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he venue that usually serves as home to the Houston Rockets instead housed thousands of young adults for an annual Passion Conference — their expectant voices echoing in unison throughout the Toyota Center. More than 17,000 young adults and college students ranging in age from 18 to 25 flocked to Houston on Friday and Saturday for one of the Christian conferences. The conference this year was hosted in two cities: Atlanta, Ga., and Houston. Founded in 1997 by Atlanta-based pastor Louie Giglio, Passion aims to engage and empower young Christians through worship music and messages given by well-known speakers. Prominent figures in the Christian community, such as Beth Moore, Francis

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Chan and Judah Smith, spoke at this year’s conference, and worship was led by Grammy winners Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman, along with other leading names like Hillsong United, Crowder and Kristian Stanfill. While universities from all across the state were represented, Giglio said Texas A&M had the largest representation at the conference. “Everybody started whooping and stuff,” said Maggie Moetteli, junior recreation parks and tourism major, while describing the moment when participants were made aware of the attendance statistics. Moetteli said this year was her fourth year to attend the conference. She said seeing A&M students at the center brought her a feeling of community. “I think it was an awesome representation of what our generation in general can acSee Passion on page 5




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Itzel Cortes, senior kinesiology major, (at desk) checks student into the Rec Center on Sunday.

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hether it’s to uphold New Year resolutions or get into better shape for the beginning of swimsuit season, the human physique is on the forefront of students’ minds during the spring semester. James Nash, associate director of facilities at the Student Recreation Center, said there was an increase of

69,160 check-ins between the fall of 2012 and the spring of 2014. Sophomore economics major Samuel Tillotson said he believes the influx in attendance comes from people trying to achieve a “spring break body.” “The atmosphere is different,” Tillotson said. “There seems to be more tension from people trying to get in sets during the spring, while the fall is much more relaxed and people seem more nonchalant.” Tillotson said regulars just have to work through the crowds. “The large amount of people can become annoying, but you just have to work through it,” Tillotson said.

The influx of new students throughout the spring semester prompts the Rec staff to make several changes every year. Kaitlyn Zarosky, a head weight room attendant and senior kinesiology major, said the weight room prepares for more Rec participants by scheduling more employees than usual for the busier parts of spring. “They usually put more people on each shift,” Zarosky said. “In the weight room they put four attendants instead of two or three. We also have recap meetings and go over policies at See Rec on page 6

transparent with the student body, student senate and the Board of Regents. Joseph and Cheshire met to discuss the upcoming trial Lindsey Gawlik Saturday evening and came The Battalion to an agreement over the impeachment proceedings. he impeachment of stu- Both released statements on dent body president their discussions and what Reid Joseph took a new turn they mean for Wednesday’s this weekend as the involved trial, and Cheshire said in an parties met to discuss ways to interview that he would no move forward, longer be seeking and a member Joseph’s removal of Texas A&M’s from office. Board of Regents “My goal spoke in support through the whole of Joseph. process was just Joseph was to have everyimpeached Feb. thing followed 11 when student and basically have senator Cary all of the codes Cheshire gathfollowed and all ered the necessary Reid Joseph of the actions folone-thirds suplowed through,” port of Student Cheshire said. Senate with 21 student senator Cheshire further said in signatures. The impeachment his statement that his meeting was originally based on the with Joseph cleared up some allegation that Joseph has not of the allegations brought to fulfilled his obligations as stu- bear. dent body president by failing “During the conversation to file a weekly report of legis- that followed, I was made lation and a monthly financial report, and failing to remain See SBP on page 5

Trial will no longer seek removal from office



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Office enforces Aggie honor system

Gilbert leads Aggies over Crimson Tide

University staff works to keep students accountable

Win marks 9thconsecutive 20-win season

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ince September 2004, the Aggie Honor System Office has opened its doors to students and faculty to review violations and adjudicate cases from falsified doctors’ notes to plagiarized papers, and everything in between. Timothy Powers, Class of 2001 and the head of the AHSO, said over the past three years, the AHSO has maintained an average of a little more than 200 cases per semester, with around 80 percent of those in either plagiarism or direct cheating. “If a student has been accused of academic misconduct then our office needs to be aware of that,” Powers said. “We may have a student who is plagiarizing in multiple classes, but if the faculty isn’t telling us then that student may just get multiple slaps on the wrist instead of coming to our office

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and being held accountable. The other part of that is if a student is accused of cheating and is reported to our office then that student has a chance to appeal, where through the professor only they may not.” Lauren McAuliffe, a writing consultant with the University Writing Center and a speaker in the Academic

Integrity Development Program, said most plagiarism violations are really unintentional. “In the plagiarism workshops we really try to focus on the fact that most plagiarism is not intentional, because most students don’t understand that,” See Honor Code on page 6

he No. 14 Texas A&M women’s basketball team defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 71-46 Sunday in Tuscaloosa, improving its road record in SEC play to 5-1. With the win, the Aggies (20-6, 10-2 SEC) bolster their streak of consecutive 20-win seasons to nine. Sophomore Jordan Jones continued to lead with her play at point guard, posting 10 assists for the fourth time this season and continuing to set the tone for the Aggies on defense.

“I think Jordan Jones is the best defensive point guard in our league,” said A&M head coach Gary Blair. “I think she does a great job. The charge that she took and the other things she did against Alabama’s guards early, she did really well.” A&M was able to hold Alabama (11-14, 4-8 SEC) to less than 50 points, marking the eighth time they’ve done so this season, and the fourth time against an SEC opponent. “This team was built with defense first,” Blair said. Senior center Karla Gilbert led the team in scoring with 15 points and has scored double-digit points in the last six games. “[Gilbert] was a load in See Basketball on page 2

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Aggies sweep opening weekend Logan Nottebrok seals win with walk-off home run Tyler Stafford & Patrick Crank The Battalion


he No. 24 Texas A&M baseball team completed its sweep of the Northeastern Huskies Sunday afternoon in dramatic fashion, winning the game on a walk-off home run from junior infielder Logan Nottebrok. The Aggies (3-0, 0-0 SEC) scored 21 points through the first two games of the series against the Huskies (0-3, 0-0 CAA), but went scoreless through eight full innings of Sunday’s game before sending the Olsen Field crowd home happy. “I thought our guys played with a lot of composure today and I’m glad we played this type of game,” said Texas A&M head coach Rob Childress. “There’s going to be an awful lot of [tight games] this year, and usually the team that makes the fewest mistakes wins. We were able to overcome ourselves today.” Sophomore right-hander Grayson Long kept the Aggies in the game, pitching seven innings with seven strikeouts and allowing no runs. Long said he feels more comfortable on the mound after having a year of experience playing at Olsen Field. “I guess I’m a little bit less intimidated by the whole Olsen Magic, the 12th Man and all that, so I just kind of let it go,” Long said. Senior relief pitcher Jason Jester held off the Huskies in the ninth despite an early jam in the

inning that saw runners on first and second with no outs. Jester’s appearance marked his first of the season. “I think it’s good as a ball-club to have close games like that, because in the SEC we’re going to have those more often than not,” Jester said. “I thought it was overall a good team win and I think it’s good to face a little adversity early. In the SEC there’s going to be a lot of one, two, three run ballgames and it’s big for us to get a taste of that early.” In the bottom of the ninth inning, with the game knotted at 0-0, it took just two pitches for the Aggies to leave the field victorious thanks to a towering walk-off shot over the left-field fence by Nottebrok. “He didn’t really give me much to hit all game, so being up in that situation you can’t ask for any better opportunities than that,” Nottebrok said. The weekend marked Nottebrok’s debut as an Aggie, after he transferred to A&M from Texas A&M–Corpus Christi and Temple College. Nottebrok said hitting a home run in front of the Olsen crowd is unlike anywhere else he’s played. “The other colleges I was at, you know you hit a home run and it’s just ‘good job.’ That — that was something else. That was awesome,” Nottebrok said. “You can’t ask for much better support than that.” The other two games this weekend did not provide quite the drama that Sunday’s game did. On Friday, the gates to Olsen Field were opened for the first time this season. A crowd of 5,506 watched the Aggies defeat

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Head coach Rob Childress leads a team meeting on the mound Friday at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park. the Huskies 10-2 behind junior pitcher Daniel Mengden. Mengden matched a career high with 11 strikeouts in six innings of work, allowing five hits and two runs. After starting last season 0-for18, senior infielder Blake Allemand went 2-for-4 with two RBIs on opening day. Nottebrok went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles in his A&M debut. On Saturday, the Aggies rode senior Parker Ray’s career-high seven strikeouts to another blow-

out victory, beating the Huskies 11-1. Sophomore outfielder J.B. Moss made two highlight-reel catches in right field, one over his shoulder and one leaning over the fence to rob Northeastern of a three-run home run. To cap it off, Moss hit the first Aggie home run of the season in the eighth inning. A&M returns to action at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday when it hosts Stephen F. Austin (1-1, 0-0 SCC) at Olsen Field.

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he No. 8 Texas A&M softball team (9-2, 0-0 SEC) fell to the Tulsa Golden Hurricane 5-2 Sunday afternoon in the Aggie Classic Tournament Championship. Tulsa leaves College Station as the Aggie Classic champions after going 5-0 through the weekend. Tulsa jumped out to a 5-0 lead over the Aggies in the first two innings, ignited by a two-run home run in the top of the first by left fielder Erica Sampson. The Aggies tried to fight their way back

into the contest, but only managed to muster two runs while stranding six runners on base. “We had chances early on,” said Texas A&M head coach Jo Evans. “It’s all about timely hitting. We didn’t get a lot of hits. We threw some walks and we’ve got to figure out how to get a big hit at a big time. We weren’t able to do that in this game.” Tulsa’s ace pitcher Aimee Creger held the Aggies in check throughout the game with 11 total strikeouts through six innings of work. Redshirt junior Rachel Fox started the game for the Aggies,

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there. She could have gone for 30 tonight if I kept her in,” Blair said. “We don’t see manfor-man, we see zone. This is the most manfor-man we’ve seen. It’s not that [Gilbert] is Shaquille O’Neal or something, but she takes up three people converging on her and does a pretty good job with dumping the ball out.

but after giving up five runs early, she was relieved by freshman Abby Donnell, who came in and threw 5 and two-thirds scoreless innings, including eight strikeouts. “[Donnell] was terrific,” Evans said. “I really thought she showed great poise on the mound.” The Aggies started the weekend off strong, run ruling the Oregon State Beavers 8-0 in their first game of their Friday doubleheader. In its second game of the day, A&M fell to the McNeese State Cowgirls 5-4, marking the Aggies first loss of the season. The

She only has one turnover in 22 minutes and 15 points. That’s pretty good.” The Aggies were able to fill up the box score as 12 individual players combined for the team’s 71 points. “I have balance and I have depth,” Blair said. “When you win a national championship, people want to come to Alabama football and Texas A&M basketball. When I signed those six sophomores, and that No. 2 recruiting class, I still got five out of six. They are all perimeter players, and they are


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Aggies stranded 11 total runners in the game, six of which were in scoring position. On Saturday, the Aggies were able to avenge their Friday loss to McNeese State by run-ruling the Cowgirls 11-3 in five innings. Seniors Cassie Tysarczyk and Amber Garza each had 3 RBI and a home run to lead A&M to its first win of the day. The second leg of Saturday’s action for the Aggies came by way of a rematch against Oregon State, whom they defeated 5-4 on a walk-off double by sophomore Cali Lanphear.

all good. That’s what happens. You have to build up depth and find kids who are willing to share. Kids come to Alabama because of tradition, and they come to A&M because of tradition, too.” The Aggies will complete their two-game road stint in Oxford against the Ole Miss Rebels Thursday night, before returning to Reed Arena at 1 p.m. Sunday for a showdown against Kentucky, which will be televised on ESPN2.

fter leading by 11 with 6:26 remaining in the game, Texas A&M fell to Vanderbilt 57-54 in overtime Saturday in Nashville, Tenn. Texas A&M started the game on a 10-0 run, including two threepointers from Jamal Jones and Antwan Space. Although Vanderbilt outscored A&M 30-26 in the second half, the Aggies never trailed the Commodores in regulation. After a dunk by Vanderbilt’s James Siakam cut the A&M lead to 49-47 with nine seconds left, Vanderbilt junior guard Dai-Jon Parker forced a jump ball, giving the Commodores possession with five seconds left. Straight off the inbound, Vanderbilt’s Kyle Fuller passed the ball to Rod Odom who sent the game into overtime with a long jumper. In overtime, A&M had possession down 55-52 when Jamal Jones was called for an offensive flagrant foul on Joseph Carter while attempting to create space for a game tying three with 8.1 seconds left. The Commodores’ Luke Kornet stepped to the line and hit one of two free throws to seal the Vanderbilt victory. “You got to give Vanderbilt credit for the end of the game, executing when they needed too,” Kennedy said. “We got to make free-throws that I thought cost us the game.” The Commodores ended the game on a 24-10 run, holding the Aggies without a field goal from the 6:26 mark in the second half. Jamal Jones earned his first career double-double scoring a game-high 17 points and grabbing 13 rebounds, including five shots from three-point range. Siakam and Damian Jones each managed to earn a double-double against the Aggie defense. Siakam scored 16 points and grabbed 10 boards while Jones added 12 points and a team-high 13 rebounds. Vanderbilt now leads the alltime series against A&M 4-0 as the Aggies move to 0-2 in overtime games this season. The Aggies will matchup next against the Alabama Crimson Tide at 6 p.m. Thursday in Reed Arena.

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Participants run alongside their dogs in fundraising event

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aturday morning came bright and early for about 200 runners and their furry companions as they stretched and warmed up for the See Spot Run race. See Spot Run 3K and 5K is an annual race put on by the College of Veterinary Medicine where people of Bryan-College Station can come and run alongside their dogs. P.J. Wonder, co-coordinator of See Spot Run, said the school has been planning the event since last semester and the proceeds act as a fundraiser for students in the vet school. “We’ve been planning the race since about October, gathering sponsors, booking the park, advertising — it’s all been a very hectic experience,� Wonder said. “I’m glad that it’s here though. All the money we’ve collected for the race is going toward the travel fund for vet students, set up by SCAVMA, [the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association]. This includes costs associated with traveling ... surgery packets, and alleviating the costs of board exams.� However, the race wasn’t all about the vet school. Wonder said she hopes that through the race, people become more aware of the physical and medical needs that dogs require. “Purina, one of our biggest sponsors, has provided 20 bags of dog food, countless bags of dental treats and literature to educate people on what their dogs need

I think it’s great to have all these people of Bryan and College Station come with their dogs. I know Emily and Billy both love being with the other dogs. I will be coming every year that I can.� — Georgia Schmidt, Bryan resident and See Spot Run participant

“I’ve considered running a 5K because my friends are doing it for good causes and I want to get running again. I haven’t run since high school.�

Devin Smith, Kaitlyn Chaffin and Sarah Jarosinski, second-year veterinary medicine students, talk after completing the See Spot Run 5K.

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to be healthy,� Wonder said. “So many people don’t know how much exercise and what kind of nutrition dogs need.� Stephanie Meyers, a second year vet student, said she and her hound Rayne ran the course, and there was definitely room for improvement. “Yeah, it’s obvious we both have work to do,� Meyers said. “On the last hill, we both were struggling to finish. This definitely won’t be our last 3K; I plan on getting more in shape with Rayne, because it’s important for both of us.� Wonder said over 220 people signed up by Saturday and 30-50 more were expected to sign up that morning. Juliette Comeaux, co-coordinator of See Spot Run, said the event provided resources to keep dogs and runners cool throughout the race. “For both the 3K and 5K, we have water stations set up for both the dogs and their owners,� Comeaux said. “We have supplied pools for the dogs to cool down in, one on the 3K and two on the

5K. It’s extremely important that both the dogs and their owners stay hydrated and cool.� Comeaux said prizes were given out after the race. “As for after the race, we [gave] out prizes for the top runners and their dogs, including free dog food, a free dog wash to Grateful Dog and coupons to various restaurants in the neighborhood that have sponsored us,� Comeaux said. “Also, there [was] a raffle for all the runners who entered and a silent auction on a print by Benjamin Knox to raise more money for the SCAVMA.� Georgia Schmidt, longtime resident of Bryan, participated for the second time with her dogs Emily and Billy. “I think it’s great to have all these people of Bryan and College Station come with their dogs,� Schmidt said. “I know Emily and Billy both love being with the other dogs. I will be coming every year that I can.�

“I love running 5Ks. I like the exercise, it’s a lot of fun, a lot of people go out and it’s cool being around a lot of people.� Ben Ritchie, sophomore interdisciplinary studies major

I ran a 5K for a philanthropy event and I am going to do the Glow run with “Maggies� and “AMC� for charity and it’s a great way to work out. We’ll be running in a big group of friends. Chelsea Potter, junior communication major Photo feature by John Benson — THE BATTALION


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FELINE GENETICS Researchers pounce on genome sequencing matory bowel disease or urinary tract infection.” An Abyssinian cat named Cinats may not have nine lives, but namon was the first to have its gethanks to the efforts of Texas nome sequenced, and all subsequent A&M’s William Murphy as well as sequences are now compared to her other researchers across the country, genome to organize the project’s inscientists hope to better understand formation. the one they do have. Murphy said the high-quality inMurphy, a professor in the depart- formation provided by Cinnamon’s ment of veterinary integrative biosci- DNA will enable researchers to see ences, recently began to contribute how cats vary on a genetic level. to the “99 Lives Cat Whole Ge“We have a very high quality vernome Sequencing sion of the cat Initiative,” which genome right seeks to obtain the now from CinAs we gain genetic sequences namon,” Murmomentum of 99 cats to better phy said. “What understand the geand we tell that means is netic basis of feline more people about it, that most of the disease. sequence is in we hope to get as many Domestic cats are a single conpeople and universities a diverse species, tiguous piece on involved. It doesn’t have each chromowith many breeds found all over the to be just the USA. It some. The idea world. The “99 can be universities from is that we’re goLives” project takes ing to put the around the world.” samples, usually other 99 cats, reblood, from vari— Leslie Lyons, founder sequence each of ous breeds of cats of “99 Lives” project their genomes, and sequences their and lay those segenomes. These cat quences against a high quality refergenomes are then used to map spe- ence to identify where they differ.” cific genes in a variety of cat breeds, Murphy said this should allow which will eventually allow research- researchers to identify and pinpoint ers to identify the genetic source of mutations. Even without that, Murboth physical traits and health prob- phy said they still have all the genetic lems. variants of a certain cat and the way The “99 Lives” project was started that cat differs from the reference seby former UC Davis professor Leslie quence. Lyons. Lyons, who now works at the As the amount of information University of Missouri, said she hopes grows, Murphy said the emerging dathe project will provide the resources tabase could provide a comprehensive necessary to treat genetic diseases resource that would help improve cat found in cats. health in a manner similar to how the “We’re trying to improve genetic Human Genome Project increased and genomic resources for the do- understanding of human disease. mestic cat,” Lyons said. “Our overall Murphy said the research could hope is to have the available tools so also be applied to understanding huthat we can study complex traits that man diseases. are found in cats, which are things “Some of the same diseases in cats that are found in the typical everyday are found in humans, so in many cashouse cat such as obesity and inflam- es, studying the same genetic disease

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in cats can give a better understanding of human disease as well,” Murphy said. Funding provides a significant obstacle for the project. Lyons said data collection could cost up to $8,000 for each cat, which includes DNA preparation, library preparation, sequencing and data analysis. Lyons said she is excited that more researchers are participating and hopes the support for this project will expand outside the country. “As we gain momentum and we tell more people about it, we hope to get as many people and universities involved,” Lyons said. “It doesn’t have to be just the USA. It can be universities from around the world.” Brian Davis, who previously worked in Murphy’s lab, said the work done by the “99 Lives” project is not only interesting, but has relevance in relation to his current postdoc position at the National Institutes of Health. “I’m an evolutionary geneticist, so the question of natural selection in species formation runs parallel to the question of artificial selection and breed formation,” Davis said. “Looking at breeds is one way to catch a glimpse at pre-species formation. It’s basically a way for us to look at human pressures that may or may not mirror the pressures in natural populations.”


William Murphy, professor in the Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences, is working on a feline genome sequencing project to better understand feline diseases.


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– and probably still is. Turkey, once a strong ally, has cast its lot with Iran. Turmoil in the Middle East. There is upheaval in A stalwart partner. Israel, in contrast, presents a the Middle East. Governments shift, and the future of totally different picture. Israel’s reliability, capability, this vital area is up in the air. In those dire credibility and stability, are enormous and circumstances, it is a tremendous comfort to our irreplaceable assets for our country. Many prominent country that Israel, a beacon of Western values, is its military people and elected representatives have stalwart and unshakable ally. recognized this. Gen. John Keegan, a former chief of Unreliable “allies.” Egypt, a long-term “ally” of our U.S. Air Force Intelligence, country, is the beneficiary of determined that Israel’s billions of dollars of American aid. Its dictator, “What a comfort for our country contribution to U.S. intelligence was “equal to Hosni Mubarak has been to have stalwart and completely five CIA’s.” Senator Daniel dethroned. As of now, it is Chairman of the unclear who and what will reliable Israel in its corner...” Inouye, Senate Appropriations be Egypt’s new government. Committee, said that “The It is widely assumed, intelligence received from Israel exceeds the however, that it may be the Muslim Brotherhood. Far intelligence received from all NATO countries from being a religious organization, as its name combined. The huge quantities of Soviet military would imply, it is dominated by fanatical radicals, hardware that were transferred by Israel to the USA ardent antagonists of the West, obsessed antitilted the global balance of power in favor of our Semites, and sworn enemies of the State of Israel. If country.” the Muslim Brotherhood would indeed come to In 1981, Israel bombed Iraq’s nuclear reactor. While power, a bloody war, more violent than anything that at first condemned by virtually the whole world – sad has come before, is likely to ensue. to say, including the United States – it saved our Saudi Arabia, a tyrannical kingdom, is another country a nuclear confrontation with Iraq. At the important “ally” of the U.S. It is the most important present time, US soldiers in Iraq and in Afghanistan source of petroleum, the lifeblood of the industrial benefit from Israel’s experience in combating world. It is, however, totally unreliable and hostile to Improvised Explosive Devices, car bombs and suicide all the values for which the United States stands. The bombers. Israel is the most advanced battle-tested precedent of Iran cannot fail to be on the minds of laboratory for U.S. military systems. The F-16 jet our government. The Shah of Iran was a staunch ally fighter, for instance, includes over 600 Israeliof the U.S. We lavished billions of dollars and huge designed modifications, which saved billions of dollars quantities of our most advanced weapons on him. and years of research and development. But, virtually from one day to the next, the mullahs But there is more: Israel effectively secures NATO's and the ayatollahs – fanatical enemies of our country, southeastern flank. Its superb harbors, its outstanding of Israel, and of anything Western – came to power. military installations, the air- and sea-lift capabilities, Instead of friends and allies, Iran’s theocratic and the trained manpower to maintain sophisticated government became the most virulent enemy of the equipment are readily at hand in Israel. United States. Could something like that happen in Israel does receive substantial benefits from the Saudi Arabia? It is not at all unlikely! United States – a yearly contribution of $3 billion – all Other U.S. allies in the region – Jordan, the “new” of it in military assistance, no economic assistance at Iraq, and the Gulf emirates – are even weaker and less all. The majority of this contribution must be spent in reliable reeds to lean on. Libya, which once, under the US, generating thousands of jobs in our defense King Idris, hosted the Wheeler Air Base, became an industries. enemy of the U.S. under the late, loathsome Khaddafi Israel is indeed America's unsinkable aircraft carrier. If it were not for Israel, thousands of American troops would have to be stationed in the Middle East, at a cost of billions of dollars a year. In contrast to the unreliable friendship of Muslim countries, the friendship and support of Israel are unshakable because they are based on shared values, love of peace and democracy. What a comfort for our country to have stalwart and completely reliable Israel in its corner, especially at a time when in this strategic area turmoil, upheaval and revolution are the order of the day. Yes, Israel is indeed America’s most steadfast friend, a most important strategic asset and most reliable ally. This message has been published and paid for by

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complish, let alone what the Aggie network can do,” Moetteli said. “You never know who you’re going to see from your school. I literally saw at least 10 Aggies that I knew throughout the two days. It was wonderful.” Jeremy Parulian, freshman chemical engineering major, said it was impacting to see college students from A&M who wanted to go to Passion. He said there were even two students on the center’s floor who were trying to lead Aggies in yells. “It’s also really cool because I’m super passionate about A&M and we [saw] all

these Aggies passionate about our school willing to do all these yells and chants and whoop, so we’re not only united under that but we’re united under Christ,” Parulian said. Parulian said he experienced the gravity of how big the event was wherever he stood. “It almost felt energetic, electric,” Parulian said, “Everybody was pumped — a lot of dancing and jumping up and down.” Moetteli said that at each conference students are presented with an opportunity to work toward some type of goal. She said this year the goal was to support in raising $250,000 for the printing and distribution of Bibles in Iran. She said the “END IT” movement, a movement to eradicate human trafficking, was spot-

lighted as well. “It’s so amazing to band together as a community for Christ and really like coming together to serve him and help his people,” Moetteli said. Parulian said he was impacted when he saw how God was moving through this generation of college students. He said being in a room packed with people his age was the most exciting part about the entire experience. “There is a line in this song we would sing saying, ‘I see a generation rising up to take their place,’ and so this age group is kind of like the generation that will be taking charge or take lead,” Parulian said. “To see so many people gathered — and we’re all coming from different places and come from different schools, but we’re all united under God’s love for us.”


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aware of some issues of my concern that had indeed been fully complied with,” Cheshire’s statement read. “It was my error to make these accusations … Steps have already been taken, and I have full confidence that SBP Joseph will follow through earnestly and thoroughly.” In his statement, Joseph said he was informed about the issues from Cheshire on Thursday and agreed that he was at fault in certain accusations. “I accept full responsibility that some of the bi-weekly executive reports and monthly financial reports were not turned in,” Joseph’s statement read. “As an executive cabinet, we submitted several of these documents; however, we did not submit all of them.” The senate is still constitutionally obligated to hold the trial, however due to Joseph and Cheshire’s agreement it will be largely a formality.

The impeachment and subsequent allegations against Joseph garnered mixed reactions across campus, and prompted regent Jim Schwertner to contact The Battalion last Thursday to express his support for Joseph. “I feel compelled to stand up for any student that I believe is wrongly accused of something, I don’t care who it is or what school the system is,” Schwertner said. “[Joseph] communicates with me and some of the other board members from time to time, let’s us know what’s going on and the concerns of the students.” Schwertner said he knows the allegations brought against Joseph are at least false on the notion that Joseph was accused of not communicating with the regents. Schwertner said the Board did receive a letter about the fee amendment bill, SB 66-11, on time from Joseph and his office sent a copy of acknowledgement to Joseph. He doesn’t understand the allegations made against Joseph for a lack of transparency because Joseph has a

website to let students know about legislation. Schwertner said although it is not normal for a regent to get involved with student politics anywhere in the Texas A&M system, he said he had no choice but to speak up. “I feel that most of the stuff going on right now is politically motivated and the reason I say that — I find it very suspicious that we have this impeachment hearing the day before the student election,” Schwertner said. “There’s some politics going on here that I don’t understand, but you know, Aggies don’t lie, cheat or steal or tolerate those who do, and I just don’t feel this is proper.” Impeachment proceedings began on Feb. 11 when Cheshire gathered 21 student senator signatures for impeachment. Cheshire originally filed a suit in SGA Judicial Court, but decided to drop the suit and begin impeachment proceedings. The impeachment trial will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday in a closed-door Student Senate meeting.



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the beginning of the semester.” The overcrowding can cause a few issues. Safety is a concern, as well as making sure the facilities remain accessible to every visitor. Enforcing the policies set by the Rec tries to solve both issues. “It is on us to get people on the lifts they want,” Zarosky said. “The safety issue is with things like the free-weights. They get packed and we put an attendant to watch over them. This is why we enforce policies like not dropping the dumbbells. We do not want anyone to get injured.” Ben Moeller, a head weight room attendant and sophomore industrial distribution major, said he has seen changes around the gym from fall to spring. Moeller said part of this change included an increased number of members asking questions as well as some members looking uncomfortable in their new surroundings. “The beginning of each semester is always packed, but the numbers definitely seem up this semester compared to the fall,” Moeller said. “The

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McAuliffe said. “Even parroting an author with a citation can be considered plagiarism in some cases. So there’s a gray area I think students are often surprised at.” Tim Scott, associate dean

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amount of people within the cardio area is definitely greater than last semester.” The increase in Rec participants can be deterring for regulars. “I can see people who do not feel welcome at times,” Moeller said. “I also see people who seem deflated by the crowd. However, no real arguments ever break out and everyone tries to be as accommodating as possible.” For those lost-looking students who are trying to become weight-room savvy, Tillotson said newcomers should have a plan going in. “Try going with a buddy or guide to help make you more comfortable,” Tillotson said. “Definitely do not try to make a perfect body in a short period of time. It takes time and patience to reach goals.” Junior industrial distribution major Trenton Faykus said he started going to the gym this semester after taking a year hiatus from the Rec. He said his motivation stemmed from his upcoming spring break plans. “I’m trying to make a lifelong change,” Faykus said. “It doesn’t only help me physically but also mentally and emotionally. It is a change for the better in many aspects.”

of undergraduate programs for the College of Science, said this gray area makes academic misconduct cases difficult to judge. “I think we’re still struggling a bit in defining what academic dishonesty is, and the thing that I struggle with is intentional or unintentional,” Scott said. “If you fail to cite something correctly you’re charged with scholastic dishonesty, if you happen to be applying to professional school that could have a big impact. Now if you say ‘this was wrong’ and you’re graded down for it but not charged, and you learn from that, should you then carry that around that you’ve been charged?” The process of adjudicating an instance of academic misconduct is multi-part, with the first step being reporting the violation. Powers said most first-time offenders just receive a zero on the applicable assignment. Only around 15 percent receive an F* to denote failure by academic dishonesty, and in the past 10 years, Powers said, there have been only three students expelled for an Honor Code violation. For students who are found guilty of Honor Code violations, their sanctions may require participation in the AHSO’s Academic Integrity Development Program. Partnered with campus organizations like the University Writing Center, the program takes students through a multifaceted learning experience where they get help with everything from stress and time management to citations and ethics. Andrew Armstrong, director of undergraduate programs for the College of Liberal Arts, said ultimately students need to learn that the faculty and students are all on the same team. “No one shows up here to see ‘How can I fail another student today,’ we show up thinking, ‘What can I do to help this student earn their diploma,’” Armstrong said.

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