The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, April 08, 1987, Image 1

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'topos ^nbon ON (Apj MM m Texas A&M The in a I re xaco ln f I( n ,ora 4 s ;fcl.82 No. 131 CJSPS 045360 16 pages lln courts Battalion ■ < College Station, Texas Wednesday, April 8, 1987 voted, sral judged’ ‘tl put only Ji; woile the cast ourts. ’ f'inanciallya ‘ m e, such at il 'liKiWe forfel residents and iJ ,er Jan.l 1 li include comftJ earnings, andij rlrug, couatt i expenses, attack canditi ividual’s lifd rtunatelymoiia y’ve doneatittli x ' rheynevtmi ’ ve caused, fficials blast mbassy heads n spy scandal :ongressmen say building lay never be free of spies MOSCOW (AP) — Two members If Congress looking into the U.S. Imbassy security scandal blasted top Jeople Tuesday for resisting tighter Irotection measures and said the Jnission might never be declared |py-free. Their report called for a world wide overhaul of measures taken to brotect U.S. diplomatic missions Ifom espionage. They said a new $ 195-million em- lassy complex being built in Moscow kould take at least five more years to take secure, and did not rule out tat it might have to be destroyed because it was riddled with KGB bugging devices. Embassy security in Moscow now is “fundamentally flawed both in physical and personnel areas,” con cluded Dan Mica, D-Fla., and Olym pia Snowe, R-Maine, from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Mica and Snowe came to Moscow to inspect the new embassy and as sess damage done by a spying scan dal that led to two former U.S. Ma rine embassy guards being arrested. They spoke to reporters after two days of inspecting the buildings and talking with embassy officials. Clements b allow lax vote AUST IN (AP) — Gov. Bill Glem- ths said Tuesday he would agree if he Legislature chooses to allow vot- :rs to decide this summer whether hey want to pay more taxes to build nore prisons. The governor said opinion polls epeatedly have shown Texans wili ng to pay higher taxes if it would nean expanding the currently over- rowded prison system. “Putting it to the people and let- ing them decide on this particular prison) issue is a form of referen- ium, which I heartily endorse,” Elements said. Clements also said he wouldn’t ob- ?ct to shifting the statewide horse- acing referendum from November othis summer if a special election is |oing to be held at that time on the irison tax and a state lottery. Struggling with Clements' refusal |o approve more than $2.9 billion in lew taxes for the 1988-89 budget jeriod, some legislators have sug- »ested placing before voters a pro- ibsed constitutional amendment hat would dedicate some additional ax money to fund prison construc- ion. Although he says such a plan irobably would be acceptable, Clem- :ntsalso said lawmakers who want to ipend more money than he will ap- irove “are not facing up to reality dth the budget.” “They keep talking about greatly ncreasing programs,” he said. “I’m lot going to agree to those increased irograms. “I’ve tried to make that very clear io everyone.” President Reagan told a White House news conference Tuesday U.S. diplomats would not occupy the new embassy until he is sure it is se cure from Soviet eavesdropping. He said the Kremlin could not use its new office tower in Washington un til Americans occupy their Moscow embassy. “We are not going to be run out of town” by spying, Reagan said. U.S. Ambassador Jack Matlock delivered a formal protest Tuesday over purported infiltration of the old and new buildings, embassy spokesman Jaroslav Verneer said Tuesday. “We should operate on the basis that the facility has been fully com promised,” Mica said of the building that has served as the U.S. Embassy since 1933. “We have five years of problems there, at least,” he said. Snowe said, “We might recom mend that it be demolished.” The two reserved their strongest criticism for the attitude taken by top embassy personnel on security matters, and what they said was the failure to devise back-up systems that would prevent Soviet penetra tion. The two arrested Marines were said to have been seduced by Soviet women into allowing KGB agents to enter the embassy at night, where the agents got into top-secret areas after automatic alarms were switched off. “It all came down to a point where only two people could override the entire system to all the electronics equipment, all the physical security and all the clearances and training,” Mica said. Snowe said her talks with embassy personnel revealed a “negative atti tude” toward the Marine guards. Mica said embassy officials ex pressed disagreement with those findings. This passerby was silhouetted against the windows of the walkway be- west side of campus. The walkway provides a different perspective of tween the Soil and Crop Sciences and Entomology buildings on the the main campus, although the passerby doesn’t seem to notice. Rio Airways relies on Ch. 11 for protection By Elisa Hutchins Reporter Rio Airways Inc. filed for protec tion from its creditors under Chap ter 11 of federal bankruptcy law Feb. 27, leaving hundreds of em ployees scrambling to find jobs and to recover wages. Chris Frank, a Texas A&M stu dent and a ticket agent for the re cently closed Bryan-College Station terminal, said management notified .him Feb. 12, only a day before the terminal closed. “We were told Rio was discontinu ing service here and that we would be given a week of severance pay plus our wages,” Frank said. “Two weeks later, they filed for bank ruptcy and I’m out about $800.” Rio’s creditors number in the hundreds. The top five listed in the etition together owe more than 1.27 million. The top five companies listed were: Beech Aircraft Corp., of Wi chita, Kan., $855,900; Donovan & Baker Inc., of Houston, $131,737; Northwestern Motor Carriers, of Wis., $117,551; James Kensington, of New York, $111,919; and Coastal Refining & Manufacturing, $69,851. Barry Phillips, a Waco attorney retained by Rio chairman Hugh Sea born, said that under Chapter 11, employees are given priority over creditors in collecting wages. But there is nothing they can do legally to collect their money. To date, Rio has made no attempt to tell its employees when, if ever, they will be paid. No one could be reached in Kill een, the airline’s base of operations, to comment on the status of the com pany. In the meantime, many Rio em ployees have found other jobs. “A lot of pilots have gotten jobs with American Eagle or on other air lines,” said Judy Pustejovsky, a pre- See Bankruptcy, page 16 A&M pathologist accidentally discovered mild jalapeho By Carolyn Garcia Staff Writer Most who fancy Mexican food have never tasted ajalapeno. What? Mexican food in Texas without the fa mous pepper? No — it’s just that they’ve never “tasted” the pepper because their taste buds have been burnt off. But because most Aggies believe in having it all, Dr. Pepper was called in. No, they are not purchasing bulk quantities of the sweet brown liquid. Dr. Pepper is Ben Villa- Ion, a Texas A&M plant pathologist at A&M’s re search station in Weslaco. Villalon didn’t set out to genetically create a mild jalapeno for the non-cast-iron stomachs. His mission was quite different. “Dr. Pepper,” as his co-workers call him, was sent to the Rio Grande Valley in 1970 to help find a cure for a disease that was wreaking havoc on bell pepper crops. The discovery was somewhat of an accident. During the cross-hybridization, which in cluded altering the pepper’s capsaicin — the clear liquid responsible for a pepper’s fire power — some interesting things developed. “We had a variety of sweet jalapenos and some hot bell peppers,” he said. The mild jalapeno, appropriately called TAM1, will make up half of the pepper crop this year, Villalon said. Villalon set up a one-to-ten scale system to rate the heat of the peppers. A normal bell pepper rates a one, while a stan dard jalapeno tips the scales at seven to nine, he said. The TAM1 pepper ranks somewhere between two and five. The Aggie pepper made its debut in 1981 when it was released to a few growers. See Jalapeno, page 16 Aggression, need to dominate cause rape Sexual assault victims By Carolyn Garcia Staff Writer Sexual assault victims never |asked for it.” Rape is not the result of an uncon- iolable sexual desire for a particular ndividual brought on by the way she Bresses or walks — it is an act of ag gression and dominance. Most women do not “bring it on hemselves.” However, it is up to Ihem to assure they are not vulnera- Sexual assault Part three of a three-part series I And vulnerability is the name of fie game, said Bob Wiatt, director of lampus security and University Po- |ce. I “The rapist is an opportunist,” he nid. “He is a thief. He steals a wom an’s self-respect and dignity. But ■ven though he operates on some ■range emotional urge, he doesn’t want to get caught. I “Unfortunately, many of our in- labitants think they live in a dog- i<me Alice in Wonderland. They pink because they are at Texas l&M, the real world doesn’t exist. Pell, the city of College Station may Pst become the real world for them, ■oo many people are walking ■ound with their heads in the Pnd.” Wiatt said the police can only do so much to protect women from as sault. The burden of staying safe rests largely on the shoulders of the potential victim. “If you want to be hard-nosed about it, every man is a potential ra pist,” he said. “Every nice-looking guy is not Tom Sawyer. Some could rip you up bad.” Although all people have the right to go wherever they want and do whatever they want, Wiatt said, they must be prepared to be responsible for their own safety. “If a woman wants to sit in the middle of the golf course at 3 a.m. and contemplate her constitutional right to be there, she has that right,” he said. “But when the guy hiding behind the tree gets her — a lot of good her right to be there has done,” he said. Wiatt said that although “stranger rape” is a threat to Aggie coeds, there is a closer and just as danger ous foe. “It’s date rape,” he said. “It’s not the guy jumping out of the bushes or breaking into your car that’s going to get you. It’s probably that good- looking guy you’ve been dying to go out with.” Debbie Spencer, assistant coordi nator in the South Area Office, said although it may seem stupid or em- barassing, it may not be a bad idea to sit down with the person you’ve be dating and set some ground rules establish just what you’re comfo able with. “There is no reason why a m “If you want to be hard- nosed about it, every man is a potential rapist. ” — Bob Wiatt, director of security and University Police can’t initiate this kind of discussion to find out what she is comfortable with,” she said. “And if he doesn’t seem like the kind who would re spect your wishes — don’t continue to go out with him.” A little honesty ahead of time can save everyone a lot of grief, she said. It would curtail men trying to pull the “I spent all that money — you owe me,” and “you’re a tease — why did you lead me on?” Wiatt said women unnecessarily continue to find themselves in these kinds of situations. “Women are smart,” he said. “When a guy suggests stopping for a drink, or going back to his place — man, they should be hearing bells! don’t ‘ask for it’ “Unfortunately, men lie — and they do it very well. “Women know from the time they are little girls what makes men crazy. They need to be very careful that their actions aren’t misinterpreted.” There is no “right way” for victims to defend themselves once they’re in a rape situation, Wiatt said. There are, however, three varia bles to be considered. The location of the assault plays a big part in whether the victim can get help. “Potential victims must think about their surroundings,” he said. “Screaming or shouting ‘Fire!’ might frighten away the attacker at a shop ping mall or in a building on cam pus, but in a secluded place it might be a waste of breath and energy.” The second variable is the victim herself, Wiatt said. She must decide if she has the capability to be vicious. Could she, in fact, jam her finger in her attacker’s eye? The attacker is the third variable. What is he made of? Victims must try to read their attackers and, most importantly, should remember to stay calm and consider all the alter natives. Wiatt said he is often asked, “How do I defend myself?” “There is no formula,” he said. “People want to be told exactly what to do so they don’t have to think. And thinking ahead of time is the only way they are going to be safe. “I see women who read books and watch television shows and even go to self-defense classes. I admire their concern, but it’s injurious to them — it gives them a false sense of security. “There are plenty of people out there who claim to have the answer and those willing to sell you a whole assortment of gadgets, but aware ness for your own safety is the best way to go. Weapons tend to get taken away from the victim. Besides, most women I know couldn’t find their mace or whatever in their purse if they tried.” The myths surrounding rape are plentiful and often serve to contrib ute to the vulnerability of the victim. Linda Castoria, director of the Brazos Valley Rape Crisis Center, said that white women are led to be lieve that most rapists are black men. “Race rapes race,” she said. “Sta tistics show that the majority of white women are raped by white men. And black women are usually raped by black men. “A (white) woman can be followed by a white man, who has full intent of raping her, and she might not be the slightest bit concerned. But you let a black man be walking down the See Assault, page 16 Applications for editors due April 10 By Jenny Hynes Reporter The Student Publications Board now is accepting applica tions for summer and fall editors for The Battalion, editor for the 1987-88 Aggieland and editor- /producer for the 1987-88 Video Aggieland. Applications may be obtained in the Journalism Department Office, 230 Reed McDonald, and must be returned to Malinda Pope, 230A Reed McDonald by 5 p.m. on April 10. Qualifications of all positions are: • Minimum 2.0 GPR, both overall and in major, both at the time of appointment and throughout the term of office; • At least one year of experi ence in a responsible staff posi tion on The Battalion (for Battal ion editors) or on Aggieland (for Aggieland editors) or any compa rable student publication; or • At least one year of experi ence on a commercial newspaper (for Battalion editors) or on a commercial television staff (for Video Aggieland editors); or • At least 12 hours of journa lism courses including JOUR 203 and 303 (Reporting and Editing I See Applications, page 16