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Anthony Hany Awad

Robert Spencer King Jr.

Anthony Hany Awad, d, a freshman biomedical science major, died on Aug. g. 7 when a car carrying his grandmother Nadia Bassily, sily, two brothers John and Daniel Awad, and both of his parents Eman and Hany Awad lost control on the way back from Florida. Anthony, John and Nadia were killed in the accident. Anthony died 24 days before the start rt of his freshman year at Texas A&M University. “I never got to enjoy my son as an Aggie,” Anthony’s mother said.

Robert Spencer King, Jr., a 20-year-old sophomore general studies major, died Sept. 8 in a motorcycle accident at the interBoulevard. section of Wellborn Road and Joe Routt B King was born June 26, 1989 in Housto Houston, Texas and grew up in Katy, Texas. played fullback on the state championship He attended Katy High School where he pla finalist football team and graduated in 2007. King was studying mechanical engineering at A&M to fulfill his longtime dream. “He wanted to be an engineer; he had wanted that for a very long time. That’s the way he worked through things was to take them apart See King on page 8

See Awad on page 6

March 21, 1989 — Aug. 30, 2009

Sept. 19, 1978 — Sept. 2, 2009

Colter Dean Bright

Jun Surk Park Although he only attended A one day of class at Texas A&M, A& Jun Surk Park was a dedicated Aggie, excited d about ab the opportunity to study at A&M. Park was a doctoral student in the department of recreation, park and tourism pa sciences. sc He had been diagnosed with leukemia le and died due to complications from f a cerebral hemorrhage on Sept. 2. “He was really happy to be in the Aggie family,” said recreation, park and

The Aggie family mourns the loss of Colter Dean Bright, a 20-year-old sophomore omore poultry science major. Bright died August ust 20, in College Station. The cause of death iss unknown. Police responded to an emergency call all to Bright’s home early in the morning. He was found unconscious and not breathing by the See Bright on page 6

See Park on page 8

Sept. 7, 1985 — Aug. 30, 2009

Jason Gregory Dawson

Silver Taps: 10:30 p.m. today in Academic Plaza

Jason Gregory Dawson, n, a senior human resource and development elopment ma- jor, died on Aug. 30 from a brain infarction in College Station at age 23. Dawson had head trauma from m 2003 and had been seeing several different neurologistss for his condition. He had a seizure in his sleep and his roommate mmate found him unconscious. He died the next morning. g. Born in Dallas, Dawson moved to Fort rt Worth with his See Dawson on page 6 File Photo — THE BATTALION

A&M remembers Borlaug Norman Borlaug


■ March 25, 1914 – Sept. 12, 2009

■ Memorial 11 a.m. today in Rudder Auditorium

■ Developed disease-resistant wheat to fight hunger

■ Doors open 9:45 a.m. today for seating ■ Reception 12:30 -1:30 p.m. today in Rudder Tower

■ Father of the Green Revolution

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■ Texas A&M distinguished professor of international agriculture

■ Medals on display in Rudder, 9:45 a.m – 1:30 p.m. today

■ 1970 Nobel Peace Prize

■ Scholars symposium 3 p.m. todaya in Koldus 110

■ 1977 Presidential Medal of Freedom

■ Flags in Texas flown at half-mast today in his honor

■ 2007 Congressional Gold Medal

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compete for honors, the state of Texas has first place by the National Association of Town Watch. Off campus, 39 block parties from all over the community are signed up for National Night Out. Officers are given their list, and they make sure to stop by, said Sgt. Janice Kemp, College Station Police. “Police and the fire department will stop by the parties and hand out crime prevention pamphlets that we put together,” Kemp said. The main goal of the block parties to See Night out on page 8

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Beginning Wednesday Martin Luther King Boulevard in Bryan will be closed between Tabor Road and Bryan Avenue for two months, pending weather conditions. Traffic will be detoured to 22nd Street to avoid the construction site. Motorists are encouraged to use an alternate route. The closing marks the beginning of the $675,000 Phase Three of the city’s five-year $40 million reconstruction project. Phase Three focuses on downtown rehabilitation consisting of paving and landscaping improvements, drainage, water, and replacement of wastewater utilities, installing existing electrical, cable and telephone lines underground and redesigning an undersized storm sewer. “It’s ultimately going to extend the improvements from the previous Phase One on Main Street from 24th Street all the way up to Martin Luther King,” said project manager Joe Seago. The purpose of the Martin Luther King project is to replace infrastructure and reconstruct the streets. During the Martin Luther King Boulevard closing contractors will be reconstructing the roadway and installing a sanitary sewer, water line and storm sewer. Previous phases of the project have included improvements to Bryan Avenue and Villa Maria.

The Memorial Student Center Wiley Lecture series will present “Dissecting the Health Care Debate,” featuring James Rohack and Nancy Dickey and moderated by Alan Xenakis at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Rudder 301. “Our speakers will be discussing the current state of the health care situation and the current legislation in congress and possible ramifications it will have on health care in this nation,” said Wiley series marketing director Alex Allen. Admission is free, and students are encouraged to take part in the discussions. “At a time of historic health reform, Texas A&M students are being given an outstanding opportunity to voice their opinion with national experts on a topic that will shape their lives, and the lives of their families in the future,” Allen said. James Rohack is a senior staff cardiologist at Scott & White Clinic in Temple, Texas and president of the American Medical Association. Nancy W. Dickey is the president of the Texas A&M Health Science Center and the vice chancellor for Health Affairs for the Texas A&M University System. The moderator, Xenakis, is a clinical assistant professor with the department of humanities in medicine at Texas A&M’s Health Science Center college of medicine.

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give out information on identity theft. There will also be giveaways every 30 minutes with prizes including lawn chairs, iTunes cards and an mp3 player. On the day of the event the Rec Center will be open to student’s families for free. Although the night is about crime prevention, A&M competes with the University of Texas at Austin for honors in the most successful block party. “Two years ago we were awarded honors, last year it was them, so we have to take our prize back this year,” Hosea said. Even though different communities

Martin Luther King Boulevard closes for construction

Health care debate to be discussed Wednesday

National night out at the Rec The 26th annual National Night Out will take place at the Student Recreation Center tonight from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. “National Night out is the crime prevention program of the year to bring law enforcement and the community together in open communication about fighting crime,” said University Crime Prevention Officer Kristi Hosea. The block party on campus will have demonstrations, door prizes and free food for students to get involved with crime prevention. “We will have a show and tell police car and fire truck,” Hosea said. “The rollover convincer will be there which is a demonstration to promote wearing a seatbelt.” Among many organizations that will be there to promote safety, Wells Fargo will

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I realized that the hard part just started because I have marketing, advertising, at the same time as keeping up with designs and shipping shirts, making sure I pay taxes and monthly fees. So just staying organized, that’s probably the biggie.”


Rebecca Bennett Special to The Battalion While the typical Aggie hangs a surplus of A&M garments in their closet, 22-year-old Matt Nolan has a closet full of T-shirts of his design., a Web site which sells unique T-shirt designs primarily geared towards college-age students, was almost exclusively run by the senior visualization major. His educational background provided the design skills for his product, but he has been taking, as put in his words, a “learn as you go” approach to the business side of things. Nolan was inspired to start his Tshirt business two summers ago when he began selling his art designs on CafePress and soon had the desire for more control over the process. He started researching the Tshirt entrepreneurial process online, searching forums for advice and feedback. Eventually he was able to purchase a domain name, and with some coding help started designing his Web site. Much of the original funding for the Web site’s development was provided by Matt’s father Larry Nolan, who serves as the director of product development for Hill Country Bakery in San Antonio. Even with his occupational background, Larry said that establishing a dot-com business was

a learning experience for both father and son. “The thing Matt and I have both discovered is you don’t just stick a Web site on the Internet and orders for your products start flowing in. The site is just the beginning … people have to know your site exists. If you have a good product and no one knows about your site then the sales just want be there,” Larry said. Matt began extensive advertising online, using social networking tools such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter to promote Obstructees. He updates a personal blog recounting his endeavors as an aspiring T-shirt guru. Nolan has been relying on family and close friends to help with marketing, but has taken other more extreme actions to attract customers. “I hand out stickers to everybody so they can put them on their cars or laptops,” Nolan said. He posted a banner on the Northgate corkboard. Josh Fuller, a senior management major, said he found out about Obstructees from a business solicitation Nolan posted on the Texas A&M Facebook Fanpage. Fuller and his fellow indoor soccer intramural team members worked with him to create team shirts. “I had a general idea of what I wanted our shirt to look like so I described it to him and within an hour

or so he had a design made up and emailed to me. Matt was really good at getting me what I was picturing in my head,” Fuller said. Obstructees converted Fuller’s ideas into a final product in one week’s time. Nolan said he has completed shirt designs for three intramural teams and hopes to acquire similar projects as a means to differentiate his business from competing companies. He remains open to suggestions and said he would provide a reward for Tshirt ideas. “His T-shirts are targeted mainly toward young adults, but he is also willing to create any design or take any suggestion that someone may have which other T-shirt Web sites don’t normally do,” said Meghan Schwarz, a senior photography major at Texas State in San Marcos. Schwarz aids Nolan by modeling and taking pictures for use on the Obstructees Web site. According to Nolan, the coursework he has completed thus far at A&M has proven useful in the design process. “They’re constantly teaching you how to design, how to think. I’ve taken graphic design classes, Web design classes. So it’s all pretty much related to design, which is exactly what I need,” he said. He uses graphic

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The cold hard truth David Harris

After a 47-19 loss to Arkansas, the Texas A&M team and Aggie fans need to come back down to Earth.



Texas A&M junior quarterback Jerrod Johnson gets tackled in the backfield in the Aggies’ loss to Arkansas Saturday at Cowboys Stadium. Johnson was sacked twice and had a fumble in the game.

Behind A&M lines The A&M offensive line looks to improve Brad Cox The Battalion Saturday the Texas A&M offensive line allowed nine tackles for loss, three fumbles, two sacks and numerous instances of Arkansas defenders in the backfield during a 47-19 loss. “We struggled in pass protection,” said Aggie senior lineman Michael Shumard. “(A&M sophomore quarterback Jerrod Johnson) won’t make it through the season if we have something like that again. Their defensive line was a lot better than anything we’ve seen so far.” Protection at the line is something A&M has struggled with since Head Coach Mike Sherman joined the team before the 2008 season. The struggles are a far cry from Sherman’s past, when he spent many years as an offensive line coach at locations such as A&M and the NFL’s Green Bay Packers. “It was evident in the ballgame the other day that we struggled in protection,” Sherman said. “I thought our quarterback was put under duress way too many times in order for us to be successful in the game, and obviously the offensive line plays a part in that.” Outside observers have blamed the troubles on the youth of the offensive line. Against the Razorbacks, the Aggies played three seniors, two juniors, two sophomores and four freshmen on the line. After the loss, A Sherman said he would never use youth as an excuse for

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struggles. He said if he is playing them, then he thinks they’re good enough. Shumard, who suffered a minor injury Saturday when a pair of defenders fell on his leg, said though Arkansas presented some different looks, the Aggie offensive line was able to pick up on them well.

“I thought our quarterback was under duress way too many time for us to be successful in the game, and obviously the offensive line plays a part in that.” — Mike Sherman Texas A&M football head coach

“If you watch the film, especially without all the commentators, you’ll never see one of our offensive linemen give up on a play,” Shumard said. “You’ll never see anybody quit.” Though he was sacked twice and dropped a fumble that was returned for a touchdown, Johnson had the protection to pass for 345 yards, which was four yards short of his season-high 349 yards against New Mexico in week one. However, Johnson threw 28 incom-

plete passes, many of which were on the run after he was forced out of the pocket by Arkansas defenders. “They had their struggles, but we knew going in one of Arkansas’ strengths was their defensive line,” Johnson said. “They gave it their all.” Sherman said he’s not worried about the freshmen linemen being mismatched because they are big and strong. He said he has to worry about the mental part of the game because of the lack of experience at the position, particularly for freshman Stephen Barrera. A Clear Lake native, Barrera is 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 302 pounds. Though he was a defensive player in high school, he has played left tackle for the Aggies this season largely because of the lack of depth at the position. “It’s a tough position for a young player,” Sherman said. “I don’t think he’s going to have problems out of the ordinary with physical matchups. He was just doing some things fundamentally that put him in tough positions, which are all things we can correct.” Sherman will try to have the problems corrected by Saturday, when A&M starts Big 12 play against Big 12 South opponent Oklahoma State. The Cowboys beat the Aggies in 2008, winning 56-28 in large part to five turnovers by A&M in the first half. The Oklahoma State defense earned five tackles for loss, two sacks, two interceptions and three fumbles in that game.

fter the 47-19 thumping Texas A&M received at the hands of the Hogs on Saturday, there were two things that resonated in this sportswriter’s head. One: The house that Jerry built deserves all of the praise, nicknames and looks of awe it has received. It is not a stadium. It is a luxury hotel that happens to house sporting events. Two: I want to cue my inner Dennis Green in reference to the Aggies in saying that “they are who we thought they were.” Many of us, myself included, wore some highly tinted maroon colored glasses going into Arlington. The Ags were 3-0. They were young. The offense was nearly unstoppable. The quarterback was a Heisman sleeper. Also, the defense looked to be fixed. Unfortunately, we forgot about the 4-8 debacle that took place last season right before our eyes. No, it wasn’t an allusion. It actually happened. We forgot to take into account the three teams the Aggies had manhandled thus far possessed a combined record of 3-11. And we forgot about this team’s well-documented propensity of fading on the big stage. A&M went into the game with Arkansas with a chance to establish some semblance of respect from the college football nation. They left a national television audience with the realization the ship is far from righted, and there are problems that are going to be prevalent: The offensive line is flat out overmatched, and the defensive secondary is full of holes, making good quarterbacks salivate at the prospect of facing an A&M defense. Do you realize the Arkansas defense went into Saturday as one of the worst statistically in the entire nation? They had five sacks in three games, and two of the games were losses. Their pass defense was ranked 119th in the country. 119th. Just to put that into perspective, Arkansas had the worst pass defense in the entire Football Bowl Subdivision. Unfortunately, the Aggie offensive line allowed the Arkansas front four to control a game that should have seen the Aggie skill players shine. After the first two drives the Aggies methodically moved the ball down the field; the offense began to sputter. The reason: the offensive line.

Arkansas was able to rush four players a lot of the game because the Aggie tackles couldn’t contain the Razorback defensive ends. I counted multiple times where defensive ends got into the backfield untouched. It left Jerrod Johnson, third in the country in total offense going into the game, running for his life almost every single drop back. The only pockets seen on the field were on the referee’s pants. Plain and simple, the No.1 offense in the country had a chance to show the Big 12 and the country they were for real. Unfortunately, the ineptitude of the front five caused them to go out with merely a whimper. After three consecutive three and outs, the Aggies held a 10-0 lead. Unfortunately, Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett then realized he was facing the Aggie secondary. Following the first three drives, Von Miller had established a presence with a sack and a couple pressures. Then, coach Bobby Petrino realized he could double team Miller. Once it happened, the previous No. 1 pass rush in the country became non-existent. Then, the holes down the field began to become gaping. After two sacks in the first two drives, the Aggie defense got nowhere near Mallett for the rest of the game. He dissected the Aggie secondary in throwing for 271 yards and four touchdowns. Unfortunately for Aggie fans, this is only a preview of what will be coming when Big 12 play starts. With passing attacks such as Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Texas still on the schedule, there is going to be some lit up scoreboards in the future if the Aggie pass rush becomes as anemic as it did in the second half of Saturday’s beat down. To put it bluntly, Arkansas is a middle of the road SEC team. To put it even more bluntly, that middle of the road SEC team just put their foot on the throat of your Texas A&M Aggies. More than anything, Saturday showed us there is a long way to go for Mike Sherman and company to bring this program back to its previous glory. There is no such thing as a quick fix in college football, and on Saturday Aggie fans learned that the hard way. David Harris is a junior economics major


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The Awad family immigrated from Egypt before moving from Chicago to the Woodlands. People who were close to Anthony described him described as a person who was kind and always happy. “He was an extremely kind soul,” said friend Iris Tombari. “Always smiling, never giving up, no matter how difficult it got.” Anthony attended College Park High School in the Woodlands, Texas where he swam and attended the Academy of Science and Technology. Anthony also taught Sunday school to preschool children at his church. His Sunday school teacher Marie Hanna describes him as a person that everyone loved being around. “He was an amazing young man. Respectful, loving, caring, funny and overall very nice,” Hanna said. “The kids

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the emergency responders. He was later pronounced dead at the College Station Medical Center around noon. Police said there are no clear indications as to the cause of death. In an earlier statement Lt. Rodney Sigler from the College Station Police Department said they were waiting for the autopsy and toxicology reports to determine the exact nature of Bright’s death. Bright was just two weeks from realizing his dream of attending Texas A&M. He attended Blinn College for two years and was set to start his first semester at A&M. Bright was a 2007 graduate from Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas. Though born in Texas, Bright was raised in various states around the nation. However, he always dreamt of coming back to Texas and attending A&M, a family tradition thanks to his uncle, Class of 1938. “Colter’s dream was to wear an Aggie Ring,” said Colter’s father Michael Bright. “He wanted so dearly to be a part of that tradition and carry that spirit.” Bright loved to play sports and excelled in the sports of football, baseball and soccer.


adored him.” Two Facebook pages have been made in honor of the two Awad brothers who passed away that night, “In memory of Anthony and John Awad” and “In memory of Tony and John Awad”. The two groups have collectively 1, 465 members with friends and family paying condolences for the two brothers. “I was looking forward to A&M with you man,” friend Rahul Raura wrote. “You truly will be missed.” Many of the people that posted comments on the two pages described him as a kind and funny person. Friend Michelle Griffith wrote, “We miss you, Tony. Swim team won’t be the same without you.” Anthony is also described as a responsible young man who was extremely dedicated. “I would love to do anything to honor the memory of such a wonderful person,” Hanna said. Travis Lawson, staff writer

His Maryland High School soccer team won the Beltway Championship. As junior varsity quarterback for South River High School football team, Bright led his team to an undefeated season. However, he was particularly skilled in baseball. Bright joined his Maryland’s High School varsity team when he was only a freshman. Also, he played for the Marcus baseball team as an all-district outfielder during his senior year. Samuel Bright, Colter’s older twin brother by seven minutes, remembers his brother as someone who loved to make people happy. “He had the brightest smile and was the life of the party,” said Samuel Bright. “I couldn’t have asked for a better twin brother.” Bright is remembered by all his friends as a great friend, who could make anyone feel at home. “He touched so many lives in his short time with us,” said his brother, “especially mine, I’ll never forget him.” In honor of his memory, the Colter Bright Memorial Baseball Scholarship was created so that his memory can carry on. Bright is survived by his parents Michael and Patricia Bright, his sister Lauren Bright and twin brother Samuel Bright. Joaquin Villegas, staff writer

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you were writing with and sell it right back to you; that was the type of salesperson he was,” said his grandfather Shelby Dawson. Gregg had raised Dawson since he was an infant. Dawson had a close relationship with his grandfather and was known to be a very kind and loving young man, unafraid to show emotion to others. “To know Jason, was to love him,” Gregg said. “Jason was our most favorite of everybody in the world. Every time he ever called, the last thing he would say is ‘I love you granddad’ or ‘I love you grandma,’” his grandfather Shelby Dawson said. Dawson is survived by his brother, Caleb Dawson, father and stepmother, Gregg and Elizabeth Dawson, his mother and stepfather, Donya and John Schmitz, and his grandparents, Shelby and Phyllis Dawson and Don and Wanda Waters. Laura A. Sanchez, staff writer


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Jackson autopsy could pose problems LOS ANGELES – Michael Jackson’s autopsy report was surprising as much for what it didn’t contain as for what it did: The singer was in relatively good health for a man his age and no illegal drugs were detected in his system. Jackson’s physical condition, detailed in his autopsy report obtained by The Associated Press, could be a useful tool for prosecutors as they weigh charges against his personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, who told police he administered a powerful anesthetic to the singer shortly before he died. The coroner has ruled Jackson’s death at age 50 a homicide with his death caused by acute intoxication of the anesthetic propofol with other sedatives a contributing factor. The coroner found the proJACKSON pofol was administered without any medical need and that recommended resuscitation equipment was missing. The autopsy findings block a potential defense for Murray — that Jackson hid serious pre-existing conditions that increased the risk of death from the drugs he willingly took. “It clearly establishes that Michael Jackson was a healthy person whose death appears to have been directly caused by the administration of some very powerful sedatives,” said criminal defense attorney and former federal prosecutor Mark Werksman. “This autopsy report seems to clear the path for a prosecution that his death was caused by an overdose.” The Los Angeles County coroner’s report shows Jackson’s weight of 136 pounds was in the acceptable range for a 5-foot-9 man. His heart was strong with no sign of plaque buildup. His kidneys and most other major organs were normal. Still, the singer did have health issues, many of them age related, including arthritis in the lower spine and some fingers, and mild plaque buildup in his leg arteries. Most serious was the condition of his lungs, which the autopsy report said were chronically inflamed and had reduced capacity that might have left him short of breath. But the report noted the condition of his lungs would not have been a direct or contributing cause of death. Murray’s attorney, Edward Chernoff, said he was anxious to see the full autopsy results and would not comment until he had done so. He added that he stood by his original statement that Murray did not administer anything that “should have” killed Jackson. Associated Press

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and put them back together,” said mother Margaret King. It was his incessant belief that the manufacturer never truly understood the complexities of a device that drove him to the pursuit of constant modification and destined him to be an engineer, said brother Larry Reifschneider. “Robert refused to conform to the patterns and accepted thought processes of this world, and instead blazed a trail of independent ideas and behavior that will forever set his days on earth apart from the norm,” he said. King developed his determination and passion at a young age when at 12 his father died. “Robert’s childhood circumstances contained more pain and adversity than most, but rather than allow this to compromise his ambition, he forged within himself the spirit of a conqueror, devoted to overcoming his fears and obsta-

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tourism sciences graduate student Kang Jae “Jerry” Lee, a friend of Park. “He told everybody that he was really happy to be in the Aggie family, and he was really proud of that.” Park was born on Sept. 19, 1978, in Seoul, South Korea. He earned his undergraduate degree at Kyunggi University in Korea. In 2006 Park moved to the United States, where he enrolled in the Mas-


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cles at any cost,” Reifschneider said. “When his father passed away, his early teenage years were shrouded in a veil of grief and inner turmoil, so he poured himself into his many passions.” King had a love for adrenaline, and spent time with his friends pursuing this passion. He went skydiving and loved riding his motorcycle. He also owned one of the fastest racing four-wheelers, which he took everywhere. “He was full of energy; he definitely lived life to its limit and beyond. We were junkies for sure,” said close friend Brandon Rheinlander, a junior business major. “We pushed each other every second of every day to the very edge. He didn’t take life for granted. He definitely lived it on the edge.” Rheinlander met King their freshman year at A&M Galveston when they became roommates. “He and I were like two peas in a pod,” Rheinlander said. King was a Christian and passionate about his love for God, his brother said. “Robert loved God, that

was a big part of him,” Reifschneider said. “I talked to a younger friend of his this past week who told me that before school started my brother had brought him back to God.” More than anything, King loved his family and friends, Rheinlander said. “To him most people simply couldn’t comprehend the depth and meaning of true love and the voluntary responsibilities that it entailed, Reifschneider said. “Robert, my brother, and my best friend loved just as he lived. Deeper, stronger and more passionately than most people will ever experience,” Reifschneider said. King is survived by his mother, Margaret; brother, Larry and his wife Christina; grandmother, Peggy Booth; aunt, Marilyn Simpson and her children Joshua, Jessica Lauder and husband Jeremy, and Alan Bolden; and his uncle, Bill Booth and wife Cindy and their children Jacob Booth and Alisha Booth and her daughter Elizabeth Grace Booth.

ter’s program for recreation, park, and tourism services at Indiana University. Park and his wife JungLan Choi, who were married in summer 2007, had recently moved to College Station so he could pursue his doctorate degree. “He had contacted me initially, and he wanted to conduct research with me and my area (of tourism marketing),” said Jim Petrick, research fellow in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Services and Park’s doctoral advisor. “His goal was to become a college professor and a researcher in tourism marketing.” Park was recognized as an individual willing to put forth the necessary effort when faced with a task, Lee said. “He was very passionate about what he was doing,” Lee said. “He studied really, really hard. He had a difficult time (previously), and he continuously moved forward and got over those hardships and achieved his goal. I really respect that.” Lee said Park’s work ethic was evident to those who were around him, even those above him. During their time as fellow undergraduates in Korea, there was one occasion when Park and Lee were studying late in an undergraduate lab. “He and I were working on some kind of project together,” Lee said. “It was a very cold winter day. One of our professors actually stopped by the lab while Jun Surk and I were working on the project. The professor saw that Jun Surk was not wearing good clothes (for the weather), so he took his coat off and put it on him. I was

really surprised that a professor took off his jacket and covered Jun Surk. At that point, I realized that I’m not the only one that is fascinated by his hard work and dedication to study. The way Jun Surk carried himself impressed and fascinated pretty much everybody.” Park’s good rapport with others was also shown at his funeral service. Park, a Christian, was still searching for a church home in College Station. However, he had made numerous friends during his church visits. On the day of his funeral, friends came from around College Station and even from around the United States to show their appreciation of Park. His wife, who has moved back to Korea, plans to return to the place her husband cared so much about. “His wife is actually trying to come back to College Station and study at Texas A&M because she thinks it was her husband’s will,” Lee said. “This is what her husband really wanted to do, so she wants to follow her husband’s will.” For all those who had the pleasure of meeting Park, he will be remembered as a caring individual and Aggie. “He had the biggest joy of life of any student I had ever met,” Petrick said. “He loved that he was coming to Texas A&M, and he was exuberant about coming here. He was someone who was so thankful to be an Aggie. He wanted to be an Aggie from the time that he came over to the United States, and he got to be an Aggie for a little while.”

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have neighbors get to know each other to be aware of what is going on the community, Kemp said. “It really is something that needs to be done year round,” Kemp said Officer Jason James, public relations officer, said that more than 20 block parties in the Bryan area will be participating in the event. “Sergeants and lieutenants will be making the rounds to the parties as well as city officials, including the mayor will be going to as many parties as possible,” James said. The purpose is to get to know your neighbors so you will be able to report suspicious activities, James said.

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Remembering the Aggie family

Lesa Teer

For more than 100 years Silver Taps has unified Aggies and set apart A&M from other universities.


can vividly remember my first time to experience Silver Taps. The clinking of senior spurs as the Corps of Cadets walked, the train whistle in the distant background, the sudden flight of birds from the trees and the cool breeze on that moonlit night sent chills down my spine like I had never felt before. I knew at that moment I was somewhere special; more importantly, I knew at that moment I was a part of a new family – the Aggie Family. Silver Taps is a tradition dating back to 1898 when students first held it in honor Lawrence Sullivan Ross, former governor of Texas and former president of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas. Today, Silver Taps is held on the first Tuesday of a month following the death of any current graduate or undergraduate student at Texas A&M University. Most students know about how the day of Taps is different. Everyone can see the signs and banners around campus, the flags flying at half-mast and the cards on the Silver Taps memorial, but what most students do not get to see are the families. Traditions Council hosts a private family reception before the ceremony where a member will host and accompany a family all through the night. I feel extremely privileged to have had the opportunity to host a family. Being able to see the appreciation from the families, along with their emotion in seeing the Aggie Family come together, is one thing that I wish every student could see firsthand. Besides attending the ceremony, every student can also send their condolences to the families in a letter. On the day of Silver Taps, Traditions


A statue remembering Silver Taps sits in Academic Plaza adjacent to Military Walk. Silver Taps began in 1898 first honoring Texas governor/TAMC president Sullivan Ross. Council sets up tables around campus, one in the Quad and one in Koldus Plaza, along with a memorial box in Academic Plaza where students can stop by to write a letter to the families to let them know that the Aggie Family is there for them in their time of mourning. The hundreds of the letters are sorted and distributed to the families. Although these letters are mostly from students who never knew the student being honored, families appreciate the gesture greatly and cherish each letter that is written. On the night of Silver Taps, all of the lights around Academic Plaza are extinguished at 10:15 p.m. Albritton Bell Tower then begins playing hymns, always including “How Great Thou Art” and always ending in “Amazing Grace,” and students are in the midst of silently gathering in Academic Plaza. At 10:30 p.m. the Ross Volunteer Firing Squad marches into Academic Plaza at a slow cadence. They stop in front of the families of the fallen and the statue of Lawrence Sullivan Ross where they then fire a 21 gun salute given in three rounds of seven shots. Following the last round of shots, buglers hidden atop the Academic Building play Silver Taps, a special rendition of Taps written especially for

A&M University, three times. They play Silver Taps to the North, to the South and to the West – but never to the East, for the sun rises in the East, and the sun will never rise again on that Aggie’s life. Following the last notes of Silver Taps is the most powerful part of the entire ceremony. It is when hundreds of students who have been silently standing for the last 30 or 45 minutes simply turn around and walk away without a word being said. Seeing so many students give up part of their night to come and honor people who were probably complete strangers to them is the single most respectful act I have ever witnessed or even heard of. The unique tradition of Silver Taps is just one of the many things that sets A&M apart from other schools. Around here you are not just an ID number or just another student, you are an Aggie and your presence would be missed. I encourage you to come out to the ceremony at 10:15 p.m. tonight in Academic Plaza, pay respects to the fallen Aggies and feel what it is like to be a part of the Aggie Family. Lesa Teer is a junior agricultural communications and journalism major and campus relations executive for Traditions Council.

A circle was formed of students both new and old. Eyes closed and hearts heavy, as the prayer ended in a hollow “Amen.” Silence fell as they walked to Academic square, arms linked together. They formed a body of one - the Aggie Family. We met in the dark, standing with a group of strangers to honor the fallen. The tower bells rang out amidst the silence. The chirping of crickets and rustling of feathers were the only noises that dared to disturb the beautiful echo of bells across the campus. I heard the sound of spurs as the Ross Volunteer Firing Squad entered silently, all dressed in white – their rifles resting on their shoulders. The old, eerie train whistle blew through the trees. I felt a breeze caress my skin as if attempting to comfort the Aggies. The first shot rang out and I felt my arms jolt. An electric shock rang through my body as I realized the lives that had been lost. The smell of gunpowder stung my nostrils and lingered long after the final shot. A memory forever engrained into my mind. The silence that followed was sobering. I thought of the families and friends that had lost someone. Out of all the names, one stood out. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Serena, I stood proudly in remembrance of her. I thought of Derek and all the other counselors of Camp Oswald that had known and loved Serena. I felt drawn to go home and hug my family a little tighter. We stood steadfast as the sound of the spurs slowly drifted away. In the silence that followed, we returned as we arrived. Silent with arms linked together, we remembered the fallen Aggies.

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