The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, April 26, 1991, Image 1

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High 82 Belief in anything we can’t see, touch, hear, taste or smell requires a suspension of reason.” — Tim Truesdale page 2 Hometown Hero Bryan native Brian Harrison fulfills his dream of pitching for Texas A&M STARTING Saddam Hussein begins to rebuild « war-torn Iraq pag© 7 The Battalion Vol. 90 No. 140 USPS 045360 10 Pages College Station, Texas "Serving Texas A&M since 1893" Friday, April 26, 1991 Condom use survey shows decline among college students By Troy Hall The Battalion Condom use among college students is down, increasing risks of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), according to a recent survey by the nation's larg est condom maker. Although college students' concern about contracting sexual transmitted diseases increased, they are not acti vely protecting themselves, the Spring Break survey conducted by Trojan Brand Condoms reported. The fifth annual survey polled nearly 1,000 college students in Daytona Beach, Fla. to find out their percep tions and attitudes about practicing safe sex. However, the results of the survey were not positive, said Mark Klein, vice president for Trojan Products. "Tnis year's survey indicates stu dents may be becoming lax in their ef forts to protect themselves against STDs," Klein said. The survey found the number of stu dents actively using condoms for pro tection against STDs dropped to 62 percent, compared to 68 percent last year. The number of students claiming to be "extra selective regarding a sexual E artner" also decreased to 26 percent om 29 percent in 1990 and 31 percent in 1989. Texas A&M's A.P. Beutel Health Center, however, is making students aware of the likelihood of an STD if they opt not to use condoms. Michelle Herren, a graduate assis tant for the health education center, said the center actively passes out con doms for protection against STDs. "Because of National Condom Day, we bought 5,000 condoms," Herren said. "We have been distributing them throughout the semester." She said the center passes out con doms at STD programs, AIDS pro grams and at various classes they visit throughout the semester. Herren said students are slacking off on protecting themselves from STDs. "I don't see STDs being beat into their head anymore, as it was when the AIDS problem first came out," Herren said. Josette Mortera, clinic assistant for Planned Parenthood of Brazos County, said "most college students are still ei ther uneducated or believe it (contract ing STDs) won't happen to them." She said some students who take hu man sexuality classes or get informa tion become concerned and come in for protection. However, Mortera said he believes most students are not protecting them selves against STDs. Herren said she supports the latest legislative bill requiring colleges and See Condom/Page 9 GOODNIGHT. DR. KOLDUS Administrator wins prestigious Scott Goodnight By Twila Waddy The Battalion The students' voice in Texas A&M's administration. Dr. John Koldus III, recently received one of the highest honors in his field. Koldus, vice president of student services, was awarded the Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Performance as a dean by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). The award was presented during the NASPA annual conference in Washington, D.C. "The way I felt about it was they were saying the way I handle my job was a good way," Koldus said. "Helping people is what this business is all about." Recipients of this award must demonstrate a high level of competency in administrative skills and innovative response to needs of students. They also must merit the support of students, faculty and fellow administrators on their campus. "I love my job and I think it is the greatest job in the world," Koldus said. "I love the institution and the student body that I have had the opportunity to relate to." Koldus, who has been at A&M for 18 years, is responsible tor nine departments on campus. The departments cover the development of all aspects of student life at A&M. "In a nutshell, all of those things that relate to students outside the classrooom," he said. Koldus said each individual should decide what is important in life and be the best at doing it. "When I came here I thought I saw an institution that blended in with who I am, what I am and what I liked to do," he said. "I do not believe anyone should stay any place or do anything they do not enjoy doing." Koldus has a master's and doctor of education from the University of Arkansas. He has taught and coached at high schools in Texas and Arkansas and was an instructor at the University of Arkansas. Before coming to A&M, Koldus was a professor and vice president of student affairs at East Texas State University. Koldus said he enjoys his work, but he also likes to teach. He teaches a course at A&M in educational psychology. "I wanted to teach in college, and I was not thinking of getting into college administration," he said. Koldus tries to meet as many JAY JANNER/The Battalion Dr. John Koldus, vice president of student services, was awarded the Scott Goodnight Award, one of the highest honors for college administrators. students as possible by attending student activities and luncheons with students on a weekly basis. "At every orientation group I meet, I say if you see me on campus, come up and introduce yourself and I will invite you to lunch," he said. Koldus said he likes to attend everything that students are involved in and See Koldus/Page 9 Senate dashes regent plan Council of Student Body Presidents sees House as more supportive of student representation bill By Greg Mt.Joy The Battalion Hopes for student regents on Texas universities' boards of re gents look better in the House of Representa tives than the Senate after Wednesday's committee meetings on the issue. Ty Cle venger, chair man of the Council of Student Body Presidents, testified before the Senate Edu cation Committee Wednesday on behalf of a bill placing two students on boards of regents as non-voting members. Students from the University of Texas, University of North Texas and Stephen F. Austin State University also testified on behalf of the bill, he said. "We were barbecued in the Senate Education Committee," Clevenger said. "State Senator Jeff Parker is absolutely venom ous. He laid into us." Clevenger said Parker told the students that they needed to learn they do not own state insti tutions, that state schools belong to the people of Texas, not stu dents. "He said a 'good oT boy from West Texas had as much a right to say how a university should be run as a student," Clevenger said. The bill has not been voted on, however, and will be brought to a vote with the Education Com mittee on Monday, he said. The House Higher Education Committee also heard testimony Wednesday night on H.B. 2761, a non-voting student regent bill. Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, spoke in favor of the bill, saying that students are the universities' customers and schools need to better serve them. Ogden also said that since stu dents pay for at least 25 percent of their education, they deserve some input. The student regent's bill still has a chance at getting through the house, Ogden said. Clevenger, however, is not optimistic about the bill's chances in the Senate. "The Governor's office has in dicated, however, that one way or another students will receive representation on the Board of Regents of all university systems in the state," he said. "They ba sically want to watch what hap pens to the bills. If they die, then See Senate/Page 10 Clevenger Breaking barriers International Students Association elects first U.S. citizen By Bridget Harrow The Battalion Texas A&M's chapter of the International Stu dents Association elected its new president Wednesday night, and she's a U.S. citizen. Rhonda Bolick, an international senior from Wyoming, was elected 1991-1992 president of ISA. Bolick is the first ISA president from the United States. Bolick said she ran for president because she has become involved with international students and enjoys working with students from other countries. She said she considers herself a "domestic" in ternational student. "I want to improve campus life for all interna tional students — basically to cross cultural boundaries," she said. Bolick previously has not held any executive of ficer position in ISA but has been active in ISA. She has held many directorships within ISA, in cluding director of Opening Awards Ceremony during International Week 1990, housing coordi nator for the International Music Festival in Fall 1990 and coordinator for the Consul's General Banquet during this year's International Week. Bolick said she has three goals as ISA president: □ Emphasizing teamwork among international club presidents and ISA executive officers to re move communication gaps. □ Improving international student experiences at A&M and within the United States. □ Continuing the integration and interaction between U.S. students and international stu dents. Bolick said she also will be trying to get more U.S. students into the membership of ISA. She said she became a member in Fall 1989, after hear ing a speech by Suzanne Droleskey, the student adviser for International Student Services. "She (Droleskey) said the United States is part of the world and you are also a international stu dent," she said. "You can be a member of ISA, al so." Bolick said she became more involved in ISA af ter being president of the United States Student Association last year. U.S. students organized the club within ISA during Fall 1989 to help international students, Bolick said. See ISA/Page 9 Gorbachev offers to quit Central Committee rejects president's plan Mikhail Gorbachev, worn down by recent criticisms, offered to resign as president of the Soviet Union Wednesday, but his pro posal was rejected by leaders of the Communist Party. MOSCOW (AP) — Mikhail S. Gorbachev, worn down by harsh criticism from Communist Party hard-liners, offered Thursday to quit as party leader, but the offer was overwhelmingly rejected. At the closed-door meeting of the party's Central Committee, the hard-liners spent the morn ing blaming Gorbachev for the nation's political and economic crisis, according to delegates in terviewed during breaks. Gorbachev's critics demanded he declare a state of emergency to restore order, which he had rejected on Wednesday, the first day of the meeting. For about two hours, Gorba chev endured tough remarks by the 18 delegates, about half of whom urged him to resign, the independent news agency Inter fax said. Russian republic Communist boss Ivan Polozkov said Gorba chev had "abandoned the party," according to one dele gate. Gorbachev finally responded by forcing the issue, saying he was tired of the endless attacks by the traditionalist wing of the party. In a tactic he has used before, Gorbachev made what one dele gate said was a "half-serious" suggestion to resign if the Cen- See Gorbachev/Page 10