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House passes health care bill, 219-212

Purdue 63, Texas A&M 61 (OT)

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WASHINGTON — Summoned to success by President Barack Obama, the Democratic-controlled Congress approved historic legislation Sunday night extending health care to tens of millions of uninsured Americans and cracking down on insurance company abuses, a climactic chapter in the century-long quest for near universal coverage. Widely viewed as dead two months ago, the Senatepassed bill cleared the House on a 219-212 vote, with Republicans unanimous in opposition. Congressional officials said they expected Obama to sign the bill as early as Tuesday. A second measure — making changes in the first — was lined up for passage later in the evening. That measure would go to the Senate, where Democratic leaders said they had the votes to pass it. Crowds of protesters outside the Capitol shouted “just vote no” in a futile attempt to stop the historic vote taking place inside a House packed with lawmakers and ringed with spectators in the galleries above. Across hours of debate, House Democrats predicted the central bill, costing $940 billion over a decade, would rank with other great social legislation of recent decades.

“Punk rock. It just has that energetic beat. There’s some songs that really have that beat that you never get tired of. It’s something you never get tired of listening to no matter how many times you hear it.”

Tabatha Broussard freshman general studies major

“Relaxation, soft music because it just cools me down. It gets the anger out of me.”

Micah Van Alstyne senior spatial sciences major

“I listen to intense Christian music, hard rock Christian music. It makes me realize that my problems are small and insignificant.”

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Sept. 16, 1938 – March 16, 2010 Richard A. Chilcoat

Caitlin Donahoe junior marketing major

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The Aggies lose a spot in the Sweet 16 during the second-round game against Purdue. “Normally I listen to anything from a musical or a Broadway show because I like watching shows and singing along to it when I’m by myself.”

Nitin Suares mechanical engineering graduate student

Match-up madness Men fall short of Sweet 16 The Aggies lose to Purdue 63-61 in overtime despite Bryan Davis’s 17 points and 15 rebounds.

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“I listen to music that takes me back to when I was younger like stuff that I listened to when I was in high school. Stuff like Incubus and Third Eye Blind, Foo Fighters, White Down. It puts me in better mood. I didn’t have the problems I have now.”

“I just always listen to country music because they talk a lot about hard times and how they deal with it.”

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Guards Tanisha Smith and Skylar Collins take a break from practice before their game with Portland State.

Texas A&M women vs. Gonzaga in Seattle at Bank of America Arena. 8:40 p.m.

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The Battalion Former Bush School Dean Richard Chilcoat died Tuesday, in College Station after battling cancer for more than two years. Chilcoat was born Sept. 16, 1938 and died at 72. Chilcoat was appointed the Bush School’s first permanent dean in July 2001 and resigned in 2008. During his time Chilcoat in the position of dean, Chilcoat made advances in the school. “He was the full-time dean of the Bush School, so for a period of about six years, he was responsible for all of our growth and development,” said Sam Kirkpatrick, executive associate dean. “During that period, we grew from about 40 students to 200 fulltime students. We added one new degree program in international affairs, several certificate programs and hired See Chilcoat on page 8

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The Battalion A company that allows people to see real-time data of crime in their area has released an iPhone compatible version, enabling subscribers access to knowledge that could help avoid potential danger from the palm of their hand. SpotCrime was founded by Colin Drane as a Web site designed to track and label crimes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of like a community watch for people and for the whole country,â&#x20AC;? said Brittany Lambert vice president marketing director for SpotCrime. Lambert said Drane got the

idea to create a map that pinpointed where crimes were occurring during a crime spree in his neighborhood in Baltimore, Md. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was going to use his GPS from his car as the map, but he went out to his car, and the GPS was stolen, so that was a little ironic,â&#x20AC;? she said. The map relied on people reporting robberies and other crimes, but it has since grown to partner with various reliable news outlets for its data. Drane started UCrime, a separate Web site with the same concept that was started for tracking crime at universities.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Web site looks a little different, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the same idea,â&#x20AC;? Lambert said. The newest addition is SpotCrime Lite, an iPhone application that takes the crime tracking map from SpotCrime and puts it on the phone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The app, like the Web site, is free, and uses your phoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s GPS to give you info for your location,â&#x20AC;? Lambert said,â&#x20AC;? but it is also possible to look at other locations.â&#x20AC;? The amount of information for a specific area varies on when how long SpotCrime has been receiving data for that area. Caron Oliver, a senior wildlife and fisheries science major,

said she could see how this program could benefit students in finding housing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you are looking for a house to rent, you could know the best neighborhoods,â&#x20AC;? she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;you would be able to see which ones were broken in to more and avoid them.â&#x20AC;? Hannah Langford, a freshman marketing major, said the application would help her know which areas to avoid if she was by herself. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walking alone at night can be scary,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would make me feel better to know which streets are safer.â&#x20AC;?

The Department of Horticultural Sciences is seeking individuals between the ages of 18 and 50 who are willing to participate in a study on consumer purchases of flowers and other gift items. The study will take place on the Texas A&M University campus (at the TAMU Gardens on Hensel Drive).

Conducted on March 26 and 27, 2010 Participants may choose which day and time they prefer Each participant will be awarded $40 for their time and contribution Only one person from each family may participate You must have been born between 1960 and 1992 to be eligible Participation will take approximately 60-75 minutes. To participate, you must register ahead of time; to do so, please contact Tammy Landry at 979-845-7342 or tlandry@ag.tamu.edu. There are no foreseeable risks to participating; you will not be asked to eat anything. Participation is strictly voluntary and you can withdraw from the study at any time without penalty by notifying the project staff.

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Boilermakers defeat Aggies 63-61 in OT Davisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 17 points, 15 rebounds not enough to overcome Purdue in second round T.D. Durham The Battalion After a thrilling overtime contest with No. 4 seeded Purdue, the Texas A&M menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball season came to an end with a 63-61 loss. The loss brings A&M to a final record of 24-10 for the 2009-2010 season, a season in which A&M became one of only two teams to win an NCAA game in each of its last five consecutive seasons. Purdue drew first blood after winning the tip, with a jumper from junior guard Eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Twuan Moore. Moore led the Boilermakers in points in the first half, with 11. But A&M Senior forward Bryan Davis brought the Aggies immediately with a 3-point play under the basket followed by a bouncing free throw make. The Aggies out rebounded the Boilermakers 23 to 18 in the first half, with seven coming from Davis. Freshman forward Naji Hibbert, who was held scoreless in the Aggiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first round game versus Utah State, made a pair of 3-pointers in the first half, his only two shots of the half. With 8:59 remaining in the half, Boilermaker D.J. Byrd swept sophomore A&M guard Dash Harrisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; legs out in mid air, sending Harris crashing to the floor. But Harris would return to the game in time to draw a foul behind the 3-point line on the final Aggie possession before halftime. The Los Angeles native sank two of three free throws despite a tender wrist to give his team a 32-25 lead going into the half.

At the start of the second half, A&M built its to 11 points after a dunk from sophomore forward David Loubeau. Loubeau scored 12 points and had seven rebounds in the bout. But the Boilermakers would not lay down, going on a 17-2 run that was spearheaded by senior Chris Kramer. The guard, who had seven points in the streak, finished the game with 17 points and seven rebounds. With 1:28 remaining in the game and the Aggies down by two points, Davis forced an around the back steal to start a fast break, capped by a layup by senior guard Donald Sloan, tying the game at 55. With time expiring, Harris forced a turnover at the top of the key that junior guard B.J. Holmes dived on and quickly called a timeout to gain the Aggies possession with just 1.1 seconds remaining. A long catch-and-shoot miss by Holmes sent the game into overtime. In overtime, Davis started the overtime powerfully for the Aggies, scoring back to back dunks, one aided by an athletic pass from Harris underneath the hoop. But Kramer would not be denied, as the Boilermakers got possession with just 18 seconds remaining. Kramer blew past junior A&M forward Nathan Walkup and laid the ball in to give Purdue the lead it would not relinquish. A quick inbound would set up a long 3-point attempt by Holmes that would graze the front iron and seal the secondround loss for A&M. The Aggies mark of 24 wins makes the sixth season that the team has reached at

least 20 wins and the third 20-win season in Head Coach Mark Turgeonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s threeyear tenure at Texas A&M. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sad, because this has been one of the best years of my life,â&#x20AC;? Head Coach Mark Turgeon said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really going to miss coaching this team.â&#x20AC;?

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40-29. But as has been the case all season long, A&M went A matchup with a vulnerinto a serious lull offensively, able No. 1 seed in front of a Purdue made some buckets pseudo home-crowd that was and what had looked like an assured to accompany them. And in one quick cross-over easy victory turned into a back and forth bout between two move and finish, that dream teams of similar styles. A bout disappeared, and that taste ending with the Boilermakers turned sour. upper-cutting the Aggies at â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had the ball and went their own game. And for that, right and crossed over to the they deserve all the credit in left, and it parted like the Red the world. Sea,â&#x20AC;? Purdue guard Chris Purdue played with the Kramer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then it came stoicism and poise that had down to finishing, as Davis them as national chamcame over and tried to pionship contenders So many block my shot.â&#x20AC;? prior to Robbie Purdue 63. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Ifsâ&#x20AC;? for Hummelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seasonTexas A&M 61. a tumultuous ending and seasonAs has been the 2009-10 altering injury. case for the last five season. They locked down years of Aggie bason the defensive end ketball, all A&M fans unlike any team these Agare left to wonder after gies have faced all season. They the 2010 season is â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;what if.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; What if junior Elonu hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t shut down A&M star Donald unexpectedly left for the NBA Sloan to the tune of 4 for 17 shooting â&#x20AC;&#x201D; undoubtedly his Draft? What if senior guard Derrick Roland wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have worst performance of the season. But more than anything, broken his leg? What if the they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make mistakes; team won a couple of those something their counterparts close games that eluded them down the stretch? What if they on the floor Sunday couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say for themselves. hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t given up an 11-point In a game reminiscent to lead in the second half of the many Aggie losses this season, biggest game of the season? A&M repeatedly shot themIt was a game A&M seemselves in the foot. And arms. ingly dominated up until the And, eventually, in the head. 16-minute mark of the second half when the Aggies led the See Man on page 4 shorthanded Boilermakers

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Mike Teague The Battalion Texas A&M’s second-seeded women’s basketball team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday with ease, blowing out Portland State 84-53 in Seattle. “We’re just focused right now,” said A&M junior forward Danielle Adams. “We’re coming into the NCAA Tournament after the Big 12 Championship so we know we have to start all over again. It’s 0-0 like the beginning of the season. We’re just focused and trying to give it all we got.” Adams, the Aggies’ leading scorer, put up a game-high 23 points and hit 8-of-13 from the field. Senior guard Tanisha Smith was the sparkplug A&M needed to get past the 15-seeded Vikings. Smith recorded a double-double with 17 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Spreading the love, Smith posted a career-high nine assists that marked the secondmost by an Aggie in NCAA Tournament history. “Tanisha [Smith] had her solid ballgame,” said A&M head coach Gary Blair. “She fills up the stat sheet on the right side, and that’s what you’ve got to do. She doesn’t have too many double doubles, and she needed one more assist for a triple double. We tried to get her that on a last set play, but my freshman missed the shot in the corner.” Despite being huge underdogs coming in, Portland State was able to hang with the Aggies in the first half and only trailed 39-31 going into the break. A&M responded by cranking up their defense and scoring 31 points off 20 Vikings’ turnovers. “I think the intensity on the defensive end really picked up,” said A&M sophomore guard Sydney Carter. “We just woke up and realized that this could be our last game, and so the first half we didn’t defend well, we let them have wide open threes and we knew they were shooters. The second half we did a better job of contesting and making sure we were blocking out and getting rebounds.” Monday, the Aggies will try to reach the Sweet 16 for

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Senior guard Tanisha Smith works on her game before Saturday’s matchup with the Portland State Vikings. Smith had 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in the Aggies’ 84-53 first round blowout. the third consecutive season. Standing in the way of a trip to Sacramento will be the sevenseed, Gonzaga, who is fresh off a 82-76 win over North Carolina in the opening round. “I think it will be shootout,” Blair said. “Gonzaga could play in any BCS conference and be in the top third of any league they play in very similar to their men. They’ve done a great job of developing and recruiting talent. (Gonzaga Head Coach) Kelly (Graves) is building their women’s program like their men’s program. You are going to see and hear about Gonzaga in women’s basketball for as long as their coach is there. He is very good, and the kids work hard for him.” Gonzaga (28-4) will be looking to avenge an 80-76 loss to the Aggies at the Las Vegas Hoops Classic in December. The Bulldogs utilized their fastpaced offense and rallied back from a 20-point deficit in the final 11 minutes but just fell short. “We have to do a better job

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They turned it over 14 times. Their motion on offense became stagnant down the stretch. Their outside shooting — 0 for 7 from 3-point range in the second half and 35 percent from the field during the game — was inconsistent as always. Their free-throw shooting was, again, a deciding factor as A&M got to the line at will but only converted 58 percent of the time. So now, all Aggies are left to do is look back on a season that had its ups, downs, twists and turns. A season that saw a team deal with adversity better than anyone could have ever imagined. A season that experienced the maturation and growth of so many young players. Ulti-

of getting back in transition, because we didn’t do very well in the first half against Portland State,” said junior guard Sydney Colson. “Everyone will be focused on our team, but we are definitely not underestimating them. They are a really good team and haven’t lost since they lost to us in Vegas. I have a feeling it will be a fast-paced game, but hopefully we will be the ones controlling the tempo. I’m looking forward to it being a high intensity game.” Attacking from everywhere on the court, Gonzaga has four players scoring in doublefigures this season. In their first meeting with A&M, senior forwards Heather Bowman and Vivian Frieson, junior guard Courtney Vandersloot, and sophomore guard Katelan Redmon combined for 58 of the Bulldogs 76 points. Gonzaga has won 19 straight games since losing to Texas A&M. The Lady Bulldogs went undefeated in WCC play and won their conference tournament.

mately, a season that, like many of its predecessors, ended in such heartbreaking fashion. There was Tasmin Mitchell from LSU canning a 3-pointer four years ago. There was Acie Law doing the unthinkable and missing a layup against Memphis three years ago. There was the UCLA choke job two years ago. And, now there is what will simply be known as “the one that got away.” So, we say farewell to Sloan, Davis, Roland and company — part of the winningest class in the history of A&M basketball. We close the book on a season that provided us with myriad emotions. And we’re left to look back — albeit with an extremely bitter taste in our mouths — at what could have been. David Harris is a junior economics major and sports editor.

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OPAS presents “100 Years Of Broadway” from 7:30 to 9:30 tonight in Rudder Auditorium. From New York, the show brings together five of Broadway’s biggest talents from shows like Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables and Cats with a live orchestra.

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have already begun to cross over the other side. Wojtowicz-Vosloo talks about her up-andcoming film and Hollywood career.

NYU’s School of the Arts and had only made one short film call “Pate,” and that premiered at Sundance Film Festival, so that obviously opened a lot of doors for me in Hollywood. It won a lot of awards and through that I got an agent. After I got my agent I was offered several scripts that were looking for directors but none of them resonated with me. I turned them all down. You know, I’m just a new director so all the good scripts go to the established filmmakers. So I chose a harder route, but definitely more satisfying: I decided to write my own material. It took me a couple of years to write the script and after that my agent had to find producer and financers. The expectations are a lot higher when you’re dealing with feature films because you have people putting in lots of money and they expect a financial return.

Special to The Battalion A beautiful girl wakes up on a cold steel table. Question: Let’s start with the movie. Ugly fluorescent lights bear down her, a white What’s it about? sheet covers her body, and she sports a head Answer: It’s a psychological thriller with wound. A man in scrubs leans over her prone elements of horror in it — kind of stylish horror. form. “Where am I?” she asks him. “You’re And it’s really about life, death and what happens dead,” is the mortician’s reply. after we die. I’m really fascinated by that unThis is the opening scene of Agnieszka known. You know, death is the most primal fear Wojtowicz-Vosloo psychological thriller aptly we have and really the last taboo subject. It’s not titled “After.Life” which premiered Sundance sex anymore, its death. It does explore some dark and was shown at the American Film Institute themes. But I believe that we only have Film Festival and will be released in a limited amount of time, and we select theatres April 9 (Austin, Dallas don’t know how long we have. and Houston are on the list). Agnieszka Wojtowicz“After.Life” is about death, but The film follows the plight of Vosloo, writer and it’s also about life. Anna (Christina Ricci, “Sleepy directer of “After. And since it is a psychologiHollow,” “Monster”) who Life,” a psychological cal thriller there definitely is wakes up after a horrific car acthriller, discusses a mystery in the movie. I Question: What was cident to find the funeral direcher new film and mean is she [Anna] dead it like working with tor Eliot Deacon (Liam Neeson, and just having a difficult such big-name stars Hollywood career. “Schindler’s List,” “Taken”) time accepting that or is like Liam Neeson, preparing her body for her funeral. she actually alive? And you Christina Ricci and Confused and terrified Anna doesn’t have Liam Neeson’s character, Justin Long? believe she’s dead, despite the funeral director’s who plays the mortician, who claims Answer: reassurances that she is merely in transition to that he’s there to help her transiObviously, these the afterlife. tion to the afterlife. Is he telling are big names, Deacon convinces her that he has the ability the truth or is he actually trying to and this was my to communicate with the dead and is the only bury her alive? first feature. But I one who can help her. But Anna’s grief-stricken have to tell you it Question: As a recent boyfriend Paul (Justin Long, “Dodgeball,” “Drag was fantastic. You graduate, what path did you take Me to Hell”) can’t shake the nagging suspicion Courtesy photo often hear horror to directing your first full-length that Deacon isn’t what he appears to be. As the Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo’s first stories about direcfuneral nears, Paul gets closer to unlocking the dis- feature film? film, “After.Life,” will be released tors having a really Answer: I graduated from turbing truth, but it could be too late; Anna may hard time working April 9.

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with actors and actresses because it can be intimidating. I mean they were so much more experienced than me and I learned so much. But it’s collaboration, and you have to earn your actors’ respect because you have to trust one another. Liam Neeson is a very different actor. He’s obviously very old school in terms of loving rehearsal and just an amazing person and extremely collaborative. Christina [Ricci] is amazing because her role is very dark and very challenging but she just jumped in and immersed herself within it. I mean she spent a lot of time lying down in a closed coffin. And Justin [Long] is just tremendous. This is pretty much his first really dramatic role and he really shines in the movie. He’s a very different actor; he loves improvisation. He was so committed to the movie. Question: What type of message do you think is being sent to Hollywood with the recent successes of “art-house” style horror films like “Paranormal Activity” and your own film? Answer: If you have a good story, a story that’s psychologically scary and truly horrifying then you don’t need specials effects or gallons of blood. I think what the audience is telling everyone is that you don’t need a production value of millions of dollars to make a scary Check out movie. And I think that’s thebatt.com for right. For me it starts with more questions the story. And I think with Wojtowiczwe’re headed to more of Vosloo independent horror direction which I think is a great thing. I hope that “After.Life” can build and add to that.

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t might surprise you to learn that slavery is not dead, but alive and well in many places around the world including America. This is not traditional slavery, but a different form of slavery called human trafficking, which impacts millions of lives every year.

There are an estimated 12.3 million to 27 million people forced into this slavery, with up to 80 percent being women, roughly half of whom are under 18. This number is growing; according to the U.N. Office of Drug Control and Crime Prevention 2 million women and girls are trafficked every year for the purpose of sexual slavery. These people are coerced into conditions most people cannot even imagine. Many are surprised sex slavery is so widespread, especially in America. But human beings seem to be able to summon an incredible amount of cruelty toward one another when it comes to money. The average cost for purchasing a trafficked human is $90, according to the Initiative Against Sexual Trafficking. For this “investment,” brothels can demand these women be brutalized and raped by sometimes as many as 20 clients a day. And unlike prostitution, these slaves are paid nothing and are often discarded or murdered if they become too sick or unable to “work.” Given the relatively small amount it costs to destroy a life, the supply of replacement slaves is ample. For most victims, escape is not as easy as simply running away from their owners or captors. An estimated half of slaves are children, as young as 5 years old without the capacity to understand or fight back against the traffickers. Older victims are often removed or lured from their respective countries of origin, so there is little hope of escaping. Upon being sold they are serially raped, beaten and starved until they comply with their new owners. But the most significant reason why human trafficking happens is simply ignorance. Most Americans are unaware that this form of slavery exists and flourishes in their own backyard. The INS (now a part of the Department of Homeland Security) has uncovered 250 brothels in more than 26 cities across at least 20 states. Most of the women were brought in from countries such as Ukraine, Italy and Saudi Arabia. And this number is only rising, as America is ranked “very high” as far as demand for trafficked women. Human trafficking is a horrific crime, and movies like “Taken” has brought this illicit industry to America’s attention. But unless you possess special skills acquired through a long career as government spy, stopping sex slavery can seem impossible. However enough individual effort, especially in the form of education, can have an impact. “UNICEF’s efforts to protect children from trafficking, commercial sexual exploitation and other forms of abuse focus on creating a ‘protective

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Jennifer Maruska, assistant lecturer of political science and her students at Qatar have raised more than $1,000 to promote efforts against human trafficking. Their proceeds support the Emancipation Network and Made by Survivors store. For more information contact Jennifer Maruska at jennifer.maruska@ quatar.tamu.edu.

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Richard Creecy environment’ for children,” said Rebecca Fordham, child protection and communication specialist for UNICEF. “In a protective environment,

people at all levels of society work their plight goes unnoticed. The easy individually and together to enforce answers have been listed already, protective laws and equip children but they are the answers we use to and those who work with blame the traffickers; greed, children with the informafear tactics and preying Slavery still tion and skills they need upon ignorance. But we exists in to prevent and respond to as a society allow this America, abuse, and challenge all evil to continue. taking the forms of discrimination.” The lust that causes form of human Millions of people demand for such an trafficking. across the world are sufimmoral trade lies in the hearts of all of us. Some are fering in this sadistic form so fixated on satiating their physiof slavery, and for the most part

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nated for the trial. From the surveys and presentation, the council decided on joining the race for Google Fiber among other cities worldwide. Googleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deadline is March 26 for cities to respond to the request for information and show how interested it is in being selected for this project. In addition to the city councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s involvement, the people of the city have also shown that they favor the implementation of this experiment. A Facebook fan group was set up and has 1,926 members showing support. Jimmy Erickson, graduate student in physics and founder of the Facebook group page, describes how College Station would be the perfect city for this project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re relatively small but with so many college students, very technologically aware,â&#x20AC;? said Erickson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The possibility of connecting students to the University while at home could greatly enhance the classroom experience. I really think though that you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t predict the benefits that would come from this, you just have to give people the tools and let them run wild with it.â&#x20AC;? In addition, individuals have shown support by responding to the request for information online and spreading the word across campus.

the Army Strategic Leadership Course, served as the 43rd commandant of the United States Army War College and was appointed as the ninth president of the National Defense University by the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. Former President George Bush issued a statement after Chilcoatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dick Chilcoat exemplified public service at its finest. He was a great military officer, a great soldier.

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Googleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experimental WIFI will provide the chosen community or communities with jobs. Internet content producer for KBTX and junior web and interactive media design major Paul Heussner wrote to KBTX news, as well as the city council, informing them about the project and raised awareness by contacting members of the organizations he is in this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;College Station is the most educated city in Texas, and Texas A&M University already has an Internet2 fiber backbone link to campus, making us a great candidate for Googleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fiber Projectâ&#x20AC;? he said. From Boston to Topeka, cities are working to get noticed by Google and be the testing site for this breaking technology. The experimental fiber op-

tic networks will provide high speed Internet with more than 1 gigabit per second and make Internet access easier. Google said once a community gets selected, it will pay the cost of setting up the network and offer its service at competitive prices. Tobias Toland, class of 2007, said Google Fiber will be a great advantage for him personally. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I host a film club at my house and would like to be able to stream high-speed videos at excellent quality from services like Netflix and Google video while maintaining the cinema experience I would get from projecting DVD or BlueRay media.â&#x20AC;?

Further, he was a respected academician, serving admirably as dean of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service. He won the respect of all who knew him. On a personal note, Dickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enthusiasm knew no bounds. We will sorely miss him and send our most sincere condolences and thoughts to his loving wife Dixie.â&#x20AC;? Chilcoat will be remembered for his achievements and for his optimism and leadership.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was a great leader, commanded great respect from the faculty, staff and students,â&#x20AC;? Kirkpatrick said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was loved and was an eternal optimist, saw the best in people but also was very optimistic to the end that he could beat this cancer. It was a great personal strength of his. I think most people know him to be a great optimist.â&#x20AC;? Services for Chilcoat are pending.

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