The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, November 01, 1982, Image 5

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Battalion/Page 5
November 1, 1982
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tid, aietutm Qi en Dromgoole, editor of
•petition. , Bryan-College Station
I lepetition, y| e J sa j ( | some people ques-
imnn (, ‘ lllr ri the effectiveness of news-
campaignir^erjendorsements, especially
u in lit na tional elections,
said (.alien “j think people pretty much
rent televtsm^g U p their own minds on
s UK) mant ise (national elections),” he
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an said telnw m ight have a little more
, ir.r niediuntjj ac( on local and state elec-
ampaign, fill ^sand lesser-known races like
newspaper judgeships.”
dates try to 3romgoole said it is impor-
ewscasts bnj t for the paper to endorse a
lio watch thcydidate whether the endorse-
ned to vote tlu n t sways public opinion or
m’t,” he said.
‘We just add our voice to
nacrous other voices,” he said.
The editorial board of the
Lie — consisting of the pub-
r~\ editor, managing editor
^11 I li associate editor — inter-
ws candidates, discusses the
es and then votes to decide
ich candidates will be en-
1 C rsed, he said.
O V-/ ‘We give our positions on the
tes and the best candidates to
ry out the position,” Drom
goole said. “Some people ques
tion whether it may harm our
objectivity as a newspaper but it
seems it would be a cop-out not
to endorse.”
In an editorial for the county
court-at-law race, the Eagle did
not endorse a candidate, Drom
goole said, because there was
“not much to be served by either
The Brenham Banner Press
does not endorse candidates in
local elections, editor Charles
Moser said.
“We only endorse on the na
tional level if we feel strongly for
a candidate,” he said.
Moser said he decides who
will be endorsed in the paper.
“We have a lot who ask us to
endorse them, but it’s not a
criteria for our endorsement,”
he said. “I feel we have an obli
gation to do it, but I don’t think
it changes people’s minds.”
John Senderling, editorial
page director for Dallas Times-
Herald, said the paper endorses
“everything on the ballot even
down to constitutional amend
The endorsements have an
effect on local races but not on
the national elections, Senderl
ing said.
“In local races, they may not
be familiar with the candidates,
so they may follow newspapers
to make a decision,” he said.
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The research was done for
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The editorial board of the
Times-Herald decides which
candidates will be endorsed, he
said. The paper then compares
the candidates in editorials and
explains its reasons for endors
ing them. Right before the elec
tion, the paper runs an endorse
ment summary on the editorial
“Once we endorsed a person
not greatly enamored by the
newspaper because we didn’t
feel his opponent would be a
good choice for the position,”
Senderling said.
Endorsements may be impor
tant to candidates.
“We rely quite heavily on en
dorsements by newspapers,”
said Trey Strake, son of George
Strake, Republican candidate
for lieutenant governor. Strake
said he serves as a surrogate for
his father by traveling and cam
paigning throughout Texas.
The small rural newspaper
endorsements are important to
the candidates because people in
small towns tend to follow the
papers, he said.
The Houston Chronicle,
which endorsed Lloyd Bentsen
for the U.S. Senate and William
Clements for Texas governor,
relies on its editorial board to
decide which candidates will be
“Candidates frequently call
upon us,” said Les Bennett,
senior associate editor for the
Chronicle. “We listen to what
they have to say and then make a
The Chronicle endorses its
candidates in editorial form and
then lists a summary of the en
dorsements right before the
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election, Bennett said.
The Fort Worth Star-
Telegram interviews every can
didate in every election before
endorsements are made, said
Mike Strickland, assistant man
aging editor.
“We seek them out,” he said.
“We want to make sure we’ve got
Once the candidates are inter
viewed, he said, recommenda
tions are made to the executive
editor of the paper, who makes
the final decision on which can
didates will be endorsed.
“This also goes for amend
ments,” Strickland said.
“No matter what we say, it
won’t make any difference,” he
said. “But many seek out the
opinions of the major institution
in the community. We’re offer
ing a public service to them.”
The Houston Post has a poli
cy, started years ago, of not en
dorsing candidates, a spokes
man for the paper said.
“We think it is wise to give
comprehensive and detailed
coverage of the candidates but
not to recommend,” the spokes
man said.
“Endorsement of candidates
does not mean much. We print
what they say and what they
stand for. We let people try to
make up their own minds.”
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by Kelley Smith
Battalion Reporter
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Charles Gilreath said.
The user pays only for com
puter time and the cost of any
mailed-in printouts.
AIRS is more flexible than
printed references because one
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If a user is researching the
effects of divorce on children,
the words divorce, children, and
adjustment could be used and
only citations for material that
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Usually a citation telling
where to look for the informa
tion and sometimes, depending
on the space available in the file,
a summary of the article will be
“The computer is not to
answer questions but to tell you
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The library averages 100 to 130
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Roommate Leaving — What To Do?
John is a sophomore majoring in Business Administration. Because of
financial problems, his roommate, Carl, has decided to go home and work
the remainder of the semester. In August, however, Carl signed a nine
month lease with John for a two bedroom apartment. John is afraid that he
will not find another roommate once Carl goes home, and there is
absolutely no way he can afford the total rent of $375.00 per month.
Their lease states that all roommates are “jointly and severally liable.”
This means if one tenant moves out, the remaining tenant(s) will be
responsible for the total rent. In addition to the lease, John and Carl
signed a Roommate Tenancy Contract. This agreement outlines in detail
each roommates’ responsibilities to the other and includes the conse
quences of one roommate moving out before the lease ends. Knowing that
they are legally bound by the lease and tenancy contract, John and Carl
begin to investigate their options:
1) They could try to find another roommate. The manager would
probably allow him to be added to the lease. Because Carl is the one
leaving, it should be his responsibility to find a replacement. If Carl
leaves without finding a replacement or paying his share of the rent
and utilities, John can sue him in Justice of the Peace Court to
recover the lost money.
2) They could, with the manager’s approval, re-lease or sublease the
apartment, and John could find a new place to live.
3) They could talk to the manager to see if it is possible for John to move
into a smaller, less expensive apartment in the same complex.
4) The final option is not recommended. They could break the lease and
move out. It is incorrect' to think you forfeit only your security
deposit if you break your lease.
Many apartment managers and property owners are now reporting
residents who break leases to the local Credit Bureau. This can have an
impact on your future ability to gain credit.
You can also he sued for the remainder of the rent you owe. If you are
sued and unable to pay, a judgment can be filed against you. A judgment
on your record can prevent you from obtaining loans and credit. Also,
certain personal property that you acquire can be used for payment of the
In the event that you or your roommate must move out, consider the
available options. Also remember that the Students' Legal Advisors cannot
advise one student against another. The Off Campus Center has advisors
and student staff who are trained to help students with roommate and
landlord situations. Stop by the Off Campus Center-Puryear Hall, or give
us a call at 845-1741. We will be glad to answer any questions you might
The Residence Hall Association (RHA) recently began the “Adopt-a-
Fish” program. Through this program freshmen and first Semester transfer
students can participate in residence hall life. Those students taking part
in the program will be required to pay the hall’s activity fee and will then
be assigned to a particular floor, wing, or ramp. The off campus students
will attend social functions, educational programs, and fund raisers of the
“adopted” residence hall. RHA hopes that through this program off
campus students will become more active in campus events and learn
more about what it means to be an Aggie. If you are interested, go by the
RHA cubicle in Room 216 of the MSC and sign up. Acceptance in this
program will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
Post Oak Center
Off Campus Aggies: General Meetings will be held:
Wednesday, November 3 301 Rudder 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 17 301 Rudder 7:00 p.m.
Apartment Council/Officer’s Meeting will be held:
Wednesday, November 10 601 Rudder 7:00 p.m.
Satellites: The Off Campus Center will have resource tables providing
information about off campus living. They will be located in
the following areas throughout the remainder of the
Tuesday, November 2 A&A Rldg. 12:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Monday, November 8 MSC 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Monday, November 15 Zachry 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Monday, November 22 Library 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Monday, November 29 A&A Rldg. 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Manager’s Reception: On Thursday, November 11, the Off Campus
Center and Off Campus Aggies will sponsor a
reception for area property managers. Univer
sity representatives, and off campus students.
The reception will be held from 4:00 until 6:00
p.m. at the Off Campus Center in Puryear
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