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Finally! 58-46 Texas A&M’s women’s basketball team advanced to the program’s first Final Four after beating Brazos Valley rival Baylor in the Elite Eight. Sports | page 5 Photos courtesy of The Dallas Morning News

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Zumbathon

“To shake off hunger,” Rec Sports is putting on a Zumbathon from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at the Student Recreation Center. Participants are encouraged to bring canned goods.

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Heard on Campus

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Members of Company H-1 review formations Tuesday afternoon on Simpson Drill Field.

Corps extends growth to athletics Roland Ruiz

The Battalion When people from the Bryan-College Station area think of Texas A&M, it’s almost impossible not to mention the Corps of Cadets. The Corps features an athletic program, Corps Athletics, which gives current and prospective students the opportunity to play sports in a high level of competition for the Corps of Cadets. Cadets involved with the program are a prestigious group of students doing their best to represent Texas A&M through sports. Will Schrank, assistant commandant for the Corps Athletics program and head coach for the Corps Athletics basketball team, said that the first teams were started by Cadets walking in with an initiative to start up a team and offer support from the athletics program. “One thing that stands out in the program is that the cadets involved represent Texas A&M University and the Corps of Cadets wherever they go,” Schrank said. “I am tremendously proud of the effort given by the cadets that participate in the program. Even though these cadets have to attend to their academics, ROTC duties and cadet activities, they find the time to participate in their teams.” The Corps Athletics program started out with basketball, triathlon and baseball teams. The success of the first three teams resulted in the addition of more teams. The Corps of Cadets financially supports each of the athletic teams by paying travel, uniform and league fee expenses. The Corps Athletics softball team offers female cadets the opportunity to participate in a fast-pitch league. Larry Parks, a retired army major working as a training officer for the Corps of Cadets, said he volunteered to be the head coach of the softball team two years ago. “The overall purpose for the [Corps Athletics] softball team is for young ladies to have an opportunity to play, recruit young ladies into the Corps and to increase the women population of the Corps of Cadets,” Parks said. “Our expectations for this year are to compete hard and do our best for this upcoming season. As for the future, we would like to have more softball teams from other Texas colleges to compete with A&M and Baylor.” Stephanie Morales, a senior biology major, a cadet major for the Corps and the team captain for the Corps Athletics softball team, said that those who have

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Corps of Cadets’ members form teams to battle one another on the basketball court. ball team finished their season by winparticipated in the athletic program received higher grades and have to main- ning their sixth consecutive tournament championship at the Notre Dame Flynn tain a certain GPR to continue playing Irish ROTC Basketball Classic at Notre for the Corps. Dame University. Schrank said that the “The [Corps Athletics] program has basketball team could not have accoma positive impact in my life,” Morales said. “Without the program, I wouldn’t plished this goal without their dedicahave got the opportunity to know a great tion, hard work and chemistry. “My job as the head coach for the group of girls.” [Corps Athletics] men’s basketball team is The Corps Athletics Triathlon team was started by Bill Swoboda of Company to develop game plans, tailor what we do on offense and defense and work closely C-2, in the summer of 2009. After the with our team captain, Graham Hennig, 2009-2010 academic school year, Kyle Simon, a senior nutritional science major and other cadet players to make sure that and the team captain for the Corps Ath- we’re on the same page,” Schrank said. letics Triathlon team, took over Swobo- “Graham is such a great leader. He’s the da’s position as team captain. Simon said one setting the example for the other that the athletics program allows Cadets players to follow. He makes sure that the other players go to practice. It makes in the Corps to compete at a high level my job a whole lot easier having a team without the worry of financial support. captain with that much leadership.” “Being in the [Corps Athletics] proWhile they enjoy playing sports, the gram has allowed me to meet a lot of athletes said they have their priorities friends to compete and train with,” Sistraight. mon said. “The program helped me to “One thing that we keep in considbecome a more efficient leader for a small eration while participating in the [Corps group of people. As the team captain, I have certain responsibilities to deliver for Athletics] program is that we’re students first and athletes second,” Simon said. instance, organizing team practices and researching races that will accommodate “We, as athletes, take pride in ourselves in our scholastic and academic ability as to each member’s schedules.” well as our athletic ability.” The Corps Athletics men’s basket-

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Students interested in getting involved in providing relief to Japan following the devastating earthquake can attend the Aggie Japan Project informational meeting from 10 to 11 p.m. Thursday in the Tradition theater room off campus.

The Asian Presidents’ Council will kick off Asian Heritage Month at 5:30 p.m. today in Academic Plaza with free food, performances, games, prizes and more. To view a full calendar of the month’s events, visit http://apcouncil.tamu. edu.

The Texas Film Festival will be from 6:30 p.m. Friday to 10:30 p.m. Sunday in Rudder Theater. Each evening will include a segment of short films followed by director Q&As and a feature film. Visit http://txfilmfest. com for a detailed schedule.

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Sarah Smith: Folksy couple’s songs capture everyday life

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Aggie Relay for Life

 

Aggie Relay for Life will have its sixth annual relay to benefit the American Cancer Society, beginning at 7 p.m. Friday at Penberthy Fields. Several student groups, including the Aggie Wranglers, Apotheosis and Percussion Studio, will perform.

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Theatre in Bryan

StageCenter Theatre in Downtown Bryan will present Mauritius, a play about two estranged half-sisters who discover a book of rare stamps after their mother’s death and the drama that ensues. Weekend performances are at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, March 31 through April 16.

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eet Memphis native Drew Holcomb and his wife Ellie. The duo will make their College Station debut at 8 tonight at Schotzi’s with the soulfully indie pet project Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors.

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Jon Radford, Nathan Dugger, Ellie Holcomb, husband Drew Holcomb and Rich Brinsfield make up the NashvilleThe band came together in 2006 and released EPs Passenger based band Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, which blends the folk, Motown blues and indie pop genres. Seat and Live Forever in 2008 and 2009, respectively. Since Nashville, produces a record that encompasses the genres of stage in songs “Your Love” and “Miracle.” then, they aired No. 2 on the Singer/Songwriter iTunes “[Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors] split the difference folk, Motown blues, indie pop and everything in between. chart, selling more than 35,000 records independently. between petty-esque power-pop and Springsteen choruses,” “All of my favorite songs and records that I have spent my In addition, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors’ tunes said newspaper Nashville Scene. life listening to have helped me understand the paradoxes of made it to television. The band’s work was unveiled on The band’s lyrics exhibit passion in the everyday affairs shows such as Army Wives and Parenthood, and their popular- joy and suffering that we all experience,” Holcomb said. of love and life, portrayed in songs such as “Weight of Similar to the vibes of Ray LaMontagne and the Zac ity has continued to grow. the World” and “Someday.” With the lyrics, the band Brown Band, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors includes “It really hit me about eight months ago when we played captures the essence of average life and the toils and trials in Austin for the first time on a week night and had 300 kids a variety of colorful instruments in bluesy tunes “Can’t Get we endure, which makes for a pleasant ride while driving Enough of You” and “Hourglass.” The band also kicks it up at Stubbs singing every word,” Holcomb said. “It’s been down the highway. pretty phenomenal to see things building like this.” a notch, pop-rock style in tracks “Fire and Dynamite” and “We want to write songs that have moments of honesty, Collectively, the band released their new album Chasing “Steal My History.” In addition to musicality, Chasing Sometranscendence and humanity, so our audience lets the songs Someday on Feb. 8, providing an interesting combination of day is characterized by flawless harmonies between Holcomb into their lives,” Holcomb said. sounds that USA Today dubs “soulful folk rock.” Holcomb, and Ellie, exhibited throughout the record. Most of the collaborating with producer Andy Hunt of Wide Studies in Sarah Smith is a freshman international studies major. tracks feature Drew as the main voice, but Ellie also takes the

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Project Yogurt works for communtiy But along the way, Douocet decided that Project The Battalion Yogurt was not going to be just another frozen yogurt shop, but a way to support local nonprofits. Over the past two years, the frozen yogurt in“My interests are social issues…somewhere along dustry has exploded. Bryan-College Station went the line I realized there has got to be something more from having no frozen yogurt shops to six in less I could do with the business,” Douocet said. than a year and a half. Project Yogurt opened in Each quarter, Douocet selects 5 nonprofits from Bryan on January 14, and, apart from the design, the area to donate 10 percent of the outside looks the same as any the profits to. One of these five other frozen yogurt shop. Howorganizations is a Texas A&M stuever, it is not the average dessert It’s been dent organization that focuses on venue, instead Project Yogurt is a community service or social jusexactly what venture started by an Aggie to give back to the community. I could have hoped for tices. The first and last days of each quarter are Partner Days, where Audrianne Douocet, a senior out of a career, to be 100 percent of the profits go towomen’s and gender studies maable to give to them, I wards the chosen organizations. jor, developed the idea for openmean think of Project There is no particular method ing her own yogurt shop in NoYogurt as an extension of choosing one nonprofit over vember 2009. Two years later, her of myself and as a another; Douocet aims to supidea became a reality. business larger than port a broad spectrum of nonprofOriginally, owning a frozen yomyself I can give back its that highlight the needs of the gurt store was a means to an end. more.” community. Douocet needed a way to pay for Audrianne Doucet Upon walking through the door graduate school and she believed founder and owner, of Project Yogurt, one is struck by owning and managing her own store could be the perfect solution. Project Yogurt the bright purples and greens. The

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store showcases a patent-pending topping wall (designed by Douocet and her father) and small TV screens mounted to the wall by each table. The screens scroll through information about the five nonprofit organizations for each quarter. The purpose and contact information for each organization is displayed to give customers a feel for whom they are supporting. One group of girls from the Student Athlete Advisory Council were studying while eating frozen yogurt. They shared that Project Yogurt had agreed to do a profit share with their organization. “This is actually the most money percentage that we’ve ever gotten from a profit share,” said Abigail Grabein, a junior marketing major. Project Yogurt has become Douocet’s career, and she hasn’t even graduated yet. “Meeting and networking with all of the different nonprofits and talking to them it’s been exactly what I could have hoped for out of a career, to be able to give to them, I mean think of Project Yogurt as an extension of myself and as a business larger than myself I can give back more,” Douocet said.

Following struggles abroad Libya Obama: Too early to negotiate exit

President Barack Obama pledged Tuesday to increase diplomatic and political pressure on Moammar Gadhafi to compel the Libyan strongman to step down. “Hopefully, he’s going to be getting the message soon,” the president said. In separate network television interviews Tuesday, the president said it’s too early to See Yogurt on page 7 negotiate an exit for Gadhafi. He also did not rule out providing military hardware to rebels seeking to depose Gadhafi and his nearly 42-year-old regime.

Libya rebels flee Gadhafi assault Moammar Gadhafi’s forces hammered rebels with tanks and rockets, turning their rapid advance into a panicked retreat in an hourslong battle Tuesday. The fighting underscored the dilemma facing the U.S. and its allies in Libya: Rebels may be unable to oust Gadhafi militarily unless already contentious international airstrikes go even further in taking out his forces. Opposition fighters pleaded for strikes as they fled the hamlet of Bin Jawwad, where artillery shells crashed thunderously, raising plumes of smoke. No such strikes were launched during the fighting, and some rebels shouted, “Sarkozy, where are you?” — a reference to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, one of the strongest supporters of using air power against Gadhafi.

Syria Obama: ‘Libya was a unique situation’ President Barack Obama says he doesn’t know if the circumstances that led him to intervene militarily in Libya could be duplicated anyplace else. That comment seems to rule out U.S. involvement in Syria, which is experiencing a wave of popular dissent. Asked about Syria in an ABC News interview Tuesday, Obama said Libya was a unique situation. He says Moammar Gadhafi was willing to kill his people, there was an international mandate to act — including from Arab countries — and that action had to be swift.

Japan US sending robots to help at Japan plant The U.S. government is sending some robotic help to Japan to help regain control of the tsunami-damaged nuclear plant. A top Energy Department official told a Senate panel Tuesday that a shipment of “radiation hardened robotics” will be sent to Japan to assist in the crisis. A department spokeswoman said a robotic device from the Energy Department’s Idaho National Laboratory is being shipped to Japan along with several radiation-hardened cameras. Peter Lyons, an acting assistant energy secretary, said Japanese officials were “very, very interested” in learning more about the capabilities of U.S robots. The United States is also sending robot operators who would be used to train Japanese operators, Lyons said. Associated Press

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Final Four Bound! ASSOCIATED PRESS

Aggies down top-seeded Baylor in Elite Eight, advance to Indianapolis Michael Teague

The Battalion DALLAS - Texas A&M’s women’s basketball team is headed to the program’s first-ever Final Four. The second-seeded Aggies knocked off the No. 1 seed Baylor Bears 58-46 in the Dallas Regional championship Tuesday at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. “It’s about time,� said A&M junior guard Tyra White. “We’re on our way to the Final Four. Here we come, Indianapolis.� After falling to the Bears two times in the regular season, and again in the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship, the Aggies ended an eight-game losing streak to Baylor with Tuesday’s win. “We all just stepped up and took accountability,�

White said. “We did the things Coach (Vic) Schaefer told us to do to win the game. Fourth time’s a charm, so we just got it done.� Texas A&M (31-5) will head to Indianapolis, Ind. this weekend for the school’s first ever Final Four appearance. In the semi-final, the Aggies will face another No. 1 seed in the Stanford Cardinals. “We’ve got to go and prepare to win,� said A&M head coach Gary Blair. “We’re not going on a sightseeing trip. We’re not going to look at statues and all that stuff. We’re going to win a national championship.� A&M junior guard Sydney Carter scored a season-high 22 points including 15 of the Aggies first 24 of the game. Carter hit 7-of-15 from the field, sank 6-of-9 free throws and was named the region’s Most Outstanding Player.

“(Carter) is always part of our game plan,� said A&M senior guard Sydney Colson. “She’s a pure shooter when she gets going feeling her shot. Coach and I, we consistently want to keep running plays for her because she’s really feeling it.� Colson tallied 12 points for A&M and came up with the play of the game and perhaps, the season. With 2:43 remaining and the Aggies clinging to a 50-41 lead, Colson picked off a pass and took it to the bucket. Colson sunk the lay-in and drew a foul to complete a three-point play that sealed the game. After being named an AP first-team All-American on Tuesday, Baylor sophomore center Brittney Griner struggled with the Aggies swarming defense. Griner was held to 20 points on 6-of-18 shooting from the field.

A&M’s zone defense in the second half made it difficult for the Bears to get the ball inside to Griner. The Aggies utilized their zone to force 20 Baylor turnovers that led to 16 A&M points. “Coach Schaefer made the choice to go to zone early in the second half,� Blair said. “It’s a zone that we just put in. One day preparation on this particular zone and it worked. It was a gimmicky thing with Tyra White coming down and fronting Griner.� On the outside, Baylor freshman guard Odyssey Sims was once again shutdown by A&M’s perimeter defense. The Big 12 Freshman of the Year missed all six of her shots from the field and finished with only two points for the game. “You’re talking about some of the best guards in the

nation,� said Baylor senior forward Melissa Jones. “A&M is a great team. Nobody wants to go up against them. They’re just tremendous athletes. They play well together. They’re a team.� The Aggies feisty defense cranked up the pressure early and forced Baylor to miss 17 of their first 20 shots from the floor. With 7:10 remaining in the first half, Carter had outscored the Bears’ entire team 13-11. In their first ever Final Four game, the Aggies will face Stan- Senior guard Sydney Colson goes ford Sunday at Con- up against Baylor’s Brittney Griner seco Fieldhouse in in the Aggies’ 58-46 victory over Indianapolis, Ind. the Lady Bears Tuesday.

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3bd/2ba duplex. Available Summer. Close to campus. W/D. $900/mo. 832-265-2460, jennifer.treibs@gmail.com 3bd/3ba duplex, prelease August, fenced yards, appliances included. call 979-571-3036. 3bd/3ba duplexes. Great floorplans, fenced yards, W/D, tile floors, icemakers, alarm systems. 979-776-6079. www.aggielandleasing.com 3bd/3ba home, available now, Central air/heat, $1000/mo, 10 minutes from Vet School, horse stall availble, 229-2408. 4/2 Den +gameroom. Very close to A&M. 1210 Westover. $1650/mo., 979-492-1983 or 979-822-2775. 4/2 House, August rental, Lincoln/Churchhill, $1300/mo. 281-467-1427. 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. office@luxormanagement.com 4/4 Bed/Bath condo prelease for August 25, $1600/month for 12 month lease, all bills paid. Leave message at 281-996-5179. www.collegestationrent.com/tx/c ollege-station/227678-universityplace-condos 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 available for Summer/Fall. 2miles South of campus, pet friendly. $1600/mo. Contact 972-921-9826. 4bd/2ba house. Close to campus, wood floors, tile floors, ceiling fans, W/D, fenced yards. 979-776-6079. www.aggielandleasing.com 4bd/2ba, one with Jacuzzi tub, pre-leasing for August, very large bedrooms and living areas, large backyard with two car garage, plenty of off street parking, 1601 woodland, Bryan $1700/mo call Karla 512-327-1859 or 512-796-0636

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4bd/4ba condo for rent. $400 per person. Call Greg 713-548-6248.

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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, www.aggielandleasing.com 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 Jimbo77@AggieNetwork.com 4Br/4.5Bth house available in August, Southern Trace Subdivision, $1,700/mo. Pets ok. 979-314-4505. August prelease 3bd/1.5ba house, $1170/mo. near campus, 979-705-8627, aggierental@gmail.com aggierental.vflyer.com

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FOR RENT Spacious duplex, 3/2, washer & dryer, great location, $895/mo, 979-693-0551.

FOR SALE 2005 Suzuki Bergman 650 scooter, 3600 miles, like new, $3700, 979-220-9588. Couch, love-seat, chair. Good/fair condition. Great for college students. Asking $175 o.b.o. Please call/text 979-220-7447. Spurs for Senior boots! Real U.S. Calvary spurs (circa 1898-1938) $100/pair 979-775-9844.

HELP WANTED Athletic men for calendars, books, etc. $100-$200/hr, up to $1000/day. No experience. 512-684-8296. photoguy@io.com Bingo worker: great job opportunity. Above average pay with commissions &tips. Flexible hours. Hospitalization benefits available. Must have acceptable credit &clean background check. Apply in person at the Bingo Barn, 1018 S. TX Ave, Bryan, TX.

HELP WANTED Building Maintenance. Part-Time position with flexible schedule. Duties include painting, carpentry, plumbing, minor electrical, general maintenance, including: 1.checking light fixtures 2.changing locks 3.inspecting for obvious problems and needed repairs. Respond to tenant request via online system. Some knowledge of HVAC maintenance. Basic computer knowledge. Construction science major preferred. Please submit resume to trockett@caldwellcos.com Burger King is now hiring cashiers, food handlers, and shift managers, EOE. Call 979-574-1799 to apply. Camp For All is looking for creative and energetic staff who are interested in working with children and adults w/challenging illnesses and special needs. These paid positions will be trained to lead activities for our campers in the summer. Please contact Jessicah jholloway@campforall.org or visit our website at www.campforall.org/joinourteam Classifieds continued on page 7

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BRYAN: 2/1-2/1.5 DUPLEXES, CLOSE TO BLINN & MINS FROM TAMU, FENCED YARDS, ALL APPL, CABLE & INTERNET PAID, WOOD FLOORING, CENTRAL A/H! $615-$695/mo 979.775.2291 www.twincityproperties.com

BRYAN: 2/1 DUPLEXES W/FENCED COMMON AREAS OR PRIVATE YARDS, CENTRAL A/H, W/D CONN, CENTRALLY LOCATED BETWEEN TAMU & DOWNTOWN BRYAN! $535-$555/mo 979.775.2291 www.twincityproperties.com

BRYAN: AMAZING 3/2 HOUSE W/SUN ROOM, ALL APPL, CARPORT, ALL APPL, CENTRAL A/H, WOOD FLOORING, F/P, 9FT CEILINGS, BIG BACK YARD! 979.775.2291 www.twincityproperties.com

BRYAN: 2/1 UPSTAIRS & DOWNSTAIRS 4-PLEXS, SOME HAVE FENCED YARDS, PATIOS OR BALCONY, PETS WELCOME, CABLE & INTERNET PAID, W/D CONN, ALL APPL! $555-$625/mo 979.775.2291 www.twincityproperties.com

BRYAN: UNIQUE 3/2 HOUSE IN BRYAN’S EASTSIDE HISTORICAL DISTRICT, CARPORT, WOOD FLOORS, GREAT FLOOR PLAN, PET FRIENDLY, W/D CONN, SPACIOUS ROOMS! 979.775.2291 www.twincityproperties.com

BRYAN: 3/1.5 HOUSES OFF WOODVILLE, GREAT FLOOR PLANS, VAULTED CEILINGS, WALK-IN CLOSETS, ALL APPL, BIG BACK YARDS, PET FRIENDLY, W/D CONN! $795-$815/mo 979.775.2291 www.twincityproperties.com

BRYAN: 4/2 STUDIOS, ASF 1600, PET FRIENDLY, ALL APPL, F/P, BALCONY, SOME HAVE FENCED YARDS, 2 LIVING AREAS, QUIET NEIGHBORHOOD! $1150-$1200/mo 979.775.2291 www.twincityproperties.com

COLLEGE STATION: GREAT 3/2 HOME, GARAGE, IDEAL LOCATION, HUGE BACK YARD, DECK, F/P, ASF 1425, CENTRAL A/H, W/D CONN, ALL APPL, LOTS OF STORAGE! 979.775.2291 www.twincityproperties.com

COLLEGE STATION: 2 BR HOUSES W/CARPORTS, WALK-IN CLOSETS, FENCED YARDS, W/D CONN, ALL APPL, MINS FROM TAMU & BLINN! $815/mo 979.775.2291 www.twincityproperties.com

COLLEGE STATION: MANY 3 & 4 BR HOMES TO CHOOSE FROM, SOME W/ GARAGE OR CARPORT, WOLF PEN AREA, NEAR TAMU SHUTTLE, PET FRIENDLY, W/D CONN, FENCED YARDS! $775-$1200/mo 979.775.2291 www.twincityproperties.com

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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. Pre-leasing 3/1.5/2carport, Updated, Fenced, biking distance to campus, on shuttle, pets ok. $750/mo AggieLandRentals.com 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. River Oaks townhome. 2 rooms available for female students. Furnished, great location and newer unit. $500/mo., plus utilities. Call 830-456-1661, 830-456-6958 or email a_mazur08@hotmail.com

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HELP WANTED City of College Station, LIFEGUARDS NEEDED, $8.70/hr, apply online @ http://csjobs.cstx.gov or call 979-764-3540, EOE. Cleaning commercial buildings at night, M-F. Call 979-823-5031 for appointment. Executive office looking for part-time receptionist. Decorum necessary. Please send cover letter, resume, availability, and references to oxfordct@gmail.com F/T Maintenance Position, must have reliable truck and clean driving record with proof of insurance for maintenance calls, must have own hand tools, apply in person at 1507 South College Ave, Bryan 979-775-2291. Hallmark Cleaners hiring delivery driver. Apply in person 3611 S.College Ave. 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. Housekeeper for C.S. home. P/T, M-F, daytime only. $10/hr. Call 979-450-4363, laladypoet@yahoo.com HS Band Instructor/coordinator To supervise, teach marching/concert percussion section. Contact Zane Taylor, Bryan HS Band, for details. ztaylor@bryanisd.org J. Cody’s hiring at all positions, apply within, 3610 S. College. No experience necessary just common sense! Leasing Consultant needed, individual needs to be energetic, customer oriented, have a professional appearance and able to work rotating weekends, base pay plus commission, FT&PT available, apply in person at 3645 Wellborn Road, Reveille Ranch. Little Guys Movers now hiring FT/PT employees. Must be at least 21 w/valid D.L. Apply in person at 3209 Earl Rudder Freeway. Now hiring bike or car delivery. Burger Boy Northgate. 311 Church. Part-time summer help. Apply in person. Conlee-Garrett Moving and Storage. 600 South Bryan Ave, Bryan.

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REAL ESTATE B/CS. Sell/Buy/Invest! Re/Max, Michael McGrann. TAMU ‘93 Engineering. 979-739-2035, 979-693-1851. aggierealtor.com BRYAN: 3/2, 1175sqft. Only 6 years old. Convenient to TAMU and Blinn. Appliances included. $115,000. (979)255-9181.

ROOMMATES 6mos. lease beginning 6/1/11. 1-male to share nice 4bdrm. in C.S. Partially furnished, w/d. $430/mo. +1/4utilities. 817-559-2942. Male roommates wanted, 4bd/2.5bth house built 2006. 1-mile from campus, W/D, furnished, spacious backyard $350/mo +utilities. Call/text Jonathan, 325-212-2824. Need 3rd renter. 3/2 house. Bryan, near campus. $325/mo. +utilities. Call Jerome 979-324-5170. A must see! Roommates needed. 4bd/4bth $350/mo, washer/dryer, phone & internet, University Place on Southwest Parkway. 281-844-2090.

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Facebook linked to depression Add “Facebook depression” to potential harms linked with social media, an influential doctors’ group warns, referring to a condition it says may affect troubled teens who obsess over the online site. Researchers disagree on whether it’s simply an extension of depression some kids feel in other circumstances, or a distinct condition linked with using the online site. But there are unique aspects of Facebook that can make it a particularly tough social landscape to navigate for kids already dealing with poor self-esteem, said Dr. Gwenn O’Keeffe, a Bostonarea pediatrician and lead author of new American Academy of Pediatrics social media guidelines. With in-your-face friends’ tallies, status updates and photos of happy-looking people having great times, Facebook pages can make some kids feel even worse if they think they don’t measure up. It can be more painful than sitting alone in a crowded school cafeteria or other reallife encounters that can make kids feel down, O’Keeffe said, because Facebook provides a skewed view of what’s really going on. Online, there’s no way to see facial expressions or read body language that provide context. The guidelines urge pediatricians to encourage parents to talk with their kids about online use and to be aware of Facebook depression, cyberbullying, sexting and other online risks. They were published online Monday in Pediatrics.

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The plans for Project Yogurt do not stop in Bryan. Douocet plans to eventually franchise the store and develop an internship program to aid young entrepreneurs starting their own businesses. Project Yogurt not only supports the community through nonprofits, but also provides jobs to students. Taylor Strawn, a Blinn business major, works at Project Yogurt and sees the store as a unique job and vital experience for the future. “I’m a business major; the idea of working for a start-up business is really interesting to me. Here you have more connection with the management,” Strawn said. While Douocet can’t mandate passion for social justice in the hiring process, Strawn talked about how all the employees are completely on board with the vision of Project Yogurt, saying it’s more than a job to them. March 31 and April 1 are the next Partner Days, where 100 percent of the profits will go to the chosen nonprofits. Douocet welcomes the community to come out and see what is really behind Project Yogurt’s motto of ‘Eat good, do good.’

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Taylor Wolken: Getting the government out of the bedroom

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t never ceases to amaze me how traditional â&#x20AC;&#x153;family valueâ&#x20AC;? types desperately seek government intervention to prevent gay marriage. new 400 calories It baffles me when homosexuals desperately lobby government to endorse their lifestyle through gay marriage.

DELTA ZETAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S FOURTH ANNUAL TURTLE TUG! SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 2011 WHO? You Grab a team of ďŹ ve to participate in our fourth annual tug-of-war competition. WHAT? Delta Zetaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Turtle Tug WHEN? Sunday, April 3 Lunch will begin at noon. The tug-of-war competition will start around 1:00 pm. WHERE? Southwood Park Pavilion 1600 Rock Prairie Road, in the Southwood Athletic Park. WHY? To raise money for the Painted Turtle Camp The Painted Turtleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission is to provide a year-round, life-changing environment and authentic camp experience for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. The painted Turtle supports childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s medical needs, inspires them to reach beyond their illnesses, and provides care, education and respite for their families. All campers and families attend free of charge. HOW MUCH? 50 per team/$10 per person This cost includes lunch on the day of the event, t-shirts for each team member, and various other goodies provided in the participant packets. $

WANT TO SUPPORT WITHOUT COMPETING? Buy a Turtle Tug Shirt. These can be purchased for only $5 and will be available the day of the event. And YES there will be PRIZES! Prizes will be awarded to the ďŹ rst place team, second place team, third place team, and the organization that brings the most people. If you have any questions please contact Heather Luedeker at hluedeker@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you at Turtle Tug!

Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Chuck and Larry, Sonny and Cher, or Peter, Paul and Mary we should all agree that government has no business in your bedroom. Opponents of gay marriage often argue marriage is historically a religious term and frankly I completely agree. As a result, government has no business getting involved with religion by legislating what marriage is or isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Proponents of gay marriage often argue theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re disenfranchised and denied the benefits derived from marriage whether through taxation, Social Security benefits, visitation in hospitals and care decisions or adoption rights and I completely agree. Government has no business promoting one lifestyle over another and getting in the middle of behavior between consenting adults. When religious opponents of gay marriage use government to enforce their own morality they violate the very freedom that allowed their own religions to prosper in America. When proponents push the government to endorse gay marriage they call on the very same powers used to treat them unfairly to enforce their own sense of morality. The third way through this issue is replacing government recognition of marriage with civil unions. Take the term marriage out and you eliminate the historical tie to religion and make it difficult to legally discriminate against individuals for their lifestyle. Those who want to get married can still find a church, synagogue or mosque to do the deed. This eliminates government involvement in the controversial subject of defining marriage and lets that debate carry over to religious institutions. Some of which will recognize gay marriage, some will not but individuals will have the opportunity to pursue their own interest without burdening government with a debate it has no business being in. The real difficulties are in addressing the various benefits traditionally granted to

married couples. When it comes to taxation, Social Security benefits, visitation in hospitals and care decisions or adoption rights there will still be contentious debate but for the most part civil unions serve as an adequate substitute to what we now legally refer to as marriage. The most obvious difficulties would come with taxation and Social Security benefits. If civil unions were allowed between more than two people then it provides a greater opportunity to game the system. A person who dies with six partners cannot expect all partners to get what we consider full benefits. The full benefit would need to be divided by six. Likewise with any tax break it would provide incentive to make multi-party unions though the difficulty in dissolving complicated unions may be disincentive enough. The most likely solution would be to end tax incentives to civil unions entirely. The morality police will certainly cause a stir about the adoption process but with the term marriage scrapped from government policy. It will be legally difficult to disenfranchise individuals based on lifestyle and adoption agencies can focus on who can provide emotional and financial stability to the children. The web will still be difficult to untangle but removing the religious aspect from the debate could be a great step for compromise by finding this third way to resolve the debate. Ultimately the government needs to get out of the bedroom and peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lives when it comes to personal decisions made by consenting adults. What different people do in the bedroom doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t affect anyone else. Government is meant to protect individual rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sad to see people so intent on forcing their morality on each other that they would use government to suppress the very rights it was intended to protect. Taylor Wolken is a junior economics major.

nation&world Indiana bans gay marriage The question of whether to ban gay marriage and civil unions in Indiana got a step closer to voters on Tuesday when the state Senate approved a constitutional amendment that could appear on the 2014 ballot. The Republican-dominated Senate voted 40-10 to approve the amendment six weeks after it passed the House, where it had been blocked by Democrats for four years until Republicans gained control in the November elections.But supporters still have work ahead: Both the House and Senate must approve the same resolution again in 2013 or 2014 for the proposed amendment to get on the statewide ballot in November 2014. No protesters were evident in the hallways outside the Senate during the ďŹ nal vote. State law already prohibits gay marriage, but amendment supporters argue that a constitutional change would prevent judges from possibly overturning that law in the future. Opponents said an amendment isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessary and would unfairly prevent future lawmakers from changing the law. Associated Press

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