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Mays accounting program recognized The Department of Accounting at Mays Business School has been ranked favorably for undergraduate and graduate program quality and quality and productivity of faculty research. Authors of a Brigham Young University paper analyzing research quality and productivity ranked the department No. 6 in the country when topics and methods were considered. Spanning the past 12 years, the program is ranked No. 4 and for the past 20 years, No. 6 using the same metric. This is an improvement over the department’s already notable 2009 ranks of No. 12, No. 8 and No. 8 in the country for its “all topics – all methods” overall ranking using the last six years, 12 years and 20 years of publications. Staff and wire reports

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Jeff Pickering won the student body president runoff election with 62.88 percent of the votes.

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With spring break approaching, some students feel pressured to look a certain way. However, some methods of dieting can be unhealthy and even lifethreatening.

Teams rolled up their banners and headed home after a long week of campaigning and voting Friday. Candidates were eager to learn who would be the winner for student body president. At 8 p.m., as the teams held their breath, Jeff Pickering’s name was called as Texas A&M’s next student body president. He is looking forward to serving the Aggies. “Going into runoff interviews was really just a dream. It was amazing, and I didn’t

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believe it was happening,” Pickering said. He said he appreciated the support he received from groups. “I was honored to be trusted by the student body. It was great to get last minute help from the Corps and the MSC as well,” Pickering said. Pickering, his management team and his family enjoyed some time together before the winner was named. “Going into the night I just got together with my managers and my family and family friends at a house that my parents rented and

my managers and I went off and had some alone time and prayed over whatever was going to happen next,” Pickering said. After a night with family and friends, Pickering and his team headed to Sul Ross statue. “We went over and walked over to Sully, and when I heard my name called I felt a huge weight lifted off my shoulders, and I felt that we could run the race and we did it well and did it with integrity, and it was so good to know that we had done it, it had been comSee Pickering on page 2

5 for Yell juniors win runoff Connie Thompson

The Battalion Following a challenging campaign season, Nelson Ingram and Josh Light were elected to spur the Aggies to their feet as junior yell leaders for the 20112012 school year. The A&M student body selected the two candidates in last week’s runoff election. Ingram, a sophomore business major, and Light, a junior chemical engineering major ran as part of 5 for Yell, a group of candidates selected by the Corps of Cadets. The two said they were excited to hear the election results at Sul Ross in front of Academic Plaza Friday night. “I’m proud to represent the student body next year,” Light said. Ingram thanked students who campaigned for 5 for Yell and those who voted for the group. He said he is thankful for all the support and looks forward to stepping in as a junior yell leader. “It is an honor, and I can’t wait to

serve this University. I can’t wait to be the best I can to represent A&M,” Ingram said. “Thank you for the opportunity to serve this University.” Ingram and Light were two of four final junior candidates along with Sterling Bennett, a sophomore international studies major, and Drew Nelson, a sophomore accounting major. David Benac, a senior business major, Patrick Ivey, a senior economics major, and Austin Walker, a junior industrial distribution major, will represent A&M as senior yell leaders alongside the junior elects. Although the group campaigned together, each candidate was selected individually for the yell leader position. “This was a great campaign season in general,” said Benac, who served as junior yell leader this past year. “We had a great opportunity to meet everyone else but it was exciting to hear the results and to see the hard work paid off when the names were announced.”


Josh Light and Nelson Ingram kneel while awaiting the announcement from Friday’s runoff elections. The two cadets were members of 5 for Yell. All members of 5 for Yell were selected.

Aggies celebrate International Week Rebecca Hutchinson

The Battalion Let’s explore a few of many cultures that can be found on campus. International Week allows Aggies to experience part of the diverse culture at A&M. From March 4 to March 10, the International Student Association, in conjunction with other international organizations, will be putting on events to bring students together and provide a chance to make the rest of the world a little more tangible. I-week will include cultural activities and a buffet.

“Food is one of the centerpieces,” said Zachary Gibson, a senior human resources development major and president of the association. “Organizations volunteer recipes, and the Sbisa chefs choose which ones to make.” The idea is to make a full meal, incorporating dishes from a variety of countries, though the main course focuses on cuisine from South America. The cost of the buffet is the normal cost of eating at Sbisa, Gibson said. Jesus Sanchez, a junior telecommunications major and vice president of operations for the association, said he is looking forward to the buffet most because they are doing something dif-

ferent this year. Other days will include a cultural and art exhibit, language dinner for Corps members, and a talent show to end the week. Students can buy tickets for the talent show at the MSC box office for $4. “Columbia and India are the largest organizations involved, and they have some awesome things planned for the talent show,” Gibson said. The language dinner is for the Corps of Cadets to practice the language they are learning with international students. Gibson, who was in the Corps as an undergraduate, wants to make it a regular occurrence and potentially

include other students. They have conversation nights once a month, Sanchez said, with languages such as Spanish, German, Russian, Japanese; they get as many as possible. “It’s a testing ground for Corps members to overcome fears and speak the language, and a chance for international students to make friends with English speakers. It’s a two-fold opportunity to use real conversation and learn dinner etiquette. Food and manners are the most important things,” Gibson said. When overseas individuals interSee International on page 6

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“I loved it. I am a dear friend of Marshall Bowen’s and I have a lot of friends that wanted Jeff to win. Continued from page 1 Whenever Marshall jumped on board pleted. The best word I can describe is for Jeff to win, so did I,� said Bailee Brown, a sophomore sports managecompletion,� Pickering said. ment major. Pickering said this weekend was Some students knew Pickering persimply about celebrating with his sonally or had classes with him and beteam. They had a celebration party lieved he will serve the student body after the announcement. well. “We ate together and danced and “I’m happy for Jeff and his victory. there were managers from other teams there. It was good to come together I’ve had classes with him for a couple as Aggies, my vision as campus unity is of years now, he is a great guy and starting to come true,� Pickering said. will serve the Aggie student body very Many students supported Pickering well,� said Matt McCullar, a junior communication major. and were happy to see him win.

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Unlocking mobile gaming

‘DoorWays’ challenges players to open the doors to their creative minds


n this modern day, entertainment follows individuals everywhere. You can watch television shows or movies, listen to music, and of course, play games on your phone. Chris Cantero, class of 2007, has contributed to this mobile gaming trend with his work on the development of a “mobile device puzzle� for iPad, iPod and Android catered for a casual gaming audience. “The casual gamer includes people outside of the typical gaming genre — Halo, Starcraft 2 — the casual gamer is someone who plays games to pass the time while they’re waiting for a bus or at the airport,� Cantero said. DoorWays transports the user from ancient Greece to the modern trailer park in search of keys to open a myriad of doors. Players are challenged to bend their minds around difficult puzzles that can keep anyone engaged for hours on end. “Casual games are a fast growing division in the game industry that is made possible with all the new small handheld devices such as the iPhone, iPod touch, Android and iPad,� Cantero said. “The iTunes store is a

big part of the success of mobile games because the distribution is made incredibly easy over the iTunes store. It’s a pretty fantastic number of people that have instant access to Matt your game.� Bizzell The game was develfreshman English oped by Blind Squirrel major Digital. The founder, Michael Neely, is a prolific veteran, with work on such movies as Spiderman 3, Pirates of the Caribbean 3 and The Fantastic Four under his belt. DoorWays is the first of many potential games from the company and Neely said he hopes to engage players and open up games to a whole new category of people. The inspiration for DoorWays came from Neely and his experience with the game Zork, a text-based game that requires players to solve puzzles at doors. He took the concept to implement it in a game of his own. The game utilizes a puzzle environment to draw players into a world based on clues and strategy. “Each level has a different themed door in which players have to solve the puzzle to move on to the next door. Some examples of doors you will encounter are an Egyptian door, submarine door, time machine door and many more of the world’s hallmarks. You receive points based on how fast you

can get to the final door. There are also some fun references that the player will come across. For example, for the time machine door, part of the clue comes from H. G. Wells The Time Machine book cover,� Cantero said. The art style of the game is reminiscent of classic cartoons of our generation and PC games that gamers have grown up with. “We spent a lot of time to make sure the art was very appealing and fun to experience,� Cantero said. No game can be created without running into its own share of complications, and in this regard, DoorWays is no different. “Technical problems included optimization. After I was done modeling and texturing my levels in 3D, we had to do a process of converting the high-polygon models into sprites,� Cantero said. “Sprites considerably reduce the file size but the conversion process is where the problems lie.� Hard work pays off though, and DoorWays has brought new ideas and innovations to the forefront of gaming. “We used a game engine called Unity, which is a revolutionary new way to make games. Unity has an integrated graphical en-


vironment, so making games is a lot more of a visual process instead of being mostly just code,� Cantero said. Student reactions to the game DoorWays has been generally approving with gamers seeming to enjoy the intricacies of the game but with a few exceptions. “The game is an intellectual mind bender, but its main downfalls are its slowness and obliqueness of some of the puzzles,� said Dylan Hillard, a freshman English major. DoorWays can be found in the iTunes App store under its name or in the puzzle game section. Those wanting to see more of the game before purchasing can check out the trailer on YouTube.


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Time vs money

To work or not to work F

or many students college is like a temporary monastery where they are isolated from financial luxuries for four or five years. The ultimate goal is that these years of sacrifice will help students live a future life of pecuniary comfort.

limit free time, but it also One of the greathelps develop time manest fears about getting agement skills. Instead of a job in college is that watching a marathon of there won’t be time to Gilmore Girls you must do anything else. This prioritize your schedule is what I thought my and force yourself to freshman year. I decided on how to best to first get acclimated Caleb Wilson focus utilize your time. to college life and focus senior history Because you don’t on my grades. What major have an endless amount happened was that I of time at your disposal wasted a whole lot of when you have a job, time doing a whole some students think it will delot of nothing. A 2009 Harris molish their GPR. Instead, a 2008 Interactive survey found that the study for the U.S. Department of average student spends 2.5 hours a day watching TV and five hours Labor and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that workon the computer. Such is the life of the stereotypical, or maybe just ing through college might help improve your grades. The study typical, Joe College. Having a part-time job might found that students who held

However, students do not need to abstain from all economic endeavors while they’re cloistered in college. In fact, having a part-time job can prove to be one of the most beneficial decisions someone makes.

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part-time jobs averaged a 3.13 GPR. while students who didn’t averaged a 3.04 GPR. Again, it goes back to time management. Besides grades, possibly a stronger incentive to have a job during college is money. While a part-time job doesn’t mean anyone is going to live high on the hog, drawing a paycheck can help offset the continually increasing costs of attending college. Working while in school could also allow you to alleviate or avoid student loans. That’s something many people with college degrees wish they had done. According to The College Board, from 2000 to 2007, 60 percent of graduates had student loans with an average debt of $12,400.

Last year, after I realized I couldn’t live by hoarding Saltine crackers from the Underground, I got an on-campus job. I certainly didn’t make bank, but it helped buy food and was a good experience. While the type of job you have might or might not help prepare you for your future career, at the very least it will look better on a rÊsumÊ than nothing. During college you don’t have to live a life of complete economic celibacy. Although you won’t get rich with a part-time job, you won’t die trying to cover some expenses either.You might even gain experience you never would have just sitting in front of the TV surfing on your laptop.

Concealed carry vote shows 57 percent of students uninformed


here are two easily defined sides to the concealed carry debate. There are those who support concealed carry on campus and those who have no idea what they are talking about.

feel safe if these laws are Antonio Cepeda-Benito passed.� has lead an effort to get I might be wrong faculty to weigh in. but when considerOperating on the ing concealed carry assumption that the best arguments against on campus I care a lot concealed carry will more whether we are come from the smartactually safer or not. Taylor est folks with a vested Bullets from a madman interest in the debate, don’t care whether you Wolken let’s see what arguments feel safe or not. Would junior economics members of our faculty major Cepeda-Benito still are making. feel safer locked in a One of my personal classroom with a gunfavorites is the argument — and man knowing there weren’t any I use that term loosely — made other guns? I don’t see any logical by Cepeda-Benito in his letter to reason why feeling safer should faculty requesting their feedback. trump actually being safer. “I am wholeheartedly against David Brooks, professor of allowing guns in classrooms. To oceanography, hits the popular sum it up, I have little doubt that “rise in suicides� theory. concealed weapons may make “The gun suicide last Monday those carrying them feel safer. at Consol is an example of what However, I am also certain that guns in the hands of despondent those of us who now feel safe students can do.� without guns will no longer Brooks is clearly unaware that

The results are in for the concealed carry referendum and 57 percent of Texas A&M students opposed concealed carry on campus. This is a somewhat shocking result coming from a historically conservative school. Students aren’t the only ones who will be affected by concealed carry on campus. Faculty and staff also have a vested interest in the debate, and Dean of Faculties and Associate Provost

whether or not concealed carry passes students will still have guns.You don’t need concealed carry license to own a gun.You certainly don’t need the license to take your own life. This argument and line of reasoning is irrelevant to concealed carry. Robert Chapkin, professor of nutrition and food science likes the wild, wild west myth. “Imagine this: an ‘assassin’ enters my classroom and begins shooting (his/her gun as opposed to mouth). Six pistol-packing ‘students’ begin firing back. In the process, they ‘accidently’ shoot and kill six innocent students. Eventually, the assassin is killed. When the police enter, how do they identify the perpetrator?� This situation is beyond unlikely. Only a portion of students own a handgun. A smaller portion is over 21 and eligible for a concealed carry license. An even

smaller portion of those have concealed carry license but let’s assume this situation occurs. How many would have died if the gunman was the only one with a gun and intent on killing? I am going to go out on a limb and say more than six. How do the police identify the perpetrator? Well in the scenario he is dead. The concealed carriers would know to empty and disarm their weapon and wait for the police to take them away. Then the police would investigate what happened and identify the perpetrator. Winston Churchill once said: “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.� The best argument for concealed carry is a five-minute conversation with a person opposed to concealed carry on campus.


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3/2 Houses, Townhouses &Apartments, 1250sqft. Very spacious, ethernet, large kitchen, walk-in pantry &closets, extra storage, W/D, great amenities, on bus route, now pre-leasing, excellent specials. 979-694-0320, 3bd/2ba condo, on shuttle route, on resturant row, $1350/mo, 281-208-0669

3bd/3ba duplexes. Great floorplans, fenced yards, W/D, tile floors, icemakers, alarm systems. 979-776-6079.

4/2 Den +gameroom. Very close to A&M. 1210 Westover. $1800/mo., 979-492-1983 or 979-822-2775. 4/3, 3/3 &3/2 Houses, Townhouses, Duplexes &Fourplexes, 1250-1700sqft. Very spacious, ethernet, large kitchen, extra storage, W/D, great amenities, on bus route, now pre-leasing, excellent specials. 694-0320.



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FOR RENT 4/4.5, like new. High ceilings, huge closets, large front porch, tile floors, all appliances, many extras. $1750/mo. Preleasing for August. 979-229-6326. See photos and info at 4bd/2.5ba Spanish style duplex w/garage + off street parking. Security system. All appliances including w/d. $1500/mo. No pets. 979-297-3720 or 979-292-6168. 4bd/2ba house. Close to campus, wood floors, tile floors, ceiling fans, W/D, fenced yards. 979-776-6079. 4bd/4ba house, 3526 Wild Plum, refrigerator, W/D, huge backyard! $1,650/mo. 361-290-0430. 4bd/4ba Waterwood Townhome available June 1, $1760/mo, granite counter tops, new appliance package, a&m bus route. Pre-leasing for August! 4bdrm/3bth house. Close to campus, wood floors, tile floors, ceiling fans, W/D, fenced yards, refrigerator, icemaker, lawn-care. 979-776-6079, 4bed/4bath Waterwood Townhomes, 1001 Krenek Tap Road across from Central Park. Gated community, bus route, appliances, W/D included. Available Fall 2011. Contact 281-793-0102 or Available May. 3bd/2ba. Fenced-backyard, 2-car-garage, $1400/mo. Tile living-room. 407-721-3300. Brand New 4bdrm/4ba luxury cottage style home! With fenced yard, full front porch, 3 blocks from campus, on bus route, $525/person per month. Call 979-314-1333. College Station. Large 2bd/1.5ba 2-story, nice yard, W/D connections. 2310 Auburn. $900/mo. 979-693-9399. Duplex, 3bd/3ba, 2 living rooms, great location and condition, $1250/mo, 281-491-5738.



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Huge 3 or 4 bedroom/2ba. House! Walking distance to A&M, W/D, fenced yard, 3904 Oaklawn $1450 979-693-5885. Large 1800sqft, 2-car garage w/storage shed. 4bd/2ba, eat-in-kitchen, dining room, family room w/fireplace. Wood/tile floors, W/D, 2 refrigerators, large patio, fenced yard. Lawn maintenance, pest control service. $395/room. Available 2011-2012. 832-326-3215. Large 4-bedroom house, double garage. Available summer or fall. 832-425-2945. New homes for rent! Close to campus! 4bd/4ba, 3bd/3ba. Call Today! 254-721-6179. Broker. New/Newer 1/1, 1/1.5 lofts, 2/2, 3/3. Available May and August. Broker/owner. 979-777-5477. Newly remodeled 4/2 house. Walking distance to campus, tile & wood floors, great location, nice big deck & yard. 979-776-6079, Northgate, available now and prelease, new duplexes and fourplexes, 1/1, 2/2, and 3/2, call 979-255-5648.

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Oak Creek Condos, high-speed internet and basic cable. 2bdrm/1.5ba. $515/mo. Water, sewer, trash paid. Fireplace, icemaker, pool, hot-tub. 979-822-1616. Pre-leasing for August 2,3,4,&5 bedroom houses and town-homes. Updated, fenced, pets ok, on shuttle route. 979-776-8984. Pre-leasing for August! 4bdrm/2bth houses. Great Location. Close to campus, wood floors, tile floors, ceiling fans, w/d, fenced yards, refridgerator, icemaker,lawncare. 979-776-6079, Prelease for May or August, 2/1 fourplex. W/D connections, water paid. 609 Turner. $465/m. 979-693-1448. Prelease for May or August. Large 2/2 with fenced yard, W/D connections, large closets, great location. University Oaks. $775/m. 979-693-1448. Prelease for May or August: 2/1 duplex, fenced back yard, w/d conn. 3 locations to choose from $600.00, 693-1448. Preleasing for May! 4/2/2 Fenced totally remodeled, 1312 Timm, $1750/mo, biking distance to campus. 979-776-8984. Remolded 3bd/1-3/4ba house! Bike to A&M, W/D, fenced yard, near Thomas Park 300 Gilchrist $1225 979-693-5885. Ridgewood Village efficiency with loft. Uniquely designed floor plan. No pets, $395/mo, $350 deposit. 1211-1213 Holik. 979-696-2998. Some short term leases available. $455/mo. Ridgewood Village, large very quiet tree-shaded 1bdrm/1bth studio, no pets. $445/mo, $350 deposit, 1201-1209 Holik. 979-696-2998. Some short term leases available $495/mo. Spacious duplex, 3/2, washer & dryer, great location, $895/mo, 979-693-0551. Walk to Kyle Field! 4bd/2ba House, pre-leasing for August 1st. 206 Fidelity. $1800/mo. 979-492-1983, 979-822-2775.

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HELP WANTED $200/cash to anyone who finds someone to sublease my 2bdrm apartment from now thru 7/5/11. Call Mark, 979-412-2614. A small organic farm (25min from campus) needs part-time help. Horticulture or Ag-student background a plus. $12/hr call Dan 713-502-6574. Artist needs female canvas subjects, body image project. $30/hr. 214-934-5851. Athletic men for calendars, books, etc. $100-$200/hr, up to $1000/day. No experience. 512-684-8296. Cake Junkie (Bryan, Texas) is looking for a full-time experienced cake decorator. Send example cake pictures and resume to: City of College Station, LIFEGUARDS NEEDED, $8.70/hr, apply online @ or call 979-764-3540, EOE. Cleaning commercial buildings at night, M-F. Call 979-823-5031 for appointment. COLLEGE STUDENTS! Part Time work. $16 base-appt. Flexible, conditions apply, all ages 17+. Call now! 979-260-4555. Company looking for student to research on campus, task pays $500. 406-945-2027 Executive office looking for part-time receptionist. Decorum necessary Please send cover letter, resume, availability and references to FT Front Office Position till 8/31, bilingual (Spanish) a plus, must have clean & reliable vehicle for showing property, apply in person at 1507 S College Ave, Bryan, 979-775-2291. Have you seen the cool handles on board the A&M Spirit Shuttles? HIGH FIVE ADVERTISING seeks students with flexible schedules for internship selling ad space on the handles to local businesses, please send your resume to Gregg Brogden at Help Wanted Part Time, Building Attendant for the Brazos Center, $10.10/hr, work schedule will vary from 12-20 hours a week, janitorial duties and customer service, apply: Brazos County HR Dept. County Courthouse, visit our website for more info. at Household cleaning, ironing, organizing help needed. Min 6-8hrs/wk $10/hr between 8-5 weekdays. Heavy detailed cleaning-inside and out, year-round commitment necessary, begin work ASAP. Fax bio/work/reference info to 979-690-8075. Lawn crew member needed, $9/hr. Hrs Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11-6, experience required. 979-224-2511. Leasing agent, part-time, must be able to work Saturdays, 979-693-1906. Little Caesar’s Pizza is now accepting applications for Pizza Makers and Co-Assistant Managers. Apply in person at Bryan, College Station locations.

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WORD SQUARE Clues: 1. Overwhelming defeat 2. A rather wicked giant 3. Instinctive motive, or maybe restless desire 4. A phase of life

ANSWERS TO LAST FRIDAY’S PUZZLE 9 letters: SYNCOPATE 8 letters: capstone,opencast 7 letters: potency, octanes, syncope 6 letters: canopy, paeony, teapoy, capons, capote, paeons, cantos, canoes, oceans, octane, atones Surakshith Sampath — THE BATTALION

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news for you entertainment Sheen files: A crazy week for NBC’s Rossen

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Hindu students present festival

NEW YORK — Is being called a “rock star” by Charlie Sheen good or bad for his career in television journalism? Jeff Rossen, an NBC News correspondent who works chiefly for the “Today” show, played a prominent role in the actor’s bizarre media tour to bash his bosses for suspending “Two and a Half Men,” and explain a lifestyle of drugs and “goddesses.” It was Rossen whom Sheen later described as a “rock star” whose interview was “pure gold.” Sheen told Morgan live on CNN that Rossen was awesome and should be a guest on his show. Associated Press

International Paul Mezier — THE BATTALION

Tiffany Cornelius — THE BATTALION

Members of the Hindu Student Association celebrate Holi, a Hindu spring festival.

Austin Burgart

The Battalion Many students heard faint music permeating from Simpson Drill Field Sunday. They might have stumbled upon a Hindu festival underway known as Holi. Colored powder whizzed past faces as the drill field briefly turned into a dance floor filled with participants covered head to toe in green, pink, yellow and blue

hues. “I came out to see what was going on, and I ended up having a lot of fun and surprisingly learning a lot about this festival that I’ve never heard of before,” said Paul Adams, a sophomore communication major. “It was nice dirty fun to be had by all.” This year’s celebration was a huge success with a conservative estimate of 500 students coming out between the hours of 12 and 5 p.m. Those who attended were given free food, as well as powder to throw. They were also treated to DJ Chani from Houston with live traditional Indian Dholi drum performances and a foam machine that was a special surprise for those in the audience. At the end of the day, more than 200 pounds of powdered paint had been used. “I was soaked in all sorts of colors,” said Robert Nelson, a freshman agricultural communication and journalism major. “Everyone was in such a good mood. We had so much fun dancing, but the best part was walking back to my dorm and getting looks from everyone.” The festival was a celebration of life and is thrown at the beginning of spring, generally in late February or early March to exult in the end of the cold winter. Holi

is known as the festival of colors and many similar events are presented around the world wherever the Hindu faith is practiced. Along with Holi in the spring, the Hindu Students Association, HSA, throws Dandiya Night in the fall semester which is another celebration of Hindu faith. “The events aren’t just for Hindus or Indians,” said Anish Patel, a junior electrical engineering major. “The HSA has these events for everyone, our big mission at HSA is to promote awareness of the Hindi faith by coming out and having these festivals.” This year the HSA joined forces with the Indian Graduate Students Association, IGSA, as well as Child Rights and You, CRY, to present the event. Through the sale of T-shirts and corporate sponsorship, the event was offered to students free of charge and also managed to raise money that through CRY went to help children around the world. “We put in a lot of effort for it, you cant measure the amount of stress involved,” said Harsh Junega, a junior electrical engineering major. “Planning this event along with tests all last week I’ve had less than two hours of sleep, I’m so happy it all came together and the event turned out how it did.”

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act with locals through meals; learning about the cuisine and proper dining etiquette can be a helpful way to bring down barriers. Having knowledge about customs can decrease the chance of offending anyone. I-Week is a chance for students to partake in the international experience if they do not study abroad, or as a preparation before they leave, the ISA president said. “In the real world we have to deal with all races and different views, whether we agree or not,” Sanchez said. “This is a way to promote diversity and be friendly and open to all races.” Gibson said it is not only about representing diversity and sharing it with other Aggies, but about providing a platform for the international community to showcase who they are. On its Facebook page IWeek has nearly 500 confirmed participants. Gibson is hoping 2,000 show up to various events or at least to view the exhibits in Rudder Hall. “Not all the Aggie community knows what an Aggie is now. We’re diverse, it’s a huge place; most colleges don’t get that. It’s about seeing all the different shades of maroon,” he said.

MSC OPAS Presents: Bus Stop Tue Mar 22, 7:30 Rudder Theatre When They Came for My Father Exhibit Through Mar 26, MSC Forsyth Student Conference on Latino Affairs: Latinos in Politics Fri-Sat Apr 1-2 Register online at Growing in Wellness MSC LEAF Annual Spring Conference Sat Apr 2 Register online at Globalization Goes South Cash and Corruption in the Americas Save the Date Fri Apr 8, 8:00pm

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