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

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Campus Page 2 The Battalion Wednesday, March 24,1993 Future architects plan local playground Final design to incorporate ideas from several projects By CHERYL HELLER The Battalion A group of environmental de sign students recently participated in a competition to design a new playground for a local private school. 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 munity. "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 said. "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 time." -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. ... , Memorial Student Center L.T. Jordan Institute for Intematioli^l Awareness Fellq itation 401 Redder Reception Follows For more information, please call 845-8770. OPFN^^ X X-^JL 1 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. Friday Star Trek VI - 7:00p.m. Fire and Ice - 9:15p.m. Rocky Horror Picture Show - Midnight Saturday Looney, Looney, Looney, Bugs Bunny Movie - 2:00p.m. - $1.25 Dracula(1931) - 4:00p.m. - $1.25 Frankenstein(1931) - 5:30p.m. - $1.25 Night of the Living Dead(1968) - 7:00p.m. Creepshow - 9:15p.m. Rocky Horror Picture Show - Midnight Tickets for all shows are $2.25 unless otherwise noted Court hands down charges in A&M student stabbing By JENNIFER SMITH 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 major. 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 November. 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 lion. 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 whole." 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 future. 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 tor." 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 THE NEW ECONOMIC SUPERPOWERS • GERMANY • THE U.S. • JAPAN • 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 The Battalion STEVE O'BRIEN, Editor in Chief JASON LOUGHMAN, Managing Editor TODD STONE, City Editor STACY FEDUCIA, Opinion Editor DON NORWOOD, Sports Editor KYLE BURNETT, News Editor SUSAN OWEN, Lifestyles Editor DAVE THOMAS, News Editor DARRIN HILL, Photo Editor Staff Members Reporters — Mark Evans, Melody Dunne, Reagan Clamon, Cheryl Heller, Matari Jones, Juli Phillips, Jennifer Smith, Brandi Jordan, Gina Howard, Stephanie Pattillo, Robin Roach, Julie Chelkowski, Jeff Gosmano, Jason Cox, Kevin Lindstrom, Mary Kujawa and Shelia Vela News desk - Belinda Blancarte, Carey Eagan, Lance Holmes, Elizabeth Lowe, Jennifer Mentlik and Heather Winch Photographers - Kevin Ivy, Robert J. Reed, Billy Moran, Joseph Greenslade, Richard Dixon, Craig Fox, John W. Bartram and Mark Ybarra Lifestyles — Anas Ben-Musa, Dena Dizdar, Melissa Holubec and Jenny Magee Sports writers - William Harrison, Michael Plumer and David Winder Columnists — Julie Ralston, Toni Garrard Clay, Matthew Dickerson, Chris Whitley, Robert Vasquez, Rich Henderson, Dave Brooks, John Scroggs and Janet Holder Cartoonists - Thomas Deeny, George Nasr, Clay Welch, Boomer Cardinale and Jeff Crone Graphic Artist - Jennifer Petteway Clerks- Julie Chelkowski, Darro Dees, Wren Eversberg, Carrie Miura and Shelley Rowton The Battalion (USPS 045-360) is published daily, Monday through Friday during the fall and spring semesters and Monday through Thursday during the summer session (except University holidays and exam periods), at Texas A&M Lfniversity. Second class postage paid at College Station, TX 77840. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Battalion, 230 Reed McDonald Building, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843. 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