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The Battalion
Serving the University community
1, 76 No. 120 USPS 045360 32 Pages In 2 Sections
College Station, Texas
Friday, March 25, 1983
sraeli official discusses
leace, misconceptions, war
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by Maureen Carmody
Battalion Staff
lit- hope for peace in ilie Middle
^■ngcs on implementing Camp
id agreements to grant full auton-
~~ \ to the Palestinian Arabs living in
Jea-Samaria and the Gaza district,
~~ ^nifli consul official says.
iipn Evrony, consul general of
— uMjMrsaid in an interview Thursday
gsuth peace agreements would re-
7]— reBooperation from King Hussein
‘ ’'• H " Jordan, who has continually re-
Jm invitations from Israeli Prime
lister Menachem Begin to meet.
' onv, who is stationed in Houston,
•A in College Station to speak to the
;?ps of Cadets Thursday night.
^^^^Bnre any peaceful arrangements
negotiated, the Israelis and all
er foreign troops must pull out of
Evrony said. And Israel is
willing to do this, he said, but certain
criteria must first be met.
“We are ready to withdraw as soon
as security arrangements are found,”
he said. "We are asking for security
arrangements on our northern belt to
assure (that) PLO terrorists won’t
attack the civilians in northern Israel.
We are ready for a simultaneous with
drawal with the Syrian army.”
Evrony also said that one of his
main concerns about Israel is that
there are so many misconceptions
that people have about the country.
“First of all, Israel is the size of two
or three counties in Texas. It’s 26
times smaller than Texas. In it's nar-
rowist point it is only nine miles
(wide). We have a saying in Israel:
‘Israel is the only country you can
cross with less than a gallon of gas.’
“We are surrounded by 22 Arab
states and — with the exception of
Egypt — our only friendly border is
the Mediterranean Sea. People don’t
think of the fact that in the last 33
years we have known only war — or
the threat of war — from our Arab
Evrony also said that many people
are not aware of the benefits Israel
received from the recent war in Leba
non. Israel has succeeded in liberat
ing northern Israel from the constant
PLO threat, he said. He also com
pared Israel’s situation to Texas’ ex
perience with Pancho Villa.
“Pancho Villa would attack inno
cent people,” Evrony said. “This is
similiar to our situation. How long
would you tolerate College Station
being bombarded by Cuban artillery?
When put this way you can under
stand it (Israel’s situation) better.”
Another achievement of the war is
its benefit for all democracies, he said.
“Terrorism is not just an Israeli
problem. It is a threat to the entire
free world. We discovered those ter
rorists were trained and supplied by
the Soviet Union.”
Israel’s battles and victories against
the PLO, Evrony said, were not only
advantageous for his country, but for
the United States as well.
“We shot down 75 of the Soviets’
best weapons — including the T72
tank — with minimal losses to our
side. We did it using the most sophisti
cated American weapons — the F-15’s
and F-16’s.
“You (the United States) are facing
the same types of weapons. We
showed that they can easily be des
troyed by what you have — the F- 15’s
and F-16’s. You now have a definite
See ISRAEL, page 16
eagan acting on defense plan
United Press International
ASHING TON — President
iagan is wasting no time in getting
Tied on his proposal to develop a
-ace-age nuclear defense weapon,
planned to sign a directive to
Joint Chiefs of Stall today
proving development of a new
deration of weapons — as outlined
-his address to the nation this week
ih.n would he able to knock out
doming missiles.
^Itih new weapon is aimed at
angmg the longtime U.S. and
Soviet strategy of a mutual balance of
terror that has barred the use of
doomsday weapons for nearly 40
A second part of the package will
be revealed next week w'hen Reagan
unveils before the World Affairs
Council in Los Angeles his new' “in
terim" proposal to limit the number
of intermediate range missiles in
The proposal backs way from
Reagan’s “zero-zero” option, which
provided for the elimination of all
nuclear missiles from Europe. It calls
for the removal of 600 medium range
Soviet missiles targeted at Europe in
return for the U.S. canceling plans to
deploy 572 Pershing-2 and cruise
missiles later this year.
In another move to bolster the na
tion’s defenses, Reagan will receive
the decision of a presidential commis
sion on April 4 recommending a bas
ing mode for the controversial 10-
warhead MX missiles. The panel has
had 25 meetings to review U.S. strate
gic nuclear capability.
High-level sources said the “basic
impetus” for the presidential decision
to go ahead with science fiction-like
weapon came from the joint chiefs,
who handed their proposal to the
White House about a month ago.
The search for a workable beam
weapon would be a longterm project
taking perhaps several decades,
administration officials said. They
were vague about the type of weapon
they envision, where it would be
based and how much it would cost.
staff photo by David Fisher
Tzion Evrony, consul general of Israel, uses a map to
show Israel’s narrowest point, which is nine miles wide.
Evrony uses the map during a speech to the Corps of
Cadets Thursday.
Doctor questions
artificial heart
•'inal report, committee visit
st steps in accrediting process
Bv Robert McGlohon
Battalion Staff
.muuJjj'Except for the “icing on the cake,”
’xas A&M has completed its self-
!tdy program, program coordinator
JR.J.Q. Adams said Wednesday.
: That icing is a final report which
Ban overview of the two-year self-
uly program. The program consists
reports from each of the 88 depart-
?nt- and 10 colleges at Texas A&M
i,.-•• the final step of the program
= " ports by 12 University-wide
nlards Committees.
‘Bust about everything is ready
,v,’ Adams said. “All of the stan-
rds reports are done; they’re all
ned and they’re all bound and
e going in the mail. The report
llbonsists really of the reports that
a ready done
graphs, appendices and a final proof
“While I am very proud of this (the
final overview) and it constitutes no
thing less than my life’s blood, it com
es last,” he said. “It’s the icing on the
cake. It (the report) is, to all intents
and purposes, done.”
The completed report is the Uni
versity’s judgment of itself — a review
of its strengths, weaknesses, good
points and bad points. It has been
done in compliance with the rules of
the Southern Association of Colleges
and Schools, one of six regional accre
ditation bodies in the United States.
“What it boils down to, 1 guess, is
peer evaluation,” Adams said. “It’s
the colleges and universities within so
and so many states saying: ‘Everyone
who meets these criteria is, within our
eyes, doing a good job. And conse
quently, everyone who meets these
criteria is accorded all the rights and
privileges and respect, et cetera,
which a college and university ought
to have. And if you don’t meet them,
we’re not responsible.’”
While most students — and some
faculty — take for granted or don’t
know what accreditation is, Adams
said, it’s a serious and vital matter.
“Most schools in the United States
are accredited, or they find out what it
takes to get accredited,” Adams said.
“And those who are not accredited —
well you can imagine the worth of the
“I would say, without putting too
fine a point on it, (that accreditation
is) a life and death matter.”
It’s life and death to students who
need a job after graduation, that is.
“If you (a student) go home and
hang (your diploma) on the wall and
admire it, that’s one thing,” Adams
said. “But if, in fact, you wish to be a
professional engineer or a doctor of
medicine or a professional journalist
or a public school teacher or just ab
out anything I can think of in which
you need to use your degree, then
you’d better have it from an accre
dited institution.”
But accreditation is equally impor
tant to faculty members, Adams said.
Faculty, who desire research
money, superior students or post
doctoral work, had better — in most
cases — be teaching at an accredited
institution, he said.
Despite its advantages, not all uni
versities are accredited, or w ish to be,
Adams said.
“In fact, a lot of small, newer
See SELF STUDY, page 16
United Press International
HOUSTON — Dr. Denton Cooley,
the heart surgeon who temporarily
implanted the world’s first artificial
heart in 1969, said Barney Clark’s
death shows man-made hearts are not
ready for permanent use.
“The quality of life, however long,
is not justified by the discomfort and
potential complications that will
accrue from the pneumatically driven
artificial heart,” Cooley said
“This thing causes a great deal of
pain, discomfort and mental anxiety
which makes it unsuitable for perma
nent implantation.
“I would not use it in that way,” he
Cooley said doctors at the Univer
sity of Utah performed an outstand
ing job in keeping Clark alive for 112
clays on an air-driven plastic heart
and praised their accomplishment.
“There’s always something gained
by scientific effort and this certainly
was an outstanding effort,” Cooley
said. “We learned a great deal.
“I think the public has learned a lot
also about the meaning of life and
death and what we can do to prolong
our lives and whether we are in
terested in the length or breadth of
Cooley said the experiment illus
trated the artificial heart “will sustain
life longer than we thought,” but he
said he would not at this time consider
implanting artificial hearts on a per
manent basis.
Cooley has experimented with arti
ficial hearts, in 1969 and as recently as
1981, as stopgaps until suitable trans
plantable hearts can he found for fail
ing patients.
The famed surgeon said he had
doubts a permanent artificial heart
ever would be developed that could
deliver good quality of life.
“There is no guarantee, even w ith
the best scientific effort, that we will
have an artificial heart that will ever
give us a normal sort of life,” Cooley
Cooley said thejustification for giv
ing Clark the man-made heart was
clear, since the Seattle-area dentist
had no other options to live and chose
to receive the device.
“Any days he survived after the
operation could be considered a di
vidend, an extension on his life, so
one can look at the whole event in
both positive and negative ways,”
Cooley said.
Cooley implanted the w r orld’s first
artificial heart in Haskell Karp of Sko
kie, Ill., in 1969. Two years ago, in
July 1981, he implantd a similar tie-
vice in Willibrods Meuffels of the
The first, built by Dr. Domingo
Liotta, kept Karp alive 65 hours be
fore a transplant. The second, built by
Dr. Tetsuzo Akutsu; kept Meuffels
alive 54 hours prior to a transplant.
The heart Clark received was built
by Dr. Robert Jarvik.
Bonfire safety debated again
Bonfire options discussed
by Maureen Carmody
Battalion Staff
Texas A&M’s annual bonfire has
come under scrutiny again.
Jimmy D. Ferguson, manager of
administrative services of the Univer
sity Center Complex, said the main
concern of University and city offi
cials are fire safety hazards.
About 20 representatives of the
city, the University and the student
body gathered Wednesday to discuss
possible elimination of bonfire or an
alternative place for it, Ferguson said.
Texas A&M President Frank E.
Vandiver received a letter from Col
lege Station Mayor Gary M. Halter
which suggested that the fire creates a
hazard to homes south of the bonfire
area. Halter also said that the city was
paying too much money in overtime
to the fire and police departments
which must be on standby for any
accidents during bonfire.
Michael W. Holmes, corps com
mander, said he is afraid Texas A&M
students will have to “face reality” ab
out the future location of bonfire.
“I think the location of bonfire now
is a prime source for a building some
where down the road,” he said. “It
might be better to find a good perma
nent home for it before all other good
land is taken.”
Holmes said he thinks income bon
fire brings to the community,
through people coming into town and
through the log gathering process,
greatly offsets any extra money the
city pays employees.
Koldus said the general reaction of
those attending the meeting was to
keep bonfire.
“But everyone was concerned with
the safety of bonfire,” he said. “Every
one is concerned with reducing the
odds of a major disaster happening.”
Koldus said that no decisions have
been made about bonfire but said that
the main purpose of the meeting w'as
“The purpose of the meeting, and
my primary responsibilty, was to lis
ten to comments and concerns of
those who attended,” he said.
Water proposal criticized
photo by Guy Hood
Just call him “Pops
harles Cross, a senior economics major from Dallas,
advises Becki Bell and Sharon Paul about a computer
program. Cross lives in Spence Hall; his son is a junior
in the Corps. Cross says he enjoys life on the Quad.
United Press International
AUSTIN, Texas (UPI) — A prop
osed water conservation program
which could save billions of gallons
per year and give farmers a financial
boost drew effusive support from
state leaders but was opposed by the
Sierra Club.
“We’ve got to have a special focus
on agriculture,” Hightower said of a
proposed constitutional amendment
to create a state Agricultural Water
Conservation Loan Fund.
But the Sierra Club Thursday said
it will oppose any state water program
that does not effectively address wa
ter quality.
Ken Kramer, legislative chairman
for the environmental protection
group’s Lone Star Chapter, said the
10-year proposal revealed Monday by
Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby and state Sen.
John T. Montford, D-Lubbock, failed
to address contamination of state
fresh-water supplies by oil and gas
He said the Sierra Club would con
sider supporting the package if it in
cluded legislation to transfer author
ity over surface water oil and gas pol
lution from the Texas Railroad Com
mission to the state Department of
Water Resources.
The proposed amendment spon
sored by Montford and Sen. Bill Sar-
palius, D-Hereford, would authorize
the sale of $200 million in state bonds.
Proceeds from the bond sale would
be available to farmers as low-interest
loans. The loans would be only for
converting to more efficient irriga
tion systems, Hightower said.
Agriculture consumes 71 percent
of the f resh water used in Texas, and
water use reaches 95 percent efficien
cy on only 30,000 of the more than 7
million irrigated acres in Texas, he
Hightower said if all farmers in the
state converted, water savings could
total 900 billion gallons per year,
“almost 200 times as much water as
Texans presently drink.”
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Partly cloudy to cloudy skies today
with a high of 68. Southerly winds
of around 15 mph. Partly cloudy
tonight, becoming mostly cloudy
by morning with a 40 percent
chance of thunderstorms.
Tonight’s low near 48. Partly clear
skies Saturday with a high near 68.