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Battalion/Page 9
February 2, 1983
Attorney General files pollution suits
United Press International
I HOUSTON — Texas Attor
ney General Jim Mattox has
filed lawsuits against five sewage
treatment plants for allegedly
contributing to pollution at Lake
.Houston — a major source of
drinking water for the city of
Houston court records showed
Mattox, vowing to make an
example of chronic polluters,
Monday said he would seek in
junctions and fines ranging
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from $50 to $1,000 dollars per
day, per violation against each of
the five facilities.
Those named in the lawsuit
included the sewage treatment
plant of the city of Cleveland in
Liberty County, Prestonwood
Forest Utility District, Harris
County Municipal Utility Dis
trict 82, Montgomery County
Municipal Utility District 15 and
the Spring Creek Utility District
in Montgomery County.
Each facility drains into
creeks feeding Lake Houston,
which supplies about 40 percent
of the drinking water for the city
of Houston.
Recent samples from the lake
showed higher than normal
levels of fecal bacteria which
means the lake fails to meet stan
dards for contact recreation,
such as swimming.
Mattox said the lawsuits rep
resent the beginning of a “new
direction” for the attorney gen
eral’s office in a battle against
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Braniff-PSA deal
gets tentative OK
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eral judge reviewed a bank
ruptcy court’s tentative
approval for a joint deal be
tween bankrupt Braniff and
Pacific Southwest Airlines.
The ruling by Judge John
Flowers, issued Monday, was
stayed for two days to allow
for a thorough check by fed
eral authorities to see if
there were any potential leg
al snags in the arrangement.
Regardless of the review,
attorneys representing air
lines, unions and some cre
ditors, who opposed the
agreement, told Flowers
they would appeal the ruling
before U.S. District Judge
Eldon Mahon of Fort
The decision ended Bra-
niffs two-week long court
battle to win aproval of its
plan with PSA. The Califor
nia carrier will operate a
Texas division using some of
the Dallas-based airline’s
idled planes and equipment
and rehire 2,000 of the
9,000 of its former em
An unfavorable ruling
probably would have killed
the deal and forced Braniff
into liquidation to pay off
some $1 billion in debts.
Cecil Scaglione, spokes
man for PSA in San Diego,
Calif., said, “This was one of
the major hurdles and the
ruling shows the bankruptcy
court agrees with us.”
Flowers said the Braniff-
PSA arrangement was the
best deal possible for idle
Braniff employees and its
“I am convinced this is the
best that can be achieved
under the circumstances,”
Flowers said while approv
ing the deal.
He also ruled that he has
authority to assign landing
slots held by Braniff to PSA
for the new operation.
The Federal Aviation
Administration had earlier
said it had sole authority
over the slots, but Flowers
contended the slots could be
assigned to any Braniff “suc
cessor” and Flowers defined
PSA as a successor under
that regulation.
Mahon could give the
appeal a priority and hand
down a decision within a
month, but losers in his
court could turn to the 5th
U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals in New Orleans
and, if rebuffed there, ask
the U.S. Supreme Court for
a final ruling.
The appeals process
could last several months
and kill the agreement be
tween the two airlines.
PSA officials said the air
line would withdraw from
the agreement if it is unable
to begin operating its prop
osed Texas division by May 1
to take advantage of the luc
rative summer travel season.
The agreement would
allow PSA to use 30 Braniff
jets and the former landing
slots and facilities used by
the defunct airline at the
Dallas-Fort Worth airport.
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Many Student Opportunities for Involvement
Texas A&M University's College
of Business Administration offers
students much more than just a
classroom education. Although
academic excellence is a priority,
students are also involved in a
wide array of extra-cirricular acti
vities. These activities are volun
tary and add to the student's
academic experirence.
Student organizations in busi
ness are open to anyone who
would like to donate time and
effort to a worthy cause. The orga
nizations are beneficial to the col
lege, the community and, most of
all to the students, who have simi
lar interests and needs.
Business Student Council
In order for Career Fair '83 to take
place in February, much planning
and preparation had to been done.
Business Student Council began
working on Career Fair in August
'82 and has yet to cease. Because of
all the work and dedication that
people have devoted to Career
Fair, I feel it is only appropriate to
use this time and space to thank all
the people who volunteered their
time to help in the organization of
Career Fair.
The eight committee chairmen,
Lisa , Klussmann, Frank Cinatl,
Greg Patak, Gerard Thibodeaux,
Monica Calvin, Wes Volberding,
Jim Currie and Jeff Lamberth,
along with the officers, Marianne
Dominguez Cheryl Roberts and
Tres Wright, and the remainder of
the Business Student Council,
worked late nights and weekends
to create a professional environ
ment that would allow student
and recruiter interaction.
Business Student Council owes
much appreciation to our advisor,
Lynn Zimmermann, who has been
very patient and understanding
with all of us. He has taken the
time and energy to work indi
vidually with each council
Finally, a special thanks to the
remaining Career Fair workers
who are not Business Student
Council members. Business Stu
dent Council is not only composed
of thirty members, yet we have
over 200 people working on Career
Fair. Without the help of all these
people the planning and prepara
tion for Career Fair '83 would not
have been successfully completed.
Susie Brandt, President
Business Student Council
The Finance Association is a pro
fessional organization geared to
ward benefiting the students. The
Association offers several advan
tages during the course of the
The activities range from recep
tions and parties, to field trips and
guest speakers. Firms host recep
tions at local hotels and country
clubs that all Finance Association
members are encouraged to
attend. The students learn about
the hosting firms and have the
opportunity to have any questions
answered and to talk with profes
sionals on a one to one basis. ,
Also, if the students happen to
be interviewing with a particular
firm that is hostng a reception, the
student has a chance to meet and
get to know his interviewer and it
also gives the interviewer a chance
to talk with the student in a social
Feel free to drop by the Business
Student Council Office, or check
the Finance Association bulletin
board for upcoming events. Good
luck this semester—
Frank Cinatl, 693-4459
Enjoy working with people? In
terested in a career in personnel? If
so, ASPA is for you. The student
chapter of the American Society
for Personnel Administratiors
opens many career opportunities
for those interested in the field of
personnel and at the same time
offers students a chance to interact
with others on a social basis.
When you join ASPA, you join
thousands of human resource
management executives, staff spe
cialists, and students with similar
needs and responsibilities. ASPA
helps members become more
effective on the job by offering
opportunities for idea exchange
and career development services.
The student chapter of ASPA is
affiliated with the national ASPA
organization and is eligible to par
ticipate in all national ASPA activi
ties, including regional meetings
and their national convention.
If you have any questions, or
would like to join this chapter,
please give us a call!
Candy Canter, 693-4156, or Jos-
lyn Boyd, 696-2087, co-presidents
The TAMU MBA Association will
begin its new semester with nomi
nations and election of new offic
ers. Nominations will be taken on
February 9 at the general meeting,
rm. 156 A&A at 6:00 pm. Elections
will be February 10 and 11. Only
PAID members as of February 9
will be able to vote.
Other Febraury activities in
clude, of course, the case competi
tion on February 18 and 19. We
hope to win this year with our
team—Keith Kaminsky, Cathy
Ragan, and Nancy Nelson.
For more details, check the ''DI
VIDEND'' calendar!
The spring of '83 will be one of the
best opportunities for students in
the College of Business to take
advantage of events that will not
only bring them in contact with
recruiters and visiting executives,
but will also expose them to valu
able information beyond the tex
tbooks and classroon situation.
Career Fair and Business Week are
excellent examples of such oppor
The Marketing Society, as one of
the largest student organisation in
the College of Business, will strive
to provide its members with activi
ties that will make this semester a
worthwhile and meaningful ex
perience. The Marketing Society
had an excellent fall semester. The
Dallas Trip was very successful
with over 170 members participat
ing. Xerox and Beecham Products
made presentations at student
meetings on the marketing activi
ties and job opportunities in their
respective fields. We hope that
more members will see the be
nefits of attending these activities
and possible job contacts that can
be made at such events.
This semester the Marketing
Society will plan a field trip to
Houston, have guest lectures at
selected meetings, and an end of
the year banquet for all members.
The officers attended a leadership
conference at the University of
Texas this past weekend.
The Marketing Society provides
an excellent chance for students to
meet faculty and others who are
interested in careers in Marketing-
.The officers and advisors hope
that more of our members will ac
tively participate . If you have any
questions about joining Marketing
Society or the semester's events,
please feel free to give me or any of
the officers a call.
Ron Foshee, president, 696-4060
The 1983 spring semester is
going full steam ahead and so is
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the Accounting Society! The first
week of February is designated as
Business Week and the Account
ing Society is in full support of
Career Fair.
The Accounting Society is one of
the largest professional organiza
tions on campus. Its purpose is to
promote the relations betweeen fa
culty and students as well as be
tween professional accountants
and students.
We will be having ouriirstmeet-
ing-of the spring semester onFeb.
8, "Alternatives in Accounting".
At this meeting we will introduce
available alternative career oppor
tunities to "Big Eight" accounting.
At our next meeting on March 8,
"Why Accounting?", we hope to
discover what really goes on "be
hind the scenes" in public
accounting. Our last meeting will
be the 1983-84 officer elections on
April 5.
Our activities will be better than
ever this semster! Starting with the
Un-Party on Feb. 24 for those of us
who are tired of having to "dress
up" to fit in at a party. Next is the
infamous annual Luau - need I say
more? And last but certainly not
least is GAAP on April 25. GAAP
(Greater Annual Accountants
Playday) is held annually and this
year includes a 5K run for students
and professionals, a golf tourna
ment, a tennis tournament, and a
banquet and dance. Professional
accountants, faculty, and students
are all invited to interact in an in
formal atmosphere.
Don't forget, potential members
can still join the Accounting Socie
ty at our first meeting or in the
Accounting office for $8 this
Ronda Steely, 696-2580
Data Processing Management
Association is off to a fast start this
semester! We want all those in
terested in Data Processing to join
DPMA and benefit from what we
have to offer. We especially would
like to see all the new BANA ma
jors join!
DPMA is an organization that
will keep you in contact with the
business world. We bring in ex
perts to share developments in in
formation processing, schedule
prospective employers to discuss
career opportunities with A&M
students prior to the company's
campus visit, we publish a resume
book each fall to be distributed to
over 100 companies and each
spring DPMA sponsors a spring
trip in order for students to visit
different companies and see how
they operate.
If you are interested in becoming a
DPMA member, please come to
our next meeting. Captain Grace
Hopper, one of the key personnel
in the development of the COBOL
programming language, will be
speaking. She is coming to A&M
from Washington, D.C. Her pre
sentation will be February 9, in
Rudder Tower, room 228, at 7:30.
Capt. Hopper is a very dynamic
speaker that students have always
See you at the first meeting-
Julie Van Doren, president
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United Press International
AUSTIN — A proposal by the |
Texas Federation of Teachers to
increase public education
spending by 65 percent would
boost the state from 39th to 10th
nationally in per-pupil expendi
tures, the head of the group
said, Monday.
The teachers’ union pro
posed the spending package,
which would be financed by tri
pling the state oil and gas sever
ance tax.
The $12.5 billion package in
cludes a 40 percent increase in
teacher salaries over the next
two years and establishment of a
$1.8 billion building improv-
ment fund for poor districts.
The federation also recom
mended a 54.7 percent increase
in textbook funding and a 100
percent increase in equalization
and compensatory aid to pool
John Cole, president of the
15,000-member group, said il
the package is approved, it wil!
boost Texas from 39th to 10th
nationally in per-pupil expendi
“We anticipate hearing objec
tions that these proposals are vi
sionary, revolutionary and im
practical,” Cole said. “These me
asures will succeed if those legis
lators who campaigned as sup
porters of education have mort
than rhetoric in them.”
Cole said boosting the oil anc
gas severance tax from 4.6 per
cent to 12.5 percent would gen
erate $5.7 billion over the nex
two years. He said the federa
don’s proposals would requin
only $5 billion of the nev
money, leaving more than $70(
million for other purposes.
The proposals drew immedi
ate criticism from the oil and ga
industry in the state.
Scott Anderson, spokesmai
for the 5,000-member Texas In
dependent Producers anc
Royalty Owners Assocation, sale
the group will actively opposi
any effort to increase the sever
ance tax. Association presiden
Gene Wright said the Texas oi
and gas industry “already i
being taxed to the hilt.”
“We believe any increasi
would be unreasonable,” h<
said. “What we want is fairnes
and equalization of taxes, anc
then we’ll cooperate in just ab
out anything.”
The 40 percent increase ii
teacher salaries sought in th
federation’s package compare
to a 24 percent hike urged b
Gov. Mark White in his messag
to the Legislature last week.
Ann Arnold, White’s pres
secretary, said the governo
would have no direct commen
on the proposal, but she empha
sized he is urging a teacher sal
ary increase with no new taxes
Cole said he believes Whit
and lawmakers will support th