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Relief at Reed

Photos by Jeremy Northum — THE BATTALION

Fire forces evacuation, campus closing Reed Arena serves as a shelter for evacuees from Thursday’s fire at a chemical plant outside Bryan. Red Cross volunteers working on site estimated that 1,000 people came to Reed Arena. Corps of Cadets members assisted Dining Services with providing dinner to the evacuees.

By Meagan O’Toole-Pitts | The Battalion


t 11:40 a.m., Thursday, a warehouse at the El Dorado Chemical Co.’s fertilizer plant on Texas 21 near Texas 47 ignited in a chemical fire, and Bryan residents within a half-mile radius were required to evacuate due to chemical residue in the air. “There was a time [Thursday] everyone in the city was told not to go home but not everyone took that to heart and went home anyway,” said c-ity of Bryan director of communications April Saginor. More than 50,000 were asked to evacuate their homes at the start of the fire, said Bryan Fire Chief Mike Donoho, but by 10 p.m. 500 to 600 were asked to stay away from their homes. The fire must burn out on its own, Donoho said. Water would react with ammonium nitrate, the primary chemical in the warehouse, making the blaze worse. “Sparks from a welder working [started the fire],” he said.

Code Maroon Texas A&M University sent out two Code Maroon messages Thursday, one warning of the fire, and another informing students that the campus was closed. Effective Aug. 31, however, a new Code Maroon system will be implemented. All students must register for the new system if they wish to continue receiving updates. Visit for more information.

City of Bryan appoints Eric Buske as police chief Eric Buske of Omaha, Neb., was named the Bryan police chief, starting Sept. 14. “I thought our finalists were really high-caliber individuals,” City Manager David Watkins said Friday. “Eric Buske, however, really set himself apart. His community-oriented style is exactly what we want to continue at the Bryan Police Department. We are fortunate to have him on board.” Bobby Whitmire, the Bryan interim police chief, was the other finalist for the job. Buske was named Omaha’s chief of BUSKE police in 2008, and has worked for the police department in Omaha since 1984. He facilitated, established and commanded Omaha’s “Weed and Seed Neighborhood Policing Team,” which involved devising and implementing community policing and problem-solving strategies. He has commanded the Omaha Metro Drug Task Force, the Criminal Investigations Bureau, the Uniform Patrol Bureau and the Police Services Bureau. Buske’s starting salary is $122,000. As Bryan police chief, Buske will lead 103 officers, 20 sergeants, six lieutenants and 40 civilians. Kalee Bumguardner, editor in chief The city of Bryan contributed to this report

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After being asked by law enforcement, Texas A&M University officials opened Reed Arena to house evacuees, said Red Cross volunteer Theresa Morrison, business administrator at the Mays Business School. “[Texas A&M] has reacted wonderfully. This is not our responsibility. We’re simply reacting to the need,” said Interim President R. Bowen Loftin. “We’ve had a lot of practice doing this over the past several years.” Volunteers said they showed up at Reed Arena not knowing what to expect. “We got 835, that was a little more than we expected but the places they were evacuating were changing,” Morrison said at 6:30 p.m. “This is not a Red Cross shelter. A&M opened it up.” Reed Arena peaked at 1,100 evacuees, said Saginor. The arena’s capacity is 12,989.

June 15, 1969 — July 26, 2009 Michael Fountain

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Aggie dies of heart failure Professors, classmates mourn loss of student and friend Meagan O’Toole-Pitts The Battalion Senior environmental design major and father of four, Michael Lynn Fountain, 40, died July 26 of heart failure at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston. He received a double-lung transplant in 2007 after being diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. “If a big problem came up, instead of moaning about it, he sat right down and went to work to fix it,” said Lynette Fountain, his wife of five years. Originally from Lufkin, Texas, he spent the past three years in College Station attending Texas A&M. “I have heard from him and the family that he has had his sights set on attending A&M since he was very young. Even though the majority of his family are Longhorn fans, he never let that sway him,” Fountain said. “We were together a year

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when we found out he got accepted. We packed up our house and children and came down.” Michael was born June 15, 1969, in Brenham, Texas, and considered the Brazos Valley home. “It was his greatest dream to be accepted into and graduate from the, ‘No. 1 school in Texas,’ according to him,” she said. During the spring semester in an architecture-for-health studio, he FOUNTAIN and a team of students made plans for The Coves, a post traumatic stress recovery center for wounded veterans in Halifax, Va., and the National Taiwan University Cancer Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan. The team worked with

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Fountain architecture firms HKS Inc. of Dallas, Texas, and J.J. Pan and Partners of Taipei. “He was very open about his lung transplant and even indicated that his health experience had heightened his interest in healthcare architecture,” said HKS Inc. chairman and CEO Ronald Skaggs. “He was very pragmatic, with a desire to make sure that his design efforts resulted in a response that could actually be built.” Both buildings are in the design phase and will begin construction in a year or two, said Jo McGraw, emeritus professor of health facilities planning and architecture. “It’s an interdisciplinary health and architecture lab and we design facilities all over the world. We do it in real time with real people in a real city,” McGraw said. “It was a team project and Michael was the leader. Because of his physical condition and his spirit, he offered a lot of leadership to the team. His presence in a class of about 15 was inspirational to them all.” He was an incredibly determined student, said George Mann, architecture professor and Skaggs-Sprague endowed chairman of health facilities design at Texas A&M. “He wanted to be treated like everyone else and was really excited about the projects; he didn’t want any special treatment because of the fact he had a double-lung transplant,” Mann said. “We suggested that he just design a patient room. He said no, he wanted to do what everyone else in the studio was doing. Then we suggested a typical patient floor, he again said no, and insisted that he join a team of students tackling the whole His medical project, and he did just that.” journey In addition to A feature article about being a source of Michael Fountain was encouragement for published in the College his classmates and of Architecture’s professors, he was Spring 2009 archone a role model to his newsletter. It can be children, Fountain read at said. fountain263. “Whenever he would get done with a project for work, he would take us out to the site after it was done and show us just what it was that ‘Daddy’ did. His 7-year-old still tells his classmates that his daddy ‘built’ their school,” Fountain said. “He enjoyed showing the kids that at any age it is not too late to go back to school and achieve your dreams.” Michael worked and went to school fulltime but still found time for his family, said classmate and senior environmental design student Ramin Youssefzadeh. “The nature of our work kept us at studio until the early morning hours on several occasions. His wife and kids would come visit him around dinner time and you could tell when they arrived because Michael’s 3-year old son would always be the first in, with a smile going ear to ear, yelling, ‘Daddy, Daddy!’” Youssefzadeh said. “Anyone could see how much love he had for his family by the way they interacted.” Head of the architecture department Glen Mills plans to submit a request to award a posthumous bachelor of environmental design degree to Michael, according to Phillip Rollfing, director of communications and public relations for the college of architecture. The funeral service was noon Friday at the Spring Ridge Cemetery in San Augustine County; among the attendees were his professors Mann and McGraw. “No matter what was going on in his life, he always had a smile,” Fountain said. “For me, what stood out about him was how you could put him into a room with people he didn’t know before that day, and within an hour, everyone felt like old friends.” Michael is survived by his wife, Lynette, children, Charlent, Christian, Aidan and Jace, brothers James, Tommy and Ronnie Fountain, sisters Amanda Davis, Jodie Hicks and Joy Fountain, mother Jo Della Winn and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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“I’m 94 years old and I’ve never been evacuated before,” said Jennie Franklin, Reed Arena evacuee. “It’s OK. It’s nice. It’s a place to go.” Texas A&M Dining Services, Jason’s Deli and Buppy’s catering supplied food and beverages to evacuees in Reed Arena. However, some evacuees said food and water was not coming fast enough. “I got kids that are hungry,” said Wanda Green, mother of four, early Thursday afternoon. “They could at least have bottled water to give to everyone. They need to be prepared for an evacuation.” Mother of 10, Beverley Reese, said she was thankful she had enough warning to prepare. “When my husband first told me, I packed a bag and took a nap. When they closed University [Drive] we left,” she said. “We’re lucky to have Reed Arena to come to — it’s close.” A&M Consolidated High School and College Station Middle School were also opened to house evacuees but were closed by 8 p.m., said Saginor.

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Think you know every nook and cranny of Texas A&M? Test your campus know-how by e-mailing The Battalion and telling us where you think this photo was taken. The first people to get the answers correct will have their names published in The Battalion. Send your response with your name, class and major to

Thursday’s answer Langford, Building C courtyard

Correct Responses Sarah Welborn, class of 2009 Alexander Coleman, junior environmental design major Bruce Brown, senior leadership studies major Paul Segars Jr., thermographer, physical plant department

First fish camp session departs Wednesday Fish Camp, Texas A&M University’s orientation program for freshmen begins Wednesday. During the four-day camp, called the first Aggie tradition freshman experience, the incoming Aggies will be busy with activities that include just about everything but fishing. More than 70 percent of the new Aggie “fish,” approximately 5,600, will attend one of seven Fish Camp sessions. Senior wildlife and fisheries sciences major Kim Putnam, Fish Camp director, said an additional session was added last year to accommodate an increase in the size of the freshman class. With Texas A&M expecting an overall freshman class of approximately 8,100, the extra session will again be necessary. During each of the seven camps, freshmen will spend days and much of the night with upperclassmen who have volunteered time as camp counselors. Fish Camp is designed to help these newest members of the Aggie family adjust to college life. “I loved Fish Camp! It was probably the best way to come into the Aggie family. I really felt as if I was meant to be here,” said one of last year’s freshmen. Members of the first Fish Camp session for the Class of 2013 will gather at Olsen Field, the university’s baseball stadium, and be welcomed to Aggieland at 8 a.m. Wednesday. After the welcome, they will travel to an East Texas Piney

Texas A&M classes were canceled and campus was closed at 5:02 p.m. Interim President R. Bowen Loftin announced later that day that classes would resume Friday. Blinn Community College classes were cancelled and campus was closed Thursday evening. Classes resumed as scheduled Friday.

Woods encampment near Palestine. During the time there, the students will learn about Aggie traditions and the University’s core values: integrity, striving for excellence, leadership, loyalty, respect and selfless service. They will also learn about campus organizations and how to join them, how to find the help they need on campus. More than 1,000 counselors and leaders, and crew and staff members have been working since October to create an experience that will allow members of the Class of 2013 to learn thoroughly and quickly about Texas A&M and its traditions. “I will say that, with camp right around the corner, we are more excited than ever to welcome the newest freshmen class to Texas A&M and cannot wait to help them discover the Aggie Spirit,” Putnam said. The last Fish Camp sessions will be Aug. 23, the week before fall semester classes begin on Aug. 31. Fish Camp began in 1954 when Gordon Gay, a former student activities director, took a few students camping as a way to help them adjust to life at college. The program has evolved over time and the result is the record number of participants this year.

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Only about 10 to 20 evacuees planned to stay overnight in Reed Arena, Saginor said at 9:16 p.m Thursday. They were put in a hotel for the night. The evacuation perimeter was decreased at 8:05 p.m Thursday. “While ammonium nitrate can potentially be a dangerous chemical, the fire has only caused some minor eye irritation to those in the area,” Saginor said. “[As of Thursday it was] not expected to cause severe illness or death.”

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The evacuation area’s perimeter as of 8:05 p.m. Thursday. The fire ended Friday, Ondrasek said. “On Friday we scaled back [the evacuation] perimeters to a quarter mile ’til about 6 at night,” Ondrasek said. “We closed 6:30 Friday night. We shut down the command post and demobilized units, opened up all the roads, let everyone back into their houses. There were 100 people in the immediate area and those people were allowed to go back into their homes.” After the fire ended, clean up began immediately, On-

drasek said. “El Dorado employees have been working since Friday morning to start basic operations and containment of water. Friday night and Saturday, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality continued to monitor the air around the area for public safety reasons. Those operations stopped [Sunday],” he said. “As of [Sunday] they’re more of in a remission stage, and in a clean up stage — evaluate the contamination and get the site back to where it was before the fire.”

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Mays students simulate crisis Leaders of the Texas A&M University Executive MBA Program at Mays Business School are sending students to Disaster City for challenging exercises in order to teach them teamwork, crisis management, creative problem solving, communication and leadership, skills essential to any top-level business positions. Disaster City is one of the premiere crisis training facilities in the nation, and is located right outside College Station. On Wednesday, the Texas A&M Executive MBA students will take part in a specialized day of Disaster City training that will test leadership skills instead of business acumen. Disaster City is a full-scale mock community designed to simulate various levels of disaster and wreckage, such as a train derailment and building collapse. Rescue workers from around the world use the facility for training purposes. The 52-acre training facility was created by the Texas Engineering Extension Service, a member of The Texas A&M University System. Incorporating the Disaster City exercise into the EMBA curriculum was inspired by the students’ involvement in crisis management for their companies during Hurricane Ike in September 2008. During the exercise, the EMBA students will be divided into teams to complete tasks such as rescuing

“victims” from a train wreck, a high-speed GPS scavenger hunt, and a “slab drag,” moving a 1,200-pound block of concrete with team effort and pulleys. They will also practice responding to the media and other external audiences during crisis. As the participants learn how to respond during a physical crisis, the expectation is that those skills will transfer to a business setting, from natural disasters such as Hurricane Ike to stock crashes and business takeovers. “The Disaster City experience is about putting our Executive MBA students in a physically challenging, high stress environment that will test them in every way,” said Julie Orzabal, director of the Executive MBA program. “The lessons they learn through these exercises will translate into how they work together in their teams, how they communicate and how they lead their organizations. We are excited about incorporating this unique opportunity into our curriculum.” Top local and national response experts will instruct and facilitate the EMBA challenge. These instructors have responded to some of the largest disasters in U.S. history, including the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike and the space shuttle Columbia accident. Texas A&M University News

15 professors earn NSF award The National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Award, better known as the NSF CAREER Award, has been presented to 15 Texas A&M University professors this year, announced Interim President R. Bowen Loftin. The number of Texas A&M faculty members receiving the prestigious NSF award is among the highest ever for a single year, University officials said. NSF established the CAREER program to support junior faculty within the context of their overall career development, combining in a single program the support of research and education of the highest quality and in the broadest sense, a foundation official said. Through this program, the NSF emphasizes the importance on the early development of academic careers dedicated to stimulating the discovery process in which the excitement of research is enhanced by inspired teaching and enthusiastic learning, the official said. “We are delighted to see so many of our young faculty being recognized in such a meaningful manner early in their professorial careers, and we are grateful indeed to the National Science Foundation for providing them invaluable support,” Loftin said. “Most, if not all, of them came to Texas A&M as part of the recent Faculty Reinvestment Program, and they certainly serve to enhance the long-standing high caliber of our overall faculty.” All of the NSF CAREER

2009 award recipients Dwight Look College of Engineering Ulisses Braga-Neto, electrical and computer engineering Zachary Grasley, civil engineering Gregory Huff, electrical and computer engineering Jaakko Järvi, computer science and engineering Arul Jayaraman, chemical engineering Eun Jung Kim, computer science and engineering Lin Shao, nuclear engineering Tie Liu, electrical and computer engineering Haiyan Wang, electrical and computer engineering Sy-Bor Wen, mechanical engineering Tamás Kalmár-Nagy, aerospace engineering College of Science Rainer J. Fries, physics Christian B. Hilty, chemistry Dong Hee Son, chemistry College of Geosciences Bridget Wade, geology and geophysics

Award recipients are assistant professors who hold doctorates and have joined the Texas A&M faculty recently with outstanding academic credentials, officials said. The faculty includes members who previously received NSF CAREER Awards, many of whom are still receiving direct benefits from the underlying NSF grants. Texas A&M University News


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Rec Center holds canoe clinic ■ Class teaches the basics of the sport twice a semester. Morgan Pindel The Battalion Outdoor Adventures, a program under the Department of Recreational Sports, held a Canoeing 101 clinic at the A&M Riverside campus on Tuesday. Patsy Kott, director of Outdoor Adventures, teaches the clinic and has been canoeing for 20 years. “My favorite thing about canoeing is it’s a simple way to travel and experience the beauty of a river,” Kott said. “Canoeing is a good way to spend time with friends and family while being outside and getting exercise. Your experiences can range from a lazy float on a quiet lake to some exciting, heart-racing times on a whitewater river.” Kotts is a level two canoeing instructor with the American Canoe Association, and said the most important thing to do is to always let someone know if you will be out on the water. When first learning how to canoe, beginners need to start on flat water, such as a lake or ocean bay. The hardest type of water is white water rapids. Canoeing is something anyone can do. Paddling does use the whole body, but changes can be made for certain physical abilities. “Canoeing can be a lifetime sport for anyone.” Kott said, “My friends and I started canoeing at a young age during summer camp and will continue paddling through our| senior years.” The canoeing 101 clinics are held twice a semester. The clinic lasts only a day and goes for three hours. The clinic teaches students boat control, simple rescues and safely and effectively maneuvering a canoe on flat water.

McCoy added to award watch list Texas A&M senior tight end Jamie McCoy was added to the John Mackey award watch list Thursday. The award goes to the best tight end in the nation for that particular season. McCoy, who was recruited as a quarterback, has 43 catches for 500 yards and five touchdowns. He as caught at least one pass in every game and his 43 catches ranked third in the Big 12 last year, behind 2008 Mackey award winner Chase Coffman of Missouri and first team All-American Jermaine Gresham of Oklahoma. The list has 31 athletes on it. Six of whom are in the Big 12, including Gresham, Blaine Irby of Texas, Jeron Mastrud of Kansas State, Tony Moeaki of Nebraska, and Riar Geer of Colorado. Brett Sebastian

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Texas A&M Head Coach Mike Sherman spoke at Big 12 Media Days in Irving, Texas. Sherman stressed the improvement the team has made but the focus was on last season’s disappointments.

■ Aggies stress focus on 2009 and better chemistry. Brett Sebastian The Battalion The city of Irving, located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, hosted Big 12 media days last week. Media days are an extended press conference in which the 12 football programs of the conference send head coaches and three players on the team for questions and interviews. Texas A&M went on the first day, along with the University of Nebraska, Oklahoma State University, and Iowa State University. In attendance for the Aggies were head coach Mike Sherman, senior quarterback Jerrod Johnson, junior offensive tackle Lucas Patterson, and sophomore defensive back Trent Hunter.

Coach Sherman began the conference by stressing the improvement of the team going into the 2009 season. “We’re very proud of our football team,” Sherman said. “They have worked extremely hard. They’ve been challenged and have accepted the challenge and so far have risen above my expectations as far as their commitment.” While Sherman was ready to focus on the upcoming season, the majority of the questions dealt with the 2008 season and the struggles the football team went through during his first year as head coach. “When you have a transition,” Sherman said. “It’s always tough. Last season was no exception to that. We had some transitional issues.” The main theme for the Aggies was the underlying issue of commitment from the players to the program and the coaching staff. “I think with the change that we had, we had some players not buy into

coaches’ schemes and ideas,” Hunter said. “But we are going to improve a lot this year.” Patterson deflected the notion that last year’s problems were leftover issues from the Dennis Franchione era. “Any head coach will take the heat if their program goes the way A&M did,” Patterson said. “I don’t blame [Franchione] at all. You can blame it on transition but it all starts with the players. The chemistry has improved greatly. There were groups and cliques, but those have dissipated.” Sherman agreed with the struggles some of the senior players had in regards to his presence. “When a new coach comes in, and you have a senior class that realizes this is their last go-round, there’s going to be some issues there,” Sherman said. “I think that was a struggle that we had at different times. It was tough on them. It was tough on me.” Regardless, Sherman believes that

the struggles should be laid on himself. “You have to put it on me,” Sherman said. “Coming in and putting in a whole new offense and defense, and getting people. I believe our success in any transition is getting the right people in the right seat doing the right thing.” The team believes that this team they have now is capable of doing things last year’s team was not yet ready to do. The team is closer, more familiar with Sherman’s ways and has more experience. “I feel like last season was very trying, and had a lot of adversity every week,” Sherman said. “I thought it brought the team closer together.” The team itself is also more than ready for their shot at redemption. “You have no idea,” Hunter said when asked if he was ready for the season to start. “I am dead set on the fact that we are set and ready to go for this year. Everyone is going to be at camp an hour early we are so ready to start.”

Texans defenders suggest Cushing should slow down Chris Duncan Associated Press On his first day at Houston Texans training camp, Brian Cushing got some simple advice from All-Pro linebacker DeMeco Ryans. Slow down. Cushing, the Texans’ first-round draft pick, was eager to make an impression after missing the first two days as his contract was finalized. “It was driving me crazy, it was stressful,” Cushing said. “It’s part of the business, I guess, to get the deal all worked out. You just want to get back on the field, get better and ready for the season. I’m here now

and that’s what’s important.” Cushing played outside linebacker, mostly alongside Ryans, with the firstteam defense on Sunday. Ryans, the Defensive Rookie of the Year for the 2006 season and a starter in the 2008 Pro Bowl, sensed that Cushing was impatient to learn the Texans’ schemes. “What I told him to do was just take it slow,” Ryans said. “Let everything come to you, don’t try to do it all at once. There’s a lot on your plate. It’s asking a lot to come in and just get going right off the bat.” Cushing was a four-year starter at Southern California and led the nation’s

second-ranked defense with 10.5 tackles for loss in 2008. Coach Gary Kubiak is expecting Cushing to make an impact for a unit that ranked 23rd against the run last season. “This kid loves the game, he’s all about studying and football and taking care of himself,” Kubiak said. “He’s one of those guys who will Cushing be a pro very quickly.” The Texans expect Cushing to adapt well to the riggors of the NFL. “He went to USC, so he’s used to

the spotlight,” said linebackers coach Johnny Holland. “It’s not too big for him, and that’s one of the reasons we drafted him. He’s played some big-time games, he’s been on national-championship teams, so we’re excited to see what he brings to the table for us.” Kubiak said Cushing participated in only about half of the normal amount of repetitions expected during the morning workout. “He’s not behind much at all,” Holland said. “He’s just got to get the reps in. We want to take him slow and make sure he’s ready to go. It’s nothing new to him.”

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