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perception adjustment Sumlin, players refocus on Mizzou finale following first SEC blowout

(Left) Sophomore quarterback Johnny Manziel scrambles during Texas A&M’s 34-10 loss to LSU on Saturday. (Bottom) Head coach Kevin Sumlin addresses the media at A&M’s weekly press conference Tuesday at the Bright Complex.

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ince second-year head coach Kevin Sumlin joined Texas A&M prior to the University’s realignment to the Southeastern Conference, he has guided the program to high levels of success, including a 19-5 (10-5 SEC) overall record. Saturday, Sumlin and the No. 21-ranked Aggies experienced their lowest point in two seasons, falling 34-10 at the hands of LSU, the first loss by double-digits since merging with the league. During A&M’s weekly press conference Tuesday at the Bright Complex, Sumlin addressed the attitude surrounding the program and said a single loss doesn’t define the success of a season. “I drive through at a gas station and it’s like the sky is falling around here,” Sumlin said. “We lost to LSU on the road as an un-

derdog, the first time we’ve lost by double digits. We’re playing a real season with real opponents and real games. Are we where we want to be right now? No. But that doesn’t mean the sky is falling. We’re going into another game as an underdog and the difference is people expect us to win. That’s a completely different attitude than when I first got here.” Saturday, the Aggies will once again take to the road, visiting former Big 12 member and No. 5 Missouri at Memorial Stadium in Columbia to close the regular season. With a win, the Tigers will improve to 11-1 (7-1 SEC), and will advance to the conference title game against the winner of Saturday’s Iron Bowl between top-ranked Alabama and No. 4

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I drive through at a gas station and it’s like the sky is falling around here. We lost to LSU on the road as an underdog, the first time we’ve lost by double-digits. We’re going into another game as an underdog and the difference is people expect us to win. That’s a completely different attitude than when I first got here.”

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Staff Picks Reboot | 3 The Battalion editorial staff members jump back into the college football world, selecting their favorites for Texas A&M vs. Missouri and four of this week’s top-tier national matchups.

— Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M head football coach

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Thanksgiving tournament highlighted by Texas matchup Tyler Stafford

Special to The Battalion he No. 12 Texas A&M women’s basketball team (3-0, 0-0 SEC) will travel to the Virgin Islands on Thanksgiving weekend to compete in the Paradise Jam Classic. The Aggies will tip off against Memphis, Syracuse and, for the first time since A&M realigned to the Southeastern Conference, the long-time rival Texas Longhorns. The tournament comes after a week-long break from play, and both coaches and players are looking forward to it.


Head coach Gary Blair said the meeting against Texas on the court might begin the process of restoring the schools’ rivalry. “We’re hoping that this thing with Texas might start breaking the ice,” Blair said. “If we have to meet in neutral places right now to ease the feelings, then that’s our job.” The Aggies beat the Longhorns in 11 straight match-ups before losing the final two games in the See Tournament on page 2

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Sophomore guards Chelsea Jennings (from left), Jordan Jones and junior forward Achiri Ade walk to the bench during the Aggies’ 76-27 victory over Prairie View A&M on Nov. 13.


Students avoid spring registration woes

A&M overwhelms Arkansas-Pinebluff

David Cohen

The Battalion ith the semester coming to a close, a familiar feeling resurfaces in the mind of every returning student — registration has come. As the last of the assigned sign-up times approach, some students try to find ways to manage this sometimes stressful process. Bailey Barksdale, senior psychology major and student worker, said her early registration status as an employee allowed her to bypass the complications of choosing classes with the rest of the student body and better accommodate her job and other responsibilities. “I didn’t really have as many concerns as people normally have,” Barksdale said. “Since I registered so early, I knew everything was going to be open.”


Similarly, honors students are also awarded priority registration as part of their program. While they must register for a certain amount of honors classes every year, Abby Seifried, freshman business administration major, said picking before most other students provided a major relief. “I planned all my schedule out before [registration], and while not all the spots are open for honors registration, it was still helpful,” Seifried said. Those who are left to scramble for the remaining spots during regular registration, like Jared Jones, junior political science major, often find the experience far less pleasant. “The classes fill up really fast,” Jones said. “Honestly, I spent the whole week before my registration day trying to prepare my schedule.

However, my options were still very limited by the time it was my turn to register.” When faced with the obstacle of limited availability of classes, students can turn to their respective advisors for guidance. Rebecca Buckalew, Class of 2012 and Department of International Studies advisor, said she can relate to the needs of the students as they fulfill their degree needs. “It is especially easy for me to understand what [students] are going through because I’m a former student.” Buckalew said. “Now that I work here, I can tell you — if necessary, we can put you in the classes that you need in order to get your degree. Just be flexible, relax and be open to changing your schedule as you go. In the end, it will always work out.”

The Texas A&M men’s basketball team downed Arkansas-Pinebluff 88-55 Tuesday night at Reed Arena. Read the full story at

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Thanksgiving, Hanukkah share same date Katy Stapp

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or the first time since President Franklin Roosevelt set the national date for Thanksgiving in 1941, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah will be celebrated on the same day. Although the holidays come from different cultures and backgrounds, they share more than a spot on the 2013 calendar. Rabbi Matt Rosenburg, executive director of the Texas A&M Hillel, said the eight days of Hanukkah begins on the 25th of Kislev on the Hebrew lunar calendar, and this year the fourth Wednesday of November. Rosenburg said the two celebrations

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not only overlap on the calendar, but they have long overlapped in values. “The Jewish Fukkot, or fall harvest festival, is about giving thanks about a bountiful harvest,” Rosenburg said. “Thanksgiving is quite similar to this. In fact, the word for ‘thanks’ in Hebrew is the same as the word for ‘turkey’ — hodu.” While Hanukkah celebrates the Jewish victory against the Greeks in second century B.C. and commemorates the rededication of the second Temple in Jerusalem, Rosenburg said Hanukkah also intends to celebrate everyone’s religious freedom, not just the Jewish populations. See Hanukkah on page 4

opinion | 4 Turkeys are the worsties

William Guerra — THE BATTALION

Just in time for the holidays, Jessica Smarr takes it upon herself to let the world know why turkeys are truly the fowlest members of the bird world.

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A&M seeks revenge against Gamecocks Senior Day set for Wednesday against South Carolina Andrew White The Battalion


he Texas A&M volleyball team (1711, 9-8 SEC) will face the South Carolina Gamecocks (12-18, 3-14 SEC) at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Reed Arena in its final game of the regular season. The matchup will mark Senior Day for five Aggie players — setter Mariah Agre, defensive specialist Kelsey Kinley, libero Heather Reynolds, setter Allie Sawatzky and outside hitter Ashley Vrana. The Aggies split their road series last weekend, falling 3-0 to the Kentucky Wildcats, but rebounding against the Georgia Bulldogs in a 3-2 victory. Following the weekend’s matches, Aggie libero Reynolds was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week after her 35-dig performance against Georgia. A&M has won six of its past seven games and is looking for a strong close to the season, Agre said. “I think the team is where we need to be at this point in the season,” Agre said. “We’ve continued to improve and we are doing some things that other teams in the SEC have not been doing.” Since its Oct. 30 defeat of Coastal Carolina, 3-2, South Carolina has dropped seven consecutive games and 21 straight sets. The Gamecocks downed A&M 3-1 in Columbia, S.C., on Oct. 6, but Sawatzky said the Aggies are searching for a different outcome Wednesday. “Last time we played them we didn’t play our best,” Sawatzky said. “They didn’t beat us more than we beat ourselves and we want revenge and are going to get it.” With 14.28 kills per set, the Aggies are ranked 23rd nationally. If freshman outside hitter Jazzmin Babers can chalk up five kills against South Carolina, the Aggies will have five players with 200-plus kills, a group led by sophomore outside hitter Angela Lowak with 285. “We will play really confidently, we will be excited to finish out the season in front of the 12th Man,” Reynolds said. “We have a lot of young players in the lineups and they will be pushing for us seniors since it will be our last conference game.” The Gamecocks are led offensively by Juliette Thevenin, who has 457 kills on the season and ranks ninth in the nation in kills per set with 4.62. As a team, South Carolina hits .212 and averages 12.85 kills per set. “South Carolina has an outside hitter who is one of the top attackers in the SEC and also they have some middles

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series during A&M’s final season in the Big 12. The coaches seem to be interested in revitalizing the rivalry, Blair said, and the players are certainly behind it. “I don’t think coaches have a problem,” Blair said. “I know players don’t have a problem. Fans don’t have a problem. I think it’s going to be great.” Blair said the game would not only be significant symbolically, but would also pose a great challenge to his own team on the court. “They’ve got a very good, young team,” Blair said. “They have [Imani McGee-Stafford], a 6’ 7” kid who will be tough to stop and arguably one of the best shooting guards in the country, but we’ve got one too.” Texas A&M enters the tournament

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Senior setter Allie Sawatzky and four other A&M seniors will compete in their final game at Reed Arena on Wednesday against South Carolina. that we couldn’t stop last time we played them,” Vrana said. “Last time we played them, we weren’t at our best, but over the past month we have improved so much.” In the Aggies’ initial loss to South Carolina near the start of conference play, A&M allowed 71 total kills. South Carolina has lost 12 of 13 games since the match, with A&M marking the Gamecocks’ last conference win. “When we played them we were the visitors and we were not playing our best game,” Kinley said. “We know we want this game and we are a better team, but we won’t overlook South Carolina. We want to dominate them.” The graduating senior class competed in A&M’s final Big 12 season, won the SEC West in their first season with the conference last year and was the first

undefeated, but consistent lineup changes have the Aggies still looking for a starting five. In the three games played, Blair has used a varying rotation of players on the court and said he plans on utilizing the tournament to decide on his lineup. “We know who our top six are right now,” Blair said, “But we do not know seven through 10. We have a lot of kids who can play and I am not afraid to put any of them in at any time.” Texas A&M junior forward Achiri Ade leads the team in scoring, averaging 14 points a game with her first career double-double coming in A&M’s most recent win over Houston. “We probably would have lost against Houston if it were not for Achiri Ade and her outside shooting,” Blair said. The Aggies open the tournament on Thanksgiving Day against Memphis (32, 0-0 AAC). Friday, the Aggies will face off against Texas (3-1, 0-0 Big 12). The

group to play exclusively in Reed Arena. “I thank all of the girls I’ve gotten to play with and I’ve been able to develop a lot of relationships and at the end, that’s what you take away from the most,” Sawatzky said. “You’re not going to remember every point but you are going to remember the things you do with your teammates.” Following Wednesday’s match, A&M will await word on whether or not it will be advancing into the NCAA tournament. The at-large selections will be announced Dec. 1 as the NCAA will choose 64 teams, 31 of which are automatic qualifiers. If Texas A&M is selected, the Aggies will kick off tournament play Dec. 5 at a to-be-determined site.

I don’t think coaches have a problem, I know players don’t have a problem. Fans don’t have a problem. I think [an A&M-UT game] is going to be great.” — Gary Blair, A&M women’s head basketball coach

team finishes the tournament Saturday with Syracuse (5-0, 0-0 ACC), who has scored at least 88 points in all but its opening game, including a 113-42 win against the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Blair and Texas A&M return to action at Reed Arena when they tip off against San Diego State on Dec. 3.

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(21) Texas A&M vs. (5) Missouri

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Well, LSU was cold

I mean, I guess...

At this point, it’s basically a tradition

Tigers have proven troublesome in past

Sigh... Always

Mizzou and kazoo rhyme, so this was close

(1) Alabama vs. (4) Auburn







Bama can’t lose

It would be like betting against the Terminator

The high-key version of the Egg Bowl

Apocalypse. Now.

I have to beat Sean somehow

A group of elephants is called a rolling tide


South Carolina

I am completely unsure about these two teams

I made that thing up about elephants

(6) Clemson South Carolina South Carolina South Carolina South Carolina vs. I actually want to watch Counting on a case of In a coin flip, the SEC owns SEC forever this one Clemsoning the national title edge (10) South Carolina

Ole Miss vs. Miss. State






In the citaaaaay of L.A.

If USC wins, maybe it won’t poach Sumlin

Battle Los Angeles

Trojans have their swagger back

Looks like the Trojans cleaned up their game

Bears are just inherently cuddly. And omnivorous

Miss. State

Ole Miss

Miss. State

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Haha, Ole Miss Party Girl...

Odds of me watching this game: 0 percent

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Auburn. While Missouri has a definitive goal in mind, Sumlin said A&M must maintain focus on the less-seen objectives of his program, which include a top-tier bowl and the consecutive double-digit win seasons. “The challenge this week is we go on the road for a second straight week as an underdog opponent against a team that’s playing for a division championship,” Sumlin said. “We have to figure out a way to pick ourselves back up and get rolling. The players understand where we are at this point and that we have things we can play for as well. We


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son, including a 41-26 defeat of then-No. 7 Georgia at Sanford Stadium. A&M defensive coordinator Mark Snyder said the quarterback’s experience will be key against the Aggie secondary, as it has provided him poise in the pocket. “[Franklin] is a very experienced player, that’s what he brings to the table,” Snyder said. “Very patient in the pocket, [he] does a really good job of running their offense. When you watch the film on him, he’s a

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Jessica Smarr: Thanksgiving’s feast is a nightmare of a beast

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y first pet was a salamander named Sam. He was only the beginning in a long line of furry, scaly and slimy friends — there were dogs, fish, hamsters, horses, cows, sheep, my little brother James, cats and a few lizards.Though I was on better terms with some of my animal companions than others (That’s right, Bella, you twerp of a cow. I’m looking at you), I pretty much radiate a smother-it-in-my-love kind of feeling whenever I come in contact with any animal. Any animals, that is, except turkeys. I know, I know. They seem like nice enough fellows. Maybe you’re saying to yourself, “Well, you just knew a few bad eggs, Jessica. That’s all.” But, man, would you be dead gobblin’ wrong. And you should to know why so you can properly hate those nasty, fowl creatures. When my cousin was in first grade, my aunt decided he needed to show turkeys at our county fair. I’ll admit, those suckers were kind of cute at first, little baby balls

of feathers chirping away. But then they started to grow. And then they kept growing. And one day, there they were at the county show, each a solid 500 pounds of horrific smelliness and demon spirits, give or take about 460 pounds. Now, for those of you who don’t know, there is a very particular way to show turkeys. You have to grab them by their disgusting scaly bird ankles, turn them upside down, and hold them right out in front of you so the judge can feel up their birdy breasts. It’s not

particularly fun for the birds. It’s even less fun for the people holding them. This terrible turkey torture job should have fallen to my cousin. They were his turkeys after all. But he was in first grade and those turkeys weighed about as much as he did. So the turkey wrangling duties were passed on to my brother and me. First, we showed the hens. (Those are the girl turkeys, for my suburban audience.) This wasn’t so bad, except for the part where they beat your body with their giant devil wings of

death and the fact that you have to hold their smelly pooper right in front of your face. Other than that, everything went well. Then it was time to show the tom. (Those are the boy turkeys, kids.) His blank, soulless, domesticated eyes did not fool me — I knew what kind of evil lay in that birdbrain of his. He was missing feathers in patches across his body, obviously lost in some sort of avian Fight Club. He was the Tyler Durden of birds. I shuddered every time a chilling gobble escaped his razor sharp beak. My little brother should have showed the turkey. That should have been his duty. But that heartless fiend left me to fend for myself. Me, the girl whose only weight lifting consisted of putting books back on the shelves in the library. Not even the encyclopedias or anything. The paperbacks.

But I did it. I lugged that feathered beast into the show ring. I watched as the arms on varsity football players shook under the thrashing weight of the leviathans in their own callused Goliath hands. I glared at the turkey I had wrapped my own tiny fingers around, letting him know that he would not be pulling any funny business or wing flapping on me. Not today. Not ever. I don’t want to say I was basically the Hulk of turkey showmanship that day, but I absolutely was. I mean, I may or may not have had help holding up that stupid, smelly beast the entire time. That could have happened. But the turkey didn’t eat me, so I feel safe chalking it up in the victory category. I could only savor my triumph for so long, however. Because what do you do with six or seven 40-pound turkeys? You eat them. For days. Weeks. Months later,

Thanksgiving provides new experience for students International students celebrate American holidays Allison Rubenak The Battalion

or many students, Thanksgiving will be just like the one the year before, and the year before that — the same food and the same family jokes. But for some international students, the holiday can bring with it brand new experiences and traditions as they spend their breaks thousands of miles away from their own families and cultures. With host dinners, extended family, friends and community outreach, some international students have carved out their own groups to gather with for Thanksgiving celebrations. Originally from India, Shraddha Mannur, management information systems graduate student, and Pulkit Marwah, biotechnology gradu-


ate student, said the only familiarity they had with Thanksgiving before they moved to A&M this fall was from watching American television and movies. Marwah said he has seen Thanksgiving demonstrated on popular TV shows like “How I Met Your Mother” and “Friends.” “We’ve watched it on many of the TV shows and movies that have Thanksgiving,” Mannur said. “The turkey — that’s what we feel is the Thanksgiving dinner.” Marwah said he and the rest of his seminar class have been invited by one of his seminar professors to a potluck dinner. While his professor will provide traditional foods like turkey, he said the students have been asked to bring one dish from their respective country. “I’m taking samosas,” Marwah said. “It’s an appetizer — it’s potatoes inside a wrap. It’s a deep fried snack like a dumpling, traditionally Indian.” Sherly Lie, junior biochemistry major from Indonesia, said she would

forego the traditional Thanksgiving dinner and instead take a road trip to New Mexico with friends. Lie said she came to A&M in Fall 2011. Not expecting to celebrate Thanksgiving her freshman year, Lie was asked to join other international students at an Indonesian home for dinner. Lie said other international students new to Texas A&M may be unsure of how to celebrate American holidays. “I felt really happy and I didn’t feel left out so it was good,” Lie said. “I really felt alone, I just didn’t think I knew a lot of people who were actually nice enough that they would invite you over for Thanksgiving.” Hnin Mwei Mwei, junior biochemistry major from Myanmar, said she was invited to the home of a friend in Houston for her first Thanksgiving. The family was Asian-American and served traditional Asian dishes, she said, but also provided traditional Thanksgiving desserts like pumpkin and pecan pie. “I had the feeling like I thought

it was Thanksgiving and before I went to that dinner, I also learned about Thanksgiving from my teacher,” Mwei Mwei said. “So I think it would present the diversity. I feel like you don’t really need to have turkey to have Thanksgiving.” Mwei Mwei said it was initially difficult to be in another country and not celebrate traditional holidays with her family, but she has enjoyed partaking in another culture. This year, she will be attending a Thanksgiving dinner as part of the “Dinner in a U.S. Home” program organized by International Student Services. She said she thought it was important for international students to be with other people during American holidays to replace that sense of family they left in their own country. “If you’re with a family or friends or whoever you’re with, we have a sense of — we feel like we’re with our family, so we don’t need to be lonely or something like that,” Mwei Mwei said.


or many, cooking an entire turkey is a scary and seemingly impossible task. You have to deal with meat thermometers, the turkey’s insides, using an oven for several hours and then after all that work, the meat turns out dry. If you’re in college and you need something a bit less challenging, I may have a solution. Turkey can be purchased ground and works as a good, healthy alternative or additive to beef for a meatloaf. Before you turn your nose up in disgust — because let’s face it, the world “meatloaf” isn’t the most appealing — this stuff is tasty. This is a recipe from my mother that has been a family favorite for as long as I can remember. Meatloaf is relatively easy because all you really have to do is mix the ingredients together and bake it.

Turkey meatloaf 1 pound ground turkey 85/15 1 pound ground beef 90/10 ½ medium yellow onion (diced) 2 garlic cloves (minced) 1 green bell pepper (diced) 1 red bell pepper (diced) 1 — 8 oz. can tomato sauce 2 eggs 2 slices of bread (torn into pieces) 1 teaspoon seasoned salt Salt and pepper for taste

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Jessica Smarr is a senior psychology major and copy chief for The Battalion




you dig into the back of your freezer for a roast, and there’s another one of those lowlife scumbags, mocking you in all of its packaged, sealed, frozen glory. Of all the edible animals in the world, turkey is absolutely my least favorite. Victory has never tasted so awful. That the turkey functions as a symbol of Thanksgiving is an insult to Americans, happiness and capitalistic ideals everywhere. It is both a terrible beast and a terrible feast. They are a plumed abomination of nature. In other words, Nana Smarr and Nonna Husfeld, you are the best grandmothers a girl could ask for. Please make ham this year. It’s the right thing to do.

Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Mince the 2 garlic cloves, dice the green and red bell peppers and 1/2 of the onion. Mix the onion, peppers and garlic into the combined raw turkey and beef in a large bowl using your hands. Mix the 8 oz. can of tomato sauce, 2 eggs, 2 torn pieces of bread and 1 teaspoon of seasoned salt. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Place mixture into one 9x13 inch Pyrex dish or split into two 5x9 inch dishes. Cook for one hour. After 45 minutes, drain off any extra grease, then continue to cook for the last 15 minutes.

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“Hanukkah celebrates everyone’s beliefs,” Rosenburg said. “Without Hanukkah, there wouldn’t be Judaism, Christianity or other major religions.” On Monday, the members of the Jewish community at A&M will gather at 5 p.m. in Rudder Plaza for a menorah lighting, Rosenburg said. “It’s a great celebration for everyone, in any religion, to gather and celebrate religious freedom and to watch us light our 13-foot-tall menorah,” Rosenburg said. Rabbi Yossi Lazaroff at the Texas A&M Hillel said because the two celebrations fall on the same day, many Jewish students will actually be able to go home and spend time with their families for Hanukkah. “I’m sure people will definitely be getting creative with the overlap, mostly with food,” Lazaroff said. Rebecca Gotleib said getting to go home and spend the holiday with her family is a gift within itself and that a combined Thanksgiving and Hanukkah celebration will include foods not often found on the Hanukkah menu. In addition to ‘latkes,’ traditional fried potato pancakes, jelly donuts and chocolate coins called ‘gelts,’ Gotleib said her mother will be making pumpkin latkes. “A lot of food is fried because of the miracle of Hanukkah, where there was only enough oil to last one night and it lasted eight,” Gotleib said. “So we get to eat a lot of tasty fried food.”

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