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76 No. 121 USPS 045360 26 Pages In 2 Sections
College Station, Texas
Monday, March 28, 1983
firnes Beach looters taking
anything not nailed down”
United Press International
TIMES BEACH, Mo. — Looters
stealing “anything not fastened
wn” from hundreds of homes
ndoned because of flood damage
d dioxin contamination, city offi-
8 Is say.
“The way it’s set up with nobody in
jwn, unless we had an officer on ev-
l block we can’t put a stop to it,”
lice Cpl. Michael Kemp said
"Our department is broke and
Ve only got one car,” he said,
here’s no business left and no re
venue coming in.
About 100 looters, some of them
loading pickup trucks with stolen
household goods, have been arrested
since December, Kemp said. He esti
mated more than three times that
number got away because there are
not enough officers to protect the
town. Each captured looter had be
tween $300 and $900 in goods with
him, Kemp said.
Some of the goods taken by the
looters may be dioxincontaminated,
Kemp said, but the Environmental
Protection Agency says the levels are
not high enough to be dangerous.
Mayor Sidney Hammer said he
would help the police force patrol the
“Every day more houses are being
broken into,” said Hammer, who
plans to help in the evenings when
only one officer has been on patrol at
a time.
“A door and boarded-up windows
are not stopping them. They’re tak
ing anything not fastened down that
they can sell for a dollar.”
Floods in early December sub
merged the town of 1,200 people.
Most residents did not return because
of warnings of dioxin contamination.
Deputy Marshal Pete Barteau said
lack of money has forced the town to
lay off two police officers, leaving a
force of two full-time and two part-
time officers in addition to himself
and the town marshal.
One officer has been injured and
unable to work. The St. Louis County
Police Department has helped patrol
the town’s perimeters, but will not en
ter the side streets.
bombing of congressman’s car
random, arson investigator says
United Press International
SAN ANTONIO — A fire depart-
ent investigator said he did not be-
ve U.S Rep. Bill Archer was the
rget of a bomb that destroyed the
ngressman’s unoccupied auto
The Chevrolet Camaro, driven by
rcher’sson, Richard, was parked in
mt of the San Antonio Country
ub when a bomb exploded at 12:52
ti. Sunday, police said.
The bomb ignited a fire in the
gasoline tank, causing the car to incin
erate. There were injuries, author
ities said.
The explosion occurred, as
Richard Archer and two relatives,
who had attended a wedding at the
club, returned to the car, investiga
tors said.
Larry Foraker, a San Antonio fire
department arson investigator who
inspected the car Sunday, said he did
not believe the congressman from
Houston was a specific target.
Foraker said the fact that Richard
Archer had never been in San Anto
nio before and was attending a wed
ding reception led him to speculate
the bombing was random.
He said, however, the bomber
probably was drawn by Archer’s spe
cial congressional plates.
The FBI, fire investigators and
police said Sunday they were trying to
determine the size and make of the
bomb from fragments found.
Foraker said the explosion resem
bled another car bombing last week in
the same area.
Seven days ago a Cadillac, owned
by San Antonio oil man John Mitch
ell, was bombed at an exclusive high
rise condominium. Mitchell, who was
out of town at the time, later told in
vestigators he had no idea who was
Investigators said the bomb in
Mitchell’s car, which was parked in a
guarded parking lot, was planted in
the rear of the car.
staff photo by David Fisher
Tiny Bubbles
One puff, and it’s bubbles everywhere. Stephanie Campbell
blows bubbles from the magic wand while clown Marie
Barringer holds it for her. Barringer, a volunteer with
St. Joesph Hospital, was at the mall Saturday to entertain
children while their parents entertained themselves with
the different health exhibits at the Health Fair. Stephanie
is the daughter of Jim and Elizabeth Campbell of Bryan.
CIA backed invasion,
Nicaraguan rebels say
staff photo by Bill Schulz
The runners from left to right, Selina Tasha Gary, Stacie Reich, Lesli Sandt and
Mendieta (alternate), Peggy Benham, La Jennifer Hartcell.
Mosher women run 190
miles for senior citizens
by Patrice Koranek
Battalion Staff
A former member of the Texas
A&M Women’s Track Team came
up with the idea and before they
knew it, five Mosher residents were
off and running — running for 24
hours, a possible spot in the “Guin
ness Book of World Records” and
money for Mosher Hall’s Senior
Citizens Day.
Kathy Mitten, Mosher presi
dent, said that the five-woman
team, consisting of La Tasha Gary,
Stacie Reich, Jennifer Hartcell, Sta
cie Reich and Peggy Benham,
started running mile laps around
the aerobics track at 10 a.m. Satur
day morning. Each team member
ran a lap and then handed off to
another, Mitten said. At 1 p.m.
Saturday the relay moved to Kyle
Field and 190 miles later it was
over. By 10 a.m. Sunday each
woman had run 38 miles.
Currently there is no record for
a 24-hour relay.
Although the team members
knew that their times would be
come increasingly slower, Mitten
said the times didn’t slow down as
much as expected. Only five of the
mile runs took more than eight mi
nutes. The relay raised about
$1,300 in pledges and concessions
for the hall’s annual Senior Citizens
Day, Mitten said. Residents will in
vite the senior citizens of the com
munity to a day of games and activi
ties at Crestview Apartments in
April. A banquet also will be held
for the senior citizens.
United Press International
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (UPI) —
Two men identifying themselves as
anti-Sandinista rebels said the CIA
paid and armed them for an invasion
into Nicaragua before they were cap
tured by Nicaraguan forces.
The two men were presented Sun
day at a news conference held by offi
cials of Nicaragua’s ruling Sandinista
National Liberation Front.
One of the captured men, identify
ing himself as Freddy Sandino
Vidaure, 23, said he was recruited by
the CIA to join rebel forces who in
vaded Nicaragua early this month.
He said the rebels were armed by the
The invaders are led by former
members of the Nicaraguan National
Guard, commanded by the late dicta
tor Anastasio Somoza until his July
1979 overthrow in a Sandinista-led
popular insurrection.
Another man at the news confer
ence identified himself as Jose Gre
gorio Najera, 48, a Guatemalan. Na
jera said Honduran intelligence
agents working with the CIA and
Nicaraguan exiles opposed to the
Sandinistas recruited him in August
Najera said he worked under Hon
duran Army Capt. Pio Flores, a CIA
operative, and that he met with an
American CIA agent who identified
himself only as Talloni.
Najera said Talloni arranged for
him to be paid $ 1,000 a month to help
arm and lead the insurgents into
Nicaragua and that tl)e group was re
ceiving weapons from the U.S. intelli
gence agency.
The two said they were captured in
Managua’s Marxist-led govern
ment said some 2,000 rebels invaded
Nicaragua last week from camps in
Honduras. Nicaragua accused Hon
duran military officials of harboring
the rebels, and charged the CIA
trained and armed them.
Automatic teller installation
to be delayed until summer
Two automatic teller banking
machines, which were to be installed
outside the Memorial Student Center
this semester, will not he installed un
til summer, a University administra
tor says.
Robert Smith, assistant vice presi
dent for fiscal affairs, said Pulse and
MPACT machines should be installed
and operating by August 1.
Last fall, the Texas A&M Board of
Regents gave University President
Frank E. Vandiver the authority to
negotiate a contract for the machines.
Two local banks will construct the
machines and representatives from
those banks will be on campus this
week to complete final arrangements
with the fiscal department, Smith
The machines won’t be installed
until summer because of heavy traffic
around the MSC that would interfere
with construction, he said.
The machines will be built under
the stairs on the walkway between the
MSC and Rudder Tower.
Although the automatic tellers
probably will reduce long lines at
orps represents more than tradition
ditor’s note: This is the first of a
ive-part series on the Corps of
by Kelley Smith
Battalion Staff
Without the Corps of Cadets,
exas A&M would not be the same. It
ould be just another large school
ith little to distinguish it from the
ther schools in Texas, says Gen.
)rmond R. Simpson, assistant vice
resident for student services.
“The presence of the Corps is one
f the things that makes A&M a bit
nique,” Simpson said. “If you took
ie Corps away, it would lose a great
eal of its uniqueness.”
While the Corps has existed for 106
ears, Simpson said tradition is not
neonly reason the Corps should re
tain. The Corps should and will re
tain and grow in strength because it
irves a purpose for the University
nd the student body, he said.
“The Corps is not here as its sole
purpose to send commissioned offic
ers into the armed services,” Simpson
said. “That’s the purpose of the
The purpose of the Corps is to
teach leadership, responsibility, disci
pline, adherence to a code of honor
and good citizenship, he said.
“The Corps is certainly not for ev
erybody, and we wouldn’t want a
Corps of 35,000,” Simpson said. “But
for someone who likes it and who en
joys it, it teaches them a great deal in
terms of discipline, responsibility and
The first priority stressed in the
Corps is academic achievement, he
said. This is attained by working up to
one’s full potential.
“I’ve been talking about academic
achievement a long time and I’m be
ginning to see some of it take hold,”
he said. “I’m distressed when some
one puts Corps priorities first, ahead
of academic achievement.
“It’s impossible to make anybody
study, but in an outfit militarily struc
tured like the Corps, it’s possible to
arrange things so they can’t do any
thing but that.”
The hours from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30
p.m. each day are designated quiet
hours — study time for cadets.
While the grade point ratio of the
Corps is comparable to the whole
University, it should be a little higher,
he said.
“Not because they’re brighter, but
because they have more controlled
study conditions,” Simpson said.
In the Corps, students lead a
reasonably regimented life, which
helps them learn self-discipline. All
students, Corps and civilian, even
tually must learn that essential lesson
— how to budget their time, Simpson
There are not many differences
between the life of a civilian and a
cadet between the hours of 8 a.m. and
5 p.m. except that the cadet wears a
uniform, Simpson said. Before 8
a.m., however, the cadet must be
awake and ready for a room inspec
tion and breakfast.
After 5 p.m., the cadet participates
in an outfit activity, a Corps run, an
outfit meeting or an intramural
game. The cadet also eats at the same
time with the same people at the same
place, then studies for three hours, he
see CORPS, page lO
check cashing facilities on campus,
the machines won’t lessen the large
number of students and faculty who
cash paychecks and pay debts at the
Coke Building, Smith said. The main
advantage of the machines is that they
allow students to get money after
check-cashing hours, he added.
Voters’ Guide
Inserted in today’s Battalion is a
special supplement — the 1983 Vo
ters’ Guide. The supplement is de
signed to help students become
more familiar with candidates in
the student elections. Elections will
be held Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Voters’ Guide contains in
formation on candidates along
with information on the organiza
tions they want to represent.
Around Town 4
Classified 10
Local 3
Opinions 2
Sports 13
State 5
National 7
Police Beat 4
What’s up 10
Sunny skies today with a high of 70.
Northeasterly winds of around 10
mph, becoming southeasterly
tonight. Clear to partly cloudy
tonight with a low near 48.