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What do you think about the death of a Sea World trainer by a killer whale? Andrea Popken

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“People going into this industry know these animals are dangerous, people take risks all the time in different types of jobs.”

GLBT health week promotes sexual education

Destiny Kelly sophomore general studies major

Samantha Johnson The Battalion Today will kick off A&M’s first Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Health Awareness Week. “This is our first year, but this is an awareness week that has been done by centers and GLBT awareness organizations all over the country for many years,” said Lowell Kane, program coordinator for the GLBT Resource Center. The center will have a resource and information table in the Academic Plaza with brochures provided by Student Health Services. “Even though this week is sponsored by the GLBT center, this is health for all. Tests show that most college age students don’t know their HIV status,” Kane said. “We want to encourage everyone to get tested and know your status.”

“If the whale has killed before, it can happen again. I think with this event, people blamed it on the person instead of the whale, but both are at fault.”

Emily Ellet sophomore applied exercise and physiology major

“Trainers know what they are getting into. It’s a wild animal and they know the risks involved when deciding what they want to do.”

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Eric Johnson

Service changes direction

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“It is a killer whale — they work so hard with them, that they have a false sense of security.”

Horns sawed off David Loubeau drives to

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Domination on the battle field

“I don’t agree with training, I don’t like the idea of zoos and places like Sea World; wild animals should be left in the wild. I can’t be too shocked, the trainer put herself in the situation and it was bound to happen.”

Lisa Storey sophomore biology major

“I don’t think it was pre-disposed. It was an accident, but they should definitely make changes to fix these problems.”

Blanca Guerrero

Women’s track takes title home Kyle Cunningham The Battalion For the fourth consecutive year, the No. 2 Texas A&M women’s track team claimed the Big 12 Indoor title after a two-day championship meet at the Lied Recreation Athletic Facility on the Iowa State campus in Ames, Ia. The men’s squad finished third for the second consecutive year with 99.5 points, behind champion Oklahoma (114) and Nebraska (110).

“Across the board if you look at everything the team did, they really got after it today,” Head Coach Pat Henry said. “It’s a tough meet for us to win. You can have a really good team and come in here and be third or fourth. I’m extremely pleased with the overall effort of our team.” Texas Tech’s women held an eight point lead with three events remaining, but a 1-2-3-4 finish by See Track on page 5

“In the relay, like always, we fight hard to the end. That’s what it takes to be champions. Those Baylor guys always want to win the relay. To stab those guys in the heart, it feels good.” - Tabarie Henry, junior sprinter

Women’s swimming wins conference Katie Carr sophomore general studies major

“It’s an accident; accidents happen all the time and if you are really passionate about your job then you should continue with your job.” Blanca Guerrero and Sam Smith — THE BATTALION

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■ Whoop! for Troops decides to donate to start a program for Haiti donations

Beau Holder The Battalion At the conclusion of the four-day Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championship meet in College Station, the Texas A&M women walked away with the third conference title in four years. Redshirt senior Julia Wilkinson finished her career with 20 total conference championships, eight of which are individual titles, after lowering her meet record in the 100-yard freestyle to 47.74 seconds and swimming the anchor leg in the No. 7 Aggies’ winning 400 free relay. She See Swimming on page 5


Victorious The Women’s Swimming and Diving receive the championship trophy.

The Battalion The program known as Whoop! for Troops, provided a way to donate basic supplies to military servicemen and women in the Middle East, but given the need in Haiti, students created a new drive; Howdy! for Haiti. After January’s earthquake in Haiti, the organization decided to shift direction and run the program under the same guidelines, but with a different name. “We feel as though the people of Haiti are in dire need of help, and we can help them after our wildly successful semester for Whoop! for Troops,” said Rico Martinez, junior mechanical engineering major and service director for Memorial Student Centers Leaders Enrichment, Action and Development. The organization’s communitywide effort to collect goods and See Haiti on page 2

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Chilean quake strongest in years CONCEPCION, Chile — Heroism and banditry mingled on Chile’s shattered streets Sunday as rescuers braved aftershocks digging for survivors and the government sent soldiers and ordered a nighttime curfew to quell looting. The death toll climbed to 708 in one of the biggest earthquakes in centuries. In the hard-hit city of Concepcion, firefighters pulling survivors from a toppled apartment block were forced to pause because of tear gas fired to stop looters, who were wheeling off everything from microwave ovens to canned milk at a damaged supermarket across the street. Efforts to determine the full scope of destruction were undermined by an endless string of terrifying aftershocks that continued to turn buildings into rubble. Associated Press

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create thank you cards to ship to soldiers will be shipped to Haiti. “I think Whoop! for Troops is an amazing program,” said Stephen Robinson, a sophomore general studies major. He said the success the program has had supporting the troops will carry over and be successful to Haiti. The program started on a smaller scale by collecting goods from students across campus, including basic supplies such as toothbrushes, razors and soap. MSC LEAD asks for the same donations, in addition to medical supplies, which Haiti needs. In spring 2009, the project was stretched out to elementary schools in Bryan-College Station. Volunteers had students decorate thank you cards signed by Aggies and mailed with the items. Whoop! for Troops’ latest development included extending the drop-off sites to many

off-campus businesses and more on-campus locations. Robinson said he loves being part of the community service subcommittee in charge of planning the Whoop! for Troops program and plans to bring Whoop! for Troops back in the fall. This fall, the group collected more than 1,000 pounds of goods and 3, 880 cards in one week for Whoop! for Troops. In one week, they tripled the number of cards, and exceeded the total amount of supplies collected in 2009 in two collections. “Whoop! for Troops is not forgotten and will be returning in the fall, we all thought it would be important to represent A&M in the relief efforts for Haiti this semester,” said Tricia Oliver, director of community service for MSC LEAD. MSC LEAD plans to extend efforts this semester for Haiti, by “reaching out to local servicemen, police departments and fire stations, as well to local churches,” Martinez said.

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“Shutter Island� stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Teddy Daniels, a U.S. Marshal trying to solve a case of a missing patient at a mental institution for the criminally insane. interpretation that I like, but doesn’t quite add up. It suggests Teddy is the valiant hero, correct about the Salando case all along. The next interpretation is that he is wrong about the case, but when he learns the truth, he isn’t able to handle it. The last interpretation, and seemingly the one most widely agreed upon, is like the second except that in this one, Teddy is able to grasp the truth, but chooses not to. Regardless, it’s a great story. Overall, the story, interesting as it is, lacks relevance to most of our lives. The things Teddy deals with are not too applicable for us, so there’s not

a lot to take away from it. But it’s certainly entertaining. The general consensus amongst the critics seems to be that “Shutter Island� is good but not quite up to par with the rest of Scorsese’s work. All in all, it’s an intense thriller, an eerie horror flick, and a consuming mystery, so if you like any of those, you’re certainly in for a treat.


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Aggies, Reed reject Longhorns Beau Holder The Battalion After a loss to Baylor in which they fell behind by 13 in the second half, Texas A&M came out Saturday hoping to avoid a similar deficit against the rival Texas Longhorns. No. 22 A&M surged to a multiple-possession advantage on the strength of senior guard Donald Sloan’s three-point shot and the stellar play of freshman forward Ray Turner and didn’t bother to look back, cruising to a 7458 shelling of archrival Texas. The win came in front of a crowd of 13,717, the largest ever to attend a game at Reed Arena. It was the third attendance record set during the 2009-10 season. “I think the fans have fallen in love with the way we play,” Head Coach Mark Turgeon said. He added that the coaching staff has worked hard to draw the fans to the team and indicated A&M vs. it seems to be paying Oklahoma St. dividends. 8 p.m. Though both Wednesday teams started sloppy, the ice fiESPN2 nally broke when Sloan’s three OSU last went through game: with 11:20 elapsed 85-77 win vs. in the first half; the Kansas lead grew to 16-9, and the Aggies were off and running. The No. 21 Longhorns (22-7, 8-6) never led and never got within less than five points again. Sloan, who came in averaging 18.1 points per game, scored 19 for the Aggies (20-8, 9-5 Big 12). Sophomore forward David Loubeau finished with 15 points and seven rebounds. Turner’s nine points, a career high, included a stretch of six straight for A&M beginning with 10:24 left in the first half that swung momentum and turned a 7-7 tie into a 13-7 lead. “That was huge, what Ray did today,” Turgeon said. “He did it in the Baylor game, and he did it again today. He doesn’t know what he’s doing out there sometimes on offense … I can’t imagine … how good he’s going to be in a couple of years. I can’t imagine where we’d be without him because the

league’s gotten so physical, and he’s given us a lot of valuable minutes.” The Aggies took a 31-23 lead into halftime despite a 12-7 run by Texas to end the first and led 52-36 with 10:07 left in the game. Sophomore point guard Dash Harris played 32 minutes and contributed six points, six assists and four rebounds. “Dash is almost healthy now, and it showed today,” Turgeon said. The victory, A&M’s 20th, ensured this season will be the sixth straight 20-win year for the program. It has also been six years since the Longhorns have won in Reed Arena. “We’re a pretty tough group,” Sloan said. “We know that. I thought we did everything we had to do today in order to win this game. “It’s been a long four years, for me especially. To say you’ve never lost to Texas at home, that’s pretty good.” Texas’ freshman guard J’Covan Brown collided with junior A&M guard B.J. Holmes on a drive with a little over a minute left in the game. Brown was taken to a hospital after being taken off the court, but was later released with a neck strain. Holmes, who scored eight points, was carried off with a sprain in his right foot. His status for Wednesday’s game against Oklahoma State is uncertain. With the win, the Aggies stand tied for third place in the Big 12 standings with two games to go and hold the tiebreaker over Missouri, though they lose a tiebreaker to Baylor. The top four seeds in the Big 12 tournament receive a bye in the first round; the fourth seed would mean a matchup with the Kansas Jayhawks in the semifinals, rather than the championship game. “We’re going to need another record crowd on Wednesday, especially if we don’t have B.J.,” Turgeon said. The game will be Senior Night for the class that includes forward Bryan Davis, guard Derrick Roland and Sloan. Roland has missed most of the season after breaking his leg on Dec. 22 against Washington. Sloan said this team is not done improving. “We’re going to keep pushing and hopefully be where we want to be by the time March comes,” he said.


Junior guard B.J. Holmes gets carried off the court after his collision with Longhorn J’Covan Brown in the fourth quarter. Holmes sprained his right foot and did not return to the game.

Elonu scores 21, leads A&M to blowout of Buffs Mike Teague The Battalion The No. 12 Aggies grabbed a crucial eighth win in Big 12 play with a 95-61 victory at Colorado. It appears A&M has locked up a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth consecutive season and seventh time in school history. Elonu A&M (20-7, 8-6) sits at fifth in the Big 12 standings with only two games remaining. The Aggies’ conference record matches those of Baylor, Texas and Oklahoma State, making every

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A&M in the 200 meters gave the Aggies 29 points. Porscha Lucas’ winning time of 23.12 seconds broke the Lied Center record of 23.16, which had stood since 1998. This is the fourth straight indoor title and seventh straight Big 12 track championship since taking the 2007 indoor title. “Since I’ve been here we’ve started a trend winning the conference title,” Lucas said. “I knew we had the ability to be a great team when I was in my freshman year, but I didn’t expect to have this many titles under our belt by the time I was a senior.” Junior sprinter Gabby Mayo contributed 25 points to the women’s score in three races. Mayo won the 60 meter hurdles with a school record time of 8.05 seconds, then took the title in the 60 meter sprint with a time of 7.30 seconds. Her final five points came in fourth place in the 200 meters. “I’m happy to have come out on top,” Mayo said. “I’m very pleased to have repeated that double and to be high point scorer again. I’m glad to have this type of competition on my

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game crucial to seeding the conference tournament. Leading the Aggies to their highest scoring output in conference play, sophomore forward Adaora Elonu scored a career-high 21 points and pulled in seven rebounds. Elonu was dead on, knocking down 6-of-6 from the field and 9-of-11 at the free-throw line, all while playing through illness. “Elonu played with a stomach virus today and possibly had her best game of the year,” Blair said. “I’m going to have her keep that stomach virus.” Elonu said she was motivated by the seniors who are playing their last games for A&M. “It was really important,” Elonu said. “We don’t want to lose anymore.

team; it makes us all faster.” Jessica Beard set a world record this season with a time of 51.15 seconds in the 400 meter sprint. The time is the fastest by an American on an oversized track and ranks as the seventh fastest time in the world. “I really feel blessed to have that type of performance,” Beard said. “I knew I was capable of doing something great, but I didn’t know the plan God had for me. I found out today.” Beard, Donique’ Flemings, Jeneba Tarmoh and Vashti Thomas teamed up for the 4x400 relay, winning with a time of 3:33.20, breaking the record of 3:34.29 set by Baylor in 2000. It is the fourth consecutive win for the Aggies in this event, tying a run Texas made in the years 2002-2005. “In the relay we almost hit the NCAA auto mark of 3:33, so we’re not far from it,” Beard said. “I’m pretty sure that will get us a good ranking for the NCAA Championships.” On the men’s side, the 4x400 relay of Demetrius Pinder, Tran Howell, Bryan Miller and Tabarie Henry broke a 12-year winning streak for Baylor in the event with a time of 3:04.99. Baylor placed second with a time of 3:05.57. “In the relay, like always, we

We want to get one for the seniors. It’s very important going into the Oklahoma game. We just want to continue to play hard and come out and get a win for the seniors.” With their collegiate careers nearing the end, A&M seniors Damitria Buchanan and Tanisha Smith made the best of their trip to Boulder. The two combined for 30 points and each snagged eight rebounds. “I was being aggressive on offense,” Buchanan said, “I just built off of that today. In this game, I wanted to build off of my energy, my teammates’ energy and Adaora’s energy. As a senior, each game is destined to be my last. I’m trying to make every game as special as possible, because I don’t want to

fight hard to the end,” Henry said. “That’s what it takes to be champions. It was great to win this. Those Baylor guys always want to win the relay. To stab those guys in the heart, it feels good.” Henry added another victory with a first place finish in the 400 meters with a time of 46.28. Pinder took second in the event, finishing the race in 46.49 seconds. “Today I tried some new things that the coaches wanted me to do in the 400,” Henry said. “I tried it out, and the outcome was OK. It’s a learning process from here on out.” Curtis Mitchell won the 200 meters with a time of 20.73 seconds, defeating two-time defending champion Trey Harts of Baylor. Harts’ time of 21.12 was good for fourth place. Men’s triple jumper Zuheir Sharif finished second with a distance of 53 feet 9 inches, putting the two-time conference champion behind Texas Tech freshman Bryce Lamb, whose jump of 54 feet 5 inches took the gold. Since both A&M teams finished ahead of Texas in the final standings, the Aggies gain two points in the Lone Star Showdown. The score now stands 6.5-4.5 in favor of the Longhorns.

have any regrets.” but once they got on a roll we couldn’t Despite their offensive struggles on battle, and a level of frustration set in.” the road this season, the Aggies’ atDefensively, A&M held Colotack was efficient in Boulder. rado to under 40 percent A&M shot 63.6 percent shooting. Buffaloes’ from the field, the leading-scorer Brittahighest percentage alny Spears was 3-forClass of 2010 Selowed by Colorado 11 from the field nior Night: Tuesday in 2009-10. and only scored at Reed Arena vs. “We got beat by seven points. No. 11 a very good team “They don’t Oklahoma. today,” Colorado give up a lot of Tipoff at 7 p.m. Head Coach Kathy points,” McConMcConnell-Miller nell-Miller said. “If said, “We got beat on you go back and look the offensive end, and we at them statistically, they got beat on the defensive end. are one of the strongest in the They came out and were efficient, and conference. Their on-the-ball defense they hit shots. We came out strong, is great. They battle every possession.”

Atkinson’s time was the fastest in the event in the NCAA this year. Junior diver Jaele Patrick won the 1-meContinued from page 1 ter and 3-meter dives on her way to earning was named Female Swimmer of the Meet for Female Diver of the Meet. Redshirt freshman the second time and will leave A&M with more Janie Potvin finished second behind Patrick in conference titles than any female student-ath- both and won the platform. The Aggies took a 44-point lead into the lete in Big 12 history. final day and qualified all 14 of their swimmers “It’s been a long five years, and I thought it would never end, so it’s kind of a shock, but for the finals. “We knew if we took care of business this I wanted to go out with a bang, and I think morning it was going to be pretty much reI did,” Wilkinson said. “Kristen [Heiss] and I ally hard for [Texas] to do it,” women’s Head have talked about this. We kind of feel this class is our class now. My heart will always be with Coach Steve Bultman said. “It was so clutch for our girls to do that.” the ‘09 girls, but we were just as good The third-ranked Longhorns friends with the girls from 2010, placed second behind the chamand they totally accepted us as pion Aggies. Missouri’s women The NCAA their class.” took third. Championships Wilkinson, who swam for The A&M men wrapped Canada in the 2008 Olymwill be held up second place behind No. pics, sat out in 2009 due to at Ohio State 1 Texas, winning the 3-meter an injury. She entered the University from dive behind Grant Nel. Freshwater for her leg of the 400 March 25-27 man Omar Enriquez broke the with the Aggies behind by .66 school records in each of the three of a second but overtook No. 3 races he swam, two of which he alTexas’ Kathleen Hersey to win by ready held, but lost out to Texas All1.6 seconds. American Jackson Wilcox. “I was really excited about anchoring those The 400 freestyle relay for the Aggies broke relays,” she said. “It’s always kind of stressful when you have to catch up, especially against the school record in the event. “That last relay solved so many problems for someone as good as Kathleen Hersey. She’s an us, because that means we have our freestylers Olympian and a great competitor, but that’s the [in the NCAAs], our medleys there,” men’s most fun, when you have a huge challenge like Head Coach Jay Holmes said. “Now we just that and you succeed.” Freshman Maureen McLaine set a school re- have a few last-chance people we have to catch cord in finishing second in the 1,650 free with up with as far as individual events. All of our a 16:12.98 time. Senior Alia Atkinson won relays are going to make it, and that’s a very the 200 breaststroke in 2:08.07, a half-second good thing for us to have relays representing improvement over her previous meet record. Texas A&M at NCAAs.”


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Shelby Modisett, a senior psychology major and member of the GLBT Aggies, said this week is an opportunity to focus on health awareness. “I think it’s a fantastic opportunity for us to raise awareness not only about GLBT health, but health in general,” she said. GLBT Aggies is bringing Cay Crow, a certified sex therapist to speak at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Koldus 111. Riley Bryan, president of GLBT

Aggies, encouraged everyone to attend the presentation on safe sex. “She was here three years ago and everyone enjoyed her program,” he said. “ She talks about safe sex in a way that makes it fun, we’re really glad to have her back.” Bryan said he hopes the student body will realize the week isn’t just for GLBT health, it’s about everyone, and he wants people to take advantage of the testing that will be on campus. “One of the myths is that HIV and AIDS doesn’t affect them because they aren’t gay, but it affects everybody,” Bryan said.

Free testing GLBT Health Week offers free AIDS testing to all students this week.

◗ Tuesday, 1:30-4 p.m., Beutel Health Center ◗ Wednesday, 9 a.m.4 p.m., GLBT Resource Center, Cain Hall C-118

◗ Thursday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., GLBT Resource Center, Cain Hall C-118

Unattended toddlers die in fire, mother charged CHARLOTTE, N.C. –– Authorities in North Carolina say two toddlers left without adult supervision have died in a house fire, and their mother has been charged with murder. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department spokesman Bob Fey said in a news release that

26-year-old Orgal Opata was arrested Sunday afternoon. She also was charged with four counts of exposing a child to a fire. In all, investigators say four children, ages 7, 4, 2 and 1, were in the house when the fire started early Sunday morning. A neighbor was

credited with getting the two older children out, but 2-year-old Josiah Hawthorne and 1-year-old Gabriel Hawthorne died. Investigators say the fire appears to be accidental. Fey said he didn’t know if Opata has an attorney. Associated Press

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