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A&M ranks among top 10 for enrollment of National Merit Scholars

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Texas A&M University continues to rank among the country’s top 10 institutions in enrollment of new National Merit Scholars and is top in Texas and second nationally among all public universities, according to tabulations compiled from the newly released annual report of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The report shows that 177 of these nationally recognized highachieving students are members of Texas A&M’s freshman class. Overall, the university’s student body includes more than 500 National Merit Scholars, officials estimate. Wire reports

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Recent terrorism has driven Homeland Security to develop domestic spy agencies

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Tim Bardin The Battalion Since the horrors of World War II, people in the U.S. have feared that one day our intelligence community would create an organization to spy upon innocent citizens, collecting and storing information about them for some devious purpose like the Nazi Gestapo or SS once did. Some people believe that day has come. An article published on Dec. 20, 2010, by the Washington Post stated “a vast domestic intelligence apparatus” was in the process of being expanded. The story, the result of a multi-month investigation included almost 100 interviews and 1,000 documents. It reported that the federal government was working to consolidate the manpower

of the FBI, local police, state Homeland Security officials and military criminal investigators in their efforts to fight terror at home. The initiative, Top Secret America, is composed of 3,984 federal, state and local agencies, of which at least 934 have been created since Sept. 11 because of their involvement in counterterrorism, the Post reported.

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According to the Post, each agency has their own jurisdiction and is charged with certain tasks regarding counterterrorism operations. Working collaboratively, these agencies will collect, store and analyze information gathered on thousands of U.S. citizens and legal residents, most of whom have no criminal record. “I’m kind of scared about getting naked again in my own home because some nerdy little NSA analyst has the government’s permission to see through walls. Next thing you know, they’re going to be sticking chips in our babies’ heads in order to know all things at all times,” said Andrew Dixon, freshman biological and agricultural engineering major. Not only has the workforce expand-

ed, but they now have new toys as well. Military-grade hardware has migrated from the front lines to the homefront in efforts to eradicate homegrown terror. Police departments, state branches of the FBI and other law enforcement agencies use equipment such as infrared scanners, hand-held fingerprint scanners, Predator drones equipped with real-time, full-motion video cameras and biometric identification machines to observe and catalogue “suspicious activity,” the Post reported. How do agencies get the money to pay for this expensive equipment? The government pays for it. According to the Post, the Department of Homeland Security has given $31 billion in funding See Spies on page 8

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Texas A&M researchers link genetics and exercise

A&M ranks high for graduating minorities

Christine Perrenot The Battalion Many students struggle to keep exercise and weight loss as a priority. Between classes, homework, friends and extracurricular activities, it can be hard to find the time. If more people knew how exercise affects health, they might be more willing to take time each day to devote to physical activity. Michael Massett, assistant professor of exercise physiology, has been investigating genetic components in the National Institutes for Health project for five years. “The point of the project is to identify the genes responsible for large responses to training and identify something people haven’t associated with exercise before,” Massett said. The research project uses a mouse model to look at genetics because it is easier to control the environment, which is a key factor. “The exercise training with the mouse model is used to pick our regions of the genome that we think are important,” Massett said. Genetics studies in humans can be difficult and complicated. With Massett’s use of the mice, he is able to control the environment and see long-term results down the road. Massett is seeing the amount of time and work going into the research and said, “Even when we find the gene we are looking for, it will be a long-term process. We hope to get to a point in medicine that we know all the letters in your genetic code and have disease pre-

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Texas A&M University has been ranked 14th nationally by Forbes magazine for its success in assisting minorities to graduate in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). A&M and Texas Tech were the only universities in Texas listed in the rankings, which excluded schools whose student bodies were predominantly a racial or ethnic minority. The national average of minority students graduating with STEM degrees is 10 percent of the student body. It is important for schools, especially research universities like A&M, to graduate STEM majors because students who graduate with STEM degrees have

the highest starting and mid-career salaries in the nation. The Aggie STEM Center’s purpose, according to Linda Stearns, project manager for the center, is to provide “STEM professional development to teachers mainly of low-income students.” They strive to prepare students, specifically high school students, but also college students, to succeed in school and careers. “The Aggie STEM Center is known for its STEM research, applications of such research, publications and professional development in project-based learning and professional learning communities,” Stearns said. Tim Bardin, staff writer

A&M to develop miniature sustainable city

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vention.” Massett, the principal investigator in the study, was originally interested in exercise physiology because of his interest in sports. He started as an undergraduate in physical education and did more research as a graduate student. “[It is important] that students

are aware that information in textbooks didn’t just show up. Someone had to do that research. Discoveries like this can get students more involved to improve their education,” Massett said. Sean Courtney, a graduate reSee Exercise on page 8

In conjunction with new technologies, Texas A&M is partnering with Reality Appreciation Ltd. to attempt building a mini-city with sustainable development so that researchers can collect data on building materials, green energy uses and human comfort. Once finished, this project will be market-driven, complete with private residences and commercial shopping centers. “The entire project will be green,” said Kevin Rogers, the director of real estate for Realty Appreciation. “We will have solar and wind power on-site to generate as much electricity as possible.” All the buildings will be LEED-certified, which is a third-party certification system that determines whether a building is environmentally friendly and safe. The main goal of the Urban Living Laboratory is to better understand the impact green building specifications have on energy usage, indoor air quality, resident health and comfort and productivity, Rogers said. The second is to use this knowledge to

improve green buildings in the future. Texas A&M’s AgriLife Research and Extension, whose original plan was to research solutions to rural issues, is currently on the 241 acres of land, where they now conduct research for urban issues, such as water, transportation and air quality. The Lab will take 73 acres, Rogers said. This project will be built on land currently occupied by Texas AgriLife Research and Extension on Coit Road in Dallas, Texas. It is owned by the Texas A&M University System. The original mandate for this center was to research and find solutions related to rural issues. In 2006, the mandate was changed to research and find solutions related to urban issues. It is the only AgriLife center with an “urban” mandate. The Urban Living Laboratory will use the top 73 acres of this property – leaving 168 acres for AgriLife to build urban gardens and research urban-related issues. Rebecca Hutchinson, staff writer

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A Chinese spring festival variety show will be from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday in Rudder Auditorium.


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Texas Chinese country Spring show Festival

The Agnostic and Atheist Student Group will have a fundraiser in support of accepting other Aggies for who they are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today next to the Academic Building. Students can give donations to such groups as Aggie Allies and the Women’s Resource Center.

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The Chinese Students & Scholars Association will have the Chinese Spring Festival Variety Show at 7 p.m. Saturday in Rudder Auditorium. Tickets are $3 and can be purchased at the MSC Box Office.

The Texas A&M Energy Engineering Institute will have this year’s Energy Forum: Energy Security and Sustainability - Global Challenges from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Hilton of College Station.

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Black Student Alliance Council will present “Advance Your Swagger, a Conversation with Fonzworth Bently” to start off Black History Month at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Rudder Theatre. Bentley gained fame as personal assistant to Sean P Diddy Combs.

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Discussing the divine Ask a Catholic ministry educates peers about faith Joe Terrell The Battalion In what has become a familiar sight on campus, a man stands in the middle of Academic Plaza, screaming condemnation down on those who walk past. One hand forms an accusing finger, viciously jabbing in the direction of the onlookers clutched in his other hand is a Bible. “I don’t know the hearts of those doing it, but Christianity is about love,” said Steve Hanson, senior computer engineering major. “And I don’t think [that type of evangelizing] sends that message well.” Marcel LeJeune, class of 1995, thinks he has found the proper approach to on-campus evangelizing. LeJeune graduated from Texas A&M in 1995 with a degree in history before earning a master’s degree in pastoral theology at Ave Maria University and serving as director of campus Catholic ministries at Texas Tech from 2002-2006. While at Tech, LeJeune taught a class on evangelizing, which formed the genesis of the Ask a Catholic ministry. “During the class I would challenge [students] with weekly assignments. The first week their assignment was to tell someone they didn’t know they were Catholic. As the semester progressed, the challenges got more difficult,” he said. “One week we decided to write the words ‘Ask a Catholic’ on a board and we stood in the busiest part of It’s really born out of campus. And that’s how the respect for people’s free will. We don’t think ministry was born.” LeJeune is the assistant direcyelling is an effective tor of campus ministries at St. ministry. We want to Mary’s Catholic Center, which expose our faith, not is the largest campus ministry in impose. the country. More than 5,000 students attend St. Mary’s Sun— Marcel LeJeune, day services and 40 people work class of 1995 and on staff. There are more than 80 assistant director of student organizations that operministries at St. Mary’s ate outward from St. Mary’s. Catholic Center When LeJeune took his position in 2006, he brought his unique ministry idea, even going so far to write a manual, which can be viewed online. “Beginning every semester, we have a training course here at St. Mary’s, which emphasizes basic do’s and don’ts, interpersonal communication, basic argument formation and, most importantly, we teach them how to teach,” he said. The training sessions clock in at just under an hour and a half, which might seem short to some, but to LeJeune, the scant time frame is a necessity. “You’re only going to learn so much in a class setting, especially when you’re learning about communication,” he said. “The only way to know how to do it is to just go out there on campus and start talking to people.”

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Andrew Minzenmayer, a sophomore biomedical science major, Andrew Ehlig, a senior chemical engineering major and Matt Brinkman, a sophomore political science major, stand in Academic Plaza to answer questions and clarify misconceptions that other students have about Catholicism. Newer members are paired with veteran students in groups of three and four who then, donning bright lime green shirts and signs, head out to the most heavily trafficked areas on campus, including Academic Plaza, Sbisa, Blocker and Koldus. “It’s really born out of respect for people’s free will,” LeJeune said. “We don’t think yelling is an effective ministry. We want to expose our faith, not impose.” Each three to four person group has a designated leader, whose job is to coordinate the schedules and find times for everyone to meet. The groups are typically deployed for an hour at a time, but it is not uncommon for a group to be out on campus for a longer period of time. The members of the Ask a Catholic ministry encounter a wide spectrum of questions from curious students. “There’s a lot of misconceptions about the Catholic Church and we want to clear that up,” LeJeune said. “We get basic questions like ‘How can you prove God exists?’ and then we get a lot on Catholic particulars about Mary, purgatory and the pope.” But LeJeune said he emphasizes that one of the goals of Ask a

Catholic is never to argue. “We get some people who just want to pick a religious debate,” LeJeune said. “We want to build relationships and have respectful relationships. The person is more important than the question.” Students involved are told to be aware of their own limitations. At times, students might encounter a question that they do not know how to answer. “I think an important part of the conversation dynamics is to know when it’s OK to say, ‘I don’t know,’” LeJeune said. “This way it’s a learning experience for both parties involved.” Since Ask a Catholic’s appearance on A&M’s campus, three other campuses have adopted the ministry, using the guide that LeJeune wrote himself. The three other branches are at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Charlottesville and the University of Kansas. “I really think we’ve changed the dynamic of evangelism on campus,” LeJeune said, “Universities are a place of ideas and Christianity is a religion of ideas. We are bringing it back to its roots with relevant discussion.”

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Battle for the Big 12 No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 5 Texas A&M Noon, Sunday Reed Arena

Come watch this game


t will be a matchup between two of the top teams in the country, will decide who has the edge in the Big 12 title race and will feature two of the best players in the nation that will go headto-head for 40 minutes in a heated Lone-star state rivalry. It will be one of the biggest games in the history of Reed Arena and Texas A&M basketball. No, I’m not talking about ESPN’s Big Monday game when the Texas Longhorns come into town. Sunday, before all of the hype of men’s basketball takes over Reed Arena, Texas A&M’s No. 5 women’s basketball team will square off against No. 1 Baylor. The game will only be the third time in the history of the Big 12 that two top-5 teams will face each other in conference play. Earlier this week, the A&M ticket office sold out the lower bowl of Reed Arena for the first time ever for a women’s basketball game. As seats continue to be filled in the upper decks, it will be up to the student body to make Sunday’s contest the first sellout in the history of A&M women’s basketball. Estimates show that 3,0003,500 students will need to be in attendance in order for the sellout to take place. If this were a men’s game, this goal would be surpassed easily and ahead of schedule. However, despite the program’s vast success and opportunity to win a conference and national cham-

Rivals face off for conference supremacy Mike Teague

Mike Teague

Students need to show up for the biggest game in the history of the A&M women’s basketball program

pionship this season, A&M’s student body still refuses to acknowledge or recognize the talent on display. The arguments of the game being too slow or not physical enough will be completely debunked in Sunday’s game. Both teams average more than 81 points a game and feature two of the toughest defenses across the country regardless of gender. So instead of sitting around Sunday waiting for Monday’s men’s game, be a true member of the Twelfth Man and come show your support for the Aggie women in the biggest game of their program’s history. Mike Teague is a senior university studies major.

The Battalion In a battle for first in the Big 12 standings, Texas A&M’s No. 5 women’s basketball team will take on No. 1 Baylor at noon Sunday at Reed Arena. Texas A&M (18-1, 6-0) and Baylor (18-1, 5-0) share identical overall records and both are undefeated in conference play. The winner of Sunday’s game will take a huge step towards the Big 12 regular season championship and the top seed in the conference tournament. Baylor is led by 6 foot 8 inch phenom Brittney Griner. The sophomore center ranks second in the Big 12 in scoring with 22.2 points per game and leads the team with 7.8 rebounds per game. “There’s nobody in the game like her,” said Texas Tech Head Coach Kristy Curry after losing to Baylor Saturday in a game Griner scored 25 points. “She’s incredible. She’s got a chance to lead her team to a national championship, Olympic gold medals, one of the greatest to ever play the game. She’s a hard matchup for a lot of people.” Griner’s battle with A&M senior center Danielle Adams is one of the most highly anticipated matchups across the nation this season. Adams leads the Big 12 in scoring with 22.9 points per game and ranks fourth in the conference in rebounds averaging 8.4 per game. “Everyone tries to stop Danielle inside with double or triple teams and then she goes outside and hits the jumper,” Head Coach Gary Blair said. “When she’s guarding a post player, then has to go outside to hit the shot, that’s tough,


Above: Head Coach Gary Blair and his No. 5 Aggies take on No. 1 Baylor at noon Sunday at Reed Arena. Left: Baylor center Brittney Griner is in consideration to capture the Naismith Women’s College Player of the Year. She and the Lady Bears are 18-1. but if she misses, she never misses bad. I’m very lucky to have her.” In a game that may be decided by the role-players, both teams have plenty of options. A&M senior guard Sydney Colson leads the Big 12 in assists while junior guard Tyra White is averaging 13.9 points per game.

For Baylor, senior guard Melissa Jones is averaging a team-high 3.84 assists per game and scored 17 points in a 61-53 win over A&M last season in Waco. The Bears are also backed by freshman guard Odyssey Sims who is averaging 13.3 points per game. The numbers that A&M

and Baylor have racked up have been both impressive and similar. Both rank in the top-three in the Big 12 in scoring, scoring margin, field goal percentage, assists and turnover margin. When Baylor came to A&M last season, the Bears escaped College Station with 65-63 victory.


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Local crime update Student arrested on drug charge Police arrested senior English major Rahil Virani Tuesday after responding to an anonymous caller complaining of smelling marijuana at the Woodlands Apartments on Harvey Mitchell Parkway. Police confiscated 7.6 ounces of marijuana found in the possession of Rahil, who faces a felony drug charge. Wednesday he posted $8,000 bail and was released from Brazos County Jail. Bryan man steals A&M property, faces criminal mischief Bryan resident Brian Allen Donald was charged with criminal mischief from $20,000 to $100,000 Tuesday for using University equipment and stealing an all-terrain vehicle. Both he and his accomplice Justin James Haskell, also of Bryan, remain in Brazos County Jail. According to the University police, the two men trespassed on University property belonging to the Department of Horticultural Science in November, broke a lockbox that held the keys to all the vehicles and drove several of them before stealing an ATV and later selling it. The University estimated $61,674 in damages. Donald was arrested Dec. 3 at his home in Bryan. Haskell was apprehended Tuesday at his home in Bryan. The two are being charged separately in three cases.

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Teach For America gets $100M Dorie Turner Associated Press ATLANTA — Teach For America, the education organization that places recent college graduates in low-income public schools, is getting $100 million to launch its first-ever endowment in hopes of making the grassroots organization a permanent fixture in education. The program — which is now in communities from Atlanta to rural New Mexico to Los Angeles — announced Thursday that four philanthropists are joining to create a stable, long-term source of money. It’s welcome news for an organization that had more than 46,000 applications for just 4,400 teaching slots this academic year. “A few years ago we embraced the priority of making Teach For America an enduring American institution that can thrive as long as the problem we’re working to address persists,” said founder Wendy Kopp, who dreamed up Teach For America for her undergraduate thesis and launched it in 1990. “I think it’s only appropriate in our country — which aspires to be a place of equal opportunity — that we have an institution which is about our future leaders making good on that promise.” It’s also likely to be unwelcome news for teachers’ unions and other opponents, who say Teach For America puts inexperienced 20-somethings with just five weeks of training in classrooms and who rarely stay after two years of service. Some have criticized it as an organization that lets top graduates experi-

ment in public education for a couple of years before moving on to something else. “I don’t want anyone to practice or test out whether teaching is their profession on children,” said Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association, a teachers’ union with 3 million members. “We need to find out if teaching is your profession before you get in the classroom.” Teach for America says one-third of its alumni keep teaching after two years, and two out of three remain in the field, some as public-policy analysts or school administrators. It points to studies that show its teachers are at least as effective as those who enter the teaching profession in more traditional ways. The idea of an endowment started with philanthropist Eli Broad, who pledged $25 million from his Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and encouraged others to commit to the project. Three more groups stepped up with matching funds: the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the Robertson Foundation and philanthropists Steve and Sue Mandel. The endowment will only produce about 2 percent of Teach For America’s $200 million budget at first, but Kopp said that will grow over time. The organization gets its budget from nonprofits, corporations and federal grants, but those aren’t always dependable. Kopp said she hopes that the steady stream of revenue means the organization can double the number of active corps members serving two-year terms to 15,000 and increase the communities they reach from 39 to 60. Broad, whose foundation gives out the nation’s top prize in public education each year,

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search assistant, stresses the greater implications the research will have on human clinical outcomes. “We must first find the candidate genes. It is the first step to everything,” he said. One area the research is looking into is relaying information. “So many students don’t know that this type of research is being done and that the work will have important clinical information, ” Courtney said. Timothy Lightfoot, director of the Huffines Institute with the Department of Health and Kinesiology, has been doing similar research since 1998. While he does not have a direct role in Massett’s current study, the two will be collaborating on upcoming projects. “Massett focuses more on exercise endurance and being fit, while I see what makes people active or not,” Lightfoot said. In relevance to Texas A&M students, Lightfoot thinks students should know “the federal government is paying for the research. The fact that we have this money should show how important the research is. There is no doubt we have health issues in this country. Exercise is the cheapest form of medicine. It alleviates so many problems.” Students are urged to become more active and interested in their health. It is important to understand how genetics affect our exercise and the outcomes of our exercise. This research attempts to answer those concerns. “So much genetics work is done in cattle here, but there is also research going on that relates directly to students,” Courtney said.

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to state and local counterterrorism agencies since 2003. That includes $3.8 billion in 2010 alone. “Technology like cameras that automatically read license plates and fingerprint scanners would allow law enforcement officers to fight local crimes more efficiently,” said Sarah Valenzuela, sophomore allied health major. “[However], spending millions of dollars to monitor people who have clean criminal records could result in false charges, infringe on people’s privacy, and might just be a waste of valuable time and resources.” All the information gathered must be stored somewhere. The Guardian database is a huge repository of information located in the J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building in Washington, D. C. According to the Post, the Guardian contains profiles of tens of thousands of Americans and legal residents who have done nothing wrong. These files are accessed by numerous federal, state and local agencies in the course of investigations. If a law enforcement official, counterterrorism agent or even a paranoid neighbor observes something they think is suspicious, such as taking pictures of a bridge or shoplifting some Tylenol for a headache, they can file a “suspicious activity” report and that person’s information is on file forever. “[I think] too many people would have access to the huge database containing the personal information of possibly ‘suspicious’ citizens,” Valenzuela said. “This could result in abuse of the system by extremist members of the hundreds of organizations investigating potential terrorists.” Vicki Duarte, sophomore allied health major, voiced the concerns of many regarding the ethicality and financial feasibility of the so-called “spy network.” “I understand what the government is trying to do with this system, but it doesn’t seem to have a high success rate,” Duarte said. “I don’t think it’s worth the money and loss of privacy since most of the cases don’t reach a conclusion. Put the information collected in the wrong hands and we’ll have even more problems.”

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