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Feb. 11, 1990 In South Africa, Nelson Mandela, at age 71, was released from prison after serving 27 years of a life sentence on charges of attempting to overthrow the apartheid government. In April 1994, he was elected president in the first all-race elections.

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lcohol use among college students is the worst-kept secret in the country. Weekend in and weekend out, students, many under the legal age requirement, consume their drink of choice at parties, at bars or in solitude. Many students may not understand the legalities and rules regarding alcohol consumption, purchase and possessions.


Over a century of tradition

Megan Ryan and David Harris discuss the advantages and disadvantages of being single and being in a relationship during the Valentine’s holiday.

inside sports | 5

Senior tennis star Elze Potgier, captain of the women’s tennis team, comes to A&M from South Africa and is finding life to be a tad busy.

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Listening with open arms On Saturday, show support for those struggling with depression by writing “love” on your arm.

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The Battalion

The Texas A&M University Police Department reported the crime which received the highest amount of charges, 431, in 2008 and 2009 combined was Driving While Intoxicated. Although many think the only way to get charged with a DWI is with a .08 Blood/Breath Alcohol Concentration, or BAC, it is up to the arresting officer. Punishments scale up with each occurring offense. For the first offense, a Class B misdemeanor, a person can receive a fine not to exceed $2,000, jail time ranging from three days to six months – six days is the minimum if an open container was in the car – and between 24 and 100 community service hours. The second offense is considered a Class A Misdemeanor. For the second DWI infraction within a five year span, the owner will be required to equip their vehicle with a special ignition switch that will prevent the car from starting if the driver has been drinking, like a breathalyzer for an automobile. On top of that, the offender will be subject to a fine of up to $4,000,

“If you only learn one thing in your college career, learn responsible drinking.” - Kristi Hosea University Police Master Officer

Editor’s Note

Single or taken?


See Laws on page 4

The Century Tree has stood in the heart of campus for more than 100 years and over time has accumulated many legends. Find out why the Century Tree is the most romantic spot on campus for Valentine’s Day.


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“Laws of liquor” is the second of a three-part series in which The Battalion examines the consequences of and recovery from inappropriate consumption of alcohol.

Big Event gets bigger Officers hope to up recruitment, job sites Brandi Tevebaugh The Battalion If being recognized by President Barack Obama at the Points of Light Forum in October was not enough, Big Event director Mallory Myers is trying to break the organization’s records for recruitment and jobs completed. “Our goal is to have 14,000 Aggies complete over 1,400 jobs,” said Myers, a junior political science major. “Last year, 12,500 Aggies completed over 1,200 jobs.” To reach its new goal, the organization began recruiting Tuesday morning and will continue recruiting for three weeks. Tables will be set up around campus to distribute participation forms. “We’ll be handing out stickers, buttons, cups, pens and sunglasses,

and then students can just sign up,” Myers said. “You can sign up as an organization, just a group of friends, or as an individual. If you sign up as an individual, we put you in a group.” To reach more students this year, the committee is trying new tactics. The organization will be recruiting in new places, such as the Student Recreation Center. The first 4,000 students to sign up will be given a free T-shirt. The Big Event committee is also trying to reach new groups. “We’re really reaching out to three areas of the student body that haven’t been reached out to as much: international students, graduate students and freshmen,” said Big Event recruitment executive Jake McDougal, a senior industrial distribution major. “Those three groups make up a large portion of the student body.” Big Event will be March 27. The

event began 28 years ago at Texas A&M and is the largest one-day student service project in the nation. “I think I am just most excited to be at kickoff to see 14,000 Aggies come together for one day,” Myers said. “It’s just going to be a wonderful thing to see all those Aggies ready to serve. It’s what drives me every day to get up and get ready. It’s just very exciting and very motivating.” Kickoff this year will include keynote speakers, a performance by the band Nelo, free sausage and drinks, Yell Practice and a cannon fire to send students to their worksites. Participants can expect to do anything from raking leaves to washing windows, but jobs cannot require power tools. Committee members check each site before the event. Big Event See Event on page 2

Investigation ongoing in student death Trigg Hughes, a sophomore physics major, was found dead in his apartment on Jan. 31. Officers at the College Station Police Department declined to comment on his death, saying the investigation is ongoing. Hughes’ friends remembered him as a student who was brilliant and passionate about finding answers. “Trigg absolutely loved the stars — he loved the universe and was fascinated by it,” said Ashley Tate, a junior industrial distribution major. “He was by far one of the smartest people I have met in my entire life. He would have done something

really incredible with his life.” While a student, Hughes was also an active member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Greg Luthy, a junior industrial engineering major and Beta Theta Pi brother, said Hughes is dearly missed by all who knew him. “He was a great guy and was always fun, always happy,” Luthy said. “He made everyone around him better and more comfortable. He had a whole world ahead of him. He was a happy person and we all loved him and miss him a lot.” Robert Carpenter, staff writer

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Funeral services Hughes’ funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Glen Meadows Baptist Church in San Angelo, Texas.

The Battalion The School of Rural Public Health was recently honored by the Latino Leaders Magazine when Dean Ciro V. Sumaya was named one of the “101 Most Influential Leaders in the Hispanic Community” out of more than 500 nominees. The list honors multidisciplinary leaders who are working hard to improve the Hispanic community at a national level in a wide range of fields. “The overall process is we make

a lot of phone calls to personal contacts and get a sense of who is important in their industry,” said Eric Baca, editor-in-chief of Latino Leaders Magazine. “We narrow the list to about 500 people, and we apply our own criteria.” Among the Sumaya various criteria for selecting the leaders, activity in philanthropies and national impact are among the See Sumaya on page 6

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Aggies will have the chance to show off their dance moves at the annual “So You Think Ags Can Dance” competition sponsored by Honors Student Council today. During the event, four student organizations will have the opportunity to showcase their own style of dance, and later the four groups will return to perform in a randomlyassigned dance style. Fade 2 Black, Akh Mastani, Aggie Wranglers and Salsa Fusion will be competing for the honor of being named champion of the event. “The audience, through applause, will account for a portion of the vote, while three judges account for the rest,” said Maren Cannell, Honors Student Council president. Student Body President Kolin Loveless, National Scholarship Coordinator and Honors Academic Adviser Kyle Mox and Cannell will be the appointed judges for the evening. The competition will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday in Rudder Auditorium. The event is free, and students are encouraged to arrive early to get a seat.

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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.

5K on Feb. 27 at Wolf Pen Creek Park. Entry fee is $25 a person and includes a shirt. All proceeds will benefit Fisher House at Fort Hood and a bicycle will be raffled to one finisher. Register at http://combat5k. com

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Junior nuclear engineering majors Brandon Blamer and Michael General simulate the detection of radioactive material Wednesday in a Zachry lab. These instruments provide support for forensic science, environmental soil monitoring, nonproliferation, homeland security and basic research.

A&M to be recognized as “StormReady” Today A&M will be recognized as a “StormReady” campus by the National Weather Service in a presentation at 4 p.m. in the Eller O&M Room 1208. “StormReady encourages communities to take a proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations and public awareness in partnership with their local National Weather Service office,” said Gene Hafele, meteorologist in charge of the National Weather Service Forecast office in Houston. Hafele will present university officials a certificate as well as StormReady University signs during the ceremony. To become StormReady, a community must establish a 24hour warning point and emergency operations center, and have multiple ways for the public to receive severe weather warnings. A formal

hazardous weather plan and a system that monitors local weather must be developed. Rita Matos, senior meteorology major and secretary of the A&M Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society said being recognized as StormReady is an honor for both the University and the community. “For us to be a StormReady community is good, not just for Texas A&M, but for the community as well,” Matos said. “It’s just great for us to be recognized. It’s another way for us to raise the bar.” Matos said the recognition is also important for the meteorology program at A&M. “As the only university in Texas that offers a certified undergraduate degree in meteorology, it just means that much more for us to have this recognition.” Samantha Johnson, staff writer

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raises awareness both those individuals who have AIDS and those who have parents or family members with AIDS — can make a difference by being more aware of the virus. For many college students, the AIDS virus “We all need to learn from each other. As has become a part of American life — fodder teachers, we need to make students aware and for Broadway musicals or charity funds in third world countries—but the co-founders of the first learn to be compassionate and understanding,” said Angela Cornelius, an A&M instructor who ever International Children’s AIDS Day, Rod recently presented “Little Secret,” a documenCastle and Oscar Velasquez, occurring Feb. 12, tary about HIV-positive teens, to one of are determined to change that. Castle and her Teaching, Learning and Culture Velasquez are having a conference undergraduate classes. at Rice University in Houston to “It’s not just an overseas issue. raise awareness about AIDS and Co-founders of It’s happening right here,” she HIV and the devastating impact Children’s AIDS Day said. it has upon youth. push to educate others This event has already been While many of the conferon the effects AIDS can commended by Gov. Rick Perry ence’s topics are aimed at those have on children. and proclaimed an official event working with children, many by Houston mayor Annise Parker, are applicable to college-aged who will be speaking at the event students. For instance, guest speakers about the city’s role as a worldwide will discuss media technology’s potential healthcare leader in HIV and AIDS treatment. to educate young people on how to keep from Children’s AIDS Day is dedicated to the 143 contracting HIV. million children who have lost a parent to the “The first thing that everyone should do is disease, the 700,000 children under the age of know their status and if sexually active, they 15 who have contracted HIV and the millions must get a test regularly. This is a great way that of other children across the globe affected by college students could help — by organizing on-campus testing sites. Also, students should be the virus. “We discovered there had never been a day educated on what HIV is and how it spreads,” to honor children impacted by AIDS. There’s a Castle said. World AIDS Day, but there was nothing just for Even those who are not directly impacted by children,” Castle said. “We need to raise awarethe disease — a term used by Castle to describe

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ness about this issue before it gets out of hand; it’s a huge issue, it’s growing. I think the statistics are that every 14 seconds a child somewhere in the world loses a parent due to AIDS.” Castle and Velasquez organized the non profit Osito Foundation, which donates teddy bears to children impacted by HIV or AIDS and other chronic illnesses. After donating more than 4,000 plush toys across the nation, Castle said they were determined to find ways to make a difference. The Children’s AIDS Network was launched to provide information to professionals working with the families of young AIDS patients. From there, the two began to work with healthcare providers and businesses to plan an educational conference addressing the ways HIV is affecting children and their families. “A lot of children will get AIDS and it’s not like they did anything personally to contract it,” said Kristen Carter, a junior biochemistry and genetics major. “If a mother is HIV positive and she knows, then she can take steps to prevent transmitting the disease to her child. But if she hasn’t been tested, she can pass it on during breastfeeding or childbirth. You have to be extremely careful with your kid.” Carter said people do not think about AIDS occurring in white, upper-middle class communities and more people need to be aware that the virus is not contracted solely from injected drugs or sexual intercourse.

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Children’s AIDS Day encourages college students to support the cause by petitioning to set up HIV testing sites on campus. “Few people realize this, but the two highest levels of infections are in the heterosexual community: the first being in heterosexual AfricanAmerican women and the second being in young heterosexual males,” Castle said.

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Dormitory disasters A Walton Hall resident adviser saw the effects of alcohol intoxication after a student had a relative for the weekend. “[The relative] got completely hammered at the party and once he got back to the dorm, he snapped,” the RA said. “He broke out a window with his arm and lacerated the arm really badly. He ran throughout the dorm and bled everywhere. He then went down a floor and kicked in someone’s door.” Campus police and EMS were called. The student was arrested and taken to the hospital that night. Not only can students endanger others when intoxicated, they can harm themselves. “A resident went to a party and took way too many shots,” the RA said, “Afterwards, he was carried back to the dorm unconscious by a friend after they were dropped off by a stranger. A security guard noticed the student carry his friend into the building and notified the help desk. I was paged and got to the room and the kid was passed out on the floor and couldn’t respond.” EMS and the police department were called and helped the student regain consciousness, when the student vomited on himself, the RA said. The decision was made to send him to the hospital to spend the night to sober up. “He could have died if the security guard hadn’t seen them,” the RA said.

Crime of consumption Public Intoxication, with 378 offenses in the last two years, is the next highest crime seen by UPD. According to state law, public intoxication is when an individual is a danger to themselves

or others in a public place because of alcohol consumption. There is no set standard for an arrest, just the judgment of the officer. The offense is a Class C Misdemeanor and punishable by a fine not to exceed $500. “Unlike a DWI where an officer may ask you to perform field sobriety tasks, officers do not need to for PI,” UPD Master Officer Kristi Hosea said. “Officers just need to articulate that they believe the person to be a danger to themselves or others.” Possession by a minor is the third highest offense noted by UPD, although it is a crime students are most guilty of. In 2009, there were 155 offenses. Defining “possession” is where it becomes confusing. Ownership is not just holding the alcoholic drink in their hand or on their person. Instead, it can be as simple as being in the vicinity of the beverage. “An MIP is not only holding an alcoholic drink, but being in control or custody of that drink,” Hosea said. “I use the example of ‘If there are four people 21 or older sitting at a table drinking beer at a bar and one gets up to go to the bathroom and a friend sits down in his seat who is not 21 yet, with four beers on the table and four people sitting at the table, the underage friend is now a minor in possession.’ Even though it is not his beer, he is now in control of that beer. He is a minor in possession.”

Accidental tips One student, who wished to remain anonymous, recapped an arrest made in early 2008. “Two friends and I were headed to Harry’s and we decided to have a drink before we went to loosen up and just have fun,” said the junior environmental design major. “We drove to Harry’s and one of my friends took his cup into my car without me knowing. We parked the car after driving around and almost hit another car because I was looking for a parking place close to the door. ” The near-accident tipped off the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission officers in the area, who followed the student and friends. “I saw my friend had brought his cup with alcohol in it, and I stupidly said to set it outside the car,” the student said. The officers found the cup, then confronted the students before they

could enter Harry’s. One officer searched the student’s car twice, and another aske them about consumption. The owner of the cup was given a Minor in Possession, while the two others were charged with Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor. A week later, the student received deferred adjudication. “I received a $350 fine, 25 hours of community service and [a mandate] to take an alcohol class,” the student said. “The class was two sessions and cost $60.” Looking back, the student said it was a mistake. “I was doing something stupid and got caught “I was doing which is a something chance that I stupid and got was willing to take caught which is then,” the a chance that I student was willing to said. “Now taken then. Now I just don’t I just don’t see see the the point.” point. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy drinking and having fun, but that experience was an eye-opener.” Not only is it illegal to possess alcohol as a minor, it is illegal to provide alcohol to a minor. Many students of legal age collect money from underage friends and buy alcohol for them, but unless the buyer is a parent, spouse or guardian in the area, this is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $4,000 and prison for up to one year. “I tell students, ‘If you only learn one thing in your college career, learn responsible drinking, because there are adults out there that have never learned how to do that,’” Hosea said.

Texas arrests by the numbers 1,082 DUI under 18 90,066 DUI all ages 4,426 drunkenness all ages SOURCE: The Century Council (2008)




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any students struggle to balance school and social life while attending Texas A&M. Senior Elze Potgieter of the women’s tennis team has completed her career at A&M balancing tennis, the Professional Program of Accounting and her business organization Phi Beta Lambda, all while twice becoming a member of the Academic All-Big 12 Team. Potgieter is the definition of a student athlete. Potgieter joined the Aggies in the fall of 2006 from Petrusville, South Africa. A well-traveled junior tennis player, Potgieter trained at the Performance Center in Pretoria, South Africa while competing in tournaments in the International Tennis Federation. After visiting University of North Carolina, University of San Diego and A&M, Potgieter sided with A&M because she could play tennis and pursue her professional business career. “Texas A&M puts a lot of emphasis on their athletes and I really liked that,” Potgieter said. “The coaches put a lot of emphasis on the Professional Program and when I found out I could get my masters in five years and take the CPA exam that definitely appealed to me a lot.” At the beginning of the spring semester, Potgieter was admitted into the Mays Business School Professional Program and began juggling master’s level accounting

classes with tennis. After practice, Potgieter has spent many late nights studying in the West Campus Library allowing her to succeed both on and off the court. “The Professional Program obviously takes most of my time and it is my number one priority along with tennis,” Potgieter said. “PPA students normally work on everything together so the only times I can work are late at night. I have to work late at night and don’t normally have much of a social life because I live in the library and Wehner.” Before the Big 12 Conference tournament in April, Potgieter was forced to miss the qualifying rounds while she stayed behind to participate in PPA recruiting. After meeting with a few of the Big Four accounting firms, Potgieter caught a plane to Norman, Okla. to join the rest of the team. The sacrifice helped land Potgieter an internship with Price Waterhouse Coopers for this summer. “It was really a crucial time for me because it was during tennis season when I was traveling a lot, but I also had to devote time to recruiting with these companies,” Potgieter said. “I couldn’t make all of it so Coach had to sacrifice some, I had to sacrifice some, and it was so hard to deal with all of it. I knew it was something I

had to do because that is why I am here.” As Potgieter enters her final season with the Aggies, she was selected as team captain and leads the team from her No. 1 singles position. In her first match of her senior year, Potgieter defeated the highest ranked opponent of her career by knocking off Clemson’s Josipa Bek who ranks No. 9 in the nation. “Elze is a leader and she is more directed right now in a very good way,” said A&M Head Coach Bobby Kleinecke. “She is our captain this year and she has done an excellent job of that. I think everything is lined up for her to go out with a good season.” To go out with a good season, Potgieter said she would like nothing more than to defeat Texas. In her three years with the Aggies, Potgieter is 0-6 against the Longhorns and has lost 4-3 in three of the six contests. Potgieter will get her chance on April 20 when the Aggies welcome the Longhorns to George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. “Even just beating Texas [would be great],” Potgieter said. “I have lost 4-3 to Texas way too many times and I want to beat them so bad. That is definitely one of my goals because I want to feel what [a win against Texas] feels like.”

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Before that, Sumaya served as the presidential appointee at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for four years. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and later his master’s degree of public health at Tulane University. Sumaya is recognized for his publications on pediatric viral infections, although his recent publications have focused on national health care policies.



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he second annual “To Write Love On Her Arms Day,” or TWLOHA, is taking place on Feb. 13. People from around the world are encouraged to write “Love” on their arms in support and memory of those who are battling depression, suicide, addiction and self-injury.

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and 22.9 percent of college students report fighting drug and alcohol related addiction. People all around us, some whom we may never even suspect, are fighting for their lives in one of the deadliest diseases in today’s era. “Depression is a huge problem in the colThe second annual “To Write Love On Her lege student population,” said John Greden of Arms Day,” or TWLOHA, is being celebrated the University of Michigan depression center. on Feb. 13. People from around the world are “Depression is both a physical disorder, rooted in encouraged to write “Love” on their arms in brain chemistry and our genes, and an emotional support and memory of those who are battling and environmental disorder, meaning that it’s depression, suicide, addiction and self-injury. accentuated by stressful life events.” Many famous celebrities support TWLOHA, It is essential to fight this disorder together. a non-profit organization, and its efforts to help others. Supporters included the Rocket Summer, Showing support is perhaps the most pertinent form of medicine and therapy depressed people Switchfoot, Blue October, Onerepublic, Miley need. Caring about others is deeper and more Cyrus and even Joaquin Phoenix. touching then any form of medicine. Now you’re probably saying, “How does I can’t say I have personally writing love on my arms help people?” Essensuffered from such a terrible tially, the writing is a way of showing support disorder, but I have seen some to others that are struggling or recovering On Feb. 13, write of my closest friends suffer from these issues. They can see the suplove on your arm from depression. Through port on your arm, and maybe even talk. them, I learned that support and reach out to A big part about this week is sharing and love are among the best personal stories with others, in hopes of those struggling forms of help for someone inspiring and showing others the impact with depression. during their struggle. While of being loved. I may not be able to relate to “TWLOHA also encourages people to their feelings and emotions, I can have honest conversations about these issues, understand and respect how tough it to live in community and to seek help for must be. Therefore I support them by showing these treatable conditions,” said founder Jamie positive support and writing love on my arm. Tworkowski. No one should have to go through life feeling TWLOHA’s vision is simple. Their mission statement says, “You were created to love and be in the dumps, or alone and unloved. Whether loved. You were meant to live life in relationship or not you know someone personally who is with other people, to know and be known. You depressed or addicted, everyone’s involvement counts. It is more meaningful when random need to know that your story is important and people show signs of affection and care to somethat you’re part of a bigger story. You need to one they don’t know. That is the very definition know that your life matters.” of humanity. Growing up in an age of superb technology TWLOHA wants a community and hope to and insane workloads, many college students replace secrets and silence that cause suffering, experience stress. It is in college when depresurging people to put down guns and blades and sion and addiction are most likely to be formed, just talk about it. With your help, TWLOHA leading to clinical depression and possibly more hopes to restore the vision of loving to be loved. extreme conditions. Fifteen percent of the 18 million Americans Cole Allen is a junior political science major. diagnosed with depression are college students,

The “To Write Love on Her Arms” movement started in 2006.


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rom the first time a gun was placed in my hand, I was taught every time a weapon is fired there are consequences. To some hunting draws up images of callous brutes pointing unnecessarily large-caliber scoped rifles at Bambi’s father in hopes of mounting his head on the wall. But there is a vast difference between trophy hunting and true hunting, with the latter preserving both the sport and the animal hunted. J.D. Swiger — THE BATTALION

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trophy hunting is when a “wannabe” hunter pays an exorbitant fee, sometimes thousands of dollars, to hunt bucks or stags of various exotic species that have been kept on ranches. These ranches are Richard Creecy places where the deer (or other trophy animals) are fed in feeders, developing no fear of humans. Trophy hunters set out to kill the biggest, The hunter simply picks out a deer from a group most ornate specimen of an animal that they huddled around an electronic timed feeder and can find, giving real hunters a bad name. Most shoots the poor animal, snapping a few pictures bepeople who hunt fall under the “true hunting” fore going back to the lodge to drink and receive category, but it seems that for people who do high fives from their fellow “hunters.” not hunt all hunters are “trophy hunters.” I This deplorable practice can be found all around would like to make a few points of clarification America, but especially in our own backyard. If without splitting too many “hares.” you ask Jeeves, you might be surprised at how Trophy hunting is more or less a perversion close they really are. A ranch located in Whitney, of hunting. Hunting based on the need for food Texas sports prices ranging from $3,500 to $5,500 is very rare, but these animals still breed. The for a deer. This includes three days of hunting, need for hunting in America is primarily for guide and field dressing. But rest assured you conservation purposes. Every year the can get most of your money back if the Trophy animals taken in hunting number “ranch” does not produce an animal. hunters thin about 200 million, according to the Not all hunting ranches are this bad, but the breeding U.S. Fish and Wildlife services. even at their very best, the animals are Every species, according to region, population and stocked, sometimes being brought in has a breeding population. These give the sport a from as far away as Africa to satiate trophy are the animals physically capable of bad name. lust. Beyond being overly expensive, this producing offspring and are governed form of trophy hunting is particularly heinous by the laws of natural selection. simply because it’s lazy and diminishes the effort a Logically the animals most capable of breedtrue hunter must put in to finding the animal. ing do. But trophy hunters seek out the best and I am a hunter and am very proud of the label, the biggest, ensuring that these animals will not but trophy hunting must not be confused with pass along their traits, creating less physically fit real hunting. True hunting is done carefully, not animals. White tail deer, the dominant species to hurt the land or kill an animal only for the thrill east of the Rocky Mountains, live between 10of stuffing it. Although hunting is often referred to 12 years in the wild. But most bucks only reach as a sport, it is more importantly a step in preservabout 2-3 years old before they are culled. As a ing the species that we have been blessed with, hunter I have passed up several large bucks on protecting them from widespread starvation, overmany a cold October morning for two reasons: population and disease. Hunting is not something the meat on a large buck is terrible and fit only that should be done lightly, but cautiously in order for hamburger and I want there to be deer to protect the future and our precious resources. around when I teach my children to hunt. There exists in trophy hunting a morbid Richard Creecy is a senior classics major and special to subculture of which can only be sufficiently dethe Battalion. scribed as deer-in-a-barrel hunting. This type of

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