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Vol. 90 No. 91 QSPS 045360 10 Pages
College Station, Texas
Monday, February 11,1991
Saddam praises Iraqi citizens
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Iraqi Presi
dent Saddam Hussein on Sunday saluted
his country’s resistance to “the warplanes of
shame” that have brought more than three
weeks of bombardment, the Iraqi News
Agency reported.
IN A said Saddam described the patience
of the Iraqi people as “the force of faith on
the frontline,” the soldiers in Kuwait who
have been subjected to relentless bombing
by the U.S.-led alliance in an effort to dis
lodge them.
The president hailed “steadfastness,
faith and light in the chests of the Iraqis,”
and “their faith that they should not relin
quish their role assigned to them by God, to
which they obediently responded,” the
news agency said.
IN A said Saddam reaffirmed that the
Iraqis, “each passing hour and day become
more firm in what they believe, and they
shine out more in front of the whole
The speech, running about 25 minutes,
was broadcast at 10 p.m. Baghdad time (1
p.m. CST), shortly after the news agency
announced a “historic speech” would be
Reception of Baghdad radio in Nicosia
was too poor to decipher. IN A did not im
mediately carry a full text of the message.
It was the first time Saddam was heard
on a broadcast in about two weeks, when he
was interviewed in Baghdad by Cable News
Saddam’s speech came on the eve of an
expected offensive by allied troops.
However, as allied pilots bombed Iraqi
troops and their supply lines Sunday, a se
nior American military official said the
U.S.-led forces could use another three to
four weeks to prepare for a ground offen
Defense Secretary Dick Cheney, mean
while, said the next phase of the Persian
Gulf War would probably combine air
power with both ground and amphibious
combat. But he would not say how soon it
might begin.
In the air campaign, the Americans lost
their first warplane in combat in more than
a week. The Marine Corp AV-8 Harrier
was downed over southern Kuwait on Sat-
(The Iraqis) each passing hour and day
become more firm in what they believe,
and they shine out more in front of the
whole world.
Saddam Hussein
president of Iraq
urday, and the pilot was missing, the U.S.
command said.
Taking advantage of improving weather,
American warplanes flew 2,800 missions
Sunday, concentrating on Republican
Guard troops on the Iraqi-Kuwaiti border
and the bridges, highways and railways
used to supply them.
The fierce action in the air and sporadic
exchanges of artillery along the Saudi bor
der came as Cheney headed back to Wash
ington to brief President Bush on the pro
gress of the 25-day-old war.
He told reporters flying home with him
that the air campaign had reduced the
fighting power of some Iraqi divisions by as
much as 40 percent.
Although Cheney did not say when a
ground and amphibious assault might be
gin, a senior American military official said
some U.S. forces just arrived in Saudi Ara
bia and they need three or four more weeks
to prepare.
“The guys just got off the boat, they
could use some more time,” the official told
The Associated Press in Riyadh on condi
tion of anonymity. He was referring to the
ground units recently arrived from Europe.
Such forces have the specialized M-1 battle-
tanks designed to take on Iraq’s Soviet-
made T-72 tanks.
Iraq said it would welcome a ground as
sault by the allies, who now have about
700,000 soldiers in the region, including
505,000 Americans.
Several hours before Saddam’s speech,
Baghdad radio said Iraqi troops were pre
pared “to make this duel the end of the im
perialist American empire.”
uses position
to help young
By Troy D. Hall
The Battalion
Newly crowned Miss Texas A&M
j University Kim Nietenhoefer plans
/ to use her reign to help young peo
pie in the com
munity strive for
their goals.
“When I was
growing up, I al
ways looked up to
people who were
older than me
and who I
thought were
going places in
their life,” says
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Nietenhoefer, a junior political sci
ence major from Boerne. “So I want
to be an inspiration to younger peo
ple and tell them they can do any
thing they want if they set their mind
to it.”
Nietenhoefer says her crowning at
Saturday night’s Miss Texas A&M
Scholarship Pageant still is soaking
Waiting to enter the pageant since
she was a freshman, she says she de
cided to wait and work with the pag
eant committee for a couple of years.
“I finally decided this was the year
I was going to do it, and I was not
going to wait anymore,” she says. “I
am so glad I made it.”
Nietenhoefer was among 12 fi
nalists who began tryouts for the
competition last October. The
tryouts began with 30 entries.
Nietenhoefer’s reign will find her
representing A&M at social, athletic
and service events in the community
and state.
Nietenhoefer says she has signed
contracts for community service
events, including promoting a drug-
free society and education.
Nietenhoefer says her new title
will be a challenge.
“I am going to have to manage my
time carefully,” she says.
Being Miss TAMU, a member of
Chi Omega sorority, and a Sigma Al
pha Epsilon little sister, among other
organizations, Nietenhoefer says she
wants to put 100 percent into every
But she says education is still her
top priority.
She plans to go to law school and
realizes she has to maintain good
grades to obtain her career goals.
Dick and Pat Brunner, 1990-91
A&M Parents of the Year, were
among the judges of the pageant.
“All of these girls are winners,”
says Pat Brunner. “We are reaHy
proud of them.”
Mr. and Mrs. Brunner said the
See Pageant/Page 5
Air Force pilot
from A&M
listed as MIA
The U.S. Air Force listed a Texas
A&M graduate as “missing in action”
after the plane he was flying went
down Feb. 1 somewhere in the Mid
dle East.
Thomas Clifford Bland, 26, Class
of’86, was an A&M Student Govern
ment member and an opportunity
scholarship recipient while at A&M.
He graduated a commissioned Air
Force officer.
Air Force officials would not give
the location, type of aircraft or na
ture of the crash for security rea
Air Force 1st Lt. Bland is from
Gathersburg, Md.
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Rep. Ogden pushes
voting bill to avoid
address confusion
By Julie Myers
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State Rep. Steve Ogden filed a bill
Friday with the Texas Legislature to
amend the Texas Election Code and
clear up confu
sion over the
“permanent resi
dence address”
portion of voter'
Ogden, a Re
publican fr6m
Bryan, says the
changes will help
eliminate the con
fusion which led
to more than
1,800 Texas
A&M students
mistakenly registering to vote in
other counties before November’s
general elections.
The students registered in other
counties by putting their parents’ ad
dresses in the “permanent mailing
address” portions of voter registra
tion cards.
The proposed changes include:
• Adding the words, “county in
which applicant resides and intends
to vote” to the space for the appli
cant’s county of residence.
• Replacing the words, “Perma
nent residence address” with the
words, “where you live and intend to
return.” Ogden says residence ad
dress is not legally defined as “per
• Stating that giving false infor
mation to obtain voter registration is
a misdemeanor. Presently, the regis
tration card incorrectly says the of
fense is a felony. According to the
criminal code, it is a misdemeanor.
Other proposed changes in the
code include requiring delivery of
written notice within two days to ap
plicants whose registration cards
were sent to other counties. Applica
tions clearly must indicate the appli
cant resides in another county.
The amendment, which would be
effective Sept. 1, also requires the
Texas Secretary of State to provide
amended voter registration cards no
later than Dec. 31.
An official voter registration ap
plication form that complies with the
law as it exists Aug. 31 would remain
valid. On receiving the new forms,
See Ogden/Page 10
Curtis Sager, a member of the A&M archery national championship in May after five consec-
team, practices Sunday for the upcoming outdoor utive second place finishes. The team will host
season. The men’s team will challenge for the the Indoor Championships in March.
Chinese students observe
New Year of the Goat
By Katherine Coffey
The Battalion
Chinese students at Texas A&M celebrated the Year of the Goat Satur
day in the MSG with an entertaining show, dinner and Chinese cultural
The traditional Chinese New Year begins Feb. 1 and lasts through Feb.
“Just like Christmas for Americans, the new year to Chinese is the day
for family reunion in the western culture,” said Chieh Peng, president of
the A&M Chinese Student Association.
“The celebration of the new year is like saying congratulations to each
other and for luck in the new year,” she said.
Chinese New Year celebrations started on the A&M campus more than
15 years ago, Peng said.
Music from the Roan’s Band and CSA chorus, skits by the A&M
Chinese School, dances by the CSA Folk Dance Club and performances by
the CSA Rodeo Club and Chinese fighting artists highlighted this year’s
two-hour program.
“We thought it was a good idea to present our culture to Americans,”
Peng said. “Since we don’t have Chinese day or week, we thought this was a
good chance to tell Americans and other cultures what we have.”
Peng, who is from Taiwan and is a research associate in the A&M
See China/Page 10
Anti-apartheid group refocuses efforts
By Bridget Harrow
The Battalion
After focusing on South Africa,
Students Against Apartheid recently
has changed its name and broad
ened its scope to include the op
pressed of other nations.
Now known as the Student Coali
tion Against Apartheid and Racism
(SCAR), the organization at Texas
A&M will not concentrate only on
apartheid in South Africa.
“We changed our focus because
we feel the problem of apartheid
and racism exists elsewhere in the
world, including the United States,”
says Syed Hyder, president of
SCAR also will focus on the Soviet
Union, Israel and some Latin Amer
ican countries that discriminate
against native Indians, Hyder says.
The student organization will try
to have a speaker discuss apartheid
and racism in different places every
week, Hyder says. So far, speakers
have lectured on South Africa and
“Our motto is education through
non-violent actions,” Hyder says. “So
we try to educate people about the
problems of racism and apartheid
around the world.”
Hyder says apartheid in South Af
rica still will be on SCAR’s agenda.
He says SCAR is encouraged by re
cent South African reforms, but the
student group will maintain its op-
postion to apartheid.
“We changed our focus because
we received suggestions from people
that apartheid is coming to an end in
South Africa, although it has not
come to a full end yet,” Hyder says.
“(F.W.) De Klerk (president of South
Africa) has made a lot of changes,
but there still is a long way to go.”
South Africa today is like the
United States after the Civil War,
Hyder says.
“After the Civil War, everyone
thought it was all downhill, and ev
ery man would be free and equal,”
he says. “But it took decades until
civil rights laws were passed for
problems to be solved.”
Hyder says SCAR also is continu
ing to push for divestment from
South Africa. He says the University
needs to divest.
“Texas A&M always claims to be a
world-class University,” Hyder says.
“So I think A&M has a responsibility
to face world-class problems.”
Many new people have begun
coming to SCAR meetings since it
expanded its scope, Hyder says.
“In previous years, we were crit
icized for not dealing with problems
of racism on the homefront and only
focusing on apartheid in South Afri
ca,” he says.
Hyder says that as students SCAR
members believe they should edu
cate other people about racism and
“People need to understand that
while the United States is sending
people thousand of miles away to
fight for a cause, there are causes
facing Americans at home that are
equally, if not more important,”
Hyder says.
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