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UNIVERSITY PRESS October 11,1978*4
There will be a pep rally Thursday evening in Mc-
Donald Gym at 7:30 p.m. for the Lamar-West Tekas
State football game to be played in Canyon this
The Lamar cheerleaders will give a spirit award
to the most spirited group attending the pep rally.
The International Club has announced its new of-
ficers for the fall semester.
They are: Paul Loftus, Ireland/Canada,
president; Manuel Perez Blance, Venezuela, vice
president; Vinay Patel, Zambia, secretary; and
Demetze Pappas, Greece, treasurer.
The continents of America, Europe and Africa are
represented on the executive board.
Students from the following countries attended
the meeting: Bangladesh, Iran, Ireland, Panama,
Thailand, the United States, Venezuela and Zambia.
Among the events planned for this semester are
movies from different countries, a sight-seeing
tour, a lecture on the American legal system and a
Alpha Chi Omega
Several members of Alpha Chi Omega sorority
are helping with Lamar’s blood drive. Those
assisting co-chairman Janice Shanks, Sour Lake
senior, are: Susan Conn, Beaumont sophomore;
Jessica Ford, Dayton freshman; and Cheryl
Shanks, Sour Lake sophomore.
Anne Wyche, Beaumont senior, is a recent Sigma
Nu little sister pledge.
Three faculty members in the department of
mathematics will attend a National Science Foun-
dation course at the University of Texas at Austin,
Oct. 16-17 and March 12-13.
Reta Parrish and Charles Lauffer, assistant
professors of mathematics and Joan Brenizer,
associate professor of mathematics, submitted
proposals and were accepted to attend the
Chautauqua-type short courses on Mathematics
Avoidance and Anxiety, Richard Alo, professor and
mathematics department head, said.
The course will focus on problems in teaching
mathematics courses, Alo said.
The College of Health Sciences is soliciting ideas
for Homecoming weekend from all health sciences
All ideas for floats, Homecoming queen can-
didates and Gong Show contestants are being ac-
cepted by the College of Health Sciences student-
faculty council representative.
Ideas may also be given to Jann Balmer, nursing
instructor, 227 Ward Health Science Building, or to
Paul A. Bronson,‘clinical instructor and program
director of Respiratory Technology, 217 Ward
Health Science Building.
Alpha Lambda Delta
Alpha Lambda Delta, freshman honor society,
has cancelled the meeting scheduled for today.
Another meeting will be set at a later date, ac-
cording to Pam Gregory, president of the chapter.
The Lambda Eta Chapter of Kappa Sigma in-
ducted 11 Starduster pledges Monday night in Plum-
mer Hall, Wing “B.”
The new little sister inductees include: Tamyra
Haddad, Houston sophomore; Mary Stratman,
Texas City junior; Lori Rull, Joliet, 111., sophomore;
Kelli Harrigan, Beaumont freshman; and Sharon
Stratman, Texas City freshman.
Other Kappa Sig little sister pledges include: Con-
nie Huebner, Spring sophomore; Lisa Dwire, Por-
tland senior; Patty Carrens, Beaumont junior;
Diana Balderas, League City junior; Jeanne John-
ston, Nederland senior; and Peggy Handel, Richar-
The Starduster pledge trainer will be Galveston
senior Manuel Moreno Jr., assisted by Beaumont
junior Clay Roberts.
Tonight at 8 p.m., three other Kappa Sigma
pledges will be added to the already list of 17.
They include freshman Mike Ybarra of New
Braunfels and New Diana’s Mark Trull, along with
sophomore Kirk Lenertz of Beaumont.
Saturday afternoon Kappa Sigma and the Gam-
ma Phi Beta sorority will host the 1st Annual Wood-
fest at Village Creek from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Tickets will be available today in the Setzer Cen-
ter as well as from any Kappa Sig or Gamma Phi.
The cost is $6, which includes barbecue, all the beer
For futher information, contact the Kappa Sigs at
838-7591, or Gamma Phi Beta at 838-8876.
New generation votes in a different way
By IRA R. ALLEN
WASHINGTON (UPI) — If you are a typical
citizen, when — or if — you go to the polls next
month you will be voting in a different way than
yiur parents did a generation ago.
While you may still have their same preference
for a candidate of your religion or nationality, the
chances are it won’t make a bit of difference what
party he or she belongs to.
Not as it was in the old days when voters
marked a single X or pulled one lever to vote for a
whole slate whose views on a wide range of issues
could be predicted simply by noting their party
You will likely vote for the candidate who comes
across best on television or who shares your view
on gun control, abortion, Proposition 13 or union
rights. And by doing so, you will be reinforcing
twin trends just now getting the attention of
political scholars — the decline of parties and the
decline in voting.
The American Enterprise Institute, a
Washington thinktank, has issued the thoughts of
10 political scientists writing on the theme of “The
New American Political System.” The
Washington Monthly magazine for October deals
with “The Politics of Selfishness.”
“If one message emerges from the pages of this
book," says AEI editor Anthony King, “it is that
fewer and fewer cohesive blocs are to be found in
the American polity.” As a result, he says, the out-
come of any number of political issues is im-
possible to predict and change is occurring either
too slowly or too rapidly.
The landmarks of the new system are: lower
voter turnout, an increase in presidential
primaries, the growth of well financed single-
issue blocs and the independence of members of
Congress who defy their leaders at will and who
are getting re-elected more easily and with higher
margins than in past years.
Parties used to train candidates, moderate
ideological disputes, fix up potholes and deliver
Christmas turkeys. They would define issues
along broad themes — Democrats for social
welfare and Republicans for fiscal restraint. Par-
ties would embrace what would otherwise be shar-
ply antagonistic splinter groups. For example,
both blacks and corporate executives used to be
Republicans and women’s rights advocates and
anti-abortion Catholics were exclusively
Now, parties serve only to nominate candidates,
and due to low voter turnout and new rules for par-
ticipation, the opposing nominees tend to have
sharply different idological stripes. As a result,
issues are coming to prominence as they never did
before, the business of governing is getting too un-
comfortable for old-time incumbents and the pen-
dulum of public opinion is likely to swing in shor-
ter arcs — witness the desire of some states to
change their minds after a couple of years on the
Equal Rights Amendment.
AEI's Austin Ranney predicts what it will b
like without parties:
“The candidate organizations, the women’
caucuses, the black caucuses, the right-to-lif
leagues and the like would become the only rea
players in the game. The mass communication •
media would become the sole agencies for sortini
out the finalists from the original entrants and foi
defining the voters’ choices.”
Curtis Gans, in an adaptation of a speech for tin
Washington Monthly, calls for re-emergence os'
political parties as means of increasing voter par-
ticipation. But he has no immediate answer, onl)
“Whatever is done needs to be done soon, lot <
what we have now — a system where special in-
terests that have come to represent fewer and
fewer of us have increasing power, where single
issue zealots have learned to use thier votes to
gain a virtual veto-power over local candidates —
will only perpetuate the non-participation of the
rest of us.”
LUPA YIC A chapter to hold meeting,
discuss ways to increase membership
The first meeting of the
Vocational Industrial Club
of America at Lamar
University at Port Arthur
will be held at 3 p.m. today
in the Student Activities
section of the Fuller
Educational Building at
According to Charles
Reeder, president of the
VICA chapter at LUPA, the
members will discuss ways
of increasing the mem-
bership of VICA.
“Anyone enrolled full
time at LUPA is eligible to
join,” Franklin Savage, ad-
viser to the club has an-
nounced. Membership is $6
VICA is a national club
organized to give
vocational students a chan-
ce to compete with other
throughout the United
“It is a leadership
program used in con-
junction with vocational
school courses,” Savage
said. “The major areas of
competition are job ap-
plication, public and ex-
and skill speed.”
State and national VICA
organizations meet once a
year for competition
meets. The last state meet
was in April and was held
in San Antonio. LU at Port
Arthur’s VICA has been
unable to compete locally
because there are no other
colleges and VICA charters
in this area.
One of the goals that
VICA has set for itself this
year is to increase mem-
bership in the club.
“We would like to see the
number of local chapters
increase,” Savage said.
Last year there were five
post secondary (college
level) VICA chapters in
Texas. These were located
at Texas State Technical
Institution at Waco, St.
Phillips at San Antonio,
McLennan College at
Waco, Hill Junior College
at Hillsboro, and LU at
LUPA’s VICA plans to at-
tend the state meet held in
Houston on April 6-7. The
national meet will be held
in Atlanta, Ga., on July 2-5.
State officers for VICA
are Reeder, LUPA,
president; Clay Freeman,
LUPA, vice president;
Michael Viator, LUPA,
treasurer; William Byran
Lee, St. Philip’s,
secretary; Dan Duran,
TSTI, reporter; Julian
Leeja, TSTI, sergeant-at-
arms; and Tim Rubit,
Through VICA a student
“gets to know how good he
is at his trade,” Reeder
said. “A student can meet
people from other colleges,
attend parties and con-
“VICA is not all fun. It is
a lot of hard work and
study but it also allows for
personal growth,” Savage
New media center available to faculty
seek nine positions
in Orange SGA
Fourteen candidates are seeking nine positions in
the Lamar University at Orange SGA election for
the 1978-1979 school year, according to Steve War-
ner, SGA adviser.
Jeff Bates, Orange sophomore, will be running
unopposed at the Orange campus for president
Candidates for vice president are Susan
Whitehead, freshman and Charles Collins,^?*
sophomore, both of Orange. \
Secretary-treasurer candidates are Rhonda Webb
and Lana Abrego, Orange freshmen.
Nine students are seeking the six senate
positions. They are: Dewey Cox Jr., Rose
Broussard, Doug Farmer, Rhonda Hodge, Joanna
Hennigan and Maria Gipson, all Orange freshmen.
Also, Wally Brown, Adrian Pretz and Stephanie
Aldridge, sophomores from Orange.
Balloting will begin today at 5 p.m. and continue
through Friday until 2 p.m.
A new media center for
Lamar faculty members is
now available in the Gray
Library, offering an audio-
visual repair service and
assistance in obtaining A-V
available from the Media
Center, according to
William Ryan, instructor
for the program, includes
video cassette playback
units, a video receiver, 16
mm projectors, an
overhead projector and a
The center is beginning
to catalog and make
available 16 mm films,
filmstrips, slides and audio
cassettes, Ryan said.
The center will locate
and borrow any A-V
material from other
universities needed by
teachers, according to
associate director of
library services. If enough
teachers can use the
material the center will
preview and buy it, she
A-V materials in all
Lamar departments will
eventually be catalogued
into the Gray Library files,
according to Dr. R.B.
Thomas, director of library
Each Lamar academic
department has a library
representative who coor-
requests for purchasing
monographs and serials,
Thomas said. These
representatives are asked
to serve as advisers and
coordinators for the pur-
chase of A-V materials, as
well as traditional library
materials, he said.
Also, the media center
will accept donations of
equipment or A-V
materials to the library, as
parts from older equip-
ment might be used by the
repair facility, Dr. Thomas
Ryan is a native of
Missouri and came to
Lamar Sept. II. He has an
MA in library science from
the University of Missouri
Before coming to Lamar
he was media coordinator
for the Wentzville, Mo.,
NSEF to sponsor contest
Free Pregnancy Testing
West Loop Clinic
2909 West Loop South 610
The National Student
Educational Fund is spon-
soring, for the second year,
the Better Information
Prizes in education will
be given, and a national
competition will be held to
encourage and recognize
Awards of $500 will be
given to each of the 12 best
entries. Winners will then
give their award money to
the student organization or
project of their choice.
Individual students and
student organizations are
eligible to enter the com-
All materials may be in
any media and must be
aimed at improving the in-
formation available to
students concerning cam-
pus programs, op-
portunities and ex-
periences, such as orien-
tation handbooks or guides
for women reentering
Materials must have
been produced during the
1977-78 or 1978-79 academic
Each of the 12 winners
will win a trip to
Washington, D.C., at which
time the prize money will
be awarded at a national
Application packets are
available from the
Educational Fund, 2000 P
Street, NW, Suite 305,
Washington, D.C. 20036.
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