The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, September 05, 1986, Image 2

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Page 2/The Battalion/Friday, September 5,1986 The Battalion (USPS 045 360) Member of Texas Press Association Southwest Journalism Conference The Battalion Editorial Board Cathie Anderson, Editor Kirsten Dietz, Managing Editor Loren Steffy, Opinion Page Editor Frank Smith, City Editor Sue Krenek, News Editor Ken Sury, Sports Editor Editorial Policy The Battalion is a non-profit, self-supporting newspape-r oper ated as a community service to Texas A&M and Bryan-College Sta tion. Opinions expressed in The Battalion are those of the editorial board or the author, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Texas A&M administrators, faculty or the Board of Regents. 'The Battalion also serves as a laboratory newspaper for students in reporting, editing and photography classes within the Depart ment of Journalism. The Battalion is published Monday through Friday during Texas A&.M regular semesters, except for holiday and examination periods. Mail subscriptions are $17.•14 per semester, $34.62 per school t ear and $36.44 per full year. Advertising rales furnished on re quest. Our address: The Battalion, 2/6' Reed McDonald Building, Texas A&M University, College Station. TX 77S-I;I Opinion Second class postage paid at College Station, TX 7784‘i. POS7\\IAS7 EK: Send address changes to The Battalion, 2Id Reed McDonald, Texas A&M University, College Station TX 77848. A loan or alone? Congress has been dragging its feet on passing a higher-educa tion bill, and the delay may cause students in need of government loans to look elsewhere for financial support. The joint House-Senate conference committee on higher educa tion had hoped to extend the existing Higher Education Act before the three-week Labor Day recess, but it failed. The committee must reach a decision before Oct. 3, when Con gress adjourns, or the bill will have to be reintroduced when the new Congress takes over in January. The current bill has been in the works for nearly two years. The longer the delay, the less chance higher education’s budget has of surviving deficit-cutting measures. The Senate Appropriations Committee has developed its fiscal 1987 spending around the existing higher education budget. But the committee also approved a 4.3 percent spending increase for higher education, which means the bill may have to be rewritten. Promoting ignorance won’t solvi problems of American families The House’s appropriations bill contains no provisions for higher education because the House is prohibited from allocating funds for programs that have not been approved or extended. In addition, Congress has agreed to cut $395 million from Guar anteed Student Loans over the next three years as a means of reduc ing the deficit. But the Committee has yet to determine how the cuts should be implemented. The reductions could have a devastating impact on students who receive federally financed aid. Students who receive loans after the Higher Education Act runs out may find that loans they applied for at 8 percent interest actually are financed at 10 percent. Also, students may wind up receiving less money than they were originally promised. Grumblings within the Office of Management and Budget and the Education Department is that the bill, which would allocate $10 billion for higher education next year, is too expensive. Uncertainties and disagreements abound within the committee. But Congress has dragged its legislative feet long enough. It’s time to work out the kinks in the extension for the Higher Education Act now, before vital student aid is forfeited to bureaucratic stagnation. “I think I could be pregnant,” a teen-age girl wrote to an advice col umnist. “Someone told me that 1 couldn’t get preg nant if my ooyr- riend and I did it with our under wear on, but I think I am. Is that possible?” agers abstain from premarital sex. If that succeeds, the proolem is solved.” “I’m not willing to go to other steps like setting up climes in schools that dis pense contraceptives without parental knowledge.” • “Our goal should be to tell children this conduct is wrong and explain why it’s bad for them — not to teacn them so much about sex that they can engage in it in early adolescence.” After reading this interview, I’d had enough of generalities and couldn’t wait until Nov. i or thereafter to get down to Cathie Anderson After reading this in Ask Beth, a column giving advice to teen-agers, I was dumbfounded. I ialh 1 am naive enough to believe children will experiment with sex.’ if they don't know all the facts abev. am ignorant enough to believe more damage could be done (Ik more advantage taken of them if: don’t know what actually happens Burt> Wh< look f and d< possibl Hov ton, r< in Tex sue his gineer Bun serving dant o dets. f of milf the An Dr. tant vi service comma Dr. dent f< i new cc I sen by Koldus have in and tv schedu month. Ever Burton didn’t really think it was possible that anv of today’s flip teen-agers could be so naive and ignorant. 1 But after reading comments by Gar Bauer, chairman of a White House tas force evaluating the effects of federal programs on American families, I real ized that such naivete and ignorance was not solely reserved for today’s teens. Many students’ educational futures are at stake — and uncer tainty over financial aid could cause many would-be students not to attend college. Congress has a job to do and less than a month to complete it. Get to work, congressmen. Students need federal education funds to be loaned, not left alone. In the Sept. 1 issue of U.S. News and World Report, Bauer, who said he would reserve the specifics of his study for his Nov. 1 report to President Rea gan, discussed the generalities. • to get i specifics — specifically that if Bauer ex pects to lower the number of teen-age pregnancies by keeping youngsters ig norant of sex or by limiting their ability to protect themselves with contracep tives, no government policy could be the best government policy. Certainly, Americans should not teach their children that sex is “wrong” or “bad for them,” something to be whispered about in darkness and not to be enjoyed. Such Victorian thoughts and atti tudes fell by the wayside, I believed, just as I thougnt today’s teens knew preg nancy could not occur without sexual contact, but it seems I also am naive and The problem then is not that “wrong' or bad for teen-agers bn adolescents often are not taughti sex. They' don’t know it is usd: means of reproduction, not tome:: its use for physical gratification,ei sion of love, substitution for love,fit Bauer xa\s the task force H not . . . do away with social proj that serve unwed teen-agers with dren.” But it’s not willing to setup ics in schools that dispense contr}| lives without parental knowledge. E “I can’t think of a worse mes&j send to children,” he says. The worst message, however, aim has been sent. The message that ignorance is OK. muruca “It’s from C in toucl in the 2 it’s tim< Burt other j cided t tion wa ternativ “I’ve pursue Tm a things 1 ucation Burt in 195f in zool Hope c com mis followir With achieve was giv ‘In general, we advocate ithat teen- ignorant. All the task force has todotn send cigars. Cathie Anderson is a seniorjoumi: j major and editor for The Battalion. Tune in the mind Lon 9 " nes help MM prospe Action for Children’s Television, a group that for years has tried to get networks to improve children’s programming, has found an effective method for achieving their goal, which could assist adults as well as children. ACT is producing “The TV-Smart Book for Kids” which advises parents and children about wise-viewing decisions. It also enlightens young viewers of the tactics and deceptions of advertisers, how much ' - - Ffe ‘ —- - - Yesterday I stood in a line so long it crossed two time zones, the equator and the 99th Parallel. Twice. Jeff L. Brady Cut's/ Columnist television is too much and how to differentiate between TV and real ity. The book has advantages over protests directed at network pro grammers. It promotes education among parents as well as children. The book makes both parents and children aware of how much tele vision is consumed in the home and what effect it’s having on the family. The long-term effects of the self-help publication could achieve ACT’s other goal of improving children’s programming. The net works, after all, respond to ratings. If young viewers and their par ents become more selective about what they view, networks will be forced to improve quality or drop in the ratings. We could all learn a few lessons from “The TV-Smart Book.” Television can be beneficial, but too often viewers turn off their brains when they turn on the set. Through the book’s tactics, maybe we can teach our children — and adults — to tune in their minds. a#? It originated at the Pavilion and spi raled backward alongside the Sterling C. Evans Library, backing up against an other line winding out the back doors of the Coke Building. The two lines swirled together creating a formless mob of disoriented freshmen, disgusted seniors and disillusioned grad students. No one avoids lines around here, folks. The human mass had eddies and cur rents all its own, attracting two pave ment preachers, a junkfood vendor with cart and three stray pups.I kept looking for Monty Hall to ask me what I’d give for the prize behind door number three. All I had to do was drop P.E. 199. The human ribbon inched forward at a dizzying 10 feet per hour. I clocked it. The heat was sweltering, my feet ached and I had about 29 other errands to run before five that afternoon. Welcome Back, Ags. Standing in line is what students learn best at Texas A&M. We stand in line for football tickets, parking stickers, paying fees, lunch, plastic money machines, movies, concert tickets, books, drop- add, paying traffic tickets, groceries, mail, paying fees, senior rings, grades, paying fees, football games, bus passes and finding out we’re blocked in that line and have to go stand in line some where else. After four years most seniors have it down to an art. The guy next to me set up a folding lawn chair and umbrella, two ice chests and ajam box for the duration. Visions of Cotton Bowl ticket lines swept before my eyes. “How long you been here?” I asked. “Just two hours,” he shot back. “I fig ure we’ll make it inside about Friday.” By now he had a calendar out and was putting a big black ‘X’ through Tuesday. Two girls ahead of us had a card table set up with phones at their faces and long extension cords disappearing un der nearby shrubbery. “Gosh, I don’t know, PJ.,” one said, smacking her strawberry Bubblicious gum. “We’ve been here since 10 already, and I’ve painted my nails twice. Bur gundy and hot pink.” “If that’s the way you feel,” the other one winces, “Go ahead without me, Jim. But I’ve GOT to get this class or Dad will have a cow right there on the living room rug.” Dad must have been an Ag major. Labor Day lines at A&M are generally as long as the horizon and as depend able as the simmering August heat, but they serve a purpose. They are bona fide social events. Be yond the heat and humidity, confusion aside and entropy beside the point, Ags generally see swarms of old friends and meet plenty of new ones standing in line. Conversations are struck, plans made and Southwest Conference foot ball evaluated. World problems are solved. People mature, grow in line at A&M. Couples meet,court are wed. Families prosper. Aggieslx Aggies. And the world of AggieJ keeps spinning placidly on its maj and white axis. In addition: • Lines allow computers to * down and cool off in air-conditii comfort while students evaporate heat. • Lines allow professors to thro* 1 gether those last minute book ref | and syllabuses before classes r underway. • Lines cross roadways through campus, allowing traffic to bog and campus police write more tickets.Fa [i So cheer up and bring an icectitf the next line you enter, happy in M tion that you are helping Aggick prosper. JeffL. Brady is a senior journalism 1 jor. Mail Call Find your own truths EDITOR: Hooray for Karl Pallmeyer! For several months I have wanted to writes letter praising this student who is not afraid to go against the prevailing thought at this University.Sometimes it takes a lot of courage to be different and not made in a mold. After seeing all of the letters in “Mail Call” criticizin! his columns, I decided I had to write. As I see it, opinion columns are supposed to provoke thinking, and from the response he got it looks like he has achieved that. Four letters, most accompanied by many signatures, show at least that many people tooktiniet® 1 think and write a letter. Education cannot be only learning a given subject by rote without also knowing how to read, spell, write and think. Far better if a university turns out “world class” graduates than just be a “world class” university. The reputations of its graduates would make it “world class.” I have been associated with this University for a long time as a wife, mother, grandmother and aunt of Aggies and employees of the University, and I have always maintained there is not a better university anywhere. I don’t believe, however, that because father, mother, teacher, minister, senator or president state that a fact is true or a way of doing things is the only way should make it true. They are only human and each person should find his own truths for himself. Jacquelyne Karney Letters to the editor should not exceed 300 words in length. The editorial staff reserves theri] to edit letters for style and length, but will make every effort to maintain the author’sint< Each letter must be signed and must include the address and telephone number of the writer la sui tit; pit the am ine “1c ust Br; Th SE, SA Gu; den OF Pri, leas Net non Chi Iwo pra