The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, February 19, 1992, Image 2

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Campus MGM1 Wed., Page 2 The Battalion Wednesday, February 19, Cos Taught by Library tests 31-database system Police Beat By Karen Praslicka The Battalion Sterling C. Evans library is testing a new online library sys tem that can offer users access to up to 31 databases in areas such as the arts, business, education, sci ence and consumer news. "Our library is a test site to see how much use the system gets with unrestricted access," Kathy Jackson, head of systems at Evans library, said. FirstSearch, the electronic in formation system, also offers stu dents and faculty access to World- cat, the Online Computer Library Center online union catalog. Computer offers users access to wider variety of subjects Worldcat holds more than 24 mil lion bibliographic records from 13,000 libraries worldwide. Jackson said students and fac ulty can use FirstSearch from their homes or offices. However, they need a computer account on cam pus, which is available free of charge. The system has 14 databases presently operating, and the 17 re maining databases will be in stalled at a later date. "Eventually, there will be databases of interest for all disci plines," Jackson said. One of the main advantages to the system is that users can access it from their own computer termi nals, she said. Jackson said Evans library can not own every book and journal in print, but FirstSearch identifies other locations for materials not available at Texas A&M. The in ter-library loan office can borrow books from some of the other loca tions identified by FirstSearch for graduate students and faculty. The FirstSearch testing is in its second phase. The first phase, which began last February, tested the technical operation of the sys tem. The second phase, which will end in June, focuses on how many people use the system. Evans li brary gets access to the system at no cost until June. At that time, a decision will be made about whether to keep the system. "The response has been really good," Jackson said. "Students and faculty have expressed con cern about keeping it." "We're really interested in people trying it, and giving us feedback," she said. The following incidents were reported to University during the period between Feb. 10 and Feb. 13. Misdemeanor Theft A 26-inch rim and tire and a Gel bicycle seat were stolen bicycle rack between Dormitory 5 and Underwood Hall. The front tire and rim from a Trek 7000 bicycle were stole from a bicycle rack at the Zachry Engineering Center. Several items of unattended clothing were stolen from washing machine in the laundry room adjacent to the Militai Property Warehouse. A blue Windspeed boys bicycle was stolen from the Dormitoji 4 bicycle rack. A black leather purse and contents were stolen from a sea® Videos give both sides of animal rights floor room of the Eller Oceanography and Meteorology Building, A black Giant Nutra boys bicycle was stolen from the bicp rack on the north side of the Memorial Student Center. An unattended bank bag that was being used by the store personal property was stolen from atop a change machines the first floor of the Sterling C. Evans Library. A silver and black aluminum dolly loaned to an unidentifa person was not returned to the Printing Center Harassment By K. Lee Davis The Battalion With three million outspoken animal rights activists' in the United States, one Texas A&M graduate student thought it was time the agri culture industry got fair treatment from animal rights groups. Jeff Goodwin, veteran of an eight-year stint as an agricultural extension agent in the Texas panhandle and a doctoral candidate in the Col lege of Agriculture, has made two videos he hopes will dispel some of the myths surround ing animal treatment in the agriculture indus try. Goodwin is currently the trustee of his fam ily farm and ranch near Sunray, Texas, as well as an extension associate with the Texas Agri cultural Experiment Station. The videos were created as part of Good win's doctoral thesis and are primarily for the use of agricultural extension agents for further education and keeping up with current issues in agriculture. His first video, "What's the Beef," deals with the quality of agribusiness in the United States today, and what he considers the exag gerations of animal rights activists on the lack of humane livestock care. In "What's the Beef," Goodwin debunks several popular criticisms against beef con sumption, one being the dangers of growth hormone in meat production. According to the video, a three ounce serv ing of peas has 200 times more estrogen than an equal serving of hormone-implanted beef, while an equal serving of cabbage has over 1000 times the amount of estrogen found in beef. "Here's the Beef," the second video, is pro duced from animal rights activists' point of view, addressing their concerns in a serious way, Goodwin said. "I'm trying to be as fair as possible with these two videos by examining the contrasting viewpoints on the subject" he said. Goodwin makes a clear distinction between animal rights and animal welfare in his written guide to accompany the video, stating that ani mal rights activists "believe that animals are morally equivalent to humans and are thus en- Two victims reported receiving harassing telephone calls during the period. One victim reported being harassed both verbally anil physically by an acquaintance. WANTED: participate medication completing F Felony Theft A Panasonic VHS camcorder Model PF-460 was stolen froma basement room in the Eller Oceanography and Meteorologj Building. Violation of University Regulation Two individuals were issued Criminal Trespass Warnings escorted from campus after they were detected selling magazine subscriptions without authorization. See Agents/Page 4 Reckless Conduct Method gives children better self-concept Two individuals responsible for discharging a Marksman B gun and a large water gun on the fourth floor balconyt Schuhmacher Hall were identified. Open adoptions benefit adoptees Public Intoxication Five individuals were arrested and incarcerated in the Brazos County Jail after they were observed urinating on E. Main Drive. A Men Women Women Men KTAM for Cinema He 847-8476 ( y Editor's Note: This is the third of a five-part series in The Battalion on adoption in Texas and how it has changed over the years. Today's arti cle focuses on the benefits of open adoption. By Jayme Blaschke The Battalion For years children have been the ignored participants in the adoption equation, but adoptees stand to benefit the most from the new open placements favored by Texas agencies. Because there is more informa tion available in open adoption, the adoptee has a more complete self-concept, said Joanna Slate, di rector of post-adoption wdrk at the Texas Cradle Society. The questioning and curiosity a child has of his or her origin is normal and healthy, and satisfied more fully when answers are available. "When I first heard of adoptees wanting to search for their birth parents, my first thought was that they were un happy with their current family," Slate said. "That's not true. It's just a natural curiosity. "Even if their search turns out to be disappointing, the adoptees have said they're still glad they searched," she said. "A lot of times adoptees and their parents become closer after a search. Open adoption is an extension of this. It's not co-parenting. The child knows who his parents are." Many adult adoptees live with the idea, conscious or subcon scious, that they did something wrong at birth that caused their parents not to want them, said Aria-Schmitt of Adoption Aware ness in San Antonio. Open adop tions prevent those damaging mis conceptions from taking hold. "I'm working with a very suc cessful man from the East Coast who's in his 50's, and is very an- See Deep dark secret/Page 4 The Battalion incorrectly reported in Tuesday's paper thafDr. from access fees ro Larry Piper distributed funds from access fees for new computei equipment for the College of Engineering. Piper is course coordi nator for the Engineering 109 classes using the new computers. Dr. John Dinkel, associate provost for computers and informa tion systems, distributed the money from the fees. The Battalion regrets any inconvenience this may have caused. The Battalion USPS 045-360 The Battalion is published daily except Saturday, Sunday, holidays, exam periods, and when school is not in session during fall and spring semesters; publication is Tuesday through Friday during the summer session. Second class postage paid at College Station, TX 77840. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Battalion, 230 Reed McDonald Building, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-1111. News: The Battalion news department is managed by students at Texas A&M University in the Division of Student Publications, a unit of the Department of Journalism. Editorial offices are in 013 Reed McDonald Building. The newsroom phone number is 845-3316. Fax: 845-2647. 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