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Thursday night during Corps of Cadet’s “chow” time a group of students from Northside dorms entered Duncan Dining Hall and caused a disruption. This event is called “Viking Dorm Dinner” by its participants. The group went through the food line, some using their hands to scoop food out of the communal pasta dishes and dumped the food from the plates onto the trays resulting in a back up of the food line and contamination of the pasta. The group then began to throw food. Cadets approached the group asking them to stop, but the group refused. Higher-ups were called in and the group exited Duncan only to walk around the Quad yelling. “This has happened all four years I’ve been here … I just feel it’s a lot of ill will that shouldn’t be there,” said Sam Johnson a senior history major in B1. Christina Renfrone, a sophomore, participated in the dinner. “This is Viking Dorm Dinner, it’s a tradition where we come to Southside and eat,” she said. See more on

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Immigrant bill OK’d by student senate A&M student body president plans to veto measure Naila Dhanani

The Battalion As a senator in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, senior animal science major Justin Pulliam introduced the “Tuition Equality Support Bill,” otherwise known as SB 63-98, March 23. This bill passed with a vote of 27 for and 25 against at Wednesday night’s senate meeting. This bill is a lobbying bill. It states Texas A&M University will support upcoming legislation in the 82nd session of the Texas Legislature that will end in-state tuition waivers for undocumented immigrants. “I fully think passing this bill is the right thing to do. It’s not right that students who have struggled to come here legally are paying much more than people who are breaking the law,” Pulliam said. Not everyone agrees. “With the Texas Legislature the way it is, I would think that [Pulliam] knows this is the last chance to try and convince our representatives of getting rid of SB 1528 (in-state tuition), so even if it doesn’t pass in our student senate he would still be sending a message to them,” said Maria Cabello, a sophomore aerospace engineering major and senator-elect in the College of Engineering. Despite the bill passing with a majority, student body president, Jacob Robinson said he plans to veto the See Senate on page 4

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‘Mauritius’ StageCenter Theatre provides both drama and community to Bryan-College Station. This month’s production is the former Broadway play Mauritius.

sports | 5 Walk-up songs Members of the baseball team discuss their different walk-up songs and what the songs mean to them.

Lilliebeth, Aaron, and Pollyanna Halling joined the Corps of Cadets as freshmen even though they are classified as sophomores. The Halling triplets transferred in from Texas A&M Galveston.

Tuneful triplets Halling siblings share birthday and play in the Aggie Band April Baltensperger

The Battalion Most students are happy to leave their brothers and sisters behind when headed off to college. The Halling triplets are an exception to this norm. LillieBeth, Aaron and Pollyanna are triplets who not only attend A&M together, but share the experience of being freshmen in the Corps of Cadets as well. “Having my siblings along for the adventure could not be more of a blessing to me. They are my best friends, and I want to share everything in life with

them, so why would the Corps or college be anything different?” Lillie Beth said. “There really are no lows to having my siblings by my side. They’re my best friends so it is natural that I would want my best friends to be by my side. Going to the same college also means that we are never alone. We always have someone there for us that we can count on and know that we are there for each other. No matter what, we are there.” Being a freshman in the Corps of Cadets can bring on challenges See Triplets on page 4

Aggie multiples ◗ Twins: John & Kirk Mason, class of 1984, were divers for Texas A&M ◗ Twins: Tim and Tom Menefee, class of 1978 ◗ Twins: Andrew and John Kenner, class of 1987 ◗ Triplets: Alex, Andrew and Ben Warren, class of 2010 ◗ Quadruplets: Daniel, Kayla, Patrick and Reagan Thompson, class of 2010

Aggie organizes 24-hour football game Austin Burgart

The Battalion College students might feel like they are putting in a 100-hour workweek and still feel like they don’t have any money. There are more than 7,000 children in Ghana and western Africa who go through this every day. The plight of these children inspired Chris Fields, class of 2005, to do something to help. When he returned from a mission trip in 2009, he set out to raise money to aid these child slaves. The non-profit Mercy Project was founded to help in the economic development of western Africa to ease the reliance on slave labor. Since its incorporation 18 months ago they have been active in our community having events, raising money and setting Guinness world records. “Last year we set a Guinness world record with a 50-hour kickball game,” Field said. “This year our big event is our 24-hour game of flag football. This is the event people See Football on page 4


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A&M vet school to have open house Saturday

Asian President’s Council impacts students with events

Stephanie Massey

The Battalion The Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will have its 18th annual open house from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The event will showcase many different animals, fun events and give the public a chance to see what actually goes on in the veterinary school behind closed

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doors. “Open House is an exciting event that offers an exclusive look behind the scenes at one of the nation’s top veterinary schools and features a day full of animal-related fun for people of all ages, said Dayna Willems, executive director of the event. “If you have ever See Vet on page 7

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Boy Scouts observe bone structures from different species of animals at the open house in 2009.

The Battalion In an increasingly globalized world, the impact countries make on one another intensifies, leading to cooperation, and for some A&M students, the necessity for greater understanding among the general population. For this year’s Asian Heritage Month at A&M, the Asian President’s Council will have events with

the goal of impacting their fellow Aggies and fostering greater diversity and exposure to the Asian culture. “We’re an umbrella organization under the Department of Multicultural Services, and our purpose as an organization is to unite the Asian community in order to promote awareness of Asian culture on campus,” said Ghazal Asrar, a senior poSee Asian on page 7

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Home, home on the stage StageCenter Theatre offers drama, community Caroline Ward

The Battalion Weekends can often seem monotonous. As college students, it is easy for our weekends to become somewhat routine (dinner, dancing, movies, etc.). You can find yourself wanting to do something different for a change. If you can relate to the above statement, and are seeking more local culture and entertainment, look no further than StageCenter, a 45-year-old community theater in downtown Bryan. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until April 16, StageCenter is performing Mauritius, a drama about two sisters who inherit a rare stamp collection that could potentially solve their financial problems. When three stamp enthusiasts who share a love of money get involved, it’s a toss-up for who will obtain the valuable stamps. All the characters are playing against each other, each trying to push his or her own agenda, while looking out for No. 1. Secret alliances are formed and broken as the audience is kept guessing as to who will be victorious. “The five-way tug-of-war is what fascinated me when I found this play,� said Reid Self, director and the actor who played the role of Phillip. “These people are desperate, each for their own reasons. When you

put five desperate people into an escalating situation together, the results are likely to be fraught with suspense and intensity. And so it is with these ideas in mind that we share this experience with you.� Though there are only five characters in the production, enabling the cast to become well-developed and the audience to better connect with them. “I think it’s pretty good; for five people, it’s pretty entertaining. The concept I’ve lived so I can really relate to a death in the family and having to sort things through and the dynamics of who wants what. Being just five people in the play, everybody has their little niche,� said Gayla Wisnieski, a firsttime attendee of a StageCenter production. The intense psychological drama with crude language would not be appropriate for audiences under a certain age, but this production — once showing on Broadway — draws the audience in, allowing them to feel raw emotions rebounding off of the characters. “[Mauritius] was a real challenge. It was fun getting to sink my teeth into a script that had a lot of meat to it. The playwright is something else with words. She writes like people really talk, which makes for an authentic play, but it’s very difficult to learn,� said Andrea Robinson, who played the lead role of Jackie and four-time cast member

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Nicholas Lawrence and Andrea Robison perform in Mauritius, a drama about two sisters squabbling over a valuable, inherited stamp collection. at the theatre. “To have this combination Self said. where every single member of the cast is In addition to true entertainment, the atequally strong was a real honor.� mosphere of the venue allows almost anyone “This was my first dramatic role here, to feel a sense of welcome. The plays are in a so that was hard, but it was a really neat, charming, old building in downtown Bryan. new experience. I could relate to [Jackie’s] The homey ambiance gives vibes of age and edge; she wasn’t going to let anyone push tradition. Part of the play is set in a living her around. I really liked that and could get room, thus reinforcing the warm and hospibehind her strength and her determination,� table energy already in the building. Robinson said. “It’s a very intimate gathering and space. The actors sold their parts and every We have a good connection with our audiaspect of the play was convincing. Even ence and it’s definitely got a certain atmofor those not easily wrapped up in theatre, sphere about it, like you’re in someone’s there are a few moments when one has living room,� said Evelyn Callaway, the to remind oneself that it is a play and the technology operator for Mauritius. “We have conflicts are artificial. a lot of regulars in the audience and a lot of “There was a lot of natural talent with regulars on stage, so it’s like a family. It’s like the actors, but it was a hard play to direct,� coming home to those of us that live here.�


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tions from various people and businesses totaled to more than $16,000 for the Continued from page 1 Mercy Project. The event is come out to see and get ex- expected to bring in several hundred people coming and cited about.� At 7 p.m. today, 32 partic- going throughout the day along with donations that ipants will meet at veteran’s park to play the longest game will bring the total closer to of flag football in the history the goal of $20,000. “The money is being of mankind. The marathon spent on economic develof a game is to begin with Texas A&M football players opment in western Africa to create industry and busiacting as guest coaches and nesses where slave labor isn’t calling plays on offense and the only economically viable defense and ending with a option,� Field said. “We also giant clock counting down, use it to help rescue the chilsignifying that a full day of dren there and educate them football has been played. “We contacted the people to become the next generaat Guinness and they told us tion of leaders in Ghana.� Spectators are encouraged no one has even attempted to attend and watch the game this record before,� Field at Veteran’s Park in Bryan said. “ They said we had to today and tomorrow to supdo 24 hours to set the report the players and the concord.� tinuing work of the Mercy Of the 32 players participating, 14 of which are Project. The Mercy project Aggies, each participant has has several events throughout been encouraged to colthe year as well and continulect donations for the cause ing support in the Bryanfrom friends and family. This College Station area makes money along with donathis possible.


in the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band as well. “Being in the Fightin’ TexContinued from page 1 as Aggie Band and the Corps of Cadets has been the most and hardships, which is challenging yet most incredwhy the triplets feel espeible experience of my life. It cially thankful for the supis impossible to explain the port that they get from each exhilarating feeling that you other. As most fish in the experience when you step off Corps can agree, it helps to from the North End of Kyle have community around for motivation and encourageField as a Fightin’ Texas Aggie ment in the tough times. Band Member,� Aaron said. Going through experiences “I love being in the Corps of with others who understand Cadets with my sisters; they where you’re coming from is are my best friends. There are important in enduring those times that they motivate me daily trials. to overcome challenges that I “I could not have asked to think I am unable to conquer. be more blessed than to have Pollyanna, Aaron and Lillie my two very best friends by Beth are the first from their my side in the Corps of Cafamily to attend Texas A&M. dets. It is impossible for me to During high school the tripimagine being without them lets visited campus by attendduring some of the best and ing the Aggie Eagle Program yet most challenging times in with the Corps of Cadets; all my life,� Pollyanna said. “I three were instantly attracted have loved every minute beby the deep-rooted history ing with them in my life and and long-standing traditions would not have it any other of the University. Since stepway. We are very close, and ping on campus, the triplets I am convinced that our experience with the Corps will realized that Aggieland was only bring us closer. Not only the perfect fit for what they does having each other there wanted in a college experihelp us in the Corps life, but ence. “Being an Aggie and a it also benefits us in our acatriplet are both truly indedemics. We have a ‘built-in’ scribable. God has given me study group that we can also much with both of these ways count on.� blessings. I would not trade Not only are the tripeither for anything in the lets involved in the Corps world,� Aaron said. together, but all three are


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Walk this way

Walk-up songs create excitement for fans, platform for players Austin Meek

The Battalion For a sport that places such reverence on record keeping, it is fascinating that the origins of the walk-up song in baseball are still shrouded in mystery. Some factions believe the tradition took hold during the ’70s when New York Yankees reliever Sparky Lyle would enter games with classical composer Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance No. 1 in D” playing in the background. Charlie Sheen later brought it into the cultural forefront with his character Rick Vaughn in “Major League” who entered games with the melody of “Wild Thing” reverberating off the walls of Jacobs Field. And although its origins are murky, the walk-up song is now engrained in the fabric of baseball at every level, now synonymous with the sport as much as overpriced beer and sunflower seeds. “Walk-up songs are for the crowd,” said senior second baseman Andrew Colazzo, who enters the batter’s box to “Over” by Drake. “They start to associate you with the song and it helps them get excited.” Colazzo, said he’s been listening to the Canadian rapper since he dropped his underground.

for, from metal to reggaeton to rap. That being said, there are better and worse selecPlayer Song tions, of which every memLF Jace Statum “Show Goes On” by Lupe Fiasco ber on the team holds a difCF Krey Bratsen “Down With The Sickness” by Disturbed ferent opinion. “I think Gonzo has the best RF Tyler Naquin “Kick It In The Sticks” by Brantley Gilbert song,” Colazzo said, referring DH Matt Juengel “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” by Kanye West to senior catcher Kevin Gon1B Jacob House “Take My Life” by Jeremy Camp zales. “It’s that Latin merengue, and since I’m Puerto RiC Kevin Gonzales “Tops Drop” by Fat Pat can I really like it. We were all SS Kenny Jackson “Bad Boys” by Inner Cirle in a tournament in Miami last 3B Adam Smith “Vampire” by Trial Seeds year and everyone was like, ‘This is really good.’” 2B Charlie Curl “Electric Feel” by MGMT Freshman catcher Troy Junior first baseman Jacob Brantley Gilbert. “Me and Stein wins the award for the House uses his 15 seconds of my brother just grew up consensus “softest” walkfame to make sure the crowd running the creeks and dosong. His selection, “Live It knows what he believes. ing all that kind of ‘hillbilly’ Up” by Brantley Gilbert, is a “It’s just saying God’s my stuff. We just love that kind good tune in its own right, refuge and He’s the one I go of music. I’m real big into but not exactly the crowdto,” said House, referring to hunting and fishing.” pumping power jam most Cutlass’ Christian rock song, The Spring native grew people expect. “Strong Tower.” up on a piece of wooded “It sounds like some little “It’s just kind of nice for property backing up Spring love story when you’re gome to go up there and kind Creek, and memories of rid- ing up to bat,” Naquin said. of have that comfort knowing four-wheelers with his “You don’t want to have ing right before I go up to bat neighbor give the song a nothing weak like that when that there’s something you personal significance. you’re going up to the plate.” can take away from it and get “I couldn’t tell you how Regardless of the song’s out of it and just kind of relax many times we ruined a inherent goodness, everya little bit.” four-wheeler and had to one agrees that its purpose is House utilizes the walkleave it overnight,” Naquin to convey a message about up song to tell people where said. “You’ve got to learn on the player while getting the he’s going. His fellow “Ter- your own [how to fix a four- crowd involved. ror Squad” member, sopho- wheeler] because think of it, “It’s unbelievable, the platmore right fielder Tyler Na- you break one back there and form that I’ve been given,” quin, uses it to show where your Dad’s going to be pissed. House said. “To play at Texas he’s from. You better figure out how to A&M is awesome. To be able “It’s mainly about back fix it before you get home.” to play baseball, just to go to roading and stuff,” Naquin Every player gets to choose school here, it’s just an opporsaid of his chosen tune, his own walk-up song. Near- tunity to show that my life is “Kick It Up Sticks” by ly every genre is accounted a canvas for God’s creation.”

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Sophomore right fielder Tyler Naquin chose a country song for when he walks to the plate, which can be heard throughout the crowd during games. Naquin says his selection was made to show where he came from, as he grew up in the “back roads” of the country. The country song “Kick It In The Sticks” by Brantley Gilbert has worked well for Naquin, who has a .384 BA on the season, good for the team lead.

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Asian litical science major and president of the council. The different Asian organizations under the council will put on events such as a Bollywood film night, sushimaking and talent shows; the majority of them free. Encompassing a wide array of countries, from the Middle East to the Pacific Islands, the Asian culture is eclectic and expansive. “When you think of Asian, you mostly think of oriental, but it’s just to show that there’s more than one nationality in the continent, and different aspects of the culture, not just food but clothing, fashion; we try to cover all aspects of the culture and different countries and just bring it to a more personal level, so that you can actually experience it and not just learn about it,” said Ibtihaj Tayyab,

a sophomore economics major, webmaster of the organization and next year’s vice president. Overall, members of the council want to make an impact at the University by fostering collective organization among the 25 other Asian student organizations to ensure that each culture’s voice is heard and events do not conflict. Asrar said that this year’s marketing tactics have helped spread awareness, through the use of yard signs and a dragon mascot. An officer in their group runs around in a dragon costume and promotes the events for this month. “Even if they don’t come to the events, they’ll know that April is Heritage Month and that’ll make an impact,” she said. Besides growing as leaders and communicators, the officers said participation in the organization let them be a part of something bigger than


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themselves. As a group they have been able to disseminate information on diversity and break down stereotypes, not only for their fellow Aggies, but for themselves as well. “A&M unfortunately has this brand or stereotype that it’s not diverse, but [rather is] one-sided. Joining an organization that really impacts and tries to break that stereotype is really important for me,” Asrar said. Simply attending other groups events and interacting with people has intrinsic value, she said. For junior biomedical sciences major Rafay Soleja, next year’s president, it was much the same. He wished to be a part of something that improved A&M’s image in regards to diversity. “We want to add something different and lead people to have greater tolerance of others and an open mind,” Tayyab said.

their favorite stuffed animal,” Willems said. “Everything is For more information presented at various levels to Continued from page 1 regarding the Vet School incorporate young and old, Open House events, whether you’re familiar with wondered what goes on in a what you’re seeing or not. scheduling, and parking visit veterinary hospital, love aniEntire families come to Open http://vetmed.tamu. mals and want to learn more House all the time and everyabout them, or are interested edu/openhouse. one has a great time.” in learning about veterinary Other events offered will medicine as a potential career, to go see what not many get be an exotic animal exhibit, then you won’t want to miss a chance to experience. It is presentations by veterinarout on this wonderful oppor- unique and exciting to get to ians, pictures with Reveille, tunity.” not only see, but participate an opportunity to witness The Vet School Open in different fun activities, and live spay and neuter surgerHouse is a free public event the kids have a blast.” ies, sheep herding demonthat will have a variety of proFor students aspiring to strations, a petting zoo, a dog ceedings for both prospective one day become a veterinar- breeds tent and horse breeds students and those just lookian, this is a must-see event. parade. ing for something fun to do. “If you’re interested in vet “It’s a great experience for Tours will be offered of both school, I would highly receveryone because they have the Small and Large Animal ommend the two vet school tons of things to do. The best Hospitals, with no registraQ&A sessions to get an idea part is anyone can attend, and tion required. of what to expect and how to it’s free,” said Beverly Crock“The Vet School Open prepare,” Willems said. er, shadow program coordiHouse is a great way to see The Open House also ofnator in the Pre-Vet Society different aspects of the vetfers a variety of family-friend- and a veterinary student. erinary medicine field,” said ly activities geared toward “Vet School Open House Laura Norland, a veterinary educating children about the benefits students because it’s student. “It will give students veterinary profession. a behind-the-scenes look at an idea of how many differwhat happens in the animal “Teddy Bear Surgery is ent jobs they could attain by hospitals. It’s a great opporalways a favorite with little tunity that introduces young pursuing a DVM [doctor of ones, who have the chance minds to the fantastic realm of veterinary medicine]. I think to enter a real operating it is a great, free opportunity room and perform surgery on science.”

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One band, MercyMe, has successfully proven time and again that contemporary Christian music can surpass a small niche following and go platinum, all while lyrically upholding the tenets of their faith. Aggieland will be treated to a performance by MercyMe at 7 p.m. today in Reed Arena as part of the Lovewell Tour, along with special guests Brandon Heath and Natalie Grant. In April of 2010, MercyMe made history with the classic song â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Can Only Imagine.â&#x20AC;? Released in 2001, the song surpassed 1 million digital downloads, making it the first song in Christian music history to go platinum. Since the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s formation in 1994, they have garnered 22 No. 1 Christian radio singles, three Grammy nominations, an American Music Award and have had every one of their recordings certified Gold or Platinum, making them arguably one of the most successful Christian bands of all time. Their latest album, The Generous Mr. Lovewell, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts, the highest debut of the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career. MercyMe began in 1994 and released six independent records before being picked up by INO Records in 2001, which coincided with the first major label release Almost There, featuring the single â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Can Only Imagine.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I joined the band right in the middle when â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I Can Only Imagineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; went mainstream,â&#x20AC;? said MercyMe guitarist Barry Graul. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a pretty busy and surreal time to be rushed into it all.â&#x20AC;? Graul played as a freelance guitarist with a number of bands, including DC Talk, before meeting the members of the band while playing for an opening act for the band. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always wanted to play music since I was a kid,â&#x20AC;? Graul said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It turned into a passion to allow God to use my talents for His glory. I met MercyMe while on tour

MercyMeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s accolades â&#x2014;&#x2014; â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Can Only Imagineâ&#x20AC;? surpassed 1 million digital downloads in April 2010. It was the ďŹ rst song in Christian music history to go Platinum. â&#x2014;&#x2014; They have had 22 No. 1 Christian radio singles. â&#x2014;&#x2014; They have compiled three Grammy nominations, an American Music Award and every one of their recordings has been certiďŹ ed Gold or Platinum. and really loved what they were doing. I think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m the one that asked if I could join the band.â&#x20AC;? MercyMeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest album, The Generous Mr. Lovewell, is a departure for the band: itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a concept album with the concept being a fictitious character. Mr. Lovewell adorns the album cover as a traveling philanthropist holding a heart-shaped balloon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like Buddy the Elf meets Forrest Gump,â&#x20AC;? said lead singer Bart Millard. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He sees the good in everyone and knows his neighbors enough to know their needs.â&#x20AC;? The concept is built upon a vehicle to encourage random acts of kindness among friends and strangers. Mr. Lovewell, while being a fake character, has a Facebook and Twitter account consistently updated with practical ideas that reflect the albumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s message of generosity and goodwill such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;pay for a strangerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lunch today.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;People are taking the concept 10 miles farther down the road, trying to top each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s random acts of generosity towards strangers,â&#x20AC;? Millard said. The album contains a diverse selection of songs, from simple piano ballads accented by sparse string arrangements to grooving pop tinged with funk influences. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Each of us likes so many different musical styles, and it all comes together when we do a record,â&#x20AC;? Graul said.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all bring something different to the table and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s influenced by what type of music weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been listening that previous year.â&#x20AC;? MercyMe has had considerable crossover success over their illustrious career, but stress that is never their goal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t consider crossover appeal when writing songs,â&#x20AC;? Graul said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look for ways to pull Jesus from songs; we do it the other way around.â&#x20AC;? MercyMe will be joined by contemporary Christian recording artists Brandon Heath and Natalie Grant. Heath garnered critical success with the release of his second album What If We in 2008, which contained the hit single â&#x20AC;&#x153;Give Me Your Eyes.â&#x20AC;? He recently released a new album, Leaving Eden, in January. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the most pop Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever gone,â&#x20AC;? Heath said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With post-hooks after the chorus, a very modern pop thing to do. But it was really cool to kind of be in the moment of what music is doing, but also make my own contribution and attempt to push the envelope in Christian music.â&#x20AC;? Grant, who was the topselling adult contemporary female solo artist in 2005, 2006 and 2008, is another artist who has achieve mainstream success with her Christiancentered message. Her latest album, Love Revolution, was released in 2010. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we live the love of the Gospel out loud, a revolution will occur,â&#x20AC;? Grant said on the meaning behind the title of her album. The Lovewell Tour stops in Reed Arena tonight and tickets are still available at the box office. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can promise all who attend that it will be an amazing time of worship,â&#x20AC;? Graul said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;God always shows up. Our favorite part of the night is when we, the band and the audience, are worshipping together. It will be a great time.â&#x20AC;?

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