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The North Texas Daily
Friday, April 8,1988 North Texas State University, Denton, Texas 71st Year No. 98
SA ELECTIONS: Polling
places are open from
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-
Thursday in the University
Union courtyard and
to theft of ring
from NT Union
By Dennis Hernandez
Two NT students have admitted to the March 30 theft of a ring from the
The ring, a yellow-gold man’s ring valued in excess of $400, was taken
from a display table operated by Bob Cochran of Art Carved Rings. Cochran
said he noticed the ring was missing after the two suspects, who had been
inquiring about the rings, left the display area.
Cochran alerted NT police officer Karen Schluter about the theft. Schluter
chased the suspects with the help of two bystanders but eventually lost
However, the suspects’ identities were recorded on surveillance cameras
in the University Store. NT police reviewed the videotape and were able to
confirm the identities of the two suspects.
Sgt. Nancy Estes of the NT Police Department said the suspects’ identities
were confirmed by several officers who knew them. "We recognized who
the people were. They are students, and the officers are aware of their
"We were able to check through student records and find out where
those people live. They were contacted and brought in here to be interviewed
in relationship to the case.” The suspects were interviewed separately April
I and Wednesday.
She said that during the interviews the police learned information about
the case. “We came up with a lot. One suspect has admitted taking the
ring and is trying to figure out what happened to it."
Estes said the other suspect is not “actively cixiperating. He has admitted
taking the ring, but he does not know where the ring is and is not making
any attempt to try to find it."
Once the ring is found it is up to the complainant to file criminal charges.
Estes said, “At this point, that person (the complaintant) does want to file
The names of the suspects cannot be released until charges have been
The crime, which is still under investigation, is a class A midemeanor
punishable by a fine up to $2,000 and/or a year in jail.
Shannon Drawe'NT Daily Staff
MADE IN THE SHADE—A class takes advantage of the favorable weather
to meet outdoors. They said the wind wasn't as bad as the weather was
Parking costs could rise
By Stephen E. Hadeler
Monopoly boards would be the only
place NT students could find free
parking on campus if a proposal ap-
proved Thursday by the University
Parking Committee finds favor with
administrators and the Board of Regents
in their May meeting.
NT Police Chief Eric Jackson said
the proposal would end free parking on
campus, increase the cost of parking
permits and allow for the creation of
new classes of parking permits.
Fred Pole, NT vice president for ad-
ministrative affairs, said, “Over a
two-year period the cost for student
parking permits would increase by 50
cents per month. Faculty and staff per-
mits would increase $1 per month over
the same period.”
Pole, who spoke at the committee
meeting, said the fee increase was
needed because the university lacks the
money to buy land for additional parking
lots and to repair and upgrade existing
He said some of the lots on campus
are dirt and others are paved with gravel;
the goal is to pave all lots with asphalt
and to have money to maintain the lots.
Jackson said the fee increase would
not be enough to accomplish this, To
generate more revenue the number of
reserved parking spaces would be in-
creased by 441. Enforcement of parking
regulations at those and faculty and staff
spaces would be extended to 10 p.m.
He said a new class of reserved per-
mits for students who live in dormitories
would be created with 1,340 spaces
available next fall. A new permit for
freshman students would be created
allowing them and anyone else who
wishes to park at Fouls Field only.
Also, permit classes for students who
park on campus only at night and for
those who park motorcycles would be
The cost increases for parking permits
over the next two years are: Reserved
permits, which now cost $33 will in-
crease to $60 in fall 1988 and to $72
in fall 1989 Faculty/staff permits would
increase from $20 to $47 in fall 1988
and to $59 in fall 1989. Commuter and
resident permits would increase from
$20 to $41 in fall 1988 and to $47 in
The proposed new classes of permits
and the increases for the next two years
are: Reserved resident permits would
cost $60 in fall 1988 and increase to
$70 in fall 1989. Freshman and night
permits would cost $26 in fall 1988 and
increase to $32 in fall 1989 Motorcycle
parking permits would cost $16 in fall
1988 and remain the same for the next
Jackson said free parking would still
be available for visitors. Also, shuttle
bus operating hours would be extended
until 10 p.m and the service would be
SA candidates debate presidential goals
By Jean Page!
Candidates for Student Association president
and vice president on Thursday debated methixls
for increasing student representation at NT and
combating student apathy.
The debate, sponsored by the University
Program Council and the Residence Hall As-
sociation. was in the University Union courtyard
Thursday afternoon. All candidates on the four
tickets participated in the debate.
Presidential candidate Allan Escher, Irving
senior, said SA could better represent students
by working with other campus organizations.
“A cornerstone of our platform is to establish
closer ties and better cooperation with other
organizations," Escher said. "With this we
intend to move forward and reach out to the
Denton community as well as reach in I see
this as a way of serving the students most
Escher’s running mate, Pattison junior Janet
Folmar, said having campus groups' repre-
sentatives at SA meetings would increase com-
munication between organizations.
"We want the university to grow inter-
nally,” Folmar said, “and to grow internally
we have to have cohesion among organizations
and representatives from them at our meetings."
Misty Mayo, Spring junior and presidential
candidate, said freshmen's involvement in SA
is crucial to its development.
“Retention is what is needed now," Mayo
said. “In the Freshman 200 program we have
to keep those students involved and energetic
in what's going on in Student Association and
Mayo and her running mate, Paula Bell, El
Campo junior, stressed the importance of
responding to students' needs.
“The Student Association vice president is
supposed to work with each of the 22 uni-
versitywide committees and see what wants and
concerns students have,” Bell said.
Will Helixon, Burleson senior, and his vice
presidential candidate, Jay Ruuska, Richardson
junior, proposed a plan for SA to combat NT
student apathy. Points of the plan were equal
representation of students through appointments
to committees, increased involvement in state
and local politics, and creation of an SA com-
mittee to attend organizations’ meetings, asking
how SA can better respond to students’ needs.
“One of the most important things to re-
member is that we are going in a positive
direction." Helixon said. “We should learn
from mistakes in the past, be able to stand up
and confront those mistakes and make pro-
gressive change for the future.”
The team of Fort Worth junior Jon Theobald
and Ozark, Mo., junior Shan Bracy said they
want a regional political forum at NT next year
similar to one sponsored here this semester
“We are only two people," presidential
candidate Theobald said. “This place is 22,000
strong We can’t do it alone — if you’re
expecting that, you're expecting too much.
“We’ll give you hard work and sweat from
us, but it takes you reaching out your hand, us
reaching out our hands, and us working together
Election officials issue warning
By Jean Page I
A Student Association election com-
mittee ruled Wednesday that an SA
presidential candidate who distributed
business cards last week violated the
Lauren Dalrymple, Hurst junior and
rules and elections director, said the SA
Election Board sent a warning to Allan
Escher, Irving senior
“One member of the Elction Board
saw Allan passing out his Student As-
sociation business cards while verbally
campaigning at the blood drive." Dal-
rymple said Thursday. "Wednesday
night we ruled it a violation of material
campaigning because the candidates
weren't supposed to begin distributing
materials before April 5.”
But Escher said he did not know
business cards were considered cam-
paign materials. At a blood drive site
last week he handed out about 15 cards
with his name and current SA office
printed on them.
“I knew we could verbally campaign
at the time, but if I had known that my
regular business cards were considered
campaign materials, I never would have
given them out," Escher said Thursday.
“They didn’t say 'Vote for Escher' on
Escher said he assumed all SA of-
Conference examines Islam
Political scientists discuss Moslem influence
By Stephen E. Hadeler
Islam's influence on the legitimacy of Arab regimes
and Lebanon’s instability were discussed at the
Religious Resurgence and Politics in the Contemporary
World conference Wednesday.
"What 1 consider to be the principle issue in
Arab politics today is the problem of legitimacy —
fundamentally my argument is that there isn't enough
of it to go around,” said Dr. Michael Hudson of
Hudson, who spoke on "Islam and Political
Development in the Arab World," said the lack of
legitimacy accounted for the authoritarian, dictatorial,
brutal and unstable politics in the Arab Middle East.
The growth of the state in the Middle East was
not always accompanied by the growth of authoritative
power, he said It has always been a problem for
Middle Eastern regimes to justify their existence with
something other than coercive force. Hudson said.
"Islam is one of the political resources that has
become increasingly important for regimes try ing to
legitimize themselves. In addition, the region is
buffeted by interstate conflicts. 1 can think of at least
half a dozen major wars that have negative ram-
ifications on domestic political authority and legiti-
macy These regional conflicts generate problems
of their own," Hudson said.
Regimes and would-be regimes have tried to use
ideological beliefs and Islamic symbols to legitimize
themselves and mobilize support to seize and maintain
control of a country, he said.
Dr. Augustus Norton of West Point said. “Leb-
anon continues to confound all but the most diehard
pessimists among us. Over and over again when it
could not get worse — it does"
Norton said 5,000 citizens arc fleeing Lebanon
each month The country’s economy is a shambles,
and the Lebanese pound has sunk so low that parity
with the U.S penny would be a “miracle,” he
Short hand labels and general categories are used
to describe what can only be seen as a disorderly
political scene. Norton said. Those labels are needed
to make sense of the situation so it can be discussed,
he said, but the labels imply more coherence and
unity than actually exist.
If it were only a matter of a Shiite Moslem position
or a Sunni Moslem stand or a Druze Moslem per-
spective it would be relatively easy to see an end to
some of the violence, Norton said. However, he said,
there are many groups and many factions.
Important political organizations seem more like
complex mazes than ordered hierarchies, he said
The factionalism is a culturally conditioned response
to strife that never seems to end.
The significant watershed for Lebanon was the
Israeli invasion of 1982. “a monument to stupidity
and self-delusion, not just by Israelis.” Norton said
Lebanese and non-Lebanese people have paid the
price for those delusions, he said.
Americans demonstrated an extraordinary naivete
in 1982, Norton said The invasion was a strategic
opportunity, a chance to affirm stability and Amereian
influence in Lebanon, he said. However. Americans
did not bother to understand the situation in the
country or what motivated the politics of its people.
“I don't want to leave you with the impression
that the religious movements arc the only movements
that exist. We have a tendency to overgenerallze and
see Islamic extremists when others are involved
From 1983 to 1985 there were 31 incidents in
which ear bombs were used against Israeli occupiers.
Only about one-third were done by militant Islamic
groups, he said The rest were were done by secular
groups with parties who were not for a revived Islam
and did not desire to establish Islamic rule in Lebanon,
he said They were motivated by a belief in Marxism
or variants of Arab socialism or Arab nationalism.
ficers who were candidates for office
in next week’s elections could distribute
their business cards while verbally cam-
The warning Escher received stated
that if his campaign violates another rule
of the election code, the matter will be
referred to Dean of Students Dr Joe
Stewart. In this event, Escher and his
running mate, Janet Folmar. Pattison
junior, could be removed from the race
Donald Griswold. Plano senior and
SA president, said SA’s treatment of
the incident was standard election pro-
Griswold said SA will strictly e. ’
force the rules in next week’s elec-
"Starting Monday, wearing or dis-
tributing campaign materials in or within
50 feet of the Union or Wooten Hall is
a serious violation in that it gives an
advantage to a candidate,” he said
"The candidates arc responsible for
anything that has their names on it,
including buttons and T-shirts."
Unlike the SA election of last spring
semester, when Griswold and Garland
senior Stephanie Cunningham ran un-
opposed for SA’s top offices, no posts
in this election are uncontested, Dal-
rymple said In addition to four tickets
for the president and vice president seats,
22 students are vying for seven at-large
Although only 680 students voted in
last spring’s SA election, voter turnout
increased to almost 2.000 in the fall.
Griswold said he expects a turnout of
about 2,500 voters for this election
OUTLOOK: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION — The freedom of
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approved a strengthening of the Texas Open Meetings Act See Page 2
FREE FILM FEST — NT is presenting a free exhibition of first-place
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