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The Battalion
Vol. 73 No. 88
10 Pages
Monday, January 28, 1980
College Station, Texas
USPS 045 360
Phone 845-2611
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Abolhassan Bani-Sadr, holding an insur
mountable 6 million-vote lead in Iran’s first
presidential contest, has apparently back
ed off from a moderate stand on the Amer
ican hostages — calling it a crisis Washing
ton can best resolve.
Incomplete returns in early counting
gave the finance minister and close friend
and adviser of Ayatollah Ruhollah
Khomeini 7 million votes out of the 9 mil
lion reported counted Sunday by Tehran
Radio monitored by the BBC in London.
There were 22 million eligible voters in the
election Friday.
If Bani-Sadr continued to reap such a
large share of the ballot he was expected to
take 77 percent of the votes cast giving him
the necessary majority to negate the need
for a run-off election in the contest of seven
main candidates.
Bani-Sadr, 46, apparently hardened his
earlier moderate stance on the U.S. hos
tages who were in their 86th day of captiv
ity in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran today at
a news conference Sunday carried in West
ern press reports.
“The greater part of the solution lies with
the Americans,” Bani-Sadr said.
Only when America “abandons its ex
pansionist policies and respects the
sovereignty of other nations” and “allows”
Iran to pursue criminals abroad will the
crisis in American-Iranian relations be re
solved, Bani Sadr said.
The reference to criminals abroad clearly
referred to the exiled shah of Iran whose
extradition from the United States for trial
in Iran was demanded by the Moslem stu
dents who seized the embassy and the hos
tages Nov. 4.
Admiral Ahmad Madani, former gov
ernor of the southern province of Khuzes-
tan trailed far behind in second place with
approximately 15 percent of the vote or
about a million votes in the race for the
largely figurehead position.
Khomeini, under Iran’s new Islamic
Constitution, wields virtually all the power
including the right to fire the president and
it was unclear what power the new presi
dent would hold.
Khomeini remained in the Tehran hos
pital where he was taken last week for a
heart ailment. But the 79-year-old leader
was reported by his son to be improving
and that he may soon be moved from the
intensive care ward of the hospital to a
regular ward.
In a recorded interview on Tehran Radio
Khjojatoleslam Syyed Ahmad Khomeini
said doctors who examined his father in the
morning found his pulse and blood press
ure normal.
Bani-Sadr did not explicitly demand that
the deposed shah be returned to Iran in
exchange for release of the hostages but his
position seemed more hardline than his
approach during his 18-day stint as Iran’s
acting foreign minister.
Bani-Sadr at that time suggested using
the U.N. Security Council as a forum to
consider the shah’s alleged crimes without
necessarily making the return of the shah a
prerequisite for releasing the hostages:
Committee discusses giving
students more elective hours
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Texas A&M forward Rynn Wright weaves through
the University of Texas defense and shoots a jump
shot. Wright scored points Saturday, leading the
Aggies to a 65-62 win over the Texas Longhorns,
keeping A&M at the top of the Southwest Confer
ence race. Photo by Pat O Malley
Whether or not undergraduate students
at Texas A&M University need nine free
elective hours in their curricula was the
subject of discussion at an ad boc commit
tee meeting Friday.
A resolution that suggested nine free
elective hours will be investigated by the
committee, consisting of eight teachers and
two students, appointed by Jarvis E. Mil
ler, president of Texas A&M.
The committee, chaired by Dr. Robert
E. Stewart, professor of agricultural en
gineering, met for the first time Friday
afternoon, to investigate if more free elec
tive hours would broaden the Aggies’ edu
The resolution was made by Dr. John C.
McDermott, head of the philosophy de
partment, at an Academic Council meeting
last October.
McDermott’s resolution woould require
that each undergraduate student have nine
free elective hours in his curriculum, that
are not in the major field of study.
Stewart suggested that the committee
first try to answer three questions.
“We need to ask ourselves first, if the
education here is broad enough, if not, how
we can change it, and if more free elective
hours is the way to broaden it,” Stewart
“Free choice of electives does not
guarantee breadth of education,” Dr. Mel
vin Friedman, professor of geology, said.
“If students had more free elective
hours, they would take more technical
courses,” Stewart agreed.
To decide whether the education is nar
row, Friedman suggested to look at each
departments’ curriculum.
Dr. Garland Bayliss, director of acade
mic services, said a comparison with other
universities was also needed.
Retired Marine Gen. Ormond R. Simp
son and the heads of the ROTC depart
ments offered to furnish the committee
with comparative data of schools like Pur
due University, Indiana, Ohio State Uni
versity, and others.
Simpson said the school of military scien
ces favors more free elective hours, be
cause it would help Corps members gain
credit for their military science hours.
A survey of each department and its
amount of elective hours that was done by
Dr. Diane W. Strommer, associate dean of
liberal arts, will be used by the committee
to determine which colleges are restrictive
in their curricula.
The survey, that distinguishes between
free electives and restricted electives,
shows that they vary from 39 in geography
to 0 in geophysics and 23 other depart
A truly free elective, according to the
survey, is one that a student can take with
out consulting an adviser or other restric
tions. Most electives, including the 39
geography electives, have such stipula
Before its next meeting Friday, the com
mittee wants to find colleges that have to
meet accreditation standards with their
curricula and that might be endangered by
adding more free elective hours.
jplympic board suggests alternative to Moscow
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United Press International
cutive board of the U.S. Olympic Com-
ttee says it will suggest hosting a national
arts festival if American athletes do not
end the 1980 Summer Games in
US0C spokesman Bob Paul said Sunday
;htthe board met this weekend and con-
lered “viable alternatives” to possible
S. withdrawal from the Moscow games.
The executive board had considered vi-
|le alternatives — one conducting a na-
sports festival if the U.S. does not
icipate in the games, he said.
Paul added that a “full report on this
alternative will be made to the House of
Delegates to the USOC in its meeting in
Colorado Springs April 12-13.” He said the
executive board had not considered a date
or site for the possible sports festival.
Now that the withdrawal of the Amer
ican team from this year’s Summer Olym
pics in Moscow seems a virtual certainty
USOC officials fear the Olympic Commit
tee of the Soviet Union and its comrades in
other Communist countries will stage a re
taliatory boycott of the 1984 games sche
duled for Los Angeles.
The USOC, under increasing pressure
exas universities
from the White House, voted Saturday to
support President Carter’s position that
the Summer Games should be moved from
Moscow postponed or canceled if the
Soviet Union does not withdraw its invad
ing troops from Afghanistan by Feb. 20.
USOC President Robert Kane said the
committee would carry the proposal to the
International Olympic Committee at a
meeting of the two groups Feb. 8-10 in
Lake Placid, N.Y. However, Kane con
ceded he did not expect the IOC to alter its
position that the Olympic games this sum
mer will be held in Moscow and nowhere
Kane and other USOC members also
said an American-led walkout — a move
which is drawing increasing support from
other western nations — could ultimately
destroy the games.
“It is conceivable the Olympics could be
destroyed,” Kane said. “There is also the
question of a boycott by the Eastern bloc
nations in 1984.”
However, a high-ranking Soviet Olym
pics official Sunday said that whether an
American team is in Moscow or not this
summer the Soviet Union has no intention
of pulling out of the Winter Olympics at
Lake Placid next month.
“We operate on the principles of the
Olympic Charter,” said Vladimir Popov,
first deputy of the Soviet Olympic Organiz
ing Committee. “Thus there cannot be any
talk of a boycott of Lake Placid. We will
take part in the games as planned.
The USOC resolution supporting trans
fer, postponement or cancellation of the
games received unanimous approval fol
lowing the committee’s closed door meet
ing with presidential legal counsel Lloyd
However, the USOC steered clear of
endorsing a full-fledged boycott of the
Summer Games. Instead Kane said it was
likely the committee would chose simply
not to enter a team at Moscow, an option
provided for in the Olympic Charter.
“The word boycott has an unfriendly
hostile meaning that we do not accept at
all,” Kane said.
Unless the Soviets withdraw their troops
by the Carter-designated deadline — a
possibility an administration official
termed “a longshot” — the USOC will re
convene to formally consider rejecting the
Soviet invitation to the games.
Campus Staff
recommendation to increase tuition in
state’s public and senior colleges and
iversities, effective in the 1981-82 school
r, has been accepted by the Coordinat-
Board of the Texas College and Univer-
The recommendation and accompanying
tional rate changes prepared by the
arc! will be sent to Gov. Bill Clements
: Legislative Budget Board. No spe-
ic tuition rate increase was proposed.
The recommendation was made Friday.
Debby Bay, director of the Coordinating
yard’s publications, said the issue will be
■ the hands of the 67th Texas Legislature,
«jiich convenes in January, 1981.
I Present resident tuition rates of $4 per
^edit hour, with a minimum of $50 per
| mester, rank Texas 46th in the nation in
e amount of tuition and fees charged.
There have been no substantial tuition
| creases for resident full-time students
ce 1957, when tuition went from $25 to
per semester. Legislation changed the
per semester rate to $4 per credit hour
Also in 1971, tuition for foreign and out-
state students was raised from the pre-
|ous $125-to-$200-a-semester range to
10 per credit hour.
The optional rate changes prepared by
le Coordinating Board chart the results of
creasing resident tuition to $6 per credit
hour (50 percent), $8 (100 percent), and
$10 (150 percent). The corresponding
changes for out-of-state and foreign tuition
would be $60, $80, and $100 per credit
hour, respectively.
However, these figures were meant
merely to be guidelines for the governor
and the legislative committee.
The board also approved an increase in
the funding formulas for financing colleges
and universities in the 1982-83 school year.
The increase, meant to compensate for
inflationary pressure on university
budgets, call for a 12.6 percent increase in
funding for both 1982 and 1983. In addi
tion, a 7.5 percent “catch-up factor” was
added to the 1982 fiscal year.
The new formula is a guideline for uni
versities in preparing budget requests. The
guidelines also are useful to the legislature
in evaluating proposed budgets.
In other action, construction requests
were approved for construction of the
Texas A&M University Southwestern
Great Plains Research Center at Bushland
(a metabolism laboratory), and the Texas
A&M University Agricultural Research
and Extension Center at Chillicothe (two
greenhouses, a support facility, and a head
quarters building).
Also approved was acquisition of a 98.5-
acre tract for a division of the Texas En
gineering Extension Service, Texas A&M
University System, in San Antonio.
Kane said the USOC still held out hope
the issue could be resolved but conceded
the American athletes had become a “flesh
and blood weapon against the Big Bear.
Those athletes, many of whom have
trained for years for the opportunity to
compete in the Olympics, remained con
fused and bitter toward the Carter adminis
tration’s position.
“We still feel the Olympics do not have a
place in foreign policy,” said Peter
Schnugg, a water polo player and nonvot
ing member of the USOC.
Weightlifter Bob Giordano summed up
the feelings of many of the athletes that
Carter was using the Olympics as a political
“I would like to know what other alterna
tives the president is considering to deal
with the Soviet invasion,” Giordano said.
“Luckily for President Carter this is an
Olympic year. If he has no other guns than
the Olympics to throw at the Russians we
are in trouble.
Locked out
Photo by Brian Blalock
Tony Diaz, a freshman in the Texas A&M Corps of
Cadets, learns cadets will not be able to eat in Dun
can Dining Hall on weekends. The cadets will eat in
the Commons on Saturdyas and Sundays.
United Press International
Today is Monday, Jan. 28, the 28th
day of 1980 with 338 to follow.
The moon is moving toward its full
The morning stars are Mars, Jupiter
and Saturn.
The evening stars are Mercury and
Concert pianist Artur Rubinstein was
born Jan. 28, 1889.
On this day in history:
In 1878, the first commercial tele
phone switchboard was put in operation
in New Haven, Conn.
In 1915, the U.S. Coast Guard was
established under legislation passed by
In 1932, a song symbolizing the plight
of millions of Depression-hit Americans
was sweeping the United States. Its ti
tle: “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?”
In 1979, Chinese Deputy Prime
Minister Teng Hsiao-ping arrived in
first official U.S. visit by a top Chinese
World War II Supreme Commander
Dwight D. Eisenhower, later presi
dent, said: “Humility must always be
the portion of any man who receives
acclaim earned in the blood of his fol
lowers and the sacrifices of his friends. ”