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April 19, 1999
Volume 105 • Issue 131 • 10 Pages
College Station, Texas
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’arents flocked to the Texas A&M campus this past week-
toettend Midnight Yell, barbecues, sporting events and
?r events sponsored by individual organizations as part
tie 10th annual Parents’ Weekend,
dan ie Watson, chair of the Parents’ Weekend committee
a lenior accounting major, said Parents’ Weekend is a
2 to show visitors why students choose to attend A&M.
‘Asia first-generation Aggie, having my parents come up
t&M and spend the weekend with me helped them un-
;tand why 1 chose A&M,” she said. “One of our most val-
triditions is making visitors feel welcome, and Parents’
?kend helps us do just that.”
This is the third Parents’ Weekend Carl and Cheryl Fricke,
?nts of junior Aaron Fricke and senior Jared Fricke, have
‘Inlthe past we have tried to go to all the activities, but
had to leave early in order to make it to all the things the
s wanted us to attend,” she said. “This year, we decided
at Svas really important is spending time with the boys,
vephose to make this weekend more leisurely.”
"inding a place to house the thousands of parents was a
alepi for weekend organizers.
iVafson said the Parents’ Weekend committee is uncer-
lof the exact number of parents in town for the week
’s festivities.
All the motels and hotels in the Bryan-College Station
i and surrounding areas were full,” she said.
3arl Fricke said he reserves two rooms each year so they
I be able to give one away.
‘This year we found out through a Christmas card that
best man from our wedding has a son who was a fresh-
n at A&M,” he said. “We called them up and offered
m the extra room. It’s strange that all roads from our past
tehow lead us through Bryan-College Station.”
Zheryl said the connection to A&M through their children
wsys they meet more people who are Aggie parents.
During the All University Awards Ceremony, Jon and
nette Jarvis were named parents of the year.
iVatson said they were selected because of their contri-
lon to their family, the community and to A&M.
Their contribution was that of spirit and involvement,”
icott Jarvis, son of the parents of the year and a junior
cultural development major, said his parents’ involve-
nt in a variety of A&M related activities and local com-
nity activities is why they were selected parents of the
r. Their activities include participation in the High Plains
VI Club, the 12th Man Foundation the Corps of Cadets,
ation bible school and they also served on their local
ool board.
CARINO CASAS/The Battalion
Above: On Friday the Aggie Wranglers won first place and
$350, at the 1999 Variety Show in Rudder Auditorium.
Left: An Austin County Aggie Mom’s Club member shows a
customer the items available for sale on Saturday after
noon. The assorted charms are used to make necklaces by
stringing them on cords.
Below: The Ross Volunteer Honor Corps Organization
performs Sunday at the Simpson Drill Field.
of year
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As part of the final day of Parent’s
Weekend, the All University Awards cer
emony honored more than 175 students
and the 1999-2000 parents of the year at
Rudder Auditorium Sunday morning.
Gayle and Ken Cox stepped down
as the 1998-1999 parents of the year at
the awards ceremony as the final event
of their reign. Thel999-2000 parents of
the year are Jon and Johnette Jarvis,
Class of ’68 and ’70 respectively, of
Gruver,Texas. They are the parents of
Scott Jarvis, junior Corps of Cadets
member and agricultural development
major, and Shanna Jarvis, an agricul
tural development major.
The annual Corps Awards recog
nized more than 100 current Corps
members. There were 49 Corps award
categories; and each category had more
than one winner. Corps Parents’ Week
end ceremonies and awards continued
on O.R. Simpson Drill Field later Sun
day afternoon with Cadet Review.
The Memorial Student Center Awards
and the Student Activities Award were
added to this year’s ceremony.
The MSC Awards recognized MSC
Hospitality as the committee of the
year and named Scott Generes as the
most outstanding committee chair.
Student Activities Award recognized
the student activities advisor of the year
Annie Morgan, the Student Government
Association committee of the year was
awarded to the Conference On Student
Government Association (COSGA) and
the most outstanding Student Govern
ment Association member was present
ed to junior Jeff Schiefelbein.
Melinda Briones, community ser
vice award chair recognized three stu
dents for the Margaret Rudder Com
munity Service Award. The winner of
see Parents on Page 2.
|ame raises
pirits, $500
90 baseball fans attend
e ninth annual game
Olsen Field Friday.
The Battalion
&M fraternities defeated the Corps of
?ts 15-10 in the ninth annual Corps-Fra-
ity Charity Baseball Game which raised
I for Stillcreek Boys Ranch,
he charity baseball game attracted 300
nts and baseball fans to Olsen Field Friday
hris Wells, coach for the fraternity team
member of Sigma Nu, said organizing the
e was worth the effort.
This was my first game to play in, and the
out was great,” he said. “We advertised
r, and that brought in a lot of parents and
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Corps members congratulate their pitcher for
allowing only two runs in the second inning.
Wells said the game was a good chance for
Corps and fraternity members to compete be
cause it raises money for a good cause.
Jason Evans, pitcher for the fraternity team
and member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, pitched six
innings as the fraternities led 9-2.
During the seventh inning, the Corps team
had an eight-run rally as they took a 10-9 lead.
Wade Countryman, university relations of
ficer for the Corps for 1999-2000 and first base-
man for the Corps team, said every inning was
filled with competition.
“We started hitting their pitches, and they
made a couple of errors which let us take the
lead during the seventh,” he said. “Win or lose
we had a great time and we all can’t wait till
next year. ”
The fraternities dominated the eighth and
ninth innings as they closed out the game with
a win.
Memorial dedication honors
Veterans of Vietnam War
CARINO CASAS/Thk Battalion
Jennifer Gendzwill, a junior psychology major, pencil rubs the
name of Thomas V. Pakula, who went to high school with
Gendzwill’s mother. The memorial will be on display at the
Bush Library through April 22.
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Friends, family and peo
ple who never had the
chance to know them hon
ored thousands of Vietnam
veterans Friday at the dedi
cation of the Vietnam Wall
Experience, which will be on
display in front of the George
Bush Presidential Library
Complex through April 22.
People from throughout
Texas attended the dedica
tion, which included a pass
in review by the Ross Volun
teers Honor Corps organiza
tion to recognize those who
died in Vietnam and a
proclamation by Lonnie Sta
bler, mayor of Bryan, and
Lynn Mcllhaney, mayor of
College Station, declaring
this week Vietnam Veterans
Memorial Week.
Stabler said there were no
celebrations after the Vietnam
War, as there have been at the
conclusion of other wars the
United States participated in.
“Sadly, after Vietnam,
there were no parades,” Sta
bler said. “This [pass in re
view] is to symbolize the pa
rades that should have been
held, but never were.”
Kristen Dopkant, an
Austin resident and daugh
ter of a naval service man,
said she remembers attend
ing a church service on East
er morning of 1966 during
which the chaplain an
nounced that a young man
her family knew had been
declared missing in action.
Dopkant said she would
never forget that day or the
people whose names she
recognizes on the Vietnam
Floyd Wells, commander
of the local chapter of Dis
abled Veterans, said the
thousands of soldiers who
returned from Vietnam seri
ously injured did not receive
much recognition after the
conclusion of the war.
Wells said the Vietnam
Wall Experience makes peo
ple aware of what U.S. ser
vice men have done for them.
“[The wall] is part of the
healing process for those
who returned,” Wells said.
Wells said the nation can
honor those who gave their
lives by showing care and
appreciation for those who
did return from the war. He
said his philosophy is to hon
or the dead by taking care of
the living.
Wells said the Vietnam
Wall Experience will help
people learn from the mis
takes made in Vietnam.
A 21-gun salute was
sounded after wreaths were
placed in front of the wall in
remembrance of deceased
Vietnam veterans, and
“Taps” was played in honor
of the thousands of people
who sacrificed their lives in
the Vietnam War.