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    Thursday, Decembers, 1987/The Battalion/Page 3
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AUSTIN (AP) — Three Mexi-
n-American groups, joined by
me members of the Legislature,
ay sue the state over alleged ra
il discrimination by Texas uni-
The Mexican American Legal
dense and Educational Fund
ia news conference today to an-
mnce “a major initiative to ad-
ess decades of under-represen-
ion of Mexican-Americans in
stmas, 1 jher education in Texas.”
The statement didn’t mention
awsuit, but the Austin Ameri-
n-Statesman reported Wednes-
'Tw that the groups planned to
e P™| ; the news conference to an-
unce filing of a suit.
If filed, the lawsuit would come
a time when Texas A&M Uni-
sity and University of Texas
icials have been visiting South
Texas colleges as part of a legis
lative requirement to improve
higher education in the region.
Norma Cantu, a MALDEF of
ficial in San Antonio, refused to
confirm or deny the report.
MALDEF’s news release said,
“Several distinguished spokesper
sons will announce their propo
sals for challenging the system of
higher education, which ex
cluded more than half of the His
panic graduating high school se
niors from senior colleges in
Cantu said MALDEF is being
joined by two of the oldest and
most powerful Hispanic organi
zations in Texas, the League of
United Latin American Citizens
and the American GI Forum.
State Rep. Alex Moreno, D-Ed-
inburg, an attorney, told the
American-Statesman that the
news conference would coincide
with the filing pf a lawsuit alleg
ing the unequal expenditure of
state higher education funds in
areas of Texas with high concen
trations of Mexican-Americans.
The newspaper'reported that
the suit would contend that by
providing less money for higher
education in South Texas, the
state is violating the equal protec
tion clause of the Texas Consiti-
tution, which bans discrimination
on the basis of race, sex or creed.
The newspaper said the suit
would charge that Texas and its
public universities failed to live
up to provisions of a 1983 out-of-
court settlement with the U.S. De
partment of Education that re
quires the universities to recruit
and retain minority students.
The MALDEF news release
said some members of both the
Mexican-American Legislative
Caucus in the House and the Sen
ate Hispanic Caucus would take
part in today’s news conference.
Moreno said the suit would ad
dress “the inequities we’ve been
complaining about for many
years and were brought to the
Legislature this last year.”
Gerald Hill, a former state leg
islator who is now a lobbyist for
the University of Texas System,
said he was told that several His
panic legislators would join the
“I have heard for some time
that they (Mexican-American or
ganizations) are going to file suit
jointly, and it relates to funding
patterns of higher education,”
Hill said.
A&M faculty members
receiving more pay,
board figures show
A&M Salaries
Statewide Salaries
rmer Army medics instructor carrying
IDS pleads guilty to sex case charges
[N ANTONIO (AP) — A for-
[Army medics instructor who
fed guilty to having sex with
female soldiers without telling
|hehad the AIDS virus was sen-
Jd to five month’s confinement
Ha dishonorable discharge
liesday night.
j. Richard W. Sargeant, 28, also
■rdered to forfeit all his military
fits and demoted to the lowest
[of private. He will be sent to
lood to spend his time behind
lejury of four officers and four
Its agreed Sargeant should be
■tied for nine years, but a plea-
arrangement the judge ap-
led before the punishment
i began called for the shorter
lither the jurors nor the public
rare of the plea bargain, which
supercedes the jury’s finding, until
after the verdict was announced.
The verdict mirrored the plea bar
gain in all other aspects, prosecutors
Earlier during the court-martial’s
punishment phase, Sargeant had
apologized for his conduct and said
he doesn’t want to die in jail.
“I would like to say I am truly
sorry for all the trouble I have
caused,” he said, choking back tears.
“What bothers me is I have put
these women in a position that I am
going through, and I don’t want
anybody going through the same
thing I am,” Sargeant said. “I have
let down the Army, my family and
my friends ... if I am going to die, I
pray it not be in jail.”
There is no cure for the acquired
immune deficiency syndrome.
Sargeant had been charged with
seven violations of the Uniform
Code of Military Justice involving his
sexual contact with three women.
Government attorneys said he also
had sex with four other female sol
diers, but he has not been charged in
those instances.
Neither defense attorneys nor
prosecutors would say whether any
of the women have tested positive
for the AIDS virus.
In return for Sargeant’s guilty
pleas, prosecutors agreed to drop
charges of aggravated assault and
reckless endangerment. He could
have faced a maximum 35-year
prison sentence on the seven
Lt. Col. Stephen Saynisch, a mili
tary judge from Fort Hood, ac
cepted the plea bargain after pros
ecutors said they would not pursue
other charges against Sargeant.
During lengthy questioning by
Saynisch about the charges, Sar
geant only answered, “Yes, sir,” or
admitted to the accusations by read
ing the prosecutors’ charges against
He was not asked why he failed to
obey his officer’s orders or why he
failed to wear a condom when he
had sex with the women between
March and July, and he offered no
Attorneys declined to talk to re
porters after Sargeant entered his
guilty plea.
Sargeant, a former medical in
structor at the Academy Of Health
Sciences at Fort Sam Houston, tested
positive on the AIDS blood test dur
ing a previous assignment in Hawaii
last year.
By Mary-Lynne Rice
Staff Writer
Top-ranking Texas A&M faculty
members have found a bigger pay-
check each month in the 1987-88
school year, giving them an average
yearly salary of $>41,584 — a 9.93
percent increase from last year’s av
erage of $37,850.
The combined faculty average sal
ary reached $34,220.
That increase — reported by the
Texas Higher Education Coordinat
ing Board — surpasses the state’s
overall average increase of 8.5 per
cent for the top four faculty posi
tions — professor, associate profes
sor, assistant professor and
Average statewide salary figures
increased to $36,991.
A&M’s new average salary ranks
third in the state, behind the Univer
sity of Texas at Austin, with $45,004,
and UT-Dallas, with $42,223.
According to the board’s figures,
A&M professors in 1987-88 earn an
average of $51,415; associate profes
sors, $38,828; assistant professors,
$31,669; instructors, $20,256; lec
turers, $21,987, and teaching assis
tants, $13,370.
Although an instructor’s rank is
considered higher than a lecturer’s
on the Coordinating Board’s scale, a
lecturer is usually -a temporary or
part-time faculty, and earns more in
scaled pay than the instructor.
The A&M figures for all positions
are above the state’s average.
Across the state, salary increases
for professors are $47,437, up 8 per
cent; for associate professors,
$35,111, up 8 percent; assistant pro
fessors, $29,777, up 8.8 percent; in
structors, $21,741, up 4.2 percent;
lecturers, $20,508, up 9.9 percent,
and teaching assistants, $12,929, up
6.9 percent.
Despite Texas’ faltering economy,
an appropriations increase from the
state Legislature in part allowed the
salary increase, Assistant Provost
Dan Parker said. In addition to a
$146 million budget outlay, he said,
the state now also allows A&M to re
tain its tuition and fees charges.
Previously, each state university
sent the money collected from tu
ition and fees to the Legislature,
which then sent back a predeter
mined amount according to the bud
get already allotted for the school.
Tuition and fees will add about
$25 million to A&M’s overall budget,
Available University Funds will con
tribute another $25 million and mis
cellaneous sources will provide
about $5 million, Parker said.
Deans and department heads will
decide the allotment of the extra
funds on a merit basis, Parker said.
“They decide how to distribute
them (the funds),” he said. “We just
make the funds available. Then they
determine a merit increase.”
The formerly mandatory cost-of-
living adjustment salary increase no
longer is required, he said.
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