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)l. 75 No. 153 USPS 045360 12 Pages
College Station, Texas
Wednesday, May 26, 1982
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Britain said today the destroyer
MS Coventry as sunk by Argen-
Ine air attacks — the fourth Royal
avy warship lost in the Falklands
ghting — and a merchant ship had
be abandoned in Tuesday’s air
“We have received further reports
ernight about the outcome of yes-
:rday’s Argentine air attacks on the
k force,” Defense Ministry spokes-
lan Ian McDonald said.
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‘HMS Coventry, a destroyer, was
it and has been lost. The Atlantic
lonveyor, a merchant ship, requisi-
loned to support the fleet, was also
and has had to be abandoned.”
The loss of the Coventry brought
four the number of British ships
ink since Argentina invaded the
alkland islands April 2.
The Coventry was a 3,560-ton des-
royer and sister ship to HMS Shef-
ield, the first British ship sunk by
irgendna. The Atlantic Conveyor
vas a merchant ship requisitioned for
he task force.
The loss of the Coventry brought
o four the number of British ships
unk since Argentina invaded the
’alkland islands April 2.
The statement included no infor-
nation on the number of British
asualties, but McDonald said next of
in were being informed.
McDonald said the Atlantic Con-
'eyor, a container ship belonging to
the Cunard Line, had been carrying
Harrier jet reinforcements for the
task force, but the aircraft had been
unloaded before the attack.
Rescue operations to recover the
crew of the two ships continued
throughout the night, McDonald
The Coventry, with a crew of 280,
was believed hit by bombs, defense
sources said. Another destroyer with
the Coventry also was believed to have
incurred some damage in Tuesday’s
raids, defense sources said.
News reports from the fleet said
British troops were engaging Argen
tine troops in scattered fighting on
East Falkland, but the Defense Minis
try said it had no details. Britain holds
an estimated 60-square-mile beach
The British Broadcasting Corp.
quoted unidentified reports of Brit
ish patrols probing close to Port Stan
ley but the Defense Ministry said it
had no confirmation.
Despite the continued losses in
ships, Britain said it was taking a
heavy toll of Argentine aircraft. In
cluding three jets downed Tuesday,
the British count showed 50 Argen
tine jets and nine Argentine helicop
ters — roughly a third of the air force.
Argentina admits the loss of only
15 aircraft and four helicopters, while
saying it has shot down 16 British
Harrier jets. Britain admits the loss of
only five Harriers — most in accidents
— and nine helicopters.
photo by Jan Fambro
Aggie pitcher Lori Stoll hurls a pitch during her team’s
2-0 victory over Southwest Missouri in the Association for
Intercollegiate Athletics for Women national championships.
The Aggies won the national title by winning seven games
during the tourney, with Tuesday’s 4-1, 5-3 victories over
Oklahoma State clinching their first AIAW championship.
Brock, softball
team win AIAW
by Frank L. Christlieb
Sports Editor
Five seniors on the Aggie women’s
softball team have spent the past four
years trying to bring their school a
national championship. After
finishing fifth, third and fourth in the
nation during their first three years
with the squad, these five seniors we
ren’t about to settle for anything but
first in 1981.
And they didn’t.
But it took a gallant come-from-
behind effort to bring Texas A&M
University one of the only major-
sport national championships in its
The rain-soaked Association for
Intercollegiate Athletics for Women
national tournament, which started
Thursday in Norman, Okla., didn’t
end until Texas A&M had defeated
Oklahoma State 4-1 and 5-3 Tuesday
afternoon in the championship
games. As originally scheduled, the
double-elimination tourney would
have ended Sunday.
Those five seniors — third base-
man Eya Resendez, right fielder
Karen Guerrero, center fielder Mary
Fou Youngblood, first baseman
Shannon Murray and left fielder Mel
Pritchard — have provided the
Aggies with leadership throughout
their four seasons with the team.
Topping off their careers with a
s^tjfefying championship cherry to
conclude a combined 84-9 fall and
spring season, the seniors found it
difficult to describe their feelings af-
ter Tuesday’s clincher.
“Right now, all I can do is thank the
Lord,” said Resendez, one of the
team’s co-captains. “We knew we
could win, because we’ve beaten OSU
all spring. No matter what, we didn’t
give up.”
That’s the key. After starting the
tourney as the No. 1 seed, then losing
the first game 1-0 Thursday to United
States International University, it
seemed that only a miracle would
vault Texas A&M into the champion
ship against the survivor of the win
ner’s bracket.
But first-year coach Bob Brock has
watched his team battle back many
times. So many times, in fact, that he
says he had no doubts when the
Aggies lost to USIU in the opener,
thereby falling into the loser’s
And he didn’t lose confidence
when his team let a 2-1 final-game
lead slip away after OSU first base-
man Pam Harper’s two-run home run
in the fifth inning. With a tying run in
the top of the seventh and the win
ning runs in the eighth, Brock and his
squad brought home their elusive
championship trophy.
“What can I say?” Brock laughed.
“The girls really did it. I only stood
behind them and coached.
“We didn’t get down — we knew we
had the team to win it, and we never
gave up. We went into these games
with OSU thinking it was a double-
header, not the College World Series.
See SOFTBALL page 9
SSO suit against Texas A&M dismissed
by Rebeca Zimmermann
Battalion Staff
The federal court suit filed in* 1977 by the
Jay Student Service Organization against
Texas A&M University has been dismissed by
J.S. District Judge Ross N. Sterling.
“The court finds that Texas A&M Univer
ity’s refusal to extend official recognition to
Jay Student Services was not a restraint on
he students’ right of association, since the
mrpose of the association was not a goal
otherwise protected by the First Amend
ment,” Sterling ruled.
He also ruled the University had not
iolated a protected constitutional right by
lenying recognition to the group.
GSSO members filed a civil rights suit in
ebruary 1977 which claimed the University’s
efusal to grant recognition to the group was a
iolation of the members’ First Amendment
ights of free speech and assembly. The
;roup sought compensation for damages re-
ulting from Texas A&M’s refusal of recogni
tion, court costs and legal fees.
“We think the trial went just fine, but we
think the judge overlooked the facts,” Larry
Sauer, an attorney representing the GSSO,
“Our (the attorneys) intent is to appeal,”
Sauer said. But, he added, GSSO members
will probably meet before making the final
decision about whether or not the group
would appeal.
A member of GSSO, which is a functioning
organization without University affiliation,
said the group has no comments to make at
this time.
He said the appeal would be based on the
group’s belief that the facts presented at the
trial conclusively show the GSSO is a service,
not social, organization.
James B. Bond, vice chancellor for legal
affairs and general counsel for the Texas
A&M University System, said Sterling found
that the organization was not of sufficient
character to be anything other than a social
Sterling’s decision said the First Amend
ment applies to service organizations, not so
cial organizations, because universities are
legally able to decide what kind of organiza
tions will be allowed on a campus. Texas A&M
does not allow social groups to be University-
Bond said Sterling believed the group was
more like sororities and fraternities than a
service organization.
Sauer argues that the group’s purposes
include counseling students, bringing in
speakers and distributing educational infor
mation about homosexuals to promote better
understanding between homosexuals and
Bond said Sterling dismissed the case only
after a full hearing.
“A major hurdle has been accomplished,”
Bond said.
He said the legal proceedings may not be
over, but he now feels a “prevailing relief’ at
the decision.
“It’s very rewarding for a court to be
courageous enough for not allowing the First
Amendment to go to absurd limits and to
allow the University to exercise discretion in
determining which organization it feels to be
proper,” Bond said.
Bond said Sterling felt Texas A&M was
being fair in its general attitude to homosex
uals. He said the judge found no evidence of
muzzling the students’ ability to freely speak
Sterling’s dismissal of the case may not
have ended the six-year battle between the
GSSO and Texas A&M University. The con
troversy began in April 1976, when the GSSO
asked for official University recognition. The
University denied that request in May 1976.
In November 1976, Dr. John J. Koldus,
vice president for student services at Texas
A&M, sent a letter to the GSSO which gave the
University’s reasons for refusing the GSSO’s
In February 1977, the GSSO filed a federal
civil rights suit, which was dismissed in
November 1977 by Sterling on the grounds
that the University could no) be sued for
money damages.
But, the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals in New Orleans cited a 1978 Sup
reme Court decision which states that local
governing bodies can be sued for money dam
ages to overturn Sterling’s dismissal of the suit
in February 1980.
Texas A&M appealed to the U.S. Supreme
Court in March 1980 but the Supreme Court
refused to hear the University’s appeal in De
cember 1980.
In October 1981, Texas A&M requested a
delay of the trial but the motion was denied.
The trial ran from November 16 through
November 19, 1981.
Sauer said the group has 30 days in which
to give notice of an appeal.
The appeal would be heard by the Fifth
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New
ss and
and But®
Lt. Ken DeMoyse, from College Station
and a special graduate with the Air
Catch me Daddy
staff photo by John Ryan
Force, encourages his 2-year-old son Jim
as he dives into Woffard-Cain pool.
of any
Registration starts Monday
at the DeWare Field House
by Cyndy Davis
Battalion Staff
Registration for first summer ses
sion classes at Texas A&M will be
All students who were not enrolled
atTexas A&M last spring must report
to the Office of Admissions in Heaton
Hall if permission to register has not
been secured before registration day.
: To register for summer courses,
students should pick up registration
card packets in DeWare Field House
at the following times according to the
first letter of their last name:
S through Z — 7-8:15 a.m.
A through D — 8:15 - 9:30 a.m.
E through K — 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
L through R — 10:45 - noon.
Students then register for courses
and report to their department head
or designated representative in G.
Rollie White Coliseum for course
approval. Juniors and seniors in the
colleges of agriculture and engineer
ing must bring an approved degree
plan when they register.
After courses are selected and
approved, students report to the dean
of their college for schedule approval.
Students then obtain fee invoices
from the fee assessors in 212 and 224
Completed card packets must be
turned in by 2 p.m. to the registrar’s
station, also in 212 and 224 MSC.
Tuition and fees can be paid Tues
day at the cashier’s desk in the col
Late registration will be conducted
Tuesday through Thursday.
Students who fail to complete re-
S stration by 2 p.m. Monday, who pay
es after the first day of classes or
who go through late registration will
be charged a $10 late fee.
Classes begin Tuesday.
Hallers may take
case to court
by Terry Duran
Battalion Staff
After suspension by University
officials Friday, James L. Hallers II,
charged with computer tampering
and scholastic dishonesty, must now
wait for the next two phases of disci
plinary proceedings pending against
Hallers, 19, was suspended for the
Fall 1982 semester after a three-hour
closed hearing Friday before Univer
sity disciplinary officer Bill Kibler.
Punishment could have ranged from
a verbal reprimand to permanent dis
missal from the University, including
erasure of Spring 1982 semester
The freshman computing science
major from Houston must now face a
third degree felony charge — tam
pering with government records —
and possible action by the college of
engineering on charges of scholastic
The felony charge is punishable by
two to 10 years in a state penitentiary
or up to a $5,000 fine, or both. Hallers
had said earlier he was going to plead
guilty in return for deferred adjudi
cation — two years’ probation after
which, if no further violations occur,
the offense would be wiped from the
individual’s record.
However, Hallers said Tuesday
letting the case go to trial is being
strongly considered.
Brazos County District Attorney
Travis Bryan III said he had been
informed of Hallers’ intentions, and
said the case, if allowed to go to trial,
will probably come before a jury some
time in the next four to five months.
Disciplinary action from the col
lege of engineering is also possible, on
charges of scholastic dishonesty. Col
lege officials concerned were not
available for comment.
Hallers, who had a home compu
ter hooked into the University Data
Processing Center, was arrested April
28 and later released on $300 bond
after two grades on a March 31 Che
mistry 102 exam were found to have
been changed after examining com
puter records.
Home computers may be con
nected to the University computer
system by arrangement with the DPC.
Hallers said after his arrest that he
used his terminal to “look around” in
University files, but denied changing
any grades.
Dr. Rod O’Connor, director of
freshman chemistry programs, said
Tuesday eight other students were
being investigated on similar charges.
O’Connor said the eight were part of
more than 20 investigated due to
“suspicious circumstances.” He said
the students have been sent written
notification that they are being inves
tigated, and he is waiting for a reply
from the students.
O’Connor said chemistry depart
ment computer files have since been
transferred to a departmental com
puter with controllable external ac
“We’ve got security now,” he said.
Classified 8
Local 3
National 5
Opinions 2
Sports 9
State 4
United Press International
Today is Wednesday, May 26, the
146th day of 1982 with 219 to
The morning star is Venus.
The evening stars are Mercury,
Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
Those born on this date are
under the sign of Gemini.
American entertainer A1 Jolson
was born May 26,1886. Others born
on this date were Peggy Lee in 1920
and John Wayne in 1907.
On this date in history:
In 1868, President Andrew John
son was acquitted of impeachment
charges by one vote. He had been
accused of “high crimes and misde
Today’s Forecast: Cloudy, be
coming partly cloudy, with a 30
percent chance of rain. Partly
cloudy Thursday with a 30 percent
chance of rain. High of 90 and low
of 72 today, high of 93 and low of
72 Thursday.