The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, December 11, 1987, Image 6

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Page 6/The Battalion/Friday, December 11, 1987 T^^BOOKstoftsl ook«». Get Bonus Money!! ONLY AT Aggie Bookstore 201 Dominik Northgate THE TEXTBOOK ■rug TPXTBOOK HEAPQUARTEW ^ NOW 2 CONVENIENT LOCATIONS Northgate (across from Post Office) Redmond Terrace (next to Academy) CASH FOR YOUR BOOKS SIXTH NIJAI li If you haven’t yet decided to go jointer break skiing c late to make your reservation i ^pKinchase has adde at the collegians #1 ski bre^TOestination Steamb< may be too ;e just for you ido. STEAMBOAT WINTER SKI BREAK INCLUSIONS-. • Deluxe hotel or condominium lodging tor 5 or 7 nights. • Lift tickets tor 4 or 5 days • Wild mountain evening Gondola Welcome Party with entertainment and beverages. • Wild week Wlountain Chicken Barbecue. • Wild week Ski Race with valuable prizes. • Year long membership in the American Ski Association. • All taxes and tips tor included package teatures. JANUARY 3-8 OR 3-10, 1988 TOLL FPgfe ipipfTZ ‘ ~ iOO-521-i^T sunchase tours ^e, a moment Battalion Classified 845-2611 Judge rules to reinstate Dallas officer DALLAS (AP) — A judge’s ruling requiring the city to reinstate a po liceman fired in 1984 for fatally shooting a fleeing, unarmed suspect will hinder efforts to remove officers who use unnecessary force, the po lice chief said. “I wouldn’t have fired him if we didn’t think it needed to happen,” Dallas Police Chief Billy Prince said Wednesday. He has criticized city of ficials for reinstating officers he has fired. Visiting Judge Snowden Leftwich told lawyers for the city last week that officer Jack Ross, 44, must be reinstated with back pay. Leftwich ruled Ross did not vio late the police department’s policy on deadly force. The judge withheld an official ruling pending an agreement about the amount of back pay due Ross, said Ross’ attorney, Bob Gorsky. “The judge told us he had re viewed the evidence and that he had ruled that there was no justification for Sgt. Ross’ (dismissal),” Gorsky said, adding he did not know whether Ross would return to the force. Prince said the Ross decision was another reversal of his efforts to purge the department of officers who use unnecessary force. Police said Ross shot Juan Reyes, 20, in the back of the head Aug. 18, 1984, after spotting Reyes and two others beating Billy Jack Murphy. The assailants fled as Ross ar rived. Reyes jumped over a chain- link fence, despite Ross’ commands to stop. Ross fired his gun, killing Reyes instantly. The shooting was the 18th by Dal las police that year. Official says differences cause friction MEXICO CITY (AP) — As strongly as they are bonded as neighoors sharing a border nearly 2,000 miles long, Mexico and the United States are separated by a chasm of differences in culture, his tory, wealth and power. “At no other border does so much power face so little power,” Lorenzo Meyer, academic dean at the Colegio de Mexico, a graduate school and re search institution, said in an inter view. The differences often result in se rious misunderstandings and fric tion between the two countries. Mexicans, however, are rooted in Indian cultures, Roman Catholicism and 300 years of Spanish domina tion. Their history is in stark con trast to Americans’ Protestant roots and their emphasis on the individ ual. While calling history and culture the chief sources of friction between Mexico and the United States, the author and intellectual Octavio Paz says that “no less a determinant has been and is the immense economic, technical, political and military in equality.” “This inequality has been the ori gin of many abuses and injustices, mistakes and resentments,” Paz wrote. What’s up Monday AGGNOG PERSONAL COMPUTER CLUB: will hold a g ublic domain software copy party at 5:30 p.m. in Sterling . Evans Library Learning Resources Department. For more information, contact Eric at 845-4049. COTTON BOWL MIDNIGHT YELL PRACTICE: will be held at midnight Jan. 1 in the park across the street from The Union Station on Houston Street in downtown Dallas, Items for What’s Up should be submitted to The Battalion, 216 Reed McDonald, no less than three working days be fore desired publication date. Expedition team studies artic circle for buried meteor; By Jeff Pollard Staff Writer For most people, coming back from a trip with bloody ears, de hydration, a twisted knee and frost bite would be enough to discourage anyone from taking another trip any time soon. For Austin Mardon, a doctoral candidate in education, the experience was enough to make him want to do it again as soon as possi ble. “It’s just a job like any other job,” Mardon said, “but 1 think I underes timated what I was going into.” The expedition team Mardon joined, which was searching for me teorites buried in the ice, constantly had to endure minus-30-degree weather while riding across uncer tain ground. “We often had to jump our ski- doos (snowmobile) over crevices that would just suddenly appear in front of us,” Mardon said. “One time the ice collapsed out from under me, leaving a 1,000-foot crevice below. I had to pull myself to my ride and get away quickly.” Mardon, who is a native Ca nadian, already is planning to be part of a joint Texan-Canadian ex pedition to Ellesmere Island in the Arctic Circle. He said the group will conduct an original scouting for meteorites in the northern part of the island. Though it won’t be as cold as his pre vious expedition, there will be some changes that will make it interesting, he said. “I’ve seen to it that some changes were made in the equipment used on the trip so that some of the problems that happened before don’t happen again,” Mardon said. “We also will be traveling by foot this time, which makes up for most of the differen ces.” The eight-person team also will have to deal with polar bears wan dering through the area, he said, so the supplies will include weapons — both problems the earlier group didn’t have to deal with. To pay for the trip, the group is testing new equipment such as par kas, stoves and rations in exchange for funds, Mardon said. The rest of the funds will be gathered from pri vate sources, he said. “We’ve applied for funds from the Explorers Club and other groups,” Mardon explained. “This will be one of the few American re search expeditions that won't i the government a dime.” As a part of his next expedin Mardon is conducting two conn among Texas students. Thefinti science competition that will id one junior high, one high schooli one junior college experimentto “One time the ice a lapsed out from undi me, leaving a 1,000-k crevice below. I had I pull myself to my ride an get away quickly." — Austin Mardu expedition team med carried on the trip. For the seat contest, one flag will be selttt from each grade level (1-12) i they will be carried by the teams then returned to the schools. Mardon carried flags made Bryan-College Station area studn on his last adventure, along will Texas flag and a Texas A&Mflaj The Texas flag was presented Gov. Bill Clements last weekinaa emony in Austin. The flagprolal will be returned to A&M to bed played permanently. “Although meeting withCletM was exciting," Mardon said,“th(S dents’ flags meant more to mel cause they were people that 1 dt with on a one-to-one basis." Using the information gatbei on his first trip, Mardon put gether a slide presentation expb ing what the expedition meffib did and the conditions they bad endure. He then took his prestt tion to local schools. Mardon bait other slide presentation schedt for explanation of the team'sefft to the physics honor society» spring. “We had to function in cond® comparable to those in parts of Soviet Union,” Mardon said.“Id' think that we (Americans) are) pared to handle that kind of s' tion. Although we would be abk function somewhat, there areal® problems (equipment breakage" ply drops, etc.) that still need® corrected.” Settlement from manufacturers could provide $5 million for DISD DALLAS (AP) — A multimillion- dollar settlement from two manufac turers of building materials con taining asbestos could provide as much as $5 million for the Dallas In dependent School District, accord ing to a district lawyer. School board members voted to accept the offer from U.S. Gypsum and W.R. Grace, which supplied as bestos-laden insulating and acousti cal material to the district and 82 other Texas school systems. Medical officials have linked as bestos to cancer. The districts are seeking to recover the cost of remov ing it. DISD lawyer Ben Niedecken said Wednesday that other school boards are expected to vote on the offer this month. The offer’s total amount was kept secret by order of a federal district court in Beaumont, where the law suit was filed. Niedecken said school districts were dividing the settlement off according to the districts’costs of 1 moving the asbestos products. DISD officials have spent $5® lion on contracts to remove asbtf' and $2 million in related costs,» John Russell, the district’s dW of facility care. The lawsuit by the 83 school® tricts is among the first in the naK in which damages are being p* said Kelly McClure, an attor® working with DISD on the case l 1 ^ BOOK Store 11 Books Get Bonus Money!! ONLY AT THE Texas Aggie Bookstore 201 Dominik Northgate