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Bill Moran, Class of 2010 and former Mic Check president, performs a poem Thursday at Music, Metaphors and Meals!, a philanthropy event hosted by KYX, Mic Check and Revolution bar in Bryan. Jenna Rabel — THE BATTALION

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First black full-time professor retires Allison Rubenak The Battalion

Noor Mobeen was working for Exxon Mobil as an engineer and making a “handsome salary” after he graduated from A&M in 2006. But soon, he received a phone call from one of his undergraduate professors, encouraging and challenging him to pursue a graduate degree. Mobeen enrolled as a doctoral student in the agricultural leadership, education, and communications program under the mentorship of Al-

vin Larke, the first full-time African-American professor at A&M, who Mobeen considers a father-figure, friend and colleague. After 32 years, Larke is retiring from his position in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. An advocate of peaceful dialogue surrounding topics of diversity, Larke has impacted many over his 48 years of educating students. “Mentoring young people — when they become successful it’s like I become successful,” Larke said. “You take a student where you find that student and you watch them grow.” Before he made his mark at A&M, Larke spent 12 years

in South Carolina’s public school system and four years teaching in Missouri, where he received his doctorate in agricultural education. Larke said engaging with students has been a defining moment of his career as a professor. He said he has seen his tenacity create drive in students throughout the years. “Working with a person that somebody else has probably said, ‘This person can’t do this,’ and I agree to take them on and they finish that work — that’s excellent,” Larke said. To commemorate Larke’s influential leadership, Mobeen

Themed ballrooms to bring movies to life Meredith Collier The Battalion

Transporting students into the world of cinema, A&M’s 79th annual Ring Dance will let seniors and fellow ring holders celebrate across four rooms of the MSC on Saturday, each one corresponding to a familiar movie title. Kayleigh Wiggins, Ring Dance director and senior psychology major, said this year’s “Lights! Camera! Action!” theme will bring a Hollywood feel to campus, complete with a red carpet. Hoping to cater to a variety of tastes, Class Councils has designed rooms that will model the “The Wizard of Oz,” “Inception,” “Titanic” and “James Bond.” Siatta Massaquoi, senior biomedical sciences major and Class Councils member, said the rooms will have unique games that match the different atmosphere from room to room. Each room will hold decorations unique to each movie, including a set of train tracks running up the

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Alvin Larke, professor in the College of Agriculture See Larke on page 3 and Life Sciences, is honored in front of his class Thursday.

Lights. Camera. Dance — Ring Dance to showcase the world of popular cinema

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Aggie Catholics visit Rome Pope canonizations to take place Sunday


Father-figure says goodbye


Red carpet to roll out for graduating seniors

ceiling and a Leonardo Di Caprio from the first one in 1936. cutout in the “Inception” room and “[Ring Dance] was created by a yellow brick road in the “Wizard a group of seniors in the Corps of of Oz” room. Cadets to celebrate their time at “There’s lots of candy, and A&M,” Wiggins said. “It was origithey’ve built signs that say ‘Munch- nally where turning the ring to face kin land this way,’ and ‘Emerald the outside world started. What City that way,’” said would happen is the Rachel Norman, senior When & men would take their health major and senior dates under the ring, class president. “There’s a where and the dates would possibility that there’s go- Ring Dance turn it for them and ing to be freshmen dressed will be held in they’d steal a kiss.” up like Wizard of Oz the Memorial MSC ballroom characters, so people can Student Center doors will be open take pictures with them.” from 9 p.m. to 1 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Norman said the and for Norman and a.m. Saturday. Rocket Brothers band other event organizwill provide entertainers, the walk down the ment and that another red carpet can’t come photo opportunity will be Titanic soon enough. themed. “We’ve all got like five tests “They built the front part of the this week, so we’re all ready to get boat for photo ops,” Norman said. dressed up for ‘prom on steroids,’” “You know, when Leonardo Di Norman said. Caprio and Kate Winslet are doProfit from the event goes toing the whole ‘king of the world’ ward purchasing the Class of 2014 thing.” gift for the university. Wiggins said this year’s Ring Dance is a considerable evolution

A rare event will take place in the Catholic community Sunday— Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII will be declared saints. It is believed that this is the first time two popes have been canonized on one day, and some Aggies decided they didn’t want to miss out on such an occasion. Timothy Walker, Class of 2012, and Annie Salinas, junior history major, joined with Aggie Catholic friends and supporters to raise enough money for a trip to Rome to see the event live alongside fellow Catholics from around the world. After a year of fundraising, they were able to reach their goal and left for Italy on Thursday. As a sponsor and close friend of Walker and Salinas, Daniel Kaufman, sophomore chemical engineering major, said the two were ecstatic to be able to go. “Annie considers herself John Paul II’s biggest fan, so she was just thrilled,” Kaufman said. Other groups of Catholic Aggies will gather for a viewing party of the canonization at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, said Madeline Hill, sophomore psychology major. Hill works as a student worker at St. Mary’s and said the canonization is very exciting, but most Catholic Aggies will probably celebrate the occasion by going to their regular weekly masses at St. Mary’s, where the congregation will most likely say a special prayer in honor of the new saints. Robert Mackin, assistant professor of sociology, said this event is very meaningful to Catholics everywhere. “I think it is very significant,” Mackin said. “In both cases — both for Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII — Pope Francis has decided to advance them in the process so that they can be canonized on the same day.” It is very rare for two popes to be canonized at the same time on the same day, and Mackin said what makes the event even more rare is that Pope Francis pushed for the

Relay for Life to be held Friday on Simpson Jennifer Reiley

The Battalion For the first time ever, Aggie Relay for Life will be hosted at Simpson Drill Field. Victoria Staniszewski, 2014 event coordinator, said the Relay has been hosted for the last eight years at the Penberthy Rec Sports Complex, but considering the approximate $2,000 the relay was charged to use the field, organizers decided the team could use Simpson Drill Field for free. “Essentially, the money that we save this year can be donated somewhere else like the American Cancer Association, and that’s the whole point of this event,” Staniszewski said. Included in the night’s events will be performances by Fade 2 Black and the Singing Cadets as well as a Midnight Yell and a visit from Reveille. “It feels like it’s closer for everyone, which can have an impact on attendance,” Staniszewski said. Setup starts at 1 p.m. Friday. After the opening ceremony at 7 p.m., events will continue until 7 a.m. Saturday.

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inside service | 2 Aggie Vision A forum and educational program on service for those interested in nonprofit work will be held Saturday.

sports | 4 Baseball Inclement weather suspended the Aggie baseball game in the sixth inning against Mississippi State. Play resumes Friday.

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Students help design playground for special needs youth Plan approved Thursday at council meeting Samantha Latta The Battalion

As the population of College Station increases, so do public needs — one of which is meeting the needs of children with disabilities. Noting that no playgrounds in College Station currently accommodate the specific needs of children with various disabilities, the Rotary Club of College Station sought out the A&M College of Architecture to help create a “great escape” for these kids. As of Thursday, the plan, developed in part by landscape architecture students, was endorsed by College Station City Council. At the Thursday hearing of the proposal, district governor of Lions Club Danny Stribling said the project has many more steps to it, but that the University’s work is excellent. David Schmitz, director of parks and recreation, said students working on the project specifically considered a variety of special needs. “Everything from kids that are paraplegic, quadriplegic, have autism, Down Syndrome, you name it, we’re trying to be all-inclusive for this facility,” Schmitz said. “One of the things that’s so unique about this is that even though this is designed for these specific things, siblings, friends, parents can all enjoy this park also, so that’s where we get that ‘play-for-all’ concept.” Throughout the initial stages of planning, the title of Great Escape was thrown around in reference to the project, and Eric Bardenhagen, assistant professor of landscape architecture and


David Schmitz, College Station director of parks and recreation, presents the “Play for All Inclusive Park” Thursday in the city council chambers. urban planning, said the name just stuck. “Working in the College Station community gives them something to work on that’s in their own backyard and an opportunity to give to future Aggies,” Bardenhagen said. “We do this all the time. It’s part of our DNA as architects at A&M to reach out to the community and do the best we can.” Landscape architecture students began the planning process last semester, Bardenhagen said, researching the play needs of children with disabilities to better design a playground to meet those specific needs. From there, they created several conceptual aspects for park designs and selected three sufficient locations as candidates for the building process. “It’s a great opportunity for students to interact with a client and take on a project that will potentially be a reality,” Bardenhagen said. “We usually wouldn’t take a project like this if it were just a traditional park. However,

this is meant to be a destination for the community.” To remove restrictions and initiate a welcoming atmosphere for special needs children, the park will include various amenities to benefit any child that comes through it. From wheelchair-accessible swings and specially designed slides to sensory items for children with autism, the playground will collaborate educational aspects with interactive elements to serve various ability levels in a universally accessible environment for all children, according to the blog of Schmitz. “One of the issues we face here is that we surpassed the population of 100,000 and at the same time, the special needs is growing as well,” said Colin Killian, communications and marketing specialist for the City of College Station. “College Station school district alone has enrolled over 1,400 students with disabilities, yet we don’t have any play-for-all parks. In fact there’s none in this entire area. The closest one is in

Round Rock.” Early last December, Bardenhagen said six design concepts for each location were presented to College Station Mayor Nancy Berry and members of the College Station Rotary Club and College Station Lions Club. Bardenhagen said the Rotary Club president had contacted the architecture department, and indicated Central Park on Krenek Tap was the top candidate for the project. “This signature park would be seen as a community draw and will set College Station apart from any other surrounding communities,” Bardenhagen said. Due to the $2 million dollar price tag on the project, Killian said fundraising efforts for the playground have already begun. Killian said if everything goes smoothly, construction could begin in the summer of 2015.


Event to coach students to give back Aggie Vision to focus on nonprofits Elizabeth Evans The Battalion


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Showing Aggies how to give back, MSC Lead’s first Aggie Vision program will focus on educating students on nonprofit organizations. Leslyn Felder, executive director of MSC Lead’s community service subcommittee and senior communication major, said the idea for Aggie Vision originated with their advisor who wanted to create a forum and educational program on service. Felder said the committee wanted to focus on one area this year, and they chose nonprofit awareness.

“A lot of people want to get into nonprofits and a lot of people don’t actually know how to go in that route and don’t have the right resources to,” Felder said. “So we basically wanted to give students the opportunity to not only get more information about how other people are involved in nonprofits, but also to give them hands-on experience in it.” As tax-exempt organizations, William Brown, associate professor and director of the nonprofit management certificate program at the Bush school, said nonprofits have an advantage over other organizations, but are limited in what they can do with proceeds generated. Brown said these proceeds can come from a variety of sources such as donations, government funding and service fees.

“Why would we grant a tax exemption has to do with the fact that we believe that these organizations are doing something that will benefit our society,” Brown said. “We want to encourage them and support them.” The event will feature two speakers during a catered breakfast and in the afternoon, attendees will travel to different nonprofits in the area to learn more about their individual missions. Speaker Gabriella Medina, public service graduate student and chairwoman of the George Bush School Public Service Organization, will instruct students on how they can get involved in nonprofits and her personal plans to pursue a career involving nonprofits. The second speaker, Edward Tarlton, founded Help Consulting, Inc., an organi-

Pride film fest to hit issues central to LGBTQ public Colin Saunders The Battalion

Featuring titles such as “SeventhGay Adventists” and “Alaska is a Drag,” the films making an appearance in the Pride Film Festival will offer Bryan-College Station residents a viewing opportunity including both quirk and purpose. Brad Dressler, director of the Pride Film Festival, said Pride Community Center in Bryan is hosting the festival for the second year. The films will feature a variety of topics of particular interest to the LGBTQ community, said Pride Community Center president Judy LeUnes. Several of the films will focus specifically on the issue of bullying. LeUnes said she hopes the festival can shed light on real problems that members of the

community are experiencing. “The films help educate the more conservative side of the community on the views of other people out there and the topics they need to know,” LeUnes said. In addition to viewing the films, LeUnes said festival attendees will also have the opportunity to eat, mingle and participate in a silent auction throughout the day. The festival is open for all audiences, she said, but a parent should accompany children if they are worried about any of the subjects involved in the films. The festival will begin with an open reception with the filmmakers at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Four Points by Sheraton. Films will be shown later that evening and throughout Saturday at StageCenter Community Theatre in Bryan.

zation that helps students find a path to college. Tarlton will be speaking on his own experiences in a nonprofit. Jessica Lochte, director of the Aggie Vision community service subcommittee and junior interdisciplinary studies major, said the event will provide students information on how to give back now and after graduation. Felder said the goal is to make Aggie Vision an annual event. Registration is closed for this year’s event, but Felder said interested students should keep looking out for next year’s Aggie Vision. “We really want to give the opportunity to a lot of students,” Felder said. “Hopefully it’ll be morphed into this almost Big Eventlike event, where it started small and now look at it.”

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canonizations out of usual guidelines. Pope John Paul II is technically being canonized early, foregoing the usual five-year waiting period, and Pope John XXIII is being canonized with only one miracle being attributed to him rather than the traditional two. For a miracle to be attributed to the saint in question, Mackin said there is usually a formal, debate-like process that involves both Catholics and non-Catholics, along with the exhibition of what seems to be indisputable evidence of a miracle and often involved mysterious healing. Mackin said he has heard many of his own Catholic students say they are very excited about the event, especially to see the pope of their childhood become canonized. The canonization will take place at 2:30 a.m. central time this “Divine Mercy Sunday” — a term coined by Pope John Paul as the Sunday following Easter.

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influential leadership, Mobeen and other former students gathered Thursday morning to surprise and honor Larke’s influential tenure on his final day of class. Mobeen said he had to visit A&M when he heard about Larke’s retirement. He said he wanted to thank Larke for his professional work and the influence Larke had over Mobeen’s decision to pursue higher education. “Teaching is an art,” Mobeen said. “It’s not really if you’re gifted — you can only


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Outfielder Cassie Tysarczyk is second on the team in batting average (.363), doubles (7), home runs (10) and RBIs (44).

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SEC tournament seeding in jeopardy as A&M hits Auburn Milkyas Gashaw

The Battalion The No. 23 Texas A&M softball team travels to Alabama to take on the Auburn Tigers for a weekend series that will conclude regular season SEC action for the Aggies. Head coach Jo Evans said she looks forward to finishing strong in the SEC to boost her club’s seeding. The team (31-17, 9-12 SEC) was ranked in the top 10 of many preseason polls and is expected to do well in the SEC. “We didn’t think we would be in this position and having to battle for seeding in the SEC tournament,” Evans said. “We really need to make sure that we got our ‘A’ game this weekend. It’s a chance to separate ourselves from Auburn going into the tournament.” The Aggies are coming off a doubleheader victory against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Tuesday, scoring a combined 25 runs. Senior outfielder Cassie Tysarczyk had a team-high seven RBIs on the day, with one home run and three runs scored. Emily Albus led the Aggies with a .667 batting average in the doubleheader, going 6-for-9 at the plate, with three runs scored and a double. The senior had four straight infield hits in game one of the dou-

bleheader. Senior third baseman Amber Garza, who enters this weekend tied for third on the team with nine home runs, said the midweek game settled the club down. “It was definitely one of those games where everyone had a lot of fun,” Garza said. “Everyone did their job and that was great about it.” The Tigers (34-14-1, 7-11 SEC) rank just below the Aggies in the SEC standings. Auburn’s overall record is highlighted by series wins over Kentucky, LSU and Mississippi State and a midweek victory over Alabama last week. The Tigers defeated Alabama State 5-3 on Wednesday night. Branndi Melero and Kasey Cooper are each hitting above .400 to lead the team on the season. “It’s pretty tough to play Florida and Tennessee back to back,” Tysarczyk said. “We’re going to go into Auburn and not play in fear. We’re not intimidated by anyone we play.” The teams will face off in the first game of the series at 6 p.m. Friday at Jane B. Moore Field. The Aggies continue play Wednesday against Lamar in another doubleheader at the Aggie Softball Complex.

The Texas A&M baseball team got through just six innings before rain suspended its game against the No. 20 Mississippi State Bulldogs Thursday. Play will resume in the seventh inning at 5 p.m. Friday with the Bulldogs leading 4-1. A&M freshman starting pitcher Tyler Stubblefield faced 10 batters in his Friday night appearance for the Aggies before he was pulled by head coach Rob Childress in the second inning before recording an out.. He allowed four runs with three walks on 38 pitches. The Bulldogs saw RBIs from Seth Heck, Derrick Armstrong and Gavin Collins, who had

a two-RBI single to left centerfield. Senior left fielder Jace Statum, who capitalized on a wild pitch thrown by Trevor Fitts and scored from third base during the fifth inning, scored the only Aggie run thus far. Cole Lankford was on a 2-for-3 performance at the plate before the game was called. Sophomore southpaw Matt Kent relieved Stubblefield in the second inning. He went five innings and surrendered two hits, Freshman second baseman Ryne Birk is due up for the Aggies when play resumes. The second of the three-game series will begin at 6:35 PM, providing the first game has been concluded.

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Danielle Adams wins Israeli championship Danielle Adams, Class of 2011 and member of the 2011 Texas A&M team that won an NCAA championship, scored 19 points for Maccabi Ashdod Thursday as her team clinched the Israeli Championship over Elizur Ramla in overtime, 78-76. Adams holds the A&M record for single-season (22.3) and career (19.5) per-game scoring. She will soon rejoin the WNBA’s San Antonio Stars where Karla Gilbert is in camp after the end of A&M’s season.

The Texas A&M women’s basketball team announced the signing of Shlonte Allen, the No. 2 ranked junior college recruit in the nation, Thursday. Allen was a two-time All-American at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas. Head coach Gary Blair said he was excited about the guard’s commitment. “We feel like she is similar to a lot of our players who have had success at Texas A&M,” Blair said. “She is one more person who will make us very competitive in the SEC and national stages. Amy Wright and our entire coaching staff did a great job recruiting her.” According to an A&M press release, Allen is the cousin of Aggie men’s basketball player Kourtney Roberson.

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