The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, April 16, 1999, Image 1

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FRIDAY April 16, 1999 Volume 105 • Issue 130 • 14 Pages College Station, Texas 105 YEARS AT TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY sports today’s issue Toons 2 DC Talk 3 • Texas A&M Baseball Team faces Baylor University in three- game weekend series. page 14 Hof Wine and Roses festival. Battalion Radio Tune into KAMU-FM 90.9 for details on tomorrow's Messina opinion • Malcolm X stands as good example for present-day fight against racism. PAGE 13 I arents’ Weekend kicks *UJE TURNER strial distri! Wednesday. A&M BY NONI SRIDHARA The Battalion IBousands of parents will be fMe Texas A&M campus this pekend to participate in activi- fdr the 30th annual Parents’ eekend. Klstel Polder, an Of The Year :bcc mmittee member and a phc more biomedical science ajoi, said Parents’ Weekend be- m i 1919 and was created by £ federation of Aggie Moms’ ubs. rThis was when Texas A&M as |ll male, and everyone was a ember of the Corps, and the Ag- e Morns of the time were con- anfly worrying about their >ns, ’ she said. “The cadets be- tn lo invite their mothers to •me down once a year in May to bseltheir mothers’ tensions and solas a way of saying ‘thank m.”’ "Polder said in 1969, the date asjchanged from May to April id [named “Parents’ Weekend” include all parents, the opening ceremony will be- n at 5:30 p.m. at the replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and will feature the Aggie Band and Ross Volunteers. A new event will begin this weekend’s activities. The Corps of Cadets will begin a 24-hour guard duty at the repli ca of the Vietnam Veterans Memo rial on the grounds of the George Bush Presidential Library and Mu seum at 8 a.m. today. Jarred Worth, a commander in C-l of the Corps of Cadets and a senior agricultural economics ma jor, said outfits will be on five- hour duty. “There will usually be one se nior and five other cadets from the senior’s outfit on duty at one time,” he said. Other events today include the Aggie Moms’ Boutique, displaying crafts and other goods from noon to 5 p.m. at Duncan Dining Hall. Polder said this is where all the Aggie Moms’ Clubs display home made crafts and other goods. A Corps-Fraternity charity baseball game to benefit the Still Creek Boys Ranch will take place at Olsen Field at 5. The MSC Variety Show will be hosted by Freudian Slip at 7:30 p.m. in Rudder Auditorium. Per formances include Fade to Black, Apotheosis, Jeremy Valdez, John Cox, Texas A&M Drums, Latin Rhythms and the Aggie Wranglers. University Symphonic and Con cert Bands will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Rudder Theater. Residence Hall Association will host Casino Night tonight. Friday’s activities conclude with Midnight Yell Practice. Events on Saturday include the 9th annual Parents’ Weekend Golf Classic at A&M’s golf course be ginning at 7:30 a.m, the Parson’s Mounted Cavalry Final Review at PMC Headquarters at 11 a.m., a Bevo Burn Barbecue at the site of Law and Puryear Halls from 11 a.m. - 2 p .m., the All-University Open House, hosted by Dr. J. Mal- on Southerland, vice president for student affairs, and a Singing Cadet’s concert in Rudder Audito rium at 7:30 p.m. Concluding Parents’ Weekend will be the All-University Awards Ceremony Sunday at 8:30 a.m. at Rudder Auditorium on Sunday, the Ross Volunteer Company Drill Exhi bition at O.R. Simpson Drill Field at 12:30 p.m. and the Corps of Cadet’s Parents’ Weekend Review and Cer emony at Simpson Drill Field, which will include a Corps of Cadets life saving medal presentation. Polder said one reason she joined the Parents’ Weekend Com Parents' Day Agenda What Where Friday, April 16 8 a.m. Corps of Cadets begin Guard Duty -George Bush Library 12 p.m.-5a.m. Aggie Mom’s Boutique -Duncan Dining Hall 5 p.m. Corps-Fraternity Charity Baseball game -Olsen Field 5:30 p.m. Opening Ceremonies -Vietnam Memorial replica 7:30 p.m. MSC Variety Show -Rudder Auditorium 7:30 p.m. Symphonic/Concert Bands -Rudder Theater. Midnight Yell Practice -Kyle Field Saturday, April 17 7:30 a.m. 9th Annual Golf Classic -Texas A&M Golf Course 9 a.m.-5p.m. Aggie Mom’s boutique -Duncan Dining Hall 11 a.m. Parson’s Mounted Cavalry Review -Fiddler's Green - FM2818 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Bevo Burn Barbecue -Law and Puryear Halls 11 a.m.-4 p.m. All University Open House -100 Throckmorton 7:30 p.m. Singing Cadet’s Concert -Rudder Auditorium Sunday, April 18 8:30 a.m. All University Awards Ceremony -Rudder Auditorium 12:30 p.m. Ross Volunteer Company -Simpson Field 2:30 p.m. Cadet’s Review/Awards Ceremony -Simpson Field mittee is because she is from out of state, and her parents rarely get the opportunity to visit. ’’This way my parents can get a glimpse into many different as pects of the University in one weekend,” she said. SALUE TURNER/THE BATTALION Students protest sexual assault as a part of Take Back the Night. March protests assault Activists speak out against violence ' WATCH ko 8ush to address -itches l-May ’99 graduates hly details fffi / ne Universi STAFF AND WIRE REPORT Electronic.! -ate to wilt' Former President George Bush, c .uu Gov. Rick Perry and State Agri- y earS ®lfral Commis- DAY ONI) Pier Susan 2g5(X) ombs will come 265.00 ' Iggieland to -’oooo Wress the 4,500 udents expected • graduate from ie University ay 14 and 15. Resident Bush ill* speak at the njtmencement Engineering and liberal arts aduates and graduates of the Jge of Medicine not earning eir Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) es May 14 at 2 p.m. riculture Commissioner ( mbs will address architecture ■id business administration grad ates and veterinary medicine cadniates not earning their Doc- bush ill ■ Veterinary Medicine ) IJ b.V.M.) degrees May 14 at 7:30 Cm. > Lt. Gov. Perry, who graduated bm Texas A&M University in 972, will speak at the com- [encement for agriculture, geo sciences and science graduates May 15 at 9 a.m. The three ceremonies will be in Reed Arena but are separate due to the large number of un dergraduate and graduate degree recipients. In separate ceremonies, D.V.M degree recipients will receive their diplomas May 14 at 10 a.m. in Rudder Auditorium and M.D. de gree recipients will receive their degrees June 5 in Rudder Audito rium. Each degree candidate will re ceive 10 tickets to the commence ment ceremony. If additional tickets are available, they will be distributed through the MSC Box Office The commencement commit tee of 11 faculty and staff repre sentatives and two students, pro vides suggestions on commencement speakers to Uni versity President Dr. Ray M. Bowen, who makes the selection. Gary Engelgau, executive di rector of admissions and records, serves as chair of the commence ment committee. For more information about commencement tickets, contact Brick Replacement GUY ROGERS/The Battalion Blake Stovall, a junior aerospace engineering major, replaces old bricks and adds new ones in front of the Sam Houston Corps Center. BY SALLIE TURNER The Battalion Fear, anger, doubt and lack of trust were the responses to descrip tions of sexual assault incidents dis cussed at the Take Back the Night speech and march last night. Darron Tlirner, a representative of Texas Christian University’s Men Against Rape program, said every one in the community is responsible for protecting women and men against sexual assault crimes. “[Rape] is not just a woman’s is sue, it’s a community issue,” he said. “Men need to understand that the actions done by other men affect the way they are perceived by women. Turner asked the audience to imagine themselves as the other gen der and how their attitudes toward a typical day would change. “If I were a woman tomorrow, how my body is perceived would become a major issue,” he said. “What I wear, the safety of my see March on Page 2. Wall replica unveiled today The Vietnam Wall Experience, a 240-foot replica of the Vietnam Vet erans Memorial in Washington, D.C. will be unveiled today. Former President George Bush will dedicate a plaque to honor the site on April 20 at 9 a.m. The Viet nam Wall Experience will be on dis play through April 22. The Corps of Cadets will aid in guarding the memorial. aseball game proceeds to aid Stillcreek Boys Ranch charity 'Ninth annual game promotes competition between Corps and reeks. BY LISA K. HILL The Battalion ■Members of the Texas A&M Corps ■Ipadets and the Interfraternity Coun- q|Hwill oppose each other at the ninth feual Corps-Fraternity Charity Base- yball Game at 5:00 tonight at Olsen 5-2 Wield. Proceeds from the game will bene fit the Stillcreek Boys Ranch. The event will promote a spirit of friendly competition between Aggie fraternities and the Corps. Chris Gober, outfielder and pitcher for the fraternity team and a member of Sigma Nu fraternity, said the chari ty game unites Corps and fraternity members. “The foundation of the two groups is very similar,” he said. “The overall vision of the two groups and what they try to instill in each of their members — high character, leadership, respon sibility — is very similar.” “We have two great organizations com peting in a friendly manner to raise money for the Stillcreek Boys Ranch.” Brad Armstrong, coach of the Corps team and a member of company K-l, said the Corps is well prepared for the game. “We’ve been practicing for two to three months, about four times a week,” he said. “We have about a SO SO split chance of winning. That’s what makes it fun.” Armstrong said the game does not involve negative rivalry. “This game is not negative in any way,” he said. “We’ve been working hand in hand with the fraternity coach es and everyone’s been supportive.” Tickets for the game will be $3 at the gate. Barbecue allows students to meet with administrators BY AMANDA SMITH The Battalion Texas A&M administrators mingled with 100 students before serving them dinner in the backyard of President Dr. Ray M. Bowen’s home last night. Students who wanted to at tend the dinner registered over the internet, and the 100 dinner guests were randomly selected from a pool of applications. Thra King, media communications specialist for the Office of University Relations, said the barbe cue is an effort by the president and administrators to meet with students in an informal atmosphere. Walter Wendler, executive assistant to Bowen, said each administrator hosted a table of five to 10 students to enable them to interact on a more personal level and discuss issues affecting the stu dents and the University. Mary Porch, a senior agricultural development major, said the dinner provided a networking op- Brent Troyan, a senior English and Speech Communications Major, and Dr. Ray M. Bowen enjoy BBQ Thursday afternoon. portunity. The Agonizers, a barber shop quartet of the Singing Cadets, provided entertainment for the guests. V w