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The Battalion
Serving the Texas A&M University community
Vol. 74 No. 54
14 Pages
Thursday, November 13, 1980
College Station, Texas
USPS 045 360
Phone 845-2611
ongress OKs Alaskan
nd use-conservation bill
United Press International
WASHINGTON — Congress’ lame-duck session
Bptly squelched any thoughts of a quick tax cut this
K then passed the Alaska lands bill, the largest land
S Krvation measure since the days of Teddy Roosevelt.
■sklent Carter was delighted, indicating the bill soon
mural neyJfoecome law.
isoringaloji "lam pleased and gratified,” said Carter. “Both houses
wIogofortltEngress have now endorsed the greatest land conser-
• ThecontJn legislation of the century, thus assuring the
ts, faculh frown Jewels of the Alaska natural wonders are
lorded protection.”
awarded, |||e bill, passed after seven years of congressional fight-
be availaUfBets aside more than 100 million acres of unspoiled
:e at loSuiskei lands for national parks, wildlife refuges and wil-
■sss. Alaska Gov. Jay Hammond said the bill “certain-
itself wi!|iW no means perfect and with its passage we’ll no
extended Jt return to Congress in January to seek changes, but
seconds«P ee t s about 80 percent of the consensus points.”
S Igjies form student lobby
Carter said besides the conservation aspects, the bill
provides for development of Alaska’s oil, gas, mineral and
timber resources.
But Reps. Don Young, R-Alaska, and Steve Symms,
R-Idaho, attacked the measure as “locking up” vitally
needed oil and mineral resources. Symms called it “a
tragic waste” of resources.
The House passed a Senate version of the measure
Wednesday night on a voice vote, with only two members
dissenting, and sent it to the White House.
Earlier, House and Senate leaders generally agreed the
two things they must do in the post-election session are
approve a budget for fiscal 1981 to keep the government
running and pass appropriations bills to provide funds for
the various agencies.
The $39 billion tax-cut bill was abandoned after Presi
dent Carter told House Speaker Thomas O’Neill and
Senate Democratic leader Robert Byrd he would veto
such a measure.
Senate Democrats then voted overwhelmingly not to
consider the tax cut before they turn the reins over to
President-elect Ronald Reagan and a Republican Senate.
“We felt Mr. Reagan ought to have his opportunity at
bat,” said Byrd after the Democrats met privately.
Byrd, who had supported the idea of acting on a tax cut,
said he talked to Carter and other Senate and House
Democrats and decided there was not enough time or
support for the bill during the lame-duck session.
The House started work on a $4.6 billion revenue
sharing measure while the Senate waded into a bill to fund
the Departments of State, Justice and Commerce. Neith
er completed the measures and action was to resume
Many lawmakers had hoped to adjourn by Thanksgiv
ing, but House Speaker Thomas O’Neill, Senate Demo
cratic leader Robert Byrd and other Democratic leaders
agreed Wednesday to work until Friday, Dec. 5.
iTSA drop due to conflicts
shutouts ani
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'CSt in the iv Battalion Staff
■hough Texas A&M University Stu-
-2 marl(Bl!Bfi overnniien t withdrew from the Texas
tt year. ButeBp* Association last August, it is still
:hpawwoi)M ved with the group.
Heledthe JSA * s a Austin-based student lobby
pe up of representatives from 15
B)ls. These include North Texas State
lersity, Lamar University, Southwest
■ State University, Stephen F. Austin
lersity and Angelo State University.
Texas A&M had been in and out of TS A
pit was established in 1949, and had
P especially active in it since the early
said David Collins, vice president for
a) affairs.
It there were several reasons the mem-
brship was dropped, he said.
II Utlfl'“First, for the money we were spend-
J ig,” Collins said, “it wasn’t worth it.”
lembership fees were about $730 and
ounds of Wd probably have been about $800 this
Penick Intf^ he said.
:nient in qhese fees were too high for what Texas
louston hiilM was getting out of the organization,
ver the Uni | sa id. “I couldn’t justify it,” he said. And
Kdid not include transportation costs to
have shot )g var i ous TSA conferences, Collins
otal oflOl, Ided.
hed TuesdiSecond, TSA dealt with legislative
elow par % es ” he said. “It’s pretty naive for a
ilacewitk’-ioup of students to get together and zero
louston con^‘bn legislative priorities. With so many
idualraceir kite irid public schools and 30,000 plus
32. Bart Cd ipllments and 45,000 plus and 13,000 it’s
/ell head tk pard to formulate one comprehensive
lay totalsff^islative policy.”
Third, the way the TSA constitution is
iment coniHen, Collins said, student services were
essed only during non-legislative years.
■kick fff r e C°fh ns considers student services
^ Aft Pi eDia ' n P ur P 0Se °f a student organization,
MJLllK' wa s a conflict of interest.
The constitution states; “The general
Jities of the association shall be based
the regular meetings of the Texas Legisl-
The legislative orientation of TSA
oincide with the meetings of the Texas
ilature, during which time the Legis-
lative Information Office shall be principal
instrument of the association. During non
legislative years, student service exchange
will be emphasized and the Service Infor
mation Office will serve as the principle
instrument of the Association.”
Fourth, there was a lot of political man
euvering, he said.
“Politicking is a theme, particularly dur
ing the conventions with elections,” Col
lins said. “The main emphasis is not to take
Texas A&M had been in and
out of TSA since it was estab
lished in 1949, and had been
especially active in it since the
early ’70s, said David Collins,
vice president for external af
information back to their students, but to
get their people elected. So what you have
is a lot of people running around saying
vote for me.”
The decision to quit TSA came to a head
at the spring convention, Collins said.
Texas A&M student Cheryl Swanzy unsuc-
cesfolly ran for TSA president, and Collins
said this “most certainly” had something to
do with the decision.
“There’s potential in the organization
and we wanted to go in there and grab it
and do what we could,” he said. “Cheryl’s
losing shocked us into reality and helped us
to re-evaluate the situation.”
So the spring convention delegates and a
group who had dealt with TSA for three or
four years discussed the pros and cons of
dropping their membership. “This had
been a recurring issue since last October,”
Collins said.
The group recommended to the senate
that membership be dropped and the sen
ate agreed, he said.
When Collins attended a recent TSA
convention, he said it was better and im
proved because it put more emphasis on
student services. But, he said, it’s still not
where it should be.
“It ought to be dealing more with stu
dent services because you can show some
thing tangible to the students,” he said.
Collins would not rule out a possible affi
liation in the future. “I wish them luck,” he
said, “and if nothing else we re going to
keep the lines of communication open and
work with them if we have similar in
Since the withdrawal, the external affairs
committee has formed its own lobby to take
care of Texas A&M’s interests, Collins said.
Ten students are on the lobby committee,
and they will be researching legislative
issues, determining who will be affected by
these issues and making presentations to
legislators in Austin.
The committee will also seek out student
feeling on legislative issues through polls,
Battalion ads and public hearings.
Collins said he will be closely inyolved
with the lobbying effort, drawing on his
experience this summer working for Con
gressman Ken Hance in Washington D.C.
Besides the lobby committee, external
affairs is also attempting to address student
service issues with a state-wide conference
next February. The Conference on Student
Government Affairs (COSGA) will focus on
student representation, student services
and student adviser communication, said
Greg Hood, a conference organizer.
The purpose is to get schools who do
good jobs on some things together with
those that don’t do good jobs, and exchange
ideas to improve, Collins said.
The areas involved would include issues
such as handling bicycle traffic on campus,
football ticket allocations and creating and
maintaining good relations with University
administrators, he explained.
All Southwest Conference schools and 34
others have been invited, Hood said. Col
lins said he received “positive feedback”
from 20 schools in two weeks.
found dead
in home
John S. Caldwell, 60, a graduate student
and lecturer, was found dead in his apart
ment Tuesday morning, according to Col
lege Station Police.
Caldwell is believed to have died from a
heart attack. His death was ruled “natural
causes” by Justice of the Peace Mike Cal-
Caldwell was a lecturer for the industrial
engineering department and was also a
doctoral candidate for the bioengineering
department. He had been employeed by
Texas A&M University since 1976.
His classes will be taken over by other
faculty members for the duration of the
semester, Dr. William Hyman, head of the
bioengineering department said.
Photo by Bob Lewis
Boowoong Kim, a Korean graduate student in Industrial Engineering,
received stitches in the back of his head as a result of a car-bicycle wreck
about 2 p.m. Wednesday. He was riding next to the car when it turned
right at Ireland and 700 University.
The Weather
Low. .
. ...44
. 0.00 inches
Chance of rain . . .
Jeanne down to tropical storm
United Press International
PORT O’CONNOR — Spawned by Tro
pical Storm Jeanne and a large high-
pressure system over the southeastern Un
ited States, high winds whipped the seas
and pushed tides above normal along the
Texas coast this morning.
The National Weather Service cautioned
small craft to remain in port and advised
campers, fishermen and residents of low
elevation areas along Matagorda Island, the
Port O’Connor area and inland waterways
to take precautionary measures and stay off
gulf beaches.
Pre-dawn tides were running 2 feet
above normal along the central coast and
were expected to rise an additional 1 to 2
feet this morning, the weather service said.
A tide of 4 feet above normal would put
the water level just below the seawall at the
Port O’Connor bay front, causing flooding
of tidal land.
Shortly before 4 a.m. today, the Coast
Guard at Port O’Connor reported the tide
at 1.95 feet above normal.
The Port Isabel tide at midnight was 3
inches above normal with an estimated
swell of 12 feet. Tides were running about
2.5 feet on the ferry run between Port
Aransas and Aransas pass.
As the storm centered approximately 400
miles southeast of Corpus Christi, swells of
8 to 10 feet were reported along the middle
coast and 10 to 15 feet on the lower coast.
Water was up to the dunes in many sec
tions of gulf beaches.
Heavy seas along Matagorda Island were
expected to create dangerous rip tides and
Accompanied by scattered thunder
storms and squalls, swells from Port Arthur
to Brownsville were forecast to reach up to
18 feet in some areas before decreasing
Satellite and aircraft information indi
cated Jeanne shifted toward the northwest
during the night and commenced move
ment at 5 to 10 mph.
At 5 a.m., the weather service said, max
imum storm winds were at 70 mph, just
below hurricane force.
K.A.O.S. resumes play
Club has no sponsor
Redpot Hotel
Staff photo by Greg Gammon
L version of a log cabin stands on the bonfire site behind due to the early cutting dates and “a lot of slack time” this
Juncan Dining Hall. The “hotel” is used by senior Red- year, the seniors decided to go all out on a log cabin. The
pots for breaks during work on the bonfire. In the past, cabin is complete with beds, game table and even a
'Redpot Hotel” has been a simple and humble tent, but refrigerator.
Battabon Staff
K.A.O.S. agents have resumed play fol
lowing a two-week time out.
Mark Ollington, president of Killing As
Organized Sport, said play resumed on
Monday, Nov. 3, because players wanted
to continue the game.
“We thought we’d get a lot of pressure
from the administration after the shooting
at the chapel,” he said. “So, we thought
we’d stop for a few weeks to let things cool
down. ”
Each K. A. O. S. agent stalks a specific vic
tim who is also an agent. The object of the
K.A.O.S. game is to stay alive while all
other agents are assassinated with plastic
dart guns.
Club members began their game again
two weeks after Dr. Rod O’Connor, then
club sponsor, called the officers to suggest
they discontinue play.
O’Connor, head of the freshman chemis
try program, said he contacted club officers
after Dr. Thomas Sugihara, dean of the
College of Science, told him that Dr.
Charles Samson and Dr. J. M. Prescott had
expressed concern for the club’s activities.
Samson is acting president of Texas
A&M University. Prescott is vice president
for academic affairs.
Their concern followed an Oct. 18 shoot
ing incident at the All Faiths Chapel which
left a man dead and a Texas A&M student
wounded. The student, Janie Koester, 19,
is a freshman.
Prescott said the game was “in poor
taste” in light of the incident at the chapel.
O’Connor told club officers that other
students may be upset by the shooting
game after an actual shooting had taken
Prescott said he and Samson were also
concerned with the safety of the players,
specifically the possibility of someone mis
taking a toy gun for a real one.
With plans to apply for University recog
nition, K.A.O.S. officers had asked O’Con
nor to sponsor their club earlier in the year.
However, the necessary application
forms had not yet been submitted when
O’Connor spoke to the officers three weeks
ago about discontinuing the K.A.O.S.
game. As of that time, O’Connor said he is
no longer the club sponsor.
“We might try to find another sponsor
this semester so we can have one for next
semester,” Ollington said, “but we seem to
have a lot of people (University officials)
against us.”
He said K.A.O.S. players can continue
playing their game even if they do not get a
Ollington said he would like to have a
sponsor in order to apply for University
recognition. That recognition would give
the club more publicity, he said.
Ollington described the K.A.O.S. club
as being in a state of disorganization during
the two-week time out. He said that one
officer had started calling members to say
the club was canceled shortly after O’Con
nor had simply suggested that they dis
He said only a few agents had turned in
their victims’ dossiers to stop playing
Since the time O’Connor made his sug
gestion, Ollington said he had wanted to
continue the game and simply take a time
out until the concern over the real shooting
had quieted down, he said.
He said the officers decided that if any
agent shot a victim before Nov. 3, it would
not be counted as a hit.
Although play resumed a week ago,
Ollington said the action has slowed down
compared to play before the Oct. 18 shoot
ing incident.
“There aren’t as many hits as before,” he
said. “Some members just aren’t as enthu
siastic as before.”
Ollington said some players may be
thinking twice before shooting their vic
tims after what Thomas Parsons said in an
Oct. 28 article in The Battalion.
Parsons, who is director of security and
traffic for the University Police, had said he
would report anyone walking around cam
pus with a gun in a sleuth-type operation to
Ron Blatchley, director of student affairs.
Parsons said Wednesday he still plans to
make such reports to Blatchley.
Blatchley said Parsons might fill out a
complaint form for anything that would in
terfere with the police department’s nor
mal operations.
Ollington said only one of the 100 players
still “alive” as of Oct. 18 quit the club. He
said that player is a friend of Koester and
quit because of “moral implications."