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The Battalion
Vol. 73 No. 105
14 Pages
Wednesday, February 20, 1980
College Station, Texas
USPS 045 360
Phone 845-2611
Break point
Brian Joelson, a member of the Texas A&M tennis ranked team from Trinity University. For more on
team, stops for a water break during his match A&M’s duel with Trinity, see page 13.
Tuesday against Eddie Rees of the Nationally-
Panama may arrest shah
for Iran, lawyer claims
United Press International
PANAMA CITY, Panama — A promin
ent Panamanian lawyer representing Iran
in extradition proceedings against the de
posed shah of Iran says the exiled monarch
could be arrested once papers are served.
Juan Materno Vasquez, former presi
dent of Panama’s Supreme Court, said
Tuesday the shah’s right to go free on bail
depends upon what charges are brought
against him by Iran.
“Once the demand (for extradition) is
made, he will not be able to move because
he will be arrested,” Vasquez said. “He
may not necessarily go to jail because he
could be granted bail.”
Vasquez added, however, under Pana
manian law the shah could demand the
right of habeas corpus to safeguard him
against illegal detention or obtain a judicial
order granting him temporary immunity
from prosecution.
“If Panama accepts Iranian charges de
manding imprisonment, then the shah
must be arrested and all the documents in
his possession can be seized,” he said.
The office of the presidency and the
Ministry of Government and Justice would
then decide whether to accept Iran’s
charges, Vasquez said.
Shah spokesman Mark Morse, reached
by telephone on Contadora Island where
Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi is staying,
refused to comment on the lawyer’s state
Vasquez said Panamanian law provides
for extradition proceedings when no treaty
exists, as in the case of Panama and Iran.
But, because Panama has no death pen
alty, authorities could refuse to extradite
the shah if it were evident he would be
executed once he returned to the Islamic
Republic, Vasquez said.
Vasquez stressed the shah has the legal
right to leave Panama before the extradi
tion documents from Tehran arrive, but
added the proceedings could continue
even if the shah was no longer in the
The shah and his wife Empress Farah
have lived on the Pacific resort island since
they arrived from the United States Dec.
Vandals steal a beer can
the city wanted to keep
Staff Writer
Ordinarily, College Station officials
wouldn’t be upset about someone taking a
beer can out of one of their parks. But this is
The top of a bench post which was sculp
ted to look like a Coors Light container was
sawed and stolen from Oak Park sometime
last week, a city park employee says.
The sculpture is valued at $350. It is one
of several in the park, which is at Stallings
and Highway 30.
A group of Texas A&M University’s en
vironmental design students began sculp
ting the tops of the wooden bench posts last
October after being hired by College Sta
Environmental design professor Rodney
Hill said the park department asked him to
help find students who were interested in
planning some aspects of the party areas of
the park. The sculptures are part of that
The beer can isn’t the first carving to
catch a thief s eye. Last fall, someone stole a
replica of a Prussian soldier that Hill him
self had carved. The figure was later re
Steve Bell, a sophomore who is one of
the students working on the project, says
the group will have to build the figures so as
to obstruct the saws.
Darrell Williams, another project work
er, is also worried about what vandals will
do to the park.
“One weekend when we were out there,
somebody’s party had destroyed the bath
room,” he said. “Just ripped the commode
and sink off the wall.
“That’s not just something that you do
and say, oops, look what happened.
“It’s their park, man. Why would they do
But the students are enjoying the project
anyway. Williams says the best times are
when there are a lot of workers on the site.
The site is divided into seven areas. Two
students are assigned to each. Eventually,
Hill says, there will be 40 of the sculptures.
There are 15 now.
The carvings include beer bottles, ham
burgers and hot dogs. One group, which is
modeling its area after a saloon, sculpted
one of a set of dice onto a post.
Steve Bell and his partner are fashioning
one post into a snake wrapped around a leg.
Bell says eventually they hope to extend
the snake’s body so that it will serve as the
back of the bench and wrap around the
other post.’
Salvadorans take hostage
United Press International
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador —
Anti-government groups have taken
another 120 hostages, raising to 370
the number of people being held in a
growing war of nerves between mili
tants and the ruling junta.
About 40 members of the National
Association of Salvadoran Teachers
took some 100 people hostage in a
peaceful occupation Monday of the
Ministry of Education’s employee
benefits office in the capital.
The teachers demanded an end to
alleged repression against their col
leagues and the release of two
teachers arrested by government
forces last week. At least seven
teachers have been shot to death this
year, allegedly by right-wing ex
Earlier in the day, some 30 mem
bers of the leftist Popular Revolu
tionary Bloc occupied the Labor
Ministry office in Santa Ana, 40 miles
west of San Salvador, and took 20
persons hostage, a spokesman for the
militants said.
Teamsters Union might
combine with AFL-CIO
Staff photo by Lee Roy Leschper Jr.
POP debates the debate;
X)ll says Teds in trouble
United Press International
lEverything is set for tonight’s debate of
the Republican presidential candidates in
New Hampshire, but another forum in
cluding just two of them is under heavy
IfThe Federal Election Commission has
cn its table protests by Senate Republican
||ader Howard Baker, Sen. Robert Dole
ind Rep. John Anderson, saying the so-
called front-runner debate Saturday in
Nashua, N.H., would discriminate against
he complaints, filed Tuesday, are
ed at the Nashua Telegraph, which is
iponsoring the one-on-one confrontation
letween former California Gov. Ronald
Reagan and former U.N. Ambassador
urge Bush — the two GOP candidates
erally believed to be leading in New
he three members of Congress are
barging the newspaper’s expenditure of
ney for the debate is discriminatory be
cause it advances the candidacies of Bush
and Reagan to the detriment of the other
Dole’s Washington office said late Tues
day if the EEC turns down the complaint or
fails to act soon, he will seek a court injunc
tion to block the affair.
Common Cause, the national citizens
lobby, also oppose the debate and is seek
ing to have it canceled.
A new CBS-New York Times national
poll found Sen. Edward Kennedy’s pres
idential campaign in serious trouble. CBS
said that while 75 percent of the Democrats
contacted in a poll last June said they had a
favorable impression of Kennedy, the fi
gure fell to 69 percent in November and
plunged to 31 percent Tuesday.
The president is riding high, CBS said,
and the Democrats polled want him nomin
ated by a 3-1 margin.
On the Republican side, the poll found
Ronald Reagan still leading but with
George Bush closing the gap.
Another poll, this one confined to New
Hampshire, showed Carter with 47 per
cent to Kennedy’s 29 percent. California
Gov. Edmund Brown Jr. had 6 percent,
with 17 percent undecided.
On the Republican side. Bush — who
registered only 10 percent in a similar poll
in October, now had 37 percent to Reagan’s
33 percent, Baker’s 10 percent, Anderson’s
5 percent and former Texas Gov. John Con-
nally’s 2 percent. Dole and Illinois Rep.
Philip Crane each received less than 1 per
cent, with 12 percent undecided.
In Charleston, S.C., to campaign for the
state’s March 8 primary, California busi
nessman Benjamin Fernandez said Bush’s
campaign in Puerto Rico “probably was the
dirtiest political campaign I have seen in 30
years experience in Republican politics.”
Connally, rushing via an interstate high
way in Massachusetts from one New
Hampshire appearance to another, was
pulled over by state police and his driver
was given a warning for speeding.
United Press International
BAL HARBOR, Fla. — After a 23-year
breakup, the Teamsters Union and the
AFL-CIO have started a negotiating pro
cess for the 2-million member union to
reaffiliate with the federation.
AFL-CIO President Lane Kirkland said
Tuesday special committees have been
named to begin direct talks on such a move,
which would bring the nation’s largest un
ion back to the organinzation that expelled
it in 1957.
At that time, the federation took the ac
tion because the Teamsters would not
answer questions about corrupt influence
over the union. The two immediate past
Teamsters’ presidents, James Hoffa and
Dave Beck, have served jail terms after
holding their Teamsters’ post.
Now, in Kirkland’s effort to have a “re
gathering of the clan” in the AFL-CIO, he
feels that law enforcement authorities, not
the union movement, should monitor
ethical standards of unions.
“I’m satisfied that the Teamsters are a
bona fide trade union that has done fine
work in representing its members and I am
satisfied that it’s in the best interest of the
American trade union movement to bring
about the consolidation of all of its legiti
mate elements,” Kirkland told a news con
ference during the mid-winter meeting of
the federation’s executive council.
Asked if the Teamsters’ ethical standards
were not a concern, Kirkland said such
jurisdiction belonged to “the constabulary
forces of this country.”
“There are ample laws which deal with
the supervision of trade unions and the
conduct of trade union officers far more so
than any other element of our society, ” he
Reaffiliation of the Teamsters would pro
vide the federation with a financial boon in
an added $4.6 million annually in per capita
Kirkland added, the federation also had
contacted the United Auto Workers union
and the United Mine Workers union about
reaffiliation. The UAW bolted from the
federation in a dispute between the late
AFL-CIO President George Meany and
Walter Reuther, who headed the UAW.
The UMW left the old CIO during the days
of John L. Lewis.
Kirkland said no such bid had been made
to the National Education Association even
though it is the nation’s second largest un
ion. He said there were particular difficul
ties in NEA affiliation becasue of a jurisdic
tional problem with the rival American
Federation of Teachers, which is an AFL-
CIO member.
In other action Tuesday, the council
adopted policy statements backing Presi
dent Carter’s assertion the Soviet invasion
of Afghanistan poses the greatest threat to
the free world since World War II, and
endorsed Carter’s call for a boycott of the
Moscow Olympics.
It also suggested if the International
Olympic Committee goes ahead with the
Moscow games, the United States should
consider pulling out of the IOC.
New group to battle
student alcoholism
Campus Staff
Student Alcoholics Anonymous and
Alanon, a new organization at Texas
A&M University, met for the first time
Tuesday. AA and Alanon are for stu
dents with drinking problems and for
those who have friends or family mem
bers with drinking problems.
Dr. George Bates, a biochemistry
professor, is the sponsor of the group.
“Several students came to me,” Bates
said, “and asked if I would help get AA
started on campus. They knew I was
involved with the A A Brazos Valley
Council and figured I was the logical
person to get it under way here.”
Bates said the Texas A&M adminis
tration was responsive and supportive of
the formation of AA and Alanon.
There were four students at the first
meeting. Bates said. AA and Alanon
meets in room 145 of the Memorial Stu
dent Center every Tuesday and Friday
at noon.
“AA is founded on Christian princi
ples,” Bates said. “It is a spiritual prog
ram, but there is no requirement of a
belief in God to be able to come. The
only requirement is a desire to stop
drinking or the desire to help someone
else stop.”
The first three steps of the 12 steps of
AA are 1) We admitted we were power
less over alcohol -- that our lives had
become unmanageable. 2) We came to
believe that a Power greater than
ourselves could restore us to sanity. 3)
We made a decision to turn our will and
our lives over to the care of God as we
understood Him.
“AA and Alanon are effective because
people enjoy them,” Bates said. “Most
receive tremendous spirtual growth and
a new way of looking at life. They see
they are not trading their drinking days
for a dull life, but instead getting a great
new life.”
Bates said AA and Alanon emphasize
sharing, that students express common
problems and interests and work toward
a solution. He said AA is an anonymous
organization so no records are kept and
students go by first names only.
“It’s natural for students to be reluc
tant to come,” he said. “Denial is one of
the classic symptoms of alcoholism, but
I think that AA being on campus will
have a real purpose in making students
aware of a possible solution. ”
Bates said alcohol, as the cause of auto
accidents, is the number one killer of
college students.