The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, July 27, 1992, Image 1

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Inside day, July 23,199J omy uthor says The Battalion Vol. 91 No. 182 (6 pages) “Serving Texas ASM Since 1893” Monday, July 27, 1992 Former A&M quarterback Bucky Richardson adjusts to NFL...Page 3 s the back-to-schocl ady started, ing early this year ■ted setting up our stuff, but kids havt ed coming in. li from 'Batman'an: aretty popular." pects business it kids head back It ss usually picks uf it. It's really tougli se there's only so i town and compe- tition is pret ty fierce,' she said. „ Wal-Mart FS in Colleg; Station er- percent increaseii f August, thepeai -school season,! nanager said. Wal- preparing fortlit rush for about! j kids acrosstli! >nd $300 milliono; y and $8 billion of i snack items, $20i own and $3.9 bil- rents' on clothes nillion for shoes. rape transfer ional prison dira- r. ided the prison at ves and capture!: nth nine other,car 3aviria. least speech lati to surrender ano aat soldiers comb ;s might find him. ied reporters, say- would fight totk •n a bluff 5I over the prisoi Escobar was gout oe Blackburn, ice that the arms offered no expla- s/e escaped whe» DWS COSt :reatment a U.S. SANDRA M. ALVARADO/The Battalion Rub a dub dub, four men in a tub Roommates (left to right) Mike Nabors, Brian Gill, Charles Scott their makeshift pool on their front lawn. The four do this often, and Jake Jump relax and enjoy the sun as they play dominoes in with their pet dogs sometimes joining them in the water. Regents OK TAMUS budget Board approves $1.1 billion for system in / 92- , 93; A&M receives $550 million By Jason Loughman and Juli Phillips The Battalion The Texas A&M Board of Re gents approved a $1.1 billion budget for the University System on Friday, of which Texas A&M University will receive more than 5550 million. The budget for the 1992-93 fis cal year was approved simultane ously with about 20 other items after little open discussion at the Board's meeting. The Board of Regents also ap proved a $12.75 million budget for the Texas A&M University Athlet ic Council. Mary Jo Powell, associate di rector of the University Public In formation Office, said the athletic council's budget comprises schol arship money for all A&M school sports. At the meeting last Thursday and Friday, the board also: • Heard a report discussing re pairs and expansions to buildings housing the University Police De partment, University Mail Ser vices, and Facilities Planning and Construction, among other de partments, • Reported the special appro priation of $41,666 for legal coun sel relating to a Hispanic group's lawsuit against the state of Texas over higher education inequities, • Authorized the director of treasury services to raise the ceil ing on "interim financing notes" issued by the University System to $125 million in order to finance eligible projects, • Formally honored Dwight Look, Texas A&M Class of '43, for his gift to the University of ap proximately 1,000 acres of land, worth more than $50 million, on the island of Guam. The Board of Regents, during roughly five hours in closed ses sion and six hours in open session, reviewed 50 agenda items over the course of two days. Vt, Netherlands ■ of caring for one )S in the United ed to $38,OOOa loping countries disease struggle hundred dollars said costs have y in the last year :ause of the high ere disclosed in this week at the )nal Conference ?k-long meeting y on the medical ragedy of the research shows mcial disaster as )f costs can't he irs — thecostof ;rief, the cost in crimination and t of a pandemic ive the attentio: lid Dr. Danie Harvard School showed the lities in the >r worldwide AIDS between id poor ones. E L 4 S ERNESS i B E R 3 I T V E R I E S FRI 9-8. O N D A V S- lagroom. and Exhibitions -sy of the center for ling Rights Trust A " University teaching salaries to increase Juli Phillips The Battalion Effective August 1, Texas A&M University teaching salaries will increase by almost 1 per cent. Acting on the Legislature's concerns that higher education is slighting undergraduate education, the Coordinating Board issued rec ommendations to reappropriate funds propor tionate to the amount of undergraduates. Texas A&M came out ahead in the reappro priation since the University serves approxi mately 33,000 undergraduates and 7,000 grad uates a year. According to discussion at last week's Board of Regents meeting, the salary increase has been authorized by the state comptroller's office. The action adds $721,000 to A&M's budget for teachers' salaries raising it to over $101.2 million. Southwest Texas State University, the Uni versity of Texas at San Antonio and UT-E1 Paso are also looking at increases in their teachers' salaries. The losers in the money shift are the Uni versity of North Texas, the University of Hous ton, UT-Austin, UT-Dallas and Texas Women's University. "This was a public policy decision to move money from comprehensive research universi ties to undergraduate schools, done on the back of UH," University of Houston President James Pickering told the Houston Chronicle last week. "We're being penalized for fulfill ing our mission of offering graduate and pro fessional education to the fourth-largest city in the country." The plan reflects a national movement to make higher education institutions focus on undergraduate education, where critics claim students are forgotten. "I'm not sure we are doing a bad job for our undergraduates," John Quarles, the speaker for the Texas A&M Faculty Senate, said. "But it (the Coordinating Board's recommenda tions) would only add to our teaching mission, but it really won't take anything away from our research mission." Investigator quickens probe into possible Reagan conspiracy Prosecutor questions former president's Iran-Contra involvement "There is no evidence that President Reagan has violated any law or has been anything less than completely forthcoming. He has cooperated fully, voluntarily and honestly with all aspects of the Iran- Contra investigation and any suggestion to the contrary is false." -Catherine Goldberg, Reagan spokeswoman WASHINGTON (AP) - Iran- Contra prosecutor Lawrence Walsh is speeding up an investi gation into whether for mer President Reagan and top aides con spired to cover Up U.S. in volvement in arms ship ments to Iran, sources close to the probe said Sunday. A federal grand jury at the U.S. Courthouse in Washington, D.C., has questioned several former Reagan administration figures in recent weeks, said several non government sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The Washington Post reported Sunday that Walsh will decide Within 10 days whether to initiate legal moves that could lead to the indictment of Reagan, former at torney general Edwin Meese III, former secretary of state George Shultz and former White House chief of staff Don Regan. Walsh's office issued a state ment saying the Post story “sounds like speculation by de fense lawyers. "No one knows the true status of this investigation except people who work in this office. None of us is commenting on such mat ters,'' said Mary Belcher, a spokeswoman for Walsh's office. A private attorney close to the probe said that “I don't feel the prosecutors see the former presi dent as a potential defendant in any indictment." He spoke on condition of anonymity. In response to the Post story, Reagan spokeswoman Catherine Goldberg issued a statement say ing any suggestion that the former president is a target of the investi gation is “false and unfounded. “We have been assured by the independent counsel (Walsh) that President Reagan is not a target of that investigation," said Gold berg. "There is no evidence that President Reagan has violated any law or has been anything less than completely forthcoming. He has cooperated fully, voluntarily and honestly with all aspects of the Iran-Contra investigations and any suggestion to the contrary is false." The word “target" is a legal term used by U.S. attorneys' of fices and refers to someone facing probable indictment. The Post sto ry did not say that Reagan had been named a target. A source close to Reagan said Goldberg's statement was using the word “target" ip a more gen eral sense — in an attempt to con vey that Walsh's office was not contemplating an indictment of the former president. But the sources say that Walsh's office is focusing nonetheless on whether Reagan and his former aides tried to con ceal the White House role in the deliveries of 508 TOW anti-tank missiles and 18 Hawk anti-aircraft missiles from Israel to Iran in 1985. Reagan Iraq allows U.N. access to ministry Hussein compromises in latest series of disagreements with resolutions UNITED NATIONS (AP) - A U.N. official said Sunday that Iraq had agreed to permit weapons in spectors to search the Agriculture Ministry in Baghdad, ending a three-week standoff that had threatened to explode into war. Iraq's U.N. ambassador had been the first to announce an agreement, although hours before in Baghdad, President Saddam Hussein had said the “mother of all battles" he promised during the Persian Gulf War was not over. It appeared his government had backed down in the face of veiled U.S. threats. President Bush expressed satisfaction that Iraq had agreed to let inspectors into the ministry, but said he remained concerned about Saddam's intran sigence in other areas. Rolf Ekeus, head of the U.N- commission that is eliminating Iraq's terror weapons under the terms of the Gulf War cease-fire, said the threat of force “put an el ement of reality" into negotiations with Iraq. But the United Nations also compromised, reorganizing the in spection team to make it over whelmingly European and keep ing American experts outside the ministry. The agreement “means the Spe cial Commission will conduct a full inspection of the building of the Ministry of Agriculture, as previously designated for inspec tion," Ekeus told reporters. The United Nations says its in spectors should have full access to all sites in Iraq under the cease fire, which demands that Iraq de stroy all of its nuclear and chemi cal weapons. U.N. inspectors say they be lieve material on ballistic missile, chemical, biological and nuclear programs are hidden in Iraq's Agriculture Ministry. Iraq denies this, and had said U.N. insistence on going in was a violation of its sovereignty. Iraqi Ambassador Abdul Amir al-Anbari said Sunday's agree ment ensured “full respect for Iraqi sovereignty and national se curity." Ekeus said the inspection would take place Tuesday and that he would go to Baghdad to meet with Iraqi officials to discuss their government's obligations. Ekeus was to leave for London Sunday evening, arriving in Bagh dad Tuesday. Bush said Saddam “caved in after a lot of bluster/' but that his "violation continues in other im portant areas." “The international community cannot tolerate continued Iraqi de fiance of the United Nations and the rule of law. There is too much at stake for the U.N., the region and the world," Bush told re porters after returning to the White House from the presiden tial retreat at Camp David, Md. Although Iraq agreed to the cease-fire ending the war that forced it to reverse its invasion of Kuwait, it repeatedly has clashed with the United Nations over the terms, and demanded that the U.N. resolutions be annulled. Iraq also has maintained a vir tual blockade of Kurdish areas, despite U.N. Security Council de mands that the Kurds be treated humanely following their failed rebellion. And Baghdad has reject ed the findings of the U.N. com mission that demarcated the bor der between Iraq and Kuwait fol lowing the Gulf War. In the ministry dispute, Iraq had objected to inspectors from the United States and other coun tries that had taken part in the Gulf War. It said some of the in spectors were spies. Ekeus said the nine-member team going in Thursday would in clude six experts who would enter the building: two Germans, and one each from Finland, Switzer land, Sweden and Russia. Three more experts — two Americans and one Russian — will be working outside to analyze documents or other materials team members bring out. The two Americans were on the original team. But U.S. Army Maj. Karen Jansen, the original leader who left Baghdad last week, was not returning, sources said. The new leader will be Achim Biermann of Germany. Class of '92 presents check to Bush library By Mark Evans The Battalion Officers of the Class of '92 presented a $50,000 check to representatives of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum on Friday. Members of the Class of '92, in- eluding 7,000 stu dents, chose the Bush Li brary from among five other pro jects sug gested by students. "We worked very hard, fund-raising for four years, to give some thing back to the Uni versity," said Glass President Jennifer Collins. "I am very pleased that we are giving the money to some thing which will not only bene fit Texas A&M, but College Sta tion and the Brazos Valley as a whole." William McKenzie, a mem ber of the Texas A&M Universi- g System Board of Regents, and r. Perry Atkinson, director of the Bush Library, accepted the gift. "It was an integral part of our presentation to President Bush that the ideals, the beliefs he espouses are all ideals that we we find here at Texas A&M University," McKenzie said.* "This wonderful, fabulous gift personifies these values." McKenzie wrote Bush, telling him of the gift. In a letter to McKenzie, Bush ex pressed his appreciation to Collins, Gift Director Michael Warner and the Class of '92. Construction is scheduled to begin on the library in 1995. The library is funded entirely by private donations. Currently, over $600,000 have been raised in the first few weeks. "It was an integral part of our presentation to Pres ident Bush that the ideals, the beliefs he espouses are all ideals that we find here at Texas A&M University/' -William McKenzie, board of regents member