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Vol. 74 No. 41
12 Pages
Serving the Texas A&M University community
Monday, October 27, 1980
College Station, Texas
USPS 045 360
Phone 845-2611
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Battalion Editor
Tie Texas A&M University System Board of Regents gave the
light Friday to a new horticulture/forest science building for
as A&M University, approved several funds transfers within
System, and spoke at length with Texas A&M head football
ich Tom Wilson.
he regents approved $145,000 to be spent in a preliminary
ign of the new building.
)r. Perry Adkisson, deputy chancellor for agriculture, told the
nts the new building, planned for the West Campus, will
vide a needed central point for the University’s horticulture
forest science programs.
idkisson said Texas is now the second-ranked state in the
ion in horticulture. The state s horticulture industry is now
led at more than $700 million, he said.
We think it would be easy to move Texas past the $1 billion
k in horticulture industry — if we had an adequate research
lity,” Adkisson said.
stimates place the cost for the new building at $14.5 million,
building will cost about $127 per square foot. The high cost is
primarily to the large amount of specialized research equip-
nt needed.
it one point in the meeting, Regent Joe Reynolds asked Ho-
d Vestal, University vice president for business affairs, about
prospects for building new eating facilities on the West
hey agreed that the new buildings already there, along with
plans calling for more buildings, should create more demand
a West Campus dining facility.
“We would hope that any dining facility over there would be in
conjunction with a new dormitory complex,” Vestal replied.
The regents also supplemented operating budgets of the Sys
tem Administration, Texas A&M, Tarleton State and Prairie View
A&M to try to keep valuable faculty and staff members. Private
businesses and other institutions — able to afford higher salaries
— have hired away many faculty and staff from the schools.
The regents transferred $790,000 from Texas A&M’s reserve
account to supplement the salaries. Most of the supplements will
go to engineering and business professors and staff, but it was not
specifically allocated. The board approved $95,000 to be transfer
red at Tarleton State, and $165,000 at Prairie View.
For System Administration, the board allocated $125,000 from
the University Available Fund to make possible higher salaries
and more workers.
After the meeting, board Chairman Clyde H. Wells asked the
board members. Chancellor Frank W. R. Hubert and Acting Pres
ident Charles Samson to remain for a closed meeting to discuss
personnel matters.
Texas A&M head football Coach Tom Wilson and Athletic
Director Marvin Tate entered the closed session and emerged
about 50 minutes later.
After Saturday’s 10-6 loss to the Rice Owls, Wilson had little to
say about the meeting, which he himself reportedly requested.
“They’re very supportive of our actions in regard to the team,”
he said. Wilson repeated his feelings of last week, when he said he
was not concerned about whether or not the regents were think
ing about replacing him.
“I’ve got other things to worry about,” he said. “Like making
sure people know how to tackle.”
debate on hostages' fate
esumes today in Tehran
Chow down
Staff photo by Jeff Kcrber
Roy Brantley, a senior Corps of Cadet member, won the
annual “Eat the Hell outa Rice” contest, sponsored by
the MSC Recreation Committee each year prior to the
Rice University game. Brantley was presented a box of
Rice Crispies with a ribbon tied around it for his fast-
eating talent after the contest Friday.
United Press International
DNDON — Iran’s parliament resumed
ret debate today on its terms for freeing
52 American hostages nearing their first
liversary in illegal captivity.
Today’s program is a continuation of
terday s, a member of the Iranian par
ent secretariat told United Press Inter-
ional by telephone from Tehran.
lajjatoleslam Hasemi Rafsanjani, parlia-
|nt’s speaker, conferred with Ayatollah
hollah Khomeini on the hostage issue,
i BBC reported. It quoted Rafsanjani as
ling afterward there was no reason the
ftages could not be freed if President
•ter agreed to the conditions parliament
Juki lay down.
be Majlis, or parliament, began Sunday
|iscuss a report of a seven-member par-
nentary commission appointed to re-
nmend “conditions” on which the 52
lericans would be allowed to go home.
It immediately voted to make its deliber-
pns secret, although one official told UPI
Sunday an “open session” on the issue
would be held Thursday.
Iran’s official Pars news agency said some
parliamentary deputies objected to debat
ing the hostage issue at all “because of the
martrydom of innocent people” killed in an
Iraqi rockfet attack on the City of Dizful
earlier Sunday.
Monday’s session began at 8:15 a.m.
(11:45 p.m. EST Sunday), 45 minutes be
hind schedule. The secretariat official gave
no reason for the delay.
Sunday’s session saw the introduction of
a secret report by Hojjatoleslam Mousai
Khoyeni, head of the seven-member com
mission. Khoyeni, 39, was the leader of the
400 Moslem militants who stormed the
U.S. Embassy and seized the captives last
Nov. 4.
“The Majlis is discussing the same
thing,” the secretariat official said today,
though he added that “this is a non-public
but official session, and nobody can say
exactly what they are discussing.”
While suspense over the hostages’ re
lease grew with parliament’s lengthening
debate, American concern also grew that
only some — and not all — of the 52 might
be freed.
One high-ranking Iranian official at the
United Nations was quoted as saying there
was a “99 percent” t'h'aWE^.|fiaf 40 of the 52
hostages, held now for 359 days, will be
released Wednesday of*'Thursday.
Iranian parliament sources, reached by
phone from London, said the legislators
would probably devote only a few hours a
day to the discussion because a long,
drawn-out debate was likely.
Tehran political sources said the ruling
Islamic Republican Party seemed willing to
carry on the debate, but was confronted by
radical party members seeking further de
In Washington, State Department
spokeswoman Anita Stockman said: “We
will have nothing to say because there is
nothing to be said until the (Iranian) parlia
ment announces its decision.”
Building request tabled
Plans for a new Meat Science Technology Center for Texas
A&M' UmSersity were tabled at Friday’s meeting of the Coordi
nating Board, Texas College and University System.
The board tabled the University’s request for approval of the
new building because of cost questions, said Ed Peel, Texas A&M
University System director of facilities planning and construction.
The building is supposed to cost $3.5 million, Peel said, or more
than $110 per square foot.
Peel said that the building’s cost is due to about $1.2 million
worth of specialized technical equipment planned for the build
ing. Essentially, he said, the building is a slaughterhouse.
Deleting the cost of the slaughtering and refrigeration equip
ment, the building’s cost drops to just over $70 per square foot.
“That’s a figure compatible with any other classroom building, ”
Peel said.
The Coordinating Board will reconsider the building at its Jan.
27 meeting. Peel said, after a special panel has had a chance to
review the proposal.
Peel was not sure about how binding the Coordinating Board
decision was on Texas A&M.
It is commonly believed that Coordinating Board approval is
not necessary for buildings funded totally by Available University
Fund money.
Peel said this assumption was made because the Texas attorney
general’s opinion has said that the Coordinating Board did not
have to approve AUF-funded buildings at the University of Texas.
Although only Texas A&M and UT share AUF money — which
is generated by the Permanent University Fund — Peel said it
was not clear how binding the attorney general’s opinion would be
on Texas A&M.
Because System and University administrators want to proceed
with the project at the earliest possible date, a “contingency”
procedure will be used to receive bids.
The architect’s contract will be awarded at the Jan. 24 Board of
Regents meeting. The award will be made contingent upon the
Coordinating Board’s approval at its meeting three days later.
Peel said.
The Coordinating Board oversees Texas public colleges and
edpots raise bonfire centerpole
Battalion Reporter
[The first significant step in building the
bonfire came Friday, when workers
|ised the centerpole over Duncan Intra-
ural Field.
[Bonfire is traditionally held before the
pas A&M-Texas football game each year,
lis year’s fire is scheduled for Tuesday,
ov. 25.
[Head Redpot Bill Singer, a senior from
lice, said that the pole arrived at Duncan
leld Tuesday afternoon and that on
[ednesday Collier Electric Company of
yan drilled the hole to fit it. Redpots are
le people who supervise bonfire work,
I This year, trees were donated by Grana-
i Land and Cattle Company of Bryan.
I Redpot Kyle Gish of Boerne said that
peral people from different companies
Ued asking to have their land cleared,
lowever, he said, due to the quantity of
fees available, the bonfire workers
epted Granada’s offer.
“We don’t want to separhte our teams,”
|ish said. “We would rather keep every-
pe at the same place for safety measures. ”
J One major problem facing the bonfire
[orkers, however, is getting enough trucks
»haul logs, Gish said.
i “Right now we have two flat-bed trucks
onated by a company in Bryan and a com-
[any from San Antonio. We’re hoping to
etfive or six, though,” he said.
Gish said that other construction com-
anies have donated their trucks and driv-
!rs on weekends to haul logs for the bon-
“We’ve had a couple companies from
jlouston help us out, including Zachry
onstruction Company,” he said, “and one
ompany from as far as Alice donated a
lick and driver.”
Despite the shortage of 18-wheelers,
pish said there were enough tractors and
However, he said they could use cash
lonations to buy rope, bailing wire, and to
louse the out-of-town truck drivers for a
Gish and Singer agreed that at the begin-
[ing of bonfire construction, they cannot
[se many people to help work. At the start
of this week, Gish said, no more than 12
men will be used.
However, Singer said that by the end of
this week more people will be needed, and
that anyone wanting to work can just “come
on out.”
People are needed to work on pulley
crews, which hoist logs and workers onto
the stack. Workers also may wire logs onto
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the stack, or help carry logs to the stack by
hand and in teams.
Gish and Singer suggested that when
people arrive willing to work at Duncan
Field, to avoid any confusion, they need to
“get a hold of a redpot, and ask them what
to do.”
Singer said that he feels everything is on
schedule and that if the weather permits,
bonfire will be held Nov. 25 at “dark-
Bonfire schedule for the next four weeks is
as follows:
Nov. 8, 9 Cutting day
Nov. 12-25 The “push.” People work 24
hours a day to complete the “stack”
Nov. 25 Bonfire
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Battalion Staff
Texas A&M University Police tonight
will begin ticketing cars displaying fraudu
lent permits, which enable the owners to
park nearer to dorms than they should.
Col. Thomas Parsons, director of secur
ity and traffic, said he believes dorm resi
dents are fraudulently registering their cars
so they can park in day student lots near the
Dorm students can do this by registering
as day student." with 60 credit hours or
Many on-campus students can’t find
spaces in their red-sticker lots, which are
closest to the dorms. If there is no room in
the red-sticker lots, students must park in
lots across Wellborn Road. Day students
with their blue stickers can park closer to
dormitories than these overflow students.
“We’ll get it straight,” Parsons said. “If
they don’t come in (after receiving the first
ticket), we’ll ticket them again, and again.”
After three outstanding violation notices
have been issued, a vehicle may be towed.
In addition. Parsons said, he will seek disci
plinary action from the director of student
Police checks between 2 and 4 a.m. re
vealed 68 cars parked for three consecutive
nights in Parking Annex 9 near the north-
side dorms, and along Bizzell Street next to
the Commons area dorms.
All of the cars were registered to off-
campus addresses, but the car owners have
on-campus telephone numbers, Parsons
I . . —
Anderson declines
Clark debate offer
Fish from Company C-l, the “centerpole outfit,” stand
in the bonfire’s centerpole hole. Company C-l has the
major responsibility for raising the centerpole. The flag
Staff photo by George Dolan
flying atop the centerpole traditionally is a sheet from
the commanding officer of the outfit, emblazoned with
the company emblem.
Battalion Staff
Independent presidential candidate
John Anderson has refused an invitation by
Libertarian Party candidate Ed Clark to
debate at Texas A&M University, Ander
son’s legal counsel said this morning.
Anderson was extended an invitation to
appear opposite Clark by the Clark office
and by the MSC Political Forum Commit
tee on Friday.
Clark is scheduled to speak Thursday at
7:30 p.m. in Rudder Theater in a Political
Forum presentation and had asked to
arrange the debate at that time.
Mitchel Rogovin, legal counsel for
Anderson, told The Battalion that Ander
son would not debate Clark, because of
Rogovin said Anderson would partici
pate in a debate with President Carter and
the other candidates if it could be arranged,
but he had no plans to debate Clark indi
Tom Palmer, assistant communications
director for Clark, said Sunday the invita
tion to debate had been extended to Ander
son on Friday, but they have not received a
“We re presently in negotiation with the
Anderson folks, I think that’s about all that
we would be able to say at this point,”
Palmer said Sunday.
Political Forum Chairman Wayne Bailey
said the committee sent invitations to both
candidates by telegram Friday when the
Clark office contacted him about the possi
bility of setting up a debate. Clark
accepted, but Anderson’s office had not re
sponded to the invitation as of this morn
ing, a Political Forum spokesman said.
Rogovin, however, said he had told the
Clark office that Anderson would not de
bate the Libertarian candidate.
“I told Mr. Clark’s representative, Mr.
Crane, that we were unable to do that (set
up a debate). I don’t know how it got turned
around to an acceptance. He invited us
after I told him that we could not (arrange
the debate).”