The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, September 28, 1992, Image 1

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The Battalion
fol. 92 No. 21 (8 pages)
‘Serving Texas A&M Since 1893’
Monday, September 28, 1992
est Texas State adds 'A&M' to name
Reporter of THE BA TTA LION
The Board of Regents Friday over
whelmingly passed a measure to change
he name of West Texas State University,
li :ated in Canyon, to West Texas A&M
The Board voted 8-1 to change the
iname, with board member William A.
llcKenzie being the lone dissenter. He ex
pressed his concerns to State Senator Bill
Bivens, co-author of the Texas legislature
^ill to change the name.
"Are you familiar with the fact that
nany of your constituents, including the
/est Texas State University Alumni As
sociation, the West Texas State University
Faculty Senate, and the West Texas State
University student body oppose the pro
posed name change?" McKenzie asked.
He said a university without an agri
cultural or engi
neering college
should not be al
lowed to use the
name "A&M."
Bivens respond
ed to McKenzie's
objections by quot
ing polls which had
been commissioned during the research
phase. The most recent polls revealed
nothing more than "rampant apathy"
over the proposed change.
He pointed out that Texas A&M Uni
versity officially deleted the understood
"Agriculture and Mechanics" from its
own title years ago.
"When it (Texas A&M) changed from
"The student body is by no means overwhelmingly
against the name change. Forty-nine point six percent of
the students want to maintain the name. Forty-nine point
four percent want to change the name."
-Richard Perez, WTSU student body president
college to university there was great tur
moil," Bivens said. "And I think you can
see what has happened to this great insti
tution. I can only hope we (WTSU) flour
ish half as well."
Richard Perez, WTSU student body
president, told the board he was involved
with polling the student body about the
issue and did find
the students were
against the name
change — by one
"The student
body is by no
means over-
w h e 1 m i n g 1 y
against the name
change," Perez said. "Forty-nine point
six percent of the students want to main
tain the name. Forty-nine point four per
cent want to change the name."
Perez said he was "between a rock and
a hard place" because there were many
students on both sides of the issue.
Students and faculty formed an orga
nization four weeks ago to protest the
name change.
Kevin Casey, president of the Save
West Texas State University Foundation,
said he had considered leaving the uni
versity if the name was changed.
"I am still opposed to the new name,
but now I've decided to channel my ener
gy toward promoting acceptance of the
new name," Casey said. "We lost fair
and square."
The change from West Texas State
University to West Texas A&M Universi
ty will be official as of June 1,1993.
5 billion state deficit
threatens further cuts.
University prepares
The Texas state legislature's
vaming that the budget for high
er education may be cut by as
much as 10 percent, to cover part
of the $5 billion state budget
Beficit, has sent Texas A&M Uni
versity System officials scram-
pling to find more places to cut
I Deputy Chancellor of Finance
land Administration, Dr. Eddie J.
Bavis, described the System's im-
ipending money problems as "a
Rategory-five economic hurri-
f ne '”
I Davis stressed that there is
: enough time for measures to be
iaken to prevent disaster, but the
| measures need to be adopted and
|initiated as soon as possible.
| "It is important for us not to
panic but to be prepared in case
the storm decides to move over
bur institutions," he said.
I Although the cuts are not guar
anteed, higher education, Davis
'aid, will almost surely bear a big
>art of the budget deficit which
he state legislature expects to
md at the end of this fiscal year.
Davis' pessimistic speculations
Ire due to the current trends of
the Texas government.
Over the past seven years, ac-
ording to figures released by the
Mational Center for Education
md the Texas Legislative Budget
3oard, the higher education de-
nand has risen while the real dol
lar amounts needed to meet those
iemands have shrunk.
Funding for public safety and
directions and health and human
services has increased in the last
jight years by 127 percent and 101
percent respectively, while higher
education's funding has risen
only one percent.
Another foundation for the
budgetary concerns is the general
makeup of the Texas budget.
Eighty-four percent of the bud
get is fixed. Due to statutes, court
orders, federal dictates and pre
dedications, only 16 percent of the
budget can be carved up to make
up short-falls.
"You can't squeeze out of this
small piece (of the budget) all that
we need to deal with this deficit,"
Davis said.
This area has already had to
cut back to make up for other
deficits, and finding more places
to cut back is getting more and
more difficult, he said.
Davis said their future options
for cutbacks would have to in
clude further tuition increases,
further reductions and perhaps
elimination of student activities
and services, eliminations in the
development of new programs,
further reductions in library sup
port and eliminations in student
System Chancellor Dr. Herbert
Richardson said the cutbacks
must be chosen with care, so
when the budget for higher edu
cation comes back up, the System
will be stronger and more com
Future options for
University cutbacks
♦tuition increases
•reductions, or elimina
tion, of student activities
and services
•eliminations in new pro
gram development
♦reductions in library sup
•eliminations in student
Gray Schroeder, a senior environmental studies major in
Squadron 13, tops a log on Sunday to be carried out of the woods
by the freshmen and sophomores. Juniors and seniors in the
ROBERT ]. REED/The Battalion
Corps cut the trees and the underclassmen clear brush and carry
the logs out. Squadron 13 is normally a loading outfit, but since
this weekend was the first cut there was no loading.
Effects of cable bill reverberate through CS
When Mike Deza began looking at cable
service for his dorm room, he was shocked at
the high price of installation and monthly rates
— but that's entertainment.
Deza, a junior electrical engineering major,
signed up for a basic cable package for $20 per
month, but said it was the start-up fees that
"Twenty dollars is a little high, but it's the
installation that's a killer," Deza said. "That's
running about $40. Plus, they're demanding
the first month's rent."
Complaints such as Deza's helped push a
bill through Congress last week that will regu
late the rates of cable companies and break up
cable monopolies in areas such as Bryan-Col-
lege Station .
The new bill, which President Bush has
promised to veto, was passed by the U.S. Sen
ate on Tuesday.
Deza said he considered one of the cable
options that includes fewer channels and a
lower monthly rate.
"It's only about $10 a month, but the instal
lation is about $60," Deza said. "In the long
run it's okay, but that first impression is a
The new bill would allow, among other
things, local broadcasters to make a choice
every three years whether to sell their pro
gramming to local cable companies. If broad
casters did charge for their programming, they
would not be guaranteed a spot on local cable
channels. Currently, cable companies can
transmit local broadcast programming free of
It is this provision, TCA Cable general man
See Cable rates/Page 8
Symposium speaker stresses cultural awareness
"An MBA or law degree will
5ive you the flexibility to succeed
n the new world," said Vance
lhaw at the Texas A&M MBA/
Law symposium on Saturday.
Shaw has been a visiting pro
cessor for the Urban League's
Black Executive Exchange Pro
gram, on the Board of Directors
or the National Consortium for
Graduate Degrees for Minorities
in Engineering and a member and
secretary on the Board of Trustees
for Lake Michigan College.
This generation of students
must be prepared to lead a cultur
ally diverse work force by the
[year 2000, Shaw predicted.
"In 1962, I was asked to speak
at a SCONA (Student Council on
National Affairs) conference here
at Texas A&M," said Shaw, "I
was the first black ever to stay in
your student center."
A&M officials told Shaw he
Would be staying in Bryan during
his visit 30 years ago, but former
Vice President Lyndon Johnson
happened to be speaking on cam
pus that weekend and told A&M
officials that they must allow
Shaw to stay on campus.
"Now, while that may not
seem like a big deal to you all, it
Was (a big deal) at the time be-
B1LLY MORAN/The Battalion
Vance Shaw speaks at the
MBA/Law symposium.
cause this University was not yet
According to Shaw, LBJ fin
ished what Lincoln started.
Shaw questioned students at
the luncheon about their futures.
He urged students to continue
their education because education
breeds self-confidence.
"You must acquire more than
knowledge," Shaw said. "You
must acquire wisdom because
wisdom is the application of
Shaw told the students at the
symposium to be prepared for
changes as the turn of the century
"In the year 2000, many things
will have changed, demographics
especially" Shaw said. "This coun
try will be more culturally diversi
fied. We will be a global commu
"Columbus took a risk 500
years ago, and that's why we're
here today as a nation. A young
nation, I might add," said Shaw,
"And one thing that we must keep
sight of is the fact that when set
tlers came to this nation, there
were already people here.
"The Mexicans were here until
we sent them to Mexico and the
Indians were here until we put
them on reservations. The point is
that the people who make up this
diverse nation have the same
rights as those who run the na
Shaw predicts that, by the year
2000, people will work a four-day
week with a three-day weekend.
He also predicted that skilled
workers will take their expertise
around the globe.
Students have many options
available to them, he said. But
whatever option they choose, they
should focus on their field and be
come an expert.
Shaw told students they are
blessed to attend a university
where 80 percent of the faculty is
at the Ph.D. level, where the land
is valued at $1 billion and 10 per
cent of the students are minorities.
Shaw said by the year 2000, 80
percent of the work force will con
sist of minorities.
This generation will have to
lead a new work force, under
stand different cultures and value
the differences that make us all
unique, Shaw said.
"Remember, destiny is not
luck," Shaw said. "It is the re
planting of seeds of earlier experi
ences, watered by hard work and
enriched through effective interac
tion with people. Know that des
tiny is certainly with your reach."
Shaw earned a bachelor's de
gree in psychology from Texas
A&I University in 1963, a master's
degree in police administration
from Michigan State University in
1967, a master's degree in urban
sociology from the University of
Northern Colorado in 1972 and a
master of business administration
from Michigan State University in
Presently, Shaw is an employ
ment manager with Hughes Net
work Systems.
He is an associate faculty mem
ber in the Johns Hopkins Univer
sity Graduate School, and was a
1972 recipient of the National
Freedom Foundation Award,
awarded by the U.S. Air Force.
MBA/ Law Committee
offers career counseling
r Reporter of THE BATTALION
Texas A&M University's
MBA/Law Committee in the
Memorial Student Center in
formed students about gradu
ate programs, as well as oppor
tunities in business and law.
Paul Henry, the MBA/Law
Committee adviser, said the
committee is unique.
"J. Wayne Stark, the MSC
director, used to advise
pre-professional students right
out of his office in the 60s,"
Henry said. "But the campus
grew so much so quickly that a
committee had to be formed to
be able to reach all of the inter
ested students."
The committee provides stu
dents with an opportunity to
learn from former students who
have careers in business or law.
"We are involved with a di
verse group of students,"
Jonathan Cooper, chairman of
the MB A/Law Committee,
said. "We have liberal arts ma
jors, engineering majors, psy
chology majors and even gener
al studies majors involved with
the committee.
"The main goals of the com
mittee are just to let students
know what they can get out of a
business or law degree and to
introduce them into a network
of former students."
The MBA/Law Committee
sponsors the annual MBA/Law
Fall Symposium. Each fall the
committee invites law and busi
ness school representatives
from around the country to
speak to students, pass out lit
erature and answer students'
In addition, approximately
20 businesspersons and lawyers
speak to around 200 people in
panel discussions and informal
roundtable sessions. "All of the
speakers came to us without
any expense," Henry said.
See MBA/Page 8