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Bush was to be both the ‘Energy’ and
the ‘Environmental’ President. Inter
ested in his accomplishments? Don’t
look too hard.”
— Andy Yung
Column/page 2
Still upbeat
Former basketball coach
Kermit Davis Jr. returns to tell
his side of the story.
The Parking, Transit and Traffic
Services program picks up
where regularly scheduled
buses leave off. pages
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Vol. 90 No. 114 USPS 045360 12 Pages College Station, Texas
'Serving Texas A&Msince 1893‘
Thursday, March 21,1991
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Official: Reputation imperils U.S. universities
By Mike Luman
The Battalion
Japanese media bashing of
U.S. university programs in Ja
pan threatens the reputation of
legitimate institutions such as
Koriyama A&M, a Texas A&M
official said Wednesday.
Dr. John Norris, co-director of
the campus and head of the Ko
riyama A&M support group,
said poorly-run American col
lege programs in Japan give a
"negative public connotation" to
U.S. higher education.
To date, 29 U.S. universities
have opened campuses in Japan.
More than 130 U.S. institutions
are studying the feasibility of es
tablishing branches in Japan,
according to Chronicle of Higher
Education figures.
These schools are exclusively
for Japanese students and
should not be confused with
study abroad programs. ,
Norris said some U.S. institu
tions in Japan are not credible,
degree-awarding schools. In
stead many "universities" use
the name of an American institu
tion with which they are not af
filiated to attract students.
These illegitimate schools offer
English courses with no college
credit and accept almost any stu
dent, he said.
This practice leads the Japa-
See Japanese/Page 12
Davis breaks silence
following resignation
By Douglas Pils
The Battalion
Kermit Davis Jr. broke his
five-day silence Wednesday
on his forced resignation as
Texas A&M head basketball
Davis, 31, spoke openly
and candidly to select mem
bers of the local media, saying
he bore no ill feelings toward
the University or those who
asked that he step down.
"Looking at the nature of
the violations that occurred, I
thought they were minor in
substance," Davis said. "But
with the past difficulties with
the NCAA, I understand the
situation that Dr. (William)
Mobley had to deal with, and
I respect his decision.
"My lawyer (George Pam-
ham) wanted to take A&M to
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found in A&M’s
internal report.
Davis reflects on his tenure/Page
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hurt the institution and didn't
really feel it was in my or my
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Class schedules arrive
A mob of students gather in front of Heaton Hall Wednesday
afternoon to receive newly-delivered fall and summer class
schedule books. The first day for seniors to preregister for
Fall’91 is April 1.
Student Senate
passes budget
for service fees
By Greg Mt. Joy
The Battalion
After enduring only slight de
bate, a Student Service Fee bud
get in excess of $6.5 million was
passed by the Texas A&M Stu
dent Senate Wednesday night.
Senate Speaker Kenny Cosset*
said he was pleased with the
speed in with which the student-
appropriated budget passed.
The budget included a 10 per
cent increase in funds for the
Multicultural Services depart
ment, establishing the 1992
funding at $171,188, and a four
percent increase in the Memorial
Student Center budget, bringing
it to $1,749,937 for 1992.
"It's a credit to the budget
committee that it passed so easi
ly," Gossett said. "The proposals
have been available to the Senate
for quite some time, and the
early exposure helped avoid any
drawn-out discussions."
The absence of proposed
funding for two departments.
Student Financial Aid and the
Vice President for Student Serv
ices' office, however, caused
some confusion.
Senate Finance Chairman Da
vid Brooks said students were,
in effect, taking a stand by not al
locating funds to these depart
"Basically," Brooks said,
"what we are saying is that the
students are crying out saying
'we don't think we should pay
for that, we think that should be
a function of the state and the
The departments will probably
get the money they requestecl.
Brooks said, but the Senate is
saying it doesn't want them to
P et it from the Student Services
ee. He said, however, that the
Senate can only make recomen-
dations not allocate funds.
"In the end it is the adminis
trator's choice," Brooks said.
"We can only make a philosoph
ical statement."
Brooks said University admin
istration and Student Senate
came a step closer to resolving a
dispute over funding of Bus Op
"In the past we didn't think
funds for Bus Operations should
come from the Student Services
Fee," he said. "Not all people
who ride the buses are students,
and they run during Christmas
See Senate/Page 12
Seminar takes to sea
By Mack Harrison
The Battalion
Maritime experts ranging
from attorneys to oilmen are
meeting today and Friday in
Corpus Christi for the Texas
A&M Sea Grant College Pro
gram's 14th annual Marine
Safety Seminar.
The two-day seminar will
include presentations, panel
discussions, in-the-water
demonstrations of safety and
survival equipment and a
shrimp boil.
Mike Hightower, deputy
director of the Sea Grant Pro
gram, says the seminar's pur
pose is to inform commercial
maritime operators of changes
taking place in the industry.
"It's a continuation of our
overall safety program,"
Hightower says. "It's about
how to avoid mistakes that
can result in down time for
the vessel, higher insurance
premiums, or crew injury or
The seminar will cover the
following topics:
See Sea/Page 12
Equine expert creates nutritional diet
By Isselle McAllister
The Battalion
Racehorses and other equine athletes live
in a chronic state of fatigue that interferes
with their competitive performance, says the
equine program leader in Texas A&M's ani
mal science department.
Dr. Gary Potter says he believes the prob
lem can be solved nutritionally through a
fat-supplemented diet.
Potter and a team of graduate students
have developed what he calls a "Mercedes
diet" for the horses.
By increasing the horses' total fat intake,
researchers are able to delay the onset of
muscle fatigue and increase the length of
time horses are able to engage in strenuous
activity, he explains.
"This changes the whole perspective
about how horses are supposed to be fed,"
he says.
Horses typically are kept on a diet con
taining 2 percent fat. Potter says this level is
extremely low, considering human beings
ideally should get 30 percent of their calories
from fat.
Because of the low amount of fat in the
horses' diet, equine athletes must depend
on carbohydrates for fuel during regular
workouts, a bodily process which leaves
little energy stored in the muscles as glyco
gen, Potter says.
Horses need glycogen for energy when
they become winded during intensive exer
Potter says he discovered that increasing
See Equine/Page 12
JAY JANNER/The Battalion
Dr. Larry Potter, of the Department of Animal
Science, has developed a nigh-fat diet to in
crease the competitiveness of racehorses.
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Bush welcomes Walesa to U.S., announces debt reduction for Poland
WASHINGTON (AP) — President
Bush welcomed Lech Walesa, Poland's
first democratically-elected president,
to the White House on Wednesday and
erased $2.6 billion of the huge foreign
debt amassed by Warsaw during years
of communist rule.
Walesa, the former leader of the Soli
darity trade union, beamed with plea
sure as Bush announced a 70 percent
reduction in Poland's $3.8 billion debt
to Washington and challenged other
industrial nations to follow suit.
"God bless you, Mr. President,"
Walesa said, chuckling at himself as he
switched from Polish to English in his
arrival speech. "God bless America."
Later, at a formal state dinner, Wa
lesa said America had become a sym
bol of freedom but today "nobody,
thank God, has to leave Poland." He
hailed the debt reduction as a "magni
ficent act" that would be a relief for
millions of Poles.
Bush called Walesa "an apostle of
peace" and said in a toast on the eve of
the first full day of spring, "Over the
centuries, Poland suffered through a
winter of adversity, but you and your
countrymen have delivered Poland
into a springtime of thrilling possibili
The $3.8 billion debt to Washington
is a small fraction of the $33 billion
owed by Poland to foreign govern
ments, principally Germany, France
and Britain.
The 70 percent reduction announced
by Bush goes well beyond an
agreement by Western nations last
week to cut Warsaw's debt burden by
at least 50 percent as a reward for Po
land's surge toward democracy and
sweeping reforms to create a free-mar-
ket economy.
Bush urged other creditors to join
with the United States in going beyond
the 50 percent mark. Traditionally, the
United States has opposed official debt
relief for other governments but made
an exception for Poland because of its
political and economic upheavals.
Walesa, a onetime electrician who
became a symbol of the Polish workers'
movement against communism, was
welcomed to the White House with
cannon salutes and military pageantry.
"You played a key role in helping Cen
tral and Eastern Europe join the com
monwealth of freedom," Bush told
Walesa. "And you have worked hard
to build a prosperous land upon tyran
ny's ruins.
"We want your economic transfor
mation to succeed and your new de
mocracy to flourish, and we call on
other nations to follow our example,"
Bush said.
Walesa, speaking through an inter
preter, thanked Bush for relieving "a
major part of our debt burden."
"Your personal involvement in this
course has for Poland a historical di
mension," he told Bush. "It gives a
new great possibility."
Walesa emphasized that Western na
tions have a big stake in helping his
country solve its massive economic
"Our success is important not only
to us, it is needed for Europe because it
is a condition of order and stability,"
Walesa said.
See Poland/Page 12