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The J.R. Blocker Building was flooded with more than 12 inches of water Sunday.
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(Top) Senior Toney Hurd, Jr. and sophomore Johnny Manziel interact with A&M fans after the win. (Left) Seniors Malcome Kennedy and Ben Malena celebrate with Malena’s signature “cashing out” gesture. (Right) Manziel is supported to the sideline during a second-quarter injury scare.
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Emergence of the ‘Lambo-rghini’ Sophomore walk-on kicker Josh Lambo, formerly a goalkeeper for FC Dallas of the MLS, kicked his first gamewinning field goal Saturday and aced each of his pointafter attempts to take home the game ball. “I never put [on] football pads until I got to Texas A&M,” Lambo said. “This whole process was really surreal.”
The sure-handed Travis Labhart Senior walk-on wide receiver Travis Labhart led the team in catches and yards with nine receptions for 97 yards.
Manziel creates his own 300/100 club In his 19th career game, sophomore quarterback Johnny Manziel posted his fourth career game with at least 300 yards passing and 100 yards rushing, the most by any player in Football Subdivision history.
Golf tourney to fuel endowment fund Katy Stapp
Special to The Battalion
he Student Government Association will host the third annual “Tee Up with SGA” golf tournament Nov. 15 on Texas A&M’s newly renovated golf course to help raise funds for financial self-sustainability. This is the first year that the tournament will be held on the Texas A&M golf course, and regristration is now open online for anyone interested in participation. Amanda Hatheway, senior business major and SGA executive cabinet chief of staff, said the golf tournament is being held primarily to help raise money for the SGA’s $1 million endowment goal. Brandon Valenta, junior supply chain management major and director of development for SGA, said funding currently sits at $106,000 and the goal may need to be adjusted for inflation, but the end goal is to have a fund that generates the $50,000 a year that would normally come from student fees. “It was decided that it would be better if we just paid for it ourselves so we wouldn’t have to rely on students’ money at all,” Valenta said. “Once the SGA reaches this goal, it will be an almost entirely self-sustainable organization.”
Valenta said some of the prize logistics are still being worked out, but first-place winners will receive $500 in golf prizes. In addition to the golf tournament and a spring fundraiser, SGA will hold a Brick Campaign in which current and former students, families, organizations and departments purchase an inscribed brick placed in the John J. Koldus Plaza. Each brick sale aids in the advancement of the SGA’s endowment fund and is designed for people who want to give back to the University, Valenta said. The golf tournament will be one of the first big events on the newly renovated golf course, Hatheway said. “It’ll be a great way to introduce the new golf course,” Hatheway said. “It’s for anyone to come out and play on the course and get to experience it for the first time.” Jane Pavlicek, sophomore kinesiology major, said the SGA golf tournament will be a great way to introduce the golf course. “I think it’s really cool that the SGA is using the golf tournament to raise money to sort of give back to the University,” Pavlicek said. “I think the SGA will run a lot more efficiently this way.”
No trouble traveling ... Texas A&M earned its 10th consecutive road victory Saturday, matching the program’s longest streak set in 1939-40.
... or scoring touchdowns A&M extended its streak of 40-point scoring games to nine, currently the longest streak in the FBS.
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6,800 B-CS residents left without power at peak stages of Sunday storm Mackenzie Mullis
The Battalion powerful storm that blew through College Station early Sunday morning caused flooding, power outages and tree damage across campus and surrounding areas. Blocker Building, among other campus structures, saw water leaks and saturation that required hours of repair. Jared Plushnick, chief meteorologist for KAGS, said the rain began around 2:30 a.m. Sunday and stayed strong until about 8 a.m. “We have been getting more ‘feast’ than ‘famine’ kinds of storms — either we get a lot or basically we get nothing,” Plushnick said. “This is our second storm in the past month where we have picked up four inches or more in a 24-hour period, which is amazing because last year we only had one of those.” Plushnick said winds exceeded 60 miles per hour at times throughout the night, which is why trees were down across the city. “When you get the combination of a really saturated soil and a hard blowing wind, that’s why the trees, at least the roots, couldn’t hold,” Plushnick said. “That’s why you had some trees down. We got, as of this afternoon, four and a quarter inches of rain at Easterwood [Airport].” Plushnick said parts of Bryan received five inches of rain, as did Wellborn and Millikan, and towns south of Austin saw up to 12 inches of rain. “I know there was flooding around Southwest Parkway and Highway 6 early in the morning and I do know Harvey Road was closed due to flooding,” Plushnick said. “There was a lot of ponding — some backyards and a some neighborhoods were flooded.” The National Weather Service issued flood warnings and watches throughout the morning. “It rained so much in a short amount of time,” Plushnick said. “That’s the problem, that’s why the National Weather Service issued flash flood watches and warnings because the atmosphere is so saturated. So, basically, when it rains it is going to come down with a vengeance.” Timothy Crabb, director of College Station electric utilities, said in an email that about 3,800 residents were without power for several hours beginning around 4 a.m. Sunday. This number grew to
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Elizabeth Evans, lifestyles writer, talks with journalism lecturer Dale Rice. THE BATTALION: Why did you get into journalism?
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Dale Rice, journalism lecturer, said he was drawn to the field to serve a watchdog role.
RICE: I know it’s going to sound corny, but I got into journalism because I thought it made a difference. You have to understand that my formative college years were during the Watergate era and so I saw journalists as being able to contribute to a better democracy, a better performing government, to serve a valuable watchdog role to keep the citizenry informed and I thought this was something I’d really like to do. That’s what prompted me, these kind of lofty ideals. See Rice on page 6
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“I feel like our defense could use some work. I know they’re young, but in a couple years they will be in Wrecking Crew status once again. Also, the refs need to figure out what targeting is.” Dylan Dacy, health administration graduate student
“I was really impressed whenever the Ole Miss player was injured in the way that we reacted with respect for him. Overall, it was a big scare and I was relieved when we came out on top.” Caitlin Schmidt, freshman civil engineering major
“Johnny stepped up and showed his leadership and how he is able to take over the team and get the win.”
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“The Aggies did a really good job. They worked as a team and pulled through, and the fact that they got together and prayed at the end of the game really took my breath away.” Leilani Wood, freshman marketing major
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Alumni to offer advice on job market
Beginning September 30, 2013, Who's Who applications for Undergraduate and Graduate Students are available, online only, at http://studentactivities.tamu.edu/whoswho Learn more about Who’s Who and helpful tips for filling out the 2013-2014 application by attending one of these workshops
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Communication Day to offer students direction toward career Samantha Latta The Battalion
o help ensure the bright futures of students following in their not-sodistant footsteps, the Alumni Advisory Board for the Department of Communication will be hosting a “Communication Day” from 3-6 p.m. Thursday at the Memorial Student Center. During this event, students will be given the opportunity to meet people who are currently working in communication-related fields. “This day is extremely valuable to current students, because the Alumni Advisory Board is full of great Ags,” said Josh Lipscomb, board member and senior manager of executive compensation at Brinker International. “The [advisory board] members have at least two things in common: One, we are passionate about helping current students succeed by helping them prepare for their careers, and two, we’ve had success in our careers and have a lot of good advice, which was aided by our time at Texas A&M and the Department of Communication.” Several former students turned board members will be traveling to College Station representing a variety of organizations and companies. With the experience of applying a communication degree into the workplace, the advisory board is expected to bridge the gap between the college and career setting. Natasha Abeya, advisory board member and global brand and media partnerships advisor of Shell Oil Company, said
the events allow for an open and honest discussion between students and the Alumni Advisory Board about the transition from college life to professional life. Jay Socol, advisory board member and communications director for the City of College Station, said that with such a broad major as communication, finding a perfect fit can be overwhelming. Socol said workshops will be in session to help students get an idea for a beneficial career path and to give tips about general professionalism in the field. “While this event is mainly directed at communication majors, we find that the topics and presenters draw students from a number of other majors too,” Socol said. “I’ve heard from plenty of students in past years who attended the workshops and said they learned about careers or skill applications they never even considered. Some walk away realizing where they need to apply more focus, while others realize they’re putting effort in the wrong places. I wish I’d had this opportunity when I was at A&M.” There will be two workshop sessions available, and each will contain four separate meetings that students can choose to attend. Communication professor Richard Street said, in past events, attendance ranged from 40-150 in any one particular session. Session one will begin at 3 p.m., and the breakoff meetings will include “Successful Interviewing” held in MSC 2405, “How to make my degree work for ME” in MSC 2404, “Be an Aggie that can Network” in MSC 2406A, and “Special Industry Topic: Event Planning” in MSC 2406B. Street said one of the biggest aspects that appeals to students is the ability to get information on how to talk about their major in a way that appeals to po-
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tential employers and colleagues. Session two will follow, beginning at 4:15 p.m. Meetings in this session will include “Resume Do’s and Don’ts” in MSC 2405, “The Leader of the Future: Skills to Begin Developing Now” in MSC 2404, “Be an Aggie that can Network” in MSC 2406A, and “Social Media 101” in MSC 2406B. Nancy Street, director of the communication department undergraduate program, said Communication Day will have meetings that focus on one of the most vital skills for communication majors – networking. “For people who go to the networking sessions, it will bring opportunities to talk to the alumni one on one,” Street said. “Last year, people got internships and jobs just from attending the networking session.”
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Monologues showcase life stories Coming Out Day event highlighted by largest ever attendance Emily Thompson
The Battalion o commemorate the 25th anniversary of National Coming Out Day, Texas A&M hosted its seventh annual Coming Out Monologues on Friday, which were written and performed by members of the student body and others affiliated with the University. Inspired to some degree by the Vagina Monologues, which are written and performed to represent a variety of womenâ€™s stories, the Coming Out Monologues featured personal narratives from speakers of various backgrounds surrounding the process of coming out as any identity in the LGBT community. Megan Caldwell, graduate assistant at the GLBT Resource Center, has worked to put
together the production of the Coming Out Monologues, and was proud to see the courage of those who stood up to tell their stories for what she said was the largest attendance in the history of the event. â€œComing out is difficult, and itâ€™s an ongoing process,â€? Caldwell said. â€œPeople donâ€™t always see that. It can be incredibly impactful to hear stories from people in different stages of the process, and itâ€™s positive for our straight allies to understand those stories, as well. These stories help to illustrate the breadth of the coming out process, not just as a narrative, but as different ways to have that experience as well.â€? Sidney Gardner, GLBT Resource Center program coordinator, prefaced the evening with a short introduction and said the amount of progress that the LGBT movement has made is indescribable and inspiring to see. Claire Mosley, senior health major, said she left the monologues feeling glad that she had come.
â€œIâ€™m a part of the community, showing my support,â€? Mosley said. â€œItâ€™s especially important around here for people to tell their stories, and for others to listen. Thereâ€™s a safe space that it creates.â€? Saad Dawoodi, senior biochemistry major, was also a part of the audience Friday, and said the complexity of the narratives that were shared showed the uniqueness of experiences in the LGBT community. â€œPeople who are not actively engaged in the community see a very one-sided view of the community and oftentimes see individuals inside it as one-dimensional,â€? Dawoodi said. â€œPeople in the GLBT-plus community have a unique struggle. We are not homogenous and we have very complex stories. Being gay is often misused as an umbrella term and tonight helped to dispel that notion. Being part of any minority gives individuals a certain world insight â€” insight that should be shared.â€?
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2 students chosen for science recognition Space center director to visit campus for presentation, lecture Bradley Dâ€™Souza
The Battalion udder Theatre will host Col. Robert Cabana, Kennedy Space Center director and former space shuttle astronaut, as he presents awards granted by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation to two Texas A&M students. The lecture and scholarship presentation will take place at 10 a.m. on Oct. 28. The event is free of charge and faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend, although tickets will need to be obtained to enter Rudder Theatre. Cabana will be at A&M to make a public address â€” focusing on his job as the director of one of NASAâ€™s leading facilities and his experiences as an astronaut â€” and present the scholarships. In the past, the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation has sent other high-profile participants in the U.S. space program, such as Capt. James Lovell, one of the astronauts on the Apollo 13 mission, who made the address
last year. â€œThese were the pioneers of their time,â€? said Sumana Datta, executive director of Honors and Undergraduate Research. â€œThey had rockets explode. They often risked their lives going into space.â€? The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, established in 1984 by members of the Mercury space program, selects students across the country with exceptional performance in science, technology and engineering fields. The scholarship provides the recipients with $10,000 per year for the remainder of their undergraduate careers, whether one or two years. â€œA&M is one of the lucky few institutions able to be granted these awards,â€? Datta said. â€œThe scholarship is given to those students who have a proven track record of research and creativity.â€? The recipients of this yearâ€™s awards are Amanda Couch, senior electrical engineering major, and Dillon Amaya, senior meteorology major, who have each amassed expertise in their fields over the course of their undergraduate careers. Couch has conducted research in the field of electromagnetics, space communications and antenna design in addition to interning at the
ISS Electrical Power Systems at Boeing. Amayaâ€™s interest is paleoclimate research, and he has participated in research in multiple aspects of his field. Both have co-authored multiple scholarly publications. Couch said she is both thrilled to be a recipient and honored to meet Cabana. â€œIâ€™m really excited about it,â€? Couch said. â€œItâ€™s an honor and Iâ€™m glad the foundation has selected me. Heâ€™s an astronaut and I get to hear him speak and have lunch with him.â€? Couch said she has always had an interest in the field of space communications. â€œIâ€™ve always found it fascinating how things work together,â€? Couch said. â€œIâ€™ve always been interested in space, thatâ€™s how I got involved in space communication, particularly how things communicated wirelessly rather than through a line, like how satellites work.â€? Couch said she got involved in undergraduate research because she thought she might want to pursue it as a career. She said that her opportunities in the lab have translated to the classroom. â€œI had an idea that I wanted to do research full-time as a career, and I was shown a list of \
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Should we re-examine endlessly repeated clichĂŠs? In a previous installment in this series of clarifying messages about Israel and the Middle East, we examined certain myths which, by dint of constant repetition, had acquired currency and acceptance. We looked at the myth of â€œPalestinian nationhood,â€? the myth of Judea/Samaria (the â€œWest Bankâ€?) being â€œoccupied territory,â€? the myth that Jewish settlements in these territories are â€œthe greatest obstacle to peace,â€? and the myth that Israel is unwilling to â€œyield land for peace.â€? And we cleared up the greatest myth of all, namely that Israelâ€™s administration of the territories, and not the unrelenting hatred of the Arabs against the Jews, is the root cause of the conflict between the Arabs and Israel. But those are not all the myths; there are more.
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Reality: There is no prospect at all that anything resembling a democratic state could be created in the Myth: The Arabs of Israel are a persecuted territories. There is not a single democratic Arab minority. state â€“ all of them are tyrannies of varying degrees. Reality: The over one million non-Jews (mostly Even today, under partial Israeli administration, Arabs) who are citizens of Israel have the same civil Hamas and other factions fight for supremacy and rights that Jews have. They vote, are members of the ruthlessly murder each other. Another Lebanon, with Knesset (parliament), and are part of Israelâ€™s civil and its incessant civil wars, is much more likely. The diplomatic service, just as their Jewish fellow lawlessness and chaos citizens. Arabs have prevail in Gaza since complete religious â€œIt is in our national interest that that Israelâ€™s withdrawal is a freedom and full access to the Israeli legal, health reality, not myths, govern our policy.â€? good prospect of what would happen if Israel â€“ and educational systems foolishly and under the pressure of â€œworld opinionâ€? â€“ â€“ including Arabic and Muslim universities. The only were to abandon this territory. As for difference between the â€œrightsâ€? of Arabs and Jews is demilitarization, that is totally unlikely. Because â€“ that Jewish young men must serve three years in the with Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, most of military and at least one month a year until age 50. which are in a declared state of war with Israel, at its Young Jewish women serve for two years. The Arabs borders â€“ an irresistible power vacuum would be have no such civic obligation. For them, military created. Despite pious promises, the arms merchants service is voluntary. Not too surprisingly, except for of the world would find a great new market and the the Druze, very few avail themselves of the privilege. neighboring hostile Arab countries would be happy to Myth: Having (ill-advisedly) already given up supply anything else that might be needed. control of the Gaza Strip, Israel should also give up Myth:: Israel should make â€œconfidence-building the administration of Judea/Samaria (the â€œWest gesturesâ€? for the sake of peace. Bankâ€?) because strategic depth is meaningless in Reality: What really is it that the world expects this age of missiles. Israel to do for the sake of peace? Most of the 22 Arab Reality: Israel is a mini-state â€“ about half the size countries consider themselves in a state of war with of San Bernardino county in California. If another, Israel and donâ€™t even recognize its â€œexistence.â€? That even smaller mini-state were carved out of it, Israel has been going on for over sixty years. Isnâ€™t it about would be totally indefensible. That is the professional time that the Arabs made some kind of a â€œgesture?â€? opinion of 100 retired U.S. generals and admirals. If Could they not for instance terminate the constant the Arabs were to occupy whatever little strategic state of war? Could they not stop launching rockets depth Israel has between the Jordan River and its into Israel from areas that Israel has abandoned for populated coast, they would not need any missiles. the sake of peace? Could they not stop the suicide Artillery and mortars would suffice, since Israel bombings, which have killed hundreds of Israelis and would be only nine miles wide at its waist. Those who which have made extreme security measures â€“ such urge such a course either do not understand the as the defensive fence and convoluted bypass roads â€“ situation or have a death wish for Israel. necessary? Any of these would create a climate of Myth: If Israel would allow a Palestinian state peace and would indeed be the â€œconfidence-building to arise in Judea and Samaria it would be a gesturesâ€? that the world hopes for. democratic state and would be totally demilitarized. Countless â€œpeace conferencesâ€? to settle this festering conflict have taken place. All have ended in failure because of the intransigence of the Arabs. President Clinton, toward the end of his presidency, convened a conference with the late unlamented Yasser Arafat and Ehud Barak, the prime minister of Israel at that time. Mr. Barak offered virtually everything that Arafat had requested, except the partition of Jerusalem and the acceptance of the so-called refugees, their descendants having swollen from the 650,000 who fled the nascent state of Israel during the War of Liberation, to an incredible 5 million. Arafat left in a huff and started his infamous intifada instead, a bloody war that has cost thousands of Palestinian and Israeli lives. Israel is Americaâ€™s staunchest ally and certainly its only true friend in that area of the world. It is in our national interest that reality, not myths, govern our policy. This message has been published and paid for by
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projects and the project that involved antennas sounded the most interesting, so I started working at the antenna lab at A&M,â€? Couch said. â€œResearch taught me a lot of valuable skills for the work force, itâ€™s improved my presentation ability, and itâ€™s really [helped] round out what I learn in class.â€? This year marks the first year the award has not been limited to one student per school. â€œWe are thrilled that two of our students were selected for this prestigious award this time, when typically it has been one recipient in the year awarded,â€? Datta said. â€œThis tells us that the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation recognizes the academic strength we have among our students here at Texas A&M.â€? Chandra Kovvali, freshman general studies major, said she would be interested in attending the event for the opportunity of listening to Cabanaâ€™s experiences in space. â€œCabana had the opportunity to conduct experiments in space,â€? Kovvali said. â€œCabanaâ€™s interesting experiences could spark an interest in those who are keen in conducting research.â€?
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(Above) Custodial workers remove water from the Studio 12 lounge Sunday evening in the Commons.
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Francisca Martinez (right), custodial supervisor, works with her crew to reverse storm damage Sunday evening in the J.R. Blocker Building.
about 6,800 people by 4:40 a.m. High winds, excessive lightning and heavy rains made conditions very dangerous to travel, Crabb said. Sgt. Kyle Patterson of the College Station Police Department said most of the issues he dealt with were due to the power outages. “The direct effect we felt was the power being out and us having to go work traffic lights,” Patterson said. Because the storm occurred early in the morning, Patterson said many residents were already in their homes and off the roads. “[The storm] came in at about three in the morning, and I think that was at its worst so most people were already home in bed,” Patterson said. “Most of what we had was just trees down and there were a couple of places where the trees had fallen on power lines.” Hillary Cowan, senior environmental design major, said she was awake when the storm came in and saw its effects firsthand. “It was so loud and it kept me up forever,” Cowan said. “I opened up my shutter and I watched the lighting. A bolt hit really close to my house, it sounded like it got some-
thing.” When she woke Sunday morning, trees were down and there were puddles in rooms of her home. “This morning I woke up and opened the front door and there were leaves coming in because there was a big limb that fell,” Cowan said. “Then I got home after church to find that our laundry room had leaked due to, probably, a bad foundation.” Crabb said many residents were still without power by 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning. “We had gotten service back to all but 4,300 customers,” Crabb said in an email. Major damage was felt in several areas that could take considerable time to repair, Crabb said, particularly offroad areas that were highly saturated. By 3:30 p.m., Crabb said all but 200 residents had their power operating again and the city was working hard to fix these remaining issues. Pallavi Kaushik, freshman Blinn Team student, was working at KANM student radio in the MSC when the storm came through. “We went into the engineering booth and saw a huge puddle forming where all the cords were so we unplugged it,” she said. “We made sure to put a board over the puddle so we wouldn’t get electrocuted or anything.” Other parts of the MSC
flooded as Pavalli looked for maintenance workers to help her. “We realized there was water pooling in the cafeteria near the Chick-N-Grill — it was through the carpets,” Pavalli said. “I was in [the radio station] from around 12 a.m. to almost 6 a.m. We were the only people in the locked MSC. At 6 a.m., we found a maintenance crew.” Francisca Martinez, supervising custodian, worked Sunday for nine hours to clean up the damage. She covered multiple buildings that had suffered from the storm, including Blocker. “There was big damage on campus, a lot of water everywhere in classrooms, a computer lab,” Martinez said. “I am not in charge of Blocker but they called me in for an emergency call.” The Blocker Building was closed to students Sunday, but at time of press the University had yet to make a statement about Monday classes. Plushnick said a few showers can be expected Monday and Tuesday mornings but Tuesday night and Wednesday morning there would be a cold front, which will bring with it some heavy rains. “After the cold front, Wednesday afternoon and Thursday should be absolutely beautiful around here,” Plushnick said.
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Unjust expectations James Sullivan: College football has evolved, but A&M’s fan demands remain in the past
t Texas A&M, a certain level of expectation is attached to wearing a defensive uniform. The rich history of the program is built around defense, as the conference championships of the 1990’s Wrecking Crew teams attribute on the wall leading into Kyle Field.
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It’s time to move on. For far too long, A&M has clung to the notion that a reemergence of the famed Wrecking Crew is just around the corner. It’s not. Period. Get over it. The level of offensive prowess around college football has exploded over the course of the past decade, and will continue to grow as the sport evolves. Skill players are no longer attracted to cornerback or linebacker, but rather wide receiver or running back. They want to score, have their name called out over the stadium loudspeakers and receive the fantasy points as an individual rather than a unit. There are few “Wrecking Crews” anymore, and that’s a reality many Aggies have yet to face. The world of college football has changed, and A&M has changed with it, but expectations among the fan base have remained unjustly locked. Under second-year head coach Kevin Sumlin, A&M has proceeded to lead the Southeastern Conference in both total offense (561.4 yards per game, fifth nationally) and scoring offense (44.4 points per game, sixth nationally). The seventh-ranked Aggies run one of the most dynamic units in the country under reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, as the team has surpassed the 40 points margin each game so far this season. Sumlin understands the complexities associated with running a high-octane offense, as A&M’s quick scoring unit forces its defense to compete for longer periods of time against slower-paced opposing offenses. According to the head coach, the key for A&M’s defense is third down conversions, as finding ways to shut down drives allows the Aggie offense more opportunities to score down the stretch. “With our style of play, it’s about third down percentage,” Sumlin said. “Time of possession is not that big a deal with how we do things. What is a big deal is third down conversion, for and against, and we went 8 of 13 offensively and [Ole Miss] was 6 of 14. That’s really the story of the game.”
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Texas A&M freshman linebacker Shaan Washington tackles a Rebel ball carrier during the Aggies’ 41-38 road victory over Ole Miss on Saturday. Defensively, A&M may not live up to par with many of its SEC brethren, as the Aggies rank 12th in scoring defense (32.8 points per game, 93rd nationally) and last in total defense (491.2 yards per game, 113th nationally), but their 5-1 (2-1 SEC) record speaks differently. A new term has been coined to dictate an effective defense in today’s world — opportunistic. Basically, it refers to the unit’s ability to generate turnovers or produce timely, rather than consistent, stops. During A&M’s 41-38 victory Saturday over Ole Miss, the Aggies’ opportunistic nature was evident. With the game on the line and the Rebels with the ball, the defense forced a quick three-and-out. The Ole Miss punt resulted in A&M kicker Josh Lambo drilling the game-clinching 33-yard field goal as time expired. Ultimately, the A&M defense’s “bend, not break” theory has proven effective, despite not living up to the program’s traditional defensive prowess. The Aggies’ offensive capabilities have skyrocketed — leaving leeway for
defensive mistakes — but fans remain entrenched in the idea of Wrecking Crew type units and endure disappointment when they consistently fail to live up to past expectations. It’s hypocritical in today’s football culture, considering the weapons at the disposal of many of the nation’s offenses. For Sumlin, a vital component of the unit’s success has been its relentless will despite allowing unprecedented amounts of points, always giving the team a chance to pull off victory. “Our guys, if there’s one thing I’ll say about them, it’s that they don’t quit,” Sumlin said. “That’s been kind of a trademark here the last year and a half. They’re going to play to the end, and then we’ll see what happens.” James Sullivan is a senior marketing major and sports editor for The Battalion
A&M finishes home tournament on top he Texas A&M men’s tennis team competed at the Texas A&M Conference Challenge, a three-day tournament held at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center over the weekend. The Aggies finished the weekend 10-7 in singles and 6-6 in doubles matches across two days of play. Sunday’s games were cancelled due to inclement weather. A&M hosted the University of Illinois and Harvard University for the tournament, with the Fighting Illini finishing 8-8 in singles and 6-5 in doubles and the Crimson closing with a 5-9 singles and 6-6 doubles record. The doubles matches were highlighted by the third-ranked A&M pair, senior Junior Ore and junior Jackson Withrow, as they defeated two top-20 tandems in Illinois’ No. 10 duo of Ross Guignon and Tim Kopinski and the No. 20 pair in Harvard’s Denis Nguyen and Casey MacMaster. In singles, A&M was able to overcome early deficits in two matches as juniors Jeremy Efferding and Behzad Minavi powered through opponents to victories. “There were great matches all around today,” A&M assistant coach Bob McKinley said. “That’s exactly what we need this time of year is to play competitive matches. I feel like we won more than our share. Obviously when you lose there’s a disappointment there, but overall I was happy for the day.”
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The second day of play Saturday proved less efficient for A&M, as the Aggies finished 5-4 in singles and 0-4 in doubles. Efferding’s strong performance against Illinois’ No. 121 Kopinski proved the Aggies’ best of the day, as each doubles team struggled to losses. “It was a good day of tennis for us today,” said A&M head coach Steve Denton. “We need this tough competition this time of the year to try to get better. The most disappointing thing came tonight in doubles.”
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Dale Rice, director of journalism studies at Texas A&M, spent 35 years in the field before he became a journalism instructor.
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THE BATTALION: What was one of your favorite moments or stories as a journalist? RICE: If you asked me about memorable news stories I was involved in, when I was at the Dallas Times Herald as the education writer, we did a project that the then-secretary of education called the most important project in education that an American newspaper had ever done. We gave a test to a group of American students that were the national average on nationally norm standardized achievement tests — 12 year olds. We got the test given in a variety of other industrialized nations: Japan, France, Switzerland, Germany. Anyway, we had the test given in a number of places around the world to see how American students stack up to their counterparts worldwide. These tests were designed by Nobel laureates and other people famous in their field who designed a test of what they thought 12 year olds should know. All of the networks sent reporters to Dallas to come into the newsroom and interview me and the team that worked on the series they did, because they considered this such a huge deal. THE BATTALION: Why did you decide to become a journalism professor?
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early bloggers that made the foray into more and more online presence, that I could make a contribution to journalism education. THE BATTALION: What has been your most life-changing moment? RICE: Given the way my life has gone, I would have to say my most life-changing moment was running out of money in my first semester of graduate school and having to apply for a job. One of my friends said, “You know, you ought to apply to the newspaper, you’re a journalism major.” I said, “Oh, I don’t think I have enough experience.” I called the editor of the paper in Syracuse and asked, ‘Do you have any openings, I’d like to apply.’ He said, “As a matter of fact, I do have one. Come on in.” So I went in and he did an interview initially and then said, “Okay, now I’m a sergeant in the police force and there’s just been a bad accident, question me about it and then write the story.” And so I asked him all kinds of questions and he sent me off to a typewriter and I wrote the story and gave it to him and he called me the next day and offered me a job. THE BATTALION: What is the best piece of advice you can give to someone wanting to pursue journalism? RICE: My advice would be to get a broad education that includes journalism, so I very much endorse the kind of interdisciplinary approach that we take here, because I think that in the 21st century, it’s absolutely critical for journalists to think on their feet, to react quickly to changing aspects of a story or an event. It shows how important critical thinking skills are and I think that getting a broad education, especially in the liberal arts with the journalism education that helps you learn how to write in a particular way and report stories, that is one piece. The other piece is to really take advantage of a variety of internships and other practical experiences that give you a leg up on the competition.
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