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Pro Day and Big 12 The A&M women took on Texas Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament, while six Aggies participated in Pro Day Wednesday for 14 NFL teams.

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Military officer dies in car accident Master Sgt. Jeffrey Campbell died Saturday in a single-car accident in Parker Heights, Texas while traveling back to Texas A&M. He was an active duty non-commissioned officer at A&M teaching military science. During Campbell’s tenure as a military officer, he served as a platoon sergeant, Bradley commander and first sergeant. He has also been in deployments for combat in Iraq. “Master Sgt. Campbell was very passionate about instructing and developing cadets to serve the U.S. Army in the future,” said Major Hazard, Campbell’s direct supervisor. “It’s a frustrating and unfortunate event for me and the entire Corps of Cadets.” The Corps of Cadets performed an Echo Taps Tuesday night in Campbell’s honor. During the Echo Taps, cadets assemble to formation at the quad. There will be a memorial ceremony to honor Campbell at 3 p.m. today in Rudder Theatre. The ceremony will feature a 21-gun salute. Between 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., there will be multiple occasions where the guns will be fired during the ceremony. Roland Ruiz, special to The Battalion



music | 6 Rockin’ on the air guitar An air guitar competition and fundraiser will be Friday at the Skyy Bar on Northgate.

sports | 3 On the road The No. 5 A&M women’s basketball team traveled to Austin to face off with the archrivals. Reporter Mike Teague went along for the ride.

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Springing into break Aggies celebrate the coming of spring in variety of ways Trevor Stevens Special to The Battalion Flowers bloom, birds migrate north, temperatures rise and beachside hotels overflow with vacationing college students to mark the end of winter and the arrival of spring break. The celebration of spring is a long-standing tradition, and with a week off from classes, many A&M students are hitting the road. Since ancient Greece, people all over the world celebrate the arrival of spring. However, spring break did not become what it is today until its inadvertent creation in 1936, when collegiate swimming coach Sam Ingram

traveled to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from Colgate University in New York with his swim team to train at Florida’s first Olympic-size pool, the Casino Pool. Two years later, to take advantage of the market opportunity for the local economy, Fort Lauderdale presented the first College Coaches’ Swim Forum at the Casino Pool, bringing droves of college students to the city. By the 1960s, with thousands of college students flooding the city at the end of winter, Fort Lauderdale established itself as the spring break capitol of the country. This spurred neighboring cities, such as Daytona Beach, to create collegiate attraction with advertisement and cinematic propaganda.

Today, apart from the connection to beach and beer, the concept of spring break varies from person to person. “It depends on who you are asking. If you were to ask the University, you would probably hear that it is a break from school mid-semester from academic responsibilities. If you were to ask a typical college student, you would most likely hear it’s a break to relax and have a week-long party,” said Kate Fuller, a junior recreational parks and tourism major. “Ultimately it’s a break in the routine of school to spend however one wants, whether it’s traveling, spending time with family or serving.”

There are many possibilities for college students to utilize the week of vacation from school. Some A&M students will take to the road to celebrate the break from classes. Kait Sampson, a sophomore political science major, is planning a road trip with friends to New Braunfels and Galveston. “Spring break is necessary for college students to have a chance to stop from going absolutely crazy from the stress of school. It definitely gives me enough of a breather to power through the rest of the semester,” Sampson said. A&M students are also using the time during the break to serve comSee History on page 2

UPD gives safety tips Students mix up plans Alex Lotz The Battalion As students count down the days to spring break, many do not think to lock up their belongings or plan ahead to ensure their safety during the break. The Texas A&M University Police Department is making safety the number one priority to remind students of ways to keep them safe. Officials emphasized the importance of making sure all windows and doors are locked in student’s houses, apartments and dorms. They encourage students to make arrangements, if possible, to have a neighbor or friend pick up mail and newspapers to make it look like the house is occupied. This will make burglars less inclined to break in.

Violence updates Updates and maps about the recent violence in popular Mexico vacation spots can be found at http://travel. “Do not pack your car the night before. It only makes a more attractive target for a thief,” said Sgt. H. Allan Baron of the University Police Department. Taking precautions to maintain safety during spring break might seem overly cautious to some students, but it is a priority nonetheless. “I am planning every aspect of my trip in advance,” said Alexa ArmSee Safety on page 4

Rebecca Hutchinson The Battalion For many students, spring break is a time to take a brief respite from the stress of classes, or for some graduating seniors, it is the chance to make the last college vacation count. Students will be on spring break March 14 – 19. Some are taking the typical route partying on South Padre Island, while some plan to catch up on sleep. There are other Aggies, however, who have alternative plans for this upcoming hiatus from classes. “I’m just going to Dallas,” said Meagan Klinkenberg,a sophomore international studies major. “There’s this music festival thing there, but I don’t know if I’m going.”

Several students replied with the standard response of uncertainty. Plans for spring break are not always concrete, but the general answers were home, Austin, Dallas, sleeping and concerts. A few students said they were going out of state. With the weather warming up, spring break is a popular time for students to branch off and explore other parts of the U.S. or other parts of the world. “I’m headed to California; abandoning all responsibility,” said Amy Polglase, a senior international studies major. This will be her first time on the West Coast, and Polglase said she is See Alternative on page 4


Preacher sparks debates, attracts crowd Emily Villani The Battalion Christina Cedillo, an English graduate student, was one in the crowd of students who gathered around Tom Short, a man who has been debating with students about issues concerning Christianity in Academic Plaza since the beginning of the week. “Who is this weirdo?” Cedillo said. “I guess I just don’t understand who invited this extremist to come and try

to cause problems on our campus,” Cedillo said. “I’m assuming he considers himself a Christian and just by the fact that he’s doing this seems to me that he has no idea what it means to be a real Christian.” The First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech.” Short is affiliated with the Fellowship Church in Bryan and an A&M group, the A&M Christian Fellow-

ship. “He’s a campus evangelist,” said Christina Kroger from the Fellowship Church in Bryan, which sponsors the University organization. “Our church is part of an organization of churches that are campus-focused, and it’s called Great Commission Ministries.” Kroger surveyed students in the crowd about their reaction to Short on Wednesday. “We bring Tom in every once in

a while, and so we’re taking a survey of students just to see what they think about Short and about his message and what they believe, stuff like that,” Kroger said. Some students, such as Colin Breedlove, a freshman mechanical engineering major and Luis Fayad, a freshman political science and history major, from the Agnostic Atheist StuSee Short on page 2

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munities through church-led mission trips. Raheem Siraj, a junior recreational parks and tourism major, is going with his church, Antioch Community Church, to the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. “I know that a lot of college students like having a crazy spring break experience. For me, a lot of it is just hang-

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dent Group of Texas A&M, debated with Tom. They argued with many of his points and responded to many of his questions. Some students stood listening with arms crossed, others talked with the people standing near them. Pearson Browne, a junior recreation parks and tourism sciences major, sat under a tree with his laptop facing outward in his lap and the words “Rational/logical debate available here” typed on the screen for passersby to read. “Today we have a guest on

ing out with some of my best friends and doing something that I am passionate about, which is to serve people. From an interest or motivation point of view, it’s the same, but it’s just how it expresses itself in my life,” Siraj said. Many students will take advantage of the snow still covering higher elevations in the Rocky Mountains. UBSki, one of the largest winter and spring break trip providers, offers college students discounted travel and lift tickets to ski

and snowboard at the popular resorts west of Denver, Colo., such as Breckenridge, Vail and Beaver Creek. While road trips, whether to the mountains or beaches, are popular opportunities, other students use it to catch up on needed sleep and rest with family and friends. “Especially if I am going back to a round of tests, just a change of environment and not having to go to classes makes all the difference,” Fuller said.

our campus who feels that the best way to spread his beliefs is to offer no logical, rational debate on the topic and just to enforce his completely irrational, outspoken beliefs with no evidence of any truth behind them,” Browne said. “He thinks that’s the best way to spread a message when I’m over here … just encouraging any students who actually want to have a conversation with me to talk about what their beliefs, what their views might be so that we can actually get somewhere on this topic instead of just a standstill back and forth of pointing fingers, which it’s always been.” Browne said students today

are more interested in religion than before. “This religion debate is something that our generation, I think, has taken an extra strong interest in, and I think in the next 50 years we’re probably going to see some big things happening with it.” Although students had varying reactions to Tom and his message, he did get them talking, which was why Kroger said he came to campus in the first place. “The purpose of bringing him in is to get students talking about their faith and also to create opportunities to share the gospel of Jesus,” Kroger said.

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On the road again Bus trip to Austin Following an afternoon practice, Texas A&M’s No. 5 women’s basketball team walked out of the Cox-McFerrin Center into a dreary evening in College Station. One-by-one, the players, coaches, trainers, managers and a scholastic supervisor boarded the bus headed to Austin. Driving along Highway 21, the bus was mostly silent. The only sounds heard were soft whispers, laughs and the overwhelming melody coming from the back of the bus.

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Back to hotel Hopping back on the bus, we returned to the hotel for a breakfast buffet that could satisfy the snobbiest of taste buds. With everyone loaded up on fruit, hash browns, ham, eggs, cereal and omelets, Schaefer turned off the lights and turned on the projector. The team sat around eating in silence with full attention towards Schaefer giving his final review before game time. After film was over, everyone returned to their rooms to shower and get ready for the game. The players got re-taped, styled their hair and boarded the bus.

A knock on the door early in the morning signals the beginning of game day preparations. The players come into the room and get their ankles taped and injuries tended by athletic trainer Mike “Radar” Ricke. As everyone wipes the sleep from their eyes and releases their final yawns, the bus downstairs beckons. Getting off the elevator and walking into the lobby, I noticed Head Coach Gary Blair sitting on a coach reading the newspaper. The team loaded up on the bus, and we embarked on our morning journey to the Frank Erwin Center. Passing by all of the beautiful scenery and architecture of downtown Austin, we eventually get to the arena where we pulled into an underground entrance and entered the stadium.


Dinner at Pappadeaux The bus pulled into the Pappadeaux off I-35 in Austin for the team dinner. As the team walked into the restaurant and headed toward a private room in the back, all of the eyes in the room (a few shining burnt orange) gravitated toward the sea of maroon that just flooded the building. After an enjoyable meal that featured abnormal amounts of pink lemonade and Shirley Temples, the team caught a few minutes of the men’s game at Baylor, then hopped back on the bus and headed for the hotel.

Morning practice Walking on to the court, surrounded by a border of empty burnt orange seats, it was hard to imagine a basketball game was going to be played in six hours. The Aggies stretched and had a little shoot around before Blair gathered the team at half court. After some words highlighting A&M’s dominance of Texas women’s basketball on the floor we were standing on, Blair started offensive drills. He then passed things over to assistant head coach Vic Schaefer for the defensive portion of practice. Schaefer closed practice with a speech, briefing his troops on the importance of a win over the hated, but respected Longhorns.

The team entered the stadium and came out onto the court for shoot-around. The stadium’s once empty seats slowly filled with fans from both schools. Forty minutes before tip-off, the Aggies headed back into the locker room for pregame speeches from Blair and Schaefer. Blair passed around a set of coins that he had received throughout his career with the dates of his major victories. After letting the seniors each talk about what it meant to them to beat Texas, the team got up and walked through the tunnel to take care of business, which the Aggies did in a 68-65 victory.

Arrive at hotel Pulling into the luxurious Omni hotel in downtown Austin was a little intimidating. Walking into the hotel, past the flood of tourists, the first thing that came to mind was, “We’re not in College Station anymore.” We took the elevator to our rooms located on floors higher than 95 percent of the buildings in College Station. Everyone went off to bed with an early schedule looming.

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strong, a junior political science major. The UPD stresses the importance of personal safety, asking students to remember to always trust their instincts. “I am going to make sure that I never go anywhere by myself,� said Hannah Riley, a sophomore sociology major. Spring break has a reputation of being a wild week of partying. The UPD does not discredit this but encourages students to drink responsibly. “Only accept drinks from a licensed bartender or drinks that you pour yourself. You put yourself at risk for receiving an altered beverage if you don’t know the source of the drink,� Baron said. Madison Berney , a junior marketing major, is planning her nightly outings ahead


of time before she hits the beaches of Gulf Shores, Ala. “I just turned 21, so as a precaution I plan to alternate my water and my alcoholic beverages,� Berney said. The UPD urges students to let friends, relatives or guardians know when they have safely arrived at and departed from destinations. “Even though I am a college student, I still make sure to text my mom whenever I get to a new place so she feels comfortable,� said Mia Tomlinson, a freshman general studies major. At the risk of drinking too much comes the added danger of making bad sexual decisions. Male or female, there is added pressure from the opposite sex. UPD asks students to think about what they are willing to do ahead of time in case they end up in a compromising situation they are not comfortable with.

“I always use the boyfriend line, even if I don’t have one at the time,� said Raychel Clark, a sophomore biomedical sciences major. Due to an excessive increase in violence from drugtrafficking organizations, the UPD issued a warning to students vacationing along the U.S.-Mexico border. The Bureau of Consular Affairs of the U.S. Department of State reported U.S. citizens should expect to encounter military and other law enforcement checkpoints when traveling in Mexico. They are urged to cooperate. With all of this information in mind, students can expect to have a fun, safe spring break. “I am already counting down the days for spring break; I cannot wait,� Berney said.

teers toward becoming active, life-long citizens and leaders for social change, committed to social justice,� the website stated. “It’s an opportunity for students to go and make a difference; to have a better understanding of all the social issues in the world. It’s a better way to use your time,� said Jessica Repko, a senior psychology major, and chairwoman of the executive team. Students who apply and are accepted to participate in the organization receive the option to visit several different locations. This year members chose between traveling to Louisiana to help in ongoing hurricane relief, Tennessee to work with the Knoxville Leadership Organization, Arizona to volunteer at a wildlife sanctuary, Arkansas to gain experience at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and Costa Rica to help save endangered sea turtles. “We base our locations on

what is popular, interest of the student body and social issues at the time,� Repko said. About 50 to 75 students attend every spring. This year approximately 55 students will participate. Ten to 15 are often former participants who return as members or apply to be site leader and executive positions. “We have a wide range of students based on our locations,� Repko said. “Huge diversity from engineering to geosciences, though some trips target specific majors.� The veterinary clinic in Arizona and children’s hospital in Arkansas attracts premed majors, Repko said. Students leave March 12 and return March 19, with one day designated as the “Fun day,� where the group enjoys an activity from the local area. “Those going to Arizona are visiting the Grand Canyon that Friday,� Repko said.

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SWAMP club raises money for festival Ryan Haughey The Battalion With swagger, flashy costumes and a desire to rock out, the competitors at the Aggie Screen Writing, Acting and Movie Production Club’s fundraiser for the Texas Film Festival may have enough energy to almost mask the one thing they’re missing: a guitar. Friday, the Skyy Bar at Schotzi’s on Northgate will welcome one of Texas A&M’s more unique fundraiser ideas: an air guitar competition. “It’s the kind of thing that anyone can do,� said event organizer Ben Johnson. “With air guitar, all it takes is someone who is willing to cut loose and have a good time.� Johnson, a senior communication major, was inspired to start the event after watching the movie Air Guitar Nation, a documentary about the 2003 World Air Guitar Championships. When Aggie SWAMP was searching for a way to raise money to put on the Texas Film Festival in the beginning of April, Johnson thought it would be a novel approach to fundraising. “We wanted to promote Texas Film Festival in a unique way to catch people’s attention,� said Keller Davis, a senior telecommunications media studies major and SWAMP president. “[The Air Guitar Competition] should be something [students] go out of their way to attend because I guarantee that they will have a blast.� The whole reason for the competition is the Texas Film Festival, which SWAMP will be presenting for the first time on April 1. Once the largest studentrun film festival in the nation featuring famed directors such as Spike Lee and Oliver Stone, the Texas Film Festival was canceled in 2005 due to budget problems. However, this past summer, SWAMP acquired the rights to the festival and now is working hard to restore it to its former glory. “Film festivals offer a really unique experience that you rarely get to see,� said Jensen Yancey, a senior psychology major. “There are tons of new stories unlike anything that you see coming out of the

Hollywood system. It’s just a much different experience when the filmmaker is there with you in the audience.� Yancey, who is the director of the film festival, said the event used to be a big deal to the University, and that he hopes to help it become the cultural landmark that it once was. Like the festival, the air guitar competition is geared to all audiences. Anyone is welcome to enter; the cost includes a $5 cover at the door of Schotzi’s paid by audience members and competitors. Aside from the badge of honor earned by the victor of the event, who will be evaluated based on technical merit, showmanship and costume, the winner will also receive a $25 gift card to Cinemark and two free passes to attend the festival. Interested competitors can contact SWAMP or Johnson to register. “It’s a great way to kick off the spring break experience,� said Johnson. “College is one of those times you get to do something that you never would elsewhere. How often do you get to be the greatest air guitarist in College Station?� In addition to organizing the event, Johnson said he is also excited to provide some opening entertainment before the actual event begins with a performance of his own. His routine? “You’ll just have to come to find out.� Yancey summed up the whole appeal of the contest rather simply. “Who doesn’t like to put on a costume and dance around on stage to 80s music? Even if you’re not planning on competing, how could you not have fun watching all the performances?� Whether a casual observer or seasoned air guitar veteran, the competition has an appeal for everyone, Davis said. He said the contest promises a good time to all. “The great thing about competing is that literally anyone can do it. There’s no right or wrong way, so the most important thing for you to represent is your passion for the music,� Davis said. “But rock legend costumes won’t hurt either.�




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