The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, September 19, 1985, Image 1

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Phone calls, letters help couples deal with separations — Page 4 Sherrill, Texas A8cM SID claim WFAA 'misrepresented' itself — Page 9 ■HHW Texas ASM m a The Battalion Serving the Gniversity community ol. 81 No. 14 USPS 045360 16 pages College Station, Texas Iritain calls ir end to [xpulsions Associated Press ONDON -r- Britain called a halt Wednesday to the exchange of dip- irnatic expulsions that began when |ht KGB’s top agent in London de- fetied. The end came after the -So- vie Union ordered six more Britons oui making the score 31-31. Ifhe Kremlin, in its first major diplomatic imbroglio since Mikhail S. Uorbachev assumed power March 11, took the unusual decision to re- ■iate in equal numbers to Britain’s expulsion of 25 alleged Soviet spies ■t Thursday and six more on Mon- dy. ■ The Foreign Office said after ■oscow completed the second jqund Wednesday that it would not ■ict any more Soviets, insisting that it had not backed down and that Britain had come out ahead. ■ The cycle of ejections reduced the number of British citizens in Mos- ■wfrom 103 to 72 and the number ■ Soviets in London from 234 to pT I Britain started the scrap by expel- Btg 25 alleged Soviet agents last ■hursday on information provided ■by Oleg A. Gordievski, 4b, identified w the Foreign Office as the KGB ■ation chief in Britain who def ected See Britain, page 16 Enrollment By ED CASSA VOY i Staff Writer Official fall enrollment figures for exas A&M were released Wednes- Vj showing a total of 35,701 regis- lered students as of the 12th class day. This year’s figure was a drop of 1,126, or an overall decrease of 3.05 percent. University officials had antic- pated a decline in enrollment partly lue to a tuition increase that went into effect this fall. The Texas Legislature in the spring raised the tuition for Texas v/*'- J im A-Maze-Ing Steve Frawley, Human Resources Manager for Taco Bell, puts together a display during yester day’s Professional Career Planning in Agriculture Photo by ANTHONY S. CASPER Day. The trade show provides an opportunity for students to become familiar with job requirements, opportunities and career goals in agriculture. . decrease attributed to tuition hike residents attending state-supported colleges and universities from $4 per semester hour to $12. Non-resident tuition jumped from $40 per semes ter hour to $ 120 per hour this year. The number of non-resident stu dents — students who come from other states or countries — dropped to 5,243, a decrease of 472 students from last year. The loss represents a decline of 8.3 percent in overall non resident enrollment. Sophomore class enrollment de clined more than any other under graduate class — dropping from last year’s figure of 6,206 to 5,730 stu dents this fall. Head Registrar Robert A. Lacey said the drop in sophomore enroll ment was not unexpected. “In making our projections,” La cey said, “we predicted that many non-resident students with less than 60 hours of credit accrued (students who are not yet juniors) would feel it financially advantageous to transfer to a school in their home state or otherwise not return to Texas and that seems to be the cAse.” Lacey also said the number of transfer students with less than 60 hours appeared to be similarly af fected. Pieter Groot, assistant provost for academic affairs, said he had not seen the official figures but he said that the drop of 1,126 was not as bad as first expected. “It (the official decline) was a little better than what we expected when the numbers were still coming in,” Groot said. “It appeared at one point that it might be as high as 1,600, but this figure is not nearly as bad.” Groot said the large loss of sopho- See Enroll, page 16 Thursday, September 19, 1985 U.S. confirms hostage freed by terrorists Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. — The Rev. Benjamin Weir is free after a 16- month kidnapping ordeal in Leb anon, but President Reagan said See related story, pg-14 Wednesday that he “will not be satis fied” until the six remaining Ameri can captives also are released. Weir was released to U.S. authori ties in Beirut on Saturday, but an an nouncement was withheld to deter mine whether the release of the other Americans might also be ob tained. “We were trying to keep it,so quiet because we don’t want to 'do any thing that endangers the chances of the other six,” Reagan said at the conclusion of a speech promoting his tax reform proposal. But White House spokesman Ed ward Djerejian, briefing the press af ter Reagan’s speech, said it became apparent Tuesday night that no more releases were “imminent.” Unconfirmed reports about Weir’s release surfaced Saturday with an anonymous telephone call to the Reuters news agency. The Pres byterian Church saifr early Wednes day that Weir had been freed. Soon afterward, Reagan supplied the offi cial confirmation that Weir was “back in America, safe with his fam ily.” “I am happy for him and his fam ily,” the president said, “but I will not be satisfied and will not cease our efforts until all the hostages, the other six, are released.” Later, as he boarded Air Force One to return to Washington, Rea gan held up six fingers and told re porters, “Six more to go.” Weir, 61, a Presbyterian minister, was kidnapped by terrorists May 8, 1984, in Beirut. Neither Reagan nor Djerejian of fered any details about his release. Djerejian said Weir was in Nor folk. Va., but that he was not hospi talized. Doctors described him as be ing “in good mental and physical condition,” the spokesman added. He said the United States had “ab solutely” made no deal with the ter rorists who had held Weir. “Our po sition on negotiating with terrorists is very clear,” he said. Djerejian refused to answer ques tions on why only Weir had been freed. But he said that “we have been in contact with several governments” in the drive to free the other Ameri cans. He said Syria, widely believed to have influence with the terrorists, had “not specifically” helped these efforts. According to Djerejian, officials had hoped the release last week of the last Lebanese prisoners held at Israel’s Atlit prison camp “would im prove the atmosphere in the re gion.” Following the release, he said, “We did enhance our efforts.” Vice President George Bush has* scheduled a meeting Friday with the families of the six remaining kidnap ped Americans. A native of Salt Lake City, Weir graduated from Princeton Theologi cal Seminary. He served as a pastor in Oakland, Calif, and as a U.S. Army chaplain before being ap pointed to Lebanon as a missionary in 1953. Fluent in Arabic, he worked with the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon and was actve in humanitarian activities and relief programs in Lebanon. When Weir was kidnapped, a man claiming to represent Islamic Holy War or Islamic Jihad, a terrorist group, told the French news agency Agence France Press that his organi zation was behind the incident. Sherrill questions truth of WFAA-TVs allegations By TRAVIS TINGLE Sports Editor Texas A&M Head Football Coach Jackie Sherrill questioned the validity of a Dallas television station’s report which accused A&M quarterback Kevin Murray of receiving $300 a month and a lease car from an Ag gie alumnus. “I seriously question the methods, motives and val idity of the sources of information involved in this mat ter,” Sherrill said at a specially called press conference Wednesday. “Kevin hasn’t committed a crime,” he said. “He hasn’t shot anybody. He hasn’t robbed a bank. ... It’s not like he went down to the bank and pulled out a gun and said, ‘Hey guys give me your money.’ “I’m not questioning the TV station (WFAA-TV — Channel 8), I’m questioning the validity of the sources on the basis of how they were collected.” The WFAA-TV report said two of the A&M alum nus’ former employees discussed monthly $300 checks they said had been made out by the alumnus to Mur ray. They said they had seen Murray driving the car. The taped segment, which ran on the station’s 10 p.m. newscast, included an interview with Murray out side of Cain Hall. A WFAA-TV reporter showed Mur ray a copy of what he said was a 36-month lease agreement signed by Murray for a 1984 Nissan 300ZX with cash payments made by the Aggie booster. The station said the lease showed the vehicle, with payments of $749 a month, was delivered to Murray in December 1983. Murray, a redshirt sophomore from Dallas, denied any wrongdoing when confronted by station reporter Gerry Oher. “No, that’s a forgery,” Murray said Tuesday in the televised report. “I’ve never seen this before.” At Wednesday’s press conference, Murray read from a prepared statement and declined further com ment. “In light of what has happened, meaning the way the TV station handled me yesterday, I’d like for you to understand my situation/’ Murray said. “I want you to understand that I have decided not to talk to anyone at this time,” he said. “I will be open in talking with our University officials, the Southwest Conference office, as well as the NCAA office. “When this situation is resolved, I’ll be happy to dis cuss this situation with you. I have no other com ments.” Sherrill said he discussed WFAA’s allegations with Murray Tuesday night. “I told him he has two choices,” Sherrill said. “He could face this and fight through it with the other dis tractions that he might have and . . . get on with his life as a student — as a person. Or he could run and hide. “It’s very evident, by Kevin being here today, See Sherrill, page 16 Kevin Murray Faculty committee investigating charges against Murray By TRENT LEOPOLD Senior Staff Writer Texas A&M President Frank E. Vandiver said Wednesday evening he had no comment to make about allegations made by Dallas television station WFAA Tuesday night in re gard to Aggie quarterback Kevin Murray. Vandiver said he could “not real ly" make any comments because the investigation into the allegations “is already under way.” The actual course of the investiga tion will be conducted by the Faculty Athletic Committee under the chairmanship of Dr. Tom Adair, a physics professor, Vandiver said. The committee, of which Athletic Director Jackie Sherrill is a member, will be aided by the A&M legdl of fice. “I think he (Sherrill) is absolutely right not to try to be in charge of the investigation,” Vandiver said. “It is to be done by the institution — in proper procedure. And the proper procedure is that the Faculty Coun cil does that.” Meanwhile, A&M students ex pressed a variety of opinions Wednesday concerning the allega tions. Jeff Hedge, a junior speech com munication major, said, “If it’s true, then coaches like (Jim) Wacker (of Texas Christian University) and (Bobby) Collins (of Southern Meth odist University) are going to . . . push to have A&M on probation.” If A&M is put on probation, Hedge said he still would “back the Aggies all the way.” Victor Gonzales, another A&M student, said he would hate to be in Murray’s shoes. “In the first place we don’t even know if the allegations are true,” he said. “But this kind of stuff goes on all the time, everybody knows that. I would hate to be in Murray’s shoes right now. But I understand he is willing to be open about the allega tions. “I think there certainly had to be some kind of an incentive to bring him (Murray) out of baseball. “The NCAA is going to eventually have to handle situations like this in some other way. Maybe college ath letes should be paid. “If they (the NCAA) keep putting Southwest Conference teams on probation then there eventually might not even be a Cotton Bowl and that’s not any good.” - Gonzales said he too would sup port the Aggies whether or not the allegations prove true. But Randy Carter wasn’t as sym pathetic as Hedge and Gonzales. “College atnletes in general should clean up their acts,” he said. “I believe every word of the allega tions about Murray and he knows it’s true too. “We just have to wait and see what kind of punishment A&M is going to receive now.”