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NEW YORK – Stocks buckled Thursday under the growing belief that the global economy is weaker than many investors expected and likely to stop companies from hiring. The Dow Jones industrials briefly traded below 10,000 for the first time in three months. Demand for safer investments sent the dollar and Treasurys higher and the euro falling. The Dow’s 2.6 percent drop was its biggest in seven months. The euro hit a seven-month low against the dollar on the news. Gold tumbled $49, or 4.4 percent. Associated Press

Toyota to recall Prius hybrid in US, Japan TOKYO – A leading newspaper says Toyota Motor Corp. will recall 270,000 Prius hybrid vehicles over brake problems in the United States and Japan. Japan’s top business newspaper, Nihon Keizai, said Friday that Toyota will soon notify Japan’s transport ministry and the U.S. Department of Transportation of the recall. Takayuki Fujimoto, a transport ministry official, said the government has yet to receive a recall notice from Toyota. Toyota spokeswoman Ririko Takeuchi said the company has not yet decided whether to recall the model in the U.S. and Japan. Associated Press

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Feb. 5, 1840 On this day in 1840, the Congress of the Republic of Texas passed the Law of February 5. Though there were relatively few free blacks in the republic, legislators concerned over the status of slavery attempted to restrict further the number of unenslaved blacks. The law declared that all free blacks who had entered Texas after the Texas Declaration of Independence must leave the republic within two years or be declared slaves for the rest of their lives. Those free blacks who were already in the republic before Texas independence would continue to have all the rights of their white neighbors.

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Injuries

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The National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research tracks a number of head injury statistics related to football annually:

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◗ There were 44 head injury-related deaths from 1995-2004. ◗ High school players sustained 43 head injuries from 1995-2004 in which there was incomplete recovery.

◗ College players sustained five head injuries from 1995-2004 in which there was incomplete recovery.

◗ According to league officials there are about 160 concussions in the National Football League every year. SOURCE: National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research

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et’s all take a quick vacation. Imagine for a second that you’re riding shotgun in a car going, say, 25 miles per hour. You, however, aren’t wearing a seatbelt. Then, out of nowhere, a wall appears. Bam!

David Harris It all happens so fast. Your head slams into a windshield. Your brain reverberates around in your skull. Sound painful? Now, flash back to reality, and … welcome to the life of an NFL lineman.

Construction science team places 5th in Vegas

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University endowments across Texas fell in 2009 Nathan Alsbrooks

Katy Ralston The Battalion Caution: heavy construction ahead. These words warn people of an upcoming area undergoing maintenance, but for one group of Aggie construction science majors it means something different. These students spent three months producing a 150-page proposal for the National Association of Home Builders’ Residential Construction Management Challenge. The seven-member team was assigned the project at the end of the fall semester. They had until Jan. 6 to complete the proposal and compete with other teams across the country. Once the proposal was submitted, the teams traveled to Las Vegas, Nev., to present their proposal to a panel of judges who are all construction company executives and field questions about their process and decisions. “Students work on a residential construc-

Every Sunday in the fall, millions of Americans grab an ice-cold beverage, plop down in front of the television and indulge in watching millionaires throw their bodies around like rag dolls. It’s the pastime of this country. The National Football League. The $7.6 billion machine. And the most immoral professional sports organization in the world. Less than a week before its marquee event, everything should be roses in

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Pictured left to right: Jody Goldman, K’rina Graham, Phillip Gazca, Loren Schleimer, and Charlie Wolfe, all members of Texas A&M’s student chapter of the National Association of Home Builders, and winners of the national competition in Las Vegas from Jan. 18-22. tion management challenge based on an actual home building site that includes specifications, plans and schematics,” said Page Browning, who heads the NAHB Student Chapters program and competition. “For example, for the 2010 See Construction on page 4

Special to The Battalion A trend among U.S. universities reveals trouble, according to a study released by the Commonfund Institute, a nonprofit group that polled 629 educational endowments on results. Endowments at several schools lost nearly one fourth of the value. In addition, a report released by the Council for Aid to Education states charitable donations to colleges and universities fell 11.9 percent in 2009, to $24.85 billion, the largest ever recorded decline in a single year. However, officials have said it’s in better shape than the numbers indicate. Both reports indicate the overall unhealthiness of endowments can be related to the recession that has plagued the American economy. However, the endowment crisis has not been

Top 5 fundraising universities 1. Stanford University ($640.11 million) 2. Harvard University ($601.64 million) 3. Cornell University ($446.75 million) 4. University of Pennsylvania ($439.77 million) 5. Johns Hopkins University ($433.39 million)

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Tufts University professor of psychology Robert Sternberg will be speaking at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center Sternberg’s lecture “Creativity is a Decision� will focus on everyone’s ability to be creative.

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relegated to institutions that serve mainstream Americans. The top 20 institutions in the nation saw their endowments plummet a staggering 11.8 percent. However, university officials have said they’re in better shape than the numbers indicate. Vice Chancellor for Treasury Services Gary Anderson said A&M should be unscathed for now. “This year, we’re fine,� Anderson said. “Next year, we should be in good shape. Only if there’s a prolonged downward market will there be decreases that are significant.� According to the study, The University of Texas System’s endowment, one of the largest in the country, fell from $16.2 billion in 2008 to $12.2 billion in 2009. Texas A&M System’s endowment dropped from $6.7 billion in 2008 to $5.1

billion in 2009. Like other major universities nationwide, UT and A&M spend 4 to 5 percent of their endowments each year. “I believe the situation will be an issue only if tuition rates increase as a direct result,� said sophomore industrial engineering major Fabian Hernandez. Sophomore civil engineering major Rachel Poulin shared his concern. “Tuition increases are the worst thing that could possibly happen to students right now because it will prevent students from being able to afford college,� she said. While the decrease in endowment may cause alarm, college officials are urging students and parents not to panic. Interest earned from these endowments usually accounts for little of a university’s actual operating budget. Universities have a tendency to judge the performance of their endowments over the course of several years. While the universities across the nation may have lost an average of 18.7 percent of their endowments in 2009, that number shrinks

significantly to just 2.3 percent when the last three years are taken into consideration. “No matter This year, we’re how good we ďŹ ne. Next year, think we are, we’ve got to we should be in reset our exgood shape. pense line,â€? - Gary said Kevin Anderson, vice Hegarty, chancellor vice presifor Treasury dent and chief Services financial officer at UT Austin. Many financial advisers at universities across the state are claiming permanent changes may emerge from the declines. Rice University has halted salary increases for individuals making less than $60,000 per year and has also cut back on heating and cooling costs during adverse weather conditions.

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Teams of four students will test their knowledge of black history in a special version of the Think Fast game show from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10 in Studio 12 of The Commons. The winning team will take home $1,000. Admission for spectators is free.

Attend the Catwalk for HIV/AIDS Awareness fashion show from 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 18 in Rudder Theater. Students wear items from retailers while learning about HIV/AIDS. Admission is free.

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The Don Quixote Four Million Volume Exhibit is featured in the Cushing Memorial Library displaying the University Libraries’ 4 millionth volume, a rare edition of Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote de La Mancha, Parts I and II until Feb. 19.

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hen Kevin Smith graduated Texas A&M University in 1997, he set off to make his mark in the Texas country music scene. Now, 13 years later, Smith has released his second album, “Mantle of Misfortune,” and is returning to Aggieland to play at Northgate this weekend. Smith’s love for music started with piano lessons at age 8, continued into middle school when he picked up the bass guitar and later, the standard guitar. “It was late high school when I made the conscious decision that this was what I was going to be doing,” he said. “It wasn’t until I got to A&M that I got my first paid gig, at The Tap, a gig that paid $50 a week; it was called ‘Sing Along with Kevin Smith.’ It started from there — as soon as I got paid for the first show playing music. Once that started, it never stopped.” Smith continued to play wherever he could during his years at A&M, including sorority and fraternity parties, events on campus and opening up for bands coming through town. “The A&M community really embraced the Texas music scene, back in 1995, 1996, 1997 when Pat Green and Cory Morrow were riding the wave [of Texas country music] and it was real big,” he said. “Everyone encouraged

me [at A&M]. They were a huge part of my tive sound. energy that I got. I fed off that, all the excite“Kevin was really open to other artistic ment up there.” input and we came out with a real uniqueAfter graduation, Smith recorded his first sounding product,” he said. “He pours himself CD, then moved back to Austin to pursue his into his songs and he is not afraid to wear career, where he began the life of a musician his heart on his sleeve, which is the mark of and the experiences that went with it. This any good song writer. He’s an old soul and it included playing for the troops on a USO tour shows up in his work.” where he played for two and a half weeks in Adam Brewer, Smith’s manager and childItaly, Spain and Greece, where he said he met hood friend, said he believes Smith is the man other A&M students who were happy to see to take Texas country music to the next level. another Aggie along the tour. “He is the dark horse, he is the future of Another memorable experience on the Texas what Texas music will be categorized as,” he country music scene for Smith was playing with said. “We are in a little bit of a lull, a big dark one of his music heroes: Waylon Jennings. spot in Texas country right now. I think Kevin “I had a chance to open up a show for Waylon is going to be the one turn the page from the Jennings in Austin right before he died,” old style to the new style.” Smith said. “I got a chance to watch One of the lessons Smith took the show from right behind him, from A&M is persistence, and got the chance to walk him something he said he clings Kevin Smith will be to his car and tell him how to today. playing from 10 p.m. to 1 much his music means to me, “One thing that has gota.m. on Saturday at Cedar he looked at me and said, ten me through these years Lane for their grand ‘Thank you, hoss.’” that I did learn at A&M is opening. Smith is promoting his a quote that nothing in the new album, writing and strivworld should take the place ing to get back into the studio of persistence, that keeps me to record another one. going,” he said. “Whether I am making $30,000 a As for his advice to aspiring musiyear, $100,000 or $ 1 million, I’m just going to cians, Smith offers some candid words. keep on doing it,” he said. “I have been doing “Stop now, don’t go forward. No, [just kidit too long and I made a commitment too long ding], the people who choose to do this for a ago, it’s one of those things I keep on doing and career — you can’t stop them, it is something I hope it pays off one day.” in their genes and in their blood,” he said. “As Phil Prichett, who produced, recorded and much as I have learned not to do this at times in played on Smith’s album, said Smith was open my career — I can’t not do it, it’s that ‘keep on to collaboration and that resulted in a distinckeeping on’ attitude.”

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of Wolfe, Gazca, Jody Goldman, Tyler Dodd, Magee Solomon, Loren Schleimer and K’Rina Graham, members of the Texas A&M NAHB student chapter. The Texas A&M NAHB chapter won the distinction of 2010 Outstanding Student Chapter. The purpose of the NAHB student chapters is to help enrich the educational experience of students and give them first-hand exposure to the building industry as an invaluable complement to their studies.

“Its primary goal is to prepare students to be the most qualified candidates entering the workforce,” Browning said. Ryan McCloskey, president of the A&M chapter, said that NAHB tries to provide opportunities for members to gain experience and leadership skills in order to network with other residential companies for internships and permanent jobs. The Residential Construction Management Challenge provided just that, Gazca said.

“It’s definitely a good learning experience and good networking experience because we worked with a lot of national industry professionals, one out of San Antonio and another developer out of Houston,” Gazca said. Although all of this year’s team will graduate before next year’s competition, Wolfe said they plan on still being involved if needed. “We are all going to be helping out next year in one way or another,” Wolfe said. “We won’t be on the team but we will be helping out again.”

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undergarments in your possession. Have a nice day.” (Those of you readers who are into logic Step 2: Get a job at a washing machine may try to point out that if that all of my manufacturer. undergarments were in the washer, I would have to be doing the laundry naked. This may Step 3: Buy a new washing machine with explain why the washing machine decided to your employee discount. commit suicide.) I bring this up because as we speak right And when I say every single pair, I mean now, my tub is completely full of sodden every single pair, even the junky second-tier soapy laundry. You may wonder why. If you ones that are reserved for absolute emergendon’t care, I’m going to tell you anyway. Al- cies and have serious defects, such as being low me to explain by reviewing a transcript of made entirely out of steel wool. my most recent clothes-washing experience. Try just for a moment to imagine the Me: “...and now I’ll add the soap and press psychological hardship of starting a semester the button here and —” not only without lucky rocket ship underWashing Machine: “Kachoing! Urk!” pants, but without the emotional support of Me: “What the hell does that mean?” underpants of any kind whatsoever. Now I Washing Machine: “It means that I have ask you, should any American have to live decided to commit suicide whilst running like this? (The answer is no, just in case you a load that included every single pair of were wondering). Step 1: Get a master’s degree in engineering.

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regard to the NFL. Revenues are at an all-time high. Superstars litter fields across the country. And television ratings are booming like never before. However, the gold standard of professional leagues has an issue that’s beginning to rear its very ugly head (pun intended): the debilitating effects of a football career on a player’s brain. It’s an extremely prevalent problem that is going to have lasting effects on the sport this country has grown to love. The statistics coming out of late are downright scary. For instance, in the 30 to 49 age group, a study found that in professional football players, symptoms of dementia, Alzheimer’s or other memory related diseases are 20 times more common than in other people of the same age group. Twenty times more common. Or how about the fact that interior linemen in the NFL suffer around 1,000 hits to the head every season, many of which are the equivalent of a car accident’s effect on the brain. As experts begin to shed light on the damage done on the gridiron, the NFL and its porous policies are being put in the spotlight, and rightfully so. The profit-crazy higher-ups have been throwing their gladiators out into their personal coliseums for years and have turned a blind eye to the carnage left 20 years down the road. The NFL doesn’t have guaranteed contracts. And they supply next to no health insurance or retirement benefits. The players who built the foundation in the early years for the league’s present success have been disregarded like redheaded stepchildren — with tormenting and infinitely lasting headaches. For an example, Hall of Famer “Iron” Mike Webster who is widely regarded

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as the greatest center in the history of the league, retired after 18 seasons in the pros and was given nothing. He began suffering from dementia and depression soon after retirement. A living legend was relegated to living in bus stations. In order to get to sleep at night, he would taze himself because it provided him with an escape from pain. He died at 50. What about offensive lineman Terry Long? The same Terry Long who suffered from depression because of a damaged brain and eventually killed himself at 45. Or, take Andre Waters, whose brain tissue had degraded to that of an 85-yearold before he took his own life at 44. Heck, look to the youth football ranks. Since 1997, 50 children high school age or younger have been killed or have sustained life-changing head injuries due to play on the football field. With these statistics and stories, the obvious question remains: How did we get here? And the answer is simple. In America, we love power. We love violence. We love collisions. We love sheer athleticism. And we love competitiveness and courage. So, when a sport encompasses all of our favorite things, we tend to pay attention. Hence, the growth of the football empire. And with natural evolution and modern technology growing exponentially, the game we love is getting faster and more violent. I mean, who doesn’t salivate at the thought of watching 250-pound musclebound battering rams sprint full speed at each other? But, as players get faster and stronger, they also are more dangerous. And, although equipment makers are consistently coming out with products to help alleviate the physical risks, there’s no way to reduce the damages done to the brain over a long period of time. This brings up the major problem. Football could very well be on the brink

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they began abusing steroids and harboring an Some of you may think I’m just whining insatiable thirst for human flesh. However, the and the easy solution is to throw everything aroma of the evolutionary process left someinto the dryer regardless of its level of soapthing to be desired. Namely, the ability to itude. This is actually a pretty good idea, breathe anywhere within a five-block radius if you want to find out how allergic your of my house. skin is to laundry detergent (Short answer: Unfortunately, I couldn’t afford the prohibvery. Long answer: aaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrr itive costs of price-gouged free market repair ggggggghhhhhhhh!) And when I’ve got services (they charge extra for HazMat treata quiz first thing in the morning, I don’t ment). I wasn’t just going to sit there and wait have time to hand-rinse everything in the for the Creature from the Black Lagoon to bathtub (what is this, “Little House on crawl out of my washing machine and the Prairie?”) Now, I thought it start kidnapping B-movie actresses, was bad enough that the most Sometimes, (although if he did, at least I important part of my wardrobe wouldn’t have to worry about was sopping wet and full of you don’t have soiling my underwear). So I had soap. Little did I know that any choice but no other choice than to resort the washing machine had to air your dirty to home remedies of dubious another surprise in store. Not laundry. safety, such as making my little content to merely stop draining brother siphon it out with a hose water, the machine, through and then dumping the plague-bearing some instantaneous miracle of biolswamp water into my unsuspecting roomogy, transformed this ordinary water and mate’s tub. I haven’t heard any complaints soap into a steaming fetid algae swamp of rancid death. yet, but that’s probably just because the sea It was interesting to see an entire ecosystem monkeys got him. growing in my laundry room, complete with On the positive side, my little brother’s floating fungi colonies and what appeared to gotten a lot less annoying ever since his bube some sort of primordial animal life. Rebonic plague kicked in. member those stupid packets of “sea monJames Cavin is a senior English major. keys” that museum shops sell? Now imagine if

of a death from the ground up. For precedence, take a gander at boxing. In the 1970s, boxing, like football today, was in its heyday. Foreman, Frazier and Ali. The Rumble in the Jungle. The Thrilla in Manilla. Names and events living in American cultural literacy. Now, what’s left? Quick, name the heavyweight champion of the world. Anybody? People began to realize the collateral damage of the sport. Popularity plummeted as the country saw its greatest superstar exiled to vegetable status. Suffice to say, not many people went gaga over the prospect of living life post-40 in a punch-drunk state. Football is, currently, in this same boat. Let’s say, hypothetically, you’re the parent of an abnormally athletic 10-year-old boy. What sport are you going to pick for your son? Behind one door sits golf. Or baseball. Or basketball. A lifetime of good money. Maybe some arthritis and painful joints. Behind the other door is football. A lifetime full of potentially crippling injuries and assured brain damage. Tough decision, eh? I’m going to go out on a limb and say that, in the future, more and more sane-thinking parents are going to pass on shoulder pads. And that thought alone is beginning to scare the NFL into taking action. They’ve already instituted a procedure forcing teams to have an independent neurologist on staff. That way, an objective decision can be made on a player’s playing status for the good of the person, not the team. In the NCAA, specifically at A&M, schools have begun to recognize the seriousness of the situation. “The key thing is being able to evaluate and recognize the concussion and not allowing the player to return to play prior to full recovery,” said A&M football trainer David Reid. “It’s not just about symptomatic recovery, but also

about having full restoration of cognitive function. One of the things we utilize is neuropsychological testing, which is a computer-based system that is an objective measurement of cognitive ability. On all of our players, we give baseline tests at the beginning of their careers at A&M. So, if a concussion occurs, we have something to compare it to.” Objective testing and opinion is a good start. But there is much needed to be done in order to sustain some semblance of credibility amongst the population. In the future, there needs to be better testing for performance-enhancing drugs, such as human growth hormone. If players continue to get stronger, the results will only continue to get more catastrophic. If all else fails, the time may come for some sort of a weight limit. Keeping players below 275 pounds would definitely help in reducing the debilitating effects of repetitive hits. But more than anything, the players need to take this problem more seriously. Yes, grit and determination is admired in the locker room, but there comes a time when life and death is a little more important than winning and losing. On Sunday, many of you will tune into the Super Bowl. Likewise, thousands of ex-players will probably do the same thing. They’ll sit in their recliner and pop four or five painkillers. At the same time, they’ll try to think back to their days on the field. They’ll try to remember what it was like to don shoulder pads and a helmet. And they’ll come up with … blanks. The NFL and the sport of football are in the midst of an image-altering problem. A problem that, like the brain damage done to so many, may be beyond repair. David Harris is a junior economics major and sports editor.

Brain injury symptoms ◗ Pain: Constant or recurring headache

◗ Motor Dysfunction: Inability to control or coordinate motor functions, or disturbance with balance ◗ Sensory: Changes in ability to hear, taste or see; dizziness; hypersensitivity to light or sound

◗ Cognitive: Shortened attention span; easily distracted; overstimulated by environment; difficulty staying focused on a task, following directions or understanding information; feeling of disorientation and confusion and other neuropsychological deficiencies. ◗ Speech: Difficulty finding the “right” word; difficulty expressing words or thoughts; dysarthric speech. SOURCE: American Association of Neurological Surgeons

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Omar arrives on the scene Freshman swimmer is already setting records at A&M By Beau Holder | The Battalion The second thing one notices about him is his sense of self-awareness; the way he is genial and polite and brief without being standoffish, how calm he seems within himself. He is casual and outgoing in familiar company, respectful otherwise. Though sociable, he smiles and listens and thinks about what he says before he says it, with amiable candor. Good people like him tend to stand out. That is the second thing one notices. The first? The results. Accomplishments like these stand out pretty well on their own. As a freshman, he’s already beaten the oldest school record by nearly a full second and won at least two events in every dual meet he’s participated in, including against defending NCAA champion Auburn. Look closer. It only begins there. His name is Omar Enriquez. He’s in the fast lane on the way to stardom. The Auburn meet on Jan. 9 was labeled his breakout performance after two wins and a second-place finish against the No. 5 Tigers. In the Aggies’ Jan. 23 road win against No. 17 LSU, his 9:13.42 time in the 1,000-yard freestyle knocked off Rick Walker’s 9:14.17 that had stood for 27 years. Against SMU on Jan. 29, in a 119-118 win for the Aggies, he won the 1,000 free easily; then, upon being told on short notice that he would also swim the 200 free, entered the water a few minutes later without complaint and finished third. Later in that competition he dominated the 500 free from beginning to end. While the national stage isn’t within reach yet, the freshman sensation from San Andrés Tuxtla, Mexico is quickly building a

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reputation at A&M. Yet, around the program, there is just as much talk about his intangibles as about his potential. “[Enriquez] enjoys racing,” said men’s Head Coach Jay Holmes. “I don’t ever have to ask him to work hard.” Enriquez’ coach isn’t the only one extolling his drive. “Work ethic,” said junior team captain Balazs Makany, when asked for Enriquez’s most notable quality. “He is just a guy who gets everything done that is given to him. You have to be mentally prepared to be a distance swimmer. He’s one of those guys. He doesn’t complain.” Amidst those who rave about his enthusiasm and call him a great teammate, Enriquez would have one believe nothing less should be expected — of him or of anyone else. “I have a pretty big opportunity that a lot of people would like to have,” he said. “To come to a great school like A&M on a scholarship to swim … I feel like I should always give my all. The ones who don’t are the ones I think should be looked at.” He’s making waves now as a distance swimmer at a school rich with tradition and a program known nationally for its diving and relay teams, but his start wasn’t as grandiose. “I used to have asthma,” he said. “When I was six, the doctors said swimming would help. My mom took me every day.” Enriquez said swimming helped cure his asthma within four or five years, and he continued to do it. It was afterwards that his future in the sport truly began to develop. “I started taking it seriously when I was 12,” he recalled. “I made a junior national team at home.” He enjoys being an Aggie and

Men’s basketball: vs. No. 24 Baylor 3 p.m. Saturday @ Reed Arena

said his favorite part of the school is the traditions — one of many reasons he decided to commit to swim in College Station. “I knew that [A&M] was a pretty good school,” he said. “I came two years ago for a meet and had a chance to see it. Anyone who comes here would love it. A lot of Mexican swimmers also came here before me and loved it.” The list of noteworthy things about the freshman doesn’t stop there. He’s no bigger a fan of movies and music than anyone else, but professed reading to be his biggest hobby. “I like to read fantasy,” he said. “Stuff like ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Eragon.’” This coachable, team-first freshman strolls into natatoriums around the country and wins the large majority of the individual events he competes in, many handily, but even his best performances take a back seat to the greater goal of team advancement. It was more of the same after he reopened the record book in Baton Rouge. “It feels pretty good and it was a pretty good time, but I know I need to swim faster to help the team,” he said. “Still, it’s pretty cool to know my name will be on the wall [of records, in the Student Recreation Center Natatorium] next year.” His coach believes he can push himself to greater heights. “[Enriquez] expects to do well. He expects to win,” Holmes said. And, there is one thing the coach is willing to venture: “We’re not sure how good he is yet.” Time will tell, but the present is already speaking volumes. Nicholas Badger — THE BATTALION

Women’s basketball: @ No. 4 Nebraska 12 p.m. Saturday

Men’s swimming: vs. No. 1 Texas 6 p.m. Friday @ Student Rec

Women’s swimming: vs. North Texas 1 p.m. Saturday @ Student Rec

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