The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, January 25, 1980, Image 5

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«\ local Sci-fi collection is a source of pride By CHARLIE MUSTACHIA Campus Reporter Aggies and science fiction — no place but the Texas A&M University library. The library’s science fiction collec tion, the most extensive in the Southwest, began in 1970. In nine years it has grown to over 13,000 volumes and 7,000 periodicals, not including manuscripts, art port folios, records, tapes, broadcasts and fan magazines. The selections include the major ity of the writings of Robert Hein- lein, Isaac Asimov, Arthur Clarke, Jack Williamson, Harlan Ellison, Andre Norton, Chad Oliver, Roger Zelazny and others. The collection originated almost by accident. A small science fiction collection was offered to the library at a low price. Librarians Vicki Anders and Hal W. Hall took an in terest in the subject and initiated the collection’s purchase. Because many of the books in the collection are antiques, they are kept in a humidity-controlled room and are used mainly for research. The collection contains some magazines that, because of their rar ity, are worth hundreds of dollars, including the first issue of “Amazing Stories,” the first science fiction magazine. Don Dyal, special collections lib rarian, said although the rare books are important, a bulk of the collec tion is just $1.95 paperbacks. “The sum total of the collection is worth more than the individual parts,” he said. Dyal said there is a great deal to be learned from science fiction because authors sometimes use present-day problems in relation to the future. This collection is important to the university, Dyal said. “There are people who know A&M for no other reason than the fact that it’s got a science fiction col lection. ” When science fiction authors toured the collection during last year’s AggieCon X, a campus science fiction convention, Dyal said, “they had never seen so much science fic tion in one place. They saw things they had only heard of. ” For research purposes, the collec tion contains manuscripts, galleys and notes from Asimov, Avram Davidson and Michael Moorcock. The collection also has a collected paper series which contains inter views, typescripts of conferences and photocopied articles from the many sources interpreting science fiction. The periodical section of the col lection contains about 5,500 “fan zines,” by science fiction fans. Also included are extensive hold ings in historical, critical and bibliog raphical works. The books may be used in the spe cial collections reading room, week days from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Student work force increases at A&M By PETE HALE Campus Reporter An increase in part-time jobs at Texas A&M University means more students are working, and they’re making more money than ever be fore. There is an increase in the number of student workers, said C. E. Fink of the Student Financial Aid Office, “especially those working part-time on campus. ” Fink is in charge of employment and counseling for the department. On-campus and off-campus student worker positions are posted in his office, but, he said “We’re not an employment agency.” Fink said from September 1979 to January of this year there has been an increase of about 300 student workers. While lags in bookkeeping make an accurate number difficult to com pute, Fink said there are over 4,000 students on the Texas A&M Univer sity payroll. Counting expected turnovers and replacements, 1,670 new employees have been added to the payroll since September. Fink compares this with a total of about 3,300 new workers for all of 1979. Recent changes in the University pay scale have made campus jobs more competitive with off-campus jobs. In September, wages for stu dent workers increased from $2.50 to $2.90 an hour, the same as the federal minimum wage rate. On Jan. 1, 1980, another increase boosted the student rates to $3.10 an hour. “This is about what most off- campus jobs pay,” Fink said. The number of students working on campus and working off campus are about the same. One reason many students like to work on cam pus is the convenience of being able to work and attend class easily. “With an on-campus job students can arrange work hours around their class schedules, allowing more time for studying and general student life,” Fink said. Most off-campus jobs have stan dard hours and students are often unable to work when an employer would like them to. For some students the benefits of working off-campus might outweigh the convenience of being close to class. Some off-campus workers are allowed meals, vacation and holiday pay, and in some businesses, a scho larship program has been instituted to draw more student help. Students employed by the Uni versity are not eligible for benefits such as holiday or sick pay, nor do they receive vacation pay. Fink feels the need for more money, rather than the experience gained, is the major reason for the increase in student workers. Relative to actual education costs, “living expenses have all risen a great deal,” Fink said. “Students just need more money to get by on.” The constant expansion of the University, as well as the overall growth of the Bryan-College Station area, is resulting off campus. Dr. William E. McFarland, dire ctor of the Student Financial Aid Office, agreed with Fink regarding the availability of jobs. “A growing shortage of full-time help has created many openings, and we feel any student who wants a job can find one,” McFarland said. McFarland said students general ly work from 10 to 20 hours a week, but advised they should never work more than their academic require ments allow. Students looking for a job may check current listings of job open ings at the Student Financial Aid Office on the third floor of the YMCA Building. They may also check with their various academic departments, the Sterling C. Evans Library, di ning halls, or other offices on campus. DIETING? 7 ,ven though we do not prescribe diets, we make\ \it possible for many to enjoy a nutritious meal\ \while they follow their doctor* s orders. You will\ \be delighted with the wide selection of low\ Ycalorie, sugar free and fat free foods in the\ \Souper Salad Area, Sbisa Dining Center Base-\ \ment. OPEN Monday through Friday 10:45 AM-1:45 PM QUALITY FIRST BLACK OAK ARKANSAS is coming to T.J.’s Monday, Jan. 28 Tuesday, Jan. 29 ESTABLISHED UN HTM tickets: $ 5 at the door $ 4 with A&M ID card Black Oak Arkansas will only be at T.J. ’s two even ings. Don’t miss their great music! THE BATTALION FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 1980 Women engineers* sociei to sponsor conference he The Society of Women Engineers at Texas A&M University is sponsor ing a conference today and Saturday for girls in Texas high schools who are interested in engineering. Registration for the conference is from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. today on the second floor of Rudder Tower. It is to be followed by a welcome program in 601 Rudder which will include a slide presentation featuring women in engineering. A banquet is to be held at 7 p. m. in 226 MSC. Lee Hornberger, nical engineering professoi University of Santa Clara, wi During the banquet, scho will be awarded. At 8 a.m. Saturday, tour different engineering depa will be given and exhibits i companies will be shown in by of the Zachry Engineerii ter. The conference ends S with a barbecue. John R. Joyce, a graduate student from Tulsa, Okla., takes a, few minutes off to take advantage of the Texas A&M Universi ty library’s Science fiction Collection. Photo by Janet E. Golub USED GOLD WANTED! Cash Paid. diamond brokers international, inc. w 693-1647 MSC TOWN HALL PRESENTS IRA LEVIN'S DEATHTRAP Scenery by WILLIAM PITMAN Costumes by Lighting by RUTH MORLEY MARC B. WEISS Original New York Production Directed by ROBERT MOORE Restaged by PHILIP CUSACK “SEEING 'DEATHTRAP' IS LIKE A RIDE ON A GOOD ROLLER-COASTER WHEN THE SCREAMS AND LAUGHS MINGLE TO FORM AN ENJOYABLE HYSTERIA!" — Jack Kroll, Newsweek Sat. Feb. 2 8 Rudder Auditorium Tickets Info. MSC Box Office Zone 1 Zone 2 Zone 3 G.P. 4.50 5.50 6.50 Std. 2.75 4.00 5.25