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“Students need to keep in mind that hiring the best professors for them and making sure they have small classes costs money...we look at that balance of cost to quality to help students achieve their goals while they’re in school and be able to get the life they want to live.” — James P. Wilson

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“The regents are not paid a salary and in many instances there are out of pocket expenses that we personally cover. But having said that, it is a labor of love and a great honor.” — Richard Box

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Baba Ifalade, lead singer and founder of the band D.R.U.M. , performs Sept. 25.

Students lend funds to others Sarah Smith Special to The Battalion Passion is a funny thing. Once discovered, it has a habit of rearranging all the little things in life mistaken for priorities and goals. It gives ordinary actions a deeper meaning. Once discovered, passion transforms ordinary individuals into extraordinary leaders. For some, passions are educating, listening and protecting. For Paul Mbutu, his passion is peace. Mbutu is a senior lecturer on leave from Daystar University, Nairobi, Kenya. A Fullbright Scholarship recipient, Mbutu is attending Texas A&M University to pursue his doctorate in organizational communication. He is also the board chairman of the Peace BuildSee PHARP on page 2

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The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents and Chancellor Mike McKinney, far right, meet Friday. The regents’ vote is the deciding factor in issues facing the system.

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hen the A&M Board of Directors met for the first time on June 1, 1875, the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas was only a project in the works. One year and four months later, what is now known as Texas A&M was born. In 1881, the Texas legislature decided that the board would consist of five members who would serve for six-year staggered terms and would be appointed by the governor. Over the next few decades, the board grew in number, and by 1975 the Board of Directors was named the Board of Regents, a nine-member organization presiding over the system. The board has nine voting members and one non-voting student, all governor-appointed. In 2005, the Texas Legislature passed a bill describing a student regent position, for a one-year term, available to an undergraduate or graduate student in the system. Cresencio Davila, whose term began May 31, is the most recent student regent.

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Bryan-College Station police teamed with residents in the area to form connections and networks that aim to raise safety from and awareness of crime around Aggieland and in the surrounding community. The groups, along with Target, put together the kickoff event for National Night Out. Multiple events took place in the parking lot of the Target in Bryan to raise drug awareness and crime prevention. Children were allowed to tour the backseat of a police car and sit on a police motorcyle. To complete the event the Bryan Fire Department cooked and provided sausage. “People have forgotten how to meet their neighbors,” said J.P. Ingram of the Bryan Police Department. “National Night Out brings back the old friendSee Neighbors on page 2

What do you do for me? This is part two of a series dissecting colleges and divisions at the University. The series will feature different colleges and divisions that support A&M throughout the semester.

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Residents explore the inside of a police car during National Night Out kickoff events.

Texas A&M formally names R. Bowen Loftin president at Convocation Tim Bardin Special to The Battalion During the 2010 Academic Convocation on Friday, Texas A&M University formally installed its 24th president. Before the Chancellor, Board of Regents, delegates and others in attendance, R. Bowen Loftin, class of 1971 accepted the responsibility and pledged to uphold the honor of the University. “Loftin has led through times of great adversity, such as Hurricane Ike’s impacts on Galveston, both the campus and the city,” said Nancy Sawtelle, class of 1982 and director of public relations for the office of the provost. “He utilizes his calming demeanor and steady leadership to direct individuals and groups to the most important issues.” Loftin was named president of Texas A&M on Feb. 12 and is one of five former students to serve in that capacity. He was chosen after serving eight months as interim president since June 15, 2009. Loftin previously served as the vice president and CEO of Texas A&M University at Galveston for four years and is a well-known and highly regarded scholar, professor and consultant for both industry and government.

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“[Loftin] is renowned in his discipline and has a reputation of leadership in numerous academic and governmental organizations, including NASA,” Sawtelle said. The Academic Convocation consisted of speeches delivered by University leaders, choral music performed by the Century Singers and the formal presentation of Loftin as president. Loftin was also ceremonially endowed with the Presidential Medallion and Symbols of Office. “Academic Convocation is a celebration of Texas A&M’s primary missions of teaching, research and engagement,” Sawtelle said. “It is a time to bring together all elements of our academic community and focus on our values and the importance of higher education.” After the presentations, Loftin delivered a state-of-the-university address. In his comments, he said the University was stronger than ever academically; a successful, world-recognized research university and an institution whose core values stayed strong and spirit still burned bright. Loftin also shared his vision for the future, stressing: “We cannot See Loftin on page 2

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Board of Regents chairman Morris Foster presents formally installed Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin for investure Friday at the 2010-2011 Academic Convocation.

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ly neighborhood relationships.� National Night Out has a secondary effect that will bring the community together. Members of the community signed up on Saturday to have block parties and draw people together. The communities of the Bryan-College Station area are coming together to fight crime. Bryan-College Station area are coming together to fight crime. “The block parties are a chance for you to get to know your neighbors. We live in a busy world sometimes and don’t stop to spend time with our neighbors,� said Officer John Agnew of the Bryan Police Department. “This block party brings the neighborhood closer together. Registering your block party with us will allow us to know that you are out there and care about your neighborhood. We try to come by and visit every block party to mingle and listen to any problems in your area.�

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afford to pause or to declare that what we have achieved is sufficient.� “The focus of his vision leans more toward the practical fields such as science, health and research. There doesn’t seem to be much [present] emphasis on the liberal arts, but I’m sure they will be addressed in the long term,� said Dennis Berthold, professor of English at Texas A&M. “I have been here for 40 years and we are facing some of the biggest challenges we’ve ever had, especially with the financial issues, but he’s handling them well. This is a step up from what he’s done before but he’s doing a good job in a difficult position.� A reception followed the ceremony. Loftin was not available for comment. “His priority is the students and his focus is making the undergraduate experience as good as possible. I think that is a very important quality,� said Jerry Spencer, Commander, Maj. Gen. Darling Recruiting Company of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets. “He is the right man to take the helm at this time.�

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Aggies help at B-CS Special Olympics Joanna Raines Special to The Battalion Cheers of encouragement, yells of victory, high fives and grins from ear to ear characterized the Special Olympic Bocce Ball Tournament in Veteran’s Park on Saturday. Athletes and volunteers endured the September heat for a day of fun and competition. While the Aggie Bombers embodied the fighting Aggie spirit, Aggie Special Olympics Texas Volunteers represented the Aggies by giving back. Special Olympics gives athletes of all ages the chance to find companionship and belonging. While in the outside community they might be viewed as having a disadvantage, through this program they are champions. “I’m the best player they’ve got on the team,” said Jimmy Evans, Special Olympics athlete. “Me and Becky won our first bocce ball game today, we’re on to the next round.” Evans and his partner Becky Vivonka are members of the local Special Olympics team the Aggie Bombers. Special Olympics keeps participants active and allows them to build relationships. The volunteers helped run the event. They are athlete’s partners, coaches, support systems and friends. They are willing to endure the harsh heat and give days out of their busy schedules to watch the athletes compete. “The coach is the most important part of our lives,” Vivonka said. “I am very proud to have her in my life. And having other people that care and love us.” While the volunteers participate to help the athletes, they too benefit from the program. “The Aggie volunteers that come out feel so enriched and so blessed to get to work with those Special Olympics athletes. It helps us grow, and it helps them grow,” said Sue Calhoun, vol-

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unteer of the Special Olympics for 30 years. It is through programs like Special Olympics that the community is able to come together and come to a mutual understanding of each other. “In a changing world, people are starting to appreciate diversity, and people with intellectual disabilities are part of that,” said Brittany Bongers, president of Aggie Special Olympics Texas Volunteers. “My goal is to make people realize they are just like us. They smile, they have fun, they have friends, they have boyfriends and girlfriends. They are no different than you and [me].” Blake Maass has been volunteering through his Boy Scout troop 257 for five years. “I actually used to be almost afraid of people with Down syndrome, I didn’t understand why they were different. It’s the fear of the unknown,” Maass said. “I honestly love coming out here now and I love them. It’s taught me a lot.” Through Aggie Special Olympic Texas Volunteers, students at Texas A&M are getting involved. “Some of the volunteers are a little apprehensive when they come out. And before the day is out, there is really a bond between the athletes and volunteers,” said Don Calhoun, volunteer of the year. Events such as these happen year round. Special Olympics has six events that will take place in the Bryan-College Station area, and volunteers are always needed. Upcoming events include a buddy walk and the state competition, which will take place in Bryan. “All year long we’re planning competitions, recruiting volunteers and fundraising,” said Cassie Northcutt, Area 6 director. “Our athletes build friendships and strengths; they inspire our volunteers, they’ve inspired me, that’s why I’m here.”

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Sorority throws party for Boys & Girls Club Katie White The Battalion Imagine driving down Holleman on your way to school and seeing 25 princesses waving at you from the sidewalk. Magical. The Texas A&M Chapter of Delta Delta Delta invited children from the Lincoln Center Boys & Girls Club to be a princess for a day Friday, while learning that true beauty comes from the inside. Kendall Jenkins, senior finance major and member of Tri Delta, coordinated the party. Jenkins first volunteered at The Boys & Girls Club her sophomore year of college for a business class. She started volunteering regularly after the experience. “Our sorority had a national philanthropy, but we didn’t have a local one, so I started getting some girls to come volunteer with me,” Jenkins said. Last year, the sorority threw a Christmas party for the children. They will have another one this year. The Boys & Girls Clubs of America is an after-school program for children from low-income families. The club provides leadership and character building programs, as well as tutoring programs to children after school. Megan Scholz, senior education major volunteered for the Boys & Girls Club in Bryan her freshman year with her Freshman Leadership Organization MSC F.I.S.H. “My favorite part of working at the Boys & Girls club was being able to be a role model for the kids. Several of the students there don’t believe it is a possibility for them to attend college,” Scholz said. “Being surrounded by A&M students is a great source of motivation.”

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Megan Stafford, senior communications major, volunteered with F.I.S.H. also. “It gives me an opportunity to serve in a different atmosphere than the Texas A&M campus,” Stafford said. “Many of the kids at the Boys & Girls club come from many different backgrounds, and I think volunteering there shows you how to love different types of people.” “I learned that doing something small, like going to Boys & Girls Club for just one hour a week can really make a difference in someone else’s life,” said Devan Decell, a junior biomedical sciences major and fellow Tri Delt. Delta Delta Delta talked with princess party attendees about what it means to be beautiful. They also had the girls take a princess pact, promising to do things such as helping a friend in need. At the end, they waved to travelers on Holleman Drive in their princess crowns and manicures. “For those two hours, we got to devote all of our time into making these girls feel special,” Jenkins said. “Just to see how excited they get inspires me to help even more.” Scholz encouraged students to volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club. “The most important thing Boys & Girls Club does for children is it gives them a constructive place to go after school where they can work not only on academics, but on moral and social cues that will help them succeed in life,” Scholz said. Jenkins said the process to apply to volunteer is easy and well worth the effort. “You can use any of your gifts and talents to help here,” Jenkins said. “The sky is the limit for how you want to be involved and make an impact.”

The Battalion State Sen. Steve Ogden received the Legislative Hero Award from the Texas Access to Justice Foundation, a low-income free legal service group, Friday in downtown Bryan. In the small and crowded office, a diverse group of supporters of the foundation gathered to witness the award ceremony. The events included remarks from Paul Furrh Jr., CEO of Lone Star Legal Aid, Andrew Strong, general counsel of the Texas A&M University System, Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan L. Hecht and Ogden. The Lonestar Legal Aid is the fourth largest provider of free legal aid in the U.S. Its main priorities are maintaining and protecting economic stability, preserving housing, improving outcomes for children, establishing safety and stability for families and assisting populations with special vulnerabilities. “We represent folks who are income eligible for any of the federal benefits programs. We’ve represented students in every office that we’ve got. Landlord and Tennant matters, students that are low income; we’ve represented students that had special ed needs. We’ve even represented battered spouses and domestic violence situations. Sadly, this affects students sometimes, too. The office is open and anyone can apply. Certainly many students would be income eligible,” Furrh said. According to Justice Hecht, the state contributes $20 million to the foundation to provide legal service at no cost. “There is a moral imperative to do this the best we can. We are deeply indebted to these offices around the state,” Hecht said. Ogden was surprised to receive the award. “This is a wonderful surprise. I never thought the lawyers would give me anything. I accept this award, not on behalf of me, but on behalf of the legislature who unanimously agreed with this effort. I appreciate the honor, and we will do our best next session to keep this program intact,” he said.

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bove what many believe to be the forefront of Texas A&M decision-making processes sits a group that has authority over the University, in addition to 18 other institutions in the Texas A&M University System. The Board of Regents is responsible for overseeing policy direction for more than 115,000 students in the Texas. Vice Chairman James P. Wilson has been associated with A&M since he graduated in 1981 as a business student. Prior to being a part of the board, he served a position with the 12th Man Foundation. “I didn’t seek out the appointment. I guess I’d have to say it came about from my experience, as well as my personal relationship with Gov. [Rick] Perry,� Wilson said. He met Perry while he was serving as agricultural commissioner, prior to being appointed in 2007. “I’ve known him about 10 years. When he needed to appoint a new member to the board, he came to me with the offer, and, of course, I accepted,� Wilson said. With students, faculty members and parents’ concern regarding budget allocations, Wilson said he and the Board place high value on informing their audience and making decisions that are best for everyone across the board. “We’ve been trying to get the universities to cut costs before they have to make state-mandated cuts. In January, the state asked for 5 percent cuts, which we addressed at our March and May meetings. The next cycle plans for potential cuts of 10 percent, so right now we’re deciding how the universities can go about preparing for that,� he said. The board meets six times a year in College Station, and Wilson said a number of policy proposals are presented and discussed at each meeting. Proposals coming from an organization or entity first go through committees under the board. “I personally review each of the University’s budgets in detail. I sat in on a meeting in early June where I asked [the administration] some questions about the budget and talked to Loftin for a while. [He] has a task force committee evaluating ways to strategically reallocate funds to make the University run more efficiently and achieve those potential 10 percent cuts,� Wilson said. Students might wonder what propositions lie in waiting for the board to decide. What do they do? Wilson serves on the buildings and physical

plant committee, policy review committee, board for lease of university lands and is chairman of the committee on audit. Additionally, there are committees on finance, academic and student affairs and campus aesthetic improvement working in conjunction with the board. Wilson wanted to remind students in the A&M System that the board’s holistic goal is to offer students the best educational experience they can have at a cost-effective price. “Students need to keep in mind that hiring the best professors for them and making sure they have relatively small classes costs money, and we have to look at that balance of cost to quality to help students achieve their goals while they’re in school and be able to get the career and life they want to live,� he said. Regent Richard Box is in his second year of serving on the board since being appointed in December 2008. He said when the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker of the House of Representatives directed every state agency, including system institutions, to provide the legislature with an account of how it would reduce spending, the regents played an intricate role in deciding how this would affect the A&M System. “The details of how this will be accomplished in the system have been worked out by the chancellor and the CEOs, system agency heads, Health Science Center and then brought back to the board for approval,� Box said. He said each regent takes seriously his or her duty under the education code and legal requirements like the open meetings and Public Information Acts. “We are concerned about transparency in our work. We do our best to keep the Aggie community and public abreast of our activities,� Box said. In close communication with Loftin regarding the needs of faculty and students, Box said it is impossible to please everyone at A&M. “There are so many things happening in the system that it would only be natural that not all decisions that have been made will have the best result every time.� Box said the most difficult conclusions to make regard infrastructure. “Things that involve infrastructure, [like] buildings or permanent structures take more time to be implemented.� Despite the disapproval the board experiences on occasion, both regents said the board’s interest is in the success of the A&M System as a catalyst for teaching, research and service institutions. “The regents are not paid a salary during their service, and in many instances, there are out of pocket expenses that we personally cover, along with a great amount of time we spend as board members. But having said that, it is a labor of love and a great honor,� Box said.

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Get to know the board Bill Jones — Jones received his degree in business management from A&M in 1998. While at A&M, Jones was a member of the Corps of Cadets. He was a member of the Ross Volunteers Honor Guard and was awarded the rank of First Brigade Commander. Jones was appointed to the board in 2003 and reappointed for an additional term in 2009. He served as chairman from July 2007 until May 2009 and vice chairman from 2005 until 2007. His term expires Feb. 1, 2015. James P. Wilson, vice chairman — Wilson is from Sugar Land, Texas, and received a bachelor’s in accounting from A&M. He became a certiďŹ ed public accountant in 1981 with the international accounting ďŹ rm of Arthur Young & Company (now Ernst & Young). Wilson is a member of the Mays Business School Development Board and is the past chairman of the Board of Trustees of the 12th Man Foundation. He was appointed to the Board of Regents in 2007 and was elected to serve a two-year term as vice chairman on May 21, 2009. His term expires Feb. 1, 2013. Morris E. Foster, chairman –– From Belton, Texas, Foster received his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M in 1965. He was named president of ExxonMobil Production Co. and vice president of Exxon Mobil Corp. in October 2004. Foster was appointed to the Board of Regents in 2007 and was elected to serve a two-year term as chairman of the board on May 21, 2009. His term expires Feb. 1, 2013. Ida Clement Steen — Steen is a native of San Antonio. She holds a bachelor’s in art from Trinity University in San Antonio. She was a teacher and administrator at the Learning About Learning Educational Foundation. Steen is director of Cullen and Frost Bankers, Inc. and Frost National Bank. Steen was appointed to the board in October 2005. Her term expires Feb. 1, 2011. Richard A. Box — Box received his bachelor’s degree from A&M in 1961 and a doctorate of dental science from the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston in 1966. Box is a doctor of dental surgery and has a private practice in the Austin area. Box was appointed to the board Dec. 8, 2008. His term expires Feb. 1, 2013. Phil Adams — Adams of Bryan-College Station received his bachelor’s degree from A&M in 1971,

when he began his career in insurance. Adams is the owner and president of Phil Adams Co., which offers insurance products and services to businesses and individuals. Adams is serving his second term as a member of the Board of Regents. He was ďŹ rst appointed in 2001 and again in 2009. His term expires Feb. 1, 2015. Gene Stallings — Stallings is from Powderly, Texas, and received his bachelor’s degree from A&M in 1957. Stallings played football for A&M under Head Coach Paul “Bearâ€? Bryant from 1954 to 1956. Stallings was the head football coach for A&M from 1965 to 1972. Stallings coached professional football for 18 years. Stallings authored a book, “Another Season,â€? detailing the love he has for his son who was born with Down syndrome. Stallings was appointed to the board in 2005. His term expires Feb. 1, 2011. Jim Schwertner — Schwertner is from Austin and graduated from Texas Tech University in 1974 with a bachelor’s in agricultural economics. Schwertner is president and chief executive ofďŹ cer of Schwertner Farms Inc., dba Capitol Land & Livestock. Schwertner is an airplane and helicopter pilot and holds the Aviation World Speed Record (Piper Navajo). Schwertner was appointed to the board in 2009. His term expires Feb. 1, 2015. Lupe Fraga — Fraga of Houston received his bachelor’s in business administration from A&M in 1957. During his tenure at A&M, he was a letterman on the baseball team. He is chairman and CEO of Tejas OfďŹ ce Products, Inc. Fraga started a career in the ofďŹ ce products industry more than 44 years ago after serving in the U.S. Army. Fraga was appointed to the board in 2005. His term expires Feb. 1, 2011. Crescencio Davila — Davila of San Antonio received his bachelor’s in accounting from Texas A&M-Kingsville in 2009. He is working on a master’s degree at Texas A&M-San Antonio. He was appointed to the board as student regent June 1. His term expires May 31, 2011.

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In the eye of the beholder Exhibit features sublime artwork Joshua Chambers’ paintings use familiar images arranged in such a way that viewers can interpret the pieces and add individual meaning. Courtesy photo

Rebecca Bennett The Battalion Texas Aggies are known for spirit, for tradition, for history — for art? Not so much. However, beginning today and lasting through Nov. 5, students will get to sample the untraditional art of Joshua Chambers in his exhibition “The Internal Sublime” in the Wright Gallery of Langford Building A. “Basically, he’s going to be an artist who pulls from his life to portray various portal scenes … different animals or different structures that he pulls from his life that have symbolic meaning to him, but are painted in such a way that the viewer of the art can take their own adventure, their own meaning from it without changing the meaning of the work,” said Matt Tredinnick, senior nuclear engineering major and vice president of arts and entertainment for the MSC. “It’s like a ‘choose-your-own adventure’ kind of work.” Viewers of Chambers’ art gain flexibility of interpretation from its modern sublime element, which incorporates a dream-like quality beyond the physical. “It’s kind of like an unconsciousness, almost. An unconscious awareness, even though that’s an oxymoron,” said Elyssa Jechow, MSC Visual Arts chairwoman and senior English major. “It goes back to some different art movements in history. There’s that kind of mental exploration that began in the early 20th century. I think it’s important to everyone, but a lot of creative personalities are very sensitive and are touched with that part of their being, and I think that’s a reflection and continuation of that in his art.” An official exhibition opening and reception with the artist will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Chambers, who was chosen for the exhibit from among other up-and-coming artists, will be at

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the reception to discuss his work. “It’s a great opportunity to connect with the artist, look at art and have dialogue with peers. It’s a setting for visual, intellectual conversation,” said Myiesha Gordon, coordinator of exhibitions and programs for the MSC Office of Student Programs. “I think this is a great opportunity for the students to be engaged with the arts on the campus.” During his three-day stay on campus, Chambers will participate in residencies with architecture and visualization studies classes, discussing his work, his inspiration and his creative process. “I think with any artist, having an active role in the art means having a little bit of background knowledge, but still going into see it with an open mind,” Jechow said. “It’s his mind, his sublime quality, so I think that in this particular case, going with a really open mind and letting yourself view the art and have natural reactions to it, instead of overanalyzing it is important.” Gordon said Chambers’ work is personable and human, and any student or exhibit visitor will interact with his work and appreciate it. “One of the things that really excites me about [the Visual Arts Committee] is that there has been a demonstrated need for arts on campus and student involvement with art because A&M isn’t really known for that,” Tredinnick said. He also said the traditional gallery opening will expose Aggies to an otherwise foreign opportunity by exposing them to an event they wouldn’t ordinarily experience at school or at home. “We really encourage attendance,” Jechow said. “You don’t have to be an art expert to come. You basically just have to have an open mind and an interest … it’s not something that should be intimidating. It should be a very open and welcome kind of event.”

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