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The Battalion
Vol. 70 No. 72
14 Pages
Wednesday, February 9, 1977
College Station, Texas
News Dept. 845-2611
Business Dept. 845-2611
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Lubbock Street may be closed
if panel suggestion passes
Drivers will take the long way around if a
University Traffic Panel recommendation
is authorized and Lubbock Street is closed,
Lubbock Street is located on the north
side of the Krueger-Dunn complex.
Howard S. Perry, associate vice presi
dent for student services, said the Traffic
Panel has suggested closing the street.
“The Lubbock-Coke intersection has a
high index for pedestrian-vehicle con
flict,” Perry said Friday. “The higher the
index, the higher the potential for an acci
dent. This is the main reason behind the
Lubbock Street’s closure would force a
right turn off Joe Route Boulevard onto
Throckmorton or Coke.
Both Perry and Larry M. Ludewig, ad
ministrative assistant for student services,
pointed out that the panel’s recommenda
tion is merely a suggestion.
“The Traffic Panel has made the propo
sal and it is under consideration, but any
definite decision concerning Lubbock
Street is yet forthcoming,” Ludewig said.
The decision will be made either by
John J. Koldus, vice president of student
services, or President Jack K. Williams.
Advantages and disadvantages of closing
Lubbock Street are now being considered
by appointed committees.
“Of course, from the Traffic Panel’s
point of view, ” said Perry, “the main ad
vantage in closing the street would be the
elimination of a dangerous traffic point on
Inconvenience has been cited as the
proposal’s main disadvantage. Perry said
some students have opposed the idea. He
said students from the Krueger, Dunn, As
ton, Mosher and Corps of Cadets dorm
areas have complained that if the through
way is cutoff they won’t be able to get from
the dorms to the Memorial Student Center
“Of course that doesn’t mean they can’t
walk,” Perry said. “It’s meant to cutoff
through traffic, not pedestrians.”
Other disadvantages Lubbock Street’s
closing might entail are increased daily
traffic flows at other University entrances,
limited access for emergency and delivery
service vehicles, and inconvenience to
construction crews. Also, persons parking
in lots 48, 37 or adjoining lots would be
forced down Houston and Throckmorton
“This is a concern because these streets
have no lights,” Ludewig said, “and espe
cially in the cases of football and basketball
crowds, bottlenecks would be created.”
Koldus said the situation would be care
fully evaluated before a decision is made.
“No matter how much of a conflict point
the intersection is, no accidents have oc
curred down there as of yet. That would
seem to be a good counter-argument to
the proposal,” Koldus said. “I’m going to
have to look into this One pretty closely.”
Should he decide to turn the issue over
to Williams, Koldus said his final recom
mendation would be made within another
month to give the president enough time
to act before the end of the semester.
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Texas A&M University veterinary stu
dents hoping for immediate relief to the
parking problem at the veterinary college
are not going to get it right now.
The parking situation at the veterinary
college is critical, according to O. L.
Luther, A&M police chief. However, he
says he sees no immediate solution.
“It’s going to take building (more park
ing areas) ultimately,” Howard S. Perry,
associate vice president for student serv
ices said Monday.
There is a parking lot proposal awaiting
approval by the Board of Regents which
will extend the present student parking lot
at the college (Lot 36) to hold about 60
more vehicles, Perry said.
The construction should be completed
by September 1977 if the Regents approve
it, he added.
“The prospects of the proposal being
approved are really good,” Perry said.
There are 412 vet students and 846
biomedical science students using Lot 36
now. There are 318 parking spaces in the
Vet students agree with Perry that there
was not a major parking problem at the vet
school until biomedical science students
began holding classes there.
There are from 75 to 300 biomedical
science students in classes at the vet
school at any one time, Lyndon W. Kurtz,
administrative assistant of the College of
Veterinary Medicine, said Friday.
This leaves only a few parking spaces for
vet students, of which about 90 per cent
are day students, he said.
“The problem with vet students is they
have no alternative,” Kurtz said. They
must park illegally when there are no
parking spaces left because they cannot af
ford to miss classes, he added.
Vet students not lucky enough to find a
parking space ran the risk of getting tickets
for illegal parking. But Wayne Onslott,
University Police desk sergeant, said that
until some solution is reached, tickets will
not be given at the vet school unless the
vehicle is obstructing a driveway or is
parked in a disabled student parking
Zachry Davis, a third-year vet student,
received a ticket recently for parking illeg
ally along the fence in Lot 36.
“I assume I have a place to park when I
buy a $36 parking sticker,” he said.
Davis said he arrived for class at 8 a.m.
and since there were no parking spaces
available, he parked illegally.
“A vet student can’t just call it quits for
the day and go home,” he said.
Davis said he felt the University Police
Department and Traffic Appeals Panel
should be more lenient with vet students
until the future parking lot is completed.
Students who have never purchased
parking stickers are another reason for in
sufficient parking space, Kurtz said. They
are occupying parking spaces free of
charge that other students have paid to
While there are no solutions for im
mediate relief of the problem, the Traffic
Appeals Panel has suggested a few so
lutions that might work.
Larry D. Pollock, chairman of one of the
traffic appeals panels, said controlled lots
with special parking stickers issued to vet
students is one possible solution. Others
include the use of shuttle buses, car pools,
bicycles and motorcycles.
Pollock said he would discuss the col
lege’s parking situation further with Mary
A. Wallace, co-chairman of the Traffic Ap
peals Panel, and Luther.
Bermudas at the pool .
Although spring has not arrived, the warm weather gave Brian Brady
(left) and Nick Cervenka (right) enough reason to shed their winter
clothes. The two Aston residents were playing pool in the Commons
game area.
Battalion photo by Jim Crawley
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House tentatively approves
$561 million highway bill
Endless stares
Two barred owls at Texas A&M’s Poultry Center
glare woefully from their perches. The owls are
part of an experiment in breeding birds of prey
in captivity. Seven A&M students are assisting
Dr. Roy C. Fanguy of the poultry science depart
ment with the project. (See story, Pg. 8.)
Battalion photo by Steve Reis
United Press International
AUSTIN — Gov. Dolph Briscoe used
his emergency powers as governor and the
highway industry’s political muscle to win
tentative House approval of a $561 million
highway funding program. Opponents say
the program will create revenue shortages
in the closing days of the session.
The proposal, which faces one more
House vote before going to the Senate,
guarantees the State Department of
Highways and Public Transportation $561
million for construction and maintenance
in the next two years. Three-fourths of the
revenue from motor vehicle taxes and
sales taxes on auto parts, tires and acces
sories will go to the department.
Briscoe had proclaimed the measure an
emergency, enabling the legislature to
consider it early in the session before any
of the $2.9 billion state surplus had been
spent on general funding for state agen
cies, school finance, or other issues.
Opponents appeared at one point yes
terday to have crippled the bill, winning a
procedural vote on a amendment limiting
the life of the funding plan to four years.
But House backers of the bill stalled for
about 15 minutes and the governor’s allies
apparently convinced a number of mem
bers to switch their votes, then easily de
feating the amendment.
Rep. Wayne Peveto, D-Orange, said
there is not enough money in the treasury
to fund the highway bill, Briscoe’s school
finance proposal and the state budget rec
ommendations of the Legislative Budget
“What is going to happen is that all the
colleges’ budgts are going to be cut, men
tal health ad mental retardation is going to
be cut, but we’re going to take care of the
highways first,” said Rep. Bill Hollowell,
D-Grand Saline. “It’s kind of silly to get
stampeded when we have so many other
things to consider.”
Briscoe’s designation of the bill as an
emergency allowed the House to consider
it before the general appropriation bill is
debated, and Senate leaders have promisd
quick consideration of the bill.
Rep. Tom Massey, D-San Angelo,
chairman of the House Public Education
Committee, asked the governor yesterday
to give the same emergency designation to
the school finance proposal so it can be
considered immediately.
The chairman of the House Ways and
Means Committee, Rep. Joe Wyatt,
D-Victoria, said if the governor’s school
finance bill is approved the legislature will
be forced to trim $780 million from the
budget for state agencies, or adopt a tax
bill of that size.
Review committee established
Faculty to evaluate
A&M’s appeal procedure
Bookmart unable to continue operating
Efforts at lower bookstore prices fail
Student dissatisfaction and efforts by
Student Government have failed to force
the Texas A&M University Bookstore to
lower prices.
Student Government opened the Book
Mart in the spring of 1975. The Mart was
opened in an effort to force the bookstore
Partly cloudy and mild today
with increasing cloudiness through
tomorrow. Winds will be southeas
terly at 7-10 mph today and tomor
row. High today in the low 60s.
Low tonight in the low 40s. High
tomorrow in the low 60s. Precipita
tion probability 40 per cent tomor
row afternoon and evening.
in the Memorial Student Center to lower
its prices on used books, Stan Stanfield,
student government vice president for
academic affairs said.
Used books were bought at 60 per cent
of the cost and resold to students at 65 per
The A&M Bookstore purchases books at
50 per cent of cost and resells at 75 per
The Book Mart’s prices did not bring
the bookstore’s prices, down. It became a
service organization for students.
Now Student Government does not
have the time or manpower to continue,
Stanfield said.
The Book Mart was not in operation last
semester because of losses due to misman
Howard DeHart, manager of the A&M
Bookstore said there are several reasons
why their prices must remain the same.
The profits made from the bookstore
(approximately $80,000) are allocated to
various student organizations, he said.
“I feel that giving money to these or
ganizations does more good for A&M as a
whole than each particular person would
gain if we were to lower the prices of the
“Some of the student organizations
wouldn’t survive without our help,” he
The Student Organizations Board de
cides how much money each organization
is given.
“I think they base them (the allocations)
on the significance of the organization to
the University,” DeHart said.
Stanfield said he believes these organi
zations should exist on the dues of their
“Most students complain about the
bookstore allocations because they feel
they are financing special-interest
groups,” Stanfield said. The bookstore
should lower the price of books so they
will just cover expenses, he added.
If they cut prices that much, every off-
campus bookstore would go out of busi
ness because of competition, DeHart said.
“Since the A&M Bookstore is state
owned, it would be the State of Texas vs.
Private Enterprise,” he said.
Student Government has passed a bill
to establish a book exchange commission.
The commission will submit various
policies to the Senate in February for the
formation of a Book Exchange.
The Book Exchange (if established) will
use exchange certificates in payment for
books instead of money, Stanfield said.
“A small fee of 10 cents per book will be
charged each time a student buys or sells
books,” he added.
Fred McClure, president of Student
Government said, “If the policies submit
ted to the Senate in February are passed,
then the Book Exchange should go into
effect at the end of this semester.”
A committee has been established to
review student appeal procedures at Texas
A&M University.
W. C. Freeman, executive vice-
president for administration, asked four
students and ten members of the faculty
and staff to serve on the ad hoc committee
on student review and appeals proce
In a letter to the prospective committee
members, Freeman stated that the cur
rent review and appeals procedures do not
provide a “clear-cut appeal process for the
myriad of academic, disciplinary, and ad
ministrative decisions which students feel
they have a right to appeal or have re
Freeman told committee members that
their responsibility is “to review the scope
and methods of the appeal and review
bodies.” The members, he said, must
evaluate the effectiveness of present pro
cedures and make recommendations for
changes in the process.
The committee has the responsibility to
review the language of current University
regulations and make recommendations
for changing existing publications of re
view and appeal procedures.
Dr. Thomas W. Adair, associate profes
sor of physics and chairman of the commit
tee, said the committee will meet next
student services, said the present system
consists of the University Disciplinary
Appeals Panel and the University-
Academic Appeals Panel.
“Like anything else, it is important to
evaluate, update and improve the sys
tem,” Koldus said.
Koldus said the two appellate commit
tees serve the president in two ways. ;*
“They provide for an objective review,
of the matter at hand and they relieve the
president of the burden of listening to
every appeal throughout the entire Uni
versity,” he said.
Freeman has asked Adair to submit a
final committee report before the end of
the semester. -v'
Toll-free telephone service
answers legislative questions
United Press International
AUSTIN — Speaker Bill Clayton
announced Tuesday a toll free tele
phone service had been instituted
to answer Texans questions about
pending legislation.
Clayton said the Legislative In
formation System of Texas and
Legislative Reference Library will
answer telephone calls from 8 a.m.
until 6 p.m. Monday through Fri
day throughout the session.
The service also will be available
at nights and on weekends
whenever the legislators are in ses
sion, he said.
B>' calling 1-800-252-9693, or
475-3026 in Austin, citizens can re
quest the current status and history
of any bill or resolution introduced
in the House or Senate.
Clayton said names of committee
members and committee schedules
also can be obtained.
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