The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, March 04, 1983, Image 1

Below is the OCR text representation for this newspapers page. It is also available as plain text as well as XML.

The Battalion Serving the University community 76 No - 110 U SPS 045360 26 Pages In 2 Sections College Station, Texas Friday, March 4, 1983 >bab lain doesn’t stop Goldie, a full-blooded Lab- yofilxador retriever registered as “Golden Graham s 0 * iffAggieland,” from retrieving pencils, pens iid Pepsi cans from Rudder fountain. Owner Janalie Graham, a senior wildlife and fisheries major from Houston, says that Goldie likes the campus, especially the fountains. in Nnapi ,lv siJr uatemalan executions ;)lac«ofl "Ivershadow papal visit pay afl 'Dp.m* United Press International i a 10#N JOSE. Costa Rica — Pope tied ini'in i’aul II held to the original sche- uty r le for his Central Americ an peace gijmage despite six executions by laiemalan authorities who ignored eS n ln °Bicari appeal for mercy, a spokes- lVa ^ in said. alt anH ie p () |) e today was visiting Nit at - leoffi# 3 - ruled by the leftist Sandinista (tnniisaByual Liberation Front and a ingddftd of controversy between a coll ars Krtvativechurch hierarchy and ac tiv es fed|Po esls espousing the “liberation ottog#°gy-”. he hdlfhe visit to Nicaragua — where Katholic churchmen continue to fy a Vatican request to step clown rtosn ini government posts — is viewed th particular interest because the lv rq ndinistas as well as their foes are lecadf ikin g P a l> al support. iaIlv( John Paul’s eight-day peace mis- i thev(f 1 I () ^- entra ' America and Haiti was ■shadowed Thursday by Guate- 1S e [0 rjfla s firing squad execution of six a j ( ] 5n despite a Vatican appeal they l>e rdoned or their sentences reduced. Three of the men were convic ted by a secret military court for rape and kidnapping and the other three were condemned for political terrorism. Sources said Vatican officials advised the pope to cancel the trip Monday to Guatemala because of potential danger in the nation where bitter divisions pit Roman Catholics against fundamentalist Protestants. But Vatican spokesman Rev. Romeo Panciroli said “there have been no changes” in the itinerary, in dicating the pope would make the trip to Guatemala as planned. A Vatican official described the shootings — seen as a direct rebuff of John Paul’s pleas for peace in the strifetorn region — asan “insult to the pope.” Guatemalan President Efrain Rios Montt, a “born-again” Christian who abandoned the Roman Catholic Church, said in a statement issued in Guatemala City that the six were ex ecuted because “nobody is above the law.” Rev. Panciroli, however, called the executions “a serious setback for di plomatic: relations between the Vati can and Guatemala.” In Costa Rica, the pope made no direct mention of the executions but exhorted 500,()()() people at an out door mass in San Jose’s Sabana park to help the church “eliminate injus tice, hatred and violence. “ This church, by doctrine and ex ample, exhorts us to attend not only to the things of the spirit, but also to the realities of this world,” the pope said. “It exhorts us to promote the dignity of man.” At the mass, police arrested an un identified man shouting “death to the pope,” but he was out of John Paul's earshot and apparently carried no weapon. Addressing hundreds of Costa Rican nuns in San Jose’s central cathedral, the pope bade the “less content” to “wait for an opportune moment” for change, repeating his stand that nuns and priests not parti cipate in revolutionary politics. Mam Ant zoncert date ancertain EPA prosecutor plan suggested 1 Ticket sales for the March 20 idam Ant concert have been sus- 3ended because the new wave per- onner has postponed his tour to ■over from a knee injury, i; MSG Town Hall adviser Suzan- ie Becker said Town Hall is trying oj reschedule the concert. She said she hopes to have a new concert Jate set by later today. |: If the concert is not resche duled, refunds will be given for ickets that already have been sold. 1 the concert is rescheduled, the ickets that have been sold will he 'alid. Refunds also will be given to icketholders who do not want to attend the rescheduled concert. ilacl rnial inside round Town 4 jassified. 6 real 3 [pinions 2 'ports 7 late 5 hat’s up 6 JPLE | forecast JGLE ! j ^ Mainly overcast skies today with a : ICE r P ercenl chance of thunder- howers. Today’s high near 71, th winds from the south at 12 to | mph. For tonight, mostly cloudy ith a 50 percent chance of thun- trshowers and a low of around |8. Cloudy to partly cloudy skies for Saturday with a 25 percent lance of showers and a high near United Press International WASHINGTON — A Democratic congressman is calling for a special prosecutor to investigate Environ- menal Protection Agency officials, in cluding agency chief Anne Burford. Though calls for her resignation or firing are continuing, Mrs. Bur- ford told reporters Thursday, “I have no plans to resign.” Sources say Rep. James Florio, D- N.J., chairman of one of six House subcommittees investigating EPA, planned to call for amending federal law today to allow for appointment of a special prosecutor to independently look into the agency. Congressional sources said Florio plans to send a letter to Rep. Peter Rodino, D-N.J., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, suggest ing there is justification to amend the Special Prosecutor’s Act to cover Mrs. Burford. The act, a post-Watergate reform, triggers appointment of special pro secutors where there are allegations of wrongdoing against Cabinet-level officials or other specific executive branch officials, but does not apply to the EPA. Mrs. Burford testified Thursday before a House appropriations sub committee on FZPA’s $948.6 million fiscal 1984 budget and said, “The agency is in a very difficult situation at the present time,” and added that she hopes to provide the leadership that will enable it to carry out its mission. But Sen. Rudy Boschwitzand Rep. Vin Weber, both Minnesota Republi cans, urged President Reagan Thurs day to replace her. A congressional source quoted a House Republican as saying, “Tier days (with the EPA) may be in single digits.” Two EPA employees involved in the agency’s controversial toxic-waste dump cleanup program were sum moned to testify today at a hearing before a House Public Works over sight subcommittee headed by Rep. Elliott Eevilas, D-Ga. Other unidenti fied employees were asked to testify in private before a House Energy and Commerce oversight panel headed by Rep. John Dingefl, D-Mich. The Washington Post reported to day White House officials consider Mrs. Burford a political liability, re gardless of her ability to run the agen cy, and are pushing for her ouster. “The people at the White House whose business it is to look after Ronald Reagan now believe she has to go,” the newspaper quoted an un identified official as saying. But White House political adviser FZd Rollins said today lie has not been “privy to any discussions on that.” . Reagan has steadfastly backed Mrs. Burford in the face continuing calls for her resignation. Several congressional committees have requested documents on the Su perfund toxic waste cleanup prog ram. They have been granted partial access by the White House to the material, but some congrssmen say it is not enough. New A&M regents approved, sworn in from staff and wire reports Cov. Mark White’s appointments to the Texas A&M Board of Regents were approved Thursday by the Texas Senate. The regent appointees are Dr. John Coleman, David G. Eller and Joseph H. Reynolds, all of Houston. The regents were sworn into office Thursday afternoon in White’s office. Reynolds, an attorney, and Cole man, a physician, previously have served on the board. Eller, a Houston businessman, graduated from Texas A&M in 1959. Reynolds said among the high lights of his previous term as a t egent was the controversy surrounding the possible admission of women to the Aggie Band. Keeping the band all male is important, he said. “I love A&M and regret that I didn’t get to go to school there,” Reynolds said. Reynolds also said it is important to bring Prairie View A&M University, Tarleton State University and Texas A&M University at Galveston to the highest possible level of excellence. Priorities for Texas A&M should be the Continuation of research, seek ing out better faculty and being the best in specific areas, he said. “I would like to see A&M have the best veterinary school, agriculture de partment and engineering school in the nation,” he said. The two other new regents were unavailable for comment. In other action Thursday, the Sen ate delayed action on the appoint ment of Sam Barshop to the Universi ty of Texas Board of Regents. Barshop, of San Antonio, was named to the post by former Gov. Bill Clements. Eleven senators, enough to block the nomination, have opposed Barshop’s appointment. Affirmative action plan at SMU to be reviewed by Connie Edelmon Battalion Staff Southern Methodist University is moving fast to update its affirmative action plan because the federal gov ernment is checking to see whether the school is in compliance with reg ulations— and school officials say it’s not. Everett Winters, SMU affirmative action officer, said the Office of Fed eral Contract Compliance Programs has notified SMU that it will be one of several institutions to be reviewed this year. Institutions that receive federal contracts of $50,GOO or more are re quired to have an affirmative action plan. Federal law also requires the plan to be updated annually. SMU has not updated its plan for several years. Affirmative action is a program designed to prohibit discrimination due to race, sex or religion. Officials here say Texas A&M has an acceptable affirmative action plan. Margaret Dean, University affirma tive action officer, said the plan is up dated annually. Winters said the SMU Affirmative Action Office is working on its plan and hopes to have a new plan in oper ation before April. The federal com pliance office has not set a date for the review. “It’s my belief that funds will not be taken away,” Winters said. If SMU’s plan is considered un acceptable, the federal group could direct the office to do better or revoke funding that SMU is to receive this year. SMU has received $2.8 million in federal contracts and grants since June and expects to receive an addi tional $500,()()() this year. SMU’s affirmative action plan in cludes policies for changing the SMU minority situation, responsibilities for various administration levels, ethnic and sex makeup of employees and specific goals for one-, three-, and five-year ranges. Currently, 93 percent of the up per-level administrative positions at SMU are held by whites and 84 per cent of service and maintenance posi tions are held by minorities. Whites hold 94 percent of faculty positions, blacks hold 2 percent, His-, panics hold 1 percent and other nationalities hold 3 percent. Women hold 22 percent of faculty positions and 22 percent of upper- eve! administrative positions. Nationally, 1 1 percent of profes sors holding doctorate degrees are minorities, while at SMU the number is 6 percent. Corps officials marijuana-use complete investigation by Robert McGlohon Battalion Staff An investigation into allegations of marijuana use in an outfit of the Corps of Cadets has been completed, Corps Commandant Donald L. Bur ton said Thursday. Burton added, however, that ac tion on the results of the investigation has not been taken. “There was evidence that four cadets had been involved in the usage of marijuana in a company in the Corps,” Burton said. “The investiga tion, up to this point, has indicated that the allegation is correct.” At first. Corps officials werq inves tigating a specific incident of mari juana use, but no evidence was unco vered to support the charge, Burton said. “We have little evidence to support the fact that the incident occurred at a specific time and specific place, which is what vye thought had happened in the beginning,” he said. “But the evi dence indicates these four cadets have been involved in marijuana usage at least in the past. “Two of the cadets apparently have not been involved recently. Two we suspect have been involved very re cently. Because some of the cadets are on military contract, their cases will go before a board of officers for a re view. The purpose of that board is to make a recommendation as to whether their contracts should be ter minated.” Cadets under contract are those who have signed an agreement to serve in the military upon graduation. Length and type of service vary from service to service. In an earlier interview, Burton ex plained the Corps’ view of illegal drug use. “It’s not going to be tolerated,” he said. Regulations concerning drug use are specific, he said. Cadets who only have experimented — but not recent ly — with illegal drugs may receive a waiver and be allowed to enter the military. But cadets who are drug- dependent or who have sold illegal drugs will be denied a commission. He said the military’s — and thus the Corps’ — position on drug use is for legal and not philosophical reasons. First, while use of marijuana may or may not be worse than alcohol use, it is illegal, he said. Second, many military officers are required to have exacting security clearances and are in positions of grave responsibility. Drug use is not compatable with that. Burton said. A board of officers will reach a de cision concerning the cadets some time this week, Burton said. staff photo by Irene Mees No hot dogs today — too cloudy Lyndon Felps, left, shows a parabolic solar cooker to Carla Hampel, a freshman journal ism major from Waco, and Eric Bechler, a nuclear engineering major from Biloxi, Miss., at Rudder fountain. The cooker heats up to 600 degrees in 30 minutes. Hampel’s only ques tion: “Is it legal in the dorm?”