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How do you predict the game against Kansas will turn out? Monzerrat Calderon senior sociology major

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Walkup dazzles on court and off Junior basketball player vital part of a winning team T.D. Durham

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The Battalion He stands 6-foot-7, weighs 215 pounds, has a dimple in his chin and is the resident hunk on the Texas A&M men’s basketball team. His name is Nathan Walkup. “Nate Walkup is absolutely adorable,” said freshman Alix Angelelli. “His muscles, his eyes— he’s so athletic. Plus, he hustles so much and shows up when we need him in the game.” Although the ladies may swoon at the sight of Nate, he said he is off the market. “Actually, I’m a taken man. I’m dating a girl from my high school. I mean, I really

like meeting people; I don’t want people thinking I’m a snob or nothing. I’m really loyal to my girlfriend, but I always like seeing fans and saying ‘Hi’ to people.” Walkup said his girlfriend is used to his heartthrob status. “Every once in a while, she’s like ‘Nathan!’” Walkup said. “We always joke about it, but she’s really cool about it – she knows I like her.” Walkup, a native of Deer Park, Texas, is one of four juniors on the A&M team, the squad he said has a lot of fun even when it’s not throwing alley oops on the hardwood.

“We’re serious on the court and serious in practice, but off the court everybody’s having a good time,” Walkup said. “Dash [Harris] and D-Ro, they’re the biggest jokesters. We have a lot of fun.” Walkup said the injury senior guard Derrick Roland suffered on Dec. 22 brought the team closer. “We’ve been really close since the beginning of the year, but D-Ro’s injury made us even closer,” Walkup said. “It made us all realize how quickly basketball can be taken from you.” See Walkup on page 10

Beating Kansas Looking back at 2007’s monumental win over KU and predictions for this years game.

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“I think we have a good shot – especially since we’re playing them at Reed Arena.”

Reagan Thompson senior agricultural economics major

“I’m expecting that we’re going to do great, the team is on a roll right now, but we’ll need the help of the Twelfth Man.”

Morgan VanDerLeest sophomore computer science major

“Beat the hell out of Kansas! We’re on our way to get tickets right now.”

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This year marks the last for shuttle missions to the space station. According to NASA, Mars missions are in the future.

Space travel to halt NASA budget cuts mean last launch year Vicky Flores and Jill Beathard The Battalion The first of five final missions for the Endeavour shuttle took place this weekend following the recent news of NASA’s budget cuts and the termination of the constellation program. The mission involved placing Tranquility, a new node or compartment, to the International Space Station to

Morgan Smith junior bilingual education major

add extra room for astronauts and control systems. The station will be about 90 percent complete with the addition of Tranquility and the cupola –– a robotic workstation with seven windows. During a spacewalk Saturday, astronauts Nicholas Patrick and Bob Behnken attached ammonia connectors between nodes Unity and Tranquility to provide cooling to

the node. A port was also prepared for the cupola, to be positioned on a later spacewalk. “Everything was accomplished as we had planned, the main objective was hooking up the ammonia lines, the ammonia lines provide cooling to the electronics and systems to the Node 3 module and integrates it into the cooling system of the See NASA on page 10

Galactical investigations take off “I think we’re gonna kick their tale!”

Mitch Morris junior political science major

“Home court will help us out a lot. We play our top game and it should come down to the end.”

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■ Professors working with NASA telescopes discover distant star formations that bring outerspace to life in Aggie classrooms. Upcoming events

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Wednesday lecture series: Patricle, Astrophysics and Cosmology.

Texas A&M professors Casey Papovich and Steven Finkelstein along with other collaborators have identified 35 of the most distant galaxies studied, which likely formed between 500 and 800 million years after the Big Bang. The images of the galaxies were captured using NASA’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) on board the Hubble Space Telescope. “Up until recently we could only see so far. The WFC3 allows us to see galaxies that are invisible in optical light,” Finkelstein said. The goals of these studies are to locate the earliest galaxies to better understand how the galaxy was formed. “The overarching goal that we’re working on is just trying to figure out how galaxies form and evolve, and you can tackle that in a number of ways,” Finkelstein said. “We’re doing it by trying to find the most distant things we can find and what they’re like.”

Wednesday’s topic: Spitzer Observations of Star Formation in Galactic HII Region Environments. 11:30 a.m. Mitchell Institute, room 102.

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While Finkelstein said the galaxies identified are not the most distant, it is another step closer to the goal. He said the launching of the James Web Space Telescope, which will occur in four to five years, will enable them to identify the “infant galaxies.” Senior English major Sarah Maldonado, who is enrolled in an astronomy course, said the discovery brings the curriculum to life. “We haven’t covered galaxies in my astronomy class yet, but now, because of this, I’m really excited for when we get there,” Maldonado said. Junior aerospace engineering major Philip Hopkins said he is excited for what this discovery means, not only for learning about the history of the universe, but for the future of technology. “It’s great that they could provide insight into the origins of our galaxy,” Hopkins said. “But what is really exciting is how far technology has come, and even how more advanced we could be just by the time I graduate.”

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Board of Regents vote Loftin to presidency

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The Board of Regents voted unanimously Friday in a telephone conference to appoint R. Bowen Loftin as president of Texas A&M University. Board of Regents Chairman Morris E. Foster said the vote conďŹ rms the interim president was the right candidate for the job. “The extensive and inclusive search process that we conducted to ďŹ nd the very best individual to lead the agship institution of the A&M System resulted in the conclusion that we already had the right person in place,â€? Foster said. “Today we have conďŹ rmed and formalized that decision.â€? Hunter Bollman, student representative on the Board of Regents, said Loftin is a student-oriented leader who is qualiďŹ ed to lead the University. “He is a president who is student focused, and I know I can speak for all students when I say how excited we are to have him as the 24th president of Texas A&M,â€? Bollman said. Loftin reacted to the conďŹ rmation by promising to continue the University’s commitment to excellence. “I am humbled and deeply honored to lead Texas A&M, my alma mater and truly one of the top universities in the nation,â€? Loftin said. “I pledge to continue to do my very best to ensure that Texas A&M remains a great university.â€? The Regents allowed the University to draft an employment contract with defensive line coach Tarrell Williams and conďŹ rmed the appointment of Maria Hernandez-Ferrier as president of Texas A&M San Antonio.

Bands and artists, including Fairview Avenue, performed at the Haiti Relief Concert on Friday, in Rudder Auditorium. Organized by students, the concert had 19 artists and bands perform. Proceeds went to aid UNICEF and their work in Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake. View a slideshow of photos from the concert at

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MSC Graffiti proposals due today MSC GrafďŹ ti is looking for student artists to beautify construction on campus and allow the closure of the Memorial Student Center to be seen in a more optimistic light. The initiative started in collaboration with the professional association for design, the College of Architecture and Students Serve to change the low morale associated with the building’s closure said founder Rachel Schneider. The students’ artwork will be displayed throughout the semester on the construction fences around the MSC before being auctioned to support future sets and a group supporting the arts. Students will be given painting supplies and tarps to create masterpieces. MSC GrafďŹ ti is accepting concept sketches of the ďŹ nal design due

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by 5 p.m. today. The sketch doesn’t have to be an exact replica of the outcome, but is needed to ensure no artwork runs the chance of generating a great amount of negative feedback. All majors and levels of art experience are welcome. Those selected will be notiďŹ ed Thursday and painting will be on Saturday and Sunday. The tarps will be displayed next week. Sketches no bigger than 8.5 by 11 inches can be submitted by emailing it to msc.graďŹ or dropping it off at ARCC 108. “This is a good opportunity for each and every student to make their mark on the MSC construction,â€? said Schneider, a senior environmental design and psychology double major. Katy Ralston, staff writer


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The National Society of Black Engineers and the African Student Association will be selling wristbands ito raise funds for the Haiti relief effort from 10 a.m-3 p.m. Monday-Friday in the Commons, Zachary and Blocker lobbies.

Science Cafe

Dr. Bill Klemm will be lecturing on how the brain causes consciousness from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Revolution Cafe and Bar in downtown Bryan in an effort to bring science back to the public.

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

As part of 12 days for Haiti, the Asian Presidents Council will be putting on a dodgeball game at 5 p.m. Friday in G. Rollie White Coliseum. Teams will consist of six people with an entry fee of $5 per person which will go toward the earthquake relief efforts.

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‘When in Rome’ falls flat

for no particular reason, playing up their underdeveloped characters for all they’re worth. A magician, a painter, a sausage salesman and a male model pursue Beth all the way back to the Big Apple, where she Courtesy photo must fend them off. Josh Dunamel plays a witty newspaper reporter who falls in love with Beth It’s only too convenient that she just happened to meet the most unlikely suitor Harper (Kristen Bell), who is in Rome at her sister’s wedding. Though the of all, a witty newspaper reporter (Josh two actors give respectable performances, the movie falls short with boring Angela Washeck Duhamel) at the wedding after asking to use dialogue and no drive. his cell phone. Lo and behold, this studly direction from the get-go. There were some genuinely laughable he latest addition to the romantic comedy genre of main(and opportunely single) man wants Beth, too. moments, and those were appreciated. stream film is “When In Rome,” starring the narrator behind Despite every good intention, the two biggest stars of this I wouldn’t go so far as to say the genre of romantic comedy is “Gossip Girl” and Sarah Marshall herself: endearing, movie (Bell and Duhamel) might give this movie the dead—but films like this prove that screenplays of this variety are bubbly, Kristen Bell. comedic genius it desperately needs since it is lacking becoming increasingly limited. It is discouraging to see a genre Kristen Bell and It comes one week preceding the competitive in virtually every other aspect. The lame dialogue capable of producing passionate love stories with rich, intriguing Josh Duhamel tearjerker “Dear John” and two weeks before the and harebrained antics of the four love struck characters manufacture a textbook depiction of coincidence— cannot sustain chick flick “Valentine’s Day,” with good reason. gentlemen, even with “Napoleon Dynamite” star with no supporting rhyme or reason—and try to pass it off as a It’s not always necessarily Bell to blame for the an obtuse plot Jon Heder and the conventionally funny Danny legitimate romantic connection between two people. lag, but the movie is borderline atrocious from structure in the Devito cause the overall plot to fail. I suppose the main idea of “When In Rome” is this: Be start to end. recent rom-com There’s no drive in the story, there’s zero careful what you wish for. Don’t give up hope. Love could be Beth Harper (Bell) gives a convincing perforcomedic timing and the lines coming from the “When in Rome.” just around the corner, lurking and ready to pounce when you mance as a successful and single museum curator, guys (the magician only talks about magic, the male least expect it. What is meant to be will find a way. Let’s just unlucky in love and cynical by nurture. When her model played by Dax Shepard, only shows character by hope when we all find the romantic happily ever after Bell and little sister Joan decides to get married on a whim in Rome, singing his body’s praises) are so formulaic that I was fatigued Duhamel are going for in this film, we don’t have to “do as the Beth randomly has a hankering to procure coins from a supposed by the end. Romans do.” “fountain of love.” Awkward cameos by Shaquille O’Neal and Napoleon’s All of a sudden, a number of men begin pining after Beth sidekick, Pedro are another indication that the film had feeble Angela Washeck is a freshman communication major.


Dear Fellow Aggies: I have filed for re-election to the Texas Senate, and I am asking for your vote in the Republican Primary on March 2, 2010. Since 1997, I have had the privilege of serving as State Senator. For the last six years, I have served as the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. We have passed balanced and responsible budgets that have kept Texas’ tax burden low. Each of our budgets had significant challenges, but the will to resist spending every last dollar positioned our state in an enviable economic position. Today, the recession combined with an unsustainable federal deficit and the cost of federal mandates will put significant pressure on our state’s finances. Producing another balanced and fiscally responsible budget for Texas will require skill, experience, and sound judgment. I believe I possess these qualities. No area or district in Texas has a greater stake in state government than ours. This is our home. It is worth preserving, protecting, and defending. If you send me back to Austin, I will get the job done right.


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No. 1 Kansas vs. Texas A&M 8 p.m. Reed Arena

A word from Coach Turgeon

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The night that changed


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ear Students, Tonight presents a great opportunity for you to make yet another huge impact on our season. To beat the No. 1 team in America, we will need a collective effort from our players, staff and YOU! We need you to show up early and be loud from tip-off to the final buzzer. I can promise our team will reward you by playing hard, playing tough and playing together. It has been said that nothing great was ever accomplished without enthusiasm. I am counting on your enthusiastic support as we BTHO Kansas. With your help, we will set another Reed Arena attendance record. If you haven’t pulled your ticket, you can do so at the Kyle Field box office until 5 p.m. or you can present your sports pass and student ID at Reed Arena beginning at 7 p.m. Gig ‘em, Coach Turg

Aggie fans should dream big

Feb. 3, 2007. Allen Fieldhouse. Lawrence, Kansas. No. 8 A&M. No. 6 KU. 69-66. Top: Former Aggie point guard Acie Law IV goes up for a 3-point shot in the Aggies’ 69-66 victory over Kansas on Feb. 3, 2007 in Lawrence, Kan. Left: Kansas players walk off the court after the Aggie victory. It was the first time a Big 12 South team had won at Allen Fieldhouse. Right: Law and fellow players celebrate after the team’s victory. The win was A&M’s first ever over Kansas.

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houghts were racing through my head last night, as I lay on the usual right side of my incredibly comfortable queen-size bed. (cue the visuals) Now, I wasn’t trying to debunk HTML codes or prepare for my INFO test coming up today. Nope. School took a backseat as my mind conjured up one heck of an imaginary situation. The No. 1 team in the country versus the streaking Aggies. The biggest game in the history of Reed Arena. A packed house. White-clad students as far as the eye can see. My mind quickly shifted to a court full of those same students linked arm and arm with a victorious Aggie basketball team. Pandemonium filling the arena. Then…my alarm went off. Yes, it was a dream scenario. But is an Aggie win tonight such a stretch of the imagination? Might I, in fact, be the Aggie Nostradamus? Would you all really be so stupefied if the Ags erased Rock Chalk on a memorable Big Monday? A&M comes in on a four-game winning steak. They’ve beaten four teams currently residing in the top 50 of the RPI. Pretty impressive stuff—even more impressive when you consider that the team has shot 28 percent from 3-point range during this run. They’re simply dominating on the inside with an undersized team, which in and of itself is somewhat dumbfounding. Mind-blowing, even. Kind of like my prediction for the game tonight. The Aggies are going to beat Kansas. They will take down a No. 1 ranked team for the first time in the history of the program. Now, I wouldn’t go off and bet the mortgage. Though, I would gladly wager an ice-cold beer on it. And because I’m a thoughtful guy, I give you six keys to making it a magical, maniacal, miraculous, mystical—I could go on all night—Monday. 1. Get off to an OK start. It doesn’t even have to be a good start. Just don’t dig yourself a grave in the first five minutes, as has been the case the last three games. But, unlike Tech, Baylor and Missouri, Kansas will make sure you don’t dig yourself out. They’ll even hit you on the head with a shovel as you See Aggies on page 7

Checking in with senior guard Derrick Roland

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t went up high, high above everyone’s heads, countless hopes and fears and possibilities hanging in the balance.

When it fell through, that shot — that game — validated a great deal more than the hopes it carried with it. In one of college basketball’s greatest meccas, a program was born. It was an early February night, sandwiched between an easy victory over the Iowa State Cyclones and an impending clash with the Texas Longhorns. Basketball fever was spreading in College Station. It was a night that would change everything. “Everyone said it was going to be a big time game,” said former A&M forward Joseph Jones. “No. 1 and No. 2 in the Big 12, and plus, [ESPN’s] College GameDay was going to be there.” Feb. 3, 2007: the Aggies, 18-3 and No. 8 in the nation, went north to take on the 19-3, No. 6 Kansas Jayhawks. They played there before; they never won. Since the formation of the Big 12 Conference, no team from the South division had ever won in KU’s Phog Allen Fieldhouse. The Aggies had never beaten Kansas. “I remember that game being absolutely crazy,” former Aggie guard Josh Carter said. “Jay Bilas and Digger Phelps and all those guys were there. The media was not [regarding] us too great and nobody was picking us to win or thought we even had a chance against Kansas that night. They knew Acie [Law] was great but didn’t think we had enough firepower to win at Kansas.” The previous year, A&M beat then-No. 7 Texas on “The Shot” by Law to secure their first NCAA tournament bid since 1987 and came into the 2006-2007 season ranked No. 13, but no statement game or moment had confirmed

What do you see when you look at this match-up with No. 1 Kansas? I think it’s a great opportunity for us and any time we get a chance to play a team like this it helps. We took Texas to overtime when they were No. 1 and snapped Mizzou’s streak on the road. When it’s been a big opportunity, we’ve always played well.

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their arrival as a program. “Even though Acie didn’t say anything to me about how he was feeling, I knew he knew what needed to be done,” Jones said of the week leading up to the Kansas game. “We as a team were never intimidated by any team; we knew we could win each game we played. There wasn’t really a sense of what the win would do for the program because we approached it just like another game against a great team in the Big 12 on the road.” Before the game, the team came face-to-face with one of the toughest home courts in the country. “Allen Fieldhouse is crazy,” Carter said. “The fans are there hours before the game waiting for you when you walk on the court. It is one of the loudest arenas you will ever play in. I remember the court shaking when the fans would start jumping up and down right before the game during tip-off.” After a first half of back-and-forth action, the Jayhawks took a 36-30 lead into halftime. Kansas maintained a lead until the last minute of the game, but every time they made a move to extend the advantage, A&M would come back and stay in reach. “I remember getting down by about 12 or so [with 10 minutes left] and the crowd was going nuts,” Carter said, “and I thought to myself, ‘Man this is going to get ugly if we don’t pick it up.’ We went on a run right after that.” The Aggies tied the game at 64 with five straight points from Law and a 3-point play by center Antanas Kavaliauskas; after a layup by Kansas guard Julian Wright, the Aggies, down 66-64 with 44 seconds left, set up one of the more memorable shots in team history. Law took the inbounds pass, faked a step forward, then lofted a shot over the reach of the Jayhawks’ sophomore guard and All-Big 12 player Brandon Rush. With 25 seconds left, the three gave the

As one of the three team members who were here when we beat them in 2007, what did that win mean for the program? It meant a lot Roland because it was the first Big 12 South team to beat them there. It put Aggie basketball on the map and

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Aggies a 67-66 lead. “I’ll never forget Dickie V [famous ESPN basketball commentator Dick Vitale] yelling, ‘He’s living up to his reputation!” Andrew Stitt, a senior chemical engineering major and Reed Rowdies officer, said. Law’s 3-pointer against the Jayhawks gets lost in the legacy that “The Shot” leaves, but former Reed Rowdies president Aubrey Bloom, Class of ‘07, said it was momentousness. “The most interesting thing [at “The Phog”]…is the history of the building,” said Bloom, who was at the game. “It’s completely different. With the tradition, it’s the same as Kyle Field in football. It was so loud you couldn’t hear anything. The whole building shakes. When Acie hit the shot, the place went dead quiet. I’ve never heard a building go from that loud to that quiet real quick.” A&M then forced a miss with five seconds left and made two free throws. They endured a final shot, a miss by future 2008 NCAA tournament Most Outstanding Player Mario Chalmers, and soaked in their 69-66 win after the buzzer expired. “We celebrated like there was no tomorrow,” Jones said. “Because we knew we just beat one of the best teams in college on their home court.” It was a hard-earned victory against one of college basketball’s storied programs, one of the bluebloods, the untouchables — in their own building. On national television, the Aggies had taken each punch from one of the top teams in the country and responded with their own. The win sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world. “Yes, they came into Lawrence ranked No. 8, but seriously, did anyone look at them as a legitimate threat to win the title?” ESPN’s Andy Katz later wrote.

made people take note of who we were. If you could say one thing to the students who come out to support the team at the game, what would it be? Never get down on us. There have been times during games when we might not be doing well. Kansas is a good team. There will be times when we won’t be able to score as much. Stay loud



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and try to lift us up. Are you willing to venture a prediction?

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[laughs] No, no prediction. Beau Holder, staff writer

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attempt to climb out for added emphasis. Ouch. 2. Rebound, rebound, rebound. Because A&M’s 3-point shooting this season rivals that of a blind man in a wheelchair without arms, they’ve relied heavily on their ability to crash the glass. During this four-game winning streak, the Aggies have outerbounded their opponents 147110. And did I mention that this team is undersized? They’re doing it with will, determination and a set of solid rebound-

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Acie Law the Legend already existed in College Station, but Acie Law the AllAmerican was born in Lawrence, Kan. The game catapulted him to a national reputation and his team to a place in the common vernacular of college basketball fans. “It was huge because a lot of people who normally don’t watch A&M basketball got to see A&M basketball,” Bloom said. “Kansas has a whole different draw. It’s like playing Kentucky. We had all kinds of big wins that year but that was the biggest. The fact that we won is what made people take note. After that, people knew who we were.” Dedicated Aggie basketball fans celebrated the importance that the win held, welcoming the team back home afterwards. “We knew it was big for us at the

Week 5

Senior guard Donald Sloan goes up for a layup in the team’s 67-63 win against Colorado on Jan. 23 at Reed Arena. Sloan leads the team with 18.3 points per game.

ing guards. That must continue tonight. If Cole Aldrich and company outboard the Ags, they will win. Bank on that. 3. Defend the perimeter. Kansas’ length on the outside puts the Aggies at a severe disadvantage. With the Morris brothers— Marcus and Markieff—and Xavier Henry, the Jayhawks present matchup problems all over the place. If the Ags are to prevail, they won’t allow those three to control the game. Which means the little guys are going to have to play big. Literally. 4. Paging Donald Sloan. Here’s your chance, 15. You versus Sherron Collins. The country is watching. Time to make a statement. We kind of need you, my friend.

time.” Carter said. “I don’t think we realized right away how big it was for all of our fans and things like that. When we got back to College Station and there were so many fans waiting for us, I think it hit us a little bit that we had just done something pretty special for the program.” The Aggies went on to the Sweet Sixteen and finished the year ranked No. 9, by far their highest final ranking ever. Since then, they have had two straight 20win seasons and made two straight NCAA tournaments, part of a run of four straight on both accounts. “That game was the climax in a season that defined Aggie basketball forever,” Stitt said. “If you look at what’s happened since then with our continued success, it started a culture where we aren’t scared to play anybody, and feel like no matter what the situation we can come out on top.” ESPN will be showing the game when the top-ranked Jayhawks come into Col-

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5. Students: Go bonkers. This needs to be the most intense road atmosphere Kansas faces all season. The 16-game home winning streak is on the line. It’s going to be up to the 5,000 students in attendance to help keep that going. Yell so loud you lift the alumni onto their feet. Make it a legitimate goal to lose your voice. 6. Prepare to miss your 8 a.m. on Tuesday. Trust me. You’re going to have a late night celebrating the biggest win in the history of the basketball program.

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lege Station tonight to play in an arena in which Law’s number 1 jersey is hanging from the rafters, and memories of that 2006-07 season are not far away. Just as it was three years ago, a primetime matchup with the Jayhawks is the stage for the Aggies to thrust their name further into the national discussion. “I know the guys will be excited about this game and will be well prepared by Coach Turgeon and the rest of the staff,” Carter said. “If I could I would just tell the team to go out there play hard, play together, have fun and embrace the moment … I’m sure Reed Arena will be crazy that night, and hopefully the team will take care of business and get the win.” Whatever happens on Monday, it will become the latest chapter in Aggie basketball lore. “The Shot” against Texas was the prologue. That one night in Lawrence was where it all began.

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rum, said the decision to do a tea tasting booth will help students learn while enjoying the teas. “We will be offering a variety of Chinese teas as well as information regarding the history and culture of tea in China,” Chambers said. “Not only will visitors to our booth have the opportunity to learn about a fundamental Chinese commodity, but they will also enjoy some delicious and refreshing teas.” Chambers said his goal is that more students will get involved.

“We hope that you will be interested enough to get more involved. For any student with a desire to learn Chinese, a fascination with Chinese culture or plans to do business with or in China, the CI offers a range of world-class services to guide and assist you,” Chambers said, “One of the best kept secrets of A&M is how spectacular our relationship with China is and how much interested students stand to gain. After all, only 42 universities in the U.S. have a Confucius Institute, and t.u. certainly does not.”

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lthough the Obama administration has as allocated $100 million for the next five years into nto NASA, the problem is how they will use it.

President Barack Obama recently approved a bill taking away NASA’s plan to return a man to the moon, instead focusing on making NASA a research and development program. The goal is to develop state-of-the-art technology, with the hope of making more efficient and cost-cutting products such as shuttles. By focusing on research, the goal is getting to Mars faster, cheaper and more efficiently. Another objective of this approach is to start privatizing NASA. In theory, this would essentially enhance the quality, price and productivity of products and even missions. It may even start allowing regular people go to space; however, there is a huge problem. According to public affairs officer Josh Byerly, NASA’s current funding is around $18 billion a year. At .8 percent of the government’s revenue, the program is really not taking away much money from the taxpayer. The problem with eliminating Constellation, the Moon mission, is simple. We have not fully discovered the moon, why or how it got there and many other concepts about it. Ideally, we need to go back, especially with the technology we have today that we didn’t 40 years ago. We are still making discoveries in the 840 pounds of moon rocks collected from our first moon landing more than 40 years ago. Going back would welcome more discoveries, thus helping us further our understanding of Earth and the moon. This would also help lead the way to teach us more about space and Mars. A lot of people say we can study the moon with our feet on Earth. While they may be right to an extent, the fact of the matter is nothing is the same as experiencing it first hand. The other is becoming privatized. Contrary to the idea that competition would reduce pricing, the more companies invest in NASA, the more pricing will go up because of corruption. NASA would become a game for the elite, and making it a competition of who has the most money, not who is the most applicable or educated. The focus would change to making profits rather then space exploration. The whole privatizing concept would hurt NASA, and the program would

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Cole Allen become a problem child, just like banks and investment companies are today. The last problem with privatization is accuracy and timing. Currently, NASA operates on a timetable, with shuttle launches, goal dates and training dates. When things need to be done by a specific time, they are because NASA is always

under pressure to meet deadlines. But with this bill being enacted, and only four Becoming more focused on research and more shuttle launches left for an indefinite time, development will alleviate the pressure of deadwe can only hope the Obama administration lines into a broader period. This would realizes these problems and adapts to correct actually cost more money and keep them. progress at a slow moving pace. To put it in perspective, imagine NASA needs Things would be pushed back Donald Trump owning a shuttle. and slowed down, eventually Need I say more? People who know public funding leading to the demise of NASA nothing about space, but investand another trip ing in space development is a scary as an American icon. to the moon to thought. With productivity slowing make it to Mars. Space travel is the final frontier; it without strict deadlines, developwould be a shame to see it become a ment would come to a screeching game of corporate bigwigs. halt, and we would be paying for a program that isn’t doing the job it was Cole Allen is a junior political science major. constructed to do.





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On a team that plays a variety of players every game, Walkup’s playing time can sometimes be limited. But Walkup understands his role as that little extra push from the bench that can get his team going when players like Donald Sloan and Bryan Davis are struggling. “You know, everyone wants to be the star, but a team is lucky to have one or two of those,” Walkup said. “I can’t create like Sloan, I can’t defend like D-Ro, and I can’t rebound like BD, but I’m pretty good at all of them myself, so I have to do all of those really well when it’s my turn.” A&M Head Coach Mark Turgeon said that Walkup gives despite his limited minutes; he is a vital part to the team chemistry.

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International Space Station,” said Bob Dempsey, lead flight director, during the NASA briefing Saturday about the second spacewalk. The crew discovered a potential problem during the walk. “We thought we would have about 1/5 of an inch clearance [for the center disk cover] and it looks like it is very thin, maybe 1/32 of an inch, therefore we are not sure if we are comfortable relocating the cupola with this potential interference,” Dempsey said. At press time, astronauts were looking at a way to fix the problem so the cupola could be moved to its new home, which faces Earth, early Monday morning. Robotic workstations will be moved to the area so that astronauts can view equipment while operating it through the room’s windows, rather than through cameras, said astronaut Mike Massimino, who flew with Mission STS-125 in May 2009. “It’s a nice window,” Massimino said. Public Affairs Officer Josh Byerly, class of 1999, said another purpose for the cupola is to provide a better view of Earth. Astronauts in the

“We all know Nate’s going to give us what we need when we need it,” Turgeon said. “Nate is always trying to do the right thing.” The Aggies are 18-6 overall with a 7-3 conference record, and they will play the No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks on Big Monday in Reed Arena. Walkup said he expects the support from students and fans to be as it’s been all year: fantastic. “The atmosphere is such a great place,” Walkup said. “It makes us want to play harder, work harder. When we see the whole place is white, it makes us want to do well. We’re going to be tough out there.” With a little more than a month remaining until the NCAA tournament, Walkup said his team is tournament bound. “We’ve got our eyes on the prize,” Walkup said. “No games left are going to be easy, but we can definitely go out there are get it done.”

station were able to observe the January earthquake in Haiti, as well as other natural disasters, such as hurricanes and landslides. “Taking pictures of the planet is as important as anything we do,” Byerly said. Byerly said other technologies on the station are also being applied to problems on Earth. Working with the solar power system on the station is providing information about solar technology. A water recovery system is used on the station, which involves purifying astronauts’ urine, perspiration and hygiene water to provide potable water. The system reduces the amount of water that needs to be delivered to the station by about 65 percent. This is the 24th mission for Endeavor and the beginning of the last year of shuttle flights. Four more missions are arranged, with the last taking off in September. The recent budget cuts cancelled the moon mission Constellation; therefore, it is the end of space travel to the moon, said Lynette Madison, public affairs officer for NASA. The budget increased funding for the space station, extending its life to at least 2020. The budget includes funding for developing research and technology that will enable NASA to send astronauts to Mars. 979.691.0100 | 4151 WELLBORN ROAD | BRYAN, TX 77801

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