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The North Texas Daily
Page 2 Thursday, February 18, 1982
SA President Mike Player Wednesday vetoed the se-
cond of two initiative and referendum bills passed by
the Student Association.
In so doing, Player halted actions that would have
given NT students greater voices in the management of
their student government and committed an uncon-
scionable act of executive nearsightedness.
The two bills were not passed by two-thirds votes of
the SA, therefore they would require petitions with the
signatures of 300 students before they could be
presented in SA elections as amendments to the SA
The first bill, p" .cd last semester, required that a
petit' ., oi iu Pwicent of students’ signatures be sub-
mitted before an initiative could be voted on in an
election. No petition was submitted with the required
signatures to carry it through to election.
The second bill, passed last week, required only 5
percent of students’ signatures and aiiowed for a
special election if the petition was submitted after the
regular SA semester election.
Rodger West, SA representative and author of both
initiative and referendum bills, was waiting Wednes-
day to receive blank petitions from Player when he
learned that the bill had been vetoed. West had plan-
ned to begin obtaining signatures on the second in-
itiative and referendum bill as soon as the petitions
West said Player told him that he vetoed the bill
because he doesn’t like the concept of initiative and
referendum, which allows constituents to initiate elec-
West said he hopes that Player will allow last
semester’s bill to carry over to this semester, so he can
begin getting signatures on a petition for it.
West said if Player does not accept the carrying over
of first bill he will take the issue to the SA’s elections
and rules committee in hopes it will validate last
semester’s bill for this semester.
If West then gets the required 300 signatures on the
first bill, it will be voted on at the SA’s April student
SA representatives could override Player’s veto of
the second bill by a two-thirds vote, but such a move
bv the assembly would be difficult because rarely do
two-thirds of the representatives attend SA meetings.
Only 23 SA members, exactly two-thirds of the as-
sembly's membership, attended last week’s meeting to
consider West’s new bill.
Considering the overwhelming approval given the
measure by representatives in attendance, it is likely
that the bill would have carried the necessary two-
thirds vote without the need for a petition had more
representatives attended the meeting.
Player could not have vetoed the bill if it had
received out; moic vuic in last week’s SA meeting.
Representatives shirking their SA duties have com-
plicated the initiative and referendum issue by creating
a need for extraordinary measures to implement the
bill. Representatives must now' override Player’s veto
or hope that Player accepts last semester’s bill for con-
sideration this semester.
It is time an initiative and referendum bill was made
available to students and time that students’ rights in
the student government process were expanded.
Player's ill-advised move is contrary to both of these
SA members should fulfill their responsibility to stu-
dents by attending the next meeting and overriding
Player's restrictive veto.
Should the measure to counter the veto prove unsuc-
cessful, students should support all measures necessary
to obtain initiative and referendum and take the rights
they have thus far been denied.
President Ronald Reagan announced his latest
budget-cutting proposal last week, a proposal that will
affect seven million college and university students.
Reagan's proposal is to reduce, and in some cases
cut completely, programs that give aid to college stu-
dents who are not able to attend college without the as-
Some students may be forced to drop out of school,
while others may be forced to cut down on their
scholastic hours drastically and work at the same time
as attending school.
If Reagan’s proposals are approved by Congress,
Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants and
Guaranteed Student Loans for graduate students will
be cut completely by 1983-84.
Pell Grants, formerly known as Basic Educational
Opportunity Grants, will be cut by 40 percent and the
College Work/Study program will be cut from about
550 million to 440 million positions.
Education Deputy Under Secretary Gary Jones said
the cuts are meant to do away with posh or luxurious
and unnecessary programs. He said there is a dif-
ference between gaining an education and expecting
the government to pay for a student's schooling
regardless of cost.
By eliminating funds from the scholastic financing
programs, Reagan's proposals strike hardest at stu-
dents from low-income families. Most of the students
w ill not be able to attend college without the aid of the
Pell Grants and the College Work/Study program.
However, the Reagan admnistration does not take
into account that many of the nation’s college students
will he unable to obtain advanced educations without
the present level of federal aid programs.
Melvin Gouge, financial aid director at NT, said 250
NT graduate students are attending school with the aid
of Guaranteed Student Loans and probably will be
dropped from the program if the Reagan proposals are
About 25 percent of NT’s students receive finanacial
aid, and many will have to drop out of school or cut
down on class hours if the proposals go through.
All programs included in the federal budget should
be reviewed for budget cuts, but educational aid
programs should receive minimal cuts, because of the
important role they play in providing educational op-
portunities for students.
Reagan's plan to bring the United States to its feet
should not use as its crutch this country’s financially
Athletes disregard aging
Aging is something very few people
are able to face, and it appears that ac-
cepting this process is even tougher for
people involved in athletics.
Recent talks of bringing 45-year-old
Wilt Chamberlain out of retirement
spurs interest in this subject, with the
National Basketball Association's
Philadelphia 76ers trying to lure the
once-great 7-foot-2-inch center back
into professional basketball.
Chamberlain spent the bulk of his
career with the Philadelphia Warriors
and Los Angeles Lakers and built up
career statistics that will remain in the
record books for a long time.
However, to bring a middle-aged man
back into a young man’s game would be
ridiculous and just make a mockery of
the name Chamberlain.
There is no question that he could
play on the same level as most of the
players today. But Chamberlain never
played on the same level as other players
when he was playing — Wilt “The Stilt”
Chamberlain was always the best.
IP ML YVLRK to return to basketball,
the last remembrance of Chamberlain
would be an old man trying to linger on
in a world of 20-year-old kids.
Chamberlain used to battle Lew
Alcindor in Alcindor’s first years, but
now that Alcindor has changed to
Kareem Abdul Jabaar, could
Chamberlain still be effective against
The 25-year-old Sugar Ray Leonard
defeated Bruce finch with an easy third-
round technical knockout Monday night
to retain his world welterweight cham-
Leonard represents youth in the box-
ing world He already has been boxing
professional lor five years and is in the
prime of his career. The question of at
what stage boxers like “Smokin’ ’’ Joe
I ra/ier and Muhammed Ali are at in
their boxing careers remains, however.
Ali convinced himself that he was not
over the hill at 40 years of age. His at-
tempted comeback recently against
Trevor Berbick was a total disaster, as
the once-great king of boxing was
humiliated in losing to a second-rate
I R\/ILR I Ril l) a professional
singing career after his boxing career
was over in the mid-1970s but was spur-
red to return when he saw his son,
Man in, shooting for the title.
Frazier trained for months, but the
39-year-old hands were not as quick as
they once were, and he came out of his
comeback fight with a draw decision.
Ali called Frazier before his match to
wish him luck. “We have to show them
that us old guys can still do the job," Ali
The fact is that the old guys can’t do
the job anymore.
The one athlete that comes to mind
that proved this theory wrong was a
named George Blanda. Blanda’s career
in the National Football League span-
ned four different decades.
Blanda was a rookie with the Houston
Oilers in 1949 and finally retired in the
mid-1970s from the Oakland Raiders.
Blanda played 26 years in the NFL,
and few can question his reasoning for
staying as long as he did. As long as a
person can do the job and enjoys thejob,
there is no reason for him to leave.
AN INTERESTING note on the con-
tinuing saga of Wilt Chamberlain’s
athletic career is recent remarks sug-
gesting that he is headed toward the
master’s circuit of track. No word yet on
what event he will attempt.
Other names come to mind like
Gaylord Perry of major league baseball
and Ken “Snake” Stabler of the NIT..
Whether searching for records or long-
gone glory, these players and many more
are trying to play far past their athletic
Fans tend to remember the waning
years of an athlete's career rather than
all the good years. The logical route for
an athlete is to realize that he is on the
edge of his prime and quit at that point,
and a lasting impression of greatness w ill
be left on the minds of all the loyal fans.
Texas needs comprehensive firearms registration
It is time for the federal government
to become responsible for organizing a
consistent system of weapons registra-
tion to be enforced equally in all 50
Various levels of weapons control are
found across the United States, ranging
from relatively mild requirements, as in
Texas, where only proof of residency
and age are required, to extremes, as in
the case of Morton Grove, 111., where the
sale and possession of handguns was
Existing laws are so diverse between
municipalities that current regulations
protect only one city at a time. This
system leaves too many loopholes to
make any one state’s efforts toward gun
control really effective.
I am not advocating banning
handguns and rifles, just the establish-
ment of a comprehensive set of long
overdue registration requirements for
these weapons and gun owners.
The federal government has forced car
manufacturers to include safety belts
and other features in new models for the
public’s safety. If you don’t wear your
safetly belt, it’s your fault if you are in-
The same attitude should apply to a
weapon once it has been registered.
People who own weapons should be
required by federal law to take a short
course in care, maintenance and firing of
weapons. Certificates should be issued
stating that the people are capable of us-
ing their weapons safely.
I think it’s absurd that in Texas any
18-year-old can purchase a rifle and any
21-year-old can purchase a handgun by
simply presenting a driver’s license and
proof of Texas residency.
The required form, issued by stores
dealing in weapons, asks the buyer to
swear that he is not any of the following:
a fugitive from the law; addicted to
marijuana, alchol or drugs; a dis-
honorable military dischargee; or an
alien. No action is taken to verify the
As a result of this unenforced
procedure, immature adults or teens are
able to obtain weapons and can hurt or
kill others as a result. These types of ac-
cidents involving weapons are preven-
Keeping a weapon in your home for
protection seems like a reasonable ex-
cuse for owning a weapon. But why wait
for someone to break in, when you can
install new locks and a burglar alarm to
avoid the situation, instead of planning
to shoot the intruder?
Pistols and rifles should be reserved
for target practice by local shooting
clubs and for hunting. Why does our na-
tion feel so insecure that we have to
protect ourselves with firearms?
A strict procedure has been set up in
New Jersey that requires an application
form to be filled out and references to
guarantee an individual’s character
before an identification card is issued.
Although the process is complicated and
would-be weapons owners feel
frustrated, I think the measure has kept
firearms out of the wrong hands.
Any New Jersey resident interested in
buying a handgun or rifle must receive
an identification card in an application
process that includes sending his
fingerprints to the FBI and that requires
three character references that take
about six months to file. Along with the
application, the prospective weapons
owner must answer the “no list,” which
means every question on the list must be
answered with "no" before a weapon
can be purchased. The questions are
similar to the ones used in the Texas ap-
plication form. Even though no one
would dare to write "yes," the person
might withdraw an application at this
point, knowing his background will be
After a New Jersey resident receives
his ID card, he then can apply for a city
permit to buy a pistol or rifle. A separate
permit is required for both handguns
To obtain a permit, another applica-
tion and "no list” must be filled out.
With both an ID card and permit, a resi-
dent can purchase a weapon. Local
police departments thus have access to
the names and addresses of weapons
owners for future reference.
No one. I suspect, wants to be forced
to go through with this routine just to
own a firearm, but it is a necessary
starting point on a nationwide basis to
keep undesirable characters from own-
In contrast, the banning of handguns,
not rifles, in Morton Grove, III., appears
to be the worst level of restriction now in
The law banning handguns, enacted
June 8, 1981, has survived state and
federal court challenges from opponents
who said it violates the constitutional
right to bear arms.
The law bans the sale and ownership
of handguns by everyone except police,
on-duty military and law enforcement
personnel, licensed weapons collectors
and the town's only licensed gun club.
Only four handguns were turned in to
Morton Grove authorities after the bill
was passed. How much good do you
think that law did? Now merchants arc
afraid to keep firearms under their
counters in case of attempted burglaries.
The point of my argument is this:
What's to stop people from other states
from coming to Texas and asking their
friends or family members to buy them
weapons, then transporting the weapons
to their home states to use in case or-
dinances are passed banning firearms?
Are we to become the weapons sup-
pliers for northeastern states? Do we
want to be responsible for injuries occur-
ring from firearms bought in Texas?
It’s time Texas took steps to protect
itself—and set an example for other
states to follow in lieu of national
laws — by establishing state weapons
control laws preventing the sale of
handguns and rifles to those most likely
to commit crimes.
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