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What qualities do you think a yell leader should possess?

“A leader in spirit, whether the Aggies are winning or losing.”

Amanda Liebendorfer, sophomore construction science major

Blake Bradley, junior civil engineering major



2011 The Batt’s endorsee The Battalion editorial board interviewed candidates and chose to endorse Hilary Albrecht for student body president. Reasons for this endorsement can be found on

“An honest person who sets a good example.” Caitlyn Carlton, junior kinesiology major

Michael Guymon, junior mechanical engineering major

Yell leader candidate bios and election info on pages 4 & 5

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“Whole -hearted dedication to Texas A&M.”

“Ability to be a good role model on and off the field.”

Campaigns began for the 2011-2012 yell leaders, student senate and student body president positions. Voting will be Monday through March 1; runoffs, if necessary, will be March 3-4.

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SBP candidates face fines for violations Jill Beathard

Bowen will receive a $270 fine for two sabotaged campaigns.

The Battalion Student Body President Candidate Marshall Bowen was charged with a tier 3 campaign violation for intentional campaign sabotage, Friday. Election commissioner Cameron Medlin, a senior finance major, said she decided to charge Bowen $270, the highest amount the commission can fine a candidate. “After meeting with my team and looking over all of our violations and recent cases, we just felt like this would be the best

violation to give,” Medlin said. “I did not Total amount of fines recieved think that a disqualification was in order, and the highest that you can fine a candi- All fines must be part of the candidates’ budgets, which can not surpass $1,800. Fines are decided by the election commissioner. date is 15 percent of their total budget.” The charges followed the news that Student body president candidate fines members of Bowen’s campaign were connected to the purchase of website domain Hilary Albrecht $10 names that matched the campaign slogans Marshall Bowen $270 of two of his competitors, Hillary Albrecht Jeff Pickering $0 and Jeff Pickering. Medlin said she chose to treat it as one act of campaign sabotage, Justin Pulliam $5 even though there have also been reports Chris Tucker $10 See Candidates on page 10


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The No. 17 A&M men’s basketball team looks for its fifth consecutive victory as they take on Oklahoma at 6:30 p.m. today in Reed Arena.

Basketball Danielle Adams led Texas A&M to an 84-60 win over Texas Tech Tuesday.

Outdoor career panel Environmental professionals from state and federal agencies, energy industries and other professional companies will be coming to A&M to serve on an Environmental Careers Panel at 5:30 p.m. on March 3 in Koldus 110 and 111. They will discuss various environmental careers and job opportunities for students who wish to work in the environmental field.

Award winning movie premiere Sponsored by the Department of Multicultural Services, the 2009 Sundance Film Festival winning movie Sangre de Mi Sangre will be playing at 5:30 p.m. tonight in Koldus 227. The movie documents the struggle of an immigrant in New York City on a search to find his father. A&M newswire


Student attendance at the Oklahoma and Texas Tech games will determine the amount of money donated to the Tobi Oyedeji Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Empty seats need 12th Man Coach [Mark] Turgeon’s comments, and I was irked by the crowd — or lack thereDoug Keegan, class of 1999, doesn’t buy of,” Keegan said regarding the announced the idea that the men’s basketball team isn’t crowd of 7,041 that watched the game. “I “fun to watch.” If students prove a willing- stewed and thought about writing a scathing ness to support the Aggies, he will help buy mail call letter to The Battalion admonishing the students.” a future education. Keegan decided to turn the issue into In response to a decline in attendance a positive challenge benefiting the Tobi figures throughout the 2010-2011 season, Oyedeji Endowed Scholarship Fund. Keegan decided to challenge students to fill Oyedeji was 17 years old when he died in the student section of Reed Arena for the a car accident in May of 2010, after signing a two remaining home games. If students are letter of intent to become the highest-ranked successful, he will write a check to the Tobi member of Turgeon’s recruiting class. More Oyedeji Endowed Scholarship Fund. notable than his basketball skills was his “On the ride back to Austin after Christian faith and personality; most believe [Wednesday’s win over Iowa State], I saw Oyedeji would have been an ambassador for the Internet blowing up in the wake of Head a program that now seems to need one.

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The referenced “Turgeon’s comments” consisted of his vocal displeasure to a question about the crowd and the departure from the post-Iowa State press conference. In a television interview shot after the game, he joked about doubting he would be at A&M long enough to surpass former coach Shelby Metcalf’s win total as head coach; Metcalf, however, spent 27 years at A&M to Turgeon’s four. Fans divided over whether to endorse or lambaste the coach for his frankness in the latter — or as some countered, his humility. Keegan will take the student attendance between the two games, subtract 7,500 and donate the final tally to the scholarship in

Wednesday night ◗ Half-price general admission tickets for any students who don’t have an all-sports option. ◗ Doug Keegan will equal the amount of students who attend the final two home games, subtracted by 7,500, in a donation to the Tobi Oyedeji Endowed Scholarship Fund.

See Reed on page 9


Students help save sea turtles Krystal Nimigian

The Battalion A biting cold front sent a shockwave through the area at the beginning of the month. The majority of Texas A&M students who ventured outdoors met the chill with chattering teeth, several layers of warm winter clothes and mad dashes for hot beverages. The last thing on most students’ minds was the well-being of aquatic sea creatures, which were also caught

off-guard. Tony Reisinger, a Cameron County Coastal and Marine Resource agent, works for the Texas Sea Grant Program, which is part of the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University. The program in turn, sponsors the Rio Grande Valley chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists organization. “I sent out the information that mobilized our volunteers to rescue the sea turtles. We expected this cold snap. The shores of Laguna Madre

are very shallow, thus the waters get cold rapidly, sending the sea turtles into what we call a ‘cold stun,’” Reisinger said. Over 1,000 green sea turtles were rescued from comatose states resulting from the cold-water temperatures. Their condition is comparable to human hypothermia. Had many of the turtles not been rescued, the cold stun would have been fatal. See Sea Turtles on page 10

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Special to The Battalion Standing at Academic Plaza with flags representing multiple Middle Eastern countries draped around some of their shoulders, students gathered to demonstrate support for the revolts in Egypt and Tunisia and to honor those who lost their lives in the fight for freedom. “People are fighting for their basic human rights for basic human dignity. The people just decided ‘that’s enough; we’re going to get our rights.’ We feel like as students we should show them that we support them and we are with them,” said Mohannad Farasin, a junior industrial engineering major, wearing a Bahraini flag around his shoulders. These revolutions demonstrated similarity between the American people and those in the Middle East. All people have the same basic needs. “It’s important that we show support and honor the dead because Tunisia and Egypt are providing the building blocks

I hope democracy spreads in the Middle East; that people can express themselves and have equality and plan for the future because they will be able to see that they have a future.” Mohannad Farasin junior industrial engineer major

authorities, students hope that the people’s wishes for freedom and basic human rights will be respected. “There has to be someone to step in for now to keep it stable,” Tobeh said. “But until the people have elections and choose for themselves who will rule them, I hope that the people in charge now will honor that will hopefully entice the government puts constraints the people. We don’t want to rest of the Middle East to seek on them doing anything, lim- have to see another revolution. democracy and representation iting their ability to see or plan No more bloodshed.” over autocracy and oppression. for their potential future.” Yet, this was not only a These are real people like you The importance for students celebration of the living and and me, simply wanting the to show their support stems freedom, but also a memorial same rights you and I enjoy,” from a desire to encourage the for those who died fighting for said Rachel Dacke, a junior in- progress of democracy. freedom in those countries.. ternational studies major. “Since I’m not over there “I’m so sorry for their loss, The freedom democracy trying to protest, I’m trying to hopefully their sons or family gave Americans has not existed find a way to show them sup- members didn’t die for nothin several countries in the Mid- port and honoring their mem- ing, “ Farasin said for the famidle East. “I hope democracy ory and people’s lives that were lies of those who sacrificed for spreads in the Middle East, that lost fighting for basic rights and freedom. “But for others to people can express themselves economic prosperity,” said live in freedom and give hope and have equality and plan for Omar Tobeh, a junior envifor the new generation, I don’t the future because they will ronmental geoscience major, think they died for nothing. be able to see that they have clothed in the Tunisian flag. I’m sorry and thankful. I’m a future,” Farasin said. “They Though the countries of thankful their families raised don’t have the economic or Egypt and Tunisia are current- someone who would stand up cultural prosperity because the ly in the hands of temporary for their rights.”

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The state of Aggie basketball Ugly or not, A&M just wins

Attendance lately is appaling



his team is going to be judged in March.

No matter the innocuous criticism consistently heaped upon them; no matter the overly analytical analysis; no matter the final regular season record, this particular team’s place in Aggie lore and this particular head coach’s perception will be judged beginning March 15th. Because, as has been the case since this team’s sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament became a near inevitability, this program and this coach needs an appearance in the Big Dance’s second weekend to show they have, in fact, progressed from the days when Billy Gillespie turned a Big 12 and nationwide bottom-feeder into a perennial postseason player. Just last week, after A&M’s third consecutive victory, positivity was nowhere to be found. The Aggies had followed three consecutive losses up with three unimpressive victories against cellar dwellers. They defeated the worst team in the conference by a meager five points in a game that wasn’t decided until the final buzzer. It is and was a team that lacked any real buzz; no transcendent player; no real identity. But after Saturday’s tough, hard-fought victory in Stillwater, something clicked: they just win. It’s never pretty. Frankly, it is not much fun to watch. But when the going gets tough, when adversity strikes, this A&M squad tends to come out on top. And that trait is going to be rather beneficial down the stretch in March when the season is legitimately on the line. Despite the harsh words being thrown his way and despite his incessant complaining about attendance figures, Head Coach Mark Turgeon’s team is overperforming. They lack a true go-to scorer. Their post players are consistently inconsistent. Their guards are undersized and mercurial. The team is capable of locking down on defense. They’re also capable of playing lazy, selfish and undisciplined on that end. Yet, they are 21-5. They are 8-4 in the third most difficult conference in the country.

David Harris They are going dancing. They are on pace for a top-6 seed, putting them in prime position to accomplish what a Turgeoncoached A&M squad has yet to do: advance into the Sweet 16. But most importantly, they are well-versed in the art of survival. Case in point: In six of their wins this season, they have won by a single possession. In six of their eight conference wins, the games have come down to the final minutes. Three nonconference wins were decided in the final minutes. In games decided by single digits, the Aggies are 11-2. They don’t start games quickly. In fact, they start them terribly. Their ball security is bemusing. The free-throw shooting is often horrid. Most games, the offense lacks motion. But down the stretch, everything seemingly rights itself. In a victory over a gritty Oklahoma State team that was, simply, desperate for a win to keep their tournament hopes alive, A&M wanted it more. In a venue where they were previously 2-13, the Aggies were undeterred. With their best scorer held scoreless 30 minutes into the game, David Loubeau returned to the limelight with a performance that showcased his ample potential. And with the game on the line, B.J. “icewater” Holmes hit two huge free-throws and Dash Harris had a timely strip in the lane, allowing the Aggies to prevail; to escape. For a squad preparing for a sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, the jury is still out. Through 26 games, some realities have set in. It’s hardly a work of art, but this resilient team continues to show its innate ability to handle adversity. And come March, where a fitting motto is “escape and advance,” that intangible could be the overriding reason this program can finally claim progress. David Harris, senior economics major and sports editor


owdy there, OU.

Remember when you came to a full Kyle Field in an atmosphere absolutely exploding with passion and fervor and left College Station with a twotouchdown loss? Fast-forward to basketball season and … by all means, welcome to Reed Arena where the few of A&M’s student body who cares will be there waiting. Did you know that less than 1,000 students in an announced crowd of 7,041 were on hand to watch A&M’s 20th win of the season a week ago? “Write what you want to write. We’re 20-5 and ranked 17th in the country,” Head Coach Mark Turgeon proclaimed at the time. With this, and an innocuous remark regarding the unlikelihood of his being at A&M long enough to break former coach Shelby Metcalf’s record for wins at the school, Turgeon blew a spark on a pile of timber always waiting beneath his feet. The “issue” of his making public the displeasure he feels with attendance at his team’s games is not one whose genesis is recent or sudden. Turgeon clarified the Metcalf comment at Monday’s press conference, yet a large contingent remains of those who, whether they appreciate his other accomplishments or not, complain of being weary of his “complaining.” Anyone who says they expected a top-20 team with a 21-5 record this year considering the key pieces the past year’s team lost is flat-out lying. On paper there is no good reason for this team to be any good at all; it’s been Turgeon’s (and his staff’s) pushing and prodding, his careful management of what can only be described as an odd roster and his passion for improvement. Shameful attendance numbers helped drive Billy Gillispie — the man who resurrected the program — to a school that did more than make a pretense of caring about basketball. If Turgeon, who kept that program from fading back into its black hole while laying his own foundation, is next, where will A&M look to find another

Beau Holder coach who consistently wins more than 20 games? Who dearly wants to connect with his fans, truly does love A&M and tirelessly pores over all aspects of the ship he’s running? Who recruits players that don’t incur sexual assault charges or turn themselves in on domestic abuse charges? Tickets for the OU game tomorrow will be half-price. To the students, who don’t have kids, salary jobs or two-hour drives from your residences to College Station: there is no excuse for not showing up, with or without an all-sports pass. Turgeon’s way of working for more appreciation of his team’s efforts can come off as “whiny.” The comments towards representatives of the University that employs him absolutely can be taken as illsuited or churlish. But really, has the fan base done anything at all to even earn the right to call him out on it? Here is a coach who believes deep down his team’s lackluster performances at home can be traced more than partially to lackluster crowds, and there is a crowd that accuses he of the current .807 winning percentage of “not focusing enough” on the team. Pot, meet supposed kettle. He is not infallible, but he is right; and his medium doesn’t matter. Try showing up before you assure yourself of the right to criticize his frustration with your lack of effort, no matter how he expresses it. “The best student body in the college landscape.” Maybe … when the class of 1991 was here. Ultimately, this outcry is ridiculous. So, too, is the effort that one of America’s largest student-bodies and a massive alumni base puts into an amazingly consistent national program with a coach who cares far more than any of his constituency does. And that it has the audacity to be offended at the truth. Beau Holder, sophomore sociology major.

Students, Faculty and Staff are invited to attend one of the noted sessions to hear from Transportation Services Executive Director Peter Lange regarding the completion of the Ross Street Construction Project and the associated Pedestrian & Traffic Plan: Wednesday, March 2 1-3 pm Evans Library, Room 204 E Friday, March 4 9-11 am Rudder Tower, Room 401

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Yelling for Attention Sterling Bennett

David Benac You may recognize David Benac, a junior finance major, as a current yellll leader from Kyle Field or Reed arena and is running nning for reelection for senior nior yell. “I have a heart to serve other Aggies as theirr ambassador and representing ng them is a privilege,” Benac ac said. Benac notes the he experiences and opportunities ies he has had as a current yellll leader. “My experiencee gives me the ability to relate to Aggies while showing what Aggieland is all about,” Benac said. Being a yell leader ader is time consuming andd important for the spirit of the student dent body. “He is steadfast st in his beliefs and values and thatt is something the student body can an put their faith in and count on,” n,” said Casey Schaefer, a landd economics and real estate graduate duate student and former yell leader. David already made his mark on the University as a yell leader, but wants to keep being a part of such a unique tradition. “Yell leaders are a significant symbol of Texas A&M’s rich and treasured history and are ambassadors that we trust to reflect our school’s six core values to the rest of the world,” Schaefer.said. Leaving a positive impression on other yell leaders reveals Benac’s enthusiasm about Aggie tradition. “We’re behind our team and serve as a symbol of aggie tradition,” said Benac. “I want to say thanks to the student body for the chance to serve.”

Honor, service, spirit, and unity. These basic principles have been in the blood of every Aggie since 1876 and Sterling Bennett, an international studies major from Boerne, Texas, said these very qualities drove him to run for junior yell leader. Bennett said that while other candidates for junior yell leader also share a passion for A&M what sets him apart is the passion to lead throughh service and sacrifice. “I have been in many leadership positions in my life ife and I have learned so much from each one. I believe that a true t leader is one who will do anything and everything thing for the people he is leading and will sacrifice timee and effort. I have done this in this past and it is something hing I intend on doing in any leadership position in the future,” uture,” Bennett said. One of the things Bennett intends to focus on if elected ected is bringing forth energy and passion to be the best st yell leader. He said everything he does will be to strivee for excellence just as the University has done for 1355 years. “I believe that being called an Aggie is one of the biggest blessings of anyone’s life. I believe that long ong excellence that Texas tradition of exce xas A&M brings out of its students ents is something tthat other universities ersities look in envy at,” Bennett said. “Being an Aggie means “Bein ans exc excellence in all aspects of life, excellencee in ac academics, athletics, tics, se service projects, org organizations, clubs, and also excellence frien friendships, service, unit unity, and diversity. I int intend on bringing this sa same attitude and way o life to the Junior Yell of Le Leader position if I am el elected.”

Christine Perrenot, senior communication and journalism major

Chad Chalkner The life of an Aggie senior is unlike anyy other. With whooping privileges and stellar ellar stadium seats, life can’t get any better in College Station. Chad Chalkner, a seniorr yell leader candidate, hopes to make his last st year at A&M one for the ages. Chalkner, a junior nutrition major, came to A&M with high hopes and was transformed by the University and the family it provided. “As a shy freshman from Midland, Texas, as, the twelfth man gave me something to belong ong tosomething to be apart of,” Chalkner said. d. Chalkner dove headfirst into student organizations here in Aggieland. Holding ng many leadership positions in groups such ch as MSC ALOT and Fish Camp, Chalkner also so has been involved in The Big Event committee, tee, Big Brothers Big Sisters and acted as a Muster Host. “As a student leader, people ask me all the time why I love A&M and I’m always at a loss for words,” Chalkner said. “I can’t evenn begin to describe how A&M has shaped me andd made me who I am today.” The role of a senior yell leader is a lofty oftyy one, one holding tremendous amounts of responsibility ponsibility as a symbol for Texas A&M. Chalkner er iss excited to be this far in the process and can’t’t wait w for what the future holds. “I think the most important of these responsibilities is setting a positive exa example mple that embodies the Aggie Sprirt” Chalkner lkner er said. said Sarah Smith, freshman international studies major

Charles Harvey Charles Harvey remembers one of his favorite moments as an Aggie. During one of the football games thiss season, as one of the trains came barreling through ough town just outside Kyle Field, the conductor blew ew the famed ‘Hullaboo’ on the train horn and the entire stadium erupted in a unanimous WHOOP. “I got goose bumps all over my body,” y,” Harvey said. He said it started at the OU football game this year. He was that guy, the loudest in his section, telling his fellow Aggies to pass it back and putting all they had into the yells. “I guess you would just call it being a redass at the game, getting into the yells and all that,” Harvey said. After the game, several strangers approached pproached him, telling him they thought he had all the qualities of a great yell leader. Harvey said the idea to run for yell leader grew just like ike that: It was just a thought at first, but it slowly evolved into a hope, e, a dream, a plan to lead what Harvey calls the huge brotherhood of Aggieland. “I definitely feel like being in that position sition you have a lot of responsibility to be a huge, active part art of that brotherhood, the huge Aggie family,” Harvey said. Harvey said his campaign for yell leader ader will be original but that he does not want to give anything awayy yet. “I think a big part of leadership is understanding derstanding that people act on what they see,” he said. “So if their leaders are still full of spirit then I think our student body will react to that.”

Amber Jaura, sophomore computer engineering major

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Sophomore sport management major Will Biba grew up a Texas longhorn fan; that is until u the first day he stepped onto the hallowed grounds g of Texas A&M University. “I “ automatically realized it was a place where ev everybody is outgoing and positive all the time,” Bib Biba said. Bib Biba, is running for Junior Yell for the 2011-12 schoo school year. The decision to run came from years of suggest suggestions from fellow Aggies urging him to put his passion for sports to use. “During Fish Camp, I was the really hyper, slightly obnoxiou obnoxious kid,” Biba said, sitting relaxed, rubbing his face afte after yet another busy weekend of activities. Biba, an executive officer for CARPOOL, an A&M bus driver aand an avid volunteer worker, said he decided last month m to run for Junior Yell despite his already loaded schedule. “Everybody “Every I go to games with, people who see me cheering cheer have always been like ‘Someday, you’re gonna’ gonna run for yell leader,’ and I was always like ‘Naw, ‘Naw that’s never gonna’ happen,’” Biba said. Cavalier Coffield, a sophomore ocean Ca engineering major and a high school friend of en Biba’s, said Biba is deserving of the position Bi because he is extremely energetic and b committed to the Aggie tradition of service. c “Will gets involved in as many A&M activities “ as a he can because he genuinely cares about making m A&M a better place through his efforts,” e Coffield said. Biba said he would love to have the job of pumping p up crowds at games. “If our team is not doing well, I don’t like when the crowd just stops cheering. I don’t like that at all,” Biba said. “When we were at the Texas basketball game the other week, I started running up and down the aisles yelling and screaming. The people I was with were like ‘Why aren’t the Yell Leaders helping the crowd get pumped up?’” Biba said he wants to be a yell leader because it is something he is passionate about. “I’m sorta’ just like the every day guy,” Biba said. “I don’t feel any sort of entitlement. I’m not a big public figure or anything like that. I don’t feel entitled to this position because I am part of the Corps. I just really care about others and I want to be positive and give back to the students and the community.” Katie White, senior history major

Jody Harris Jod Harris, a sophomore agricultural leadership and Jody de development major, knew since his freshman year of high school he belonged in the Aggie family. For his 16th birthday, Harris went to Midnight Yell in San Antonio to watch the Fightin’ Texas Aggies beat Army for his first A&M football eexperience. At Midnight Yell, he learned what it means to be aan Aggie. ““If you don’t know anything about A&M, and you want to llearn, go to Midnight Yell,” Harris said. “That Midnight Yell w was my first exposure to Yell Leaders, with Aggies all over the sstreet, it was so unique. There is really nothing else like it.” Not only do Yell Leaders lead the student section at ssporting events, they are the face of the student body’s vvalues. ““A yell leader, in my opinion, does not just show their school sspirit by leading student yells at sporting events,” said Jake Riley, a sophomore agribusiness major and Alpha Gamma R Rho member. “A yell leader is a student who has a passion R aand dedication for embodying the Aggie Spirit and upholding the Aggie values of excellence, integrity, leadership, th loyalty, respect and selfless service. They are outward lo representatives of our student body.” re Whether at football games or in student senate, Harris’ stand W is to represent the value of what it truly means to be an Aggie. Involved with several groups on campus, such as Off-Campus Inv Senate, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Council and Sena Alpha Gamma Rho, Harris plans to use the yell leader role to Alph spread the Aggie Spirit beyond the sideline. spre Trevor Stevens, junior English major Special to The Battalion

Nelson Ingram M will never forget their first Aggie football game. For yell Most leader candidate Drew Nelson, there was nothing else like it. “When you see thousands and thousands of people coming together, its loud, its hot, everybody is swaying, the cannon is going off—and after all that, you can’t wait for the next off— game,” Nelson Nels said. The Aggies were coming off of a Big 12 Championship the year Nelson’s Nelson parents took him to his first A&M football game. He wanted to be an Aggie ever since. w “I still get chills walking into Kyle field, and being in the c student section now, I’m still impressed,” Nelson said. se Nelson has been closer than most to the spirit of the Texas Aggies ever since his family of four, Fightin’ Tex moved to Bryan. Nelson is a sophomore all Aggies, m major and is involved in numerous activities on accounting m campus, including Fish Camp, Carpool and Reed Rowdies, incl where he supports just one of many A&M athletic teams. su Nelson attended over 80 athletic events his freshman year, atten and is looking lookin to break his record this year. Nelson is regarded by family and friends as one of r genuine character and a true representative of the c Texas A&M A& Aggie Spirit. “Drew is one of those people who truly embody what Texas A&M A& is all about. Although he has an unmatched passion for f Aggie Athletics, what he is even more passionate passiona about is his fellow Aggie. Aside from his stand up character, Drew is well aware of the blessing of being a Fightin’ Texas Aggie, and has never once taken that t for granted, and those are the kind of people peopl we need to be at the forefront representing our beloved b University,” said David Brinkman, a sophomore sop biochemistry major. Sarah Smith, freshman international studies major

Katie White, senior history major

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Patrick Ivey Junior Patrick Ivey has been an Aggie since the childhood. He remembers attending football games at the Cotton Bowl with his parents since early childhood, and one of his favorite memories from that time comes from watching the Texas Aggie Yell Leaders. “I’ve always been amazed at how they energize the 12th man,” Ivey said. “Yell leaders unite the entire 12th Man into one force.” Unity and cohesion are a key part of Ivey’s campaign, paign, and, indeed, the way he views Texas A&M. “My favorite traditions are Muster and the Aggiee Ring,” Ivey said. “Aggies gathering together for such a sacred purpose is touching, and then being able to recognize ognize an Aggie instantly is awesome.” Ivey wishes for his own chance to unite the 12thh man as a Senior Yell Leader next year. He hopes for a chance hance to give back to the university which has given him so much. Ivey has already served Texas A&M as a Fish Camp amp counselor, Muster host, and on the Traditions Council, ouncil, as well as a member of the Corps of Cadets. “My favorite Aggie memory comes from the Corps,” rps,” Ivey relates. “I remember our final review at thee end of [freshman] year, and my dad’s pride when he saw w how much I’d grown in that time.” Patrick Ivey is indeed excited for another opportunity tunity to aid Texas A&M. He considers the past three years ars of his life to be some of his best, and is now simply looking oking for an opportunity to repay his gratitude. “I love all that A&M has provided for me, and I want an opportunity to give back,” Ivey said. “It would be an honor to represent the student body as yell leader.” Michael Dror, freshman political science major Special too The Battalion

Josh Light Joshua Light, a sophomore chemical engineering major from Abilene, Texas, is currently one of Texas A&M’s candidates for yell leader. Being part of the Corps of Cadets has been important to his time at A&M and he hopes to enhance his enthusiasm as a yell leader. “The yell leaders promote the overall morale of the school,” said Light. Light is a student, just like everyone else, but is prepared to represent the student bodyy as a peer and sacrifice time and energy too represent Texas A&M. “My role would be to promote Aggie traditions and represent this school,” Light said. Students look to yell leaders to gain moree understanding and spirit during sporting events and traditions. Light would be representing his peers at many public events. Light has accomplishments and experiences nces that give him background in being a leader. der. “Out of 600 cadets Josh was named Outstanding Freshman of the Year last year with in the Corps of Cadets, servedd his outfit as guidon, became a member of Aggie Men’s Club, kept up his grades ass a chemical engineer major and worked his is way through school giving him unparallel lel dedication which is definitely somethingg that makes him stand out,” said Nelson Ingram ram a sophomore business major and also a yell leader candidate. Light has gained the respect of many people in the Corps due to his hard work and attitude. “He has my upmost respect and it would be an honor to serve next to him,” said Ingram. The role of yell leader is made for a selectedd few and requires much of one’s time and enthusiasm. “His love for this University is unmatched and he has the selfless attitude that this job requires,” said Brett Bergamo, head yell leader. re Christine Perrenot, senior agriculture or communication and journalism major

Drew Nelson Most will never forget their first Aggie football all game. For yell leader candidate Drew Nelson, on, there was nothing else like it. “When you see thousands and thousands off people coming together, its loud, its hot, everybody is swaying, the cannon is going off—and after all that, you can’t wait for the next game,” Nelson said. id. The Aggies were coming off of a Big 12 Championship mpionship the year Nelson’s parents took him to his first st A&M football game. He wanted to be an Aggie ever er since. “I still get chills walking into Kyle field, and being in the student section now, I’m still impressed,” Nelson elson said. Nelson has been closer than most to the spirit rit of the Fightin’ Texas Aggies ever since his family off four, all Aggies, moved to Bryan. Nelson is a sophomore more accounting major and is involved in numerous us activities on campus, including Fish Camp, Carpool arpool and Reed Rowdies, where he supports just one of many A&M athletic teams. Nelson attended over 80 athletic etic events his freshman year, and is looking to break his record cord this year year. Nelson is regarded by family and friends as one of genuine character and a true representative of the Texas A&M Aggie Spirit. “Drew is one of those people who truly embodies what Texas A&M is all about. Although he has an unmatched passion for Aggie Athletics, what he is even more passionate about is his fellow Aggie. Aside from his stand up character, Drew is well aware of the blessing of being a Fightin Texas Aggie, and has never once taken that for granted, and those are the kind of people we need to be at the forefront representing our beloved University,” said David Brinkman, sophomore biochemistry major. Trevor Stevens, junior English major, Special to The Battalion

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Cole Kingsbury

Anxiously awaiting the campaign season, 14 yell leader candidates prepare to show their fellow Aggies tha that they have what it takes to represent Texas A&M on Kyle Field next nex fall. Sophomore agricultural economics major and junior yell leader candidate Cole Kingsbery believes he has what it takes. Kingsbery, Kings hailing from a household loaded with Aggie tradition, was wa raised viewing yell leaders as role models, which explains his passion to join the yell leader ranks. “I want to emphasize more service aspects of the position of yell leader. I want to be a servant to students and to A A&M,” Kingsbery said. Whi While historically Corps based, recent history suggests the students m might consider candidates from the general student body. Kingsbery is one of nine men competing as non-reg candidates against those select selected from the Corps. “The Corps make up only 4 percent of this University and I feel that there needs to be a representation of the other 96 percent of the students wh who are non-reg,” Kingsbery said. Kingsbery spoke sp of wanting to bring a different mindset to being a junior yell leader: le one committed to serving the entire student body and an approachable appro liaison for all students. “Cole encompasses encom all of the traits necessary to represent this university. He has a servant’s heart and the passion he holds for this school is contagious,” said sophomore international studies major con Veronica Kraemer. Krae Kingsbery believes his passion for the University and his leadership bel positions qualify qual him for this prestigious position. He has been a Fish Camp counselor counsel and currently serves as a director of the Freshman Leadership Organization, FLIP. Or “I feel as if I have ha been convicted to do this, if I touch one person that is enough for me right now,” Kingsbery said. Alex Lotz, Lotz junior agriculture communication and journalism major

Minna Nashef Fightin’ Texas Aggie Yell Leaders embody passion and spirit to make crowds come alive. They T hold a style all their own, serving as representatives of the University. Minna Nashef, a sophomore political science major from Houston, Texas, said that watching watc these five individuals unify the Aggie crowds at her first A&M football game inspired her to run for junior yell leader. “To “T me, a yell leader is an ambassador representing Texas A&M and I feel that I have the qualities of what it takes to be a good yell leader,” said Nashef. “I feel that A&M is such an inspirational place to me that I want to be a part of the spirit of Texas A&M.” Though Nashef is not the first female to run for yell leader, she hope to be the first elected. The only female junior yell leader was elected in 2005 at Texas A&M Galveston. Nashef said that while students are surprised when she Te tells tel them she is running all responses have been positive and encouraging. “I represent the common Aggie, I’m just as much of an Aggie as a guy would r be and a I feel if I were elected as yell leader we can expand women’s roles oncampus” said Nashef. cam Nashef Nash said becoming a junior yell leader is an ambitious goal yet one she is extremely passionate about. She holds the position in high regards and hopes to be extre given the chance to show her abilities. “I’m inspired inspir everyday about what this university does and what this university means. And I want to become part of it in a way that will resonate with me for the rest of my life,” she said. “It “I doesn’t matter the outcome, just as long as he/she does everything to the his/her ability. If elected yell leader, I hope to represent the University to the best best of his/ ability.” of my ability Amber Jaura, sophomore computer engineering major

David Luna Senior finan nance major David Luna grew up loving Texas A&M, and since first coming to College C Station three years ago his love has grown. Now, he is g back to the University he loves by running for senior yell seeking to give leader. Luna is a sports enthusiast and feels that he can best utilize his de dedication to A&M Athletics as a yell leader. “At A&M, sports are not a pastime, but a passion,” Luna said. “I would love to be a part of that. The yell leader is an ambassador of the student body. He represents students past, pr present, and future.” Luna believes bel he is the best fit to represent such a diverse body. A Houston native, his parents immigrated to the United States from Argentin Luna considers his family’s success to be the embodiment of Argentina. Ame the American Dream, and attributes their achievements to hard work ded and dedication, qualities his friends also see in him. “Luna’s best quality is passion,” said fellow Fish Camp counselor Jacob Abraham a sophomore business major. “I saw his passion for Aggies Abraham, and A&M firsthand during camp, and it energized me and everyone in group his group.” see his would-be role as yell-leader as a large-scale version of Luna sees w Fish Camp, where he served as a counselor for two years. working with a excellent people person,” said Leslye Womack, a junior “Luna is an internatio studies major. “He’s always kind and full of energy, and international dedicated to the Aggie Spirit.” de Luna’s dedication to A&M has not gone unnoticed. During last year’s campaign for junior yell leader, Luna received enormous support, even run while running as a write-in candidate. Luna attributes this phenomenon to decisio to run again this year. his decision Michael Dror, freshman political science major Special to The Battalion

Austin Walker Co Coming from a family of 29 Aggies, Austin Walker was born with maroon in his blood. He firs rst visited campus when he was two months old. When it came time to make the big decision, there was no question that Texas A&M was the university for him. Entering his de sen senior year, Walker is a candidate for one of the most prestigious positions at A&M, Texas Aggie Yell Leader. Throu Throughout g his time at Texas A&M, Walker has been involved in the Corps of Cadets and student ggovernment. He was a student senator, a member of the Ross Volunteers and was an assistant handler for Reveille. Aside from student activities involvement, Walker enjoys the benefits of country life. Hunting and fishing are among his favorite past times, and after graduating from A&M he hopes to pursue sales. “It’s always ssomething I’ve looked up to, and once I realized it was a possibility that I could take advantage of, I jumped on it,” said Walker. It is Walker’s de dedication to the University and reputation for hard work that led to his nomination for yell leader. “He is a high highly motivated individual,” said senior business management and current yell leader John B Busch. “He is extremely dependable.” If ele elected yell leader, Walker most looks forward to serving the A&M community through his pposition. Through his experience as Reveille’s assistant handler, he was able to see the impac impact being a part of Aggie Traditions makes in the community of Aggies. “I know I’I’ll work hard, and I’ll do the job right.” he said. Joanna Raines, freshman communication major

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positive thinking


n this fast-paced world, where do we stand? Each of us have our own lives, our own journeys to make, and in our journeys we might find ourselves struggling to crack a homework problem, making a weekend trip with friends, spending quality time with family or just having a quiet supper after a day’s toil. In this endless reel called life we create a thousand thoughts every day but when do we ever pause to think, what we are thinking?


healers of our own body by creating the right type of thoughts. A question that often arises in our minds is Surveys show that a person on average creates created in your mind. This reminds me of a very how to remain positive all the time. The answer around 30,000 thoughts in one day. Thoughts nice quote, BY WHO is to take control of the thoughts. It seems simple come to us so spontaneously in such an “Eliminate the negative, Accentuate the but is not, especially because we are so used to uncontrolled manner that we never positive, Act immediately on the neces- our thoughts flowing that we do not really know realize when one fades and another sary and Clean up the waste.� when to add a full stop. How many of us believe arises. Hence, in the hustle bustle of Dr. Carolina Leaf, a communication that we are what we think? This simple but acour everyday life, we forget to pay atpathologist from Johannesburg, South curate statement indicates that what we say, what tention to our thoughts and fail to realAfrica, wrote in a research article, “Ev- we do and what we feel all have their origin in ize what ‘kind’ of thought is created in ery negative thought degenerates the the mind. Once we realize this, we start watchour minds. cells of our body and every positive ing ourselves and try to modify our thoughts to Thoughts, as defined by Raj Yoga thought regenerates the cells of our make them positive. We will gradually develop Poornima Meditation, are of four different catbody.� The research showed that fear, a positive attitude and a positive outlook toward Mazumdar all on its own, triggers more than 1,400 everything around us. egories, namely positive, negative, necessary and waste. Positive thoughts However, one area in which we tend to fail is electrical known physical and chemical responsinclude happiness, love, peace, hope, engineering es and activates more than 30 differwith negative and critical thoughts such as anger, graduate student ent hormones. Consequently, toxic mercy; negative thoughts are mostly worry and pessimism. Such situations are during anger, stress, egoism, criticism. Neceswaste generated by toxic thoughts our testing times. So, if we try to keep ourselves sary thoughts are related to work, family, career causes illnesses like diabetes, cancer, asthma, skin calm and cool on the face of the situation and try and routine. Waste thoughts are the most preva- problems and allergies to name just a few. Now, to look at it positively, we are actually helping the lent and include those of past, future, brooding, you can imagine how much negative thinking situation heal and also ourselves by not creating worrying. If you pay little heed to your mind, a person must do to develop cancer! The study negative and waste thoughts. you will know what types of thoughts are being gives us a very subtle message that we can be the As we know the ever-so-powerful SOS sig-

nal used as a symbol for distress. We can actually adopt it in our everyday lives when there are chances of conflict, distress and discomfort. The only difference being, we slightly modify it to expand as: S- Stand back i.e. step back from the situation. O- Observe i.e. study the situation carefully. S- Steer i.e. take the right course of action. By doing so, we are not sending distress signals to another party but communicating with ourselves. We first withdraw ourselves from the situation so that nothing influences our thinking, then observe and analyze the situation carefully and finally take the right decision. In this way, we come to a better understanding of ourselves as well as others without really giving away the power to control to anybody or anything else. So, is this not as effective as the Save Our Souls signal used to save people? As we start thinking positive, we start becoming positive and begin to see more positive in ordinary things. We will then be able to make clearer and more definitive decisions in our lives. So, detach a little, become centered within yourself and then nothing and no one will be able to





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Oyedeji’s name. The subtraction was written to push for a larger showing; to support the cause, the average student attendance between the two games must be at least 3,750. “The capacity of Reed puts a ceiling on the potential donation, and I’m comfortable with whatever the number might

be,” Keegan said. “I’d love to see our team have the support that they’ve more than earned, and for our terrific seniors to enjoy an outstanding atmosphere when they step onto the Reed Arena court for the last few times in their career.” Fans broke the Reed Arena attendance record on three separate occasions in 2009-2010, creating an environment where the Aggies went 15-1 during the season. Famed ESPN com-

mentator Brent Musberger, on hand to announce A&M’s game against No. 1 Kansas — the only home loss — described the world inside Reed that night to a small group of students as, “one of the best college basketball atmospheres I’ve ever seen.” With the decline in attendance this season, the Aggies survived close calls against inferior opposition such as Stephen F. Austin and Iowa State and

have already lost two games at home. The team remains mum when asked about whether exiting the tunnel before the game and looking up at empty seats affects its play. Turgeon has not wilted from making his desire for more fans known, especially in light of his team’s 21-5 record in what was suspected might be a down year for the Aggies. “We need to realize the massive national exposure Texas

A&M earns from hoops and its importance to the A&M brand,” Keegan said. “I can’t say that I enjoy reading comments like the ones attributed to Turgeon, but I completely understand where he’s coming from. The attendance for ISU upset me, and I’m just a fan. It has to be tough on the coaches and players that pour their hearts and souls into the program. After one game in the late ‘90s, I remember a conversation with

my roommate about how awesome it would be if A&M ever made the NCAA Tournament. “It was discussed in the same manner one would discuss winning the Powerball. Now we’re on the verge of our sixth straight NCAA Tournament. Aggies need to recognize and appreciate this era. It’s certainly no birthright.”



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care since they were stressed from the weather. “With the extreme temperaContinued from page 1 ture drop, I knew that there was going to be a need. A friend and “Other volunteer groups participated as well: Sea Turtle I got in the car, headed out and started looking; a large number Inc., Brazos Porter Zoo, Gorgas Science Foundation, Texas of cold shocked turtles is exactly what we found,” said DaCoastal Naturalists — these vid Benn, a member of the Rio volunteer organizations are all Grande chapter of the Texas often times partners with one another and we are thankful for Master Naturalists organization. whatever support we receive,” “Within the first day, over 100 turtles were saved.” Reisinger said. Mary Ann Tous, the founder The organization had speof the Turtle Lady Legacy orgacific training on how to handle nization in South Padre Island the turtles. The volunteers were said that it was mostly the green told to handle the turtles with sea turtle native to the Laguna


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of more domain name purchases. “Usually the maximum tier 3 fine that an election commissioner would give is about $50, so if you look at it that way then that’s about four [fines] combined,” she said. “So when I looked at it I said OK, that’s campaign sabotage that’s very clear to me and after speaking with my team the $270 was the maximum penalty that I could give him without disqualification and that’s what I chose to do.” Medlin would not comment on what act would deem a disqualification to her. According to, the election commission also issued candidates several tier 2 violations, including early website creation and early endorsement. Albrecht and Tucker were fined $10 each for early endorsement for the article that was printed in Tuesday’s paper but posted to Monday night. Matt Woolbright, editor in chief of The Battalion , said he told Medlin the article would be posted online that night and

Madre Bay that was so devastatingly affected by the swift cold front. With the creation of the organization, Tous intended to spread awareness about the importance of sea turtle rescue, and to memorialize her aunt, Ila Loetscher, who was affectionately known on the island as the “Turtle Lady” due to pioneering turtle rescue efforts that began in the 1960s. “My aunt was one of the first ones to start recovering and rescuing turtles during the cold strain that took place in the ’60s. I think her story is such a powerful testament to what one individual is capable of,” Tous

said. Tous worked with the Coastal Study Lab, one of the many laboratories who received and cared for the stone-stunned sea turtles. She called the volunteers “unsung heroes.” “It’s often difficult to figure out where we as humans fit in with regards to intervening in matters such as animal rescue. But I’d say human participation in the rescuing of cold stunned, comatose sea turtles is important because they have a lot of obstacles as it is,” said Katie Coeckelenbergh, a recreation and tourism sciences major.

“It was out of our control and I hope it can be resolved ◗ Tier 1, minor offenses because I do not think that it Normally infractions resulting in a fine between $.25 and $2.00. constitutes a fair application of Examples of such infractions include minor pre-campaigning, the rules,” Albrecht said. “I’ll be appealing on the grounds that minor electronic violations, minor financing violations, etc. this wasn’t a valid interpretation of the election regulation.” ◗ Tier 2, moderate offenses Tucker did not agree with Normally resulting in a fine between $5.00 and $25.00. Examples the violation because he was of such infractions include late finance reports, unintentional not endorsed, and he said the campaign sabotage (such as a candidate’s supporter tearing penalty was steep. He also plans down an opponent’s signs unbeknownst to the candidate), to appeal. moderate pre-campaigning, moderate electronic violations, etc. “We don’t think it’s a fair evaluation for us, we didn’t ◗ Tier 3, serious offenses even receive an endorsement, Normally resulting in a fine between $25 and the maximum but we were just mentioned in the article,” Tucker said. “We finable amount per offense, or disqualification. Examples of such don’t think it’s fair they gave it infractions include falsified documents, intentional campaign the go-ahead and then pulled it sabotage, voting fraud or coercion, serious ethics and/or Honor under our feet like that. We unCode violations, etc. Repeated Tier 2 violations may also be derstand [Medlin] is obligated to classified as Tier 3. obey the rules, but a tier 2 offense seems steep to us, maybe that she said there would be no $270 fine.” a tier 1 would have been OK.” penalty. “We didn’t want to have to Medlin said overall the first Medlin said she received redo a higher fine because it’s not day of general campaigning ports that the article posted at that huge of a deal.” went very smoothly. 9:02 p.m. Monday. According Medlin said general cam“I expected more of a hassle to the Texas A&M Election paigning began at 8 a.m. Tuesfor the first day; on the first day Regulations, no endorsements day. The election regulations of course everyone’s a little concan take place before the general give two different times for when fused where to go but besides campaigning begins. general campaigning begins, one that I didn’t really have a prob“This is not to spite anyof which was 12 a.m. today. lem at all,” she said. “Candidates one, this is just something in Albrecht said she did not have been very respectful and the rules we have to stick to,” think it was fair to assess the fine I’m happy with that.” Medlin said. “If it was a serious to only two people when all five violation or something to really candidates were interviewed by worry about, you would see that The Battalion.

Defining each tier of offense

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The Battalion: February 23, 2011