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Vol. 80 No. 111 GSPS 045360 10 pages College Station, Texas Thursday, March 7, 1985
Texas horse racing
battle ends in House
Associated Press
AUSTIN — The Texas House on
Wednesday voted 90-52 against a
horse race betting bill, apparently
slamming the gate on pari-mutuel
gambling for at least two more years.
“It’s a dead issue,” said Speaker
Gib Lewis, a supporter of the mea
Gov. Mark White agreed the vote
killed the bill for this year.
“I frankly was very surprised by
the overwhelming vote in opposition
to it,” he said. “I suppose that will be
the end of that for tnis session.”
The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Hugo
Berlanga, D-Oorpus Christi, said he
had thought he enjoyed a three-vote
margin going into the floor debate.
Afterward, he agreed with Lewis
that the 1985 battle is over.
“This issue won’t go away,” he
predicted. “1 think it will come back
(in another session).”
The bill’s defeat followed a
hour debate. Racing opponents
cheered the vote, saying the sizeable
margin shows that Texans don’t
want gambling legalized.
“I think it snowed very wide
spread disillusionment with pari
mutuel gambling as a revenue-rais
ing measure for Texas,” said Phil
Strickland, director of the Baptist
Life Commission.
But Strickland said he expected
the issue to come up again in the
1987 Legislature.
Senate sponsor Ike Harris, R-Dal-
las, refusea to declare the 1985 bat
tle over.
“It’s still alive,” he said. "It was a
heavy vote but there are other ways
to get it in.”
The state twice has allowed pari
mutuel betting — from 1905 to
1909, and from 1933 to 1937 as a
money-raising move during the De
A projected $733 million state
budget deficit was viewed as the im
petus to passage, and backers
pushed the gambling bill as a reve
nue-producer. The Senate approved
a similar bill in 1983, but it failed by
two votes in the House.
Lewis said the latest effort might
have been doomed by trying to guar
antee that minorities would own at
least part of all race tracks and con
cession contracts.
Those sections were added after
the 11-member Legislative Black
Caucus — whose votes were viewed
as crucial to passage — said it would
oppose the bill because it would not
dedicate part of the racing revenue
for welfare.
Increasing minority quality,
not quantity, goal of A&M
Stull Writer
Increasing the quality of Texas
A&M’s niinoritv students, not the
tpantity, is the Office of School Rela
tions’ goal, says Loyd Taylor, direc
tor of school relations.
“It's not a numbers game to us, it’s
a quality or success game,” he says.
The office defines a minority as a
black or Hispanic person. The Texas
Equal Educational Opportunity Plan
from the U.S. Department of Educa
tion requires Texas A&M to work to
ward enrolling a certain number of
minority students. The University is
to reach this number by enrolling a
specified number of black and his-
panic freshmen each fall. The speci
fied number changes each year.
Sheran Riley, assistant to Texas
A&M President Frank E. Vandiver,
says, “Basically we’re OK on under-
S raduate hispanic enrollment but
ehind on undergraduate black en
According to fall 1984 enrollment
figures, 601, or 1.6 percent of the
students, are black and 1,688, or 4.6
percent, are hispanic. When the of
fice opened in 1979, 256, or 0.8 per
cent, were black and 789, or 2.5 per
cent, were hispanic.
According to 1980 U.S. census
figures, blacks make up about 11.7
percent of the U.S. population and
about 12 percent of the state popula
tion. People of hispanic origin make
up about 6.5 percent of the U.S.
population and about 21 percent of
the state population.
Since the office opened in Jan
uary 1979, Taylor says the number
of minorities enrolled at the Univer
sity has increased greatly, but the in
crease is not reflected in the percent
ages because the Univerity has
grown at the same time.
If minorities are hesitant about at
tending Texas A&M, it’s because
they feel they can’t handle it acade
mically, not because of the lack of
minorities at the school, he says.
But Robert Bisor, executive vice
See INCREASING, page 5
Fountain Fun
The spray from Rudder Fountain Wednesday afternoon gave
these Brownies from troop 1173 a spring break between stops
during their field trip to Texas A&M. The troop was visiting
campus to look at landscape designs.
Student Senate reviews MSC protest bill
Stuff Writer
A bill was introduced in the Stu
dent Senate Wednesday night rec
ommending Texas A&M “take ap
propriate measures” to stop all
protesting and demonstrations in
and around the Memorial Student
Robert Hill, the bill's sponsor, said
the bill is needed to reinstate the
MSC’s “memorial status.”
"This bill is not intended to deny
First Amendment rights,” he sato.
“This bill is to remind students that
the MSC is a memorial.”
Hill said the bill would pertain
only to the MSC grass area and not
to Rudder Fountain.
Hill said the bill is in response to a
student group’s attempt to demon
strate on the MSC grass last Novem
The bill was assigned to commit
tee for further study and will be ad
dressed by the Senate during their
next meeting on March 20.
In other business, the Senate
passed a bill that would allow stu
dents to voice their opinions during
Senate meetings.
The bill says that a student will be
limited to a three-minute time slot
and that the student must reserve
this time slot with the Student Gov
ernment secretary in advance of the
Senate meeting.
The bill also says students who
“exceed the bounds of good taste
and decency” will be subject to re
In a speech to the Senate, State
Rep. Richard Smith said he would
fignt to keep the Legislature from
dumping the state’s budget problem
on the Univerity and students.
Smith said he does not support
raising tuition but, because the Leg
islature is likely to raise it, he will
support the bill that gives students
the best deal.
The Senate passed a bill that rec
ommends how $3.8 million in stu
dent service fees should be spent.
The Senate also passed a bill call-.
ing for all future buiiditigs at A&M
to have a handicapped access ramp
at the main entrance.
It also approved a bill that calls for
relocating current parking spaces
for the handicapped.
Geoffrey Hutton, sponsor of the
bill, said some current parking
spaces for the haudicapped are not
wide enough and some are on slopes
that cause a person’s wheelchair to
roll away.
In otner actioq, the External Af
fairs Committee killed a bill that
called on the Senate to support pari
mutuel betting and horse racing in
The committee killed the bill be
cause the State House had voted ear
lier in the day to reject a similar bill
that would have allowed horse rac
ing in Texas.
Farmer relief
bill vetoed
by Reagan
Associated Press
WASHINGTON — President
Reagan vetoed a farm credit relief
package Wednesday, calling it a
“massive new bailout that would add
billions to the deficit” without really
helping farmers.
Warning Congress not to send
him any more of what he considers
irresponsible spending bills, Reagan
vowed to “veto again and again until
spending is brought under control.”
Taking the bait of a Democrat-
controlled House that rushed the
legislation to him, Reagan let it sit on
his desk for only 2'A hours before he
signed the veto message sending it
back to Capitol Hill.
House Speaker Thomas P. O’Neill
Jr., D-Mass., said he didn’t plan to
ask the House to try to override the
veto because changes of the Senate
doing the same were nil. “I don’t see
any sense in it,” he said.
O’Neill said the president was
wrong in describing the bill as a bud
get issue.
“For an administration that has
added a trillion dollars to the na
tional debt,” O’Neill said, “this is a
reasonable price for ensuring the
survival of an American way of life.”
“The bill I vetoed would not really
help farmers; it’s too late in the sear
son for that,” Reagan said, reading
from a prepared statement. “This
bill is merely designed to convey the
impression of helping farmers.”
The credit provisions of the bill
were designed to make it easier for
farmers already heavily in debt to
obtain new bank loans for spring
planting: $100 million in interest
subsidies; $1.85 billion in new loan
guarantees; and about $7 billion in
immediate advances on crop loans
normally not received until harvest
In Austin, some Texas House
members want Congress to pass a
1985 federal bill that would allow
Texas farmers to receive commodity
prices that would at least cover the
cost of production.
“We want Congress to know the
Texas Legislature knows there is a
farm crisis and wants something
done about it,” Rep. Steve Carriker,
D-Roby, told a news conference.
The resolution, which will be sent
first to a committee for study, says
thousands of Texas farmers and
ranchers face the prospect of insol
vency within the next year because
of the farm debt crisis.
Mission residents work to mend their lives
Stuff Writer
Residents at Twin City Mission in ■
Bryan don’t swim in the mainstream,
but they do have dreams similar to
those of the “upwardly mobile”
Thomas and Don are Mission resi
dents. They work in the kitchen
where they prepare three meals each
day for about 70 people.
Thomas, 43, is passing time at the
Mission until his broken ribs heal.
After that, Thomas says he’ll find a
job and earn some money to replace
the truck he lost after it was im
pounded. His recent misfortunes oc
curred after he had too much to
“It was the first time I’d had
vodka in 13 years, and I got a little
tight,” Thomas says. “I got into a
fight and got my ribs busted. I’ll stay
here another week until they heal,
and then I’ll move on.”
Thomas says he’ll probably find a
job in the area laying bricks, a trade
he began when he w'as 14. When he
saves enough money to buy a van he
has his eye on, he'll move on to an
other town.
Thomas says he will return home
soon to take care of his teenage
daughter. But right now, Thomas
says he’s busy avoiding his former
“You don’t know that woman,”
Thomas says. “She’s the luckiest
woman I know. You know that Coke
contest where you spell ‘Coke’ and
win $10,000? She won it.”
Don, 26, says he missed spelling
“Coke” by one letter.
Don says he is a traveller, and has
crossed the United States 17 times,
visiting 49 states, plus Canada and
“I alw'ays come back to Texas —
and I’m not even from Texas, I’m
from Illinois.” he says.
Don says he asked to work in the
kitchen when he decided to stay at
the Mission for a while. His father
owned a cafe, Don says, and he has
worked every job from dishwasher
to waiter.
‘T’ve been in food services since I
was 12, and I’m 26 now,” he says.
Like Thomas, Don has plans for
life after the Mission. When he gath
ers enough money, Don wants to put
his years of experience to work in his
own cafe.
“I’m going to find a small town,
and 1 don’t care how many fast food
places there are, I’m going to open
me a cafe,” He says. “And I’m not
going to have a cement sidewalk. I’m
going to have a board sidewalk and a
hitching post. It’s going to be old-
timey like.”
When he opens his cafe, Don says
he’ll work the late shift, from 11
p.m. to 7 a.m.
“That’s when your bar crowd
comes in,” he says. “The worst shift
is the day shift. I hate this shift here
(at the Mission).”
Thomas and Don say it takes
about three hours to prepare a meal
for their crowd. They tnink life at
the Mission is OK. Their 3:30 a.m.
starting time doesn’t bother them,
but the talkative preachers they
sometimes must listen to do.
“I liked the old preacher better,”
Don says. “This one doesn’t know
when to quit praying. He took four
and a half minutes yesterday morn
See MISSION, page 6
Pat Jones, Jessie Breedlove, and Billy
“Bird” Sheffield, (left to right) spend the af-
ternoon on a bench in back of the Twin City