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b! Heathens in the hall Band of Heathens, a rock band from Austin whose latest CD “One Foot in the Ether,” was released in September will perform Saturday at The Texas Hall of Fame.

sports | 4

Praising Patterson An in-depth look at the senior designated hitter who has put up good numbers to start the season.

voices | 6

Calling off the clamor Drinking, pickup trucks and megaphones do not mix. Find shocking solutions for all the noise pollution.

Photo illustration by Sam Smith and Jeremy Northum — THE BATTALION

Thursday’s vote placed Jacob Robinson and Bryan Sims in the run-off for the 2010-2011 student body presidency.

Election ellipses Robinson 14 votes short of 50 percent, five for yell wins senior yell without run-off Melissa Appel The Battalion The race for student body president almost ended without a run-off as Jacob Robinson was 14 votes away from taking the necessary 50 percent of the vote. Instead, Robinson, who won 49.896 percent of the vote, will run against Bryan Sims, who received 27.29 percent of the vote, in a run-off election next week. Almost 12,000 students voted in

the elections. Robinson was looking toward the upcoming campaign days after the announcement Thursday night. “It’s amazing. We had great help,” Robinson said. “I’m looking forward to two more days. I’m glad we get to campaign more with a great team.” Even with more days of campaigning, candidates are excited about the opportunity to show the student body the desire for the position of serving as student

body president. “It’s all worth it,” Sims said. “Seeing the look on the campaigners’ faces is all worth it. [We’re just going to] keep going at it strong.” Although Robinson came close to winning outright, the election will begin with a clean slate for both candidates. Campaigning for the run-offs began 10 p.m. Thursday.


a second chance to make our choice behoose or lose. Exercise your cause, like in the years before us, we have right. Be smart. Do your part. Rock the vote. We all know the a run-off. Because, like in years before, too few of us voted, and no candidate could slogans designed to draw citizens to the polls. But, Ags, we’re not rocking or exer- receive the more than 50 percent of votes required to win. cising or choosing enough here. Before we break another voting In student elections, with a record, we need to get to know student body topping 48,000, “While it’s easy for us to complain these two candidates. One of the only about 30 percent of about A&M, it’s two is poised to become your students took two minutes just as easy to representative and your voice to cast a ballot in 2009’s do something to the administration. Author election, and yet it set a reabout it.” Gore Vidal once said, “Half of cord for the University. For the American people have never a school that touts activism and read a newspaper. Half never voted for participation, it is disappointing that president. One hopes it is the same half.” only 15,000 students vote. However, the number was a boost from An uninformed vote isn’t a vote at all, and while it’s easy for us to complain about 2008 where only 8,000 students voted. A&M, it’s just as easy to do something That is roughly the amount of freshman about it. this year at A&M. Next week, we will get

■ He was one of the most distinguished military officers to graduate from A&M.

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he was named Distinguished Alumnus, and again in 1994 when he was inducted into the Corps of Cadets Hall of Hollingsworth Honor. University President R. Bowen Loftin said Hollingsworth distinguished himself and his alma mater through “his long and valiant service to his country.” “Gen. Hollingsworth was unquestionably one of the most distinguished military officers ever produced by Texas A&M,” Loftin said. “Gen. Hollingsworth will be See Hollingsworth on page 2

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Known for student involvement, Aggies should be voting for SBP

Role model leaves legacy The Battalion Lt. Gen. James Hollingsworth, the most decorated officer in the history of Texas A&M University, died Tuesday in San Antonio. Hollingsworth was born March 24, 1918, near Sanger, Texas. He attended the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas from 1936 to 1940 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture. Hollingsworth was commissioned into the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant. This marked the beginning of a military career that spanned 36 years (1940–1976). Hollingsworth was honored by A&M in 1980 when

Run-off voting starts Tuesday at http://vote.tamu. edu.


March 24, 1918 – March 2, 2010 Lt. Gen. James Hollingsworth

Robert Carpenter

Run-off elections


A statue of Lt. Gen. James Hollingsworth in Quadrangle displays his call name during Vietnam, “Danger 79er.”

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Honoring Conant

The late Jeffrey Conant, former marketing professor, will be honored April 1 with the dedication of the Dr. Jeffrey S. Conant Behavioral Research Laboratory at Mays Business School.


‘The Blind Side’

MSC Aggie Cinema presents “The Blind Side� starring Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw and Kathy Bates at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. today in Rudder Auditorium. Tickets are $1 for students and $2 for nonstudents.


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The Spirit of Shabbat will be at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Texas A&M Hillel Center. The celebration will be divided into two parts: a meal and a service. The event is open to students, families and friends, and former students.

Maxine Hong Kingston, author of The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, will read from the novel and answer questions at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Bryan Civic Auditorium.

A panel of speakers who have overcome extraordinary odds to realize their goals will share in the “Tell Your Story Leadership Forum� at 8 p.m. Monday in Rudder Theatre.

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Annual 5K springs Aggies into shape

Where on campus?

â– The Nutrition and Dietetic Association encourages students to participate and live active lives Melissa Appel

Shaping up

The Battalion For more information or to Students can get moving register for Spring into Spring and be active while support’10, visit http://tamu-nda. ing a healthy community in the Nutrition and Dietetic Associa- or the Facebook tion’s Spring into Spring 2010 page “Spring into Spring ‘10.� Registration is $15 for Fun Run. Spring into Spring en- those between 11 and 64 courages students to pursue a years old and $10 for 11 years healthy and active lifestyle and old or above 65 years old. support programs to increase Registration on the morning healthy living. of the event is an extra $5. In “The purpose of starting conjunction with the fun run, this event was to be able to NDA will also host a profit give back to our community share on Friday at Spoons by raising funds that benefit nutrition awareness, nutri- Yogurt on Texas Avenue from tion education, and nutrition noon to 2 p.m. support throughout our com- nization at Texas A&M whose munity,� said Lucia Hisse, purpose is to educate memNutrition and Dietetic Associa- bers about the nutrition field tion (NDA) vice president and and encourage involvement junior nutrition major. “We in the community through are also dedicated to en- service projects. couraging a healthy lifestyle “Spring is almost here; there through exercise.� is no better time to start preThe event, which coin- paring for Spring Break,� said cides with National Nutrition NDA President Mark Davis, Month, will benefit the Brazos senior nutrition major. Valley Food Bank’s Backpack The Mid-East Texas DiProgram and the Mid-East etetic Association supports unTexas Dietetic Association. dergraduate students through “Not only is the money annual scholarships, while the benefitting food-insecure chil- Brazos Valley Food Bank spondren in the community, the sors a program that directly imfun run encourages an active pacts children. lifestyle and healthy dietary “The Backpack Program habits,� said Jason Pelzel, NDA distributes backpacks full secretary and senior nutrition of food for the weekend to major. “This can be an oppor- children who struggle with tunity to motivate runners to food insecurity in the Brazos take their health and nutrition Valley area,� Pelzel said. “The more seriously.� importance of adequate nuParticipants can choose to trition during child growth enter a 3K walk or a 5K run and development cannot be along a course marked on cam- overemphasized.� pus. The course covers a porNDA members said they tion of the east part of campus, hope the fun run will inspire circling the polo fields and golf students to live healthy and course. The event is at 8 a.m. active lifestyles and that the and to noon. Awards will be event will increase awaregiven to the top male and fe- ness for personal fitness and male competitors. community service. “Nutrition is something that “Through their help we affects all of us no matter what can strive to end hunger and our major, age, ethnicity or in- increase awareness of how imterests are,� Hisse said. portant nutrition is in our daywww.lives,� villagefoods The NDA is a student orga- to-day Hisse We make it easy to eat better

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The fourth annual Armadillo and Girls Ranch. With more Dash will begin at 7 a.m. than 1,000 participants, last Sunday. The event includes year’s race raised $25,000 for a half marathon and a 5K, the two charities. Students beginning and ending in said they are running in the Veteran’s Park and Athletic event to support the causes Complex in College Station. as well as to have a good time. Registration forms are “I’m going to be running the available at the Hyatt Place 5K,â€? said Aneesa Castaneda, www.villagefoods hotel in College Station, online sophomore We make it easy to eat... or at Veteran’s Park from 6 to science major. “It’s not only a 6:30 a.m. Sunday. The race is good cause, but I’m also going sponsored by BMI Defense to train up to a marathon. This Systems and proceeds is just another way to run for a beneďŹ t Scotty’s House: Child good cause and it’s also fun.â€? Advocacy Center of the Brazos Brandi Tevebaugh, staff writer Valley and Still Creek Boys

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The campaigners expressed their alacrity for the opportunity to spend more time spreading the message to Aggies. “I’d say this is one of my best moments in college,� said Brad Dickens, member of the Sims campaign. “No one said we had a chance at all. Just to be here feels like we won.� The announcement has given them more energy for the next week.

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“We are very excited,� said Coral Zelon, Robinson’s campaign manager. “We knew this was a possibility. We couldn’t be more pumped. Just two more days, and we just have to get everyone else pumped.� In the yell leader races, the five candidates from 5 for Yell almost swept the ballot. Candidates Travis Kennedy, John Busch and Brett Bergamo were elected as the 20102011 senior yell leaders. In the race for junior yell leader, Austin Trahan was elected with greater than

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“Gen. Hollingsworth will be sorely missed, and, on behalf of Aggies everywhere, I extend my condolences to his family.� There is a statue of Hollingsworth in the Quadrangle bearing the name “Danger 79er,� which was Hollingsworth’s call sign during his service in Vietnam. Cadet Col. Brent Lanier said Hollingsworth’s bronze figure symbolizes the corps’ storied past. “Gen. Hollingsworth was an outstanding leader and role model, and as we pass by his statue on the quad we are reminded of the great sacrifice he made, as well as of the great history and legacy that the corps represents,� Lanier said. A plaque beside Hollingsworth’s statue says he was a man of “character, honor and dignity.�

50 percent of the vote. There will be a run-off for the final junior yell leader position between David Benac, who received 46.18 percent of the vote, and Michael Riemer, who won 23.26 percent. “It’s a honor to be picked by your peers, especially on this large of a scale,� said David Benac, junior yell leader candidate. “It’s a blessing.� “I don’t know what to say,� candidate Michael Riemer said. “I’m thankful for everyone’s support. I’m looking forward to two more days of campaigning.�

“He was revered by his troops and feared by the enemy as a warrior who was always on the scene in times of need or at times of immense peril,� reads the plaque. “A role model and a motivator to all who knew and loved him. A great Texas Aggie!� Throughout World War II, Hollingsworth served in the Second Armored Division under Gen. George Patton. He participated in seven military campaigns including the occupation of Berlin and was wounded in combat five times. By war’s end, Hollingsworth, 26, had been promoted to lieutenant colonel. In Vietnam, Hollingsworth was twice honored with the Distinguished Service Cross, which is the second highest military decoration in the U.S. Army. Hollingsworth was honored with the award for valor in 1945 during combat in World War II. In 1973, after his two tours of duty in Vietnam, Hollingsworth was given charge of 13 Divisions in South Korea.

Final results Voting for the run-offs will be on Tuesday and Wednesday. The final announcement will be at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

For the next three years, he served as commanding general of the largest field combat army in the world. Christian Carmichael, a cadet in company B-1 and a sophomore general studies major, said Hollingsworth set an admirable example throughout his military service. “He served his country very honorably and became a great leader,� Carmichael said. “He is an example to us all because he was willing to put his country and his fellow soldiers before himself.� Hollingsworth retired from the Army as a lieutenant general in 1976. He then founded Hollingsworth Consultants Inc, an aerospace consulting firm. As a civilian, he was responsible for the evaluation of U.S. forces in Europe during the Cold War. His work is credited with impacting the fall of the Berlin Wall and shortening the Cold War. A graveside service for Hollingsworth will be at 3 p.m. May 20 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

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The documentary film series will show “What I Want my Words to Do to You” about 15 women in the New York’s Bedford Hills Correctional Facility at 11:30 a.m. in Koldus Student Services Building room 229.


Jazzy Sounds

The A&M Jazz bands will perform a free concert at 6 p.m. Sunday at Christ United Methodist.

London based Boyarsky


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Concert for CARPOOL

Nicholas Boyarsky, director of Londonbased Boyarsky Murphy Architects, will lecture as part of the Department of Architecture’s Lecture Series at 5 p.m. Monday in the Preston Geren Auditorium in Langford Architecture Center Building B.

Scholars will be discussing Barack Obama’s image politics and communication skills in a series of lectures at “Rhetoric, Politics, and the Obama Phenomenon”until Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at the Brazos Cotton Exchange.

The Singing Cadets will have a concert to benefit CARPOOL at 7 p.m. March 11 in Rudder Auditorium. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the MSC Box Office or at the door.


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Heathens in the hall Lorelei Willett

already evident ‘down-home feel.’ The band’s albums have received a large response in Europe and Grab your jeans and put on boots because the Heathens are the light political message of the coming to town Saturday. What started out as three separate sets latest record has kept the Band at Austin club Momo’s developed into the erratic bunch known of Heathens in the spotlight. The as The Band of Heathens. band has been touring “We didn’t really try to form a band,” said Colin for months performBrooks, singer, songwriter and guitarist. ing more than 250 Courtesy photo Brooks along with singer and songwriters Ed The Band of Heathens, shows in the past Jurdi and Gordy Quist originally performed The Band of Heathens is made up of Colin Brooks, Ed Jurdi, Gordy Quist, Seth is a self-proclaimed year. sets at Momo’s on Wednesday nights before a Whitney and John Chipman. Formed in Austin, the band has been touring for the past “One time early 70s rock band suggestion that they collaborate was brought we drove off few months and will be coming to The Texas Hall of Fame Saturday. Tickets are $5 at from Austin who are to their attention. The trio became one of with the fuel the door and admission is 21 and up. taking advantage of the Austin’s favorite groups and when a misprint in pump still in the fl ourishing live music a local paper billed the act as “The Heathens,” The singer said Texas is the best place he’s ever lived, both side of the van,” scene in Texas. the moniker stuck. The band soon added bassist socially and musically. said Brooks. Seth Whitney and drummer John Chipman. “The live music community is withering in our culture in our Brooks recounts another tour story in Nash“It’s nothing that anybody dreamed up, it just ville, when the band was driving in the van and an oil country, but Texas has a blockade against that,” Brooks said. “It’s kind of happened,” Brooks said. really fertile ground for making music and though sometimes tanker in front of them hit a horse then exploded, causing The self-proclaimed early 70s rock band has been compared narrow, it’s widening to include bands like us.” flames to shoot up in the air. to the Black Crowes and the Band and Little Feat. The Heathens The Band of Heathens is original with the bluesy instrumentaThen once in Colorado the band’s van was driving up a have just released their first studio album called “One Foot in the mountain pass and when they stopped halfway to put chains tion, which includes the banjo, piano, lowery organ, air organ, Ether” in September. The amalgamation of country and soul, mandolin, lap steel and the dobro. The funky beats and lack of on the tires, a semi truck was coming down the pass and barely rhythm and blues and Appalachian sounds make for a unique set lists or planned programming in the shows also display the squeaked by. listen from the Austin band. eclectic energy of the band. But Brooks’ favorite times were when he was in Texas, such “Every record we’ve put out is better than the last,” Brooks said. “The band doesn’t like to do things safely,” Quist said. “Ranas when the band performed at Austin City Limits in 2009 to a Brooks describes “One Foot in the Ether” as more electric dom and Chance might actually be named as extra band members crowd of more than 6,000 screaming people. than the live CDs the band has put out while enhancing the in the liner notes somewhere.” “It was a beautiful moment,” Brooks said.

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sports Previews of men’s tennis and women’s basketball action happening this weekend.

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Jokin’ with Joe Senior Joe Patterson has been labeled resident “funny guy” on Aggie baseball team By Brad Cox | The Battalion


n a cold and breezy day in February, the Texas A&M baseball team is practicing with anticipation of the 2010 season.


Senior designated hitter Joe Patterson has started the 2010 season off strong. He leads the Aggies with a .567 batting average and is second on the team with a .800 slugging percentage. He also one home run and has driven in five. The Aggies take on Winthrop in a three-game set this weekend at Olsen Field.

Late in an inter-squad scrimmage, the maroonshirted team has a runner on base, and the coaches are calling for a pinch runner. Out of the dugout trots senior designated hitter Joe Patterson, who at 6-feet tall and 215 pounds is one of the slowest players on the team. The few fans watching and the players in the dugout let out a bit of laughter as the coaches send Patterson back to the dugout for a different runner. Jokes like his pinch-running stunt are the norm for Patterson, once labeled the “funny guy” of the team. “I try to keep everyone loose every once in awhile,” Patterson said. “But once the game starts I kind of limit that stuff.” As many jokes as Patterson might pull, other players pull just as many on him. Patterson said other guys on the team are always aiming to get back at him for stuff he pulled on them. “I have a cup of water taped to the inside of my locker daily,” he said. “When I open it, all the water will fall out all over me.” Perhaps the daily locker

shower has been a lucky ing professional designated charm for Patterson, who hitters, which are typically batted .386 with 12 home in their final years of playing runs in 2009. and rarely play field posiBut the Tulsa, Okla.tions. native said he does not have His speed on the base any specific superstitions. paths is a little more consisHe said he has a routine of tent with the pro designated swinging a sledge hitters as he typically hammer, cleaning finishes near the the plate off bottom of and taking the team in The Aggies start a a practice stolen bases. three-game series swing before He has a against undefeated he’s ready career-high Winthrop on Friday for the first two stolen pitch. bases this at Olsen Field. “It’s good season. to have some “I wasn’t people on the built with speed,” team who can just cut Patterson laughed. up and have fun,” Patterson Patterson is at the third said. “When it’s game time, strop in his career, playing it’s time to get serious—for his freshman season at Oral the most part. You’ve got to Roberts and his sophomore know when to have fun and season at Seminole State, when to get serious.” both in Oklahoma. Standing at the plate on At Seminole State he was game day is no laughing mat- named the National Junior ter for the heavy-hitter. College Player of the Year Patterson’s .567 batting and was a first-team Allaverage and .800 slugging American selection at catcher percentage have helped the after hitting .428 with 28 Aggies to a 6-2 record. home runs and 95 RBIs. “It’s easy when you’ve Patterson and the Aggies got a guy like Joe Patterwill start a three-game series son,” A&M Head Coach against undefeated Winthrop Rob Childress said. “If we’re on Friday at Olsen Field. facing Joe Patterson, we’re Winthrop is the first of two going to pitch around him home weekend series A&M more often than not.” has before starting conference The 22-year-old Patterson play against Texas Tech on starts as the designated hitter March 19. in most games, contrast-

No. 23 A&M looks for first round bye from final regular season game T.D. Durham The Battalion With only one game remaining in the 2009-2010 regular season, the Texas A&M men’s basketball team’s game against Oklahoma Saturday in Norman has postseason implications. The Aggies, currently tied for third place in Big 12 standings, would secure a first round bye in the Big 12 Championship tournament with a win over the Sooners. A&M Head Coach Mark Turgeon said his team is a little banged up, and the extra rest would be nice. “I haven’t talked about it much, but it’d be nice,” Turgeon said. “But as banged up as we are, it’d be big for us. But, if it doesn’t work for us, we’ll go over there and play four games in four days.” The 10 conference wins by A&M this season is the most since the 2006-2007 Sweet Sixteen team that went 13-3 in the conference season, but the importance of an 11th is not diminished. The Aggies will need a win in Norman to have an unchallenged spot in the top four of the Big 12. While a victory would guarantee the fourth seed, a win and a Baylor loss would

give the Aggies the three seed; conversely, a will tie last season’s seniors as the winningest loss would open the door for the Aggies to class in A&M men’s basketball history. finish as low as sixth in the Big 12 standings. Senior forward Bryan Davis said the opSenior guard Donald Sloan said the task of portunity to make that accomplishment is winning against the Sooners on the an important part of the game on road is a tall order. Saturday. No. 23 Texas A&M “It’s going to be a hard “I told Josh [Carter] yes21-8 (10-5 Big 12) game,” Sloan said. “We know terday that we were going to vs. Oklahoma how good they are, what take over his title,” Davis said. kind of players they have and “Whenever we started the 13-16 (4-11 Big 12) how they play at home. It’s season off, that’s one thing we 11 a.m. going to be tough.” said – that we wanted to leave ESPN With a 87-76 road loss on here as the winningest players to Monday to Texas, Oklahoma exever play here.” tended its losing streak to seven games. The Aggies’ 22nd win on the seaFreshman guard Tommy Mason-Griffin son would send the team into the Big 12 has led Oklahoma in scoring in four of the Tournament in Kansas City, Mo. on a threeseven losses, including a 30-point effort game winning streak. against Oklahoma State on Feb. 13. But Sloan said aside from all the implicaTurgeon said despite Oklahoma’s recent tions this game has, it boils down to doing struggles, the Sooners will be ready to fight what the Aggies have done to be successful for a win. all year. “Oklahoma this time of year, the team hasn’t “If we focus in the next couple of days in performed the way they’d like,” Turgeon said. practice and go up there with the mindset “We know the team is going to give us a tough that we’re going to be the scrappiest team, shot. No game is easy in this league.” I don’t think we should have any problem If the Aggies pull out a win on the road coming out happy at the end of the game,” Saturday, the senior class on the A&M squad he said.


Junior guard B.J. Holmes scored 12 points in the Aggies’ 76-61 win over Oklahoma State on Wednesday. Holmes returned from a badly sprained ankle to hit 4-of-8 from beyond the 3-point arc.

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McWilliams’ new hand came from a deceased organ donor. “I think of the family who has donated this hand,” she said. Tuder said McWilliams “now faces a very long period of occupational therapy.” Associated Press

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McWilliams said she hoped to wear her wedding ring again someday. “I’ll sit there at nighttime, when it’s real quiet and the nurses aren’t probing me and giving me shots, and I’ll marvel,” she said. The left-handed McWilliams also lost her right eye and three fingers on her right hand in the July 2001 blast. Brandon Walters was sentenced to more than 90 years in prison for the deed.


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here is a plague running rampant in our society. And by “plague,” I don’t mean the literal biological disease, but rather something that has an equally destructive force on the fabric civilization. For instance, “our society is plagued by drunks with megaphones.”

Chances are this has happened to you. You can be standing on a street corner, sitting at home reading a book, studying at your favorite coffee shop – the plague can strike anywhere, anytime. There you are, minding your own business, when suddenly the ground starts vibrating. Alarmed, you look up from what you were doing. A pick-up truck large enough to be classified as a small planet comes barreling around the corner. Its windows are rolled down, and out blares the song “I’m on a Boat” in decibels usually reserved for nuclear test launches. Then, as it nears you, a passenger produces a megaphone. And before you have time to swallow the cyanide pills you keep in your pocket, the driver launches into the Drunken Megaphone Speech. There are many different renditions of the Drunken Megaphone Speech, but they all work off the same basic template. It goes a little something like this: “Ladies, gentlemen and anything else that can sense sound waves within a 9-mile radius, your attention please. I am inebriated. For reasons not entirely understood, but probably related to the fact that portions of my anatomy are unusually diminutive, I feel the urge to make a fool of myself in the most annoying manner to the most people possible. I have casual disregard for the thoughts, feelings and bleeding eardrums of others. Also, you should vote for this political candidate, go to this event, join this cause,


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etcetera. I have a megaphone and that means you should do what I say. Now, for your listening pleasure, a selection of random siren noises.” Oh, they’re just good old boys having a good old time? Well if he doesn’t shut up about it, I’m about to grab a good old baseball bat if you catch my good old drift. Actually, I take that back. Hearing the Drunken Megaphone Speech in falsetto would probably be the only way to make it even more obnoxious. (“Hey! I’m a eunuch! And I want everyone in — ”) There are those who would confront this plague head-on. I have a little brother, Vlad. As I’m sure many of you know, little brothers do not need megaphones. So when a plague-bearing vehicle thumped past us in the parking lot of Taco Cabana, Vlad quickly addressed the situation. “Attention, loud, obnoxious, intoxicated individual, these hand gestures express my opinion of your oratory skills. Please desist at once.” Unfortunately, the Vlad method is only a temporary treatment. Usually the plague-bearing vehicle doesn’t travel for more than a block in silence before earsplitting symptoms resurface. Worse yet, some strains of the

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From Taylor Barron, freshman mechanical engineering major and southside student senator


plague have developed immunities to the treatment, in some cases reacting violently. “If you do not appreciate the value of my orations, you are obviously of less than average intellectual capacity. Also, I have frequent amorous encounters with your mother,” responds the plague vehicle. “You are about to have a less than amorous encounter with my size thirteen footwear.” Well, if the problem cannot be fixed by direct confrontation, what is there left to do? Is our society doomed? Not if I have anything to say about it. I write this as an appeal to megaphone manufacturers everywhere. I recognize that megaphones have many legitimate uses. Unfortunately, a, vocal minority is abusing your product for their horribly obnoxious ends. I believe I have a design here that could satisfy all parties. As of April, all megaphones manufactured will contain a breathalyzer device. When this device registers a blood alcohol content reading of sufficient strength, the megaphone will route 20,000 volts of electricity through the handle. Please, megaphone manufacturers. Society depends up your help. Now if I can get some duct tape for these 7,000 double A’s, production can begin immediately.

Friday, the column about the student body president “Finding a Figurehead” raises some concerns. At its base level the column is indeed an opinion, but not all opinions are created equal. The accusations and statements about the position of student body president were generalized and nonspecific. The column’s argument, if not titled and placed in The Battalion, could have been mistaken as standard rhetoric against the level of voting in the national election. At points where the argument could have brought in hard evidence of the student body president’s just being a figurehead, the author instead dilutes the argument to inserting individual quotes of students ignorant about the position. Also, I feel the author has little

firsthand experience of the student government association. As a senator, I encourage and invite the author and anyone curious to come make the next Senate meeting March 10 and grasp of how important and involved the SBP is to effectively serving A&M.

From Ryan Rogers, sophomore English major The SBP should probably be chosen in the same sort of way the speaker of the house is, just without the party affiliation. Let the classes and other representations choose its Senator, and have the Senate select a figurehead to speak for them as a whole. It would be easy enough to do this and avoid an associated pageant. The president can even keep it on their résumés that way. The only downside to this is the plummet in large banner sales.

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