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The family of Staff Sgt. George D. Keathley presents his Medal of Honor to Texas A&M University. The ceremony was July 17 at the Sam Houston Sanders Corps of Cadets Center. Jeremy Northum — THE BATTALION

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n Sept. 14, 1944, in Mount Altuzzo, Italy, Staff Sgt. George Keathley took command of three platoons and repulsed the German army’s attack, before dying of his wounds. As his medal of honor notes, “Had it not been for his indomitable courage and incomparable heroism, the remnants of three rifle platoons of Company B might well have been annihilated by the overwhelming enemy attacking force. His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service.” He became one of seven Aggies to receive the Medal of Honor.

Red wine fights cancer ■ Researchers study Texas reserves made from one variety of grapes Christen Beck The Battalion A glass a day could keep cancer away. Many wine aficionados may already agree that wine is good, but Texas A&M research suggests that Texas wines or “the good stuff” will help the body tackle cancer cells. “This research is one of the first done with Texas wines,” said nutrition and food science graduate student Armando Del Follo. “Most of the research published related with wines and health benefits are from other regions.” The study, which began in November, shows Texas wines can inhibit the formation of colon cancer cells, Del Follo said. Colon cancer is the third most deadly cause of cancer. They hope to demonstrate similar results with breast cancer, Del Follo said. Texas A&M research on the relationship between Texas wines and breast cancer cell strands should be completed and submitted for approval to Cancer Letter by the end of the

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After being given permission by Keathley’s family, the Sanders Corps of Cadets Center put his medal on display July 17. “There are medals displayed at the MSC, but these are not the original medals,” said author Col. James Woodall, Texas A&M University Class of 1950. “They’re reproductions.” The center is also the repository for the Lt. Eli Whiteley, Lt. Turney Leonard and Lt. Lloyd Hughes Medals of Honor. “It’s a great honor for us to have this medal,” said Sanders Corps of Cadets Center Director Jeff Gardner. “This is the actual medal, so for the family to entrust the actual medal is a great honor for us.” See Medal on page 4

Texas A&M University Provost Jeff Vitter resigns Texas A&M University Provost and Executive Vice President for Academics Jeff Vitter, who was hired by former Texas A&M President Elsa Murano, resigned Monday saying he wishes to devote his efforts to “other professional activities.” Vitter has accepted a position in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. “I have been a strong supporter of TAMU faculty and them of me,” Vitter said. Before accepting the position as the provost and executive vice president for academics in 2008, Vitter was the Frederick L. Hovde dean of the College of Science and professor of computer science at Purdue University. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as provost

serving the faculty, staff and students, who make Texas A&M the great institution it is, and I look forward to their continued success,” Vitter said in a statement to The Battalion. The work Vitter has VITTER done for the University will not go unnoticed, said Texas A&M Interim President R. Bowen Loftin. “I would like to thank Vitter for his service to Texas A&M University as provost and executive vice president for academics, and particularly for his leadership in the development of the Academic Master Plan that we are firmly committed to pursuing in the years ahead.” Meagan O’Toole-Pitts, city editor

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Susanne Talcott, an assistant professor in nutrition and food science, pipettes wine for antioxidant analysis, a necessary step before placing samples into cell cultures. year, he said. When the study began, 75 different wines were examined, said nutrition and food science researcher Susanne Talcott. Wines were tested for chemical and taste properties. The aim was to use wines made from one variety of grapes, a rare find in the Lone Star State where most Texas vineyards use blended grapes, Talcott said. Talcott and her team chose Messina Hof Winery’s barrel port reserve wine to examine its effect on colon cancer strands and Kiepersol Estate Winery’s shiraz wine’s effect on breast cancer cell lines. “It’s good for us to learn which natural food agents help to kill those cells,” Talcott said.

Everyone should take preventative measures against cancer, Talcott said. “We all may have mutated cells, which can turn into cancer cells at any given time,” Talcott said. “Normally, your immune system will kill those cells. However, this mechanism is not flawless in everybody, specifically in people who develop cancer. Compounds from wine and vegetables can help kill those cells when your body may not be able to.” Although other health benefits of wine have not been investigated, Talcott said she’ll begin a clinical trial on Texas wines’ relationship with See Wine on page 4

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Texas A&M Head Coach Mike Sherman is interviewed Monday at the 2009 Big 12 Conference Media Days in Dallas, Texas. The Big 12 Media Days is an opportunity for the press to interview the coaches and select players in the Big 12 before the upcoming football season.

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“It’s too heinous for me to describe it any further,” McManus told reporters. Sanchez is charged with capital murder in the death of her son, Scott Wesley Buccholtz-Sanchez. She was being treated Monday at a hospital, and was being held on $1 million bail. The slaying occurred a week after the child’s father moved out, McManus said. Otty Sanchez’s sister and her sister’s two children, ages 5 and 7, were in the house, but none were harmed. Sanchez’s aunt, Gloria Sanchez, said her niece had been “in and out” of a psychiatric ward but did not say where she was treated or why. She said a hospital called several months ago to check up on her. “Otty didn’t mean to do that. She was not in her right mind,” a sobbing Gloria Sanchez told The Associated Press on Monday by phone. She said her family was devastated. Associated Press

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A bet between Abby (Katherine Heigl) and Mike (Gerard Butler) causes them to rethink their ideas about relationships in “The Ugly Truth.”

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e have all heard it said that men are from Mars and women are from Venus, but it may be simpler than that. Do women overanalyze men too much? What if all we need to know is that men are simple creatures legitimately obsessed with the female anatomy and the notches in their bed posts? Could it really be that simple? Katherine Heigl (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “27 Dresses”) stars as Abby, a local TV producer with a less than successful dating record. An obsessive dater, Abby’s high expectations of men cause her to chase them away with her inquisitive nature. While home alone one night, her cat changes the channel to “The Ugly Truth,” a TV show about dating hosted by Mike, played by Gerald Butler (“P.S. I love you”). After Mike claims that men aren’t interested in love, but rather only sex, Abby calls into the show arguing there is a man out there not like that — which of course she can’t prove. The witty banter held back and forth drives each person to validate what they already believed. In the morning, Abby is confronted by the fact that her TV station has hired Mike to host a new segment of the show. Through their rivalry, they come to a deal where Mike will attempt to get Abby together with her neighbor by using his own theories. If he loses and Colin, played by Eric Winter of “Harold and Kumar,” does not fall for the typical male tricks, then Mike has to quit the station. Their bet causes them both to rethink their stereotypes. If this movie could be strictly classified as a “chick-flick,” then I would define it as a predictable plotline with a good cast and some nice moments. However, this movie is not just for women. It is completely hilarious. It is a chickflick as cute as “The Proposal” and as funny as “The Hangover.” Completely inappropriate in

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Although much of the time and billions spent since Nixon’s “War on Cancer” campaign have been used to discover ways to prevent cancer cells from forming, Venkatrag said more progress might be made when researchers depart from the traditional “war on cancer” mentality. The new thought in cancer

“Cancer is not going to be cured by one miracle bullet.” — Vijay Venkatrag Texas A&M biomedical scientist

research is to move away from the word cure, Venkatrag said, and focus research on reducing the speed of cancer cell proliferation, so doctors can control the disease and help maintain a good quality of life. “Cancer,” he said, “is not going to be cured by one miracle bullet.”

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Only one other university, outside of the service academies, has as many Medal of Honor recipients as Texas A&M, said Sanders Corps of Cadets Center curator Lisa Kalmus. “These are men who don’t sit around talking about their war exploits. They don’t talk about their service. They’re very humble,” Kalmus said. “We enjoy what we have because of what these gentlemen did then, and it’s something a lot of people forget.” Displaying the medals at the center helps foster a culture of respect and honor at the Uni-

versity, Kalmus said. “The Medal of Honor is not sought by anyone. It’s something that comes from putting others ahead of yourself,” Kalmus said. “It’s very much a recognition of people who go above and beyond the call of duty.” Going beyond the call of duty is not limited to those in the military, Kalmus said. “There are a lot of shared values and a lot of shared experiences and beliefs. It’s the whole continuation of the idea of Aggies in service, whether it’s in the military or whether it’s in the corporate world,” Kalmus said. “It’s the whole culture of service, and that’s a great tradition. It connects to the past, present and future.”

Citation from Keathley’s Medal of Honor For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty, in action on the western ridge of Mount Altuzzo, Italy. After bitter fighting his company had advanced to within 50 yards of the objective, where it was held up due to intense enemy sniper, automatic, small arms, and mortar fire. The enemy launched 3 desperate counterattacks in an effort to regain their former positions, but all 3 were repulsed with heavy casualties on both sides. All officers and noncommissioned officers of the 2d and 3d platoons of Company B had become casualties, and S/Sgt. Keathley, guide of the 1st platoon, moved up and assumed command of both the 2d and 3d platoons, reduced to 20 men. The remnants of the 2 platoons were dangerously low on ammunition, so S/Sgt. Keathley, under deadly small arms and mortar fire, crawled from 1 casualty to another, collecting their ammunition and administering first aid. He then visited each man of his 2 platoons, issuing the precious ammunition he had collected from the dead and wounded, and giving them words of encouragement. The enemy now delivered their fourth counterattack, which was approximately 2 companies in strength. In a furious charge they attacked from the front and both flanks, throwing hand grenades, firing automatic weapons, and assisted by a terrific mortar barrage. So strong was the enemy counterattack that the company was given up for lost. The remnants of the 2d and 3d platoons of Company B were now looking to S/Sgt. Keathley for leadership. He shouted his orders precisely and with determination and the men responded with all that was in them. Time after time the enemy tried to drive a wedge into S/Sgt. Keathley’s position and each time they were driven back, suffering huge casualties. Suddenly an enemy hand grenade hit and exploded near S/Sgt. Keathley, inflicting a mortal wound in his left side. However, hurling defiance at the enemy, he rose to his feet. Taking his left hand away from his wound and using it to steady his rifle, he fired and killed an attacking enemy soldier, and continued shouting orders to his men. His heroic and intrepid action so inspired his men that they fought with incomparable determination and viciousness. For 15 minutes S/ Sgt. Keathley continued leading his men and effectively firing his rifle. He could have sought a sheltered spot and perhaps saved his life, but instead he elected to set an example for his men and make every possible effort to hold his position. Finally, friendly artillery fire helped to force the enemy to withdraw, leaving behind many of their number either dead or seriously wounded. S/Sgt. Keathley died a few moments later. Had it not been for his indomitable courage and incomparable heroism, the remnants of 3 rifle platoons of Company B might well have been annihilated by the overwhelming enemy attacking force. His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service. SOURCE: history.army.mil

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ith health care at the center of our national debate, rarely does a day go by when someone at Health For All is not asked how the pending national health care reform legislation will impact our clinic and the patients we serve. This question is often on our minds. From a policy perspective, we encourage more of our national leaders to learn how clinics like Health For All are able to operate — with very little government funding — efficiently and effectively in order to meet the basic medical needs of the uninsured. The Health For All clinic in Bryan is unique. We operate a nonprofit, volunteer-based, community-supported clinic and pharmacy that provides approximately 4,000 patient visits per year on a budget of less than $400,000. Our clinic is able to provide free medical, pharmaceutical, counseling, vision and foot care to low income adults in the Brazos Valley who do not have health insurance nor qualify for government programs such as Medicaid, Medicare or Brazos County indigent funds. We are able to deliver these services thanks to a small, dedicated staff and a large number of volunteer medical professionals who provide physical examinations, X-rays, laboratory tests, counseling, referrals and medications for our patients. It is an unfortunate fact that Texas, with 25 percent of its population living without insurance, has the highest rate of uninsured individuals in the nation. In the Brazos Valley alone, an estimated 56,000 people are currently uninsured. This should be a concern for all of us because the uninsured are four times less likely to receive preventative health care, are more likely to die from

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Health care Despite President Barack Obama’s desire to pass health care reform legislation before Congress’ summer break, it appears that his administration will have to wait until the fall. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced Thursday that the Senate will not act on healthcare reform until the fall in hopes of securing 60 votes. Congress will reconvene Sep. 8. treatable health problems and are much less likely to receive medical care for symptoms that can have serious health consequences if not treated. These statistics should not only appeal to our hearts, but also to our pocketbooks. It is estimated that more than $1,550 of each health insurance premium in Texas is due to the cost of emergency care for uninsured Brazos Valley residents. Health For All removes some of this burden from hospitals and taxpayers in the Brazos Valley by providing primary health care at a much lower cost than is possible through hospital emergency rooms, saving hospitals and taxpayers almost $6 million every year. Of course,we would love to see the need for our services cease to exist. However, we do not foresee this happening in the near future, regardless of the legislation passed, because there will likely still be people who fall through the cracks of any system. We will continue providing high quality health care services to those in need until we no longer have any patients to serve. We are blessed to be able

to serve this community, and we thank all of our volunteers, medical providers and donors for making our work possible.

This column was written by Derek Dictson, Class of 2000, interim executive director of Health For All.

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