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Court starts warrant amnesty The College Station Municipal Court and other Brazos County courts that handle Class C misdemeanors are offering warrant amnesty which began Feb. 14. Law enforcement will be arresting those with Class C warrants during the Warrant Round Up Feb. 28-March 11. It is likely those with warrants that do not take advantage of the Warrant Amnesty could be arrested during this time. Citizens are urged to contact courts where the case is filed if they are uncertain whether they have a warrant or not. Cases and warrants can be checked at warrants or by calling the College Station Municipal Court 979-764-3683.

Students will go to Austin to support the bill for Texas Rebecca Hutchinson

The Battalion A team of Texas A&M students will be heading to Austin to lobby state legislatures to support the concealed carry on campus bill on behalf of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus. The group has yet to determine a date of departure. Though Senate Bill 354 was rejected in 2009 by state legislatures, the issue is being readdressed. One of the primary authors is Republican Sen. Jeff Wentworth of San Antonio, who said those who carry concealed handguns on campus would hinder a shooter from acting. The officers of the group said arming students and staff would make campus safer. “We feel it is a good time to start sending constituents to meet with their representatives down at the Capitol and share their story to show how removing this self-defense prohibition is important to them,” said Derek Titus, a senior industrial engineering major and co-chairman of the group. The organization is planning on sending those students who

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Aggie competes for trip to North Pole Milena Warns, class of 2000 is competing for a trip to the North Pole. The winner of the contest gets the opportunity to be Quark’s official North Pole blogger, with his or her work published on Quark’s website.

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Senior sprinter Jessica Beard joined track during high school, not fully committing until her junior year. Beard wins in the 2006 World Junior Championships in Beijing, improving to hold the world-leading time in the 200 meter and the top college time in the 400 meter for the current year.

Re-formed Senior A&M track star refines running form while working with campers

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The Battalion Jessica Beard, a senior speedster re-writing the Texas A&M women’s track record book, uncovered a critical puzzle piece to her successful season in an interesting place this summer: a kids track camp that the team put on for children. While the collegiate athletes showed campers the running basics,

Looking forward ◗ NCAA Championship meet March 11-12 Beard was able to critique her style during the teaching lessons. “My start [out of the blocks] has always kind of been my weakness, and so in the summer it’s funny that it

clicked. I was like, ‘Me trying to teach these kids how to do it right, I finally learned how to do it right — and it just took me three years to do it.’” Whatever it was those kids taught her, it’s working. Last week at the Texas A&M Challenge, Beard won her third consecuSee Beard on page 4

Texas A&M professor aids research for State Health Policies Trevor Stevens

Special to The Battalion Obesity has become an epidemic in America. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in every five children is obese; and chronic diseases associated with obesity, such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes, are leading causes of death and disability in the U.S. In Texas, state officials are turning to Texas A&M and the University of Texas to review and assess two public health policies. E. Lisako McKyer, assistant professor of health education at A&M, is leading the research for the two CDC promoted policies. “If we allow childhood obesity to go unchecked, we’ll end up with a decline in the U.S. population’s ability across several domains,” McKyer said. “We won’t be able to compete physically, mentally, industrially, scientifically, socially. We’ll simply be too sick from obesityrelated conditions to be competitive in the world.” See Obesity on page 6

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“Right now, so-called gun-free zones, I think, ought to be renamed Victims Zones,� Wentworth said. Continued from page 1 In Texas, based on a citizen’s right to defend themselves, anyone 21 years and have contributed most and are most older who has a concealed handgun liknowledgeable, or as State Director cense, CHL, is permitted to carry a holChase Jennings said, the organization is stered weapon in public places, such as planning to send “as many as can fit in movie theaters, grocery stores and resthe car.� taurants. “Every type of crime that occurs off “Many universities that already alcampus can occur on campus, so I feel low concealed carry holders to carry on that students, faculty and staff should be campus have had no incidents and Texas able to use the same means to protect would be no different. We believe that themselves on campus that they are alcollege campuses have no justification to lowed to use off campus,� said Lisa Mabe an exemption to the laws other pubcIntyre, vice chairwoman of SCCC. lic buildings across the state abide by,� After the Virginia Tech shooting in Titus said. 2007, where 32 people were killed and In order to obtain a CHL one must take at least 15 were wounded, the incident a 10-hour class on weapons laws, nonat the University of Texas in September violent dispute resolution, use of force, when 19-year-old Colton Tooley shot gun safety and basic marksmanship. There an AK-47 into the air and then ran into is then a shooting test that, according to the library committing suicide, debates Jennings, meets or exceeds the state’s reover gun licenses and concealed weapons quirements for a law enforcement officer. on campus have arisen again. Lastly, there is a state and federal fingerNow that Republicans have a superprint and background checks. majority in the Texas legislature, the “A person may not be ready to lead a chance that Senate Bill 354 passes is much SWAT team raid on a meth lab or follow more likely. a bunch of Navy SEALS into a cave in According to Wentworth, having the Afghanistan, but he or she has the knowlright to carry on campus could prevent a edge necessary to safely carry and/or use similar occurrence of Virginia Tech from a concealed handgun for self-defense,� happening again. Jennings said.

nation&world Gunman on Tenn. campus apprehended MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Authorities are holding a 20-year-old college student who is accused of pulling out a gun and shooting another man in the hand at Middle Tennessee State University. Police say Justin Macklin got into an argument and then shot at a former student, 20-year-old Austin Morrow, on Monday, wounding Morrow in the thumb. Police said Macklin had not been charged as of Monday afternoon but could face charges of aggravated assault and possession of marijuana. MTSU Police Chief Buddy Peaster said the two men had problems in the past but couldn’t say what prompted the shooting. After the shooting, police say Macklin tried to hide in a classroom building, but police surrounded the building and took him into custody when he tried to leave. The weapon, a .32-caliber revolver, along with two bags of marijuana, were later found in the building.

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Aggie competes for free trip to North Pole Ryan Seybold

The Battalion For one aspiring career travel writer, Milena Warns, class of 2000, a journey to the North Pole offers more than the adventure of a lifetime — it could serve as a major catalyst for her career. “We send 7,000 people to the polar regions every year, and one-third of those are to the Arctic,” said Prisca Campbell, media liaison for Quark Expeditions. This company takes passengers on expeditions to the most unique and difficult to reach parts of the world. Quark Expeditions’ fleet of specially designed icebreaker ships feature thick hulls that can break through ice up to 10 feet thick. This year marks Quark Expeditions’ 20th anniversary, and to celebrate, they are sending two people on a free trip to the North Pole aboard the world’s most technologically advanced nuclear powered icebreaker. “I would eat raw turtle eggs for a free trip to the North Pole,” said Ben Sigmundik, senior allied health major. To decide who will be selected for the free expedition, there is an ongoing travel blog contest at http://blogyourwaytothenorthpole. com. The contest is open to anyone over 21, and entrants must write an essay between 200 and 400 words explaining why they should be selected for the trip. “The winner goes on a 14-day cruise, a heli-

copter sight-seeing tour, and we pay for them to blog and have their work posted on our website. This is the first time we’ve offered this kind of opportunity to travel bloggers, and the first time we’ve held a contest for a free trip to the North Pole. In the past, we have done ‘blog your way to Anarctica,’ but that contest wasn’t for travel writers, it was for environmental bloggers,” Campbell said. The winner of the contest, however, gets more than just a free boat ride for two. He or she will also be given the opportunity to be Quark’s official North Pole blogger, with his or her work published on Quark’s website. Winning this contest might prove to be a launching pad for a career in travel writing for one aspiring blogger. “It’s a legitimate thing to put on a résumé. Only a handful of people in history have been to the North Pole,” Campbell said. “It’s just one of those places you can’t get to, so there aren’t many writers who have been to and have written about the North Pole.” Warns became interested in travel writing during her time abroad. In 2008, she visited 30 foreign countries and wrote to her friends and family about her experiences. Realizing that people make a living doing what she was doing already, she set her sights on a travel-writing career. “After turning 30, I broke up with my boy-


friend, left my job, sub-let my apartment and traveled solo on a round the world trip where I visited 30 countries. I call this trip my 30 at 30,” Warns said. “It was a trip of a lifetime. I hiked the Great Wall of China, went cage diving with great white sharks in South Africa, ran with the bulls in Spain and visited the pyramids in Egypt. I sent e-mails back to my friends and family and was overwhelmed with the positive response I received from my writing.” She continued writing, and some of her work has been published in the San Antonio Express News in a section titled “Around the World With Milena Warns.” “Ever since my trip I have been taking steps to enter the world of travel writing. Can you imag-

ine what it would be like to have someone pay you to go to all these places? And I came across [this] contest, which would be a huge launching pad for my career as well as a chance to put the spotlight on Texas A&M,” Warns said. The winner of the contest is chosen from the five entries that receive the greatest number of votes. Anyone can vote by visiting the travel blog, or its corresponding Facebook page. Warns has asked for the support of Aggies in her bid for this career opportunity. She said if she wins the contest, she plans on taking a Texas A&M flag to the top. “I think it would be incredible to send an Aggie to the North Pole, a place where only a few hundred people have ever been,” Warns said.

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Southern schools with traditionally strong programs like Baylor, Texas and Louisiana State UniContinued from page 1 versity. After she spent her fifth and final recruiting visit in Coltive 200-meter race, setting a lege Station, the choice became meet record with her time of clear. 23.18. Afterward, she ran the “My last two choices were anchor on the 4 x 400; the team’s the University of Texas and 3:35.05 ranks as the seventh fasthere,� Beard said. “It’s pretty est time in Aggie history and is funny that the rivalry is so big, second in the world in 2011. because I didn’t know it was Beard has excelled at all levthat big when in high school in els in the sport. As a student Ohio. I had to pick and choose attending Euclid High School, and made a pros and cons list and a suburb 20 minutes outside of then I found out how big [the Cleveland, Ohio, she established rivalry] was when I got here.� school records in three events: In the summer of 2009, 100, 200 and 400-meters. She Beard donned the red, white won the 400 four consecutive and blue, and ran the third leg years, and the 51.63 she ran in of the women’s 4 x 400 relay 2007 shattered the previous state at the World Championships record by 2.54 seconds. in Berlin. Her participation in News of Beard’s success on the event reminded the sporting the track was trickling southworld of another black sprinter ward, and she began to be from Ohio who had triumphed heavily recruited by a bevy of on the same surface; fresh on

Beard’s mind as her team was awarded their gold medals was former Olympian Jesse Owens, who famously won four gold medals in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin and proved to everyone watching, including Adolf Hitler, that African-Americans were not inferior in any regard because of their skin color. “I was just in awe,� Beard said of her time with the Olympic team on Owens’ old stomping ground. “Everything that we did was representative of who he is and his accomplishments.� “Mature� is a word that comes up whenever Beard’s name is mentioned. As the youngest runner on the Olympic 4 x 400 (she was 20 at the time of the race), she was forced to step up on the international stage and perform. She did, and people have taken notice of her immense growth. “When I first met Jessica we



were at our dorms as freshmen,� said Julian Reid, a senior jumper from Jamaica. “From then until now, she has surpassed everything that it means to be mature. She’s a mature student, a mature athlete, a mature friend and a mature teammate. You know when you see that she’s grown so much within the four


years she’s been here, that as an athlete, her work off the track shows so much on the track as well. Great things are expected of her.� Beard hopes to carry her top form to the Big 12 Championships at the end of the month and finally the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 11

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and 12. “Each meet, I realize, ‘Wow, this is my last dual meet in a Texas A&M uniform’ or ‘This is my last challenge in a Texas A&M uniform.’ So I’ve really just had to step it up and give it all I got, because I won’t get another chance like I’ve had before.�



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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.

men’s golf | The Aggies begin the spring season with the John A. Burns Intercollegiate Wednesday in Hawaii.

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


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No. 1 Baylor 67, No. 5 Texas A&M 58

Turned away No. 5 Aggies lose late lead in loss Mike Teague

The Battalion WACO — Battling a sellout crowd of 10,299 at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas, A&M’s No. 5 women’s basketball team fell 67-58 to No. 1 Baylor Wednesday. “I’m proud of my basketball team,” said A&M Head Coach Gary Blair. “The nation got to see the No. 1 and No. 5 team in the country play tonight. We did everything right until the last three-and-a-half minutes. We played well but didn’t make good decisions down the stretch. Give Baylor credit. We played the best team in the country.” Texas A&M (21-3, 9-2) remains in second place in the Big 12 standings despite the loss. The Aggies now trail conference-leader Baylor (24-1, 11-0) by two games. Junior guard Tyra White was the spark plug in the A&M offense, recording a career-high 29 points and eight rebounds. White was 10-for-16 from the field and hit 8-of-10 from the free throw line. “She’s been our most consistent player all year, but we just haven’t needed her,” Blair said. “Tyra is like a silent assassin. She doesn’t have much to say, and she’s the quietest kid on the team. I’m proud of this kid.” Struggling on the offensive end for most of the game, A&M senior center Danielle Adams scored only nine points after recording a school-record 40 in Saturday’s win over Kansas. Adams was 4-of-15 shooting and the Aggies as a team were 31 percent from the floor. “I don’t think we capital-

ized,” said A&M junior guard Sydney Carter. “We didn’t make shots when we needed to and we turned the ball over unforced. It was just bad offense on our part.” Baylor sophomore center Brittney Griner was unstoppable in the final 10 minutes of play, scoring 16 of her 26 points on the night. Griner also picked up the double-double with 11 rebounds. The Bears continued to feed Griner in the post down the stretch, and A&M failed to find an answer. “They did a good job of getting the ball into Griner,” Blair said. “She got much lower in the second half and stopped shooting those fadeaways. We tried to keep them from getting low. Great play by them.” Despite the hype that followed Adams and Griner coming in, both stars were neutralized by defense early. Baylor held Adams to three points in the first half while A&M forced Griner to shoot 1-for-6 from the field for only three points. “Baylor’s half-court defense was pretty good,” Blair said. “That’s how you stop somebody. You get right in their face like you’re in the NBA or something. We had some very good shots that didn’t go down in the first half, but it’s back to the drawing board. We’re going to keep working.” Duplicating her performance against the Aggies in College Station, Baylor freshman guard Odyssey Sims scored 22 points and tallied five assists. Sims and Griner combined to score 48 of the Bears’ 67 points in the game.


Top: Baylor center Brittney Griner blocks the shot of junior guard Sydney Carter in the Aggies’ 67-58 loss Wednesday.

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No. 10 Aggies prepare for National Championships Ben Crook

The Battalion “Building Champions” is the mantra around Texas A&M’s athletic department these days. And with conference and national championships rolling in from every angle, the Aggie men’s tennis team will look to add to that tally with a strong performance at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships this weekend in Seattle. The No. 10 Aggies earned the invitation, along with 15 other schools, by

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defeating Mississippi State and Miami during ITA Kick-Off Weekend at the Mitchell Tennis Center. This marks the first time the Aggies have been invited. Texas A&M was a site for Kick-Off Weekend last year, but the Aggies were upset in their first match against Fresno State and missed the tournament. But the Aggies are making strides to add their name to the list of elite teams. “It’s a big step for us,” said Head Coach Steve Denton. “Last year we were disappointed that we weren’t

able to go. I think that we were the highest ranked team in the country last year that didn’t play at the indoors. So I think it was really important for this program to take this step and play against the top teams in the country and see how we’re going to fare against them.” The Aggies have already tested themselves against a top team indoors once this season. They dropped a tightly contested 4-3 match against archrival Texas, ranked No. 5 in the nation, in the Downtown Club at the

Met in Houston earlier this month. But the team believes that going toe to toe against, and nearly beating, another team that will be playing at the championships is sure to pay dividends in Seattle. “I think [the Texas match] was very important,” Denton said. “It was a very close match. We could have won that match, but kind of let them get off the hook. I know the guys as a result of that will be more determined.” In order for that determination to pay off, though, Denton said he’ll need

more consistency from the tail end of the lineup. “Every point is so important,” Denton said. “We let the doubles point get away from us a little bit in the Texas match, so we’ve been focusing on doubles trying to get ready. I think all those things, with the guys in the back of the lineup stepping up, will hopefully make us a tough out up there. “We’re a good team, and I’m hopeful that we’ll go up there and play well against all of the other top teams in the country.”

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Even if the technology for solar and wind power makes sense, initially, to be an economically and environmentally supportive service, the infrastructure that would be required to take this potential energy from the rural lands of Texas and into the cities is a great feat in itself. One of the most notable southern oil tycoons, T. Boone Pickens in 2007, had the capital and capability for creating the world’s largest wind farm that would have been located across four Texas panhandle counties with an estimated capability of 4 gigawatts of usable power. The only problem was moving 4 gigawatts of electricity across hundreds of miles of protected Native American lands, endangered species habitats and thousands of rural acres of privately owned land supported by multigenerational ranchers and farmers. Three years later and millions of dollars spent towards multi-media ad campaigns, Pickens has only constructed a mere fraction of his initially proposed amount of turbines and is currently on halt until transmission lines can be financially accommodating towards his goal. Until pressure on public policy and commissions allow for “green” energy to have basically no boundaries and lucrative subsidiaries like their nonrenewable counterparts used to have, and still have, I am afraid only an energy crisis of epic proportions will ever allow the mass introduction of renewable resources into America’s life style. And hopefully before then, we will have enough time on our watch to make the time consuming switch from non-renewable to renewable resources. As long as I can pull up to a gas station, fill my gasguzzling pickup truck, drive home, flip a simple switch to turn on any electrical device in my possession, all at a reasonable price, why should I ask for anything different?

The financial strain of obesity-related illnesses increased 82 percent from 2001 and 2006. According to the Medical Expenditures Panel Survey, in the five-year span, the total health care expenditures for adults increased from $166.7 billion to $303.1 billion. The number of clinically obese Americans also rose from 48.2 to 58.9 million people. The standardized measurement of obesity is a Body Mass Index of 30 or more, while 25-29.9 is considered overweight. Looking at the source of obesity, genetic factors can play into body weight; however, A&M Physician Dr. Kory Gill said genetics plays a small role. “Two metabolisms may be different, but it’s a small difference, the equation is still the same: calories in plus calories out has to balance, otherwise you will gain weight,” Gill said.

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as insignificant as a test review, that should be your cue to stop. Bad body odor is another unfortunate classroom etiquette problem. B.O. is permissible to those who have to sprint across campus from a kinesiology course, but most everyone else doesn’t have an excuse. When your stench diminishes the room’s air supply, please have the decency to practice personal hygiene. But cially frustrating when everyone under no circumstances should you think just started studying for a quiz body spray is a substitute for a shower. they’ll be taking in five minutes. During class, poor behavior is also If you’re rocking the headphones, showcased by the know-it-alls whose sole don’t get sucked into a music focus is to stump professors with deep matrix, oblivious to the world philosophical questions. Trying to disaround you. Caleb Wilson prove or embarrass the people who hold What’s worse than electronic senior English your grade in their hands is all fine and annoyances is creepy behavior. By major dandy, but don’t waste class time with it. creepy I mean eavesdropping on Other students are engaged in something conversations, reading people’s text messages the bigheads disregarded long ago. It’s called without their knowledge or anything warrantlearning. ing a restraining order. We can all agree that Another area that needs improvement is none of this is needed in the classroom. leaving trash behind. The class isn’t a movie Someone who makes the creeper’s job all theater, so everyone needs to throw away the easier is the braggart. This person their junk. This includes not tossing The feels inclined to boast about every Battalion on the ground. For one, other minuscule accomplishment in life. students are disheartened when they It’s nearly impossible to successpick it up only to see the Sudoku fully ignore the “me monsters” puzzle has already been torn out, but in the room. Even more more importantly it’s disrespectful to agonizing is when they detail last night’s escapades. the custodial staff. Each of them probably loathes the newspaper due to the As interesting as their lives countless copies they have to pick up every day. are, we’d all be better off not having to listen to their Would you like to clean up something with my ugly mugshot on it? I didn’t think so. triumphs. If you ever find These nuisances, as one-time incidents, yourself bragging about dominating something are not catastrophic problems, but when

uffering through class is often rough enough, but when it’s combined with unnecessary and annoying disturbances by classmates it can make for a long day. If good etiquette was ever needed to maintain sanity, it’d be in the college classroom. Because people are often unaware of their own bothersome actions it’s important to identify the major areas in need of improvement. A problem that frequently arises is when every early bird takes the end seat by the aisle because it blocks others from getting to the interior seating. It would make life easier if they sat close to the middle so no one would have to hurdle over them or end up sitting on the floor. All the latecomers to Zachary 102 are nodding furiously in agreement right now. Blasting ridiculously loud music on an iPod is another preventable nuisance. Sure, all Lady Gaga songs are classics, but that doesn’t mean everyone in the room should be able to hear them. This is espe-


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they occur over an extended period of time they can drive others to the edge of reason. As you sit in class next to someone who makes it difficult for you to preserve your sanity, remember you could be doing the same to another student. If these problems are improved, maybe even lectures won’t seem that bad.

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The Battalion New students on campus might be nervous or unsure of what they are going to be a part of on campus, and many may want to make a difference at college. In many ways, new campus clubs go through the same process. One of the newest clubs, Aggie Experience Council is going through just that. The organization’s mission is to leave a Texas A&M visitor with an experience that leaves them with a great understanding and impression of the University. This organization relies on the participation and input of the students who are involved to spread the spirit and tradition that makes Aggieland unique. They are seeking a force of students willing to be the first exposure many people have with the University. “Coming on a tour was my first exposure to the campus. I had such an enjoyable experience, and I would like to replicate that for others to enjoy,” said Kate Hill, a freshman general studies major. “I planned on joining AEC ever since I saw them at the open house. Part of the reason I’m here today is because I had a great first impression with the university, and I want to be sure

others get that as well.” The Appelt Visitor’s Center was one of the campus places affected by budget cuts. Almost every Aggie on campus has witnessed a tour guide walking through Academic Plaza with a group of future students and parents following close behind. The Appelt Visitor Center was forced to phase out the staff of paid tour guides to volunteer service. The center will move to a volunteer force passionate about spreading the A&M story. “Seeing the tour guides walk around campus, it’s really cool that they get to tell the stories of the school to everyone,” said Kyle Lawson a junior civil engineering major. “I believe a club dedicated to doing this job will bring out those who are extremely passionate about spreading the legends and traditions of our campus.” The AEC will be a group of students who perform a variety of jobs including leading campus tours, holding panel discussions for visitors and prospective Aggies and maintaining the welcoming atmosphere that the college has. The AEC is taking applications for outgoing and friendly members to join and tell the Aggie story and pass on their experiences to our guests.

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