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Mike Evans, sophomore wide receiver, talks to media Tuesday in the Bright Complex. Evans had 11 receptions for four touchdowns in Saturday’s game against Auburn.

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Suspect wanted in wallet theft University Police Dept. reaches out for student help, talks prevention tactics Lindsey Gawlick The Battalion

Jonathan Sheen — THE BATTALION

Defensive recovery A&M players express team confidence

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he Texas A&M University Police Department is searching for information on the theft of a wallet on Oct. 6 from the Student Recreation Center. UPD Detective Craig Dudley said the main suspect used the wallet contents to purchase about $1,000 in VISA gift cards from two local pharmacies before disappearing. The suspect is a white female with long hair who is believed to be a Texas A&M student. At the time of gift card purchases, the suspect was wearing a pink hoodie, blue jeans and a Hurley hat. Dudley said the victim’s wallet was taken sometime between 10 and 10:30 p.m. It is unclear if the suspect was acting alone or with assistance. Dudley said the theft took place when the victim left his things unattended next to the Rec center’s indoor pool. “On the sixth [of October] the victim was at the Rec center,” Dudley said. “He went into the indoor pool area around 10 p.m. At 10:30 p.m. he realizes that somebody has taken his wallet. Now, he set his wallet See Theft on page 6

James Sullivan

The Battalion ollowing Saturday’s 45-41 home upset at the hands of Southeastern Conference opponent and No. 11 Auburn, the value of Texas A&M’s defense has come into question after defensive coordinator Mark Snyder’s postgame comment: “When you score 41 points, you should win. Period. End of story.” At the Aggies’ weekly press conference on Tuesday, A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin said the team had rediscovered its identity following Saturday’s loss and would build on it moving forward. “One more point than the oppo-

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nent should be enough to win the game, regardless of the situation,” Sumlin said. “We know where we are as a team. Our offense understands that. Our team understands that. Our job is to win or lose as a football team. If you’re deficient in one area, you understand that as a coach and try to get that area better. Your goal is to win the game, no matter what. If we were deficient on offense, then it would be our defense’s job to allow one point less than we can score.” The A&M defense forced one turnover against Auburn and allowed 45 points off 615 total yards, the second highest point total and the highest

We know where we are as a team. Our offense understands that. Our team understands that. Our job is to win or lose as a football team.”

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— Kevin Sumlin, A&M head football coach

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Chili peppers heat up neuroscience research

Former student, prof to speak at book fest

A&M researchers use capsaicin to study pain

Texas Book Festival in Austin showcases cultural literature

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bite of a jalepeño or habanero pepper can sometimes prove too hot to handle. These peppers may represent frantic gulps of water and burning tears to some people, but to a neuroscience lab at Texas A&M, they can offer key insight into the neurological processes associated with pain. Led by psychology professor Mary Meagher, a team of undergraduate and graduate students are examining the way people process pain, paying close attention to both the perception and physiological responses of pain. To better understand these concepts, the lab applies capsaicin, or chili pepper extract, on the forearms of participants to induce pain. Capsaicin provides a way to study chronic pain without causing lasting injuries or any tissue damage. “In order to understand the mechanisms a—

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that influence pain in healthy and pathological pain situations, we need to have laboratory studies,” Meagher said. “The reason we use the capsaicin model is it is a model that mimics many of the features and mechanisms that are engaged when somebody has what’s called chronic or pathological pain, but luckily it’s just short term.” With this study, Meagher’s lab intends to provide a greater understanding of the neurological processes associated with pain. “If you can understand the mechanisms, both psychological and physiological, that are involved in determining how the ascending pain transmission gets amplified or what factors contribute to its inhibition, then we’ll understand various targets that we can go after pharmacologically and psychologically,” Meagher said. Sophomore health major, Brittany Phelps, participated in one of the capsaicin experiments. Phelps said she was asked if she was allergic to chili peppers or felt pain easily. “Both of those questions have the answer of ‘No,’ but I was like, ‘Why do you need to know if I feel pain easily, and what are you going to be doing with chili peppers?’” Phelps said. “It was a little nerve-wracking at first, because I really didn’t know what to expect, but it really wasn’t too bad. I felt a tingling sensation, but it wasn’t too painful.” Senior university studies major, Carli Domenico, led one of these capsaicin studies and said the research experience provided her with unique rewards as an undergraduate student. “Undergraduate research is crucial across all fields of study because it provides for academic and personal development that nothing else on campus can offer,” Domenico said. “It teaches you to think and read critically and it exposes you to many more backgrounds than you would ever expect.”

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The Battalion ggies will be among the bookworms, publishers and authors flocking to Austin this weekend for the Texas Book Festival. This annual celebration of literature will be held Saturday and Sunday in and around the Texas capital. David K. Langford, Class of 1963, and Jerome Loving, Texas A&M English professor, will be speakers at the festival. Loving said his book, “Mark Twain in the Shadow of the Civil War,” addresses Twain’s progressive attitudes toward war and racism. He will sign books and speak alongside biographer Linda Lovell in a presentation titled “Biographers and Biographies.” Langford is the grandson of Ernest Langford, the namesake of the Texas A&M Langford Architecture Center. He served as vice president of the Texas Wildlife Association and as a general expert in the field of water allocation issues, said Holli Koster, publicity and advertising manager for Texas A&M University Press. Langford’s book, “Hillingdon Ranch: Four Seasons, Six Generations,” was published through Texas A&M University Press as part of its Conservation Leadership series. At the Texas Book Festival, he will lead a panel about the book with co-author Lorie Woodward Cantu. “‘Hillingdon Ranch’ chronicles how one family has worked together over many years to keep their ranch intact and to build a cattle, sheep and goat business that has become a mod-

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The best part of being the artist for the festival and receiving those prizes was being able in some small part to repay Texas A&M for taking a chance on me.” — Margie Crisp, poster artist for 2012 Texas Book Festival and University of Texas alumna

el of stewardship and sustainability,” Koster said. Texas A&M Press is partnering with members of the Texas Book Consortium to bring more to the table at this year’s festival by setting up a large tent, Koster said. “Press authors stop in throughout the weekend to sit and greet festival-goers and to sign copies of their books,” she said. Randal Ford, Class of 2004 and former photographer at The Battalion, is the official poster artist for this year’s festival. Each year’s poster artist gains a following and spends time signing posters at the festival, said Margie Crisp, poster artist for the 2012 festival. “There is always a group looking forward to finding out this year’s artist,” she said. Crisp was a featured author at last year’s festival for her photography and writing in “River of Contrasts: The Texas Colorado,” also published by Texas A&M Press. Her book has received the 2012 Ron Tyler Award for Best Illustrated Book on Texas History and Culture and the Texas Institute of Letters See Book fest on page 6

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“Even if Johnny doesn’t play, we still have a fighting chance against Vanderbilt.” Patrick Glaze, freshman Blinn Team major

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“If Johnny Manziel doesn’t play versus Vanderbilt then Mike Evans is going to step up and carry the team to victory.”

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Panel to discuss changing military tactics Lecture series to offer insight on US ‘light footprint’ performance

where it’s possibly going,” Arnold said. “No one can really answer that without firsthand experience, which these speakers have.” David Sanger, chief Washington corJennifer Reiley respondent for the New York Times and The Battalion foreign policy specialist, will be one of the o add to the discourse on the cur- speakers on the panel. He plans to talk about rent changes faced by the U.S. Armed factors that have forced the military to adjust Forces, the MSC Wiley Lecture Series will its overall strategy and the move from large bring experts to campus to discuss the con- conflicts of occupation and nation-building to the “light footprint’’ strategy that relies text and future of the U.S. Military. Boots Off the Ground, the main program heavily on drones, cyber and special forces. “I will explore how these are a reflecfor the 2013 MSC Wiley Lecture Series, will feature a former ambassador to Af- tion of political realities in Washington and ghanistan and Iraq, a former commander of the very changed thinking of a president who came to office calling U.S. forces in Afghanistan Afghanistan a ‘war of neand a Washington correWe’ve cessity,’ and now doubts spondent from the New whether it still is,” Sanger York Times. started said. Reid Geissen, sophoGeissen said the event more philosophy major to shift toward is relevant to the Aggie and main program direccommunity because of tor for the MSC Wiley precision the role the University Lecture Series, said the warfare has played in military relecture will discuss the search. The developmilitary’s focus as it shifts and more ment of new technologies away from building a large technologically for warfare will create a ground force to more higher demand for people technologically driven driven who understand the milistrategies. strategies.” tary world, some of whom “During the Cold War and sometime thereafter, — Reid Geissen, may come from A&M. “We’ve seen the use of our military was strucWiley series main tured to have a large program director chemical weapons in Syria and A&M is now going to ground force that was be one of the places in the capable of meeting an opposing army on land,” Geissen said. “And next 10 years where we’ll be doing the reeven in this century, we’ve sent large forces search to combat things like that,” Geissen of people into foreign countries to accom- said. Sanger will be joined by Ryan Crocker, plish objectives and it didn’t go the way we hoped or expected it would. In response, former ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq, partially due to strategic concerns and par- and Gen. Stan McChrystal, former comtially due to American people not wanting mander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. “Texas A&M has always been at the to put so many lives at risk in foreign countries, we’ve started to shift toward precision crossroads of military service and evolving warfare and more technologically driven strategy,” Sanger said. “This chance to hear from Gen. McChrystal and others and to strategies.” Taylor Arnold, junior mathematics major probe the future of military and intelligence and chairman of MSC Wiley, said the goal is critical to understanding how the mission of the program is to bring in perspectives of those who serve will be evolving in comfrom acting observers that can offer insight ing years.” Boots Off the Ground will take place on how a national military change will affect Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Rudder Auditorium. U.S. citizens, including students at A&M. “The speakers will bring different per- Tickets are available at the MSC box office. spectives on where the military was and

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Program to evaluate US foreign protection obligation Panel seeks to highlight intervention case studies Kadie McDougald

The Battalion rom the Cold War to the current crisis in Syria, the U.S. has long debated intervening in foreign countries to restore balance and bring American democracy and ideals, allowing for a variety of opinions on U.S. foreign actions. To contribute to the discussion, The Bush Community Dialogues Committee will present “International Intervention and the U.S. Responsibility to Protect,” an interactive panel on U.S. intervention policy, from 5:30-6:40 p.m. Wednesday in Rudder 301. The event aims to bring students and experts together to discuss past, present and future examples of intervention and U.S. foreign policy. Cheryl Landry, international affairs graduate student and chair of the Community Dialogues Committee, said the goal of the committee is to bring in the Bryan-College Station community to talk about a variety of topics that are popular in the news. With Syria as a “buzz” topic in the international affairs world, Landry said Syrian issues could open up a range of discussions that students would be interested in participating in and asking questions about. “There are people who are reading the news about Syria and they don’t study the same things we do, so they have even more questions,” Landry said. “We wanted to talk about a broad topic that would also encompass this issue.” The panel will host three expert panelists — history professor, Brian McAllister Linn, assistant professor at the Bush School, Joshua Shifrinson, and the commander of detachment 805 for the AFROTC, Col. Hugh Hanlon. Landry said the panel will cover all aspects of U.S. intervention because of the different areas of expertise represented by the panelists. She said she hopes people will think about the topics discussed and engage in the dialogue. “I think that it’s important because the U.S. is the global great power and has this perceived responsibility to take care of everybody in the world,” Landry said. “With the economy the way that it is right now it’s not possible. We have to decide where is it feasible to intervene, where can we do good without doing harm. I think the panel will help people really hash it out in their heads.” Linn said his role in the panel will be to

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What is the United States’ role in the world? Is it a force for good or a force for bad? If you’re an American citizen, you should be concerned about [these issues].” — Brian McAllister Linn, A&M history professor provide the historical context of U.S. intervention and discuss “the big picture.” He said he believes the issue of international intervention may directly affect students at A&M, especially those who have been in or plan on being a part of the armed forces. “This is perhaps one of the most important topics in the United States,” Linn said. “What is the United States’ role in the world? Is it a force for good or a force for bad? If you’re an American citizen, you should be concerned about [these issues].” For students who are around the age of 20, Linn said intervention policy has changed just in their lifetimes, as American leaders stated they would not intervene again, but later became involved in the Middle East. “It’s common for people to only see things they know personally,” Linn said. “I think that if all you’ve got is your own experience, then you need to be able to draw on other’s experiences as well. One of the purposes of coming to a University is so you won’t be dependent on your own experience.” Shifrinson said he will be focusing on the history of American involvement in frequent interventions after the Cold War, the success or failure in its efforts to build peace and how these results should affect future decisions. “There was basically an intervention every other year after the Cold War,” Shifrinson said. “Each intervention has its own particular cause and resolution. Understanding what problems and successes can inform efforts going forward and more successful reconstruction.”

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Letter to the Corps of Cadets:

Thank you for your support From A&M soccer coach G Guerrieri On behalf of our Aggie Soccer players and coaching staff, I would like to personally thank you for your support at our recent home match on October 11 against Arkansas. Thank you so much for the great atmosphere you provided at Ellis Field! At a university full of traditions, the Corps of Cadets stands at the forefront of those traditions. Our players and staff have a deep appreciation for the values of Honor, Integrity, Discipline and Selfless Service which the Corps of Cadets embraces. Your passion helps make Texas A&M a special place. With that in mind, our team was deeply moved by your show of support and it no doubt played a large part in our dramatic come-from-behind victory. The spirit you showed on that evening was infectious and was surely felt by the others in attendance. Aggie Soccer could truly feel an esprit de corps from your presence. It is our hope that the effort we provided on the pitch matched your efforts in the stands. We cherish having you in

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Head football coach Kevin Sumlin speaks to media representatives at the Bright Complex on Tuesday.

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total yards allowed in one game all season by the Aggies. Despite A&M’s struggles on the defensive side of the ball, the Aggies were previously able to survive tough conference opponents such as Arkansas and Ole Miss behind reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and the offensive production. Offensive standards around the country have changed as of late, making high-scoring games common around the sport. A&M experienced such a battle in the Auburn game, but Snyder said allowing more than 40 points was unacceptable despite the evolution of the game. “It’s hard for me as a defensive coordinator to live with that,” Snyder said. “You should win a game if you score 40 points, period. I understand the game has changed. It’s hard to be a [defensive coordinator] these days, but that’s what the challenge is about.” Offensively, part of A&M’s 41 points against the Tigers came through sophomore wide receiver Mike Evans, whose 11 receptions for four touchdowns and a recordsetting 287 receiving yards garnered national

attention. Senior walk-on wide receiver Travis Labhart said he was impressed with the sophomore’s improvement through the offseason. “A big question mark for [Evans after last year] was, ‘How can he get better?’” Labhart said. “And he really fine-tuned his craft. He’s got all the [skills] and he’s adding the creativeness I use to his route running. He’s getting up there on the polished scale.” As for Manziel and the shoulder injury he suffered against Auburn, Sumlin called the athlete “hopeful” for Vanderbilt on Saturday at Kyle Field. Over the past few days, Manziel has been wearing a sling as a “precautionary measure” in order to stave off worse injury, but his practice schedule is undetermined at this point, Sumlin said. Offensive coordinator Clarence McKinney said, while the coaching staff has confidence in back-ups Kenny Hill and Matt Joeckel, the team is different under Manziel. “We’re confident in both [the back-ups],” McKinney said. “It’s a different team when [Manziel’s] out there and it’s a different team when those guys are out there. [Joeckel’s] been in our offense two years and we feel like he can operate it. [Hill is] really talented, and when he’s out there he can make plays as well.”

attendance, both as individuals and as a corps, in the near future. I would like to invite the entire student body to match the spirit and intensity the G Guerrieri Corps provides with their presence. The entire team, but especially Rachel Lenz and Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar, would surely welcome your attendance this Friday when we take on the Ole Miss Rebels for Senior Night. We look forward to generating more memorable Aggie Soccer moments in the future. Once again, we thank you for your continued support and look forward to your return to Ellis Field! Thank you and Gig ‘Em, Coach G

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ranger Smith, Class of 2002, will return to College Station to play a show Thursday with his “country boy” alter ego Earl Dibbles Jr. set to make an appearance. “College Station will always be a special place for me,” Smith said. “My mom grew up in that town and I spent a lot of time there as a kid with my grandparents. It will always feel like home for me.” Smith knew he wanted to be a country musician at a young age. “The night after my first performance on stage,” Smith said. “I was 15 years old in Mesquite, Texas, and was hooked on the feeling. Seeing George Strait that next year in Texas Stadium for the first time sealed the deal.” Smith has recorded every song at his in-home studio with his band members. In 2013, Smith released his ninth studio album, “Dirt Road Driveway,” which debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes country chart. Smith has made headlines recently with the music video

for his single, “Silverado Bench Seat,” which features cameos from Johnny Manziel and Ryan Swope. He has had nine Top10 singles on the Texas Music Charts but there is one song in particular he always enjoys performing. “Consistently I enjoy playing ‘The Country Boy Song,’” Smith said. “It’s a huge release for me no matter the environment and we end every show with it.” Smith has performed by invitation at the White House and has traveled multiple times to Iraq and Kuwait to perform for American soldiers. Through his success, he said he is always appreciative of his fans. “I love my fans,” Smith said. “I want them to know just how much they help me through concerts. I don’t tell them nearly enough and they don’t get the deserved respect or recognition. It’s easy to appreciate them during the summer shows when it’s hot on the stage, but I’m too quick to turn my back on them and throw them away in the winter. The fact is, I need them

during those months as well. Even if they’re just on the low power setting.” The show is expected to attract many Texas A&M students, all hoping to hear their favorite songs. “I love ‘Miles and Mud Tires’ because it’s a great getaway song,” said Chase Kavcak, freshman biomedical sciences major. “Life can be crazy and sometimes you just need a little getaway.” Junior health major, Lauren Bransford, said her favorite song is “Silverado Bench Seat.” “It just makes me want to drive with the windows down,” Bransford said. Smith’s legacy is not only found in his music, but also in his identity as an Aggie musician. “To my knowledge, there aren’t many other well-known A&M musicians,” said Brandon Allred, sophomore aerospace engineering major. “The fact that I could see an Aggie in a field that doesn’t have many former students in it is incredible.” Smith will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday at The Tap.

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laying to a packed and enthusiastic house, the Blues Brothers and their band, joined by singers Precious and Ebonie Taylor, rocked Rudder Auditorium on Tuesday night. “I enjoyed everything — the music, the band, the girls, the high energy,” said Patsy Bolch, audience member and retired A&M staff member. “I enjoyed every minute of the show and was singing every word.” As Elwood Blues, Kieron Lafferty stole the show with his harmonica solos, while Wayne Catania, as Joliet Jake brought the crowd to their feet. Sophomore meteorology major Noel Handy said the audience interaction and tunes were his favorite part of the night. “I personally love jazz and blues,” Handy said. “And I love how they engaged the crowd.” There were plenty of laughs among the audience as the show featured the music and comedy of the Blues Brothers. Catania even got a dig in on Johnny Manziel before their rendition of, “Do You Love Me.” The band opened the second half of the show with “Green Onions,” while Lafferty spoke over the microphone, educating the crowd on some of the history of blues. Precious and Ebonie Taylor, nieces of the “Queen of Blues,” Koko Taylor, performed three songs for the crowd. Jade Bedell — THE BATTALION

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Granger Smith, Class of 2002, will perform Thursday in College Station.

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Kieron Lafferty (left) and Wayne Catania perform Tuesday in Rudder Auditorium.

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ome art just can’t be framed. The University Art Galleries Department will be offering students a chance to find art all across the University. On Thursday from 2-4 p.m., the department will hold its annual Amazing Aggie Art Race. Twelve teams of four students will race around campus to locate pieces of art and perform various tasks, much like the popular TV show “Amazing Race.” An awards ceremony with prizes will end the event. “This event is intended to broaden student’s awareness of the importance of art, not only on campus, but in their daily lives,” said Lynn McDaniel, organizer communications specialist at the University Art Galleries and event organizer. “The winning team will receive a collection of prizes, and all 48 participants and 30 volunteers will receive a free T-shirt for the event.” Architecture professor Stephen Caffey said the race could improve art awareness across campus and he highly encouraged his students to participate. “The race does improve art awareness because most students are either dashing to class, checking Facebook or otherwise distracted when walking across campus,” Caffey said.

Students are both participating and volunteering in the race to increase art awareness around campus. “I think it’s a really awesome event because there are so many sculptures and art installments around campus that people haven’t noticed,” said Taylor Wilson, sophomore math major. “This will help bring awareness to the fact that A&M is actually very involved in the arts.” Caffey said the event has the potential to emphasize the importance of art in the daily lives of students while cultivating a fun environment. “Art is an expression of our humanity, and the more art we have on campus the more evidence we provide that we are committed to the fundamental values of human civilization,” Caffey said. “Humans may be able to survive without art but cannot thrive without art.” The art race will offer students the chance to interact with art outside of the confines of a traditional gallery, which Caffey said will add an extra dimension to their experience. “One of the many benefits of the race is affording students the opportunity to engage with art in ways that maximize their sensory experiences of the works,” Caffey said. “It’s great to encounter works of art in a gallery setting, which allows one to really look and ponder and reflect, but adding an outdoor competitive element to the experience of art heightens the senses and intensifies the encounter.”

2013 Aggieland yearbooks are here. If you did not order the 2013 Texas A&M university yearbook (the 2012-2013 school year), a limited number are available at the Student Media office, Suite L400 of the MSC. Hours: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday–friday. $85 plus tax. Cash, check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express, accepted. If you pre-ordered a 2013 Aggieland, it has been mailed to your billing address.

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down in the stadium seating area, left it unattended, went down with his friends to the pool area and when he got back up to grab his stuff, his wallet was gone.” Dudley said that approximately 10 minutes later, the victim’s credit card was run at the CVS pharmacy located near the corner of S. Texas Avenue and E. Villa Maria Rd. “At 10:40, the card was used at a CVS drug store and the suspect purchased approximately $500 worth of gift cards,” Dudley said. Dudley said the suspect then went across the street at approximately 10:56 p.m. to the Walgreens to purchase $500 more in VISA gift cards. The card also had charges from a gas station and a Jack in the Box. Dudley said he believes that this is not the suspect’s first credit card scam because he said she ran immediately to purchase $1,000 in fast cash. Upon reviewing security footage from the Rec center, Dudley said no one wearing the suspect’s specific apparel was seen leaving between 10 and 10:40 p.m. Dudley said the suspect either changed clothing or was working with someone else. Dudley said the best way to prevent on-campus theft is to take precautions. “My advice to students would be for them

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2012 Carr P. Collins Award for Best Book of Non-fiction. Even as a graduate of the University of Texas, Crisp said she views her success at the festival as a way to give back to A&M. “They took a real gamble on me because I am not experienced as a writer,” Crisp said. “The best part of being the artist for the festival and receiving those prizes was being able in some small part to repay Texas A&M for taking a chance on me.” Authors at the festival benefit from media exposure, Loving said. “You can advertise your book, meet interesting people and maybe get on C-SPAN, but

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not to leave things unattended,” Dudley said. “It’s not uncommon for our property crimes to be the result of students leaving stuff unattended like the victim did.” In light of the recent theft, the Rec Center staff reminded patrons to take advantage of loss prevention resources offered by the Rec. “Students need to be more cautious about leaving their personal belongs unattended,” said Sikirat Kazeem, assistant director of facilities for the Department of Recreational Sports. “We provide free rental lockers, but many students still tend to leave items out on the courts and/or on the benches in the locker rooms.” Kelly VonDrehle, communications coordinator for the Department of Recreational Sports, said students should not use obvious locker pass codes and should be aware of their surroundings when programming the lockers. VonDrehle said students should notify a Rec staff member immediately if they notice their personal belongings are missing. “Our staff will follow the necessary procedures to assist the student in finding their belongings,” VonDrehle said. “If the missing items are not found, our staff will then recommend contacting the University Police Department.” UPD urges anyone who might have information to contact them at 979-845-2345.

most of all it’s just a lot of fun,” Loving said. Brenda Thompson, public relations consultant for the Texas Book Festival, said some publishing agents travel all the way from Australia for the event. The festival will incorporate events specifically geared toward college students, including the Lit Crawl, a series of author readings at “groovy places” throughout east Austin, Thompson said. Participating in the Lit Crawl will be renown author of the “Goosebumps” series, R. L. Stine, with a reading in a cemetery. Thompson said Steven Weinberg, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, will also attend. Visitors to the festival can look forward to live musical performances, a large barbecue food court and free parking and admission.

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