The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, March 28, 1983, Image 17

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OCA provides
input, fun
by Malleus Kazemzadeh
Battalion Reporter
Getting off-campus students
involved in on-campus activities
and representing those students
in Student Government are two
functions of Off Campus
“Since two-thirds of the stu
dent body live off campus, OCA
provides input and activities for
students who live a distance
from campus,” Louann Schulze,
adviser for the group, said.
The organization allows off-
campus students to have a voice
in Student Government. On one
occasion, the student senate was
trying to take a day-student
parking lot and re-establish it
for dorm students, Schulze said.
OCA was able to defeat the
proposal, however, and keep the
lot for day students.
“It’s important for off-
campus students to get involved
in OCA because sometimes they
aren’t motivated to get involved
in campus activities on their
own,” Schulze said.
Through OCA, off-campus
students get to know others and
participate in campus activities
as a group.
“Yell practice is a typical event
that takes motivation to go to,”
by Lezlee Hinson
Battalion Reporter
Experience, dedication and
enthusiasm are the key charac
teristics an officer of the Resi
dence Hall Association should
possess, current president Stacy
Graf says.
The RHA election, which will
be held along with the other stu
dent organization elections
Tuesday and Wednesday, is not
as issue-oriented as other elec
tions, Graf said. RHA addresses
issues as they are presented by
the Department of Student
Affairs, she said.
The purpose of the RHA is
two-fold. First, it represents the
8,000 on-campus students by
evaluating the policies that
affect them, Graf said.
To effectively evaluate those
policies, RHA works closely with
student affairs. For example, if
student affairs is considering a
proposal that would change the
telephone service to the dorms,
they would submit this proposal
to RHA.
RHA then would evaluate the
roposal in terms of its effect on
all residents. The group might
approve the proposal, Graf said,
recommend certain changes, or
suggest an entirely different
Generally, student affairs fol
lows RHA’s recommendations,
Graf said, because RHA is consi
dered the “expert” on concerns
Dale Collins
1982-83 OCA president
she said. “If your roommate
doesn’t feel like going, you end
up not going, too.”
Not only does OCA encour
age students to get involved in
campus events, but it also plans
activities for them. Last year,
OCA planned a street dance that
was a great success, Schulze said.
The group also had a chili cook
off and a Parents’ Day barbecue.
Stacy Graf
1982-83 RHA president
of the dorm residents.
The second function of RHA
is to assist the individual hall
councils in planning recreation
al, educational and social activi
ties, Graf said.
RHA also sponsors various
campus-wide activities such as
RHA Casino and RHAlloween.
It also organizes seminars on
such topics as dorm security and
rape prevention, Graf said.
RHA’s organizational struc
ture contributes to its ability to
accurately reflect the views of
the dorm students, Graf said.
The group consists of about
70 voting members.
Leadership role continues
Yell leaders succeed
by Tracey Taylor
Battalion Staff
Since the first yell practice in
1932, Texas A&M yell leaders
have held an important leader
ship role in the daily life of this
campus. But what happens after
graduation? Do these students
continue to be leaders in their
respective fields?
A quick glance at the Associa
tion of Former Students roster
says yes.
Occupations of former yell
leaders range from ranch mana
gers to flight instructors. In
addition, three attorneys, sever
al accountants and CPAs, six
bank officials and officers in the
United States Marine Corps and
the United States Air Force are
included in the roster of former
yell leaders.
Former Aggie yell leaders are
working for Price Waterhouse,
E.F. Hutton, DuPont Invest
ments, Hughes Tools and Ex
xon. Bob Segner, a yell leader in
1967, is now an assistant profes
sor of building construction
But there also are those who
still are leading large groups of
Garry Mauro was elected the
first civilian yell leader in 1968.
More recently he was elected
Texas land commissioner.
After graduating from Texas
A&M in 1970, Mauro went to
the University of Texas to earn a
law degree. Since receiving it, he
has held numerous governmen
tal jobs including assistant com
ptroller, director of field opera
tions and comptroller of public
accounts in Austin.
Mauro said he realizes that
the yell leader experience was an
important one.
“I’m always laughing that
running statewide is no diffe
rent that running for yell leader
at A&M — just a little bigger
campus,” he said.
Also included among the
ranks of yell leaders who have
done well is Tom Nelson, who
was a senior yell leader in 1963.
Nelson is now a reporter with
the Houston Post and responsi
ble for covering events at Texas
Below is a list of the yell lead
ers from 10 and 20 years ago,
their degress, how they are cur
rently employed and their
marital status:
1962-63 yell leaders:
— Hugh Anderson, ’64, chemic
al engineering, staff engineer at
Texas Gulf Inc. — quality con
trol department in Newgulf,
married, two daughters.
— Bill Brashears, ’63, general
business, stock broker with
Dupont Investments in Dallas,
married, one son.
— Mike Dodge, ’64, finance,
construction supervisor for
Huie Properties in Dallas,
Tom Nelson, ’63, marketing,
masters in educational adminis
tration, reporter for the Hous
ton Post, single.
— Frank Summers, ’64, econo
mics, deceased.
1972-73 yell leaders:
—Joe Hughes, 75, accounting,
CPA with Bright, Shin and
Bright in Dallas, single.
— Bobby Sykes, 74, manage
ment, assistant vice president/
trust for Landman First Nation
al Bank in Midland, married, no
— Griff Lasley, 74, animal sci
ence, commodity account execu
tive in Waco, married, one son.
— Ron Plakemeir, 75, manage
ment, attorney with Neugent,
Lilienstern, Vernon, Lions and
Plakemeir in Texas City, mar
ried, no children.
— Mark McClean, 75, no infor