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FOOTBALL: Center may help with recruitment Continued from A1 Thursday. Funding for the building will come exclusively from private donors and the athletic department. No state or permanent university money will be used. The athletic department needs to have $3 million in hand and $1.5 million pledged before the proje ro ct can move roje forward. The new center will be available only to members of the football team, which currently share a workout facility with 20 other A&M athletic teams, and will eliminate the “traffic issues” faced in the Netum Steed Laboratory, Sherman said. “I know it will help us develop our football players into better athletes,” he said. The center will also o ffeature a video wall and second-floor viewing platform, which Sherman said will attract more talent. “There will be no other facility in the country like it,” he said. The proje ro ct’s $6 million cost roje estimate includes furnishings and equipment. Associate athletics director Alan Cannon shared Sherman’s perspective that the center will enhance the university’s recruiting ability. He likened the performance center’s video wall to the 49-panel display in the Association of Former Students’ Flores Hall. “With any student in this day and time, video presentations are highly encouraged,” Cannon said. “You want to put your bestt ffoot fforward.” The video wall can serve as a recruitment tool for students who visit with their families unofficially over the summer, Cannon said. “We want [the students] to leave saying, ‘Boy, this really is a great place,’” he said. Cannon said that although Netum Steed impressed visitors when it first opened in 1985, that is no longer the case. Some high schools now have facilities similar to and better

BOOKS: Useful on AP exams Continued from A1 the summer if students have common knowledge on a discussion topic. “We just know that successful students read and we know that reading helps increase vocabulary, and good readers are usually good writers,” Beesaw said. It also allows teachers to immediately begin lecturing on themes or an analysis of the book, she said. Beesaw, who formally taught pre-AP for about 11 years, said summer reading requirements are mostly chosen based on whether the students will be interested in the selection. She said it’s also important to ensure the book is easily accessible as well as understandable without teacher instruction. Teachers are able to adjust the book selection year-toyear by evaluating goals for instruction or student feedback. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya has appeared six times on the College Board’s test, The Awakening by Kate Chopin has been referenced nine times and students have seen a question about Great Expectations by Charles Dickens 14 times since 2001. At least 10 times, students taking the AP test have needed to have read Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston to have answered questions. Hickman said the district’s book list doesn’t change as often. Regular summer readings for the district include A Separate Peace by John Knowles, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E. B. White. “One of the exciting things about literature is there’s so much of it out there,” Hickman said.

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than those at Netum, he said. The sports performance center will also house staff offices, staff lockers and shower rooms, and a conference room, but Sherman said the building’s focus will be on the students. “It’s really for the players more than anybody else,” Sherman said.

Texans warned to buckle up Eagle Staff Report

It’s “click it or ticket” time again, so buckle up if you take to Texas roadways over the long Memorial Day weekend. The Texas Department of Transportation is conducting its 10th annual campaign to remind motorists to wear their seatbelts. Recent changes to the saf belt law, enacted in 2009, state’s safety require all passengers to be buckled in, including adults in the backseat. The

new law also requires that children under the age of eight or underr 4 ffeet, 9 inches tall be in a booster seat. Statistics indicate the law will help prevent a sizable number of traffic c ffatalities in Texas. More than 3,000 people died in vehicular collisions in the state in 2009, and just under half of them were not wearing seatbelts. According to TxDOT, buckling up reduces the risk of a ffatal injury in an accident by 45 percent.

Jimmy Morgan with the Texas Department of Public Safety said law enforcement officers will be out in force and on the lookoutt ffor dangerous drivers this weekend. “We’re always looking for seatbelts, aggressive drivers and drivers who have been drinking,” Morgan said. “Those are the main ones we are picking out, because they could have accidents and we’re trying to save lives.”

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