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From Aggieland to Switzerland

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Former student recounts travels in book ‘Romancing the Impossible, Traveling the World Without Money’ Robert Carpenter The Battalion When Clarke Straughan graduated from Texas A&M in 1960, he knew exactly what he was going to do with his business administration degree: live the life of Errol Flynn, Hollywood’s glorified swashbuckler and adventurer. Seven years, four continents and countless adventures later, he figured he had done just that. “I grew up in San Antonio and when I was 7, 8, 9 years old, every Saturday [my friends and I] would watch movies of daring and adventure,” Straughan said. “So I sat there Saturday after Saturday watch-

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ing these and just absorbed this into my soul. I said, ‘When I get big, I am going to live that life,’ and I never let go of that dream.” In 1962, at 23, Straughan pawned all of his possessions and purchased a one-way plane ticket to Hawaii. There, Straughan began the journey that took him around the globe. Straughan spent one year in Hawaii, working for a hotel. Then, despite making friendships with such wealthy vacationers as the prince of Spain and princess of Greece on their honeymoon, Straughan decided change was in order. A few months and several sickly boat trips later,

On this day in 1844, the Scioto Belle, a river steamer believed to have been built on the Scioto River in Ohio, arrived at Galveston from New Orleans. The steamer operated between Galveston and Houston and landings on the Trinity River but, probably because of the poor condition of the Trinity channel in the 1840s, was not able to go much farther up the river than Liberty Landing. In 1844, during a yellow fever epidemic, the Scioto Belle was docked at Lynchburg and converted by Dr. John Henry Bowers into a hospital.

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Students share faith, culture of Islam Samantha Johnson

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Straughan could be found laying desert railroad lines alongside Australia’s native Aborigines. In between stints on the railroad, Straughan spent time with the Boyces, a well-to-do Australian family whom he befriended. Peter Boyce, who was a teenager at the time, said Straughan made a lasting impression during his short stay. “In the early 1960s when I met Clarke, I was barely in my teens and very impressionable. I suppose I was looking for a role model,” Boyce said. “Clarke was so polite, not only to my father, calling him ‘sir,’ but

Clarke Straughan, now a retired Marine colonel and Distinguished Straughan Toastmaster, travels as a motivational speaker. For more information on Straughan or his book, visit http://www. TravelTreasureBooks.com.

The Battalion This week is Islam Awareness Week at Texas A&M, part of the celebration of Asian Heritage Month. “Our goal here at A&M is simply to help people understand what Islam really is,” said Afnan Adam, junior industrial engineering major and president of the Muslim Students’ Association. The association organizes the events of Islam Awareness Week. Booths were set up in front of Sbisa Dining Hall Monday and Tuesday. Students had the opportunity to participate in activities such as receiving Henna tattoos and having their name written in Arabic calligraphy, said Mohamad Mouneimne, education officer for the associa-

tion and junior chemical engineering major. Islamic art was also displayed, and pamphlets on topics in Islam were distributed. Sheikh Mutahhir Sabree will give a presentation called “Islam Exposed” at 6:30 p.m. today in Koldus 111. There will also be a discussion panel at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Rudder 601. “At this discussion panel, we hope to answer any question anyone has about Islam or any related question,” Adam said. “This is usually our largest event and we hope for it to be even bigger this year.” Saturday there will be a mosque open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Islamic Community of Bryan-College Station. “Also at the mosque open house, which is on Saturday, we have many visitors come and tour the mosque,” Adam said. “They get to try

exotic foods from different countries as well as learn about Islam through tables, movies and presentations.” Secretary of the association Sidraa Naeem, a junior general studies major, said this week will give her an opportunity to answer questions about her faith. “It is important to me, because I want people to know about what I believe in. I don’t want people to be afraid of asking questions like, ‘Why do you wear that head scarf?’ I feel like through programs like Islam Awareness Week, we give people the chance to ask us these questions and hopefully gain some insight on Islam instead of what the media portrays,” she said. “I want my Aggie family to know the

Aggies kick off shoes for cause

◗Sheikh Mutahhir Sabree will give a presentation at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Koldus 111. ◗There will be a discussion panel at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Rudder 601. ◗There will be a mosque open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Islamic Community of Bryan-College Station.

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A&M students protest for guns Brandi Tevebaugh

Meagan O’Toole-Pitts The Battalion Hundreds of Aggies will bear it all Thursday in observation of TOMS “One Day Without Shoes,” a nationwide event to raise awareness of the 300 million children in the world who go without shoes. “By going barefoot, we hope to raise awareness of all the children around the world who are forced to go without shoes every day,” said Nicole McAfee, Texas A&M TOMS member. TOMS, an alpargata footwear company founded in 2006 by Arlington native Blake Mycoskie, donates one pair of shoes to a child in need for each pair sold. TOMS delivers shoes to children in Argentina, South Africa, Ethiopia and the U.S. “Going without shoes really does nothing. It’s what going without shoes symbolizes. It shows that we as fortunate, blessed people don’t have to worry about dying of a disease that originates in the feet — it’s called podoconiosis — simply because we have shoes to walk around in,” said Texas A&M TOMS Club President Ashleigh Hancock. “There are people in third world countries, and even in our own country, that

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If you go ◗TOMS clubs around the country promote awareness with “One Day Without Shoes” events. A&M participants will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday in front of the Sul Ross statue and walk around campus barefoot. ◗On April 12, Toms founder Blake Mycoskie will speak at A&M. Tickets are free and available at the Rudder Box Office. contract diseases from the ground that are so easily preventable by wearing shoes and that’s what TOMS is about.” Podoconiosis, or nonfilarial elephantiasis, causes swelling of the feet and lower legs, and affects an estimated 1 million people in Ethiopia.

“These diseases are preventable, and they kill hundreds of thousand of children every day,” said Texas A&M Global Justice President Kayla Salazar. “Even if [students] can’t go to the event, we want students to be the Twelfth Man for the barefoot children of the world, and go without shoes on Thursday,” McAfee said. The A&M TOMS Day Without Shoes Facebook page has more than 600 confirmed guests for the event, but Hancock said she would be happy if 150 attend. “If all of those people showed up to our event at 5 p.m. at the Sul Ross statue, that would be so phenomenal,” she said. “It would be such an amazing statement to say to people, ‘Texas A&M is really aware of what’s going on in other countries and we do what small things we can to help.’”

The Battalion In the wake of campus tragedies such as the Virginia Tech shootings, students across the nation support concealed guns on college campuses. Texas A&M’s chapter of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus is participating in the Empty Holster Protest this week. “The Empty Holster Pro“Basically, test is something that is it’s to raise done nationally every awareness year with Students for the cause for Concealed of concealed Carry on Campus,” said Lisa carry on campus. MacIntyre, a juWe’re wanting to nior psychology get people asking major and pubquestions” lic relations officer for the A&M Lisa MacIntyre, chapter. “Basically, junior psychology it’s to raise awareness major for the cause of concealed carry on campus. We’re wanting to get people asking questions that way we can discuss it with them and tell them what we’re all about, what we’re fighting for.” The A&M chapter of the national organization is expecting about 900 students to be on campus this week with empty holsters. The group serves as the lead organization for the state. See Holsters on page 4

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so polite, not only to my father, calling him ‘sir,’ but he had time for me, giving genuine attention to what I said. I cannot dissociate Clarke from God’s working in my life.� Within two years of his arrival, Straughan had satisfied his taste for Australia and set his eyes on Hong Kong. “I talked to everyone I knew. No luck. I even received letters back from the government in Hong Kong saying, ‘An American can’t work in Hong Kong. Forget about it,’� Straughan said. “So the old Texan spirit kicked in. I took all the money I had and bought a ticket to Hong Kong.� Within weeks of arriving and with $3 left to his name, Straughan landed a managerial position at the largest hotel in the city. He went on to care for distinguished guests such as The Beatles during the inaugural world tour. True to form, after one year Straughan became restless and left Hong Kong to roam southeast Asia. Straughan realized one particularly unique ambition during this time — living with headhunters. “I had always wanted to live with headhunters. So I took off for headhunter territory,� Straughan said. “And that’s the kind of thing I did. I said, ‘I want to see what it’s like. I’m an adventurer, so what the heck?’� Faiz Anuar, a recreation, parks and tourism sciences doctoral student from Malaysia, said witness-

ing how these cultures live can be a life-changing experience. “I think it is a good exposure for Americans to see how people interact without being in a modern society, and how cultures behave inside the jungle,� Anuar said. “For an American to spend time in Malaysia in the jungle, he can definitely realize what life was like [before civilization] without going back 300 years.� Straughan continued his journey through Burma, India, Afghanistan, Iraq and Israel. During this time, Straughan said he visited the ancient ruins of Angkor after traversing miles of Viet Cong controlled jungle, and later meditated in a Buddhist monastery in India. When Straughan emerged from Asia in Europe, he made stops in Greece, Italy, France, Switzerland and Spain. It was then, in Europe, seven years after leaving Hawaii, that homesickness struck. Straughan decided it was time to return to the U.S., where he went on to lead a military career and careers with the oil company Hunt and with Motorola. In the last decade he also was a member of the FBI Counterterrorism Task Force. After 45 years of reflection, Straughan considers the most important lesson he learned from the experience to be the reward of courtesy. “I learned a lot of life lessons all over the world, but in a way, too, I proved that the golden rule works anywhere in the world,� Straughan said. “I treated people with respect, no matter if they were rich or poor, and that’s what opened so many doors for me.�

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The Department of Multicultural Services will have it’s third Cultural Day Trip April 17 to Asian cultural attractions in the Houston area. Registration deadline is April 13. For more information visit http://dms.tamu.edu/ daytrip/2010asian.

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The Battalion This weekend at Chilifest The Eli Young Band will take the stage for the first time — at Chilifest at least. The guys have been playing together for the last 10 years, and with three studio albums under their belt, they are no rookies to the stage. “There’s just something about playing at a The Eli Young festival — playing outside in the sunshine Band will be after playing in so many clubs and smoky performing bars,� said James Young, guitarist and one of at 2:15 p.m. the founding members of the band. “And, Saturday at with a bunch of bands on the bill, you get Chilifest in Snook, to hear a lot of music and see your friends.� Texas. Mike Eli and James Young began playing music together at The University of North Texas in 1999 as an acoustic duo. Shortly after, they added bass player Jon Jones and drummer Chris Thompson to the mix to form “The Eli Young Band� which debuted in October 2000. The Eli Young Band began the rise to success with the song “When it Rains� through realistic lyrics, catchy country melodies and rock undertones. “Our experiences come from real life,� Young said. “Since we write our own music it’s taken from real life inspiration, from the beginning you can tell what we were feeling, what we were going through at that point in time.� The guys are keeping busy touring and promoting their latest album, “Jet Black and Jealous,� which has generated three singles on the country Billboard chart including “Always the Love Songs,� “Radio Waves� and “Guinevere� which is still riding the charts. Even with the current success and busy touring schedule, they are still thinking ahead to future albums. “We went and did five songs over the Christmas holiday,� Young said. “Right now we are in the middle of ‘Guinevere’ on the charts, and as soon as that single does whatever it is going to do we are going to really start focusing on getting a new album out. In between doing all that we’re going to Courtesy photo keep on touring.� The Eli Young Band’s latest CD, “Jet Black and Jealous� is their third studio album. They have had three singles on the country Beginning in May, the band will be playing at the Billboard charts including “Guinevere,� which is currently still on the chart. “Country Throwdown Tour� which also features “We have been very blessed. We have had in a world with constant emerging technology. same level of success The Eli Young Band artists such as Montgomery Gentry, Jamey Johnson, the greatest fans in the world, we still do, and “I’d say the biggest challenge right now has worked so hard to get, Young offers one Jack Ingram and Little Big Town. The tour will we give them all the credit for where we are is finding ways to keep up with all the new unambiguous word. continue through late June as it travels all over the today,� Young said. “With ‘Love Songs’ being technology, new ways to promote yourself. “Determination. You just have to go out U.S., broadening the country music fan base. the first top ten single that really gave us the There are so many more outlets than there there and do it, keep playing anywhere and “We started here, and our fans have been very loyal opportunity to go outside of Texas and play were ten years ago with Twitter, MySpace, everywhere, whether it’s to two people or and they have been so great to us here in showing their music for a living, the fan base keeps expanding Facebook,� Young said. “We have tried to 30 people,� he said. “And keep doing it — support,� Young said. “You kind of start all over when and expanding. We started in Texas and we jump on every bandwagon and use that to making your music. You have to have a good you start going outside of Texas. You kind of just have just kept making the circle bigger and bigger.� our advantage, as well as keeping up with song and good lyrics and put a lot of time to rebuild fans there and start from square one.� Still, even with success on the charts and steady touring dates and going out and play- into creating them. Not everything we come Young said the band has been successful in gaining up with is good but we throw it down on the legions of new fans all over the country, the ing our music.� fans outside of Texas, where they first began their cutting room and go from there.� band members find they have daily challenges As for musicians who aspire to obtain the musical journey more than a decade ago.

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7.7 quake strikes Indonesia JAKARTA, Indonesia – A 7.7 earthquake shook Indonesia’s northwest island of Sumatra early Wednesday, prompting a brief tsunami warning and sending residents rushing for higher ground. There were scattered reports of injuries, but only minor damage was immediately reported. The quake struck at 5:15 a.m. (2215 GMT) and was centered 125 miles (205 kilometers) northwest of the coastal town of Sibolga in Sumatra at a depth of 19 miles (31 kilometers), the U.S. Geological Survey said. It had earlier said the quake measured 7.8. Indonesia’s Meteorology and Geophysics Agency and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu issued tsunami warnings following the quake, but lifted them two hours later.

Chicago has eyes everywhere CHICAGO – When the body of Chicago’s school board president was found partially submerged in a river last fall, a bullet wound to the head, cameras helped prove it was a suicide. Friends had speculated someone forced Michael Scott to drive to the river before shooting him — and maybe even wrapped his fingers around the trigger. In less than a decade and with little opposition, the city has linked thousands of cameras — on street poles and skyscrapers, aboard buses and in train tunnels — in a network covering most of the city. Officials can watch video live at a sprawling emergency command center, police stations and even some squad cars. Associated Press

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Members of Wreckin’ Raas perform Tuesday in front of Sbisa as a part of the Asian Heritage Month Opening Ceremony. Asian Heritage Month, sponsored by the Asian Presidents’ Council, will feature events on campus in April.

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truth about my religion.” Adam said this week is a good time for people who are curious about other religions to learn something new. “We think it is important to have this week here at A&M because A&M is, in fact, a cam-

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pus that is very diverse. The student body is composed of many different religions. It is always interesting to learn about different religions and why not help provide an avenue for those that are interested,” Adam said. Mouneimne said events like this can help set the record straight and overcome false information that has been distributed about Islam.

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John R. Lott, author “We have a whole lot of branches on of “More Guns, Texas campuses, but ours has been sort Less Crime and of the flagship this year,” said Chase JenFreakanomics” will nings a sophomore environmental studies be speaking on major and vice chairman of the organicampus at 6:30 p.m. zation. “It’s really the leading campus.” Thursday in Rudder “A&M is leading because the event 301. There will is more than a protest for the organizaalso be tables in tion,” said Texas State Rifle Association Sbisa Plaza and the Executive Director Charles Cotton. Commons Lobby “We’ll have tons of flyers and information and officers manning the tables,” throughout the said Derek Titus, a senior industrial disweek to give more tribution major and chairman of the orinformation about ganization. “They’ll be answering questhe week. tions or any concerns that people may have.” The group plans to use this week as an opportunity to recruit people to their organization and raise awareness about the issue. “Our plan for the week is to use Empty Holster Protest in order to gain awareness of our organization,” Titus said. “We believe we have a silent majority in that most people agree with us, and don’t know an orga“We have a whole nization like this exists. We’re lot of branches on really trying to raise awareTexas campuses, but ness and bring a lot of others ours has been sort of that agree with our cause to the flagship this year,” be able to join in and join said Chase Jennings a our cause. Our main focus sophomore environmental is sort of recruitment in a studies major and way.” vice chairman of the Students for Concealed organization. “It’s really Carry on Campus supports the ability to carry a concealed the leading campus.” weapon onto a college campus if the carrier is licensed. The licensing process requires an individual to undergo training with the weapon, a background check and prove their knowledge of carrying laws. “Once you do that, you’re allowed to carry in shopping malls, in grocery stores, in businesses all around the state,” MacIntyre said. “We’re trying to draw attention to the fact that there isn’t much of a difference between carrying a gun across the street from the University and then coming onto campus. It’s still the same people, the same people who are licensed to carry everywhere else, who are actually quite law-abiding.” The Empty Holster Protest is the main event for the organization nationwide and has caught the attention of state legislators. “It’s obviously been an issue for quite a while now, and it’s really heated these past few years,” Jennings said. “We were about to get the bill passed through the state legislature, through the Senate, and we had the number of votes. It was going to pass. The only reason it didn’t pass is because another bill got filibustered before it.” This is the third year for the Empty Holster Protest on A&M’s campus and it will continue through Friday.

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Freshman phenom Meagan May is starting off strong in her first season T.D. Durham The Battalion It is rare that a freshman student athlete in Division I will experience success in her respective sport. It’s even more rare that a freshman student athlete will establish competitive dominance. Meagan May, a freshman catcher on the Texas A&M softball team, was a highly sought-after recruit coming from Klein Oak High School near Houston, but few scouts predicted the level of success she experienced in her first season of college athletics. “I didn’t expect this level of success at all,” May said. “I was expecting to have to really struggle, and that the pitching was going to be really tough. I’m shocked as much as everyone else is.” Shocked is one word to describe a hitter who leads her team with a .425 batting average, a .561 on-base percentage and 17 home runs. So what’s the secret behind this offensive phenom? May said to keep her composure at the plate, she has a variety of devices to calm her down.

Freshman catcher Meagan May leads the team with a .425 batting average to go along with 17 home runs and 53 RBI’s. May also has a .985 fielding average in her 39 games.

“First, we have scouting reports for every pitcher,” she said. “I have to be ready for everything, but I can’t start thinking of two things at once. I guess the real secret is when I start getting tense, I start singing in my head.” Head coach Jo Evans said May’s presence at the plate and ability to hit the ball at any part of the plate has made her a hitter to fear. “She really knows her swing, and is a student of the game,” Evans said. “She’s so powerful that a lot of the time if she hits the ball well it’s going to go out of the park.” But even more challenging for the freshman athlete is finding a place socially among team members. As with her hitting, May excelled socially as well. “Our chemistry is just amazing,” May said. “Whether we want to or not, we’re intimidated by the older kids when we come in as freshman. But they’re not here to try to scare you; they really are your friends.” Before traveling to Aggieland, May was a standout in high school, graduating in the Top 10 percent of her class. She was

also the vice president of the art club and was an academic all-district nominee for three years. Fellow freshman Lauren Schwirtlich said May’s intelligence made an appearance one practice when the team was lining up to run punishment sprints. As the players prepared to run the full distance from home plate to the outfield fence, 190 feet away, Evans asked the women: “How many yards are in 190 feet?” Schwirtlich said no sooner had Evans asked the question than May yelled in reply: “65!” “Unfortunately, she was wrong and we had to run extra,” Schwirtlich said, with a chuckle. A friend to every player on the squad, May said each member of the team has her own quirks and hilarities that make the group tightly knit. “It’s hard to point one person out because everyone is so funny,” May said. “The two that crack me up the most, though, are probably Victoria [Lehrmann] and Kelsey Orsak, they’re hilarious.” Overall, though, May said she looks forward to good memories to come.

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h, the irony. It’s spring time, which means, in theory, we should be going outside, taking in the sunshine and living life as it’s meant to be lived. But in the spring comes something time-consuming. Something that has everything to do with going outside and living in the sunshine … but not for you. Yes, good ladies and gentlemen, it’s fantasy baseball season. I understand by celebrating this, I am a nerd and that dating prospects fly out the window — major league prospects, like Jason Heyward and Stephen Strasburg, on the other hand? Easily obtainable. But for someone who’s addicted to baseball, numbers and winning, and doesn’t have the athletic ability to win at baseball himself, fantasy baseball is amazing. By joining a fantasy league, you give yourself a reason to mindlessly indulge in way too much baseball. That Orioles-Royals game that sounded useless in December now has added value; Nick Markakis has to get two hits and a home run, but not off of Joakim Soria, or else your pitching staff is ruined. I may hate the Boston Red Sox, but I hope Dustin Pedroia hits .330 this season. That’s where the beauty of fantasy baseball is,

Kyle Cunningham really. First, the fan has to appreciate every team in the league to succeed. If we didn’t have statistical analysis and fantasy baseball players, who would really care about Joakim Soria or Pablo Sandoval (baseball-wise) other than the fans in Kansas City and San Francisco, respectively? The Royals and Giants are not particularly successful, so nobody’s going to follow them (that’s the truth — nobody in Texas really cared about the Red Sox until 2004) without some sort of incentive. And that’s where the fantasy game has helped the exposure of these teams; fans who scour the statistics and rosters of these lesser teams help the players get pushed to the forefront of stardom. Star players get people interested in teams. In that regard, fantasy owners are the best hype men in all of sports — you’re welcome, Joakim. And although we may hate certain teams,

fantasy sports help us respect the best playcious manner, if you sign off … Kyle: My friend just stole Jorge Posada. So ers in baseball. I shall let it be known I hate now I’m kind of screwed. the St. Louis Cardinals. That said, I recognize Girl: Forget it. Kyle, have you even won a Albert Pujols as the best hitter of our generachampionship in these games? tion. Would I have done this years ago, even Kyle: That’s a low blow. if he were? No, because I was a blinded Astros But I’m not a complete social hermit. I hang fan who couldn’t stand anything else in the NL out with other people. So what if the topic Central. By forcing myself to enjoy the entire continues to go on the topic of how league, I now see Pujols for what he is. overrated Hunter Pence is because Obviously, all of this is great, he has nearly three times as many but aren’t there down sides? Of When fantasy strikeouts as he does walks, or course. Communication with baseball season how every team, real or fantasy, friends and loved ones becomes needs a player like Skip Schuhits, socializing a lot more fun. And by “fun,” maker, who hits .300 and qualiI mean “painful torture.” doesn’t seem all fies for outfield and second base? Girl: Kyle, are we about that important. At least I’m communicating. And ready to go? that’s what matters, right? Kyle: Hold on … I’m resetting So it’s not the greatest addiction my pitching rotation for the weekto have. I’m alright with that because I end. Roy Oswalt dominates the Reds, enjoy what I’m doing and I get to dive into but his ERA has been highest in April and May baseball season. these last three years. What do you think? So, to all my friends that are reading this, I’ll Girl: I think we need to catch the movie. see you in September. Kyle: Just a second. Should I add Yadier Molina or Geovany Soto as my free agent catcher? Kyle Cunningham is a junior sports Joe Mauer just hurt his knee and … management major. Girl: … I will make out with you, in a fero-

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Suck it up but according to every source I can find, it’s an integral part of the process.) Put the other end into your mouth. Step 4: Create suction. (Think like it’s the world’s biggest crazy straw.) Step 5: Accidentally swalJames Cavin low approximately 72 gallons of dirty laundry water. oday folks, we’re going to Step 6: Realize you forgot to get a bucket talk about the wonders of to drain it into and run liquid dynamics, specifically around frantically as lilac scented laundry water how to siphon liquids from one gushes all over the container to another. It’s actually hallway. Step 7: Place the quite simple: bucket at a lower Step 1: Drink all the liquid that you want to height than the surmove. face of the reservoir Step 2: Go throw it up wherever you want to you are draining. move it to. Step 8: Sit back and Some people might try to tell you siphonwatch science move ing is a more complicated process involving hythe water from the resdrostatic pressure and reservoir heights, but in the ervoir to the bucket. end, this is usually what it boils down Step 9: Throw up. to. But why are we talking about Congratulations, Siphoning is siphoning? Because you never you have transferred not as easy as know when you might be called liquid from one on to use this important skill. area to one or it seems in the For instance: it was 2 a.m., more other area. movies. Reality and I was lying in bed thinkDoesn’t science feel is much more ing about the midterm I had to awesome? disgusting. take the next day, when suddenly In my case, the there was a knock on my bedroom washing machine wasn’t door. The last time I checked, somebody drained — some of it into the at your bedroom door at 2 a.m. can only mean bucket, some of it all over the floor, and far, one thing — serial cannibals. far too much of it, in my mouth. “Why the heck,” said my roommate after the “So, what laundry was in here that’s so darn bleeding had stopped, “do you keep a cricket bat important?” I asked my roommate, after I had in bed with you?” finished vomiting the 72 gallons of soapy water “Serial cannibals. Don’t you read the Federal into the bucket. Clery Reports?” “Oh, pretty much all of my underwear.” “No ... ” Approximately 45 minutes and six bottles of “So, um ... if you’re not here to serial canmouthwash later, I was back in bed, well rested nibalize me, what do you want?” and ready for tomorrow’s midterm. Unfortunate“The washing machine is broken again.” ly for those of you who may try following in my “So?” footsteps, imbibing dirty underwear water is not “So, seeing as you have prior experience enough to get you a midterm extension. siphoning out the water when it refuses to drain, “See the mental shock of realizing that I had I thought you could help.” dirty underwear water in my mouth completely The secret to siphoning out a broken washing erased all memory of English literature,” I atmachine is simple: get your little brother. Things tempted to explain. “I’m going to need weeks can get complicated if your little brother is unto catch up!” available for some reason, such as being barricad“How about the mental shock of getting an ed in their room with a Red Ryder BB gun after F?” replied my professor. reading one too many Federal Clery Reports. “But there were bits of lint floating in there! But don’t worry, I’ve been in this situation and I Actual dirty underwear molecules may have can walk you through every step. entered my mouth! I’m lucky I’m still alive!” Step 1: Get some sort of long, waterproof “I’m calling security …” tube-like device, such as a garden hose, or insecSo the real question is why was my roommate toid proboscis. washing his underwear with lilac scented deterStep 2: Put one end of the proboscis into the gent? Pretty sketchy... “reservoir” of liquid you wish to siphon. Step 3: (I know this is going to sound crazy, James Cavin is a senior English major.

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