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(Left) Quarterback Johnny Manziel scrambles Saturday against UTEP and finished with 67 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. (Below) Receiver Mike Evans prepares to haul in one of his four Saturday grabs, including his 12th touchdown of the season, which ties the A&M single-season record.

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Quarterback Johnny Manziel finished the night 16-of-24 for 273 passing yards and four touchdowns along with seven carries for a team-best 67 yards and two scores. Manziel surpassed Kevin Murray for sole possession of the No. 2 position in career A&M touchdowns with 54, behind only Jerrod Johnson’s record 67 scores.


The defense has forced eight turnovers the past two games after forcing 11 in its first six, including three interceptions and one fumble against UTEP.

Evans ties A&M record with four games left Wide receiver Mike Evans closed the game with four catches for 46 yards and one touchdown, tying Jeff Fuller’s A&M school record for receiving touchdowns in a season with 12.

Defense allows lowest total since 2011 The defense held UTEP to 198 total offensive yards in the win, marking the first time since a 61-7 victory over Kansas in 2011 the defense has limited an opposing unit to under 200 yards.

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hey are brothers, sisters, daughters, sons and friends. They are U.S. veterans, and for those who visit the Memorial Student Center this week, their service is not to be forgotten. The Defenders of Freedom — in conjunction with The Veteran Resource and Support Center — have set up the “Remembering Our Fallen From Texas” display in the MSC to honor soldiers from Texas. The display shows the pictures and faces of soldiers along with personal items or statistics surrounding U.S. military action of the last 12 years. Among those whose faces don the MSC halls, 19 were Aggies — the second most displayed from a single campus, trailing only West Point.

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Gabriela Zelaya, senior psychology major, and James Morrison, senior electrical engineering major, browse the veteran’s display Sunday afternoon at the MSC. The indoor traveling display was set up with the help of six A&M students, MSC staff and those who brought the display to A&M. An official opening ceremony for the display was held Friday in the MSC Flag Room. The ceremony

was the first of 22 veteran-centered events that will occur over the next week at A&M. The ceremony welcomed Donna Cranston, executive director and See Display on page 3

Sophomore outside hitter Shelby Sullivan (left) jumps for a block attempt Sunday against Florida.

BUILD begins Monday Volunteers for BUILD, an on-campus service project, will begin constructing walls Monday on Simpson drill field for a local Habitat for Humanity house.

inside government | 4 City council elections Voting will be held Tuesday to decide the next College Station city council members and nine amendments to the state constitution.

sports | 2 Turnover tendencies The A&M defense has thrived on forced turnovers.

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A&M pushes No. 5 Florida to 5 sets Sunday defeat drops Aggies to 3-7 SEC record Linley McCord

The Battalion he Texas A&M volleyball team fell to No. 5 Florida by a score of 3-2 Sunday at Reed Arena. The Florida Gators, who leave College Station 22-2 and 11-1 in the SEC, defeated


the Aggies in a decisive five sets. The final set came down to a 16-14 break by the Gators after a back-andforth battle to win the match. “Well obviously it’s a heartbreaker that we didn’t get those last two points,” said A&M head coach Laurie Corbelli. “We had opportunities. I am incredibly proud of the work my team put in. Individual preparation See Volleyball on page 2

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Hannah Floyd and the other BCS WriMo members met Sunday at College Station’s Larry J. Ringer Library to kick off National Novel Writing Month.


Writers tackle 50,000-word task November novelwriting marathon brings students together Emily Thompson The Battalion


ggies are taking the challenge — writing 50,000 words in 30 days — setting pen to paper, tapping away at keyboards and scrawling frantically in notebooks. Many have already started their stories for National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, which spans from Nov. 1 to the 30. Some novels written during NaNoWriMo have become noteworthy published books, such as “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen, “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern, “Anna and the French Kiss” by Stephanie Perkins and “The Forest of Hands and Teeth” by Carrie Ryan. Carly Wood, freshman communication major, said she is nervous, but intends to face the month with determination. “I guess I’m ready,” Wood said. “So the project I’m currently working on? I’m not done with, but I don’t want to just stop. There’s no way I’m going to fin-

ish before the 31st, so I’m just going to finish that as soon as I can and do my NaNoWriMo thing after that. I have my premise and characters already. I’ve had this idea since about third grade, and it’s transformed quite a lot since then. The overall message of my story is that there’s no such thing as perfection.” Wood’s passion for her craft shines, and she speaks of her characters as one would of friends, finally knowing them well enough to tell their stories. Wood encourages her peers and colleagues to try their hand at writing, and explains National Novel Writing Month easily. “You get a story idea, a novel idea in your head, and then from Nov. 1 onwards until the 30th, you write like hell,” Wood said. Caleb Vierkant, a freshman political science major, has decided to try his hand at the challenge, and looks forward to the process. Vierkant, unlike Wood, doesn’t feel that November has lit a fire under him quite yet. “I’ve always just liked writing,” Vierkant said. “I’ve been good at it, so I decided now would be the time to write as much as I can. See NaNoWriMo on page 3

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he Texas A&M defense once was known as the “Wrecking Crew” for its lockdown defensive play. And despite some struggles this season, the defense has found a calling in forcing turnovers. For a unit that is allowing less than 30 points and 443 yards of total offense per game, the Aggie defense has been most statistically successful in forcing the opposing team into mistakes. The defense has forced 19 turnovers so far this season, an average of more than two per game. Nine players have intercepted a pass, led by junior safety Howard Matthews, who is third in the SEC with three interceptions — all in the last two games. “I wish [Matthews] would have started the year like this,” said head coach Kevin Sumlin. “We need to have that kind of consistent effort with the teams we are about to play. That’s going to be critical with his leadership.” Seven different players have forced a fumble this year, and of the five recoveries, all have been by different players. “We feed off each other,” said sophomore cornerback De’Vante Harris. “We fly around and we play with real good emotion.”

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has been the best that its been. The whole focus of the team was visible at the start of the match.” Texas A&M (11-10, 3-7 SEC) surged to a one set lead early before falling behind 2-1 after a defeat in the third set with a score of 25-8. However, the Aggies battled back to defeat the Gators in the fourth set before falling in the fifth. Despite the loss, A&M was able to hold back Florida’s top hitter, Chloe Mann. Meanwhile, the conference’s top server, Taylor Unroe, helped keep the Gators victorious, serving up a team-high of six aces. “[Unroe is] the nation’s leading server,” Corbelli said. “She targeted our young players who had done a good job all night.” The first set was a seesaw battle between the Gators and the Aggies as each team took turns pulling ahead. Senior outside hitter Heather

“The biggest positive was the defense having 4 takeaways. The biggest negative was Mike Evans dropping several catches in a row. Other than that, I’m happy with the margin of victory.”

The Aggies have four different players with multiple interceptions this season — Matthews, Nate Askew, Deshazor Everett and Tommy Sanders. All but Sanders have returned an interception for a touchdown. Turnovers have come with swings in momentum. Against Alabama, the defense forced a fumble near the goal line in the fourth quarter that propelled the near-Aggie comeback that came a touchdown short of knocking off the top-ranked team in the nation. Two weeks ago against Vanderbilt, the Commodores went into the second half trailing only 28-17, but Matthews stepped in front of a pass to open the half and took it 26 yards for a touchdown, propelling the Aggies to a 56-24 victory. “There has always been an emphasis this year on turnover ratio,” Sumlin said. “Our offense has been able to capitalize on those and score points. We are going to need that moving forward.” The defense’s knack for forcing its opposition into third downs and its ability to stop offenses on that down has attributed to the success forcing turnovers. The Aggies have forced their opponents into 124 third downs on the season and have allowed teams to convert only 37 percent of them. “Everybody has been swarming to the ball,” said junior defensive lineman Gavin Stansbury. “Everybody is giving off their own energy and bringing it to the team. I feel like this is going to carry on throughout the season.”

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“One thing that bothered me was that a lot of students and former students left early. Kyle Field was almost empty at the end.” Jonathan Smith, sophomore economics major

“I really hated the spiderwebs that were floating around the stadium.” Euntaek Yoon, freshman Blinn student Photo feature by David Cohen — THE BATTALION

Reynolds took hold of the defense during the match with a game-best 18 digs. Despite Reynolds’ defensive efforts, Mann notched a gamehigh 22 kills against the Aggies. “We knew coming into the game Mann would be a big threat,” Reynolds said. “Wherever the ball goes, I’m going to go.” Offensively, sophomore outside hitter Angela Lowak led the team with 18 kills and a .406 hitting percentage. Sophomore middle backer Shelby Sullivan followed suit with 15 kills of her own and a .387 hitting percentage. Lowak said A&M’s offensive production came from its ability to take risks in the clutch. “We’ve been talking a lot about taking risks and getting uncomfortable, but staying relaxed at the same time,” Lowak said. “[In the fourth set] I was on fire and we were getting the ball rolling.” The Aggies will take on Mississippi State on Friday before traveling to Ole Miss the following Sunday.

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I’ve never actually written a whole story, or even 50,000 words in a month, so it should be interesting.” The prospect of writing nearly 2,000 words a day can be intimidating for some, but Vierkant said he is not perturbed. “[I am] not really [intimidated],” he said. “It’s about the length of an essay — every day for 30 days.” By Nov. 2, Vierkant had made progress on his novel. “I’m now at 10,316 words,” Vierkant said. “I think that’s good enough to call it a day, don’t you?” Caleb Sierra, junior communication major and president of Creative Writers of Aggieland, said this was not his first time to participate in NaNoWriMo. “This is my second year,” Sierra said. “Usually I have an idea of what I want to work on and as the first of November gets closer. I have to buckle down and make an outline, but most of it is still kind of by the seat of my pants.” Writing 50,000 words in 30

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NaNoWriMo participants work on their novels Sunday at Ringer Library at an organized write-in event. days requires some planning, but Sierra said he tries to keep to 1,600 words per day to reach his end goal. Sierra said having a group like Creative Writers of Aggieland helps with the overall writing process.

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founder of Defenders of Freedom, along with four other guest speakers. “The goal is that no one forgets that our freedoms are not free,” Cranston said. “It comes at a very high price, not only from those who gave their lives but also from the families and friends of those soldiers.” The Texas A&M Singing Cadets opened the ceremony and were followed by Col. Jerry Smith, Veteran Resource and Support Center director, who wel-

“I think it is good to have other people to write with,” Sierra said. “Writing can get kind of lonely so there is just something about being in the same room with people that are also being creative, it really helps [you] just kind of

comed the guest speakers and onlookers. One guest speaker, Lt. Gen. Joe Weber, Texas A&M vice president for Student Affairs, said people in the U.S. have an inclination to forget, but said he hopes we will never forget our veterans. “I guess I would tell you that this country has earned its right to be warweary after 10 years, but I pray to God every night that this country doesn’t ever become veteran-weary,” Weber said. John Ernest, senior international studies major and Texas A&M Veteran Association president, said one of the fears held by family members of fallen soldiers is that their loved ones are forgotten. He

feel your own creativity.” With the demand of 50,000 words looming over writers’ heads, NaNoWriMo does not allow people to procrastinate on their stories, Sierra said. “A lot of times I keep putting writing off but this is a good time to just sit down with everyone else and we’re all dedicated to just pushing through as much as we can, getting that next great novel written without procrastinating anymore,” Sierra said. “It’s just dedication and getting it done.” Austin Smith, freshman English major at Blinn, has been doing NaNoWriMo since he was 17 years old. He said NaNoWriMo has become a way to meet others that love to write — creating community and friendships. “I am kind of a socially awkward person so I don’t make friends easily, so it is a great time to get together with friends that are all doing the same thing,” Smith said. “That is kind of what this experience is about. You get to meet people you wouldn’t otherwise meet.”

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tudents registered to vote in Brazos County have the opportunity Tuesday to affect the future governance of Bryan-College Station in local elections. Multiple positions are up for election, including the contested race for College Station City Council Place 2, which could be of particular importance for students. Steve Aldrich and Gary Ives are on the ballot for the Place 2 election, and while both candidates have connections to A&M, each has a different idea of how to address housing plans like that of the South Knoll neighborhood. The initial plan proposed to City Council for the South Knoll neighborhood would have limited the number of non-related residents living in a house to two and limited parking on neighborhood streets. In September, the council removed these two items and approved a strippeddown plan for the neighborhood. Aldrich, a former student who works in the financial services industry in College Station, said one of most important issues for students has been housing in the community. “Probably the most salient issue with regard to students at A&M and the city of College Station is, most recently, the South Knoll neighborhood plan,� Aldrich said. Aldrich said he did not agree with the proposed South Knoll plan and said the solution for the neighborhood concerns should take into account students and families. “I don’t think it really behooves our community to make distinctions between ‘part-time’ and ‘permanent’ residents,� Aldrich said. “I mean, you’re here and you are in this com-

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munity, so let’s figure out the community solution to our issues and lets look for what can continue to make College Station, Texas, just as attractive to people in the future as it was to me when I came here in 1976.� Aldrich said both students and families will have to make sacrifices in neighborhoods. “Here is the whole deal for me — renters have responsibilities in a community, landowners have responsibilities in a community, non-student residents who live in a single family neighborhood have responsibilities and so does the city of College Station,� Aldrich said. Gary Ives, a retired librarian from Evans Library and husband of a professor in the English department at Texas A&M, said his service as the president of the SpringBrook Homeowner’s Association in College Station encouraged him to voice a different point of view in City Council. “The most important issue to our members has been the issue of renters and absentee owners, and not just students, but any renters, any absentee owner situation,� Ives said. “The rental issue is perhaps a flashpoint for a whole cluster of issues that surround student and town relations.�

Ives said he spoke in support of the South Knoll neighborhood plan at City Council and that many problems arise for families when renters enter the neighborhood. “Once an area starts becoming predominately rental, it’s no longer a family-oriented neighborhood,� Ives said. “Areas that are subject to rental and absentee ownership are destructive to what is commonly termed as ‘neighborhood integrity’ and become an unpleasant place for families to try to raise their kids to lead a quieter non-student lifestyle.� Throughout the citywide discussion on the South Knoll plan, many residents expressed their concerns with student neighbors throwing loud parties and overcrowding on streets due to parking. “Folks who spoke at the City Council spoke of extreme examples,� Ives said. “In one case, where there had been friction between a homeowner and a rental resident, the homeowner found a severed animal head on their porch.� Ives said that although the solution to the problem is not a one-way-street, students can alleviate the problem by being more respectful to their neighbors.

“If students had a better understanding of the sensitivities of a neighborhood, maybe that could improve relations between those who are here as students and those who have chosen to be here raising their families,� Ives said. Ives said he hopes the city will be family friendly and student friendly. “I would like the students who are here, both at Blinn and A&M, to feel that [College Station] is as student friendly as it is friendly to anybody else,� Ives said. Sherry Mashburn, city secretary, said student turnout varies with each election, but that she expects more students are interested this election because of the recent South Knoll debate. “Students tend to turn out for the big ones, such as the presidential elections and if there is something that is really close to their heart,� Mashburn said. Mashburn said she hopes students will become more involved in the City Council so that they can try to make College Station a better place for future residents. “Given the number of students enrolled at A&M, it is pitifully small of the number of students involved,� Mashburn said. “You have close to 50,000 students, and we may hear from 10.� Mayor Nancy Berry is unopposed for a second term. In addition to the City Council elections, nine Texas constitutional amendments are up for a vote on the same ballot Tuesday. All constitutional propositions require a majority affirmation vote to pass. On voting day, students can only vote in their precinct, which is designated on their voter registration card. If students live in Precinct 20, they can vote in the MSC polling location. Students living in other precincts may locate their polling location on Voting takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.


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