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Eight days remain for studententrepreneurs to submit proposals for the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship Ideas Challenge. Students from all majors and graduate programs are eligible to participate, with $1,000 - $3,000 cash prizes awarded for the top six original business ideas. David Flint, a marketing professor and Ideas Challenge judge, said successful proposals show potential to create value, capture the judges’ interest, and are welldefended. “We try to get students to think entrepreneurially, trying something they’ve not tried before,” Flint said. A workshop for interested students will take place at 6:30 p.m. today in Wehner Building, room 161. Additional information is available online at http://cnve.tamu. edu/programs/ ideas-challenge. Robert Carpenter, staff writer

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FROM PRACTICE TO PHILANTHROPY A&M football team serves Twin City Mission profit organization aimed at meeting the needs of the less fortunate, about getting his players involved in servTexas A&M football players said ing. Twin City Mission Director of they hope to show the Bryan-College Community Relations Ron Crozier Station community that they can do said Sherman thought the team had more than play the game of football as become wrapped up in football and student athletes this Saturday. needed to be more involved in outOf the 15,000 Aggies serving at side activities. The Big Event this weekend, the “[Sherman] thought his playfootball team will be among the ers were given so much in terms of masses, per Head Football Coach notoriety as athletes in college that Mike Sherman’s request. they needed to see how the other This past fall, Sherman aphalf lived,” he said. proached Twin City Mission, a non-

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Crozier said Sherman and his wife developed compassion for the homeless community when he coached in Green Bay and began working with shelters there. “When he was coaching up there when the economy was really bad, he and his wife were well-settled, they felt like they had been so blessed. [They] have a deep heart for homeless people,” he said. Sherman decided when he took

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Shalom project exceeds goal

Battle: Los Angeles surprises audiences with a mix of war movie cinematography and science fiction flare.

sports | 5 Spring practice The Aggie football team began spring drills Tuesday with two practice sessions. They will continue practices Thursday and for the next three weeks.

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The Battalion The word “Shalom” means “Peace” in Hebrew, and the Shalom Project at A&M is committed to bringing this peace to those in need. The Shalom Project, through Breakaway Ministries, raised $119,000 in four weeks to rescue hundreds of children in India and Haiti from becoming victims of human trafficking.

The goal set by the Breakaway staff was $27,000, but the giving hearts of many students at A&M helped to exceed that goal by a quadruple amount. With the donations received, 19 girls in India will be set free from a life of sex trafficking and 165 children in Haiti will have freedom from slavery. “The heartbeat behind the project is that we have to have more than the moment of wor-

shiping the Lord; we’re meant to be changed during worship and move out and be a force for change out there in the world,” said Ben Stuart, lead speaker for Breakaway Ministries. “ One of us can’t change the world, but if all of us leaned together toward a File photo cause we could make a difference. We are going to set children free Students worship during Breakaway at Kyle by the grace of God in the name Field. The event is at 9 p.m. Tuesday nights in Reed Arena. See Shalom on page 4



Holocaust exhibit tells survivors’ stories

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In 1996, Seliger published a book of photographs of survivors Holocaust. A word that evokes along with their statements. The Holocaust Museum in Houston sympathy for those persecuted, disgust for those involved and re- extracted the original photographs and created a traveling ality for those who survived. exhibition that is now on display “When They Came to Take at the Forsyth Gallery. My Father Away” is an exhibit Each photograph in the exat the MSC Forsyth Gallery hibit has a panel next to it with sponsored by Texas A&M Hila quote detailing either the sublel and the Bryan Rotary Club. ject’s experiences during the The exhibit displays photographs Holocaust or sentiments about of Holocaust survivors taken by world-renowned photographer See Holocaust on page 4 Mark Seliger.

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Special to The Battalion On Wednesday mornings, the Glasscock center presents “Morning Coffee Hour,” an informal discussion centered around current research by professors in the history department. This week, Professor Angela Pulley Hudson led a discussion over her most recent book, “Creek Paths and Federal Roads: Indians, Settlers, and Slaves and the Making of the American South.” In addition to an abundance of coffee and pastries, conversation flowed from all who were present. Those in attendance included noted faculty members such as the director of t he

Glasscock Center for Humanities Research James Rosenheim, associate professor in the department of history, Andrew Kirkendall and doctoral student Brian Franklin. “Morning Coffee Hour is a very informal place,” Franklin said. “It’s a good opportunity to learn about a subject you wouldn’t normally seek out on your own. People from all other disciplines who are interested in learning attend.” Conversation centered on Hudson’s work of unearthing the reality faced by Native Americans in the 19th century. “I hope students will learn that Indian people were dispossessed of their homelands in nearly every region that now See Coffee on page 7

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Memories fade. Yearbooks last a Lifetime. Buy your 2011 Aggieland yearbook before April 11 for $64.90, including shipping and sales tax, and save $10.83. The 109th edition of Texas A&M University’s official yearbook will chronicle the 2010-2011 school year — traditions, academics, the other education, sports, the Corps, Greeks, residence halls, campus organizations, and seniors and graduate students. By credit card go online to or call 979-845-2613. Or drop by the Student Media office, Bldg. #8901 in The Grove (between Albritton Bell Tower and Cain Hall). Hours: 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Monday–Friday.

SEATTLE — Starbucks Corp. is expanding the products and places it sells to customers and adding extras — like free online access to Marvel Comics in its cafes and single-serve coffee machines in other stores. The company has been working for some time to move its business beyond its cafes, which took a hit during the recession but have since

rebounded. On Wednesday, executives laid out how the company is putting its new strategy into practice. “We are now playing from a position of strength,” Chief Financial Officer Troy Alstead told the capacity crowd at the company’s annual meeting in Seattle. CEO Howard Schultz said one of Starbucks’ critical steps is expanding its consumer packaged-

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Dance competition

Neeley and Hobby Halls present the fourth annual “So You Think Ags Can Dance?” from 7 to 9 p.m. today in Rudder Auditorium.


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Bonnie Blue and Set Students eating at Aflame will play a metal Spoons on Friday show at 7 p.m. Friday will help Japanese earthquake and tsunami at the Stafford Main in Downtown Bryan. victims. Spoons will donate 100 percent of Tickets are $7. the proceeds to the American Red Cross from 12 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday.


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f you were a child of the ’90s like me, this plot should sound really familiar. It’s another day on planet Earth and we humans are just going about life as usual, when all of a sudden aliens attack out of nowhere. This storyline has been used about a million times in quite a few different movies, and Battle: Los Angeles is no different. Inevitably, people like me who grew up in the final decade of the 20th century will probably compare it to the big hit alien invasion movie of the time, Independence Day. However, despite these two movies sharing the same overall plot, they are actually quite different. There were quite a few differences between Independence Day and Battle: Los Angeles. First, the former focused on an air battle between the human and alien forces,

while the latter focused on the ground war. In my opinion, Independence Day also tried a little too hard to be overly patriotic. Patriotism is always a good thing to have in blockbuster films, but the way Independence Day pulled it off made it seem a bit cheesy, especially in the famous “president’s speech” scene. Battle: Los Angeles took a different route and while it had some patriotic

themes, it came off as a lot more gritty and realistic than its mid’90s predecessor. It’s basically Saving Private Ryan or Blackhawk Down with aliens. That’s why Battle: L.A. was somewhat more compelling. If you’ve seen either of those two famous war movies I just mentioned, Battle: L.A. will not really be anything new. That said, it was still very enjoyable and the special effects were where this film really excelled. The brash style made the alien invasion of the West Coast somewhat believable. Many battle scenes were so realistic that if I hadn’t been watching them in an obvious sci-fi movie, I might have mistaken them for combat footage taken from Iraq. Sometimes, you almost feel as if you are right there with the U.S. Marines fighting for the home turf as Battle: L.A. drops you right in the middle of an incredibly intense

battle for survival. Of course, it’s not combat footage from Iraq; it’s a sci-fi movie in which America gets invaded by aliens (again). Only this time, you get to experience it from an infantry grunt’s perspective, which makes the film that much more compelling. The acting was mediocre; of course, you don’t really go to these types of movies to see Academy Award-winning performances. As a war film, Battle: L.A. has all the stereotypical characters: the older combat-hardened sergeant, a fresh-faced officer right out of training and the younger enlisted men. I haven’t seen Aaron Eckhart since his well-known portrayal of Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight, but he played his role of Staff Sgt. Nantz well. Eckhart struck a good balance of being tough yet willing to show compassion for his troops and the civilians that accompany them for most of the movie. I’d have to say that Eckhart’s performance here was the only one that stood out, since the

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College Station to the needs around the world,� Aldridge said. “So many did not know about all of the horrible slavery that exists and the Lord has used this project to open the eyes and hearts of Aggies to the needs worldwide. Fueled by the Lord, the Shalom Project is a direct opportunity for Aggies to sow into the kingdom and help set children free from the bonds of slavery.� Breakaway Ministries partnered with the organization’s “Restavek Freedom� and “As Our Own� for the Shalom Project. If you’re interested in becoming a part of this movement of freeing children all over the world, check out the “Connect� link at the Breakaway Ministries website. While the Shalom Project won’t pick up until next year, the “Do Something Now� ministry will continue to collect donations towards bringing hope to children who are enslaved and awaiting freedom from bondage, freedom that we can all play a part in if we only realize that we can help make a difference.

the Holocaust. “When you start reading, some of the things these people endured are staggering, and it’s a very powerful exhibition,� said Nan Curtis, director of the museum. The museum’s mission statement is to build an awareness and appreciation for the visual arts, and Curtis said showcasing Seliger’s work fulfills the mission. “It is difficult to effectively photograph human beings, and he’s done such a brilliant job,� Curtis said. This exhibit is a startling look into the lives of Holocaust survivors. “With each passing day, there are fewer survivors still in the world and we are quickly losing our living links to these events,� said Adam Seipp, a professor in the history department. According to Curtis, the aim of this exhibition is to build a greater understanding of the tragedy of the Holocaust and a greater understanding of the need for diversity. “Recently, A&M has emphasized the importance of diversity with Vision 2020. Building a globally aware student population is es-

sential to improving the world around us. Stepping ◗ Adam Seipp outside of our shoes for a will give a lecture moment and immersing on Holocaust ourselves into the lives survivors at 6:30 of those who have lived p.m. today in the through unspeakable tragedies can only strengthen MSC Forsyth our desire to end current Gallery. injustices,� Curtis said. Through this exhibition, Curtis is hoping to raise awareness for Amnesty International. Amnesty International’s website said it is a “global movement of more than 3 million supporters, members and activists in more than 150 countries and territories who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights.� Although A&M does not have an Amnesty International chapter, Curtis said she hopes students will come together and support the fight to end injustices across the world. “The holocaust is not just important because of what it can tell us about the past. Genocide and crimes against humanity are still a reality in our world today. The story of the holocaust shows us in brutal detail the processes through which governments can destroy their own people and neighbors can turn against their neighbors,� Seipp said.


campus Dean receives Medal Ryan C. Crocker, dean and executive professor at the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, will receive the 2011 George Catlett Marshall Medal, the highest award presented by the Association of the United States Army to an individual who has exhibited seless service to the U.S. It will be presented to Crocker by the Association’s Council of Trustees to recognize his contributions to the United States Foreign Service, the diplomatic corps, national defense and the men and women of the armed forces. The award presentation will be Oct. 12 at the George Catlett Marshall Memorial Dinner, the ďŹ nal event of the threeday annual meeting and exposition at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D. C. Staff & wire reports

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Linebackers coach Dat Nguyen teaches the linebackers at the first practice of spring drills Tuesday at the McFerrin Athletic Center.

A&M football team begins spring drills with lofty expectations; looking for players to compete in an even better 2011 campaign. There will be competition at linebacker to fill the losses of All-Big Texas A&M Football kicked 12 players Von Miller and Michael off spring practices Tuesday with Hodges. The backup quarterback morning and afternoon workouts at and center positions will also need the McFerrin Athletic Center. to be addressed, but Sherman wants Coming from an impressive to see competition at every position, 9-4 season and an AT&T Cotton whether it be freshmen or seniors. Bowl appearance, the expectations “I would like to think that any for fourth-year Head Coach Mike kid that comes in and outshines the Sherman and his team are higher guy in front of him is going to be than ever. The return of quarterthe starter,” Sherman said. “I would back Ryan Tannehill and nine other hope there is competition at every offensive starters has many believing position. Realistically, some guys

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are a little further ahead and there’s a gap between them and the next guy. But I’d hope that we’d have competition at every position and every guy wants to be the starter.” Sherman also pointed out the importance of spring practices in determining who gets significant playing time. While admitting that someone like returning senior wideout Jeff Fuller is likely to start, he stressed the opportunity presented to each player. “I’ve already talked to the guys about stepping up if they want a job in the spring. Before we get into the

spring drills, I talk to every player about where they’re at and what they need to do,” he said. “They know what’s at stake. If they want a spot in the two-deep, they are going to express themselves in spring ball.” The defense will see the return of eight starters, but it will also be the second season for defensive coordinator Tim DeRutyer, who arrived last year from Air Force and transformed the Aggie defense into an attacking 3-4 squad. “A year ago we were coaching coaches on how to coach the pack-

age.” DeRuyter said. “I was just getting to know guys. I knew about No. 40 [Miller], but the rest I wasn’t sure what kind of players they were or what they had in them. I was telling our defense that yesterday in a meeting and said, ‘Look guys, Mike Hodges was a guy last spring that I was trying to find someone to beat him out because he didn’t look good enough athletically, but he proved us wrong as coaches.’ That’s what is great about spring. Guys are going to get plenty of opportunities to show us what they can do.”



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rest of the roles were pretty generic war film stereotypes; Michelle Rodriguez plays the same character in all her movies. In a world where new ideas for movies are few and far between, Hollywood just keeps cranking out films with the same plots while hoping that people will see them. They did a surprisingly good job with Battle: L.A. It’s obvious that alien invasion movies are not really something new, so the producers

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