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President invites parents into home President R. Bowen Loftin and Karin C. Loftin and Vice President for Student Affairs Joe Weber and his wife will welcome guests at their campus homes during an open house from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday. Aggie families who are on campus for Parents’ Weekend are invited to stop by one or both of the homes where they will be welcomed and served refreshments. The president’s and vice president’s homes are on adjacent sites on Throckmorton Street, with the president’s home overlooking Duncan Drill Field and the vice president’s home across from the Sanders Corps of Cadets Center.

Students share experience and Aggie spirit, events Rebecca Hutchinson

The Battalion Texas A&M and its students give a collective “Howdy” to welcome Aggie parents during this year’s Parents’ Weekend. Started in 1919 and traditionally held on Mother’s Day by the Aggies Mom’s Club for worried mother’s to check on their sons in the Corps, this weekend has been expanded to ensconce the entire University as a way for students to show off the campus and share some of their college experiences. Not everyone’s parents can make it to College Station to participate in the weekend festivities, but regardless there are numerous events to enjoy. “Maroon and White game,” said seniors Missy McDaniel, a communications major, and Lars Lequire, a sports management major. McDaniel said her parents might come down but whether they do or not she will be taking part in the athletic events occurring this weekend. “It’s debatable. Last year they came down, and I think the year before, but it’s all coincidence. We don’t really plan in my family,” McDaniel said. Being a sports management major, Lequire is somewhat of an athletic fanatic, she said. A spokeswoman for the women’s basketball team, she and McDaniel drove up to Indianapolis

Vietnam memorial A miniature replica of a proposed $1.5 million statue planned for prominent placement on the grounds of the state capitol to honor Vietnam veterans will be on public display at the Sam Houston Sanders Corps of Cadets Center beginning Saturday.

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Various student performance groups including HardChord DynaMix and Fade to Black will compete in Town Hall’s annual variety show at 7:30 p.m. today in Rudder Auditorium.

sports | 7 Spring football The Aggie football team has a lot to prove after last season. They gear up for the annual spring football game at 1 p.m. Saturday at Kyle Field.

voices | 12 Mail call Students and readers give feedback on campus events and Battalion stories.

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Brittany Sikorski, a senior geography major, suffers from Usher Syndrome, a condition that left her legally deaf and blind. She will receive her Aggie ring today.

Tunnel vision Student earns Aggie ring through focused work and passion

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The Battalion As is custom this time of year, thousands of students will have 90 hours of schoolwork rewarded with an Aggie ring. One student, however, accomplished 90 hours without ever hearing a lecture and with hardly any eyesight. Brittany Sikorski is a senior geography major who has a condition known as Usher Syndrome, leaving her legally blind and deaf. “Many people can not tell that I am blind and deaf since I don’t wear hearing aids. I still have central vision and can read small font, but I cannot tell right away if a person is about to pass right by me,” Sikorski said. Many students take for granted being able to read, listen and take notes for class, but Sikorski does not let her condition stop her from getting her degree. To be successful, she found other tactics when it came to interpreting lectures and studying for each class. During the first two years of her college

career, Sikorski was a zoology major and used mostly sign language interpreters. As classes got harder, however, it became more difficult for her to try to understand what they were trying to translate since the vocabulary level got harder. She then began using transcribers, which are people who go to class and type the professor’s lecture. As she entered her senior year, the classes became more hands on, so she began using a mix of both sign language interpreters for the labfocused courses and transcribers for the more lecture-focused courses. “It is hard enough to read and take notes for exams, I really can’t imagine doing that without eyesight or hearing,” said Katelyn Allen, a senior psychology major. “I really impressed that she can do that, I don’t think I could.” Due to her visual problems, she was allowed extra time to exams, but most of the See Sikorski on page 6

Usher Syndrome ◗ A major symptom of Usher Syndrome is retinitis pigmentosa which causes nightblindness, a loss of peripheral vision and tunnel vision ◗ In the U.S., four out of every 100,000 babies have Usher Syndrome.

Aggie students pave way for similar clubs across the nation Katie Marie Pogue

The Battalion GLBT awareness week takes place every year from April 1 through April 15 to commemorate the courts decision and to promote awareness. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender, GLBT, was recognized as an official student organization at Texas A&M University April 1, 1985 after a legal battle spanning from 1976 to 1985. The court case, known as GSS vs. Texas A&M University, was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court and served as a landmark case for many GLBT organizations at other universities across the nation. “The organization is a group of GLBT students and their straight supporters, and meetings range from social events to educational presentations about various topics relating to GLBT identity, history and culture,” said Lowell Kane, program coordinator for the GLBT resource center. One of the most significant events to take place during this week is the second annual giveaway of 1,000 free T-shirts bearing the words “Gay? Fine by me.” “This T-shirt project takes place at over 300 schools and universities across the nation, and has been coordinated by the student organization GLBT Aggies since April 2010,” Kane said. These shirts will be worn today for “National Day of Silence,” a day to raise awareness for the silencing effect of homophobia. Participants wear anti-homophobia messages on clothes and some take a vow of silence. Rachel Boenigk, a graduate student in public service and administration and an officer in GLBT See GLBT on page 6

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Aggie Allies, the GLBT Resource Center and others, students will gather at 12:30 p.m. today at Cain Hall for a unity walk across campus, ending at the Mitchell Physics Building, to show support for the GLBT community.

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Curbside Recycling program promotes campus sustainability

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The Battalion Why throw away that empty soda bottle, when you can just as easily recycle it? The Environmental Issues Committee organizes a program called Curbside Recycling from 2 to 4 p.m. every other Sunday in front of Schuhmacher Residence Hall, across the street from the Northside post office, where they accept recycling from members of the Bryan and College Station communities. The final Curbside Recycling opportunity for the semester will be Sunday. The recycling brought to the Curbside Recycling program is sorted by members of the committee. Student organization members working at the event accept whatever recyclable items people bring. They also answer any questions about recycling, the Environmental Issues Committee or the event and are instrumental in executing the gathering and sorting of the recyclables. “We’re really convenient for students living on campus, where recycling is less than ideal, and for off-campus students who may not have recycling services come to their house or apartment,” said Melanie Littlefield, a junior management major and the director of outreach for the Environmental Issues Committee. This on-campus location is important for the Curbside Recycling program. Some students living on campus do not have ready transportation to off-campus locations, and the location is easily accessible to off-campus residents with close parking. The program is the only recycling conveniently avail-

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able to on campus residents besides the recycling bins located throughout campus, but bringing bags full of recycling to the bins would be less than ideal. That’s where Curbside Recycling comes in. Curbside Recycling accepts all types of recycling, intermixed or presorted, to aid with the recycling process. After the recycling is sorted by those working with the program, members of the Environmental Issues Committee take it to a specified location off campus where Brazos Valley Recycling has bins set out to take recycling. Brazos Valley Recycling processes all of the recycling. “The University is working on opening two recycling centers on campus, one off Agronomy and one off Adriance, which we will hopefully be able to use in the future,” Littlefield said. That might seem like a lot of work, but those working at the event see it as an opportunity. “For those of us working, it’s a really great feeling to see what an impact we can make. Just the amount of recyclables collect by students living on campus is astounding, and to be able to see every other week how much waste we are able to divert from the landfill is really amazing,” Littlefield said. Recycling and educating the Aggie community about recycling are main focus points of the Environmental Issues Committee. Recycling diverts waste from landfills and leads to a reduction of methane, a gas that is 20 times more effective at heat-trapping than carbon dioxide being put into the atmosphere. Because of such knowledge, members of

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In addition to Sunday’s the recycling program, the Environmental Issues Committee was also involved with “Aggies Recycle,” the program that brought See Recycling on page 4 recycling bins to locations across A&M’s campus.

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Many of this year’s MSC Town Hall selected acts have a south-of-thethis year’s 12 performers border flair to them. Ballet after they auditioned for Folklorio Celestial and the variety show subcomSalsa Fusion will showcase mittee’s members earlier two very different styles of this semester. Latin-American dance, one “We judged try-outs traditional and the other based on things like audivery contemporary, and Ag- ence response and the techgieland Mariachi will give nical difficulty of the acts,” the audience a sample of au- Danielson said. thentic Mexican melodies. Like in any good talent “I think it’s really cool show, performers will be that we have some perforcompeting for more than mances from other cultures a bigger fan base: a $300 in this year’s line-up,” said cash prize. Taking a page Amy Bauerschlag, a sopho- out of the America’s Got more communication major Talent playbook, the show and variety show subcomwill have a panel of three mittee member. “They’re guest judges representing getting some exposure and other student organizations it makes our line-up a little from around campus who more interesting.” will decide the winner of For something a little the evening. closer to home, fans of Glee Last year’s champions, a are sure to enjoy the voices group of musicians known of coed a capella group as the Aggie Fiddlers, HardChord DynaMix and who combine singing and the slick moves of Fade dancing with flourishes of to Black, A&M’s premier virtuosic fiddling, will be hip-hop dance collecmaking a special appeartive. Other musical acts ance at this year’s show as include The Jeremiahs and well, though they will not the stomp-along beats of be competing. Percussion Studio. Of course, as the old The show will also have cliché goes, no matter who its share of laughs, courtesy ends up taking home the of comedian and senior grand prize, the night’s industrial engineering real winner might just be student Alex Ravandi and local improv troupe Freud- the audience. “It’s cheap entertainian Slip. ment,” Bauerschlag said. “We’re real excited to be “You get 12 great acts for emceeing the MSC Town the price of one, and you Hall Variety Show again,” get to come out and supsaid Brian Grey, a sophomore accounting major and port other students. What more could you want?” member of Freudian Slip. “We’ll be doing some short improv bits in between the Ticket info performances. It should be ◗ Admission is $8, and a lot of fun. We’ve done tickets can be purchased the show a few times in the at the MSC Box Office in past and it always draws a Rudder Tower. big crowd.”

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ies major and chairwoman of the Environmental Issues Committee. The committee promotes recycling with other programs besides Curbside Recycling as well. In the fall, the committee has Kyle Field Recycling, a program for which members clean up the recyclables from Kyle Field after each home game. The committee also sits on several University-wide recycling and sustainability committees to offer input and support to the Texas A&M sustainability effort. This commitment to recycling has caused the Environmental Issues Committee to bring recycling to the Texas A&M cam-

The Battalion Any school with a student population pushing 50,000 is bound to be filled with talented individuals. Texas A&M is no different, but for today’s average Aggie, finding a way to fit many of the University’s diverse collection of student performance groups into their fullybooked social lives can be a problem. Fortunately, MSC Town Hall has a solution: the annual variety show, a mammoth mash-up of the best student acts this campus has to offer that takes place at 7:30 p.m. today in Rudder Auditorium. Functioning as Aggieland’s biggest talent show for more than 25 years, the Town Hall Variety Show has given the student body’s gifted performers a chance to show their classmates what they can do. “There are so many talented people at this school,” said Heather Danielson, a sophomore allied health major and an executive member of Town Hall’s Variety Show subcommittee. “But most students don’t get the opportunity to see a lot of it. The show gives them the opportunity to see what they might be missing.” In keeping with Town Hall’s mission of “bringing music to campus,” the show’s line-up is a colorful collection of singers, dancers and instrumentalists, including some of the most popular student performance groups, local bands and independent solo artists.

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the Environmental Issues Committee strive to let others know about recycling opportunities in the community. “Recycling should be a natural routine, instead of constantly throwing things away. Most items we use can be recycled to reuse the resources, rather than be sent to a landfill. The continuous reproduction of products is truly wasteful, use valuable resources and cause more pollution, when we can just recycle,” said Jasdeep Sandhu, senior international stud-

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Forsyth gallery to show art at Bryan street fair Katie Marie Pogue

The Battalion MSC Forsyth Center Galleries will support the second annual Downtown Art and Street Fair in Bryan, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature entertainment for students, children and parents. Artists, musicians, street performances and demonstrations will line the streets of the 200 Block of West 26th Street surrounding the Forsyth Galleries latest exhibition, “Elegance and Style�, a collection of English and French Cameo Glass from the Runyon and Smits Collection. The MSC Forsyth Center Gallery was established in 1989 to house the art collection of Bill, class of 1935, and Irma Runyon. The center houses one of the world’s leading collections of English Cameo glass. The current exhibition contains a vase worth over a quarter of a million dollars. During the reconstruction of the MSC, the Forsyth Gallery has been temporarily relocated to historic downtown Bryan. Due to the move, students are not always aware of the exhibit or have as easy access to the collection. “One of our number one goals is to bring students into downtown to be part of the A&M experience off campus,� said Kristy Petty, communications specialist for the MSC Forsyth Center Gallery and organizer of the Downtown Art and Street Fair. “The MSC Forsyth Gallery made it possible for the fair to happen.� The MSC Forsyth Center is always open, and Petty encourages students to visit and appreciate the art donated by a former student even though the exhibit is not on campus for

community Broomball fundraiser against home abuse For the Brazos Valley Police and Fire departments, it was off duty and onto the ice to support the Brazos Country Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a leading organization against domestic violence. The teams went head to head April 8 in the sixth broomball tournament at Arctic Wolf Ice Center. Hundreds of guests attended, contributing more than $2,000 to aid Love is Not Abuse and Silent Witness, prevention and education programs. “It’s a blast getting to play with our fellow ofďŹ cers,â€? said OfďŹ cer Agnew of the Bryan Police Department. “My hip is still sore.â€? Since its creation in 1994, the Brazos Country Coalition Against Domestic Violence strives to educate and protect those affected by domestic violence, a harsh reality that many men, women and children face in Bryan-College Station. In addition, both police and ďŹ re departments of the area create promotional videos and assist with fundraising and education. “It’s a great opportunity for the community to come out and support not just a great cause but some heroes of our community,â€? said Alison Cohn, Brazos County Coalition Against Domestic Violence chairwoman. The College Station Police Department received the coveted Golden Broom as the champions for the ďŹ rst time since the tournament’s creation. “We all take pride in participating and can’t wait for next year,â€? Agnew said. Sarah Smith, staff writer

the moment. The Downtown Art and Street Fair will be doing things a little differently than last year. In the street next to The Village CafĂŠ, a variety of live music will take place. “Everything from a bagpipe guy, folk music, maybe even a slam poetry group,â€? Petty said. Along the streets, artists will set up shops to display and sell work. Among the artists there will be demonstrations of forging metal, jewelry making, portrait painting and the Order of Illusionist student group from Texas A&M. The goal is a carnival-like atmosphere with face painting and brightly colored streamers. This year Scotty’s House is partnering with A&M student groups to provide fair-goers with a children’s tent. Children will be able to participate in art activities geared specifically towards them. Also, in the downstairs portion of the MSC Forsyth Center Gallery there will be an exhibit of children’s art from the art therapy project put on by Scotty’s House in honor of Child Abuse Awareness month. Another new feature this year will be the Student Relief arm of the fair; there will be an art relief section where paintings donated by artists will be sold and all proceeds will go directly to Japan disaster relief efforts. “There is a big movement in Bryan to make downtown a center for art,â€? Petty said. This movement will be easy to see Saturday as over twenty-five local artists will have their works on display. Petty invites A&M students and families, as well as the Bryan-College Station community to come out and see the MSC Forsyth exhibit and all the fair has to offer.

campus Dickey appointed as Defense Health president Dr. Nancy Dickey, president of the Texas A&M Health Science Center and vice chancellor for health affairs for the Texas A&M University System, was appointed as president of the federal Defense Health Board on April 4. Secretary of Defense and former president of Texas A&M Robert M. Gates appointed Dickey to the position. The Defense Health Board is a Federal Advisory Committee to the Secretary of Defense. The mission of the Defense Health Board is to provide independent, scientiďŹ c advice/recommendations on matters relating to operational programs, health policy development, health research programs, requirements for the treatment and prevention of disease and injury and promotion of health and the delivery of health care to Department of Defense beneďŹ ciaries. Dickey has a long resumĂŠ of service to Texas A&M University. She served as interim dean of the TAMHSC-College of Medicine from June 2000 until Dec. 31, 2001. She was also a professor of family and community medicine in the TAMHSC-College of Medicine. She took ofďŹ ce as president of Texas A&M Health Science Center Jan. 1 2002. Dickey will serve a two-year term as president of the federal Defense Health Board. Katie Marie Pogue, staff writer

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he Texas A&M Football team entered spring ball with high expectations after running off a six-game winning streak to cap off a magical season before losing to LSU in the Cotton

Bowl. Even though Head Coach Mike Sherman has 18 returning starters to provide veteran leadership, questions remain going into the Maroon and White Game Saturday.

How do you replace an AllAmerican?

How is Christine Michael’s leg and what will be his role?

You can’t put a Band-Aid on a bullet hole. Von Miller’s departure for the NFL presents a huge problem, no matter who’s waiting in the wings — Miller was a two-time AllAmerican, led the nation in sacks in 2009 and may end up as the most revered player in Texas A&M football history. No one on this team will be able to reproduce his numbers, plain and simple. That being said, the Aggies do have a nice consolation prize. Sophomore Damontre Moore spent all season learning Miller’s special joker position, and finished the year second on the team in sacks (6.5). Moore has had an up-and-down camp and is in competition with oncoming Caleb Russell to take over Miller’s spot on the field.

Things looked grisly when sophomore running back Christine Michael broke his right tibia during the third quarter of A&M’s win over Texas Tech last season. Junior Cyrus Gray’s emergence proved to be a beneficial residual effect, but it definitely hurt the team. At the time, Michael and Gray were considered one of the best one-two punches in the Big 12. Michael appears to be fully recovered, making hard cuts and bursting through holes with his normal flair in spring practices. In one play of team drills, on day five of spring camp, Michael shot through the defenders for a 50-yard run, showing no signs of a limp. He and Gray will once again form a versatile platoon, which Sherman can run the ball and catch passes out of the backfield.

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How good can this offense be?

Who can fill in Michael Hodges’ shoes?

Anchored by senior Michael Hodges and junior Garrick Williams, the linebacker core stopped any ball carriers that slipped into the second level. Hodges and his team-leading 115 tackles are graduation bound, but Williams, who finished second in tackles (112) returns for the Aggie defense. Finding the player to play inside linebacker alongside Williams has been a top priority for Sherman and his coaching staff. Sophomore Jonathan Stewart has had a good offseason, flashing at times but not playing with enough consistency, said defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter. Sophomore Kyle Mangan has been playing with the first team defense and has impressed. Another guy to watch out for is incoming freshman Donnie Baggs: the Clear Springs High School product has come to College Station early to get a jump on the steep learning curve of DeRuyter’s complex defensive scheme.

Top: The Aggies have gone through countless drills this spring leading up to the Maroon & White game. Bottom: Sophomore Damontre Moore will look to fill the void at the joker position left by Von Miller.

This past year, A&M averaged 276.8 passing yards per game, good for 20th in the nation. And that was with an ugly quarterback switch midway through the season and an inexperienced offensive line starting two freshmen. The A&M offense also averaged 165 yards per game on the ground (46th overall), even though Michael suffered a season-ending leg injury and opposing defenses only had to game plan one ball carrier. This offense has the potential to be one of the most prolific in school history. The Gray/Michael backfield combination is a proven commodity. Junior wide receiver Jeff Fuller was an all-conference selection by the coaches and is considered one of the top players at his position in the nation. Junior Ryan Tannehill benefits from his first offseason playing quarterback instead of wide receiver, and the offensive line is vastly improved from where it was at the start of last season. For the first time in many years, the Aggies have a team that can win games solely based on their offensive firepower.

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4bd/4ba house, 3526 Wild Plum, refrigerator, W/D, huge backyard! $1,650/mo. 361-290-0430. 4bdrm/2ba house, available 8/2, 2-car garage, hot-tub, $1600/mo. bike to campus, 979-229-7660. 4bdrm/3ba. home with w/d, on shuttle route. $1650/mo. Warren 979-574-1722. 4bdrm/3ba., with w/d, yardcare provided. $1500/mo. Warren 979-574-1722. Pre-leasing for August! 4bdrm/3bth house. Close to campus, wood floors, tile floors, ceiling fans, W/D, fenced yards, refrigerator, icemaker, lawn-care. 979-776-6079, www.aggielandleasing.com 4bed/4bath Waterwood Townhomes, 1001 Krenek Tap Road across from Central Park. Gated community, bus route, appliances, W/D included. Available Fall 2011. Contact 281-793-0102 or Jimbo77@AggieNetwork.com

Like New Luxury Townhome. 4bd/4ba. $520/month. All Bills Paid. On Bus Route, Near Campus, Gated. Purchase $175,000 936-448-6323. Myrtle Estate: A peaceful country setting perfect for special occasions! Ring Day, Graduation/Game weekends, and social events. Home sleeps 16 and has a large in-ground pool with patio. Photos and pricing can be found at www.bcseliterealty.com or call Dawn @ 979-324-4477 now taking reservations for 2011 football season! Need female sublet for May-August 2011. 1bd/1ba. $409/mo. Contact Brianne 972-672-6752.

New Condos! 4/4, W/D in unit, private bathrooms. Summer rent $240. From Fall-Spring, minimum 12mos. $325/mo and $295/mo. 979-574-0040, 281-639-8847. University Place at Southwest Parkway. New homes for rent! Close to campus! 4bd/4ba, 3bd/3ba. Call Today! 254-721-6179. Broker. New House For Rent. 4bd/3ba off Rock Prairie. Available June 1st. All bills paid. Semi-furnished. 2bdrms at $525/each (shared bathroom), 1bdrm at $550 (private bathroom), master bedroom at $575 (private bathroom). Call 361-463-6613. New/Newer 1/1, 1/1.5 lofts, 2/2, 3/3. Available May and August. www.jesinvestments.com Broker/owner. 979-777-5477. Newly remodeled 4/2 house. Walking distance to campus, tile & wood floors, great location, nice big deck & yard. 979-776-6079, www.aggielandleasing.com Northgate area, 3/2, 2/2 and new 2/2 available for summer and fall. W/D connections, walk to campus, big living rooms and bedrooms. Call 979-255-5648. Oak Creek Condos, high-speed internet and basic cable. 2bdrm/1.5ba. $515/mo. Water, sewer, trash paid. Fireplace, icemaker, pool, hot-tub. 979-822-1616. One bedroom for rent in 3bedroom house. M/F, 1mi to campus. On bus route. $400/mo., all bills paid. Hot tub and game room. (979)739-7717. Pre-leasing 4bdrm Houses, updated, fenced pets, ok. Starting at $1395/mo. AggieLandRentals.com 979-776-8984. Pre-leasing for August! 4bdrm/2bth houses. Great Location. Close to campus, wood floors, tile floors, ceiling fans, w/d, fenced yards, refridgerator, icemaker,lawncare. 979-776-6079, www.aggielandleasing.com Classifieds continued on page 9

BRYAN: 2/1 DUPLEXES W/FENCED COMMON AREAS OR PRIVATE YARDS, CENTRAL A/H, W/D CONN, CENTRALLY LOCATED BETWEEN TAMU & DOWNTOWN BRYAN! $535-$555/mo 979.775.2291 www.twincityproperties.com

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5bd/2ba house, 1112 Berkeley, available August, two living, close to campus, new tile, W/D, no pets, $1795/mo, 979-731-8257, www.BrazosValleyRentals.com

COLLEGE STATION: 2/1 UP & DOWNSTAIRS 4-PLEXES, WALKING/ BIKING DISTANCE FROM TAMU, SPACIOUS UNITS, ALL APPL, CENTRAL A/H, W/D CONN! $475-$495/mo 979.775.2291 www.twincityproperties.com

COLLEGE STATION: GREAT 3/2 HOME, GARAGE, IDEAL LOCATION, HUGE BACK YARD, DECK, F/P, ASF 1425, CENTRAL A/H, W/D CONN, ALL APPL, LOTS OF STORAGE! 979.775.2291 www.twincityproperties.com

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. $1400/mo. Leave message with owner at 512-477-8925. Available August.

BRYAN: 3/1.5 HOUSES OFF WOODVILLE, GREAT FLOOR PLANS, VAULTED CEILINGS, WALK-IN CLOSETS, ALL APPL, BIG BACK YARDS, PET FRIENDLY, W/D CONN! $795-$815/mo 979.775.2291 www.twincityproperties.com

BRYAN: 4/2 STUDIOS, ASF 1600, PET FRIENDLY, ALL APPL, F/P, BALCONY, SOME HAVE FENCED YARDS, 2 LIVING AREAS, QUIET NEIGHBORHOOD! $1150-$1200/mo 979.775.2291 www.twincityproperties.com

COLLEGE STATION: 2 BR HOUSES W/CARPORTS, WALK-IN CLOSETS, FENCED YARDS, W/D CONN, ALL APPL, MINS FROM TAMU & BLINN! $815/mo 979.775.2291 www.twincityproperties.com

BRYAN: 2/1-2/1.5 DUPLEXES, CLOSE TO BLINN & MINS FROM TAMU, FENCED YARDS, ALL APPL, CABLE & INTERNET PAID, WOOD FLOORING, CENTRAL A/H! $615-$695/mo 979.775.2291 www.twincityproperties.com

BRYAN: 2/1 UPSTAIRS & DOWNSTAIRS 4-PLEXS, SOME HAVE FENCED YARDS, PATIOS OR BALCONY, PETS WELCOME, CABLE & INTERNET PAID, W/D CONN, ALL APPL! $555-$625/mo 979.775.2291 www.twincityproperties.com

BRYAN: UNIQUE 3/2 HOUSE IN BRYAN’S EASTSIDE HISTORICAL DISTRICT, CARPORT, WOOD FLOORS, GREAT FLOOR PLAN, PET FRIENDLY, W/D CONN, SPACIOUS ROOMS! 979.775.2291 www.twincityproperties.com

COLLEGE STATION: MANY 3 & 4 BR HOMES TO CHOOSE FROM, SOME W/ GARAGE OR CARPORT, WOLF PEN AREA, NEAR TAMU SHUTTLE, PET FRIENDLY, W/D CONN, FENCED YARDS! $775-$1200/mo 979.775.2291 www.twincityproperties.com

BRYAN: 3/3 NEWLY RENOVATED HOME, WOOD FLOORS, FENCED YARD, W/D CONN, PETS WELCOME, ALL NEW APPL, LESS THAN 3 MINS FROM TAMU! www.twincityproperties.com 979.775.2291

4br/4ba Condo, pool and hot tub, 979-705-8627, aggierental@gmail.com 5/3.5 House, Southside Historic, All Appliances, summer terms only. 817-773-7214.

August-4/2 with large fenced yard, W/D connections, 1217 North Ridgefield. $1400/mo. 979-693-1448. August-4/2/2 House with large fenced yard, W/D, large deck, updated kitchen. 1217 Berkeley. $1500/mo. 979-777-9933. Available May7. 3bd/2ba. Fenced-backyard, 2-car-garage. W/D. $1350/mo. Tile living-room. 407-721-3300. Available now! 2bd/1.5ba on shuttle, updated 1100sq/ft, 402 Fall $650/mo. AggieLandRentals.com 979-776-8984.

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3/2/2 for lease. All appliances, W/D, alarm system, on bus route. Available June 1st. 1431 Magnolia Drive. $1200/mo. 214-914-4305. 3/2/2 large home. Near TAMU, available June1, central air/heat. 979-255-2423.

ETYMOLOGY Due to the poor harvests during the Irish Land War, Lord Erne decided to offer his tenants a ten percent reduction on their rent. The tenants who were unable to afford the amount charged asked for a 25% reduction. Lord Erne turned them down and had his land agent Captain X evict those tenants. The people decided that when dealing with greedy landlords and agents, instead of fighting them, everyone in the locality should ostracize them. Captain X, whose name X gave rise to the current meaning of the word, was the first person to be ostracized. What is the good word? ANSWERS TO YESTERDAY’S PUZZLE: The country was Slavonia (part of Yugoslavia) and the word is “slave”. Surakshith Sampath — THE BATTALION

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FOR RENT Pre-leasing for August. 3bd/2ba/2 car garage house. Updated, fenced, pets ok, on shuttle route. $1099/mo. 3401 Coastal C.S. AggieLandRentals.com 979-776-8984. Pre-leasing for May or August! 4/2/2 Fenced, totally remodeled, granite, 1312 Timm, $1799/mo, W/D, biking distance to campus. AggieLandRentals.com, 979-776-8984. Prelease for May or August, 2/1 fourplex. W/D connections, water paid. 609 Turner. $465/m. 979-693-1448. Prelease for May or August. Large 2/2 with fenced yard, W/D connections, large closets, great location. University Oaks. $775/m. 979-693-1448. Prelease for May or August: 2/1 duplex, fenced back yard, w/d conn. 3 locations to choose from $600.00, 693-1448. Pre-leasing 3/1.5/2carport, Updated, Fenced, biking distance to campus, on shuttle, pets ok. $750/mo AggieLandRentals.com 979-776-8984. Remolded 3bd/1-3/4ba house! Bike to A&M, W/D, fenced yard, near Thomas Park 300 Gilchrist $1225 979-693-5885.

Executive office looking for part-time receptionist. Decorum necessary. Please send cover letter, resume, availability, and references to oxfordct@gmail.com Full-time medical technician for growing allergy practice wanted. 4-year degree and 1-year commitment required. May graduates welcome! We are looking for an intelligent, positive, friendly person to join our team. We teach skills that are an asset for anyone interested in a career in healthcare and can help a candidate get into medical school. E-mail resume to docmgr@yahoo.com Full Year Ministries Internships: Youth and College. A&M UMC seeks individuals for the youth and college ministry intern positions. Candidates should have a desire to connect youth/college students with the heart of God. They should be administratively organized, creative, playful, and relational. They must have the ability to equip volunteers for meaningful ministry. An excellent candidate would also be considering vocational ministry. For more info about positions, please check out http://www.am-umc.org/college/announcements-events.html or http://www.am-umc.org/youth/announcements-youth.html Send resume, cover letter, and references to elleyfisk@am-umc.org

Ridgewood Village efficiency with loft. Uniquely designed floor plan. No pets, $395/mo, $350 deposit. 1211-1213 Holik. 979-696-2998. Some short term leases available. $455/mo.

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Ridgewood Village, large very quiet tree-shaded 1bdrm/1bth studio, no pets. $445/mo, $350 deposit, 1201-1209 Holik. 979-696-2998. Some short term leases available $515/mo.

Help Wanted on website and computer development. Call J.C. 254-721-6179.

Summer lease available. 3bd house. 0.3mi from campus! $1200/mo. Call Preston 903-330-1935.

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marrying co-worker Agnes Twokey and traveling by airplane only once in his life. He earned $90 a month for working seven days a week at the beginning, and amount that he said was â&#x20AC;&#x153;a lot of money at that time.â&#x20AC;? In 1919, he bought his first car, a $150 secondhand Ford. Breuning remembered driving around town and spooking the horses that still crowded the dirt streets of Great Falls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had more damn runaways back in those days,â&#x20AC;? Breuning said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Horses are just scared of cars.â&#x20AC;? He and his wife bought property for $15 and planned to build a house, but it all went off the tracks when the Great Depression struck. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody got laid off in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;30s,â&#x20AC;? Breuning said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nobody had any money at all. In 1933, they built the civic center over here. Sixtyfive cents an hour, you know. That was the wage â&#x20AC;&#x201D; big wage.â&#x20AC;? Breuning was able to hold onto his job, but he and Agnes never built their house. They sold the lot for $25, making a tidy $10 profit. It turned out to be the only time Breuning ever owned property â&#x20AC;&#x201D; he was a renter for the rest of his life. Agnes died in 1957 after 35 years of marriage. The couple didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any children, and Breuning never remarried. In 1963 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the year the Beatles released their first album â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Breuning decided it was time to retire at age 67. But he stuck by his philosophy and kept working. He became the manager and secretary for the Shriners, a position he held until he was 99.

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Professor explores early American culture Haley Lawson

The Battalion At the headwaters of a small creek, at the Debra L. Friedkin site northwest of Austin, an archeological team began to prepare for a dig that would defy all findings regarding early life in Texas. Michael Waters, the lead author of the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paper and professor at Texas A&M, is the director of the Center for the Study of the First Americas. Waters and two doctoral students, Jessi Halligan and Tom Jennings, joined researchers from Baylor University, Texas State, University of Illinois and the University of Minnesota, and performed a dig and discovered artifacts that date human occupation in Texas back as much as 2,500 years earlier. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We found evidence of early occupation of 2,500 years older than what we previously thought. Now we have evidence that people have been on this continent for a much longer time,â&#x20AC;? Waters said. Previously, the Clovis hunters were believed to be the first people in America; however, Waters and his team declared that the Clovis-first model might be abandoned. As the team dug into the clay, they began to find stone tools and artifacts ranging from Late Prehistoric artifacts in the uppermost horizon to Folsom, Clovis and finally to the pre-Clovis. The team used tools and luminescence to date the tools and artifacts back 2,500 years earlier. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The many distinct and superbly documented lines of evidence offer pretty unequivocal confirmation that people were in interior North America south of the ice sheets before the Clovis radiation,â&#x20AC;? said David Anderson of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, founder of the online Paleoindian Database of the Americas. Jennings and Halligan worked on collecting, interpreting and recording data. Jennings is studying the Late Paleoindian, Clovis and

potential pre-Clovis stone tool debris from the Buttermilk Creek site, Texas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The cultures we recognize, from oldest to youngest are: pre-Clovis, Clovis, Folsom and Late Paleoindian,â&#x20AC;? Jennings said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The earliest materials we have recovered date to around 15,500 years ago, and the Paleoindian period ended approximately 10,000 years ago. From these levels, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m counting, measuring and identifying and describing the stone tools and debris from making stone tools in order to better understand how these earliest peoples organized their stone technology.â&#x20AC;? The team consisted of researchers from different universities with different expertise and a variety of students from A&M. Both undergraduate and graduate students worked on the dig. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What was really nice about the project is we were able to bring colleagues from other universities and from our University, and we have graduate and undergraduate students that excavated at the site. What happens in science is you need certain aspects of expertise so you get to know people in different fields from all around,â&#x20AC;? Waters said. The Debra L. Friedkin site is one of the oldest sights in North America. The discovery found there also changed the beliefs of how and when people lived in Texas. Researchers are moving past the possibility of pre-Clovis and are now seeing it as reality and are searching for more patterns and artifacts that date back to this time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This site is helping redefine our understanding of the earliest colonizers of North America,â&#x20AC;? Jennings said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Debra L. Friedkin site provides new evidence of stone technology 15,000 years ago and is helping us understand how these earliest colonizers are related to later cultures that developed throughout the continent.â&#x20AC;?

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Seven alumni awarded Roland Ruiz

The Battalion Texas A&M University and The Association of Former Students announced seven prestigious recipients for the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award Wednesday. Established in 1962, the award is the highest honor bestowed upon a former student of Texas A&M. To date, 204 individuals received this distinguished award for contributions to the University, their local communities and their professions. Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin, class of 1971, said he and Texas A&M are proud to recognize the seven former students that stood out within the Aggie family as well as their communities, states and nations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They exemplify what makes Texas A&M University unique â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a rich history and traditions and a culture that instills life-long values such as leadership and selfless service in our students,â&#x20AC;? Loftin said in a press release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Through their actions, these Distinguished Alumni represent the very best of what it means to truly live the Aggie Spirit.â&#x20AC;? Texas A&M University and The Association of Former Students will recognize posthumously J. Wayne Stark, class of 1939. Stark graduated from A&M with a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in accounting and history. He served as an Army officer in World War II and then worked for Anderson Clayton Corp. before returning to A&M in 1947 as director of the Memorial Student Center until 1980. He conceived the mission of the MSC and supervised construction of the MSC building, which is dedicated to all Aggies who have died in all wars. Stark mentored thousands of young Aggies, encouraging both overseas travel and involvement in student organizations. He solicited millions of dollars in gifts and endowments for A&M and the MSC, increased the number of pieces in the University Art collections and created numerous student organizations. He was a recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award from The Associations of Former Students, and the J. Wayne Stark Galleries is named in his honor. He died on January 18, 1993.

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MAILCALL From Adam Davies,

sophomore history major

The Texas State Senate is dragging its feet on a very important bill, and one of the senators doing that is our own Senator Ogden. The student body needs to mobilize to force Senator Ogden to support Senate Bill 354, allowing those of us who can carry our concealed handgun for self defense on one side of University Drive to carry on campus and into the buildings. We do not want everyone to be carrying, just those who are already licensed by the state of Texas to carry almost every

single other place in the state. We are supposedly in a ‘gun-free’ zone when in class, but so were those in classes that Seung-Hui Cho went into when he killed 32 and injured 25. The 71 campuses that now allow it have seen no consequences of allowing it, and some Colorado campuses even saw a crime decrease. Concealed carry causes a lower crime rate, but campuses do not allow it. We know that criminals by definition do not care about the law. They will not follow the law making a campus “gun-free.” CHL holders just want to be able to defend ourselves on-campus as we do off.

From Britney Coody, junior

accounting major

After reading the Stripper article, I just wanted to ask why and how did The Battalion see this as a newsworthy story? Trying to glorify and gain respect for strippers? I couldn’t even take this article seriously. Do I hate all strippers? No. Do I respect stripping as a profession? No. I know plenty of people paying their way through college, working full-time at a decent, respectable job(s). I’m sure $1000/night, versus minimum wage at McDonald’s sounds very tempting, but would they resort to stripping? No. How about you write an article

about these amazing people? They were raised with morals, selfrespect, and a strong, positive workethic, some things that “Summer” is obviously lacking. To have the nerve to say stripping makes her “want to alter her body… always trying to be a sexier girl…” is disgusting. I would never even want to attract a “man” who would step foot in a strip club. So while I appreciate you always trying to press for acceptance and diversity on campus, I would appreciate if at least every once in a while you’d write something about someone that’s actually worth reading. Thanks and gig ‘em.

EDITOR’SNOTE The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the various authors and forum participants in this paper do not necessarily reflect those of Texas A&M University, The Battalion or its staff. Direct all correspondence to: Editor in chief of The Battalion (979) 845-3315 | mailcall@ thebatt.com

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Christian group sends support to troops with care packages Alexandria Randolph

The Battalion The Christian Business Leaders group has worked on many service projects in the past. In the spring of 2010, they raised money for Relay for Life and donated care packages for U.S. soldiers overseas in December. This year, things were a little more close to home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My future brother-inlaw is in Iraq right now,â&#x20AC;? said Turner Dawson, co-director for Christian Business Leaders and senior accounting major. Dawson is marrying his fiancĂŠe Kelly Bates in July, and her brother Cory Bates is currently serving in the U.S. army. Dawson said that this past Christmas, CBL raised money to provide care packages for Bateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unit, but this time around, Bates had a special request. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He just emailed me and said that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got a buddy in Afghanistan, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re facing some tougher challenges there,â&#x20AC;? Dawson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted to honor those who are serving overseas and offer them some encouragement.â&#x20AC;? Dawson said the CBL service committee is working on getting care packages to this specific unit in Afghanistan. The packages contain items that soldiers would not be able to obtain on a regular basis while overseas. For example, powdered drink mix, snacks and candy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re supplying care packages that will contain food, supplies, a Bible and a personal letter that we write

just thanking them for their service and to let them know that we are thinking about them,â&#x20AC;? said Megan Knoll, a CBL member and freshman business administration major. Knoll said the fundraiserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal is to provide enough supplies for 430 packages, with each package costing around $10. Dawson estimates that they will meet this goal before the fundraiserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s end on April 25. Senior accounting major Kelsey Hermanson is the committee chairwoman for the outreach committee, one of 15 committees in CBL. The outreach committee organized the fundraiser, and Hermanson said its main purpose is to provide support for the U.S. troops overseas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We feel itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very important to show these troops that even though we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have 9/11 last year, we still do appreciate what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very important to us as Americans that they are out there protecting our freedom,â&#x20AC;? Hermanson said. Hermanson said Christian Business Leaders is about much more than just outreach programs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I joined CBL my sophomore year,â&#x20AC;? Hermanson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted an organization that supported my faith and also gave me the skills I needed in the business world, and Christian Business Leaders seemed like the perfect choice because their mission is to teach us how to live out our faith once we move into the workplace. That was the

big draw for me.â&#x20AC;? Hermanson said her time with CBL has given her a greater understanding of the challenges that one might face in the workplace. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of times you will be presented with situations where it will be easy to compromise,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;How do you fit into the workplace without compromising your faith?â&#x20AC;? Hermanson said CBL welcomes guest speakers who are Christians working in the business world, and attend Bible studies after their Thursday meetings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been an awesome experience just to be in a leadership role and to learn the different skills that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to use in the future,â&#x20AC;? Hermanson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offered me the opportunity to expand my skill sets. You learn to rely on either people, and to delegate.â&#x20AC;? Dawson said the fundraiser is being advertised with flyers and by word of mouth. Students are encouraged to donate before April 25. Donations can be made at the cube in the Wehner building on West Campus, but a collection booth on main campus is pending. Dawson said the CBL outreach committee hopes to have all 430 packages mailed by May 1. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of times I feel that in times of peace, we tend to forget about the troops and what they are doing for us,â&#x20AC;? Hermanson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They deserve to be recognized for what they do.â&#x20AC;?

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The Battalion The No. 5 Texas A&M baseball team (24-9, 9-3) comes into the weekend having dropped four of their last six games. The Baylor Bears (19-15, 5-7) are backed up against a wall and looking to gain momentum heading into the second half of conference play. This season, the Battle for the Brazos gets serious. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking forward to this weekend,â&#x20AC;? said Head Coach Rob Childress. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are no easy weekends in this league. Baylor is 5-7 and this is a very important weekend for them.â&#x20AC;? Because of the schoolsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; proximity, many of the players know each other from high school, select teams or met each other during the recruiting process. For example, sophomore pitcher Dylan Mendoza and Baylor pitcher Max Garner both played for Head Coach Roy Kinnon at Lake Travis High School in Austin. Baylor boasts an offense with six left handed hitters, all of whom are cerebral ballplayers with a knack for smart baserunning. The Bearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; small ball approach will be boosted by one player in particular whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been forced to the bench for the last 12 games with a hamstring injury. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They get [left fielder] Logan Vick back this weekend,â&#x20AC;? Childress said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been gone for the last month, you know. He was a freshman All-American with them last year, came back Tuesday against UT Arlington and hit a home run.â&#x20AC;? The Aggies need strong outings from the starting pitching and bullpen if they plan to come out on top; Baylor is 19-2 this season when scoring four or more runs. A&Mâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pitching staff leads the Big 12 with a minuscule 2.06 ERA. They also sit at the top of the leader board in fewest home runs allowed (8) and walks allowed per nine innings (2.18). Thus far, junior John Stilson tops the conference for most strikeouts (61), sophomore Mi-

The series The Bears are one of the Aggiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; oldest rivals with the two schools having ďŹ rst faced off on the baseball diamond in 1904. Texas A&M holds a 178-130-4 advantage in the all-time series which has featured at least one game between the schools continuously since 1946. Since the former Southwest Conference rivals joined the Big 12, the series has been tightly contested with Baylor holding a slim 24-23. The Aggies, however, have won 11 of their last 15 meetings with Baylor. chael Wacha has the fourth lowest ERA (1.23) and junior Ross Stripling is tied for the fourth most wins (6). The Aggies are also lighting up the leader board on the offensive side of the ball. The team ranks fourth in the Big 12 in batting average (.287) thanks in large part to sophomore right fielder Tyler Naquinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sparkling season. The Spring native leads the team with a .389 batting average, good for third in the conference. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also second in triples (5) and runs scored (32) and third in hits (51). Both offense and defense will need to be firing on all cylinders in order to best the Bears this weekend and claim the crown of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best in the Brazos.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to test our pitching staff,â&#x20AC;? Childress said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have a very offensive team. Their Friday night pitcher Logan Verrett is a guy thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s given us fits as long as heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been at Baylor. He has an outstanding slider, very competitive, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have our hands full. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have to play much better than we did last weekend if weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have a chance to win this series.â&#x20AC;? Friday nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bout in Waco will end a brutal part of the schedule that saw the Aggies play nine of their last 10 games on the road. The Aggie faithful will welcome the team back to Olsen Field for Saturday and Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s matchups.

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