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House Dems unveil health bill WASHINGTON— Cheered by President Barack Obama, House Democrats rolled out landmark legislation Thursday to extend health care to tens of millions who lack coverage, impose sweeping new restrictions on the insurance industry and create a government-run option to compete with private insurers. But even as party leaders pointed toward a vote next week, there were fresh questions that went to the heart of their ambitious drive to remake the nation’s health care system. Congressional budget experts predicted the controversial government insurance option would probably cost consumers somewhat more than private coverage. At the same time, rank-and-file conservative Democrats sought additional information about the bill’s overall impact on federal health care spending. There was no official estimate on the total cost of the legislation, which ran to 1,990 pages. The Congressional Budget Office said the cost of additional coverage alone was slightly more $1 trillion over a decade. But that omitted other items, including billions for disease prevention programs. Yet another $230 billion or more in higher fees for doctors treating Medicare patients, included in an earlier version of the bill, was stripped out and will be voted on separately. The measure “covers 96 percent of all Americans, and it puts affordable coverage in reach for millions of uninsured and underinsured families, lowering health care costs for all of us,� boasted Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., at a ceremony attended by dozens of Democratic lawmakers. She spoke on the steps of the Capitol, not far from where Obama issued his inaugural summons for Congress to act more than nine months ago. Pelosi said the legislation would reduce federal deficits over the next decade by $104 billion, and congressional budget experts said it would probably reduce them even further over the following 10 years. While saying they expected a vote next week, Democratic leaders were careful not to claim they had yet rounded up enough votes to pass the legislation. Still, the day’s events capped months of struggle and marked a major advance in their drive — and Obama’s — to accomplish an overhaul of the health care system that has eluded presidents for a half-century. Across the Capitol, the Democratic-controlled

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alloween is near; I can feel it in the air. Also, I saw a ghost yesterday. I was strolling down Dominik Drive, and I happened to see him floating by. His name was Stephen, and he was blue — the color,, not the feeling. Anyway, Stephen and I got to talking and using ng a complicated language ge system of ghastly shrieks eks and pseudo-English words; ome he articulated to me some excellent ways for mortals ortals like you and I to get into the Halloween spirit. His first tip was obvious vious – find a great Halloween costume. ume. He explained there are two parts to choos choosing a great costume. The first part is creativity— try and come up with a costume idea people have never seen before. Don’t limit yourself to what you see in the store, think up your own costume. You can be anything you want. An original costume will usually be a bigger hit than a store-bought one. If you observe the second part of Stephen’s costume theory — go all out. Whatever you choose to be, do everything you can to become that entity. For example, if you want to be a witch, you should not only

dress like a witch witch, you should also cackle incessantly about spells and potions and be on the lookout for plump little children to cook. It was clear to me Stephen was a talented ghost. From costumes, he segued into his next point. He told me once the costume is ready, you need to find a killer party to attend so you can strut your stuff. There will be a bunch of parties going on, so choose a good one. house parties, church parties, bar parties, music parties, frat parties, old people parties, pants parties; it doesn’t matter, whatever floats your

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The woman sscreamed as she fell to the ground ground. It was hilarious. The blu blue ghost’s next idea to promote Hallowee spirit was to loween visit a haunted house. He said it is a really fu way to experifun en the spookiness ence o Halloween, and of th are some great there h haunted houses around ar Texas. “ “Where the houses at Stephen?” I reat, plied. p He responded b very clearly citing by th URL “http:// the www.texascoollinks. w co com/texashauntedh houses.htm” and explained p it contains a list lis of haunted houses in T Texas organized by city aand links to many Tiffany Tran — THE BATTALION of their respective Web sites. I was wa surprised. “Wow, “Wo thanks, Stephen,” I said. “You die,” Stephen St answered. boat. sense I could our conversation Just make as drawing dra ing to an a end, so I bid was sure it’s a bona fide costume party, Stephen adieu and carried on my and everyone comes to get down. way. “He certainly was helpful,” I Taking a more serious tone, Stephen explained the importance of thought to myself. “I must share this with my Aggie brethren.” drinking responsibly. So there you have it, Halloween His next suggestion was about advice from a blue ghost named sharing the Halloween spirit with Stephen. Heed it; he’s the real deal. others — scaring people. You may And say hello to Stephen for me if not have done it in a long time, but you see him around. it’s still a very simple way to get a good laugh in, he explained. Hide Clay is a senior management in closets, doorways and around information services major. corners, and when people aren’t expecting it, jump out and yell. He demonstrated on a passing woman.

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pate in the commemoration of the Association’s Muster exhibit, which contains the original banner that was raised at the mouth of the Malinta Tunnel in the well-known 1946 photo. The rededication ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. Speakers at this event include 2009 Association Chairwoman Shelly Potter, Association Building Enhancement Chair Jim Thompson, Association President and CEO Porter S. Gamer III, Texas A&M University Interim President Dr. R. Bowen Loftin and Student Body President Kolin Loveless. “This rededication is meant to celebrate and officially present to the Aggie network these new exhibits,� Greenwade said. “With these exhibits, visitors can see the history of Texas A&M University, and most of all see and feel the Aggie spirit in action.� The $17 million enhancement of the Clayton W. Williams Jr. Alumni Center includes a 49-panel Huddleston Video Wall and six new exhibits located on the second floor of the center. The exhibits include: Spirit, Legacy, Traditions, Muster,

Memories and Network. Spirit projects an image of the individual leading a yell at Midnight Yell Practice onto the screen, Legacy displays Aggie rings dating back to 1891, Traditions allows visitors to take part in common Aggie traditions via video technology, Muster exhibits large photo of 1946 Corregidor Muster and photos of contemporary Musters from all over the world, Memories allows visitors to hear about memories of Texas A&M from older generations and allows visitors to record their memories, and finally, Network is a global representation of the Aggie Network. “We wanted to create an environment that told the story of Texas A&M and inspired future Aggies to be part of our legacy,� Greenwade said. “This is a home for current students, past students and future students.� The most notable enhancement of the center is the 12-foot, 6,500 pound bronze Aggie Ring replica in the Haynes Ring Plaza. It contains a time capsule that will be unsealed by the Texas A&M University Class of 2046.

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Students and faculty gathered Thursday at the Bonfire Open Forum to discuss the meaning of Bonfire to the Aggie Family and the possible path of its future return to campus. The Texas A&M Student Senate planned the event as a way to gather student input and allow everyone a chance to be heard. “This is really important to both the Student Senate and the student body that we could come together on an issue like this,� said Speaker of the Senate Michele Breaux. “It means a lot as an Aggie family that we can come together and talk about where we want to go in

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Peterson up for Senior award Senior A&M soccer player Emily Peterson is in the running for the 2009 senior CLASS award. The award focuses on the total student athlete and encourages athletes to use their statuses to influence their community positively. You can find the link to vote for Peterson daily on http://Aggieathletics.com or just text W9 to 74567.

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Vote for Pete’s sake Emily Peterson finishing her Aggie career strong David Harris| The Battalion Laid back. Calm, cool, collected. Relaxed. Going with the flow. “Pete.” Tonight, senior defender Emily Peterson will be closing out her five year run as a mainstay in maroon. She’s been the backbone of a successful team for years. She’s been a team leader. She’s been on All Big 12 teams. She’s won numerous awards for academic achievements. And she’s posed as a zombie for an entire student body to view. Plainly, “Pete,” as she is affectionately called, has had an eventful stay at Texas A&M, but all the while she has remained as loyal and appreciative as when she arrived in College Station four and a half years ago. “I’m laid back, carefree, lackadaisical to a fault,” Peterson said. “I can be serious when I need to but most of the time, I’m pretty chill.” When a dream day consists of sipping hot chocolate by a fire in a cabin surrounded by snow while reading “Lonesome Dove,” one could say that down to earth best describes the Tulsa native. Peterson is fond of “Slumdog Millionaire.” Her musical oasis is found when listening to, coincidentally, Oasis, “Don’t look back in anger.” Her true bliss is found when consuming a hearty helping of steak, shrimp, rice and fried okra. And she has an odd propensity for the celebrity crush

(Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Jude Law and the list goes on). The future investment banker already has a job in place, but she is still, nonetheless, living in the present, more specifically, a certain four-month trip that will be taken with roommate Micah Stevens in late January. “We’re hitting everywhere. South America, Australia, India, Nepal, China, Russia, Cairo,” Peterson said. Before the around the world trip takes place, Pete has sights set on closing out her senior season correctly: by defeating Texas at home for the first time in her career and, winning the prestigious Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award she, along with nine other players, is nominated for. “It means a lot to know that someone thought highly enough of me to nominate me for such a prestigious award, and that thousands of people have voted for me since,” Peterson said. “I truly appreciate everyone’s support.” The elder statesman has assumed a leadership role on a team of 19 underclassmen. Peterson said the freshmen and sophomores do not have a hard time relating with somebody who already has her future set in the real world. “We don’t have different classes,” Peterson said. “A freshman is as equal to a senior. I love the underclassmen. I really do have a hard

time differentiating between the classes because I get them so confused.” As the No. 20 Aggies close out the regular season, the team is looking toward the postseason. Potential Big 12 championships await. And as the Aggies hope to move on towards the program’s first Final Four, they will be looking to their defense more than ever. The backline has been responsible for eight shutouts already, and Pete sees a unit that has been growing since the season began. “You can really tell just with playing these Big 12 games,” Peterson said. “We’ve won and lost some big ones. Through all of those, everyone has matured. All of the freshmen are taking big roles. Our offense started great and finally our defense is coming together. We’ve had as many shutouts this year as last year. The defense is pretty much solidified.” With Friday marking Senior Night, Pete has had the chance to look back on her last four and a half years at Texas A&M and reflect on all she’s done. “I’ve been lucky enough to do a lot of things,” Peterson said. “Doing business. Getting involved in as many things as I can. Making great friends. When I look back, it’s amazing that five years have gone by. I’ve been able to do a lot.” Nicholas Badger — THE BATTALION

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Iowa State visits as Texas A&M looks for its second straight win Brad Cox The Battalion Iowa State Head Coach Paul Rhoads anticipates having his star players back on the field for the Cyclones’ game at Texas A&M on Saturday. Quarterback Austen Arnaud and running back Alexander Robinson did not play in Iowa State’s 9-7 upset of Nebraska in Lincoln this past week because of injuries but are expected to play against the Aggies. A&M Head Coach Mike Sherman is not too focused on the return of Arnaud, who passed for more than 1,200 yards and nine touchdowns in the Cyclones’ first seven games. Arnaud’s backup Jerome Tiller led Iowa State to the win at Nebraska with 102 passing yards and a touchdown. “They run their scheme regardless of who is playing quarterback,” Sherman said. “They run what they run, like most college teams do. We are anticipating [Arnaud] to be back, but we also realize we can face either one of them.” Robinson on the other hand has Sherman’s attention. The Cyclones lead the Big 12 in rushing thanks in large part to

the 5-foot-9-inch, 187-pound Robinson. The conference leader in rushing has 737 yards, eclipsing his 2008 total of 703 yards with four games still on the schedule. “They do a great job,” Sherman said. “They have a very good offensive line. They are big, powerful kids that come off the ball and hold on to the ball very well.” Defensive Coordinator Joe Kines, who directed the A&M defense in a 52-30 upset at Texas Tech last week, is tasked with slowing down a different style of offense Saturday. The Cyclones’ rushing attack is a far cry from the passoriented offense of Texas Tech. “Their quarterback-running back combination has been good all year,” Kines said. “They stick within themselves really well. They run their system, which is why they’re doing well this year. We have a huge task at hand to get everything grouped up and solid up on the run.” The Iowa State defense that contained Nebraska’s offense with seven points also has Sherman’s eye. The Cyclones have given up less than 20 points to their

opponents in all five of their victories, but in the losses they have surrendered, on average, more than 30 points. “They forced some turnovers,” Sherman said about Iowa State’s game at Nebraska. “It wasn’t like they were gifts all the time. They forced some turnovers and played a whale of a ballgame. I was very impressed with how they played that ballgame. Our kids are very aware of that, and our focus is solely on Iowa State.” One of A&M’s biggest worries is a hangover from the celebration after the Texas Tech win. The Aggies were able to turn around after a 62-14 loss at Kansas State two weeks ago and upset the Red Raiders. Sophomore safety Trent Hunter said the Tech win, which ended a three-game losing streak, helped even out the loss at Kansas State. He said another win this week would get the team’s spirits up. “You can’t just ride that win for another whole week or you’ll lose the next game,” Hunter said. “Especially with a team like Iowa State coming in who’s playing very consistently right now.”

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Halloween night, steer clear of the Animal Industries building, or the elevator doors may close on you for the last time.

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n a dark and windy night, you decide to take a stroll across campus. You check your watch — midnight, and off in the distance you hear the ominous tone of the clock tower’s bells. You pass the solemn statue of Sully and half-expect him to come to life on his pedestal. You could swear you saw a grimacing smile slither onto his bronze face. It’s enough to cause you to speed up your step. You find yourself being drawn toward a massive, stone building silhouetted against the overcast sky. You begin to recognize the elaborate stone and ironwork as you inch closer. Carved livestock skulls adorn the façade; iron bars guard the doorway. You are standing outside of the Animal Industries building. You look around nervously; there is something spooky about this place. You’ve heard the rumors. Something about a horrendous death, animal carcasses, an elevator that was just too slow. You try the front door and find it locked. You scout around the outside, looking for signs of life within. You test other doors but to no avail. Your mind begins to play tricks on you. You feel like you are being watched, followed, chased. Then you see it, one solitary light streaming from an ancient window. You rush to the nearest door and knock as loudly as you can, hoping someone inside will have the heart to come to your aid. If you ask real nicely, Cynthia Wright, a junior environment geoscience major, just might let you in. She admitted to having heard about the mystic past of her workplace, but it didn’t seem

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and whistles can be heard in empty halls, and the elevator will run on its own all through the night. Although I suspected the whole story to be embellished, I was able to locate the dilapidated elevator Simms was said to have taken to his demise. I crawled in to get a better look at the most haunted place on campus. I was compelled to believe the story in that moment. As I sat there in awe of the evidence that supported the tale,the whole megalithic structure of the building sighed under the weight of the night. An inhuman whine, which I attributed to the wind in order to calm my nerves, reverberated through the hollow elevator shaft. I determined it was time to go. Ghost stories are not judged on how factual they are but on how convincing they can be. There is no record of Simms dying traumatically on campus, but having heard the legends of the haunted Animal Industries building for years, I’ve never been more compelled to believe them. If you get the chance and the night is right, venture into the basement and sit by the old elevator. Maybe you will add a chapter to this haunted history. C.H. Nygard is a senior agriculture leadership major.

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Activities, student bonfire holds a theme of uniting those who help build it and those who come to watch it burn. “Bonfire isn’t about the final results — it’s about the journey to that result,” said bonfire participant Trent Ollre. “Where it is now, why it is the way it is now, does not define Bonfire. It is the process. The process unites participants in a way unparalleled by other organizations I’ve been a part of.” It is this same unity students want to see continued, both in the process of constructing Bonfire and in the process of deciding its future. “What we cannot let happen is to let this issue drive us as Aggies apart, because Bonfire and all it represented was a unifying force, but without the Aggie Spirit, it was just a pile of burning wood,” said speaker pro tempore of the Student Senate, Kyle Womack. “At the end of the day, we’re all Aggies.” Bryan Cole, professor in the educational administration department, served as planning facilitator for Bonfire 2002, a coalition initiated by former University President Ray Bowen which looked at the plausibility of the return of Bonfire to campus. He emphasized that everyone involved should take the question of Bonfire seriously. “The potential return of Bonfire is an extremely complex issue, and I would implore you not to oversimplify what it a complex issue,” Cole said. “Please don’t oversimplify what is a complex issue and educate yourself thoroughly so you can make the best decision possible.” Many students agreed the question of Bonfire’s presence on campus is not one that could or should be made easily. “I don’t think that we have enough information, and it’s not a decision that one individual can make,” Nolan said. “It’s a collective experience, and it should be a collective decision.”

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