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Laureate, professor dies at 95 Norman Borlaug remembered for green contributions

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Joaquin Villegas The Battalion Norman Borlaug, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Texas A&M distinguished professor of international agriculture, died at 11 p.m. Saturday, in his Dallas home at the age of 95. According to Kathleen Phillips, spokeswoman for Texas AgriLife Research, Borlaug died due to complications from cancer. Borlaug received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his work in fighting world hunger by developing high-yield wheat crops and bringing agricultural improvements to developing countries. “The destiny of world

■ President to speak at forum hosted by former President George H. W. Bush Meagan O’Toole-Pitts The Battalion President Barack Obama will hold a presidential forum on community service at Texas A&M University in the George Bush Presidential Library Center Oct. 16. The forum will be hosted by former President George H.W. Bush and the Points of Light Institute. “It is a tremendous honor to have the sitting president of the United States on the Texas A&M campus for the second time in less than a year,” said Texas A&M Interim President R. Bowen Loftin. “This speaks volumes to our status as one of the top universities in the country and the long legacy of Aggies’ selfless service for our country.” According to a White House press release, the event builds upon Obama’s “United We Serve” call to action, which challenges Americans to help engage in community service. It will also celebrate the contributions of more than 4,500 Daily Point of Light award winners and honor President Bush’s legacy of service and civic engagement. Bush created The Daily Point of Light Award in 1989 honoring volunteer groups around the country. “We salute President George H.W. Bush for his continuing dedication to the ‘thousand points of light’ and are honored that he has extended an invitation to President Obama to commemorate the 20th anniversary of this important milestone in service and civic engagement at Texas A&M University,” Loftin said.

civilization depends upon providing a decent standard of living for all mankind,” Borlaug once said. “The first essential component of social justice is adequate food for all mankind.” His contributions earned him the international title of ‘father of the green revolution.’ His agricultural work has saved hundreds of millions of lives in developing countries by creating wheat varieties that are resistant to disease and provide a higher yield than previous strains of wheat. “We have lost our strongest champion for reducing hunger worldwide,” said Vice Chancellor and Dean of See Borlaug on page 4

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Terry Galloway brings play to A&M ■ Comedy shines light on medical, childhood struggles Travis Lawson Special to The Battalion Deaf, lesbian performer Terry Galloway is coming to Texas A&M University with her autobiographical play “Out All Night and Lost My Shoes” today. Galloway is deaf and nearly blind due to experimental antibiotics her mother was given in Germany when she was several months pregnant. The antibiotics also caused her to hallucinate at a young age. “The show is filled with comedy, in

large part because of my background doing comedy,” Galloway said. “It’s about me being a ‘modern medical accident’ and growing up deaf, hallucinatory and queer.” Galloway’s challenge of being deaf did not stop her from writing and performing monologues, poems and performance texts. Galloway won numerous awards and grants from the NEA, the Texas Institute of Letters, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the PEW Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Galloway lived in Austin, Texas, where she became known for her cross-dressing performances as Shakespeare at Winedal and Esther’s Follies.

Marine biology professor’s research reaches new depths Joaquin Villegas The Battalion The discovery of various new species in the world’s longest underwater lava tube by a Texas A&M University at Galveston professor has sparked interest in underwater cave research. Thomas Iliffe, professor of marine biology and world renowned cave researcher, received help from a team of international researchers at the time he discovered the species in an underwater tunnel in Lanzarote, Canary Islands. The underground tunnel called the Tunnel de la Atlántida, literally translating to “tunnel to Atlantis,” forms part of a larger system of lava tubes created almost 20,000 years ago with a longitude of more than four miles. “Much of my research involves uses of specialized diving techniques,” Iliffe said, “including cave diving using side mounted tanks and closedcircuit rebreathers.”

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As someone wanting to go into research, it’s intriguing to know there still are many secrets to uncover.” — Cindy Gutierrez, junior biology major

Among the species discovered, two new species of worms and one crustacean were found. “The small worms we discovered were found in a large, conical mound of white sand,” Iliffe said. “We collected several samples of the sand, and when we examined it later, we found these new species.” In honor of their discoverer, one of the worm species

was named after Illife. The Sphaerosyllis iliffei is a strange creature that, according to Illife “has no eyes or color and is the first cave-adapted species from the worm family Syllidae.” The other species of worm was named after Cesar Manrique, the local artist that painted the touristic part of the cave that must be travelled to reach the underwater tunnels. “They likely colonized underwater caves and cracks in older rocks on the island,” Illife said, “and invaded the water of the lava tube sometime after its formation 20,000 years ago.” But perhaps the most intriguing of the discoveries is the new species of crustacean, Illife said, which belong to the class of Remipedia, and is believed to be one of the most primitive classes of crustaceans. Named Speleonectes atlantida, meaning “cave swimmer,” the crustacean has fangs filled See Species on page 4

Galloway has performed at the American Place Theater in New York and Zap Club in Brighton, England. Performance studies administrators said they want students to see that no matter what hurtles a person may face, they can be a spectacular stage performer. “Terry Galloway is an extremely prominent artist, and I encourage everyone to come and see her performance,” said Harris Berger, associate music professor and associate head of performing arts Harris Berger. Galloway is also going to give two writing workshops in Theater History and Dramatic Literature at A&M. Students will be able to work closely with

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Galloway to learn from her expertise in the theater arts. “I am really anxious to have her work one-on-one with Texas A&M students,” performance studies assistant professor Kirsten Pullen said. “She’s funny and interesting and creative.” The show is at 7:30 p.m. in the Rudder Forum in the Rudder Theatre Complex. Tickets are free to the public. “Bringing her here is one way to signal Texas A&M’s commitment to diversity,” Pullen said, “as well as providing an inspiration for other students to find a way to engage in civil discourse by telling their stories.”

Gillispie in rehab After being accused of his third alcohol related offense, former Texas A&M basketball coach Billy Gillispie checked himself into rehab Sept. 3, confirmed William L. Patrick, one of Gillispie’s lawyers. Gillispie’s was arrested for Driving Under the Influence Aug. 27 in Lexington, Ky. He pled not guilty and is awaiting trial for Sept 23. While an assistant coach in 1999, Gillispie was arrested in Tulsa, Okla., for Driving While Intoxicated. The DWI charge was dismissed, and Gillispie settled on a charge of reckless driving. While beginning his first year as head coach of the University of Texas-El Paso in 2003, Gillispie was arrested for suspicion of DUI, and the charges were later dropped due to a lack of evidence. Gillispie was fired Gillispie in March 2009 as the men’s basketball coach at the University of Kentucky. Gillespie checked himself in to John Lucas Athletes After Care Program in Houston, Texas. Lucas, a former NBA athlete, fought his own addictions while he was a player and now runs his own alcohol and drug rehabilitation center for athletes. Lucas’ program focuses on exercise, rather than medicine for rehabilitation. Gillispie’s Houston lawyer Demetrios Anaipakos declined to comment. Austin Vela, special to The Battalion

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West outburst rains on Swift’s parade NEW YORK — The MTV Video Music Awards kicked off Sunday with a poignant, tender tribute to fallen icon Michael Jackson, but soon got back into raucous character thanks to Kanye West, who delivered yet another awards show outburst at the expense of country and pop sweetheart Taylor Swift. The two moments represented the highs and the lows of the VMAs, which are defined not by its awards, but its wacky and tacky moments. West provided the wacky and tacky soon after the Jackson tribute, changing the mood from bittersweet to just plain bitter. West — who has flipped out after losing at the VMAs, the Grammys, the American Music Awards and more — complained again that the wrong person had been awarded a trophy. This time, it was on behalf of Beyonce. Beyonce, nominated for best female video for “Single Ladies,” was bested by Swift, the best-selling artist of the year outside of Jackson. The 19-year-old was giddy when she won for her clip “You Belong With Me,” saying, “I always wondered what

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crowd applauded her anyway. She later performed “You Belong With Me” in a subway station. Swift later got her chance, courtesy of Beyonce, who won video of the year for “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).” When she won, she recalled that she won her first VMA as a 17-year-old as part of Destiny’s Child. “I remember how excited I was,” she said. “I’d like Taylor to come out and have her moment.” Associated Press

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police said they have contacted her family and have assumed control of the investigation, which is now being treated as a homicide. State police found the body Sunday in an area of the building that houses utility cables that run between floors. Le was last seen Tuesday morning in the building. Surveillance video shows her arriving around 10 a.m., but police had been baffled since the investigation began because there was no video of Le leaving. Associated Press

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Hear Ye: |ok. so.| |this week we’re gonna do Funny songs| |like any song that makes you laugh| |intentionally or not| |so laugh| |laugh loud! laugh true!| |let your laughter reverberate off of the buildings of this campus!| 1. Ray Stevens “The Pirate Song”

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2. John Prine “In Spite of Ourselves” |good ol’ nuptial squabbling| Clay Harley

3. Moxy Fruvous “My Baby Loves a Bunch of Authors” |bunch of Canadian weirdos if you ask me|

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Artist N’Dambi’s album needs insight, originality


he latest album from R&B singer N’dambi, titled “Pink Elephant,” is scheduled for release on Oct. 6. N’dambi, from Dallas, Texas was formerly a backup singer for Erykah Badu. Steadily gaining recognition and fans, she is an exciting live performer. “Pink Elephant” will be her first release with a label, Stax Records. Unfortunately, the album is less than remarkable. Most of the songs are laden with colorless melodies and intrusive overdubbing, and none are original. N’dambi, it seems, is strong vocally, but her lyrics tend to fall awkwardly. The rhythmic patterns she chooses often don’t fit the natural emphasis of the words, causing her phrases to sound clumsy and odd. The result is her songs sound fairly uninspired, as if she picked her melodies for no particular reason. The songs seem dramatic, or rather, they want to seem dramatic. Most are observational, telling stories of big dreams, double lives and former love. The problem is that they lack insight, the enviable trait in storytelling. To really tell a poignant story through music, one must have a keen understanding of life’s truths. This is not a typical quality, and N’dambi isn’t one of the few who possess it. N’dambi’s melodies don’t help the cause; they are bland, scatterbrained and seem more a chance to show off her vocal prowess than communicate any sort of feeling through music. And, there is an excessive use of overdubbing in all of the songs. We constantly hear N’dambi’s voice singing multipart harmonies and backup lines, which cloud the music more than enhance it. Her voice, or voices, sound so enhanced and perfectly locked in to a pitch that authenticity is lost. The album does have a few positive points however. By far the best song is “Daisy Chain,” an ear-pleasing pop-funk groove with a bouncy bass line. The song is a welcome break from the preceding seven monotonously slow songs. This is one song where the backup vocals are used effectively,

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“Pink Elephant,” the latest album from R&B singer N’dambi, will be released Oct. 6. This is the first album the artist has released with label Stax Records, who she recently signed with. N’dambi was formerly a backup singer for Erykah Badu. and with proper restraint. “The World Is A Beat,” which showcases a fat percussion beat, groovy interlocking bass and electric guitar parts, uses the vocals appropriately at times to create chords to fill in space. However, by the end of the tune, they become messy. The band is strong throughout the album, particularly the bass and drums, providing solid grooves throughout. Most of the other instrumentation comes from synthesizers and samples with an occasional electric guitar. Ultimately, “Pink Elephant” is an average R&B album. Its songs may please N’dambi’s fans, but I wouldn’t expect the album to generate much buzz

for her. It is far too lacking in originality. I imagine that any authenticity it had was quickly produced away by Stax Records. What I would recommend is to see N’dambi live. Her live shows have much more energy and soul than the album was able to capture. As for the album, though, I say skip it.

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Katy Ralston The Battalion Walk under the century tree and you are destined to be with your fellow journeyer forever. But what happens if you are lifted into the century tree in a 40-foot tall bucket truck? Texas A&M Physical Plant workers were pondering that question when they were called in Friday afternoon to retrieve a chair from the top of A&M’s most tradition-rich tree. Physical Plant worker Johnny Martinez was sent up in the lift at 2 p.m. to retrieve the chair. The chair was secured to the branches with wire and removing it took 40 minutes. “It was tied down with wire, and all I had to do was cut it, but the way he had it positioned it was hard to get it down with the wire wrapped around, but I got it down pretty good,” Martinez said. “I didn’t think it was going to be that high up in the tree.” Physical Plant worker James Elliott said he is used to the routine upkeep of the century—trimming the branches and cleaning up dead wood— but this was something new. “It’s our job to take care of the trees and whatever gets in them,” said Elliott, “but this is the first time I had to take out a chair.” The truck and extended arm drew crowds of people. “I just kind of walked up and there was a bunch of trucks there doing work. I had no clue what was going on,” said senior international studies major Andrew Jamison. “They were trying to weave

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Agriculture and Life Sciences Mark Hussey. “We must now recommit ourselves to educating and training the next generation of agricultural scientists who will continue Dr. Borlaug’s work to reduce world hunger and eliminate famine.” Born in the small farming community of Cresco, Iowa, Borlaug developed a strong work ethic while tending to the family farm. Thanks to his talent as a wrestler, Borlaug was able to attend the University of Minnesota where he received his doctorate in plant pathology and genetics. During World War II, Borlaug worked as a researcher for a DuPont laboratory, which aided the U.S. war efforts. After the war, Borlaug left for Mexico to aid the gov-

this thing between branches and there was no way it was going to happen, it was pretty funny, but somehow they managed.” Elliot said the chair had to be taken down because of safety issues presented. “Our job is mainly safety— safety for the trees and safety for the people below,” he said. “That is the most recognized tree on campus; it is something that people get engaged under, and there are so many things done under that tree that if there is anything up in it that could fall out of the tree and hurt somebody, it has to be removed.” The chair was put in the tree by junior communication major Sam Baker. “I enjoy climbing trees and I enjoy making people laugh so it seemed like a good combination of the two,” Baker said. Baker said the idea started when he found the chair on his way to Academic Plaza. Elliott said he was impressed the student was able to climb to the top with a chair in tow without any problems. “I asked him how he got up here cause I was concerned how safe it was to get up—that was a big tree—and I was pretty amazed; that takes skill to climb that type of tree,” he said. University police officers came to the scene after a complaint was called in. No immediate disciplinary action has been taken but officers said Baker may be fined for any expenses involved in the retrieval.

ernment with agricultural development. By 1964, his work led to the creation of the CIMMYT, Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo (The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center). Even though he officially retired in 1979, Borlaug was still active in his fight against global hunger. In 1984, Borlaug came to Texas A&M as a distinguished professor to instruct future generations of students. Borlaug also created the World Food Prize in 1986, which recognizes the work of scientists and humanitarians who contribute to the field of international agriculture. “He understood the value and need for relevant, applied research,” said Texas AgriLife Research Interim Director Bill Dugas, “and he was focused on using that information to assist all of human kind through training of students and agricultural specialists, especially in the develop-

ing world. “We all should reflect on what one person can accomplish in this world,” he added. For his contribution to the world of science, Borlaug received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2007, the highest honor a United States civilian can receive. Borlaug also received more than 50 honorary degrees from dozens of different countries, including Mexico, Norway, India and the United Kingdom. Furthermore, he was inducted into the National Collegiate Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1992. Borlaug is survived by his daughter Norma Borlaug Laube and her husband Rex, his son William Gibson Borlaug and his wife Barbie, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. For those interested in paying tribute to Norman Borlaug, condolences may be left online at

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Aggies fall to No. 1 Tar Heels David Harris The Battalion The Texas A&M soccer team had a shot for revenge on Saturday at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, but suffered a third loss of the season 2-0. North Carolina had Texas A&M’s number in the past. The Tar Heels went into Saturday’s matchup 11-1 against the Aggies and winners of four in a row. In 2008, A&M’s last loss versus the Tar Heels, in double overtime, sent A&M home just a game away from the final four. That loss has stuck in the minds of Aggie players since December. “It’s all I’ve been thinking about,� said junior goalkeeper Kelly Dyer in August. The Tar Heels came in ranked No. 1 in the country, winners of thirty straight matches, including a national championship. The 13th ranked Aggies, came in 3-2, with their only losses coming to top 10 teams California and Purdue. By the end of 90 minutes, A&M’s losing streak against the Heels was lengthened to five, as North Carolina continued their undefeated season with a 2-0 victory. “I was proud of the way our team really went out and battled today,� said Head Coach G Guerrieri. “I’m disappointed because it was a good effort by our team. The two scores were unfortunate, but North Carolina is a solid side. They have so many quality players, and they did a good

job of keeping the tempo how they wanted it. This game was a good measuring stick, and we’re not there yet. We need to try to get that signature win, and hopefully it’s coming soon.� Throughout the first half, the teams battled defensively, with only seven combined shots fired. The Aggie defense held the potent offense of North Carolina to five shots in the first 45 minutes. Aggie senior midfielder Amber Gnatiz had the best opportunity for A&M in the first half as she took a long pass from senior defender Emily Peterson and put a shot towards the upper net. However, senior North Carolina goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris made the one-handed save. In the first 15 minutes of the second half, the Aggies continued to pressure the Tar Heels on the attack. Freshmen Chelsea Jones and Kim Castleberry both produced good scoring chances, but Harris kept the Aggies scoreless. With shots equal at six between the teams midway through the half, UNC started to put the pressure on the A&M defense. In the last 20 minutes, North Carolina outshot A&M 9-0, putting two shots past junior goalkeeper Kristen Arnold and into the back of the net. In the 82nd minute, senior forward Nikki Washington scored her second goal of the season for the Tar Heels, which is also her second game winner of the season. Junior forward Jessica McSee Soccer on page 6

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Texas A&M freshman forward Kim Castleberry dribbles the ball through two Purdue defenders during A&M’s 3-2 loss to the Boilermakers on Aug. 28.

Volleyball takes second tourney of 2009 season Michael Teague The Battalion The Texas A&M volleyball team won a second tournament title this weekend at the CenturyTel Premier Tournament in San Marcos. Hofstra, Texas Southern and Texas State were no match against the firepower and depth of A&M. The Aggies swept all three opponents and improved to 8-1 in 2009. “I was really pleased with the prepa-

ration,� said A&M head coach Laurie Corbelli. “The team took a lot of time to digest all the information we had for them, and we just had a lot of players who were really determined and executed the game plan almost to a `T’. Once we could get going and got our rhythm and got the momentum, it was really hard to stop us.� The Aggies’ attack is flourishing behind senior Sarah Ammerman. The outside hitter was named the tournament’s MVP following her perfor-

mance this weekend, as she led the team in kills with 23 in the three matches, including a team-high 12 against Texas State. “I don’t know who could have stopped us today,� said Corbelli following the victory over Texas State. “They were just really on with Ammerman being almost error free the whole match in her attacking.� A&M’s seniors received much help from freshmen Lindsey Miller and Alicia Kastmo. The middle blockers con-

tinued to dominate offensively, combining for 30 kills in the tournament. Miller and Kastmo led the Aggies in kills against Hofstra scoring nine and eight, respectively. “Our middle attack was one of the best it has been so far,� Corbelli said. “I thought we really had a great connection with Lindsey Miller and Alisia Kastmo. (Hofstra) didn’t have an answer for our middle attack, so we tried to stay with that as much as we possibly could.� “They have been studs on the

court,� senior outside hitter Mary Batis added. “Their mental game is not typical of freshmen. They are very strong, and they get the job done. We’re really lucky to have those two in the middle.� A&M found ways to include several of their reserve players in this weekend’s matches. Against Texas Southern, 14 Aggie players contributed to the team’s victory. “To be able to have the first group See Volleyball on page 6

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Texas A&M senior outside hitter Sarah Ammerman serves the ball. Ammerman had a combined 23 kills in the team’s three games in the CenturyTel Premier tournament.

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in and be very efficient and get their work done, we wanted to make sure we got an opportunity for some of the new players to get on the court and be in a match setting,” Corbelli said. “It is a lot different than training, and they needed to get out there.” The Century TelPremier Tournament was a coming-out party for freshman Tori Mellinger. The newcomer was a star defensively for the Aggies, leading the team with 33 digs over the weekend.

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Donald added the insurance goal in the 87th minute, her third goal of the young season. With their third loss in three games against top ten teams, Guerrieri said with four offside calls in the match, the youth of the team is going through some learning experiences. “Unfortunately we showed a

The Aggies began the tournament with two 3-0 sweeps over Hofstra and Texas Southern. In the Championship game, A&M ended the trip with another 3-0 victory over tournament host Texas State. “Just having the talent that we have, the depth we have, and seeing the team grow, I’m really excited for the Big 12 season,” Corbelli said. “I think they understand how important preparation is. We have more time to prepare, and I’m just really expecting the best.” Texas A&M will begin conference play Saturday as the team heads to Lubbock to take on the Texas Tech Lady Raiders.

little bit of our youth; we were offside way too many times,” Guerrieri said. “We had opportunities to get in for breakaways but would step offside, and that’s just a little bit of naivety that we have to train out of our players.” The Aggies will return home after this three game road trip with a chance to end their losing streak against top 10 teams. The team will host No. 2 Portland at the Aggie Soccer Stadium Friday.


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Sarah Beth Davis tees off at the Texas A&M “Mo”Morial Invitational, in which the Aggie women’s golf team finished in first place. Davis fired a two-under par in the first round.

Golf teams open season Michael Sullivan The Battalion The Texas A&M women’s golf team was declared the winner of the 16th “Mo” Memorial Invitational after rain in the Bryan-College Station area cut the 54-hole tournament down to 18 holes. “It was unfortunate that we were only able to play 18 holes,” said A&M Head Coach Trelle McCombs. “You really want the opportunity to play 54 holes to determine the best team, but we made the most of the opportunity we had.” The Aggies also brought home the individual title as graduate student Julia Boland and true freshman Sarah Beth Davis posted first round scores of 2-under-par, tying for the individual honor. Both Boland and Davis were making their debut with the Aggies and became the first players in A&M history to win their first career tournament. As a team, the Aggies also set a tournament record for lowest team total in a single round by posting a team score of 2-over-par. “This is an exciting start for us,” McCombs said. “It could be the start of something really special. We want to build on this and keep improving.” The women’s golf team will look to carry the success into next weekend when they head to Albuquerque, N.M. to tee it up in the Branch Law Firm Dick McGuire Invitational. Also competing this weekend was the No. 7 Texas A&M men’s golf team which opened its season at the Williams H. Tucker Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. with a fifth place finish.

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The Aggies posted a team score of 5-over-par finishing 26 strokes behind tournament winner UNLV who posted a score of 21-under-par. Big 12 rival, Baylor finished one stroke ahead of the Aggies for a fourth place finish. Leading the way for the Aggies was junior John Hurley who finished the tournament tied for ninth place individually. Hurley fired a career best score of 66 during the second round on the way to posting a total score of 3-under-par for the tournament. The highlight of the weekend for the Aggies came during the second round in which all five players posted scores under-par. Sophomore Geoff Shaw closed his second round with five straight birdies to move from 3-over to 2-under. Shaw finished the tournament tied for 24th place individually. “I wouldn’t say we played poorly but we were lackluster early on,” said A&M Head Coach J.T. Higgins. “We let some great opportunities slip by, but played with more confidence on the greens in the second round. I was proud of the way we battled back.” Senior Andrea Pavan finished the tournament at even par and tied for 18th place. Junior Nacho Elvira posted a total score of 6-over-par and finished tied for 41st place. Freshman Cameron Peck made his Aggie debut by posting a score of 4-over-par and finished the tournament tied with Shaw for 24th place. The men’s golf team has a weekend off before returning to the course on Sept. 27-28 in Seattle for the NCAA Preview.

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Elton John wants to adopt Ukrainian toddler Gregory Katz The Associated Press LONDON — Look out, Madonna and Angelina Jolie — pop star Elton John has decided he wants to join the ranks of A-list celebrities with adopted children. But it’s not clear if John, 62, will be able to adopt, and the Rocket Man star has not yet started formal proceedings, which are often long and complicated. John and longtime partner David Furnish are interested in trying to adopt a Ukrainian toddler named Lev they met during an orphanage tour there. The singer told reporters in Ukraine on Saturday that Furnish has long wanted to adopt a child but that he was reluctant until he met Lev at an orphanage where many of the children’s parents have died from AIDS. “David always wanted to adopt a child and I always said ‘no’ because I am 62 and I think because of the traveling I do and the life I have, maybe it wouldn’t be fair for the child,� John said. “But having seen Lev today, I would love to adopt him. I don’t know how we do that but

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Pop singer Elton John kisses baby Lev during a news conference Saturday at an orphanage for HIV-positive children in the town of Makeyevka outside Donetsk. young and has two wonderful children,� John said. “What better opportunity to replace

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Council investigates Navasota crash after finding 9-1-1 calls were unanswered Austin Vela Special to The Battalion The Brazos Valley Council of Governments will conduct an internal investigation to find out why 9-1-1 calls for a wrong-way driver, who later crashed, were not answered, said Tom Wilkinson, the executive director of the council. “We will spend some time to look at the circumstances and take steps to prevent something like this from happening again,� Wilkinson said. “Every call is important to us.� On Sept. 7, an accident occurred on Highway 6 south of Highway 90 outside Navasota, TX after Donna Benoit’s vehicle, driving southbound in the northbound lane, collided head-on with another vehicle. Both Benoit and the passsanger of the other car, Manikandan Ramasamy, a research engineering associate for the Texas Engineering Experiment Station, were killed. The driver of the other car, Texas A&M student Aditya Vidyasankar, is currently in a Houston hospital.

Before the crash, there were three to four 9-11 calls that were attempting to notify authorities that Benoit’s vehicle was driving the wrong way. However, there is usually only one dispatcher on-duty in a rural area like Grimes County, and the dispatcher was unable to answer all of the calls, Wilkinson said. The Brazos Valley Council of Governments runs the 9-1-1 service that was responsible for taking these calls. The service is responsible for answering 9-1-1 calls that originate in Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Robertson and Washington Counties. Brazos County has its own 9-1-1 District and is not included in this service area. “You can’t know that something is wrong until something goes wrong, and then you have to fix it,� Wilkinson said. Possible steps that the Brazos Valley Council of Governments may take, according to Wilkinson, are having a back-up 9-1-1 dispatcher who has calls forwarded to him or her when there are too many calls to answer at one time.

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EDITOR’SNOTE The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the various authors and forum participants in this paper do not necessarily reflect those of Texas A&M University, The Battalion or its staff.

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Throughthe eyes of a freshman Steven Laxton

The first two weeks of college can be overwhelming, but freshman year won’t be as stressful with friends.


n much the same way a fisheye lens takes an extremely wide image of the world around it, freshmen can become quickly overwhelmed by the massive influx of information associated with adjusting to a new college – particularly one as big as A&M. The untrained eye can be terrified by this world, and freshmen are even warned about this during the New Student Conferences, but these warnings are quickly forgotten and learned the hard way. One of the most important adjustments for freshmen to make starting college is learning to become better organized. It isn’t just class time and homework anymore – while most classes are at the same time every week, still many are irregular. Furthermore, all of the responsibilities previously held by parents have fallen upon the student. While the work itself is time-consuming but usually not too difficult, organizing materials can be

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difficult, particularly when there’s only one room. Where would one put dish soap, laundry detergent, snacks and a microwave? Certainly they belong in different places, but where? The adjustment rate of freshmen is often reflected by the appearance of their dorm if they are living on campus. Some, such as my roommate, have all of their textbooks stacked in a bookshelf in some sort of order. Then there are religious quotes and family photos arranged neatly, a clean floor covered by a nice mat, and even a bed that’s made daily. Other freshmen, such as myself, have books stacked perpendicular to each other, if they’re even in the bookshelf, posters of Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker haphazardly stuck to the walls, a floor covered with multiple bags stuffed with flyers, pens and cups, a bed that looks like it was drug out of a car wreck, and a note pad with nothing written on it except, “don’t panic.” While formal traditions are explained by New Student Conferences, Fish Camp and Howdy Camp, many things are typical for college students but not labeled traditional and remain unexplained. I passed by Kyle Field one night heading out to a friend’s apartment when I saw what appeared to be a cross between a nomadic invasion and a birthday party. Tents and empty pizza boxes littered the area, and students raced around on bikes or skateboards if they weren’t busy playing Frisbee, watching a movie or playing multiplayer video games. What I had discovered was a

camp for seniors who were going to pull groups of tickets at once. They were taking turns staying at the camp for roll call in a manner akin to night guards changing shifts to ensure everyone got a reasonable amount of sleep. Other surprises are not so pleasant to discover. For example, finding out that it is impossible to turn left onto John Kimbrough Boulevard from Wellborn Road between afternoon classes within half an hour, or taking the first break in an exercise routine at the Student Recreation Center to discover that the coldest water in the building is best described as lukewarm. Better yet, hiking from the southside dorms to the Rec only to realize that you’ve forgotten your towel, aren’t carrying your wallet and thus can’t afford a towel rental. That particular hike is one better enjoyed two times a day than four. One other thing freshmen should be warned about are the various organizations around campus that have made it their personal goal in life to give you flyers or coupons by any means necessary. The determination these students show has not been seen since the French Revolution. Do not, by any means necessary, lock eyes with them. Once they know they have your attention, there is no escape. The best solutions for evading flyers that you were already given an hour ago are to pretend to be holding a conversation on your cell phone or listen to a music player with both earbuds in your ears. Be brave, and walk past them with one of these

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two techniques, but don’t try to physically evade them by crossing the street before and after their handout radius – they can smell fear. For new students, there is a massive amount of information that is unrelated to classes themselves that has to be hunted down and discovered. My best suggestion is to find an upperclassman who is either really friendly or easily entertained so you can ask them every question

you can possibly imagine, no matter how obvious or simple the answer may be. Ultimately, though, the only way to figure out the school is to make friends with both new and old students, form a group and explore the campus once the sun goes down, always carry a map and don’t panic. Steven Laxton is a freshman general studies major special to The Battalion.

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