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    Page 12AThe Battalion/Monday, March 18, 1985
Poll reveals
47 percent
support Goetz
in shooting
Associated Press
NEW YORK — Bernhard Goetz’s
subway shooting attack on four teen
agers asking him for money was sup
ported by 47 percent of Americans
asked about it in a Media General-
Associated Press poll on crime.
The nationwide poll also indi
cated that 42 percent of Americans
believe mugging victims have the
right to take matters into their own
hands, that one in five U.S. families
has been touched by serious crime
and that 56 percent of those victims
were dissatisfied with response from
the police.
Goetz, 37, an electronics engineer
dubbed the “subway vigilante,”
gained worldwide recognition in the
Dec. 22, 1984, shootings of four
youths on a New York City subway
train after at least one of the teen-ag
ers asked for $5. One grand jury re
fused to indict him on attempted
murder charges, but the case was re
opened last week and a new grand
jury is expected to begin hearing re
submitted charges this week.
The Goetz case prompted wide
spread debate on crime and self-pro
tection and led President Reagan to
say in January, “In general, I think
we all can understand the frustra-,
tion of people who are constantly
threatened oy crime and feel that
law and order is not particularly pro
tecting them.”
The 1,532 adults contacted in the
nationwide telephone poll were
asked, “Do you believe that people
who become the victims of muggings
or holdups have a right to take mat
ters into their own hands, or should
they let police and the courts deal
with the matter?”
Forty-two percent said crime vic
tims had a right to strike back, 47
percent said police and the. courts
should deal with the matter and 11
percent didn’t answer or said they
didn’t know.
Asked specifically about Goetz, 47
percent said they supported the ac
tions of the subw'ay gunman, 17 per
cent opposed what he did ana 36
percent said they didn’t know
enough about the case to form an
When the responses were tallied
Around town
Duchesses needed for Cotton Pageant
Applications are now available for duchesses to the 51st Annual
Cotton Pageant. Any campus organization is invited to enter a con-
testatu. as well as sororities and fraternities. The winner receives a
S500 scholarship to TAMU, Entry fee is $40. Ibe pageant will be
held March 29 ami 80. For applications and information, call Patrice
at 764-7133.
Womens club sponsors CPU courses
Two Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) courses, open to the
public, will be offered at the Womens Club at !2<K) Carter Creel
Parkway in Bryan. Each course consists of two sessions. Today and
Wednesday, a course is scheduled for 9 a.m.-noon. Tuesday and
Thursday the course -will be held 7 pan.-10 p.m. Attendance at both
sessions is necessary to-complete the course and to receive certifica
tion form the American Heart Association and Red Cross. The only'
cost to to participants is 50c for an instruction booklet. To register,
call the American Heart Association at 775-1970.
Student budget workshop held tomorrow
J wo workshops for treasurers of student organizations concern
ing budgets for student organizations allocations will be held in 137
MSC on Tuesday- One will begin at 3:30 p.m. and second will stan at
5:15 p.m. All organizations must have a representative attend one of
these funding budget workshops prior to submitting a budget re
quest. Budget requests are due March 29 at 4 pan. in the Student f i
nance Center.
Applications opened for peer advisor
YMCA. There is an infot matron session scheduled for Wednesday at
7 p.m, in 137 MSC. This will cover peer advisor responsibilities' as
well as a description of the total Peer Advisor Program. Anyone in
terested in being a 1985 peer advisor is encouraged to attend.
Phalanx defense system
reliability under question
Associated Press
WASHING TON — You are the
captain of the U.S.S. Heroic, a fictio
nal American frigate plying the
Mediterranean in wartime. Only sec
onds away, four Soviet missiles are
hurtling toward middeck at nearly
the speed of sound.
Your only defense is the last de
fense. the Phalanx system.
These radar-guided Gatling guns
spit out “penetrators” at the rate ot
75 per second. These are special bul
lets —- made of super-haru depleted
uranium — and to be effective they
must strike the incoming missiles’
12-inch heads, churn through the
armor and set off the explosive.
If the Phalanx bullets misfire, or
fail to penetrate, the U.S.S. Heroic
sinks. The more bullets that hit, the
better your chances.
Can you count on the ammuni
That question, involving the U.S.
Navy and the navies of seven allied
countries, has been askqd and ex
plored in great detail in courtrooms
in Santa Barbara, Calif., and Wash
ington in recent weeks. There was
testimony and evidence that the an
swer is yes. And no.
On one side is Fritz Feldmann, in
ventor of a break-away plastic
shroud that encases the penetrators
as they travel through the gun bar
rel. The white-haired, Swiss-born
Feldmann claims he isn’t being paid
royalties for his invention, called a
sabot. Moreover, he says his sabot
was altered for the mass-production
process and lost two-thirds of its ac
curacy because of it .
If he were the captain of a ship
under attack?
“I’d want better ammunition,”
said Feldmann.
On the other side is the Navy,
which has more than 221) Phalanx
systems on 125 ships and is scram
bling to triple that. The Navy and
the sole manufacturer, the Olin Cor
poration, say Feldman’s invention
wasn’t distinctive enough to com
mand royalties. They say the five
million rounds of the ammunition
made to date are nearly twice as ac
curate as required.
If you were ( the captain of that
Peter T. Adams, the lead labo
ratory manager for the Phalanx
tetri at the Naval Surface Weapo
Center in Dahlgren, Va., testified:
“If you have a weapons sysij
that has the probability of di
job with die current ammunition
100 percent and you are aware
ways of improving the ammunit*
... What happens if you makej
ammunition netter? Basically noi
ing-” , ,
fhe Navy tested Phalanx last Mi
lor the first time against the Freni
built Exocet, successfully knodi
out three of four.
fhe debate in the U.S. Cl
Court spiced up an otherwise n
tine trial over royalties claimed
Feldmann, who holds three patei
on the sabot. The sabot is needed
cause the |>enetrator is smaller
a normal 20mm bullet.
Phalanx is used aboard
ranging from the largest m
earners to (he smallest frigates
marvel of modern warfare, its
simultaneoush tracks incomiii
siies and outgoing projectiles,a[
ing corrections before the
burst arrives in (he target/one.
Vol. 80
(continued from page 1)
along racial lines, 33 percent of
blacks said they supported Goetz, 26
percent opposed what he did, and
41 percent said they didn’t know.
Among whites, 49 percent sup
ported Goetz, 16 percent opposed
what he did and 35 percent said they
didn’t know.
The wounded youths are black;
Goetz is white. In New York, some
angry black leaders said the public
would have been less supportive if
the gunman had been black and the
youths white. Federal prosecutors
were asked to charge Goetz with civil
rights violations, but the request was
denied after prosecutors deter
mined Goetz acted in fear and not
from racial motives.
Twenty-two percent of the re
spondents said they or members of
their families had been victims of se
rious crime in the past year. Among
those, 56 percent were dissatisfied
with police response, 39 percent said
they were satisfied.
Respondents were also asked if
they believed crime in their commu
nities was more serious than other
problems, just as serious or not as se
rious as other problems. Nineteen
percent said more serious, 39 per
cent said just as serious and 40 per
cent said not as serious.
Threats were made against Anter-
icans in Lebanon over the U.S. veto
in the U.N. Security Council on
Tuesday of a Uebanese-sponsored
resolution condemning Israeli prac
tices in occupied south Uebanon.
The caller’s statement said; “We
are definite that Islamic Beirut is full
of agents f rom all sides, and accord
ingly we are working day and night
to purge our region of any subver
sive element.”
Police sources in, Beirut, who
spoke on condition of anonymity,
confirmed Sunday that a Libyan dip
lomat had been abducted from his
car on west Beirut’s Corniche Maz-
raa Boulevard the day before. They
identified him as Abdel-Basset Tra-
bulsi, a member of the Libyan Peo
ple’s Bureau, the equivalent of an
There have been several kidnap
pings of Libyan diplomats in west
Beirut. All have been released un
The statement attributed to Is
lamic Holy War yas given by a man
speaking Lebanese-accented Arabic
to a Western news agency in Beirut,
which translated it into English and
provided it to the AP with the un
derstanding the agency would not be
The statement also threatened
Swiss citizens and interests, claiming
Switzerland, a neutral country, was
planning to buy weapons from Is
After reading the statement, (he
caller added: “We have delayed re
leasing this statement until the three
were taken outside Beirut.”
There was no way to authenticate
the validity of the call, similar to
those which have followed past kid
nappings of other Americans in Bei
rut as well as anti-American bomb
ings and other violent activities.
Judge not
laughing at
T-shirt words
Don Smith sat quietly
courtroom gallery, he wore a I
shirt displaying two horizi
lines of large alphabetical ch
ters that spelled nothing.
But when his wife, Karen!
Smith, 19, took the stand tot
tify about the divorce she squi
Smith. 22, smiled and foldedii
his T-slurt, causing (he tharai
to display a common obscenity
in letters six inches tall.
State District fudge Curl)
saw no humor in the action,
stopped the Friday hearing,
dared Smith in contemp
court, and sent him to jail!
g McDonald's
£ Me Donald:
At University Drive
At Texas and S.W. Parkway
At Manor East Mail
At 2930 E. Highway 21
The Intramural Track and Field Meet is fast approaching on the
calandar. Entries open March 18 and close March 26. For you
diehard trackstars, here is a list of Intramural track records that
have stood for five or more years. Go for the gold!
100 M Dash
200 M Dash
800 M Dash
1600 M Run
110 M Low Hurdles
1600 M Relay
Softball Trow
Track and Field
800 M Dash
400 M Relay
High Jump
Long Jump
i6’y 2 ”
Softball Throw
210’2 1 /4”
* Indicates converted from Imperial Measure
All records for Intramural Track and Field are listed in the Intramu
ral Calendar. For more information about the Track Meet, call the
Intarmural Office at 845-7826 or come by East Kyle.
SUPERSTARS — Budding decath-
letes take notice. Entries close Fri
day, March 22. Entrants chose 10 of
the 12 events. Competitions will be
held March 23 and 24. A meeting for
all participants will be held Satur
day,March 23 at 11:30 a.m. in 164
East Kyle.
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old sneaks. Entries open today,
March 18, and close Tuesday,
March 26. A Scratch and Informa
tion meeting will be held Thursday,
March 28 at 6 p.m. in 164 East Kyle.
Field events will be held on Sunday,
March 31. Prelims for running
events will be Tuesday, April 2; divi-
sionals are Thursday, April 4 and
Ail-University will be the following
Tuesday, April 9. Individuals andi
teams are encouraged to enter.
open today, - March 18 and close
Tuesday, March 26. Pay begins
Monday, April 1 at East Kyle. USHA
Rules will apply. Matches consist of
the best two out of three games.
Just a reminder that Volleyball Triples and Innertube
Water Polo tournaments begin tonight. Team captains
who missed the team captain’s meeting can pick up
their schedules in room 159 East Kyle.
The Intramural Office will continue to take entries for
the Penberthy Softball Tournament until 6 p.m., March
20. This tournament will be held March 22, 23 and 24.
Entry fee is $40. Games finish at midnight each night
of the tournament.
The Men’s Water Polo
Club which placed 2nd in
the National Water Polo
Association Tournament
will hold an organizational
meeting on Thursday,
March 21 at 7 p.m. in room
109 Military Science Build
ing. Any person interested
in becoming a member is
encouraged to attend. For
more information call Chris
Blockhaus at 260-1774.
Congratulations to the following winners in the Intramural Wres
tling Tournament.
Weight Class
Tom Gore
118 A
Mark Okamoto
134 A
Karl Gromelski
134 B
Steven Martter
142 A
Alan Carlisle
150 A
Frederrick Brenz
158 A
Scoot Parrot
158 B
Charlie Werth
167 A
Araon Dennis
177 A
Blake Walter
190 A
Randy Schrecengost
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Wrestling champ (134 Ibs.-Class A) Mark Okamoto accumulates points toward his victory in the
Intramural Wrestling Tournament.
McDonald’s Intramural Highlights is sponsored each Monday in the Battalion by
your local McDonald’s" Restaurants at University Drive, Manor East Mall and on
Texas Avenue. Stories are written by members of the Intramural Staff, graphics are
by Joel Nickerson, and photos are by Tom McDonnell and Marcy Basile.
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