The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, March 29, 1983, Image 3

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    Tuesday, March 29,1983/The Battalion/Page 3
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by David Marchand
Battalion Reporter
Four local officials questioned
, directors of the local media
ng m tnert| j on( j a y j n a lively reverse
)e transient iress conference that was held
recognition of Freedom of In-
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The Society of Professional
ournalists, Sigma Delta Chi,
Missouri ! !h>ch designated March
reedom of Information
Id | | i ionth, and Women In Gom-
1 1 P e lunications, Inc. sponsored the
1 OTer| onference to foster community
mderstanding of the workings
sniffingan f the press.
Dr. Edward J. Smith, head of
and if he isiiexas A&M’s department of
be hazardot ommunications, opened the
onference by defining the re-
itionship between the two
roups as one of cooperation,
onfkt and complexity. This
onflict, which Smith called
correct and appropriate,” sur-
pendmgal# iced as the theme of the discus-
hich youslupon,
Bryan Mayor Richard Smith,
d to get rid) Allege Station Mayor Gary
falter, Brazos County Judge
reen, and Texas
of Regents Vice
hairman William McKenzie
uizzed Bryan-College Station
agle Editor Glen Dromgoole,
attalion Editor Diana Sulten-
jss, KAMI) News Director
eanne Norton and KBTX
Jews Director Jeff Braun on
heir policies and opinions.
McKenzie quoted the predi-
O ’ ate, “Build the news upon the
lock of truth and righteous-
and asked the media rep
resentatives if they subscribed to
aat philosophy. The panel said
lat they did.
But when McKenzie asked
romgoole what editorial f ree-
MSC council adopts
constitution, bylaws
But unforttii '*} H,,l,n .f
ish the job,1 ' &M Board
staff photo by Bill Schulz
Panel members from left to right:
William McKenzie, Richard Smith,
Gary Halter, Dick Holmgreen, Glenn
Dromgoole, Jeanne Norton, Jeff
Braun, Diana Sultenfuss, and
moderator Rebeca Zimmermann.
dom and objective reporting
was, Dromgoole said, “objective
reporting doesn’t exist," but that
“(the Eagle) strives for fairness.”
He said the news can’t be co
vered purely objectively.
Smith asked the media panel
about their policies on inflama-
tory words used to sensational
ize stories which he said often
mislead the reader. Norton and
Sultenf uss said they didn’t advo
cate that type of reporting and
Halter cited a report of the
arrest of the mother of tw'o
Bryan police officers and ques-
tionnea the relevence of the re
lationship to the story. Drom
goole said the prominence of a
figure is important, as is the
irony of a story.
Norton and Braun said run
ning a story like that was an indi
vidual editorial decision but Sul
tenfuss said that such a relation
ship was irrelevent and said that
a story should be run on its news
Holmgreen cited an inaccu
rate story and said, “truth will
never catch the first lie that’s
told.” He asked Dromgoole why
retractions aren’t printed on the
same page as the error. Drom
goole said the Eagle prints all
retractions on the opinion/edi-
toral page.
by Connie Edelmon
Battalion Staff
The Memorial Student Cen
ter Council adopted a new con
stitution and bylaws Monday
Because numerous parts of
the old constitution were re
vised, the Constitution and
Bylaws committee recom
mended approving the entire
new constitution instead of
approving only the changes.
One of the changes made in
the constitution drops “Council
and Directorate” from the name
of the organization so as to rep
resent more accurately the en
tire group instead of just offic
Also, new offices approved
by the council earlier this spring
— Executive Vice Presidents for
Administration, Programs and
Marketing — are added in the
Qualifications for Council
officers, committee officers, and
student officers are changed
from a grade point of 2.4 for the
fall semester and 2.0 for spring
to a 2.0 for both, as stated in the
University Rules and Regula
Also, in case of resignation or
removal of the MSC President,
the Executive Vice President for
Marketing and Personnel shall
serve as interim president, in
stead of the Vice President for
Development, as was previously
stated in the constitution.
One change in the bylaws of
the constitution designates two
different levels of student offic
ers of the MSC. The president,
executive vice presidents, and
vice presidents are officers of
the council and of the organiza
tion, while directors and com
mittee chairmen are officers of
the organization only.
The office of Director of MSC
Services is changed to the Dire
ctor of MSC Internal Services,
and the Director of Non-MSC
Services is changed to Director
of MSC External Services.
Also included in the bylaws is
a description of all MSC prog
rams. All programming groups
are designated committees in
the description, instead of com
mittees and projects, as they are
usually called.
Several Study Committees
which were approved over the
last year, were included in the
list of committees.
In other business, speakers
were approved for Political
Forum and CAMAC. Political
Forum will present a debate
April 18 between Senators
Robert Taft and Eugene J.
McCarthy, former U.S. Con
gressmen and Senators. The
probable topic for the debate
will be Reaganomics. CAMAC
will host an attorney for the
Mexican-American Legal De
fense Fund, Norma Veronica
Cantu, on April 12. She will
speak on Hispanics in Higher
A proposal was forwarded to
the Enrichment Fund Board,
which decides which MSC pro
jects are worthy of extra funds,
that requested $3,000 to pro
duce a top-quality, 16-page
brochure explaining the prog
rams and leadership opportuni
ties available through the MSC.
The brochures would be given
to campus visitors and used for
public relations and Enrichment
Fund purposes.
General Studies Program
Students who plan to Pre-Register for the
Fall Semester in the General Studies Pro
gram are URGED to pick up a Pre-
registration Form in Room 100 of Harring
ton Tower from Mar. 28 thru Apr. 15.
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