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A&M head coach Mark Johnson strives
to return his team to championship form.
Sports, Page 7
Editorial: The newly appointed A&M regents
should protect and enhance the University.
Opinion, Page 11
Folk duo will perform tonight at
Rudder Auditorium.
Aggielife, Page 3
101, No. 115 (12 pages)
“Serving Texas A&M since 1893’
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Wednesday • March 22, 1995
exas a&m listens to College Station expands recycling
oncerns of community
□ A&M leaders re-
saii spond to students'
wtu questions.
se re 3y Lynn Cook
The Battalion
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res o:
I Despite an unexpected trip to
ustin to appear before the Texas
ouse Appropriations Committee
uesday morning, A&M Presi
dent Dr. Ray Bowen was still able
io answer questions from stu
dents during a live television pro-
am, “Ray Bowen and Friends.”
Bowen was linked to the
broadcast through
the Trans Texas
Video Network.
I The televisi on
show, aired from
i is the first of its
[kind for the Univer
The show was designed to
make administrators accessible
to students and the community
by letting people ask anything
they want about the faculty or
In addition to Bowen, other
panel members included Dr. J.
Malon Southerland, vice presi
dent for student affairs; Dr. Jer
ry Gaston, interim vice presi
dent for finance and administra
tion; and Brooke Leslie, student
body president. All the partici
pants answered questions about
campus issues ranging from
safety to the expansion of the
College of Liberal Arts.
Mary Helen Bowers,
deputy director of Uni
versity Relations and
the show’s organizer,
said eight students
asked questions from
the remote-camera
See Listens, Page 4
□ The City of College
Station begins a pilot
apartment recycling
program this week.
By Tracy Smith
The Battalion
College Station apartment
complexes are getting involved
with the recycling mission by
making recycling as convenient
as taking out the trash.
Katie Gibson, recycling coor
dinator for the city of College
Station, said a recycling pilot
program for apartments begins
this week.
“We surveyed apartment com
plexes in College Station to see if
there was any interest,” she
said, “and while we have only
eight complexes participating,
we had 40 complexes that ex
pressed interest.”
An assessment of the partici
pation and amount of materials
recycled will be given to the Col
lege Station City Council after
the 16-week program finishes.
“This is a unique program.
What happens over the 16-week
period will decide its fate,” Gib
son said. “We hope it will be
come part of our annual budget.
Only time will tell.”
Gibson said Col
lege Station resi
dents and university
students who live in
apartments and are
interested in recy
cling suggested the
“Right now, our
curbside program
services approxi-
mately 10,000 families,” she
said. “We hope to increase the
number of people recycling by
including apartment complexes
as one of our priorities.”
Laurie Hearn, a junior agri
cultural journalism major, said
she thinks the program’s conve
nience will encourage more peo
ple to become involved with re
“When I first moved into an
apartment, my roommates and
I would drag bags of cans down
to the recycling center,” she
said. “After a while, though, we
stopped because between school
and work we didn’t have time
"Right now, our curbside pro
gram services approximately
10,000 families."
— Katie Gibson,
recycling coordinator
to drive the cans down to the
“I know other students who
have run into the same problem.
I think convenience is one of the
big reasons people don’t recycle.
They want to do it, but don’t be
cause of the time it takes.”
Gibson said the program’s
four-month trial period will take
place during Texas A&M’s se
mester break in mid-May, allow
ing city council members to see
if the program will succeed dur
ing one of College Station’s most
trying recycling times.
“With so many people moving
in and out, the end of the semes
ter is when a good percentage of
the recycling should be done,”
she said. “If the program can be
successful during this time, it
will probably be successful the
rest of the year.”
Scott Eustance, University
Towers director of special pro
jects, said that with all of the
current emphasis on recycling,
University Towers officials are
happy to find a program to ac
commodate its tenants by mak
ing recycling easier.
“When the city approached us
to be a participant in the pro
gram, University Towers jumped
at the chance,” he said. “We had
See Recycling, Page 4
Practice makes perfect
Robyn Calloway/THE Battalion
Members of the number one ranked Aggie Rugby Team practice Tuesday afternoon at the polo fields. The team is getting ready for
the Texas Rugby Championship this weekend.
GSC votes down
fee consolidation
□ Graduate Student
Council opposes
changes to the student
health center fee.
By Gretchen Perrenot
The Battalion
The Graduate Student Coun
cil Tuesday opposed a proposal
to consolidate part of the stu
dent service fee with the health
center fee.
The GSC’s opposition will now
go to the Office of the Vice Presi
dent for Student Affairs for con
Texas A&M students will vote
on the proposal in a student ref
erendum March 29
and 30.
The proposal
would combine the
$15 of the student
service fee that goes
to A.P. Beutel
Health Center and
the $25 health cen
ter fee into one $40
health center fee.
Amy Kardell,
GSC president, said
the GSC is rejecting the referen
dum and requesting a voice in
the proposal’s negotiation.
“I have a clear belief that it
will pass through with the under
graduate students,” Kardell said,
“therefore we should reject the
proposal now.”
Members of the GSC said they
want graduate students to have
an option of receiving and paying
for on-campus health care. If the
GSC supported the proposal, the
members said, they would not be
able to make this suggestion.
Kardell said 48 percent of
graduate students receive health
care assistance from the Univer
sity and do not use the on-cam
pus health center.
“It negatively affects graduate
students who already have
health care or health insurance,”
she said.
Stepheni Stephenson, GSC
president-elect, said she voted
against the fee consolidation be
cause many graduate students
can receive less expensive health
care elsewhere and should be
able to choose not to have health
center fees.
Charles Goodman, GSC exter-
It [consolidation] negatively af
fects graduate students who al
ready have health care or health
—Amy Kardell,
GSC president
nal affairs officer, is one of two
members of the Council who does
not oppose consolidating the fees.
“I appreciate that the graduate
students are concerned that the
student health center is not meet
ing their needs,” Goodman said,
“but I think those are two sepa
rate issues.”
Goodman said he does not
See Fee, Page 4
OP divides over proposed tax bm
b House members try
to compromise on tax
breaks for wealthier
[preaking ranks on a key item in
the “Contract With America,”
; nearly half the Republicans in the
House called Tuesday for scaling
tack tax breaks intended for
; Wealthier families. “I don’t think
that’s out of the question,” con
ceded Speaker Newt Gingrich.
K- The White House and con
gressional Democrats instantly
Renewed their attacks on Repub
licans as benefactors of the rich.
•*‘1 can certainly understand their
tnease with ... regressive, trick-
Ipe-down tax policy,” taunted
House Democratic leader Dick
Gephardt of Missouri, who noted
that Republicans also favor cuts
^In school lunch and other nutri
tion programs.
With the GOP tax-cut mea
sure expected on the House
floor next week, 102 Republican
lawmakers cast their request to
limit a $500-per-child tax credit
as an effort to plow more mon
ey into deficit reduction. Even
so, their proposal reflected a
broader debate among majority
Republicans in Congress — and
White House hopefuls — of the
prominence that tax cuts
should receive in the coming
As approved last week in the
House Ways and Means Com
mittee, the GOP tax bill would
permit families earning up to
$200,000 a year the full, $500-
per-child tax credit promised in
the “Contract With America.” A
letter from 102 of the 230 House
Republicans calls for a vote on
lowering the cap to $95,000.
“Passage of this amendment
would still cover 85 percent of the
families in America,” the group
wrote. However, they wrote that
it would also mean “an additional
$12 billion to $14 billion in sav
ings for deficit reduction.”
The Republicans intend to
bring the tax-cut measure to the
floor at the same time as spend
ing cuts to pay for it.
Republican leaders have
made numerous compromises
in the past 75 days as they ma
neuvered their ambitious agen
da toward passage. House ap
proval of the balanced-budget
amendment came only after the
leadership bowed to GOP mod
erates and dropped a provision
requiring a two-thirds vote to
raise taxes.
Even so, the letter stands out
as the most striking example of
lawmakers using public pres
sure to force a key change in the
“Contract With America.”
The letter was sent to Rep.
Gerald Solomon, R-N.Y., chair
man of the Rules Committee that
will set the rules for debate on the
measure. Its leading sponsors
were Rep. Greg Ganske, a first-
termer from Iowa, and Rep. Pat
Roberts, R-Kansas, chairman of
the House Agriculture Commit
tee, neither of whom was avail
able to comment.
Democrats attack new welfare reform
□ Republicans pro
pose major alter
ations to the current
plan which includes
giving states control
of welfare finances.
ter weeks of wrangling over
teen-age mothers, school
lunches and the “slavery” of
dependency, the House took up
the centerpiece of the GOP so
cial agenda Tuesday — a wel
fare overhaul that replaces fed
eral support for the poor with
payments to the states.
Food stamps, foster care and
aid to disabled children and sin
gle mothers would he fundamen
tally changed under the far-
reaching blueprint as states are
given a free hand to design their
own welfare programs.
The hill also shrinks welfare
spending by $66.4 billion over
five years, repeals dozens of so
cial programs developed since the
New Deal, and erases the federal
government’s guarantee to sup
port poor women and children.
Republicans have called
welfare the “last plantation”
and say it has enslaved mil
lions of American families in
long-term dependency.
They accuse Democrats, who
controlled the House for 40
years, of jealously guarding a
"While the current House plan
is weak on work, it is very tough
on children."
— President Clinton
bankrupt system that discour
ages work and marriage and
encourages the poor to “stay
where they are.”
“Young mothers having ba
bies, not going out to work, and
no man has responsibility for
the family — that’s what we’re
setting out to reform,” said
Rep. Marge Roukema, R-N.J.
Democrats, however, say the
bill is cruel to millions of chil
dren and falls far short on get
ting parents from the welfare
rolls into the work place.
“While the current House
plan is weak on work, it is very
tough on children,” President
Clinton told Speaker Newt
Gingrich, R-Ga., in a letter on
the eve of the debate. “Cutting
school lunches and
getting tough on
disabled children
and children in
foster care is not
my idea of welfare
Clinton also
criticized provi
sions in the bill
that deny aid to unmarried
mothers under age 18 and
their children.
“We should demand respon
sible behavior from people on
welfare, but it is wrong to
make small children pay the
price for their parents’ mis
takes,” he said.