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Texas A & M University
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rofessor to be
!St on Oprah
Dr.lNancy Dickey, president-elect
helAmerican Medical Associa-
i, will be a guest on the Oprah
|frey Show at 4 p.m. today.
DiQkey, an associate professor of
lily and community medicine at
Tekas A&M Health Science Cen-
Cqllege of Medicine, will provide
)rm ition about the implications
jBhol use.
The program will discuss alco-
ar)d binge drinking in college,
fillblso feature an anchorman
d wi I tell how alcoholism
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injda L. Putnam, head of the
as A&M Department of
jjech Communications, has
»ii voted the president-elect of
International Communication
iocjiation (ICA).
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president-elect at the end of
association’s 48th annual con-
;nce July 20-24, 1998, in
■jsalem, Israel.
\s president-elect, Putnam will
i/e pn the board of directors and
Drqgram chair for the associa-
’s 1999 conference in San Fran-
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landing together to create a
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diverse student bodies,
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addressed this topic and
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the table. So what we have
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phal opportunity without affirma-
action,” Jones said.
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By Karie Fehler
Staff" writer
Texas A&M organizations brainstormed
plans for increasing diversity on campus last
night at a diversity forum hosted by the Stu
dent Government Association.
More than 100 students from campus or
ganizations met in Rudder Tower for the sec
ond of three forums.
Martin Hodges, director of Minority Affairs
for SGA and a senior journalism major, said
the forum was started to generate student ef
fort in increasing diversity on campus.
“This forum brought organizations to
gether to devise action plans for increasing di
versity at A&M,” he said. “If diversity is really
going to be effective, it has to come from the
students and be a grassroots effort—we need
a broad base of organizations helping.”
Hodges said groups will work on action
plans devised at the meeting and will report
progress at a third diversity forum later in the
“One thing that makes Texas A&M unique is
our collection of individuals with such differ
ent backgrounds,” he said. “We want to capi
talize on our differences and invest in each oth
er— that’s how we’ll increase diversity.”
Craig Rotter, an agricultural senator and an
agricultural education graduate student, said
the forum provided students with an oppor
tunity to recognize diversity on campus.
“They may see this diversity every day, but
because they are so busy going to and from
class, they may not have the time to focus on
it,” he said. “These forums give you the time
to sit down and discuss diversity issues and
how we can improve the issues.”
Nellson Burns, MSG president and a senior
international studies major, said last night’s
forum began the implementation process of
improving race relations.
“Some organizations are looking at co
programming on service projects,” he said. “I
know Ol’ Ags and Alpha Phi Alpha are getting
together to work on a project. It’s working to
gether and diversity training that will make a
In the first forum, students and leaders
broke into groups to discuss views on racial
relations and diversity at Texas A&M, and how
individuals and organizations could solve
The progress of the groups will be ad
dressed at the third forum.
A little
It’s all downhill from here
Service company sponsors contest,
promotes global communication
By Amanda Smith
Staff ivriter
A team of four Texas A&M students
will compete against student
teams from 45 of the top business
and engineering universities around
the world in the 1997 Case Challenge
today until Oct. 25.
EDS company, an informational ser
vice company in Dallas, is sponsoring
the competetion.
Catherine Halvorson, the campus re-
’‘This is a global case com
petition. It is a wonderful
opportunity for students to
lations manager for EDS, said the com
petition is a place where students can
meet other students.
“This is a global case competition,”
she said. “It is a wonderful opportunity
for students to network.”
Students were selected for the com
petition through interviews by former
participants in the EDS Case Challenge.
In its sixth year of operation, the Case
Challenge competition presents each
four-person team with a business sce
nario. Each team has 24 hours to culti
vate plans for technology, marketing, fi
nance and human resources in the
Leigh Borland, the project manager of
the EDS Case Challenge, said the com
petition gives students an opportunity to
work together to resolve a problem.
“The EDS Challenge is an education
al opportunity to solve a real-life prob
lem situation,” Borland said. “Students
have to put together a presentation in a
short time.”
Jason Kergosien, a senior business
analysis and management information
systems major, said he has devoted a lot
of time to working with his teammates
on practice cases.
“This semester, half of my workload
has been with EDS Case Challenge,” he
said. “The competition provides an ex
ceptional opportunity to develop a plan
of action.”
After the 24-hour period of planning,
students will discuss the case with EDS
executives and present solutions to pre
liminary judges. Judges will select 10 of
the 45 teams to compete in the final
rounds Oct. 25.
Each student of the winning team will
receive a $1,000 scholarship. Members of
the second-place team will win a $750
scholarship and participants from the
other finalist teams will receive $500
Debbie Snell, a senior business
analysis and marketinglnajdr, said she
does not know what to expect from
such diverse competition.
“We have improved since the begin
ning of the semester.” she said.
“It’s a group coordination compe
tition. I just hope to gain some more
experience presenting the case to the
Snell said working with other team
members this semester has allowed the
team to realize each other’s strengths
and weaknesses.
She said that employers consider
problem-solving abilities when looking
for employees.
“The Case Challenge is a great oppor
tunity to take advantage of real world ex
periences,” Snell said. “It’s a great op
portunity to take advantage of real world
issues without actually entering the real
Tracy Collins, a senior business
analysis major, and Jennifer Quade, a
junior management major, also will
compete with Snell and Kergosien in
the competition.
ROBERT McKAY/The Battalion
Andy Schaafs, a sophomore chemical engineering major, climbs Mount Aggie for the last run of the
day in his beginning snow skiing class Tuesday. This is the last semester that skiing classes will be
offered at the University.
Ride Along aims to improve relationship between Greeks, cops
By Rachel George
The Battalion
The Interfratemity Council will continue the
Ride Along program this semester which allows
IFC members to accompany a College Station
police officer on a weekend night patrol.
The program was initiated by Sigma Chi
faternity last semester with the goals of in
creasing alcohol awareness and eliminating
negative images students have of law en
forcement officers.
Tim Vogds, Sigma Chi social chair and a senior
finance major, said the program is beneficial to
both police officers and fraternity members.
“It (Ride Along) will foster a better rela
tionship between cops and Greeks,” he said.
“It gives us the chance to see that there is
more to a police officer’s job than busting par
ties. It also gives them the opportunity to see
that Greek life is more than parties and beer.”
Dave Deangelous, IFC adviser, said the
program will increase respect for the law en
forcement profession.
“It is a very good program,” he said. “It
gives the students a chance to get the feel for
what a police officer’s night is like — a chance
to put themselves in the officer’s shoes.”
Vogds said that many Greeks are interest
ed in participating.
“Right now the program is only open to
members of IFC, which are mainly presidents
and representatives from each fraternity,” he
said. “But, as the program grows, members of
the fiats will be able to participate.”
Officer Paul Price, in the community polic
ing division of the College Station Police De
partment, worked with Ride Along last year
and said it was a success.
Please see Ride Along on Page 6.
By Jenara Kocks
Staff writer
US Feather
Dr. Ronald G. Douglas said the
biggest challenge he faces as
provost and executive vice presi
dent of Texas A&M is ensuring that
the University develops to its full potential.
“ (My biggest challenge is) to continue the develop
ment of the research and graduate activities while
maintaining the strength of the wonderful undergrad
uate program we currently have,” he said. “The challenge is to try to do both.”
Douglas said the deans, associate provosts and assistant provosts report to him.
“I’m second in command to the president,” he paid. “I provide overall leadership ,
and direction to the academic mission of the University.”
Douglas accepted the position on March 1,1996. Before coming to A&M, he served
as the vice provost for undergraduate studies for five years and dean of the division
of physical sciences and mathematics at State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Please see Douglas Page 5.
By Rachel Dawley
Staff writer
Loyal, intelligent and innova
tive are just a few of the ways
friends and Texas A&M cadets
describe Danny Feather, the
1997-98 Corps commander.
Feather, a senior economics major, said he wants
the Corps of Cadets to increase involvement on campus,
improve academically and get more internships. He also
wants to build more pride and discipline in the Corps.
The job of Corps commander is “all-encompassing,” Feather said. He said his lead
ership is required for every aspect of the Corps and it has become a major part of his life.
Feather said that growing up in the small town of Mernard, in west central Texas,
gave him an interesting perspective on life. Many of the role models in Feather’s life
were high-school teachers and coaches. Feather’s 1993 graduating class at Mernard
High School had 30 people.
Please see Feather on Page 2.