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Medals that Norman E. Borlaug received were on display at Tuesday’s memorial including the 1997 Presidential Medal of Freedom (left).

The 1970 Mexico’s Order of the Aztec Eagle (center) and 2004 National Medal of Science (right) were awarded to Borlaug.

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Celebrating a lifetime Madiha Rizvi The Battalion The family of Norman Borlaug walked into the silence of Rudder Auditorium on Tuesday, surrounded by friends, colleagues, students and people whose lives he affected in numerous ways. Six maroon chairs were arranged on the center stage, with floral arrangements made with Californian fir and American chestnut, with rice, corn and wheat plants on either side. The podium stood on one end of the stage, where honored guests including his granddaughter, Tiffany Borlaug Rubi, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, the Rev. David Beckmann,

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, M.S. Swaminathan and Yohei Sasakawa spoke. Norman Borlaug was the father of the Green Revolution, winning the only Nobel Peace Prize for Agriculture, Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal. Borlaug died Sept. 12 at 95. A crowd of about 1,000 gathered under dimmed lights while speeches were given along with songs performed by the Aggie Singing Cadets. Green Revolution was a term coined by U.S. Agency of International Development and is defined as an increase in

Obama speech invitation-only event President Barack Obama will come to Texas A&M on Oct. 16 for a community service forum in Rudder Auditorium, but the event is by invitation only, said Texas A&M University Vice President for Marketing and Communications Jason Cook. “We are in the process of working with the Points of Light Foundation on how many tickets will Associated Press be available and then on how the ticketing process will work. That information is still being formalized and we hope to have it taken care of by the end of this week,” Cook said. In 1989, former President George H.W. Bush established the Daily Point of Light Award, given to individuals who make a difference. The award is administered by the Points of Light Institute. Bush and the Institute will sponsor the event, which will be in Rudder Auditorium. “A large majority of the tickets will be for the Points of Light winners and individuals that they select. Given it is that organization’s event, we do expect to have a limited number of tickets available for students, faculty and staff by invitation,” Cook said. No estimates were given at this time on how many tickets will be available. Cook was not aware of any tickets already sent out. Laura Sanchez, staff writer

Top: From right to left, the Rev. David Beckmann, Robert Gates, Yohei Sasakawa, Tom Vilsack, and M.S. Swaminathan share memories of Norman E. Borlaug Tuesday in Rudder Auditorium.

agricultural productivity resulting from the introduction of high yield varieties of grains, the use of pesticides and improved management techniques. Gates said he remembered Borlaug’s role as a teacher in that he “urged that talents be sought in unexpected places — that bookkeepers, technicians, farmers and the like should become researchers.” Borlaug, Gates said, truly valued his time on the A&M campus and with students. “He arrived in his office in the soil and crop science department at 5 a.m. every day,” Gates said. “He was often teamed

Left: U.S. Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, former president of A&M, speaks during the memorial of Norman E. Borlaug Tuesday in Rudder Auditorium.

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National mental illness awareness begins this month Melissa Appel The Battalion As part of the National Mental Illness Awareness Month, the Mental Health Mental Retardation, MHMR, Authority of the Brazos Valley is presenting informational events every Friday in October to teach the community about its services and mission. MHMR will provide refreshment and educational material to visitors to their Outpatient Clinic at 10 a.m. each Friday on Texas Ave as a goal to increase community awareness for pro-

grams, mission and services. MHMR is a nonprofit community center whose goal it is to bring mental health services to individuals in the greater Brazos Valley area. MHMR serves citizens of Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Robertson, and Washington counties. Services include providing access to psychiatrics, assisting in paying for medication, offering skills training, and staffing an emergency crisis hotline. MHMR begins its care for its consumers at a young age, with programs for toddlers, children and adults with

mental illness. For many individuals, MHMR provides care that would otherwise be difficult to receive or afford. Linda Goolsby is a board member of MHMR and member of the National Institute of Mental Illness (NAMI). Her son was diagnosed with a mental disorder while in high school. “His line of support was MHMR. He saw the doctor there the whole time,” Goolsby said. “It made all of the difference in his life, and in ours, too.” Cheryl Smith has dealt with mental See Mental illness on page 6

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Shortage of H1N1 vaccines in Texas Texas has received fewer H1N1 vaccines than expected from the federal government. The vaccines are in the form of FluMist, a nasal spray that contains a weakened live flu virus. Young children ages 2 to 3 will be in the first priority group to receive the vaccine, said Sara Mendez, Brazos County Health Department health education director. “They are going to focus on clinics and doctors’ offices that serve 2- to 3-year-olds. The health department will also receive a minimum amount of the vaccine, but that’s for healthcare providers.” Due to the shortage, college students may not receive the vaccine until later than previously thought, because college students were in the initial priority groups, Mendez said. “Everyone in Texas that’s wanting the vaccine should be able to be vaccinated by a certain time. We don’t want people to panic,” Mendez said. “Just because we haven’t gotten the vaccine initially doesn’t mean we won’t.” Julie Rambin, staff writer

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Roger Jackson works the counter at Reveille’s Convenience Store on Tuesday. Located south of campus at Wellborn Road and Highland Street, Jackson said his favorite part of the job is meeting the students who frequent the store.

Woman catches criminals over webcam MIDWEST CITY, Okla. — Police say three people who tried to rob a man’s suburban Oklahoma City apartment were caught by his wife in the Philippines, who saw them on the webcam the couple uses to communicate while they’re apart. Midwest City police Chief Brandon Clabes says officers nabbed the three burglary suspects over the weekend after Maribel Chouinard spotted them and called her husband, an Air

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acceptance Students understand sexuality in spiritual context Jill Beathard The Battalion Justin Freebourn, 22, is a member of United Campus Ministry, a college outreach of Friends Congregational Church in College Station. He participates in Bible studies at Friends and in Family Promise, a program that hosts homeless families in homes around town. He is a senior aerospace engineering major hoping to graduate in December 2010, and he is gay. Freebourn came out to his roommate and later his mom the second semester of his sophomore year. He had been dealing with depression for some time. “I was unsure how to live as a gay man, but certain that living a lie was worse than any alternative. I knew that the religious tradition I had grown up with rejected that part of who I was, and was in a quandary because I could not so easily reject my faith.” Freebourn discovered Friends Congregational, a United Church of Christ congregation, on the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender, or GLBT, Resource Center. The church teaches an accepting and inclusive attitude toward members of the GLBT community. Freebourn said he was surprised to hear of such a

You have to love yourself before you can fulfill Jesus’ command to love other people.”

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church and wary of what the teachings might be. “I knew I didn’t accept much of the doctrine of churches I’d gone to growing up, but at least it was something I knew and could understand,” he said. “I went to Friends nonetheless, and found it to be a welcoming and accepting place, at a time when I [needed] both welcome and acceptance.” As campus minister for United Campus Ministry, the Rev. Kyle Walker teaches that in a spiritual sense, any type of sexuality is a gift and should be used in the context of a committed, lifelong relationship. Walker said that some religions teach that GLBT people should conform sexuality to an accepted norm, but that trying to do so is damaging for people emotionally, mentally and spiritually according to the American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association.

“Spiritually, I believe and teach that God created gay people and God does not create junk. To me, it is that simple,” Walker said. Some respond to Walker’s interpretation by citing scriptural passages that they think conflict with his teaching. “The scriptures cited are usually from scriptures that have nothing to do with a sexuality that is part of a lifelong committed relationship. The Bible speaks, in these passages, against any sexuality, gay or straight that is used to cheapen or control other people. This can include rape, incest, pornography or sexual infidelity.” Friends’ stance on sexuality is only one of the reasons Freebourn attends the church. Freebourn said growing up he was uneasy at churches that rejected scientific understanding and intelligent discussion for literal biblical interpretation. Friends, United Campus Ministry and others have become outlets for Freebourn to discuss ideas about faith, giving him a new perspective to study the Bible. “To me, faith is about living into the character and passion of God, particularly as known through Jesus. The Bible is about the character of God as experienced by its authors, and requires

historical context, reflection and insight to appreciate the complexities it contains,” he said. Sophomore political science major Katherine Harrell leads the Youth Sunday School and Youth Group at Friends. Harrell said that Friends is not only accepting of GLBT people but of people of all walks of life. “We are a tossed salad of individuals,” she said. “We see each other as a community of faith wanting to explore further and answer some of life’s toughest questions. We are all on a journey together trying to figure things out.” Freebourn has taken his parents to Friends and Cathedral of Hope, also a United Church of

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Christ location. “I’ve found that, for both my mom and my more conservative friends, exposure to a more inclusive theology has helped them move from implicit hatred to tolerance or even from tolerance to acceptance.” Freebourn said GLBT students should not be jaded by the negative practices of other religious people. “Never let anyone tell you that God loves you any less because you are different, and there is nothing you can do to make God love you any more than God already does,” he said. “You have to love yourself before you can fulfill Jesus’ command to love other people.”

National Coming Out Day United Campus Ministries will have a service aiming to welcome and affirm GLBT students for National Coming Out Day at 8 p.m. Sunday in All Faiths Chapel.


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s Iran successfully concludes short-ranged missiles testing, “President” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s continued efforts toward nuclear proliferation can no longer be ignored. Although Iran has agreed to allow the United Nations to inspect its nuclear facility, the U.S. and the U.N. need to have a strong contingency plan in place should Ahmadinejad continue to be less than forthcoming about his military programs. While American military intervention might have been an option years ago, strong sanctions or talks are the world’s best solution to this crisis. Even with the discovery of a secret uranium-enriching facility, Iran clings to the claim that its atomic research is for energy purposes. While allowing the International Atomic Energy Agency is a first step toward legitimizing Iran’s nuclear program, Ahmadinejad has refused to answer questions about the evidence that Iran was working on weapons design for two years. Talks are progress, but the burden is on Iran to actually allow U.N. inspectors to prove beyond a shadow of doubt that its uranium enrichment will not be used to light up Israel like a menorah. As Iran continues to decorate their sky with short-ranged missiles, it is impossible to deny that its nuclear programs will eventually result in warheads. Though it is obvious Iran has been working on weapons of mass destruction, a military strike without worldwide support would be ultimately ineffective. Regardless of the many differing opinions on the war, Iraq has hurt America’s ability to deal with other dictators. With two wars already in the Middle East and a floundering economy, the country can no longer afford to act independently. However, many key U.N. countries like China, who

depends heavily on Iran for oil, will continue to use Western intelligence failures in Iraq as the excuse to continue trading. Iran’s recent change of heart, no doubt influenced by waning world support, will make many western countries including Russia hesitant to cut off a key trading partner while there is chance for negotiations. Pressure needs to be put on China, as the last probable holdout on the United Nations Security Council, to agree to serious sanctions should Iran fail to tamper its nuclear ambitions. Although Congress has proposed tough sanctions preventing Iran from importing gasoline and refined petroleum products, without world support these measures will be ineffective. Already the U.S. is considering plans to coerce other nations into cutting their ties with Iran by prohibiting foreign entities that sell refined petroleum to Iran from trading in the U.S. But a unilateral U.S. decision may prove to push away countries already afraid of our countries reputation as the world’s policeman. Force might have been an option before Iraq, but world opinion will view military action or independent sanctions as an imperialist action by the most powerful country. While the U.S. cannot allow weapons of mass destruction in the hands of dictator Ahmadinejad, the democratic nations will insist that the U.N. listen to the “president’s” ploy for peace. The U.S. needs to ensure that the U.N. is properly granted access to all of Iran’s hidey-holes for nuclear weapons, as it is up to Ahmadinejad to prove a peaceful intent that goes against years of aggressive policies. The clock on Iran’s nuclear capabilities continues to tick, but should sanctions or force be necessary, the U.S. is better off acting with the world’s consensus. Ian McPhail is a junior history major.


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Aggies can The Texas A&M “Aggies can” drive is in full swing. The goal of the drive is to raise $20,000 combined in monetary donations and canned foods to benefit the Brazos Valley Food Bank. Donations will be accepted this week before the volleyball game at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and before the football game 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Look for the bright green shirts.

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Wrestling with the Wildcats

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The Aggie volleyball team, led by Sarah Ammerman and Tori Mellinger, looks to extend their undefeated record at home as they face off with Kansas State at Reed Arena on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

With a 5-0 record at home, the Aggies welcome Kansas State to Reed Arena Courtney Nelson The Battalion The past two games for Texas A&M volleyball have come with the same great play but completely opposite results. Last Wednesday, the Aggies played Texas in Austin and came up short, losing 0-3. On Saturday, the Kansas Jayhawks came to Reed Arena where the Aggies got back on track with a straight-set victory. Wednesday, Kansas State (6-8, 0-4 in Big 12) travels to Reed Arena. The Wildcats are coming off a solid showing against the Longhorns this weekend, despite losing in three. The Aggies (10-3, 3-2 in Big 12), who are just one spot out of the AVCA

Top 25, have not lost at Reed Arena in the first five games this season. Despite the losing results in conference play, the Wildcats have a strong team that focuses on blocking. The Aggies, on the other hand, said they need to improve on their blocking as the season goes on. “Recently we’ve been working on our blocking a lot,” said senior setter Jola Kelner. “They [Alisia Kastmo and Lindsey Miller] are a lot of help in the middle because they are quick and get to the block fast.” In addition to their strong blocking, Head Coach Laurie Corbelli said that Kansas State is a very skilled team. “They are very efficient at what

they do,” Corbelli said. “There are no surprises. It’s a cemented system they’ve used for many years, and they do it very well.” Junior outside hitter JuliAnne Chisholm leads the Wildcats with 3.16 kills per set. Senior middle Kelsey Chipman leads the way in hitting percentage and blocks for Kansas State, with 1.09 blocks per set and a .352 hitting percentage Although they do not have the height of Texas and Nebraska, the Wildcats boast a lineup with six middle blockers. Despite their presence at the net, the team is relatively young, with six freshmen and only two seniors. “They had very good players last

year, but they were seniors,” Kelner said. “They lost a lot, but have a lot of good upcoming girls.” For the Aggies, senior outside hitter Sarah Ammerman leads the team with 4.03 kills per set and hits at an average of .236. Senior Mary Batis is close behind, averaging 3.28 kills per set, and leading the Aggies with 3.38 digs per set. Corbelli said it is always a tough match against the Wildcats because they always have long rallies back and forth. “We have long, drawn-out battles with this team all the time,” Corbelli said. “We are trying to better coordinate our transition attack. After a team

hits at us, we’re looking for new ways to end that rally right away. We want more immediate action after the dig. We tend to get into long drawn out rallies without putting the ball down effectively.” As the season progresses, the Aggies are looking to break into the Top 25 for the first time since September 2007. “We have to continue with the improvement of the new middles and our setters working with them,” Corbelli said. “They’re getting better and better everyday, and that will be critical for our success. Also, we just need to stay healthy. If we do that, we can go far.”

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HELP WANTED Athletic men for calendars, books, etc. $100-$200/hr, up to $1000/day. No experience. 512-684-8296. Child Care- FT & PT shifts available. Some nights & Saturdays required. Apply in person at 3609 E. 29th St., Bryan. Cleaning commercial buildings at night, M-F. Call 979-823-5031 for appointment. Experienced wait staff for new wine bar. Must be 21 w/wine knowledge or willing to learn. 979-204-6030. Healthcare technology firm MEMdata now hiring part time IT Systems Analyst. Local, just minutes from campus. Flexible hours. Pay based on qualifications. Email resumes to or fax to 979.695.1954. Healthcare technology firm MEMdata now hiring. Local, just minutes from campus. Part-time openings (20 hrs/wk minimum), M-F 8 to 5. Flexible Hours. Good Verbal Communication and Computer Skills a Must. $8/hr plus bonus. E-mail resumes to or fax to 979-695-1954. Immediate opening at Silk Stocking Lounge for dancers. Great money, flexible schedule. Apply in person at 4075 Hwy-6 South. Loaders Needed, lift up to 75 lbs, work min. 4-6 hr blocks, 6am-5pm, Oct. 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 19, 30, Nov. 2, $9/hour. Apply in person, 1816 Ponderosa Dr. at Longmire, CS. Local Medical Technology Firm MEMdata is seeking part time/full time graphic designers/web designers/video blog editors for our growing business. Local, just minutes from campus. Flexible hours. Paid internship available if preferred. Email resumes to or fax to (979)695-1954. Motivated manager wanted. Learn management skills, flexible hours. Apply in person 2-4pm MWF. Experience a plus but not necessary. 400 Harvey Road. Notes & Note Takers wanted immediately. Freshmen & Sophomores in demand. We pay top dollar for notes & note takers. e-mail: Now hiring cashiers and servers. Apply b/t 2-5pm at Rock Prairie and Hwy6. Lunch availibility preferred. Part time position, 2 days/wk for general cleaning of our retail store and offices. 979-574-7474. Part-time clerical for busy ob/gyn clinic. Monday thru Thursday 8-1. Apply at 1602 Rock Prairie Road Suite 430 (west building), C.S. Part-time job helping handicapped. Male student preferred. $330/mo. 30-hours/mo. 846-3376. STUDENTPAYOUTS.COM Paid survey takers needed in College Station. 100% free to join. Click on surveys. The Tradition at Northgate is seeking a TAMU graduate student preferably, although seniors will be considered, who have a firm background in math and/or sciences to provide up to 20hrs/p/wk as tutoring coordinator of the Academic Success Center (ASC) for 775 undergrads (75% are 1st yr). Compensation includes free room & board (a private room, in a 2 rm suite, cable, Ethernet & wireless in common areas (the ASC, dining cafe, pool area, lobbies), all utilities & unlimited meals in on-site cafe/restaurant. Flexible schedule, mostly Sunday-Thursday evenings (when new students seek out tutoring). Drug/background check required. Please apply at The Tradition at Northgate, 301 Church Ave., College Station, Texas 77840 in care of Dr. Joseph C. McGill, Director of the ASC, 979-268-9000 or or visit our website Top $$$$ for Tutors! Fishtutors pays you 3 ways! Check our ad on Craigslist, College Station, Jobs, Education.


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Two faculty members from the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Associate Professor Natarajan Gautam and Assistant Professor Lewis Ntaimo, have been awarded a $240,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to research an efficient way of reducing energy in data centers. “It was a competitive grant. People from all over the country applied for it,” Gautam said. “We were not expecting to receive it but we knew we had a good chance because of the current need.” The project, entitled “EAGER: Reducing Energy Consumption in Data Centers,” will implement the use of three technologies to minimize energy consumption; virtulization, dynamic voltage scaling, and cluster sizing, said Gautam. “We are looking at something that is extremely current in managing energy in data centers,” Gautam said.


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up with another professor whose job it was to help him wind down his lessons so the kids could get to their next class.” He said it was his privilege to have known Borlaug as a teacher, scientist and warrior in combating hunger. He had the message of compassion when he addressed students in his commencement ceremony in 2003. “Remember, compassion is the greatest of all human virtues.” One of the doctoral students in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences said hearing Borlaug speak was inspiring. “His answers [to my questions] served as a guiding post in my own research,” Francis Beecher said. Beckmann, who is president for Bread for the World, said Borlaug was one who was committed to doing good from the core of his being. “He was always interested in the education and [training] of the next generation. All of his

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illness for 28 years. Since she relocated to College Station, Smith has utilized the services offered by MHMR, including routine case management, medication clinic, emergency and crisis care hotline, and continuity of care. Smith said that getting help is crucial for patients in their recovering process, and medication, while not the most attractive option, can be integral to one’s health. “I admonish people to take their medicine if they need it,” Smith said. “They may find it is a blessing.” Those individuals personally touched by mental illness said that this is something everyone will encounter in life. It is important for people to educate themselves about College Station

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life, he was a teacher,” Beckmann said. Swaminathan, a member of the Parliament of India and a professor who had served with him for more than 50 years, said Borlaug set up the World Food

He was such a joy. He wanted the assurance of continuing the University’s commitment to alleviating world poverty.” — Elsa Murano former A&M president

Prize in 1986 and hoped it would become the Nobel Prize for food and agriculture. He had spent extensive time training young scholars and researchers that led him to promote the World Food Prize Youth Institute, where high school students work in other countries to “widen their understanding of the human condition.” Swaminathan said the Nobel Prize committee “had aptly referred to [Borlaug] as the greatest hunger fighter of our time. “

these health concerns and work with those who have been diagnosed. “No matter where you are these days, you are around people who are dealing with a mental illness,” said Goolsby. “I think a lot of people still believe that mental illness is a weakness, but it is a true neurological disease of the brain. Mental illness is not a defect in a person.” Each case of mental illness is unique, and each person responds to treatment methods differently. MHMR and its doctors work with clients to achieve the plan that works best for them. The primary goal is to ease the burden for its consumers, bringing joy and peace into lives. “Like anyone else, people with mental illness deserve to have peace in their life and be happy,” Goolsby said. “Everyone is entitled to enjoy life, and you can’t put boundaries on that person. As long as they’re happy and peaceful, what more can you ask?” MHMR seeks volunteers to help with services. Many Texas A&M students in fields of psychology, sociology, and ed-

He said Borlaug’s research career in agriculture began in Mexico at a time when the world was passing through a series of food crises. Famine in China and Ethiopia inspired Borlaug to “look for a permanent solution to recurrent famines by harnessing science to increase the productivity, profitability and sustainability of small farms,” Swaminathan said. Former A&M President Elsa Murano said she had the privilege of seeing Borlaug in his Dallas home two days before he died Sept. 12. “He was such a joy. He wanted the assurance of continuing the University’s commitment to alleviating world poverty and his last words to me were, ‘Hasta la vista,’” she said. She remembered how she was with him in Washington, D.C., when he received the Congressional Medal. When he went up to the stage, he had a mischievous smile on his face like he was about to do something. “And he went up to the stage, [received the medal] and he made a Gig ‘em sign,” she said.

ucation have chosen to volunteer or intern through MHMR, gaining hands-on experience and working alongside the clients and doctors. MHMR also offers service projects for groups fulfilling service requirements or serving needs in the community. “When a volunteer comes to us and signs up as a volunteer, they have a need and we have a need. It’s a win-win situation,” said Janie Velasquez, program director of volunteer opportunities and public information. “The sky’s the limit (on what volunteers can do).” MHMR allows its consumers to continue with their lives with the highest quality of living possible. “I’m better today than I was yesterday,” said Smith, “which I call recovery.” Interested students can get involved by visiting the Outpatient Clinic on any Friday in October or by visiting the Web site at www.mhmrabv. org. Volunteers can contact MHMR directly for listings of volunteer opportunities.


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SENIORS and GRADUATE STUDENTS Have your free yearbook portrait taken Oct. 6– Oct. 22 in Training Room 027 of the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center. To schedule your appointment, go to Go to School Portraits, Scheduling, click New User, complete with Login Password: tam Or, you may make your portrait appointment with the photographer. Walk-ins are welcome.

Group sues in Mexico to stop Marquez movie

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MEXICO CITY — Efforts to film Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s latest novel are meeting resistance in Mexico, where an anti-prostitution group is seeking to block production, charging the movie will promote child prostitution. “Memories of My Melancholy Whores” tells the story of a bachelor who for his 90th birthday decides to give himself the gift of a night of “wild love with an adolescent virgin.” The Regional Coalition Against Trafficking in Women and Girls in Latin America and the Caribbean filed a criminal complaint with Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office on Monday. The complaint does not specifically name Garcia Marquez, but instead “whoever is responsible for acts that could be constituted as the crime of condoning child prostitution.” Coalition director Teresa Ulloa told The Asso-

ciated Press that a movie adaptation of the Colombian author’s novel would promote pedophilia and be accessible to a wider audience. “As a book, it does not have access to the most vulnerable people in society,” she said. “Once they make the movie, it will be in movie theaters and later it will surely be on television.” The Attorney General’s Office did not immediately respond to requests for information on the lawsuit. The film’s co-director and producer, Ricardo del Rio, told Mexico’s Reforma newspaper in an interview published Tuesday the lawsuit’s claims were inaccurate and unfair. “They are censoring a film before it’s been made, without knowing either the script or the vision of the director,” he said. Associated Press

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