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Aggie opinion wanted for 2011 Maroon Out T-shirt Current and former students of Texas A&M can submit designs for the 2010 Maroon Out T-shirt. “This coming up year will be 12 years of Maroon Out so this year we are calling out on the 12th man to put in their input,” said Kendra Kruse, Maroon Out director and junior geology major. “It is not an actual contest, we just want to give Aggies an opportunity to have a say in what they want.” Submissions are due April 23. Aggies can submit a design at Koldus 223 or submit it by email to maroonout2010 Vicky Flores, staff writer

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Nicole Jawanmardi, senior biomedical science major, leads Lauren Long, a blind junior psychology major, while training for a race.

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Following the FBI The spring premiere of “Fringe” kicks off with a strong opening at 8 p.m. Thursday on Fox.

Outmaneuvering obstacles Leading the blind, students learn how to trust and be trusted Ann Littman

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Liar, liar Ideally relationships are based on honesty, but that sort of thinking will keep you alone. Learn to stretch the truth on dates.

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Spring update The A&M football team finished the first week of practice with a scrimmage game Sunday at Kyle Field. Sports takes a look at who has impressed thus far.

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The Battalion Over winter break, Texas A&M triathlon team member Nicole Jawanmardi learned the importance of cherishing the little things, like her eyesight. Jawanmardi and other members of the triathlon team joined with C-Different to guide blind athletes in an ironman triathlon. “I was racing in a triathlon this summer in Sugar Land and saw two people flying past everyone. They were attached by a rope during the swim-run and on a tandem bike and wearing C-Different jerseys,” said Jawa-

nmardi, senior biomedical science major. “I later learned the leader was guiding a blind athlete, and they ended up getting second. I got in contact with them because I thought C-Different, which helps blind athletes compete in triathlons, ironmans and running races, would be the perfect philanthropy for the triathlon team.” Lauren Long, who is legally blind, paired up with Jawanmardi for the 5K. “I thought that’s something I’d like to try so I signed up to do it,” Long said. See Triathlon on page 2

The phrase “I Am Second” has been displayed on billboards, TV commercials and Internet advertisements for the past few years. Aggies who don’t know what this means will have a chance to find out Wednesday at the launch of the movement on campus. “I Am Second” is a Christian movement initiated in 2008 in Dallas. Its purpose is to inspire people to live lives devoted to God. The phrase is meant to imply God is first, and then, “I am second.” The conference will feature Christian speaker Afshin Ziafat, who was born Muslim, converted to Christianity and was disowned by his family. “We didn’t want this to just be another organization, just another event, because A&M doesn’t need that. We want it to be different, and we believe that it is different,” said Ben Debayle, co-director of the event and senior finance major. Debayle said the conference is not about the typical Christian culture. “It is for the average, everyday person. It’s not about religion. It’s about a one-on-one relationship with Jesus Christ,” Debayle said. Wednesday will be the launch of the student-run “I Am More Second” information A&M can be found Web at http:// site. iamsecond. The site will feature three testimonial videos featuring current or former students. Clay Harley, staff writer

Veterinary College opens doors Melissa Appel The Battalion The Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine opened its doors to more than 15,000 visitors at the open house Saturday. The College of Veterinary Medicine allowed students of all ages — from the young in age to the young-at-heart — to take tours through the vet school and see the medical techniques, diagnostic cases and animal species. “The main goal of open house is to open up pretty much everything we can throughout the [Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medi-

Veterinary students perform a fake surgery on a stuffed animal at open house Saturday, allowing children to see the surgery side of being a vet.

cine] complex, as well as the large and small animal hospitals, and let the public come behind the scenes and see what veterinary medicine is all about, as well as everything that goes along with veterinary medicine,” said Kristen Turner, first-year vet student and 2010 Open House publicity co-chairwoman. Open house director Dayna Cox said the event is an optimal chance for vet students to show the community and the state a taste of what being a veterinarian entails. “We opened up as much of the vet school and animal hospital as we could to give people See Open house on page 2

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sporting events and that day they were the stars. I will never forget how happy everyone was Continued from page 1 the day of the race. All three Jawanmardi started training in of our athletes came back with a plaque.â€? late October with her partner. McGowen recalls the scene “Lauren went from not being a runner to running a solid three from the finish line with a smile. “I will always remember the point one miles in less than two look on all the runners’ faces months. She was always eager to as they crossed the finish line,â€? train, and we did with the team in the early mornings around McGowen said. “Each one campus when there was less traf- of them looked like they just fic. We ran about two to three won the race, there weren’t any miles every time we went out.â€? frowns or disappointed looks like you see at most races Junior marketwhen people don’t ing major Jordan “Watching a blind run as fast as they McGowen said would have like athlete ďŹ nish an the toughest to. Everyone ironman triathlon part of prewas just so paring for is probably the happy to be the race was most amazing thing out running.â€? the training anyone could ever “The race for his visuwitness.â€? was Christmas ally impaired and Nicole Jawanmardi themed partner, James. Lauren won best “We started dressed because we with a simple walk to ran the entire race dressed make sure [the blind athletes] were comfortable with their as presents. James also won guides and to build up their con- best dressed, he was dressed as fidence. Each week they would Rudolph and his guide Jordan progressively increase the run- McGowen was dressed as Sanning and decrease the walking to ta. What a sight,â€? Jawanmardi the point where they were com- said. “Melissa, our other blind pletely capable of completing the athlete, won second place in 5K by the morning of the race,â€? her age group — she’s fast.â€? For Jawanmardi, the race was McGowen said. “James also told life-changing. me he would get on the tread“The entire experience has mill a couple times a week to help his legs get used to the run- taught me to not take anything ning. He had never actually seen for granted, even something like anyone run before so the con- vision. Lauren has taught me so cept of running was completely much about life in general, she new to him, but he picked it up never wants anyone to feel sorry rapidly. The improvement from for her,â€? Jawanmardi said. “She the first day we began walk- has accomplished so much and ing to the morning we ran a is so involved despite her dis5K was indescribable. He did a ability. Most of all I learned to be humble and that Lauren isn’t fantastic job.â€? Jawanmardi and her partner disabled, she has lived her life faced many obstacles, including fuller than most. “Since the Christmas Run, building trust. Lauren and I have run three “A blind individual has to other 5Ks at Texas A&M, our learn to trust whomever it is they’re running with, their goal was three in three weeks and we did with the Cupid guide,â€? Long said. Jawanmardi said it was hard Shuffle, Arise 5K and GLOW,â€? at first, for Long to be able to she said. “The Cupid Shuffle 5K was the race the tri team trust her. “It took a while to get used put on in February. Proceeds to remembering that I had to went to C-Different and team tell her about everything in our expenses.â€? Jawanmardi said events like way. For example, I was so concerned about telling her about these will continue to raise pot holes, curbs and turns that awareness for C-Different and the first time we ran together other organizations. “Our involvement was imI completely missed a hanging tree branch, and she hit her head portant to help spread the word right on it — I felt horrible,â€? about the great work that the C-Different Foundation is doJawanmardi said. Guides used different meth- ing and to help raise money and ods to help the team complete awareness for a cure for visual impairment,â€? Jawanmardi said. the run. “We used a shoe string that “Watching a blind athlete finish each of us held so I could help an ironman triathlon is probably [James] with turns and inclines,â€? the most amazing thing anyone McGowen said. “It worked could ever witness. It was also really well but the rest of the important to our three athletes, guiding was all verbal warnings. to remind them that they can Once the trust is established, do anything.â€? “We helped out with a new guiding a visually impaired runopportunity for three visually ner is very easy and natural.â€? The day of the race was a day impaired athletes who would Jawandmardi will never forget, have had a very difficult time without us guiding them and she said. “The race was a very special we all had a blast doing it,â€? day, despite the cold. It was great McGowen said. “Through to see our hard work pay off. word of mouth and increased Seeing how happy Lauren and participation in programs like our other two blind athletes, these, people who have a slight James and Melissa, were is some- disadvantage can experience the thing really special to me,â€? Jawa- same fun and joy as all of us.â€? nmardi said. “They don’t always get a chance to participate in


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hat you must understand is that as scientists, we must embrace every possibility. No limitations, no boundaries — there is no reason for them.â€? With that, the spring premiere episode of “Fringeâ€? called “Peterâ€? kicks off. Dr. Walter Bishop, portrayed by John Noble, commandeers the episode, in which we begin to learn of Peter Kyle Cunningham Bishop’s (Joshua Jackson) beginnings on the his minor role excellently. Lord never does too other side. much, just enough to make you feel for him. In the fall finale, we learned Peter came For a television program that is from the neighboring universe. This more science fiction than drama, episode, premiering April 1, delivit’s surprising how many scenes The season three ers more information on how he push you to the border of tears in spring premiere of came to be part of “ourâ€? world. this episode. Of course, there’s Fox’s science ďŹ ction Walter tells Olivia (Anna Torv) the obvious one of the original series “Fringeâ€? has about Peter and his alternate Peter dying (hinted to when a solid storyline told counterpart through a flashback Walter visits Peter’s grave in the to 1985. through a ashback season one finale), but hearing Orla Brady is introduced as to 1985. Walter tell his wife about Peter Peter’s mother and, without giving being happy in another world and that too much away, is instrumental to the they must move on? It’s heartbreaking, if storyline, although we only see her in bits and not a tad over-the-top. pieces. Her performance is necessary, but her The theme of the episode is love, and through delivery borders on melodramatic. Walter, we think about what we would do for On the other side of the coin, Quinn Lord, those we love and whether some limits must be playing the young Peter on both sides, plays

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“Fringe� is a science fiction series on Fox which revolves around the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s “Fringe Division.� The team investigates a series of unexplained occurrences with their unorthodox fringe science. broken or left alone. Walter decides there is no boundary that cannot be pushed for an opportunity to save his son, albeit not his version. “There’s only room for one God in this lab, and it’s not yours,� Walter snaps at his assistant when confronted with the question of whether what he’s doing is right. With nothing for us to lose, it’s easy to say he may have gone too far, but when faced with the same situation, our own limits would be questioned, as Walter questions his own. And that is where the episode succeeds — by combining just enough sci-fi for the science fans, but enough emotion to connect with a mainstream audience. Noble’s performance in this episode as an abrasive, depressed mad scientist and damaged father should be commended. It seems odd for those two to intertwine in any shape or form,

but Noble tiptoes the line without falling off into overacting. “Fringe� The soundtrack, however, premieres at falls into the realm of cheesy, 8 p.m. souring the most powerful Thursday on scenes in the episode. SwellFox. ing strings at the death of “our world� Peter? It’s so syrup-y it almost cheapens the emotional impact. Overall the direction is solid, and Noble carries the episode on his shoulders. It’s a strong opening to the spring season despite no real action and gives the viewer more information to get ready to move forward.

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n relationships, honesty is never the best the policy. From ng white lies to the type of deceit usually reserved for revealing monologues from Bond villains, lies are the foundation anyy mfunctional relationship is built upon. Short of unsolicited self-improvement, lying can be the best strategy for avoiding a lonelyy life, filled with many cats.

Ian McPhail The advantage of a Dr. Dolittle-like existence is animals need communication less than their owners, although there are many parallels. Pets and significant others require love, food and affection, and share similar cutesy nicknames that produce an identical cringe from friends. But cats and dogs don’t keep a mental record of everything you say like a court reporter who is the judge, jury and executioner of your relationship. This is why every relationship is founded on the principle of self-censorship. The sleepy, unwashed and unshaven self that drags itself to a noonish class clad in Crocs and pajamas isn’t getting a date, unless you are sexy and female enough to wear words like juicy on your asterisk. The rest of us need to spend hours (for many guys, minutes or seconds) combing, preening, plucking, shaving and exfoliating to achieve the perfect look that shows off our “natural” attractiveness without revealing the narcissistic amount of time we spent in front of the mirror. As shallow as it seems, some aren’t satisfied with looks alone. Given enough time, you will look ugly, and your partner will need reasons to remind himself or herself why they are dating the creature from the blackhead lagoon. Relationships survive on a winning personality, and not necessarily yours. In the same way your natural


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look should be ritualistically killed every morning in the mirror, your date personality should also be a presentation, on, based loosely on yourself. The lies should come easily at first. Pretend to be interested in your date’s major, hometown andd whatever they choose to ramble about. In general, lying should bee more an act of omission, rather than han fabrication. It may be tempting too invent another life for yourself, one that involves less drinking and more ore international business meetings. However, extended charades are difficult cult to maintain, and the untrained liar can trap themselves too easily. Instead simply mply omit facts like living at home or a rampant John Belushi-like addiction until absolutely necessary. Never let a date actually meet you. Simply introduce them to your our representative, an identical twin who highlights all your redeeming qualilities. At our center, we all are selfish sh trolls, and any successful relationEventually as any relationshipp ship hides that monster under the progresses, partners naturally dbridge while the Billy Goat considreveal more of their faults. The ers crossing. Out with a hot date, important thing is not to introduce you may be only thinking about Lies are the these flaws at a stage when the finding someone else to touch building blocks relationship is being strictly your naughty parts, but keep for any solid evaluated. Problems that can be that thought in your pants. relationship. Start worked through six months into The same goes with the every first date a relationship are easily grounds commitment you’re lookfor termination during a second with a healthy ing for, which like sex is a date. During the wooing phase of destination suddenly arrived dose of deceit. courtship, you should pretend to be at, with one member coming as perfect as possible, and hope your too soon.

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partner plays along with the lie. Opening up to another person, particularly through dating, should be a gradual process. Although you may not realize it yet, the person sitting across the table from you isn’t perfect, and has also omitted a few deficiencies. Initially we all should pretend to be a better person than we actually are, and if the partner is right, we can decide to change our bad qualities and become that better person who began as white lies.

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3/1 HOUSE, WOLF PEN AREA, W/D conn., FENCED yard w/ lawn care PROVIDED, 1CAR GARAGE, CLOSE to TAMU SHUTTLE. $815/mo. NOW or PRELEASE for MAY-AUGUST. 979-775-2291. 3/2 duplex, 1920 Holleman Dr.W. Available August. Great location, tile, new carpet and wood floors, newly updated, fenced backyard, W/D, shuttle, bike to campus, pets okay, $1150/month. 979-255-5628. 3/2 duplex. 5-minutes from campus, fenced yard, bus route, fairly new. Call 214-505-6534, 469-233-4653. 3/2 duplexes. Prelease August. Very nice. 5mins to campus. W/D. Lawn care, security system. $900/mo. 979-691-0304, 979-571-6020. 3/2 fourplexes, close to campus, on bus route, W/D, newly renovated, very nice, must see. 979-822-3520. 3/2 HOUSE, W/D Conn, F/P, SHADED fenced yard w/ DECK and PATIO, 2 CAR GARAGE. AVAILABLE NOW, 3005 JENNIFER,CS. 979-775-2291. 3/2 Townhouses &Apartments, 1250sqft. Very spacious, ethernet, large kitchen, walk-in pantry &closets, extra storage, W/D, great amenities, on bus route, now pre-leasing for 2010, excellent specials. 979-694-0320, 3/2, 5/4 C.S. duplexes. Garage, on shuttle, very nice, tile, fireplace, W/D, fenced, lawn service, pets OK. Available August. 979-255-0424/ 979-255-1585. 3bd/3ba. Duplexes. Close to campus, Great backyards. Fairly New! 979-693-4900. 3bdrm/3bth house. Great floorplans, fenced yards, W/D, tile floors, icemakers, alarm systems. 979-776-6079, 3BR w/ STUDY HOUSE, WOLF PEN AREA, CLOSE to TAMU SHUTTLE, W/D conn., FENCED yard w/ lawn care PROVIDED. $895/mo. NOW or PRELEASE for MAY and AUGUST. 979-775-2291. 4/2 HOUSE in great location, W/D conn., F/P, 1 car GARAGE, FENCED yard. 1509 Lemontree, CS. AVAILABLE 5/25, 979-775-2291.

2/2 Fourplex. Upstairs, wood floor, deck, pets allowed, close to campus, on bus route. Available August. 979-204-1950.

4/2/2 available August. 1508-Austin. $1550/mo. W/D, updated, great floorplan, no pets. 979-731-8257,

1 bedroom, 3/3 duplex off Navaro. Spacious and great roommates. Male or female. Available May, August, or January. $345/mo. plus utilities/cable. Call 830-563-5129.

4/2/2 close to campus. Available August. 1205-Berkeley. Great floorplan, deck, W/D, no pets. $1595/mo. 979-731-8257.

2bd/1.5ba w/study. Fenced, covered parking, pets ok, updated. 1714 and 1716 Leona. On shuttle and biking distance to campus. $750/mo. 979-776-8984.

4/3 house, 4024 Southern Trace, CS, built 2006. Granite couners, W/D included. $1490/mo. No pets or smoking. Available August 2010. 979-450-0053.

2bd/1ba apartment, 800sq.ft. New appliances, carpeting and tile. W/D. Bus route. $575/mo. +$300 deposit. 210-391-4106.


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4bd/4ba. +study, New Home, Available August, 2 blocks from TAMU, 1206 Milner, asking $2400/mo. includes W/D and lawn service. Call 979-450-5666.

4bd/4ba houses. Brand New, great size, great location, AAF 979-693-4900. 4bdrm/2ba house. Close to campus, great floor plan, wood floors, tile floors, ceiling fans, W/D, fenced yards. 979-776-6079, 4bdrm/2bth houses. Great Location. Close to campus, wood floors, tile floors, ceiling fans, w/d, fenced yards. 979-776-6079, 4bdrm/2bth house. Close to campus, wood floors, tile floors, ceiling fans, W/D, fenced yards. 979-776-6079, 4bed/4bath Waterwood Townhomes, 1001 Krenek Tap Road across from C/S’s Central Park. Gated, security system, bus route, appliances+washer/dryer included. Available summer or fall 2010. Contact 281-793-0102 or 704 Gilchrist near College Hills Elementary. Share secluded 2+ acre lot with huge living/dining, looks out down woods to creek. All appliances, including W/D, CA/CH, dishwasher, and microwave. 2/1 upstairs with outside entry, master +bath downstairs +study &bath off kitchen. Leave message with owner at 512-477-8925. Available August. ADORABLE 2/1 HOUSE, EAST SIDE HISTORICAL DISTRICT, WOOD FLOORS, W/D conn., BIG fenced yard, EXT Strg, CARPORT. MOVE IN 5/11, $725/mo. 106 POLK. 979-775-2291. Aggie Station, 4bd/4ba Summer lease, 1bdrm. available, Please Contact 713-385-9683. August, 2/1.5 duplex, large fenced yard. W/D connections, $675/mo. 979-693-0551. AWESOME 3/3 HOUSE, EVERYTHING NEW, MUST SEE! WILL FALL IN LOVE! AVAILABLE NOW! 979-775-2291.

FOR RENT C.S. 4/3/2. Updated, fenced, lawn service included. 3311 Bahia. $1625/mo. 979-776-8984. CHARMING 2/1 DUPLEX, WOOD FLOORS, stackable W/D INSTALLED, fenced yard w/ lawn care PROVIDED. PRELEASE for MAY. 979-775-2291. College Station Duplex. Nice 2bd/1.5bth. Central air/heat, fenced, appliances, lawn care. May 16. $600/mo. 979-764-7993.

MAY & AUG PRE-LEASE! Free Locator- United Realty- 979-260-1200. 1,2,3,4&5 bedroom in apartments, fourplexes, duplexes, condos, and houses. Call our free locators! Browse our wide selections at New 2/2’s for May. Wolf Run Condos. Broker/owner. 979-777-5477. NEW/NEWER 1/1, 1/1.5, 2/2, 3/3, Granite, Ceramic, Shuttles owner/broker 979-777-5477. One bedroom for rent in 3bedroom house. M/F, 1mi to campus. On bus route. $200/mo +1/3bills. Furnished if needed. Hot tub and game room. (979)739-7717.

Cripple Creek Condo for Rent! 2bd/2ba., W/D, available June 15, pool, tennis courts, information 903-819-2907.

Pre-leasing 6bd./3ba. luxurious cottage style home, behind HEB, two blocks from campus! $480/mo. per person. no more than 4 unrelated persons. Call 979-314-1333.

CUTE 3/1.5 HOUSE, W/D conn., privacy fenced yard. $775/month. AVAIL NOW or PRELEASE for MAY-AUGUST. 979-775-2291. Dainty 1/1, FAUX WOOD FLOORS, W/D conn., PRELEASE for MAY. 979-775-2291. Doux Chene Apartments. Preleasing six different floor plans. Call for special. 979-693-1906. Eastside Landing, 500 East 31st, 2/1 or 2/2 AVAILABLE ASAP, QUIET & HIDDEN location close to historic downtown, extended cable, high speed internet, and W/S all PAID! Reserved COVERED parking. PRELEASE for MAY. 979-775-2291.

Pre-leasing for August. 3b/1.5b, carport, on shuttle, pets ok, fenced, $750/month. 979-776-8984. Pre-leasing for May and August, 3/2 duplex, Cypress, Treehouse Trails, Pecan Ridge, fenced yard, local owner, Cathy 979.268.1074. Prelease for May or August, 2/1 fourplex. W/D connections, water paid. 609 Turner. $450/m. 979-693-1448. Prelease for May or August. Large 2/2 with fenced yard, W/D connections, large closets, great location. University Oaks. $750/m. 979-693-1448.

ENORMOUS 4/2 HOUSE w/ STUDY, 2500 sqft, W/D conn., 2 sided F/P, GIANT privacy fenced yard w/ lawn care PROVIDED. AVAILABLE NOW. 979-775-2291.

Quick to find sublease, contract ends in August, March’s rent is already paid, 1bd/1bath, swimming pool, fitness center, etc, rent is $715 at Presidio Apartments, call 979.817.6645 or email


Ridgewood Village efficiency with loft. Uniquely designed floor plan. No pets, $385/mo, $250 deposit. 1211-1213 Holik. 979-696-2998. Some short term leases available. $455/mo.

House for lease. 3bd/2ba brick, large fenced backyard, off Rock Prairie. $1500/mo. Available 6/1/10. 281-342-6969,

Ridgewood Village, large very quiet tree-shaded 1bdrm/1bth studio, no pets. $435/mo, $250 deposit, 1201-1209 Holik. 979-696-2998. Some short term leases available $495/mo.

House for rent 3/1.5/1, 0.75 acres, horse ok, $875/mo., $875 deposit. 979-696-1670.

Bike to campus, available May and August, 2/1 College Station duplex, fenced backyard, W/D connections, pets allowed, lawn care provided, E-walk shuttle route. $575-625. 979-218-2995. Brand new luxury condos, granite countertops, tile flooring, great location. 979-693-4900.

Luxury 3/2 duplex, $895/mo. Preleasing for May and August. 979-693-0551.

C.S. 3, 4 bedroom houses. Updated, pets ok, fenced. Presently preleasing for August. 979-776-8984.

Luxury townhome. Gateway Villas. 4bd/4bth, 1800/mo. Pre-lease summer/ fall 2010. 979-229-6935.

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COZY 2/1 Duplex, faux wood floors, W/D conn., some FENCED, lawn care PROVIDED @ all. Prices starting @ $525/mo. PRELEASE for MAY. 979-775-2291.

LEASE THIS HIDDEN JEWEL Sonoma Terrace Apts, 611 S. Ennis, 2BR or 3BR, LARGE floorplans w/ HUGE living areas, TONS of storage, COVERED parking, extended cable, high speed internet, and W/S all PAID! 979-775-2291.

C.S. 4/2/2. Totally remodeled, at 1223 Berkeley. Available August. $1595/mo. 979-776-8984.


MAGNIFICENT 4/2 HOUSE, ASF 2300, HUGE master bedroom, W/D conn., CARPORT, EXT Strg, shaded FENCED yard w/ BRICK PATIO. AVAILABLE for MAY, $1800/mo. 1106 DOMINIK. 979-775-2291.

Sub-lease 05/28-07/28, 1br/bth, Signature Park Apartments, 650sq.ft. $745/mo. Call 713-702-6886.


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Summer sublease. 1/1 Briarwood Apartments. $564/mo. +util. Free HBO &cable. Very spacious, 670 square feet. 512-635-3929. Two rooms available in 3/2 on 3-acres, just four miles from campus. Horse property. $475/mo. Cable/Internet provided. 858-442-4918.

FOR SALE 3/3 duplex on 2818 and Villa Maria. W/D included; cable, internet; fenced. $197,500. 512-251-3901. ADPi jewelry, 2 rings, 2 drop pendants, 1 pin with ring converter, black futon in very good condition, 979-571-7078. Kindergarten teaching supplies, 18 boxes/materials are new, to many items to list, $250 total, 979.361.0659. We buy keg shells. $25 cash. 979-739-7717.

HELP WANTED Ags! Looking for summer work? Earn $9000.00 this summer, build your resume, great experience, call Taylor, 214-707-9145. Athletic men for calendars, books, etc. $100-$200/hr, up to $1000/day. No experience. 512-684-8296. Career Apparel now hiring retail sales position P/T. Apply in person 4001 E. 29th #103. 979-260-2727. Chedder’s Casual Cafe and Fish Daddy’s on University Drive are now accepting applications for server and hostess. Come be a part of our friendly team! Apply in person. EOE. Chiropractors office, part-time, Apply 3733 E. 29th St., Bryan. Fax resume 979-691-0610. Cleaning commercial buildings at night, M-F. Call 979-823-5031 for appointment. Experienced part-time lawn maintenance workers needed. $7.50/hr. Call Kirk, 979-324-2719. FT temporary position needed for busy property Management Company. Person needs to be energetic, personable, and a team player. Duties include filing, answering phone, processing applications, and assisting in assorted duties. Customer Service and/or sales experience required.  Apply in person @1507 S. College Ave, Bryan. 979-775-2291. Office Assistant needed full-time. Must have good computer skills. Contact 979-574-3910 to apply. Part-time job helping handicapped. Male student preferred. $330/mo. 30-hours/mo. 979-846-3376. STUDENTPAYOUTS.COM Paid survey takers needed in College Station. 100% free to join. Click on surveys. Classifieds continued on page 7

STUDIES IN PROGRESS ACNE STUDY Volunteers between the ages of 12 and 45, with facial acne are needed to participate in a 12-week clinical research study with an investigational topical medication. All eligible volunteers will receive at no cost: • Study related acne evaluations by a dermatologist • Study related medication • Reimbursement up to $250.00 for time and effort For more information please contact:


Volunteers ages 18 - 64 needed to participate in up to 12 week long clinical research study with an investigational topical medication for atopic dermatitis (RED, DRY, SCALY PATCHES OF SKIN). Eligible volunteers will receive at no cost: • Study related medication • Physical Examination • Dermatological Assessments • Compensation up to $675.00 for time and travel For more information please contact:

ATHLETE’S FOOT STUDY Volunteers ages 17 and older are needed to participate in a 6 week clinical research study with an investigational topical medication for the treatment of Athlete’s foot. Eligible volunteers will need to make 3 office visits and receive at no cost: • Study related medication • Medical examinations relating to their athlete’s foot • Compensation up to $120 for time and effort For more information please contact:

J&S Studies, Inc. 979-774-5933 1710 Crescent Pointe Parkway, College Station, TX 77845

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HELP WANTED Tutors wanted for all subjects currently taught at TAMU/ Blinn and Sam Houston State starting at $7.25/hour. Apply on-line @, 979-255-3655. Web Designers/Programmers MEMdata, a College Station-based medical technology firm, is seeking multiple part time or full time Web Designers and Programmers that are well-versed in PHP programming and web design. Work with an existing team of IT professionals to improve our internal and external web design and functionality. MYSQL knowledge and experience a plus. Flash and other skillsets a plus. Flexible hours available. Send resume with PHP or Flash portfolio examples to

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MISCELLANEOUS SELL YOUR USED FURNITURE! Are you leaving this semester? Quality Used Furniture will buy your furniture. Free estimates and moving. Call Quality Used Furniture, 979-693-8669 or visit Mon-Sat. 9:00-5:30.


MUSIC Party Block Mobile DJ- Peter Block, professional 22yrs experience. Specializing in Weddings, TAMU functions, lights/smoke. Mobile to anywhere. Book early!! 979-693-6294.

PETS A+Teacup puppies: Maltese, Shorkies, Maltipoos, Yorkies &Poodles. $500 &up. 979-324-2866, Adopt Pets: Dogs, Cats, Puppies, Kittens, Many purebreds. Brazos Animal Shelter, 979-775-5755,

REAL ESTATE We Buy Houses. Cash or take over payments. 979-220-3700.

ROOMMATES 1-F, studious, 2BR/2.5B furnished condo, pool, W/D, bus route, free Internet/cable, $525/mo. all bills paid, starting August, Call Christina 512-557-0256. 2 Bedroom, Furnished apartment, Cable and Internet connection, W/D, on bus route, $535/mo., $267/roommate, +utilities about $125/roommate, Christian Male roommates, 979-224-4098. 3 roomates needed. Spacious 2 story townhouse in Canyon Creek. Fully furnished. 4/2.5 $400/mo. +1/4 utilities. 713-823-9340. Roommate(s) wanted to share large 4bd/2ba house, Available Mid May, for Summer Sub-lease or Full year, 1-mi. from campus, W/D, fenced yard, 3,200 sq.ft., $315/mo. 281-435-3431. Female roommate needed June 1 for 2bd/2ba townhome. River Oaks Townhomes, 1 mile from campus. W/D incl. $575/mo. plus utilities. 210-414-3575. Roommates needed. 4bd/4bth $325/mo., washer/dryer. University Place on Southwest Parkway. 281-844-2090.

SERVICES A&M Alterations, professional clothes alteration same-day service, 30-years experience, guaranteed lowest prices, 3601 East 29th, #12, in Bryan, 979-260-2400. Don’t lose your deposit! Door knob hole repair, sheetrock repair, & more! Bid Request Form online @ Zach (979)574-6966.

TUTORS Need a Tutor? Friendly, helpful one-on-one private tutors for all subjects at TAMU/Blinn and Sam Houston State. Check us out at, 979-255-3655.

WANTED I buy broken iPhones. Water damage, cracked screens, etc. For cash offer, email Want quick, fast cash? Sell your jewelry. Call 832-858-3295.

Looking back at the madness of March


Senior quarterback Jerrod Johnson has sat out of spring drill thus far nursing a surgically-repaired shoulder.

Aggie football team completes first week of practice Kyle Cunningham The Battalion One week of spring practice is out of the way for Mike Sherman’s Texas Aggies, and the team is without some of its top talent. Senior starting quarterback Jerrod Johnson, who had minor surgery on his throwing shoulder earlier in the year, has been sidelined from taking snaps thus far, leaving junior backup quarterback/wide receiver Ryan Tannehill to run the first team offense this spring. “I thought [Ryan] did a good job today,” Sherman said. “He had two bad balls, but other than that, I thought he threw the ball pretty well. He always makes good decisions.” Freshmen quarterbacks Matt Joeckel and Jameill Showers are competing for the thirdstring quarterback spot, and Sherman said neither quarterback has a leg up over the other. “[Joeckel and Showers] made some nice plays, but both screwed up a little bit,” Sherman said. “Typical of young guys that are out here who should be seniors in high school. And the game’s a lot faster, obviously. And I didn’t make it easy on them — I gave them some tough things to work on.” Sunday saw the unveiling of Tim DeRuyter’s 3-4 defense in its first scrimmage of the spring. “We still got a long way to go,” Sherman said. “But overall, I thought it was a good day. We’re still feeling our way through our defense. It’s not going to be the finished product in the fourth day or maybe even all the way until the end of spring. It’s going to take some work, but I saw some good things, and saw some good

plays on defense.” Ryan Swope ended the scrimmage with eight receptions for about 100 yards and had several acrobatic plays. “He just picked up where he left off from last season,” Sherman said. “The great thing about him is he wants to keep getting better. And I thought today he just took another step.” Another receiver with several catches was Kenric McNeal. McNeal, who will be a sophomore for the 2010 season, had six receptions in the 2009 season for 97 yards and a touchdown. The highlight of his spring performance is a one-handed catch that went for 25 yards. “He has great hands,” Sherman said. “When his feet land on the ground, he’s got a little shake and bake to him too, to make someone miss. The run after the catch is certainly there with him. He still needs to work on his strength to get a little stronger. As far as quickness and competing, trying to be the best he can be, the kid works extremely hard.” Redshirt freshman Hutson Prioleau played the H-Back role, lining up at both tight end and fullback over the weekend. “He’s done well with the football in his hands,” Sherman said. “We haven’t had anyone with that kind of size here lately, so it’s nice to have him out here. I think he continues to get better every day.” The next set of practices are today at 6:10 a.m. at the McFerrin Center and at 4 p.m. on the Coolidge practice fields. The afternoon sessions are open to the public.

est Virginia, Duke, Michigan State and … Butler? “I don’t think many people had this Final Four,” said Duke forward Kyle Singler following the Blue Devils’ 78-71 victory David Harris over Baylor Sunday. Yeah, no kidding. The inevitable comeback. The The forgotten four may drama and passion that makes be part of one of the more March so unique. Ultimately unlikely quartets we’ve had of it had Ali — Farokhmanesh, late, but I promise there is no that is — landing the knockout shortage of storylines. punch with the ultimate “No, You’ve got Izzo and his no, YES!!!” moment. overachieving, injury-riddled Idiotic idea: Spartans. Coach K and his Dear NCAA, stoic Devils. Huggy Bear and I swear, if you take away the his tough-minded Mountainluster, suspense and surprise acmen. And, then you’ve got companying the tournament’s Butler — the resident Cinopening weekend by expandderella returning home to the ing the field to 96 teams and Grand Ball, slipper and all. forever watering down the Ah, it’s going to be so superb. But for all its splendor, greatest sporting event in this country, I’ll openly weep. basketball is on break until Don’t do it. I repeat. Do. Not. Saturday, which means it is Do. It. the perfect time to present the Thanks, newly-created “March MadAmerica ness Accolades According to Me.” Silver lining: Unlikely hero: I know, I know. With the Final Gordon HeyI’ve got to fit Four set, let’s ward. Yeah, the A&M in here hand out Butler guard somewhere. So, awards for looks like he’s to all Aggies, the first two 10, but the take solace in weeks of March “babyfaced assasthe fact Baylor Madness. sin” — thank you will not be playing Gus Johnson — has in Indianapolis. Say put the Bulldogs on his a quick and giant “thank back and carried them to their you” to the Dukies. You think first Final Four. Heyward it was hard having to watch achieved idol status throughout Purdue guard Chris Kramer the state of Indiana with his destroy the hopes and dreams performance this weekend in of all of us optimistically and wins over No. 1 seed Syracuse anxiously awaiting an opand No. 2 seed Kansas State. portunity to play in Houston? Try having to deal with that Unlikely goat: lingering loss while at the same Throughout much of his time having to watch Scott storied career, Villanova guard Drew and his Bears compete Scottie Reynolds has been the for a national championship. model for consistency. UnforYeah, that would’ve been a lot tunately, he picked the worst like slowly rubbing sandpaper possible time to be consistently all over my arms and legs. horrible. The Wildcats barely survived 15-seed Robert Mor- Ultimate winner: We, the fans. Yes, all of our ris in the first round and exited brackets went straight to hell stage left in the second round without passing go, but who, after St. Mary’s beat them as a sane human being, can to a pulp. In the two games, say they haven’t enjoyed these the usually reliable senior last two weeks? It’s had it all. shot 4-for-26 from the field, There’s been buzzer-beaters, shooting his team out of the Gus Johnson and his on-air tournament and sending his aneurisms, ridiculous upsets, draft stock six feet under. unforeseen heroes named Ali Game of the tournament: and Omar and did I mention Um … Do I have to pick Gus Johnson? just one? Seriously? In a nutshell, we’ve all been “Yes, Dave, be a man.” blessed with the opportunity Fine … When a game leaves you uttering only super- to watch collegiate athletes in pressure-filled, do-or-die latives. And screaming at the situations. That’s the thing top of your lungs. And jumping on a couch. And you don’t that makes March Madness so special. It’s the ultimate guteven have a rooting interest, then it probably takes the cake. check. And. the 2010 version has, thus far, been one we Northern Iowa 69, Kansas 67. won’t soon be forgetting. Instead of adhering to America’s expectations, the littleDavid Harris is a junior known Midwesterners shocked economics major and sports the tournament favorite and, editor. in the process, junk-kicked everybody’s brackets. The game had it all. The surprising start.

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