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Kujo missing Kujo was brought to the U.S. after being rescued by Marines in Afghanistan. He has been missing for more than two weeks, and there is a $2,500 reward for whoever finds him. If you have information, please call 254-749-4934.

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Shooting occurs on Northgate Officers responded to a report of a disturbance at Shotzi’s bar at 9 p.m. on Sunday, according to the College Station Police Department. The report said a fight broke out within the bar. While responding, officers heard several gunshots fired at the scene. However, upon arrival, the officers reported they could not find anyone that may have been shot nor did they find any suspect who could have fired the shots given the crowd. Nearby streets were closed while officers investigated the area. Officers reported they found bullet shells in a nearby parking lot, confirming previous reports of gun shots, but no arrest have been made. The department requests if anyone has additional information to call 979-764-3600. Aaron Deering, staff writer

Bulbing demand, electric shortage Roger Zhang — THE BATTALION

Under the current model of electricity supply, Texas could be without electric reserves by 2022.

Larger Texas population uses more energy, sources changing Julie Blanco

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Due to population growth, high temperatures and increasing energy demands, the electric use in Texas is growing faster than the electric generation being built to service. This leads to a decrease in the electric reserves, the gap between the energy supply and demand during the peak hours of 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is the electricity grid operator for the state and forecasts the reserves to be 14.3 percent in the summer of 2013, 9.8 percent in 2014, and drop below zero in 2022. “Our goal is to prevent outages,” media communications

specialist for the Council Robbie Searcy said. “ERCOT is very focused on grid reliability and we’re working very closely with public utility commissions on solutions to these future resource adequacy concerns.” The Council’s electric grid covers 75 percent of Texas and accounts for 85 percent of the electricity usage in the state. It serves most of the major metropolitan regions with the exception of El Paso. Areas not covered include part of the panhandle and some of the southeastern regions of the state.

The population of people living in Texas from 2000 to 2011 increased by almost five million people, from 20.9 million to 25.7 million. From 2000 to 2010, total energy supply increased from 378 billion kilowatt hours to 412 kilowatt hours; however, electricity utility generation decreased from 297 billion kilowatt hours to 95 kilowatt hours (red line). The bulk of the difference was met by “Independent Power Producers” (blue line), which are non-public utility providers that generate non-renewable and renewable resources, such as coal, biomass, nuclear, wind and natural gas. 300 250 200 150 100

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ESPN College GameDay comes to Aggieland Chandler Smith The Battalion Widely renowned as the face of college football, ESPN’s College GameDay crew will shoot a commercial at Kyle Field Tuesday evening and all Aggies are invited to partake in the event. The commercial shoot — featuring familiar faces to college football fans including football analysts Kirk Herbstreet, Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard and Tom Rinaldi — will attempt to capture the essence of Texas A&M University and the show itself. The

commercial will air throughout the 2012 college football season on ESPN networks. Prior to the shooting of the commercial, fans — including minors with adult accompaniment — will be permitted to enter the stadium at 7 p.m. through Gate 9. Parking should be free at lots 61 and 62 starting at 5 p.m. for fans’ convenience. ESPN is expected to wrap up its filming session at roughly 1 a.m. The first 2,000 fans to arrive will receive free T-shirts commemorating the event. This chance for added University publicity continues a string of highly publicized events involving Texas A&M including the SEC in-

duction, athletic director Eric Hyman’s induction, and A&M football’s uniform unveiling. “This is an incredible opportunity to welcome the crew of ESPN to Aggieland and represent Texas A&M and the SEC in the GameDay commercial,” Jason Cook, University vice president for marketing and communications, said in a statement. This particular Gameday commercial is unique as ESPN decided upon the location through a May online voting contest. A&M would edge Nebraska 225,803 to 222,972 and claim the opportunity to bring the famous show to campus.

Senior Yell Leader Nelson Ingram said he wasn’t surprised Aggies rose to the challenge. Students also expressed their excitement. Tyler Campbell, junior biomedical engineering major, said GameDay should finally give the University some positive publicity as it moves to a new conference. “It’s been a really long time since [GameDay] has been here,” Campbell said. “A&M has been portrayed pretty negatively throughout its transition to the SEC. I hope people realize that we’re still the Aggies and we’re still class-act students and we’ll get behind the school in our first season in the SEC.”

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Aaron Deering The Battalion As Texas A&M University continues to reach the goals set by Vision 2020, it has made changes spanning all areas of college life — from moving athletics to the Southeastern Conference or purchasing a law school, the University, and campus, have changed. There have been new constructions sites for the liberal arts building and the Northside dorms, along with renovations to the Player Development Center, a training facility for the football team, Joe Routt Boulevard and Corps Dorm 8. The Arts and Humanities building broke ground almost a year and half

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ago, and the building should be finished by early fall and departments can begin moving in by November. This building will be the first on campus dedicated specifically to the arts and humanities. It will include recording studios, costume and rehearsal rooms and an outdoor courtyard with electrical access for actors to run lines, musicians to perform and students to gather. The demolition of Northside residence halls, Moore, Crocker and McInnis Hall began summer 2011. The schedule is to have an 85-week construction process that will end by July 2013, allowing residents to move in See Construction on page 4

Robby Smith The Battalion Republicans and Democrats flock to polls today once again to cast their votes in runoffs to resolve undecided elections from the May primary. The next Brazos County district attorney is set to be practically decided in a Republican race between Jarvis Parsons and David Hilburn. Parsons, a prosecutor with the DA’s office, scored 48 percent of the vote in May. Hilburn, a defense attorney and former prosecutor, finished with 22 percent in the original four-person race. The Republican winner July will replace the current district attorney who is retiring, Bill Turner, as no Democrat is running. Additionally, a Republican

nominee to represent the rural Texas State House District 12 will be chosen. This newly created district includes portions of Brazos and McLennan counties and all of Robertson, Falls and Limestone counties. In a close five-person race in May, Calvert lawyer and rancher Tucker Anderson earned 29.5 percent, with Brazos County rancher Kyle Kacal coming in second with 24 percent. The winner will face Democrat Robert Stem of Waco in November. Republican statewide candidates include: U.S. Senate, David Dewhurst vs. Ted Cruz; Railroad Commissioner, Christi Craddick vs. Warren Chisum; Railroad Commissioner — Unexpired, Barry

For more info Go to brazosvotes. org to find polling place by precinct. If a voter voted in the May primary, they must vote in the same party’s runoff. If a voter did not vote in May, they may vote in either party’s runoff .

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Sophomore Breeja Larson, left, Team USA placed sixth during the 100m breaststroke swimming finals. She will compete in the 4x100m medley relay on Friday.

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Despite triple-digit temperatures and the potential to reach peak energy demand periods, the Council doesn’t anticipate fading outages this summer. “ERCOT has several steps we take when generation reserves become tight to help ensure the reliability of the grid,” Searcy said. “Those steps include bringing all available generation online, we then would take some of the larger users offline. Those users have agreed prior through contracts with ERCOT to go offline during those times when there is a problem.” During the peak demand hours Texas residents are advised to do some simple tasks to use less electricity. Since air conditioning is one of the biggest challenges to the Texas grid in the summer, residents are encouraged to turn thermostats up a few degrees and avoid using large appliances such as washing machines and dryers. The Texas Public Utility Commission is also taking steps to avoid future energy shortages. It recently voted to raise the wholesale price cap for electricity. This price cap is hit on hot summer days and will be allowed to rise by 50 percent.

The idea behind this decision is to allow power plants to make more money on electric generation so they could build more plants to supply the growing population in Texas. The decision to raise wholesale prices could affect the residents of College Sta-

We try to get power contracts that cover our load but during peak situations when it gets really, really hot, almost all utilities may have to buy off the

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—Timothy Crabb, College Station interim director of electric utilities

tion. “We try to get power contracts that cover our load but during peak situations when it gets really, really hot, almost all utilities may have to buy off the market,” said Timothy Crabb, College Station’s interim director of electric utilities. “If they raise that price, that could raise the price of the utilities, which could ultimately raise the cost to the customer.”

Most College Station residents pay 12 cents for a kilowatt hour. College Station purchases electricity from the the Council that has generation stations throughout Texas. There are no power plants in College Station, but that could change in the future. “College Station’s power supply contract, part of that runs out in early 2015 and we’re investigating all sorts of things,” Crabb said. College Station uses more than one energy source to provide electricity to Texas residents. Crabb said it is important to diversify energy sources due to the unpredictable nature of resources availability. You don’t want everything to be based off one fuel source because a change in the market can drastically affect cost,” he said. “Right now natural gas is [priced] low, at one time it was high priced.” The U.S. has issued renewable fuel standards, according to Sergio Capareda, associate professor of biological and agricultural engineering. Capareda said renewable resources such as algae and high-tonnage sorghum can generate electricity. “I have a portable mobile fluidized bed gasifier that can gasify air,” Capareda said. “We turn the solid biomass into gas, and that gas is injected into an internal combustion engine, and that engine runs from the gas that’s attached to a generator — so it’s generating power.”

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for the fall 2013 semester. The Department of Residence Life said the project will revitalize the north side of campus. The Player Development Center for the Athletics Department has also begun. This center will have a weight room for football players and include offices for coaches, a nutrition center, locker rooms and other training rooms. The facility will be complete by the end of 2012. Joe Routt Boulevard between Rudder Tower and Koldus has been under renovations since April 23 and should be complete by fall. Changes to Routt will include adding two mid-block crossings with a single level surface from door-to-door, widening the width of the loading circle at Rudder and defining the two lanes by a 4-foot-wide unloading area separating them and creating bi-directional bike lanes. Renovations to Harrell Hall, or the Corps of Cadets’ Dorm 8, are expected to be complete by August. The plans include replacing Lounge D with a Leadership Learning Center. Dorm 8 will see major changes — with new building codes in place since it was built

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The Leadership Learning Center connects Harrell and Lacy Hall and will be complete in August. in 1939, an elevator is required and there will be a fourth floor connection to the Leadership Learning Center. Bryson Sutterfield, deputy Corps commander, said he lived in Dorm 8 his freshman and sophomore years and he is eager to see the changes. “If there was any dorm on the quad that could resemble the ‘dorm pride’ typical of most ordinary American university dormitories, Dorm 8 was it,” Bryson said. “[The renovations are] much needed and long deserving upgrades to the home of the Keepers of the Spirit.”

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