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Senators prohibited from sharing impeachment information Joseph denies claims made in J-Court appeal Jennifer Reiley The Battalion


n the wake of the impeachment of Student Body President Reid Joseph on Tuesday, little information has been disclosed by the Student Senate. Speaker Chris Russo said in an email to the senate that senators are not permitted to release information about the charges brought against Joseph under threat of impeachment, in accordance with senate by-laws.

“The specific charges brought may not be disclosed outside of executive session by anyone other than the indicted person,” the by-laws read. “Violating this subsection constitutes grounds for impeachment.” In the email, Russo also detailed the framework of the trial. In order for Joseph to be impeached, the Senate must have a three-fourths vote for his removal. Fernando Sosa, senate rules and regulations chair, will preside over the trial. A Judicial Court appeal against Joseph scheduled for Wednesday, filed by Cary Cheshire, the same senator who filed for Joseph’s impeachment, was dropped. In

the appeal, Cheshire said Joseph failed to file a letter to the Board of Regents along with other University entities about that the NASFRA Enaction clause. The appeal stated the Board of Regents said it did not receive a letter and that Joseph should be required to show proof that a letter was written in the first place. Joseph denied those claims. “I have an email from the executive director of the Board of Regents, Vickie Spillers, stating that they did receive the bill, SB 66-11 at their office,” Joseph said. “I also have an email saying the same thing from Matt Fry, the University chief of staff.”

inside House of Koldus | 3 Concerning student body president Reid Joseph’s impeachment, editorin-chief Jake Walker explains what he thinks you should know, and whose side he’s standing with.


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A&M shakes Zimbra server for Gmail Jennifer Reiley, The Battalion


tarting this May, Texas A&M will begin to wean students and faculty off the Zimbra email server in favor of Gmail accounts. Keith Pattison, student representative for the Email Selection Advisory Committee and senior computer science major, said the transition to Gmail would be an improvement from the current Zimbra server. “The email we currently use is very complicated and a clunky interface and basically straight out of 1990,” Pattison said. “Students are used to

using cloud-based web products like Facebook and used to things being simple to use and not really hard to send an email like it is on the current interface. I know some students forward their email to Gmail anyway.” Tyler Mandry, senior computer science and applied mathematics major, first brought the proposal to switch to Google email in March 2013 when he served as academic affairs chair for Student Senate. The “Go Google” bill he wrote requested that the University consider switching from the neo server to Google. “I am an avid Gmail user, and the

first thing I did when I signed up for an email account as a freshman was forward everything to my gmail account,” Mandry said. “I just couldn’t stand the interface the University was providing. When I heard Google was offering the service for free to universities, I couldn’t believe we weren’t already using it.” Mandry said he was initially met by criticism when he first developed the idea for the Google bill, but found a way to take the negative and turn it into a positive. See Google on page 2

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Donation strengthens A&M corporate partnership Samantha Latta The Battalion


ne of the largest live-fire training facilities in the world, the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service’s Brayton Fire Training Field, provides the initial and continuing education of first responders. With a $500,000 donation from Phillips 66, the training field moves another step closer to executing its 20-year expansion plan. Bob Herman, senior vice president of health, safety and environment projects and procurement for Phillips 66, presented on Wednesday the ceremonial check to Robert Moore, chief of Brayton Fire Training Field. “The donation itself is great, but what the partnership

signifies is even more important,” Moore said. “We don’t try to treat this as a business, we try to treat it as a relationship — we build relationships, which this donation signifies. The more relationships we can build, the more longevity this training facility will have.” Herman said the relationship between Phillips 66 and Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service is a great partnership. “It’s my pleasure to continue what’s been a great partnership not only with the Extension Service and the fire school, but also with the University itself,” Herman said. “When we come here, we customize our school for our

Division director Robert Moore (from left), TEEX agency director Gary Sera, Bob Herman and Steve Pepper display Phillips 66’s donation.

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Jones scores 19, leads Aggies to win Conner Darland The Battalion

1ST FINAL 2ND ehind a 19-point performance by junior guard Jamal Jones, the Texas A&M men’s basketball team prevailed 83-73 over the LSU Tigers. Texas A&M (14-10, 5-6 SEC) started slowly in the first half, allowing the Tigers (15-8, 6-5 SEC) to open on an 8-2 run. Freshman forward Devonte Fitzgerald scored eight points in a 46-second span to help the Aggies take an 18-10 lead. The Aggie bench kept A&M in the game as it outscored the Tigers’ bench 33-4. With 1:40 to go in the first half, Fitzgerald left the game with an apparent knee injury, but managed to put weight on it with help from the training staff. In the second half, junior forward Kourtney Roberson threw down a dunk on LSU forward Jordan Mickey to extend the A&M lead to 50-39. The Aggies closed out the second half shooting 52 percent from the field. LSU had four players score in double figures with Shavon Coleman leading all scorers with 21 points. A&M shot 48 percent for the game and held LSU to just 25 percent from three-point range. Kourtney Roberson added a double-double performance, scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds to help the Aggies win the rebounding battle 39-32. A&M will next hit the hardwood as it travels to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores at 12:30 p.m. SatJayavel Arumugam — THE BATTALION urday in Memorial Gymnasium in Junior guard Jamal Jones drives to the basket against Jarell Nashville, Tenn. Martin in the Aggies 83-73 win Wednesday at Reed Arena. Jones finished the game with a team-high 19 points.



Phil Shackelford, Class of 2006, addresses the crowd as part of the Wiley Lecture Series “A Swing in the South: Texas’ Future in American Politics” Wednesday in Rudder Tower.

Panel differs on Texas’ future as swing state Alex Nelowet The Battalion


he first MSC Wiley Lecture Series event of the semester, “A Swing in the South: Texas’ Future in American Politics,” gave three speakers a platform Wednesday to discuss the future of Texas politics. Phil Shackelford, former democratic field representative; John Jackson, republican victory director; and Harvey Tucker, political science professor, spoke on a variety of topics that included community engagement and the 2014 gubernatorial race. The future politics of Texas will be greatly affected by the surge in the number of Latino

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voters in the state, but it does not necessarily mean the state will turn blue, Shackelford said. “Demographics are changing greatly and how that affects elections remains to be seen because it would really not do our due diligence to say that just because Hispanics are going to surpass Anglos as a population segment that democrats are going to get elected,” Shackelford said. “I think that it is not quite the right thing to say. But what it does says is that we have the opportunity to earn their respect, earn their vote and ultimately earn the trust of Texas’s entire population.” Full story at

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Blair wary of home slip-up as Georgia visits Patrick Crank The Battalion


he No. 14 Texas A&M women’s basketball team will face the Georgia Bulldogs at 7 p.m. Thursday in Reed Arena. Earlier this season the Aggies prevailed 58-44 on the road in Athens, Ga. A&M (18-6, 8-2 SEC) has posted an 11-1 home record this season. Hoping to make a run at the regular season SEC title, they trail No. 8 Tennessee and No. 5 South Carolina in the standings. Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair said he knows his team must be prepared to battle from here on out, despite how any of the remaining matchups look on paper. “Never, never look past your home games,” Blair said. “You cannot afford it and we’ve already lost one.” The Aggies’ last outing came

Yates named golfer of week Texas A&M junior Greg Yates was announced as the SEC Golfer of the Week by the league Wednesday after tying for first place at the Sea Best Invitational. Yates shot an even par (75-70-71 = 216) during the two-day event at the TPC at Sawgrass course in Pointe Vedra Beach, Fla.


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“I talked with the vice provost for IT before writing the bill, and all I got were reasons why it was difficult or wouldn’t provide that much benefit,” Mandry said. “Many departments like that in the University are so out of touch with students that they can’t see beyond their own problems. This isn’t a problem unique to A&M, either. I took the reasons we couldn’t and made them into reasons we can. I think this bill shows that any student who cares about an issue and is willing to do the research and the work to show that they’re right about something can create change.” After the bill was passed, Pierce Cantrell, vice president and associate provost, said the Office of the Provost developed the Email Selection Advisory Committee to begin looking into the email server issue. “The Email Selection Advisory Committee was charged by Provost Karan Watson with reviewing options for migrating to a cloud-based email system and the committee recommended Google Apps for Education for students,” Cantrell said. “The committee was comprised of undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and staff.” Cantrell said the advisory committee did take the Google bill into consideration, but also had its own goals for find-

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ing a more efficient server. “The Student Senate bill was certainly a factor, but cloud-based services can reduce IT costs and help us meet growing demand more efficiently,” Cantrell said. “Among our Vision 2020 peer institutions, 75 percent outsource student email to cloud-based services.” Pattison said the University spends $1.5 million on email servers for students to each have one gigabyte of storage. Switching to the cloud-based gmail server will bring the cost down to about $100,000 for 30 gigabytes. An added benefit is that students will not have to change their current email addresses to use the new system. “People think they are going to have to change their email to a gmail account. You don’t have to do that,” Pattison said. “You keep your, but it’s just when you log in through Howdy it’ll be a gmail interface instead of Zimbra interface.” Mandry said perceived drawbacks of the transition are not serious concerns. “Some people may have concerns over the privacy of their data,” Mandry said. “This is a moot point, however, because all student emails are available to anyone via a Freedom of Information Act request. Additionally, I know that Google really does keep users’ privacy as one of their top concerns.” Mandry said the committee has not completed its task yet because the process of moving the server is not completed. “Once [the committee was] sure of

Google, they contacted Google directly to arrange to set up Google Apps for Education,” Mandry said. “There were, and still are, a number of technical tasks to be done to make the switch happen, but many universities have gone through the same process and it is not overly difficult, just something that must be done carefully.” Google Apps for Education worked with the University to offer the new email service for free. Pattison said the new email will be free for students, but the University will still be paying for faculty. Cantrell said faculty members would be offered the choice to switch their accounts to the gmail server once the transition takes place. “Existing faculty and staff email services will be consolidated to a single, on-premise-hosted Microsoft Exchange 2013 service,” Cantrell said. “Faculty will be able to request a Google Apps account for collaboration with students and colleagues in addition to receiving an Exchange account. Deans and vice presidents have the option to select Google Apps for their units or delegate this decision to the department level. If a unit moves to Google Apps, they will not receive Exchange accounts.” Current students will be able to switch servers in late May, and all students will be transferred to the new server by the fall. The Neo account through Zimbra will be shut down by the end of 2014.

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Jake Walker: Enough nonsense. Here’s what you need to know about Joseph’s impeachment.


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What is your opinion of the impeachment of Reid Joseph?

’ve tried to stay away from putting my opinion in The Battalion during my editor-in-chief tenure — I didn’t want to take advantage of that opportunity. I feel like the less I say, the more people will listen when I finally speak up. This is one of those times I need people to listen. As the article published in The Battalion reported Wednesday, Cary Cheshire of the Student Senate filed articles of impeachment against student body president Reid Joseph on grounds that he has failed to comply with the legal duties of his position. Let’s take a look at why we elected Joseph in the first place. The Battalion endorsed Joseph because the editorial board thought he would “most selflessly represent the student body to University administrators.” Joseph’s executive cabinet passed eight bills through Student Senate this session, one of which requested that Evans Library stay open longer. Joseph’s name is on just one of these bills, aside from where he is required to sign as SBP, and Evans library is now open until 2 a.m. His cabinet also played a key role in quadrupling the number of Silver Taps letters written to the families and helped strike down that “anti-student” housing regulation by the City of College Station a few months ago. And when telling about all this, he’ll always say “we,” not “I.” Looking back to last campaign season, in Joseph’s policy packet he outlined an ambitious initiative called BUILD — “not a gimmick for campaign,” he said in the packet, “but a realizable opportunity.” That opportunity was realized in the form of 300 volunteers and the walls for four new houses — in five days, in the rain, as a first-year service project. I have heard the accusations against Joseph, but they are only that — accusations. I’ve seen the original Judicial Court Appeal. The first item isn’t true, and for the rest, I don’t agree with calling for the head of a guy who might have forgotten to turn in a few progress reports. What is there to gain by removing a student body president from office

“Reid Joseph seems like a genuinely nice guy. He also seems like a hard worker and a good leader, so I can’t possibly imagine what he could have done to get on the bad side of those delegates.” James Nork, freshman business major

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Student body president Reid Joseph, pictured during his 2013 campaign, will go before an impeachment trial Feb. 19. now, with less than two months before the end of his term? Is it really going to bring about any kind of positive change? Joseph’s trial is set for Wednesday. Voting for a new SBP begins Feb. 20. What is the real incentive? I’ll (almost) leave with this. Kyle Kelly was Joseph’s executive vice president who resigned to run for SBP. Richmond Howard didn’t meet the SBP filing deadline set by Allison Krenzien, a member of Joseph’s executive cabinet, and is alleging that Krenzien’s filing period was conducted in a way that was not in compliance with the Election Commission Regulations. Some people are on Krenzien’s (therefore Joseph’s) side, some people are on Richmond’s side. Of the 21 signatures on the articles of impeachment, at least 11 had some kind of affiliation with Howard’s campaign. I was even told by a couple of sena-

tors that they never intended to impeach Joseph by signing. They only wanted to hear his side. And I thought House of Cards started Friday. The actions brought about by the executive branch of the Student Government Association, and the pieces of legislation initiated by the same branch, show that Joseph cares about this University and the students in it. Don’t stand for this SGA drama. Stand with Reid.


The student body has lost a lot of trust in Senate since I have been a student here. Senate (as a whole, not every individual senator) has made it clear that it cares more about a rulebook and its own agenda than what is best for this

school. Why is senate filing to impeach Reid now? His term is done in less than two months. No student opinions have been gathered on this. The student body spoke loudly that we wanted Reid as our SBP for his full term, bar a severe infraction of integrity (which, to my knowledge, has not occurred). Now, I like to be fully informed before I make my opinion known, but Senate has operated in the dark on this and I thus can only base my arguments on what I know. All I have been given is a vague indication of “rules being broken,” and a history of Senate acting in spiteful ways against SBPs it did not endorse. Based on my knowledge of Reid’s character, transparency, and the countless hours he has poured into his job to serve our university, I strongly oppose his removal from office. It would be a disservice to this university to remove such

Teresa Butt, sophomore Spanish major

Jake Walker is a senior agricultural communications and journalism major and editor in chief of The Battalion.

Letter to the editor: Reid Joseph is a man of integrity, and his impeachment is wrong

he impeachment of Reid is hurtful and confusing — he has been such a strong leader for this university, has been a man of his word, and is definitely a man of integrity. I have no doubt that Reid has done everything in his power to abide by SGA rules.

“I think the students should be involved in the process. Although this is up to the student senators, I believe we have a right to know because he’s leading the student body.”

a strong, ethical man, and it would also dissolve the remaining faith the student body has in Senate. In closing, I would like to highlight an instance from a year ago. Reid’s campaign team was frustrated when an opposing campaign had repeated infractions of campaign rules. However, rather than file for the opposing campaign to be fined, Reid insisted that the team should ensure his campaign was run cleanly and to let the other campaign run its own course. In his words, he did not want to win because of fines, he wanted to win because of the support of the student body. The student body spoke loudly by electing Reid with the largest margin in A&M history, and I ask you to once again hear its voice. Caroline Jannsen, senior finance major

“I think that it’s really important for the students to know the details because it’s hard to judge the character of a person who’s leading our student body without knowing what he’s being impeached over.” Ashley Fisher, sophomore English major

“I’m sorry to see that the senate has taken up arms against our student body president yet again. I think we need to have a senate that supports our president as opposed to continuously finding ways to bring him down.” Chadlee McNair, sophomore finance major Photo feature by David Cohen — THE BATTALION

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Career fair offers direction, opportunities Homer Segovia The Battalion


s booths for 61 companies filled Rudder Exhibit Hall on Wednesday, the crowd of students and companies represented at the College of Liberal Arts spring career fair served to illustrate the growth that the event has experienced in recent years. “When we started to emphasize the career fair three years ago, we had about 30 to 31 companies,” said Don Curtis, assistant dean of liberal arts. “So we’ve basically doubled in three years, which is really neat.” Cameron Hunter, senior political science major, said he wasn’t sure what to expect of the career fair, but hopes to receive a job offer from one of the companies. “I’ve heard mixed reviews on career fairs,” Hunter said. “I’ve heard they’re a waste of time but I’ve also heard that they’re a great opportunity to meet a whole lot of people so hopefully something good comes up.” Hunter said this is a crucial time to attend career fairs for students with a fastapproaching graduation date such as himself. “It’s pretty important, given that this is one of the last opportunities before I become a former student, to attain their interest,” Hunter said. “I have these freshmen and sophomores that are also fighting for these same opportunities.” Marisa Rios, freshman communication major, was one of the many underclassmen looking for workforce experience. Rios said she attended the career fair to give direction to her future job hunt. “I want to get my foot in the door because I don’t

want to be waiting until the last second to try to find a job,” Rios said. “I figured it’s good to check out what the companies are offering so far as internships and whether these companies fit what I’m looking for.” Rios said she will be better prepared for the next career fair she attends. “In the future, I’ll definitely research companies a lot more,” Rios said. “I feel like I would be better able to hold a conversation with some of the people at these booths had I known what they offer beforehand.” Leesa McElroy, a recruiter for Zale Corporation, said researching the company beforehand is something recruiters want to see from students so they can hold a more productive, informed conversation. McElroy said Zale Corporation has a great track record of recruiting Aggies, with many now holding senior positions in the corporation. “We’ve been doing it this way and coming to A&M for over 10 years so we’ve had great success,” McElroy said. “Our SVP of financial products is an Aggie and our chief information officer is an Aggie. One of our directors of merchandising for our bridal department, which is our largest volume department, is an Aggie grad that I recruited here about 10 years ago.” Julianne Daniel, Class of 1996 and recruiter for a medical records collection company Legal Monkeys, said she enjoyed returning to campus as a possible employer for Aggies. “This is our first time to ever attend [a career fair at A&M] and we’re super

pleased,” Daniel said. “The people that we’ve met are phenomenal candidates and we’ll definitely come back. I just enjoy being around Aggies. It’s a great environment.” Curtis said the Texas A&M Career Center offers services to teach students how to construct a resume and dress professionally for the career fair. “I’ll put our students up against anybody in terms of preparation,” Curtis said. “I’ve heard from the employers and the recruiters that are here that our students are very well turned out, they’re very professional, so it’s a Photos by Heran Guan — THE BATTALION real credit to the career center and to our students that (Top) Matthew Lathrop, Class of 2001, interviews senior communication major they’ve been able to do that.” Tyler Howdeshell at the Liberal Arts Career Fair Wednesday afternoon in Rudder Exhibit Hall. (Below) Senior marketing major Jeff Beseda, an employee at HCSS, interviews an applicant.

Prospective students flock to event Katy Stapp

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ggieland Saturday, a campuswide open house to welcome prospective students and families to the University, will be held this weekend. Nick Vanikiotis, president of Aggie Experience Council, said Aggieland Saturday is an opportunity for prospective students to meet current students, learn about tradition and get tours and information about organizations, tuition and admissions. “It’s a chance for them to see what we’re all about,” Vanikiotis said. “It’s also an opportunity for us to recruit and welcome people to the University.” Michael Green, communications specialist in the Office of Admissions, said Aggieland Saturday is the University’s biggest program and every college participates in its preparation. “It certainly is a ton of preparation,” Green said. “And it’s cool to see how all of the University comes together just to put this event on. It brings about a sense of unity.” Green said February is ideal for the event because it is the perfect

time for high school seniors who are admitted or juniors who are looking to apply to see the University. “It lines up perfectly, merging the two audiences together,” Green said. Green said Aggieland Saturday is expected to have a larger number of attendees this year due to the increase in incoming freshmen. Admissions is heavily utilizing social media this year to promote Aggieland Saturday, he said, using “#AgSat” and “#TAMU18” on Twitter. “The newest class is really involved in social media — Twitter, specifically,” Green said. “So we figured the best way to get our word out is to infiltrate that sphere.” Last year was the first time the Corps of Cadets heavily participated in Saturday’s events, said Eric Gil, commander of the Corps and senior industrial distribution major. This year, the Corps will be volunteering once again to assist more than 20,000 prospective students “The Corps will be participating in events all over campus during Aggieland Saturday,” Gil said. “Cadets will be giving tours and helping all over campus and with the various colleges. Corps Special Units and

ROTC units will be doing demonstrations, while the Ross Volunteers and Fish Drill Team will be performing multiple times throughout the day. The Parsons Mounted Cavalry will be on Centennial Park, and the Spirit of ’02 will fire occasionally throughout the day. The Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band will have a few performances throughout the day as well.” Zach Reveal, sophomore psychology major, said he enjoyed volunteering at Aggieland Saturday last year. “I liked seeing all the faces of future Aggies and their eagerness to learn about tradition,” Reveal said. “We had a tent set up at Zachary and we thought there would be no one because we were on the outskirts of the University, but surprisingly so many people came through.” Vanikiotis said he expects Aggieland Saturday 2014 to be exciting, packed and worth the preparation. “We’re definitely ready to see all the new Aggies and show them what our great University is all about,” Vanikiotis said. “It really defines the Aggie network.”

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employees and they are with us every step of the way.” Janet Grothe, senior advisor of communications and public affairs for Phillips 66, said Phillips 66 has a rich history of partnership with Texas A&M. Students that come from A&M often make a good fit in their company, she said. “For many years, Texas A&M has provided our company with great talent, ready to take on the challenges in a competitive business environment with a strong ethical compass to do things the right way,” Grothe said. Herman said Phillips 66 has the strongest confidence in the firstresponder training the extension service provides to its employees. “We spend all of our waking hours at work making sure that the people we send to train never have to use the skills that they are taught here, but unfortunately we are in an unforgiving business and the time comes when we do have to employ those skills and we want to make sure our folks

have the best training they can get anywhere in the country to be ready to respond,” Herman said. Moore said the donation would be put toward beginning the TEEX 20-year plan for the expansion of Brayton Fire Training Field. “We’re expecting to see more classes added, more responders being brought in, better quality of training and an expansion of the campus to 296 acres, which will be the largest in the world,” Moore said. Herman said this donation is by far the largest Phillips 66 has ever given. “I’m very happy to donate this to the fire school to help them continue the expansion to what they can offer for services,” Herman said. “We continue to grow our relationship for corporate fire schools here, and every year we see an improvement to the fire grounds and an improvement in what we are able to offer to our own people. We get [raving] reviews from our firefighters that, come here from all the Phillips assets and they go away knowing that we’ve given them professional training in a very class-act setting.”

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Performers to focus on B-love, history Allison Rubenak

The Battalion igging deep to discover the roots of African history and searching through the high-reaching branches of modern African-American culture, Blove, an event organized by MSC Woodson Black Awareness Committee, will include poetry, dance, song and history on Thursday in honor of Black History month. Diamilatou Sow, WBAC social programming executive and senior international studies major, said B-love will focus on the celebration of two cultures that have influenced one another — African-American and African — in a way that is “carefree, light and positive.” Ralph Bradley, WBAC social committee member and freshman international studies major, said the name “black love” was inspired both by Valentine’s Day and Black History Month. WBAC partnered with organizations such as MSC Town Hall and Mic Check to bring in different forms of artistic expression. Bradley said his committee wants to engage the audience by having the night unfold as a historical timeline. The night will begin with a traditional Africaninspired dance by the African Student Association, followed by a reflection on the enslavement of Africans and a representation of modern African-American culture. The performers, all A&M students, will present the history and culture through song, theatrical representation and poetry. Bradley said the night will end with a performance by student dance organization Fade to Black to show the diversity of black culture and black history . “I mean everyone, regardless of race and culture and where you’re from, has been affected by black history or the improvements and advancements that blacks have made,” Bradley said. B-love will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in Studio 12, beneath the Commons.


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Some students are not so enamored with Valentine’s Day Victoria Rivas

The Battalion s drug stores overflow with heart-shaped chocolate candies and stuffed bears, and shades of red and pink tint the supermarkets, Valentine’s Day makes its presence known. With the amorous holiday just a day away, some students like Miranda Penick, sophomore interdisciplinary studies major, say they don’t find the holiday to be a crucial or important one. “I don’t think it’s necessary to have just one day where


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people are like, ‘I love you, but today is really the day that I express my love,’” Penick said. While Penick said she has never been in a serious relationship, she said she understands the holiday can be sweet if spent with a significant other and if the holiday celebration maintains originality and authenticity. Penick said she will spend her Valentine’s Day with several of her friends at the Passion Conference in Houston, a Christian conference for university students from around the world.

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“I’m a deeply devout Christian and it’s really cool that I can be able to spend that time with people that I really care about,” Penick said. David Heath, sophomore geophysics major, said he finds Valentine’s Day to be an overrated and commercialized holiday. Heath, without a Valentine to celebrate with, poked fun at the hype of the holiday and himself as he shared his Friday plans. “This Valentine’s Day I will snuggle up by myself with some mint chocolate chip ice

cream and maybe watch ‘The Notebook,’” Heath said. Tanner Seberger, freshman ocean engineering major, also made light of his plans on the holiday, which he said is overanalyzed by those who are single. “I’m going to take myself to Olive Garden, sit in a booth alone — probably facing a wall,” Seberger said. “I will treat myself to a gourmet dinner and then go home and watch ‘Safe Haven.’ Best movie ever.” Allison Booth, sophomore history and sociology double major, and Mary Godwin, sophomore philosophy and mathematics double major, said too much attention is given to the holiday in general — either too much love or too much hate. “I think it’s less important than a lot of people make it, both in that some people make too big of a deal out of celebrating it and a lot of people make a big deal out of hating it,” Godwin said. “It’s an excellent opportunity if you want to do something nice. I don’t think people need to make too big a deal out of hating it.” Godwin said she is currently in a relationship but said she and her boyfriend do not have plans for Friday. She said if they do celebrate, it would be something low key and impromptu. Booth said she didn’t think the holiday should be taken personally. “I feel like it’s a good opportunity if you want to celebrate someone else, but if you aren’t dating anyone and have no reason to celebrate, I’ve seen people almost take it as a personal offense to their character. A lot of people think, ‘I have no one to celebrate with so I should be miserable,’” Booth said. Booth said one’s outlook on the event can shape their holiday experience for better or worse. “It depends on your perspective,” Booth said. “If you have a perspective of wanting to fit in to the social mold we’ve created for Valentine’s Day, then you’ll probably be disappointed.” Booth said she is currently single, but that she has chosen to redirect a lack of romantic love toward her friends and others who need love. Booth said she plans to spend her Valentine’s Day and the remainder of the weekend spending time with friends working at a ministry camp for the homeless. “It’s really neat, we work with middle schoolers and high schoolers and just serve those who are impoverished in the San Antonio and Austin areas,” Booth said. For Booth, working this camp is a way for her to show a kind of love not often associated with Valentine’s Day. “I think that love has a lot of different forms and motivations,” Booth said. “One of those forms is showing love to a significant other, another form of that could be showing love to those who don’t receive love very often.”

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