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The North Texas Daily
THURSDAY. FEBRUARY 18. 1982
NORTH TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY, DENTON, TEXAS
65TH YEAR NO 73
SA president vetoes referendum bill
By I RKNT KADF.S
Student Association President Mike
Player Wednesday vetoed the second of
two initiative and referendum bills pas-
sed by the SA. because he said he does
not condone initiative and referendum.
“I just don’t believe in the concept of
initiative and referendum.
‘We have a republican form of
government (at NT), and I am not con-
vinced that it doesn’t work," Player said.
An initiative and referendum bill
would allow NT students to initiate
amendments to the SA Constitution.
The second bill, passed last week by a
21-2 vote, lacked one vote of the two-
thirds required to place the bill on the
spring SA election ballot without a peti-
tion signed by 3(X) NT students.
Rodger West, SA representative and
author of the bill, said he was waiting
Wednesday for petitions to be printed so
he could begin collecting the required
The second bill allowed for a
proposed amendment — written in peti-
tion form and signed by 5 percent of
NT’s students — to be voted on in the
regular SA election or a special election
if the petition was presented after the
Player said the initiative and referen-
dum bill serves no useful purpose. "As I
view it, this bill is just a paper bill. It
doesn’t do anything. If enough students
want a piece of legislation, then they will
get it. The SA representatives are sup-
posed to be in contact with students. Let
the students talk to their represen-
But West contended that most stu-
dents don’t know who their represen-
lati , cs are. If they do, he said, they think
the representatives don’t know what
The students may want some
proposals that the SA v. ould never con
sider or support, West said.
“Take the abolishment of the SA, for
example. There is no way students can
try to abolish the SA without initiative
and referendum,” West said.
Students cannot abolish the SA
through initiative and referendum, but
they can let the NT Board of Regents
know how they feel, he said. The board
of regents can abolish the SA, he said.
Player said the bill would do more
harm than good. "This bill would force
students to vote on anything a small
percentage of the students want.”
The SA may override Player’s veto by
a two-thirds vote. West said he will try
to garner support to override the veto
but said representative absenteeism may
be a problem.
“There is rarely a two-thirds represen-
tation ol the assembly at meetings, so
getting two-thirds may he a trick," West
The bill Player vetoed Wednesday is
similar to an initiative and referendum
bill that was passed by the SA last
semester. The major differences in the
two bills are 5 percent student support
on a petition instead of I0 percent, as
outlined in the first bill, and the lack of a
provision on the first bill for a special
election if the petition is submitted to the
SA after its regular semester election.
Player did not veto the earlier bill and
cannot do so because he did not take ac-
tion within two weeks of the bill’s pas-
sage. However, there is a difference of
opinion on whether the bill without a
petition is valid this semester.
For the first bill to be placed on the
spring election ballot, a petition with 300
student signatures would have to be sub-
mitted to the SA.
Under the SA Constitution, a bill that
would amend the constitution must be
approved bv two-thirds of the installed
SA representatives or by a majority of
the representatives and a petition with
300 student signatures before it can be
placed on a student election ballot.
1 he SA has petitions for the first bill
ready to sign. Player said, but added that
he won’t release them to SA represen-
tatives until the SA rules and elections
committee determines if the first bill is
“There are precedents that say that
bills may not necessarily cross over from
semester to semester," Player said
West said there are stronger prece-
dents to carry bills over from semester to
semester. "If Player says my bill can’t
carry over, then I want to see the SA
budget, the SA cabinet and every bill the
SA passed last semester be resubmit-
West said he will submit last
semester's bill to the rules and election
committee for its validation.
Player is a non-voting ex officio
member of that committee.
The rules and elections committee
meets every other Wednesday
"I just don't believe in the concept of initiative and refer-
endum. . The bill v/ould do more harm than good.
B> R I) Wil l ( \V V/.OS
NT President Al Hurley, in an effort
to facilitate the work of a steering com-
mittee studying university organization,
has temporarily broken the committee
into a smaller group for the sake of ef-
ficient v ,i committee member said
Dr. Clovis Morrisson of the political
science faculty said Hurley requested the
21-member committee be broken into a
smaller group when the full committee
met for the first time in three months
Morrisson said the smaller committee
will consist of seven members, three of
which will represent the 10 faculty
members chosen to the steering commit-
tee by the Faculty Senate in 1981.
Morrission said he along with Dr.
Robert Stevens of the English faculty
and Dr. John Richards of the education
faculty were selected to represent com-
mittee members chosen by the Faculty
Hurley will select three committee
members among those chosen by Vice
President for Academic Affairs Howard
Smith a year ago, Morrisson said.
Vice President for Fiscal Affairs Fddic
Davis will chair the seven-member com-
mittee, Morrisson said. Hurley and
Davis were unavailable for comment
“We (organization committee
members) are at the point where there is
a need to make concrete decisions,"
Stevens, a member of the smaller com-
mittee, said. “Working in a smaller
group will provide us an opportunity to
get something concrete on paper."
Committee member William Kam-
man of the history faculty said, “If there
are going to be any changes, they are go-
inp to come now The decision to reduce
the size of the committee reflects the
view- that maybe :l committee of 21 is a
little too large to get down to close
deliberations and decision making.”
Kamman said Hurley expressed an in-
terest in resuming the work of the com-
mittee after the three-month layoff.
Diminishing the size of the committe is a
way of expediting that desire, Kamman
The seven-member group will report
the results of its work back to the full
committee when its work is completed.
Morrisson said. When that will be is dif-
ficut to determine, Morrisson said,
because of the amount of work to be
done and because Hurley has yet to set
any deadlines on committee work.
The organization committee began its
deliberations more than a year ago when
NT President Frank Vandiver presented
a plan to reorganize NT’s colleges and
schools into interdisciplinary centers.
The committee’s study originally was
titled the study on the reorganization of
But shortly after Vandiver’s departure
in August 198! to accept the presidential
post at Texas A&M University, the
committee changed the title of its study
to the study on the organization of the
Hurley said last week the name
change indicates the committee “does
not want to go as far as the original plan
Organization committee members
said throughout the fall 1981 semester
that any committee recommendations
made would not necessarily include
reorganization of any university col-
leges, schools or departments.
But Morrisson said Wednesday the
committee is at the stage where it is
ready to begin considering university
organization questions and structures
“I think it’s very dear the committee
has completed the self-study phase. We
were iust turning to organization ques-
tions when the committee stopped its
work last fall," he said.
The committee’s work was suspended
in mid-November after it accepted a
recommendation from a presidential
search committee that it cease function-
ing until an NT president was named.
Since taking office, Hurley has in-
dicated his support for the committee’s
work and has said he would like the
committee to formulate a draft renort
which would be circulated to faculty
members for their comments.
Committee member John Haynie of
the music faculty said he is confident the
smaller committee will be able to “write
a decent report and tell faculty, students,
regents and whoever is interested where
\lthough the committee has yet to
receive any deadlines, Stevens said, “We
know we have certain practical limits on
our work. There is a need to do
Cauble wants jurors
questioned in hearing
rYFHR (AP) — Denton rancher and
multimillionaire Rex Cauble, convicted
in an alleged drug-smuggling con-
spiracy, claimed Wednesday that two
lurors in his trial had backgrounds that
prejudiced his case, and he wants the
presiding judge to call a special hearing.
One of Cauble’s trial lawyers, G.
Brocket! Irw in of Longview, filed papers
in federal court Wednesday asking U.S.
District Judge William Steger to call in
jurors Jimmy F. Stanley of Henderson
and M G. Russell of Kilgore for inter-
Cauble was convicted of being the
brains behind the so-called Cowboy
Mafia, which smuggled 106 tons of
marijuana from Columbia to Texas via
shrimpboats during 1977 and 1978. The
marijuana was stored on Cauble’s
ranches and several of his employees
were convicted in connection with the
Irwin's motion said Stanley has a
stepson he reared since age 4, Carl Lynn
Johnson, who has been convicted of pos-
session of marijuana and now is in the
Gregg County Jail on three charges of
An accompanying affidavit signed by
Johnson said Stanley “has an extreme
hatred of drugs, because he blames
drugs for his (Johnson's) criminal
problems and for the heartaches it has
caused his family."
The motion said Stanley did not
divulge this in jury selection.
Irwin also contends juror Russell did
not make it known that his brother,
King Russell, was a Gregg County
justice of the peace indicted on a
racketeering charge several years ago.
King Russell later turned state’s
evidence, and the charge was reduced to
a lesser offense of knowing about the
commission of a felony and failing to
report it immediately.
Cauble also Wednesday released his
lead defense team, Roy Minton and
Charles Burton of Austin.
He remains free on $250,000 bond and
is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 22.
Cauble could be sentenced up to 95
years in prison and could lose one-third
of his vast holdings — estimated at
between $55 million and $80 million —
under the federal racketeering act,
Photo by STEVE PUSHING
GOING OVERBOARD—Charles Dobson, Justin freshman, takes a back-
ward plunge off a low board at the PE Building diving pool during his
without paying fines
Compiled from staff and wire reports
NT students cannot be kept from
graduating for failing to pay tickets for
traffic violations, but the university can
withhold students’ official transcripts if
they fail to do so. NT officials said
While NT students can araduate
without paying the fines, a student at
UT-Austin would not have been allowed
to graduate if he had not filed suit
David Haug, a law student in his last
semester at UT, filed and won a suit
against UT after he received in the mail
a check he had paid for tuition and a
notice from the university saying he
could not return to classes until he paid
Fill l Nl\ I RSI I \ told the student
he could not graduate unless he paid
$188 worth of accumulated parking
NT Registrar Jo Neal Harris said
Wednesday that NT used to not give
even unofficial transcripts to students
unless they paid the traffic fines.
"However, since the Supreme Court
ruled that universities had to give at least
an unofficial transcript, NT has been do-
NT Police Chief Robby Robinson
said, “A student can be kept from
registering if he has not paid his fines,
but he cannot be kept from graduating."
There is absolutely no restriction on
graduating in relation to paying fines,
Robinson said. "The only thing the stu-
dent can’t get is an official transcript."
Harris said students who haven't paid
the traffic lines and other fines can have
copies of their transcripts but cannot
have official transcripts until their fines
Unless students have official
transcripts, they cannot be accepted into
graduate school at NT, she said.
IS HIS SI IT, Haug said the Texas
Education Code and the constitutional
light to due process of law allow a stu-
dent to transfer university citations to
Most Texas colleges and universities
H.ir students from enrolling .if they
haven't paid parking, library or other
fines. Campus parking violations, if ap-
pealed. are heard before administrative
panels of faculty, staff and students.
Until September 1980, UT let students
transfer parking tickets received on
campus streets to municipal court. The
university changed its policy when
tickets transferred to municipal court
were appealed and the City of Austin
received the money instead of UT.
Robinson said NT does not allow stu-
dents to transfer parking tickets received
in campus parking areas to municipal
court, because NT police issue two kinds
of tickets: NT campus violation tickets
and City of Denton tickets.
Robinson said that since the depart-
ment issues city tickets for moving and
parking violations on city streets, he
does not believe students can transfer
the campus parking tickets to municipal
court."Those are state in-house tickets,"
t I ( Ol I I ( I S about S200.000
from parking tickets each year. NT col-
lects about SI 12.000 from parking tick-
ets each year.
VI ■ IVI ■ Iiv4
Supplyside goes by wayside
By .11 I II .11 ROME
Staff \\ riter
Dr. Richard Armey of the economics
faculty and Dr. John Books of the
political science faculty agreed that
supply-side economics is more of a
political ploy than bona fide economics
in ti Wednesday debate on
Armey said too much regulation and
protection by the government has
created a large defense account that has
manifested in a chronic deficit budget,
and Books maintained that
Reaganomics is merely a master political
Armey said three basic aspects of
Reagan’s economic plan are New
Federalism, social expenditures vs.
military expenditures and the supply-
“I share the president’s point of view
that the federal government is too large
relative to the private sector," he said.
"New Federalism denies the federal
government the ability to hide the cost
of programs from the taxpayers."
Armey said he does not support the
president's increase in defense spending
"Better defense spending does not neces-
sarily mean more defense spending, and
increases in defense spending are not
necessary," he said.
If he decides to run tor office in 19x4.
President Ronald Reagan stands a
chance of losing his job if he doesn't
divest himself of the supply-side theory,
“Supply-side economics are not sup-
ply side, and they are not economics,"
Armey said. “I don’t know how or why
(economist Nrthur) Laffer brought back
this reiteration of Keynesian magic,"
A rmev said.
Books explained Reaganomics as a
master political ploy that will gain
results similar lo those of Great Britain’s
economic program under Prime
Minister Margaret Thatcher.
“Reagan cannot reduce government,
but he can pressure Congress to reduce
taxes," Books said “Once the snowball
starts rolling, it is impossible for politi-
cians to object to tax reduction.”
Once Reagan has succeeded in es-
tablishing tax cuts as a major agenda
item, he is in an enviable position, Books
said "He can pass the buck and put it in
Congress' lap I hat puts Congress in a
Armey said Reagan is not a man for
this century. A changing structure in the
American political system has created a
larger size of the public sector at the
price of the private sector.
“The public sector is consuming our
resources,” he said. "What Reagan is
trying is a turnaround. It has never been
Books said that, given the president’s
desires and the structure of the economic
system, cutting taxes is the only way to
bring about some of his goals. Reagan is
capable of clever politics and of getting
what he wants without being held ac-
countable, Books said.
Books cited Great Britain’s high un-
employment. high inflation and high
deficit as a result of Thatcher’s cutting
taxes and high interest rates.
“It is the same thing in the United
States. Ronald Reagan has done it. Soon
the programs will begin to hit home
Unemployment will go up. Expenditures
will go up. There will be less tax money
and a higher deficit," Books said
The answer to American economic
problems lies in increasing productivity
and stronger central planning, Books
said. Japan has increased foreign trade
by a margin greater than the increase in
oil prices, and Japanese unemployment
and inflation rates below 2 percent
The system that omits planning and
supports free enterprise, but refuses to
accept responsibilities, creates a situa-
tion similar to old age, Books said.
“W hen you get older, you start shrink-
ing." he said.
Armey said the United States no
longer is the industrial giant it once was
and that the federal government has giv-
en big businesses too much help The
market is superior to government, and
the market doesn't give you a break, he
"The United States is one of the
richest countries in terms of resources,
but our government policy of protec-
tionism has made it so that we protected
our domestic market and lost our world
market." Armey said
The antitrust mentality that bigness is
badness and the theory of perfect com-
petition contribute to the protectionist
idea, he said The perfect competition
theory is "insanity, but accepted because
someone read it in a principles
economics textbook somewhere."
Denton mayor to run for re-election
Denton Mayor Richard Stuart an-
nounced Wednesday he will run for re-
No other candidate has filed for the
position, to be voted on April 2.
Stuart, who has held the position for
two years, said he wants to be re-elected
in order to execute programs for
He said most ol the projects have been
financed to prepare Denton for the
growth Stuart said will double the city's
size in the next 20 years,
Stuart said that, despite the defeat last
spring of four bond issues proposing
improving Denton's streets, he is confi-
dent voters eventually will approve a
street-improvement bond issue
Stuart was on the city council as
councilman and mayor pro tempore for
three years prior to being elected mayor.
Vfter a city charter amendment.
Stuart was the first Denton mayor in 30
years to be elected bv popular vote
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