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Join together, show Aggie pride
I am a second generation Aggie who is graduating in
May. After our Senior Induction Banquet, several of us had
a heated debate about the spirit and reputation this school
strives to maintain.
But as my four years have passed, I am sorry to say that
the spirit of tradition at this school has diminished some
What happened to the "whoops" that used to echo in
Sbisa when a cup was dropped? Why do I see people wear
ing hats in the MSC and not being told to remove them?
Isn't the MSC a memorial? Are people afraid to remind a
hat wearer of this fact? Why do people not say "howdy"
when I say it to them? (Very few do, try it with 10 people
These are just a few examples of traditions that "old
Ags" set for us to maintain and pass on. It makes me won
der what it will be like for my third generation child. Will
she/he know what "good bull" is?
Come on Ags, join together and show your pride. Pass
on the traditions that were passed on to you. It only takes
four years for a tradition to fade. Don't let the spirit be
Todd Howard '91
P.S. I am a non-reg.
MSC plans variety of speakers
How dare the College Republicans overly politicize Ce
sar Chavez's appearance on campus. I see the motivation
behind this program as strictly educational, not political.
I'm sure that MSC, CAMAC, Great Issues and Political
Forum recognize the impact Chavez has had on America as
a person, not as a political entity.
Further, I hardly understand Scott Kibbe's idea con
cerning the "MSC's commitment to bring in speakers of va
rying political backgrounds." From my understanding, the
MSC programs according to the ideas suggested by the
If the College Republicans want to bring a certain
speaker, then they should go through the proper channels
and work just as hard as these committees did. The MSC
already programs diversely; just learn how to use it.
I'm excited about Cesar Chavez's speech. For me, he is
an important part of my Mexican-American culture. In
stead of wanting to sit outside Rudder Auditorium at a ta
ble, the College Republicans should come in and diversify
their educational experience.
Gloria Rodriguez '90
Don't try to run others' lives
We, too, are getting tired of reading the same letters in
The Battalion over and over. Again and again, the Bible is
used as justification for discrimination.
Consistently quoted is Leviticus 18:22 or a similar pas
sage forbiding homosexuality. Well, the Bible also ex
pressly forbids eating pork (Deuteronomy 14:8; Leviticus
11:7) and shellfish (Deuteronomy 14:9; Leviticus 11:9-12),
as well as listing rules for the observation of Sabbath (Deu
teronomy 5:12; Leviticus 23:3) which, incidentally, is on
Saturday. How many of you Bible-thumpers out there fol
low these rules?
We do believe in the Bible, but we don't believe in im
posing our beliefs on others. What goes on between con
senting adults is between them and their God.
The concept of the separation of church and state is a
good one, and one all good Americans should uphold.
One need only look at most of the Arab countries to see
what happens when the two become one.
Besides, Texas A&M is a state school, so like it or not,
all Aggies should be treated as equals, whether or not they
uphold the same Biblical ideals as you.
If you regard something as morally wrong, then don't
do it! But don't try to run the lives of others on the basis of
your religious beliefs, lest you find the same thing being
done to you.
Sharon A. Ivker
first year vet student
accompanied by three signatures
Stormin' Norman as chancellor?
Stormin' Norman as Texas A&M chancellor? What a
To seal the deal, there should be no hesitation to re
name a major thoroughfare. Perhaps change Wellborn
Road to Schwarzkopf Avenue. Then when LoTrak goes in
— over the objections and good sense of almost everybody
— we can name it Schwarzkopf's Trench or Schwarzkopf's
Fox Hole or some other appropriate military moniker.
In one fell swoop, we also could change the name of the
University to something more appropriate like Texas B&G
University (Buttkiss & Grovel). Dan Quayle Drive and
Jesse Helms Boulevard would soon follow.
We will have arrived. World class at last!
David R. Baca
Tips for pest control
Battle bugs without
JL r JLaybe Earth Day is
at the wrong time of year. Even if we all
are reminded to keep recycling and are
inspired to use less water, let's face it:
April is the beginning of the bug
season, and it's awfully hard to bypass
a can of Raid in the face of the spring
influx of bees, roaches and other pests.
There are a few things you can do to
battle bugs without using dangerous
pesticides. I collected a few suggestions
that you might find helpful.
□ It's beginning to be a well-known
fact that Avon Skin-Sd-Soft repels
mosquitoes, fleas and other biting
insects, and you can even use it on
your pets. Skin-So-Soft is rather
expensive and you have to order it,
however, and plain old baby oil will do
the trick just as well.
□ Pests usually come into the house
for food or water, so keep food put
fa ^ Fleas also can be destroyed
simply by spraying a soap and
water mixture on your lawn, m m
away carefully, don't leave water
sitting in dishes in the sink and have
leaky faucets or dripping pipes
□ Bugs are more likely to fly into
sunny, open windows and doors. As
the sun moves during the day, close
the windows and doors it hits and
open the ones left in the shade.
□ One rather amazing pest control
product is diatomaceous earth (D.E.), a
mixture of finely ground fossil
materials which abrades the outer
covering on insects and works wonders
getting rid of fleas. You can sprinkle it
in spots where fleas are concentrated in
your yard or add a tablespoon or two to
a gallon of water and spray it on your
yard. The water helps it stick to the
grass, and the moisture keeps you from
D.E. also can be used in your house
on rugs and carpet and under couches
to get rid of fleas. It also can be added
to pet food (at about 1 percent of feed
weight). It travels through the animals'
digestive tract safely but destroys fly
eggs that are laid in pet feces.
□ Fleas also can be destroyed simply
by spraying a soap and water mixture
on your lawn. Eucalyptus soap is a
mild flea repellant and pet shampoos
containing D-Limonene and linalool
are especially effective. D-Limonene
and linalool are citrus industry by
products which, used in combination,
kill adult fleas, larva and eggs. These
products are safe to use on your pets
□ The most effective way of getting
rid of mosquitoes and flies is todestm
their breeding grounds.
Eliminate all unnecessary standing
water in which mosquitoes can breed
If it's not possible to get rid of all
standing water, sprinkle a fewdropsel
biodegradable vegetable oil ontopoiil
— it suffocates the larva. If you'vegoti
decorative pond, stock it with goldfisl,
guppies or other mosquito-eating fisli
Keep all trash cans sealed up and
wrap organic material up in newspapei
to keep flies from laying eggs in trasli,
Make sure to rinse out bottles and ans
you're going to recycle — flies will lay
eggs in them, and your recycling
efforts might backfire.
□ Use traps to catch mice and rats,
Not only is poison not environmental)
safe, the mice might not actually leave
your house to die. Rotting mice attract
flies and smell bad and are nasty in
general. Disposing of mice caughtwilli
traps might be unpleasant, but at least
if they die in the trap you know where
to find them.
□ Use a fly swatter to get rid of fc
If necessary, a well-aimed spray bottle
of rubbing alcohol will dehydrate and
□ If possible, let your bees, wasps
and spiders live. Bees are necessaryfot
pollination and honey production, ail
wasps and spiders eat other annoying
Try a few of these methods this
summer, or check a bookstore, libran
or natural food store for morewaysto
control pests safely. Poisons mightbe
an effective way to kill pesky bugs, bui
it's also an effective way to kill our
environment and ourselves.
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