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HSC president resigns Micah Mills The Battalion Dr. Nancy W. Dickey announced her resignation as president of the Texas A&M Health Science Center and vice chancellor for health affairs Tuesday afternoon. Having served as president for 11 years, Dickey increased funding for the program by $70 million per year and added two colleges and three new campuses while doubling the school’s student enrollment. Dickey said it seems like an appropriate time for a new leader to take control of the program. Her resignation went into effect Tuesday. “The impending merger of the TAMHSC into the University seems an appropriate time for new leadership to take the helm,” Dickey said. “This is an opportunity for me to return to my passion regarding health policy, health care delivery solutions, medical ethics and professionalism — and the importance of these topics in the education of health professionals.” Acting as the immediate head of the TAMHSC is E.J. Pederson, former executive vice president and chief operating officer of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Pederson will be voted on as interim head in November at the Board of Regents meeting.

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Sophomore goalkeeper Jordan Day helps secure A&M as a championship contender, posting nine shutouts on the season.

Saving the day Sophomore goalie keeps team confident Michael Rodriguez The Battalion A&M soccer head coach G. Guerrieri has noticed a confidence shift in his team. His team is more ferocious, quicker on the attack. The confidence stems from the trust given to its sophomore goalkeeper Jordan Day, who has allowed only seven goals this season, giving A&M the seventh-best goals-against average in the country.

“If you do not have confidence in your goalkeeper, you’re playing with one eye on your goal,” Guerreri said. “When you know that she’s got it sorted out, you can play with total freedom and that’s what we’ve been doing since last year.” Yet when asked about her game, Day simply passes on all accolades over to her teammates. “I would give a lot of credit to my defense,” Day said. “They have been doing a phenomenal job with their shot stopping and area balls and all

of that makes my job much easier.” Born in Chandler, Ariz., Day began playing soccer when she was four years old. Her parents, although not soccer players, believed the game would fit their daughter. Before long, Day was a natural. During her high school years, Day was the varsity goalkeeper at Basha High School in Gilbert, Ariz. She saw goals being scored, yet she See Day on page 3

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Joanna Raines The Battalion Students of Texas A&M Greek life gathered in front of the Zeta house Tuesday night for a solemn candlelight vigil that honored the memory of one of the most influential men in the University’s Greek history. Leonard Ledet was flying to watch the Aggies play Ole Miss with his brother Gregory and two sons Paul and Mason when their plane crashed after trying to avoid inclement weather. Leonard was one of the founders of Sigma Chi during a time when the University was not “Greek friendly.” As a transfer student determined to see his brotherhood active on campus, he paved the way for Greek life to flourish into the system as it is today. “Len is the entire reason we have a Sigma Chi chapter here,” said senior biology major Parker Lachosky. “He came with the intent of starting Sigma Chi here, and he wasn’t going to be denied.”

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Hundreds of students gather in support and remembrance of the Ledet family Tuesday night outside the Zeta Tau Alpha house. In response to the loss, the men of Sigma Chi and the Interfraternity Council organized the memorial, which began with a “maroon out” in memory of the Ledet’s lost and the ones that remain in grieving. Not only did Greek students lose a legend, but they watched their sister lose a father. Leonard’s daughter, Alyson Ledet, junior biomedical sciences major, is a member of the Texas A&M chapter Zeta Tau Alpha.

“It’s brought us nothing but unity, and our strength is kind of coming from Alyson right now. She’s so strong,” said senior civil engineering major and Zeta Tau Alpha president Sarah Caruth. Alyson was at home Tuesday with her mother Debra and sister Lauren, but the candlelight vigil still served the purpose of See Vigil on page 2

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Professors, speaker deconstruct queer identity Jessica Smarr The Battalion In response to apparent gender stereotypes, Tuesday’s Coming Out Week program, “Deconstructing Queer Identities,” emphasized that one-word labels, such as gay and straight or black and white, cannot encompass the complexities found within one individual. The program featured two presentations and a panel discussion.

The first lecture was given by academic Sima Shakhsari, a professor at Wellesley College, on “Cyberspace, the War on Terror, and the Hypervisible Iranian Queer.” Following her presentation was Carre Adams, the director of community organizing for Allgo, an Austin-based organization that serves queer people of color across the state. Shakhsari and Adams participated in the panel, as well as Amber Johnson of Prairie View A&M University and Antonio


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la Pastina of Texas A&M University. The conversation of the evening called into question the construction of the identity of the queer population. The panelists were highly critical of the portrayal of the gay population as white, middleclass males who were primarily concerned with gay marriage and don’t ask, don’t tell policies. Adams said

Upcoming events ◗ Coming Out Stories on Thursday at 7 p.m. at MSC 2404 ◗ Guess Who’s Gay Panel: Faculty/Staff on Friday at 7-8:10 p.m. at Rudder 501

The Battalion Water — a basic necessity to sustain life — is something that the majority of people are fortunate enough to have access to on a daily basis. Yet, 783 million people around the world go without clean water every day. The Wells Project at Texas A&M encourages students to do something to change this statistic and end the global crisis. The Wells Project is a student organization with a sole purpose to provide a source of clean drinking water to people who lack access to such necessities. It is a group of 109 students who work with Living Water International. Both organizations are faith-based, nonprofit organizations whose mission is to accommodate safe drinking water effectively and efficiently to developing countries. A&M’s branch of The Wells Project mainly funds the drilling of water wells in the African country Rwanda. In the efforts to raise money for the extensive project, The Wells Project is challenging students with the 10 Days campaign. Beginning Oct. 10, The Wells Project is asking students and faculty to join them in fasting any drink that is not water for 10 days. The group is asking participants to donate whatever money they would have spent on coffee, soda, energy drinks or any other non-water beverages to the campaign. Conor Barry, sophomore English major and member of The Wells Project, said even the smallest donation could make the difference with helping with the global water crisis. “A one dollar donation gives a person access to clean water for an entire year,” Barry said. “Let’s say you donate $10 during the 10 days, that is either 10 people that have water for a year or one person that has clean water for 10 years. It is just cool when you can actually think of that impact that you are having.” See Wells on page 3

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The Battalion The No. 22 Aggies did just enough Saturday to pull out a 30-27 win in Oxford, Miss., against Ole Miss and climb into the Top-25 rankings for the first time this season. During Tuesday’s press conference, head coach Kevin Sumlin and the Aggies said while the win was worth celebrating, they’ll have to do more in this weekend’s road date against No. 23 Louisiana Tech. Sumlin said situations like Saturday’s — when the Aggies managed a win in spite of six surrendered turnovers — help a team along the process of making the leap to the next level. “All kinds of situations presented themselves telling you that you should lose,� Sumlin said. “Our guys had to deal with those and then win the football game. You have to get some bounces and some calls, but what it does is creates confidence in each other. From that standpoint it gives team confidence that we do have enough talent, we do have the type of team that can win a game at any time no matter the situation.� Redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel entered the Ole Miss game turnover-free on the season. That changed in a hurry, and Manziel accounted for half of the team’s six giveaways. Senior offensive lineman Patrick Lewis said he was impressed with how Manziel responded. “You could tell Johnny was shaken a little bit,� Lewis said. “But he’s real poised beyond his years. He did a great job recollecting himself and gathering us as an offense.� The worst-kept secret in college football over the last year has been A&M’s seeming inability to close games late. Junior defensive lineman Damontre Moore said Saturday’s win over Ole Miss was indicative of the program’s

At a glance â——The Aggies rank No. 8 nationally in scoring offense, scoring 44.6 points per game. â——Louisiana Tech ranks No. 3 nationally in scoring offense, scoring 53.2 points per game. â——A&M ranks No. 14 nationally in scoring defense, allowing 14.8 points per game. â——Louisiana Tech ranks No. 106 in scoring defense, allowing 35.8 points per game. â——Both teams rank in the Top-30 nationally in all major offensive categories. new attitude. “Winning a close game is an overwhelming experience,â€? Moore said. “It helps Tanner Garza — THE BATTALION us build confidence in ourselves and realize that we’re a Freshman cornerback De’Vante Harris and the rest of different team than last year. the Aggie secondary will be tested again Saturday. To see us break that habit this year shows that this is a Individual stats new year and we’re doing â—— Redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel ranks No.6 new things.â€? nationally in total offense, compiling 356 yards per game. A&M prepared for Louisiana Tech already this season â—— Junior defensive end Damontre Moore ranks No. 4 — in week one — for what nationally in sacks, averaging 1.4 sacks per game. would have been the team’s â—— Moore is tied for No. 2 in the country in tackles-for-loss season opener. However, with 2.5 per game. adverse weather conditions forced a postponement of the â—— Manziel and Louisiana Tech quarterback Colby Cameron contest until Oct. 13, a date in are both among the Top-15 quarterbacks nationally in pass which both teams previously efďŹ ciency, ranking No. 12 and 14, respectively. had a week off. Sumlin said the 5-0 undefeated Louisiana originally suspended for the think about them not being Tech team of today is better Louisiana Tech game due there. Other guys have to than the one his team pre- to violation of team policy, show what they can do and pared for. and the suspension will hold why they’re at Texas A&M.â€? “I’m not surprised by despite the game’s postponeSumlin said emotional prethem being ranked,â€? Sumlin ment. Junior backup offen- paredness would be crucial said. “They won’t be intimi- sive lineman, Shep Klinke, for moving forward. dated by us one bit and they will miss the remainder of “Emotion is a big part of shouldn’t be. They’re proba- the season after undergoing what we do, and energy, bly ranked a little bit low. For surgery on a broken bone in particularly in the venues we our team to come in and play his foot. play in and are going to play,â€? a top-25 team, we’re excited Senior linebacker Jona- Sumlin said. “You can’t just about that.â€? than Stewart said the team show up. In order to be real The Aggies will be with- couldn’t allow the absence good player[s] and [a] real out a brace of rotation play- of a few players to affect good team you have to preers Saturday. Junior starting the game. pare yourself emotionally.â€? linebacker Steven Jenkins “Other guys have to step and sophomore backup safe- up,â€? Stewart said. “Can’t ty Howard Matthews were

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providing support. Caruth read a message from Alyson regarding the support, saying that it is the most love she has ever felt. The turnout for the event was massive. The keynote speaker was Leonard’s pledge brother Lee Beauchamp, Class of 1975. Beauchamp spoke to the crowd on the character of Leonard and his impact on Texas A&M. “It’s a tragic event for everybody.

Tonight’s a good example that it has a far reaching side effect, but also there’s a great sense of the Greek community to rally around this and support each other,� Beauchamp said. Leonard’s legacy will live on through the tradition of Sigma Chi and his daughter Alyson, who will continue his work impacting lives through dentistry. “Alyson’s smile is a visible symbol of her dreams to follow in her best friend, her daddy’s footsteps to reach all ends of the earth through the healing work of dentistry,� Caruth said. The support for the Ledet family will

also continue. There have been efforts around the state to provide the Ledets with prayers and gifts, and there is expected to be a donation fund set up on their behalf. As those impacted begin to heal from the loss, comfort can be taken in the respect and honor that was shown for Leonard and his family. “At Sigma Chi we have a saying to provide strong arms and tonight’s event shows that we’re all here to provide strong arms for each other,� Beauchamp said.

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These 10 days are dedicated to drinking water, but The Wells Project will be having several events to encourage participants to keep up the commitment they made. On Oct. 14 they are holding a profit share at Yogurtland from 6 to 9 p.m. Here they are inviting anyone to come get yogurt, temporary tattoos and make donations at the halfway point of the campaign. On Oct. 19 and 22, The Wells Project will have donation stations at Wehner, the Commons, Rudder Fountain and Sbisa. Julie Brown, junior interdisciplinary studies major and campus director of The Wells Project, said it is one of the easiest campaigns for college students to partake and is encouraging everyone to participate. “It isn’t asking you to give outside your normal budget,” Brown said. “If you think about how much you spend on cokes or Starbucks and consider that one dollar can provide clean water for someone for a year, then 10 days of water is worth it.” In order to make it easier for participants to follow up and commit with donating, there is a free smartphone app called 10 Days. The app calculates how much someone would personally spend on beverages and that is how much they are asking people to pledge to donate at the end the 10-day period. The app also tells how much the school has pledged, the number of participants, drinks given up and the people who will be benefited from the donations. Will Whitehill, senior accounting major and president of The Wells Project, said the main goal of both organizations is to drill as many clean, safe, drinking-water wells around the world, but with an underlying message that is equally important to both groups. It is more than just donations


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At the Shades of Color event, “Destructing Queer Identities,� on Tuesday in the Psychology building, Sima Shakhsari presents a slide show and gives a speech about technology’s influence on homosexual identity.

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this is merely a glimpse of the true identity of the queer person. “What does gay look like? What does lesbian look like? The face of a lot of these national organizations are white, cisgendered (non-transgendered) people,� Adams said. “The perception of what queer folks in this country look like is that.� Even when the intersections of identities such as race, religion or gender are considered, Johnson said the representation of queer people is never as simple as it is portrayed. “This intersection, if you think of it as a map, the streets are not straight. The streets don’t cross at perfect X-Y axes,� Johnson said. “The streets overlap, they intermingle, they play, they dance. I do not know what it means to be sexual outside of being a woman, outside of being black.� La Pastina was critical of the picture of a queer population that was only concerned with marriage and discrimination within the military. He said this was a construction of an idealized population that served a social function, but does not benefit the queer identifying community. “The function I think of gay marriage and don’t ask, don’t tell has been one of media campaign,� La Pastina said. “It’s easily accessible.� The panelists said this easily digestible presentation of the diverse spectrum of issues

unique to the multitude of queer-identifying factions is offensively simple. Shakhsari said that even if gay marriage was legalized, it would solve none of the real problems experienced throughout this population. “What does gay marriage do for queer immigrants? Nothing,� Shakhsari said. “What does it do for single moms who are having a hard time making ends meet?� Johnson said that many of the true issues get ignored in the popular media, such as violence directed towards transgenders. “So many stories get lost,� Johnson said. “We have so many transgendered people who are killed or in prison for defending themselves and those stories never get told.� Panelists called for reform throughout the spectrum of social justice, in issues that impact queer identifying peoples but are not specific to this population. They said the country needed to consider economic justice, to re-evaluate notions of nationalism and militarism, to construct new languages and discourses, and to reorganize the prison and health care system. Adams said that what the queer population needs is not equality, but justice. “In order for equality in America to exist for me, and for members of my community, America would have to not exist because of the history of colonization,� Adams said. “The other thing is that I don’t want to be equal to anybody, because I don’t want to be in a position to do the things to other people that have been done to us.�

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