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■ New forensic science major and organization offered at A&M Christina Francisco The Battalion College Station is putting the “CS” in CSI. Texas A&M University now offers a forensic science major. Although the major itself is new, the interest in forensics has been present on campus for some time. Originally, the Department of Entomology at A&M offered a forensic science track. But as student interest grew, the department saw it fit to create a full major. “The development of the major was really student driven. There’s been an interest in forensics for over 10 years here at A&M,” said Jeff Tomberlin, assistant professor with the forensic science program and Department of Entomology. “Over the course of time and due to the interest in the field, the Department of Entomology took the lead and developed it.” A degree in forensics isn’t just about blood, bodies and the TV show “CSI.” A degree gives students an opportunity to enter a wide variety of career options that can have students “go anywhere from working in laboratories to working in the business world,” Tomberlin said. One of the ways the program is gaining student attention is by the development of the Aggie Forensic and Investigative Sciences Organization. Known as AFIS, the organization focuses on giving network opportunities and helping students learn what they can do in the field of forensics. Along with fundraisers and meetings, AFIS has a range of activities in line for this year, including a field trip to watch an autopsy in Tarrant County and having speakers from the field. Tomberlin, the adviser to the organization, said the group is “the bridge to the student body.”
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A&M 56, UAB 19
Undefeated Gameday sunset The sky was lit up during Texas A&M’s victory against UAB Saturday at Kyle Field.
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Video: Texas A&M Forensics Society President Raneca Henson.
The parking sector of Transportation Services at Texas A&M University brings in approximately $13 million a year between parking permits and violations. Transportation Services assures students that not a dollar is wasted. Executive Director of Transportation Services Rodney Weis said the budget for fiscal year 2009 is $11,192,022 and is going into a parking account, which is used to maintain garages and pay for traffic enforcement. “The funds go to paying debt service, operating costs and capital improvement to surface lots
and garages,” Weis said. “Violation and fines is held in the same parking account and funds, to a large extent, the enforcement and traffic cost to the department.” Since 1988, Transportation Services has borrowed close to $77.63 million for capital improvements on the campus garages and pedestrian passageways. Nearly half of the revenue generated every year goes into paying debt services. Garages and other facilities were built with about $6.5 million a year. Repairs and renovations will add approximately $3.5 million in the 2010 fiscal year said Weis. See Parking on page 4
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The A&M Transportation Services department uses millions of dollars from permits and violations to renovate parking garages and pay for traffic enforcement.
FLiC narrowly makes FLO cut
Ahn Trio brings new form of classical music to Rudder
After being cut from FLO list, FLiC fights for recognition
Katy Ralston The Battalion Student Activities approached FLiC on May 27 with news that the organization did not meet the requirements for recognition. After countless hours of application reviews and interviewing, Freshman Leadership Organizations revealed the final choices to anxiously waiting freshman. But for one FLO, Freshman Leaders in Christ, the journey to revelation night was more complicated. Without recognized organization status, FLiC could no longer be a FLO; therefore, exacerbating recruiting and losing use of University facilities, a campus cubicle, Student Activities resources, free banking, eligibility to apply for special funding and distributing materials on campus. The controversy stemmed from membership requirements that stated those “who declare themselves as Christian, are following Christ in their daily walks, and whose desire is to serve others as a way of following Christ’s example of leadership.” Texas A&M membership policy states an organization must “be open in its membership unless otherwise permitted under applicable federal law.” Texas A&M General Counsel ruled that FLiC’s membership terms were too limiting and not permitted under federal law.
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Although the membership policy is not new, this is the first time FLiC has been contested. FLiC directors Lauren Shook and Brett Newman, faced with the first problem before the semester had started, weighed the different courses of action. “First off, Lauren and I were hesitant to fight A&M. There was a lot of uneasiness with the thought of fighting, until we were approached by an attorney with ADF (Alliance Defense Fund),” Newman said. “Once he told us that he wanted to fight for us, we started to See FLiC on page 4
The Battalion Musical sisters the Ahn Trio will be taking the stage Tuesday in Rudder Auditorium. They will be accompanied by Australian brothers Thorry and Isaac Koren, known as The Kin. “We are terribly excited to be kicking-off our season with The Ahn Trio because they are young, classicallytrained musicians who approach classical music from a fresh, hip perspective,” said Anne Black, executive director for MSC OPAS. The Ahn Trio, Maria (cello), Lucia (piano) and Angella (violin) Ahn, were born in Seoul, South Korea, and received a musical education from Julliard in New York City. The sisters have redefined the traditional view of chamber music by creating new styles with commissioned works from composers like Pat Metheny, Nikolai Kapustin, Mark O’Connor and Michael Nyman. The sisters have graced the covers of GQ, Vogue and People magazine and have been featured in ads for Gap and Anne Klein. The sisters’ newest album, “Lullaby for My Favorite Insomniac,” has reached No. 8 on the U.S. Billboard charts. “The Ahns are the future of classical music and we are so happy to welcome them on our season,” Black said. “The sisters will visit with orchestra students at A&M Consolidated High School on Monday and then spend the rest of their time preparing for the concert.”
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Organizations formerly housed in MSC adjust to new locations Megan Ryan The Battalion The drilling and ruckus of construction around central campus is part of the Memorial Student Center renovation. Many student activities and other organizations have made a move to another location. Although it may seem like a hassle, some of these organizations benefited from the transition. “While it is a challenge, moving out of the MSC has offered some benefits,” said senior Stephanie Burns, MSC president. “Most student organizations and departments are now located in Koldus, which makes us easy to find and allows for more interaction and collaboration between student groups.” There haven’t been too many complaints about the move, and some organizations, such as Choral Activities, have more room than they did in the MSC. However, there were still adjustments that had to be made. “After 21 years in the MSC for me, this has certainly been a challenge,” said Jess Wade, assistant coordinator of choral activities and director of Century Singers and Women’s Chorus.
“But all the entities involved in the move have been very helpful to us, making what could have been a very negative situation into a very positive experience. I look forward to continuing making great music with wonderful students over the next three years until we are once again back in the MSC.” Wade said the hardest part was packing up the music and files in a short period of time. “In fact, they are still working on the space daily,” he said. “The rehearsal space is also not as good as the space that was built specifically for it in the MSC. But it seems to be working.” The move that has effected A&M students has been the Texas A&M University Bookstore owned by Barnes and Noble, but Holley Scott, manager of the store, said the move went well. “It is a unique place to have a bookstore,” she said. “It is neat to talk to the Old Ags about their memories of G. Rollie (White Coliseum), from athletic events to graduation. I think so many people thought we were just going to slap some tables down. Instead, we have brought over many touches from the MSC so that students, faculty and staff feel just like they did over in the Memorial Student Center. I think
most people say ‘wow’ when they walk in and that is what we are so proud of.” The bookstore carries the books, food, clothes and accessories it did in the past. “We are still your one stop shop for everything you need,” Scott said. “Yes there have been some logistical challenges, but it has been nothing that we could not work around. Every day is a new day and our staff knows that just because we did it that way yesterday doesn’t mean that we will do it that way tomorrow.” The bookstore staff has found students have been utilizing the space for other things as well. “The other great feature of G. Rollie is the space in the stands that students have to sit and study or take a nap. It seems like they are finding a new place to chill between classes,” Scott said. Their primary concern with the move is making sure students and visitors know where the store is located. “We are thankful to the University and others in helping us share our message of where we are and why we are here,” Scott said. “We are the only facility of our type that gives back to the University providing more than $6 million over the past three years to support University
Libraries, the Rec Center, the Corps of Cadets and many student activities. A portion of every sale that goes through the bookstore goes back to the University. That is why it is so important that we continue to get our message out to the students that we are open.” MSC Despite any renovation difficulties of the Relocation maps are move, Burns said posted on the fence the renovation of the MSC is surrounding the MSC something to look construction, and forward to. online at “I am most ourmsc.tamu.edu. looking forward to To express concerns, how welcoming the renovated MSC attend the MSC Open will be,” Burns Forum at 3 p.m. Sept. 30 said. “Windows, in Rudder Theater. clear entrances and natural light throughout the building are going to make it a gateway to campus—the first stop for prospective students, a living room for current students and former students’ favorite place to return to.” MSC ALOT is still unpacking into their office in Koldus. “Most student organizations and departments are now located in Koldus, which makes us easy to find and allows for more interactions and collaboration between student groups,” said senior Stephanie Burns, MSC president.
The Century Singers rehearse in the new Choral Activities Office, located in the basement of the Commons Lobby. “The rehearsal space is also not as good as the space that was built specifically for it in the MSC,” said Jess Wade, assistant coordinator of choral activities and director of Century Singers and Women’s Chorus. “But it seems to be working.” Sam Smith — THE BATTALION
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Parking permit prices have more than doubled since the 1990s and with new buildings and renovations eating up parking space, Transportation Services does not see the trend changing anytime soon. According to the Transportation Service’s Web site, the steady rise in parking permit prices “is attributed to parking garage construction and increased operating costs associated with the garages.” The largest selling parking passes are the surface lots, which consist mostly of students. Surface lots brought in $4,876,608 in 2009,
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change our minds.” ADF litigation staff counsel Joseph Martins sent a letter to the University arguing that by forcing FLiC to accept members who would impair the group’s religious message, they would detriment their rights to free speech, free association and free exercise of religion. “By deciding that we cannot limit our membership to those who are followers of Christ, the University was forcing us to change our purpose. Ultimately, that results in a violation of our First Amend-
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“We want to make a big point not to limit the organization just to forensic majors simply because the field of forensics is so broad,” said AFIS President Raneca Henson. Henson is a sociology major, and plans to get a degree in forensics as well. The major is in its second year and students declaring the major have already doubled since the year before. Tomberlin said
more than one third of the overall budget. According to the Associate Director of Transportation Services at A&M Peter Lange, more students chose West Campus Garage this year in comparison to previous years. Lange also said that record enrollment this year did not cause a need for additional parking. “There is adequate space at this time. No changes,” Lange said. “We have capacity on West Campus to accommodate the increase (in students).” Weis did note a loss of surface parking, which affects mainly students. Transportation Services says a problem does not yet exist with the growing number of students, but more with the growing number of
buildings popping up on campus. “Loss of surface parking lots and the continued infill development on campus will have a profound effect on parking rates in the future,” Weis said. Student Body President Kolin Loveless also sees a problem with parking, and said there is just too much being built for parking to keep up. Loveless said that while parking here is better than at most universities, there are still aspects that can be approved upon. “I used to park in lot 50. Right now there is a big engineering building going up where I used to park,” Loveless said. “At the end of the day, people are noticing this is becoming an issue.”
ment rights,” Shook said. “We were asking the University to recognize that we are an exception under federal law because of our rights of association.” FLiC cannot separate the individual’s beliefs from their mission and purpose, Shook said. “Our purpose is not just to teach leadership or service as a Christian value but rather to encourage and equip freshman believers for servant leadership in the work of God,” she said. “Ultimately, the reason why we serve has to be about our relationship with Him.” The general counsel sent a letter Aug. 27 stating “Texas A&M University will officially recognize FLiC as a student group for the academic year fall 2009- spring 2010.”
“The University’s decision is in keeping with the Constitution and Supreme Court precedent,” Martins said. “Texas A&M should be commended for working proactively to protect the First Amendment rights of FLiC and all other student organizations on campus.” The general counsel’s letter also states, “As is required of all other student groups, FLiC will be required to meet all pertinent Student Rule 41 requirements on an annual basis.” Shook said it would not be surprising if the issue arose again. “I believe that the University genuinely desires to do what is fair and just in light of the law, but as there is no federal standard; it could raise concerns again in the future,” Shook said.
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Jerrod for Heisman? David Harris
Though he flies underneath the radar, quarterback Jerrod Johnson might just be a candidate for the Heisman.
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Texas A&M junior quarterback Jerrod Johnson runs the ball in the Aggies’ 56-19 victory against UAB Saturday at Kyle Field. Johnson finished the game with 290 passing yards, three rushing touchdowns and three passing touchdowns.
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What was the importance of the UAB victory?
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What are the Aggies chances against Arkansas?
The Aggies needed to know they could win without Jeff Fuller and Christine Michael. Not only did they win, but they won big.
The defense has struggled to start games on a good note, but as the game moves on they show some Wrecking Crew-esque ﬁre.
A&M is the top offense in the nation and Arkansas was No. 2 before Saturday’s loss to Alabama. In a shootout, the Aggies might have an edge.
A&M defeated yet another unranked team, not so special. However, they scored more than 50 points, something they failed to do in 2008.
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lying under the radar. It’s the current theme of Texas A&M’s 3-0 start to the 2009 football season. Look in any national publication, and let me know if you see anything on the maroon and white. A team that possesses the No. 1 offense in the country, the leader in sacks and an unblemished record is getting little recognition. Jerrod Johnson is putting up comparable numbers to the best in the game, and you’d be hard pressed to find his name in a press clipping outside of College Station. Now this, of course, is the result of beating the likes of New Mexico, Utah State and UAB; not exactly national powerhouses. However, when you delve deeper into the statistics, there is a legitimate argument that the junior gunslinger from Humble should be at least mentioned in the, cough, Heisman, cough, race. Preposterous, you say? I mean, there is no possible way that the quarterback who finished 2008 by throwing six interceptions in three blowout losses will be in New York City come December, right? In a 2009 season that has seen seven of the preseason Top 10 teams lose in the first four weeks, it’s been smart money to expect the unexpected. And a 2009 Heisman race that was supposed to be a three horse race between Colt McCoy, Tim Tebow and Sam Bradford has seen injuries and iffy plays turn it into a wide-open competition. So, why not Johnson? Despite Cal running back Jahvid Best’s best efforts, the bronze statue has recently been awarded See Football on page 6
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streak ends David Harris The Battalion The No. 10 Texas A&M soccer team opened Big 12 conference play this weekend hoping to match the 5-0-1 start in conference that they experienced in 2008. Although they pushed a two-game winning streak to three games with a 1-0 victory against Baylor on Friday, the team lost to Oklahoma 3-2 on Sunday. In a back and forth match in Waco, the Aggies had trouble with the Bears for the second year in a row. A&M defeated Baylor 1-0 in 2008 on a gamewinning goal by Bri Young. “There were several really gritty performances out there,” said Head Coach G Guerrieri. “Baylor is a very difficult team to play at their place. It’s a slow field and they are a very physical and athletic team. Style points ... maybe not tonight, but any win in the Big 12 is a beautiful win.” The Bears came into the 2009 match with a record of 4-1-2 and were a difficult opponent because of the direct style of play that the Aggies have had trouble with this season. The Aggies outshot the Bears 7-3 in the first half, however the game remained tied at 0. In the 59th minute, junior midfielder Rachel Shipley went on a run and fed a pass to freshman midfielder Mary Grace Schmidt. Schmidt’s shot deflected off a Baylor defender, but junior forward Whitney Hooper was there to put it in the back of the net. The goal was her fourth in a week and her fifth of the season, which leads the team. “Whitney’s really playing with a lot of confidence,” Guerrieri said. “She’s starting to come into her own which she
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to the best quarterback. Eight of the previous nine winners have been signal callers. With that fact, there have been four quarterbacks in this young season to establish themselves as contenders: Texas’ McCoy, Florida’s Tebow, Houston’s Case Keenum and Notre Dame’s Jimmy Clausen. Besides Keenum, Johnson has the best numbers. In only three games, Johnson is completing nearly 70 percent of his passes. He has 13 total touchdowns with no turnovers. With 385 yards per game, he is third in the country in total offense. In contrast, Tebow has only 11 touchdowns, in four games. At 228 total yards per game, he isn’t even in the Top 50 in total offense. McCoy’s stats also pale in comparison, with 10 touchdowns, far less yards per games and five interceptions, nearly as many as he had in all of 2008. Clausen has put up some
absolutely deserves because she works really, really hard.” Even with the lead, the Aggies continued on the attack, outshooting the Bears in the second half 5-1. Baylor’s best chance of the game came on a free kick outside the box from forward Dana Larsen. But junior goalie Kelly Dyer came up with the save, and the Aggies held on for their first conference win of 2009. But all good feelings came to an end as A&M lost to Oklahoma 3-2 on Sunday. The loss was the Aggies’ first in the series’ all-time 15 games. Despite outshooting the Sooners 32-9, the Aggies’ winning streak came to a halt. “It’s really disappointing, because we put ourselves in position to score so many times, but it just comes down to execution,” said head coach G Guerrieri. “Then in the second half we were inside their penalty area the entire half, but we’ve got to be able to finish. It’s really frustrating because this is the result you get when there’s not that sense of urgency to put things away.” Sophomore forward Katie Hamilton scored a goal in each half, and Shipley led the team with six shots, but in the end, the Sooners converted their limited chances. Oklahoma’s Whitney Palmer, the team’s leading scorer, scored twice in the first half, and sophomore Kelsey Kraft broke a 2-2 tie with a goal in the 61st minute. The one goal cushion was enough for the Sooners as they held on despite A&M firing 13 shots in the final 25 minutes. The Aggies will continue Big 12 play as they take on Kansas and Missouri this weekend at the Aggie Soccer Stadium.
gaudy passing numbers, but his immobility will play a negative role when comparing him to multi-threat quarterbacks. Finally, there is Keenum who, through three games, should be the favorite. He’s second in the country in total offense with 401 yards per game and is leading Houston, yes, Houston, to success unseen in those parts since the late 80s. Now, realize that it has only been three games. Take into account that McCoy and Tebow have already won a big conference game and Keenum has beaten two Big 12 South powers while Jerrod has, as previously stated, beaten three powder puffs. However, if the Aggies continue to surprise people, and Johnson continues to put up these otherworldly statistics, which he should given the Big 12’s newfound propensity of playing next to no defense, then he will, at least, be in the Heisman discussion by year’s end. David Harris is a junior economics major.
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