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Students attend a candlelight vigil Sunday evening in honor of Nicolis, “Nico,” T. Williams, who died Friday of bacterial meningitis.

One of our own, gone too soon Sarah Smith The Battalion No one can prepare for the devastation death brings. We wake, we forget, we remember; we cling to the face and listen for the voice, fearing both will dim with passing days. But for Nicolis T. Williams, death doesn’t mean life has ended. For Nicolis “Nico” T. Williams, life continues to exist through Aggie Spirit. Williams was hospitalized Tuesday with bacterial meningitis, a rare but serious inflammation of

the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. Four days later, Williams died — the at Texas A&M to die from the disease. “I found out Tuesday before the e-mail that he had bacterial meningitis … but had no idea about the severity of this illness,” said Chelsea Bielitz, a junior marketing major. “Then Wednesday evening I found out just how bad his condition had gotten. It was something I could not process nor understand.” Junior marketing major Jessica Huddleston teamed up with

Bielitz, and planned a candle light vigil that was last night in Academic Plaza. Putting in countless hours, the two gathered pictures and memories of Williams in devotion to his life. “Nico was loved by thousands of people and touched so many lives,” Huddleston said. Williams was a junior economics major at A&M. Upon graduating from Kempner High School in Sugarland, Texas, Williams came to the University ready to impact the lives of others and befriend

those in need. “From day one, he was the guy who was talking to everyone, acting crazy and just making camp great,” said Andrew Millar, a freshman political science major. “It wasn’t a party until Nico walked in.” As a member of Camp Lovett for Fish Camp 2010, Millar was taken aback by the amount of energy and happiness Williams gave as Fish Camp counselor and also See Williams on page 7



Aggies give Valentine’s Day advice

Adams breaks game-scoring record, A&M beats Jayhawks

For those of you who might identify with a Valentine’s Day disaster, the experts are reaching out with advice. The essential piece to a great Valentine’s Day is the company. But how does one search through the 40,000 students to find that perfect someone? Sociologist Paul Eastwick has done extensive research on what makes a perfect match. He explains people have two preferences, an ideal preference and an abstract preference. While one might say they want certain things in a partner, who they actually choose to date might not posses those qualities. “You shift around

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et’s face it; Valentine’s Day is usually not all it’s cracked up to be. As singles attempt to find alternatives to a romantic night on the town, ladies can end up with hopes of a perfect date, crushed on and guys can be left confused.

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your definition of what traits are, to fit the person,” Eastwick said.“In relationships, ideals do predict things.” The most important thing to remember when choosing your Valentine is don’t settle for someone who is lacking what you are looking for in a partner. With the perfect person to

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spend your night with, the next conundrum that stumps most hopeless romantics is the gift. The classics are flowers, candy and jewelry. Marketing professor and director of The Center for Retailing Studies offered gift ideas. Her list included a decorative letter box, a trip together or a gift with photos from some of your favorite memories. The running theme in unique gift giving is personalization. A way to personalize the cliché gift of a bouquet is to give flowers that are long lasting. “Instead of buying a bouquet, go with a potted rose,” said Brent Pemberton, professor in the department of Texas See Valentine’s on page 6

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The Battalion Texas A&M senior center Danielle Adams broke the A&M women’s basketball single game scoring-record with 40 points Saturday, leading the Aggies’ No. 5 women’s basketball team to an 81-58 victory over the visiting Kansas Jayhawks. “She could have got it earlier in the season but on Parent’s Day weekend she was so hot, I said ‘let’s go for it,’” said A&M Head Coach Gary Blair. “She’s a special kid. Hopefully she can make All-American.” The previous single game scoring-record was set by Lori Foreman in 1980. Adams tallied 26 of her points in the first half and scored 12 of the Aggies’ first 15 points. Adding to her career-performance, Adams added six rebounds and three steals to the effort. “It is a big honor for me,” Adams said. “The first half I was just feeling it. I just give all the credit to my teammates for pushing me every day in practice and the coaches pushing me, I just give it all to them. My teammates playing great on defense pumped me up even more.” Bringing aid to Adams from the perimeter, senior guard Sydney Colson got things going offensively, recording 16 points and nine assists. “Sydney Colson was as good in transition as I’ve seen her all year,” Blair said. “She was just feeling it. Her family was here and it was very special.” Defensively, the Aggies turned up the fullcourt pressure and forced 31 turnovers that led to 34 A&M points. “If you force 31 turnovers, no matter who you’re playing, that’s working hard,” Colson said. “Our posts were sitting on their posts and getting tips. Our guards we’re working


Senior center Danielle Adams scored 40 points in the Aggies’ 81-58 victory over Kansas Saturday at Reed Arena. hard on the wings, switching and getting some steals. It worked out for us just being aggressive and keeping at it.” Adding another victory to it resume, Texas A&M (21-2, 9-1) maintained second place in the Big 12 standings and remain a game back of No. 1 Baylor. The Aggies and Bears are set for an anticipated rematch at 8 p.m. Monday in Waco. See Basketball on page 6

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Valentine dinner

There will be a sweetheart dinner 5 to 9 p.m. today at Sbisa Dining Center. Meal plans, dining dollars, cash and credit cards are accepted.

Patrick Burkart coffee hour


Patrick Burkart, professor of communication, recently published “Music and Cyberliberties” and will discuss the article with students over coffee from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Glasscock Building.


Plants in space

Professor of horticulture Fred Davies will explain his research in producing crops in space 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday in the Horticulture-Forest Science Building.

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Contributions and the history of African Americans at Texas A&M will be highlighted at “The Unspoken First” 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Koldus 110.


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MSC Town Hall presents Jurassic Park: The Musical at 7 p.m. Saturday in Wehner 113. Doors open at 6 p.m. for students with flyers. Patrons will have the chance to ask the creators questions following the show.

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Season of love

There are nontraditional ways to save your holiday


ired of the same old Valentine’s routine? Dinner, chocolate, flowers, cliché and predictable romantic comedy just aren’t making the cut this year. We have all been there and done that. So, this year try any of these fun Valentivities with friends or a significant other. Instead of dinner at an expensive restaurant, try a picnic. If cooking isn’t your forté, check out the prepared foods section at any grocery store, throw it all in a basket, add a blanket, pick a field, and you are more original than the creativity-lackers with a 7:30 reservation. This year, don’t buy chocolates. Try your hand at baked goods. If it is for a Valentine, it will show you don’t mind putting forth a little extra effort. Betty Crocker, Mrs. Fields and the Pillsbury Doughboy have even made it easy for you by putting the directions on the back of the box. If it’s a Valentine’s weekend with the girls, bake a fresh batch of Valentine treats together. Trade the evening of sitting around drinking red wine, eating chocolates and watching

Bridget Jones’s Diary with the other single ladies for a Valentine’s potluck. Everyone can bring his or her favorite dessert or something that is pink or red. If you are opting for Caroline the cheesy-factor this year, revert back to elementary Ward school and have everyone junior bring their own decorated communication box and distribute Valenmajor tine cards. Insider Reports says 15 percent of women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day. Come on ladies, do not stoop so low as to buy your own flowers, no matter how special you want to feel. However, because of this statistic, buying flowers is the only cliché I am willing to endorse (as long as the flowers for you are not from you). Flowers are a nice gesture, not to mention pretty. Guys, you cannot go wrong showing up with a bouquet of flowers. This is a great way to start out a date. I would be willing to bet a large sum of money that on Feb. 14, theaters airing Just Go With It (Jennifer Aniston and Ben Stiller) are

going to be flooded with either whipped guys or single, swooning girls. I am predicting that this will be the chickflick that everyone will see on Valentine’s Day. I will save you two hours and four dollars: Jennifer Aniston and Ben Stiller are more than likely going to end up together. You are welcome. Don’t resort to Gnomeo and Juliet or the Justin Bieber movie; those are going to be much worse. The night can still by salvaged by going to see a movie that looks exciting, like The Green Hornet, if a movie is a requirement for your evening. If going to the movies has become a stale activity, try going dancing. College Station has numerous clubs and dance halls, no matter your style or music preferences. “The concept of spending quality time has been replaced with buying expensive gifts to impress dear ones. With people becoming more materialistic than realistic these days, buying fan-


cy expensive gifts seems to be the latest norm,” states In February 2010, jewelry stores in the U.S. sold $2.4 billion dollars worth of goods, according to United States Census Bureau via Valentine’s Day is not about how much money you spend,but about love for family, friends or significant others. When celebrating, try to think outside of the box; put a little more thought and a little less money into the plans.




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Aggieland is good training grounds for Olympic archers JT Sampson Special to The Battalion College Station is on the map when it comes to the Olympic Archery scene. Texas A&M’s Archery team is a program with a winning history. A&M will present the first leg of the Olympic qualifiers in the fall. In the meantime, the Aggies look to capture their 13th national title. A&M is best known for an impressive streak of 11 consecutive national titles from 1996-2006, and 2010 brought the Aggies another national title. Junior Jennifer Nichols shot on the Olympic team in 2004 in Athens. Victor Wunderlee, class of 2002, also has participated in the Olympics. The Aggies boast seven current All-Americans in addition to Olympian athletes. Archers compete in indoor and outdoor settings. Outdoor archers shoot from 70 meters away, as opposed to indoor archers, who aim at a target from 18 meters. There are two types of bows in the sport: the recurve bow, which is used by Olympians, and the compound bow. Male and female teams of three are divided into each bow type. Sophomores Adam Gallant


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The 2010 Texas A&M Archery Team won the national title. It was the Aggies first championship since scoring 11 straight from 1996-2006. The team was headlined by seven All-Americans, and the program claims multiple Olympians. and Adam Wruck were placed on the Male Compound AllAmerican Team. Senior Bobby Jones is a Male Recurve AllAmerican. Selected as female Recurve All-Americans were juniors Jennifer Nichols and Amanda Nichols, and seniors Lyndsey Marzec and Ceili Vanderhill. Seven Aggies earned this distinction out of 40 archers in the nation, as 10 All-Americans in each category are selected. The Aggies are fortunate to have experienced archers who have been involved in the Olympic scene. After receiving a bow for Christmas at age 12, Nichols developed a dream for one day shooting in the Olympics. She has enjoyed shooting under experienced and proven coaches, including Coach Frank Thomas, who has experience coaching the USA Olympic Team. “Texas A&M has an archery coaching staff that is actively involved in the sport at the National and International level, having experience as both National archery coaches and competitive athletes. Our coaches‌

provide enthusiastic motivation, professional instruction, and unfailing support to the members of the A&M archery team,� Jennifer Nichols said. Coach Thomas was tutored by former Olympic coaches, who helped him reach his current coaching status. He and Nichols feel blessed to be surrounded by the experience and talent they team up with. “[Coaches] Bill [Coady] and Lorinda [Cohen] put in a tremendous amount of work,� Thomas said. As the Aggies look to capture yet another national championship, they will benefit from a new rule allowing fifth year eligibility, as all seven All-Americans are able to return. “I hope to see our team experience the same success in 2011 that we did in 2010 when we took home many medals and the overall Top Team Award from the Collegiate National Championship,� Jennifer Nichols said. “The team has more experience building off last season and even greater enthusiasm with our new team members.�

Students won’t have to travel far to get involved. A&M will present the South Regional Nationals February 25-27. In addition, the first leg of the Olympics will take place here. These rounds determine the Olympic team, as the top 16 participants are selected. Students can enjoy top-notch archery facilities. “A great advantage we have at A&M is the ideal training facilities available to the team for training at our outdoor field at Penberthy and our indoor range at the Rec Center,� Nichols said. Archery team members are recruited by out of state scholarships, archers who have grown up shooting, and some are pulled from the archery classes offered at A&M. Cohen noted how the sport differentiates itself. “It is a sport you can do your whole life,� Cohen said. “There are people that compete at age six and some when they are in their 80’s, so there really isn’t a set time line for a person’s career.�


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men’s basketball | The No. 22 Aggies return home with a 6-4 conference record to face off with Iowa State Wednesday at Reed Arena.

women’s basketball | The No. 5 women have a rematch with No. 1 Baylor at 8 p.m. today in Waco. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.

softball | The women will continue their season with a doubleheader on the road against Stephen F. Austin Wednesday.


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men’s basketball

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Aggies and Big 12 dominate Challenge

Barely escaping

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Aggies prevail 70-67 Beau Holder The Battalion When did Texas A&M last stop to breathe? The men’s basketball team came to Lubbock on Saturday fresh off two straight overtime games — a loss at home against Baylor and a road win at Colorado. The No. 22 Aggies refused to take their chances to another extra period, overcoming lax defense and inconsistent play to take another conference road win, 70-67 against Texas Tech. No. 22 A&M (19-5, 6-4 Big 12) endured a frantic finish wherein senior guard B.J. Holmes made two clutch free throws to provide the final margin and the Red Raiders (11-14, 3-7) had two chances at a tying 3-pointer. The second came after two Aggies mishandled a rebound with less than two seconds left and Tech’s John Roberson got one final look at the basket from the left wing. A&M continued its struggles for most of the contest, falling behind 18-8 early and letting a seven-point secondhalf lead rapidly evaporate. “I was really concerned about our energy level,” said Head Coach Mark Turgeon. “I thought they showed great toughness because we had no energy at the start of the game, and we just kind of willed our way back into it.” Tech followed A&M’s 7-0 opening second-half run with a 12-2 run of its own to take the lead. The two teams traded punches thereafter up to the final sequence. The Aggies made just 11 of 21 free


Head Coach Mark Turgeon reacts during the Aggies’ 70-67 victory over Texas Tech Saturday in Lubbock. throws; Holmes and freshman forward Kourtney Roberson contributed nine of the makes. Senior forward Nathan Walkup missed all five of his but posted as solid a stat line as any Aggie with 11 points, 13 rebounds and zero turnovers. “I was just trying to get extra possessions,” Walkup said. “I couldn’t make a free throw so I had to do something to help our team. I got a couple of rebounds off free throws. It’s just a mindset, you have to go get it and I wasn’t doing anything else effective so I had to go and get it.” Sophomore forward Khris Mid-

dleton led the team in scoring with 16 points. Holmes’ final free throws were his only points of the second half; he still finished with 14, along with four rebounds and two assists. The Aggies out-rebounded Tech 3427 and continue to lead the Big 12 in rebounding margin. A&M dropped from No. 10 in the country to its current No. 22 after losing four of five games, including a pair of defeats at the hands of No. 3 Texas. The Aggies have now won two straight with a home matchup against last-place Iowa State to come Wednesday.

The Battalion ACDC ‘s “Thunderstruck” blared over the PA system in Gilliam Indoor Facility before the start of the Texas A&M Challenge Saturday, setting the tone for an electrifying day by the Texas A&M track and field teams. The Aggies won 13 events and set three school records in the last meet before the conference championship, as the Big 12 swept the men and women of the Pac-10, SEC and Conference USA. Head Coach Pat Henry said many individuals stepped up to some added pressure, improving the team’s chances of winning the conference title in two weeks. “This was the last meet before conference and we put a little bit of pressure on some people to do some things today,” Henry said. “We talked about taking a chance, talked about consistency, and we had some people do all three of those things today. This is one of those tune-ups where you’ve got to put yourself on the line and say ‘let’s do what we can do.’” The Aggies proved what they can do in this meet as they played a vital role in the Big 12 sweep of both genders by more than 100 points each. The women’s score totaled 297 points for the Big 12, with the Pac-10 coming in second with 176 points. The men’s side totaled to 329 points for the Big 12, and the Pac-10 finished second with 140 points. Junior sprinter Joey Roberts bettered his school record time in the 800 meters with a 1:49.15. Roberts said it was a strategic race that held many surprises. “I didn’t expect to race against a

guy twice my size. I mean he was a giant, so getting around him was like playing chess. I had to move at the right time,” Roberts said. “It’s great to be happy and successful in my own right [but] the support on this team is beyond anything that I could ask for.” The team became more supportive after junior sprinter Michael Preble stepped up with a career day, setting the A&M record in the 600-yard run and anchoring an NCAA-qualifying men’s 1600-meter relay. Preble said the determination of the team to improve through training shined in this meet. “We’ve been working hard in practice and doing well so it’s not a surprise that Joey, Ross or [any of us] did well today,” Preble said. “It’s because we’ve been doing well in practice. It’s good that everyone is having success right now.” Another Aggie with a successful day was senior sprinter Gerald Phiri, who matched his own school record time of 6.59 in the 60-meter dash and won the 200 meters. Phiri said he is content with the performances but plans to improve upon the times. “My fourth time ever running 6.59, and I’m all ready tired of it, but consistency is good and I’ve shown that I’ve stabilized a 6.59,” Phiri said. “It was good, I can’t really be disappointed with the best I’ve ever done, but I’m a bit impatient sometimes. I have high expectations for myself so in that regard I was a bit disappointed.” The Aggies want to prove that they are ready for the conference championship meet to happen Feb. 25 and 26 in Lincoln, Neb. Time will tell, as the Aggies are waiting for key athletes to return from injury and make a few more adjustments.

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AgriLife research. Potted flowers are reasonably priced and can be enjoyed for at least a few weeks. Andrew Millar, a freshman political science major said his ideal gift shows that the giver knows him well. “My perfect Valentine’s Day gift would be a Whataburger gift card,” he said. “It takes more thought than a cliché gift of candy or a card. While most girls might find a fast food gift card to be less than romantic, it is the personalization of the gift that makes it ideal. “My ideal Valentine’s gift would be something homemade. The thought and creativity is what counts for me,” said Amber Cassady, a sophomore communication major. The experts and the Aggies agree. The most important thing to remember this Valentine’s Day, is know what you want, know what your partner wants, and go for it. Don’t settle for a date that doesn’t fit your ideals, and don’t feel the need to stick to the Valentine’s Day norms. Make it your own and you won’t be disappointed.

“We know what we’re playing for,” Blair said. “We’ve got our chance and that’s all we want. We want to go get better by playing Baylor, better than we played last time. If that happens and a W happens, then that’s great. If it doesn’t happen, then we’ll try to get them in the Big 12 Tournament. If that doesn’t happen, we’ll try to get them in the NCAA Tournament but we’ll keep building and getting better as a basketball team.” In A&M’s first meeting with the Bears in late January, Adams fouled out with just under four minutes left in the game. Baylor jumped on the opportunity and held off a late push by the Aggies to snag 63-60 win at Reed Arena. “We’re feeling confident,” Adams said. “I made some stupid fouls in the first game. A lot of things aren’t going to change. We just need to find a way to pull out a win in Waco. We know we can beat them. Baylor’s a big game and everybody is expecting something great from us.” Blair said he needs the major contributors from Saturday to continue the strong play Monday. “I need for [Adams] and Colson to do it in the major games,” Blair said. “I need for them to do it every night. This is their last go-around, this is their senior year. There’s no tomorrow. It’s time for them to step up as seniors and lead this ball club.”

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as a friend after the summer ended. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once school took off and we saw each other less, I would still find hilarious messages from Nico written on the whiteboard on my dorm room door,â&#x20AC;? Millar said. But Williams didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop with Fish Camp. As an active member in both Carpool and FLIP, he lived his life to help others. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was an amazing, selfless, funny and confident individual,â&#x20AC;? Bielitz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You never saw him without a smile on his face.â&#x20AC;? Williams will be honored at Silver Taps and Muster later this semester. While his friends and loved ones say goodbye, they know that he will live on in Aggie Spirit for years to come. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nico, you were such an amazing guy and an unconditional friend,â&#x20AC;? Huddleston said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know you are making heaven a little brighter.â&#x20AC;?

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he Student Senate and its Election Commission might think it is OK to arbitrarily infringe on candidates’ freedom of speech by making rules against speaking to the press or student organizations and determining when candidates may campaign, but if I wanted my elections like that I would move to Venezuela.

Election Commissioner Cameron Medlin sent out an e-mail discouraging potential candidates from speaking with The Battalion for fear of violating election rules. This issue stems from S.B. 63-53 in Article III Section 5 “Campaigning” with particular attention paid to the pre-campaigning portion “During the pre-campaign period, the candidate may only speak about their platform to individual students. During this period, candidates are also given the Monday prior to the start of general campaigning to speak to student organizations.”

The idea that the Student Senate and the election commission think limiting a candidate’s ability to speak with their constituents is a good idea is frightening. “At the discretion of the Commissioner, candidates may be allowed to speak to local or campus media outlets for quote or press concerning their candidacy and campaign during the pre-campaign period.” Intimidating candidates from speaking to publications like The Battalion isn’t just blindly following the rules, it is “at the discretion of the Commissioner.” This was a

choice Medlin made. of overreach has however Why would the Student provided a unique opportuSenate hamper an Aggie’s nity for me to go ahead and ability to self-promote and introduce myself by announcinform students? Why should ing my candidacy for student enthusiastic candidates be body president. burdened by time constraints I am a 12th-year junior if they want to work longer economics major who enjoys and harder to get elected? long walks on the beach, Finally, most disconcerting free speech, punching kittens is that the Election Comand thinks candidates who missioner isn’t even let oppressive elecfollowing the poorly tion commissioners written legislation. intimidate them into If you’ll notice silence before elecall these rules are tions aren’t worth designed for a paper ballot. I candidates. In the also despise poorly pre-election period written Student Taylor no one is a candiSenate bills that Wolken date. There are only claim to “increase junior economics voter turnout” then potential candidates. major bully candidates Article III Section IV on “Caninto silence until didate Mandates” the “campaigning states: “By filing, the candidate period begins.” agrees to abide by these ElecI hope you will all vote for tion Regulations.” me, Taylor Wolken, the only Actions before filing are candidate whose first step completely out of the purview toward student body presiof S.B. 63-53 and Medlin. dent wasn’t taken with his tail This unique blunder between his legs.

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