The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, March 13, 1981, Image 1

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& [The Battalion ' * AArAf TT~:*r*>~*:**, Serving the Texas A&M University community Friday, March 13, 1981 College Station, Texas USPS 045 360 Phone 845-2611 The Weather Today Tomorrow High 64 High . 66 Low 53 Chance of rain 20% Chance of rain . . . . . . 20% Hijackers spare American hostages United Press International DAMASCUS, Syria — Three killer- hijackers of a Pakistani airliner added a $50,000 ransom demand for releasing their 102 hostages, including the three Americans spared execution in a dead line deal to swap the captives for Pakis tani political prisoners. “Oh thank God!” said Glenn Cly- more in Newport Beach, Calif., on learning his son Craig, 24, had been spared death. The other reprieved Americans were Lawrence Clifton Mangum of New York City and Frederick Hubbell, 30, of Des Moines, Iowa. Hubbell’s wife Charlot te, 30, was released earlier. As dawn broke today in the 12th day of the longest-lasting hijacking on re cord, the Pakistani hijackers still held 93 passengers and nine crew members, and there was no sign in Islamabad that Pakistan had flown the 55 prisoners to Libya as promised. Like the harrowing last-minute negotiations to free the American hos tages in Iran, the end to the Damascus skyjack siege depended on who would move first — the terrorists by freeing the captives, or the Pakistanis by flying the convicts out. In a new demand, the terrorist leader who calls himself “Alagmir,” meaning “conqueror of the world,” asked the safety of the prisoners families be guaranteed and $50,000 be given the families. The released prisoners, he specified, should go to Libya, long a haven for terrorists and the last station of previous hijacks. Pakistan said the 55 prisoners “will be free to leave as soon as they are located” but said six were not immediately trace able. The hijackers can then decide where they want to go. In Islamabad, President Mohammad Zia ul-Haq blamed Syria and Afghanis tan for stymying military efforts to free the hostages and conceded the hijackers had scored a victory. “We could have had this release with in 24 hours if Afghanistan and Syria had allowed us to use our own means,” Zia told UPI correspondent Richard Ehrlich in an exclusive interview in Isla mabad. Zia said “it’s quite obvious” it had been a victory for the hijackers, who belong to AlZulfikar, a group named for the late Pakistani prime minister, Zulfi- kar Ali Bhutto, who Zia overthrew in 1977 and later hanged. Chip off the old block Staff photo by Chuck Chapman A&M futurist predicts more inner-city decay Joel Glenn, a chemical engineering major, whittles students, the break starts Monday. Faculty and staff t while he waits on spring break to finally arrive. For begin the holiday on Tuesday. ayor says Dallas is a ‘limousine kind of town’ United Press International | DALLAS — Mayor Bob Folsom says Dallas is a limousine kind of town but not all of the City Council agrees. I The council debated Wednesday whether Dallas needs a new $22,000 limousine to replace its 1975 Cadillac limo and voted to seek new bids for a special occasions vehicle. |; The council had been ready to buy a new one but the prchase with Cadillac dealer Roger Meier had to be canceled because Meier’s position on the Dallas-Fort Worth Regional ;Airport Board constituted a conflict of interest, the city attor ney ruled. 1 Some councilmen thought that should be the end of the new limo discussions but Folsom overruled them. A stylish limousine, he said, is in keeping with the city’s image. | “We’ve got a beautiful City Hall,” he said. “If image wasn’t important, why didn’t we put it underground? I have no problem whatsoever with justifying the limo, no problem whatsoever. ” Councilman Steve Bartlett said the limousine is seldom used for transporting visiting dignitaries and leasing a limo would be cheaper than buying a new one. “Let’s look at the number of dignitaries above the rank of ambassador and see how many dignitaries we have,” Bartlett said. “I could only find a dozen instances during the past year where the limo was sent out to pick up visitors to Dallas. And one of those was a rock group. ” The limousine is most frequently used to take Folsom to official events. No date to reconsider bids on a limo was set. By SUSAN DITTMAN Battalion Reporter Businessmen, educators and govern ment must work together if the problem of inner-city decay is to be solved, says a futurist at Texas A&M University. Dr. John R. Hoyle, professor of edu cational administration, specializes in forecasting what the world will be like in the 21st century. Inner-city problems such as racially imbalanced schools, lack of family iden tity and shortages of low-technology jobs for unskilled workers will continue to worsen unless businessmen, govern ment and educators “join arm-in-arm for a common purpose,” the professor said. Hoyle said many businesses have started their own training for the high- technology work they require instead of helping public schools do the training. And as industries increase their use of robots for menial tasks normally done by unskilled workers, the professor said, there is an ever-increasing shortage of low-technology jobs for these displaced workers. “Industries often turn their backs on the people who need them the most,” he said. As a solution Hoyle suggested that businesses train the unskilled workers to be “the idea people” — the program mers of the robots. “In all this technology we can’t over look the human beings. We can develop technology to do the menial tasks but we must also develop a sense of worth in people,” he said. Hoyle also emphasized the effect gov ernment has on education. He said the cutback in government spending re duces monies education receives. “Unless teachers’ salaries are raised considerably,” he said, “schools are going to lose their math, science and technology teachers to industries where they are better paid.’ Another problem public education faces, Hoyle said, is the proposal for tuition tax credits for parents who enroll their children in private schools. If the proposed tax credits, which are favored by the Reagan administration, become a reality, Hoyle said, the urban schools will be crippled because the taxes normally going to the public John Hoyle schools would not be paid. At the Governor’s Symposium on Career Education held in Austin recent ly, Hoyle met with other experts in edu cation, business and government to dis cuss the future of education. The professor said Texas Gov. Bill Clements is “concerned that the schools may not prepare people for this ‘com- punications’ age.” Student wins car in first contest ever entered Winner says he wasn t surprised he won By DENISE RICHTER Battalion Reporter McDonald’s slogan, “you deserve a break today, ” usually refers to its prices and service. However, Steve Black- more’s break came in the form of a silver 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit. Blackmore, a graduate student at Texas A&M University, was presented With the keys to the car Thursday by Phil Springer, owner of the College Sta tion McDonald’s, and Bud Ward, local Volkswagen dealer. ; Blackmore didn’t win anything when he first entered McDonald’s $2.5 mil lion 25th Anniversary Prize Celebration jsweepstakes held last September. But, he was luckier when he entered the Ismail print contest,” he said. 1 This contest, described in small print pn the back of each contest folder, was the second chance drawing for all un claimed prizes. People who did not win Anything in the first contest could enter •imply by sending in his or her name, jddress and telephone number, Black- bore said. Contest folders were distributed 'rough Sunday newspapers. In order > be a winner in the first part of the 'ntest, one had to match the numbers >ted in the folder with the winning ambers posted at McDonald’s, j 'With over 30 million folders sent (it, I figured that a lot would get lost or = thrown away. I entered only because thought I had a good chance to win,” Uckmore said in an interview follow- ig the presentation. Since only three of the 25 cars to be given away were claimed in the first part of the contest, Blackmore said he wasn’t surprised when McDonald’s contacted him last November to tell him he was a winner. “Of course I was happy but I wasn’t really all that shocked. Actually, I was pretty confident about the whole thing. Otherwise I wouldn’t have entered,” he said. The McDonald’s contest was the first contest that he had ever entered, Black- more said. “In fact, I don’t even eat at McDonald’s all that often, maybe once every two or three weeks,” he said. Until he took possession of the car, Blackmore’s only means of transporta tion had been “two feet, a 10-speed bi cycle and the shuttlebus,” he said. However, he will continue to rely on the shuttlebus to bring him to the campus, he said. “I’m not even going to try to drive the car on this campus,” Blackmore said. “As soon as I tried to park, it would either be towed or ticketed. That is, if I could find a parking place at all.” The sticker price of the standard Volkswagen — nothing extra but an AM-FM radio — is $7,035. Blackmore had to pay $320 in sales taxes on the car but “I’m not complaining,” he said. The 34-year-old Minneapolis native is a Ph.D. candidate in educational psychology, specializing in counseling psychology. Phil Springer, owner of the College Station McDonald’s, presents Steve Blackmore with his sweepstake prize, a 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit. Black- more, a graduate student at Texas A&M contest he has ever entered. Staff photo by University, said this Greg Gammon is the first