The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, February 13, 1978, Image 7
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 1978
New uniform styles
for corps women
By KAYCE GLASSE
The women of W-l will be getting
some new styles for their daily uni
forms. The female segment of the
Texas A&M University Corps of
Cadets will be wearing more com
fortable clothing, with the addition
of slacks and A-line skirts for juniors
as well as seniors.
j During this spring semester, the
[ juniors may begin to wear the more
I comfortable A-line skirt, which up
, until now has been a senior
I privilege. The Cadet Uniform
Committee is considering phasing
I out the straight skirts for all of the
female cadets, but it will be a
I gradual process.
The committee is made up of nine
representatives, whose job is to ad
vise changes to Col. James R.
Woodall, the Commandant of the
Corps. Lt. Bill Loefiler, Capt. F.L.
May, and Capt. Bill Faulkner repre
sent the Navy-Marine, Air Force,
and Army, respectively. The rest of
the committee consists of students
in the Corps. A representative is
chosen from each class, and the men
and women send a representative
“The budget is the main problem
facing us in regard to change,” said
May. The U.S. Department of De
fense pays for the uniforms and they
must all be used and eventually
phased out to get different styles.
“These uniforms are manufac
tured to our specifications,” said
Floyd Wells, the military property
custodian. Because no other school
wears the same style of uniforms as
Texas A&M, they must be ordered
in mass quantities to prohibit exces
Wells also said that with so few
women and so many uniforms, phas
ing out an item is difficult. At the
moment, there are 57 women to
wear 726 straight-lined skirts. Each
cadet is issued three skirts, and with
57 women, that makes 555 not being
used. ‘‘Some of those skirts are still
brand new,” said Wells.
Those skirts were bought three
years ago at a cost of $13,431, av
eraging about $17.19 per skirt.
Wells said that by manufacturing
fewer skirts, a rough estimate would
be $20.00 per unit. He wasn’t aware
that the straight skirts would be
phased out and didn’t know 7 how
long the phasing out process would
Wells stressed that two to four
years “wearing out” time is a rough
estimate because some women may
stay the same size all four years, and
others may need alterations.
The uniforms can’t be fashionable
or seasonable because that would
mean sevexal styles would be
needed and throwing them away
when they are no longer “in” would
be expensive. Comfort, function,
and a neat, military look are strived
for, said Charla Gwin, the Waggie
representative. The straight skirts
being worn by freshmen, sopho
mores, and juniors are slowly being
phased out because they fit too
Formation is a problem for the
women when it rains, because the
women have inadequate head cov
erings, said Gwin. Standing up
straight in line with only a “shower
cap to protect the head is difficult
and usually results in a drenching.
The cadets are issued umbrellas,
but saluting, shaking hands, and
carrying books rules out that conve
nience. Gwin is hoping to get hats
with brims similar to the campaign
hats the men wear, and said the uni
form committee is working with her
on that goal.
Slacks have been approved for the
women, but are not in stock yet.
Faulkner said he hopes “those gals
will like the slacks.” The style will
be in conformity with the men’s
All female cadets are issued low
heeled black shoes, but they are
seldom worn because of the discom
fort. said Gwin. Neither Faulkner
nor May have heard any complaints
about the pumps.
The senior uniforms are distin
guished by the black and gold braid
around the collar, and the tucked-in
shirts. Will the senior women be
“It has never come up,” said May.
charged with rape
By ANDREA J. VALES
A Parkway apartments mainte
nance man was charged Saturday
morning with criminal attempt and
aggravated rape of a Texas A&M
■ Charles G. McDowell, 2001
" ;l 'lBeck, Bryan, was charged with
entering the apartment with a pass
key. He was arrested by College
Station Police at Parkway Apart
ments, as he was leaving the
The victim said she was awakened
by noises in her apartment and saw
McDowell when he flashed her
bedroom light on and off.
When her roommate heard
noises in the victim’s bedroom, she
nm to a neighbor’s apartment tor
belp. The neighbor said he ran up to
the victim’s apartment and knocked
on her door. He added that
McDowell opened the door and told
him to leave and that everything
was all right.
The neighbor went back to his
apartment and called the College
Police arrived at the apartment as
McDowell was leaving and found
the pass key in his pocket.
McDowell was taken to the Col
lege Station Police Station where he
was charged with criminal attempt
and aggravated rape. He was then
placed in Brazos County Jail.
The victim was taken by ambu
lance to St. Joseph Hospital in
Bryan where she was treated for fa
cial bruises and scratches.
Aduentures of the
mind & spirit. . .
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Attired in the two different styles of skirts worn by women in
the Corps are, left to right, Sharon K. Mabry, Cadet 1st Sgt.,
and Robin Gibson, Cadet Captain, both of W-l. Mabry and
the underelasswomen wear the straight-line style while
seniors wear the A-line style, modeled by Gibson.
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