The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, November 05, 1997, Image 1

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A A A 1| T e x o s A (i M University A YEAR • ISSUE 47 • 8 PAGES 68 in TODAY TOMORROW COLLEGE STATION • TX See extended forecast. Page 2. WEDNESDAY • NOVEMBER 5 • 1997 lush library tickets hilable for students i Joey Jeanette SCHLUETER Staff writer be thousand tickets : available today at 3 for students and the 1 public to attend the ation of the George Presidential Litorary luseum Thursday. [free tickets are for stand- jonly. othousand tickets for Texas judentswill be available at rBox Office. Students are Jdtopick up one ticket and ping pass with a valid stu- e thousand tickets for the ilpublicwill be at the Con- nandVisitors Bureau at 715 University Drive East. The public will be allowed to pick up two tick ets and one parking pass. Parking passes are green and will have instructions about where to park. The general pub lic and students should enter the West Campus area from Wellborn Road onto John Kim brough Street. The dedication of the li brary, which is by invitation only or with a ticket, begins at 9:45 a.m. with entertainment, and the official ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Students and the general public should arrive early Thursday morning to make sure they pass through metal detectors due to President Clinton’s attendance to the dedication. Metal detectors will open at 8 a.m. Thursday. Guests by invitation will en ter the area from Raymond Stoltzer Parkway or Discovery Drive. Students or Bryan-Col- lege Station residents who are unable to obtain tickets to the event will be able to stand outside a secured perimeter (fence). Parking will be available at the inter section of FM 2818 and Luther Street for those who do not obtain tickets. Parking areas were placed as close to the library as possible, but guests to the dedication will be required to walk several blocks to the site. Walk this way iters approve proposal r conference center By Robert Smith Senior staff writer kge Station voters approved a proposed Wolf leek hotel and conference center yesterday, ilege Station citizens voted by about 300 2,106 to 1,807) for the city to proceed with motion of the conference center, fproposed hotel and conference center was ap- ll-Sbythe College Station City Council in July : Station Mayor Lynn Mcllhaney made tiding vote in favor of a Wolf Pen Creek ho- (iconference center after the city council tvote in July, ilieve it (hotel and conference center) is a ul project for the community,” she said, ivery pleased with the number of people dime to come out and vote and have a fefuture of College Station.” ifofficials plan to move forward with the Wolf ieek Development Team, which has proposed a $ 14 million Sheraton hotel and an $8 million office center next to the conference center. “Now that voters have approved the referen dum, we will be able to sit down and work out a fi nal agreement with them (Wolf Pen Creek Team) detailing all of the aspects of the project,” Mcll haney said. If negotiations between the city and the Wolf Pen Creek Team fall through, the city will begin ne gotiations with the Leddy Company, which has proposed a hotel and conference center on the Northgate “mud lot.” Mcllhaney said she expects construction of the hotel and conference center to begin in March of’98. Under the proposal, the city will fund a $6 mil lion conference center and the Wolf Pen Creek Team will fund the hotel and office. The Wolf Pen Creek proposal, at Dartmouth Street and Holleman Drive, includes a full service hotel, office building and a conference center. ROBERT McKAY/The Battalion Freshmen Monica Briones, a general studies major, Eric Krupala, a computer science major, Stephanie Whitworth, an elementary education major, Spencer Somerville, a geology major, and Cori Carlisle, a construction science ma jor, spread the word across campus as part of Howdy Week. The students represent members of Aggie Fish Club and Howdy Ags. J Brothers become first twins elected to class office DEREK DEMERE/The Battalion ISchlaffer and Brandon Schlaffer display [Marine flags in the MSC flagroom. Staffwriter For the first time in Texas A&M history, identical twins have been elected as Class of ’01 officers. Brandon Schlaffer, treasurer for the Class of ’01 and a chemical engineering major, and his brother Brian Schlaf fer, social secretary for the Class of ’01 and a mechanical en gineering major, said they are used to making history. “We went to the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen for 3 years, and our senior year we were both company commanders — that was a first at M.M.A.,” Brandon said. “It was really cool that we could have that honor at a place that had existed since 1967.” The Schlaffer twins grew up inTomball, Texas, and were involved in sports during high school. The twins said they decided to attend the military academy because they wanted a better education ,and their parents thought they needed a more disciplined lifestyle. “The M.M.A. was just like a little society of its own,” Bri an said. “We wore Marine Corps uniforms and everything was really strict—there weren’t many distractions. It’s a re ally good discipline school, and I really don’t think we’d be at A&M if it weren’t for the M.M.A.” Brandon said he and his brother do not try to confuse people, but sometimes they cover for each other in awkward situations. “There are people [Brian] knows on campus and there are people I know on campus and sometimes they think I’m [Brian],” Brandon said. “I know I don’t know them, but they think they know me, and I usually just play along when they ask me where I’m going or what I’m doing.” Brian said the personal and social connections he shares with his brother are some of the advantages of being a twin. “It’s nice that we can meet so many people through each other’s connections and friends,” he said. “It’s also nice to know that someone who really understands you is always there. Brandon and I rely on each other and have become really close in the last few years.” Each of the twins decided to run for a class officer posi tion separately and both for different reasons. Brandon, who is in Company H-1, said he wanted to run for class officer to banish stereotypes of the Corps of Cadets and to help bring students together on campus. “Being in the Corps, I’ve met a lot of people who have bad perceptions of the Corps,” he said. “I wanted to get in volved to show people what the Corps stands for and to help bring everyone together to have a good time because that’s part of the reason we’re here.” Brian, who is in Company C-2, said he ran for class office to become more involved in the civilian side of campus life. “I wanted to be in an organization that was affiliated more with the non-reg side of things to meet more people and let 1936 - 1966 them know what the Corps is all about,” he said. “Neither of us knew the other was going to run for officer, either — we just saw each other at the general meeting and were surprised!” Brandon said the Class of ’01 is setting up committees for fund raisers and organization. “We really want to focus on the Fish Ball this year,” he said. “It has seemed to fade over the past years, and we want it to really be a unifying experience this year.” Peggy Philpot, the adviser to the class councils, said the twins are professional people with a taste for fun. “They are really nice and polite young men, but they have a bit of a fun streak,” she said. “They like to pull ‘switch-a-roos’ on us sometimes and they are very hard to tell apart.” Philpot said the Schlaffers participate well as team members and their relationship as twin brothers seems to help them as leaders. “Their relationship really seems to help them because they always have someone special to turn to,” she said. “It helps that they have each other in new territory.” LeaAnne Heath, secretary for the Class of ’01 and a bio medical science major, said Brian and Brandon’s brother ly bond helps to bring together the team of class officers. “It really helped to pull us together as officers because Brandon and Brian already knew each other,” she said. “There was a bond between them already and they helped to create an instant bond between all of us.” 10 years playing together, Members of Jackopierce ways with a final show. See Page 3 ■pamgMHMgi maaSBBhI tesota native Amber ■sey has made her mark le A&M volleyball team. See Page 5 1 up with state and ^al news through The AP’s 24-hour online 'Service. Texas A&M perseveres through Great Depression, World War II By Colleen Kavanagh Staffwriter Texas Agricultural and Mechanical Col lege experienced an era of change from 1936 to 1966. The changes began with the Great Depression and World War II and continued through General J. Earl Rudder’s presidency. The Great Depression affected all as pects of the country, including the college, according to A Centennial History of Texas A&M University, by Henry C. Dethloff, a Texas A&M history professor. Many students could not afford the cost of college, so fees were lowered and the Texas A&M program became the first college- sanctioned cooperative student-housing or ganization in the United States. By 1937, more than 700 students lived in co-ops on and off campus, and the idea spread to other universities, including the University ofTexas. The college had football fever when the Texas Aggie football team won 11 regular season games and advanced to the first Sugar Bowl. The team defeated Tulane 14- 13, giving the college its first and only na tional championship. In 1941, according to We Are the Aggies, by John A. Adams Jr., Class of ’73, most Ag gies were at the campus theater when a film was interrupted for the announcement of ' r A O "A .fLfyf a h istokiocu persjpective? . Third in a four-part series detailing significant events in the growth of the University. the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Aggies fought and died on every battle field of World War II. Duke Hobbs, class agent for the Class of ’47, said the war com pletely changed campus life. “The 1,200 students here [at A&M] dur ing the war were itching to become a part of it themselves,” he said. “Many upper classmen left to fight, and our outfit officers in the Corps of Cadets were all juniors. There are no senior boots in old pictures for two reasons: leather was rationed and there weren’t any seniors to wear them.” Hobbs said that instead of two semesters, the school year at the college was divided into trimesters so students could graduate before they turned eighteen and were drafted. “The Class of’47 was made up of fresh men, sophomores and juniors, depending on when they began school,” he said. “I started in the fall of ’43, and those who had started in January were almost juniors when I finished my first trimester.” Hobbs said the Corps lived on the north- side of campus because the Quadrangle was being used by Army and Navy-Marine Corps who were training for the war. Please see Perseveres on Page 2. 1876 to 1906 1906 to 1936 • A&M CMrtegc c-jtablLhied. •Old .Main destnjvvd by fire. •The hatialiofl, Aggriv BawJ. Musdw, Siivtn-T«p^ a»>d Re»s* Volunteers* foirmet • Lawrence Sulltvun Ross serves as A&M president • Student strike occurs • Cushing keeps A&M open. • ROTC pmgnmt and liadikions of Bonfire. Twelfth Man. Aggie War Hymn and Reveille establisiied. ♦A&M enrollment limited to men. 1966 to 1997 Thursday QUATRO OAKLEY/The Battalion