Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on May 9, 1974 · Page 7
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 7

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Thursday, May 9, 1974
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AIC Limits Grants-ln-Aid Wins Scholarships Carol Ann Riggs, a senior at Fayettcville High School, plans to major in physical education under an academic scholarship at Arkansas Tech, Russcllville. The d a u g h t e r of Mr- and Mrs. Howard N. Riggs, she has been a member of Ihe National Honor Society and the Letiermen's Club during her high school years. By HARRY KING LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- The Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference has a rule that reads: "Any athlete receiving . . . a scholarship shall be included in the athletes who are permitted to receive grants-ill-aid . . . In each event, the total of all grants or aid must not exceed, the AIC limit." The limit in football is 33; in basketball 15. The rule has been interpreted .0 apply to academic scholarships, basic economic grants and campus jobs. .Only athletes A'ho pay their own way, receive lelp from their parents or obtain a loan do not count against the limit. The regulation, about to be hrough changes atton. "We'd rather not have asked Can Bon Debated WASHINGTON (AP) -- Representatives of aluminum and metal can manufacturing say that a federal ban on disposable containers coulci have a disastrous economic impact. But environmentalists and energy conservationists told Senate subcommittee that the advantages of such a ban outweigh the disadvantages. challenged, creates situations like these: A gifted punter at Arkansas Tech receives a basic economic opportunity grant of less t h a n $200 a year to help pay college expenses. Ho is not good enough to qualify for a football scholarship, but he wants to play. No way, under the AtC regulation, unless he gives up his grant. The valedictorian of a Southeast Arkansas high school earns an academic scholarship to Slate College of Arkansas. He fails to obtain a football scholarship and winds up forfeiting his academic scholarship to continue his athletic career. He's fortunate; he's able to obtain tuition money from hib parents. OPINION SOUGHT A committee of AIC faculty representatives wants to know if tlie conference regulations are discriminatory. The com mittee is asking the attorney general for an opinion. "We're concerned whether o not we can legally prohibit anj bonafide student from partici paling in intercollegiate athlet cs," said Bill Lemley, Ar cansas Tech's faculty rep 'Can poor folks be prevented 'rom playing just beauis they're poor?" Some schools in the 10-mem bcr conference have tried un successfully in the past to pus or the opinion," Lemley said, 'We'd rather the conference lake care of its own matters." Seven affirmative votes are needed to alter the conference jylaws. Although only seven schools play football, all 10 vote on any proposed change. The problem is one of m a i n - .ainihg athletic equality among the schools. The enrollment varies a great deal among the member schools and the smaller schools fear they will be overwhelmed by sheer numbers if the rules are relaxed. For instance, Arkansas College had a fall enrollment ol 479. SCA's enrollment the same semester was 4,535. Other members of the conference are Henderson State College, Ouachita Baptist University, Southern State College Hcndrix College, University oi Arkansas-Monticello, College ol the Ozarks, Arkansas Tech am in the regu- ion goes against the AIC, some schools will likely reassess h e i r position as conference arding College. If the attorney general's opir Russell Simkins Russell Sim kins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kugetie Simkins, plans to stnrty chemical engineering ul (He University of Arkansas nnrier a corporate- sponsored N i i l i n n a l Merit Scholarship. Russell, co-vale* diclnrian of Ihe Fiiyetteville High School graduating class, has heen a hand memher during his four years at the school, Is a memher or the National Honor Society a n d served as president of Mu Alpha Theia this past year. Vet Benefit Plan WASHINGTON (AP) -- Th Veterans Administration is pre paring new procedures to ex pertite payment of educationa benefits to veterans, accordin to Sen. Charles McC. Alathia Jr. of Maryland. Mathias, senior Republica on the Senate appropriation subcommittee dealing with ve enans' affairs, said the ne procedures will include assign menl of a full-time VA representative to every college where at least 500 veterans are enrolled, and a visit by a VA agent at least once a week to campuses where as many as 100 veterans attend. members. The opinion request asks :hrce questons: 'Is it legal for an athletic conference to limit or prohibit athletic competition by a bona- fide student on the basis of his receipt of economic aid, including bonafide campus jobs, from other than his parents." --'Is it legal for an athletic conference to limit or prohibit athletic competition to a bona- f i d e student on the basis of ex." --"Would your answer to either of the above qeustions be the same if the questions concerned the legality of action by an individual school as opposed to rules of an athletic conference." MEMBERSHIP VOI.UNTARY Lemley said tlie third queston was added to cover the possibility that individual schools might not be bound by conference regulations since membership in the AIC is voluntary. The opinion was prompted b: a request from Hendrix College hut a woman be allowed to compete in AIC tennis com- wtilion. The conference denied he request and three faculty representatives were named to i committee to investigate the situation. "We are determined that if we are going to open up t h a t rag of discrimination, we're going to up this other one," Lemley said. A spokesman for one school [liat favors relaxing the rule was quick to point out that the criteria for an academic scholarship is established by the state Board of Higher Educa- ton. A student who scores 23 or better on the ACT test or ranks in the top 10 per cent of his class qualifies. The same representative also said the limit of 33 students on- aid was adopted in the early 1960s when one-platoon toolbar was the ruje. "That meant you could have three football teams," he said. "Now, with two-platoon foot' ball, you don't have but one ful team and some extra players.' Northwfttt Aikon*as TIMES r Thurs., May 9, 1974 FAYtTTEVILLC, ARKANSAS Internal Feud Cited Palmer Says CIDI Head Didn't Pay Expenses LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- Ronald R. Palmer, former vice! president of Community In-' vestment and Development. Inc., said Wednesday t h a t he had not gone through normal business channels lo get money due him because he was feuding with the organization's president. Palmer said George Mays wouldn't pay him for his expenses. Palmer is being tried at U.S. District Court here on charges of embezzling and misapplying $1?..(KW in federal grant funds to CIDI. CIDI is an organization f u n - ded by the federal Office of Economic Opportunity and cle signed to develop minority busi ness enterprises in Arkansas. The case is expected to go to the j u r y today. Palmer is accused of illegally charging CIDI with travel ex- penses he incurred on five trips to Alexandria, La.. The govern- menl said those Irips were part of private consulting work which Palmer was doing for a community action agency in Alexandria. Palmer testified that he had not taken the trip to Alexandria lo do privale consulting work but to look at the operation of the comrmmiiy action agency there. He said that agency, like CIDI, was planning to set tip a grocery store project. Palmer also is charged with embezzling a $1.500 CIDI check made out to a Memphis consulting f i r m . He sairt Wednesday lhal Mays' gave him the $1.500 check to get one of the CIDI directors off Ihe board. The government also has accused Palmer of taking $3,500 from the grocery store project and almost $1.000 f r o m an ac- count for a low-income housinff project. Palmer said be used t h « $4.000 to pay for the moving of the CIDI offices to Porrcst City in April 1973 and to buy himself a mobile home lo liv« in at Forrest City. Mays had opposed the mov« to Forrest City and so had refused to disburse any money for it. Palmer said. Palmer said he took the $3,500 from the grocery store project account as his salary. 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