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The Battalion
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Vol. 81 No. 8 GSPS 045360 16 pages College Station, Texas September 18, 1985
Starting Oct. 6, library will
remain open until 2 a.m.
— Page 7
Sherrill says A&M prepared
to play 'mind games' with NLU
— Page 14
Ag QB denies
allegation by
Dallas’ WFAA
Hands Join For Peace
The Texas A&M Bahai'i Club sponsored an observance Tuesday of Brianna (1) and Jessimine (r) pass the phrase “peace be with you.
the United Nations International Day of Peace. Participants “joining See related story on page 5.
hands for peace” look on as Christy Busch waits for her daughters
Reagan against banning Star Wars
Associated Press
WASHINGTON — President
Reagan said Tuesday night he would
rule out any summit agreement with
the Soviet Union that would block
testing and development of his con
troversial “Star Wars” space-based
missile system.
But the president, answering
questions at his first formal news
conference in three months, indi
cated he might be willing to nego
tiate with Soviet leader Mikhail Gor
bachev over the deployment of the
controversial system.
With the Reagan-Gorbachev sum
mit set for Nov. l ( .)-20 in Geneva, the
Eller says
Staff Writer
Texas A&M Board of Regents
Chairman David Eller said the Gol-
lege of Agriculture needs to change
the public’s image that agriculture is
a “farmers only” business.
“We must convince the general
public that studying agiculture is not
just for farmers,” Eller said.
“Our agriculture students still
swear they get asked whether choco
late milk comes from brown cows
and whether everyone in the agricul
ture school wears cowboy boots.”
Eller was the keynote speaker
Tuesday at a Professional Career
Planning in Agriculture dinner.
president also defended the recent
test of an American anti-satellite
weapon. He said the Soviets have
tested such a system, and added,
“We couldn’t stand by and allow
them to have a monopoly on the
ability to shoot down satellites.”
Reagan said he was taking his pro
spective summit meeting seriously,
but added he doesn’t plan on giving
the Soviet leader “a friendship ring
or anything.”
“It isn’t necessary that we love or
even like each other,” he said, hut
that it is important for the two su
perpowers to negotiate.
Reagan opened his news confer
ence with a call for “free and fair
David Eller
trade for all,” and cautioned that a
“mindless stampede toward protec
tionism will be a one-way trip toward
economic disaster.”
With numerous bills pending in
Congress to slap restrictions on
American trading partners, the
president said free trade can lead to
a “decade of growth” and creation of
10 million new jobs in this country.
The U.S. trade deficit is expected
to be in the. $150 billion range this
year, prompting calls for protection
for numerous American industries.
Reagan said imposing restrictions
against this country’s trading part
ners could produce countermea
sures against American industry and
He emphasized a need for agribu
siness professionals and said the
“plow and cow” image of agricultu
ral studies could contribute to future
personnel shortages.
To stress the importance of agri
culture, Eller noted that agribusiness
represents 20 percent of the Gross
National Product.
“Agribusiness is the single largest
economic element in Texas,” he
He said the College of Agriculture
deals fittingly with educating stu
dents in agricultural production.
“But the college needs to view ag-
.riculture in its broadest sense, in
cluding those activities which sup-
The president never used the
word veto — and never mentioned
the word Congress — as he dis
cussed trade. But his message was
uninistakeable, coming a few hours
after the Senate Finance Committee
took a step toward having the gov
ernment retaliate against countries
which close their doors to imports of
American-made telephone equip
Reagan also defended his policies
toward South Africa’s white-ruled
government, saying, “I think that
when you’re standing up against a
cellophane wall and you’re getting
shot at f rom both sides you must be
port agriculture and other biological
systems, as well as those involved in
the manufacturing and marketing of
the products,” Eller said.
Agriculture students are becom
ing more urban and more women
are entering the field, Eller said.
He said the purpose of the Col
lege of Agriculture is to “identify,
educate and place talented stu
“Another purpose is to provide
educational service to all who can
use it,” Eller said.
Many prospective agriculture stu
dents are put off by farm and ranch
economic difficulties, and Eller said
they don’t consider other jobs avail-
Stall Writer
The story of Texas A&M’s “quar
terback controversy” became that of
a “controversial quarterback” late
Tuesday night.
Kevin Murray, A&M’s sophomore
quarterback from Dallas, was alleged
to have received illegal cash pay
ments from an Aggie supporter in a
report aired by Dallas television sta-
tion WFAA (Channel 8).
WFAA-TV also had a copy of a
36-month lease on a white 1984 Dat-
sun 300-ZX, with Murray’s pur
ported signature on it and showed a
videotaped interview of people who
said they had seen the player driving
the sports car.
The Dallas station said three for
mer employees of PELCO, a leasing
company connected with A&M
alumnus Rod Dockery, said they saw
doing something right. If it had all
come from one direction, I would
looked again and said, ‘Well, did I
miss something here.’ ”
Reagan said he “must he pretty
near the middle” if some critics say
he should do more while others say
he has done too much toward end
ing the apartheid system in South
Africa. The president last week im
posed economic sanctions against
The question-and-answer session
with reporters, televised live from
the East Room at the White Elouse,
was the 31st of Reagan’s presidency
and the fourth since his second term
began in January.
able in agriculture.
Eller cited a recent U.S. Depart
ment of Agriculture study which
said agricultural colleges will be able
to provide only 65 percent of the
59,000 people needed annually for
1980’s agricultural jobs.
The study said 22 percent of the
people will come from other colleges
and 13 percent of the jobs will re
main unfilled.
Eller told students attending the
dinner that 40,000 people starve to
death every day.
“You will have the responsibility
of feeding this world, how many
people will starve to death then?” he
Murray take delivery of the sports
car in question.
The 36-month lease agreement
called for monthly payments of
Dockery, who has an unlisted tele
phone number, could not be
reached for comment. Dockery is a
member of the Texas Aggie Club
and donor of two Permanently En
dowed Athletic Scholarships.
The station aired a videotaped in
terview with a woman identified as
Jarri Hopkins of Garland, a former
employee of PELCO, who said seve
ral checks turned up missing — “a-
bout one a month” and they were
$300 checks made out to Murray.
When Hopkins asked her supervi
sor about one such check ana pre
pared to log it into the records, the
check was taken from Hopkins and
See Murray, page 12
W. German
defects to
E. Germany
Associated Press
BONN, West Germany — A
secretary in Chancellor Helmut
Kohl’s office has fled to Commu
nist East Germany in the first spy
case to hit the nation’s highest of
fice since a 1974 scandal toppled
Willy Brandt, officials said Tues
The defection marked the lat
est in a drumfire of espionage in
cidents that began rocking Kohl’s
conservative coalition govern
ment last month. The scandal
earlier touched the president’s of
fice and shook up Bonn’s spy sys
West German radio, citing
Bonn security sources, said the
latest defector, Herta-Astrid
Willner, may have had access to
secret information about the U.S.
“Star Wars” program and a
French-led high-technology pro
Ghvernment officials Stiid the
45-year-old secretary, who had
worked in the chancellor’s office
nearly 12 years, had no access to
material about the two projects.
Willner fled to East Germany
with her husband, Herbert. Chief
federal prosecutor Kurt Reb-
mann said both were under inves
tigation on suspicion of spying.
Her 59-year-old husband
worked in the Naumann Founda
tion, which is closely tied to the
junior party in Kohl’s coalition
government, and had once been a
member of East Germany’s Com
munist Party, Rebmann said.
Bonn security officials, who
spoke on condition of anonymity,
said Willner had been under sus
picion for some time.
In resignation letters sent to
their respective employers, the
couple said they had fled to East
Germany, Rebmann said.
Axel Wernitz, an opposition
Social Democrat and chairman of
the Parliament’s Interior Com
mittee, said the latest case would
cause “considerable damage” to
West Germany.
Deputy government spokes
man Juergen Sudhoff said Mrs.
Willner’s defection marked the
first spy case to hit the chan
cellor’s office since the Brandt
government fell.
In 1974, the popular Social
Democrat was forced to resign
when it was revealed that a rank
ing chancellory aide, Guenter
Guillaume, was an East German
Hans-Joachim Tiedge, who
was one of Bonn’s highest-rank
ing counter-espionage agents,
fled on Aug. 19.
Low-power TV station may come to B-CS
Journalism majors may be able to get
hands-on experience in news broadcasting
despite the fact that KAMU-TV’s news de
partment was abolished.
Global Village LPTV Broadcasting, a low-
power television station, has announced
plans to build a station in Bryan-College Sta
tion and open internships to A&M journa
lism students.
John Reilly, executive director of Global
Village, based in New York City — contacted
Department of Communications Head Dr.
Edward Smith. Reilly said the company was
planning a strong local news operation for
Channel 12 (the station Global Village will be
broadcasting on) and would like to have a
relationship with the University to have in
terns ...”
Global Village plans to have the station
“It will provide hands-on experi
ence and an outlet for work of the
broadcast students, especially since
the news department at KAMU no
longer exists, ”
— Don Tomlinson, assistant jour
nalism professor
operating by early 1986. Reilly could not be
reached for further comment.
The Global Village station will be a low-
power station, while KAMU is a full-power
Public Broadcasting Station. Mel Chastain,
director of educational broadcasting services
at KAMU, said he hadn’t heard any con
firmed reports from Global Village about
the new station.
Low-power television (LPTV) has a trans
mission range of about 15 miles. Federal
Communications Commission began accept
ing applications for licertses for LPTV sta
tions in 1980. Until then low-power stations
were located only in areas that weren’t com
mercial enough for large stations.
Bombarded by applicants, the FCC de
clared a moratorium on LPTV licenses,
added new regulations for operating a
LPTV station and established a lottery to de
termine which companies and areas would
be permitted to have LPTV stations.
Due to budget cuts, the news program at
KAMU, which served as a laboratory for
broadcast journalism students, was dis
solved. Journalism students no longer had
the opportunity to work and learn at an op
erating television station.
Assistant Journalism Professor Don Tom
linson, “The station will be an extreme help
to us (the journalism department). It will
provide hands-on experience and an outlet
for work of the broadcast students, espe
cially since the news department at KAMU
no longer exists.”
Tomlinson, who has 10 years of experi
ence in journalism, said that he worked at
stations where the interns were often hired
as full-time reporters once they graduated.
Although Tomlinson said he is excited
about the opportunity for students to work
at the Global station, he added he would not
support a “pencil sharpening job” for stu
“The internship would have to be educa
tionally significant,” he said. “We are inter
ested in teaching our students the tools of
the trade in journalism, but we aren’t just
teaching them how to run a camera.”
modern agriculture not just for farmer