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Robert Carpenter The Battalion Aaron Cohen, pioneer of the shuttle program and former director of the Johnson Space Center died Feb. 25. Cohen died of prostate cancer at 79 in College Station. Mechanical engineering professor William Schneider, who worked with Cohen at NASA, recalled a moment when Cohen spoke to a group of seniors about the reason compaCohen nies value Aggie engineers. “He pointed out that it was not their top quality engineering ability, or good looks but rather the reputation of an Aggie engineer. Their character, their honesty and their personal integrity,” Schneider said. He said it was the Aggie Engineers who were responsible for this fine reputation, and it was now their responsibility to go out into the world and continue the Aggie engineer reputation. John Junkins, professor of aeronautical engineering, said Cohen was a great friend and an asset to the Aggie community. “He [was] a man who developed lifelong friends, I am proud to be one of them,” Junkins said, “Aaron’s unambiguous love for Texas A&M was made clear by his return to teach for seven years following retirement from his storied NASA career. He excelled at teaching design and made a lasting impact on a generation of Aggies.”
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Jacob Robinson celebrates after being named student body president for the 2010 - 2011 academic year.
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Mr. Robinson Melissa Appel The Battalion Aggieland has a new chief student leader. On Wednesday, the student body elected Jacob Robinson as the 2010-2011 student body president. In the unofficial run-off results released Wednesday night, Robinson took 57.95 percent of the popular vote, while his opponent Bryan Sims received 42.05 percent. Robinson said this victory was as much for his campaigners and support-
ers as it was for him. “It’s incredible. It’s unlike anything else,” Robinson said. “I’m just thankful to everyone who voted and thankful to everyone who helped with the campaign. This is their win.” The feelings of excitement were flowing equally from Robinson’s campaigners. “I can’t express how happy I am for Jacob,” said Stephen Pennington, member of the Robinson campaign and sophomore political science major. “He so deserves it.”
Vice president wins close election for SBP with 57 percent of student vote Robinson ran on a platform he referred to as very tangible. It included points such as cooperating with the Texas Legislature to keep tuition low, working with the Fee Review Committee to minimize student fee increases, increasing the timeliness and effectiveness of construction projects on campus and improving levels of communication between student leaders and students. Even with the joy after hearing the
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March 11, 1918 The Spanish inﬂuenza ﬁrst reached America as 107 soldiers became sick at Fort Riley, Kan. One quarter of the U.S. population eventually became ill from the deadly virus, resulting in 500,000 deaths. The death toll worldwide approached 22 million by the end of 1920.
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Small world in ‘Invisible Jungle’
Bryan potluck helps homeless
The Battalion It’s a whole new world. Actually it’s just a much smaller one. A radio program written and produced by students is exploring the world of microbes. “It’s anything that’s kind of interesting and deals with the microscopic world,” said Kristen Carter, a junior biochemistry and genetics major. “Sometimes we do touch on macroscopic things, like worms. It’s really just a way to introduce people to things they might not have known before, or things they might not think about.” The idea for the project came from Paul de Figueiredo, assistant professor of plant pathology and microbiology, during a class for Invisible University Scholars in the Jungle airs fall. The program is modat 7:30 a.m. eled after NPR’s “Earth & Sky,” but “The Invisible Fridays on Jungle” covers a different KAMU. part of science. “It is not just science, but microbial science,” said Alicia Israel, a senior applied mathematics major. “We wanted to not really necessarily make it general science, but something about these small beings on the Earth that make
a difference that we don’t know about, whether it be in our body or in natural resources.” The show covers using worms to study epilepsy, organisms living without light in the ocean, bacteria thriving on laundry detergent, the effectiveness of hand sanitizers. The students plan stories that are accessible and interesting to the everyday person. “The goal would be to reach the average person, whether that’s a student, an elderly person, a
The Battalion Weekends at Neal Park are filled with revelry, food, fun and conversation, but this confluence of activity is not just a random sampling of people enjoying days off. It’s called Potluck in the Park, and graduate student Dan Kiniry designed it to help the homeless in Bryan and College Station. The Bridge, operated by Twin City Mission, is the main homeless shelter for Bryan and If you go College Station, but it does not serve food Potluck in the Park on the weekends. As a meets at 5 p.m. remedy to this problem, Saturdays and 1 p.m. Kiniry created Potluck Sundays. Neal Park in the Park. At 5 p.m is at the intersection Saturdays and at 1 p.m. of Logan and 21st Sundays students, resi- Street in Bryan. dents and the homeless converge at the park to share food and company. “People meet and bring as much food as they can for the week,” said Bianca Manago, a junior sociology and philosophy major. “We all just get
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Former student Aaron Gray is one of four readers for the KAMU radio program “Invisible Jungle.” The weekly two-minute spot focuses on the microscopic, microbial world around us, and features current research and arising issues in microbiology.
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Robert Carpenter The Battalion Four Aggies braved three days of competition among business students from the world and came out fourth in 43. The team was seniors Josh Groner, Corey Walter and Ben Huffman and junior Neil Azzam. The four finance majors traveled to Toronto, Canada, to compete in the Rotman International Trading Competition on Feb. 18-20. A&M’s fourth place finish trailed MIT, Babson College and the University of Queensland from Australia. The four Aggies bested teams from Harvard, the University of Chicago, Northwestern, Carnegie Mellon and others from Europe, Asia and South America. Cory Walter said the team knew they were up against stiff competition from day one.
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Ammo for the Second Amendment Looters in Haiti and Chile have shown natural disasters bring out the worst in people. The right to bear arms is essential should a similar situation strike America.
Loftin in bow-tying competition President R. Bowen Loftin and Shel Winkley, meteorologist for the “Brazos Valley This Morning” show, will have a bow-tying showdown between 6:30 and 7 a.m. Friday. “We had him on the show when he was named sole ﬁnalist, and when he was announced as president he challenged me to the contest,” Winkley said. Loftin and Winkley will compete to see who can tie a bowtie the fastest without the aid of a mirror. Winkley said Loftin the prize for winning is undecided, but he has made a suggestion about what his prize should be if he should win. “The thrill of beating him would be great,” Winkley said, “but I’m trying to work in being the honorary president for the day or at least 10 minutes.” Samantha Johnson, staff writer
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together and hang out and talk.” Many of the homeless people who attend are in a transitional phase and have not been homeless for long. While giving them enough food to get by is the main goal, many involved with the program said they hope to give homeless people the sense that, despite hardships, they are still members of the community. While helping the homeless is still the purpose of the potluck, festivities have taken on a nature and life all their own. “Potluck in the Park is a really cool way for people in the community to get together and get to know people they normally wouldn’t get to see during the week,” Manago said. “Some of us can provide food, some can provide knowledge and experience and we all provide love.” A church service is in the park before the potluck starts. Blinn sophomore Ben Travis said the idea jumped out at him the second he discovered it. “I was at Sweet Eugene’s coffee shop and there was a sign on the bulletin boards,” he said. “I had been really praying since I got here to get involved with the homeless. I went by myself, hoping that it wouldn’t be awkward or weird.” It turned out to be the opposite. “They were some of the most welcoming people I’d ever met,” he said. Junior psychology major Jessi Noelki said she loves her work with the event. “I bring my church group,” she said. “I get everyone together and we make food and then we go. It’s really great to help people and see others help people.” Travis took it a step further. “Instead of it being like a thing where a bunch of college kids go out and serve, it’s just a community thing. Dan calls it a family reunion. Everyone goes and shares the food. It’s not a feeling of service, it’s a feeling of family.” He added participation induces a special feeling, recounting his first visit to the park. “The first day that I went sticks out to me the most,” he said. “One of the homeless guys, the first one that I met … offered me his chicken. That made a big impact on me because I was coming into college, getting money from my parents every week; that might have been the only food that he was going to get for that day.”
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Senior industrial distribution major Nathaniel Howe and senior industrial distribution major Jonathan Knocks take goats for a walk around campus. The two roommates said they bought the goats because they were “too lazy to mow the lawn.”
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middle-aged person, just reach someone that maybe doesn’t have the strongest science background, and say, ‘Hey look, this is interesting,’” Carter said. Four students created the first four programs last semester and are continuing to produce shows this semester. Each student chose a topic and wrote and edited a story. The class borrowed equipment from the music department to tape the shows. “We sent the promo last semester to KAMU,” said Aaron Gray, a senior biology major. “We used the recording studio they have in the Academic Building in the music department. We recorded some cuts, and they were OK and our background music was OK. Then once we went into KAMU and worked in a real studio, it was like night and day. It was so much easier.” The group is expanding from the original classmates to a new class of University Scholars, some graduate stu-
dents and a few undergraduates who are not part of the class. Members are writing programs and four are voicing the show. They plan to become a student organization and include any student interested in the program. “We have done the application process,” Gray said. “The student group should be underway by next year. These first 32 episodes until October are being done outside the University somewhat, then it’ll be an official student organization to help streamline it a little bit.” The students said they are also hoping to expand to different radio stations. After sending promotion recordings in the fall, the group will resend the more professional versions airing on KAMU to interested stations. “From the very beginning we distributed our samples to all the radio stations in the Texas area, Oklahoma area, New Mexico, all the NPR stations,” Gray said. “Now that we have a product that’s more professional, we’re going to move to other radio districts. If we could expand throughout Texas would
be another big goal of ours or expand throughout the southwest region.” Longevity is also a goal of the program, Israel said. Not only will many stations not take a program without a year of shows, the students said they hope to hear something they began in the future. Making the program a student organization ensures there are people to continue to produce the show. “I listen to NPR all the time, so I was really excited to try and get something on NPR,” Israel said. “Hopefully, I’ll still hear it 10 years from now and know that students are still doing something that I started.” While the students are looking to the future of the show, the group is happy the project is succeeding. “We’re really excited that we’re getting on the air and we’re hoping that this will be a good learning experience for us,” said Grant Atkinson, a senior aerospace engineering major. “It’s something that we can, by making it a student organization, let students keep being heard for a while to come.”
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Celebrating a century on Broadway
Berg said the audience is consistently responsive to his song choices. Backstage there is hustle and bustle. In the dressing room, girls “A crowd favorite is “Gethpowder their noses and warm up their vocals, while the gentlesemene,” the show-stopping rock men put their neckties in place. The show will soon begin, and song from Jesus Christ Superstar, sung the pressure to impress is at its highest. The cast is about to perby the actor who really played Jesus form a collage the biggest hits of the past century in Broadway on Broadway,” he said. theatre for an audience with high expectations. A unique opIn late March, this will be the scene occurring at portunity for the Some of the A&M. Composer Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway audience to be most memorable is the No. 1 Broadway touring concert in the U.S. involved in the Broadway hits of and is in the middle of a 120-city tour. show includes the past 100 years Courtesy photo The renowned lyricist and composer said the auditions for are performed in criteria in choosing the cast was demanding - every Four cast members perform in Neil Berg’s production. Each singer has the chance to composer Neil member starred in at least one Broadway show. Broadway experience, which Berg says adds to the show’s effect. sing with the Berg’s show. Berg’s goal was to create a conglomeration of their Broadway stars theatre experiences to bring plenty of flavors to his for up to two winners and 10 runner-ups. students of other disciplines. original concept and a chance for Broadway stars to rec“Right now we are focused on getting the “As a college student, you will reate favorite moments in Broadway history. word out about the auditions for people to sing with learn more about musical theatre in Berg said the audience can expect a comfortable setting with the Broadway stars, since the deadline is Friday,” said MSC one night that you’ve learned in phenomenal talent. OPAS publicity agent Craig Boleman. your whole life, without being “[It will be] like they’re sitting in my living room for a big Singers can upload an audition video clip singing any Broadbored,” he said. “I pride myself “100 Years of Broadway” will be party, and some friends drop by to sing, who just happen to be way hit to Myspace, YouTube or Facebook, where a panel of on getting people who never at 7:30 p.m. March 22 and 23 in the best singers on the planet,” he said. judges, including the show’s composer, will decide who will thought they would like muRudder Auditorium. Tickets can He said that the production is not dull; in fact, it puts a spin win the chance to take center stage with five Broadway stars sicals to come up to me after be purchased at the MSC Box on the major musical numbers theater enthusiasts know and and the New York Band, plus plenty of tickets for friends and the show and say that rocked. love. Berg’s vision was to highlight legendary composers such Ofﬁ ce. For more information on family members. We play Broadway with the as Irving Berlin, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cole Porter as audition guidelines, visit http:// “I am impressed with Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway for aggressions of a rock band.” well as include key songs from an array of shows, going back singingwiththebroadwaystars. giving young adult singers the chance to live for a moment Cast members hope to attract 100 years. like a Broadway star,” said Jennifer Keith, a freshman commucom. audiences from all backgrounds. Recognizable songs in the show range from Phantom of the nication major. “While I will not be auditioning, I think this “I help spread the music I Opera’s “Think Of Me,” “Something’s Coming” from classic competition proves to support young singers’ ambitions to set love, so hopefully that can keep it West Side Story, and “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of high goals and to improve in singing.” alive.” Oz to newer hits” like Grease’s “Summer Nights” and “Seasons Berg said the show is for all audiences — theater scholars and of Love” from Rent.
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Rebecca Bennett The Battalion The recurring appearance of fish on Sbisa’s Friday menu, grumblings over uneaten Valentine’s chocolates and sightings of people with ash marks on their foreheads are no coincidence. The Lenten season is underway, leading many Christians to temporarily alter dietary habits and increase religious devotions with the intent of permanent spiritual growth. This 40-day period of fasting and repentance, which commences with Ash Wednesday’s humbling reminder of human mortality, finds historical roots in the spiritual preparation period observed by converts prior to baptism and induction into the faith on Easter Saturday. Of course, 40 is no arbitrary number, said the Rev. Christ Downey, associate pastor at St. Mary’s Catholic Center. “Forty is a number that signifies preparation — the Israelites were in the desert for 40 days to prepare themselves for the Promised Land. Jesus spent 40 days in the desert to prepare himself for the proclamation of his Gospel, for his mission,” Downey said. “And for us, we take 40 days to prepare ourselves for the resurrection of Jesus and to go out and spread his mission.” Multiple denominations tone down Sunday services during this liturgical season. In both the Catholic and Lutheran traditions, purple is worn by the officiating pastors to symbolize repentance. The Rev. Paul Hoemann of University Lutheran Chapel said the proclamation of “alleluia” is also omitted from services, as the congregation anticipates the celebration of Resurrection Sunday. Downey said Catholics During the season of additionally refrain from Lent, Christians are meat on Fridays, a custom that dates back encouraged to give to the Middle Ages, something up in order to when such food was increase spiritual growth, expensive and eaten but other religions also principally by the take part in spiritual wealthy. Traditionrituals. ally, the fast from meat included mammals and fowl, thus
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fish is acceptable to eat. Christians are encouraged to deepen relationships with God during this time — whether by giving something up or taking up something, such as increased almsgiving or scriptural study. Downey said for Catholics, external purification through fasting and abstaining also ought to be accompanied by the sacrament of Reconciliation, or Confession, as a means of internal purification from sin. Rather than viewing Lenten commitments as a second attempt at failed New Year’s resolutions, Hoemann said Lent is a time to turn away from a life centered on self to a life centered on God. “The intent must be to make space for [Christ], to allow
him to dwell within us, so as to grow in us and give us life in abundance,” Downey said. “If you give things up and you’re not open to the possibility of a relationship with Jesus, it can become more about yourself than the spirit of Christ dwelling in you.” Sean Haughey, a junior accounting major, said commitments made during Lent could have a long-lasting effect on oneself, but such changes must be made for the glory of God. “You’re not just doing it for yourself, you’re doing it so you can come into Easter with a clean heart and a clean slate,” he said. “So when [Christ] rises again, you too can rise again with Him.” Similarly, the Rev. Kip Gilts of A&M United Methodist Church said, “If the practice, the spiritual discipline becomes more important than one’s vital relationship with God, then it becomes a sort of idol, but there are two sides to it. You can do too little, if your own personal comfort is more important than the discipline.” Gilts said he was impressed by students’ voluntary observance of the Lenten season during his six years in the area. He said he could tell there was a yearning among young people to quiet the soul and deepen spiritual richness. Julie Roessler, a junior civil engineering major, said she enjoys Lent because it allows her to take a step back from her ordinary life experiences and reflect more on Jesus’ sacrifice and the true meaning of Christianity. For thousands of years, followers of the Jewish faith have honored the eight-day Passover fast. During this period, beginning on March 30 this year, the devoted refrain from eating chametz, or leavened bread. Rabbi Peter Tarlow of the A&M Hillel Foundation said eating brittle, unleavened bread, or matza, serves an important reminder of the frailty of human freedom. “Passover is important for all Americans because we like to think about the values of freedom and liberty, and [the holiday] teaches us respect for every human being,” he said. Talya Lazerus, a sophomore psychology major, said the seder, a special 14-step meal in which participants recount the Jewish people’s exodus from Egypt, is the best part of Passover because it combines food, tradition, family and friends. Despite theological differences, these two Abrahamic observances share the purpose of seeking divinity in self-denial and rejoicing in the final feast.
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Bryan Sims, a senior industrial distribution major, hugs a supporter Wednesday in the Academic Plaza. “I’m going to find some other way to serve students,” Sims said.
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results, Robinson was already thinking ahead and looking to his future plans for the University. “We’re going to enjoy tonight,” Robinson said. “Then we’re starting early tomorrow morning. We’ll start meeting with our advisers and figure out a plan for the semester.” His vision for Aggieland is one of the many reasons he gained support for his campaign, said Matt Pierson, Robinson campaigner and senior finance major. “I’m glad that the student body elected who I think is the best person to do the job. I think Jacob’s going to do things this campus has never seen before,” Pierson said. “His interaction with people is his best attribute, and I’m glad the student body saw that.” Sims said he thought his campaign was a win
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“We were pretty awe-struck on Thursday night at the welcome dinner when we sat with four MBA’s from the University of Toronto, all of whom had worked at least four years in trading and related roles,” Walter said. “We continued to psyche ourselves out when we looked around the room and found the top-rated programs [the University of] Chicago, Northwestern, Penn State and MIT.” Teams competed in five events: a credit risk case, sales and trader, quantitative outcry, an algorithmic case and a natural gas scenario. The competitions were based on real-world scenarios and required teams to predict and react to changes in markets. A team’s ability to make profits in the shifting market determined standings. The consensus from the four A&M competitors was the quantitative outcry competition as the most demanding. Groner compared the event to a scene from the 1986 movie, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” “It’s the scene where they are in the building looking down on the pit and there are just people yelling and screaming and using hand signs and everything — that is essentially what we were doing.” Groner said. Huffman said the stakes in each competition were high, and the chaotic atmosphere was tough to handle for some. “The competition itself was very intense, with some teams getting very emotional,” Huffman said. “Having 80 people in a tight huddle screaming orders and prices at one another was more than some could handle.” In each event, there were multiple heats, so if a competitor lost money in one round, he would go at it again after a break. Azzam said the key to his team’s success was bouncing back after losses. “The first heat I went into, right-clicking and left-clicking do opposite things, and I accidently clicked on the wrong side and lost like $250,000 in the first 10 minutes,” Azzam said. “Each one of us had a big loss like that, but the key to us doing well is that each one of us came back and did really well right after that.” After one day of competition, the A&M team
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was in second place overall. Groner said from that point on, he noticed changes in the behavior of other teams. “It was kind of funny because when we first got there [the graduate students] were a bit standoffish when we told them we were undergrads. There was kind of an air about them that they thought they were better than us, I guess,” Groner said. “We showed the “Then towards the end competition that of the competition, the Aggies were everyone became a little bit more there to ﬁght, and friendly towards us by the end of the and saw us for who day, everyone we were, in a way.” knew who the Walter, Azguys in cowboy zam, Huffman and hats were.” Groner each attribBen Huffman uted success to the preparation received in the Trading and Financial Risk Management Program at A&M. Detlef Hallermann, the self-described “coach” of the A&M trading team, is the director for the dual bachelor’s and master’s program. Hallermann said his students’ performance indicates the program is on par with elite programs around the world. “As a whole, the performance of our students shows that in terms of East Coast schools or schools from other parts of the world, A&M is right there at the top,” Hallerman said. “There were over 40 schools there and every single one of those universities is in the top 100 schools in the World News Report. Considering we were in the top 10 percent of that group, I feel very strongly about that.” During competition, the Aggies drew attention for more than performance. Huffman said their unconventional wardrobe also set them apart. “We showed the competition that the Aggies were there to fight,” Huffman said, “and by the end of the day, everyone knew who the guys in cowboy hats were.”
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and he is excited to continue to serve the student body. “Honestly, win or lose, I came into this campaign feeling like we won,” Sims said. “We ran incredible campaigns. I met so many people through this. I can’t think of a better place to run for an office and serve the student body.” Sims said even with his defeat in this race, he has plans to find his way of giving back to Aggieland in the upcoming year. “I’m going to find some other way to serve students,” Sims said. “I’m not sure what that is yet, but I will be serving students.” Robinson said he is ready to begin enacting his ideas to serve the students he was elected to lead. He has already cleared his schedule for his new duties. “I don’t have class tomorrow [Thursday], so we’re going to start it then,” Robinson said. In the run-off for junior yell leader, David Benac, a sophomore business honors major, won.
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Women get violent
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eople like to talk about menâ€™s sports being overly violent. The prime example is the 2004 fiasco in which Ron Artest climbed up into the stands and beat the snot out of a fan in Detroit. Well, folks, compared to the Kyle Cunningham women, menâ€™s sports are lookward Brittney Griner was in a ing gentle. Womenâ€™s sports are similar situation. With 9:01 left getting more and more prone to play, Texas Techâ€™s sophoto these outbursts of violence. more center Jordan Barncastle The two most recent examples and Griner tangled up in a are with New Mexico soccer battle for position. At the end player Elizabeth Lambert and of the play, Barncastle slung Baylor center-phenom Britney Griner off of her in an overly Griner. aggressive way. After this Lambertâ€™s outburst action, Griner faced came on Nov. 5 in three choices: a Mountain West A) Ignore the Womenâ€™s sports semi-final game attack, collect against Brigham are beginning yourself and get Young Univerto get a little the foul call. sity. The first rough. B) Ignore the moment came attack, not get on a punch to the foul call and the back of BYU complain, earning a player Carlee Payne after technical foul. Payne elbowed Lambert in C) Take two running steps the chest. In the second, BYU and deliver a right hook to forward Kassidy Shumway Barncastle, breaking her nose. backed into Lambert to jockey For some reason that defies for position, then tugged at the logic, Griner chose the third New Mexico defenderâ€™s shorts. option. Her actions earned her Lambert proceeded to grab an ejection and a suspension Shumway by the ponytail and was inevitable. whip her to the ground. The NCAAâ€™s rules state So letâ€™s look at this. Lambert that when a player throws a acted completely out of line, punch, they are suspended for sure, but I believe the Payne one game. Baylor coach Kim retribution is justified. You Mulkey added yet another donâ€™t elbow someone in the game, bringing the suspension chest with malicious intent, to two games. The second let alone a female, without game of the suspension will expecting fisticuffs. The attack be today against Colorado, a on Shumway, however, was team ranked 11th in the Big too far. No amount of boxing 12. This game, simply put, will out for position equates getbe a walk for Baylor whether ting thrown down by the hair. Griner plays or not. Itâ€™s inexcusable, as were most So, the question becomes, of Lambertâ€™s vicious tackles what should Grinerâ€™s punishthroughout the match. ment have been? Head Coach Kit Vela If we are to use the standard agreed, suspending Lambert set by NCAA football, it indefinitely. The suspension would be eight games. Thatâ€™s prevents her from conditionwhat Oregon running back ing, training or playing. On March 3, Baylor forSee Women on page 8
A fresh start
Jonny Green â€” THE BATTALION
Junior Jeff Dadamo comes to Aggieland after transferring from the University of Florida. He considered going to Illinois but decided A&M was the place for him.
Jeff Dadamo thriving in new environment By Michael Sullivan | The Battalion
hey say one manâ€™s trash is another manâ€™s treasure.
After spending two years at the University of Florida, Jeff Dadamo was pushed away by the Florida coaching staff and landed at Texas A&M. After joining the Aggies in the fall, Dadamo made his presence known locking down the No. 1 doubles and No. 2 singles spots for the Aggies. â€œI spent my first two years at Florida, but I wasnâ€™t getting along with the head coach, Andy Jackson,â€? Dadamo said. â€œWe were having some disputes and it just really wasnâ€™t where I wanted to go with my ten-
nis, so I started looking elsewhere.â€? Before playing for Florida, Dadamo was also pursued by the University of Illinois. After being released by Florida, Dadamo began talking to Illinois before deciding to sign with A&M. Dadamo grew up playing junior tennis in Florida with junior Austin Krajicek. Krajicek and Dadamoâ€™s previous relationship became one of the factors contributing to his signing with the Aggies. â€œI think the fact that Austin is from Florida certainly helped us,â€? said A&M Head Coach Steven Denton. â€œJust the fact that his dad was a player as well and really wants
Jeff to have an opportunity to play professional tennis and since [Assistant Coach Bob McKinley] and I had played pro tennis, we were a contributing factor to him coming here.â€? After moving to Aggieland, Dadamo has received the one thing lacking in Gator Nation: a coach he could work with. In his first semester at A&M, Denton and McKinley began transforming Dadamoâ€™s game into a more aggressive style of play that includes coming to the net more often. See Dadamo on page 8
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Protecting your property
atural disasters in Haiti and Chile have taught the rest of the technologically advanced world a valuable lesson — when the power grid collapses and help is far away — people are susceptible to ruthless behavior.
Shortly after the earthquake, police officials in Concepción, Chile were prompted to offer looters a brief amnesty period to return stolen goods after $2 million in stolen items had already been recovered. In the Haiti earthquake aftermath, it was well documented that women, and some girls as young as 12, were raped in alarming numbers. Rape was only outlawed in 2005. Concepción required the assistance of 14,000 military troops to help restore order, but first needed to implement an 18-hour curfew to prevent troublemakers from plundering before help could arrive. Across the Internet, from the blogosphere to the main pages, countless stories recounted Haitians turning on one another in violence. No one can forget the footage of CNN’s Anderson Cooper rescuing a stunned and badly beaten boy from looters and rioters in the midst of the chaos Courtesy Photo — ASSOCIATED PRESS Nature is an erratic maternal figure. She has A police officer organizes items either returned by looters or recovered by the police at a police station Sunday in Concepción, Chile. proven time and again any place is susceptible to Looting started after an 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck central Chile Feb. 27. her temper. Even in the great state of Texas, we have seen her wrath during hurricanes Rita, Ike of Haiti and Chile after earthquakes and New with the laws during times of disaster.” and Katrina. At least in America, land of the free Orleans after Hurricane Katrina have shown When society implodes, as Mother Naand home of the brave, we possess the freedom this is true. of the Second Amendment to defend ourselves Guns provide ture has shown can occur anywhere, So I ask those advocating limited there are those who will resort to from others in times of distress. invaluable access to firearms in America, what carnal desires and primal instincts. An often used expression advocating posprotection against When people are hungry, some will you do in times of chaos, when session of firearms is “when seconds count, violence and help is far away and an intruder is in may be willing to do whatever it the police are minutes away.” This expression looting during your home with intentions of hurting takes to survive. Stephen Humeniuk multiplies in applicability when disaster strikes, disasters. you and your family? The consequencIn America, appreciate the freeassistance infrastructure is hemorrhaged with es are unimaginable. dom we have to protect our livelihood During preparations for the oncoming Hurdamage and emergency aid is spread thin. Some take society’s comforts for granted — and ourselves. No better example can be found ricane Rita, the Houston Chronicle reported many Though no one would want to face such a safety, electricity, running water and available than when catastrophe strikes. The right to bear people who had never owned a firearm were bleak scenario, in times of catastrophic duress, a food supplies. But when those assets are temarms is most crucial when people must protect gun could be the best tool to survive and protect flocking to gun stores to purchase weapons to porarily gone, there are some who will take by innocent lives, property and civilization. protect themselves from potential looters. of assets and property. The sad fact is some members of society do not force what they cannot get by other means. “In an environment where only the strong “When chaos occurs, and there is an immeabide by laws made to promote the peace, and survive, a gun makes the would-be vulnerable Stephen Humeniuk is a senior political when the peace is further disturbed by natural di- diate threat, you are your own first line of deequal,” said Michael Marek, a graduate petroscience major. saster, criminals become opportunistic. The chaos fense,” Marek said. “Criminals aren’t concerned leum engineering student.
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Dadamo Continued from page 5
“One of the things at Florida was that I felt I wasn’t getting the coaching I needed,” Dadamo said. “As soon as I got out here the coaches spent a lot of time with me on the court and my game has improved a lot. I have added the aspect of coming to the net a lot more and being more aggressive.” In his two years at Florida, Dadamo spent most of his time playing No. 6 singles and never cracked the list of top 100 singles players in the nation. In the fall, Dadamo posted a 9-3 singles record and has continued his dominance in the spring playing No. 2 singles for the Aggies while posting a 6-3 record thus far. In the most recent International Tennis Association rankings, Dadamo was tabbed as the No. 33 player in the nation. “He is playing well and winning a lot for us,” Denton said. “He is playing considerably higher in our lineup and having success here as well.” With two years of eligibility remaining, Dadamo hopes to accomplish several goals he was unable to achieve at Florida. Individually, Dadamo would like to compete in the NCAA Championships in doubles and singles. If the season ended today, his No. 9 doubles ranking and No. 33 singles ranking would grant him that opportunity. As a team, Dadamo would like to end his career at A&M with a National Championship ring. “At Florida I felt like we were a good team, but we were never able to accomplish our team goals in winning a National Championship,” Dadamo said. “Out here that is our number one goal … and I feel like this is a team that could do it.”
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LeGarrette Blount got for his punch in the Ducks season opener against Boise State. Eight games for Oregon is two-thirds of an NCAA season for most teams, so by that logic, Griner should be suspended for roughly 20 games. That, however, is a little harsh, considering the added suspension was by Oregon coach Chip Kelly and not the NCAA. Plus, basketball has always been more lenient on one-and-done style attacks. So, the decision came to Mulkey, who decided to suspend Griner for the first game in the Big 12 tournament. Yeah, suspend a player for a waste of a game, then have her come back refreshed for either their second round matchup with third-seeded Oklahoma, or for the first round game in the NCAA tournament. That’ll definitely teach her to never do that again. If you wanted to make a lasting impact, suspend Griner for the entire Big 12 tournament and at least one game in the NCAA tournament. That way, you take away something of actual value for an action you don’t want to see repeated. In that regard, Vela was right if not a little harsh, and Mulkey swung and missed completely. Kyle Cunningham is a junior sports management major.
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