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Stunned in Stillwater Late interception sets up game-winning OSU field goal as time expires Kyle Cunningham The Battalion STILLWATER – Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy’s halftime adjustments led to 28 unanswered points in the third and fourth quarters, leading to an A&M loss against the Cowboys 38-35 Thursday in front of 48,284 fans at Boone Pickens Stadium. With the loss, Texas A&M falls to 3-1 on the season, 0-1 in Big 12 play. The loss also puts Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman at 0-3 against the Cowboys.

The offensive woes that plagued the team against FIU two weeks ago continued, with the Aggies turning the ball over five times in the contest. The five turnovers led to three scoring drives and 17 points for the Cowboys, including the final drive which ended on a 40-yard field goal by senior kicker Dan Bailey. “I told [the team] I was disappointed, and I thought we could have played better in stages of the game,” Sherman said. “[Oklahoma See Football on page 5


The Aggies were defeated by OSU, 38-35, in Stillwater Thursday. Quarterback Jerrod Johnson accounted for five turnovers in the loss. The Aggies (3-1) will look to rebound against Arkansas in the Southwest Classic next Saturday in Arlington.

Fishing tournament raises money for Aggie Katie White The Battalion You’ve probably heard if you give a man a fish, you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime. Well, the Aggie Gulf Coast Fishermen have shown if you throw a man a fishing tournament you could help save his life. Lee Mencacci, sophomore agribusiness major, was diagnosed with stage two Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in April. “When I came home for Easter weekend from school Friday night, my parents were waiting for me at my house, and my mom walked up to me and told me,” Mencacci said. He received the news five days after doctors in Houston performed a biopsy of his swollen lymph nodes. Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is a form of cancer that infects the immune system and decreases the body’s ability to fight infection. “The emotions of a cancer diag-

nosis are unexplainable and hopefully none of my friends ever have to experience it,” he said. Mencacci, a freshman at the time, started his first round of chemotherapy April 19 and continued throughout the summer until Aug. 2. He started his radiation therapy in late August and finished Sept. 16. Lee felt as though two weights had been lifted off his shoulders after his final round of treatment. “Helping and watching Lee through his battle is the hardest thing I ever had to do as a mom,” Donna, Lee’s mom, said. “He amazes me every day.” Mencacci is a member of the Aggie Gulf Coast Fishermen, a club started in the spring devoted to networking saltwater fishing zealots and orchestrating fishing trips to the coast. “He never told any of us he was sick,” said Bobby Barron, sophomore general studies major. “I had to find out through a mass message

that went out to the entire class of 2013 on Facebook about a head shaving fundraiser that Farmhouse was throwing for him. After talking to the other officers, we decided to help out however we can.” Joe Calhoun, junior construction science major and president of the club, met with club board members after receiving the news of Lee’s diagnosis to discuss the idea of throwing a benefit fishing tournament for Lee. “The idea floated around for a week or two, but then we finally decided it would be the best way for us, being fishermen, to help out,” Calhoun said. The club had the tournament July 31 at the West End Marina in Galveston. There were approximately 75 competitors, and the firstprize winners received a free guided fishing trip donated to the club for the tournament.

DREAM Week to raise awareness on campus Connie Thompson The Battalion The Council for Minority Student Affairs will be putting on DREAM Week, five days contributed to raising awareness of the DREAM Act from Oct. 4 through 8. The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act or “DREAM Act” is a proposed legislation in the U.S. that would provide illegal aliens an opportunity to permanent resident status. To be applicable, beneficiaries must have arrived in the U.S. before age 16, obtain proof illustrating the alien has lived in the country for five consecutive years, be between of 12 and 35 at the time of the bill enactment and have a high school diploma from a U.S. institution or obtained a GED. The DREAM Act is a hot-button issue in Congress right now because Arizona lawmakers passed a controversial law that requires local and state police to arrest reasonably suspicious people who are unable to present doc-

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umentation proving U.S. citizenship, which many claim is racial profiling. The Act was filibustered by the Republicans Sept. 21. There is still speculation about the Act, and there continue to be many supporters. DREAM Week is dedicated to informing Aggies about the DREAM Act and to helping raise awareness of the issues that surround undocumented aliens. “There are Aggies who are affected by this piece of legislation whether it may be directly or indirectly,” said Selene Gomez, member of Council of Minority Student Affairs and president of Hispanic Students’ Council. “We should be there for our fellow Aggies just how we are the Twelfth Man in every football game. Let’s be there when one of our very own need us.” Some students said the troubles surrounding undocumented students are more prominent than many would think. “Many times undocumented stuSee DREAM on page 8

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Members of the Aggie Gulf Coast Fishermen organized Lee Mencacci, sophomore agribusiness major, a fishing tournament to raise money for his Hodgkin’s Lymphoma treatment. The students raised $5,117 for Mencacci, which will be used to pay medical bills and to fund cancer research.

Alcohol awareness month begins today Rebecca Hutchinson Special to The Battalion With college students accounting for a high percentage of the deaths related to drinking and driving, the Texas Department of Transportation put a spin on its marketing campaign. October is National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness month, and Texas has the largest number of deaths caused by drinking and driving, with 17- to 24-year-olds, accounting for 27.5 percent of these deaths. In response, the Texas Department of Transportation commissioned the Sherry and Mathews Advocacy Marketing to make a video showing the consequences of a DWI. To increase awareness the video uses an approach for college age students. “We wanted to show the practical consequences — show how it affects daily life through a medium we use every day,” said Becky Bullard of Sherry and Mathews Advocacy Marketing. The video, called “Happy Hour FAIL,” uses social media, such as

texting, Twitter and Facebook to promote the idea of designating a driver. “It might scare some people — showing the practical affects is definitely impactful,” Bullard said. “But we wanted to take a different approach that no one else has taken.” The idea was influenced by a Google ad at the 2010 Super Bowl, where a story is told through Google search, Bullard said. He said the response has been positive, with more than 14,000 hits within a week and several sites such as “AdWeek” posting the video online. Sophomore international studies major Melissa Tupper said the problem is with people and not necessarily the marketing approach. “I think people are aware of it, but they’re too lazy to find someone who is sober to pick them up,” Tupper said. “They honestly think they’re fine. I know some people who have said they’re better drivers when they’re drunk.” However, she said she does not know the full extent of the conse-

quences for getting a DWI. This video, along with kits that the Texas Department of Transportation is sending to Texas universities — 400 kits to specifically Texas A&M — show what happens when one is caught driving while intoxicated. Fines can be up to $17,000. “I don’t think punishments are severe enough,” said Meagan Klinkenberg, sophomore international studies major. “Some people take this way too lightly because they’ve never been directly affected by it. The guy who killed my sister’s friend had three previous DWIs before that accident.” According to the Texas Department of Transportation, it is thought “this video will make viewers think twice before they get behind the wheel after drinking.” They are promoting the video on Facebook, Hulu and a network of various other sites. “It needs to be put into perspective,” Klinkenberg said. “Killing someone while driving drunk should not be what it takes for people to stop.

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Standing in solidarity The Holistic Garden Fall Plant Sale started Thursday behind the Horticulture Forest Science Building. The sale features vegetable, herb and bedding plants for the fall - winter spring garden season. The sale will continue on Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Proceeds benefit the Holistic Teaching Garden.

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“We are now in two wars based on decisions that were made a hundred years ago,� Mullen said. “So I think a lot about the decisions I make. We have to recognize the decisions we’re making will have a longterm impact.� Mullen said Americans in the future should continue to accept other cultures. He said he thinks diversity in the American population will only make the country stronger in the future. “I think it was interesting to see the mindset of our military leaders as they look to our future and not just our current wars,� said Marlene Wyatt, senior supply chain management major. Mullen also highlighted the changing nature of war. He said the U.S. had to learn how to fight unconventionally in the Middle East. Freshman biomedical sciences major Karl Velasco-Lehmann said: “He really seemed to reiterate that the nature and job of the military is changing.� Mullen said progress is still being made despite the change in war tactics. He said progress

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Former student learns guitar, releases album Ryan Haughey Special to The Battalion Texas A&M’s own Hanna Jo Smith, class of 2008, will have a concert at 10 p.m. tomorrow at Fitzwilly’s on Northgate. With passion, dedication and a healthy dose of talent, Smith could be primed to become the next former student to make waves in the Texas country scene. A former creative writing major, Smith said she has held a love for writing her whole life, and after being in choirs at church and during high school, she has embraced singing for many years. But until only a couple of years ago, she had no way of having music to accompany her lyrics. “I had all these songs, but no way to hear them,” Smith said. “I thought about hiring an accompanying guitarist, but decided I should just learn myself.” And with that decision, she embarked on a journey to build a career out of music. “Most of the advice I got was: ‘don’t,’” Smith said of deciding to take her commitment to music to the next level. But, like so many others, she said she found the calling to music was simply too overpowering. “It’s such a rush,” she said. Balancing a life on the road with a day job in Fort Worth, Smith has a great love for what she does. “It’s kind of addicting,” she said. Smith tried to take a break from music over the summer, but said she found she could not stay away from it and ended her brief hiatus. “During July, I tried to take a break, but I still found myself booking shows.” With a single that has won radio competition, an appearance on the television game show The Singing Bee and an ever-growing fan base, it appears her dedication is paying off. Music also provides a way to bring meaning to life experiences, Smith said. “It’s my relief.” From sitting at a stop light to dealing the

people in her life, Smith finds inspirations for her music everywhere. “With Hanna Jo, her music reflects her as a person. It’s honest. She doesn’t get on stage and perform some show in an attempt to be an entertainer or become someone she isn’t,” said Travis Measley, class of 2008. While Smith said she finds great personal fulfillment by writing music, the experience and reactions of other people to her songs also leave a lasting impression. “[It’s awesome] when people come up to me after the show and say, ‘that song helped me through this situation,’” she said. “[I love seeing] how people are touched by my music.” While the songs available to hear on her Myspace page are more of “honky-tonk” country, Smith is also reaching out to a myriad of musical influences for her new material, from folk to blues, promising a show on Saturday night spanning the broad range of styles. “She loves interacting with the crowd,” said Keith Landry, class of 2009 and international affairs graduate student at the Bush School. “It makes everyone enjoy it right along with her.” According to Smith, the goal of any life show is simple: for everyone to have a great time. Returning to College Station for the second time, Smith said she is excited to come back to Aggieland. Hanna Jo Smith “I always feel a will perform deeper connection with at 10 p.m. Aggie audiences,” she tomorrow at said. “It makes me Fitzwilly’s on grin so big.” Northgate. With such a passion for performing and her EP Guns ‘n Guitars out on iTunes, Smith seems set to pursue her dreams. “I think it takes an almost feverish love for music to become a successful artist,” Measley said. “And Hanna Jo has that.”

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“Some fishers were family and friends, but some had no connection to the Mencaccis at all and simply saw an opportunity to help a family facing a very trying situation,� Barron said. Lee attended and competed in the tournament. He hopes to make it an annual event to benefit different causes. The club held a silent auction and raffle at the tournament. Various companies donated the products at the auction. The club received 30 company sponsors, including a Mexican food caterer that provided dinner to competitors. “Two of our corporate sponsors were hardcore t-sips but still did everything they could to help us out. It was really great to see so many people so selflessly willing to help,� Barron said. In its first semester, the club had about 16 members. Cody Collins, junior wildlife fisheries science major and vice president of the Aggie Fishermen, said he was excited about how quickly the tournament came together despite the limited number of members. “The tournament was a big learning experience for us,� Barron said. “All the logistics, planning, red tape and paperwork we had to get through made for a long couple of months, but it culminated in a really great result.� The Aggie Gulf Coast Fishermen raised $5,117.50 for Lee. The club presented Lee and his mother Donna with a check at a club meeting two weeks ago. Collins said it was an emotional moment. “I am using the money to pay my medical bills from MD Anderson Cancer Center,� Mencacci said. “Then the rest of the money I am personally donating to organizations that fund cancer research so we can be closer to finding a cure for cancer.� Club members talked about how they can become more involved in the community and in service projects. Collins said they are considering putting on a “take-a-kid-fishing tournament.� “I have learned exactly how much a small group of Aggies can accomplish, and how former Aggies are always so willing to lend a hand to help someone in need,� Calhoun said. Mencacci plans to stay in the club until he graduates from A&M. He said he is lucky to call the club member his friends. “I am extremely proud to be able to a part of an organization that would do something so thoughtful for a fellow Aggie,� Mencacci said. With treatments over, Mencacci said he feels fine. His mother Donna said when people ask how she got through the ordeal, she says she followed Lee’s lead. “I do not have a choice,� Donna said. “Lee is very strong, extremely brave, absolutely positive and resolute in his fight.� Barron said Mencacci is an amazing person for being so strong throughout his journey. “Most of my stress from coping and fighting with cancer is gone,� Mencacci said. “It allows me to live a lifestyle that any 20-year-old should be able to live.�

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Texas A&M 35, No. 24 Oklahoma State 38


Johnson’s poor play leaves questions unanswered STILLWATER — Minutes following his team’s 38-35 loss to No. 24 Oklahoma State, Head Coach Mike Sherman stood at a railing outside the locker room and stared at the empty stands in Boone Pickens Stadium. Like Aggies everywhere, disappointment, exhaustion, shock and bewilderment were painted on his face. This was supposed to be the game things would be different; the game relevancy was restored; the game the country took notice that A&M football had, indeed, taken the next step. But as has been the case for the last 11 years, A&M — and more specifically its quarterback — snatched defeat from the jaws almost sent the game out of reach. of victory. And with new life and a chance to cap With a 21-7 lead at halftime, all the momentum in their favor and a stunned Oklahooff an incomprehensible comeback, Johnson ma State crowd in silence, the Aggies seemthrew an uncatchable ball to sophomore wide ingly forgot that football is a 60-minute game. receiver Uzoma Nwachukwu in triple coverIn the third quarter alone, OSU outgained age essentially handing the Cowboys the key the Aggies 206-65, outscored A&M 21-0 and conference opener. took over a game they had no business winning. It has been the elephant in the room since The Cowboys came out of halftime fall camp began: Johnson’s ability has having made adjustments offensively not been the same since his offseason and defensively. The Aggies, on the shoulder surgery. His passes consisother hand, came out of the locker tently flutter and lack any semblance room with a sense of entitlement of zip. and played as if their 14-point lead were insurmountable. And his newfound propensity for “I thought in the third quarter turning the ball over is now culpable we had some lulls on defense that in a huge loss. David Harris allowed them an opportunity to So, with his team on the ropes and execute better than they did in the senior economics with the meat of the schedule on the first half,” Sherman said. major horizon, Sherman has an extremely Those 15 minutes, coupled with difficult decision to make. more enigmatic play from strugDo you bench your senior leader, the gling senior quarterback Jerrod Johnson, cost preseason Big 12 offensive player of the year in this fraught program a golden opportunity in favor of junior Ryan Tannehill? their tenth consecutive loss on television. With a 5-12 conference record, Sherman Though the statistics may read 409 yards and five touchdowns, Johnson had five cripcan ill-afford another forgettable season. And pling turnovers and showed that same palpable if his quarterback is not healthy, then it is a carelessness with the football he did in the no-brainer. near-loss to Florida International. 2010 was perceived to be the year the Ag“I made a couple mistakes with where I gies legitimized themselves on a national level. tried to put the ball,” Johnson said. “I tried to With the Big 12 South up for grabs, it was do too much and it got away from me.” supposed to be a season to remember. His second quarter interception to defensive Then one porous half and five horrid turnend Ugo Chinasa killed a drive that could have overs happened. put the Cowboys in a three-touchdown hole. With Arkansas and Missouri coming up in His third quarter interception was an undersuccession, this 2010 season is now on the ropes thrown duck that should have been a touchdown to senior wide receiver Terrence McCoy. and the ball is entirely in Sherman’s court. No wonder he had so much to ponder. His fourth quarter fumble for a touchdown

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State] did what they had to do and we turned the ball over too many times as well. They’re a sad group of men right now.” Junior wide receiver Jeff Fuller led the Aggie receiving corps with two touchdown receptions, surpassing Bob Long’s career receiving touchdown record of 20, which has stood since Long’s final season in 1968. The record-breaking reception came with 7:41 left to play in the first quarter, with Jerrod floating the pass down the left sideline over senior Cowboy cornerback Andrew McGee. Fuller leapt into the air and pulled down the ball, com-

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pleting the five yard play. “It’s nice to have the record in the books, but it would’ve been better to get the win,” Fuller said. Texas A&M struck again near the end of the quarter, driving 55 yards on 11 plays. Junior running back Cyrus Gray concluded the drive, scoring on a three-yard shovel pass from Johnson. The Randy Bullock extra point gave Texas A&M a 14-0 lead with 2:08 to go in the opening quarter. The two teams traded touchdowns in the second quarter. Junior quarterback Brandon Weeden put Oklahoma State on the scoreboard first, connecting with freshman running back Joseph Randle, who was left open after slipping past junior linebacker Kyle Mangan for the 38 yard touchdown strike. Johnson and Fuller connected again, this time for a six yard strike to return a 14 point lead to

Lax third quarter hurts Aggies coverage on third downs The Battalion rather than STILLWATER — Three blitzing in his games into the 2010 season usual style. there was both an abundance When the and a dearth of superlatives strategy did used to describe the metanot confuse morphosis the Texas A&M Cowboys’ defense underwent from the quarterback previous year: such that the Brandon superlatives kept coming, Weeden, it but few of them seemed to was because adequately describe it. he had Though there seems no already been end to the list of things owed hit when Decredit for the Aggies’ 38-35 Ruyter blitzed a cornerback loss to Oklahoma on third down. He utilized State on Thursday the tactic on two sepanight, a few rate occasions; both led have already directly to turnovers. pointed to Even against OSU’s the defensive “Diamond” formation, a unit’s surpristhree-back variation of ing struggles the Pistol offense that the and failures previous oppoBeau Holder team’s in the third nents failed to figure out, quarter. sophomore the Aggie defense played “I thought sociology major with discipline, refusing that in the to fall for play-action third quarter, fakes and stopping a wide we had some lulls on defense receiver reverse for a 15-yard that allowed them an oploss. portunity to execute betThe 15 minutes after halfter than they did in the first time told a far different tale. half,” A&M Head Coach The Cowboys received Mike Sherman intoned with a the kickoff and scored on blank gaze before going on to a 13-play, 73-yard drive in discuss the Aggies’ problems under four minutes. Weeden with turnovers. completed five of seven passes When the team stormed for 57 yards to set up star runinto halftime with a 21-7 lead ning back Kendall Hunter’s in the Cowboys’ Boone Pick- two-yard touchdown run. ens Stadium, there was little The Aggie offense stalled to contest the idea that the while nursing a 21-14 lead defense’s stifling performance and punted, giving OSU the was powering it. OSU’s ofball back. The Cowboys took fense began the match at the advantage, tying the game top of the yardage-per-game after eight plays, 71 yards and charts, yet was held to a single 2:18 off the clock. A final touchdown and 107 total scoring drive took only 57 yards, including only two seconds and five plays and yards rushing. spanned 48 yards. Aggie defensive coordinator Missed tackles by several Tim DeRuyter consistently players and frequent holes outsmarted the Oklahoma in coverage that the defense State offensive coaches, managed to avoid in its first routinely dropping seven into three games made the effects

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Texas A&M with nine seconds left in the half. On the final play, Weeden kneeled to run out the clock, leading to a chorus of boos from the Cowboy fans. “I never panicked,” Weeden said. “There was still a lot of football to play, I wasn’t worried about it.” Oklahoma State controlled the third quarter, outgaining the Aggies 206 to 65 in yardage, and tripling Texas A&M’s first down totals (12 to four). Senior running back Kendall Hunter scored twice on the ground, with the longest coming from seven yards out. The second touchdown, a seven-yarder, gave the Cowboys their first lead of the half with 57 seconds left in the third quarter. “There’s four quarters in the game, and we got beat in one of them exponentially bad,” said senior

of both drives more pronounced. “There’s four quarters in a game and we got beat in one of them exponentially bad, which was the outcome of the game, really,” said A&M senior inside linebacker Michael Hodges . “I can’t explain it and I don’t understand why it happened, but they came out with more intensity. They’re a high-powered offense and we shut them down early, but they came out in the second half and I, you know, give them props for that. But you know, we’re missing tackles and for whatever reason weren’t playing the Aggie defense that we were playing the last three weeks or that we played in the first half. For some reason we had a lull there and we got to go back and fix that because it can’t happen again. You can’t win games with that happening.” Though the defensive unit righted itself and responded in the fourth quarter, unspoken questions lingered about what might have been had the third gone differently. That the burden on the defense will only grow heavier late in the season if the offense continues to fail was implicitly understood. “It’s encouraging to see [the improvement from the third to the fourth quarter],” Hodges said, “but it’s hard to smile about it right now.”

linebacker Michael Hodges. “We just missed tackles, didn’t play the Aggie defense we’ve been playing for the first three weeks and the first half tonight. You can’t win games when that happens.” After Oklahoma State junior linebacker James Thomas returned a Johnson fumble 63 yards for a touchdown, the Aggie offense returned to first half form, scoring 14 points on two touchdown passes. The two scores gave Johnson five touchdown passes to end the day. Next week, the Aggies travel to Cowboys Stadium to face the Arkansas Razorbacks in the Southwestern Classic. Arkansas, ranked No. 15 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, lost their most recent match to No. 1 Alabama 24-20. Head coach Bobby Petrino is 16-13 in two-plus seasons leading the Razorbacks.

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he economy is a complex and scary thing to many college students. Terms like gross domestic product, comparative advantage and marginal revenue can sometimes sound like a foreign language among a slew of statistics that seem impossibly complicated.

careers of Stanford Business School graduates from 1960-2007. Oyer’s research found students who graduated in the aftermath Taylor of the market Wolken crash in 1987 felt sophomore general negative effects studies major on their salary up to 20 years later. The unfortunate class of ‘88 earned significantly less than classes directly before and after them. They missed out on plush jobs right out of college, and had to With the abundance of muddled take lower level or lesser paying jobs, economic information available which changed their income trajectory since the onset of the “Great Recesfrom the start. sion,” it is understandable that many Further research by economists students choose to tune out. This may Philip Oreopoulos, Till Von Wachter be a popular coping mechanism for and Andrew Heisz also found that students, but graduating in a recession graduating in a recession can setback can affect you for years to come. With years of income at stake we must delve earnings for 10 years. Entering the work force during a recession is like into the biggest obstacle between you starting a race a lap behind. and that shiny new job: uncertainty. A&M’s own Dennis Jansen, profesOutside of our blissfully sheltered sor of economics, agrees that starting collegiate hole, the economy is in your career during a recession, “can shambles. The August job numbers follow you for the rest of your show the unemployment rate is at 9.6 life.” This isn’t to say that percent. Economic growth individually you cannot from April to June slowed excel, but in aggreto 1.6 percent from a The way the gate, the odds are 3.7 percent annual rate economy is against you. in the first quarter. going, seniors The Federal Jibberish you say? should strongly Reserve reported on Next time I’ll use Sept. 17 non-financonsider the Fear Font. If you cial companies held have been debating graduate school. $1.845 trillion in cash about a masters degree and short-term assets at or grad school you should the end of the second quarconsider the idea more seriter, just a fraction below a record ously. Graduating in a recession has $1.846 trillion in the first three months long-term repercussions. of the year. In August the economy Paul Oyer, an economist at the lost 54,000 jobs. Why is this? Stanford Business School, published Jansen asserts a dominating factor a paper in 2006 which tracked the

From Stephanie Gillihan, senior environmental geoscience major Many students seem to see only one solution to a potential shooter on campus: allowing those with concealed handgun licenses to carry weapons on campus. I am firmly opposed to this proposition and I think there are several holes in that kind of logic. From a standpoint of personal safety, I believe my chances of survival in any situation are better the fewer bullets there are flying through the air. Even professionals with

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is “uncertainty.” With record federal deficits, questions about the healthcare law, November elections and political fighting over the Bush Tax Cuts, what is a business to do? Businesses don’t know how future costs are going to look. This discourages hiring and growth. The healthcare law can only be worked out over time. Election questions will be answered in November. There is no doubt that the federal budget is currently unsustainable, which means higher taxes, less spending, or both in the future. How we choose to address the issue depends largely on what party is in charge. Democrats seem be in favor of higher taxes while Republicans want less spending, but both these options are a tough sell to the American public. This all leads to lions and tigers and taxes, oh my! There is a portion of the population who truly believes tax increases will get the economy on track. They often point to the success during the Clinton administration and its higher tax rates. This is delusional. Tax effects aren’t tied to a nominal rate. Wherever the economy is at a given point, a tax increase stifles growth or a decrease in the tax rate encourages growth, as long as the government can still afford to provide defense, maintain the rule of law and maintain infrastructure. In this down economy it is impossible to tax the country out of debt or into prosperity. Growth is the only road to prosperity, and for that reason we need to keep all of the Bush Tax Cuts. A tax increase at this point would stifle growth and for graduating Aggies that means entering the work force in lesser jobs, or lesser paying jobs, which will forever affect your career. Economics may be a complex, scary thing, but pay attention. It will follow you for the rest of your life.

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here is something liberating and calming in the mountains. Whether the sheer power of the forces by which they were created overwhelms the mind or their beauty draws the soul to the deepest of meditations, I have always found something to behold in the dominant imposition of the Rockies on the American West. Along with the memories of the mountains also comes a desire to completely escape in them, traveling without an, agenda or a plan, on a motorcycle.

The danger, excitement and the scenery freedom portrayed with the moand the torcycle are appealing to many. freedom of Some are captured by the image such a ride of a modern-day outlaw, others have becklove the freedoms associated with oned me riding and some simply desire for years, the practicalities of a motorcycle. but the Matt Poarch grave realWhatever the reason behind purchasing a motorcycle, the safety senior wildlife and ity of the risks and necessary precautions fisheries major dangers of must not be overlooked before motorcymaking the sale. cle riding “I ride for the pure exhave deterred me. The recent perience and freedom,” said passing of a high school classFrank Teers, floor manager of mate in a motorcycle accident Independence Harley-Davidson. further reinforced the notions of “Plus the camaraderie you extreme caution. experience, especially with the Please, motorcyclists, wear a Harley-Davidson family. You’re helmet and protective clothes. part of a brotherhood.” Riding at 80 miles per hour down At $88 for a permit, parking a Highway 6 shirtless and without motorcycle on campus is a relahelmet is terrifying enough just tively cheap option. Combined to watch. All it takes is one small with the convenience of parking mishap to introduce your flesh to much nearer to buildings than asphalt with nothing in between, West Campus Garage, riding to especially during a showboating campus seems like a great exposition of wheelies on option. They are far the highway. Motorcycles less expensive than Car and truck most cars, and the drivers, be on the have many fuel efficiency and lookout for motoradvantages, but small size make cycles that aren’t make sure to motorcycles an easily seen. Whether protect yourself. even more desirable the rider is weaving option from a practiin and out of lanes or cality standpoint. slithering his way to the “They’re less expensive to get front of a red light is irrelevant into than a four-wheeled vewhen it comes to our responsihicle,” Teers, who commutes 50 bility to be mindful of them. miles per day, said. “And when Many of us know someone I arrive at work, I am totally either involved in or affected by refreshed and relaxed.” a motorcycle accident. The horIn Neil Peart’s book, Ghost ror stories and pictures do little to Rider: Travels on the Healing Road, tell of the pain of those gathered Peart discusses the mystically at the funeral of a loved one lost. therapeutic effect of riding free Protective equipment and safe wherever the road may lead. driving will never mean a guarThrough mountains, deserts, anteed successful trip, but they backwoods and small towns, certainly increase the chances. his depiction of the ride creWhile I probably never will ates in the reader a longing for take that motorcycle trip to that same freedom. Given his Denali, the allure of the ride circumstances, the death of wife always will entice me. For those and daughter within a year of who are braver than I, please be each other, the healing process safe. Just taking half a minute and subsequent album release is to consider a few extra safety nothing short of inspiring. precautions can be the difference The time spent in meditation, in life or death.

MAILCALL years of training make mistakes, and I would not feel safer knowing that anyone who passed a 15 hour training class with 70 percent proficiency could be carrying a gun on campus. The point was made that campuses that allow concealed carry have experienced a drop in crime. Correlation does not prove causation. The overall violent crime rate in the U.S. has steadily declined since the early 90s, and experts can put forth any number of reasons why. There is no proof that concealed weapons are any more responsible for

a decrease in crime than a dozen other factors. Rather than work to make our campus “safer” by placing more guns on campus, why not focus our efforts on ensuring that irresponsible or troubled individuals cannot obtain a weapon in the first place? Texas is notorious for its lax gun regulation laws. Anyone with a valid driver’s license can buy a gun with no waiting period as long as they pass an instantaneous federal background check. There are no licensing or registration requirements. Texas could implement a waiting

period to avoid any impulsive actions. We could enact licensing requirement to purchase a gun and a statewide system for gun registration and tracking. We could even ban the sale of semi and fully automatic weapons to civilians. Weapons that deadly should be restricted to use by military and law enforcement agencies. Any of these measures would be more effective because they are proactive, rather than reactive. Let’s prevent the shooting instead of arguing over who should be allowed to gun down the shooter.

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NJ student’s suicide proves Internet dangers

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dents are too afraid or embarrassed to come out to their friends and let them know that they are undocumented,” said Jose Luis, community service and networking officer member for Council of Minority Student Affairs. “Many Aggies, without even knowing, have friends who are affected by this issue, and Dream Week will educate students about the DREAM Act.” Juan Villanueva, education officer for Council of Minority Student Affairs, said raising awareness about the DREAM Act is important because it helps Aggies get involved and be more informed with national politics. “As young adults, we are stereotyped as not being involved in politics much,” Villanueva said. “[Dream Week] is not only helping students be more familiar with the DREAM Act but also to begin making a connection with politics in general, as good citizens.” Festivities throughout the week will include a DREAM “cake”-off, a candlelight vigil, a silent walk and presentation, a movie night and will conclude with an “Uncovering the Dream” panel, where anyone is welcome to ask questions about the issues surrounding the Dream Act. DREAM Week activities will be taking place throughout campus. “[DREAM Week] will provide students a time to express their opinions and also a time sit back and relax to enjoy the show,” Villanueva. “DREAM Week is not only for DREAMers, but for all Aggies.”

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — The shocking suicide of a college student whose sex life was broadcast over the Web illustrates yet again the Internet’s alarming potential as a means of tormenting others and raises questions about whether young people in the age of Twitter and Facebook can even distinguish the public from the private. Cruel gossip and vengeful acts once confined to the schoolyard or the dorm can now make their way around the world instantly via the Internet, along with photos and live video. “It’s just a matter of when the next suicide’s going to hit, when the next attack’s going to hit,” said Parry Aftab, a New Jersey lawyer who runs the website WiredSafety. Last week, Tyler Clementi, a shy, 18-yearold Rutgers University freshman and gifted violist, jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge after his roommate and another classmate allegedly used a webcam to secretly broadcast his dorm-room sexual encounters with another man. The two classmates have been charged with invasion of privacy, with the most serious charges carrying up to five years in prison. Associated Press

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