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On this day in 1899, Andrea Castañón Villanueva (Madam Candelaria), who claimed to be a survivor of the battle of the Alamo, died at age 113 in San Antonio. She said she had been born in Laredo in 1785, though other sources say she was born at Presidio del Río Grande. She came to San Antonio when she was 25 and married Candelario Villanueva, who she said was her second husband; thereafter she became known as Madam or Señora Candelaria. She was the mother of four children and raised 22 orphans. She nursed the sick and aided the poor.
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Looking at ‘Dear John’ Nicholas Sparks latest novel adaptation “Dear John” falls short of his previous hits and ﬁzzles almost as soon as it starts.
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Women’s team to play Tech A look at the No. 13 A&M women’s basketball team’s matchup against Texas Tech.
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Testing Texas’ Adderall policy With many students using unprescribed neuroenhancers as study aids, Texas needs to review its policy to reﬂect the reality when it comes to these drugs.
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Researchers find mangos to be effective in fighting certain types of cancers Ann Littman The Battalion Mango isn’t always exactly a big part of students’ diets, but maybe it should be. After a study conducted by Texas AgriLife Research food scientists, you may want to increase your mango intake, because the fruit has been linked to prevention of some colon and breast cancers. Texas A&M researchers studied the five most common types of mangos found
in the U.S. — Kent, Francine, Ataulfo, Tommy/Atkins and Haden. Despite being a popular fruit, there has been little research done upon the mango’s nutritional value, leading the National Mango Board to order a variety of studies to determine its nutritional value. “Mangos are rich in fiber, nutrients and antioxidant secondary plant compounds. However the concentration of antioxidant compounds is somewhat lower compared to blueberries, acai and other so-called su-
perfruit,” said Susanne Talcott, who conducted the cancer cell research with her husband Stephen Talcott. “The overall goal of the study was to compare the basic anti-cancer effects of different mango varieties.” Despite the low concentration of antioxidant compounds found in mangos, the Talcotts proceeded to test it against cancer in cell culture.
We found that the colon and breast cancer cell lines we tested seemed to be most susceptible to the treatment with mango polyphenolic extractions compared with the other cell lines we tested which were leukemia, lung and prostate. Susanne Talcott, Texas AgriLife Research food scientist
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Iran’s threat elevates world anxiety Matt Woolbright The Battalion Scholars, government officials and military officers worldwide call Iran and its nuclear operations a ticking time bomb. Iran may have hinted how much time is left before 00:00. Iran pressed ahead Monday with plans that will increase its ability to make nuclear weapons. The country informed the U.N. nuclear agency of its intention to enrich uranium to higher levels. Texas A&M Vice President for Student Affairs Lt. Gen. Joe Weber said Iran might be much farther along than they have let on.
“I’m very concerned about the small tactical nuclear bomb, or ’dirty bomb’ as it is called,” Weber said. “It’s not that difficult to sneak one near us and set it off.” Also on Monday, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that Iran would “punch” its enemies and leave them “shocked” — or “stunned” depending on the translation — on Thursday, the 31st anniversary of Iran’s Islamic Revolution. “The Iranian nation, with its unity and God’s grace, will punch the arrogance on the 22nd of Bahman [Feb. 11] in a way that will leave them stunned,” Khamenei said. The Associated Press reported that the “arrogance” Iran is targeting is the opposition group in the country — the
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12 Days for Haiti uniﬁes student relief effort
Singing cadets make way to South Africa Laura A. Sanchez The Battalion A few years ago, just when the Gulf War was making an impact on the lives of Americans and many others around the globe, a woman debated on not going to a concert, because she hated Americans. The performance was in Australia and featured the Texas A&M Singing Cadets, led by Texas A&M Choral Activities Director David Kipp. The woman didn’t want anything to do with Americans because of U.S. involvement in the war. Kipp said after hearing the voice of Aggieland perform, she felt differently about Americans. The current members of the Singing Cadets will depart for an international trip to South Africa on May 19. The Cadets have traveled to Australia and South America in recent years and have eight performances lined up in various villages and concert halls, including the U.S. Consulate. The three organizations of Choral Activi-
Green Way; the American Free Press, however, reported Western powers — U.S., Britain and Israel – as the targets of the “punch.” Just over a week before, on Jan. 31, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad met with his cabinet and spoke of events to come on the anniversary. “Iran will deal a telling blow to world powers on Feb. 11,” he said. The story was first reported by Iran’s international news network, Press TV. The same day, news sources across the U.S. reported that eight Patriot batteries – missile interception systems
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The Singing Cadets practice vocals for the upcoming performance trip to South Africa. ties, which also includes Women’s Chorus and Century Singers, rotate trips so each group takes a trip every three years. “One of our goals in Choral Activities is for all of our students to have an international
Texas A&M students are uniting in efforts to support Haiti relief with the campuswide calendar of events during “12 Days for Haiti.” “We’re grouping together all of the events around campus beneﬁting Haiti,” said Sarah Russell, Memorial Student Center vice president for educational exploration. “It’s more of a collaborative student effort.” “12 Days for Haiti” will highlight the efforts of multiple student organizations who are donating time and funds to support relief efforts currently ongoing in Haiti. The events are scheduled for Thursday through Feb. 22. The ﬁrst event will be a date auction on Thursday,
sponsored by the Student Engineers Council. On Friday, multiple bands will perform for the Aggie Haiti Relief Concert Thursday in Rudder Date Auction Auditorium. 6:30 p.m. Rudder Other Friday Relief Concert events 6 p.m. Rudder include a Chinese New Spring Festival Variety Show, an educational symposium by the Memorial Student Center and a dodgeball tournament. Proceeds from “12 Days for Haiti” will go to American Red Cross and UNICEF. For more information visit haiti.tamu.edu. Melissa Appel, staff writer
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Hear why itâ€™s important to learn Chinese
Students, faculty and staff may nominate someone for the John J. Koldus III Faculty and Staff Achievement Award. The nomination forms are available at http://dsaawards.tamu. edu/koldus, and must be submitted by 5 p.m. March 5.
The 2010 National Engineers Week, E-Week, will run through Friday. Events include a date auction at 6:30 p.m. today and a concert at 6 p.m. Friday. Funds will be donated to Haiti relief efforts.
Recruiters from more than 40 retail and retail-related companies will be in the Wehner building from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today recruiting students for full-time and internship positions. Students from all majors are invited to attend.
Shuhan C. Wang, deputy director of the National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland, will discuss from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Friday in Rudder Tower the difďŹ culties and the importance of the Chinese language.
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Robert Carpenter The Battalion Aaron Cohen, a former student who became a highly decorated public servant and professor emeritus, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree by Texas A&M University. Cohen, who lives in College Station with his wife, Ruth, was stunned to receive the award. â€œThe University has treated me so well over the years since I earned my degree in mechanical engineering in 1952,â€? Cohen said. â€œI must say I am very grateful and very appreciative of this honor that has come into my life this year.â€? The Board of Regents awarded the degree at the January meeting. After graduating, Cohen spent two years as an officer in the U.S. Army. Upon retirement, he spent the better part of the following decade working in industry. Cohen then began a highly distinguished career for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Cohen worked for NASA in the Apollo Spacecraft Program in 1962. After eight years, Cohen rose from materials and systems engineer to the position of manager of the Command and Service Module and of the Lunar Module. John Junkins, distinguished professor for the department of aeronautical engineering at A&M, said Cohenâ€™s work in the Apollo program was groundbreaking and difficult. â€œThe 1960s Apollo era is widely recognized as a golden era of humankindâ€™s engineering innovation,â€? Junkins said. â€œIt was a time when Aaron Cohen and a small group of other key players led our young space program to solve numerous daunting problems en route to the 1969 lunar landing and Armstrongâ€™s â€˜one small step for man ...â€™â€? Cohen contributed to all six lunar landings while serving in the Apollo program. In 1972, Cohen left Apollo to take charge of the Orbiter Space Shuttle Program. In this
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position, he directed the design, development, production and flight testing of the shuttle. In 1986, Cohen became director of the Johnson Space Center in Houston. After seven years, Cohen was appointed Cohen acting deputy administrator of NASA, the second highest position in the organization. When Cohen retired from NASA in 1993, his departure prompted praise and respect from then-NASA Administrator Dan Goldin. â€œAaron represents all of the finest you could hope for in a government servant,â€? Goldin said. â€œHe has brought technical excellence, integrity, dedication and leadership to the Johnson Space Center and NASA. His career serves as an example to us all, and he leaves behind a lasting legacy.â€? After leaving NASA, Cohen returned to A&M where he taught senior level courses for many years in the mechanical engineering department. Rodrigo Garza, a senior mechanical engineering major and recent Craig C. Brown Outstanding Senior Engineer designee, commended Cohenâ€™s decision to return to teaching. â€œLifetime accomplishments like Cohenâ€™s should act as an inspiration to set high goals throughout our lives. His decision to return to academia is particularly commendable, especially because after such a successful career, he decided to spread his knowledge and plant seeds in new generations of engineers.â€? Cohen said of the opportunity to teach at A&M, â€œIt was absolutely the right thing to do. â€œI had always thought about one day working with engineering students,â€? Cohen said. â€œHaving this second career exceeded all of my expectations. To serve on the faculty as the H.B. Zachry Professor of Engineering was a high honor and I treasured it.â€?
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Over the years, Cohenâ€™s exemplary careers with both NASA and A&M have merited virtually every honor the University can bestow.
â—— College of Engineering Alumni Award in 1987 â—— Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1989 â—— Academy of Distinguished Graduates in 1992 â—— Professor Emeritus upon his retirement in 2000 â—— twice honored by a standing president of the United States with the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive â—— four-time recipient of NASAâ€™s highest commendation, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal. â—— â€œWhen we ďŹ rst met during the 1970s, I was struck by the fact that his intellect, his high degree of technical competence and his â€˜failure is not an optionâ€™ strength of character were almost masked by a winning smile, a wonderful personality and a genuine interest in people. He is a man who develops lifelong friends, and I am proud to be one of them.â€? John Junkins, Cohenâ€™s long-time colleague and fellow professor
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Blinn freshman fire science major Ben Eason gives blood Friday at the Blood Center of Brazos Valley set up in front of Sbisa for the campus blood drive. The blood center supplies blood to hospitals in the Brazos Valley and Houston.
SCONA informs students about Asia speakers will contribute insight on an array of topics. â€œThe conference will have experts on China, India and a few other countries. They will speak on everything from cultures to politics to military interventions,â€? Hinds said. Participants at the event will be placed in groups of 9-14 people and will formulate a proposal to a particular problem facing the U.S. The Corps of Cadets will march to display the traditions of A&M for the attending universities. Registration for the conference will close Feb. 15, and the cost to register is $85. Robert Carpenter, staff writer
Registration is open for the 55th annual Student Conference on National Affairs. The topic of this yearâ€™s conference is â€œAsia Rising.â€? Events will focus on the challenges facing the U.S. as a result of the rapid growth of Asian states. The event takes place Feb. 25-27 at A&M and will bring in students and guest speakers from across the nation. In addition to A&M, universities such as Columbia, Principia, West Point, the Naval Academy, Rice and Texas A&M Qatar will be represented. Stephanie Hinds, a senior political science major and conferenceâ€™s vice chairwoman, said the
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Send someone special a singing valentine through the Women’s Chorus. The valentines will be delivered Feb. 12-14 by three singing women with candy and balloons. Valentines are $15 if delivered on campus and $18 for off campus. Call 979-8455974 to place an order.
Battle of the bands
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Watch the “Don’t Mess with Texas Metal Bands” battle it out for the chance to advance to the next round and compete for a $5,000 prize from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Friday in Stafford Main Street. The bands are chosen according to the audience response.
Reckless Kelly will be performing at 11 p.m. on Saturday at the Texas Hall of Fame for a CD release concert. Their latest CD, “Somewhere in Time,” was released today. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at http:// www.texashalloffame.net or at the door.
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.
The University Art Galleries Department will be organizing a prose and poetry competition until March 12 for students of Texas A&M and those part of the Blinn team. The students can comment on artworks on campus for cash prizes. For more information visit http://stark.tamu.edu/ exhibit.html.
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t’s cupid’s season again, and with Valentine’s Day looming close ahead, what we do without a novel-turned-movie by the modern king of heartrending romances, Nicholas Sparks?
While gauging the reactions of the mostly female crowd filing Megan Keyho out of the theater before entering the love war zone, the girls dabbed their red-rimmed eyes while their supportive boyfriends novel, it doesn’t translate to an enthralling and dynamic movie. yawned, a foreboding testament of what was to come. Instead, we have long panning shots of beautiful scenery strung toIf you didn’t know what a “Dear John” letter was before the gether over bland narration and a serene but lackluster soundtrack. movie (other than a letter to a guy named John), get ready to grab A music video on MTV might be more interesting unless you some tissues, or maybe just a tissue. have a soft spot for South Carolina beaches. “Dear John” begins with the classic cookie-cutter The scenes that do involve John and Savannah in Nicholas Sparks’ characters in a Sparks’ tale— the rugged handsome the same place are painfully cliché (think: kissing in latest screen man and the beautiful, good-natured girl, who the rain) and reminiscent of “The Notebook” at adaptation of his inevitably come together and fall into love in five times, only without the spunk and bordering on novel “Dear John” minutes. John Tyree, played by the striking Chanmonotonous. Savannah is described as a “conservahas a ﬂimsy plotline ning Tatum, is a soldier on leave from the army in tive” girl who doesn’t smoke, drink or party. But that sinks as soon as his hometown in South Carolina in the spring of she seems to have no problems with the hot and it starts. 2001, where he meets Savannah Curtis (Amanda Seyheavy make-out session with John a few days after fried), a college student who is virtuously spending her meeting him— just another problem with the character spring break building houses for the less fortunate. inconsistencies and their transparent and bland personalities. The heart of the story involves the love affair between John and One of the only convincing characters in the movie is John’s Savannah through letters when John returns to the army and is father (Richard Jenkins) who plays an emotionally withdrawn but away fighting in the Special Forces. He rarely is able to come back gentle and loving father, and who produces one of the only truly and see his beloved face to face, forcing the story to be told mostly convincingly tear-jerking scenes in the movie with his son. Savanthrough letters. nah’s childhood friend Tim (Henry Thomas) is another character While this can be a fascinating and introspective approach in a that has his moments of sincerity but his storyline is so farfetched that
even his decent acting skills can’t save him here. The story itself is uninspiring and most of the characters give us no real reason to care at all about what happens to them. When disaster hits on 9/11 Courtesy photos and John is faced with the Channing Tatum plays John decision to reenlist and leave Tyree in “Dear John,” a soldier Savannah for another two years, it hardly seems like it on leave who falls in love with should be an issue for people college student, Savannah Curtis who are in such a profound (Amanda Seyfried). state of love. Although Seyfried holds her own and has a few scenes where she is almost believable, she just doesn’t have the charismatic individuality of Rachel McAdams from “The Notebook.” Instead of sparks flying in intense scenes with the stoic Channing Tatum, things fizzle almost as fast as they start, leaving the audience bored and disappointed. The ending seems like an afterthought, as if only stuck on to make the movie a little more Hollywood and the girls swoon, but by this time you’ve hopefully realized that the only surprising aspect of the entire movie is the fact that you’ve been able to sit through one hour and 42 minutes of it.
Megan Keyho is a senior English major and lifestyles editor.
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hen I was 13, I had Pre-AP English, choir practice and blackheads. A scholarship offer to USC? Not so much. That, however, is what David Sills V has been given. Sills, a quarterback from Delaware, Kyle Cunningham has a six foot frame, solid menow, but he also has the apchanics and uncanny accuracy. pearance of a child I could feed Go to YouTube and watch for just pennies a day. How the video of this kid. Hitting much muscle will he even be his receivers on 20-yard deep able to add? Will his frame passes. Escaping the pass rush of take hits at the high school junior high defensive ends level? Thereâ€™s going who run 6.5 seconds to be a target on on the 40-yard dash. The case of this kid bigger Heâ€™s obviously a USC giving a than his actual man among boys, 13-year-old kid torso, which and thatâ€™s the a scholarship is isnâ€™t saying problem. ridiculous and much since First and forelaughable. heâ€™s built like a most, who is this Kenyan distance kid playing against? runner. This isnâ€™t high school, Also, isnâ€™t this one of where quarterbacks will octhe more depressing stories casionally still be facing top talin college sports? I mean, I ent. In junior high, you have understand kids giving verbal kids playing on the line just commitments as juniors in because of their heftiness. To high school. Theyâ€™re a year prove this point, I would like away from being an official you to look at my headshot. I commit and would like to played defensive line in junior have some stability in the high, and I never ran a 40-yard longest year of their life. dash in under five â€Ś minutes. Sure, he looks pretty solid See Scholarship on page 5
Travelinâ€™ to Tech No. 13 Aggies look to put end to road struggles in Lubbock Mike Teague The Battalion Texas A&Mâ€™s No. 13 womenâ€™s basketball team will travel to Texas Tech Wednesday in an important Big 12 matchup. A&M (16-5, 4-4) is in dire need of a victory in Lubbock. The Aggies have lost four of their last six games and havenâ€™t won on the road since beating Texas in the first game of conference play. Head Coach Gary Blair, however, said he can see the light at the end of the tunnel. â€œAfter we get through with this one road game against Tech, we play four out of our last seven at home and I think theyâ€™re very important games,â€?
Blair said. â€œThe thing is weâ€™re one game out of second-place. Thatâ€™s what we have to build on is being positive and knowing that nobody in front of us has had the road schedule weâ€™ve had to open it up. We lost to three Top 10 teams. What we have to do is give a little credit and realize that now is time for us to step up.â€? In the first meeting between A&M and Tech this season, the Aggies dominated a majority of the game but couldnâ€™t quite pull away from the Lady Raiders. The 6954 victory for A&M will not come so easy when the team See Tech on page 5
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