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Student stabs fellow student in UCLA lab LOS ANGELES— A female UCLA student was hospitalized Thursday after a fellow student slashed her throat in a chemistry lab on campus, authorities said. A man was arrested after UCLA police got a call about the stabbing Thursday afternoon in Young Hall. UCLA spokesman Phil Hampton said the victim and suspect were among a group of students working in the undergraduate teaching lab at the time. They are both 20-year-old seniors. Ofﬁcers were interviewing 30 to 40 witnesses who were in or near the lab and might have seen the attack, Campus Police Assistant Chief Jeff Young said. No names have been released, and the motive is under investigation. The woman was being treated for multiple stab wounds at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Her condition was not immediately known. Associated Press
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Houston judge to be first Latina on Texas Supreme Court HOUSTON — A judge whose Mexican immigrant mother earned only a third grade education and worked as a cleaning woman was named to the Texas Supreme Court on Thursday, becoming the first Latina to serve on the state’s highest civil court. Justice Eva Guzman of the 14th Texas Court of Appeals will succeed Scott Brister, Gov. Rick Perry announced at the predominantly Hispanic Austin High School, where Guzman graduated in 1979. “This is a special day and this is a special place,” said Guzman, 48, who was born in Chicago but grew up in Houston as one of seven children of Mexican immigrant parents. “We chose this location because this is where my journey began. It is a strong reminder of the power of big dreams, hard work and good choices.” Perry, who praised Guzman as a “principled conservative” with an “unmatched work ethic,” said her name kept coming up after he instructed his staff to “find the best, most principled Texas jurist out there and get him or her on the bench.” Guzman’s story of rising from immigrant roots to judicial success exemplifies “a dream I’m proud to say is still possible in the state,” said Perry, who is in a tough re-election Republican
Judge Eva Guzman, left, is embraced by Gov. Rick Perry after she is named to replace Scott Brister on the Texas Supreme Court during a ceremony Thursday in Houston. Guzman is the first Hispanic woman to take a seat on the Texas Supreme Court bench. primary against U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. Both are working to woo Hispanics, who make up a third of Texas’s population and a quarter of the state’s electorate. The announcement took place in the high school library, where the walls were decorated with Diego Rivera prints and signs exhorting students to succeed. The room was packed with Guzman’s family, friends and staff. Some students sat crosslegged in the front row, taking
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Students invited to see Obama Texas A&M and the Points of Light Institute have extended 400 invitations to students who exemplify the principles of Point of Light â€” giving back to the community. The students were chosen based on three main principles according to Jason Cook, vice president for marketing and communications. â€œGiven what the Points of Light Institute is based upon service, we looked for student organizations whose mission was in alignment with theirs,â€? Cook said. The University then looked for students who represented A&M as a whole. This included members from the Corps of Cadets, athletes and graduate students. Also chosen were current student leaders.
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he pregame flyover is part of the Texas A&M University tradition, and while little is known about the specifics of the flyover or how the event began, the purpose of it has different interpretations. Matthew Johnson, a sophomore economics major, said the flyover is to honor Americaâ€™s service men and women. â€œIt is done out of respect to those Aggies who have given their lives for our freedom,â€? Johnson said. While some students see the flyover as a symbol of respect,
Planes fly over Kyle Field before kick off to honor fallen Aggies who have given lives for freedom.
Flyover Coordinator Eliza Gonzales said the tradition has more to do with former students. â€œGraduates know numbers to call,â€? Gonzales said. â€œFormer students are the main concern.â€? For the former students who wish to participate in a flyover, the waiting list is about three years and the bidding starts at $1,000 for a regular seat and $1,500 for a seat in the nose of the plane. The list of former students who want to fly is long and finding a pilot is not so easy, Lt. Greg Bertsch said. â€œBasically I scour the country for squadrons that may be able to support,â€? Bertsch said. â€œDue to operational tempo, funding, and many other factors, it can be very difficult to find support for these events.â€? Not all of the pilots that do flyovers are Aggies, but Bertsch said he does not have to look far to find an Aggie in squadrons from all over the country. â€œI do know that since there are so many Aggies out there, See Flyovers on page 4
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Travis Lawson The Battalion Galveston Historical Foundationâ€™s â€œHaunted Happenings Tourâ€? will begin this weekend and will include a new haunted cemetery for visitors. The tours will run through October and include â€œAshton Villaâ€™s Are We Haunted? Tour,â€? â€œHaunted Harbor Tours Aboard Seagull IIâ€? and â€œHaunted Cemetery Tours.â€? Ghostly legends of Galveston include military occupation, malaria, yellow fever, storms, prohibitionera gangsters and pirates. Galveston has become a nationally known hot spot for paranormal interest, with
haunted mansions to harbors. With this activity, Galveston Historical Foundation Marketing and Public Relations Director Molly Dannenmaier said she expects a big turn out for the island. â€œWe get several thousand to each one of these tours over the course of October,â€? Dannenmaier said. â€œSo far, several hundred people have already bought tickets online for all of these tours.â€? The Ashton Villa site, which is said to be haunted by â€œMiss Bettie,â€? the daughter of the first owner of the house, is considered to be one of the most haunted destinations in See Galveston on page 4
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I run into squadrons with former students all the time,” Bertsch said. “They are usually the squadrons that end up trying the hardest to get the approval to come out.” Bertsch also said the flyover process is not as complicated as people might think. Bertsch is responsible for keeping in touch with the pilot via radio to ensure the flyover is correctly timed. “It’s quite simple actually,” Bertsch said. “I stay in radio contact with the pilots from a key position in the stadium, and provide a countdown for them.” The flyover is not just
to honor tradition and Aggies who have served in the armed forces, but to recruit people. Bertsch said that Kyle Field having a much larger attendance record than other sports is the reason that flyovers only occur at football games. “The meaning is multidimensional ... tradition, patriotism, recruiting,” Bertsch said. “Attendance is the key factor here, as the services want to do these events where they will have the most impact.” A&M is one of the most military friendly colleges in the nation, according to G.I. Jobs Magazine. Johnson said this plays an important role in keeping the flyover part of the A&M football tradition.
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the U.S. Dannenmaier said the Galveston Historical Foundation receives calls from ghost hunters wanting permission to check out the area. The “Haunted Harbor Tours” takes guests aboard a 50-foot passenger boat said to be haunted by two sailors from World War II. Galveston Historical Foundation Heritage Programs Director Denise Alexander said each site reveals stories from the islands past. “The markers in these cemeteries can tell stories that textbooks do not,” Alexander said. “Each marker is a piece of Galveston and Texas history.” All proceeds from ticket sales go to helping out the Galveston Historical Foundation. Dannenmaier said the goal for revenue was $10,000, maybe even more with the new tour added. “The money goes back into our education and preservation programs,” she said. Dannenmaier has not experienced paranormal
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activity, but she has heard her fair share of ghost stories. Galveston Historical Foundation Executive Director Dwayne Jones said “The Great Storm of 1900,” which killed more than 6,000 people, has left more than enough spirits on the island. “Many, many people have lived and died by these waters, and perhaps some of the dead still reside here,” Jones said. “Listen to the stories, and decide for yourself.”
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Weekend sports The Texas A&M soccer and volleyball teams will compete this weekend. The Aggie soccer squad will play Oklahoma State Friday in Stillwater, Okla., and then welcomes Loyola Chicago to College Station Sunday. The volleyball team will travel to Waco, Texas, to play 17-1 Baylor. Game stories will be posted at
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Leading the defense Jordan Pugh has found his place as a Texas A&M defensive back David Harris The Battalion
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Texas A&M senior defensive back Jordan Pugh has played three positions at Texas A&M, including cornerback, “rover” and free safety. He has recorded 14 tackles in 2009.
Adaptability is the best way to explain senior safety Jordan Pugh’s career thus far at Texas A&M. In his three years in College Station there has been a coaching change along with three position changes. Through all of it, Pugh has become a mainstay in the minds of opponents’ quarterbacks and receivers. After growing up in Plano, Texas and attending West Senior High School, Pugh was recruited by many programs such as Alabama and Nebraska. The schools liked his speed at the cornerback position along with his ability to change games. However, before his senior season, he came to the conclusion that Aggieland was the place for him. “I loved the community down here,” Pugh said. “The Aggie network is the biggest thing that hooked me in.” Coming from a strong family life, A&M seemed like the right choice for Pugh. He credits his parents with providing him the values that are prevalent in his life. “I think of myself as a hard-working individual, who truly cares about people and wants to see them succeed,” Pugh said. “You can always trust me to be accountable, and I’m always looking for the right thing to do.” Off the field, Pugh enjoys the movie “Tears of the Sun.” He loves Christian rap, more specifically Tedashii. And he said his family vacations to Destin, Fla., stand out in his mind. But behind his affection for Bruce Willis flicks is a fearless competitor who, in three years, has made a name for himself on the national landscape. Pugh came to A&M as a corner and played some in his freshman season. But in his sophomore season, he was moved to a version of the “rover” position where he flourished. During the 2007 season, he led all defensive backs with 90 tackles, including 14 against Kansas. It was during this 7-6 campaign Pugh had his favorite moment at Kyle Field. “My sophomore year, and as a matter of fact, we
I think of myself as a hard-working individual who truly cares about people and wants them to succeed.” — Jordan Pugh Texas A&M senior defensive back
were playing Oklahoma State,” Pugh said. “We were down 17-0 and came back to take the lead. In the back corner of the end zone near the end of the game, they threw a pass to Brandon Pettigrew, and I knocked it away to seal the game.” During his junior season, Pugh was moved back to cornerback where he intercepted his first pass at A&M against Colorado. He also anchored the secondary, starting in all 12 games. Coming into his final season at A&M, Head Coach Mike Sherman said Pugh could be of better use at free safety. And in four games, he has found a knack for the position compiling 14 tackles and a fumble recovery. Besides his play on the field, Pugh’s biggest asset may be his skills as a leader. As the only senior on the starting defense, he has stepped up and become a voice of reason. “It’s not difficult because you have guys willing to work and willing to listen,” Pugh said. “The guys are young. And, sometimes you’ve got to tell them that things are going to happen. The thing is that everybody works so hard. And I learn from them, too. I just try to give them my advice on what’s going to happen on the field.” As the Aggies return to action following the first loss of the season, 47-19 against Arkansas, his leadership and the bounceback ability of the team will be tested when Oklahoma State comes to Kyle Field on Saturday. Pugh said if the team can cut back on errors that have plagued them thus far, then things will take care of themselves. “We’ve got to limit the mistakes and just play our ball,” Pugh said. “We’ve got to try and not do too much. Sometimes, that is our biggest mistake. If we play our game, we’ll be fine.”
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Double identity Actor speaks about accurately performing conflicted characters Rebecca Bennett The Battalion He’s openly gay, and he’s enthusiastic about exposing the masses to history’s unheard stories about homosexuality. Within the context of Coming Out Week, he may seem like a role model for any young person struggling with an identity crisis, but Duane Boutté will tell you he wants nothing of the sort. “I wouldn’t wish [that] upon myself, because I’d have to watch every little move I make. And that’s a very tall order for anybody,” he said. Regardless, the film actor and Broadway veteran is determined to make an impact upon society’s perceptions of misrepresented minorities. As part of Coming Out Week at Texas A&M, Boutté was invited to lecture about the ethical representation of historical events in entertainment. Boutté, a black and gay performer, has pursued roles depicting minority rights activists. In his own words, he portrays “people in the fringes…people who’ve had to fight for legitimacy in their lives.” His film credits include “Stonewall,” a fictionalized account of the 1969 drag queen riots in New York City and “Brother to Brother,” which discusses the acceptance of homosexuality among Harlem Renaissance artists. Boutté has been involved in a number of productions involving the lives of Martin Luther King Jr., Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston,
among others. “Whenever I look back on things, the things I’m most happy about, they are those that have had an impact on people…projects that have opened people’s eyes, especially such that they are a bit braver about the way they live and in the way that they treat others,” he said. Dan Humphrey, an assistant professor for the women and gender studies department, invited Boutté to speak at A&M after meeting him several years ago before at a film premiere in New York. “[Boutté] is in a unique position. He’s in really two of the only movies ever made about United States gay history,” Humphrey said. Boutté said he was curious to see how A&M students would respond to the racial and political issues he would be presenting, especially when considering the conservative reputation of the University. The actor said students should be interested in his lecture because issues of discrimination are still present in society and influenced by history. “I’m interested in hybrid identity and this is one instance of how one particular identity can take on more than one color or meaning or expression,” said C.J. Westgate, a graduate communication student, on why he was attracted to the event. Boutté presented his lecture “Performing Contested Lives” and a screening of his film “Brother to Brother” Monday. He debriefed
students on the importance performing arts have in shaping the public’s attitudes toward blacks and gays. He also treated the audience to brief renditions Ben Williamson — THE BATTALION from the play “Civil Sex.” He performed the Duane Boutté acts out a monologue, reading as Baynard roles of both Sen. Strom Rustin, from the Broadway play “Civil Sex.” The performance Thurmond and Baynard was part of a lecture the actor gave on the ethical Rustin, the civil rights representation of historical characters in entertainment. activist who helped orgaery time you approach a character, whether it’s nize the 1963 March on Washington, D.C. a fictional character or not, you have a life to be While these comical antics gathered laughs studied, or a culture to be studied,” he said. from students, darker portions of the presentaWhile Boutté said he believes in the power of tion left onlookers in reverent silence. theater to educate the masses, he also encouraged “He brought awareness to a lot of struggles. students to take steps toward promoting greater The beginning poem-song was really intense,” acceptance of minorities. said Katie Edwards, a junior psychology major, “It’s about taking stock of what things are in reference to Billie Holiday’s recording of taken for granted in terms of attitudes, state“Strange Fruit,” which was coupled with a ments—spoken or unspoken—that may make graphic slideshow of lynching scenes. other people feel uncomfortable about being These images were compiled by Boutté as who they are. Because when it comes down to it he researched the history of blacks’ experience. being gay is not a choice. The color of someone’s He said he views each of his acting projects as skin is not a choice. And there’s no reason why an opportunity to research and learn something someone in America today should have to live about the characters. in a way that makes them feel less good about “I perform because I enjoy entertaining, but I enjoy seeing things that teach me. So it’s more something they can’t change,” Boutté said. other people’s lives that inform what I do. Ev-
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Lloyd Webber sets ‘Phantom’ return in Coney Island LONDON — The Phantom of the Opera is coming back — but this time, he’ll be haunting the amusement park at New York’s Coney Island. Star composer Andrew Lloyd Webber announced Thursday a long-awaited sequel to his massively successful “The Phantom of the Opera,” one of the world’s best-loved and longest-running musicals. “There’s unfinished business,” Lloyd Webber told journalists assembled for a teaser — a new song featuring the titular Phantom, played by Iranian-born Canadian Ramin Karimloo, and his love interest, Christine, played by American actress Sierra Boggess. “I don’t regard this as a sequel; it’s a stand-
alone piece,” Lloyd Webber said. The new musical will be called “Love Never Dies.” It is due to open in London in March. It will be staged also in New York beginning in November 2010 and will open in Webber Australia in 2011. The musical picks up a decade after the original’s conclusion, and has the Phantom trading his customary hideout beneath the Paris opera house for Coney Island, the iconic Brooklyn amusement park known for its roller coasters and “Nathan’s Famous” hot dogs. Associated Press
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