The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, May 26, 1976, Image 1

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Vol. 68 No. 124
Wednesday, May 26, 1976
College Station, Texas
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pproved by Regents
The Texas A&M University System
loard of Regents yesterday approved the
•77 operating budgets totaling
688,616. This is an increase of $23.6
nillion over the present year’s budget.
Regents attributed most of the increase
olarge enrollment gains and expanded re-
earch activities.
Effective Sept. 1, budgets for the sys-
em’s separate units will be: Texas A&M,
1161,834,431; Prairie View A&M,
125,140,899; Tarleton State, $7,851,222;
loody College of Marine Sciences and
Jaritime Resources, $2,549,381; Texas
Igricultural Experiment Station,
26,813,975; Texas Agricultural Extension
iervice, $32,790,715; Texas Engineering
speriment Station (including TTI),
115,140,513; Texas Engineering Extension
iervice, $4,328,312; Texas Forest Service,
16,162,835; Rodent and Predatory Animal
lontrol Service, $1,197,952, and system
Ices and departments, $2,878,381.
Separate state agency budgets adminis-
redbytheregents include $l,203,220for
lie Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic
aboratory and $85,000 for the Texas Pe-
foleum Research Committee.
The board also approved contracts total-
ng $2,127,315 for construction projects at
College Station, Stephenville and Conroe.
Jones & Williams Construction Co. of
Vaco was awarded a $1,019,500 contract to
xinvert Milner Hall, an obsolete dormit-
iry, into an office and classroom building.
)ther Texas A&M awards were $437,380
o Jordan & Woods of College Station to
three new greenhouses and a sup-
xirting office and laboratory facility near
he College of Veterinary Medicine, and
,685 to R. B. Butler Inc. of Bryan to
epairafiiel storage tank, all located at the
Jniversity Power Plant.
Ed A. Wilson Inc. of Fort Worth re
ceived a $511,850 contract to renovate
Tarleton State’s science building and
Trans-Am Construction Co. of Navasota
was given a $74,900 contract to build a
district headquarters facility at Conroe for
the Texas Forest Service.
Additionally, the board authorized
$42,000 in appropriations for design work
for Duncan Dining Hall modifications and
additions to parking lots 56 and 61 at Texas
A&M, new physical education facilities at
the Mitchell Campus in Galveston and a
f reenhouse facility for the Texas Forest
ervice at Lubbock.
A system-wide student accident and
health insurance program was authorized
through a policy offered by Keystone Life
Insurance Co. of Carrollton. The firm was
the low bidder on a proposal drawn up by a
committee comprised of students from
Texas A&M, Prairie View A&M and Tarle
Room and board rates at Prairie View
A&M were increased a total of $50 per
semester to offset higher costs for labor and
supplies, and a $15 student health center
fee was established to help support opera
tion of the school’s new student hospital.
The Board also authorized the Texas
A&M U niversity administration to conduct
studies to determine if any new dor
mitories or apartment-type housing need
to be built by the state on the A&M cam
President Williams reported that the top
priority for any new student housing would
be a women’s dormitory that would be used
in part to house women athletes.
The Board also revoted on an addition to
an insurance policy for dependents of Uni
versity employes. The policy is with
Southwestern Life Insurance Company.
Regent Richard A. Goodson asked that the
issue be revoted, explaining that when the
News Briefs
may be ordered
Texas A&M students expecting to grad
uate this summer may now order gradua-
tion announcements.
Orders will be taken at the Student Fi
nance Center, MSC 217, from 8 a.m. to
m. weekdays. Samples and advice are
The office will continue taking an
nouncement orders for the Aug. 13 com
mencement through June 4, said Marilyn
Abbate. Delivery also will be made at the
center on dates to be announced.
Registration begins
The casual pace of the past few days on
the Texas A&M University campus comes
to an end this week.
Summer students register Monday,
May 31; and start classes Tuesday.
Texas A&M enrolled 8,610 students for
its first summer session last year.
Robert Lacey, registrar, announced that
the first group of students begin signing
up for classes Monday at 7 a.m. Registra
tion packets will be issued in the east wing
of Duncan Hall. Students whose last
names begin with H through O get them
first, from 7 to 8:30 a.m. P through Z re
ceive packets from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and A
through G, 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
Course approval and class cards will be
given at department stations in the west
wing of Duncan. Students also will get
schedules approved by their respective
deans there.
Registration is then completed at G.
Rollie White Coliseum.
First session classes continue through
July 6, with final exams that evening and
July 7.
Dance in Grove
Tommy Allen and the Brazos Sound will
open the Grove ’76 schedule with a dance
Monday, May 31. The dance will begin at
8:45 p.m.
“Barbarella, starring Jane Fonda, will
be shown the following night, Tuesday,
June 1.
Consol has course
for preschoolers
The Community Education Department
of the A&M Consolidated School District is
offering a Summer Educational Appraisal
program for children ages 3 to 6 who have
not yet entered first grade.
Registration will be held June 1 from 9
a.m. to 12 noon in the Special Services
Building, 1300 Jersey with a registration
fee of $5. The program is only open to
children in the Consol district. The first
seventy to register will be accepted for the
Phyllis Perkins, Special Services Direc
tor, and Charles Greenawalt, Community
Education Director, said that the program
has been designed to assess the readiness of
the child for programs in Child Develop
ment, Kindergarten, and first grade.
Screening procedures used will include
vision and hearing, speech evaluation, lan
guage development, and gross and fine
motor skills. The program will include
games, stories, art activities and refresh
Each child will attend for two 2-’/2 hour
sessions on either a Monday-Wednesday or
Tuesday-Thursday schedule. Appoint
ments will be made at the time of registra
original vote was taken at the March 23
Regents’ meeting, he was ineligible to
vote. Goodson said that at that time he was
unaware of a state conflict of interest law
that required him to abstain from voting.
He declined to vote on the matter yester
day even though he is no longer on the
Board of Directors of Southwestern Life.
The policy addition was approved.
The Board appointed Dr. Daniel C.
Pfannstiel as director of the Texas Agricul
tural Extension Service, subject to con
currence of the U.S. Secretary of Agricul
The establishment of a Public Works Re
source Center to serve as a state clearing
house for new urban-related technology
was also approved.
The new center will draw on the
academic programs of Texas A&M Univer
sity, the research activities of the Texas
Engineering Experiment Station and
Texas Transportation Institute and the
training programs of the Texas Engineer
ing Extension Service, all part of the
statewide College Station-headquartered
James R. Bradley, director of the Texas
Engineering Extension Service under
which the center will be operated, de
scribed the facility as a “focal point where
public works technology may be collected
and disseminated on an organized basis.”
“The availability of technology in a usa
ble form would greatly decrease the time
lag between the development and the im
plementation of new technology, ” Bradley
He said the concept for the new center
has been discussed with key municipal ad
ministrators and with representatives of
the Texas Municipal League and the Texas
chapter of the American Public Works As
New students
begin seminars
The first of 18 new student conferences
began Monday at Texas A&M University.
Designed to prepare entering freshmen
and transfer students for starting classes
next fall, the two-day conferences are
planned through the summer.
Fourteen are for freshmen, three are for
transfer students and the other is an Aug.
25-26 make-up conference. Texas A&M
starts fall classes Aug. 30. Returning stu
dents preregistered in April.
An expected increase in enrollment,
with a corresponding growth in the size of
the freshman class, has projected larger
summer conferences. S. Auston Kerley ex
pects an average 400 students per confer
“With these divided among the 10 col
leges, we feel we will have new students
well within the grasp of personal atten
tion,” said the Academic Counseling Cen
ter director. He chairs the New Student
Conferences are planned so that a new
student can complete all preliminary
academic and personal matters toward
starting the fall semester. He takes place
ment tests the morning of the first day of a
conference. Student life orientation is
scheduled in the afternoon and placement
evaluation in the evening.
The student reports to his college the
second morning for placement consultation
and preregistration. Many students pur
chase textbooks and other essentials at con
ferences, so that they need only pick up a
room key for on-campus housing when
they return in August to be ready to start
A parents meeting is held the first morn
ing. They are encouraged by university of
ficials to participate in the rest of the stu
dent meetings.
New ball park
This artist’s rendition of the preliminary plans
for a planned new Texas A&M baseball field
was presented to the A&M Board of Regents
Building Committee Monday. The Regents
budgeted $1,365,000 for the ball field stadium,
which would seat almost 5,000 people. The
Regents anticipate awarding the contract in
September with construction taking 10 to 12
months. The ball park will be located on the
West Campus across from Kyle Field.
Flags are flying
Photo by Steve Coble
The Corps flags, taken down last year, are once
again flying in the Student Lounge of the
Memorial Student Center. The flags represent
different divisions in the Corps.
Columnist Broder analyses the
presidential candidate situation.
Page 2.
Inmates say foreign jails are really
bad. Page 4.
Your TV can serve you as a home
tornado detector. Page 5.
Federal proposal calls for removal of
alligator from endangered species
list. Page 6.
A&M places third in SWC track
meet. Page 7.
Aggie baseball team begins NCAA
playoffs Friday. Page 8.
Council to consider
taxes, ambulances
The College Station City Council is
scheduled to hear two proposals for use of
the city’s hotel-motel tax hinds at its regu
lar meeting Thursday night.
The city has $76,591 in uncommitted
funds collected from guests of the city’s
hotels and motels during the past
According to state law at least 16 per cent
of the funds must be used to promote
tourism in the area.
Proposals for the use of the hinds will be
submitted by the B-CS Chamber of Com
merce and by Clifford H. Ransdell.
The council will also consider two appli
cations asking for permission to operate an
ambulance service in the city. Applications
have been submitted by Sherrill’s Ambu
lance Service and by Mid-Tex Fire and
Safety. Sherrill’s currently holds the per
mit for College Station.
The council will also consider for the
third time an amendment to the zoning
ordinance which would allow fraternity and
sorority houses in certain commercial and
apartment zones as a conditional use.
Other items on the agenda include: con
sideration of a final plat of Brentwood Sec
tion II, appointment of a Board of Equaliza
tion, and appointment of a sign ordinance
review committee.
The council is also expected on Thursday
or Friday to call for a capital improvements
bond election for late June or early July.
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the
Council Chambers at city hall.
Ford wins upset victories;
increases delegate strength
President Ford held off challenger
Ronald Reagan and Democrat Jimmy Car
ter increased his delegate lead yesterday
during the heaviest presidential primary
day yet.
Ford won in three of the six primaries
yesterday, while Reagan captured the
other three.
In Oregon with 73 per cent of the pre
cincts counted. Ford led with 52 per cent to
Reagan’s 48 per cent.
Ford gathered 50 per cent of the vote in
Tennessee and 51 per cent in Kentucky
with 99 per cent of the precincts reporting
in both states.
Reagan got 63 per cent of the Arkansas
vote (96 per cent complete), 74 per cent in
Idaho (99 per cent complete), and 65 per
cent in Nevada (88 per cent reporting).
On the Democratic side. Carter took
Tennessee with 78 per cent, Kentucky with
59 per cent and Arkansas with 62 per cent.
Sen. Frank Church of Idaho won in Ore
gon and Idaho with California Gov. Ed
mund Brown Jr. capturing Nevada.
Reagan gained 20 delegates in the day’s
balloting, but President Ford still leads in
delegate totals, 779 to 642.
With the addition of 28 delegates gained
Recovery to last
The nation is now firmly entrenched in
an economic recovery that should last at
least until 1978, an economist from Fort
Worth said here.
Dr. Stan Reber, vice president and
economist with Texas American
Bankshares, Inc., told students attending
the Texas Real Estate Research Center’s
third annual Studies of Advanced Real Es
tate Subjects (SOARS) at Texas A&M Uni
versity that the current economic upswing
is reflected by consumer purchases of
single-family dwellings.
“People who are sure about the future
will buy,” he said. “Consumers are not
waiting for inflation to go away before they
spend money.”
Dr. Reber said an unexpected event,
such as another oil embargo or misguided
monetary policy, could short-circuit the
Although history indicates the recovery
should peak in 1978, Dr. Reber told the
real-estate professionals there was “still a
lot of time to make hay.”
He told the SOARS students the infla
tion rate in 1977 should be around 7 per
cent with the prime interest rate at 8V4 per
cent by this December.
Saying he was “struck” by the rebound of
the residential construction market, he
predicted the current rate of building will
continue into next year for single-family
homes and increase by mid-1977 for multi
family dwellings.
Dr. Reber said he believes the
homebuilding industry would have been
better off if mortgage interest rates had not
started to fall in the last few months.
He said many potential homebuyers
were prepared to purchase homes at the 9
per cent mortgage interest rate.
“But now they are deciding to wait
another six months or a year to see if the
interest rates will come down further,” he
Dr. Reber told students attending the
two-week school that it is not really high
inflation and high interest rates which mess
up the real estate market. It is the frequent
and unexpected changes in these areas that
cause problems.”
He added that it is not really obviouS
how the rational consumer reacts to large
surges in interest rates. Some economists
and politicians were surprised that there
was not a great increase in spending when
the interest rates began going up two or
three years ago.
Dr. Reber said, however, that there are
some things the consumer cannot buy at
today’s prices as a hedge against inflation.
Among these are a college education for
younger children, health care or retire
ment incomes.
Noting that the economy has natural ups
and downs, Dr. Reber said the monetary
and fiscal policies of the federal govern
ment tend to be “counter cyclical. ” That is,
because the federal government is slow to
react, many times it contributes to an up or
down cycle in the market, rather than help
ing level it off.
The Forth Worth economist said the un
employment rate affects the buying habits
of the public. If it is coming down, they buy
because the average wage earner feels his
chances of being unemployed are less. If
unemployment is rising, the consumer
spends less and saves more in case he
should be laid off.
“We can stop worrying about another
1929 depression,” he said. “We have
learned how to stop the economy from slid
ing into one like that.”
in district conventions in Missouri and two
in an Alabama runoff. Carter leads the
Democratic race with 876 delegates. Rep.
Morris Udall of Arizona is second with 298
delegates. 1,505 delegates are needed for
the Democratic nomination.
There are only eight state primaries left
with four next Tuesday and four the follow
ing Tuesday.
gives painting,
supports art
Mr. and Mrs. John H. Lindsey of Hous
ton have presented a third painting by E.
M. “Buck” Schiwetz to Texas A&M Uni
“Sugar Cane Harvest,” painted in 1946,
hangs with other works of the Texas A&M
artist-in-residence in the Memorial Stu
dent Center. It is valued at $5,000.
The Lindseys, benefactors of Texas
A&M in other ways, also gave Schiwetz’
painting of the old president’s home that
burned in 1963 and one of his Spanish mis
sions paintings. The latter is the San Jose y
San Miguel de Aguayo, which contains the
famous “Rose Window.” It is among
Schiwetz’ portfolio for the Texas Hemisfair.
Lindsey is a 1944 Texas A&M graduate
and Houston insurance executive.
He has long been a supporter of fine arts
programs at Texas A&M and has made
numerous contributions to the Student
Conference on National Affairs and MSC
leadership trips, among other student ac
The Lindseys commissioned Schiwetz,
1921 A&M graduate, to paint the former
home of Texas A&M presidents after it
burned in 1963, before its gutted shell was
removed. The noted artist used old photo
graphs to reconstruct the home’s appear
ance. It was the residence of Texas A&M
presidents from Lawrence Sullivan Ross to
Earl Rudder.
Lindsey, a part of an Association of
Former Students committee, encouraged
Schiwetz in 1972 to do a series of recently
released paintings for a Texas A&M cen
tennial art collection.
Buck Schiwetz Aggieland: A Portfolio
of Eight Scenes from Texas A&M Univer
sity ($37.50), was issued by the Texas A&M
University Press in April.