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City of Bryan does not renew contract with Brazos County Animal Shelter Travis Lawson The Battalion The City of Bryan has decided temporarily not to renew their current contract with Brazos County Animal Shelter. Bryan City Council member Hugh Walker says the City of Bryan will continue to fund the shelter for three months while the two sides work out a dispute regarding Bryan funds paying for the treatment of animals outside of Brazos County. “From our perspective we want to make sure the taxpayer dollars that are

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The Clorox Company has released a “College Survival Guide” that gives students advice on what to wear, keeping clean and staying healthy. The guide was made by the collaborative efforts of moms, college students and the Clorox team to help these new students smoothly transition to college. The national and regional editions of the guide include tips from the Clorox panel of moms. Some tips include: don’t walk alone at night, set study hours and stick to them and keep track of your responsibilities. “Have a weekly agenda and write literally everything you have to do that week including when you’re going to eat or sleep,” said sophomore international studies major Cindy Teniente, Studying and keeping organized, however, is only part of

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going to the shelter are actually paying for animals that are being treated for Bryan animals and only Bryan animals if possible,” Walker said. Bryan will continue to fund and provide services to the animal shelter during this three month period, while a committee from Bryan will work with the shelter to ensure that funds are directed properly. Using Bryan taxpayer funds to pay for animals that are not even from the county should not be

The Brazos County Animal Shelter provides a temporary home to a variety of domestic animals. The City of Bryan will continue to fund the shelter for three months while the city and shelter work out a dispute regarding Bryan funds paying for treatment of animals outside the Brazos County.

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Shouts of a Mexican yell practice will be echoing outside the Zone in front of Kyle Field at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20 as part of Caliente, an event put on by the Hispanic Business Student Association. There will have free food for the first 100 students, as well as music and performances celebrating Hispanic culture. Students will have the opportunity to participate in contests like Grito, which is the Mexican yell practice, musical chairs and dancing. “We want Texas A&M to acknowledge the diversity on this campus,” said HBSA social media relations director Jason Syptak. “We want to give A&M a taste of Hispanic culture.” Caliente has been an annual HBSA event since 1992. The event is set in September, Hispanic Heritage Month. This year HBSA will be partnering and co-hosting with the Memorial Student Center’s Committee for the Awareness of Mexican-American Culture. Caliente will take place at The Zone in front of Kyle Field starting at 6 p.m. and is open to all students. For more information visit HBSA online at: hbsa.tamu.edu. Christina Francisco, staff writer

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Katy Ralston The Battalion Texas A&M Student Health Services is fighting against the upcoming flu season, and its weapon of choice is a needle. The Student Health Center is offering seasonal flu shots to students. The cost of the shot is $18 and is available by appointment at (979) 458-8250. Director of Student Health Services Martha Dannenbaum encouraged students to get the seasonal flu shot. “We know that the flu can cause anyone, whether it’s a young person or an old person, to develop a very serious illness. But we would encourage particularly students to get immunized because if they get the flu they are likely to miss a significant amount of class,” Dannenbaum said.

Some individuals infected with the flu will miss seven to 10 days of work or school. For students, that could equal 20 classes. The reason to get the flu shot is simple, said Vice President for Student Affairs Lt. Gen. Joe Weber. Receiving a flu shot minimizes the risk of coming down with the infection, which in turn reduces the number of people who could have been indirectly infected by contact. “Not only does getting immunized help you personally, but it helps other students as well,” Weber said. “As Aggies we take care of other Aggies, so if we are all on one team and we all take the shots it could have a tremendous impact on the number who will get the flu.” Seasonal flu vaccines are just one of the many See Flu shots on page 8

Hats off to Habitat for Humanity Comedy tour to benefit organization ion Vicky Flores The Battalion The Hard Hat Comedy Show will be taking the stage at the Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater at 6 p.m. Friday to benefit Habitat for Humanity. Volvo Rents of College Station is sponsoring the comedy event. “Part of what the corporate office has done is it has started a project where they have a number of comedians that go to various stores and put on a comedy tour,” said Volvo Rents co-owner Marty Walker. Volvo Rents places charitable campaigns under “Operation More Care,” helping organizations such as

food banks and breast cancer research funding. The company uses these events as a unique marketing tool and a way to give back to local communities, Walker said. The stores can choose to sponsor the charity of choice. “We have had a working relationship with Habitat for Humanity by providing construction equipment on their jobsites,” Walker said. Walker approached the organization with the idea of sponsoring the event, and Habitat was excited about being a part of such an unusual fundraiser, Walker said. The Hard Hat Comedy Tour started off as a smaller event, with one comedian at

a smaller venue, but evenventually grew into an event vent that could be shared with the community. “It became such a goodd way to honor the Habitat people and introduce more of the community to the organizaganization,” Walker said. The show is family-friend-friendly, said Habitat for Humanity communications director Abby Johnson. “The comedy show is raising funds for Habitat to build its 20th anniversary home to celebrate its 20 years of building over 170 new homes in the Bryan-College Station area,” Johnson said. “We are building a very special home for the Walker family,” said Habitat for

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ity development diHumanity h rector Rebecca Christopher. “One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to building the home.” Comedians performing at the show include Jerry Carroll, Julie Scroggins and Larry Weaver, who have been featured on Comedy Central and Sirius XM radio. The Texas Twisters, playing

classic rock and country, will open for the comedians. The show will take place on Friday, Oct. 2 and gates open at 6 p.m. Advance tickets may be purchased for $10 at Bryan and College Station Kroger stores, the Habitat for Humanity office, BCS Volvo Rents and Old Bryan Marketplace. Tickets at the door will be $12.

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Iran says missiles reach anywhere TEHRAN, Iran — Iran tested its longest-range missiles Monday and warned they can reach any place that threatens the country, including Israel, parts of Europe and U.S. military bases in the Mideast. The launch capped two days of war games and was condemned as a provocation by Western powers, which are demanding Tehran come clean about a nuclear facility it has been secretly building. The tests Sunday and Monday added urgency to a key meeting this week between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany — an international front seeking clear answers about the direction of its nuclear program. Iran’s missile program and its nuclear work — much of it carried out in secrecy — have long been a concern for the U.S., Israel and its Western allies. They fear Tehran is intent on developing an atomic weapons capability and the missiles to deploy such warheads, despite Iran’s assurances it is only pursuing civilian nuclear power. In the latest exercise, the powerful Revolutionary Guard, which controls Iran’s missile program, successfully tested upgraded versions of Iran’s medium-range Shahab-3 and Sajjil missiles, state television reported. Both can carry warheads and reach up to 1,200 miles, putting Israel, U.S. military bases in the Middle East and parts of Europe within striking distance.

The launchings were meant to display Iran’s military might and demonstrate its readiness to respond to any military threat. “Iranian missiles are able to target any place that threatens Iran,” said Abdollah Araqi, a senior Revolutionary Guard commander, according to the semiofficial Fars news agency. Iran conducted three rounds of missile tests in drills that began Sunday, two days after the U.S. and its allies disclosed the country had been developing an underground uranium enrichment facility. The Western powers warned Iran must open the site to international inspection or face harsher international sanctions. Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hasan Qashqavi, maintained the missile tests had nothing to do with the tension over the site, saying they were part of routine military exercises. That assertion was rejected by the U.S. and its European allies. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs called the tests “provocative in nature,” adding: “Obviously, these were pre-planned military exercises.” The latest controversy comes days before a critical meeting Thursday in Geneva between Iran and six major powers trying to stop its suspected nuclear weapons program — the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany. Associated Press

Bomb threat forces two SC universities to close BEAUFORT, S.C. — Authorities say a bomb threat has forced the evacuation of two campuses at a University of South Carolina branch. Vice Chancellor of University Advancement Lynn McGee says the threat was called into the school near the Georgia border at 1 p.m. Monday. The caller didn’t specify a location, so university officials and law enforcement decided on a full evacuation of the school’s campuses near Bluffton

and downtown Beaufort. They sent an emergency message to students and faculty. McGee says bomb-sniffing dogs from a nearby Marine base and the Beaufort County sheriff’s office searched all buildings, starting with the dorms and dining halls. Nothing has been found. Classes have been canceled for Monday. Associated Press

A Town Hall meeting will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today in Rudder Theater where students, faculty and staff will all be able to learn more about Interim President Loftin’s goals for the year; updates on construction projects on campus including Military Walk, Joe Routt and the MSC Renovation; Dining options; the Presidential Search Committee; and the Bonfire Remembrance ceremony planned for November.

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he Beatles: Rock Band.” The name alone should grab the attention of any Beatles fan or Rock Band junkie. This game from Harmonix was released on Sept. 9, and is available for XBOX 360, Wii, and Playstation 3. “The Beatles: Rock Band” is in many ways similar to the other Rock Band games, only, of course, all of the songs you can play are Beatles songs. However, the game is much more than just an opportunity to rock out to your favorite Beatles tunes; it’s also a finely crafted tribute to the Beatles. There are 45 songs to choose from, and all are the Beatles’ original masters. The older songs especially had to be painstakingly de-mixed by the game’s creators in order to separate each part — drums, bass guitar and vocals — to allow the Rock Band gameplay to work correctly, for example if you make a mistake playing the bass part, you’ll hear only the bass part cut out and not the whole band. With as big a catalog as the Beatles had (250 songs), eliminating 4/5 of those is no easy task. But the game’s creators were able to carefully and thoughtfully whittle the enormous list down to 45 songs, which are intended to be both fun to play and representative of each member of the Beatles. A unique feature this game has to offer is that each song is set in a historically accurate venue. So depending on what song you’re playing, you’ll see the Beatles in The Cavern

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Clay Harley plays The Beatles: Rock Band.

Clay Harley Club, The Ed Sullivan Theater, Shea Stadium, Nippon Budokan, Abbey Road Studio or in their final concert on the rooftop of the Apple building at Savile Row. The songs that start out in the studio transform into psychedelic dreamscapes reflecting the Beatles’ later years. The gameplay is much like in past Rock Band games, but with one exciting addition: the ability to sing multiple vocal parts. The Beatles’ two and three part harmonies were a major part of their sound, and so the game allows players to plug in up to three microphones at a time and follow along with the harmony lines displayed onscreen. “After about 45 minutes of working on a particular song, these people who couldn’t sing harmony to save their lives, are suddenly nailing the harmony parts of these Beatles

songs,” said Harmonix CEO and Co-Founder, Alex Rigopulos about this feature. This is a great example of what I think is one of the coolest things about the game - it gives people, especially younger people, a fun way to understand the magnitude of what the Beatles were. And not only in the sheer pop phenomenon way (which is construed in the story mode of the game), but also the vast musical talent of the group. By “playing” an individual part in a song on a plastic instrument, you end up listening intensely to that part and are able to appreciate its contribution to the song. In this way, I imagine many people may develop a stronger admiration for the Beatles’ songwriting through this game. All in all, this is a great game – thoughtfully crafted with the Beatles themselves at the forefront of every aspect, visually pleasing, mentally stimulating and plenty of fun.

The Beatles: Rock Band Creators: Alex Rigopulos and Giles Martin Price: $59.99 Number of songs: 45 Compatible with: XBOX 360, Wii and PS3 Number of players: Maximum of 4

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Traveling with the team Texas A&M football Head Coach Mike Sherman announced Monday that four current A&M students will be invited to travel with the football team for the Aggies’ game versus Arkansas at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. Sherman said the students will be selected by raffle at the yell practice held at 6 p.m. Thursday at Kyle Field.

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BIG 12 NOTEBOOK Week 4 results and notes

Kansas State (2-2) The Wildcats scored more than 25 points for the first time in 2009 in a win against Tennessee Tech. The 49-7 victory looked more like the team they were in 2008.

Iowa State (3-1) The Cylones defeated Army 31-10 with the help of three touchdowns from junior running back Alexander Robinson. Iowa State is improving quickly.

Texas (4-0) The Longhorns handed UTEP a thrashing this week, 64-7. They will play Colorado in Austin this week in what looks like another easy win for UT.

Baylor (2-1) The Bears won with its largest margin of the season Saturday against Northwestern State, 68-13, but lost its starting QB to a knee injury. Bad news for the Bears.

Missouri (4-0) The Tigers defeated Nevada 31-21 this weekend while on the road. They’re on the brink of making the Top 25 in the AP poll.

Kansas (2-1) Kansas stayed perfect in 2009 with a win over Southern Mississippi, 35-28 at home. The Jayhawks stopped the Golden Eagles’ win streak, the second longest in the nation, at eight. Jeremy Northum — THE BATTALION

Texas Tech (2-2) The Red Raiders lost a heartbreaker 29-28 to No. 12 Houston in Lubbock. After backto-back losses, Texas Tech will play New Mexico Lobos at home.

Members of the Texas A&M defense tackle a UAB ball carrier during the Aggies’ 56-19 victory against the Blazers Saturday at Kyle Field. The defense, which allows opponents an average of 145.7 rushing yards and 206 passing yards per game, will face its biggest test this weekend against Arkansas at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

Going hog hunting A&M players and coaches prepare for Arkansas Brad Cox The Battalion The last time Texas A&M went hog hunting, most of the current Aggie squad was less than four years old. In the old Southwest Conference days, Arkansas and A&M shared one of the more bitter rivalries outside of the A&M-Texas and Oklahoma-Texas games. The Razorbacks controlled the series for many years, earning a 38-24-3 all-time advantage, but the Aggies got the last laugh with a 13-3 win in 1991 at Kyle Field. The next season, Arkansas joined the Southeastern Conference and went 17 seasons without a game against A&M. That drought ends Saturday when the two teams meet at the largest domed stadium in the world, Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. “They were always great contests, whether we played over there or played here,” A&M Head Coach Mike Sherman said about the historic rivalry. “They were usually low-scoring games. A lot of times they were defensive efforts from what I remember.” The lack of history with the current A&M roster might be a benefit going into such a high-profile game. Aggie junior quarterback Jerrod Johnson, who leads the top offense in the nation in total yards, said he’s just looking at it as another game. “Of course it’s going to be exciting to be in the Cowboys Stadium,” Johnson said. “Of course Arkansas is going to be really good, an SEC powerhouse, but I’m just looking at it as another game, just another opponent we have to play.”

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Johnson paces A&M with 961 passing yards and nine touchdowns. He is the team’s second leading rusher with 196 yards and four touchdowns. Against UAB, Johnson became the first quarterback in school history to rush for three touchdowns and pass for three touchdowns in the same game.

“Of course, Arkansas is going to be really good, an SEC powerhouse, but I’m looking at it as another game, just another opponent we have to play.” — Jerrod Johnson Texas A&M junior quarterback

A big part of the Aggies production has been from freshmen, both true and redshirt. Players like receivers Uzoma Nwachukwu and Brandal Jackson and running back Christine Michael have contributed almost 300 offensive yards and five touchdowns. “The sooner you can put them on the field the faster they grow up and mature,” Sherman said. “So the opportunity exists here, as a young football team, to be able to play those guys.” Michael, who suffered an injury against Utah State and sat out the UAB game, is

expected to be ready for Arkansas. Sherman also said sophomore receiver Jeff Fuller’s leg is healing well, senior lineman Lee Grimes is day-to-day with his ribs, and sophomore linebacker Ricky Cavanaugh is progressing well. The A&M defense will face its stiffest test yet against the Razorbacks. Before Arkansas’ 35-7 loss at Alabama, the Razorbacks were the No. 2 offense in the nation in total yards behind A&M. Those stats included a 52-41 loss to No. 23 Georgia. “The first thing you notice when you turn the film on is they are a lot bigger and a lot faster,” said Aggie Defensive Coordinator Joe Kines. “The faster is probably more of a concern than the bigger. They are a top-tier SEC team.” Arkansas’ biggest threat is sophomore quarterback Ryan Mallet, a Texas native that was rumored to be looking at A&M before transferring from Michigan. Mallet has thrown for 877 yards and seven touchdowns in his first three starts with the Razorbacks. Mallet’s accuracy, according to Aggie defensive players, is his greatest tool. “He doesn’t throw it in a general vicinity, he throws it at a target,” said Kines, who was an assistant coach at Arkansas in the early 1990s. With two of the top offenses in the nation, the teams will be playing in the $1.5 billion Cowboys stadium. “It’s really just an impressive facility,” Sherman said. “ We’re really looking forward to it. I think it really will be a fun experience for our kids to play in that venue.”

Oklahoma (2-1) Oklahoma had a bye week but will face No. 17 Miami next game. Head Coach Bob Stoops said the team will know later this week whether quarterback Sam Bradford will be active versus the Hurricanes.

Nebraska (3-1) After a fourth-quarter loss to Virginia Tech on Sept. 19, the Cornhuskers beat Louisiana-Lafayette 55-0 at home. Nebraska opens Big 12 play against undefeated Missouri this weekend.

Colorado (1-2) The Buffaloes won its first contest of 2009 with a 24-0 victory against Wyoming. They will be tested this week in an away game at West Virginia.

Oklahoma State (2-2) The Cowboys rolled over Grambling State 56-6 without three of its top stars. They have a bye week before opening Big 12 play against Texas A&M. Compiled by T.D. Durham

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FOR RENT $375 pre-lease. 1/1, 2/1. Free Wi-Fi, On Northgate, on Shuttle. Short term leases ok. Call agent, Ardi. 979-422-5660. $900, Available Now, PRE-LEASE, 3, 4 bdrm. houses near TAMU, pets ok. Call Agent Ardi 979-422-5660. 1-3/bedroom apartments. Some with w/d, some near campus. $175-$600/mo. 979-696-2038. 2/1 Duplex, faux wood floors, w/d conn, lawn care provided. www.twincityproperties.com 979-775-2291. 2/1 Fourplex, up and downstairs, w/d conn, fireplace, balcony, ext storage, lawn care provided. www.twincityproperties.com 979-775-2291. 2/1 Victorian Style 4 plex, All Wood Floors! w/d conn, www.twincityproperties.com 979-775-2291. 2/1.5 Duplex, fireplace, w/d conn, fenced with lawn care. www.twincityproperties.com 979-775-2291. 2bd/1ba, W/D, water included, bus stop in front, very clean, 1mi from campus. 690-4181 or 219-2683. 2bdrm/3ba duplexes. Great floorplans, fenced yards, w/d, tile floors, icemakers, alarm systems. 979-776-6079, www.aggielandleasing.com 3 bedroom 2 bath, like brand New! $900/mo. pets OK. Available Now! 622-624 San Mario, 979-255-2704. 3/2 House w/study-Wolf Pen Area! Close to shuttle, w/d conn, fenced w/ lawn care, www.twincityproperties.com 979-775-2291. 3/2 house, quiet neighborhood. Pets ok. Available now. 1057 Windmeadows, 979-255-2705. 3/3 Duplexes, 1400sqft, fenced backyard, all appliances new, excellent specials, 979-694-0320. office@luxormanagement.com 3bd/2ba great floorplan, on shuttle route. Washer and dryer. Fans, stainless appliances. New, new, new. www.aggielandleasing.com 3bdrm/3ba duplexes. Great floorplans, fenced yards, w/d, tile floors, icemakers, alarm systems. 979-776-6079. www.aggielandleasing.com 3TAMU Females seeking one roommate in spacious 4bd/4ba! In The Woodlands 832-385-3087. Available Now! 4 bedroom 2 bath, large yard, pets ok, 525 Moran. Ready Now! 979-255-2704. 4/3, 3/3 &3/2 Townhouses, Duplexes &Fourplexes, 1250-1700sqft. Very spacious, ethernet, large kitchen, extra storage, great amenities, on bus route, now pre-leasing for 2010, excellent specials. 694-0320. office@luxormanagement.com Available now. 4/2/2 newly remodeled, pet-friendly, new carpet &paint. $1275/mo. 1208 North Ridgefield. Biking distance to campus. aggielandrentals.com 979-776-8984. Close to campus 2bd/2bth. Washer and dryer. Fenced yard. www.aggielandleasing.com

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FOR SALE 16’ Aluminum Boat with 40HP Mercury, ideal for fishing or hunting, asking $2500/obo, 979-450-5666. 1998 Baja 212 Islander. Excellent condition. Stored indoors. $18,500 obo. Ben, 979-218-7760 2008 Harley-Davidson 1200L Sportster, Blue&Black, with add-ons. $9650. Ben, 979-218-7760. Shiro, 3-2, 1200sf, pier and beam home, comute Bryan or Huntsville, $79000, owner/agent, 979-412-3930. STUDENTS! When you find you need $$, a different look for your room, or want to share suggestions for college life, check out www.HisListing.com here you can buy, sell, barter.

HELP WANTED $400 landscape artist renderings needed for new subdivision. Email bio and examples to aikinland@yahoo.com Athletic men for calendars, books, etc. $100-$200/hr, up to $1000/day. No experience. 512-684-8296. photoguy@io.com Cleaning commercial buildings at night, M-F. Call 979-823-5031 for appointment. Established construction company with Corporate headquarters in Abilene, TX is looking to hire an Accounting Manager. The Accounting Manager will help support the Accounting and Finance Department by performing general accounting tasks such as P/R, A/P, A/R, G/L and fixed asset accounting. This individual will also supervise staff. Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting is required. Must be very proficient with Quarterly Payroll Reporting. Experience in multi-state reporting is a plus. Requires a working knowledge of MS Excel and MS Word. Working conditions are normal of an office environment. Work may require occasional weekend and/or evening work. Work requires willingness to work a flexible schedule. Please send resume to: Freire@rpcabilene.com Healthcare technology firm MEMdata now hiring. Local, just minutes from campus. Part-time openings (20 hrs/wk minimum), M-F 8 to 5. Flexible Hours. Good Verbal Communication and Computer Skills a Must. $8/hr plus bonus. E-mail resumes to careers@memdata.com or fax to 979-695-1954. Healthcare technology firm MEMdata now hiring part time IT Systems Analyst. Local, just minutes from campus. Flexible hours. Pay based on qualifications. Email resumes to careers@memdata.com or fax to 979.695.1954 Help needed in fabric shop. Apply in person. 318 George Bush Drive. Immediate opening at Silk Stocking Lounge for dancers. Great money, flexible schedule. Apply in person at 4075 Hwy-6 South. Motivated manager wanted. Learn management skills, flexible hours. Apply in person 2-4pm MWF. Experience a plus but not necessary. 400 Harvey Road. The Corner Bar &Grill now hiring. All positions available. Apply in person.

Part-time clerical for busy ob/gyn clinic. Monday thru Thursday 8-1. Apply at 1602 Rock Prairie Road Suite 430 (west building), C.S. PT positions available in large insurance agency starting at $9/hour. Duties include answering phones, assisting account managers, and filing. Must have a great personality! Please apply at The Liere Agency 1604 Copperfield Pkwy Suite 200. 979-776-1900. Pulltab manager needed for large bingo hall. Full-time 2-10pm 6 days/week. Email resume to brazosbingo@verizon.net Service staff needed at Royalty Pecan Cafe! Staff will service the cafe and on-site events. $6/hour +tip! 979-272-3904 or email candice@royaltypecans.com STUDENTPAYOUTS.COM Paid survey takers needed in College Station. 100% free to join. Click on surveys. Top $$$$ for Tutors! Fishtutors pays you 3 ways! Check our ad on Craigslist, College Station, Jobs, Education. Tutors wanted for all subjects currently taught at TAMU/ Blinn and Sam Houston State starting at $7.25/hour. Apply on-line @ www.99Tutors.com, 979-255-3655.

MUSIC Party Block Mobile DJ- Peter Block, professional 22yrs experience. Specializing in Weddings, TAMU functions, lights/smoke. Mobile to anywhere. Book early!! 979-693-6294. http://www.partyblockdj.com

1bd/1ba downstairs apartment. For lease! Wolf Pen Creek $475/mo. includes utilities. $400 cash back incentive. 713-253-3399. Looking for female roommate to share 2bd/2bth apartment. Available for immediate move-in. $530/mo. Contact Barbara 713-550-6560. Roommate needed. 4/4 University Place condo, W/D, private bath, pool, volleyball court, on shuttle. $300/mo., call 979-690-8213 or 979-422-9849.

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Student beating caught on cell phone CHICAGO — Cell phone footage showing a group of teens viciously kicking and striking a 16-year-old honors student with splintered railroad ties has ramped up pressure on Chicago officials to address chronic violence that has led to dozens of deaths of city teens each year. The graphic video of the afternoon melee emerged on local news stations over the weekend, showed the fatal beating of Derrion Albert, a sophomore honor roll student at Christian Fenger Academy High School. His death was the latest addition to a toll that keeps getting higher: More than 30 students were killed last school year, and the city could exceed that number this year. Prosecutors charged three teenagers on Monday with fatally beating Albert, who was walking to a bus stop when he got caught up in the mob street fighting, authorities said. The violence stemmed from a shooting early Thursday morning involving two groups of students from different neighborhoods, said Tandra Simonton, a spokeswoman for the Cook County prosecutor’s office. When school ended, members of the two groups began fighting near the Agape Community Center. The attack, captured in part on a bystander’s cell phone video, shows Albert being struck on the head by one of several young men wielding wooden planks. After he falls to the ground an appears to try to get up, he is struck again and then kicked. Prosecutors charged Silvonus Shannon, 19, Eugene Riley, 18, and Eric Carson, 16, with firstdegree murder, and they were

ordered held without bond on Monday, said Andy Conklin, a spokesman for the Cook County prosecutor’s office. The Cook County Public Defender’s Office, which represented the three teenagers in court, had no immediate comment Monday. Chicago police said charges are pending against a fourth suspect and that they are looking for at least three more suspects, but would not discuss a possible motive for the attack. Simonton said Albert was a bystander and not part of either group. She said he was knocked unconscious when Carson struck him in the head with a board and the second person punched him in the face. Albert regained consciousness and was trying to get up when he was attacked a second time by five people and was struck in the head with a board by Riley and stomped in the head by Shannon, Simonton said. Desiyan Bacon, Riley’s aunt, said her nephew didn’t have anything to do with the beating and was a friend of the victim. “They need to stop the crime, but when they do it, they need to get the right person,” Bacon said. For Chicago, a sharp rise in violent student deaths over the past three school years — most from shootings off school property — have been a tragedy and an embarrassment. Before 2006, an average of 10-15 students were fatally shot each year. That climbed to 24 fatal shootings in the 2006-07 school year, 23 deaths and 211 shootings in the 2007-08 school year and 34 deaths and 290 shootings last school year. Associated Press

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GUESTCOLUMN

Help pick our president

Steven Laxton Kolin Loveless

It is time to turn off our technology and greet other students

Deciding the University’s next president requires input from all Aggies

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exas A&M is considered such a great University largely because of our time worn culture comprised of many different traditions, each helping Aggies grow together as a tightly knit community. One of our strongest and most recognizable traditions, “Howdy,” is under assault from a trend that plagues large communities nationwide. The blade piercing into the heart of “howdy” is modern portable technology. However, technology itself is not the ultimate threat. The driving force behind this is much darker and yet still not fully identified. College life, despite being enjoyable, is busy. With more than 850 student organizations and an active student body, A&M students often have someone they want or need to contact and communicate with immediately. From study groups to old friends, the list of potential contacts can go on indefinitely. Combining this with the addictiveness of texting, results in a world full of heads turned downward and eyes glued to screens. Their minds become completely absorbed in whatever person they are trying to update, using their peripheral vision only to avoid walking into oncoming traffic. This intense focus discourages other people from greeting them with a solid “howdy. “ Strangers often give a range of responses, leaving the friendly Aggie feeling ignored or even afraid for their life. People who are busy texting do not like being interrupted by anything. Usually they either ignore you altogether or give a

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muffled “howd,” not even bothering to carry through to the end of the word. If they are in a good mood, they might even flick their heads up for a fraction of a second, careful not to make eye contact as though you were some sort of carnivorous beast trying to greet them. If they’re having a rough day, rather than having it brightened up by a fellow Aggie caring about them, they’ll deliver a stare that displays either intense suspicion or anger that you broke their conversation.

The blade piercing into the heart of “howdy” is modern portable technology. A similar howdy-killing piece of technology is the mp3 player. This is even worse than texting, as it is easier to see that the person is too preoccupied to hear your hearty “howdy.” One can unintentionally hide their cell phone in their hands while texting, or on top of a notebook or textbook that is tilted upwards. Earbuds are a clear giveaway. Technology contributes to the decline of “howdy,” but it is not at the heart of the

problem. A mentality of suspicion is being imported to Aggieland, whether we want it or not. Our tradition of “howdy” is under attack by this suspicion, but we can’t let it keep us from holding conversations with people we don’t know. That’s the only way to make new friends in completely new circles. Aggies may be slowly losing our sense of community and not even know it yet. When we ask why a fellow student would want to talk to us, we forget that we’re all members of a family; be we undergrad or graduate students, members of the Corps or transfer students, fraternity brothers or sorority sisters. Suspicion of your fellow Aggies in a simple conversation is not part of the Aggie Spirit. I plead to you all, while walking between classes alone, find someone moving in the same direction and strike up a conversation with our traditional howdy as an opener. When you listen to music between classes, leave one ear bud out. If you’ve got to text, be ready and willing to put it away for a few minutes if someone shows an interest in your day. Steven Laxton is a freshman general studies major and special to the Battalion.

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s many of you are aware, Texas A&M is in the midst of searching for a University president, but what many people may not know is that the Presidential Search Committee is enacting several steps to involve the entire Aggie Family. One of the most important of which is actively seeking input from faculty, staff, former students and current students, especially in regards to the search criterion on which we will select applicants through each stage of the process. There are two ways for students to participate in this. First, there is a survey on the Presidential Search Web site at www.tamu.edu/ president/search. I am serious when I say that I will read every response to that survey from a current student, but I was shocked when I found out that only 2,500 students had filled out this survey. That’s only 5 percent of the student body. This survey will only be available until midnight on Sept. 30, so please take five minutes to help us find our next president. Second, and this holds true for any and every campus issue, send me an e-mail at sbp@tamu.edu if you have anything outside of the scope of that survey you would like to talk about. Let’s BTHO this survey, Arkansas and don’t forget about the town hall event hosted at 3 and 6 p.m on Sept. 30 at the Memorial Student Center. Kolin Loveless is a senior mechanical engineering major and student body president.

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happening, Walker said. “Reports that we have seen indicate that any animals that come from outside Brazos County are being charged to the city of Bryan,” Walker said. “Why would Bryan pay for animals that come from outside of the city?” The shelter’s executive director, Ashley Wesp, said it is a matter of understanding the reports. “There is an animal report that the shelter generates that tracks where animals come from and where they go out,”

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additions Student Health Services has put in place. Last week, shots were made available for faculty and staff. Coming soon is the 7th annual SHS Flu Shot Campaign scheduled to take place Oct. 7 and 8. During the campaign, the seasonal flu shot will be given free to the first 5,200 students to show up at one of the four locations across campus. The locations for the shots will be Zachary Building from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Student Recreation Center Lobby from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Wehner Lobby from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Commons Lobby from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. After the 5,200 free shots are given, the shots will cost $23. Whether it is the $18 shots offered, the free campaign shot or the $23 shot, it is worth the cost, Dannenbaum said. “We know that about 80 percent of cases of flu that occur annually are people who didn’t get the immunization and get infected with one of the viruses that they would have been protected from had they gotten the seasonal flu shot,” Dannebaum said. Influenza has extra potential to spread quickly in dorms.

thebattalion Wesp said. “If you don’t understand how the report reads then yes, you could infer that animals that were coming from somewhere else were being coded as Bryan city animals.” Wesp also said that part of the upcoming three-month period would make sure that people who were reading the reports know how the reports are put together and how to read them accurately. “We are going to do what ever is necessary to create the best possible solution for the city and also the shelter, but most importantly the animals,” Wesp said. “The important factor is that the animals are taken care of.” “[We are] encouraging staff and students to take extra caution, wash hands, use hand sanitizer and take extra measures to protect themselves. If we all do that we will minimize the chance of it spreading,” said Residence Life director Ronald Sasse. The health center has seen a significant increase in numbers of individuals with flu-like illness— defined as fever of more than 100 degrees associated with a sore throat and cough— in the past three weeks of this year compared with 2008. Dannenbaum said this was expected due to the prevalence of the H1N1 virus in the age 24 and younger population. While the offered flu shots do not protect against the H1N1 virus, University officials are expecting to receive a shipment of H1N1 vaccines near the end of October. The shots will be offered to students at no charge. As another precautionary measure, the Office of Risk and Compliance has created a committee working on University-wide flu planning including representatives from areas including housing, human resources, faculty and environmental safety. They are scheduled to give a full report Wednesday. To stay updated on the latest information visit flu.tamu.edu.

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a successful college experience, Teniente said. “The guide also says to be yourself and have fun,” Teniente said. ”You should balance study time and going out because sometimes you just need to take a study break to not overwhelm yourself.” Late-night studying and lack of sleep can hurt your grades, said junior biomedical science major Vanessa Ocampo. “I figured out that all-nighters are not such a good idea. Don’t pull them,” Ocampo said. “Yes, they can be tempting, but they can lead you to miss that very class you studied so much for.”

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You should balance study time and going out because sometimes you just need to take a study break to not overwhelm yourself.” — Cindy Teniente sophomore international studies major

The company has also released a different edition for each region of the U.S. that includes region-specific information and advice about the college transition. The guide also gives tips on how to do a five minute dorm room clean-up. Using brooms for quick pick-ups, wiping down surfaces with disinfecting wipes and spraying air freshener are just a few tips included. “I overall agree with the guide, but I would add such things as money management and how to get involved with your school. Those tips can help out everyone,” said senior international studies major Erica Colmenero. The guide also advises to get a flu vaccine, wash your hands, cover your cough and disinfect things regularly to prevent the spread of germs. The Clorox College Survival Guide is available at www.CollegeSurvivalGuide2009.com.

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