The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, March 06, 1992, Image 1

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Unseasonably warm Mostly sunny Highs in the 80s Individuals are not entitled to subsidies from the National Endowment for the Arts Battalion Editorial Board Page 9 Memorial fun run to benefit cancer society set for Saturday Page 2 A&M, UT father-son combinations meet in Austin Sunday Page 5 The Battalion Vol. 91 No. 108 College Station, Texas “Serving Texas A&M since 1893” . 8 Pages Friday, March 6, 1992 Student group monitors political bias By Gina Howard The Battalion A conservative student group this week began placing student monitors in selected classrooms to check for possible political bias. The Texas A&M chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas began monitoring classes Monday. The monitoring is tak ing place mainly in the history. political science and English de partments. Andy Keetch, chairman of YCT, said the organization feels professors may be allowing per sonal biases to affect lectures and grading. "Students pay money to Texas A&M for an education, not an indoctrination," Keetch said. "We want Aggies to know which rofessors teach with academic onesty and which largely preach ideology — especially when their grade might lie in the balance." He said professors being monitored will not be aware a student from YCT is present in the room. "We will not be announcing ourselves," Keetch said. At least two different people will sit in on the targeted classes for about three class days each. After the information has been collected, a general meeting will be held where members will dis cuss what has been found. "We will get together and de cide which professors and classes deserve annotation based on the criteria we've made decisions by," Keetch said. Keetch said at this time the chapter's standards for measur ing classroom bias have not yet been explicitly defined. "We do have some criteria developed, but it will be chang- See Group/Page 8 Campaign trail ends for Nebraska senator WASHINGTON (AP) - On paper. Bob Kerrey was perfect presidential material. But in per son, he often fell short. The Nebraska senator ended his Democratic candidacy Thurs day with wit and warmth that he didn't always show on the cam paign trail, and with bottom-line honesty that did come through — often to his detriment. Kerrey's credentials were un surpassed: Vietnam Medal of Honor, self-made millionaire busi nessman, former governor, slayer of two Republican incumbents in a conservative state, former boyfriend of actress Debra Winger. But the magic that worked in Nebraska was missing in his first national campaign. Kerrey admit ted as much at a wistful and some times emotional news conference as he abandoned the race. "A campaign depends upon the . . . candidate's capacity to com municate and to establish trust/' See Kerrey/Page 8 KARL STOLLEIS/The Battalion Me and Mario down by the schoolyard Gary Peterson, a freshman general studies major, plays a game by the MSC Recreation Committee and will be there be on at the traveling Nintendo show Thursday. The tour is sponsored campus today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Democrats meet in Dallas Presidential hopefuls debate plans to revive nation's ailing economy DALLAS (AP) - The Demo cratic presidential candidates clashed over economic-revival plans Thursday in a pre-Super Tuesday debate. Paul Tsongas' pro-business plan was labeled “trickle down" and a boon to the rich at the expense of the middle class. The economy dominated the first half-hour of the 90-minute ABC-TV debate, with all four can didates scoring President Bush's policies. When they got around to debating their own, Tsongas took the heat. Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton said Tsongas' plan to offer a capi tal gains tax break mirrored the Reagan-Bush 1980s policies he said cost 2 million manufacturing jobs and directed 60 percent of the income gains in the last decade to the richest 1 percent of the popula tion. “That's exactly what we did in the 1980s and the economy went downhill and it's wrong,” Clinton said. “Average wages went down, the work week lengthened, pover ty exploded and we lost our com petitive edge,” he said. Clinton supports many of the investment incentives favored by Tsongas but said the money the former Massachusetts governor would spend on a capital gains break should go for a middle-class tax break, job training and educa-. tion programs. “Put people first/' Clinton said. Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, whose campaign is teetering and could end if he does not finish well Sat-, urday in South Carolina, echoed Clinton, saying Tsongas' plan was Reaganomics revisited. “That's really trickle down," Harkin said. Tsongas was resolute, saying the wealthy would pay for his capital gains tax break and that the venture capital created would help struggling small and start-up businesses. “There is an inevitability to what happens if you don't in vest,” Tsongas said. Tsongas said the middle-class tax cut would give families 97 cents a day but not a job. Clinton retorted that the cut was not de signed for job growth, but was a downpayment on tax fairness. Animal rights activists clash with researchers By Robin Roach The Battalion Animal testing for medical research has escalated into a controversial issue over the past decade. R e - searchers and ani- m a 1 rights a d v o - cates are debating the issue as to who is morally and logically correct in their stance. People for the Ethical Treat ment of Animals, the largest an imal rights organization, is deeply involved in protecting animals from being used in any type of research. "Our main goal at PETA is to educate people of animal suf fering and urge them to do something about it," said Emily Oesterling, assistant mail room supervisor at PETA in Washing ton D.C. PETA encourages people to demonstrate for the prevention of animal suffering including not eating meat or avoiding purchases of leather and fur. Oesterling said. "Utopia for us (PETA) would be to have no animals in cages and no animal suffering as a result of medical research," she said. Supporters of animal rights argue that animal testing is un necessary, and that there are al ternatives to every experiment done with animals that would not require animals to be in volved in experimentation. But people on the opposite end of the spectrum who sup port animal testing for medical research argue that medical re search still requires the use of animals to gain insight to the human body. Elvin E. Smith, associate dean for research at the College of Medicine and associate vice president of the Texas A&M Health Science Center, ex pressed the absolute necessity of animals for experimentation. "Animals are an essential component to research, and it would be impossible without them," Smith said. "There are no true substitutes or alterna tives with most studies." Animal rights advocates suggested that computer mod eling of the human body, cell See Associate/Page 8 B-CS employment opportunities grow By Matari Jones The Battalion More job opportunities will be available for Texas A&M students in the Bryan-College Sta tion area with solid hiring activity and fewer employment cutbacks according to the latest employment outlook-survey. "There is a potential for almost 1,000 new jobs," said Frank Murphy, director of the Small Business Development Center. "At least 600 already have been filled." With the addition of Sam's Club, three new restaurants and grocery stores, job potential will continue to grow, he said. "Bryan-College Station is becoming more and more regional," Murphy said. "We en- B-CS Area Hiring Forecast compass eight counties and people come here to shop, eat and seek health care." Murphy also pointed out that most of the jobs will be part-time because of the student population. He credits the population explosion as the reason for this economic development. "Once we reached the magic plateau of 100,000 (in population), businesses started flooding in," he added. This employment outlook survey was con ducted by Manpower Inc., the world's largest temporary help firm. Through telephone interviews with local businesses the survey measured employers' in tentions to increase or decrease their perma nent work force. The springtime outlook appears most promising in durable and non-durable goods See Job/Page 8 AP survey shows people say 'no, thanks' to Bush's plan Workers reject lower witliholding WASHINGTON (AP) - Large numbers of American workers are saying "no, thanks” to President Bush's election-year offer of a bit more take-home pay now in ex change for smaller tax refunds next year. An informal survey by The As sociated Press of large employers and payroll-preparation services shows that in some companies nearly half the workers are filing new W-4 forms to keep income- tax withholding at last year's lev el. If that trend holds, it would do serious damage to Bush's idea of injecting an extra $2 billion a month into the economy simply by giving workers part of their tax refunds in advance. “Something tells me a number of taxpayers may take me up on this one,” Bush said when he an nounced the change during his Jan. 28 State of the Union mes sage. Families, he said, need the ex tra money now “to help pay for clothing, college or to get a new car.” The change generally took ef fect March 1. It turns out that while a lot of families might be able to use an extra $6 or $7 a week, they prefer to let the gov ernment hold it and send it back in a lump sum early next year. The difference in refund is about $172 a year for a single person, $345 for a married person and $690 for a two-earner couple. “Large numbers of our work ers are having their withholding changed to nullify the effects of the reduction," said Paul Allen at Eastman Kodak headquarters in Rochester, N.Y. “We can't quantify it yet, but the payroll department tells me it's the majority” of the 39,600 em ployees. A significant number of DuPont's 20,000 employees in the Wilmington, Del., area won't ac cept lower withholding, a spokesman said. Hallmark Cards employs about 6,700 at its Kansas City headquarters and as many as 40 percent of them have requested that last year's higher withholding rates be retained, said spokesman Adrienne Lallo.