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Texas A&M #
The Battalion
Serving the University community
Vol 78 No. 81 CJSPS 0453110 14
College Station, Texas
Tuesday, January 24, 1984
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ivents center, tracks discussed by regents
Senior Staff Writers
The Planning and Building Com-
nittee of the Texas A&M System re
agents Monday discussed the reloca
tion of the railroad track which di
vides the campus and reviewed pre-
iliminary plans for the proposed spe
cial events center.
I The board discussed the relocation
jbf the track saying that such a project
should be one of the boards ultimate
I Regent Joe C. Richardson Jr. said,
■It’s time for the campus to be one
■ampus; the railroad splits it apart like
I a big canyon.”
I Final action to relocate the track
will depend on the railroads, Richard
son said, and the board must now
appeal to the railroads to see hqw they
feel about the situation.
Regent William A. McKenzie said
during the meeting that Welborne
Road is as serious a problem as the
railroad, and that ways to re-route
street traffic must also be studied.
Slide presentations on the Erwin
Special Events Center at the Universi
ty of Texas and several special events
centers in Utah were given at the
meeting to show the regents how
other institutions had developed and
utilized such centers.
The board then discussed several
ways an events center could be de
veloped at Texas A&M with different
facilities, seating capacities, square
footages and costs.
Regent David G. Eller said that for
such a center, the seating capacity
should be large enough so that events
such as NCAA championships could
be held at Texas A&M.
One figure estimated the total cost
of the project at $45,471,000. That
figure is based on cost information
received from five recently con
structed events centers.
Included in the cost estimate is $2
million for the relocation of the beef
cattle center. McKenzie questioned
that figure saying it was unreason
“We’re not playing the army game
where we ask for more then cut it
down?” McKenzie asked.
Regent Royce E. Wisenbaker asked
if the costs were padded to scare the
board off such projects.
Vice Chancellor for Facilities Plan
ning and Construction, Gen. Wesley
E. Peel said the estimated figures may
be off, but only by a few percentage
points. The actual cost estimate can
not be quoted until a final plan for the
center has been approved, he said.
The Planning and Building Com
mittee also reported that four firms
have been chosen as possible project
engineers which will be subject to the
board’s approval later.
During discussion of the Commit
tee for Academic Campuses, Texas
A&M President Frank E. Vandiver
spoke in favor of the proposed Milit
ary Sciences Institute. The committee
approved the institute which would
be University-wide in scope. Its func
tions would include sponsoring re
search on past and current military
During discussions of the Execu
tive Committee, Chancellor Arthur
G. Hansen reported that one of the
problems facing not just Texas A&M,
but most universities, is the question
of how to utilize computer-based edu
cation. •
The committee approved the
appropriation of funds fro.TCi \he
Available University Fund for the de
velopment of courseware for compu
ter-based education.
Vandiver said the key to achieving
a viable development capability is
training, and the $206,000 from the
Available University Fund would pay
tor the training of a small body of
faculty in the detailed techniques of
quality courseware creation.
However, the question was raised
as to how such a program would be
nefit the University.
The faculty who “author” the
programs would work in collabora
tion with the training company, and
the programs would be sold to other
universities with the training com
pany an^ ’h^ University splitting the
[ r °ths. L ‘
BS.y Inf t/jer e some uncertainty as
to whc. e e University” meant
Texas Ae^r^or the faculty member
who authored the program. Hansen
said this problem would have to be
worked out.
eagan names
eese to post
United Press International
I WASHINGTON — President
Reagan named counselor Edwin
"eese, a conservative law-and-order
dvocate, Monday to replace Attor
ney General William French Smith,
whose resignation he accepted with
‘‘deep regret.”
Smith, the sixth member of the
abinet to leave since Reagan took
office three years ago, told a news
conference, “There was a time to
come and a time to go.”
■ Saying he has accomplished many
of the things he set out to do, he told
|Reagan in a letter, “It is now time for
me to return to private life.”
i The millionaire Californian, a
member of the president’s “kitchen
cabinet,” also said he hopes to be in
volved in Reagan’s re-election cam
paign — something “that would not
i»e possible in my present position.”
1 Reagan praised Smith “as one of
the nation’s very finest attorneys gen
eral” and said, “It it with deep regret
that I accept your resignation.” At the
same time, he said he is “delighted” to
nominate Meese, a former Alameda
iCounty, Calif., prosecutor and long
time friend, to the $80,100-a-yearjob
of running the Justice Department.
I “Ed is not only my trusted counse
lor, he is also a person whose life and
experience reflect a profound com
mitment to the law and a consistent
dedication to the improvement of our
justice system,” he said. “I know of no
one better able to continue in the fine
tradition so well represented by the
service of Bill Smith.”
I Smith, 66, who intends to return to
his lucrative law practice in Los
Angeles, will stay on the job until
Meese, 52, is confirmed by the Senate.
; During his tenure, Smith turned
the department to the right, aggres
sively opposing busing as a means of
school desegregation and quotas for
hiring blacks and women. Other
changes during his three years as
attorney general included loosening
antitrust restrictions and stepped up
efforts against drug smuggling and
organized crime.
Meese, who has served as counse
lor to the president, is perhaps the
closest to Reagan’s philosophy among
the “Big Three” members of his
White House inner circle.
He told reporters in Montecito,
Calif., where he was making a speech,
that the offer of the new post was
made “rather suddenly.”
“I really was very happy with the
job that I had,” he said. But when this
other opportunity came along — tot
ally unsought by me — it was a tough
job to turn down.”
Meese said he does not expect to
have trouble winning Senate confir
“I just don’t think the senators are
going to want to play politics with a
Cabinet appointment. I think tradi
tionally, historically, it hasn’t been the
case,” he said.
Senate Judiciary Committee
Chairman Strom Thurmond, R-S.C.,
said he expects his panel to receive the
nomination by next week and begin
hearings promptly.
“In my judgment, he (Meese) will
make an excellent attorney general,”
Thurmond said.
But Sen. Charles Mathias, R-Md.,
second-ranking Republican on the
committee, predicted the nomination
will touch off a “bitter debate on anti
trust, civil rights and privacy issues.”
See related editorial page 2
Advisory board supports funds policy
Staff writer
The Chancellor’s Student Advis
ory Board Monday voted in favor of
proposals to support a uniform fund
ing policy to “eliminate disparities in
international student programs and
increase foreign student contribu
tions” to Texas A&M University, and
to encourage student support for a
legislative bill that would create an en
dowment to fund state universities
that do not benefit from the Perma
nent University Fund.
The 13-member board also voted
lime r
to support the development of proce
dures to increase student involvement
in student service fee allocations by
the four universities within the Uni
versity system.
The board recommends that the
University system adopt a policy of
greater student input so that students
at each university will have greater
opportunities to decide what prog
rams and services they wish to sup
Fred Billings, chairman of the
CSAB, said that students at Texas
A&M have much greater input than
students at other universities within
the system.
“The problem is that other stu
dents in schools within the system
don’t have input,” Billings said. “We
recommend that they be given a
reasonable amount of input in decid
ing how their money is spent.”
At Texas A&M, the student finance
committee of Student Government
proposes student service fee levels
and allocations to the administration.
The committee holds hearings for
groups that wish to receive funding
and then determines which services
qualify for funding. The amounts re
ceived by each group are determined
by need.
Billings said that Texas A&M stu
dents have greater input through this
procedure than students at other uni
versities within the system.
The board also supports the de
velopment of funding policies from a
uniform source, such as state-
allocated administrative funds for in
ternational student services. This
policy would include stabilizing the
funding of the University’s Interna
tional Student Services Office and de
veloping methods to strengthen the
international student programs at the
other universities within the system,
such as Tarleton State University.
see BOARD page 8
ccounting scholarship started
it Freeman retirement banquet
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Staff writer
The establishment of the W.C.
reeman Jr. Scholarship for
ccounting was announced at a ban-
uet Monday night honoring the re-
ifement of William Clyde Freeman,
Executive Vice Chancellor for
Freeman, 64, has held various
ositions in the Texas A&M System
rom 1947 to 1983. He has served as
ssistant Comptroller, Comptrol
ler, Vice President, Vice Chancellor
nd Executive Vice Chancellor for
Every time they added a respon-
jiblity to him, they had to change his
Itle,” Dr. M.T. Harrington said to
ieaudience of 400 at the Memorial
tudent Center.
Joining Harrington as guest
speakers were Chancellor Author G.
lanson, Former Deputy Chancellor
red G. Benson, Bob Anderson,
talvin Guest and Regents H.R.
^ £ bright and Joe Reynolds.
—^ '■ After dinner was served, Hanson
presented Freeman and his wife
with two gifts.
Hanson said that upon retire
ment, Freeman will take on the char
acteristics of a child, therefore he
presented Mrs. Freeman a book by
Erma Bombeck entitled, “Mother
hood, the Second Oldest Profes
Hanson gave a picture of an oil
well to Freeman. This picture sym
bolized Freeman’s ferver for the oil
Hanson ended his speech with a
humorous yet truthful poem enti
tled, “An Ode to Clyde.”
H.G. Bright, chairman of the
Board of Regents, said that when he
and Freeman attended A&M in
1940, Freeman’s nickname was
“I can’t tell you why, just like I
can’t tell you why they call me Bum,”
Bright said.
Bright said Freeman had three
ualities, willingness, capability and
aithfulln ess, that gained him the
respect and admiration of anyone
who had dealings with him during
his 36-year-service.
“Clyde will not be replaced,”
Bright said. “He will have someone
else doing his job but he will not be
Board of Regents member Joe
Reynolds said Freeman is the only
indispensible man at A&M.
“You’ve really left your mark
here and helped make this a won
derful institution,” Reynolds said.
Harrington said that during the
years Freeman was comptroller, he
kept all the money tranactions “legal
and honest.”
“This is hard to do when dealing
with other people’s money,” Har
rington joked.
Harrington also congratulated
Freeman for having the same office
in the Systems Administraiton
Building for as long as he did.
Benson said Freeman always de
monstrated fine composure at all
the meetings he had to attend dur
ing his term and he never made a
‘slip of tounge.’
“I don’t know whether he memo
rized that stuff he said or if he just
said the same thing at every meet
ing,” he said.
Freeman humbly accepted the
honors given him during the
“The honors are not deserved,
but I can guarantee they are deeply
appreciated,” he said.
Freeman thanked the speakers
for their remarks.
“First let me thank the speakers
for what they did not say,” he said,
jokingly. “There are things in my
past that need not be said.”
Freeman wished the audience a
touching farewell.
“I wish that 1984 be the best year
of your life,” he said.
In ending the banquet, Edwin H.
Cooper, dean of Admisions and re
cords, dedicated an old Indian
saying to Freeman.
“May your moccasins make many
happy tracks in the snows of life,” he
In Today’s Battalion
• Bryan-College Station continues to have the lowest
unemployment rate in Texas. See story page 3.
• Battalion staffer speaks out on Rudder Fountain de
monstration. See column page 2.
• The Houston Cougars drop to #6 in NCAA basketball
ratings after a loss to #3 Kentucky, See rankings page 14.
• Dan Rather, CBS news anchorman, has been named an
honorary football letterman at Sam Houston State — 33
years after failing to make the team. See story page 4.
• An animal rights group says negligence is tne cause of
the unnecessary deaths of dozens of horses near Marlin. See
story page 4.
• A Canadian couple has claimed $11.1 million in a
lottery — the largest tax-free prize ever awarded in North