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Texas Grand Slam brought nation’s top poets to Bryan Mackenzie Mullis & Shelbi Polk The Battalion


ucked away in the corners of Bryan and College Station lies an underground society of writers and poets, eager to speak their mind and write their souls. This past weekend, poets battled their way for the top prize at the Texas Grand Slam poetry contest, hosted by Mic Check — a nonprofit poetry organization— all in the name of spoken word. The event began Friday night with 42 poets, all competing for the final stage on Saturday. From there, a round of 10 poets was whittled down to the final four. This year, the first ever tie occurred, forcing the third and fourth place finalists to perform in a sudden death round. Kevin Burke won, Hieu Nguyen came in second, Justin Lamb third and Michael Lee finished in fourth. Aleenah Spencer, senior biomedical science major and as-

Senior English major Madison Parker, the only A&M student to compete in Texas Grand Slam, performs a piece during the event.

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sistant director of Mic Check, said this year’s Texas Grand Slam hosted the largest audience the organization had ever seen. “The event was packed,” Spencer said. “The Palace was packed, people were even standing up by the rails.” Audience participation was highly encouraged by the members of Mic Check, the poets and the emcee, helping the performers to feed off of the crowd’s energy. “Audience participation and energy is a major factor,” said Madison Parker, senior English major and competitor in Texas Grand Slam. “I had a friend who said he loved being an audience member because he felt that he was as much a part of the show as the poets. Having audience feedback also makes you feel a lot better about your performance.” See Slam on page 3


Campus-wide housing service project kicked off Saturday


ith hammers in hand, students kicked off a seven-week service project to build a house this Saturday. The project, BUILD, has two end goals – to unite students across campus through service and to partner with Habitat for Humanity to build houses for those in need in Bryan-College Station. A wall-raising ceremony took place at 8 a.m. at the site in Bryan, and featured remarks from University President R. Bowen Loftin. In line with the project’s goal to increase cross-campus unity, the walls for another house will be built on Simpson Drill Field. Andrew Abbott, BUILD command team leader, said BUILD plans to use this initial project as a foundation for future projects. Aimee Breaux, city editor

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Winner of the wiener dog races at Weiner festival, Jayne Higginbotham, poses with her dog Daisy Mae after receiving the first place trophy.


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Students volunteering for the BUILD project raise one of the walls for a new house Saturday, where University President R. Bowen Loftin made remarks.


A&M tacks on pair of road wins Weekend SEC sweep pushes win streak to four games

Clay Koepke

The Battalion he Texas A&M women’s soccer team (9-3-1, 4-1-0 SEC) improved its win streak to four after a sweep of two SEC opponents on the road Friday through Sunday. Shea Groom headed to her home state of Missouri Sunday as she led the red-hot Aggies into Columbia, Mo., to take on the Missouri Tigers (6-6-1, 2-2-1 SEC). With the exception of the first game of the season against Duke,


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the Aggies have won the shots battle against every opponent they have faced this season. That trend did not stop this weekend. Texas A&M dictated the play throughout the game, outshooting the Tigers by a tally of 15-2, including seven shots on goal to Missouri’s one. Despite the dominance by the Aggie attack, the Tigers were able to fend off the Aggies and escape to the intermission only trailing 1-0. The second half proved to be more of the same with the Aggies dictating the pace. Facing an onslaught of shots, the Missouri goaltender, McKenzie Sauerwein, kept the Tigers in the

Dachshund festival hosted races, family fun Shelbi Polk The Battalion



Shea Groom dribbles in a Sept. 27 See Soccer on page 6 match against Mississippi State.

ined up in their cage-like starting blocks, with their short legs ready to propel them down the track, eight dachshunds get ready to race for the prize of a squeaky toy and a loving pat. Wiener dogs are not typically considered prized racers, but they were the main attraction Saturday at the Aggieland Humane Society’s Weiner Fest. Wiener Fest is the Aggieland Humane Society’s largest annual fundraiser, and all of the money the event raised will benefit homeless

pets. Hundreds of people brought their dogs to participate in the fundraiser’s many events. “It brings families and friends together while raising money for the humane society,” said Scarlett Watson, junior economics major. Wiener Fest hosted 20 heats of preliminary dachshund races and finals came after. Students came out to the event to support their favorite racers and cheer on the animals as they ran. “This is our second year in a row,” said Andrew Newell, See Dachshund on page 2

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“I studied all Saturday. Then I went to dinner and got frozen yogurt, as well as watched a movie.” Sabrina Blanton, freshman nutritional science major Photo feature by David Cohen — THE BATTALION

Dachshund competitors race Saturday during Wiener Fest.

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junior mechanical engineering major. “We wanted to see Bronx, the weiner dog who won last year, and cheer for him again. He ‘beasted’ it up.” The event, held at Wolf Pen Creek Park, included

dog-costume contests and a 5K that looped around much of the Wolf Pen Creek area. “Wanna Be a Wiener” races were held for other breeds of dogs, and even those without dogs could come enjoy the event. “They even have a race for non-wiener dogs, but it’s funniest to watch the wiener dogs run,” said Jennifer

Kunz, junior civil engineering major. Vendors lined the walkways of Wolf Pen Creek amphitheater selling dog training sessions, dog treats, pet costumes and stuffed animals. Students were involved in volunteering for the event, racing their dogs and working with the different vendors spaced around the park.

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Several students participated in the annual Brazos Bark and Build competition, in which participants design and build sustainable doghouses. The creative doghouses were auctioned off at Weiner Fest for the benefit of the Humane Society.

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lgbt history month

Transgender athlete to speak for ‘Coming Out Week’

First openly transgender NCAA athlete to share story Bradley D’Souza

The Battalion s the keystone of the GLBT Resource Center’s celebration of Coming Out Week, Texas A&M will host speaker Kye Allums, the first openly transgender NCAA Division I athlete. The event will be held in the auditorium of the Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building on at 7 p.m. Thursday. Allums is a former studentathlete at George Washington University. Allums, who played for the George Washington University basketball team, came out publicly in 2010. His address will focus on his journey and experiences, as well as how to be a better ally to transgender men and women. “This event provides an opportunity to learn more about gender identity and how we can support transgender members of our community,” said Carolyn Sandoval, president of Aggie Allies. “Hearing peoples’ stories opens up the possibility for greater understanding and creates an opportunity for us to connect with each other and our collective humanity.” Before the address, Allums will conduct a


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As the audience cheered and snapped, the poets grew more confident. “[The poets’] energies were pretty high,” Spencer said. “They were very excited — especially having a slam in Texas — the ones from up north were ecstatic to be in Texas. Overall, it was a very positive vibe. It’s a huge competition but all of the poets were supportive of each other.” Spencer said Slam poetry is life changing, as it gives people a new perspective on issues and allows performers a safe place to spill their personal stories to the audience. From racism to gender disparity and global conflicts to sex, each poet gave his or her take and opinion on real-world matters. Parker said that her poetry comes from both the small and large issues in life. From her past to current situations, her writing envelops a variety of topics.

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and so this particular workshop is meant for people who want to have that experience and broaden their understanding of what it means to be an ally.” Allums’ address, as part of his “Transition Tour,” seeks to provide the larger Aggie COURTESY community Kye Allums will speak Thursday as part of Coming Out Week. with the understanding of small workshop for those interested in becomwhat it means to be transgender in higher eduing a better ally to transgender-identified stucation, as well as educate faculty and students dents around campus. Space is limited to 40 about transgender identity issues. Gardner said people, a fact that Sidney Gardner, program Allums’ experience in these situations allows coordinator for the GLBT Resource Center, said will create a hands-on learning environ- him a unique perspective into the trials of transgender students. ment for those in attendance. “I think people will gain some more under“We really want it to be a really interactive standing around some of the issues related to experience for people,” Gardner said. “I think our transgender students trying to navigate the that particularly for this workshop, the focus is higher education environment, whether that how to be a better ally to transgender people

be in the athletics realm or navigating a college environment in general,” Gardner said. “I think that can be a very powerful experience, hearing from someone who’s been through that firsthand, and also understands some of the broader pictures of what it means to be a transgender student on a college campus.” While the Resource Center plans many events that focus on the LGBT Community, Allums’ event speaks on a topic not readily discussed around Texas A&M. “We haven’t done a lot in the way of talking about the experiences of transgender-identified people on our campus, so I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity, and in particular because he focuses so much of what he talks about around helping us understand what it means to be inclusive for our transgender students,” Gardner said. Angela Ghazizadeh, junior political science major, said the main reason she is excited for Allums’ address is because she knows that he has a lot of wisdom to offer. “I want to learn how to be a better transally,” Ghazizadeh said. “I think it’s important that there is more visibility about transgender issues in the community.”

“I write about my emotions, feelings, sickness, health, family issues, friend issues,” she said. “The more honest you are, the more people are going to be able to relate to you.” Parkerb said Mic Check has been around for close to 10 years, becoming a nonprofit in 2010. Since then, she said, it has continued to grow and thrive. “[Slam poetry] is a hidden gem” she said. “You see people come out and experience it for the first time and more often than not, everyone’s response is, ‘Wow that was so cool.’ Experiencing it once, you will leave with something unique. We are all humans, we all have similar feelings and experiences to share.” Ryan McMasters, Class of 2011, said Texas Grand Slam was his first major competition as a poet. The event forced him to grow in both his performance and writing, as McMasters was competing against veteran slam poets. “Honestly, I’m not a competitive person, I just did this to push myself,” McMasters said. “I am a writer first and foremost.” Live performance poetry does not always

said. “When I write, I don’t necessarily write poems for a competition, they are all things I have already had written. These were ones that I had been rehearsing for though.” The win brought with it personal glory, but also a cash prize of $1,200, something Burke said he was grateful for. “This money will go to my rent and groceries,” he said. “I run a publishing company also, so I might take some of the prize money and work on the website for that. But on the real though, this is going to be rent and groceries first.” Spencer said though Burke was the winner, his demeanor remained humble and modest. “[Burke] was very excited,” Spencer said. “It was his second time winning, a lot of people were calling him ‘Two Buckles.’ He is a very humble person though. After the show, he was at the Revolution just dancing and hanging out with everyone.”

go as planned, but being able to recover is an important part of the competition. “Based on my standards, I got off book, which is a huge thing for me,” he said. “I was able to power through some aspects that tripped me up during my practice sessions up to this.” Kevin W. Burke, a poet from Austin, won the competition Saturday night, his second time to win Texas Grand Slam. His poetry has taken him all across the United States for various competitions. “I competed the first year that Texas Grand Slam happened but the second year they had it I was in an international slam in Canada,” Burke said. “I have done a two or three week tour through the Midwest and the Northeast too.” After Burke’s big win was announced, all the competing poets gathered on stage for a last bow and wave for the audience. The poetry he performed over the weekend was made up of arrangements he had previously written. “My poems are stuff I have in store,” he

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The Battalion hat began as a humble way to honor a fallen Army officer has grown into a race in honor of 31 fallen Aggie soldiers to preserve their legacy. “Running with Roy” began as a race in honor of Lt. Col. Roy Lin Tisdale, Class of 1992, who was killed in the shooting at Fort Bragg in June 2012. Leslie Easterwood, veterinarian at A&M’s Large Animal Hospital and friend of Tisdale’s, said the idea for “Running with Roy” began with a small group of military wives at Fort Bragg who were helping Roy’s wife through her grief, but soon it began to evolve into a larger event. “[The group of women] continued to run as Roy did, and competed in a half marathon last February,” Easterwood said. “Other friends who could not be there ran on the same day and posted pictures of support for them.” Easterwood said the race has now grown into a much larger event since the decision was made to honor 31 other Aggie soldiers along with Tisdale, and participants for next week’s race are coming from as far away as North Carolina, Kansas and New York. “The ‘Running with Roy’ was planned to honor [Tisdale],” Easterwood said. “But it has morphed into an event to honor all 31 Texas Aggies that we have lost while in service to our country since Sept. 11, 2001.” In May, Easterwood sent a letter to President George W. Bush, inviting him and his wife to attend the event on Oct. 12. In the letter, Easterwood wrote about Tisdale’s life. “He thrived in the Corps and in the doctrine of Texas A&M,” Easterwood said in the letter. “He loved Texas A&M and hoped that his kids


This run honors [Tisdale] and the 31 Aggies who have given their lives in defense of our country since Sept. 11, 2001.” — Colton Beall, sophomore bioenvironmental science major and a member of C-Company would one day attend Texas A&M and love it as he did.” Tisdale was a member of Company D-2 in the Corps of Cadets and served in the Army after graduation. He served two full tours of duty in Iraq and two full tours of duty in Afghanistan while becoming a career Army officer. Among his many recognitions, he was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. Andrew Stevens, commander of Company D-2, said the company is planning to run as a pack in their company T-shirts to signify to family members that the outfit Tisdale was a part of is still going strong. “We always like to support anybody from our outfit, living or passed away, and hearing the news of what happened to Roy hit all of us,” Stevens said. “I know a bunch of us went to his funeral, those that were able to. We always want to be there to support the family and support anyone that we can.” Colton Beall, sophomore bioenvironmental science major and a member of C-Company in the Corps of Cadets, is signed up to run in the upcoming 5K. He said

groups have already participated in 5Ks in the name of [Tisdale], mainly through [Tisdale’s] wife and friends. “People have been doing ‘Running with Roy’ as groups all around America,” Beall said. “Now we get to have a 5/10K here in Aggieland for him.” On race day, a memorial tree and bench will be dedicated in Roy’s name, Easterwood said. A memorial student lounge in the Buzbee Leadership Learning Center will also be dedicated on Saturday. Easterwood said the money collected from the race will go toward funding a scholarship in Tisdale’s name for students in the Corps of Cadets. Easterwood said she hopes the inaugural race will go well so it can continue every year to support the Corps of Cadets. “This event is a way to support Corps scholarships and to help tie his kids to Texas A&M,” Easterwood said. “The proceeds from the race will go to the TAMU Foundation to fund an endowed scholarship in Roy’s name that will benefit the TAMU Corps of Cadets.” Beall said the race follows the values instilled in all students at A&M. The race is not only to honor the Aggies who have fought with loyalty for the United States, it is also a celebration of those who have or continue to serve in the Armed Forces. “This run honors Roy Lin and the 31 Aggies who have given their lives in defense of our country since Sept. 11, 2001,” Beall said. “These heroes showed all the great values we have in Aggieland. All the people participating in the run show Loyalty, Respect, Selfless Service and Integrity. ‘We are the Aggies, the Aggies are we, true to each other as Aggies should be.’”

Holocaust survivor to share tale of escape Upcoming speaker Ernest Wertheim guided youth from Nazi Germany

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rnest Wertheim, 92-year-old Holocaust survivor, will speak to the comunity at Texas A&M Hillel. Wertheim will lecture at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the A&M Hillel building on George Bush Drive. Wertheim will share stories about how he escaped Nazi

survivors speak in the past, but his story is one that we, here in College Station, don’t get to listen to very often.” Riley Greenberg, senior agricultural leadership and development major who also serves on the Hillel Student Board, is excited to be making the stories of the past accessible to students. “We’re part of a generation that

We’re part of a generation that is extremely aware of the Holocause, but for most, it exists in the classrom, in history textbooks. — Riley Greenberg, senior agricultural leadership and development major Germany in 1938 after saving the lives of dozens of youth by guiding them down ski slopes and into Czechoslovakia. Jon Rahmani, senior kinesiology major and community liaison of the student board for Hillel, said this is a night not to be missed and hopes that the lecture will aide in community outreach to Jewish students on campus, and also to any student interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the experiences of individuals who lived through World War II. “Most every Holocaust speaker that I’ve heard has escaped from the concentration camps, and Mr. Wertheim escaped before all that,” Rahmani said. “To have a brandnew perspective, from someone who helped save lots of people, is very interesting. We’ve had some opportunities to hear Holocaust

is extremely aware of the Holocaust, but for most, it exists in the classroom, in history textbooks,” Greenberg said. “It’s really important for students to understand the lasting effects of genocide.” Rabbi Matt Rosenberg of Hillel also feels very strongly that the stories of history must be passed on. “We’re at the place in history where the last survivors of the Holocaust are dying, unfortunately,” Rosenberg said. “It’ll be up to our students to tell their children about the things they heard firsthand from survivors like Mr. Wertheim, so that it doesn’t happen again, and so that these stories are never forgotten.”



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Special to The Battalion exas A&M Volleyball (9-5, 1-2) experienced a setback over the weekend as it would finish the road trip winless, falling to No. 3 Florida (14-1, 3-0) in straight sets on Friday and losing to South Carolina (10-6, 2-2), 3-1 on Sunday. “There are so many emotions at play and so much newness with our team that I think in situations like this, it was real similar to Colorado State, just an incredibly tough environment to play in,� said head coach Laurie Corbelli. “It’s still really hard to see your team not be able to get into their game.� In set one at South Carolina, the Aggies were unable to get into rhythm and committed four attack errors in the first set. The Aggies would never lead in the set, and fell 25-23. Set two continued the same trend as South Carolina never trailed in the set. The Aggies committed two service errors and fell in the set, 25-20. “We just didn’t put up the numbers at all,� Corbelli said. “That is the disappointing part, but I really believe in this team.� The Aggies earned their only set win in set


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three, but lost the fourth, 14-10. Senior Allie Sawatzky would add her fourth triple-double of the season, with 10 kills, 40 assists and 10 digs. Freshman Jazzmin Babers and sophomore Shelby Sullivan tied their career highs in kills with 13 and 10. The loss was A&M’s first ever against South Carolina and brought the series record to 4-1. “I know we are going to rebound,� Corbelli said. “I feel sorry for the next team, because we are going to fight to get back to normal and even better right away.� A&M began the weekend with a trip to Gainesville, Fla., where they were swept 259, 25-23, and 25-17. In the match, the Aggies would only lead once in the second set. The Aggies were led by sophomore Sierra Patrick who would be the only Aggie to get doubledigit kills with 11. The Aggies will be back in Reed Arena for their next two games. On Wednesday, the Aggies will face the LSU Tigers at 7 p.m. Freshmen can get in free by wearing their “Fish Camp� T-shirts, and ESPNU will televise the event. The Aggies will close out the week against the Mississippi State Bull Dogs at 7 p.m. Friday.


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Junior forward Allie Bailey battles a Mississippi State defender during an 8-0 win Sept. 27 at Ellis Field. FILE

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game with her 11 saves on the day. In the 71st minute, the Aggies went up 2-0 after a shot by Groom was cleaned up by Allie Bailey. The goal by Bailey seemed to give A&M a cushion until the 86th minute when the Tigers stole one back from the Aggies to lessen the lead to 2-1 with just four minutes remaining. The Aggies closed out the Tigers 2-1 and improved their all-time record against Missouri to 15-5-1 and remained only one point behind LSU for first place in the SEC standings. “It’s a monumental task winning on the road in conference play,” said head coach G Guerrieri. “Especially when we’re playing an athletic and well-coached team like Missouri. We got a great goal from Liz [Keester] in the first half with Bianca [Brinson] doing a lot of the legwork to set up the goal. And in the second half, perseverance paid off for Shea [Groom] and Allie [Bailey].” On Friday, the Aggies traveled to Auburn for the first time in program history and put themselves in an early rut, giving up a goal in the opening minutes of the match. It didn’t take the Aggies long to strike back as junior Shea Groom flicked Bianca Brinson’s throw-in to the six yard box to Allie Bailey, putting the ball in the back of the net and tying the score 1-1 going into the intermission. The Aggies broke the deadlock in the 68th minute as junior Leigh Edwards rifled a shot past the Auburn net minder from 25 yards out, giving the Aggies a 2-1 edge. The Aggies led the Tigers in every offen-

sive category, including a 20-13 advantage in shots, 10-6 in shots-on-goal and a 10-6 edge in corner kicks. Junior striker Annie Kunz became the 11th player in A&M history to reach the 30-goal plateau for her career as she put the game out of reach with six minutes remaining in the match “We’ve always talked about how winning

It’s a monumental task winning on the road in conference play, especially when we’re playing an athletic and wellcoached team like Missouri.” — G Guerrieri, head coach on the road, once you start conference play, is always a massive challenge,” Guerrieri said. “Falling behind 1-0 three minutes into the match definitely compounded that challenge. It showed the character, grit and belief of this team. It was a nice goal by Allie [Bailey] to tie it up early and let us settle back into the match. After a couple of adjustments at halftime we got two great goals, one by Leigh [Edwards] from distance and the second one with a nice set-up by Shea [Groom] for a goal by Annie [Kunz].”

UTSA’s Graduate School will be visiting YOU!

UTSA’s Graduate School will be visiting Texas A&M during their Graduate and Professional School Day. This is an opportunity to meet with a graduate recruiter to discuss UTSA’s masters and doctoral degrees, admission requirements, GRE/GMAT scores and financial aid opportunities. Tuesday, October 8, 2013 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Memorial Student Center (MSC) Room 2300 For more information on UTSA’s Graduate School visit:

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