The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, March 24, 1993, Image 2

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The Battalion
Wednesday, March 24,1993
Future architects plan local playground
Final design to incorporate
ideas from several projects
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A group of environmental de
sign students recently participated
in a competition to design a new
playground for a local private
Thirty-five students of A&M
professors Isabel Garcia and Julie
Rogers were asked to assist St.
Michael's Academy in Bryan in re
building its playground.
Junior Jason
Prince said he
thinks the as
signment bene-
fitted both the
design students
and the com
"What I liked
most about the
project is that
we actually got
to deal with a
real client," he
said. "I wish we
had more real life assignments be
cause they further our education
while helping the community."
Although the teachers and par
ents at St. Michael's plan to build
the playground themselves, they
were interested in A&M architec
ture students designing the new
playground through a competi
tion, Garcia said.
Parents examined the projects
at a reception March 9 at St.
Michael's and awarded cash
prizes to three students.
Michelle Carter received first
place for her playground design,
Ariel Fausto won second place,
and Souksanit Phomsavanh took
third place. Daniel Dixon received
an honorable mention.
Rogers said the actual plans for
the playground will probably
combine aspects of all the stu
dents' designs, not just the win
ning entries.
Throughout the project, the stu
dents talked with the children at
St. Michael's to find out what they
needed and wanted, Garcia said.
The students also examined ex
isting equipment that will be
reused in the new playground.
From that information, the stu
dents prepared plans, perspective
drawings of different parts of the
playgrounds and models.
They also researched different
kinds of playground equipment
and presented
the information
in a booklet.
"This project
was good for the
students be
cause they had
to deal with real
world situations
for the first
time," Garcia
said. "They usu
ally have to
work with hy
pothetical situa
tions, and this was their first taste
of designing for other people."
Dixon said he enjoyed the pro
ject because of the creative free
dom the students were allowed.
"The project was really loosely
organized so we could be free
with our designs," he said. "It
added a lot of creativity we usual
ly don't have with our projects."
Rogers said the project was a
big step for the students because it
gave them a chance to see what
the future will be like before they
enter the working world.
"It was an important project
from the standpoint of the stu
dents having to deal with a real
client and a real Situation," she
"The fact that they gave some
thing back to the community is
important as well."
"This project was
good for the students
because they had to
deal with real world
situations for the first
-Professor Isabel Garcia
DARRIN HILL/The Battalion
Ariel Fansto, a sophomore architecture major from Houston, displays
his design that tooK 2nd place in a local playgrounchdesign contest.
I. ... ,
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L.T. Jordan Institute
for Intematioli^l Awareness
401 Redder
Reception Follows
For more information, please call 845-8770.
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Saturday March 27
at the Texas A&M Golf Course
Shotgun start at 1:30 p.m.
4"Man Teams can register in the
MSC and Blocker
Week of March 22nd-March 26th
For more information call
764-7671, 693-3710, or 696-7257.
Heavy Metal - 7:00p.m. & 9:15p.m.
Star Trek VI - 7:00p.m.
Fire and Ice - 9:15p.m.
Rocky Horror Picture Show - Midnight
Looney, Looney, Looney,
Bugs Bunny Movie - 2:00p.m. - $1.25
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Night of the Living Dead(1968) - 7:00p.m.
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Tickets for all shows are $2.25
unless otherwise noted
Court hands down charges
in A&M student stabbing
The Battalion
A Galveston teen-ager was
charged with attempted murder
Monday for the stabbing of a
Texas A&M University student
last week during spring break
activities on the island.
Nicholas Anthony Villareal,
17, is accused of stabbing
Christopher T. Shannon, 18, a
freshman electrical engineering
Shannon was stabbed in the
chest, twice in the heart, and in
the head, shortly before mid
night Wednesday.
Officials from the Galveston
Police Department said witness
es identified Villareal as Shan
non's attacker, and they believe
they have recovered the knife
used in the attack.
Villareal turned himself in to
police Monday and is being held
in the Galveston County Jail on a
$20,000 bond.
Shannon and some friends
were having a party at a Galve
ston hotel when they were told
that a group, including Villareal,
had beaten and robbed someone,
said police officials.
Police officials said Villareal
was a student at Ball High
School until he was expelled in
Shannon was in good condi
tion Tuesday, and a University
of Texas Medical Branch spokes
woman said it is not known
when he will be released.
Fund raising
Continued from Page 1
programs or department awards.
If CEC makes a strong show
ing, the program will help other
University fund-raising programs,
Friedman said.
"It shows that there are people
here who respect the University
enough to essentially put their
money on the line," he said.
CEC is part of the University's
Capturing the Spirit campaign,
which seeks to raise $500 million
for Texas A&M. Capturing the
Spirit has already raised $260 mil
Jim Palincsar, director of Cap
turing the Spirit, said, "We're try
ing to get the campus to generate
its own creativity to come up with
different kinds of projects that
will appeal to the campus as a
He said his campaign has
found that people who work at
A&M know the University well
and want a chance to invest in its
Friedman said, "We're not to
tally state-supported and the dif
ference between mediocrity and
greatness will be what we can put
together using these contributions
and support from the private sec
Though these fund-raising
campaigns aie not meant tore-
place state funding, Palincsar
said, the recent state budget cuts
in higher education have helped
the fund-raising campaigns.
"The budget cuts in Austin
have really raised people's aware
ness, both former students and
friends of the University, in how
important private gifts are to
maintaining and enhancing a lot
of our activities here," he said.
MSC Wiley lecture Series
A FREE Expert Panel Discussion
March 25 • MSC 206 • 7:00pm
The 4th lecture in our series, this event focuses on the
emerging global economy. The program should provide
strong insights into the March 26th keynote address by
the Right Honorable Baroness Margaret Thatcher.
• Mr. Shojiro Imanishi
Consul General, Japanese Consulate, Houston
• Mr. M. Michael Steffen
Director, German-American Chamber of Commerce
• Dr. Thomas R. Saving
Director, Private Enterprise Research Center, TAMU
• Mr. Dan Cordtz, moderator
Former Economics Editor, ABC News
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