The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, December 12, 1986, Image 3

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Friday, December 12, 1986/The Battalion/Page 3 State and Local ,V 71 Tipsy patrons get free ride home the Brazos symphony Local bars offer cab service brings Beethoven By Daniel A. La Bry Staff Writer | Patrons who find themselves a ittle too tipsy to drive after an eve- B at some local watering holes can Ba “free-ride home program” to ivoid driving drunk. Bhe program is co-sponsored by \ggies Against Drunk Driving and :he peal chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Biana Blessman, president of Ag- B Against Drunk Driving, says lApD is attempting to make local Bons aware that the “free-ride lome program” exists. ! “Right now the program has teven bars participating,” Blessman ays. “If the program gets going real|y well, we hope to sign up the resjof the bars in Bryan-College Sta- Be says Graham Central Station, Biigan’s, Sundance Club, Sunset Drill, Duddley’s Draw, J. T. ford’s and The Zephyr Club now ■eparticipating in the program. Blessman says in order to get a Bride home when too intoxicated ive, all a patron has to do is tell ithti the bartender or the manager heyj need a ride home. An employee at the bar then will the cab company, fill out a I her and give the voucher to the river. “The cab driver takes you home, fills out the rest of the voucher and mails it to MADD,” she says. “MADD pays for the cab ride home.” She says Twin City Yellow Cab has agreed to honor the vouchers and work with the program. MADD is providing the financial support to get the free-ride program off the ground, Blessman says, and month,” Brown says. “At about $6 per taxi ride and with about 40 es tablishments using the vouchers, that’s only $240 a month. “If we can save one life a year by spending $240 a month, I’m all for it.” Brown says the cab company paid for printing the vouchers and post ers announcing the program. AADD “We don’t want people riding around from bar to bar on this program and we don’t want establishments sending their employees home on this program. It’s just for patrons who drove in. ” — Kirk Brown, AScM agronomy professor AADD is handling the organization and implementation of the program. Dr. Kirk Brown, president of the local chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, says only about 45 establishments in the community serve liquor, so MADD would like all of them to participate. Brown, an agronomy professor at Texas A&M, says MADD is more concerned with getting people home safely and saving lives than with how much money they’ll spend. “We’ve done a trial run and it looks like the average establishment uses these vouchers about once a worked with the cab company and contacted as many establishments as possible about signing a contract. The contract states that the partic ipating establishment will fill out the voucher completely and give it to the cab driver, Brown says. The partici pants are supposed to use the voucher only for a patron who has driven to their establishments and who are heading home. “We don’t want people riding around from bar to bar on this pro gram and we don’t want establish ments sending their employees home on this program,” he says. “It’s just for patrons who drove in.” Brown says the vouchers are for the ride only, and not the tip. “The cab company collects the vouchers and sends them to the local MADD office,” he says. “We foot the bill for it.” A secondary goal also is accom plished by the program, Brown says. “Many patrons will call the taxi and pay for their own ride home,” he says. “Just having that sign in the establishment reminds them of that possibility instead of driving drunk.” MADD sponsors similar programs in other cities, but it has asked the bars for donations. Brown says. One example is Houston, where MADD asks each participating bar for a do nation of $500 per year. Blessman says most of the estab lishments contacted were excited about the program, although there were negative responses. She says some establishments told her they could take care of their own custom ers and didn’t want to participate. Brown says, “Here’s a program that can get drunks off the road, save lives and cut the liability of these establishments. I’m not quite sure why they don’t want to partici pate, but maybe in the future they will change their minds. “We’re not a prohibitious group. We’re not telling people not to drink —just don’t drink and drive.” to life at Rudder By Karl Pallmeyer Staff Writer The music of Ludwig van Beetho ven lived and breathed Thursday night in Rudder Auditorium. Bee thoven’s beautiful music was per formed exquisitely by the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra and guest violinist Zina Schiff. Over 600 people attended the performance that consisted solely of two pieces by Beethoven. The first half of the program was dedicated to Beethoven’s only con certo for violin, the Violin Concerto in D Major. Originally written for vi olin virtuoso Franz Clement, the Vi olin Concerto is one of the most in fluential pieces of its type. Soloist Schiff performed the piece with marvelous skill. Her love for the music was evident as she stood at BVSO conductor Franz Anton Krager’s left, swaying back and forth in time to the music. Her eyes were closed as she waited to play her first solo — a simple set of descending and ascending scales. The beauty of had been exhausted. that made them look easy. The way she played off the orchestra was a quality that marks a true profes sional. Schiff performed on a violin spe cially made by Texas A&M biophy sics and biochemistry professor Dr. Joseph Nagy vary. Nagy vary’s violins are designed to reproduce the sound of the violins made by Antonio Stra divari in the 18th century. After the intermission, the orches tra performed Beethoven’s Sypm- hony No. 7 in A Major. The sym phony, which Beethoven believed to be his best, was written at a time when the composer was almost com pletely deaf. The first movement of the sym phony is built around a simple three- note rhythm. The entire movement builds and builds on that rhythm with a majestic sense of urgency. The strings and brass would take the rhythm, experiment with it, and pass it back in forth until every option her playing lay in its simplicity. SchifFs performance was bril liantly understated. Her playing was technically precise, never flashy. She played fast passages with confidence Administration approves Spring ’87 Battalion editor o made e ; ealth center >r not. Anc ven priman t.mt second, lents whoiifB cause therirB^ 16 Texas A&M administra- ,t don officially granted approval of Loren Stelly, a senior journalism 1 l " l! major, as editor of The Battalion if' mine had foi* spring semester 1987. urs to brintB n a * etter l<) Dr- Douglas P. {amilv Dh'sJP" ■ * ieac * of the journalism de- ( ^ . Mrtment, Dr. Donald McDonald, ..^■vost and vice president for te was tii academic affairs, formally ap- liersheit ar 0 \ ec j Steffy’s appointment. Be letter also was sent to Presi- slie received jl e " ! Frank E. Vandiver and As- course. .'fieri r n only bera ugh to sociate Provost Jerry Gaston. Steffy was named editor of The Battalion on Nov. 21 by the Student Publications Board, which is composed of three stu dents, three faculty members, and an administrator. First hired as a columnist in December 1984, Steffy has been opinion page editor for The Bat talion for the last one-and-a-half years and is the first male to at tain the position since 1984. 14-month-old shot by playmate in fatal ‘cops and robbers’ game DALLAS (AP) — A 2-year-old boy, playing a game of “cops and robbers” with toy guns, found a rifle and accidentally shot a 14-month- old girl, police said. Maria Lisette Villareal died about three hours after being shot in the back of the head with a . 22-caliber ri fle by her cousin, officers said. Police youth investigator Paul Ro- nyak said Maria and her 3-year-old sister had plastic guns and were playing with the boy, Pedro Muniz. Pedro did not have a toy gun, Ro- nyak said. Maria Muniz, 55, the boy’s grandmother and the girl’s aunt, was babysitting the children at her home. The boy “went to a bedroom closet, took a .22-caliber rifle and went back into the living room with it,” Ronyak said. “He was pointing it at (Maria) when Muniz saw him,” Ronyak said. “She yelled at him not to pull the trigger when, about that time, gun went off.” the The shooting has been listed as ac cidental, and police said they have no plans to seek charges against Mu niz, who did not call police or emer gency medical services. The girl died early Wednesday af ternoon at Southeastern Medical Center Hospital. The second movement was much slower, darker and omnious. Krager says the second movement has been extremely popular since it was writ ten and that conductors often would substitute it in place of the second movement of whatever symphony was being performed. The second movement contained the urgency of the first but there was a sad, flowing beauty that was deeply moving. Traditionally the third movement of a symphony is performed in a stately waltz tempo. Beethoven went against this tradition and quickened the tempo significantly. The third movement made greater use of brass and flute, giving the piece a lighter tone. The fourth movement gave a majestic end to the symphony. The BVSO was marvelous in its performance. Krager was at his best, as he leaped and danced to coax the music from the orchestra. Krager and the BVSO received a well-de served standing ovation. URNING THE MIDNIGHT OIL? ;)iir societ' 1 anient cani lf j The d( for pal ,t. Maybe'i (odlesoupf . She (lid 11 ’ 1 j nience. don’t see af] iicteria in 1 ' ules and t i fori and 4 p] r iourn 3 i made a 'swhytWf To the ^ i best' r of the ^J rrea Study Special wn ' D Domino's Pizza has a special for you! Anytime, day or night, during dead week and finals week you can get a small one-item pizza for only $4 95 !! Our stores will be open from 11am - lam Sunday- Thursday and Ham - 2am Friday & Saturday for your studying convenience. Remember—Domino’s Pizza De liver’s® Free! 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