The North Texas Daily (Denton, Tex.), Vol. 65, No. 37, Ed. 1 Tuesday, November 3, 1981 Page: 1 of 6
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The North Texas Daily
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 1981 NORTH TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY, DENTON, TEXAS 65TH YEAR NO 37
Construction project endorsement
marks attitude change, Smith says
Photo by SAL SESSA
A FREE HAND OUT—A Ku Klux Klan member dis-
tributes Klan literature outside a Denton nightclub.
The Klan member was giving the literature to those
who would take it on Halloween.
By DANIEL C AVAZOS
For NT President ad Interim Howard Smith, the
Texas Coordinating Board’s approval in Austin Friday
of NT requests for a $3.5 million construction project
and two academic proposals represents more than
approval — it represents a change in the hoard's at-
“I sensed a new position perhaps in the board. They
seem to be more receptive to the needs of universities
than they were in the past,” Smith said. “I think the
board realizes that institutions are conscious of the
need for tighter administrative controls and see less of
a need for an external agent."
The board’s approval Friday of the NT requests was
expected by administrators after two of the board's
committees recommended Thursday that the NT re-
quests be approved.
With the board’s approval official, NT can now
proceed with the $3.5 million project to complete con-
struction of the fifth floor of the General Academic
Building, the establishment of a center for marketing
and design and a program in consumer economics and
The fifth floor GAB project is expected to be com-
By the Associated Press
About II percent of Texas’ voters — almost half of
them from Houston — are expected to decide the
destiny of seven proposed constitutional amendments
Secretary of State David Dean predicts about
750,000 Texans will go to the polls, including 300,000
in Houston, where a mayor and city council are being
elected. Dean also expects big turnouts in Dallas,
where a school board will be elected.
The proposal that has generated the most publicity
is No. 4, sponsored by Texas House Speaker Bill
Clayton, w hich would dedicate half the state’s revenue
surplus to water development. The amendment would
pleted by January 1983. with bids on the project to be
advertised by March 1982, Vice President for Ad-
ministrative Affairs Al I lurley said.
The GAB fifth floor is now an open area with only
the exterior walls built. When the GAB was completed
in 1978, the fifth floor was left incomplete with the in-
tention of providing interior construction of the area
when the need for facilities arose.
That need has arisen with the growth of the com-
puter science department and the growing dependency
by university departments on the use of computers,
11 urley said.
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puting Center and the computer sciences department.
The fifth floor w ill contain 30,000 square-feet.
Computer science department chairman James
Poirot said Monday the board’s approval of the GAB
construction project will improve what his department
can offer and alleviate the overcrowding caused by the
NT’s computer science department has grown from
having 83 majors in 1977 to 808 this fall. The growth
has caused crowding in computer science laboratories
on the third floor of the GAB and the Information
Science Building, Poirot said.
Half of the students in the computer science
raise the interest rate permitted on state water bonds
and would allow the state to guarantee S500 million in
water development bonds issued by local governments.
Amendment I would allow local governments to
grant tax exemptions for renovating property in un-
derdeveloped, abandoned or deteriorated areas.
Fleeted officials could freeze taxes in the “reinvestment
zones” and could issue bonds to finance new services
to the areas.
The second amendment is dubbed the “Jesse John-
son” proposal after the 81-year-old l ast Texas farmer
it is designed to help. The proposal would allow the
state land commissioner to issue titles for land held in
good faith for at least 50 years but for which no legal
title was obtained.
program spend three to ten hours in laboratories and
because of the lack of facilities some students have had
to wait up to 12 hours to use computers, he said.
Besides housing computer science laboratories, the
computer science portion of the fifth floor will provide
faculty offices and research facilities for faculty, which
Poirot said is essential in attracting quality faculty
The computing center portion of the fifth iloor w ill
house two main computers and two smaller com-
puters, Hurley said. The GAB fifth floor will become
the computer center for the university, although some
staff members of the computing center will remain in
the ISB, he said.
The bulk of costs in the GAB project will come from
the acquistion of $2 million worth of computer equip-
ment which will more than double the main computer
equipment of the university. Hurley said Sl.l million
will be spent lor construction costs.
Under the NT academic requests to the board, is the
marketing and design center, which will include
departments and schools that offer degrees in aspects
of the fashion and design industries.
The center includes the art department, the College
of Business Administration, the School of Home
Economics and the journalism department.
Amendment 3, now called the “fiscal management
amendment,” is recycled from the “budget oversight”
amendment voted down two years ago. It w juld create
a panel to supervise state spending when the Texas
Legislature is not in session.
The fifth proposal would extend a farm products tax
exemption to livestock and poultry.
Under Amendment 6. cities and school districts
could grant homeowners tax exemptions with a
minimum of $5,000, in addition to the S50,000 writeoff
provided by the 1978 Tax Relief Amendment.
Another $250 million in state bonds could be issued
for the Veterans’ Land Program under Amendment 7.
The proposal also would raise the maximum interest
rate from 6 percent to 10 percent.
Secretary of State predicts 11 percent
Official expects small election turnout
Tax cut increases income
Personal income after taxes, while
more noticible in some NT employee
paychecks distributed Friday than in
others, increased because of the Reagan
Administration's reduction of tax rates.
Disposable personal income has in-
creased as part of President Reagan's
fiscal policy of reducing federal income
tax rates and cutting government
spending. But, if the economy is in a
recession as Reagan said recently,
balancing the budget may be increasing-
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The Reagan Administration’s efforts
to stimulate economic activity hv reduc-
ing tax rates to make working, saving
and investment more rewarding might
work if there wasn’t a recession, Dr.
Rose Rubin of the economics faculty
"If, as a result of lowered income tax
rates, investment spending increases and
correspondingly input and output in-
crease, more jobs will result possibly
making lor an easy money market,"
Individual income tax rates were
reduced 5 percent Oct. I. By July 1,1982,
income tax rates will be reduced an ad-
ditional 10 percent, as part of the
Reagan tax cut plan. Income tax rates
again will be cut 10 percent July 1,1983.
A student, working 20 hours each
week on campus and earning S3.64 per
hour now has $29 of federal income tax
witheld each month. Last year, a student
earning the same amount and working
the same length of time had $31 witheld
The result is a $2 increase in the stu-
dent’s disposable personal income.
A NJ employee earning $1,500 per
month now has $277 of income tax
witheld. Last year, at the same income
level, $292 was witheld. The increase in
income is $ 15.
White House officials have predicted
a larger budget deficit than originally
forecast when Reagan was lobbying
( ongress to pass his tax cut package.
Rubin said that a recession and a tax
cut have opposite effects and the net ef-
fect will depend on which of the two is
"The question that must be asked is
whether consumption will increase
enough to induce more investment by
business,” Rubin said. She said the
response businesses take to the change in
consumption will determine the amount
of induced investment in more capital
"If its true that this recession will he
relatively mild, the effect of stimulating
spending would offset increased un-
employment," Rubin said
Campus streetlights fade
Because of the efficiency of 17 100-
toot light poles installed on campus this
semester, the Denton city officials have
decided to remove streetlights near NT.
Bob Nelson, Denton utilities director,
City lights located near NT have been
turned off and will be removed during
the next three to four months, he said.
“The high mast lighting system that
NT has installed has eliminated the need
for city lights in many places around
campus,” Nelson said
The city streetlights surrounding the
campus on Avenues A, B. C, D. E, and
Mulberry, Chestnut, Sycamore,
Highland and Prairie streets were turned
off last week after those areas were
observed at night to determine their
necessity, he said
Observing the lighting system with
Nelson was Ernie Tullos, assistant
utilities director, Ray McFarlane, direc-
tor of NT facilities and planning and
Captain Mike Amador of the NT police
The removal of the lights is a result of
a long-term program the city and NT
have been working on, he said.
Removal of some of the lights w ill de-
pen d on negotioations with the
telephone company which has lines con-
nected to some of the light poles.
"The lights w ith more modern fixtures
will be converted and modified and will
be placed in other areas in Denton.
“These lights, which burn on mercury
vapor, can be changed to utilize sodium
vapor which produces as much light for
half the cost," he said.
N I will check the efficencv of its own
lighting system tonight. McFarlane said.
“Electricians from the Physical Plant
will turn off the major lighting system
except the high mast lights tonight, and
then we will go out with the police
department to determine which lights
should be left on," he said.
Lights to be tested include all the
decorative footpath lights lining the
walkways of campus, lights on 10-feet
poles and those mounted on the roof
lines of some buildings, McFarlane said.
Until three years ago. the Denton
lighting system has served 26 locations
on campus, and over the last five years
NT has been installing its own electrical
distribution system, Nelson said.
Denton now sells electricity to only
two points on campus and will be able to
remove a large portion of its lighting,
putting it in areas of insufficient light
throughout the city, he said.
Dentonites to vote
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Denton voters will consider seven
proposed state constitutional amend-
ments in today’s statewide election.
I lection polls will be open to
registered voters today until 7 p.m.,
Marilyn Robinson, deputy clerk in the
County Clerk's office, said Monday.
I here will he twenty different places
to vote in I fenton, she said.
NT students who live on campus can
vote .it the I irst Baptist Church of
I viiion on Malone Street at the south
door, Robinson said.
(he election precincts voting at the
church include 4D, 4E, 41. 4(i (a com-
bination of 4C> and 411), 4.1. 4K and 41
(a combination of 41 and 4M).
Precincts 4(i and 411 and precincts 41
and 4M were combined as precincts 4(i
and 41 , respectively, Robinson said.
“The precincts were combined, because
the individual precincts did not have
enough voters in each to justify two dif-
"(he combination of precincts went
into effect as of March I of this year,"
"Students who were registered and
voted in precinct 4M should have
received new voter registration cards,
with the new precinct number on them.
" I he voter registration cards went to
the student’s address as registered with
the county clerk's office at the time the
cards were sent out.
"If the cards came back, we sent out
letters informing students of the precinct
changes," Robinson vaid.
If the county clerk’s office got the let-
ters hack within 60 days of receiving
them, the student’s name was removed
from the registration list, Robinson said.
I hose students in the precincts who
did not receive their new cards or the let-
ter, may pick up new cards at the county
Students who used their voter
registration cards to vote in the 1980
presidential election are still eligible to
vote. "Those cards are good until Feb.
28, 1982," Robinson said.
Robinson said students living at the
I ondonderry apartments or precincts
3F, Hi and 311 vote at the Carpenter's
I Inion Hall on Port Worth Drive
Those living in precincts IE, IF, IG,
III, LI, IK, II and IM vote at the
Denton Civic ( enter, 215 1 McKinney
St., she said.
Friday was the deadline for absentee
voting, she said
Photo by STEVE RUSHING
MUDSLINQING—Eagle alternate mascot Bret Adams, Rixenhart, Belgium, leave the field NT lost 22-0 to Southern Mississippi Saturday at Foots
junior, splashes in the mud on the side of the football field while players Field NT has dropped to a 1-7 season record.
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