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news for you memorial day Overseas troops honor lost soldiers Hundreds of American troops gathered to remember their fallen comrades in one of Saddam Hussein’s former palaces in Baghdad, now a part of U.S. Camp Victory. Troops placed a wreath at the foot of an American flag inside the palace, and a brass band played the national anthem.

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Thuesen faces death for killing 2 Aggies Beau Holder The Battalion John Thuesen was given the death penalty Friday after being on trial for the murder of Rachel and Travis Joiner. Jurors sat in court and answered “yes” to whether he will present a danger to society if allowed to live. Thuesen, 26, walked into his girlfriend’s house March 6, 2009, in College Station, and shot and killed both siblings, who were attend-

ing Texas A&M. Thuesen was attending Blinn College at the time of the murders and, according to the police report, called authorities after shooting Rachel Joiner, 21, in the chest and hand, and her brother Travis Joiner, 23. KBTX reported that the source of Thuesen’s anger was a request from Rachel for space in their relationship. He has been diagnosed with severe depression and a form of post-traumatic stress disorder, both in relation to his service in the Marine

Corps and tours of duty in Iraq. Neither condition was mitigating enough to waive the severity of the crime. The defense related disappointment with the verdict. Deliberation over Thuesen’s sentence drew out over two days, during nearly 10 combined hours of court time. After the judge announced the sentence on the trial’s fifteenth day, Wayne Joiner, Rachel

Editorial ◗ Aggies can begin to heal after death penalty verdict is announced in the case of Rachel and Travis Joiner. page 5

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nation &world Hurricane season threatens Haiti A hurricane season predicted to be one of the wettest on record opens today in the Caribbean, where thousands of earthquake victims have only tarps or tents to protect them in a major storm. The Haitian government says it’s still working on emergency and evacuation plans.

Scientists predict weeks until oil flow is stopped BP PLC is beginning another attempt to stop oil flow from the blown-out well as early as Wednesday, by putting a lid on the leaking wellhead so oil can be siphoned to the surface. The trial-and-error process could take weeks, but it will eventually work, scientists and BP said. If the relief well doesn’t work, scientists weren’t sure exactly how much or how long the oil would flow. Staff and wire reports

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Above, a young girl escapes the Texan heat at U Paint It, where she adds color to a ceramic turtle. Right, campers take in nature and relax at Lake Bryan.

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Those seeking time outdoors may be interested in the recreational lake, bike trails and camping grounds of Lake Bryan. Matt Peveto, president of Preston Lakes, said that the park was unique in that it offers not only 1,000 acres of water, but an additional 5,000 square foot lakeside patio. Also, the Lakeside Icehouse & Grill on the property hosts free live music almost every night. Upcoming acts for the month of June include the Rockafellas and Texas Twisters. The restaurant also offers various drink and food specials throughout the week. The park is open every day and operates on a first come, first serve basis. Canine friends are welcome to come along for the fun.

Customers peruse a local vendor’s produce on a Saturday morning at the Brazos Valley Farmers’ Market in Bryan, located at William J Bryan Pkwy and Texas Ave. The weekly market offers an opportunity to eat healthier and support the local economy.

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The Brazos Valley Farmers’ Market offers a plethora of locally grown, seasonal produce, including summertime favorites such as strawberries, blackberries, watermelon and peaches. According to Heather Duchscher, president of Friends of the Brazos Valley Farmers’ Market, the fresh produce sold by vendors not only supports the local economy, but also tastes better and is significantly more nutritious. “Last but certainly not least, eating locally-produced foods is better for our communities. The farmers’ market is like a mini festival every single Saturday year-round, where friends and neighbors come to celebrate around an amazing harvest,” she said. The Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to noon at the corner of Texas Ave and William J. Bryan Pkwy in Bryan, across the street from the Brazos County Courthouse. In addition to a variety of fruits and vegetables, vendors also sell honey, eggs, canned and baked goods, as well as crafts.

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hose with a bit of summer downtime on their hands, and a desire to explore BryanCollege Station and the greater Brazos Valley area will find a diverse array of activities for their choosing. Whether such endeavors are sought as liberation from studying or an escape from boredom, local life offers interesting diversions for everyone. Rebecca Bennett | Photos By Tyler Hosea | The Battalion

More activities ◗ Find out more about touring an ice cream factory, wine stomping, visiting a miniature horse farm and other miscellaneous summer activities.

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The Texas A&M Board of Regents has issued a 2.8 percent increase in total tuition. With this increase, students will be charged an extra $4.81 per credit hour making each credit hour cost a total of $126.55. R. Bowen Loftin, the University’s president, said the 5 percent budget reductions requested by the legislative budget board would also take place. “We have been preparing for this reduction, and many of out colleges and divisions are operating as if the reductions have already been implement-

ed,” Loftin said. “As I have said before, our top priority is preserving the quality of our students’ educational experience.” The hearing for the tuition increase was Wednesday. Loftin said the hearing was a part of a year-long process to get input from students and others. “Our goal is to foremost meet the educational needs of our students, while also maintaining tuition rates that will keep Texas A&M a nationally recognized ‘best value,’” Loftin said. Megan Ryan, staff writer

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Baseball wins Big 12 Senior Brodie Greene hit a two-out, two-run walk-off home run to give the Aggies a 5-3 win over Baylor and the Big 12 tournament championship. A&M now moves on to the Coral Gables Regional.

Walking around the Texas A&M campus is a different place in the summer. There are fewer people, shorter lines and more parking spots, but that does not mean there are fewer activities for students to get involved in. “We feel it is very important to stay actively involved and engaged with campus activities and events over the summer months and students are encouraged to do so,” said Jake Hayes, student development specialist in the department of student activities.

To get involved ◗ Find out what others are doing to stay involved both on and off campus.

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and Travis’ father, offered a few choice words. “I shook your hand on our front porch, and thanked you for your service to our country,” Joiner said. “You turned your back, walked away, drove to College Station, and less than 90 days later, my children are gone.” Shirley Joiner, the siblings’ mother, spoke to a local news station after the announcement. “We just appreciate everything the DA’s office has done and that everything was done right so that this could move forward the way it did,” she said. Assistant district attorneys Brian Baker and Jarvis Parsons expressed regret over the circumstances but confidence that the verdict was the right one. “[The jury] did a terribly difficult thing, and they did an honorable thing, and the just thing.” Baker said. “We thank them for that time and that service.” Thuesen was moved to Texas’ holding facility for death row inmates, but the date, time, details and finality of his execution are pending the appeal that is given to such cases by state law.

news for you nation&world AP reports 1,000 military deaths in Afghan war KABUL, Afghanistan – More U.S. military deaths in the last 10 months of the Afghan war than in the first five years of the conflict. More boots on the ground than in Iraq. As the U.S. military death toll in Compare the Afghan conflicts conflict The number of reached the U.S. troops in 1,000 mark, Afghanistan has a fight that surpassed the has become total in Iraq — “Obama’s roughly 94,000 war” now in Afghanistan faces its compared with greatest 92,000 in Iraq. challenge — a high-risk campaign to win over a hostile population in the Taliban’s southern heartland. More casualties are expected when the campaign kicks into high gear this summer. The results may determine the outcome of a nearly nine-year conflict that has become the focus of America’s fight against Islamist militancy. The 1,000 U.S. military death occurred in a roadside bombing Friday — just before the Memorial Day weekend when America honors the dead in all its wars.

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Senior infielder Brodie Greene is mobbed by teammates at homeplate after hitting a walk-off, 2-run home run to defeat Baylor 5-3 and win the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship Sunday in Oklahoma City. The Aggies now move onto play in the Coral Gables, Florida Regional against Miami, Florida International and Dartmouth.

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The Aggies began to chip away at the Baylor lead in their half of the eighth, scoring one run after a fielder’s choice scored second baseman Adam Smith. The ninth inning started off with a Tyler Naquin single to right field. Greene laid a bunt near third base, and beat it out for a single. Joe Patterson, who went 1-4 in the game, made his hit count with an RBI single up the middle, bringing the game to 3-2. Baylor brought in reliever Brooks Pinckard, who promptly gave up an RBI single to Matt Juengel. A sacrifice bunt put the winning run at third base, but Pinckard escaped the inning with

a double play. With one out, Brandon Wood singled through the middle. Naquin hit a grounder to the shortstop and beat out the throw to first to keep the inning alive. Greene, down 0-2 in the count, received a pitch around the belt and turned his bat around on the pitch. The ball just carried over the left field wall, and gave the Aggies the win in front of 5,277 fans. “I was down in the count, and he threw a hanging slider, middle-away,” Greene said. “I just got enough of it. I guess maybe the wind may have carried it a bit too, but luckily it found

its way into the bleachers.” The title is the Aggies third in four seasons and gave the Aggies a record of 40-19-1 for the 2010 season. Baylor fell to 34-22 with the loss. “I don’t think you could ask anything more from a championship game,” A&M coach Rob Childress said. “Both teams played about as good as you can play and both starters did an outstanding job. I’m just very proud of our players for what they’ve gone through and the way they’ve played this week.” The Aggies earned an automatic bid into the See Baseball on page 6

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◗ Head to the Arctic Wolf Ice Center, left, on any Thursday night from 8-10 p.m. with a date or friend. Admission is “two for one” ($8) and provides a cool retreat from sweltering summer afternoons.

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A means of finding out more about local food producers and healthconscious eating is to attend one of the free monthly trips organized by the Brazos Locavores. Duchscher said the group makes trips to farms, orchards and dairies in the surrounding area. More information about upcoming trips can be found at brazosvalleygrows.org/brazoslocavores.

◗ Create a new masterpiece on Wednesdays at U-paint-it, when all studio fees are half off—that includes studio time, necessary supplies, glazing and firing.

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From June 18-19, students can experience a literal taste of the local culture at the Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival in Downtown Bryan. Admission is free, including access to the live music performances. Twenty wineries will be participating in the event, and for a small fee, visitors can sample their products. Other events include a steak cook-off and wine-stomping.“I would think that [the festival] would give a lot of cultural diversity about this area and give some of the history about Downtown Bryan and how the wine and cattle industry has shaped the local area,” said Marty Mulgrew of the Parks & Recreation Office for the City of Bryan. “It gives you a chance to learn about the roots of the city.” Truly curious wine connoisseurs may also be interested in exploring the “Culture of Wine” exhibit at the George Bush Presidential Museum before it closes in late August. The

exhibit includes its own vineyard, as well as reproductions of Jefferson’s Monticello dining room and a Napa Valley wine cellar, all of which aim to immerse onlookers into the rich history of winemaking.

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On June 4, Downtown Bryan will be hosting one of three yearly Art Steps. This is a special version of their monthly First Friday event, organized with help from the Arts Council of the Brazos Valley, emphasizing the importance of a variety of art forms. Visitors can follow footsteps around the downtown area while enjoying live music, theatre, artist demonstrations and original artwork made by Brazos Valley artisans. Scheduled performers include the Rockafellas, “Whole Lotta Brass” and the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra.

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Seen a little too much of College Station lately? Consider a weekend trip to the neighboring town of Brenham, located about an hour’s drive away from Aggieland. Bluebell Creameries offers 45-minute tours of their factory for a $5 admission fee, which includes a serving of ice cream. Tours are not offered on weekends, so Aggies eager to discover the origins of these beloved frozen treats should plan their visit for a Friday afternoon. Don’t forget to take a picture with the statue of the company’s iconic cow and farm girl. Another destination in Brenham is the Monastery of St. Clare’s Miniature Horse Farm, which is open to visitors from Tuesday through Saturday, 1:30-4 p.m. each week. New foals are born from March to May, making the summer months an optimal time to check out the tiny ponies in all their youth.

◗ Student tickets are $5 for Monday evening concerts with the University Summer Performance Series at the Annenberg Presidential Center, which features a variety of jazz and classical ensembles.

Hayes said there is a variety of ways students can get involved in the Bryan and College Station area during the summer. “While campus does slow down a bit because many student organizations take a break during the summer, there are activities available,” Hayes said. Organizations are not the only way to take part in activities during the summer. The Student Recreation Center has a number of different activities to stay fit and healthy as well. “I’ll be going to workout classes at the Rec and laying out at the Rec pool all summer when I’m not in my summer school classes,” said Carol Finney, senior special education major. Finney said she found out about the classes through posters and advertisements at the Rec, and there are handouts with the times and type of classes available. There are many different activities to get involved in based on each student’s individual needs and wants, Hayes said, and there is something for everyone. “Because involvement is defined individually for each student there are really no ‘most popular’ summer events or activities,” he said. “We define involvement as engagement with the campus and/or community and encourage students to define their personal involvement experience through individual interest areas, which provide meaningful and beneficial experiences for them during and after their time at Texas A&M.” The variety of activities during the summer is not limited to participating in organization events. “Examples of involvement include community service, leadership, employment, campus involvement, student organization membership and participating in community and campus wide events,” Hayes said. Sarah Stubbs, senior marketing major, said she is doing something different this summer in Brazos County. “I’ll be going to the Brazos Valley Bombers baseball games,” she said. “I found out about it through all the radio advertisements and signs hanging around town.”

There are many ways to find out about things to do in the area, said Jake Hayes, student development specialist in the department of student activities. “One of the best ways for students to stay involved and engaged over the summer is to keep an eye on current events on the Get Involved webpage (getinvolved.tamu. edu) and use the OrgSearch and OrgMatch tools on the website to determine what organizations they might be interested in,” he said. “Using these resources, students can then contact organizations that interest them to see how active they are during the summer months.”

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I personally do not understand the appeal of pornographic films, but apparently, just about everything else with a Y chromosome does. Although they probably didn’t have mentally and physically traumatizing childhood accidents involving a weed whacker and 37 stitches, (on the plus side, I can sing a mean soprano). But from what I can tell, James Cavin some people when they want to have senior English major sex, instead of doing it themselves, like to go watch other people having sex. Just like how when I’m hungry I like go watch other people eat instead of eating a meal myself, or when I’m tired, I like to go Aussie watch other people sleeping, or when adult I need to use the material bathroom... Australia’s Anyway, the government has point is that I made a horrifying bosombanned small breasts and female related discovery while talking to my ejaculation in roommate. adult material. “So,” I said, The Australian “What’s up?” Classification “Australia is Board refuses a banning depictions rating classification of small bosomed for women who women in pornoglook underage, raphy because they regardless of their could be construed as underage.” actual age. “What?” “Yeah, so if large bosoms don’t do it for you, you’re out of luck down under.” I looked it up, and he was right, the Australian Classification Board is banning some adult depictions of over-18 women with smaller bosoms because they could be construed as underage. Fiona Patten of the Australian Sex Party said: “We are starting to see depictions of women in their late

20s being banned because they have an A cup size.” That’s because the Australian National Classification Code seen to have physical charbans any publicaacteristics in common with tions that “describe or depict someone who’s underage. in a way that is likely to cause That makes me a pervert! offence [sic] to a reasonable Aaaaggghhh!” And then I adult, a person who is, or pour rubbing alcohol in appears to be, a child under my eyes until I feel better 18 whether the person is about myself. engaged in sexual activity or For instance, I not.” (Emphasis mine). recently had to call off So someone who is well my highly publicized over the legal age limit engagement to Keira can be banned from speJames Cavin— THE BATTALION Knightley after I discovered cific actions that anyone she, in fact, had a smaller than Australianelse could undertake, purely because of standard bosom size. Can you imagine the their appearance. horror? I could have ended up marrying Personally, I think this is a huge step in the right direction, and one that America is someone who, from certain angles and with certain stretches of the imagination, morally obligated to follow. But the probcould appear to be under 18. How disgustlem is deeper than just popular media. Did ing is that? The very thought fills me with you know that there are small bosomed women living here among us? That’s right, self-loathing. Sorry Keira, but you’re not turning me into a pseudo-pedophile with not just on the glossy photoshopped pages your nubile figure and your witchy, witchy of some magazine, but here, in real life. ways. Also, Pirates 3 sucked. Allow me to illustrate the danger Obviously, the answer doesn’t of this situation. I have a terAustralia’s lie in just banning depictions of rible confession to make. restriction on adult small bosomed women. It’s Sometimes, I find women entertainment is time to do the right thing and around me physically ridiculous. There ban small bosomed women attractive. “The cashier all together. So there you is no connection at the liquor store sure have it. Now if you’ll excuse between small had a nice smile,” I will me, I’m going to go start the think to myself, “But wait, breasts and silicon drive and do my part to she had a less than voluppedophilia. help create a society free from the tuous physique. Ewww! I was tyranny of this perverted body type. attracted to someone that could be

got mad at my girlfriend penalty for the former marine. On May 28, Judge and I shot her,” reTravis Bryan II sentenced sponded John Thuesen to an operator after dialing Thuesen to death. No life should be taken 911. On March 6, 2009, Thuesen shot and killed his in such a violent way, and when such a crime takes girlfriend and her brother, place in a seemingly safe Rachel and Travis Joiner, following an argument. As city, it shocks the community and reminds us his trial concludes a year after the tragedy, the Joiner that tomorrow is never family and Texas A&M fi- promised. We must take nally have the opportunity the time to mourn over these deaths but we should to reflect on the lives lost, also start to look towards and begin the healing the future and process. The untimely let Rachel and The Brazos deaths of Rachel Travis rest in County jury and Travis peace. deliberJoiner will be We sinated for three remembered in cerely extend hours before our hearts and our deepest returning a minds. condolences to verdict of guilty the families affected against Thuesen. by such a crime and we The jury of eight men urge students of the Aggie and four women, the family to live everyday to jury spent another 10 the fullest, and never take hours over two days with a moment in Aggieland the eventual decision of for granted. recommending the death

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a chance to move on in the NCAA Championships,� Head Coach Rob Childress said. “We’re really looking forward to the challenge that the tournament in Miami will present. It was a big, big surprise and I’m excited we’re going there.� A&M will begin their tournament against Florida International Friday at 11 a.m. and Childress is not going to let his team take the Golden Panthers lightly. “I know it’s exciting for the guys, without question,� Childress said. “They have the

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