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Stompatition Zeta Tau Alpha wins Stomp Fest competition

Katie White, staff writer

Women’s team to sign posters NCAA Championship Basketball players will autograph posters from 2 to 3:30 p.m. today in the lobby of Evans library. The University Library READ posters feature Texas A&M’s Women’s Basketball team and Head Coach Gary Blair reading their favorite books on the court. “We’re eager to welcome the players to the library and share the posters as long as they last,” said Robin Bedenbaugh, marketing and communication coordinator at the University Libraries. Fans are encouraged to bring posters to be signed, as there are a limited number of free posters available. Emily Villani staff writer


Members of the Zeta Tau Alpha Stomp Fest team dance during Wednesday night’s show. The sorority took first place at the competition. See more photos on page 13.

Sorority 5K benefits Scotty’s House children While Texas A&M students are preparing to mature into adults in the next couple months or years, some younger children are just hoping the next day will be better than the previous. Kappa Alpha Theta sorority has put together a 5K run and a 1.5 mile walk Saturday for students, parents and community members to raise money for Scotty’s House, a Brazos Valley children’s advocacy center. Children who are victims of abuse at Scotty’s House are provided with a supportive and nurturing environment. “CASA [Court Appointed Special Advocates] is our national philanthropy,” said Julia Wood, Rock the CASA, Theta 5K promotions chairwoman and junior marketing major. “Voices For Children is the local chapter of CASA, providing Court Appointed Special

Differential tuition costs might rise Increases pending for three colleges within Texas A&M University Trevor Stevens

The Battalion The Tuition Policy Advisory Council had a public hearing April 4 to discuss designated tuition and fee proposals for fall 2011. The council received presentations and voted whether or not to recommend each college’s tuition proposal. The council passed its recommendations on to President R. Bowen Loftin, who will present it to the Board of Regents for approval in May. The recommendations include a proposal for no designated tuition increase, which would affect all colleges and students campuswide. However, the council proposed differential tuition for three colleges within Texas A&M University, including the College of Architecture, the Dwight Look College of Engineering See Tuition on page 6

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sign-up for The Big Event each year. Aggie Thetas love giving Students can register for back to the community as well as giving to the 800 children the race online at www. who were victims of abuse this or on past year. Kappa Alpha Theta campus at Koldus, Academic helps keep the doors open at Plaza, The Rec, Wehner and Scotty’s House and the money the Commons Lobby. The we donate to them and CASA race is at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, helps the two organizations beginning at the Kappa Alpha work hand in hand with one Theta sorority house. another to help save hundreds of children’s lives each year.” In addition to the race, Advocates to abused and nethere will be a silent auction. glected children in foster care in Brazos, Burleson and Grimes One of the big-ticket items is an AKC-registered golden recounties. In [the fiscal year] 2010, Voices For Children’s 79 triever puppy. Red Mango and Spoons will hand out frozen CASA volunteers assisted 183 children, placing 63 of them in yogurt. “I hope to see a ton of stusafe, permanent homes.” Proceeds from the race will dents and their families out at the race this year to help us go to Scotty’s House. support those children and “Texas A&M students love their families,” she said. to give back to our community,” Wood said. “It’s a fact, Megan Ryan, staff writer proven by the thousands that

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This golden retriever puppy is one of the 75 items in the silent auction that will be at the Theta 5k at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority house.


What do Student Fees This is part six of a series dissecting colleges and divisions at the University. The series will feature different colleges and divisions that support A&M throughout the school year.


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“The student fee process we have now has kept administrators at bay from asking outrageous expenses.” — Oliver Thoma, member of the Student Fee Review Committee

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uition and fees are expensive. Ever wonder what that “and fees” pays for? If not, your parents probably have. Now you can tell them what your money is funding and who decides that. See story on page 3. “We don’t want to raise the fee if it will go toward a program that isn’t really impacting students the way it should.” — Shah Dhukka, Student Service Fee Advisory Board chairman

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Student fees at a glance Student Services

Health Center

Provides funds to 21 departments that support extracurricular activities for the A&M student body, including Aggie Bands, Greek Life, Disability Services, Student Activities, and Student Counseling Services.

Covers services for students at Beutel Health Center, including X-rays and doctor and nurse salaries.

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Makes payments on the recreation center building. Also pays for equipment, student workers’ salaries and intramural ofďŹ cials.

60 percent funds the renovation of the Memorial Student Center; 40 percent funds MSC programs.

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Your fees: know where they go we call slow, sustainable increase, so there’s not a huge jump in fees.� The Rec Center Fee would increase by $1 to support a staff merit program. The Health Center Fee would increase by $2.75, $1.25 of which would fund operations and equity pay adjustments and $1.50 of which would fund up to a 3 percent merit program. The Computer Access Fee would increase by $1 per semester credit hour, $0.83 to support computer access and $0.17 for instructional technology support and classroom IT. “More people want email, more people want more space, more, more, more,� said Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Tom Reber, who is also a member of the Student Fee Review Committee. “And it’s great, that’s a great service, more wireless, more everything in that area, so it’s been a popular area for students to ask for more work done in that area.�

Student Center, only a portion of their budget is Student Service Fee.â€? The Battalion Departments make presentations to the Undergraduate students at Texas A&M board in the spring, detailing its purpose and pay 16 mandatory fees in addition to benefit to the student body. Each departtuition. Junior communication major Sarah ment is assigned a liaison from the board, Klonower said it would be easier if the fees who familiarizes with the department and were combined with tuition into one flat its budget. Members from the departments rate. return in the fall to present their budgets and “It’s easy to understand, it just takes a lot allocation requests. of time to look at all of it,â€? Klonower said. Dhukka said in reviewing these requests, In 2003, tuition, formerly set by the the members of the board look to see that Texas State Legislature, was deregulated the departments have been good stewards and passed to the administrations of public of the funds they already receive from the colleges. The University of Texas approved Student Service Fee and how an allocation a flat rate tuition structure for its system, increase will benefit the student body. which includes mandatory fees and charges. “We want to make sure that the program The UT Tuition Policy Advisory Counthey are proposing is actually benefiting the cil determined that flat rate tuition is less student body, that’s our No. 1 concern right confusing and increases accountability, bethere,â€? Dhukka said. “We don’t want to cause increases in costs are more apparent. raise the fee if it will go toward a program Texas A&M continues to charge those that isn’t really impacting students the way fees in addition to tuition. Tuition and fees it should.â€? for undergraduates are a flat rate for students Student input SSFAB makes its recommendations for enrolled in 12 or more hours a semester. StuFour fees in particular — the Student the fee at the end of the fall semester. Lt. dents taking less than 12 hours pay $171.74 Service Fee, the Rec Sports Center Fee, Gen. Joe Weber, vice president for student in tuition per credit hour enrolled. Some Student Center Complex Fee and Health affairs, signs off on it, and then it is presented fees remain the same for all students, while Center Fee — are reviewed in depth by a to the Graduate Student Council and Stuothers are paid per semester credit hour. board of nine students, the Student Service dent Senate. With Weber’s approval, it is The Student Fee Review Committee reFee Advisory Board. sent to the Student Fee Review Committee, views and recommends actions for all fees The Student Service Fee supports 21 the University president and the Board of covered by the Texas Education Code. The nonacademic departments on campus. Regents for final approval. committee proposed April 4 to increase “It covers everything out of class, anyThe Student Service Fee hasn’t been inthree mandatory fees for the 2011-2012 thing extracurricular, it covers that. Basicreased in the past two years, but they have academic year — the Rec Sports Center, cally it covers anything from personnel to funded new initiatives by pulling money Health Center and Computer Access fees. programs ‌ anything that the departments from reserves and from the increasing numThe proposals must be approved by the need to run on,â€? said Shah Dhukka, board ber of students paying fees. Dhukka said the Board of Regents in May to take effect. chairman and a senior operations and man- board members were trying to balance the The overall increase at $18.75 is less than agement major. need for growth with the need for students fee increases made in the past four years. “Some departments comprise their entire to save money in difficult financial times. “I think the administrators proposing budget of the Student Service Fee; others Thoma said the process has helped keep increases knew students weren’t going to comprise only a certain percentage. Like the fees low. tolerate huge jumps,â€? said senior politiStudent Counseling Services, most of their “The student fee process we have now cal science major Oliver Thoma, who was department is made up of Student Service has kept administrators at bay from asking designated by the student body president to Fees, whereas if you look at the Memorial outrageous expenses,â€? he said. serve on the committee. “We try for what

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Mandatory student fees If the fee proposals for the 2011-2012 academic year are approved by the Board of Regents in May, all Texas A&M undergraduate students will pay the 16 fees at the rates below. Fee


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Those visitors familiar with the tradition expect to be greeted with a friendly Howdy – nowadays they are quite disappointed! It made our campus unique among all college campuses. It made our University known as the friendliest campus worldwide.

It promoted student body unity and made each student feel a part of the Aggie family. It originated among Aggies who later bled and died to protect your freedom. They had no problem saying, Howdy.

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Are your taxes fair? Most say yes Stephen Ohlemacher

Associated Press WASHINGTON — For all the complaining this time of year, most Americans actually think the taxes they pay are fair. Not that they’re cheering. Fewer people expect refunds this year than in previous years, a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows. But as Monday’s filing deadline approaches, the poll shows that 54 percent believe their tax bills are either somewhat fair or very fair, compared with 46 percent who say they are unfair. Should taxes be raised to eat into huge federal deficits? Among the public, 62 percent say they favor cutting government services to sop up the red ink. Just 29 percent say raise taxes. That’s sure to be a major issue as Congress takes up budget legislation for next year and the 2012 presidential campaign gets under way in earnest. On Wednesday, President Barack Obama revived his proposal to raise

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$3,000 Fall 2012 to $3,425 in Fall 2013 and $3,850 in Fall 2014. Some of the uses Continued from page 1 of funds will include state-ofthe-art medical equipment, & Agricultural Engineering and the Professional Doctor of scholarship funding and assisVeterinary Medicine Program tance to interns. Mays’ current differential in the College of Veterinary tuition is $610 per semester for Medicine. Mays’ Business School is proposing a revision upper division undergraduate of their current differential tu- students. The proposed revision is to charge all undergradition rate. uate business students $412.50 “Since this is such a monper semester. Some of the uses umental shift in these colof additional funds include leges, [the students members study abroad and international of TPAC] will not vote at opportunities, business comall until we get a written and signed letter from the student munication laboratory and teaching capacity for graduacouncil of each college, extion-sensitive classes. plaining whether or not they Mandatory fees would also approve [differential tuition],” increase a total of $18.75 per said Student Body President semester for the full-time stuJacob Robinson. “If they do not approve it, we do not ap- dents within the four colleges. President of the Memorial prove it.” Student Center, Collin Laden, The College of Architecwas in attendance at the hearture proposes a differential ing last Monday. He said the tuition increase of $204 per semester for full-time students differential increases in tuition and $17 per SCH for part-time would provide higher validastudents. The College of Engi- tion for student’s degrees in neering ,and the Department the long run. of Biological & Agricultural “With the funds, students Engineering propose a differwill be provided with different ential tuition increase of $400 services, [including] smaller per semester for full-time stu- class sizes, more faculty, endents and $33.33 per SCH hanced communication labs, for part-time students. Use of more opportunities and rethe funds for the two colleges sources for study abroad. They will include summer school will provide technical experiofferings, scholarship fundence that will benefit students ing, smaller classes and study to help them gain resources to abroad opportunities. receive a degree that will make The College of Veterinary them a more competitive canMedicine proposes a differdidate, whether that’s in conential tuition increase for the tinuing education as a graduProfessional Doctor of Veteri- ate student or for a professional nary Medicine Program from career,” Laden said.

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football | The Aggies conclude spring practices with the annual Maroon and White Game at 1 p.m. Saturday.

softball | A&M welcomes Nebraska for a conference bout at 4 p.m. Saturday in College Station.


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Captain Conrad Shindler leads Aggies into home stretch of 2011 season

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Chandler Smith

The Battalion An impact player since he arrived on campus in 2007, there are few golfers in the country that have matched the consistent dominance or work ethic of senior golfer Conrad Shindler. After finishing ranked in the top-25 in all but one tournament, including three top-4 finishes, Shindler has emerged as the heart and soul of a No. 6 ranked team heading into the annual Aggie Invitational and Big 12 tournaments. Kicking off the fall season in Japan with a top-15 finish, Shindler sent an early message to coaches, players and fans of his potential as a go-to guy for the remainder of the season. It wasn’t until the end of the fall, however, that he really turned the corner. Ending with a second place finish at the Royal Oaks Tournament in November, Shindler translated the momentum to the spring where

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he opened the season with magical performance after magical performance. Finishing with a tie for fourth in the opening tournament, he essentially carried the team to its first tournament victory after finishing third overall in the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate. Having now rattled off three consecutive top-4 finishes, there simply wasn’t a better golfer in an Aggie uniform. “Coming off of the fall it was nice to get a good finish,” Shindler said. “As soon as I came back I wanted to hit the ground running. I didn’t want to come out with any rust. I was ready to play the moment we got back and I wanted to make an immediate impact.” Head Coach JT Higgins likened Shindler’s performance at the Wyoming Desert tournament to Green Bay wide receiver Greg Jennings as he carried the Packers through the playoffs. Shindler, though gracious for the comment, knew all he

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in which A&M was pitted against individual schools. Each player is then matched against his counterpart from The No. 6 A&M men’s golf the other school. Schindler team welcomes in 10 teams was the only Aggie to go 4-0 to Bryan for the 2011 Aggie in that frame. Invitational Saturday and “He played some of the Sunday at Traditions Golf best players in the country Club. and really didn’t have a whole could do was work as hard as lot of close matches. They possible in the moment. The were never in doubt,” Higgins said. “He played fantastic rest would come later. in that format and was really “You don’t really know that you’re carrying the team confident.” And though his senior seaon your back until afterwards son has been his most successwhen you find out what evful to date, there was never eryone shot,” Shindler said. a more special moment for “You’re just out there busting Shindler than being a part of your butt doing everything the national championship you can and at the end of the team in 2008. He said the folday you figure out you’ve lowing ceremony — the ring done a big part. But that’s presentation on the hallowed what college golf is all about, grounds of Kyle Field — was just contributing your share. beyond anything he could And in the grand scheme of have possibly imagined. things, it calls comes down to “Everyone dreams about one shot.” being a national champion Shindler’s dominance and I had the same dream as wouldn’t stop even as the everyone else,” Shindler said. team moved from traditional “Besides winning, maybe the tournaments to match play, coolest thing ever was getting

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rings presented at half time at Kyle Field. I’m the biggest sucker for Aggie football, and for me to be able to stand on the 50-yard line in front of the entire stadium and have them call my name was something I could never imagine in my wildest dreams.” Acknowledging that graduation is not far off, there will be many things he’ll miss as he finally leaves A&M. “The thing I’m really going to miss is being part of the team and coming out everyday and seeing my teammates and just being with them and then just being a part of this university,” Shindler said. “After spending four years of travelling to other places and seeing other universities, I know this is biased, but I really don’t think there’s a better place than [A&M]. It’s like a giant family.” There will be several things that Higgins, too, will miss as he graduates. “I love Conrad. I love having him around,” Higgins said. “He’s always smiling,

Senior Conrad Shindler has compiled three consecutive top-4 finishes for the No. 6 A&M men golf team as they ready to play in the 2011 Aggie Invitational. he’s always in a good mood and he has a terrific sense of humor. I think he keeps the mood pretty light.”

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The Battalion Imagine an event that brings hundreds of people together for hours of step dancing, comedy and community. That event is Alphapalooza. Happening from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday in the Bryan Civic Auditorium, the show will mix aspects of college life and camaraderie to bring the audience an event they will not soon forget. Alphapalooza is a non-profit event that is sponsored, organized and performed by fraternities and sororities in order to help students who want to enroll at Texas A&M. “It got started as a lipsyncing contest and grew from there into what became a show for the community as well as a fundraiser for our national program, Go-toHigh School, Go-to-College,” said Bennett Love Jr., class of 2009.

Buy your tickets ◗ Alphapalooza tickets can be purchased online, at the MSC box office or by phone. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the event. The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated and local chapter, Pi Omicron, bring the stepshow to the Bryan Civic Auditorium to showcase the skills and rhythm of the fraternities and sororities from Texas and even a few neighboring states. “The event can be described as a movement, one like Stomp the Yard or Stompfest that brings all the advantages of such events to the table. We teach the CPC [Collegiate Panhellenic Council] sororities the steps we have internalized, and they put on the show from what they have built up,” said Jonovan Rogers, a senior

industrial engineering major. Alphapalooza is an event that incorporates a variety of elements into a packed show and after party that highlights the campus and Greek life that people might not otherwise get to see. “The experience itself is the best part. It has an amazing atmosphere and allows people to get a taste of what we do and see us first-hand,” said Travonte Bodwin, a sophomore communication major. The influence of the event is readily apparent and has used its prestige to draw crowds in as well as funds for a better education through scholarship programs. “The tours around campus and the financial aid information helped me make my decision to come to Texas A&M, but it was the nightlife from events like Alphapalooza that truly brought me See Palooza on page 10

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Students help give out programs before the start of Mamma Mia, a musical performed in the MCS OPAS 38th season.

MSC OPAS is the eyes and ears behind the scenes in Rudder Theatre Tori Blanchard

The Battalion The lights flicker off and on in the auditorium, cueing the audience to take their seats. The orchestra music swells and the whispering silences as the curtains draw open. The show is beginning. For the dedicated members of the MSC OPAS operations team, however, the work began a significant time ago. “There is quite a bit that goes into the production,” said Nick Arney, internal relations director and a senior history major. “It usually starts the night before or early the day of the performance with load-in of all the sets, costumes and props. This is run by the crew of the performance and Rudder Theatre Complex.” The loading of props or design set runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stage crews are brought along with the performers, but the operations managers provide hospitality to the stage crews. There are always two managers

backstage with the cast and crew, but according to Laura Duffie, director of operations and senior wildlife and fisheries sciences major, the entire operations team is usually happy to help out with any necessary errand. “On the first day of any show, the operations team helps stage crews and performers with backstage load-in,” Duffie said. “We accompany crew members on errands around town and do our best to welcome them to Aggieland.” In addition to the backstage work, there are ushering, ticket-taking and trafficcontrolling duties in the front of the house that are handled by members of the student committee. There are about 120 members in the OPAS committee, but only 50 to 60 of these students will work at one of the performances. “[Student committee members] are responsible for artist transportation and backstage hospitality,” said Executive Director Anne

Black. In addition, we have approximately 60 community volunteers who work performances, as well.” The student committee members come from diverse majors and ages. “We are a well-rounded group where majors are concerned,” Duffie said. “Several of us are pursuing science degrees, but we also have managers majoring in business and others in the liberal arts. While we are not pursuing degrees specifically in the performing arts, several OPAS members have a theater background from high school.” Typically, OPAS is there to provide service for the cast and crew of the show they are hosting, Arney said. Throughout the day, the stage crew builds the set, and nighttime is when the students spring into action. “The night of the show the students’ main job is to aid the patrons in having an enjoyable time through taking tickets, handing out programs and ushering.”

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The Battalion The Texas A&M Emergency Care Team prides itself on receiving the title of best collegiate care team dealing with basic life support skills and mass casualty incident preparation at the National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation conference in February. “We are students who volunteer our time to make sure that guests at campus events are safe,” said David Tracy, the care team education coordinator and a senior mechanical engineering major. The team serves the Aggie community and those off campus. “All the students and workers are available any day of the year at any time,” said Eric Johnson, the team’s president. Johnson said the team comes to the request of anyone who needs a care station at an event. The biggest request comes from athletic events, but they can help anywhere. “We have been around so long, are student run and there are turnovers every four years,” said Darryl Bauer, a senior health major and the care team’s vice president

both,” Tracy said. Tracy said that the Texas ◗ Donations to the team can A&M Emergency Care Team be made by contacting the was named best collegiate treasurer Kate MacLeod at BLS squad in the nation due to their performance in the competition at the conferresponsible for training and ence. internal affairs. “TAMECT is always Bauer said that the team is looking for new members. If managed well and great for a potential new member has a people going into EMS, nurs- certification, EMT or higher, ing or medical school. we urge them to get in touch “The organization emwith our vice president, Darbodies what Texas A&M is ryl Bauer, immediately,” about,” Johnson said. Tracy said. In February the team had Tracy said members are the opportunity to attend trained in CPR, basic first aid, a national conference held advanced first aid and how by the National Collegiate to communicate with radios Emergency Medical Services among other skills. Foundation in Philadelphia. “As a student volunteer “Throughout the duration organization, no one in the of the conference, we attend organization receives finana variety of lectures and pre- cial compensation for our sentations designed to further services,” Tracy said. enhance our EMS skills and Tracy said the team chargpresent us with new infores a small amount to each ormation to consider bringing ganization that requests them back to our organizations,” to cover the cost of supplies Tracy said. used while providing medical During the conference, the services. team competed in a series of “We rely on donations skills competitions. to help us buy new supplies, “As a result of our perreplace expired medications formance in the three main and equipment and upgrade scenarios as well as the MCI our equipment in order to [mass casualty incident] grand provide the highest quality finale, we took first place for emergency medical care posBLS [basic life support] in sible,” Tracy said.


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The Battalion “Dancing for the Health of It” is an event put on by Health for All clinic as an annual fundraiser. Fifteen celebrity dance teams across the Bryan-College Station community will compete as well as raise awareness and funds to achieve the goals set by this community-based clinic. Health For All, a not-forprofit clinic, was established in 1987 to provide health care for those without health insurance. Services include free doctor visits, exams, x-rays and counseling services. Executive director Derek Dictson said Health For All provides primary and preventative health care for those who don’t qualify for Medicare and Medicaid. “We want to keep those who have chronic diseases out of the emergency room by providing them with quality care.” No federal or state aid is used in running Health For All. The clinic uses money from donors and fundraising events such as “Dancing for the Health of It” to support

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here,” Love said. The weekend event is meant to draw the community together and ensure the mingling of cultures prospers in an environment that is good for all ages. The audience can join the festivities and root on their favorite dance group while taking part in a beneficial cause that the organizations have brought to

themselves and the patients they are committed to serving. Dictson said he hopes $30,000 to $40,000 will be raised at this year’s event. “’Dancing for the Health of It’ is meant to be a bit of both raising awareness about the clinic as well as providing a fun and entertaining night. We want to promote activity, and dancing goes hand in hand with that,” Dictson said. The event will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Brazos County Expo Complex, with dinner beginning at 6 p.m. and followed by the dance competition. To decide who would comprise the celebrity dance teams this year, boxes were placed on tables at last year’s event so anyone could nominate their favorite local celebrity to compete. Among the 15-celebrity dance teams are Gary Blair, Texas A&M Women’s Basketball head coach and his six foot, five inch-tall freshman, Karla Gilbert, who will 2-step dance to “Silver Wings.” Also included are Frank and Nancy Dickey, president

College Station. “The best way to describe Alphapalooza is an event that unites different communities and different walks of life. No one is rejected; many cultures come and perform in various shows and performances. It wraps six or seven hours of entertainment into a tight package. There’s some much going on everywhere that there will always be something for everyone,” Rogers said. Whether it’s watching the competition in the stepshow,

of Texas A&M Health Science Center and Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, who will waltz to “You Look So Good in Love.” “The dance competition is a little different way for people to have fun and cheer for the ones you want to cheer for,” Nancy said. Janet and Frank Ashley, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at A&M, will be doing a demonstration dance. “It is pretty scary. I have been giving dance lessons to the couples who will be competing, and my wife and I will be doing a demonstration while the judges are totaling the votes,” Frank said. However, the chance to give back to a clinic that has done so much for the indigent population makes it all worth it. “I hope that they all have a great time and they also develop an appreciation for what ‘Health for All’ is doing for our community,” Frank said. Most eyes undoubtedly will be on Blair, who is coming from a national championship.

laughing in the comedy show or taking part in the after party, the audience will get to see the results of the time and effort of all those involved and the implementation of an event that required such unity in its process. “It’s a type of art, one that shows brotherhood and unity,” Love said. “It’s a diverse event with a little bit of everything,” Bodwin said. “It’s a universal event that everyone can enjoy.”

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The No. 1 A&M equestrian team, winner of seven national championships since 2002, travels to Waco looking for another national title. The action will take place from Thursday through Saturday.

No. 1 equestrian team travels to Waco looking for national title Jared Sampson

The Battalion Texas A&M’s equestrian team, which boasts seven national championships since 2002, is riding along ranked No. 1 in the country. These horse-riding ladies, who hail from various parts of Texas and numerous states around the country, have their eyes set on hoisting another national title trophy this weekend as they travel to Waco for the National Championships. Team captains Abigail Grabein, Elizabeth Solch, Katie Lisabeth and Jackie O’Connell have helped lead the Aggies to a stellar season. A&M glided through their first eight matches in the fall, beating in-state foes SMU and Baylor, as well as disposing of Big 12 opponents Oklahoma State and Kansas State. Along the way, the Aggies defeated No. 3 Auburn 11-8 and defeated South Carolina, another top10 opponent, 15-5. Despite a slipup against Oklahoma State — the team’s only loss of the season — the Aggies closed out the 2011 season strong with wins over Fresno State, Kansas State and Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Championship. Coach Tana McKay, who was instrumental in transforming A&M from a club to a varsity program, has a proven track record in the sport and has helped establish NCAA rules for horse riding. Equestrian points are

earned in a different manner than most other sports. There are four events in which riders may participate: horsemanship, reining, equitation on the fences and equitation on the flat. Teams are divided into groups of about five, but that number fluctuates based on team size. “Each rider is matched against another rider from the visiting team. They both ride the same horse and are given a score from the judge. Whoever gets a higher score from the judge gets one point for their team,” McKay said. Something that distinguishes the sport is the literality and importance of home field advantage. “The horses we use in shows at home are the horses we practice on every day,” Grabein said. “So when we travel to another school, we get four minutes to ride the other school’s horses to figure them out, then we go show. It’s much harder to win on the road because most of the time we have never seen those horses before.” As well, there are no second chances. Each rider must perform their best, because there is no redemption opportunity until the next opponent. “We get one ride per competition — that’s like each basketball player having one possession of the ball. You have to be on your game right from the start, because you only get one shot,”

Equestrian accolades ◗ The Aggies won their first Big 12 Championship when they defeated Oklahoma State in Bryan. ◗ The Aggies’ only loss of the season came at the hands of the Cowboys. They’ve held the No. 1 spot in the country for the majority of the 2011 season.

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◗ Senior Brooke Coleman, juniors Kelsey Adams, Lia Chafee and Katie Lisabeth, and sophomores Carey Nowacek and Emily Williams became the first All-Americans in program history. Solch said. “Additionally, we draw random horses to compete, which is essentially like being quarterback for a new team every time you go on the field. It’s an incredibly challenging sport under any circumstances, but especially so in the NCAA.” Now, the Aggies travel to Waco hoping to add another trophy to the already-filled trophy case. “I feel that the team is on the right track to another national championship. We have been working hard this season to stay at the top of our game. We don’t just ride for us as a team, we ride for Texas A&M,” Grabein said.

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The Battalion This May, most graduating students either seek to get their foot in the door with an internship or have already secured a job with an employer. However, a portion of the 2011 graduating Aggies plan to serve in the military upon receiving their diplomas. Approximately 80 members of the Corps of Cadets will receive commissions and join a branch of the military, including 19 Air Force, 41 Army, 11 Navy and nine Marines. The Corps of Cadets is one of the largest uniformed bodies of students in the nation, outside of the military academies, and 42 percent of the Corps is currently pursuing a military commission. Annette Walker, class of 1988 and Corps of Cadets media relations coordinator, said membership in the Corps holds no military obligation. “[However,] Texas A&M is the largest Senior Military College in the nation and consistently commissions more officers through its Army, Navy, Marine and Air Force ROTC programs than any other source other than the Service Academies,” Walker said. Texas A&M has a long history of Aggie service in the U.S. military. According to “Texas Aggies Go to War: In Service of Their Country,” since 1989, from the SpanishAmerican War to the War in Iraq more than 50,000 Aggies have served their country in war. Thousands of Aggies have served in the War in Iraq alone; and since 2003, 24 Aggies have lost their lives fighting in the War on Terror. On April 7, Staff Sergeant Jason A. Rogers, U.S. Marine Corps, was killed in Afghanistan during his fifth combat

tour. Rogers was the brother of Cadet Major Bred Bynum, Commander, Company B-1 in the Corps of Cadets, who plans to receive commission and serve as an Army officer upon graduation from A&M. Robert Litvin, a senior history major, is receiving commission upon graduation this May, and plans to join the U.S. Marine Corps. Litvin said he feels he owes the service to his country. “I am commissioning into the USMC because I want to lead Marines, the best warriors this country has to offer. The thought of a 9 to 5 ‘regular job’ does not appeal to me. I’m not the type of person who is happy being stuck in a cubicle or office. I want the challenge that military service has to offer, especially with the current world situation,” Litvin said. When he first enlisted, Gary Gorrel, a senior agriculture leadership and development major, was a Sergeant with 1/78 (Recon), 82nd Airborne Division and deployed twice to Iraq. Since his return and admission into A&M, Gorrel is a Cadet Major and the Commanding Officer of Delta Company in the Corps of Cadets. After commission, he will be 2nd Lt. Gary Gorrel and will report for service in the Army the first week of June. Gorrel will be in active duty for four years before he plans to be a commission officer. “I have always been attracted to the military lifestyle, and [as a job] the benefits are unsurpassed by anyone. It’s really good job security, because there is always going to be a need for the military. There isn’t a lot of down time — I’m already going into active duty — so I don’t have to spend time job searching,” Gorrel said.


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Top: Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority sisters stomp out dance moves at Stomp Fest Wednesday night. They took second place in the competition. Second: Pi Beta Phi stomps during an act of recess. They took third place in the competition. Third: Kappa Delta Stomp Fest participants bust dance moves. Bottom: Kappa Alpha Theta sorority sisters throw their hair back in a dance move.

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