The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, December 08, 1978, Image 1

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tialMai r he Battalion llte 8y anj I ' ' vil1 Vol. 72 No. 68 10 Pages Friday, December 8, 1978 College Station, Texas News Dept. 845-2611 Business Dept. 845-2611 Retirement change ires profs Several faculty members feel they are being discriminated against by new retirement regulations for the Texas A&M University System, which allow all employees but them to work until they’re 70. See page 5. St. John’s College in Annapolis, Md., may be the answer for stu dents who are tired of worrying about grades and hearing only pro fessors talk in class. See page 6. ilxit from )egun by t Iran U.S. location; Unite Press International 6 St H Iran — The U.S. Embassy 'JicUiUi; ursday put into effect a contingency pingCeri;; n ,0 evacuate dependents of offical Irican personnel who “wish to leave” idvance of expected weekend anti- Irment demonstrations during lem holy days. Tt hran airport was jammed with Ameri- ) T! I Germans and others leaving Iran. I the same time Western oil industry Ices said strikes had forced Iran to shut vlj jpipeline that carries natural gas to the ] let Union and reduced production in istomer.plta t ern 0 j] fields bv more than half. e oil industry sources said the strikes d Iran to cut natural gas deliveries to |sia through a pipeline that once carried lillion cubic feet a day. lese sources said production in the liern oil fields had plunged to 2.7 mil- Ibarrels — less than half the pre-strike Bill. Il exports dipped to 2.2 million barrels I last month’s 5 million, the sources id Fen percent of U.S. oil imports come K Iran, which also supplies 85 percent louth Africa’s petroleum needs and 60 lent of Israel’s. Imericans, Germans and other foreign- I jammed the Tehran airport. Most Its out of the country were booked lii Israel’s El Al Airlines said it added Ispecial flights to its Tehran-Tel Aviv ul and all were departing hill — mostly ith Iranian Jews fearing the overthrow of eji protector the shah, lie U.S. Embassy said it had not or- irdan evacuation of Americans in Iran, ul those dependents of U.S. officials i6 wish to leave temporarily are au- lized to depart for selected destinations Europe. ' Bie embassy said it has not ordered the ■nation of all Americans living in Iran il authorized U.S. officials to send their Bendents to Europe temporarily if they pi to leave. Embassy officials said plans for the vol- itary departure would be put into action mediately. There was no indication of iw many Americans would take advan tage of the offer. U.S. diplomats did not disclose how many dependents of American officials now are in Iran. In fact the diplomats said they were no longer sure how many of the original 41,000 Americans living and working in Iran still remained. One diplomat said the southern city of Shiraz might provide a key to the numbers left. He said in September 1,300 Ameri cans lived in Shiraz compared with only 500 currently registered there. Tehran’s martial law administrator warned against new protests reportedly planned during weekend Moslem mourn ing rites. But Karim Sanjabi, the 73-year-old leader of the National Front opposition party who was released from jail Wednes day night announced his support for a massive peace march planned Sunday by Tehran’s clergy. Some 4,000 members of the German community reportedly have left Iran in cluding nearly all the wives and children of Germans employed in Tehran. German sources said thousands more of the once 14,000 strong German commu nity were preparing to leave and tickets were difficult to obtain. The Italian Embassy reported a similar situation. The departure of Americans began in September and peaked Wednesday when hundreds piled onto flights as fears of fresh violence during the Moslem high holy days of Moharram mounted. U.S. firms offered to evacuate depen dents and employees who wished to leave and many took advantage of the free holi day. Among those gathered at Tehran airport waiting for flights, most treated the jour ney like a delightful surprise jaunt. Few seemed to take seriously the insults and threatening letters received by many Americans over the past few months. At Tehran University the army thwarted a planned student march to protest the re gime of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. onsol committee o select new head Senate hill wants MSC grass made official memorial By DILLARD STONE Battalion Staff The perennial dispute surrounding the grass around the Memorial Student Cen ter may finally be resolved if the Texas A&M University student senate approves a bill presented at its last meeting. The proposal, submitted by student body vice presidents Wayne Morrison and J. C. Colton, requests that several steps be taken toward declaring the MSC grounds a “living memorial to Aggies who have given their lives in defense of the United States. Also included in the bill is a provision to plant a two-foot-high hedge around the perimeter of the University Center grounds. A tradition, observed and encouraged largely by the Corps of Cadets, says the grass surrounding the University Center is a memorial to Aggies who have died in their country’s service. However, no offi cial recognition has ever been extended to the tradition. As a result, several conflicts have arisen in recent years between students who view the grass as a memorial and those who don’t. If approved by the senate at its next meeting on Jan. 24, the bill would be for warded to the Board of Regents through Dr. John Koldus, vice president for stu dent services, and President Jarvis Miller. The bill s intent is to extend official Uni versity recognition to the tradition, Morrison said. “It’s not that not walking on the grass is the tradition,’’ he said. “We couldn’t give a hill of beans about that. That grass is a memorial in the first place and that’s the reason for the tradition.” The bill would memorialize only those grounds adjacent to the MSC. The Rudder Complex grounds would not be included in the designation. Only the MSC grounds would be de clared a memorial because, Morrison said, the intent of the bill is to memorialize only those areas considered as such by tradi tion. The Rudder Complex grounds are not so considered, he said. However, Morrison said, landscaping would be recommended for the entire University Center’s grounds, in order to discourage their use and preserve their aesthetic value. Originally, the bill called for the land scaping of all University Center grounds. However, Morrison said, due to antici pated objections from President Miller, the bill will be amended to allow the Uni versity landscape department to deter mine which areas would be appropriate for the landscaping. Other provisions of the bill call for at least one sign to be placed on the MSC grass, explaining the reason for not walk ing on it, and the inclusion of the tradition in all publications dealing with University life and traditions. Commissioner quits For possible conflict of interest Battalion photo by Jeff Coulter By DOUG GRAHAM Battalion Staff The A&M Consolidated School Board et up a selection committee for a new chool superintendent during a special :ting Thursday night, oard president Bruce Ron appointed hroe trustees to serve on the selection ommittee. The board also voted to include wo administrators and four teachers on the committee. he three trustees, who will be the only ting members of the nine-man board are iffliool board vice president Elliott Bray, who will serve as chairman; Bill Wasson; lid John Reagor. IRobeck warned that the work involved Jfinding a replacement for Fred Hopson, whose contract was terminated in a $54,400 igreement, will be great, j I want each of you to think this over, [Ourselves, because the board in the com- ng months could have a phenomenal Wkload,” he said. ; The board directed the district’s infor- nution officer, Peggy Crittenden, to start ending forms to faculty members that bold get their input on superintendent jhalifications. Crittenden said it may be possible to have results ready by Monday night. The forms also will be used for gathering nominations for teacher representatives to the selection board. A short meeting has been called for Thursday, at which time Bray is expected to have the list of requirements. Bray will then advertise the superinten dent opening, He said he will work through trade journals and organizations such as the Texas Educational Agency. Bray’s committee expects to receive about 100 applications before the Feb. 15 deadline. From those applications it will select approximately nine to submit to the entire school board for approval. Since the board will have the final vote, Bray recommended making the adminis trative and faculty advisers non-voting po sitions. The board also approved final payment to BFW Construction for work done on the Middle School. However, $10,058 has been withheld until certain items such as emergency bat tery packs and exit light fixtures have been installed. Bowl is the goal Even though the stadium in Kyle Field is under construction, the Aggie football team is still practicing for the contest against Iowa State in the Hall of Fame Bowl Dec. 20 in Birmingham, Ala. The expansion, which will add a third deck to both sides of the stadium, will be completed soon after the start of next year’s season. United Press International AUSTIN — Railroad Commissioner Jon Newton, who spent $700,000 two years ago to win election to that regulatory agency, announced Thursday he is resign ing effective Jan. 1 because natural gas production on land inherited might make it appear he had a conflict of interest in decisons affecting oil and gas matters. Newton said his wife inherited a portion of her family’s ranch in Goliad and al though all his business interests have been in a blind trust since his election he is aware of gas exploration and production on the ranch which could result in substantial royalty income. “Although I’m told by lawyers this is not a legal conflict of interest, I think the people on the street who are paying utility bills may not understand if a member of the Railroad Commission makes a substan tial portion of his income from gas produc tion,” Newton told a news conference. “I was at the ranch three weeks ago at night and was drilling rigs on the property. The blind trust may be blind, but I am not.” Newton, a former House member from Beeville, has four years remaining on his six-year term. His successor apparently will be appointed by Gov. Dolph Briscoe to serve until the next general election. He said he had considered abstaining from any Railroad Commission decisions affecting the ranch property or Goliad County, but said he was not satisfied that would be sufficient. “After lengthy discussions with my wife Judy and with Governor Briscoe and a few close friends, I have decided that resigna tion is the only course my conscience will allow me to take. The potential conflicts can be avoided only by my return to pri vate life and I have so advised the gover nor.” Newton said he has not decided if he will remain in Austin to live after he leaves the commission. He said he sold his law practice and a nursing home and lived on money from that sale while campaign ing for the commission. Other members who regulate the state’s petroleum and transportation in dustries, are Mack Wallace and John Poerner. Priscilla accused of wanting Cullen killed United Press International HOUSTON — A used car salesman who promoted himself as a professional killer met Priscilla Davis last winter and left her home with the impression she wanted him to slay her millionaire husband, he tes tified Thursday. But in wavering muddled testimony in and out of the presence of the jury, self- promoting FBI informant and gambling debt collector David Binion also said Mrs. Davis never “popped the question.” “Did she seem to understand why you were there?” prosecutor Tolly Wilson asked. Japan elects Ohira its new Drime minister United Press International TOKYO — Masayoshi Ohira was ilected Japan’s 68th prime minister hursday. Ohira was in effect installed in Japan’s highest political office by members of the 11-seat Lower House of Parliament. He ras elected with 254 votes. There were 20 bsentees. The Parliament originally planned to lect Ohira Wednesday, following his ipset victory over outgoing prime minis- erTakeo Fukuda in a party primary elec- ion last week. However, intra-party feuding broke out iver Ohira’s decision to name one of his lose political associates, Kunikichi Saito, o the post of party secretary-general. That violated a five-year party tradition hat the secretary-general post should )e held by one of the prime minister’s >wn followers. Several of Fukuda’s supporters threatened to refuse to vote for Ohira for prime minister, stalling his takeover. They finally agreed to allow Fukuda a free hand to negotiate. Aggie Christmas list Two front teeth? Cheryl Tiegs, look out. You are wanted in Aggieland. But so is Farrah Fawcett-Majors, $1 million and a house-trained pooch. The requests are on a list of things students at Texas A&M University want Santa Claus to bring them this year. Students penned their wishes to a roll of paper stuck to a bulletin board inside the University’s Memorial Student Center. The almost 200 requests filled a list over seven feet long and 18 inches wide. Wishes ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous; some were pragmatic, others pranks. One female Aggie wanted a date with the entire offensive line of the Texas A&M football team, while another Just wanted a boyfriend and $1 million. Practical wishes ranged from just wanting roommates to do the dishes, to a “C” in a junior level petroleum engineering course. Other students wanted their very own oil well, a staff parking permit, the Hous ton Oilers football team to win the Super Bowl and a white Christmas. One woman just wanted to be the first flat-chested female on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine. Other wishes were more economically oriented. Some students wanted to graduate and land a $25,000-a-year job; anotherjust wanted a job for next summer. One student said all he wanted St. Nick to bring him was a “Deploma. ” Someone had written beside the misspelled entry, “That’s optimism for you, he’ll never make it that way.” “No,” Binion said. “What was her appearance?” Wilson asked the defense witness. “Extremely upset,” Binion replied. “Did she ever ask you to kill her hus band Thomas Cullen Davis or ask you to have her husband harmed?” Wilson asked. “No,” Binion replied over objections by defense Lawyer Richard “Racehorse” Haynes. Earlier this week Mrs. Davis sat in the witness chair when Binion was brought into the courtroom and denied they had ever met or talked. Her husband is being tried for conspiring to have their divorce judge killed. Haynes protested Wilson’s questions but was chastised by District Judge Wal lace Moore for having earlier left unsettled whether Binion actually was asked to kill Davis. “You just walked right around conver sation and got all this other stuff about a hit man in there,” Moore said. “The basis for my ruling was your entire line of question ing gave the inference to jurors of this wit ness being a hit man and gave the impres sion something of that nature had hap pened with Mrs. Davis,” Moore said. But Haynes persisted that true or not, Binion had claimed he had been sum moned to Mrs. Davis’s home because of his reputation as a killer and departed with the impresion that Mrs. Davis wanted him to kill her husband. Moore reluctantly allowed Haynes to pursue the topic and Binion grudgingly admitted he had told the defense lawyer he thought Mrs. Davis wanted her hus band killed. “Did you say that if she hadn’t been messed up she would have popped the question?” Haynes asked. “I thought that was a possibility,” Bin ion said. Defense attorneys claim Davis was the victim of a plot by his wife and her friends to entrap him, perhaps with the coopera tion and knowledge of the FBI. Binion testified he worked as a confi dential informant for the FBI agent who directed the investigation against Davis. He said he told agent Ron Jannings about his meeting with Mrs. Davis but the pair decided “it was not worth messing with.” Binion, now a Houston auto salesman, denied Jannings ever told him to “back off” undercover activities associated with his meetings with Mrs. Davis. But Binion also said Jannings gave him $220 to post bond on a bad check charge and said he had worked out a recent “deal in which he would not be tried by Fort Worth pros ecutors for the offense. Prosecutor Jack Struckland said he did not know whether Mrs. Davis or Binion was lying about their meeting. “Obviously one of them is in error,” Strickland said. “If it’s Priscilla, I don’t know if it’s a question of was she lying, was she sick, was she on drugs or was she emo tionally upset, if she met Binion. “Suppose Priscilla wanted him, Davis, dead. How does that justify him plotting to kill a judge?” The evidence against Davis includes audio and videotapes in which he can be heard discussing the killings of several persons including his wife and divorce judge and seen accepting a silencer equip ped automatic pistol. His attorneys claim they will be able to explain his role in the tapes. Single-member districts voted out by Southern Democrats at convention MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Southern Demo crats voted unanimously Thursday to eliminate the single-member districts that gave Gov. George Wallace a sweep of the 1976 Alabama primary and approved a party rule to give half the 1980 Democratic convention seats to women. The Southern Caucus at the Democratic mid-term convention drew only one dis sent on the “equal representation” rule — with a black man complaining that reserv ing half the 3,313 delegate seats for women was nothing more than a “quota in dis guise.” State Sen. Henry Braden IV of New Or leans said blacks have been seeking quotas for many years and that “if we re going to play quotas, maybe we should play it all the way around.” as chairman of the Southern Caucus. The caucus unanimously voted against “single-member districts” for 1980 dele gates. National Committeeman Richard Koster of the Canal Zone said individual districts “are just another way to get around abolition of the unit rule which made entire state delegations go for the majority’s choice.” Texas committeewoman Corin Patman said Alabama was the only state with indi vidual districts in 1976. Carter absorbed his only southern defeat in Alabama after trouncing Wallace in numerous other primaries. Georgia chairman Marge Thurman of Atlanta said the equal representation rule was well-intended, but might pose impos sible problems for states electing their delegates two years from now. “Do we eliminate the men who get the largest number of votes because of their sex — or because they’re not representing the right presidential candidate?” she asked. South Carolina chairman Don Fowler explained each state will have a certain percentage of statewide delegates which in the past have been used to guarantee gov ernors and party leaders at-large seats without their having to run for them. 4P