The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, March 01, 1978, Image 2

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\ Viewpoint The Battalion Wednesday Texas A&M University March 1, 1978 An additional fee for foreign oil The Israelis are understandably upset about the Carter Administration’s plan to sell high performance American jets to Egypt and Saudi Arabia. In a flying visit to Washington last week, Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan protested that the sale of 50 F-5E Tigers to the Egyptians and F-15 Eagles to the Saudis would tip the Mideast arms balance in favor of the Arabs. The sale of sophisticated weaponry to the Egyptians is, of course, a signifi cant change in American policy. It is not, however, the first time we have supplied both sides in that seemingly intractable dispute. Jordan has been using American arms for years. On the surface it would appear that the Administration is using arms sales as a diplomatic ploy. It seems an unmistakable message to the Israelis that they will have to make major concessions regarding their settlements in the Sinai and on the West Bank. Anwar Sadat’s visit here has borne fruit. But what seems to be overlooked in the debate over the proposed sale of these jets is whether American policy makers really had that much of a choice. The real question to ask is how much pressure did the Saudi Arabians exert on the Administration to sell jets to the Egyptians. The point is that we now import something like 40 percent of the oil we use. And what the sale of jets to Egypt indicates is that we are paying more for that imported oil than just dollars. The Montgomery Ala. Advertiser Wards and the student-councilman By JIM CRAWLEY April Fool’s Day is ome month away and so are the College Station city elections. What a coincidence? The mayoral and three council seats will be up for election. So far, only one candi date has filed for each position. None of the announced candidates are Texas A&M students although the two incumbants are professors. During the past three years, two stu dents have campaigned for a position on the council. Neither were successful. This was before the ward system was installed. Last year, in the three ward races, only three candidates, the incumbants, ran. This year the ward system will receive its second test. This exam should be more telling than the intitial test as two of the four positions will be without incumbants. A question circulating among many in terested students and politicians has been whether a student will run for a position in city government. Several council members are opposed to an on-campus student on the panel. They believe that the student would be unre sponsive to off-campus problems. Additionally, an on-campus resident doesn t pay property taxes or receive city services. The only city department he could come into contact with on-campus is the fire department when it responds to an on-campus fire. During the past two years, the student government has appointed a student to sit Politics as a non-voting member of the council. This liaison program was hoped to relieve some problems of getting students in volved in the governmental process. This program can be termed as a failure be cause of student inattention. Often the student assigned to cover the council has been absent or uninformed on the issues. Another problem has been that the stu dents that have filled the spot have just filled the seat. They have not been effec tive in influencing student-related policy decisions of the council. The ward system also has affected the ability of students to run. With the split ting of the city into six separate wards, each electing their own representative, the student vote is likewise split among the wards. The campus living areas are split between three separate wards, two of which are have council seats open for the April election. While students make up a large part of the population in every ward within the city limits the real factor that will deter mine their effect om the election will be the percentage voting. In the last election only 7 percent of the eligible students voted, with the polling place in the MSC. This year the two wards covering parts of the campus have polling places off- campus. And the election is being held on a Saturday according to a state law. Most students will be spending Saturday after noon in their hometowns or out relaxing in the sun. Getting your name on the ballot is a matter of no cost and only an hour or two’s effort. With no filing fee, the only requi site for a candidate is to have a petition containing the names of 25 registered vot ers within his or her ward. After signing a few more forms and filling out a campaign financial disclosure form, the candidate is on the ballot. This simplicity of filing makes it easy for Texas A&M students to become candi dates . But, can a student win a ward election. The answer may be known in April. For a student to win a place on the council he or she would have to get the students to go to the polls and vote as a bloc. This is not as easy as a student election where the Corps of Cadets can vote almost as a group. The student turn-out rate in elections is constantly low. Not only here in Texas, but throughout the nation. A plan of attack would have to be devised considering several factors. One consideration would be a high- profile campaign by the student. The can didate would have to resort to oldstyle campaigning. He would have to make his name known to eveiy student and give every student a good reason to spend part of a Saturday at the polls. This campaigning would be on the emo tional level. The candidate-student would have to appeal to some aspect that would cause students to rally for him. The only problem is where to find such a candidate? If anyone believes they fit the bill, they have only a few hours left before filing closes. Filing ends at 5 p.m. at City Hall. Tossing around pigs that fly By DICK WEST United Press International WASHINGTON — The world of paleon tology, which fairly seethes with fac tionalism anyway, is now at loggerheads over dinosaurs. The loggers came to a head here at the recent annual meeting of the National As sociation for the Advancement of Science. One faction advanced the theory that some dinosaurs were warmblooded, turkey-sized creatures that had primative wings and were the forerunners of today’s birds. And while you didn’t exactly find them flitting about the treetops, it is believed that these primeval poultry progenitors were capable of flapping airborne for short distances somewhat in the manner of the barnyard fowls we all know and love. Meanwhile, however, another faction clings to the conventional concept of dinosaurs as being overgrown lizard-like reptiles that couldn’t have gotten off the The Lighter Side ground if their tails had been Saturn rock ets. I might note in passing that the idea that birds evoluted from dinosaurs is not the only theory that has been put forth regard ing avian ancestry. A good, and somewhat similar, argument can be made that birds decended from pigs. “The debate over whether pigs once coidd fly has been going on for centuries, Dr. J. Newton Soarswine, a prominent bird-watcher, told me in an interview. “I refer you to the famous verse from Through the Looking-Glass’ which says the time has come to talk of such things as why the sea is boiling hot and whether pigs have wings. “Lewis Carroll put those words into the mouth of a walrus, but he was just being whimsical. We know from other sources that 19th Century Englishmen did indeed spend a lot of time discussing these mat ters. ” I said, "I thought their main topics of conversation were shoes and ships and seal ing wax and cabbages and kings. ’ “Those subjects figured prominently in everyday discourse,” Soarswine replied. “But whenever intellectuals fore gathered they usually turned to scientific issues such as the cause of oceanic thermal currents and the origin of birds.” I said, “Where did the flying pig theory come from? “It derived from attempts by paleontol ogists to explain the pig’s spiraled tail, Soarswine said. “By examining fossils of pigs that lived about 100 million years ago they concluded that the spiral tails originally performed some sort of aerodynamic function. “The consensus is that the coiling and uncoiling provided thrust that assisted pigs during takeoffs. “That’s all very interesting, I said, “but what happened to the pigs’ wings?” “They gradually disappeared during the evolutionary process,” Soarswine replied. “As best we can date it, it happened con currently with the disappearance of horse- feathers. Letters to the editor More opinions on the Panamanian canal treaties Editor: I have two points regarding the Panama Canal treaty controversy which seems to cause paranoid excitement on the A&M campus. 1. I have large doubts as to whether the average Aggie either knew where Panama was or cared about its existence, before Mr. Ronald Reagan and the other jingoists of the far-right decided to get their pictures in the media. 2. I have trouble understanding the Young Americans for Freedom. I assume that they are for freedom in all parts of the world and yet they support the oppression of the Panamanian people by being against the treaties. Of course, it is possible that my assumption is incorrect, in which case, I suggest they change their name to some thing like: Young Americans for American Domination. — L. Seelig graduate student, ag. econ. Keep canal Editor: I am writing in response to Mark Hink le’s letter in the Feb. 8 Battalion. In his letter, Mr. Hinkle voiced his opposition to the Panama Canal treaty. He pointed out that the Marxist Panamanian government would have control of the canal and that the United States would be paying large sums of money for the right to use and defend it. Mr. Hinkle stated that the present canal treaty would “be a slap in the face to every U.S. citizen. I am in complete agreement with Mr. Hinkle’s view of the Panama Canal issue. In a few years, the Panamanians would have complete control of the canal under the present treaty. This means that our naval and commercial shipping through the canal would be controlled by a Marxist govern ment. What if they decided to close the canal to American ships? Would we sent in troops to try to take it back by force? No,, because we would then be the “big bully in the eyes of the rest of the world. Our only clear alternative is to keep the canal. We would be showing the rest of the world that the United States does not bow down to pressure from “tin-horn dictators. ” — Eric Matheu, ’81 Cheer for ‘Ladies' Editor: As the basketball season winds down and a majority of student supporters appear bent upon lynching Paul Arnett, I would like to congratulate Mr. David Boggan for his article on Von Bunn and the Aggie Ladies. It was a nice article, and I only wish that more had been said earlier about a great group of Aggie athletes. The Aggie Ladies are to be congratulated for a fine season. Through hard work, dedi cation, and self-discipline you have come a long way, and I thing this is only the begin ning. You will surely come back much bet ter next year. And I hope the Batt gives you the recognition you richly deserve. Now, a word to the fans — if you have not seen the Aggie Ladies play, you have missed half the fun and enjoyment of a basketball season. What can be better than watching the Aggies play? Watching the Aggies play twice! So, next year join the “hard core” and double your fun. “Hard core?” That is the few hundred students and other Aggies that flock to G. Rollie when the doors open regardless of the competition, season record or other adver sities simply because they love Aggie Bas ketball. Come and bring your lunch! — N.J. Rowan, 59, ’67 Health center care Editor: Considering the size and continuing growth of A&M, the extent of our health center seems inadequate. The atmosphere is one of continual rushing. The purpose of this letter is not to repine about the long waiting period, but to complain about the treatment I received. The examination should be more precise, and more care should be taken in prescribing medication. There had been an annoying pain in my ear for a few weeks. With this constant ringing and dull pain in my ear, studying and sleeping seemed impossible. After reaching a mental state that I am sure was close to insanity, I decided to fill my arms with books, and set out for my tedious visit. While sitting in the waiting room I memorized a sign directly in front of me. It read something like this, “If you are having to wait, it is because the patients before you are receiving the same care and considera tion you are waiting to receive. ” When my turn came, instead of care and considera tion, I received a five minute examination, two prescriptions, and a push out the door. “Well,” I thought, “at least it is over.” Lit tle did I know it was only the beginning. The ache in my ear increased the next day, compounded with dizziness and nausea. 1 went back to the center and was assured by a nurse that the medication would soon overcome my ailments. Living in a dorm room has certain disad vantages, which are greatly emphasized when you’re sick. It is hard to rest with the noise of neighbors blasting through the wall, and on the weekend the noise be- ' comes much more prominent. It being Friday, I decided to go home for a little peace and quiet. My mother, who trusts no one but our family physican, dragged me to the clinic at home. I was astonished when I was told the contents of the capsules given to me by the health center. For my inner ear ache I had been given a decongestant and a pain killer. The waiting I can understand, but partial examinations and prescriptions that don’t correlate with the illness can not be ne glected. How can a health center be bene ficial if prescriptions are scribbled down just to get through with one patient and get on to the next? I now have a great lack of confidence in the health center, and this incident has led me to believe it can truly be called the “Quack Shack. — Jennifer Adair, ’81 Good Ags everywhere Editor: We would like to thank the seven guys who stopped to help us out when we had a flat tire on our way back from Huntsville last Thursday night. It’s such a relief to know that there are good Ags not only on campus, but wherever we go. — Judy Valerian, ’79 Donna Wilke, ’79 Top of the News li Campus Technical reading class offerei The College of Liberal Arts is offering a short course in tedinktBit T< reading. The course combines the analysis of technical writingsht Reseai with reading techniques to enhance the student’s ability to readati^valie comprehend technical material. The course will begin Mardibgineei There will be a $30 registration fee. For more information, callDipve to Henry Pope at 845-5141. ||eale oiler-ty Scholarship applications due Application forms for Spring Awards Scholarships may be obtais from the Student Financial Aid Office, Room 310, YMCA Building.! applications must be filed with the office not later than 5p.m. toi Late applications will not be accepted. Nation . Economic index fell in January The Index of Leading Economic Indicators dropped 1.9percentnL. January ending a six month gaining trend, the Commerce Departmei jstall a reported Tuesday. The decline is the biggest drop since JanuaryIffliKtly when the index dropped 3 percent. The department bases theindaBest si on 12 sectors of the economy. Of the 10 available for January, eigllBjnju) dropped. The shorter working week was the primary reason fortleBall big drop, the department said. a Britain blocks Braniff s service Britain has all but blocked Braniff Airways cut-rate air sent# b ieva between London and Dallas-Fort Worth, a Carter administratii sventi official said Tuesday. The dispute arose Monday when the Civil sTexa Aeronautics Board refused to let the Texas-based airline drop its VIV71ICllH.IV.'> »7V/CIIV1 1 V. 1 I I.» V VI IV/ IV l V 1 I V 1 V A cl “T 7cl?> v7 Vl (111 11 1 IV UIUJHfi IQ VXiv. riginal low fares and apply for the higher fares demanded by Britisk erbac authorities. The board ordered its staff to draw up an order retaliating against British flights to the United States. Such an order wouldbs to be approved by President Carter as well as the CAB. Carter hikes aid to education President Carter asked Congress for $4 billion in federal aid III education Tuesday. This is a 24 percent increase over last year.ft[ increase was the largest since the Elementary and Secondary Educ l tion Act was passed as part of President Lyndon Johnsons GijJ Society. “Today s proposals , Carter said, “will focus our nitjl resources on helping our children master the basic skills — readig writing and arithmetic —r which remain critical to their ability! function in a complex society. We must do a better job of teadiij these basic skills to all our children. Missouri files suit against NO)] A civil suit filed today in federal district court by Missouri Attoraei General John Ashcroft against a boycott led by the National Orgaaia tion for Women was the first such suit filed in the nation. The organ® tion is encouraging conventions to boycott states, such as Missoni that have not ratified the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. C» stitution. Fifteen states have not ratified the amendment. Tlf boycott is designed to inflict severe economic harm to the convent® industry in Missouri and upon all persons associated with that iiid%lers try,’ Ashcroft said in a prepared statement. Figures released by NQBaij Gi he said, show that St. Louis has lost $11 million and Kansas City luoyers lost $8 million as a result of conventions canceled in response Jo tty next boycott. “We a ilinj outh o pfn pnv d ye It o! onal World Im ri [Dr. itli pol Troops raid Nicaragua, 22 die itural (hov Troops firing machine guns stormed a university Monday night in raid that killed three students in the latest outbreak of fighting thatk left at least 22 people dead in Nicaragua. Dr. Mariano FhallosOvanp- ren, rector of Ruben Dario University 7 in Managua, denounced the as "a brutal aggression by the National Guard which violates all ... principles of university automony and also the principles ofhiimanit) Soldiers swept throught the main gate of the campus after studeii threw stones at them over the wall and chanted curses at Preside!, Anastasio Somoza and the armed forces. Troops also killed six mem hers of a family in Masaya, 25 miles east of the capital and reM civilians killed two soldiers in sporadic fighting that raged untileaikl Tuesday. FEsse: jout rei.' Jene Ifloo lYllE Soviet gas prices escalate I Gy arc The Soviet Union will raise retail gasoline prices 100 percent beg! ning Wednesday, Soviet sources said Tuesday. The sources also® that the price of auto parts would be increased but they did not too' how much. Western sources said the Soviets have admitted thattlifi was a fuel shortage in the Soviet Union. By raising prices pri' driving would be reduced. Currently , 93 octane gasoline costs62t«t a gallon, while 95 octane gasoline costs 65 cents a gallon. AsofWd nesday, the new Soviet retail price will he $1.24 a gallon for93octa« and $1.30 for 95 octane gasoline. During the past year. Lenity experienced several gasoline shortages, including three periodsofi* week when gasoline was only sold to foreign tourists and forei| residents. Weather Mostly cloudy and cooler today with a chance of showers!^ afternoon. Cloudy and mild tonight with a chance of W’ derstorms. High today upper 60s, low tonight low 50s. H( tomorrow mid-70s. Winds from the northeast at 10-18 if 30% chance of rain today, 50% tonight. Decreasing cloy! ness and warmer on Thursday. p lea j 1 ' D 2. I The Battalion Opinions expressed in The Battalion are those of the editor or of the writer of the article and are not necessarily those of the University administration or the Board of Re gents. The Battalion is a non-profit, self-stipporttng enterprise operated by students as a university and com munity newspaper. Editorial policy is determined by the editor. LETTERS POLICY Letters to the editor should not exceed 300 words and are subject to being cut to that length or less if longer. The editorial staff reserves the right to edit such letters and does not guarantee to publish any letter. Each letter must be signed, show the address of the writer and list a telephone number for verification. Address correspondence to Letters to the Editor, The Battalion, Room 216, Reed McDonald Building, College Station, Texas 77843. Represented nationally by National Educational Adver tising Services, Inc., New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. 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