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    The Battalion
lo\. 71 No. 84
10 Pages
Thursday, January 26, 1978
College Station, Texas
News Dept. 845-2611
Business Dept. 845-2611
Inside Thursday
A&M Aquatians make their splash,
p. 5.
Gynecological services offered, p. 9.
Ags halt Horned Frogs’ losing streak
66-59, p. 10
Harvey admits not posting
2.0; doesn’t resign position
Robert Harvey, student body president, tells senators his goals for
the new year and confirms rumors that he did not post a 2.0 grade
point ratio last semester.
Student Body President Robert Harvey
said Wednesday night he did not post a 2.0
grade point ratio last semester, adding he
did not plan to resign because the student
government constitution is not clear on the
“I’ve attempted to determine through
the constitution and by talking to several
people about what I should do, ’’ he told the
senate at the end of his “state of the cam
pus” report.
“I do not plan at this time to resign from
my office, ” he said.
After the three hour senate meeting,
Harvey said, “It’s not productive to require
officers to post their GPR while requiring
them to perform other duties.”
Harvey said he plans to present a bill to
the student senate rules and regulations
committee next week which will clarify the
constitution and set up procedures check
ing academic qualifications for elected stu
dent officials. Harvey, prohibited as presi
dent from introducing legislation on to the
senate, distributed the unsigned bill in the
In his speech, Harvey pointed to two
parts of the constitution which appear to be
in conflict.
One states that executive officers, in
cluding the student body president, shall
imith doesn’t heed polls;
, wel
jeston Smith is back and he’s still the
lit then, that’s his style. The major polls
d him to finish last in the 1968 guber-
ial election. Smith served as governor
1968 until 1972.
^ lith, a candidate for governor, spoke to
t a dozen supporters Wednesday af-
Ronatthe College Station Ramada Inn.
■ know, I don t pay much attention to
K. The polls picked Texas to beat Notre
irgeMe Texas lost to Notre Dame in the
tton Bowl.
luriftiith said his chances of getting elected
jopltlreal, real good, and as time goes on
will get better.”
ilph Briscoe and John Hill, the other
■andidates for governor, have been at-
ng each other’s records. Smith spoke
st the records of both,
je said that although Hill is currently
orney General, Hill has no experience
os l fte executive branch of government,
d c l( jniith had said during the 1972 campaign
u sc t Briscoe doesn’t like people. He just
_ ji Bts to be governor.” Smith said there
„]! d been a lack of communication between
3 Offlpeople and the executive office during
jnejKoe’s term as governor.
a Smith hailed Briscoe as the “champion
^.(lender of all times.” He called the gover-
Bs claim of no new taxes “purely a farce. ”
fts have been increasing because of in-
ikini 1
to improve
flation, he said, pointing to the state
budget’s $6 billion increase in four years.
Smith favors an automatic reduction sys
tem for state taxes. That means any money
not spent from one budget would be sub
tracted from the next year’s budget, thus
lowering tax payments. Smith said if the
plan had been in effect earlier, sales taxes
could be as low as two percent.
He said Briscoe did “the poorest job that
could have been done” by the governor’s
office in helping to decide the national
energy policy.
Smith favors total removal of all' federal
controls on the oil industry. “Free
enterprise made this country,” he said. He
said prices would find their own equilib
rium level in the open market.
Farmers “have my complete sympathy,”
Smith said. But he admitted he didn’t know
if striking is the right method for drawing
attention to the farmers’ plight. He expects
the federal government to supply some
kind of aid to the farmers. He also men
tioned that Briscoe never met with striking
Smith expects most of his support to
come from rural areas. He lived in small
towns most of his life and says he relates
easily to rural people.
When questioned about the chance of
the Sharpstown ghost coming back to haunt
him, Smith said the scandal would have no
effect because no evidence was found
Preston Smith
against him. The Sharpstown scandal in
volved the illegal sale of bank stocks.
Smith said he favors illegal aliens paying
tuition to attended public schools. He con
ceded that “the (Rio Grande) river is too
long” to be effectively patrolled.
When asked if age would be a factor in
the race, he replied, “Yes, Briscoe and Hill
are too old.”
BI records imply that Ray
nclined to racist behaviors
United Press International
[WASHINGTON - James Earl Ray turned
[n a relatively soft assignment at the
eralpenitentiary at Leavenworth, Kan.,
her than live in an integrated prison
mitory; and once he approvingly para-
ased George Wallace’s beliefs in a
|de, racist manner, FBI files show,
papers amassed in the manhunt for the
ivicted killer of Martin Luther King Jr.
jo support the FBI’s belief that Ray fi-
Iced his two-month escape to Mexico,
janada and Europe through crime, rob-
ig several establishments in London.
The bureau estimated Ray spent $12,000
between the time King was gunned down
on a motel balcony in Memphis on April 4,
1968, and Ray’s arrest on June 8.
Insights into Ray’s motives and methods
came to light in an inspection by UPI re
porters of the FBI’s massive file on the King
But, as with so much known about Ray,
the evidence sometimes points both ways.
Some fellow inmates thought Ray was
“incapable of murdering Dr. King,” one
FBI agent reported to headquarters. Other
ounty residents receive
lated defense publication
Citizens of Brazos County are receiving
itdated civil defense publications because
iinty officials think the United States is in
vfW ^immediate danger of being attack.
A map of the community’s fallout shelter
n published in 1969 and a booklet
®,ow and Do About Nuclear Attack” pub-
led in 1961 are distributed to Brazos
tonty citizens wanting information on
fallout shelter list published in 1974 is
je most recent according to James
isswood, civil defense director for Texas
M University. Jake Canglose, the coun-
civil defense director, said the list is
(vised every five or six years depending
fcn the county’s rate of building growth.
8 jkskcd why fallout shelter lists are not
posted in dormitories, Ron Sasse, housing
office manager, said he had never seen the
1974 list of fallout shelters.
Sasse said he would be happy to post the
lists, but Canglose said, “The lists do not
need to be posted until the United States’
international situation heats up. ”
Three years ago, Presswood met with
Student Affairs Director Charles Powell to
give him information on tornado protec
tion. Presswood said “No consideration was
given to nuclear attack.” Asked why,
Presswood said “Because the idea (of nu
clear attack) seems pretty far-fetched now. ”
Right now educating citizens about the
location of fallout shelters is a low priority
item,” Canglose said. “If the United States
were being threatened with nuclear attack
we would upstep education but there is not
need for it now.”
prisoners challenged the characterization
of him as a racist.
One former prison mate pictured Ray as
an admirer of German philosopher Freid-
rich Nietszche, progenitor of a superman
theory. He said Ray admiringly claimed to
be quoting Wallace, a presidential candi
date at the time, this way: “I have nothing
against Negroes; everyone should own at
least two.”
Documents dealing with his incarcera
tion at Leavenworth said Ray was offered a
transfer to the prison’s honor farm in 1957,
“but was never actually transferred to such
assignment due to the fact he did not feel he
could live in honor farm dormitories be
cause they are integrated.”
After Ray’s capture in London, Scotland
Yard linked him to two robberies and con
sidered him a suspect in several others. J.
Edgar Hoover reported to then Attorney
General Ramsey Clark.
Ray also was believed to have been in
volved in the sale of drugs in Los Angeles in
the year and a half between his escape from
prison and the King slaying.
The files also show the FBI considered
unusual means to discredit King’s widow,
Coretta and Ralph Abernathy, his suc
cessor as leader of the Southern Christian
Leadership Conference.
Two days after Ray pleaded guilty and
was sentenced to serve 99 years, Cartha
DeLoach, a top aide to Hoover, suggested
the bureau quietly sponsor the publication
of a book presenting “the true history of the
case” against attack from those who dis
puted the bureau’s version.
“O. K.,” Hoover wrote on the memo, but
there was no further indication the plan was
carried out.
“post at least a 2.000 GPR during their term
of office. ”
The other section, found within the arti
cle describing the legislative branch, says:
“No person elected within the provisions
of this constitution may be removed be
cause of scholastic reasons unless he is
placed on scholastic probation, in which
case he shall be removed from office im
Harvey said he believed the latter provi
sion is the only one which should apply and
called it “more workable.”
Scholastic probation is defined by Uni
versity regulations as a provision allowing a
student to continue in school after he has
become academically “deficient. ” Scholas
tic deficiency is generally defined as having
below a cumulative “C” average, or below a
“C” average on courses in a major. The
student’s dean must decide to place him on
scholastic probation.
Waivers authorizing a check on both
overall and last semester’s GPR were
passed out at the end of the meeting. Tom
Paterson, subcommittee chairman in
charge of the waivers, said that if someone
is found in violation of grade requirements,
a letter will be sent to the person, the stu
dent body president and the judicial board.
Stan Stanfield, judicial board chairman,
said the board would then probably call
hearings to consider removal.
Stanfield concluded from his check with
three lawyers that refusal to sign a waiver
would be grounds for removal hearings.
Harvey and a number of senators did not
sign the form. Harvey said later that Pater
son’s subcommittee, part of the rules and
regulations committee, does not have the
power to issue the waivers.
According to the constitution, the rules
and regulations committee, “shall be re
sponsible for rules revision in the senate
and in the University.
Progressive legislation urged
in ‘State of Campus' address
Just as President Carter gives his “State
of the Union” address to begin the new
year, the Unversity’s student body presi
dent delivered a “State of the Campus”
report last night at the first student senate
meeting of the semester.
Robert Harvey praised senators for ac
complishments but he criticized them for
taking up too much time with “petty legis
lation and administration of on-going pro
He said several areas need special atten
tion in outlining his legislative goals for the
“In the area of academics,” he said, “the
senate can work to improve such areas as
academic counseling and the registration
“The curriculum required by many
parts of the University is more what you
would expect of a vocational school than a
first-rate university. The honors programs
still extends to only a small minority of the
classes offered by the University.
“A restructured student academic coun
cil could provide part of the solution.”
He said more student input is needed in
local affairs like zoning, liquor curfews and
ward systems.
“Such programs as food co-ops and
housing co-ops could make a significant
difference in the cost of attending this uni
versity,” Harvey said.
Investigation into the feasibility of a
campus credit union, open-air radio sta
tion and a Watts line for students also was
suggested. He encouraged students to be
come more concerned with all areas of
student life.
Each piece of legislation, he said,
should either provide the University,
community or some other external agency
with the student viewpoint.
In their only decisive business, student
senators narrowly approved a bill request
ing that students not taking courses on
campus be.exempt from paying building
use fees.
Jay Wellman, graduate in engineering
and former student teacher, said 107 stu
dents are now student teaching, more than
50 in the Bryan-College Station area. They
pay $72 to $90 each to get credit for
courses not taken on campus.
Cooperative students, 165 engineers
and 75 others, pay $6 each. Under present
law, each strident in the College of
Medicine will pay about $600 in building
use fees during tbe two years of studies in
a Temple hospital said Susan Rudd,
senator from the medical school.
Much of the money helps pay bonded
indebtness on campus buildings while
some of it goes toward the Memorial Stu
dent Center and Kyle Field.
Last year the Board of Regents asked for
clarification of the matter, and the Coor
dinating Board of Texas Colleges and Uni
versities said off-campus students must
pay the fees to receive resident credit for
Several senators in the education field
said the fees were a financial burden. They
supported the bill, calling it a “step in the
right direction.”
Wellman and Phil Sutton, vice presi
dent of external affairs, said students
should pay the fees.
Overall, Wellman said, students pay
about 4.5 percent of the cost of their edu
cation. Figures from 1976 show the aver
age cost is $2,925 per year, and students
pay about $133 in tuition and fees.
This semester, students taking courses
away from campus were not charged MSC
activity and student services fees. The
health center fee was optional.
In other business, senators heard first
readings on bi 11s concerning teacher re
tirement plans for graduate assistants,
election filing fees, campaign funds, sen
ate duties, university regulations and
by-law amendments and budget changes.
Action on these items is scheduled for
the next regular senate meeting on Feb. 8.
Weather doesn’t deter students
from setting add/drop record
On Jan. 16 the spring semester opened
with cold rainy weather. But this did not
deter students from drop-add registration
at Texas A&M University.
Last spring, records showed 17,891
drop-add registrations. This spring the
number of drop-adds is estimated at
19,407. Because students often go through
drop-add more than once these figures re
flect the total number of courses dropped
or added.
Drop-add registrations in fall, 1976 to
taled 20,065 and rose to 22,201 in the 1977
fall semester. These figures include courses
at Moody College.
James D. Worley, assistant registrar of
admissions and records, said students have
various reasons for going through drop-
add. Students are becoming more con
cerned with the courses they are taking, he
Worley said classes fill up early as stu
dents go through preregistration. Drop-
add is the student’s way of getting his pre
ference of class times and professors, he
Increased enrollment has also caused
drop-add figures to increase, said Worley,
According to official records, the 1976 fall
semester enrollment totaled 28,083 on
both campuses of Texas A&M. Enrollment
increased to 29,414 in the fall of 1977. The
spring of 1977 shows an enrollment of
26,407. Figures for spring 1978 will be re
leased Jan. 31.
Worley said drop-add figures are pro
portionately higher in the fall because stu
dents have had several months to think
about the courses they’re taking. Also,
drop-add registration lasts 10 days during
the fall sertiester as compared to eight days
in the spring.
How's your love life
This was the question Jeff Hinesly put to passers- Hinesly and his friend were
by Wednesday as he walked around the Memorial media presentation, “How’s
Student Center “disguised” as a giant heart.
promoting a
Your Love
Battalion photo by