The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, October 09, 1986, Image 1

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fFW^m Texas ASM ■'"% ^ ^ W • The Battalion Vol. 83 No. 29 GSPS 045360 10 pages College Station, Texas Thursday, October 9, 1986 American researcher defects to U.S.S.R. 121 U MOSCOW (AP) — The official Soviet news agency l ass reported Wednesday that an American cancer researcher defected to the Soviet Union after being fired from his job because he opposed U.S. foreign policy. The news agency said Arnold Lockshin, his wife and their three children arrived in Moscow Wednes day after being granted political asy lum. Tass said Lockshin was a 47-year- old biochemist and oncologist who iheaded the cancer research labo ratory at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Houston from 1980 until last month. Lockshin was quoted as telling Tass he and his wife made a very dif ficult decision to leave the United States after being persecuted for waging “an active struggle against the dangerous aspects of the foreign lockshin fired because of job performance 7 HOUSTON (AP) — Officials at St. Joseph Hospital, w here Arnold Lockshin worked before he and his family defected to Russia, say the chemist’s contract was terminated in August be cause of poor job performance. Dr. John Stehlin, scientific director of research foundation at St. Joseph Hospital, said Lockshin was “a decent person but his performance dete riorated during the past six months. Just that, simply that and nothing else.” The hospital released a statement Wednesday afternoon saying: “Arnold Lockshin was employed by the Stehlin Foundation from July 1980 to August 1986. Dur ing this time, he worked as a pharmacologist and chemist in the St. Joseph Hospital cancer re search lab. “His contract was terminated in the latter part of August 1986 because of job performance.” The official Soviet news agency Tass reported Wednesday that Lockshin was fired from his job as a cancer researcher because he opposed U.S. foreign policy. Stehlin, however, said he knew nothing about Lockshin’s political beliefs. A man identified as Lockshin, a woman identi fied as his wife, Lauren, and three children were shown on the Soviet television evening news. Speaking in English, the man told TV viewers that he and his wife had opposed the Vietnam War and had fought for social justice in the- United States ever since. policy of the Republican administra tion.” Lockshin was quoted as saying that he had brought with him exam ples of what he claimed were FBI measures against his family. He said the family’s telephone conversations were tapped, private mail opened, and that they were fol lowed and received provocative phone calls, Tass reported. On Tass, Lockshin was quoted as saying, “This all finished with my be ing fired and threatening to physi cally destroy me, together with my three children. “Lauren and I are deeply thank ful to Soviet authorities , that they deemed it possible to grant us politi cal asylum. “Obviously, not everything that lies before us will be easy and simple, and perhaps one of the main diffi- By Jo Ann Able Staff Writer Commitments must be made by cadets and civilian students if future if a conflicts similar to those that oc curred at Friday’s yell practice are to be prevented, the commander of the Corps of Cadets said Wednesday in a written statement given to The Bat talion. Garland Wilkinson said it w 7 as not the intent of the Corps to bring in jury to any student, nor is it ever. Several students — civilians and cadets — sustained injuries at yell practice when a group of civilians at tempted to run across Kyle Field and cadets tried to stop them. Some of the civilians told The Battalion that cadets tackled and heat them as they tried to cross the f ield. Wilkinson said two cadets had to betaken to the hospital for injuries sustained.Cadets said these injuries were a liypei extended elbow and a broken linger. Wilkinson said the Corps’ junior class is charged with escorting the Aggie Band to yell practices at Kyle Field. “Also, over the years, the juniors have taken on the added responsibil ity of guarding the playing surface oi Kyle Field," he said. When contacted by The Battalion, both Boh Wiatt, director of security md University Folice, and Dr. John ). Koldus, vice president for student Corps leader seeks end to civilian-cadet friction services, said they knew of no legal right the Corps has to protect the field. Wilkinson said it isn’t stated any where that the juniors are responsi ble for keeping all others off the field, but added, “It’s a role they have acquired through time, exactly like our other traditions.” During yell practice, juniors stand on the stadium’s track while bass players in the band stand along the sidelines. Michael Kelley, a sophomore gen eral studies major and bass corporal for the Aggie Band, said the bass players have traditionally lined up on the sidelines to guard the band. “We’re protecting them from other schools, not from other Aggies — to keep people from stealing in struments and starting fights,” Kel ley said. “And that has happened in the past.” He said he didn’t hit anybody Fri day night and his objective was to get the people off Kyle Field because it’s a memorial. Though thought to be a memorial by many, Kyle Field has never been designated as such officially, accord ing to the University Archives. The :>5 flags that fly around the stadium are dedicated to die 55 Aggies who died during World War I. “We’re Aggies, and we should he working for the common cause of Aggies. I’d like there to he a better bond between the Corps of Cadets and the civilians. “I think it’s stupid — Aggies fight ing Aggies.” Ricky Allen, a sophomore engi- neering technology major and bass player in the hand, also thinks of Kyle Field as a memorial. “How would you feel if somebody ran over your father’s grave, and just kept running over it and just be ing as disrespectful to you as possi ble?” Allen asked. Allen added, “We’re supposed to use whatever possible to keep them off.” The only way to stop people who run on the field and refuse to go to the sidelines is to tackle them, Allen said. “We hold them down until we get other buddies there,” Allen said. “If possible we pick them tip and take them off the f ield.” He said one man they were at tempting to carry off the field was kicking, hitting, biting, scratching, spitting and calling names. Wilkinson said a very important point is being missed throughout this incident. “Aggies care about their fellow men, whether that person wears a uniform or not,” he said. “Not being in the Corps doesn’t make anyone less of an Aggie, but starting a fight does.” U.S. officials to be allowed to see plane-crash survivor MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The Foreign Ministry said Wednes day it will allow U.S. Embassy offi cials to see the American who sur vived when Sandinista troops shot down a supply plane, and that it will return the bodies of Americans who were killed. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Angela Saballos read over govern ment-run radio a Foreign Ministry statement of protest addressed to U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz. She said embassy officials could question 45-year-olcl Eugene Hasen- fus, and that the bodies of Ameri cans killed when the plane was shot down would be returned. But Saballos did not say where Hasenfus was being held nor did she say when American officials would be allowed to see him. Officials of the leftist Nicaraguan government say three people were killed: two Americans, identified as pilot William J. Cooper and co-pilot Wallace Blaine Sawyer Jr., and a third man who has not been identi fied but is believed to be an Ameri can. The plane was hit by missile fire and crashed into the jungle of south ern Nicaragua. The government protest, signed by acting Foreign Minister Victor Hugo Tinoco, said the supply plane was an example of the United States’ “flagrant violation of international rights and the United Nations char ter.” Barricada, the Sandinista party newspaper, said in the first account of the capture that Hasenfus walked a mile through the jungle after the C-123 was shot down Sunday. It said an army patrol found him in an abandonee! shack, where he had fashioned a hammock from his par achute. Capt. Rosa Pasos, who speaks for the Defense Ministry, said the Amer ican from Marinette, Wis., was being questioned at a location she ref used to disclose. “All I can say is that he spent the night with our authorities and that he is being treated well,” she said. In Washington, Lt. Col. Arnie Williams, a Pentagon spokesman, said Wednesday that the Defense Department has been unable to es tablish any military background for Cooper. Williams saief too many men with that name served in the military and additional information was needed. Williams confirmed that a U.S. Air Force record existed for some one with the name Wallace Blaine Sawyer Jr. Born April 20, 1945, Sawyer graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy and served from June 5, 1968, to Sept. 13, 1974, receiving an honorable discharge as a captain. Sandinista officials claim, cargo found on the plane indicates it was part of a CIA operation to supply U.S.-backed rebels who have been fighting the leftist Sandinistas for 4'/_> years. They said the Americans were U.S. military advisers from El Salvador. Enrique Bermudez, military chief of the FDN, described Hasenf us and the others aboard the flight as friends and heroes of the Contras. “Those men who flew in that plane were men who worked as vol unteers and in a private way,” he said in a broadcast over the Contras’ clandestine station monitored in neighboring Honduras. President Reagan and other U.S. officials deny that the plane or the men were connected with the Amer ican government. Hasenfus said he had flown from El Salvador, but Salvadoran Presi dent Jose Napoleon Duarte told re porters in his country that the Salva doran government was not involved in the incident. Photo by Greg Bailey Under Construction Workers assemble scaffolding Wednesday under a covered walkway on the site of the new Clayton Williams Alumni Center. Under the walkway, the workers were able to escape getting wet from the dav’s rain. Low-power station to start in 2 weeks culties will be to master the Russian language quickly and sufficiently.” The Soviet news agency also said Lockshin had done research work at Harvard University and the Univer sity of South Carolina in addition to working in Houston. It said he held a doctorate in philosophy and a bachelors’ degree in biochemistry. Debra Allen, a spokeswoman for the University of South Carolina, said Lockshin had not done any work at the school. Margery Heffron, a spokes woman for Harvard University, said there is no record of an Arnold Lockshin in the Medical School’s ap pointment records dating back to 1910. She said there also is no record of him with the Harvard Personnel Office since 1975. Divestment resolution gets tabled Student senators to discuss it further By Rodney Rather Staff Writer The Student Senate on Wednes day tabled a resolution calling for the Texas A&M University System to divest itself of all investments in companies that do business with South Africa. Senator Chris Dowdy introduced the bill but promptly gave speaking privileges to the bill’s writer, Jim Cleary. Cleary said the resolution states that A&M students oppose apart heid. “There may be debate to this reso lution tonight, but does anyone agree with apartheid?” Cleary said. “We can do something,” he said. “Let us tell this state, this commu nity, the world, that Texas A&M will not support apartheid or fund it ei ther.” Cleary also said a market value of about $5.5 million is invested by the A&M System in various companies in South Af rica. “That’s $5.5 million denying peo ple their inalienable rights,” he said. Larry Yarak, a history professor with a special interest in African his tory, was invited as a guest speaker by Cleary and said divestment is the only way South African blacks can be helped. “This resolution puts us in the mainstream of premiere universities in this country (that have divested investments in South Afri ca) .. . Yarak said. “I think it serves, at the very least, to raise the level of awareness among A&M students of what is going on in South Africa.” Senator Robert Russell moved that the resolution be tabled for fur ther discussion at a future meeting. B-CS to get new television channel By Kristin Theodorsen Reporter A local low-power television station, K28AK Channel 28, will be on the air within two weeks, says John Barger, senior vice president of Clear Channel Communications Inc. Barger couldn’t give a specific date because the station needs acceptance from the Federal Communications Commission. But he says the station is installed and ready to go on the air. The LPTV transmitter is co-housed with the KORA-FM transmitter, which Clear Channel is leasing from KORA, he says. “Towers are quite expensive things to build,” Barger says. “We were fortunate to find one that we could utilize.” There are no studios or employees at the pre sent time, Barger says, and Clear Channel ini tially will run pre-taped program material. “Anything we do live, in the initial stages, will be done from the KORA-KTAM studios,” Bar ger says. Clear Channel hasn’t yet determined the type of programming the new station will provide, Barger says. Until Clear Channel finds perma nent programming material and corrects any fine-tuning problems, Channel 28 will not be promoted, he says. Clear Channel, based in San Antonio, operates 14 radio stations across the country, but the LPTV station is its first television venture, Bar ger says. Dr. Don Tomlinson, assistant professor, of journalism, says the LPTV station probably will “Towers are quite expensive things to build. We were fortunate to find one that we could utilize. ” — John Barger, senior vice presi dent of Clear Channel Communica tions Inc. rely on advertising revenue as its only source of income. Since Clear Channel operates 14 radio stations, it probably is in a good position to make advertising deals with some national advertisers, Tomlinson says. Barger says the fact that McCaw Cablevision offers local advertising on its cable channels won’t hamper Clear Channel’s efforts to compete for the local advertising dollar. The FCC awarded Clear Channel Commu nications a construction permit for an LPTV sta tion in early 1985. Another construction permit was awarded at about the same time to Global Village Video Resource Center, a non-profit or ganization based in New York. The FCC awards construction permits by a lot tery system. The lottery determines a winner of a particular site, channel, frequency and location for LPTV stations. In September 1985, Global Village announced plans to build an LPTV facility in College Sta tion. Global Village planned to have it operating by early 1986, but nothing has materialized. John Reilly, executive director of Global Vil lage, says the delays came about because the FCC may have left somebody out of the lottery acci dentally. Fhe FCC now is trying to rectify the problem, he says. “I can’t, at the moment, talk about any direct plans because I won’t know until we resolve this issue,” Reilly says. There’s no telling how long it will take the FCC to find a way to fix their own mistake, if there is a way, Reilly says. In the meantime, he says, Clear Channel will get a head start. Barger says once Channel 28 gets its own stu dio, Clear Channel will try to work with Texas A&M for possible student internships, but that is still a while off. Barger says Clear Channel hasn’t discussed any plans with McCaw Cablevision to be included in the local cable package since the station isn’t on the air yet. Wayde Klein, sales manager at McCaw, says the chances of the LPTV station getting on McCaw’s channel lineup won’t be very good un less public demand calls for it. An LPTV station has to provide a lot of variety in its programming to really be successful, Klein says. But he thinks Bryan-College Station is a great market for an LPTV staton because A&M students would provide a potentially strong view ing audience, he says.