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Vol. 92 No. 11 (10 pages)
Serving Texas A&M Since 1893’
Monday, September 14, 1992
Military airlift brings
aid to 'Garden Island'
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
LIHUE, Hawaii — A military
airlift shuttled supplies and
equipment Sunday to Kauai, the
hurricane-ravaged “Garden Is
land." Residents struggled to
piece their paradise back together,
while vacationers waited to leave.
Crews worked round-the-clock
,to restore power and telephone
service wiped out Friday when
Hurricane Iniki covered the lush,
scenic, 30-mile-wide island with
130 mph sustained wind and
gusts to 160 mph. It was the
strongest hurricane to hit Hawaii
"I don't know how we're ever
going to get back to normal. I just
don't know where to start,'' said
Kathy Cabral of Kalaheo, whose
home was extensively damaged.
"We're just glad to be alive to
day," said Jan Powell of Fairfax,
Calif., who was vacationing with
her husband in Koloa, on the is
land's west side, which appeared
to be hit hardest. The Powells
were staying in an elementary
“Guess we'll be staying a
while," Powell said.
The hurricane was blamed for
at least three deaths, including
one on Oahu, and 98 injuries. At
least 8,000 of Kauai's 51,000 resi
dents were left homeless, said
Federal Emergency Management
Agency spokesman Bob Blair.
The wind reduced some build
ings to splinters and tore the up
per floors off others. An entire
block was wiped out near Lihue,
on the island's most heavily de
veloped, eastern shore. Yachts
were piled atop each other in Port
Allen harbor. Palm fronds, shin
gles and other debris clogged
President Bush said Sunday he
was told that 30 percent of the is
land's buildings were destroyed
and preliminary damage esti
mates reached $1 billion. Bush de
clared much of the state a federal
"Our hearts go out to the peo
ple of Hawaii and we pledge to
stand by them in support at this
hour of need," Bush said in Mary
land before leaving for a West
Coast campaign trip. Bush, who
visited Florida and Louisiana after
Hurricane Andrew last month,
said he has "no plans right now"
to visit Hawaii.
The director of the Federal
Emergency Management Agency,
which was criticized for slow re
sponse to Hurricane Andrew, ar
rived at Kauai on Sunday. Wallace
Stickney was joined by Patricia
Sakai, chief of the U.S. Small Busi
ness Administration and a Repub
lican former congresswoman from
About 300 Hawaii Army Na
tional Guard troops also landed
Sunday on Kauai. Ten military C-
130 cargo planes mounted a 24-
hour airlift to bring in food,
portable kitchens, medical sup
plies, communications equipment
and other relief.
Class of '77 endows $3,500
for renovation of Fish Pond
BY MONIQUE LUNSFORD
Rpf’orter of THE BATTALION
Aggie spirit was alive in the hearts of the Class of
1977 Saturday as they returned to the campus for
some unfinished business: the rededication of the
In honor of its 15th reunion, the Class of '77 has
established an endowment worth $3500 that will be
used to renovate the Fish Pond, and ensure that it is
"preserved and protected for future generations of
The Fish Pond, which is located across the street
from Sbisa Dining Hall, was first rededicated by the
Class of'77 in 1975.
Although students have been walking past this
pond for decades, few may realize the enormous sig
nificance it has had since 1938, the year it was first
The pond was built originally as a gift to the Agri
cultural and Mechanical College of Texas and was
then marked a memorial by the Class of '38 in honor
of Aggies who died in World War II.
For more than 50 years, the Fish Pond has become
the dumping pool for A&M yell leaders following
home football victories.
According to Phil Petta, a 1977 class member from
Portland, Oregon, the Fish Pond is more than a sym
bol of Aggie Spirit. It is a fountain of remembrance.
"We used to throw the yell leaders in it when I
was a freshman, so it brings back lots of fine memo
ries because of that," he said. "And it was dedicated
to the men that died in World War II, so that makes
it quite meaningful, a typical Aggie tradition."
Under sunny skies and a cool breeze, about 30
members of the Class of '77, along with President
Mobley and a few honorary members of the Class of
'38, gathered beside the Fish Pond in a ceremony
honoring the rededication.
During the ceremony President Mobley cut the
dedication ribbon, as the waters of the fountain si
multaneously spurted out.
In keeping with Aggie spirit, both current yell
leaders and those from the Class of '77 led the group
in a yell practice at the climax of the ceremony.
"This truly is a historic place," Mobley said. "An
important place, and an awful lot of good things
have happened, including celebration of victory. It
(Fish Pond) symbolizes all the best of Texas A&M
over many years, and it's going to project well into
could be turning
point for Peru
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
LIMA, Peru — The govern
ment said Sunday it captured the
mastermind of one of the world's
most fanatical guerrilla move
ments, and the seizure could be a
turning point in Peru's fight to
crush the relentless Maoist insur
Political leaders and terrorism
experts said the arrest of Abimael
Guzman was the hardest strike
yet against the Shining Path. But
they also said it would not end
the rebellion — and could even
lead to more violence because of
AbimaeTs fanatical following.
Guzman, 57, a former philoso
phy professor known as "Presi
dent Gonzalo," and seven others
were captured in a raid late Sat
urday in the Lima suburb of Sur-
co, police said.
The Interior Ministry said the
group was taken by surprise
without gunfire, and that other
key Shining Path leaders were
among those arrested.
The elusive Guzman went un
derground in 1978 and had not
keen seen in public since.
El Comercio, Peru's leading
daily, said Guzman was writing
and did not resist when anti-ter
rorist police broke into the house
where he was hiding. Anony
mous witnesses interviewed by
Channel 5 television said they
saw Guzman, heavyset with a
graying beard, being hustled
The capture comes less than
three months after the arrest of
Victor Polay, leader of the pro-
Cuban Tupac Amaru Revolution
ary Movement, the smaller of
Peru's two main rebel groups,
which took up arms in 1984.
Gore questions Bush's
commitment to values
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
COLUMBUS, Ohio - De
mocrat AI Gore, seeking to fire
workers in a
sign a fami
ly leave bill
pays only Gore
lip service to family values.
“It just goes to show you
that you really cannot always
trust what they say," Gore told
a state Democratic Party con
vention." All you can do is read
his lip service to family values.
He doesn't really mean it."
The family leave bill has
been a favorite theme with
Gore since last week when the
House approved the measure
and sent it to the president's
desk despite indications that it
faces a veto there.
The bill would require 12
weeks of unpaid leave for
workers in businesses with 50
employees or more who have a
medical emergency, including
the birth of child, adoption of
r ewbom or a serious illness.
The Democratic vice presi
dential candidate also attacked
Bush's newly unveiled econom
ic plan, largely a repackaging of
Karl A. Stolleis/The Battalion
Members of the 12th Man team, Brandon Reinarz (left) and Steve Guzzetta, join 58,926 fans in
celebrating Texas A&M's victory Saturday over Tulsa, 19-9, in Kyle Field. It was the home opener
for the Aggies, who are the fifth-ranked team in the nation. □ See Sports coverage on Page 5.
'Monument of patriotism'
Corps center for recruiting,
information officially open
By JULIE CHELKOWSKI
Reporter of THE BATTALION
The doors of Texas A&M's Corps of Cadets' offi
cial information and recruiting center formally
opened Sunday with a warm welcome from more
than 1,000 Aggies.
The opening of the the Sam Houston Sanders
Corps of Cadets Center was described as "a new
era" by President William Mobley.
"It's a monument of patriotism and a place that
will help recruit new members and sample what it
really means to be a member of the Corps of Cadets
at Texas A&M," Mobley said.
The center was named after Dr. Sam Houston
Sanders, Class of '22, who was a member of the 1922
Dixie Classic football team, an All Southwest Con
ference halfback, a three-time track letterman and a
Texas A&M Distinguished Alumnus in 1970.
Sanders donated half a million dollars to the con
struction of the ceiiter before he died in March 1991.
Center Director, Lt. Col. Buck Henderson, said
the center functions as a recruiting tool, a place for
cadet leaders' offices and a place to store archives.
The center will focus on three major themes: Corps
history, the present day Corps and the future of the
"We thought it was very important that we have
a place to showcase the Corps," he said.
The idea for the center was proposed in Spring
1988 by Gen. Thomas Darling during a Corps Devel
opment meeting. Pledges totaling $250,000 were
then donated by four former students to make the
proposal a reality.
The center is unique because it is one of three
buildings on campus that is not state funded. The
Albritton Tower and the Clayton Williams Alumni
Center were also built with private funds.
Currently, Henderson said, the center is "in the
black," but they are in the process of raising funds to
continue operating the building and paying employ
He said one of the easiest ways to get involved
with contributing to the center is by buying a brick
that is placed with the donors name on it in front of
the center. Anyone, regardless of their affiliation
with A&M, can purchase a brick which costs $100
for students and $250 for non-students.
The center will do more than serve the Corps,
Henderson said. It will be used for tutoring and aca
demic assistance, and meeting rooms can be re
served for any group on campus.
See Corps/Page 10
HUD to give $731,000 to CS, Gramm says
By GARY P. CARROLL
City Editor of THE BATTALION
U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas, an
nounced Friday College Station would re
ceive $731,000 from the U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development to help
fund the Community Development Pro
"My strong commitment is to assure a
fair return to Texas taxpayers on the money
we pay in federal taxes," Gramm said.
The Community Development Block
Grant Program was developed to fund ef
forts to rejuvenate run-down areas and
help low income residents with affordable
Money given to communities comes
from a general fund allotted by the U.S. De
partment of Housing and Urban Develop
The funds can only be used for projects
that help better living standards for com
munity residents and enhance community
"I am pleased to
announce that the
U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban
making this assis
tance available to
benefit College Sta
According to Jo
Carroll, Administrator of Community De
velopment for College Station, the money
allocated to the city is allotteM to communi
ties for three specific reasons: to benefit
low to moderate income families, to elimi
nate slums and neighborhood blight, and to
meet emergency needs.
"No less than 70 percent is to be spent
The money will be
used to fund activi
ties such as emer
gency repairs of di
that are unsafe to the
occupants, to provide
supplies to home-
owners to do their
own repairs with and to enforce building
"The money will also fund an optional
relocation program," Carroll said.
commitment is to
assure a fair return
to Texas taxpayers
on the money we
pay in federal
If a house is too unsafe for the residents,
and it would be too expensive to repair the
house, the optional relocation assistance
program will find housing for residents
while their house is tom down and rebuilt.
The city also will use some of the money
to participate with Texas A&M in The Big
Event, a community clean-up project held
Some money from the H.U.D. grant will
be spent improving roads in College Sta
tion as well.
Sometime around the first part of 1993,
work will begin on College Main in the
Northgate area and Eleanor Street in the
The city of College Station will receive
the money Oct. 1.