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    the Batt,
The Battalion
Vol. 73 No. 109 Tuesday, February 26, 1980 USPS 045 360
8 Pages College Station, Texas Phone 845-2611
Oq Bookstore puts
lock on keys
— beeb
Campus Staff
As of Monday, people who make a habit
| of keeping the keys to the coin lockers lo-
Bcated in the entrances of the Memorial Stu-
ident Center Bookstore for long periods of
Itime will either have to abide by the short-
[term policy the lockers are intended for or
|pay the price.
K Howard DeHart, manager of the MSC
BBookstore, said recently the lockers will be
pcleaned out each day at 5 p.m. Anything
found in them will be held at the book
store s main office and students will have to
pay $2 to claim their things.
“We had so many students using the
lockers for long-term use and they are not
.designed for that. They are designed for
l$hoppers since we don’t allow books and
Dackpacks (in the bookstore) because it’s
lard to tell what’s been paid for and what
lliasn’t,” DeHart said.
B The lockers will also be operated by
tokens and not coin-return as they were in
the past, DeHart said. Students can get
tokens from the desk at the front of the
store for no charge. The token will not be
returned when the items are removed from
the lockers.
DeHart said the cylinders from the 376
lockers on the main floor and 250 lockers on
the lower level have been removed and
sent to a company to be exchanged and
fitted with new keys, so that anyone still
holding one of the many missing keys will
not be able to operate the lockers.
There are lockers designed for long term
use on the lower level of the MSC available
through the Bowling and Games depart
Oliver McCartney, manager of Bowling
and Games, said the lockers can be rented
for $2-$6 a semester, depending on size,
and are available from 8 a.m.-ll p.m. Mon
day—Thursday, until 1 a.m. on Friday and
Saturday, and 1-11 p.m. on Sunday.
ay group to sue
RS! [University again
Campus Reporter
■ The Gay Student Services Organization
is again bringing suit against Texas A&M
I An appeals court has overturned an ear
lier decision by District Court Judge Ross
B. Sterling to dismiss the case against
Texas A&M.
■ The GSSO was denied official recogni-
Bon by the University in November 1976.
Becking such recognition, the group filed
|siuit in district court. The case was dis
The decision of the Fifth U.S. Court of
Appeals means the GSSO will have another
pjhance at suing the University.
B The GSSO, then consisting of six mem
bers, applied for official recognition in
J April 1976. The organization received a de-
I tiial of recognition from Dr. John Koldus,
Bee president for student services, on Nov.
29. 1976. In his letter to the group Koldus
cited a statement in the Texas A&M Uni
versity Regulations, 1975-76:
■ “Student organizations may be officially
Recognized when formed for purposes
Jhich are consistent with the philosophy
!nd goals that have been developed for the
creation and existence of Texas A&M Uni-
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■ The letter continued: “Homosexual con
duct is illegal in Texas and, therefore, it
would be most inappropriate for a state
institution to officially support a student
organization which is likely to incite, prom
ote and result in acts contrary to and in
violation of the Penal Code of the State of
The letter also said University adminis
tration and faculty are responsible for refer
ral services and educational information,
which the GSSO said it provides.
The group immediately filed a $10,000
law suit against the Unversity for violation
of its members’ civil rights.
But the appeals court said the case
should not have been overturned, and the
case was sent hack to district court.
Larry Sauer, GSSO attorney, said it will
be a couple of months before the trial date
is set, and he guessed it would be six to 12
months before the trial.
The three original plaintiffs in the case
have graduated, but Sauer said the GSSO
will simply add new plaintiffs.
Sauer said he foresees no trouble in win
ning the case. He said numerous similar
cases have been won recently.
When asked if the University would con
sider an out-of-court settlement, Koldus
said no.
“We’ve taken our stand in terms of our
interpretation of the law and we plan to
continue our argument against the group.
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Puerto Rico must
be freed — Toro
Campus Reporter
Puerto Rico can only become self-
reliant as an independent nation, a
, Puerto Rican Independence Party
spokesman said in Rudder Tower
Roberto Aponte Toro, the vice presi-
[; dent for international affairs for the
I Puerto Rican Independence Party, said
1 the 1980s will be the decade in which
! the United States will decide what to do
(with Puerto Rico.
I Toro said the options are continuance
[as a commonwealth, statehood, orinde-
I The commonwealth is just a “legal
fiction which describes colonialism,
Toro said. Puerto Rico was a good place
to produce goods that Americans
wanted more cheaply than they could
[be produced in the United States, Toro
Ssaid. Puerto Rico was supposed to be
|the “showcase of the Caribbean,” he
Statehood is the solution which is
ost popular with the people of Puerto
ico, Toro said. Toro does not support
tatehood, though, and said he would be
gainst it even if 75 percent of the popu
lation supported it.
“Support is growing for the indepen-
ent movement, and statehood is not
oniething which can be undone, as the
avil War demonstrated,” Toro said.
Puerto Rican statehood would also be
burden on the United States, Toro
Ask any statcist what he will do to
rebuild the Puerto Rican economy, and
le will answer: use federal funds,” Toro
Toro said the United States currently
gives Puerto Rico $4 billion in transfer
funds. If Puerto Rico were to become a
state, he said, the United States could
expect to increase that amount substan
tially, in addition to inheriting a $7 bil
lion debt.
Toro said that 70 percent of the Puer
to Rican population is dependent on
food stamps and welfare. He said official
figures put unemployment at 20 per
cent, but that it is actually closer to 40
Puerto Rico needs to be an indepen
dent nation so that it can be weaned
away from federal funds, Toro said.
Puerto Rico will never solve its own
problems if it can rely upon the United
States for a free ride, he said.
The most compelling reason for an
independent Puerto Rico is the differ
ence in culture between Puerto Rico
and what might become its fellow states,
Toro said. He said that Puerto Rico
shares a heritage with Latin America,
and should work with those countries in
solving their common problems.
Toro said that Puerto Rico would still
maintain close ties with the United
States, and could be useful to it as an
independent nation.
“There is a potential in Puerto Rico to
be a real bridge of communication be
tween Latin America and the United
States, but we must be a bridge of
equals, and not just an instrument of
exploitation,” Toro said.
Latin America tends to view Puerto
Rico as a tool of the United States in the
same way that the United States views
Cuba as a tool of the Soviet Union, he
Toro’s speech was sponsored by Poli
tical Forum.
Susan Moeller, a sophomore at Texas A&M University, finds the perfect brick arches near the corps dorm area. She found access to the spot by
spot for soaking in some of the sun’s rays while she studies, on top of the climbing though a window in Spence Hall Photo by Lisa Schmidt
Olympians celebrate triumphs
with proud, grateful president
United Press International
WASHINGTON — For the 150 mem
bers of the now-disbanded U.S. Olympic
team, it was their last hurrah. Official
Washington, presided over by President
Carter, went wild celebrating the triumphs
of the new U.S. heroes.
With hundreds of flag-waving, cheering
lawmakers and government officials look
ing on, a beaming Carter hugged and shook
hands with the team Monday at a joyous
White House celebration.
“For me, as president of the United
States of America, this is one of the
proudest moments I have ever experi
enced,” said Carter, flanked by the Olym
pians wearing “U.S.A.” team jackets and
cowboy hats.
The athletes’ exploits have “thrilled our
nation. We are all deeply grateful for your
wonderful achievements.”
The feeling was mutual.
“Meeting the president is a lifetime
thrill. I can’t think of a better way to end
this dream,” said Mike Eruzione of Winth-
rop. Mass., captain of the victorious hockey
team that upset the Soviet team, then went
on to win the gold medal with a victory over
Several lawmakers gave short speeches
on Capitol Hill praising the athletes, and
Rep. Frank Annunzio, D-Ill., introduced
legislation to award congressional gold
medals to speed-skater Eric Heiden, who
won five Olympic gold medals, and the
hockey team.
The congressional medals, he said,
would “be coming from the American peo
ple as a sign pfour appreciation and recog
nition for outstanding performances.”
House Speaker Thomas O’Neill said the
hockey victory over the Russians repre
sented “a great lift to the American
When team members arrived at
Andrews Air Force Base, Md., they were
greeted by 1,000 people who serenaded
them with the National Anthem.
Hundreds of tourists lined sidewalks out
side the White House when they arrived
for their luncheon appointment with Car
ter. Heiden was the first to greet the presi
dent and Carter locked him in a big bear
Although Carter’s remarks were
directed to all the Olympians, the stars of
the show clearly were members of the
young hockey team.
The shocking 4-3 victory over the sup
posedly invincible Soviet Union last Friday
was “one of the most breathtaking upsets
not only in Olympic history but in the en
tire history of sport, ” Carter said.
After Carter and his guests ate lunch in
the executive mansion, some members of
the hockey team offered their impressions.
Jim Craig, North Easton, Mass., the
hockey goalie, said he feared a “sore neck”
from looking so often at the gold medal
dangling around his neck. And, he added,
“I might even wear it to the beach this
Craig said the members of the hockey
team, made up mostly of college players,
were saddened because they now have to
go their separate ways.
“We were born in September and we
just died last night,” said Craig.
Dave Silk, Scituate, Mass., said the
whole White House experience was “amaz
ing. We met Jimmy and the whole thing. It
will be hard to top this.”
Big voter
United Press International
It’s primary day in New Hampshire, and
the state again has the political world stand
ing on its head. The Republicans are feud
ing like 1972 Democrats and the Demo
crats have reinvented the 1976 GOP pres
idential campaign.
The first state primary could draw a re
cord quarter of a million voters.
President Carter was the Democratic
favorite by as much as 20 points over Sen.
Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, with
California Gov. Edmund Brown a distant
But the Republican picture was too close
and too snarled by controversy to predict
how co-favorites Ronald Reagan and
George Bush might fare against five other
major presidential hopefuls.
In the very first New Hampshire re
turns, from Dixville Notch just after mid
night, Carter got three votes to two for
Kennedy and one for Brown. Bush and
Reagan got five votes each, Sen. Howard
Baker got four, and Rep. John Anderson,
Rep. Philip Crane and former Texas Gov.
John Connally got one each. Sen. Robert
Dole did not get a vote.
Minnesotans also began the process of
choosing delegates for the Republican and
Democratic national conventions — but, as
in Iowa, they are using the caucus system
that begins at the neighborhood level and
works up to state conventions.
Although party caucuses in Iowa and the
Puerto Rico GOP primary gave Carter and
Bush their first 1980 campaign victories
and some delegates. New Hampshire re
tained its attraction for the candidates and
the media.
One reason is that since 1952, no one has
been elected president without winning
New Hampshire. Another is the state’s vo
ters twice have started the process of forc
ing incumbents to abandon reelection bids
in N.H.
— Harry Truman dropped out in 1952 and
Lyndon Johnson in 1968.
With cold weather but only scattered
snow forecast, state officials looked for a big
turnout in response to the seven-man Re
publican race that turned nasty during the
weekend and a Democratic contest in
which Kennedy struggled to keep his can
didacy alive against Carter’s Rose Garden
Bush and Reagan were virtually tied in
public opinion polls before last weekend.
But a Saturday night debate at Nashua,
N. H., originally supposed to match the two
frontrunners, turned into an uncharacteris
tic donnybrook.
Reagan, who financed the debate, in
vited four other candidates — Baker, Dole,
Anderson and Crane. But the newspaper
that was the original sponsor of the meeting
refused to let it be expanded into a multi
candidate forum.
Although Reagan and Bush both insisted
they would not speak ill of other Republi
cans, the New Hampshire GOP cat fight
sounded like one of the more vicious battles
Democrats specialized in from 1964 to
Meanwhile, the Democratic scene was
relatively peaceful.
Carter has said he will not campaign until
the U.S. hostages in Iran are freed, but
Kennedy insisted Carter is emulating
Gerald Ford’s 1976 strategy of campaigning
via the media from the safety of the White
House Rose Garden.
Brown campaigned energetically in the
last weeks, but he never moved out of a
distant third in the polls.
At stake are 22 Republican and 19 Demo
cratic convention delegates, a small num
ber compared to the 34 Republican and 75
Democratic delegates who eventually will
emerge from the Minnesota caucusconven-
tion process.
World news
United Press International
KABUL — The Afghan government
of Babrak Karmal appears to be crumb
U.S. officials and diplomats say anti-
Soviet protests have forced Russian in
vasion forces to impose their authority
in the capital of Kabul.
TEHRAN — Ayatollah Ruhollah
Khomeini has ordered a meeting be
tween the U.N. commission on Iranian
grievances and alleged victims of the
ousted shah’s regime.
The U.N. panel, since flying to
Tehran Saturday night, has met with
President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr, Fore
ign Minister Sadegh Ghotbzadeh and
Iranian jurists.
WASHINGTON — President Carter
isn’t ready to consider mandatory wage-
price controls, says press secretary Jody
Carter, however, says the nation has
reached “a crisis stage” in inflation and
energy supplies and his economic advis
ers are studying new ways to curb the
price spiral — short of mandatory con
WASHINGTON — Former Rep.
Daniel Flood, D-Pa., has agreed to
plead guilty to a single conspiracy count
to avoid a bribery retrial, sources say.
Sources say under, the agreement,
prosecutors would drop 10 bribery and
perjury counts in the indictment charg
ing the ailing Flood, 76, took more than
$50,000 in payoffs.
BELGRADE — President Josip Broz
Tito’s lingering illness as a rallying point
for patriotism among Yugoslavians.
Several members of the collective
state and party leadership, which has
been running the country in all but
name, have issued calls for unity.
I /
Court reverses
conviction in
Bolles case
PHOENIX, Ariz. — The Arizona Sup
reme Court has reversed the first-degree
murder convictions of Max Dunlap and
James Robison, who were sentenced to
death for the bomb slaying of investigative
reporter Don Bolles.
The state high court ruled Monday the
trial judge unconstitutionally frustrated
efforts by defense attorneys to crossex
amine the prosecution’s key witness. The
case was sent back to Superior Court.
Bolles, investigative reporter for the Ari
zona Republic, died 11 days after a bomb
exploded beneath his car in the parking lot
of a Phoenix hotel in June, 1976.
His death led to an investigation of orga
nized crime in Arizona by a team of news
paper reporters from around the country.
Defense attorneys said they were pre
paring for new trials, but William Schafer
III, chief criminal counsel for the attorney
general’s office, said he will first ask for a
rehearing before the high court.
Attorney General Bob Corbin said if the
petition for a rehearing fails, his office is
ready to prosecute the pair again.
Dunlap and Robison were sentenced to
death Jan. 10, 1977, in Maricopa County
Superior Court.
Bolles’ death led to an extensive investi
gation of crime in Arizona by Investigative
Reporters and Editors, Inc. The team,
headed by Bob Greene, then with News-
day, produced a 23-story series published
by newspapers nationwide.
The high court said Dunlap and Robison
were denied their constitutional right to
face an accuser when John Harvey Adam
son, the man who detonated the bomb and
a key prosecution witness, refused to
answer certain questions and trial Judge
Howard F. Thompson declined to force
him to do so.
Adamson, who turned state’s evidence to
escape the death penalty, is serving a 20-
year sentence.
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