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Evans gets nod as Biletnikoff semifinalist

Catching Fire


he Johnny Manziel to Mike Evans connection has brought the Aggie offense to eight wins this season. With awards season approaching, Evans’ dividends can be measured beyond yards and touchdowns. Evans was named one of 10 semifinalists Monday for the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the nation’s top receiver. Evans has tallied school records with 12 touchdowns and 1,263 receiving yards through 10 games and leads the SEC in both categories. Across the NCAA, Evans ranks No. 2 in yards and No. 4 in touchdowns. The sophomore has twice broken the A&M record this season for single-game receiving yards: once with 279 yards against No. 1 Alabama and again with 287 yards against now-No. 6 Auburn. Online fan voting, hosted at, closes Nov. 24 and will help determine the three finalists. The winner will be announced on Dec. 12. Mark Doré, managing editor

Mackenzie Mullis: New Hunger Games film delivers on acting, accuracy, cinematography


efore I begin, just as a preface, I am probably the most critical person I know when it comes to movies. My family and friends, and I am pretty sure everyone at The Battalion, kind of hates me for how much I will rip apart peoples’ favorite movies. Monday, I was offered the opportunity to go to the press screening of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” and as a huge fan of the books since 2008 I jumped on the opportunity. With that said, “Catching Fire” was by far the most accurate bookto-movie translation I have ever seen. Most of my favorite films are based on books — some more loosely interpreted from their original texts than others. If you have read “Catching Fire” and are dying See Catching Fire on page 5

Sophomore Mike Evans has set A&M single-season records in touchdowns (12) and yards (1,263) with three games remaining.

sports opinion | 6 Don’t sleep on Mike

— Mackenzie Mullis, lifestyles editor

His position and his teammate might undercut his Heisman chances, but Mike Evans should be a candidate, argues sports reporter Clay Koepke.

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Academic affairs committee amends makeup work bill The Battalion epresentatives from the Academic Affairs Committee of the Texas A&M Faculty Senate convened Monday afternoon to discuss an amended bill that addressed attendance and makeup work, which was endorsed in March by the Student Government Association. The debated section of the bill proposed that makeup work must be of equivalent curricular scope and rigor to the original quiz, exam or other work. It also said if a student did not make up an exam within five class days of the original due date of the as-


Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence reprise their roles as Peeta Mellark and Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” in theaters Friday.

If you love the books and you have been dying to see the pages come to life through film, I can promise you won’t be disappointed. I am already looking forward to the next movie and I know I’ll be back at the theater in a few weeks to see this one again.

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signment or exam, the instructor was at liberty to offer the assignment in a different format with the same scope and rigor. SGA representative Brody Smith, history graduate student and head of the SGA committee of academic affairs, said SGA agreed to endorse the bill with the amendments because it wants to protect students from makeup exams that are more difficult than the original. “If a student is absent for a reason they can’t help, you can’t fault the student for that, so that’s the main premise of this,” Smith said. “[We want] to make sure See Senate on page 4

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thebattalion asks Q: Why do you think it’s important to remember the Bonfire collapse?

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Students, faculty and families gather at the Bonfire Memorial on campus at 2:42 a.m. Monday to remember the Aggies who lost their lives 14 years ago in the Bonfire collapse.

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Students came together at 2:42 a.m. Monday at the Bonfire Memorial to honor the lives of those who died in the Bonfire collapse in 1999.

thebattasks Q: Why do you think it’s important to remember the Bonfire collapse?

“It is part of our past. That’s who we are. We are Aggies. We stick together. We remember those who have fallen. It brings us together as an Aggie family.” Tiffany Jenkins, junior health major

“The Bonfire tradition is something that united us as a student body even before the accident happened. Now that people lost their lives for something so integral to the University, I think that we have to remember it.” Zach Rozinsky, junior industrial distribution major

“No matter how many years pass, it’s still commemorating those lives lost. The Aggie Spirit is something that will not die with time. These people will be remembered forever because they’ll always be part of the Aggie family.” Kathleen Eubanks, sophomore biology major Photo feature by Bryan Johnson — THE BATTALION

“We have to keep the Bonfire memorial alive. We have to let it live on with the rest of the traditions.” Jasmine Martinez, sophomore horticulture major

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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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Senior guard Fabyon Harris, who is listed as day-to-day for Tuesday, scored a game-high 18 points in an A&M win over Prairie View A&M last season.

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A&M aims for first 4-0 start since 2009 Prairie View A&M visits Reed on Tuesday Clay Koepke The Battalion


he Texas A&M men’s basketball team aims to continue its early season success Tuesday as it welcomes Prairie View A&M to Reed Arena for a 7 p.m. tip-off. The Aggies (3-0) have gotten

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off to a hot start behind junior center Kourtney Roberson and look to be 4-0 for the first time since the 2009-10 season. Roberson leads the young Aggie squad, averaging 19.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. Tuesday’s tip will be the 12th meeting between the two schools, which are separated by 41 miles, with the Aggies owning an 11-0 series edge. The Aggies have a tough chal-

lenge stopping the scoring versatility of Prairie View A&M, which is averaging 86.3 points per game on a blistering .514 shooting percentage from the floor, including four of their five starters averaging double figures. Despite its offense, Prairie View A&M has stumbled to a 1-2 mark on the year and is looking to bounce back from a 108-103 setback versus Sam Houston State.

Players huddle during game one of the Maroon & White series.


Maroon & White series signals season’s open White team nabs victory Monday in extra innings, 5-3 Sean Lester

The Battalion he Texas A&M softball team started its annual Maroon & White Series on Monday at the Aggie Softball Complex with the White team earning a 5-3 extra-inning victory. With the game tied, senior outfielder Cassie Tysarczyk hit a tworun home run in the eighth inning to give the White team a 1-0 lead in the series. The White team jumped to a 3-0 lead in the third inning off a twoRBI single by sophomore Cali Lanphear and a Tsysarczyk double that


scored another. A 3-1 game in the bottom of the fifth, the Maroon team evened the score at 3 with a two-RBI single by senior Jenna Stark. Sophomore transfer Katie Marks started on the mound for the White team and allowed two runs on six hits with six strikeouts. Freshman Abby Donnell also made a pitching appearance in the game for the White team, closing out the game. Junior Sara Mireles and redshirt junior Rachel Fox pitched for the Maroon team. Mireles started the game, giving up three earned runs on five hits in four innings of work. Fox finished the game allowing two earned runs in four innings. A&M will continue its best-offive series at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday.

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Panel tackles religious topics

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Rabbi Matt Rosenburg, executive director of Texas A&M Hillel, explains a common misconception of Judaism at Monday’s religion panel.


rom the non-denominational Christian pastor on the left edge of the table to the Rabbi on the right, representatives from seven religious ideologies gathered Monday in the MSC to discuss a variety of topics ranging from common misconceptions to when life begins. Samuel Cohn, sociology professor and Buddhist representative on the panel, spoke against a belief that all religions are anti-in-

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to see the tiny intricacies to be left in, then go see this at the midnight premiere (or not because midnight premieres usually end up with people laughing obnoxiously at parts that aren’t funny and clapping during important parts — you’re at a movie, not a play). While the director obviously had to cut some from the book, the overall integrity of the novel was left for the big screen. The movie opens with Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) getting ready for the victory tour that travels through all of the districts. All of the scenes, from District 12 up to the Capitol, are raw, dark and gritty. While this book may be labeled as young-adult fiction, the movie is unfiltered and emotional and leaves behind anything childlike. The filming was choppy, with the foreground clear and the background blurry, making the movements on camera feel faster and placing you directly in line with the characters. The contrast of the dull, gray, impoverished districts with the vibrancy and outlandishness of the Capitol set the stage for how far gone the Districts of Panem have become. The shift from Katniss as an innocent pawn in the first Hunger Games to a player far more aware of her role in the second is executed flawlessly. It is extremely apparent that she has grown up. Plus, Gary Ross, the director of the first film, killed the casting with Jennifer Lawrence. He decided not to stick around for this film because the turnaround was too fast and he felt quality would be sacrificed. Now, the new director Francis Lawrence — who thankfully made sure to keep great acting and cinematography in mind — is reaping the benefits of Jenni-

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fer Lawrence’s star-studded status and her incredible acting. Maybe I’m biased because I am pretty sure Jennifer and I would be best friends if ever the opportunity arose. Philip Seymour Hoffman, who plays Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee, is one of the biggest actors in the film and adds a commanding presence to the role. His acting is on par, as always, and he gives the whole movie extra depth. A smart casting move by director Lawrence. I really can’t complain about any of the actors or actresses. Sam Claflin, who plays Finnick Odair, seriously hit the nail on the head. I was afraid he looked a little too young and the last movie he was in was “Snow White and the Huntsman,” so needless to say I was quite worried about his acting ability. He kept the cheekiness and flirtatiousness and you still see those sweet, quiet moments he has. Jena Malone, a favorite of mine after “Pride and Prejudice” and “Into the Wild,” kept Johanna Mason’s coldness and her unpredictability from all of her bitterness toward the Capitol — rightly so — and you love her for it. She screams obscenities and curses down President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and truly plays out the description of the book on screen. Josh Hutcherson was much better in this film as Peeta Mellark. He looked healthier and wasn’t quite as breathy as he was in the first one. For him to go from a movie like “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” to his role as Peeta is a step up for himself and his career. If you love the books and you have been dying to see the pages come to life through film, you won’t be disappointed. I am already looking forward to the next movie and I know I’ll be back at the theater in a few weeks to see this one again.

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rban Dictionary describes the phrase “don’t sleep on” as a phrase used to describe a person who should not be underestimated. Fairly straight forward, but let me give you a more specific example: Johnny Manziel may get all the Heisman hype, but don’t sleep on Mike Evans. Evans, the 6-foot-5, 250-pound prototypical monster, lets his stats speak for themselves. Evans holds A&M receiving records in single-season receiving yards, single-season receiving touchdowns, receiving yards in a single game (279 vs. “big bad” Alabama), with three games remaining, including a bowl game. Evans leads the SEC in receiving yards per game (127.4), receiving yards (1,263) and receiving touchdowns (12). He leads the FBS in 30-yard catches (15), yards-per-catch average (22.2) and is second among FBS receiving yards leaders. “When you look at the numbers, you can’t argue the season [Evans] is having,” said A&M offensive coordinator Clarence McKinney. “He’s having one of the best seasons a wide receiver can have. He’s definitely one of the best players in the country and those players should be in the Heisman Trophy conversation.” Despite his ridiculous numbers and Tim Brown

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my belief Evans should strongly be considered for the most prestigious award in college sports, in no way do I think Mike Evans will actually win the Heisman — for two reasons. Reason one: his position. Historically, the Heisman Trophy has been given to quarterbacks and running backs. In the 77-year history of the award, 31 quarterbacks and 38 running backs have received the honor to only two wide receivers (Tim Brown, ’87, and Desmond Howard, ’91). Why? Simply put — touches. Though Brown and Howard were able to win the award at receiver, there was a major discrepancy in opportunities between them and Evans. Brown and Howard got touches outside of receptions — they returned punts, kickoffs and even rushed the ball — whereas Evans gets the ball one way, via the arm of Johnny Manziel. Reason two: Johnny Manziel. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner is having a better season (statistically) than he did last year, making a strong case for a repeat. With Marcus Mariota laying an egg against Stanford, Manziel can put himself Desmond Mike Evans back in the Howard (through 10 games) (12 games — 1991) Heisman driver seat 62 receptions 57 receptions with wins 846 yards 1,263 yards 19 TDs 12 TDs in his final two games 13 attempts 0 attempts (with LSU 846 yards 0 yards 2 TDs 0 TDs presenting him his 15 attempts 0 attempts “Heisman 846 yards 0 yards 0 TDs 1 TDs moment” opportu18 attempts 0 attempts 846 yards 0 yards nity). 1 TDs 0 TDs Having a quarterback 108 touches 57 touches 1,859 yards 1,263 yards that puts up 23 TDs 12 TDs mindbog-

gling numbers like Manziel overshadows Evans production. But why not have two Heisman finalists? Having two players in the Heisman conversation is not a foreign concept for A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin. “I’m puzzled why Mike Evans isn’t in the Heisman race, to be honest with you,” Sumlin said. “I think he’s as good a player as there is in the country. Can you have two guys who can do that? It wouldn’t be the first time. I was on a team at Oklahoma [2003] that had Jason White and Adrian Peterson go to New York. We have two guys playing at a high level and I don’t anticipate that changing. What is he, second in the country in yards per game? And everybody knows we’re going to throw him the ball, and he continues to play at an extremely high level. I think it’s right for them to be involved in the Maxwell Award. I’m not surprised by that. I’m more surprised there isn’t any Heisman talk about him.” The year Oklahoma had both Jason White and Adrian Peterson as Heisman finalists was also the year a receiver came closest to winning the Heisman since Howard in 1999. Larry Fitzgerald was robbed of a Heisman, finishing second behind Oklahoma’s quarterback, Jason White, by a mere 128 points. Whether Manziel or Evans will win the Heisman is purely speculation at this point. But if you were to tell me in 2010 that A&M would have not one, but two Heisman-worthy players suiting up on Saturdays, I would have laughed in your face. Aggie football has been the talk of the nation, specifically Manziel. But Evans is proving his worth, and while the nation is consumed with the Manziel-Mariota-Winston battle, don’t be the one to sleep on Mike Evans.

Clay Koepke is a senior agricultural communications and journalism major and sports reporter for The Battalion

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