University of Texas Austin - Cactus Yearbook (Austin, TX)

 - Class of 1982

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From the 67th session of the Texas Legislature came two new laws that severely restricted the ' recreational activities ' of students RIED TO BUY THERE IS AN OLD SAYING THAT NO ONE IS SAFE WHEN the Texas Legislature is in session. That phrase seemed appropriate for UT students when the " good ol ' boys " of the Texas House and Senate let loose with Senate Bill 306 by Bill Sarpalius and House Bill 733 by Charles Evans; the former raising the drink- ing age from 18 to 19 and the latter relating to the possession of drug paraphernalia. S.B. 306 had a great effect on University students. Although its intention was to get alcohol out of high schools, the law delayed the first " taste of freedom " for many young University of Texas students. " I finally get away from my parents and the Texas Legislature tries to take their place, " said Hinke de Boer, a junior transfer ' Head Gear on the Drag counts down the final days before the ' drug paraphernalia " law goes into effect. }6 Drinking Age

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x Mid U " open " A group of faithful viewers takes time out from class to catch another episode of " General Hospital " in the Communications Building lobby : .: :- ' 10 U fe wk fl , W MX were forgotten the week of Nov. 16 as students stayed glued to their sets for the long-awaited wedding of Luke Spencer (Tony Geary) and Laura Baldin (Genie Fran- cis). The midsummer royal wedding of Bri- tain ' s Prince Charles and Lady Diana faded into mediocrity as thousands of UT students watched the hero and heroine say " I do. " The event garnered unprecedented ratings for daytime television and attracted the at- tention of network news. Soap addicts explained that one of the basic reasons students watched any soap was the feeling of camaraderie they got. " With 50,000 students on campus, it ' s hard to get to know anybody, " explained Tammy McMahon, " but when you watch ' One Life To Live ' with the same group for an entire semester, you get to know them. " Along with that feeling of camaraderie went the influence of peer pressure. Soaps were a fad, and new soap viewers ' most com- mon reasoning for watching was that their roommates watched them. The fad reached such proportions that even big names from the box office and stage made guest ap- pearances on their favorite shows. WHAT THEY WATCHED . Doug and Julie Williams star on " Days Of Our Lives. " NBC Luke and Laura finally wed on " General Hospital. " ABC Rock group the B-52 ' s appeared on " Guiding Light. " CBS Soap Operas 35



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BUY MEAN ) SAYING T NO ONE iFEWEN - Bartender Pat Kroschewsky cards Elliott Heide in the Texas Tavern before serving him a drink. The ID check became routine in the Tavern after the legal drinking age was raised. A BEER LATELY? by LINDA J.JONES student in the College of Communication. " It ' s embarrassing not to be able to follow your friends on a Saturday night. " " You can ' t do anything in Austin unless you ' re 19. If an older guy takes you out, you can ' t go out dancing or to a nice bar, " echoed Carolyn Bibie, a freshman in the Col- lege of Business. Bibie, who was 17 when she arrived at UT, didn ' t get a chance to fully experience the night life, but there were many 18-year- olds caught in a peculiar situation when the law changed on Sept. 1. They had been legal for up to several months and suddenly found their privileges revoked. " Last year I felt left out at Friday Gras, the Texas Union all-nighter, because I was only 17, " said Susan Mitchell, a sophomore in the College of Natural Sciences. " Although I don ' t drink I had looked for- ward to the time when I could enter all areas of the Union. And I got caught only nine days before my birthday this year. With my luck they ' ll raise it again next year, " she said. During all-nighters, alcohol was confined to several areas where a person had to show proof of age to enter. During the Union ' s regular hours of operation, only single orders for alcoholic beverages were accepted and ID had to be shown. The Union would, though, help 19-year-olds celebrate their birthdays with a party. And it wasn ' t only the Union, but other drinking establishments also tightened up their checks. But did the new laws really work? " For the law to work the way it ' s sup- posed to, they would have to raise the age to 21, " said Joan Cardenas, a freshman liberal arts student. " Most people have legal-aged brothers, sisters or friends that could obtain liquor for them, " she said. " Any 18-year-old that has made it into college can figure out a way to get alcohol, " de Boer said. There was, however, a small minority of people that agreed with the new drinking age and an even smaller number that would not be upset with total prohibition. Age didn ' t have anything to do with H.B. 733 the " head shop " law. By adding three words " or drug paraphernalia " to the Texas Controlled Substance Act, a person could be arrested for possessing anything from a baggie to a blender, or a pipe to a syr- inge. According to the law, " drug parapher- nalia " meant equipment, a product or material of any kind that was used or intend- ed to use in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufac- turing, compounding, converting, produc- ing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packaging, repackaging, storing, containing or concealing a controlled substance in violation of the Act. Many other students disliked the law, say- ing it was extremely vague and gave the police and courts great control over the in- terpretation. The paraphernalia bill along with a wiretapping bill were part of Gover- nor Bill Clements ' " war on drugs, " designed to give police a better chance of catching the big drug dealers. Drinking Age 37

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