The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, May 01, 1980, Image 1

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    Fhe Battalion
73 No. 151 Thursday, May 1, 1980 USPS 045 360
’ages in 2 Sections College Station, Texas Phone 845-2611
Bush's schedule at A&M
Here is the itinerary for George and
Barbara Bush’s visit to Texas A&M
University today:
1:00 p.m. — Bush’s plane arrives at 1
Easterwood Airport. Bush departs air
port for Texas A&M.
1:15 p.m. — Bush arrives at Rudder
1:25 p. m. — Bush begins his speech
on “The ’80s: Decade of Decision.”
The speech will be followed by a ques
tion and answer session.
2:05 p.m. — Bush leaves for Easter
wood Airport.
2:30 p.m. — Bush’s plane leaves.
I /
Residence status
if Iranians unclear
Battalion StafT
Icials are awaiting word of the effects
severing of diplomatic ties with Iran
have on Iranian students at Texas A&M
lie United States broke off relations
i Iran April 7.
ifty-eight of Texas A&M’s 64 Iranian
lents are here with a permit called a
m 1-94, also known as a “permit to
,’The other six have either pending or
roved permanent resident status,
t one time, I-94s had to be renewed
rly. But in an effort to cut down on
erwork, the Immigration and Naturali-
on Service replaced the annual expira-
i dates.
he new forms allow foreigners who
ntain “valid student status’’ to remain in
United States.
obe qualify for those terms, an under-
duate student must be enrolled in at
;t 12 hours a semester. A graduate stu-
it must take nine hours, unless he is in
final semester or is working on a disser-
United Press International
,ON DON — A heavily armed three-
n Arab suicide squad occupying the Ira-
n Embassy threatened to blow up 20
stages and themselves today unless
atollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s regime
:s91 Arab prisoners in Iran,
icotland Yard “blue beret” snipers and
icemen wearing bullet-proof vests ring-
the embassy through the night as some
Iranian students, who offered to ex-
ange* themselves for the hostages,
anted pro-Khomeini slogans and “Allah
bar” (God is Great) outside the com-
Ihemen, who claimed to be members of
Thirteen students here, however, still
have I-94s with expiration dates.
Dr. P. Wayne Gosnell, director of Inter
national Services, said he is expecting word
from the INS “any day now’’ on the fate of
Iranian students here. For the time being,
he said his department is advising Iranian
Aggies to submit applications for permit
renewals and to go about their business as
Nevertheless, Gosnell said the INS is
“holding up action (on renewal applica
tions) until they receive word from
As a result of Carter’s actions, Gosnell
said, “No visas for entry into the United
States are now being issued, except for
compelling humanitarian reasons. But, I
haven’t heard of any such exceptions. ”
Gosnell also said the closing of the Ira
nian embassy in the United States might
make it difficult for a passport to be re
newed. However, Algeria has agreed to
represent Iran in the United States.
“But,” Gosnell said, “I do not know of
any Texas A&M student who has yet
attempted to secure a passport renewal
the “Group of the Martyrs,” were armed
with automatic weapons and pistols. They
stormed the embassy about 11:30 a.m.
(5:30 a.m. CDT) Wednesday. Shortly after
ward shooting was heard inside.
The gunmen said they were fighting for
autonomy of Iran’s oil-rich Khuzestan pro
vince and demanded Iran free 91 jailed
ethnic Arabs. They also demanded Britain
supply a plane to fly them and the hostages
to freedom.
The gunmen told the BBC by telephone
unless their demands were met by noon (6
a.m. CDT) “we will kill the hostages and
blow up the building. ”
Iran promptly blamed the assault on
from the Algerian embassy.”
Gosnell said another problem for Iranian
students created by the severing of rela
tions is monetary.
Before the breaking of relations, an Ira
nian student in the United States who
needed to receive money from his family at
home filled out a form from Texas A&M
certifying his student status and sent it to
the Iranian government.
“Now the procedures are uncertain,”
Gosnell said, “but we are advising the stu
dents to proceed as before but to submit
their certification to the Algerian
Until the International Services Office
receives any further word from the INS
from Washington, Gosnell said his depart
ment is keeping in touch with Iranian stu
dents through letters, conversations, and
contact with the Society of Iranian Stu
Iranian student Fred Fiyouzati, in his
second year at Texas A&M, said he doesn’t
think he will have to leave.
“I’m hoping for an improved situation,”
he said.
Iraq. Iranian Foreign Minister Sadegh
Ghotbzadeh, on a tour of the Persian Gulf,
said in Abu Dhabi, “Iran will not submit to
any demands whether they are from indi
viduals, countries or groups.”
Among the hostages were a policeman on
guard outside and two BBC television
newsmen who were applying for visas
when the gunmen burst into the ornate,
white-columned mansion overlooking
Hyde Park.
Police negotiators spent much of the
night talking to the gunmen by phone or
through an open window. Food was
brought into the embassy late Wednesday,
some 11 hours after the siege began.
to resume
United Press International
WASHINGTON — President Carter,
ending the travel ban he imposed five
months ago to deal with the Iran hostage
crisis, says the issues facing the United
States are “manageable enough” that he
can make limited trips and do some cam-
The president’s spokesman said Carter
will not debate Sen. Edward Kennedy, his
challenger for the Democratic nomination,
but will take on the Republican candidate.
Carter told several hundred community
leaders invited to the White House
Wednesday he would begin to travel “with
in a few weeks.”
“It has been a long time that I have
stayed in the White House, under extraor
dinary circumstances,” Carter said. “But
times change, and a lot of the responsibili
ties that have been on my shoulders the
past few months have now been alleviated
to some degree.
“I will always keep before the American
people the plight of the American hos
tages,” he said, “but we have now com
pleted a rescue operation that was compli
cated, and which, unfortunately, was not
A White House aide said the president
would make a series of short trips, “prob
ably out and back the same day. ” He said no
trips have been scheduled yet, and the type
of appearances has not been decided.
Battalion Staff
Student Body President Brad Smith
named his executive committee and the
senate unanimously approved his appoint
ments at the first meeting of the 1980-81
senate Wednesday night.
The senate also elected a speaker and
speaker pro tempore. Agriculture econo
mics sophomore Ken Johnson was un
opposed and unanimously elected as speak
er. Biology senior George Pappas was
elected as speaker pro tempore by a 39 to
23 vote over freshman Blaine Edwards.
Smith appointed Greg Dew as executive
vice president, Jerry Fox as comptroller
and Cheryl Swanzy as communications
Dew will serve as Smith’s number two
man. He will substitute for the president in
his absence and perform any duties
assigned to him by Smith.
The communications director is a new
position created by Smith to eliminate what
he called the senate’s severe problems
Caddying kids
Senior Marilyn Faulkenberry has quite an armful as she takes her twins
for a Stroll across the Texas A&M campus. Staff photo by Lee Roy Leschper Jr.
[t abs hold Iranian
Microbiology major Sue Guthrie has found a unique bother her if people laugh. “Tm a senior. They can
way to keep her nose from sunburning. It doesn’t think whatever they want,” she says.
Carters refugee policy
Bush tells Fort Worth
United Press International
FORT WORTH — GOP presidential
contender George Bush Wednesday de
nounced President Carter’s efforts to block
an influx of Cuban refugees in the United
States, calling it a foreign policy outrage.
“The Carter administration — the so-
called inventor of human rights — is doing
absolutely nothing to help and indeed is
prosecuting Americans who are risking
their lives to carry captive people to free
dom,” Bush told members of the Tarrant
County Bar Association during a luncheon
“We’ve got to turn around this policy of
Bush suggested Carter’s vacillation on
Battalion Staff
About 600-800 Texas A&M University
students who registered April 18 have re
registered, according to Willis Ritchey of
the registrar’s office.
Packets for 2,154 students registering on
that day were misplaced. Students who do
not re-register will not be able to attend in
the fall.
“We’re in the process now of sending
letters asking these youngsters to come
by,” he said. “We have an ad in the Batt.
We’re trying to get in touch with as many
youngsters as we can.”
Not all of the records for Friday were
lost. But Ritchey said, if you registered
Friday, “assume that you’re not reg
foreign policy issues was encouraging
Soviet aggression and discouraging Amer
ica’s allies from fully supporting U.S.
“I think that’s why our allies are moving
away from us,” Bush said later on a televi
sion talk show. “They don’t believe this guy
has any guts at all.”
Bush criticized Carter for convincing
West Germany to agree with the deploy
ment of neutron bombs and then changing
his mind. ,
“The Soviets started a massive propagan
da campaign,” Bush said. “In the face of
this Soviet propaganda Jimmy Carter pul
led back, vacillated and displayed a lack of
Bush said he believes his prospects in the
Saturday Texas primary are improving but
Ritchey said the registrar’s staff went out
to the dump, but were unable to find the
missing packets.
“When you’re working in an area like the
(Rudder) Exhibit Hall, and you leave some
thing there, it’s gone,” he said.
Richey said that an alphabetized listing
of all 2,154 students has been compiled. He
is checking what packets were turned in
against that list, and scratching off names of
students who re-register.
“All they have to do is come by and fill
out the forms,” he said.
He said that if a student does not come by
the Registrar’s Office in Heaton Hall before
the summer, he will get a letter at his listed
home address.
“But there’s really no reason for them not
to get to us,” he said.
acknowledged, “I’m fighting for my life
Bush said lie will continue his press for
the GOP nomination even if he loses in his
home state but said it would be harder if he
does not defeat the heavily favored Reagan.
Bush said he was concerned about Car
ter’s selection of Sen. Edmund Muskie,
D-Maine, to be Secretary of State because
Muskie’s stands on issues such as the B-l
bomber, neutron bomb, Panama Canal
Treaty and disarmament are in conflict with
the views of key administration officials.
Bush will visit Texas A&M University for
a speech early this afternoon.
Silver Taps
to be next fall
Silver Taps for 20-year-old Tho
mas H. Newman, a Texas A&M Uni
versity sophomore from New Braun
fels, will be held in September, offi
cials announced.
In keeping with Texas A&M tradi
tion, no Silver Taps ceremony,
which honors currently enrolled stu
dents who die, is held between
Aggie Muster on April 21 and the
beginning of fall classes.
Newman died in Houston Sunday
from injuries received in a motorcy
cle-car collision in College Station.
Services were held Monday in Ca
nyon Lake with burial in Guadalupe
Valley Memorial Park in New Braun
The marine science major is the
tenth student to die in a traffic mis
hap since the fall semester began last
Newman and all other Texas A&M
students who die before next fall will
be memorialized in a joint Silver
Taps ceremony at the start of the fall
held after error
senate OKs appointments
with student and press relations.
Swanzy said she will try to increase cov
erage of the senate, and will have three
sections under her to accomplish this.
These are press relations, student relations
and a director of information.
Smith also appointed Paul Bettencourt
as the Judicial Board chairman, and his
appointment was unanimously approved.
Eight other members of this board will be
appointed by Smith with senate approval in
the fall.
The judicial board has official jurisdiction
over cases arising under the student body
constitution or student government legisla
Smith also mentioned the possibility of
creating a senate liaison to the Board of
Regents, but said the Regents have not
been receptive to such an idea. He said he
will keep trying to push the idea through.
Smith also appointed students to serve
on University committees. A complete list
will run in Friday’s Battalion.
In legislative action, the senate called an
emergency vote to unanimously approve a
revision of the bylaws pertaining to the
internal affairs committee. The revisions
will expand the committee from eight to 12
senators and revamp the interview system
for replacing senators.
An amendment to the bill left the speak
er’s power to appoint committee members
intact. The original bill allowed the speaker
and the five legislative vice presidents each
to appoint two senators to the committee.
Under the bill that passed, vice presidents
will only be empowered to make recom
mendations to the speaker.
After some haggling about the financing,
the senate unanimously voted to continue
the consumer guide project. Vice Presi
dent for Finance David Collins said the
new guide will have a new name, bold
graphics and more information than last
The senate heard first readings of a bill
on special seating for students who wish to
sit at football games, and another that
would allow the MSC Basement Coffee
house to request permission to apply for a
permit to sell beer on weekends.
No action will be taken on either bill
until the first meeting next fall.
Pappas, the sponsor of the seating bill,
attempted to gain emergency status for the
bill, which would have allowed the senate
to act on it. He was unable to get the re
quired two-thirds vote of approval.
The bill recommends that the Athletic
Department set aside 588 seats on the third
deck of Kyle Field for Aggies who don’t
want to stand during football games. Prior
ity would go to graduate students and
seniors. Any remaining tickets would go to
The bill was originally written to include
seating for the handicapped in this section,
but Pappas deleted the provision in an
amendment, saying that such sections
already exist.
The basement and the seating bills were
referred to the student services committee
for further consideration.