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The Battalion
Vol. 87 Mo. 37 CISPS 045360 12 pages
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College Station, Texas
Wednesday, October 21,1987
ir Force jet crashes
into hotel, kills nine
Force jet lost power short of a run
way at the Indianapolis Interna-
ippal Airport Tuesday, clipped a
bant building and exploded in a
fireball into a crowded seven-story
hotel, killing at least nine people,
^■'he dead were found in the lobby
and first-floor meeting rooms of the
Ramada Inn Airport hotel, where
A7-D Corsair came to rest. The
accident occurred at 9:15 a.m. and
■fighters — some of who saw the
Bh — were on the scene within
two minutes.
■he pilot, identified as Maj. Bruce
■Teagarden, 35, of Las Vegas,
Nev.. ejected at about 800 feet.
Mayor William Hudnut said. Tea-
garden was treated and released at
Methodist Hospital.
Witness John Mentzer said, “The
only thing I saw was devastation. If
anyone was in the lobby area they
are gone. It was like a napalm bomb.
The heat, the flames. It collapsed
the whole front of the building.”
Fire Capt. Gary Campbell said the
bodies were charred beyond recog
nition. At least five will have to be
identified using dental records.
Medical stenographer Pat Alexan
der of the Marion County coroner’s
office said, “We have bodies and we
have names, but we’re still trying to
match them.”
Authorities conducted a room-to-
room search after fires were put out
for additional dead and injured. But
because many hotel records were de
stroyed in the fire, officials did not
know Tuesday night how many peo
ple were missing.
At Ramada Inn headquarters in
Phoenix, Ariz., spokesman Dave
Thompson said there were 155
rooms in the hotel and 105 regis
tered guests. “About half of those
had checked out before the crash oc
curred,” he said.
However, other people could
have been in the hotel for other rea
sons, officials said.
The pilot was about 15 miles
south of Indianapolis when his en
gine failed and he could not restart
it, authorities said.
arket’s increase fails
erase record plunge
st Oak M
I JEW YORK (AP) — I he Dow
I Js industrial average bounced
I K 102 points Tuesday, but its big-
esl point rise ever on its busiest day
n history erased only one-fifth of
j^Bprevious day’s Depression-sized
majket crash.
r^Both the I okyo and London stock
excn.mges posted their biggest losses
ge Station See related stories, Pages 4, 6,12
I Tuesday. Worldwide, stocks
ell over $1 trillion in a 24-hour
Declining stocks outnumbered ad-
ing ones by more than 5 to 2 in
fy, panicky trading in the
er New York Stock Exchange,
s managed to regain $60 billion
e $503 billion they lost in Mon
le Dow Jones average of 30 in-
ial stocks rose 102.27 points—a
fay record — to 1,841.01,
ding to a preliminary reading,
having fallen a record 508
its on Monday.
^^ne volume of tt ading — a good
measure of the market’s confusion
^ soared to overall high of 608.12
million shares, eclipsing Monday’s
record-shattering 604.33 million-
share day.
“There is still a certain amount of
sensitivity and nervousness in the
market,” John Phelan, the chairman
of the New York Stock Exchange,
said at a news conference.
Losses continued on the Ameri
can Stock Exchange and in the over-
the-counter market.
Investors floundered helplessly
between optimism over a big drop in
interest rates and pessimism over the
chance of a recession — possibly
triggered by the stock market’s
plunge itself.
The evaporation of paper wealth
threatened to undermine the confi
dence of consumers, leading to re
duced spending and higher saving.
Those virtues, if overdone, could
wipe out the demand for goods and
services that keeps the economy
Reagan says market crash
shouldn't lead to recession
dent Reagan, buoyed by the partial
recovery of the stock market, de
clared Tuesday, “There is nothing
that has happened here that should
result in a recession.
“Economic fundamentals in this
country remain sound and our citi
zens should not panic.” Reagan
spoke after a meeting with Federal
Reserve Board Chairman Alan
Greenspan and Treasury Secretary
James A. Baker III to discuss the
chaos gripping the stock market af
ter Monday’s record 508-point drop.
The Dow Jones industrial average
regained some of its historic loss, ris
ing 102 points on Tuesday.
The president noted that he
signed an order Tuesday imple
menting the automatic spending
cuts under the Gramm-Rudman
deficit-reduction law.
' dp
Bill Sparks, a senior English major, kicks off his
shoes and enjoys the cool weather on the west side
Photo by Robert Rizzo
of the Academic Building while waiting for his
logic class to start.
confronts lack of child-care facilities
By Kristin Czarnik
Ajcommittee for on-campus day care is
icing formed to confront the lack of child-
arelacilities at Texas A&M.
committee, composed of faculty,
toff, students and possibly departmental
«pi|sentatives, plans to deal with this
'roblcm, which has been under consider-
tion since 1974.
Ra< hel Kennedy, founder of the A&M
itudents with Children program, said the
ommittee would like to see an on-campus
day-care service started for the benefit of
student parents. However, Kennedy said
this would require the help of various orga
nizations and the campus administration.
“The administration wants to know what
people expect from the day care, how much
they expect to pay, who to expect to staff it
and what kind of programs they want to see
in it,” Kennedy said.
Joan Penzenstadler, president of the
Married Student Apartment Council, be
lieves the University must consider an on-
campus day-care program if it wants to at
tract top graduate students and faculty.
“You can’t expect faculty and high-level
graduate students who are married with
children to come here without looking at
this kind of thing,” Penzenstadler said.
Jinsoon Sagong, whose husband is an
A&M graduate student, feels larger
schools, such as A&M, should have an ad
equate child-care program.
“Usually, on this size of campus they
have a good nursery or at least a preschool
program,” Sagong said. Smaller universi
ties, such as North Texas State University
and Texas Tech University, have excellent
child-care programs for student parents,
Sagong said.
According to an article in Texas College
Student magazine, the insufficient campus
child-care program is not only a problem at
A&M, but also a problem on other cam
puses nationwide.
Only 40 percent of the nation’s universi
ties and colleges provide some type of day
care, the article says, and that includes cam
puses that merely refer people to off-cam
pus facilities.
In addition to the convenience on-cam
pus day care offers, the article says, the cost
can be less than off-campus facilities be
cause some academic departments charge
mandatory student fees to support the cen
Some campuses have laboratory schools
available where students in the depart
ments of education or educational psychol
ogy can work directly with the children.
“Laboratory schools,” Kennedy said,
“have more of an educational-developmen
tal slant to their day-care program rather
than just baby-sitting.”
Iranian leaders vow
"rESTtifC > strike back at U.S.
r raid on platforms
, stating the
ows: The 95 W 15
hJhSw* MANAMA, Bahrain (AP)
* ^Q2hoursty* 1 ’ r an will strike back and “make
n0 ^ the! S. regret” the Navy shelling
Ihat destroyed two oil platforms
n iCenter,S n P e Persian Gulf, Iranian lead-
willbepr 0 ^
, SS eil),v
erssaid Tuesday.
iry eltgih®y c
vi n g). Bff'me Minister Hussein Mu-
jmaket^ avi said “compromise is impossi-
>le’ and “we w ill retaliate” for the
transenp' 1 D.S. attack, Iran’s official news
*gen< y reported. Musavi was
Quoted as saying that “after we
fellour reprisal blory, we will call
ntWrfHT 8 /’
,rt0the anflht^Lr i Shen " Rafsanjani, speaker
bytheend 0 ' 1 BTpe Iranian Parliament and
t^Rpf 1 ran's most powerful lead-
geatA&h' ' trs, said his vow of retaliation was
not|a threat, but a reality.”
a ll’g 7 scm cs 12th U.S.-escorted convoy
not be ' n ^ ^pt.K'ptont Tuesday, one day after the
: eiving a lr ' in irtiljery attack on the Iranian
south from
ie courses on t j ie 550-mile voyage
1 iranSCn «ur,i>' FT the (mlf .
e eval '' aie (iker r Itjincluded two reflagged Ku-
t: an order (;an j cers — t o e 80,000-ton
,m,hC nrogrr- ^ cean City and the 46,000-ton
hours*rtP . j as Ring — and the guided-mis-
29> 1 'into: lie frigate USS Ford, Pentagon
re*" 1 ** 5 iffici ,!s said.
t comet 1 ! ,, An Iranian shuttle tanker re-
r border, ytoitld sighting a mine in a busy
channel 40 miles off Iran’s coast,
shipping executives said. They
did not say if any action was
Sources in Kuwait said eight to
10 artillery rounds exploded at
Umm al-Aish, a Kuwaiti oil-dril
ling camp near the Iraqi border.
Kuwait’s Defense Ministry con
firmed that artillery shells fell in
the area but said there were no
casualties or damage. The Kuwait
news agency quoted a ministry
spokesman as saying the shells
apparently were fired “during ar
tillery duels between Iran and
Iraq,” which have been at war
seven years. The warfront is
about 25 miles away.
Gulf shipping executives,
speaking on condition of ano
nymity, said commercial traffic in
the waterway appeared normal
after the U.S. attack on Iranian
oil-rig platforms Monday.
Shells demolished the two plat
forms in an 85-minute bombard
ment. The 25-30 Iranians on the
platforms were given time to
evacuate first. Iran’s oil minister
said the attack caused about $500
million in damage.
Litter in B-CS decreases 73 percent
thanks to Texas' anti-litter campaign
By Clark Miller
Staff Writer
Litter in the Bryan-College Sta
tion area is down 73 percent since
1983, and litter has decreased 54
percent statewide since 1985, the di
rector of a local litter-control organi
zation said.
Bryan’s overall litter decrease is
83 percent while College Station’s is
63 percent from 1983, compared to
the statewide decrease, Diane Mills,
coordinator of Brazos Beautiful
Inc., said.
College Station didn’t fare as well
as Bryan because of timing, Mills
The litter survey was^takenjn Au
gust, when more than 30,000 Texas
A&M students were moving to the
College Station area with boxes of
belongings. Trash dumpsters —
overflowing from boxes and other
moving-related trash — accounted
for much of the city’s litter.
The litter is measured by a photo
metric index taken every six months
by Bryan and College Station city of
ficials. The officials take photo
graphs of litter sites, including
curbs, areas around dumpsters, va
cant lots, gutters and parking lots.
The photographs are taken at
random locations around the cities
but always at the same height from
the ground and the same distance
from the curb, in accordance with
standards set by the Keep America
Beautiful program, Mills said.
The photographs then are placed
under a transparent grid and- the
amount of trash is counted, she said.
Mills credits most of the im
provement to the statewide “Don’t
Mess With Texas” and Adopt-a-
Highway anti-litter campaigns.
The state’s litter decline was mea
sured by a non-profit organization,
the Institute for Applied Research,
from Sacramento, Calif., under the
direction of Don Syrek.
Syrek said Texas has one of the
best anti-litter campaigns in the
United States.
“Texas has made more progress
in reducing litter in a shorter time
and with less expense than any other
state,” Syrek said.
The “Don’t Mess With Texas”
television advertising campaign is
unique, for example, because it is
broadcast during prime viewing
hours and is targeted toward the
group that does the most littering,
he said.
Karen LeFevre, a public informa
tion officer for the Texas highway
department, agrees with Syrek, say
ing the “Don’t Mess With Texas”
campaign is directed at “bubba’s” —
the 18- to 34-year-old males who,
IAR research has shown, have a ten
dency to litter. Since the program
started, Syrek said, 66 percent fewer
discarded beer and soft drink cans
plague Texas roadsides.
Washington is the only state
cleaner than Texas, Syrek said, but
Washington has had an extensive lit
ter-control program since 1977
while Texas started its program in
However, Texas is reducing litter
by 23.5 percent each year while
Washington is reducing litter by only
5.4 percent a year, Syrek said, al
though Texas spends only 18 cents
per person annually on the cam
paign, compared to Washington’s
expenditure of 49 cents per person.
Texas’ success is a combination of
four factors, he said.
First, the Adopt-a-Highway pro
gram is used more in Texas than any
other state, he said. More than 4,700
miles of Texas highways, about 6
percent, have been adopted by
groups that clear trash from the
ditches along a two-mile strip of
Stretches of highway that haven’t
been adopted are also cleaner be
cause people are more conscious
that their neighbors are trying to
keep roads clean, he said.
Second, Syrek said, the “Don’t
Mess With Texas” slogan has been
very effective. He’s even seen the
slogan on T-shirts and bumper stick
ers in California. The campaign
doesn’t ask people not to litter, but it
tells them not to, he said.
“There isn’t some cute owl telling
them not to pollute,” he said.
Instead, Ed “Too Tall” Jones and
Randy White of the Dallas Cowboys
demand that people stop littering,
he said. This tactic has much more
impact on the people who litter than
a pleading cartoon character does.
Third, he said, the “Don’t Mess
With Texas” slogan is seen every
eight miles on the back of signs
along state highways. People see the
slogan so much that it reinforces the
television commercials and other ad
vertising. Syrek said other states post
signs, but they usually are posted
once every 200 miles.
Other states also are looking at
Texas as a role model for their own
litter-control programs, but many
state agencies aren’t willing to spend
the $2 million a year Texas has spent
on its advertising campaign, he said.