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Early voting began Monday in Brazos County for the 2010 primary elections. This week, the polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Next week it remains open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The nearest voting sites are at the College Station Utilities building and the second floor of Rudder Tower. Brazos County Elections Coordinator Jaime Hines said half of the votes come from early voters. “This will be a good election with a lot of votes,” Hines said. “Obviously it will not be as big as the presidential race two years ago, but I think it will still draw a lot of people to the local candidates.” Primaries will be March 2.

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Warrant amnesty begins College Station and Bryan began participating in the warrant amnesty program Monday which gives people an opportunity to pay fees before they are arrested for Class C misdemeanors. Presiding Judge Edward Spillane III said if a person has an outstanding warrant and pays the warrant fees in the next two weeks, the court will waive the $50 warrant amnesty fee and the person will not be arrested. “A very large number of A&M and Blinn students possess these warrants, so it is the county’s goal for the students to get their tickets taken care of,” Spillane said. A warrant roundup will occur March 1. During this time, College Station and Bryan police will arrest people who have not paid warrant fees. Students can visit warrants for more information. Courtney Nelson, staff writer

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Feb. 17, 1865 During the U.S. Civil War, Fort Sumter in South Carolina was returned to the Union after nearly a year and a half under Confederate control. The fort had been the scene of the first shots of the war.

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Today marks the first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday. The day is traditionally a day of repentance, signified by placing ashes on the forehead.

Marked with a sign Students participate in day of penance, preparation Emily Peery Special to The Battalion Ash Wednesday is upon us again, giving many Christians a chance to focus about the meaning of this day of repentance and the ones to come throughout the season of Lent. “Ash Wednesday is the day the priest anoints the congregation with ashes to remind us of repentance and our original sinfulness and prepare us for the season of Lent,” said Scott Blasik, president of

Catholic Students Association. The ashes for the ceremony come from the burned palm branches from Palm Sunday the year before and are applied to the forehead in the shape of a cross. “Ash Wednesday reminds us of who we are and how much we are dependant on God. It’s a self-admission that our lives are incomplete and in need of him,” said the Rev. Chris Downey, associate pastor at St. Mary’s Catholic Center in College Station. “It begins as a time of cleansing and preparing ourselves to receive the light

of Christ at Easter-time.” Ash Wednesday is culminated at the end of the Lenten season by Easter Sunday, which instills in believers the promise of redemption. Many Protestant Christian denominations, including Lutherans, also observe Ash Wednesday. “Ash Wednesday dates back to the Middle Ages of the church and has always been a part of this season. It marks the season of

Census forms coming soon for students

for the City of College Station Census. “They’ll have a couple weeks to fill them out and send them back in.” Beginning April 1, households, including apartments and rentals, that have not returned Census forms will be visited by Census workers to verify the address and retrieve the information. “Students are probably pretty susceptible to visits because they may not know that they need to fill out their Census form,” Kramer said. “They are counted where they live on April 1.”

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◗ St. Thomas Episcopal Church: 6:30 p.m. ◗ University Lutheran Chapel: 7 p.m.

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Brandi Tevebaugh The Battalion Students living off campus will begin finding more than flyers and coupons in mailboxes. The 2010 Census forms will be mailed in mid-March and will need to be returned by April 1. To learn “We turned in all of more our addresses in NovemGo to http://2010. ber of last year, so for eryone with an address in College Station will more information get one,” said Lindsay on the 2010 census. Kramer, senior planner

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Census workers who visit homes should have a badge identifying them as a Census worker. Workers can be asked for additional identification and may be carrying a Census bag. Information such as Social Security numbers, bank or credit card accounts, financial or salary information will not be asked by the Census Bureau. The Census Bureau will not contact persons by e-mail. “It’s always good to know what you’re dealing with when someone’s at your door,” said Daniel Springer, president of Off Campus Aggies and a senior philosophy major. “It’s important to know See Census on page 6

In response to the state’s request for a 5 percent expenditure reduction, Texas A&M University released a plan Wednesday identifying savings of more than $28 million for the next biennium. As a state-sponsored institution, the University received $322 million from the state for the 2009 year. This constitutes approximately 26 percent of total revenue, and is the second largest revenue source behind tuition and fees. Jason Cook, chief communications officer for The Texas A&M University System, said at this point, the proposal and its effects on the University are not definite. “Today was the first step in the process bidding the budget plan to the legislative budget board and we will continue to develop the details of this plan and hold discussions throughout the campus community,” Cook said. On Jan. 15, Gov. Rick Perry formally requested that state agencies submit their reduction plans within one month.

Plan of action ◗ Faculty vacancies will remain unfilled

◗ Current faculty and staff searches must be approved by dean or vice president of department

◗ Possible elimination or consolidation of low-producing programs within colleges For more information, visit http://finance.tamu. edu/budget.

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The Memorial Student Center Wiley Lecture Series will have an educational symposium today on the crisis situation in Haiti. “Crisis in Haiti: An In-Depth Discussion” is part of the “12 Days for Haiti” campaign across campus. Speakers include Robert Maguire, associate professor of International Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences at Trinity University in Washington D.C., and Scott Robinson, associate professor at the Bush School of Government and Public Service. “The symposium will examine the tragic history Haitians have already endured, the effectiveness of the current international aid effort, and the uncertain future of the nation,” said Marlene Wyatt, chairwoman of the MSC Wiley Lecture Series. Maguire is considered a leading expert on Haiti within the United States. His expertise including serving as director of the Trinity Haiti Program, has been sought by the Senate for advice on Haiti humanitarian efforts. Robinson has special interest in disaster relief and preparedness, especially concerning Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. The symposium will be at 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. today in Koldus 110. For information about future events in “12 Days for Haiti,” visit Melissa Appel, staff writer

New clip shows JFK in Dallas DALLAS — New color video footage showing President John F. Kennedy’s arrival in Dallas the day he was assassinated is the best home movie ever made of the event, the curator of the Dallas JFK museum said. The short clip, shot on 8mm film in 1963 by a 15-year-old student, provides a rare, highquality color close-up of John and Jackie Kennedy as they arrived in Dallas. The Sixth Floor Museum put the film on display for public viewing on Presidents Day. Associated Press

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Memorial T-shirts for sale through Thursday After the death of Texas A&M University marketing professor Jeffrey Conant last summer, the Conant family and students touched by his teaching are coming together in his honor. Students, faculty and family have banded together to form Project Conant, a group looking to raise money and create a scholarship in his name. The group will have a concert at 6 p.m. April 1 at Wolf Pen Creek. Granger Smith will perform and proceeds will go to the endowment of a scholarship fund for marketing students. A video that was uncovered after Conant’s death of him and a few of his students dancing will also be shown. The ticket in to the concert is a shirt that can be purchased in the Wehner Building and Spoons Yogurt for $10 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, as well as other days throughout next week and the month of March. One of Conant’s last students and Chairperson of the Project Conant foundation Lisa Burton said he was a wonderful influence and professor. “Dr. Conant was such an awesome professor and won some of the highest awards in teaching,” Burton said. “We really want to honor him because he was all about the students and always encouraged us.” Friday has been declared a day for everyone to wear their Project Conant shirts at Mays by the dean. “He believed in us and knew we could do better even more so than we did,” Burton said. Travis Lawson, staff writer

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Lent but also a season of introspection with an emphasis on repentance and reminds us of our own mortality,” said Paul Hoemann, pastor of the Universal Lutheran Chapel in College Station. In the Lutheran church, a worship service will be every Wednesday to help focus and prepare the congregation during the season of sacrifices. This season also provides an opportunity to remind believers of the meaning and philosophy of Sunday. It reminds the congregation to treat every Sunday as Easter Sunday, Hoemann said. Blasik described the Ash Wednesday rituals as an “outward sign of inward grace” and is a way Catholicism is a physical religion. “These are tangible things we believe in to connect with God,” he said. Between the Catholic church and the Lutheran church, Ash Wednesday is a sacred day for followers. “Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent is a time to personally remember and reflect on what Jesus did for me by dying on the cross,” said Andrea Cobb, sophomore psychology major. “In the Lutheran faith, we are not required to give something up, but I still make the personal sacrifice anyway to show my appreciation and dedication to my faith and my God.” All can come to Ash Wednesday services, regardless of denomination. “It’s open to everybody to realize that our lives are really incomplete without Christ,” Downey said. “We can’t make a place for him to dwell unless we admit that we are in need of him.”



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

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G.I. Joe and the Average Joe B

ody image dissatisfaction has long been associated with women’s quest to mirror fashion magazines, but recent studies show men also suffer from similar insecurities. And who can blame them? The past few decades have seen the emergence of shirtless male models flexing their hulking muscles in every media outlet. This is enough to make any man feel as though his own physique isn’t anything resembling what is considered normal.

Camaryn Bolton The media has raised the bar for men. What’s shown in movies and ads today is more and more desired while being less and less attainable. Twenty years ago, a man might see an actor, or GQ model, and think, “I could look like that with a trainer,” and it was a goal he could actually accomplish. Today, the image is just as easy to achieve, if he simply invests in daily trips to the gym, regular body waxing, expensive protein shakes, steroids, Botox injections, liposuction and a nutritional coach. Even popular action figures such as G.I. Joe have bulked up. According to Marc Silva, Intern Counselor, MSOE, in 1962, the extrapolated bicep size for G.I. Joe was 12.5 inches. In 1994, he was 16.4 inches and in 1998, Joe beefed up to an amazing bicep size of 26.8 inches. With this “‘Real’ American Hero” for young boys to look up to, it’s no wonder such insecurities begin early in life. A study conducted by Katherine Phillips, a professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University, stated that over the past 25 years, the percentage of men dissatisfied with their appearance has nearly tripled. Such inadequacies can lead to compulsive weightlifting and exercising, eating disorders, cosmetic surgery and steroid abuse, all symptoms of a body dysmorphic disorder termed the Adonis Complex. Half man and half god, Adonis was the beautiful Greek youth desired by the goddesses Aphrodite and Persephone. In his book “The Adonis Complex,” Robert Olivardia cited a survey where, out of 1,000 men, 25 percent of them wished for an additional 28 pounds of muscle added to their bodies. “I am currently striving to add about 15 to 20 pounds of muscles to my frame,” said Hunter Stevens, a sophomore general studies major. “College males are caught up in the approved body image of the public eye.” While Stevens works out to become healthier, most guys are less verbal about their personal ideal. It is more culturally acceptable for females to be open in discussing complaints about their bodies or appearance. My male friends are less open discussing their insecurities with their body image, preferring to “suffer in silence,” working through it on their own, increasing their stress over achieving the perfect chiseled body. Even cosmetic companies are looking to cash in on this relatively new trend of men obsessing over body image by targeting the male consumer. Well-known industry leaders Clinique and L’Oreal have developed entire lines of skin and hair care products exclusively for men. These days, more and more men are turning to cosmetic surgery as well to alter their appearance and change what they don’t like

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about themselves. In 2004, Thomas Romo III, director of Facial Plastic Surgery at New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital, said five years ago, only 25 percent of his patients were men, but they have increased recently to 35 percent. This percentage is likely to continue to increase as long as the fashion industry’s ideal male image can be graphically enhanced and reborn with a few simple clicks of a mouse.

Men are also pressured into feeling insecure about their body by society.

Self-improvement is always a good thing, giving us the added confidence we crave. However, this improvement should never depend solely on altering our physical appearance. While women will never tire of looking at a GQ specimen of perfection, in the long run what really matters the most to us is the character behind the muscles. Camaryn Bolton is a sophomore performance studies major and is special to The Battalion.

Finding another Routt to campus


ny administrative official in favor of closing Joe Routt Boulevard should join me three times a week as I attempt to make the tumultuous journey from the Wehner Building to Zachry in less than 20 minutes. Then please explain to my professor that the reason I am habitually late is because Joe Routt was closed without much notification, and I can no longer get across campus by driving my own vehicle. In an e-mail, Charles “Chuck” Sippial, vice president of facilities, said Joe Routt’s closure is a matter of safety due to the Memorial Student Center renovation. However, only half of the road is needed for the renovation process, and so the opposite lane lies undisturbed as an asphalt sidewalk. Originally the plan was to leave the part of the road adjacent to Kyle Field open. In a presentation to the Student Senate on Dec. 9, 2008 Transportation Services said the remaining strip of road would be converted into twolane traffic for bus and service operation. The road was also to be gated, but that never happened, and no one came forward to say why.

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Stephen Humeniuk Further plans are underway to erase Joe Routt from campus memory. MSC president Stephanie Burns said funding for the MSC renovation has allotted money to pave Joe Routt over to form a pedestrian mall that would allow for future MSC programming. This development was not properly communicated to students when plans for the MSC were announced. The reason for closing the lane adjacent to the MSC is due to the expansion of the MSC Ballroom. This will leave only eight feet of sidewalk to fill the space between the exterior of the MSC and the road, which raises safety concerns about the close proximity of bicyclists and pedestrians to the road. These concerns may have some merit. In 2009, the Campus Planning, Design and Construction Research Laboratory conducted a study to examine motor vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian accidents on campus from 2005 to the spring of 2009. The study identified three major locations with the highest density of accidents (there were 83 total during this time frame). Joe Routt was one of the locations, but the University’s solution was to take the easy way out by closing Joe Routt permanently without telling anyone. “Joe Routt’s current closure is a by-product

of the MSC renovation, but the road is a remain open during construction, and after the campus-wide issue,” Burns said. renovation both sides should remain open for She’s right. Texas A&M is spending $5 milgeneral traffic,” Pulliam said. lion on sidewalks so students can walk from The whole process lacks student input. The north campus to the MSC, but they plan to idea of closing the road during renovation and close Joe Routt so students can’t drive to the never opening it back up was to condition stuMSC from west campus. This defies logic. If dents to life without the road. Older students there are concerns about the sidewalk being would graduate, and new students would never too narrow to be safe next to the MSC, then know they were missing out. It’s pretty sneaky, look across the street to see the miles of sideand students shouldn’t be treated that way. walk that is the Zone at Kyle Field. “It would help a lot if they told students Sadly, it appears at least one half of Joe Routt what was going to happen rather than showing will be paved over and closed forever, but the up with shovels and students ask ‘what’s going opposite two lanes’ future is undecided. Sippial on?’” Pulliam said. said he plans to communicate with other leading The road should be opened after the departments of the University to decide the fate renovation, just look at the pressure its closure of that stretch of road has done to George Bush Drive and Wellborn The University has three options: the road Road. It should not be paved over and convertcould be paved over to extend the Zone, the ed into a pedestrian mall. If safety is the major remaining two lanes could be left concern, then erect an aesthetically pleasing open and gated for use by buspetition to force student to cross the road ses and service vehicles only, at intersections instead of jay walking University officials or it could be a one-way across the street. Or we can spend a few need to be upfront hundred thousand dollars to move the road to allow for all vehicles with students to pass from west campus to road over a few feet. After all, we are before closing Joe main campus. The student’s about to spend $30 million to conRoutt Boulevard. vote is option three, but is struct an underpass beneath Wellborn. anyone listening? Without Joe Routt, vehicles other than Justin Pulliam, a student busses will be able to do nothing but circle senator in the College of Agricularound the Clock Tower and go right back to ture didn’t think anyone was listening either, west campus. so he wrote a bill in Senate to compel the Stephen Humeniuk is a senior political science major. University to reexamine the issue. The bill passed on Feb. 10. “The bill states that it is the opinion of the student body that one side of the road should

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Joseph Newton, dean of the college of science, said colleges tried to reduce the impact on faculty and students by changing the Continued from page 1 source of funding, rather than eliminating Texas A&M University President R. Bowen programs and positions. “We are not necessarily reducing the expenLoftin then asked colleges and departments to identify savings opportunities, and to submit diture of the University, we are reducing the amount that the state is giving us,” Newton said. their respective proposals in early February. “If we have another way to pay peoOn Feb. 8, select students were inple, for example if they have revited to review and provide feedsearch funds, we can pay them back regarding the preliminary “In academic from research funds at least reduction proposals. Student fields the total cut was temporarily.” Body President Kolin Loverelatively small. In However, the proposal less, one of the undergradunon-academic fields did include the eliminaate students invited, said the cut was tion of some non-tenefforts were made to insua little bit larger.” ure-track faculty posilate academics from change tions, as well as fewer wherever possible. section offerings with the Kolin Loveless, “In academic fields the result of larger class sizes. student body president total cut was relatively small. Cook said in the midst In non-academic fields the cut of this process, the University was a little bit larger,” Loveless administration has not lost sight said. “Any reductions seemed to be of responsibilities. prioritized and [sought to reduce] as little “Dr. Loftin has made it very clear that we will as possible at the college level, so that classrooms were not affected and so that there would be the protect our core academic mission of teaching, research and service,” Cook said. “There is a same number of faculty teaching classes.” As part of the proposal, the University’s 10 commitment to academics and also to our curcolleges identified a total of $11 million in sav- rent employees here at Texas A&M University.” The proposal did not address the possibilings. Much of this was through a flexible hiring freeze, the elimination of vacant positions and ity of a possible tuition increase for the next academic year. reductions to supplies and materials.


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how to tell if someone’s knocking on your door doing what they’re supposed to do, or if they’re just trying to scam you.” Census workers will not visit if the household returns their form, but some students may not realize they are responsible for filling out their own forms. “I do not know anything about the Census,” said Andrew Ehlig, a junior chemical engineering major. “I didn’t realize I had to fill out my form.” Because many students are unaware, return rates are usually low. The results of the Census are used to determine state representation in the House of Representatives, funding for both the state and city and availability of services such as wastewater treatment and roads. “I think it would be important for students to take the Census so we can figure out just what kind of population we have and what we’re looking at,” Springer said. The form has changed since the 2000 census, so Kramer hopes for higher returns. It has been reduced to 10 questions. “In the past, there’s been what they call a long form that has several pages of questions that covered everything from your mortgage to what you

paid in utilities to your education level,” Kramer said. “Now it’s down to 10 questions. It shouldn’t take longer than a few minutes to fill out.” The new form includes name, age, race, ethnicity, questions about other members of the household and the relationship of the members of the household. Roommates are considered a household. Immigrants or international students are a group the city is targeting to increase return rates because, like students, they may not know they need to fill out a form. “Even if you weren’t born here or aren’t a citizen you do have to fill out the census,” Kramer said. “So a lot of grad students or others that are not native need to fill it out as well.” Students living on campus will be counted through the Department of Residence Life and will not be receiving a Census form in the mail. These students will be counted through the Group Quarters Enumeration Process that happens in mid-April. Sites for questions regarding the Census will be in several locations in College Station. “There will be several ‘Be Counted’ sites set up throughout the area,” Kramer said. “There’ll be one on campus and one in city hall and at the conference center if they have questions about filling it out or need help filling it out. They can go there and get help from Census staff workers.”

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