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The Battaoon
Vol. 74 No. 58
14 Pages
Serving the Texas A&M University community
Wednesday, November 19, 1980
College Station, Texas
USPS 045 360
Phone 845-2611
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United Press International
VASHINGTON — Ronald Reagan, promised a six-
_nth “honeymoon” by the Democratic opposition,
e . , h ers with Republican members of Congress for a vic-
y lunch, then pays a call on Chief Justice Warren
: and twice ( president-elect, meantime, insisted he has not yet
i down sitmti: e j ve( j Cabinet recommendations from his close coterie
rritory. lalifomia businessmen advisers and will not be discus-
1 we could if! = possible choices until he has the lists of top candi
es to mull over.
le declined comment on press speculation Sen. John
ver, R-Texas, may be named secretary of defense,
ver, who is in line to be chairman of the Senate Armed
j-vices Committee, has not ruled out taking the post if it
iffered, and has discussed it with the transition corn-
Spending a few days in Washington before heading
back to California for the Thanksgiving holiday, Reagan
will lunch today with Senate and House members and
dine later with GOP snators and their wives.
Accompanied by Vice President-elect George Bush,
Reagan plunged into a round of visits Tuesday with Re
publican and Democratic leaders and happily found the
loyal opposition ready to join in bipartisan cooperation —
for a period at least.
Rep. Thomas O’Neill, the House’s Democratic speak
er, called his meeting with Reagan “excellent,” and prom
ised a “six months’ honeymoon” from criticism, and to
work with the president-elect to improve the economy.
“I like him,” said O’Neill after his first meeting with
But he cautioned Reagan his previous experience as
governor of California was “minor league. ”
“This is the big leagues,” O’Neill said, repeating his
comment for reporters. “I think he was a little surprised I
said that.”
Reagan has shied away from tipping his hand on future
administration policy, but under questioning Tuesday he
made it clear he favored the anti-busing rider on an
appropriations bill approved by both houses of Congress,
and would sign it if he were president.
President Carter is being urged by Attorney General
Benjamin Civiletti and black civil rights leaders to veto
the measure.
Tuesday night, Reagan hosted a dinner at the F Street
Club, for area political and civic leaders including District
of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry, and Govs. Harry
Hughes of Maryland and John Dalton of Virginia.
“Simply, what we tried to do was have a dinner for
representative people of Washington, D.C., as a city, to
let them know that we re not only coming here as an
officeholder on sort of detached service, but that we in
tended to be members of the community, ” Reagan said.
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United Press International
A senior member of Iran’s hostage com-
ssion, raising the possibility Tehran will
|ke additional demands of the United
tes, said the release of the 52 captive
, nericans might still be a long way off.
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thin three days the group might com-
:te its study of the U. S. response to Iran’s
•ms for releasing the hostages, now in
sir 382nd day of captivity.
Silver Taps bill up for vote
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If the U.S. government abides to the
conditions that have been set forth by
Iranian parliament, then there is a good
ssibility of the release of the hostages,”
ivari said in Tehran in a telephone inter-
But mariy Iranian officials believe the
nditions are a “bare minimum,” Novari
d. “If the U.S. government does not
ide to them, then there would be another*
ver for extremism.”
Iran’s four conditions for the hostages’
lease are a pledge of non-interference in
anian affairs — which the United States
s said is not a problem, and three de-
ands involving complicated legal ques-
1ns, Iran wants the late shah’s wealth re-
rned, Iran’s assets in the United States
frozen and all financial claims against
an dropped.
The Washington Post reported today the
icision for the release of the hostages now
is with Prime Minister Mohammad Ali
ajai, not with the Majlis, the Iranian par-
Quoting sources in Washington and
hran, the Post said it appears there will
neither immediate rejection or accept-
ice of the American response to the Ira-
an demands, but further negotiations.
Novari, a confidant of President Abolhas-
nBani-Sadr, said it is unclear how much
U.S. government “wants to concede” to
i the hostages.
Battalion Staff
All campus facilities may close from 10 to 11 p.m. on Tuesdays
when Silver Taps is held if the student senate passes the Silver
Taps Enhancement bill today.
Tracy Cox, vice president for finance and sponsor of the bill,
said the facilities which are open during Silver Taps can disrupt
the ceremony.
Cox also sponsored the Campus Beautification Bill which also
will be voted on. This bill would recommend that appropriate
action be taken to clean up the rut paths created by continous
pedestrian traffic. These paths degrade the beauty of the campus,
Cox said, and the bill would recommend cleaning up two paths by
the Fish Pond and one behind Zachry Engineering Center.
The senate will also hear three bills and a constitutional amend
ment on first reading. Unless placed on emergency, no action will
be taken on these.
The “Is There a Doctor in the House Bill” would recommend
increasing the student service fee of $33.50 by $3.75 effective Fall
1981. Bill sponsor Janet Golub said, “The A.P. Buetel Health
Center is severely understaffed, with six doctors seeing between
400 and 500 patients per day. As a result of this staffing problem,
students are required to wait in lines for two to three hours in
order to see a doctor.”
The written bill reads: “The quality of health care is substan
dard as a result of doctors rushing patients in and out in order to
see everyone as quickly as possible. The cost per student to hire
each additional doctor would be approximately 75 cents, and by
hiring an additional five doctors, the operation of the health
center would be greatly facilitated, resulting in less waiting and
better care at a cost of only $3.75 per student per semester. ”
The Biblioteque Bill would recommend changing the library
hours to 8 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to
11 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 12 p.m. to 1:30
a.m. Sunday, with the reserve room open for studying from 9 a.m.
to noon.
Changing the hours would provide much needed late-night- ■
study facilities, said John Varney, bill sponsor. He said the cost of
keeping the main library open later is relatively small.
The COSGA Budget Appropriations Bill would grant the exter
nal affairs committee some funds for its first conference on Stu
dent Government associations in the spring.
The constitutional amendment would create an international
student senate seat. Over 1,500 students from 86 different coun
tries attend Texas A&M University, said Tim Cavell, amendment
sponsor. Creating a special seat would be an effort to show a
positive, active attempt at incorporating the international student
body into the mainstream of life at Texas A&M.
The amendment will be handled like a bill by the senate and if it
passes, the student body will vote on it during spring elections.
The Happy Hour Bill, which was on first reading at the last
meeting, is being held in committee. It would recommend ex
tending the hours students may run computer programs free from
7:30 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday to 5:30 p.m. to 6 a.m.
The bill also recommends distributing printed information ab
out the location and hours of all computer facilities available to
computer-related classes.
Today’s meeting is in 204 Harrington at 7:30 p.m.
Need for heat causes flood
Battalion Reporter
The Law Hall Flood did not last forty
days and forty nights, but Greg Lord and
Chris Romero may spend that much time
trying to get their third-floor room back in
order after a Monday accident.
Romero said he and Lord were bleeding
the line on the radiator in their room to turn
on the heater when a faucet blew off, send
ing hot water across the room.
Lord called University maintenance af
ter his attempts to replace the faucet failed.
The men said they knew the heating in
the dormitory would not be turned on until
after Thanksgiving, so they decided to do it
themselves like other students had done.
“We knew what we were doing; we ve
done it before,” Romero said. The guys
next door were just cooking, but we were
really freezing.”
A superviser from University mainte
nance came twenty minutes later, but the
water was not shut off for over an hour,
Romero said.
“We had to wait until the pressure went
down enough to get the petcock (faucet)
back on, and the plumber said it would only
take a few minutes but it took almost an
hour,” Romero said.
Many Law Hall residents began to help
each other move carpet, furniture, stereo
equipment and clothing after the water be
gan to spill into other rooms.
“We only kept it in the room twenty
minutes, max, and then it went in the hall
and down the stairs to the first floor,”
Romero said. “Everyone lost something
that lived on this side of the dorm. ”
A University maintenance worker said
six inches of water was standing in spots.
The water was vacuumed and mopped up.
Most of the water from the 200- to 300-
pound pressure line was removed by Tues
day afternoon, but several students’ carpets
and belongings were still outside to dry.
Monica Christen, assistant North Area
coordinator, said there is no way to esti
mate damage to the dormitory until the rest
of the water is removed and examinations of
the walls, floors and carpet can be made.
“Being an older building, the water may
do a great deal of damage* but we really
don’t know right now,” Christen said.
The carpet in the halls had been replaced
this summer. All the halls on the south side
of the dormitory were water soaked,
Christen said.
Fred Rogers, who lives next door to
Romero and Lord, said he came back to the
dormitory Monday afternoon to find
“everyone scrambling around the dorm
with wet legs.
“I couldn’t figure out what was going on
until some said there was a busted pipe up
“I was a little worried, but someone had
already put my guitar and carpet up so I
started helping out,” Rogers said.
“It ran down the walls into the closets.
Everyone lost something.”
Staff photo by Jeff Kerber
1980-81 Undergraduate Catalogs are in short supply, especially since no
more will be printed. 1980-82 Undergraduate Catalogs will be available in
early January.
Catalogs in demand
more than anticipated
The Texas A&M University reg
istrar’s office is asking students to hang
on to their 1980-81 undergraduate cata
logs. Of the 70,000 catalogs that arrived
last January, few remain.
“We don’t have any catalogs left to
pass out at the desk or to mail,” said
Linda Busby, informational representa
tive for admissions and records.
The 1981-82 catalogs will be available
in early January,. Busby said. In the
meantime, faculty and students who
don’t need their catalogs any longer
should send them to the registrar’s
office through campus mail or recycle
them to a friend.
“There just wasn’t any way to antici
pate the demand, Busby said.
Plenty of 1979-80 catalogs were saved
for student demand this year, but 1980-
81 catalogs won’t be available.
“I think we have a .dozen saved for
historical purposes,” Busby said.
Often, students throw away their
catalogs at the end of the semester and
assume they can get another one from
the registrar’s office. Not so this year.
“We have very* very few,” Busby
said. “We re down to handing out re
Students who need copies of curricu
lum plans from catalogs should request
copies from the office of the dean of their
Victims of tax frauds
include famous stars
United Press International
BOSTON — Federal authorities today
sought eight people charged in a $20 mil
lion fraud scheme involving the sale of tax
shelters to such luminaries as the late Elvis
Five others surrendered before a U.S.
magistrate Tuesday night. All 13 suspects
— seven of them prominent tax attorneys
— were due to be arraigned later in U.S.
District Court.
Justice Department officials said Presley
invested $505,000 in the alleged scheme,
in which investors were given limited part
nership interests in a Wyoming coal mining
venture—even though the coal was owned
by the federal government.
Other alleged victims were identified as
actress Margaux Hemingway, basketball
star Spencer Haywood, “Candid Camera”
originator Allen Funt, and former Mary
land Attorney General Francis Burch.
Authorities issued 13 arrest warrants Fri-
day when a federal grand jury returned the
secret indictment, but the five who
appeared in court surrendered voluntarily.
The indictment said the men used false
documents to sell partnership interests in
the coal mining venture. A civil suit filed
earlier by the Securities and Exchange
Commission says the partnerships col
lected $20 million cash and sold $112 mil
lion of allegedly unregistered securities.
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$300 in cash as well as jewelry and clothes due o e
More than $300 in cash along with
jewelry and clothes have been stolen from
Briggs Hall residents in the past month,
and both Head Resident Patty Johnson
and Detective Ken Nicholas say they be
lieve someone living in the dorm is re
sponsible for the thefts.
“For the past month or month and a half,
there has been a series of thefts at least once
a week in Briggs Hall,” Assistant Area
Coordinator John White said.
Lt. Josie Hoelscher, who is in charge of
investigations for the University Police De
partment, and Nicholas spoke to Briggs re
sidents on security measures Monday
Nicholas stressed as the first and most
important measure the need to lock doors
at all times, especially “communal” dorm
rooms used as frequent meeting places.
“In a college atmosphere where every
body’s your friend and you’re in close quar
ters, you have a tendency to begin to trust
people,” he said. “There’s nothing wrong
with trusting people as long as it’s a valid
Nicholas suggested engraving personal
property with the student’s driver’s license
number as a means of deterring theft.
After the number is engraved on the
item, the student receives an “Operation
ID” sticker which can be displayed on a
door or window.
“When that thief sees that Operation ID
sticker, he’s not going to touch that stuff
because he knows it won’t fence, it won’t
bring money on the street,” Nicholas said.
The stickers can be picked up at the Uni
versity Police Department where the en
graving can also be done.
Although that solves the problem of
identifying some property, jewelry — a lot
of which cannot be engraved for easy iden
tification — is another matter. All a thief
has to do with jewelry is take it to a pawn
Nicholas said most of the pawn shops in
this area are somewhat wary of taking
“But if he (the thief) goes to Houston
with it, it’s gone. ”
Photographing the jewelry and locking it
in a safe place were suggested, but there
are no such places for safekeeping in
Briggs, as Nicholas pointed out.
Nicholas said the first step in fighting this
probleih is to develop active participation
among the dorm residents.
“If you see something weird going on,
call us,” he said. “It’s better to make a
mistake than to let a crime go unreported“.
The biggest problem experienced by the
University Police in fighting thefts, Hoels
cher said, is that “nobody reports them to
us.” However, she said, more thefts are
reported in the area of the quad than on the
north side of the campus.
Although there is no minimum dollar
value needed to warrant an investigation, a
theft of considerable loss will take priority
over a lesser one, Nicholas said.
There are some cases, Nicholas said, that
are over two years old. It’s not that they’ve
been thrown out, it’s just that more infor
mation will be needed before an investiga
tion can begin.
Some personnel such as maintainence
workers and custodians have clearance to
enter the rooms whether they are locked or
not, to do their work and then leave, but
Nicholas said he doesn’t believe they are
contributing to the theft problem.
There are regulations against workers
going in and out of empty rooms at present
because “some of those people would be
working until four in the morning if that
were the case,” Nicholas said.
Briggs head resident Patty Johnson said
she believes someone living in the dorm is
just “seizing the opportunities.”
Those opportunities were illustrated by a
check of the rooms during the meeting
Monday which found nearly a third of the
doors on the bottom three empty floors
were left unlocked.
The main reason to take an active rather
than a reactive position on the theft prob
lem, Nicholas said, is that a 33 present
recovery rate after the property has been
stolen is the best possible at this time,
which means that the other 67 percent will
probably never be seen again.
Any groups or dorms interested in hav
ing a seminar similar to the one conducted
for Briggs can set one up by contacting the
University Police Department.
Stripper haven
being created by
lady club owner
United Press International
BALTIMORE — Stripteasers, go-go
girls and other exotic performers need a
place to retire just like anyone else.
With that in mind, the owner of the Two
O’clock Club wants to convert the faltering
town of Navajo, Ariz., into a retirement
haven for aging exotics who are ready to
hang up their G-strings.
Elena Suhomlin, who bought the X-
rated club two years ago from well-known
stripper Blaze Star, said Tuesday Navajo
would be the perfect retirement spot for
such performers.
Miss Suhomlin read about Navajo being
for sale Saturday in a Washington newspap
er. Within hours, she sent a telegram to
Frances Greer, whose family owns the
town, asking for a price on the community.
Harry Van Valin, general manager of the
Two O’clock Club, agrees with Miss
Suhomlin that strippers and those in simi
lar pursuits are discriminated against by
society, and need a place to seek refuge in
later years.
“We feel the girls suffer a lot of social
abuses while they work,” he said. “They
have trouble getting credit, have to live like
nomads and are otherwise treated like
second-class citizens. This would give them
a place to live in peace. They wouldn’t be