The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, March 29, 1983, Image 1

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■pi ■ Texas A&M ■ ■ ■ ■ The Battalion Serving the University community )l, 76 No. 122 USPS 045360 14 Pages College Station, Texas Tuesday, March 29, 1983 Reagan preparing new arms proposal United Press International WASHINGTON — President Reagan is preparing to place on the negotiating table in Geneva, Switzer land, an interim proposal for the Un ited States and Soviet Union to limit the number of mediumrange missiles in Europe. The move will temporarily shelve Reagan’s “zero-zero” option. That proposal provides for the Soviets to dismantle about 500 missiles aimed at European cities and the United States not to proceed with deploying Per shing II and cruise missiles in Decem ber in Western Europe. Reagan has been soliciting the views of NATO allies on the issue. His negotiators are expected to present the revised proposals at Geneva today. The president is set to unveil the interim proposal in a major foreign policy speech Thursday at a Los Angeles World Affairs Council lun cheon. Under Reagan’s proposal, the Un ited States would agree to deploy few er than 464 cruise missiles and 108 Pershing II missiles if the Soviets agree to dismantle a certain number of their missiles. One official said, however, the new proposal would not mention specific numbers, but would call for a verifi able plan to include equal numbers of U.S. and Soviet missiles. Both the White House and State Department refused comment on re ports a new U.S. proposal would be offered by chief negotiator Paul Nitze by the time the talks recess today. However, officials indicated the pres ident would not stake out a position in public that was not first placed before the Soviets in private. “It’s logical to assume if there is a proposal, it’ll be put before the Rus sians before it is before the public,” one official said. Reagan has had several options under consideration and apparently made a decision last week. One of the key options calls for the superpowers to limit their arsenals in Europe to about 100 missiles and 300 warheads. Herpes invades horses Enjoy the mild weather while you can. The Ruth and Joe Anderson look on while the weekend’s winds are expected to give way to Anderson children and their friends do rain by Wednesday. On Sunday afternoon, battle with a parachute. Target 2000 report sets oals for A&M system by Kim Schmidt Battalion Staff Final touches are being added to a port on the Target 2000 Project id the project’s director says it will ready for presentation to the :xas A&M Board of Regents on ay 23. Target 2000 was created by the aid of Regents in October 1981 to fine problems the System may face the next 20 years and to recom- end solutions to them. This long- mge study will generate proposals to used as a “roadmap” for adminis- htors to follow in preparing its prog- ms for the year 2000. [The report, originally scheduled presentation last December, was [layed slightly because revising the jtorttook more time than expected, pd Dr. Robert Shutes, director of the project. But Shutes said the delay does not the project committee is having problems with the report, but rather |at necessary changes are being in- rporated into the report, making it letter finished product. “When you create as comprehen- ye a study as this and if it is to be od, it ought to undergo a series of jetamorphoses,” Shutes said. Now in its fourth draft, the 476- ge report is complete in content but eds editing before it is ready for lesentation, Shutes said. JHe said completion of the report lias taken a long time because a large number of people had to review many ues for the project. The Target " committee is made up of 230 izen members, most from Texas. “Our task involves 11 parts of the System,” he said. “Each one is sizeable and complex and merits a large por tion of our attention.” The System parts being reviewed by Target 2000 include four agricul tural agencies and services, three en gineering agencies and services and the four academic institutions — Texas A&:M University, Prairie View A&M University, Tarleton State Uni versity and Texas A&M University at Galveston. Target 2000 committee members reviewed the programs, clientele, re sources, organization and manage ment of each System part. In studying those areas of each organization, the committee has con fronted such issues as preserving the Permanent University Fund, limiting enrollment, funding research, attracting qualified faculty members and promoting growth at Prairie View, Tarleton State and Texas A&M at Galveston. All issues are geared toward mak ing the System better by obtaining additional resources, Shutes said. While studying those areas and making its recommendations, the committee decided to reword its re port to change the tone of its sugges tions. Shutes said the committee original ly wanted to “tell it like it is,” using strong language to emphasize its re strictive recommendations and to ex pose problems. But, Shutes said, the committee realized it could not forsee everything that would be happening in the fu ture and therefore, could not make every necessary recommendation. The committee has decided to be less restrictive in its suggestions with out being too vague, giving future University officials the freedom to make timely decisions that may arise, Shutes said. “The committee’s goal is to make clear-cut recommendations to be re sponded to in a creative way by good leaders,” Fie said. “We didn’t want to make recommendations that would tie the hands of administrators trying to respond to future changes.” Although the committee’s recom mendations are geared toward deal ing with future problems, Shutes said most of the issues need to be addres sed and dealt with now so the System can be ready for the year 2000. And some of the issues are being addressed now, Shutes said. He said that such issues as linking the parts within the System to other university systems through a satellite telecom munications network already are being researched. Gommittee recom mendations in these areas, therefore, will support what already is under way, he said. Shutes, enthusiastic about the re commendations to be made by the Target 2000 report, nevertheless is cautious in his predictions of what the report will accomplish. “It is my guess that if we do a good job (on the report) we may raise a few eyebrows,” he said. “This isn’t going to be a sensational report, but one that deepens in mean ing over time. The problem is going to be trying to get people to stay with it (the report and its recommendations) long enough.” United Press International VIENNA, Austria — Officials said the origin of an incurable herpes virus that killed 33 of the famed Lip- pizaner horses and threatens 26 more is a mystery but ruled out the possibil ity it was contracted during a U.S. tour. “We have no idea where this virus came from, and as the incubation period can range from several days to several months, there is no way of saying with certainty exactly how many horses will be affected,” Dr. Kurt Arbeiter said Monday. Six brood mares and 27 foals — more than half the number born this year — have died since the disease surfaced in mid-February at Austria’s only stud farm for the majestic white horses, the Ministry of Agriculture said. Another 26 of the 40 remaining brood mares are believed to have been contaminated, an official said. None of the high-stepping stallions at the Riding School in Vienna have been contaminated, officials said. Veterinarian Dr. Walter Schleger said there was no truth to rumors Rid ing School stallions contracted the kil ler disease during a recent U.S. tour. “Not a single one of the animals that toured the United States has been to the stud farm since then,” he said. The officials said the disease was confined to the stud farm in Fiber, southern Austria, where there are 217 horses. Dr. Erwin Rothensteiner, a veter inarian, said the outbreak of herpes will not endanger the 400-year-old Lippizaner strain. “Although more than half this year’s foals have died, the loss is not as great as might at first appear to be the case,” he said. The stock of brood mares at the stud farm , worth a minimum of $6,000 each, will be replenished with horses from Yugoslavia, Hungary and Czechoslovakia. The strain of herpes — equine rhi- nopneumonitis — is specific to horses and not directly related to the human strain. Veterinarians said coughing, nervous disorders and miscarriage were primary symptoms of the dis ease. Short term loans break $1 million for this year SG elections open today Voting in Student Government actions opened today and will con- lue through Wednesday at selected illing places on campus. Students may vote at the following aces from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: ibisa Dining Hall '•Memorial Student Center •Academic and Agency Building •Corps Quadrangle Due to a lack of workers to run the polling sites, some previously announced voting areas will not be open. The Kleberg Animal and Food Sciences Building polls will be closed both days. Polling places that will not be open today include: •MSG bus stop •Sterling C. Evans Library ’’'Zachary Engineering Building Election Commissioner Les Asel says library, bus stop and Zachary polling places probably will be open Wednes day, but there is no guarantee. The check for $600 given to Mark Cunningham on Monday broke the $1 million mark for short-term loans given to students by Texas A&M this year. Anedith R. Hess, short-term loan coordinator, said $1 million is an unusually high amount for any university to give out in short-term loans. “Even other large universities don’t usually give more than $150,000 worth of loans (in an academic year),” she said. “And we have given $1 million worth just since last August.” The average short-term loan is $300, Hess said, and must be paid back within six months. The loans have an interest rate of 10 percent. Hess said that since the time to repay the loans is only six months and the pay-back rate has been good, there have been no problems so far in giving out more loans. All of the short-term loans must be used for educational purposes such as tuition, housing, books, stu dent fees and food. They cannot be used for paying other bills, loans or other debts. Hess said these loans would not be possible without the Association of Former Students. “All the money for short-term loans is given either directly or in directly by the former students,” Hess said. “I don’t know what we would do if they didn’t give us money for these loans.” Cunningham, who is a senior physics major from Houston, said he will use his loan money to help pay for rent and food. staff photo by David Fisher Mark Cunningham watches while Anedith R. Hess, short term loan coordinator, signs over the check that put the short term loans given out by Texas A&M over a million dollars for the year. ff-campus outfit has same Corps duties Utor’s note |ve-part series idets. this is the second of a the Corps of by Karen Schrimsher Battalion Reporter The Quadrangle may seem an un- cely place to have a baby shower, but pt to the 22 cadets in Company V-l. hat’s because more than half the idets in the only off-campus Corps ijitfit are married, and one-third live children. ^ j Freshman cadet Ken Skaggs and j Is wife Paula were honored with a • baby shower several weeks ago by the I'fives of V-l cadets and V-l female Ijclets. I All cadets who are married, have prior military service or live with a pent or guardian in Bryan-College jation are eligible for membership in jompany V-l. Cadets who marry af- * ifi their sophomore year may join V- T but have the option of remaining with their old outfit. “There is a unity among the fami lies and other members of the com pany,” says Jonathan Ibarra, a sopho more business analysis major and a member of V-1. “There almost has to Nbe to maintain harmony in the outfit because we all spend a lot of time together.” As for the spouses of the V-l cadets, Ibarra’s wife, Vickie, said she supports her husband’s membership. “I love the Corps,” she says. “I feel I’m in the Corps just as much as Jonathan is. We go to all the games together. It brings us closer together.” Mrs. Ibarra says she would join the Corps if she was financially able to attend college and be married at the same time. Ibarra says valuable time at home often is spent preparing his uniform or on some other school-related duty. “It’s a task-filled life,” he says. “Some of us have jobs along with our Corps, school and family duties.” Other spouses of V-l cadets have had problems adjusting to the de manding Corps schedule. Company Commander David Ogura says being a cadet lessens the amount of time a member can spend with his or her family. Skaggs, who has a two-week-old son, says it is less hectic in the spring semester because the schedule of acti vities becomes more lax. But family life and off-campus liv ing are not the only factors that set V-l apart from other outfits. For ex ample, Company V-l is the only outfit that has botli male and female cadets. Since Company V-l is unique, it is possible for tile outfit to suffer from image problems. Only six of the cadets in the outfit joined the Corps as freshmen. The rest began as “frogs,” cadets who join the Corps after their freshman year. “That’s one reason why a lot of people look down on us,” Ogura says. He joined the Corps as a sophomore after serving in the military. V-l sophomore Jim Cashion said it is hard for many freshmen to respect “frogs” because such cadets have not experienced the drilling of the fresh man year. Cashion was the only fresh man in the outfit last year. Ogura says: “I feel that we are as good as any other outfit.” The differ ence between V-l cadets and those in other outfits is that V-l cadets live off-campus and don’t eat in Duncan Dining Hall, he says. V-l cadets attend all Corps reviews and march-ins, have guardroom duty and participate in intramural sports. Since V-l cadets do not have dor mitory rooms that may be inspected, they are subject to inspection of their headquarters in Lounge B. And be cause V-l is a small outfit, the Corps staff adjusts the V-l inspection scores so the outfit will be scored on the same level as other companies. see CADETS page 8 inside Around Town 4 Classified 8 Local 3 Opinions 2 Sports 10 State 6 National 7 Police Beat 4 What’s up 9 forecast Partly cloudy skies today with a high of 69. Mostly cloudy tonight with a 40 percent chance of thun dershowers and a low near 54. Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers Wednesday morning, be coming partly cloudy in the after noon with a high near 68.