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Vol. 75 No. 124 USPS 045360 24 Pages in 2 Sec. College Station, Texas
Thursday, April 1, 1982
Todd Brooks, a junior chemical “Home on the Range” with a Coke
engineering major from San Rafael, Calif., vending machine in the basement of the
enjoys a “conversation” and the tune Memorial Student Center.
Brezhnev in clinic
United Press International
MOSCOW — Soviet President
Leonid Brezhnev was reported hos
pitalized and militiamen sealed off
the street in front of the exclusive cli
nic reserved for ailing Kremlin offi
In unusual Soviet fashion, there
was no official confirmation or com
ment on his condition, and Soviet
sources did not know if Brezhnev, 75,
was just resting from a rigorous sche
dule of speeches and travel in recent
But the Soviet leader looked tired
in his last public appearance March
25, when he was shown on Soviet tele
vision meeting local leaders in Tash
kent, capital of Uzbekistan in Central
Concern about his health grew
with the unusual lack of television
coverage when he returned to Mos
cow the same day. There also were no
pictures of his arrival in the Com
munist Party daily Pravda, which nor
mally covers his movements reli
The cancellations of a visit by South
Yemeni leader Ali Nasser Muham-
med to Moscow and a trip to Britain
by Brezhnev’s doctor, Evgeny Cha-
zov, heightened rumors.
Although Brezhnev has been out
of sight for longer periods during his
18-year rule and always come back in
control, watching his health has be
come a major occupation of diplo
mats and journalists in Moscow.
Despite the official silence, Soviet
sources confirmed Wednesday
Brezhnev was admitted to a hospital.
Rebels attack embassy
in Guatemala City
United Press International
GUATEMALA CITY — Leftists in
two speeding automobiles fired sub
machine guns and Chinese-made
rockets at the heavily fortified U.S.
Embassy in Guatemala City, police
Guards at the embassy — where
security measures have been in
creased in the last year because of
spiraling political violence — did not
have time to fire back at the attackers
in the center of the capital Wednes
day, police said.
The attack caused no deaths or
injuries but damaged the walls of the
American mission and part of a state-
owned bank adjacent to it, witnesses
The leftist Guerrilla Army of the
Poor, one of fo^r rebel groups fight
ing under a unified military com
mand to oust Guatemala’s military
rulers, claimed responsiblity for the
attack in a phone call to a local televi
sion station.
The rebels, who blame U.S. “impe
rialism” for political strife in the Cen
tral American nation of 7.2 million,
fired two Chinese-made RPG rockets
and several bursts of automatic
weapons’ fire at the embassy before
fleeing, police said.
Housing increase
Vending machines give
drinks ‘and a smile’
Pay raise cause for new rates
by Kelli Proctor
Battalion Reporter
Backtalk, money conversation and
even a thank-you from Coca-Cola.
But from a Coke machine?
Yes, the talking vender for Coca-
Cola has a voice and musical back
ground that brings smiles to consum
ers and attention and business to
Coca-Cola, Russell Hanna, manager
of vending operations for Bryan
Coca-Cola Bottling Company, said.
The vender was installed in the
basement of the Memorial Student
Center the week before spring break.
The talking vender begins by
saying, “Hello, I’m a talking Coca-
Cola vending machine.” If the money
deposited was an insufficient amount,
the voice tells the customer, “you
need to put in more money,” and af
ter the proper amount is inserted,
“make your selection please,” the
machine says. After receiving the be
verage, comes, “thanks for using the
talking vender. Please come again.” If
change is returned, a reminder says
“don’t forget your change,” ending
the conversation.
The machine is the first of its kind
in the soft drink industry, and avail
able only to bottlers of Coca-Cola.
The talking machine was developed
by Coca-Cola U.S.A. and Sanyo
Vending Machine Company, Ltd., of
Japan, Hanna said.
The vending machine is like any
other Coke machine, except the addi
tion of a $200 computurized module.
The voice is not a recording, and no
tapes or recorders produce the
speech, Hanna said.
A programmed circuit store the
voice pattern, and when coins are de
posited, the changer sends a signal
that activates the the micro
processor’s memory. The program
med sentences then travel in electro
nic form to the speaker system. Re
sults are heard as words, Hanna said.
When the machines were first
available, the Bryan Coca-Cola Co.
bought four others, which also are
installed in the Bryan-College Station
area. Fifteen others are ordered, and
Hanna said additional machines will
be installed on campus in the near
Many students aren’t aware that
such a machine exists, but the ones
that do, find it amusing and interest
“It’s amusing, nice and doesn’t cost
anymore for a Coke, so I go to hear
the voice,” John Howell, freshman
chemical engineering student, said.
“It’s kind of out of the ordinary
and clever,” Rob Dillinger, a graduate
student in the biology department
said, after using the machine for the
first time.
Dillinger said he probably would
have forgotten his change at one of
the other machines.
by Rebeca Zimmermann
Battalion Staff
Sally has lived in Keathley Hall for
three years, but she thinks next year
she’ll finally move off campus; in
creasing dorm rates have made it
easier for her tojustify living off cam
pus to her parents.
The Texas A&M University Sys
tem Board of Regents has approved
an 8 percent increase in residence hall
Semester costs to live in the non-
air-conditioned residence halls, Hart,
Law, Puryear and Walton Halls, in
creased from $263 to $284 per semes
ter. Crocker, Davis-Gary, Hotard,
Moore, Moses and Dorms 1 through
12 increased from $424 to $458.
Rates for air-conditioned, suite-
type dormitories — Fowler, Hughes,
Keathley, Mclnnis and Schumacher
Halls — were raised from $467 to
$504. Legget Hall went from $490 to
The new modular dorms — Cle
ments, Haas, Hobby, McFadden,
Neeley and Underwood — will cost
$678 per semester, instead of $628.
Commons area dorms — Aston,
Dunn, Krueger and Mosher — rose
from $655 to $707 per semester.
The state-mandated salary in
crease of 8.7 percent for state em
ployees is the primary reason for the
increase, Jimmy D. Ferguson, admi
nistrative services manager, said.
The Texas Legislature the past two
years has ordered an 8.7 percent sal
ary increase for state employees.
Texas A&M University must give this
increase to Physical Plant workers and
maintenance and custodial people.
“Eight percent (for dorm rate in
creases) is a moderate increase based
on solid, sound information,” Fergu
son said.
Estimated costs are determined
from past dormitory expenses and
projected increases in the cost of utili
ties and labor, Ferguson said.
Ron Blatchley, director of student
affairs, said his office requested a 4.9
percent increase in dorm rates for
1982-83, However, his budget re
quest only includes the operational
part of residence halls — salaries for
resident advisers, head residents and
employees of the various area offices.
His budget does not include utilities
and maintenance and custodial work
ers’ salaries.
Blatchley’s budget request is sent to
Dr. Koldus, vice president for student
services. The request then goes to the
business services department. The
business services department uses
projected utility costs and other dorm
expenses with Blatchley’s request to
figure an annual budget. This budget
request is submitted to the Board of
Blatchley said increases in utility
costs can be a factor in the rate in
crease, but the crucial factor is the pay
raise for state employees, he said.
Ferguson agreed that rising utility
costs effect the estimated budget. He
said 40 percent of the annual resi
dence hall budget goes to pay utility
bills, which include electrical power,
heat, water, chilled water for air con
ditioning, hot water and sewer facili
Projected utility costs for 1982-83
in the north dormitory area are
$807,246. Estimated costs for the
non-air conditioned dorms and Leg
gett are $278,575. The Corps area
See HOUSING page 12
Think tank predicts mechanized
jobs, world of the late 1980s
Drill team competing
Saturday on campus
to get championship
by Debbie Schard
Battalion Reporter
The forty-member Fish Drill Team
will participate in a state meet at 7
a.m. Saturday in Zachry parking lot.
The team must win this meet by six
points to earn the Texas State Cham
The team won a drill meet at
Washington University in St. Louis,
Mo. last Saturday.
The team came in first in exhibi
tion drill and inspection, while plac
ing second in basic drill. Freshmen
team members Sean Keighery and
Jesus Mariel both won individual
honors at Washington University.
Keighery placed fourth in the indi
vidual exhibition and Mariel placed
fourth in the individual basic drill-off.
“The team has had some tough
breaks, and whether they win the
state championship or not, they’ll be
winners in our eyes,” junior adviser
Don Brackett said. “They’ve done
real well.”
The FDT has won four state cham
pionships in the past six years.
This semester, the team also has
competed at Mardi Gras and at the
University of Texas, where they
placed second in both competitions.
The team usually competes in four
or five meets a semester.
Freshmen Corps members are
given the opportunity to join the Fish
Drill Team during the fall semester,
and any freshmen is eligible to be a
member. However, in the spring
semester, only freshmen with a grade
point ratio of a 2.0 or above are
allowed on the team. The drill team is
led by junior advisers Don Brackett
and Jay Fisher, and six sophomore
United Press International
SAN FRANCISCO — If you’re a
bank teller, stenographer or a sales
clerk, better figure on being in
another job in 10 years — like bioen
gineering, communications or show
A recent report by SRI Interna
tional, a think-tank formerly known
as the Stanford Research Institute,
—People won’t be going to the
bank much by 1990, and when they
do, the teller will be a machine.
—Stenographers will be replaced
by voice operated typewriters.
—Retail sales clerks will be re
placed by an “electronic ‘super store,’
with price comparison, merchandise
display, ordering and payment all
handled electronically.”
The SRI study, prepared for the
state government, said California is
on the cutting edge of the technolo
gical revolution and will feel the im
pact ahead of the rest of the country.
In the next 10 years, the emerging
biotechnology industry could rival
the electronics development of the
past 10 years, the study says. Bioen
gineering has many implications for
medicine, agriculture, and industrial
materials and “could easily create
hundreds of occupations that do not
yet exist and could employ tens of
Electronics and semiconductor
manufacturing employment will peak
in the early 1980s, then level off, the
SRI researchers said. Application of
the products from these industries,
however, will be the single biggest
source of new jobs.
Industries such as communica
tions, computer business services and
information services, which use tech
nology, will need 40,000 to 100,000
new workers in California alone be
fore 1990.
Another area with a promising fu
ture is the movie business and other
entertainment schemes using new'
technology. The study cited the
“enormous requirement for enter
tainment to fill the new video chan
New entertainment products may
include a device which enables each
viewer to direct the plot of a televised
story. It called this the ultimate dream
machine. Small, independent opera
tions, will dominate the entertain
ment developments. “In fact, this is
the key growth sector for small busi
ness,” the study said.
Classified 8
Local 3
National 10
Opinions 2
Sports 13
State 7
What’s Up 10
Today’s Forecast: Early morning
fog becoming partly cloudy and
warm with a high in the mid-80s
and a low near 70. Friday’s forecast
calls for partly cloudy skies and a 30
percent chance of rain.