The North Texas Daily (Denton, Tex.), Vol. 65, No. 38, Ed. 1 Wednesday, November 4, 1981 Page: 1 of 8
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The North Texas Daily
WEDNESDAY. NOVEMBER 4, 1981 NORTH TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY, DENTON, TEXAS 65TH YEAR NQ
NT officials negotiate for new off-campus center
By DANIEL CAVAZOS
NI administrators are negotiating a
lease agreement with the Dallas Indepen-
dent School District that, if approved by
the school board, would make a Dallas
elementary school the focal point of NT’s
off-campus university program, Charles
f uller, director of NT’s Dallas Center, said
I he Dallas school, Harry C. Withers
Elementary School, is one of seven low-
enrollment elementary schools the Dallas
s' ii ol board has recommended closing un-
der its recently adopted desegregation plan.
NT’s off-campus program, which in-
cludes 1,468 students this fall, will be in
need of another Dallas facility in December
when its current facility, the F.asterwood
Building, is closed, Dr. Glen Taylor, as-
sociate vice president for academic affairs
Fuller said the Easterwood Building will
be demolished as part of a SI00 million
construction project in downtown Dallas.
Of the 1,468 students enrolled in NT’s
off-campus program, about 600 students
are taking classes at Easterwood, Fuller
Because of the loss of the Easterwood
Building, NT administrators approached
Dallas school officials about the possibility
of leasing one of the city’s low-enrollment
elementary schools, Fuller said.
The lease agreement on Withers Elemen-
tary has been approved by DISD
Superintendent Linus Wright and will be
presented to the school board’s resources
committee today, Fuller said.
The full board will consider the proposed
lease agreement next week, he said.
"We are presuming at this point that the
lease agreement will be approved since the
staff and superintendent have approved it.
We don’t see any reason at this point why
the agreement wouldn’t be approved by the
board,” Fuller said.
Under the terms of the agreement, N'T
would pay DISD $950 per month for par-
tial use of Withers Elementary, beginning
on Dec.I and continuing through Aug. I,
1982 fuller said. I he charge would include
utilities, housekeeping and maintenance.
From Sept. I, 1982 to Aug. I, 1983, the
charge would drop to $650 per month and
NT would have full use of the building, but
NT would be responsible for all utility costs
and maintenance, he said.
The lease agreement is contingent on
U S. Dist. Judge Barefoot Sanders’ ap-
proval of the school board’s propos'd to
close Withers Elementary and six othe.
low-enrollment schools. Fuller said. Hear-
ings on the plan will be conducted next
Taylor said there are several alternatives
N [ could take if Sanders does not approve
the school closings, but said he "was not at
liberty to discuss them now.”
If NT is able to lease Withers Elemen-
tary, Taylor said there would be no inter-
ruption of classes, but instead there would
be a shifting of classes from Easterwood to
Withers. The changeover would take place
between Dec. 18 and the beginning of the
spring I982 semester, Taylor said.
NT’s off campus program is offering 79
lasses this fall in 14 locations in the
Metroplex area, Taylor said.
Voters oppose amendment
to create state water fund
By the Associated Press
Texans ovewhelmingly voted to let an
elderly man keep his farm, but were
leaning toward rejecting a water
development plan in balloting for seven
proposed constitutional amendments
Also leading by margins of 60 percent
or more were proposals for a veterans
land program, livestock tax exemption,
homeowners tax exemption and
governmental spending panel.
With 2I2 of 254 counties reporting,
184 of them complete 78 percent or
281,921 voted for the amendment that
would let 81-year-old Jesse Johnson
keep his farm. Another 80,576 or 22 per-
cent voted against the proposal.
But only 43 percent voted for the
water amendment sponsored by House
Speaker Bill Clayton. Voting for the
proposal were 156.819, while 206,553, or
57 percent, voted against it.
Amendment I — To allow local
governments to grant tax exemptions for
renovating property in underdeveloped,
abandoned or deteriorated areas.
Elected officials could free/e taxes in the
"reinvestment zones” and could issue
bonds to finance new- services to the
For 200,904 or 55 percent; Against
162,578 or 45 percent.
Amendment 2 — To let the state land
commissioner issue titles for land held in
good faith for at least 50 years hut for
which no legal title was obtained. It
would help folks like Jesse Johnson, w ho
bought his 120-acre Leon County farm
in 1928 but recently learned the state
technically owns the land because of a
defect in the original seller’s title.
For 281.921 or 78 percent' Against
80.576 or 22 percent.
Amendment 3 — To create a panel of
seven legislative leaders to supervise
state spending when the Legislature is
not in session. The committee could
make state budget changes after the ap-
propriations hill is in effect and could
manage distribution of federal biock
grants not designated for a specific pur-
For 128,964 or 37 percent; Against
220,686 or 63 percent.
Amendment 4 — To dedicate half the
state's revenue surplus to water develop-
ment, raise the interest rate permitted on
state water bonds and let the state
guarantee $500 million in water develop-
ment bonds issued by local govern-
For 156,819 or 43 percent; Against
206,553 or 57 percent.
Amendment 5 — To extend a farm
products tax exemption to livestock and
Tor 249,967 or 69 percent; Against
112,693 or 31 percent.
Amendment 6 — To permit cities and
school districts to grant homeowners tax
xemptions with i minimum of $5,000
! ■.eruptions '.‘..'aid be ap to 40 percent
through 1984, 30 percent from 1985 to
1987 and 20 percent thereafter.
For 247,701 or 69 percent; Against
110,303 or 31 percent.
\mendmcnt 7 — Ti ssue ino'her
$250 million in state bonds 'for the
Veterans’ Land Program. The proposal
also would raise the maximum interest
rate from 6 percent to 10 percent and al-
low loans to the 13,500 veterans now in
line for them.
For 230,832 or 65 percent; Against
126,919 or 35 percent.
Shuttle draws wild card
Weather 'clouds' liftoff
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) —
Columbia is ready to fiy again, weather
permitting. The forecast for Wednesday
was not good, but officials maintained
confidence that a window would open
The ship’s complex systems and crew
were set, hut weather remained the wild
card for the sunrise launch of the vehicle
that will dramatically stretch America’s
use of space.
Launch was set for 7:30 a.m. EST, 45
minutes past dawn, and test manager
Donald k. "Deke” Slayton predicted,
“It’s going to go.”
“The countdown is so smooth, it’s
making us a little nervous." said Bill
Jones, who shepherds the astronauts
through their training. “The only
problem is the weather.”
Astronauts Joe Engle and Richard
Truly were admittedly anxious
An Air Force forecaster said there was
a 40-60 percent chance of showers
overnight — at the crucial time Colum-
bia would be loaded with supercold fuel
that powers its flight It is possible that
overnight rain would not delay the
launch if ice accumulation is less than 1-
16th of an inch on the fuel tank.
Eight and a half minutes after liftoff,
Columbia is to achieve orbit of Earth to
become the first ship to make a repeat
trip into space.
Launch managers scheduled a 12:30
a.m. meeting to decide whether to go
ahead with the 5-hour task of loading
526,000 gallons of supercold fuels Rain
in the forecast would delay the fillup
Once the tank is loaded, a launch scrub
means a delay of at least tw o days.
Rain is critical because moisture
freezes on the external fuel tank and the
shock of launch could loosen ice chunks
that might damage shuttle tiles. When
loaded with supercold liquid hydrogen
md liquid oxygen, the skin of the tank is
32 degrees Fahrenheit below zero.
Columbia’s April flight, hailed as the
start of a new space transportation
sy stem for the rest of the century , lasted
two days. The second attempt aims at a
5-day, 4-hour mission, including a few
scientific projects. Landing is set for
Monday at the start of the 84th orbit at
Edwards Air Force Base on California’s
Before climbing into the cockpit
Wednesday, they will get a 10-minute
medical examination and have breakfast
with NASA officials.
\ir Force Col. Engle, 49, the com-
mander of Columbia's Flight II and
Navy C apt. Truly, 43, paid an early
morning visit Tuesday to their gleaming
white ship. They did a pilot's
walkaround, shook hands with workers
on the pad and thanked them for ready-
ing their bird.
Costs spur ballot
Students to decide fee fate
The outcome of Thursday’s student ministration account and the Union
election will determine whether IJniver- programming account,
sitv Union fees will be increased as re- Mitura said if the fee increase is not
quested by Union officials in response to approved by students the Union would
escalating operation costs. shorten hours of operation, closing early
If a majority of the students voting ap- in the evening. This change w ould
prove the fee increase, Eddie Davis, vice eliminate some student employee posi-
president lor fiscal affairs will then lions, close the Syndicate in the evenings
determine the amount of the increase and cancel Saturday operations,
based on I !nion financial records. The Union fee generates the largest
I he amount of the increase would he amount of revenue for the Union opera-
announced prior to the spring semester lions. Mitura said additional revenue is
when it would go into effect. generated through sales, room rentals
“When we proposed a Union fee hike and leasing space,
two months ago, we based our proposal “Union fees comprise two-thirds of
an preliminary data A $5 Union fee in- total revenue. The remainder comes
a ., for the long semesters and a $2.50 from sales and room rentals,” Mitura
increase for each summer session was said.
based on the worst possible contingency If approved, the fee increases would
plan to cover all possible expenses," go into effect for the spring 1982
University Union Director Mike Mitura semester. “We will use exactly what we
said. He said the fee increases are pro- need to cover operation costs for the
iccted to cover expenses through the spring semester. There won’t be any
next fiscal year. slush fund," Mitura said.
Davis said Tuesday that if the increase Student Association President Mike
is approved by a majority of students it Player said he expects a low turnout at
would authorize an increase of up to $5, the polls, estimating that 800 students
but no more than that amount. would vote.
Since September 1972, the Board of Polls will be open Thursday in front of
Regents has approved a yearly $ I Union the University Store in the University
fee increase for the fall and spring sem- Union from 8 a.m. to 5 p m. and at
esters and a 50-cent increase for the sum- Wooten Hall from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and
mcr session. from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Mitura said the two accounts to be af- All students are eligible to vote with
Iccted by the election arc the Union’s ad- an NT ID.
Photo by STEVE RUSHING
A Denton resident casts a vote Tuesday
By J U Ql E.JOHNSON
The seven constitutional amendments
considered by Texans Tuesday were
basically non-partisan issues. Dr. John
Todd of the political science faculty said.
"There are lines of division about the
issues, and they cut across party lines."
"1 he reasons for supporting the
amendments vary,” he said. Amend-
ment 4 has received the most publicity,
because this amendment would allow
half of the state’s surplus revenue to be
used for water development.
I he state water bond issue involves a
considerable amount of money and
should be decided by more than a
minuscule number of voters, Todd said
“A low voter turnout is not unusual
for this kind of election in any state," he
said “It’s a problem having sufficient
participation in an election that doesn't
involve political officials."
Neither the Republican or
Democratic parties had much at stake
during this election.
“Party members didn’t campaign for
or against the amendments because they
each are looking farther down the road
and considering the the 1982 election.
“Texas Democrats feel it may he
necessary for their party to unite behind
one candidate with the party strategy
concentrating on the governorship,”
Todd said. "It would be very helpful for
the Democrats to unite that way they
could avoid in-party fighting.”
Even if the Democratic Party stands
behind one gubernatorial candidate,
that unity still might not generate
enough votes next November to beat
Republican Bill Clements, he said.
Any incumbant is difficult to defeat
unless that person has made serious mis-
takes while in office, Todd said, adding
that Clements has not made serious mis-
"The election of Bill Clements as
governor was a fluke in Texas politics,"
"3 he election of a Republican gover-
nor doesn’t necessarily mean a lasting
Republican influence on Texas in the
future, he said, “but there could be an
increase of GOP officials in Texas.”
Although the trend in national politics
seems to be conservatism, it is nothing
new to Texas politics, he said.
National issues are usuallv not a fac-
tor in a state election, lie said, and
national politics and trends do not have
any significant effect on state politics
"In general, the Texas Democrats
don t want to borrow troubles from Tip
O Neill and his colleagues," Todd said
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