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April 30, 1952 The diary of Anne Frank, a Jewish victim of the Holocaust is published in English titled “The Diary of a Young Girl.” Her diary, later “The Diary of Anne Frank,” became one of the most popular books in the world and is included in most schools as recommended reading.

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With charity comes duty

Editor’s note

■ Terry Scholars volunteer time to pay back community for free education

The Battalion’s final issue for spring semester will be Monday, May 10. Publication for the summer will resume June 1. Please send stories to metro@ thebatt.com.

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b! Season preview OPAS announces the 2010-2011 season, which includes shows such as “Beauty and the Beast” and “Mamma Mia.”

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Squirrels Photographers capture the spirit of campus’ furry friends in action.

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Hopeful champs The men’s and women’s tennis teams gear up for the Big 12 championships.

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Hot weather means no clothes Everyone is invited to participate in the upcoming “Undie Run,” especially females.

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Former U.S. Ambassador Eric Bost’s devotion for country and humanity leads him to the A&M family.

Shrinking world, global attitude The Battalion From domestic government offices to the halls of overseas embassies, former U.S. Ambassador Eric Bost experienced the world as public servant and diplomat. His current duties as A&M vice president for global initiatives still require world travel, but when he comes home, it’s to Aggieland. From July 2006 to January 2009, Bost served under President George W. Bush as U.S. ambassador to the Republic of South Africa. In the years preced-

ing this appointment, he had positions in the Texas Department of Human Services and as undersecretary in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. While undersecretary, Bost managed a budget totaling $58 billion for 15 federal nutrition programs. In addition to serving more than 30 million Americans monthly, Bost’s programs provided for improved nutrition in 18 countries spanning five continents. When Bost became U.S. ambassador in 2006, he assumed charge of more than 1,000 employees from 26 state

‘Cookin for College’ shows affordable meals Angela Washeck The Battalion You just got home after a long day of class, work, lab, meeting and another meeting. You’re starved and want the quickest meal option you can possibly muster. The choices? Frozen pizza. A moldy loaf of bread. Or skip the effort and eat fast food. Gainesville State College

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A&M celebrates Arbor Day

Bost uses public servant experience to encourage Aggies to expand horizons Robert Carpenter

sophomore Arthur King wants these days to be over for his fellow colleagues. He has crafted an online cookKing ing show teaching university students on-thego, step-by-step recipes with a twist. See Cooking on page 9

The Battalion Success, scholastics and service are the things one group of Aggie scholars strive for. Known as Terry Scholars, about 140 high school seniors attending a selection of public universities in Texas are chosen to receive a four-year fully paid scholarship. Candidates are selected based on leadership potential, character, scholastic record and ability and financial need. With this opportunity comes a duty, thanks to the founder and benefactor of the scholarships, Howard L. Terry, who started the foundation and endowed scholarships because of a desire to do for other young people what had been done for him. Terry’s college education was funded by an athletic scholarship to the University of Texas, where he graduated in 1938 before becoming a successful businessman and entrepreneur. Julie Holloway, Terry scholar and graduate student in educational psychology, said service is a priority to Terry, who still meets every Terry scholar — a number that has grown to 2,200 students statewide. “Our founder told us we need to give back and that’s why we do what we do,” said Jen Menard, Terry scholar and liaison for the Terry student organization. “He was so

agencies. In this position, he organized the distribution of medical treatments for more than 300,000 South Africans though the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. An additional 1.5 million affected women also received care through prevention of mother-to-child transmission services. Bost said these efforts were made personal by one particular experience in a small village in South Africa. “I met a young woman who was about 26 years old who was caring for See Bost on page 9

Texas A&M will celebrate National Arbor Day today by planting Texas Mountain Laurel trees around campus. The Texas A&M Tree Advisory Committee will be having an event in honor of the day at 10 a.m. on the south side of Military Walk by the Earl Rudder statue. Speakers at the event include environmental representatives from A&M and the community. Alex Kemos, A&M’s senior vice president for administration, Kelly Wellman, sustainability officer, Katherine Taylor, Aggie Replant representative, and David Schmitz of the City of College Station Parks and Recreation Department will be speaking. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be relocated to Rudder Exhibit Hall. Laura A. Sanchez, staff writer

Students to celebrate Mexican holiday, May 5 Ann Littmann

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Arthur King educates students on how to create affordable, healthy and quick homemade meals, like pizza.

The Battalion For students who want to learn more about the history and culture of Mexico, the MSC Committee for the Awareness of Mexican-American Culture will have their annual Fiesta 505 event Saturday. Fiesta 505 celebrates Cinco de Mayo, the Mexican holiday of the Battle at Puebla where Mexican forces defeated the French. The fiesta is also a commemoration of the freedom and liberty

Fiesta 505 The event will be from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday on Simpson Drill Field and will include traditional food, music and dancing.

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The Fade 2 Black Spring Show 2010 will be at 6 p.m. Saturday in Rudder Auditorium. The show, called “The Mixtape,” will feature dancers with a wide variety of styles. Tickets are $8 and are available from the MSC Box Office or at the door.

Viz-a-gogo begins

The Texas A&M Visualization Lab will begin the annual Viz-agogo show with an art exhibit beginning at 11 a.m. Monday in the Old Texas Furniture building in Bryan. Visit http://vizagogo.tamu.edu for more information.

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Gulf oil spill hits coastline VENICE, La. — An oil spill that threatened to eclipse even the Exxon Valdez disaster spread out of control and started washing ashore along the Gulf Coast Thursday night. The spill was bigger than imagined — five times more than first estimated — and closer. “It is of grave concern,” David Kennedy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told The Associated Press. “The efforts that are going to be required to do anything about it, especially if it continues on, are just mind-boggling.” The oil slick could become the nation’s worst environmental disaster in decades, threatening hundreds of species of fish, birds and other wildlife along the Gulf Coast, one of the world’s richest seafood grounds. BP was operating the Deepwater Horizon, which was drilling in 5,000 feet of water about 40 miles offshore when it exploded last week. Eleven crew members are missing and presumed dead, and the government says 5,000 barrels of oil a day are spewing from the well underneath it. By comparison, the Exxon Valdez, the worst oil spill in U.S. history, leaked 11 million gallons into Alaska’s Prince William Sound in 1989. Associated Press

Where on campus? Think you know every nook and cranny at Texas A&M? The first persons to get the answer correct will have their names published. Send your response with your name, class and major to photo@thebatt.com Jeremy Northum — THE BATTALION

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Last week’s answer: Oceanography and Meteorology Building

Amanda Holubec, junior bioenvironmental sciences major Zak Kulage, nuclear engineering graduate student John Lake, junior meteorology and computer engineering major Donald A. Vierling, junior meteorology major

Navy to allow women to serve on submarines KINGS BAY NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE, Ga. — The first U.S. women allowed to serve aboard submarines will be reporting for duty by 2012, the Navy said Thursday as the military ordered an end to one of its few remaining gender barriers. The cramped quarters and scant privacy aboard submarines kept them off-limits to female sailors for 16 years after the Navy began allowing women to serve on all its surface ships in 1994. Defense Secretary Robert Gates notified lawmakers in mid-February that the Navy intended to lift the ban. The deadline for Congress to intervene passed at midnight Wednesday. The first group of women will consist entirely of officers. Associated Press

Board of Regents meet today

Duncan discusses STEM program

The Board of Regents will have a special meeting in the Regents annex of the Memorial Student Center at 10 a.m. today. The Board will convene in an open session to consider two specific items, including “the appointment of Dr. Marc Nigliazzo as president of Texas A&M University-Central Texas and delegation of authority to confirm the terms of employment,” and “authorization for the president of Texas A&M University to execute an amended employment contract with the Men’s Head Basketball Coach,” Mark Turgeon. “We look forward to the prominent appointment of the next president and the authorization to revise the contract with Mark Turgeon,” said Hunter Bollman, student regent and senior accounting major. The next formal Board of Regents meeting is scheduled for May. Visit http://tamus.edu for a copy of the meeting agenda.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will meet with Texas A&M University and Blinn College officials to discuss the successes of the state and national Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education. Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin will brief Secretary Duncan and U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards about increasing the quantity of certified science, technology, engineering and math teachers. Sherylon Carroll, associate vice president for A&M communications, said Duncan will get a briefing on “what we’re doing, how we’re doing it, and its successes.” The university is working to increase student achievement in the areas related to STEM and help minimize the academic gap between students. Stories of success from area teachers will be cited to show the benefits of the university’s efforts. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. today in the Koldus Student Services Building. Long Dao, staff writer

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Undie Run

The Texas A&M Undie Run at midnight Wednesday at Albritton Tower. Students will take off their clothes down to their underwear, and those clothes will be donated to charity. Students participating will run to Evans Library and back to the tower.

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Adopt happiness

The Brazos Animal Shelter is having the annual As part of the Members of the Corps of Adoptathon event from documentary film series Cadets will participate in 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at “Trashed” will be shown the 34th annual March to at 11:30 p.m. today in the Brazos, an 18-mile trek the Brazos Animal Shelter room 227 of the Koldus from the University campus at 2207 Finfeather Road. There will also be a rabies Student Services building. to the Brazos River and vaccination for $25 and The documentary is back beginning at 8 a.m. microchip for $10 clinic from an investigation of the Saturday. The cadets will 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. garbage business in the begin the march from the U.S. residence hall in the Quad.

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Take a break from studying with The Association of Former Students Friday, May 7 at the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center. They will have entertainment on the 26 foot media wall and interactive exhibits about Aggieland.

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OPAS announces Rebecca Bennett

Broadway lineup

The Battalion On April 22, MSC OPAS unveiled the scheduled shows for the upcoming 38th season. With a record amount of funds, raised from a combination of ticket sales and generous sponsorships, the organization will have a number of popularly acclaimed musicals during the next school year. “We always strive to have a variety because we have a very broad audience. We’re really serving many masters,” said Anne Black, director of OPAS. “We want very much to bring the very best of what’s out there.” She said the selection committee strives to bring audiences what they want, by using annual patron surveys. In Season 38, three out of the top four requested productions will be coming to campus, including Disney’s “Beauty & the Beast” and “Mamma Mia!” OPAS representatives said they were pleased to have a big Broadway shows on their repertoire. “It’s exciting to see the supporters of OPAS come here and get pumped up,” said Alex Bushunow, the 2010-2011 student committee chairman and a senior civil engineering major. “That’s my favorite part, to see the patrons leave the show with a smile on their faces.”

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The lineup for the 38th season includes popular hits like “Mamma Mia!,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Spamalot.”

OPAS SEASON 38 Main Stage: • The Manhattan Transfer – Sept. 25 • Burn the Floor—Oct. 27 & 28 • An Irish Christmas with Ronan Tynan— Nov. 30 • Disney’s Beauty & the Beast—Dec. 11 & 12 • Monty Python’s SPAMALOT—Jan. 18 & 19 • The Color Purple—Feb. 8 & 9 • Mamma Mia!—Feb. 22-24

Intimate Gatherings: • American Bluegrass Masters—Oct. 14 • Time for Three—Nov. 18 • Bus Stop—March 22 • Nat King Cole Remembered—April 7-9

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The second season Aggie women look for first conference title since 2004

Aggie men go into Big 12 tourney as No. 2 seed, will face Oklahoma St.

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The Battalion The Texas A&M women’s tennis team will begin the Big 12 tournament at noon today against Oklahoma, after the fifth-seeded Sooners defeated Kansas 4-0 on Thursday to move to the second round. The Aggies (13-8) received a bye through the first round by virtue of finishing fourth in the conference with an 8-3 conference record, giving them the 4-seed. Oklahoma (18-5) went 7-4 in the Big 12 to finish fifth. The two teams met April 10 in Norman, Okla., where A&M won 4-3. It was the Aggies’ 14th consecutive win against the Sooners, who have not defeated A&M since 1999. A&M now leads the all-time series, 19-4, including 4-0 in Big 12 Championship matches. The first-seeded team is national No. 1 Baylor (24-2, 11-0 Big 12), which won the conference regular-season title for the sixth straight year and is riding an 18-match winning streak. The Lady Bears have also won the last four Big 12 Tournaments. Senior Lenka Broosova, ranked fifth in the nation, boasts a 22-2 overall record at the No. 1 singles line — 11-0 in the Big 12. Sophomore and No. 18 Nina Secerbegovic enters the tournament with a 24-2 record at No. 2 singles. Broosova and senior Csilla Borsanyi, ranked 11th in the nation together at doubles, also went undefeated in conference play. The winner of the A&M-OU matchup will face the victor of the 9 a.m. Baylor-Colorado match. The Lady Bears defeated A&M 6-1 in Waco on Apr. 14 and Oklahoma Second-seeded and No. 18 Texas is the host team. The Longhorns (15-4, 10-1), whose only conference loss came against to Baylor, will play 7-seed Oklahoma State at 3 p.m. The final second-round match will pit 3-seed Nebraska against 6-seed Texas Tech at 6 p.m. Senior and 60th-ranked singles player Elzé Potgieter will start at the No. 1 line for the Aggies, where she has gone 11-10 this season. A&M freshman Nazari Urbina went 10-0 in conference at the No. 2 line and 14-0 for the year. She is currently ranked a career-high No. 47. Urbina was named the Big 12 individual champion at the No. 2 line. Morgan Frank also was given the same honor, but at the No. 4 position. The pair is ranked No. 35. They will face the No. 38 tandem of OU junior Ana-Maria Constantinescu and freshman Teona Tsertvadze. Constantinescu and Tsertvadze were ranked No. 29 when Potgieter and Urbina defeated them 8-6 in the Apr. 10 win. No. 101 Morgan Frank will play the No. 3 line. The Aggies ended the regular season with two road wins, at Colorado, 5-2, and Missouri, 4-3, after dropping the home finale 5-2 to the Longhorns. A&M went 3-3 at home during the season and led the nation in total and average attendance. Constantinescu, ranked No. 97 nationally, sits at the top of Sooners’ singles lineup—of which all six girls have winning records, five of which have a winning percentage of .600 or better. All five of the Sooners’ losses were to teams ranked in the top 40 nationally. With NCAA Tournament selections on the horizon, the Aggies can take the drama out of waiting to hear if they’ve been chosen to participate in their 11th straight NCAA Tournament by winning the conference one. The team has made 16 NCAAs overall in their history. The Aggies last won the Big 12 Tournament in 2004. Semifinal matches will be played at 3 p.m. Saturday, and the final will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Penick-Allison Tennis Center in Austin. All-season passes for the center will be sold for $10. All-day passes will be $5.

The Battalion The long and arduous journey through the regular season is over, but the postseason is just beginning. The Texas A&M tennis team aims to translate a season of highs into something even better this weekend when they head to the Big 12 Tournament at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center in Austin. After reaching the first Top 10 ranking since 2005 on April 13, the No. 10 Aggies (21-5), who went 5-1 in the Big 12 this year, will begin the championship tournament as the No. 2 seed. A&M has 20 wins to its credit for the first time since 2004, when it went to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen, recently concluded a 13-match winning streak — second-longest in team history — and has won 14 of its last 15 matches. The Aggies last won the conference in 2001. They are set to play 7-seed Oklahoma State (812), which went winless in Big 12 play this year, in the first round, with a 12 p.m. start time. The teams met twice during the season, both A&M wins — 4-1 out-of-conference and 7-0. Aggie Head Coach Steve Denton nonetheless warned of their potential. “I see a wounded team that’s dangerous because they’re wanting to be in the NCAA tournament and they have to beat us to get in,” he said, “and so there’s a lot of motivation on their part. A couple of those matches in the 7-0 match were three-setters, so the score wasn’t really indicative of how close the match was…they’re capable of giving us a lot of trouble. They’re pretty solid in doubles and they’re solid in certain spots in singles and if we’re not alert, they’ll upset us on Friday.” The winner of the A&M-OSU match will play the winner of the match between 3-seed and seventh-ranked Baylor and 6-seed Nebraska on Saturday in the semifinals. Awaiting the rest of the conference as the 1-seed is the host team, No. 3 Texas, who beat the Aggies 7-0 on Wednesday to win the regular season title and will enjoy a bye in the first round. The teams previously met Feb. 5, in a 4-3 Longhorns win. Texas will begin the tournament in the semifinals against the winner of 4-seed Texas Tech and 5-seed Oklahoma. Were A&M to play its way to the final, they would likely be facing their archrival again. “We really want another crack at Texas,” No. 44-ranked junior Jeff Dadamo said. “No one played anywhere near the way we thought we would [in Austin]. We had a close match with them at the beginning of the year and even though it was 7-0 we lost four three-setters last week, so everyone’s really anxious and they’re the biggest rival.” Still, Denton refused to let his team look past the first opponent. “Obviously our guys would love another chance [against Texas] because we felt like while they played well, we didn’t play our best [that] night,” he conceded. “But ultimately it really comes down to an elimination tournament so it would be silly for us to be looking ahead at this point…We’re going to get a big effort from them and I know it.” OSU’s top player, at the No. 1 line in singles, is the No. 5-ranked and defending ITA Player of the Year, senior Oleksander Nedovyesov. When the teams met on Mar. 28, he won the first set against A&M’s No. 7-ranked All-American junior Austin Krajicek and forced him to a three-setter, which Krajicek eventually won 2-6, 7-6 (5), 1-0 (8). Krajicek and Dadamo comprise the fifth-ranked doubles pair in the nation and will go head-tohead with the 16th-ranked pair of Nedovyesov and Cowboys junior Aleksey Bessonov. “It’s been a great year,” Krajicek said. “We’ve beaten some good teams and we beat Baylor this year [for the first time since 2006]. “But we’ve got a long way to go.”

Photos by Jonny Green — THE BATTALION

Top: Senior Elze Potgieter and the Aggie women are seeded fourth in the Big 12 Championships which begin Friday in Austin. Bottom: Junior Austin Krajicek and the No. 10 Aggie men are seeded second behind Texas as they gear up for the Big 12 Championships.

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Undie Run vibe, building school pride, giving back to communities and allowing students to enjoy everlasting memories from some of the best years of our lives. We wish to congratulate students that have made it thus far in the school year, motivate those who are taking finals, giving each student something to look forward to at the end of each semester. This is all in the name of having a good time and giving back to the community at the same time.” It really is all about giving. Giving people a chance to blow off some steam, giving back to the community, giving me James Cavin time to go and purchase a telephoto camera lens before Wednesday. boxers, but if a chick shows up in someIn all seriousness, this is how I think it’s thing that will cover her up, well.... I don’t going to go down on Wednesday: know many girls who even own granny 7:45 p.m.: approximately 50 dudes in panties, let alone want to run around in Speedos show up at the clock tower, in them. But no girl wants to run around the belief that there will be scantily with a bunch of half naked guys in a thong either. So...... boy On Wednesday clad women. 8:01 p.m.: Dudes in Speedos shorts? or what?” strip down to begin to realize that there are, But don’t just take my your undies in fact, only other dudes in word for it. The Facebook and donate the Speedos. group provides a link to clothes to charity, 8:03 p.m.: I sneak out of http://www.undierun. especially if you my hiding spot in the bushes, com, a website dedicated to are a woman. steal all of the “donations” and “spreading The Undie Run never have to buy another pair of across the nation.” plaid shorts or flip flops for the rest of “Every finals week we orchesmy life. trate a tradition at major colleges, setting 8:05 p.m.: Dudes in Speedos realize up a night of Undie Run fun, maximizthat they stuffed their suits for nothing. ing the excitement and freedom college Sponsors for previous Undie Runs students deserve and enjoy.” include Red Bull, Clif Bars, Bettysport, That’s right maximizing the...you Austin Fit Magazine and of course, the know what, I don’t even need to make creepy guy waiting at the clock tower with fun of that sentence. Wait yes I do! I’m a Nikon and 12 rolls of film. I wonder if pretty certain all those things could be 24 hour photo offers bulk discounts... maximized more without underwear (in kilts, for instance). James Cavin is a senior English major. “We feel it’s our way of spreading the

t’s getting to be that time of the semester where the only way I can unwind is to tear off my clothes and start running around campus in nothing but my lucky rocket ship underwear. Or at least whoever invited me to the “Texas A&M Undie Run” group on Facebook thinks so. As the group’s picture explains it, the purpose is to “take it off for a good cause.” “At midnight on Wednesday of dead week we will all meet at the clock tower (in clothes), then we will take our clothes off down to our underwear and those clothes will be donated to charity. We will then run from the clock tower to Evans and back.” Huh... well, I’ve looked all over group’s page, and I can’t find any information on what charity these clothes are going to be donated to. Call me paranoid, but if I’m going to be stripping, I want to know that it’s a better cause than the “I wanted to see you in your underwear” charity. Wait, what’s that? There will be girls there? Well, in that case I completely rescind my objections. Carry on, exhibitionist event with dubious charitable claims and potentially scantily clad women, carry on. You have my blessing. Apparently I’m not the only one dying with anticipation. Here are some comments from the group’s page: “Morgan you can borrow some of my male bikini brief underwear! I bought a four pack!” “LOL.... nice. I think I’ll just donate my old clothes, but I’d love to come watch others run ;) hehe” “As girls, what the heck kind of undies are we supposed to wear?? Guys can wear

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MAILCALL From Alex Adame, Hispanic studies graduate student If you are complaining about paying extra tuition to your college, then I don’t understand the point of Wednesday’s column on Mays’ differential tuition. How does the extra tuition not benefit you if it was used to hire faculty that you will eventually take classes from. I understand the article, but if you have a problem with paying for education you probably shouldn’t have come to college. What about paying extra tuition to have a green fee in place only to have “genius Earth Aggies” littering our campus with flyers on Earth day? You have no right to get your money back for educational enhancement, because it has directly enhanced your future education. As I said, you now have a plethora of new faculty. So what’s the problem?

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March of Dimes: March for Babies to raise funds March of Dimes, a nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health, will have a fundraising walk Saturday. “We’re dedicated to and working toward improving the health of all babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality,” said March of Dimes representative Shona Quiring. “The money we raise at March for Babies will go to research, education and community service.” The event will start with registration at 8 a.m. followed by a 3.5-mile walk from 9:15 to 10 a.m. “There will be Disney princesses, Kaboom from the Brazos Valley Bombers, basketball, face painting, bubbles, games and a bouncy house. The event is really geared toward families and young kids.” Food provided by businesses will be available as well as frozen yogurt from Spoons.

Quiring said many people do not understand the impact of March of Dimes. “I think a lot of people don’t realize that March affects everyone. It started out to prevent polio and everyone who has had a polio vaccine, which is most everyone these days, has been impacted in a way by March of Dimes,” Quiring said. “It’s not just babies born premature or with defects that we help, but we have impacted babies who were born healthy too by discovering that taking folic acid before and after pregnancy reduces the chances of birth defects.” In 2009, March for Babies raised $112,000 in College Station alone, but this year the goal is $150,000. For more information or to register go to http:// marchforbabies.org. Ann Littmann, staff writer

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students when I travel the world. In that respect, I’m an ambassador.” Among his responsibilities, Bost said expanding students’ global understanding is paramount. This task requires partnering with international universities, expanding study abroad programs and inviting foreign students to interact with Aggies at Texas A&M. Bost said such experiences are necessary to ensure that A&M graduates are competitive applicants in a shrinking world. “We live and work in a very global society. The world has changed and is continuing to change in terms of how we are all connected globally,” Bost said. “One of our major goals is to get students on this campus to broaden their international horizons. For our students to be able to compete on the world stage, they need to have world-stage experience.” Michael Greenwald, director of the A&M International Studies Program, said Bost is accomplishing this goal. “More than anything I can think of, he’s doing a tremendous job of getting students enthused about international travel and careers in the new global world,” Greenwald said. “We are extraordinarily fortunate to have someone of his talent, contacts, and especially passion in his office.” Dan Newbold, a senior marketing major, said Bost offered an inspiring testimony when he spoke to the student service organization, One Army. “I feel as though Ambassador Bost is a hidden gem at A&M,” Newbold said. “For 76 college men to hear from someone of his stature was truly inspirational. His dedication to the development of others is something that coincides well with the values of Texas A&M.”

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her child and for her siblings, a brother and a sister, who were both under the age of 6,” Bost said. “She spoke Zulu, and through an interpreter this is what she said to me. Because of me, and what I had been able to do in terms of making sure she received medicine for HIV and AIDS, she and her child and her brother and her sister were alive today. There’s nothing I could do to top that.” Jared Rann, a senior wildlife and fisheries sciences major who came to A&M from South Africa, said Bost’s work is the kind of relief impoverished South Africans desperately need. “The level of poverty in South Africa is really unlike anything found in the U.S.,” Rann said. “The HIV/AIDS issue in the country makes any AIDS relief program of huge value to families where one or multiple members are HIV-positive or have AIDS. Foreign support is critical for South Africa to overcome the challenges it faces.” Bost’s term as ambassador concluded with the inauguration of President Barack Obama on Jan. 20, 2009. He arrived the next day at the College Station airport, ready to serve A&M. As vice president for global initiatives, Bost oversees A&M’s international programs and research agreements. Bost said though he no longer is a U.S. ambassador, he still considers his duties to be diplomatic in nature. “I was ambassador to South Africa on behalf of President George W. Bush, on behalf of all 300 million U.S. citizens,” Bost said. “Now I represent the University and its faculty and its staff and its

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generous to give us so much money to come to college so we give back through services.” The duty of service is evident in from the beginning in the interview process. Terry Scholars are chosen in part by willingness to serve, and one of the questions all Terry Scholar hopefuls hear is if they are willing to give back. Being chosen as a recipient is taking on the responsibility to give back, said Casey Giles, president of the Terry Foundation Student Organization. “We all try to keep that promise,” said Menard, a freshman civil engineering major. Terry Scholar students participate in at least one service project a month. Some of the projects include volunteering at the Brazos Valley Animal Shelter, making Valentine’s Day cards and cupcakes for nursing home residents, food drives for the Brazos Valley food bank, and collecting and sending items to troops overseas. Holloway, the service chairwoman for the past two years, said the process of choosing the projects is a group effort. “We try to keep our eyes and ears open and

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“I wanted to show that good, hearty, home cooked meals do not only come from your parents’ kitchen,” King said. “Anyone can do it in any kitchen. I may not make everything from scratch or use the absolute freshest ingredients because I do not have the time or money, but I can take store brand ingredients and create my own delicious home cooked meals. My personal goal is to get my own cooking show on TV for college students.” Arthur’s inspiration to cook stemmed from watching his roommates struggle to pull together meals and waste money on eating out. “Arthur has watched students around him live off of ramen noodles and frozen or fast foods because they literally do not know how to make food for themselves,” said Kira Glasser, King’s camerawoman, video editor, web manager, publicist and girlfriend of six years. The chef said Glasser is an asset to his budding fame as a college chef. Glasser advertised her boyfriend’s recipes on Facebook and calls “The Oprah Show” daily to pitch a segment for “Cookin’ for College” to share his message to a national audience. King films his show four to six times a week, featuring tra-

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discuss it as a group and decide what is needed at that time,” Holloway said. The organization also adopted a two-mile strip of highway through the Adopt-a-Highway program. Giles said the service experiences are not thought of as just doing work, but a fun environment to get to know the other scholars better. “When we go pick up trash it’s not really how many miles until we finish, it’s who can pick up the most interesting thing on the side of the road. We keep it fun and entertaining,”Giles said, a junior mechanical engineering major. “It’s not that we are taking time out of our day to do something we don’t want to do, we are just giving back and enjoying while doing it.” Participating in the service projects also bring the scholars closer together, Holloway said. “You can socialize all you want, but it isn’t until you get down and get dirty working hard together through Big Event and other such services that you are really able to build a connection,” she said. The benefits of service are on an individual level as well, Menard said. “They all make me feel like I’m giving back for what I have been given. It’s a good feeling,” Menard said. “It’s a good thing to know that you can dedicate some time to help other people.”

ditional recipes with a unique spin or original recipes. “I pride myself in using affordable ingredients and in making quick home cooked meals,” King said. “I want to show everyone, whether in college or not that cooking really is fun and can be affordable. You just have to have the right guidance.” King said college students should know vegetables do not have to be bland, but with the right amount of spice and flavor, they can be satisfying. King said students do not have to succumb to the pressure of grabbing unhealthy foods on the go. King’s recipes appear on YouTube and he launched a website with simple instructions to re-create any of his delicacies. “Cookin’ For College was started with the intent to show our peers and anyone else who is intimidated by the kitchen that it can be easy and fun to cook home made meals,” Glasser said. “The ultimate goal for [us] is to get onto Food Network television, so that [the recipes] can be readily available for anyone and everyone.” Sophomore communications major Devin McLaughlin sees benefits in making a meal at home. “Cooking at home allows me to save tons of money on eating out, keep off the freshman (or rather, college) 15, and provides an opportunity to fine tune my cooking skills and have my friends over for a home cooked meal.”

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United, Continental closer to deal DALLAS — United Airlines and Continental Airlines Inc. are moving closer to announcing as early as Monday that they will combine to form the world’s largest carrier by passenger traffic, according to people familiar with the matter. Continental’s board plans to meet Friday and Sunday to consider a deal, according to one person familiar with the discussions but who was not authorized to speak publicly about it. Another person briefed on the talks said Thursday that negotiators have agreed that the combined company would be called United, it would be based in United’s hometown of Chicago, and run by Continental CEO Jeffery Smisek with United CEO Glenn Tilton as chairman. All those decisions would need approval of both boards. The companies declined to comment. It was unclear whether the

companies had settled differences over price. United and Continental executives were said to be negotiating this week over how to value each other’s shares for a stock-swap transaction. Published reports said United was insisting that shares of its parent, UAL Corp., be valued at their closing price the day before a deal is announced. That could result in a smaller share of the combined company for Continental shareholders because UAL stock has risen more sharply than Continental’s since April 7, when reports first surfaced that United was seeking to combine with another carrier. The same companies reached this stage two years ago, but Continental walked away from a deal, saying it was risky to merge with another carrier during a time of high oil prices and big losses in the airline industry. Associated Press

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the battle won and the cooperation of the Mexicans and Americans. Junior allied health major Maria Caldera said this event is not just important for Mexican-Americans, but for those of all races. “It’s good for people to diversify themselves and know about those who are around them,” Caldera said. “It’s good to know what other people are about and why they celebrate the things that they do.” Caldera said it’s important A&M supports events like Fiesta 505 because it helps break down cultural barriers. “We are just as Aggie as everyone else but we have our own culture and traditions and we want to show everyone that part of us hasn’t changed as we have assimilated into Aggie life,” Caldera said. “It’s good for people to be open-minded. I’m very open-minded and I like learning about other cultures and ways of life.” Freshman education major Amy Gulliksen said she is excited about the opportunity to learn more about a culture different than her own. “With all the news about the drug war, border crossing, and now the new Arizona immigration law, it’s going to be great to celebrate the rich heritage and culture we share with Mexico instead of focusing on the conflicts,” Gulliksen said. “After all, it wasn’t too long ago that

the ground we are standing on was part of Mexico. I will definitely be at Simpson Drill Field on Saturday afternoon learning some traditional Mexican dance moves.” However, this celebration isn’t just for students and faculty at Texas A&M. “The [community] is invited to come out,” said junior animal science major Raul Samano. “This is something that they can come out and not spend a lot of money which is important in this economy. It’s good for the community to come out and see the students and A&M and learn what we are all about.” For the first time committee alumni will be present as special guests at the event. “We just want to show [the alumni] that we are still here and thank them for creating it so that we can take if forward and enjoy it while we are here,” Samano said. While Caldera sees this event as an opportunity for others to learn about her culture, it is also a time for her to reflect on where she came from. “I never used to celebrate when I was growing up, but when I came to the university, I got involved with CAMAC and that’s when I started celebrating,” Caldera said. “I never thought about it as being important but when you leave home you tend to forget your past. It’s important to remember where you came from so you don’t lose yourself and your real identity. This helps me remember who I really am.”

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