The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, December 16, 1986, Image 1

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' III sa 'd StewanJ 11 her $1,009, tim of i a veryi circtJ what she;j 5t of us KOtJ ndsuDandJ TexasA&M m mm The Battalion i 82 No. 75 USPS 045360 10 pages College Station, Texas Tuesday, December 16, 1986 edit hours, tee 1 teaching poj) ices — estiii dit hours, il leaching p« i Administm lose 2,251 freshman cadets harged with assault fadet files charges over bonfire incident iree teaclnr ry Medicine about 1,59 e teaching pi ning twocd id medicine nor lose ant according to i | By Curtis L. Culberson Staff Writer j\ female cadet who said she was Igged from a barrel and then fown from the bonfire site on It. 18 filed assault charges Mon- linst six freshman cadets. ■one Weaver, first lieutenant of ipany W-l, filed misdemeanor itllt charges injustice of the peace ■against Brian MacManus, 19; ■ L. DeRose III, 19; Andrew C. jber, 19; Cody Scogin, 18; Clin- ■ Taylor, 19; and William Paul ler, 18. The assault charges are Class C isdemeanors, said Bob Wiatt, di- Ctor of security and University po- "The maximum fine is $200,” ^aid. “There is no jail time in- o7p.ft Justice of the Peace Michael Calli- ostponed the cadets’ court ap pearance until Jan. 21 because of the holidays. The cadets will receive a summons today to appear in court based on the charge. When contacted, the cadets re fused comment. Weaver said she believes the freshman did not act completely on their own initiative. “They’re (freshman cadets) not talking; they’re not saying who sent them to do it,” she said. “Freshman don’t do things like that on their own. “I wish I knew who sent them on the detail. Things would be a lot dif ferent for those freshman if I knew.” Weaver said she wouldn’t have filed charges if she knew who was behind the cadets’ actions. But she said she had to make sure there was some kind of public record so that some definite action would be taken. “I want these people to at least re alize that it is wrong,” she said. “We will deal with it if it happens. We are not going to look the other way.” Weaver was standing on a 55-gal lon barrel working as the “scare crow” when the incident occurred. The “scarecrow” directs the trucks carrying the logs so they can be added to the stack. Weaver said five men approached her and knocked her off the barrel. She said she got back on it, was knocked off again and then dragged outside the perimeter of the bonfire site. Weaver said what hurt her the most is that no one else did anything. “There were non-regs there that did nothing,” she said. “There were females not five feet away who didn’t even blink.” Weaver said she didn’t plan on fil ing any type of civil suit. “I had a scrape on my elbow,” she said. “The damage was more to my ego.” iVhite House: Regan will pe available to testify T ited in o Dlors 3 are ir can ray, WASHINGTON (AP) — The HI House, trying to avoid a clash ■^Congress, offered Monday to ake|diief of staff Donald T. Regan lailable to testify in public about iaman arms sales and to put new on two former aides to say hat they know about the affair. Eneu as the White House offer |P being disclosed by spokesman ■ Speakes, Sen. Patrick Leahy, •Vt., told reporters the Senate In- lligence Committee would call Re- Intotestify under oath. As these new moves were being inounced at the White House and [Capitol Hill, several lawmakers iced shock over weekend news re nts saying some money from the esofU.S. arms to Iran was used in taestic political campaigns against Is of President Reagan’s Nicara- I policy. And CIA Director William Casey, neduled to appear Tuesday before I Senate committee, got sick at his iltein suburban Langley, Va., and i taken by ambulance to George- *n University Hospital. CIA spokesman George Lauder m Casey, 73, was fully conscious Kn he left the agency’s headquar- fS and said Casey had been “on edication that had not been peeing with him.” Nancy Sanger, a hospital lokeswoman, said, “He has suf- ired a minor cerebral seizure and been admitted for diagnostic luation. He will undergo further htingfor the next several days, is in able condition and is resting com- irtably.” The White House said that Regan as prepared to appear, unaccom- anied by legal counsel, at open B|tlgs of the Senate committee, bich has been frustrated in its in stigation by the refusal of former ational security adviser John M. ainde.xter and his aide, Marine Lt. ol.Oliver L. North, to testify. Late Monday, the committee an- aunced that Regan would appear : !bre it this morning, followed later i the day by Secretary of State Wrge P. Shultz and National Secu- f Council official Howard Teichner. On Wednesday, the com mittee said, it is scheduled to hear from Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger and Attorney General Edwin Meese III. The committee held a business meeting late Monday to assess the status of its investigation. At the end of the 2'/2-hour session, panel chair man, Sen. David Durenberger, R- Minn., said Regan would be impor tant particularly in helping members fill information gaps they have com piled during a two-week probe. The Wall Street Journal, quoting unidentified intelligence sources, re ported Monday that North told Ca sey in early October about money from the Iranian arms sales going to the Contras. Casey has stated that he first learned officially of the diversion of the Iranian arms proceeds when the Justice Department began its investi gation in late November. Leahy, the committee’s vice chair man, told reporters that he and Sen. Dave Durenberger, R-Minn., the panel’s chairman, “will recommend to the committee that we ask Mr. Re gan to come up and testify.” Speakes said that Regan would be willing to testify in closed session as well as in public, and said there would be “no caveat” for that ap pearance. Sen. William S. Cohen, R-Maine, a member of the Intelligence Commit tee, said: “I think we’ve pretty much resolved what happened during the transfer of arms to Iran, how it came about, who initiated it.” But Cohen also said lawmakers have not cleared up the mystery about what happened to the profits. The administration has said that up to $30 million went to the U.S.- backed Contras, who are trying to oust the leftist Sandinista govern ment in Managua. Meanwhile, Rep. Mike Barnes, D- Md., called for an investigation of al legations, initially reported by the Sun newspaper of Lowell, Mass., that money siphoned from U.S. arms sales to Iran went to conserva tive groups boosting supporters of Reagan’s pro-Contra policy, and was used against opponents of that pol icy. The White House said it knew nothing about the allegations. Of Regan, Speakes said the chief of staff would not invoke executive privilege to avoid testifying before the Intelligence Committee. Leahy said it would be “a danger ous and shocking” development if it were proved that North, fired as a top National Security Council dep uty, raised funds to use against op ponents of administration foreign policy. White House communications di rector Patrick Buchanan said he at tended meetings with North and Carl Russell Channell, the leader of a conservative group, the National Endowment for American Liberty, which is alleged to have received some profits from Iranian arms sales. A Late-Night Haunt Long study hours and a time exposure help turn some students into ghosts. These two students in Photo by Tom Ownbey the Sterling C. Evans Library take a look at some scholarly ghouls Monday evening. White House official met with North Communications director denies knowledge of arms sales WASHINGTON (AP) — White House communications director Pat rick Buchanan said Monday he at tended meetings with Lt. Col. Oliver North and the leader of a conserva tive group alleged to have received some profits from U.S. arms sales to Iran. Buchanan denied that what he de scribed as “briefings” about Nicara guan insurgents, or Contras, in cluded any discussion of the arms sales or use of profits from Iran. He was questioned during an ap pearance at the National Press Club. Buchanan said he met with North, who was fired Nov. 25 from the White House National Security Council staff, and Carl R. “Spitz” Channell, a Washington fund-raiser and media consultant who heads the conservative National Endowment for the Preservation of Liberty. Buchanan did not say when the meetings took place. A report published by the Lowell (Mass.) Sun said money skimmed from the arms sales was used to boost conservative U.S. political can didates and to oppose critics of Pres ident Reagan’s Central-American policy. The Sun said Channell’s organiza tion was among the conservative groups that received Iran-Contra funds. Buchanan has denied knowledge of the arms deals, in which $10 mil lion to $30 million in arms profits were allegedly diverted to assist the Nicaraguan Contra guerrillas in their battle against the Sandinista government. Buchanan refused to say whether President Reagan would testify be fore House and Senate committees investigating the arms deals. “I don’t think I’ll be commenting on that right now,” Buchanan said. Both North and his former supe rior, Vice Adm. Johm Poindexter, have cited their constitutional rights in refusing to testify before congres sional investigators. Poindexter resigned in the wake of the Iran-Contra scandal. The White House also said it knew nothing about the allegations. White House spokesman Larry Speakes said, “We found nothing here in the White House in our in vestigation, to indicate anything in the files which points to political campaigns being funded with money from the Iranian arms sale. “Our position is, if public funds were utilized in political campaigns illegally, it would be morally wrong, it would be legally wrong, and the White House would condemn it in the strongest terms and would ask those responsible be brought to jus tice at the earliest possible date.” Speakes added, however, that the White House investigation was lim ited and incomplete. Rep. Mike Barnes, D-Md., called for an investigation into the allega tions reported by the paper. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said it would be “a dangerous and shock ing” development if it were proved that North, fired as a top National Security Council deputy, raised cam paign funds to use against oppo nents of administration foreign pol icy. Sen. Dale Bumpers, D-Ark., agreed, saying, “I would be very un settled if that accusation were proved to be true. “I would consider that to be dan gerous.” Leahy added, “That is the area that would draw the parallel to Wa tergate. “I would sincerely hope it is not true.” ure for retirement program remains unclear itore. By Frank Smith Senior Staff Writer Questions about the future of the Optional Retire- lent Program still linger, despite the passage of the ideral tax reform law, and Texas A&M System offi- als remain busy trying to untangle the complicated gislation. A preliminary analysis of the effects the new law may Jve on retirement programs was distributed earlier |is month to all chief executive officers of academic in- itutions, agencies and services within the System. The analysis — prepared by John Honea, special as- stant to the deputy chancellor for legal and external fairs; Mike Lytle, special assistant to the chancellor T federal relations; their counterparts in the Univer- ly of Texas System; and a tax consultant hired by the T System — reflects tentative interpretations of the wbased on the best information currently available. The ORP is the primary retirement plan used by ost faculty and professional staff at Texas colleges id universities. It was established by the Texas Legislature in 1968 as i alternative for faculty and administrators to the Teacher Retirement System of Texas. The TRS was viewed by some as not being adaptable enough to the needs of faculty who move from the state. The TRS still is used by universities’ non-profes sional staffs as well as by those faculty members and ad ministrators who prefer it. Of chief concern to A&M System officials is the tax reform law’s addition of a non-discrimination clause to the tax code sections that govern the ORP. The clause becomes effective Jan. 1, 1989. According to the preliminary analysis, the tax re form law will require the ORP to satisfy at least one of the following non-discrimination tests: • It would have to benefit at least 70 percent of all “non-highly compensated employees.” Highly compen sated employees are defined as those who are 5 percent corporate owners, earn more than $75,000 annually, or earn more than $50,000 annually and are among the top 20 percent of employees by pay. Certain corporate officers earning more than $45,000 annually also are classified as highly compensated employees. • The plan would have to benefit a percentage of non-highly compensated employees, which is at least 70 percent of the percentage of highly compensated em ployees benefiting under the plan. • It would have to meet an “average benefits test” that first must be presented to the Secretary of Labor for approval. Honea said System officials don’t know yet whether the ORP satisfies any of the tests. “The main reason that we don’t know yet is that (de termining it) takes some very technical formulas . . . and requires a substantial amount of demographics,” he said. “We have to pull that information off the com puter files. “I would suspect we will start within the next couple of months.” Basically, Honea said, to satisfy the non-discrimina tion clause, officials will need to show that ORP and TRS benefits are comparable. Other changes in tax codes that will affect ORP par ticipants include the addition of a $9,500 cap onto existing tax exclusion allowance formulas and the es tablishment of a penalty for early withdrawal of ORP benefits. Employee contributions to the ORP are made with the use of a salary reduction agreement and possibly could be considered by future Internal Revenue Serv ice interpretations to be fair game for inclusion in the $9,500 cap. But the authors of the A&M-UT preliminary analy sis believe employee contributions to the ORP will not be included in the cap. “In other words,” the authors of the report wrote, “only contributions made to supplemental tax-shel tered annuities made over and above to the ORP will be limited by the current formulas or the new cap.” Beginning Jan. 1, however, ORP participants will, with few exceptions, be subject to a 10-percent penalty tax on early withdrawals made before reaching age 59‘A. And beginning Jan. 1, 1989, according to the analy sis, they won’t be able to draw from salary reduction contributions before turning 59Vs except in “cases of hardship” as defined by the IRS. Honea said legislative staffers currently are compil ing a “bluebook” — guidelines that the IRS will use in enforcing the law — so IRS interpretations of the law still are not available. But for now, the interpretation of the tax reform law’s ultimate effects remains a sticky proposition.