east to the west and south.
The Swedish earthquake agency in Up
psala said the quake registered between
6.5 and 6.9 on the Richter scale, which
measures ground motion. A quake register
ing 4 on the scale can cause moderate dam
age in populated areas, 6 can be severe and
7 means a major earthquake capable of
widespread, heavy damage.
kfrican policy reconsidered
Associated Press
’ARIS — Secretary of State
dry A. Kissinger plans a ph-
d campaign for congressional
iport of the Ford administra-
isnew African policy.
'irst he will go to Capitol Hill
eport on his two-week tour of
icaand to get what U.S. offi-
kcall “a sense of support.
[hen, barring hitches, the ad-
listration will ask Congress to
leal the Byrd Amendment,
ichpermits Rhodesian chrome
xirtsinto the United States in
defiance of a United Nations em
The administration will also ask
Congress to appropriate funds to
help finance projects Kissinger
talked about during his tour.
In Senegal, he called on other
nations to join in a development
program for the drought-stricken
sub-Sahara region.
In Nairobi, at the United Na
tions Conference on Trade and
Development, he said the United
States would contribute $200
million to a new “international
resources bank” to get multina
tional corporations to invest in
Third-World development.
He also agreed to help organize
buffer stockpiles of key raw mate
rials to regulate prices of the
In Zambia, he called for
black-majority rule in Rhodesia.
He condemned the white Rhode
sian government and promised to
try to get the Byrd Amendment
repealed. He also offered
Mozambique $12.5 million to
offset hardships resulting from its
closing its borders with Rhodesia,
and he promised help to refugees
from Rhodesia.
Kissinger will testify on these
proposals before the Senate
Foreign Relations and the House
International Relations commit
tees later this month, before
going to Oslo for tbe annual
spring meeting of the North At
lantic Treaty Organization.
He does not intend to be de
flected by the primary fights bet
ween Ford and Ronald Reagan
for the Republican presidential
nomination, reporters were told
as the secretary of state flew here
from Nairobi for talks today with
French President Valery Giscard
d’Estaing and President Felix
Houphouet-Boigny of the Ivory
The timing for asking Congress
to repeal the Byrd Amendment,
which would put an economic
squeeze on Rhodesia while en
hancing U.S. standing with black
Africans, will be decided by Ford
after the President confers with
congressional leaders.
Photo courtesy of Pat Casey
Book overflow
Pat Mercer, library clerk, prepares to add even more volumes to
the mountains of books that await reshelving. The end of semester
rush has caused the library to fall behind in its work.
Cloudy and mild through tomorrow,
high in low 70s today. Cooler tonight,
low in upper 50s. Precipitation probabil
ity 70 per cent today, 20 per cent tonight
and tomorrow. High tomorrow in the
Bulletin Board. Page 3.
Movie Review. Page 3.
Next year’s calendar. Page 4.
The Texas 500 will run at the Texas
World Speedway Sunday. Page 5.
Ags plan banquet
to honor head coach
The Brazos County A&M Club
will honor Coach Emory Bellard at a
May 11 meeting at the Ramada Inn.
The Texas A&M athletic director
and head coach of the Southwest
Conference tri-champion Aggies will
be featured on a dinner program.
Brazos County A&M Club Presi
dent Al Bormann said Bellard will
give a rundown on just-completed
spring training and 1976 recruiting.
Bellard also will show a 30-minute
film of highlights from the 1975 sea
The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.
with a social session and scholarship
benefit dinner at 7:15 p.m. The
Ramada Inn will contribute the $5
meal cost to the club for its scholar
Reservations can be made by cal
ling Hesta Mulloy at 846-1223 or
846-7578, or Pat Cersbach at 845-
7514, extension 38. Dinner reserva
tions will be accepted through May
Six distinguished alumni get awards
Texas A&M University tomorrow will
bestow “distinguished alumnus” designa
tion on six of its graduates who have made
their mark on state government, the milit
ary, education, business, the oil industry
and worldwide marketing.
Receiving the “Distinguished Alumni
Awafd” at Texas A&M s spring com
mencement exercises will beTState Sen.
William T. Moore of Bryan, Gen. O. P.
Weyland (USAF-Ret.) of San Antonio,
Fred Hale of College Station, E. L.
Wehner of Houston, L. F. Peterson of Fort
Worth and George Demetrie Comnas of
Osterville, Mass.
The award, previously bestowed on only
49 of the more than 75,000 graduates in
Texas A&M’s 100-year history, is jointly
presented by the University and its alumni
organization, the Association of Former
Sen. Moore, a 1940 graduate, has been a
member of the Texas Legislature for 29
years, the past 27 as a senator.
A 1923 graduate, Gen. Weyland was the
first Texas A&M graduate to attain four-star
rank. His World War II service prompted
Gen. George Patton to call him the best
general in the Air Corps.
Benefit rodeo scheduled
Anthropology honor grad, 59,
enjoys being an Aggie student
Abenefit rodeo to raise money for Cathy
'agner’s medical expenses will be held
'ednesday at 8 p.m. in the Bryan High
bool Rodeo Arena. Wagner, an A&M
udent, was critically injured in a motor-
lAe accident at Lake Somerville last
lonth. She is in a respirator in the Hous-
n Methodist Hospital, paralyzed from
ir neck down.
Tickets are $2 for adults and $1 for chil-
en under 12.
Entries will be taken at tbe arena from 5
p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday. All riders are
invited to enter. However, because of a
limited number of livestock, potential rid
ers will draw for a slot. There will be a
jackpot for each event.
A ticket booth has been set up on the first
floor of the MSC. Volunteers are needed to
staff it.
For more information, contact Mrs. Vir
ginia Cogar at 845-6751 or 693-7472.
“I’m excited about tonight, the whole
family is going to be here.”
Mrs. Carl J. Niederauer, who will re
ceive her degree in anthropology tonight,
says she has many reasons to be in good
spirits. She said that she is proud, not only
because she is graduating from A&M at age
59, but also because she became a member
of the Honor Society of PHI KAPPA PHI
Tuesday night. Niederauer will graduate
with a 3.8 GPR.
Niederauer was once a T.U. teasip, she
said, but after being asked if she now con-
Space station?
Sorry UFO fans, these three
hovering discs of lights are
actually part of the lights re
cently installed in the new
mall area in front of the
chemistry building.
Staff photo by Jim Hendrickson
Hale, 1922 graduate, was designated
professor emeritus of animal science when
he retired in 1965 after 40 years of service
to Texas A&M and the Texas Agricultural
Experiment Station.
Wehner, 1941 graduate, is a director of
Arthur Anderson & Co., one of the largest
accounting firms in the world, and is man
aging partner of the organization’s key
Houston office with responsibility for a
three-state area.
A 1936 graduate, Peterson is an inde
pendent oil operator and petroleum con
sultant and member of the Coordinating
Board, Texas College and University Sys
tem. He was a member of the Texas A&M
University System Board of Regents from
1963 until 1975 and was board chairman in
Comnas, 1935 graduate, is an indepen
dent consultant and a leading authority in
organization of shipping and marketing op
erations on a global scale for petroleum
products and other commodities.
Eleven awards given
by Former Students
siders herself an Aggie, she replied, “You
bet your boots!”
She said that she will begin work for the
Anthropology Department on May 31 as an
archeology lab coordinator.
Niederauer said that she will continue to
attend school because she likes to study.
She may obtain a few more degrees before
she ends her schooling because she plans to
live 105 years, she said.
She added that this is the place to spend
those years. “I just love A&M—every
Nine Texas A&M University professors
and two staff' members received $1,000
checks and commemorative watches
Thursday from the Association of Former
Students for distinguished achievements.
Former Students President Mayo J.
Thompson presented the coveted “Distin
guished Achievement Awards” at the uni
versity’s annual spring faculty and staff
meeting which included remarks by Presi
dent Jack K. Williams, Jeff Dunn, student
body president and John C. Calhoun Jr.,
vice-president for academic affairs.
Teaching awards were presented to Drs.
James G. Anderson, associate professor of
physiology and pharmacology; Richard
Costa, professor of English; Charles L.
Hall, associate professor of veterinary
medicine and surgery; Harry P. Kroiter,
professor of English, and Stan H. Lowy,
professor of aerospace engineering.
Cited for their research activities were
Drs. Herbert A. Roller, professor of biol
ogy; William Sackett, professor of oceanog
raphy, and James B. Smathers, professor of
nuclear engineering.
Robert L. Melcher, administrative of
ficer in the Division of Student Services,
and Clifford H. Ransdell, College of En
gineering counselor and professor of en
gineering design graphics, received the
awards for individual student relation
The extension/continuing education
award was presented to Garlyn O.
Hoffman, range brush and weed control
specialist for the Texas Agricultural Exten
sion Service.
15 retiring professors
honored at reception
Three-hundred and seventy-eight years
of service to Texas A&M University were
represented last night by 15 retiring A&M
Dr. John C. Calhoun, vice-president for
academic affairs, directed the presentation
of awards to the educators. '
The banquet and awards honored the
following professors.
Jesse B. Payne has been assistant profes
sor and subject matter specialist with the
Agricultural Education Department for 10
Fred D. Maurer has been distinguished
professor of pathology and associate dean
for research. College of Veterinary
Medicine for 10 years and coordinator of
the Institute of Tropical Veterinary
Medicine for two years at Texas A&M.
Paul R. Hensarling has been professor of
educational administration at Texas A&M
for 18 years. He served as department head
of educational psychology for seven years.
Hensarling has been with the University
for 18 years.
Leslie V. Hawkins has been professor of
industrial education at Texas A&M for 22 •
Harold B. Sorensen has been with A&M
for 25 years and is presently an associate
professor of agricultural economics.
Sidney S. Cox has been professor of En
glish at Texas A&M for 28 years.
Jesse B. Coon has been associate profes
sor and professor of Physics at A&M for
more than 30 years.
Glen D. Hallmark has been a professor
at A&M for 22 years and was head of the
Electrical Engineering Department for
eight years.
Phillip B. Goode has been professor of
management at Texas A&M for 30 years.
Howard L. Gravett has advanced
through the ranks from assistant professor
to professor of Biology at Texas A&M for 30
James H. Caddess has been an associate
professor for 23 years and received the
Former Students Distinguished Achieve
ment Award for Teaching in 1966. Caddess
has been with A&M for 33 years.
Raymond Reiser was state chemist for
the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station
from 1940 to 1947. From 1947 to 1965 he
became associate professor, then profes
sor, Department of Biochemistry and Nut
rition. From 1965 to the present, Reiser
has been a distinguished professor. De
partment of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
Clifford H. Ransdell taught engineering
graphics for 13 years, served as dean of the
basic division when it was at Bryan Field
from 1947-1950 and as associate dean when
the basic division was moved to the main
campus in 1950. He has been assistant dean
of engineering for 16 years and has been
with Texas A&M for 39 years.
Included in this year’s retirement pro
gram but unable to attend the Thursday
evening program were Profs. Robert R.
Rhodes, Forestry and Range Science, with
30 years of service, and Prof. Clara E.
Huggett, English, five years. Prof. Rhodes
retired Jan. 31 and Prof. Huggett Jan. 15.