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A ‘thank you’ from student leaders “Thank you so much, on behalf of the student body, for your amazing service to the University over the past years and your commitment to students.”

“I would say thank you for your service and your commitment and loyalty to the student body and thank you for personally inspiring me to sign a Marine Corps contract.”

— Reid Joseph, student body president

— Ryan Crawford, head yell leader

“I would just want to say thank you for your service at Texas A&M. It takes a lot of time. Thank you for time and dedication to this University. I wish you the best of luck with your new job and hope that you find success there.” — Will Brooke, MSC president


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The Battalion mid the music, food and dancing, hosts of the annual Big Banquet attempted to convey gratitude for custodians on campus — something organizers say students should consider more in their day-to-day lives. This year’s Big Banquet, hosted by the freshman leadership organization Fish Aides, was the largest yet, with 565 custodians invited. In addressing the banquet attend-

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The Battalion tudents and visitors caught a glimpse of the complex and deadly world of counterintelligence Monday evening at “Spy Games: The Art of Counterintelligence” as two espionage experts discussed security issues the U.S. faces at home and abroad. James Olson, former chief of counterintelligence at the CIA and senior lecturer at Texas A&M’s Bush School, and Michael Waguespack, former senior counterintelligence executive with the FBI, described how the U.S. faces a threat rarely seen or heard of by the public — spying. “There are friendly countries, but there are no friendly intelligence services,” Olson said. Olson and Waguespack described a world hidden from the public, where countries use sophisticated spy networks to steal U.S. political and technological secrets and to compromise U.S. spy networks abroad. Olson named China, Russia and Cuba as the primary threats in U.S. counterintelligence. “Never in my memory has our country been more in peril at home and abroad than it is right now,” Olson said.


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hat began as an appeal to the Student Government Association’s Judicial Court regarding fair practices in senate morphed into an expedited trial Monday on the legal scope of the judicial branch. The trial was a response to an appeal claiming that Cary Cheshire, Student Senate finance chair, “evaded” requests for a funding hearing, specifically for the hearing where Fish Aides was to present its request for Big Banquet funding, an annual custodian appreciation luncheon. The appeal was authored by student senator Gracie Wood in hopes of obtaining court orders to move the allocation bill regarding Fish Aides to the Student Senate floor Wednesday, the last day that Student Senate may allocate funds. The prosecution argued that Cheshire, because of a personal bias against Fish Aides, made the request for a hearing to appeal for funding for the custodial banquet impossible. In the trial, Wood said Fish Aides did not want to submit the case, but felt there was no other option. Wood cited the appropriation portion of the senate bylaws, which state “the finance committee shall conduct hearings to consider any funding requests.” “We in fact will not receive a hearing without J-Court’s help,” Wood said. “That is against the

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Kadie McDougald t. Gen. Joe Weber, vice president for Student Affairs, will leave the University later this month to become executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation. Weber, Class of 1972, said Student Affairs deals with everything students do outside of the classroom to set them up for success in the classroom. Whether that means providing students with a state-of-the-art Student Recreation Center or with disability and counseling services, Weber said the estimated 80 percent of time students spend outside of the classroom is a concern for him and his division. “The co-curricular piece is very important to complement the academic piece and that’s what Student Affairs is all about,” Weber said. “There’s another piece to that too. Maybe it’s the old Aggie in me, but it’s the nourishment of our traditions and spirit here that make us really special. The Division of Student Affairs is very involved in that.” Texas Gov. Rick Perry recommended Weber for the position at TxDOT. Weber said with nearly 14,000 employees and a $10 billion budget per year, he soon became interested in taking on the position. “[My friends] described to me that it was a large position and you didn’t have to have an engineering degree to apply for it — they were looking for someone with experience and leadership and it was attractive to me so I applied,” Weber said. “I thought it would be a great challenge to serve the people of the state.” Weber works closely with student leaders, said Reid Joseph, senior industrial distribution major and student body president, which has resulted in a relationship between the two.

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ees, student body president Reid Joseph said he could not imagine another group on campus that more embodies the A&M value of selfless service than custodians. “What would this University look like without this group after one day, or what would this University look like after one week? It would not be a nice sight,” Joseph said. “We are so appreciative of what you do on a daily basis. You make this University what it is and are truly a part of the Aggie family.” While the event was hosted by Fish Aides, Garrett Notzon, co-director See Fish Aides on page 2


Jim Olson, former CIA chief of counterintelligence, speaks at the Spy Games event hosted by TAMU GENT in Rudder Auditorium Monday. Olson said foreign intelligence agents use a wide variety of covers to seek U.S. intelligence, from business and diplomatic covers to student identities. Olson said the Chinese, for example, have gained access to U.S. nuclear weapons data and sophisticated technology that has allowed them to upgrade their combat aircraft and submarines to levels more advanced than their domestic technology would allow. “Where is the outrage? Where is the demand for action?” Olson said. More at

aculty Senate convened Monday to touch base on a variety of topics ranging from the search for the next University president to the switch from the Zimbra email server to google’s gmail. Provost Karan Watson said it is a good sign that the sworn-to-secrecy search committee is taking a long time to find the ideal candidate. “They have figured out a lot of things about what it takes to find a leader for a campus like this and that it’s better to get it right,” Watson said. Watson said interim University President Mark Hussey has made it clear he is not vying for the position of president. The Faculty Senate legislative affairs and outreach committee reported that a meeting with Texas Rep. John Raney brought to light a disconnect on the issue of gun control. John Coopersmith, associate history professor, said Raney supported concealed carry on campus, but said most faculty senate members are “vehemently opposed.” Coopersmith said faculty members should make their voices heard because the matter concerns their safety. Regarding the University’s transition to the use of Gmail, Watson said professors will be able to choose to stay with Microsoft Exchange or switch to Google Apps for Education. Faculty senators voted for a proposal to allow professional schools to continue using existing plus-minus grading systems, including the recently acquired law school.

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After starting the season winning seven of their first eight games, the Aggies enter the second half of the season with a winning percentage just above .500. If Texas A&M is going to remain competitive in the SEC, its offense will have to continue performing at the high level it has displayed recently. The Aggies exhibited their timely offense last weekend during their upset series win over the No. 7 Vanderbilt Commodores. A&M won two out of three games, handing the Commodores their first home series loss since April 2012. A&M scored more than five runs in all three games and averaged just under eight for the series. A series win over a topranked conference opponent like Vanderbilt could take some pressure off the Aggie offense and be the boost needed to propel A&M throughout the rest of the season. “I don’t think there’s any pressure on us at all,” said

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of the Big Banquet and freshman business honors major, said participation in the event is open to everyone. “It’s not just Fish Aides, it’s something that we are looking forward to seeing is this expanding to the entire student body,” Notzon said. “Right now it’s open to the entire student body, there’s not much traction right now with it, but it’s still gaining. The Big Event has so many people, you just know what it is. Hopefully the Big Banquet will soon become another household name.” Kai Jones, Fish Aides member and freshman general engineering major, said getting to know the custodians around him has given him a different perspective on the college experience.

sophomore shortstop Logan Taylor. “I feel like as long as we keep our approach the same at the plate and everyone does their part, we’re going to be fine.” Leading the offensive production has been junior infielder Cole Lankford, who is tied with Logan Nottebrok for the team lead in home runs with four and leads the team with 31 RBIs. He is second on the team with a .315 batting average. Lankford propelled the Aggie offense with a walkoff double in the 11th inning to defeat Columbia 8-7 on March 18, and again against Vanderbilt when he went 4-for-10 with five RBIs for the series. The most recent display of offense by the Aggies has come in response to their struggling start to conference play. After dropping its first SEC series against Auburn, questions arose about whether Texas A&M could maintain the level of offense it began the season with. “We just got tired of [the criticism] as an offensive

“We come to college and we think it’s hard,” Jones said. “We expect certain amenities like having a clean MSC and dorm room and we all expect this to be the norm. Without custodians, our life would really be chaos.” Erin Youngblood, Fish Aides member and Blinn Team student, said the Big Banquet is a means for students to serve custodians for once. “They do so much for us, and you know college kids, we aren’t the cleanest,” Youngblood said. “So sometimes we can be not as nice to them as we should be to them, so today is when we get to serve them.” Despite this day of service, Jones said there is room for improvement across campus and that there are easy, everyday ways students can show appreciation for this hard


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staff,” said junior catcher Mitchell Nau. “We didn’t have a good weekend at Auburn and the way the game started wasn’t good. We took it personally as a unit to put the game on our shoulders.” Through 37 games, the offense is No. 7 in the SEC with a team batting average of .275 and has produced 81 extra base hits. A&M has scored eight or more runs 12 times this season, but has also scored two or fewer runs in 11 games. The Aggies have the ability for tremendous offensive production if they can find some consistency in their run totals. “We’re a click short,” said sophomore outfielder Jonathan Moroney. “We’re honestly just a click away.

working segment of campus. “A lot of people in my dorm will leave trash in the hallways,” Jones said. “It’s their job to clean up, but not to that extent. We’re not pigs, be respectful. We would never do that back home, so why do it here?” Youngblood said showing appreciation can be as easy as striking up a conversation with custodians. “Just strike up conversation with them,” Youngblood said. “If you see them taking out trash, just ask ‘Hey, what’s your name? Do you have a free minute? How’s your day?’ Really get to know your custodians. I know some people [at the banquet] have met and really love their custodians. They have a great relationship with them, they recognize them everywhere.”

We have the talent and the depth. All it’s going to take is us to play baseball the way we can play.” With five SEC series left, gaining momentum from their outburst of offense will be key to their success. With only one of the SEC teams left on the schedule ranked in the nation’s top 20, A&M will have to find a way to improve upon its .275 SEC batting average and continue to improve its first two home runs hit in conference play this past weekend. Michael Ayo is a junior telecommunication media studies major and sports writer for The Battalion.

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“Of course I was sad that he’s leaving A&M,� Joseph said. “He’s been a great leader here and he does a lot for our Aggie family. But also, I’m very excited for him. He’s moving on to a very exciting position. He’ll still be serving Aggieland, just on a bigger scale.� Looking forward, Weber said he plans to continue the positive work he feels his predecessor started and he looks forward to getting out to meet the hard workers in every district of the state who are working on extensive highway and bridge projects. “Perhaps the more important thing is to create an environment out there and give people the freedom to work, but make sure they have the necessary resources to do what they need to do,� Weber said. He said an increasing Texas population will bring with it problems that need to be solved now. Weber said he doesn’t believe the answer to transportation issues is to just build more lanes on a highway, but to cause a culture shift among Texans and encourage them to use more effective means of transportations or face a possible consequence of being a state in gridlock. “The transportation requirements will be enormous — safety, congestion, the economic impact and how we get around in the state and what we distribute throughout the

state is a big challenge,� Weber said. “I also think the vision is very important. The challenge is to look out 20, 30 and 40 years and make those kinds of investments that you may not see the result of for 30 or 40 years.� Weber said he wants his replacement at A&M to be a sort of “guardian of tradition and keeper of the spirit� that is unique to Aggieland and to cherish the diverse, special student body of Texas A&M. “I think this is a very unique, special and different student body and there’s a reason for that — the Aggie experience, our core values, all the great things that we do,� Weber said. “So, I would hope whoever selects my replacement, that he or she will be attuned to realizing this is a special student body and discovering why it’s special and then continuing to nourish those things that make it special.� Weber said the most rewarding part of his job was watching the progression of students over their college careers and knowing he has played a role, no matter how large or small, in getting them to where they want to be. “I don’t think there’s any greater satisfaction than that you’ve maybe helped somebody achieve something, made their life a little better for them,� Weber said. “I know I’m not perfect at that, but I have been involved with a lot of students and watched them progress and helped them along the best I could. That’s the greatest satisfaction there is.�

Kyle Kelly, junior industrial distribution major and student body president-elect, said he’d like to wish Weber the best in his future endeavors and to say thank you for all he has done and will do for a vast number of people. “He’s served our country, he’s served our University and we’re so appreciative of his and Mrs. Weber’s time here,� Kelly said. “I’m thankful for his servant leadership. In so many ways, he’s been available. He’s a good ol’ boy. He’s down to earth and straight forward and has a good motive to better this campus and students. I’m excited about where A&M is headed, even amid changes in leadership.� Weber’s farewell to A&M is simple — he said he wants everyone on the campus to work together and never lose sight of what being an Aggie is all about. “If everybody that works together on this campus — students, faculty, staff, administrators — all pull together in the same direction, the potential of this University is just unlimited,� Weber said. “Then, secondly, I’d like to tell everybody to please treasure the Spirit of Aggieland. Treasure that and those traditions, and the spirit that makes us so great and binds us together and makes the Aggie Ring on your finger worth something and not just another ring. Because if you don’t treasure those and you don’t nourish them, you’re going to lose them — and we don’t ever want that to happen here.�

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thebattalion not I’m a nice person. We’re not here to decide if I’m a professional person. We’re here to decide if I violated the constitution and I don’t believe that I have.� Cheshire said a hearing had not been held because he did not receive February financial reports from Fish Aides until April 7, past the deadline in March. Cheshire said there were line-item errors in this report by the time he received it and that he was working with an executive staff member to resolve this problem at the time the trial was called. Cash Fields, director of Fish Aides, said Fish Aides had in fact turned in this financial form on time and that the executive office was

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FOR RENT Pre-lease 4 and 5 bedroom houses, available August, great floor plans, close to campus, updated, W/D, all appliances, no pets. 979-731-8257. Preleasing for May, efficiency apartment, 1bd, 2bd, 3bd, 979-693-1906, great prices and amenities. Spacious 3/2, CS duplex, W/D, prelease for May and august, $895/mo., 979-693-0551. Tribeca Square Apartments, 1&2 bedrooms with W/D, Prelease today and save $300 off move in.

FOR SALE College Station: 122 Ridgewood. ‘98 Crest Ridge 16x86w/10x20, covered deck. CH&A, garden tub, large kitchen and island. Nice! $21,600/negotiable. 830-710-0145/830-703-9283.

HELP WANTED Aggie owned since 1987, College Station Pawn is seeking to fill full-time and part-time positions, no experience necessary, we will train, apply in person, 2232 South Texas Avenue CS. Athletic men for calendars, books, etc. $100-$200/hr, up to $1000/day. No experience. Cheddar’s and Fish Daddy’s now accepting applications. Apply within, University Dr. CiCi’s Pizza Now Hiring! Counter Staff/ Register/ Drive-thru personnel needed. No experience necessary, Evenings &weekends a must. Starting Pay up to $9.00 hour. Apply in person at CS location. City of Bryan now hiring Camp Counselors, Recreation Assistants, Lifeguards and Water Safety Instructors, do not have to be certified. Apply online, call (979)209-5528 for more information.

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HELP WANTED Cleaning commercial buildings at night, M-F. Call 979-823-5031 for interview. Cotton Patch, College Station 979-695-9707, now hiring servers, hosts, cashiers. Apply between 2-4pm at Rock Prairie Rd and Hwy 6. Dairy Queen is seeking a part-time IT Support/POS Help Desk Technician to work in our Bryan corporate office. 20hrs/wk, $17/hr. Submit resume to or call 979-220-5412. Howdy Aggies! SSC Grounds Management Department at TAMU is hiring students. Part-time opportunities and Full-time summer employment are available, we also offer internships for horticulture, turf (including athletic turf), greenhouse operations, entomology, and irrigation management. SCC provides flexible schedules including 4/10 schedules during the summer and highly competitive pay, training, and continuing career opportunities after graduation. Please apply in-person at the facilities services location at 600 Agronomy Rd in College Station for more information please call: (979)458-5533 Gig ‘EM! Lifeguards and Water Safety Instructors for Briarcrest Country Club and Castlegate Community. Fun working environment, flexible hours. To apply call 254-498-5315 or email Equal Opportunity Employer. Local business looking for someone with web design knowledge. No experience required. Pay is negotiable. Flexible hours. Call (956)244-5819 if interested. MEMdata, a local hospital equipment management company is seeking dependable and organized FULL & PART-TIME employees to be part of a growing team! Must be able to work a minimum of 24 hrs/wk, M-F 8-5. Good telephone communication and negotiation skills required. Must be self-motivated and able to multi-task while working within deadlines. Computer skills essential & knowledge of MS Excel a plus! Pay DOQ plus bonuses. Email resumes to or fax to 979-695-1954. Needed: Computer Guru that can help a barely computer literate Old Ag (Class of “64) determine the feasibility of converting all the files on my Microsoft XP computer to an Apple Macbook Pro or, alternatively, helping me purchase a new computer that will accept those files. I am hoping this guru will do the conversion and help me learn how to operate it. Patience will be required. If interested, please email qualifications, monetary expectations and contact information to New Position: Part-time staff position needed ($10-$12/hr) for busy real estate office. Must be a detail-oriented people person with reliable transportation and have reasonable computer skills in MS Word and MS Excel. This staff position requires 20-25 hours per week with additional optional hours available from time to time. Start date available immediately. For job description and application, go to: and click on Employment Opportunities side bar. Part-time job helping handicapped. Male student preferred. $360/mo. 8-10hrs/wk. 979-846-3376.

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HELP WANTED RA or entrepreneur? Wants to earn extra money? Premium energy drinks distributor opportunity! Call 9792090778 call for an appointment. Sitters On Call is a babysitter referral agency located in Katy, TX. We are currently hiring AWESOME babysitters and summer nannies to work in the Katy/West Houston area. Our member families are all prescreened and rates are all prearranged, we do all the work for you! You just provide amazing care for awesome kids! Work as much or as little as you want, all managed from your smart phone. $11-$14/hr take home! Requires 2 yrs previous experience babysitting, teaching or leading kids. Visit us online at to learn more and to submit an application! STUDENTPAYOUTS.COM Paid survey takers needed in College Station. 100% free to join. Click on surveys. SUMMER TRAINING FOR AWARD WINNING BRYAN EMPLOYER STARTS IN MAY... Penncro Associates, Inc. is looking to hire Texas A&M school students and alumni for its May and June training classes for multiple positions at their state-of-the-art call facility in Bryan. Penncro employees receive the same training that is delivered at prestigious Fortune 500 Financial Institutions. This provides a great start or next step for any business professional’s career. After full time training, the team will work with you to set a full-time or part-time schedule that fits into your Fall school schedule and business needs. Apply to day through Penncro’s Careers page at EOE/M/F/D/V. Texas Concrete Design, a decorative concrete company, is currently looking for full/ part-time installers. No experience is needed, but a good work ethic is required. Please forward inquiries to VOLUNTEER COACHES NEEDED! The City of College Station is seeking positive, enthusiastic and motivational youth volleyball and basketball coaches. Programs begin early May and run through July. Learn more at or apply today at

MOTORCYCLE 2008 silver Honda Rebel with saddlebag, 4000 miles, $2500. 2-year TAMU student owner selling. TAMU motorcycle parking only $80/yr. Call or text 832-257-2577.

REAL ESTATE 8 CS 3/2 Duplexes, shuttle, $229,900, Town & Country Realty 979-777-6211, 979-739-2035 B/CS. Sell/Buy/Invest! Michael McGrann TAMU ‘93 Civil Engineering 979-739-2035, Nadia McGrann 979-777-6211, Town & Country Realty.

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