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TUESDAY, MAY 11, 1976
Male yell leaders forever?
In regard to the letter on May 6
about “Women Belong at A&M,” we
would like to express our opinion.
Texas A&M is unique because of its
traditions: one of which is male yell
leaders. One of the reasons that we
came to A&M was the traditions, and
we would like to keep them as long as
possible. Sure, the introduction of
the waggies into the corps caused an
upset of one tradition, but tradition
still remains. You do not see waggies
wearing Senior boots or in the band,
do you? This is a part of tradition that
will remain the same, we hope. Hav
ing male yell leaders is another tradi
tion that we would like to see re
main. What Miss Grissom does not
seem to understand is that if girls
wanted to break the tradition, we are
sure there would be enough girls
with enough guts to do it. If there are
any girls like this, we are sure that
they are in the minority; the majority
of girls on campus do not want
female yell leaders. If we elected
females to this post, we would be like
any other Mickey Mouse college
(like UT or Arkansas). Our yell lead
ers would become in essence “cheer
leaders, ” and probably would end up
doing “rah, rah, rah, sisboomba
. . .” stuff.
Tradition is important at A&M,
and it does not necessarily have to
involve only the corps: non-regs can
get involved in many of the tra
ditions the corps started. We need a
combined effort on the part of both
corps and non-regs, girls and guys to
keep the traditions alive here, be
cause they are as much a part of this
university as classes and books are.
Campaign staff cut
Ford tries old
Associated Press Special Correspondent
President Ford’s campaign payroll
is being cut sharply to put more
money into the quest for primary
votes as he battles Ronald Reagan for
the Republican presidential nomina
Ford himself has dusted off an old
strategy in a campaign he said was
beginning anew, and he is testing it
in two primary election contests with
No matter what happens in Ne
braska and West Virginia — and
both sides say the two elections are
likely to be close — Reagan will re
main the leader. Ford can’t overtake
him even if he takes both states’ del
Ford’s problem now is to reverse
the resurgence that has put his chal
lenger out front in Republican dele
And unless he can start doing it
today, his admittedly nervous mana
gers could find themselves facing a
real crisis next week.
The staff cutback at the President
Ford Committee is designed to save
about $60,000 a month to be spent
directly on primary campaigning,
particularly on television.
The number on the payroll at
Ford headquarters in Washington
stood at 207 on May 1. Grace Marie
Prather, a committee spokeswoman,
said it will be down to 152 by Satur
day, and to 145 by June 1.
The biggest cut, from 80 to 40, is
in the finance committee, which al
ready has finished most of its work,
Mrs. Prather said.
As of May 6, the Ford campaign
had spent just under $9 million, she
said. Candidates for presidential
nomination are limited by federal
law to $10.9 million in campaign
spending, with another $2.2 million
allowance for fundraising expendi
There are still 14 GOP primaries
to go before the national convention
so the Ford campaign may have to
ration its spending lest it bump
against the limit before the contest is
Today’s primary stakes are largely
psychological, with Reagan trying to
build on his momentum and Ford
out to stage his own comeback.
Next week, the ante is higher, for
the primary election parade reaches
Michigan, the President’s home
state. Defeat there would be a disas
ter for Ford. His campaign there will
be even more difficult if Reagan
sends him home a loser — again —
from today’s primaries.
“I think Michigan is a key state, ” a
top Ford strategist said, “if we don’t
do well there, we’ve got problems.”
A home state loss would put Ford
where Reagan was seven weeks ago
— fending off questions and sugges
tions that he quit the race.
Reagan already has intensified his
Michigan campaign, once planned as
little more than a token effort. The
former California governor has
noted pointedly that Ford’s home
territory is really only one congres
sional district, the Grand Rapids
area he represented in Congress.
Reagan is due to campaign in
Michigan Thursday and Friday.
Ford plans to hunt votes there Wed
nesday, and again Saturday and
Getting high on eyedrops
By WARREN E. LEARY
Associated Press Science Writer
RESTON, Va. — Marijuana eye-
drops effectively relieve symptoms
of glaucoma and are ready for tests
on people suffering from the eye dis
ease, researchers say. But those tak
ing the drops will have to put up with
a side effect — “getting higff.”
A Medical College of Georgia re
searcher said Monday that animal
tests show liquid marijuana “is as
good or better than any anti
glaucoma medication currently
Dr. Keith Green, associate pro
fessor of ophthalmology, said re
search emphasis was being placed on
substances related to or derived
from marijuana “that hopefully won’t
have the euphoric side effects.”
Addressing a science writers’
seminar sponsored here by Research
to Prevent Blindness, Inc., Green
said a new anti-glaucoma drug would
give patients a valuable alternate
treatment to the few drugs now
available for this purpose.
Glaucoma is a condition in which
the fluids of the eye do not drain
properly, causing a buildup of pres
sure within the eyeball. This pres
sure can damage the optic nerve and
distort the structures of the eye,
leading to loss of vision.
The condition is the third leading
cause of blindness in the United
States and affects an estimated two
If detected early, drug treatment
can slow down or arrest glaucoma.
But if this fails, frequently surgery is
Green said he became interested
in marijuana as a possible glaucoma
drug in 1971 after a report by resear
chers at the Jules Stein Eye Institute
in Los Angeles. That study found
that volunteers who smoked
marijuana showed a drop in pressure
within the eye.
“The clinical potential of this find
ing was immediately obvious, al
though my approach was rather
skeptical at first,” Green said.
The researcher found that a single
drop of marijuana’s most active in
gredient, called THC, dropped eye
pressure in rabbits for five hours.
The rabbits also got a marijuana
The marijuana causes blood pres
sure in the eye to lower, he said.
Reducing blood pressure causes less
fluid to be forced into the eye.
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FBI needs watching
The recently uncovered FBI cam
paign to harass and disrupt domestic
political groups and discredit their
leaders should be repulsive to those
who still hold to the American dem
Was the public apology on Satur
day by FBI Director Clarence M.
Kelly for past FBI misuses of power
an empty gesture to help the FBI
weather the storm of criticism now
besetting it? Or is Kelly really trying
to give the FBI a new image?
Bureaucratic structures are
known for being self-perpetuating,
whether needed or not.
Kelly’s apology was an abrupt
change from his past denials of FBI
wrongdoing, and it leads one to
wonder whether he is worried about
the FBI being abolished or severely
restricted in its activities.
Kelly’s denials withered under the
continuing revelations by the Senate
Intelligence Committee. He now
confesses the FBI’s sins and asks for
While Kelly blamed past FBI Di
rector J. Edgar Hoover for the mis
deeds, he also included a saving
clause by pointing out that “many of
the activities being condemned
were, considering the times in which
they occurred—the violent ’60 s—
good-faith efforts to prevent
bloodshed and wanton destruction of
Who knows when the next crisis
may come when the FBI feels it is
justified in overstepping its legal
bounds in using its authority?
The FBI’s use of its broad author
ity to gather intelligence about
domestic political organizations
points out the inherent danger of al
lowing one man to oversee its opera
The use of a federal agency to ma
nipulate public opinion concerning
something as vital as political prefer
ence may be one reason why minor
political parties remain that way.
Although it is fairly obvious that a
federal domestic investigative arm is
needed, such an agency should have
strict accountability to several
elected representatives of the
The Senate Intelligence Commit
tee apparently remained undaunted
by Kelly’s apology and yesterday
began work to establish an intelli
gence oversight committee to con
trol the federal intelligence
But even then, we can trust the
FBI only as much as we trust our
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