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Men open season against Alcorn State A&M team begins the 20102011 season tonight at Reed Arena at 7. The Aggie men finished 24-10 and ranked in the final AP poll for the second time in four seasons in 2009-2010 but lost Donald Sloan, Derrick Roland and Bryan Davis. Forward Nathan Walkup and guard B.J. Holmes return as seniors on a team that includes junior Preseason Honorable All-Big 12 forward David Loubeau and junior point guard Dash Harris. A&M will tip off against the Alcorn State Braves from Lorman, Miss. Sophomore forward Ian Francis is the top returning scorer, at 9.5 points per game, for Alcorn State, which went 2-29 the past year and plays in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Students are encouraged to help white-out home games by wearing white T-shirts. General admission tickets cost $13 for those without all-sports passes. Head Coach Mark Turgeon and the players head into the stands to Saw ‘Em Off with the fans during the War Hymn for each game in which student turnout exceeds 4,000. Beau Holder, staff writer


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magine living in a neighborhood with open sewers, no sanitary water supply, unpaved roads and no plumbing. It would be hard to believe that a scenario such as that could take place in America. Yet many people are unaware of the fact that millions still live without basic necessities like clean drinking water. Colonias are areas where people live in conditions like those of Third World countries. These dwellings have issues such as open sewers, lack sanitary water and drainage, unpaved roads and no plumbing. There are more than 1,400 Colonias in Texas alone. TAMU Water Project is a campusbased initiative at Texas A&M that provides Texas colonias and rural communities with affordable water filtration technology. Oscar Muñoz, deputy director of the Colonias Program in the Center for Housing and Urban Development and co-founder of the TAMU Water Project, shares the simplicity of how to make the water filtration vessels. “We will take whatever the natural resources are of where we are going to start developing the facility, and it is usually local clay and local sawdust. By volume, it’s 50 percent clay and 50 percent sawdust, and that’s where the basic formula starts,” Muñoz said. The simplicity in the filter’s design

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Connie Thompson The Battalion Many Aggies are affected by cancer, directly or indirectly. Relay for Life gives Aggies the opportunity to fight back against the disease while raising awareness. Saturday, Aggie Relay for Life will be putting on the second annual 5k Relay to raise cancer awareness. Walk-in registration and check-in begins at 8 a.m., and the race begins at 9 a.m. at the parking lot in Reed Arena. “5k for Relay is a great event that serves a dual purpose,” said Elyse Miller, Aggie Relay vice chairwoman. “It raises money for the American Cancer Society that goes towards cancer research and patient services and it’s a fun way for Aggies to come together to support a wonderful cause.” Money raised for the 5k will go directly to the American Cancer Society, which will then fund cancer research A&M and cancer programs in Bryan-College Station. Participants will receive a Tshirt, a runner’s bib and the opportunity to win one of 12 door prizes. After the event, free Red Mango will be offered while supplies last. But there are more reasons to attend the event than receiving the listed items. “Relay [for Sign up Life] is a lifechanging event ◗ that gives evRegistration eryone in comfees are $10 munities across per individual the globe a or $8 per chance to celebrate the lives person for of people who teams of have battled eight or cancer, rememmore. ber loved ones lost and fight back against the disease,” said Ruston Juneau, Aggie Relay for Life chairman. “Here at Texas A&M we do it bigger and we do it better.” In its sixth year, Aggie Relay has raised more than half a million dollars for cancer research. “I believe that if we work together, we can conquer [cancer],” said Hannah Winn, senior biomedical science major. “I want to contribute to those See Relay on page 5

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An Aggie Ring, pictured atop a rose, symbolizes the peak of an A&M student’s journey through their college years. Today’s ceremonies begin at 3 p.m. at the Clayton W. Williams Jr. Alumni Center.

More than 1,800 students to receive Aggie Rings today Katie White The Battalion The Aggie Ring is one of the most anticipated, if not the paramount, tradition in Aggieland. The Aggie Ring connects Aggies all over the world. Today, 1,865 students, some flanked by friends and family, will storm the Clayton W. Williams Jr. Alumni Center to receive a treasure 90 credit hours in the making. “Getting your Aggie Ring is almost bigger than graduation,” said Sophie Brandon, a senior environmental design major. “It’s something that marks all that I have accomplished in the past three and a half years, all of the amazing experiences I’ve had, and it cements my place in the Aggie Family.” Trey Spark, senior finance major, said he is most excited about the celebration and the environment of campus on Ring Day. He said he expects his mom to cry when she witnesses the Aggie spirit. “I’m quite sure she will cry,” Sparks said. “I’m cool with it. It’s a mom thing. The ring is everything that A&M stands for: hard work, community, tradition, achievement and integrity. It will forever be a reminder of the values that are important here at A&M.” The Official Senior Ring Commit-

tee established the qualifications to earn the Aggie Ring in 1933. Students must complete 90 credit hours with 45 resident hours at the University, while maintaining a 2.0 GPR in order to be eligible for an Aggie Ring. Jake Ross, senior visualization studies major, was studying in Germany the semester he became eligible for his ring and decided to wait until September for the entire Ring Day experience instead of picking it up at another time. “I’ve waited my whole life for that ring and the thought of finally getting it put me on a high,” Ross said. Students are allowed to bring family and friends with them into the room where the rings are presented to recipients. Parents often present the ring to the Aggie and then place it on their finger. “In the ‘70s, there was no official Ring Day with the celebrations,” said Jordan Mechell, class of 2008 and an Aggie Ring Program senior associate. “Students just picked them up from a booth in the MSC.” The celebration gradually evolved into what it is today, with performances from on campus dance troupes such as the Aggie Wranglers, Fade To Black and the Texas Aggie Swing Cats. Attendants also receive See Rings on page 5

The Battalion Red, white and blue decorated America Thursday in honor of Veteran’s Day. Aggies joined in showing their support for veterans by enstating Class Councils 11/11 Day. As part of the celebration of veterans, a table has been set up all week at Koldus for people to come by and write cards and letters of appreciation and encouragement for Aggie veterans and Aggies serving overseas. Diana Foster, Class Councils public relations director and senior communication major, said this tradition means a lot to her because it shows the soldiers that though they are far away from their own families, they are a present thought within the Aggie family. “11/11 Day is one of my favorite traditions Class Councils participates in because it has a much broader impact than our campus. This tradition extends Aggie appreciation to soldiers overseas,” Foster said. On the Nov. 11, Class Councils filled the Quad with tables,

banners, balloons and displays for the actual 11/11 event, which included free food, giveaways and handouts. There were also informational displays set up featuring some of the Aggie student veterans. They included information on their time of service and their transition to being a student veteran. Class Councils New Traditions Director Pristine Remolona, junior economics major, said the struggles the 600 student veterans have in making that transition is something they definitely wanted to emphasize in this year’s event. “I think in general a lot of people don’t realize how difficult it is for student veterans to make that transition to civilian life in college after being in the military,” Remolona said. “I think it’s really important to make students aware of their situation and create a more united campus with their knowledge of that need.” Not only are they student veterans, but they are student Aggie veterans, she said. This is the third year Class See Veterans on page 2


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and ingredients helps make them more accessible to rural areas. “You put water in it and it filters the water at the rate of 1 to 2 liters per hour and it takes out all the impurities,â€? MuĂąoz said. “It also helps with cleaning bacteria and microbes. It’s a very low-tech kind of process to get clean water.â€? The project’s original purpose was to combine innovative art and community service by asking faculty and students to come together to help make more efficiently designed ceramic pots that would serve as water filtration vessels. Even though the project had humble beginnings in a garage, more and more faculty and students are hearing about and getting excited about the project. “I love TAMU Water Project. There are several organizations on campus all doing great things to bring clean water to people that don’t have access to it,â€? said Erin Ponsonby, junior American studies major and administration director for One Aggieland. “TAMU Water Project is one of the few who is working to bring clean, safe water to people right here in Texas.â€? TAMU Water Project not only aims to bring potable water to areas that need it, but to educate students about socially responsible ceramic artwork. It also promotes student contribution to research and design of the project. “Students right now are volunteering. We call it filter Fridays,â€? MuĂąoz said. “They occur usually on Friday afternoons at our research and development facility where we get together [to] make and experiment in making these water filtration vessels.â€? Even if people are unaware of the magnanimity of the world’s water problem, Aggies said they still see the importance of having projects like these. Robert Cimmino, senior computer sci-

ence major and Director of One Aggieland, said he believes that the problem of the Colonias is something that Aggies can easily empathize with. “The issue of clean water that the water project is addressing really hits home, especially for Texas students. This is a great project that students can work on and make a real measurable impact on their community, not some far away place,â€? Cimmino said. According to the Texas Department of Health and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, even though numerous housing and infrastructure improvements have been made for Colonias, the improvement seems to be one that is a never-ending process and needs the involvement of people, governments and organizations working together. TAMU Water Project also has provided help to rural areas worldwide. “Out of this center we have gone to Ecuador, Bolivia and sent representatives to the Dominican Republic to help with these water-making facilities,â€? MuĂąoz said. “Diversity is what made this group so strong. All of us have different assets that we bring to the table.â€? Aggies are known for coming together during situations where people need help. The TAMU Water Project can give Aggies an opportunity to educate themselves as well as opportunity to be a voice for communities of people that cannot help themselves. “TAMU Water Project is important because it’s giving a voice to a somewhat forgotten community of people. It is educating them on the importance of drinking clean water and giving them the tools to make that a reality on a sustainable basis,â€? Ponsonby said. “Safe drinking water is fundamental to survival and we cannot ignore an entire population who don’t have access to something so essential. I also think it is important that we at Texas A&M use all of the resources and knowledge available to us in a way that positively impacts our world. TAMU Water Project is a perfect example of Aggies putting that idea into play.â€?

Councils has put on an event for 11/11. The first year it was originally supposed to be the 2011 class event, but Remolona said it turned into something more because Class Council realized the impact they could have as such a large organization. It was created in 2008 as a one -day card writing campaign. Last year, the campaign was extended to a week-long event. This year, card writing has been going on for the whole week in addition to the event on the 11th. Aggies also had the unique opportunity to buy T-shirts to help benefit the newly created Class Councils Aggie Rings for Veterans Fund. Founded two months ago, the Aggie Rings for Veterans Fund came out of Class Councils desire to do something more for the veterans here at A&M, Remolona said. “We spent a lot of time talking to student veterans and student veteran financial services and we talked a lot about what exactly their needs are and their transition from life in the military and then coming to life as a college student at A&M,� Remolona said. “One of the big things, even with G.I. bills and the resources from the government, was there is not always enough financial aid for them and a lot of Aggie veterans can’t get their Aggie Ring. That is something that is really special to A&M and to Aggies and something we think they should be able to participate in.� In response to this need, Class Councils went to the Association of Former Students to set up an endowed scholarship fund to be able to provide these rings. In order to endow the fund they need to raise $25,000 within five years. Once it is endowed, the scholarship will be able to earn interest and grow to fund more Rings every year. They have been working really hard to promote the fund and have already had a lot of feedback from old Aggies and alumni interested in the cause, Remolona said. Christina Kroeger, class 2009, said she thinks the Ring scholarship fund is a great idea. “Mine has been an amazing networking tool, so it’s the least we can do,� she said. “They have already given their life for sacrifice for us, so it’s the least we can do for them to help them find a job.� Remolona said the Aggie Ring program is a really great way to tie in traditions at A&M, which is what Class Council is about. Helping and serving student veterans and providing Rings for veterans is something that can help them remember time here forever. “The Aggie Ring is something that symbolizes everything about A&M for the rest of their lives.�

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A look at the NCAA Tournament

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Alex Welch The Battalion The final 64 teams selected to compete for the 2010 NCAA Divison 1 Women’s Soccer Championship will kick off their tournament quest this weekend with first round play getting underway Friday and second round action continuing Sunday. Thirty conference champions automatically qualified while the other 34 teams were granted at-large bids. The Atlantic Coast leads all conferences with eight teams in the mix. Seven teams will represent the Pac-10. Six teams enter the tournament from both the Big East Conference and the Big Ten Conference, and the Big 12 provides four, Oklahoma State, Texas, Oklahoma and Texas A&M. Following geographic proximity parameters in order to select sites that limit the number of flights, the top 16 teams are seeded and placed into brackets so that no conference teams play each other for the first and second round. North Carolina enters the tournament as a No. 1 seed and with the distinction of being the only team to have been offered a bid every year since the 1982 tournament inception. The Tar Heels defeated Stanford last year 1-0 at Aggie Soccer Complex to take the National Title back to Chapel Hill for the 20th time in school history. Stanford also earned a No.1 seed for 2010, along with Maryland and Portland. The Aggies (15-4-2) only pre-conference losses came to the Tar Heels and Pilots. Capturing No. 2 seeds are Boston College, University of Florida, Florida State University and University of Virginia. No. 3 seeds include Marquette University, Ohio State University, Oklahoma State University and West Virginia University. Rounding out the top 16, University of Central Florida, University of Notre Dame, Texas A&M University and Wake Forest University each earned a No. 4 ranking. Texas and Oklahoma did not fare well in bracket selection. The Big 12 contenders will most likely have to face off against North Carolina and Portland respectively to advance to the third round. The Aggies will travel to Minnesota to take on North Dakota State in the first round, facing either Creighton or Minnesota upon advancement. Maryland, Virginia and Ohio State are seeded No.1, 2 and 3 in the region dealt to A&M. “We’re actually really excited about getting the opportunity to play people we’ve never played before,” Head Coach G Guerrieri said. “So many times over the years in the NCAA Tournament it seems like we’ve played familiar foes. It’s clearly going to be a challenge for us to line up against someone that we don’t know that much about yet, but it’s exciting for us to go to a new environment and to play against teams that are accustomed to winning.” Stanford (18-0-2) enters the tournament with the best win-loss percentage, with offensive weapon senior forward Christen Press leading the nation in goals (23) and points (53). North Carolina tops the nation’s scoring offense. In a sport where the ACC and Pac10 consistently reign queen, this year looks to be no different. But with No. 6 Texas A&M coming off a regular season Big 12 title and a nice change of opponents from the usual suspects, an A&M 2010 NCAA National Championship, though easier said than done, is only six wins away.

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Left: Senior Rachel Shipley dribbles the ball during the Aggies’ victory over Oklahoma State. Shipley and the Aggies take on North Dakota State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at 3 p.m. Friday in Minneapolis, Minn. Above: The Aggies, pictured huddling following the victory, won its 11th Big 12 Championship during the regular season. The team, awarded a No. 4 seed in the bracket, was not awarded a first round home game.

Aggies travel to Minnesota to face North Dakota State Zach Papas The Battalion The No. 6 Texas A&M soccer team takes on North Dakota State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at 3 p.m. Friday in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This is the Aggies’ 16th consecutive appearance in the tournament. A&M earned a No. 4 seed with an at-large bid after finishing with a 15-4-2 record and losing to Oklahoma in the Big 12 Tournament. Despite winning the Big 12 regular season championship and being awarded the aforementioned No. 4 seed in the regional, the Aggies did not earn a first round home game. Instead, Minnesota garnered regional home field advantage. The Golden Gophers face Creighton at 6 p.m. Friday. The two Friday winners will face off

in the second round Sunday. Minnesota (12-5-3) received an at-large bid to their seventh NCAA Tournament, making them the sixth Big 10 team in the Tournament. North Dakota State (12-5-5) qualified to the Tournament automatically after winning the Summit League title. This is the Bison’s first NCAA appearance. Creighton (15-3-2) was also an automatic qualifier, finishing first in the Missouri Valley Conference. This will be the Blue Jays’ fifth NCAA tournament. A&M is joined by Big 12 teams Oklahoma, Texas and Oklahoma State in the 64-team bracket, with the Cowgirls earning the automatic bid by winning the Big 12 Tournament. The third round of the NCAA Tournament continues Nov. 19-21 quarterfinal play on Nov.

26-28 and the Final Four on Dec. 3 and 5th in Cary, N.C. Of the three other teams in their pod, the Aggies have only faced Creighton — once in 1995. The match resulted in a 2-0 A&M victory. Head Coach G Guerrieri knows the tournament is a time not only to showcase the program, but to give the girls an opportunity to play teams they’ve never faced. “We’re actually really excited about getting the opportunity to play people we’ve never played before,” Guerrieri said. “So many times over the years in the NCAA Tournament it seems like we’ve played familiar foes. It’s clearly going to be a challenge for us to line up against someone that we don’t know that much about yet, but it’s exciting for us to go to a new environment and to play against teams that are accustomed to winning.”


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Sophomore middle Lindsey Miller and junior outside Elise Hendrickson go up for a block.

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The Battalion A&M has become accustomed to five-game matches this season, but these have left a bad taste in the Aggies’ mouths, as they are 2-7 when given the opportunity. The Aggies are coming off Wednesday’s close five-game defeat against Kansas with something to prove, as they travel to Columbia for their second matchup with Missouri (18-8, 10-6 Big 12). In their first meeting, the Tigers took it in five to defeat A&M in College Station. In similar fashion to their most recent match, the Aggies lost the first game of the Missouri match to

fall behind a strong Tiger offense, led by Paola Ampudia. Ampudia is just behind A&M’s junior outside hitter Kelsey Black with 4.12 kills per set and 379 total kills. She and teammate Brittney Brimmage led the Tigers with 16 kills each, while Julianna Klein also added 11. The Aggies had a career blocking night, doubling their opponent 16 to eight with big performances from middles Lindsey Miller and Stephanie Minnerly at the net. It was one of their best distribution games, as three players were had double digit kills and three more had seven or more. “Kelsey Black cannot hit every ball on this team for the rest of the

season,” Head Coach Laurie Corbelli said. “Our other hitters think that she can hit every ball. It’s got to stop, and it will stop.” After losing the first set, the Aggies hit .349 in the second game to stop any chance of a Missouri win. Missouri jumped out to an early 8-0 lead, but the Aggies strung together enough points to position themselves to take the game. Unfortunately, they stopped just short and saw the Tigers go up 2-1. Determined to win, the home team used their explosive offense to run away with game four. With a win of 25-11, one would think that the momentum was on their side going into the final set. Some Aggie errors and unan-

swered Missouri points were just enough for the Tigers to win the game and match, 3-2. The Aggies led the Tigers in every possible category, with a much higher hitting percentage, more kills and more blocks. “I feel like if we lose every set one, it’s telling me something and we have to find another way to get the team prepared,” Corbelli said. Sophomore libero Tori Mellinger also had a solid night on the floor with a career-high 34 digs, the fifth highest in A&M history. Game time is set for 4 p.m. Saturday in Columbia, followed by a trip to Manhattan, Kansas to play the Kansas State Wildcats Wednesday.

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Aggie gameday no. 23 texas a&m vs. Baylor 6 p.m. saturday floyd casey stadium

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things to look for is still baylor: 1It Aggie fans love to poke fun at their brethren up North. Rightfully so, considering Baylor has won two of the meetings since 1985. Although the Bears are bowl eligible for the first time in over a decade, they still have plenty of holes on both the defensive and offensive sides of the football. spy: 2iRobert Griffin III makes this engine

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JUCO-transfer Jonathan Mathis comes to A&M from nearby Blinn Community College in Brenham. During his debut season at A&M, Mathis has compiled 34 tackles and 3.5 tackles for a loss.

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onathan Mathis is quick. Whether he’s answering a question or wrapping up an offensive player in his grasp, Mathis wastes no time going from one topic to the next. It’s funny, because you wouldn’t expect the hustle from a man whose build can only be described as “mountainous.”

The 6 foot 2 inch, 285-pound defensive lineman is second in total tackles among his line counterparts with 34 and second in tackles for loss with 3.5. “He plays hard every snap and has made tremendous hustle plays this season and we’re happy with where he is right now,” defensive line coach Terrell Williams said. “Some guys have a knack for making plays, and he’s one of those guys.” It’s been an effort for Mathis to get to this point in his life. Mathis played football at Westfield High School in Spring, but he “didn’t make the grades.” Junior colleges, however, took notice of his exceptional football skill and potential in the classroom. Tyler Junior College and Trinity Valley Community College both looked to bring in Mathis, but Blinn Community College in Brenham recruited him the hardest. “Blinn was the [school] that really came to look at me,” Mathis said. “They came to my school and visited me, and I took a trip down to Brenham. I took the visit and I liked it and the coaches, so I just went there.” Brenham was a “slow” town according to Mathis, but said that the people are easy to get along with. It was the place where Mathis kick started his career both as a student and as an athlete. Mathis, who had a tough time with academics at Westfield, worked harder at Blinn and eventually got to a point where he could call the classes “easy.” “I didn’t fail a class at Blinn, and overall I did pretty well,” Mathis said. On the field, he worked with Head Coach Brad

Franchione, defensive line coach Keith Browning and the rest of the Buccaneers. In the 2008 season, Mathis finished with 37 tackles with five tackles for a loss. The next year, his total tackles fell to 34, but his nine tackles for a loss helped him move into the SuperPrep JUCO 100. The four-star recruit was looked at by Texas Tech, Baylor, Texas A&M and Arkansas. Despite better records by Tech and Arkansas, Mathis chose the Aggies for the home feel and saw the football upside. “It was the chemistry and the history that we [at A&M] have and the great coaches that I have, plus it’s closer to my home,” Mathis said. “I can go spend time with my family and they can come visit me at times.” While the transition to football and the crowds of Kyle Field have been natural for Mathis, the population of many of his classes took him aback in the first week. “It was a big change,” Mathis said. “The class population … I hadn’t been around this many people. It was my first time being around this many people; I had no idea it was this big up here. From 25 to 30 people at the most at Blinn, you come to 200 in a class … that’s a lot. I adapt to it well though.” Adaptation has been Mathis’s strength on the field as well. Although he doesn’t say much according to Williams, he does enough work on both sides of the student-athlete spectrum to succeed as an Aggie. “He goes to class, does the things he needs to do to be successful on and off the field,” Williams said. “So we’re happy with where he is right now.”


Turns out that wasn’t the case, as the Bears were drubbed in Stillwater by a far superior Oklahoma State Cowboys team. So now I should be talking about how this is a potential trap game and how Baylor has won the last two of three in Waco and how this is a rivalry game and you never know. I don’t believe it for a second. Sure, Mike Sherman said all the right things — he even compared Baylor’s loss to the Aggies’ game against Missouri, but the truth is, this is a decent but not really good Bears team that has beaten the bad teams and laid eggs against teams on par to them. Heck, this team lost to Texas Tech. Is there talent? Yes. Robert Griffin III is an electric player capable of

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throwing for 300 yards and running for more, but the defense is capable of giving up more than 500 yards, which they did against Oklahoma State (225 more, to be exact). It’s a testament to Art Briles’s offensive genius that the Bears are able to light up scoreboards less than three years after Guy Morriss went 18-40 in the same town. At the same time, the defense has gotten worse under him. In 2008, with Morriss’s talent, his defense finished 85th. In 2009? 94th. Right now his defense is 96th in the NCAA in yards allowed per game with 423.8. He did the same thing at the University of Houston, where his offenses, led by Kevin Kolb and Case

zone read: 3The If this Aggie defense is going to build on what was an incredible performance over OU, they are going to have to stop the zone read. With Griffin and Jay Finley in the backfield, the Bears have two guys who can get going. A&M is going to have to play disciplined in the box — much like they will next week against Nebraska — and keep containment. to shine: 4Tannehill This Bears’ defense


As a player, Williams points to his pass-rushing technique — specifically his “relentlessness” — as what he needs to improve. Seeing how many improvements Mathis has made already, this will just be one more to check off of his list.

Baylor exemplifies issues in today’s game was going to write this column with a humorous little game called “what the world was like when Baylor was last ranked” in case they still were hanging on to their Top 25 ranking when the Aggies came to Floyd Casey Stadium.

go. He is the heart and soul of this Bears’ squad. He can beat teams with his legs and, now, he can beat them Robert Griffin with his arm. III, Baylor quarterback The question is, whether or not defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter will spy him with either linebacker Garrick Williams or linebacker Sean Porter. He might decide to play his regular defense against Griffin, given that he has thrown the ball a lot more than during his freshman season. Griffin is completing more than 70 percent of his passes in 2010 — meaning that DeRuyter can’t throw everyone in the box in hopes of stopping the run. But if he does spy him, one would think that Porter — with his athleticism — would be the obvious choice.

Keenum, would be the toast DeRuyter was hired as defensive coordinator before this of the Space City while the Spring and despite a smaller defenses just tried not to jump in rank (only 58 spots give up 500 yards or drool from 105 to 47), the team on themselves, whichever is now 6-3 with a real poswas easier. In his best sibility at nine wins. season of 2006, the CouBaylor is proving for all Kyle gar defense ranked 72nd their offensive creativity in the nation. That team Cunningham and dominance that being went into the Liberty senior sport completely one-dimensional Bowl and gave up 512 management major is not a factor for beating yards to South Carolina. good teams. One-dimenAs nice as I can put this, sional teams continue to Art Briles, coaching-wise, appears spin their wheels at a record of 7-5 or to be everything that is wrong with 8-4. They don’t become elite. football. You simply cannot look only Maybe that’s what Baylor wants — at the offensive side of the ball and just to be right at around .500 or better, hope and pray the defense gets lucky. occasionally waltzing into a third-tier Heck, even Mike Leach’s Texas Tech bowl game and burning down Waco teams found a way to stay ranked every time they slip by the worst above 80 in total defense. Longhorns team in a decade. Want an example of how much of But if that’s what they want, they’d a difference defense can make? Look at better embrace the fact they will be these Aggies. From 2008 to 2009, the beaten by teams who can play both team leapt 73 spots in total offense — sides of the ball. 78 to 5 — in total offense … and got two more wins for the trouble. Tim

is putrid. Oklahoma State racked up yards and points aplenty both Ryan Tannehill, on the ground quarterback and through the air. Even Tech’s offense gashed this Baylor defense. They are big up front with Phil Taylor manning the middle. Taylor will challenge the interior of this Aggies’ offensive line. However, the Baylor secondary is susceptible. A&M needs to establish the run early with Cyrus Gray — much like in the OU game. But they also need to let quarterback Ryan Tannehill loose. Baylor will give up the big play — they give up nearly 11 yards per catch. And with this collection of skill position players, A&M has a chance to put up a lot of points.

David Harris, sports editor

Staff predictions david harris, sports editor

34-17 A&M beau holder, sports assistant

41-14 A&M kyle cunningham, staff writer

38-17 A&M megan ryan, managing editor

38-17 A&M matt woolbright, eic

42-17 A&M ty petty, city assistant

55-14 A&M zachary papas, staff writer

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complimentary sausage on a stick from Slovacek’s. “In the last few years, people have started bringing their families and friends,” Mechell said. “It’s very cool to see their support because this is a time to celebrate their accomplishments in school.” Brandon said she has heard the best part of Ring Day is spending time with parents. Her parents will present her ring to her and she said she thinks they might be more nervous than she is. “For most of us, our parents have been there throughout our entire undergraduate careers, either financially, emotionally or both, so it’s really neat to share

in something we have all worked really hard for,” Brandon said. Ross said his favorite part of Ring Day was sharing the moment with his parents who presented his ring to him. “It was cool for them to be a part of it and take pictures with me under the giant ring,” Ross said. Aggie Ring recipients receive a voucher for a free professional photo at one of the stations around the Alumni Center. Another popular place to take photos is in front of Bus 12, the maroon and white bus that blares music with a spirit that can ne’er be told. Mechell warns students receiving their rings to leave plenty of time to park and get to the Alumni Center because of crowds. If one misses his or her allotted pick-up time, he or she can go at the top

of every hour to pick up the ring along with anyone else yet to pick up. “My least favorite part was the wait in the line to get my ring,” Ross said. “It was agonizingly slow. I would recommend people about to get their ring to get there as early as possible so that they are one of the first in their group.” Brandon said she is worried about parking and crowds. She said she hopes it is not as chaotic as move-in day for the dorms her freshman year. “My parents haven’t really been on campus that much, and I’m afraid they won’t know how to get around,” Brandon said. “Neither of them went to A&M, so they’ve never had to do this before. I’ll consider it a success if my dad doesn’t wear a burnt orange shirt, since he’s a die-hard t.u. fan.”

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who have been affected by this disease, like my mother.” Aggie Relay will be also presenting its sixth Relay at Penberthy Fields on the A&M campus on April 1 and 2nd of 2011. “Our year-round fundraising efforts help us to celebrate those who have survived cancer, honor those who have lost their battle with cancer and support those currently fighting cancer,” said Cameron Craig, programs executive for Aggie Relay. “Our event is characterized by teams that fundraise throughout the year and

then come to Penberthy Fields on April 1 to walk the track throughout the night to symbolize that the fight against cancer never sleeps.” Aggie Relay, since its existence, has won numerous awards in recognition of its fundraising for the American Cancer Society, including a ranking in the Top Three Collegiate Events Per Capita for High Plains Division for 2010. “Relay For Life is one of the most selfless, encouraging and noble organizations I have ever experienced,” Winn said. “Please join us and show your support in Aggie Relay’s efforts to BTHO cancer.” Registration forms can be found at or at registration on the day of the event.



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Kyle Cunningham The Battalion Being on the road is tough. There’s the loneliness factor of leaving everything you own and love behind to play show after show; but when everything is finished, you can still return to those things and people. Some people aren’t so lucky, which is why musician Aly Tadros is hitting the road on a tour of the Midwest and southeast, stopping in Bryan for a 9 p.m. show today at The Village. For the last few years, Tadros has dedicated herself to two projects: music and non-profit work. In Austin, Tadros worked with a group called Care Communities. Care Communities is a non-profit organization formed in 1991 to provide daily care and help for those with serious illnesses like cancer, HIV and AIDS. Tadros worked with a patient named Anna, and what started as a volunteer assignment grew into more. “Anna needed rides to acupuncture and just wanted someone to hang out with her,” Tadros said. “I ended up spending a lot of time playing music for her. We just became really, really good friends and I loved it so much. She was such a huge inspiration for me.” After Anna passed, Aly released her album Things Worth Keeping and started touring, but something kept tugging at Tadros while she was on the road. “I felt restless, I wanted to be doing more and there was a part of me that felt that I should be volunteering or contributing my time somehow because I get so much from it in an altruistic way,” Tadros said. “I didn’t want to do music if it was all me all the time. I mean, you say it’s for the fans and you want to share your music and music helps people, but a lot of time it feels like you’re spending three hours a day on Facebook promoting shows because it’s all about you.” Tadros’ research on what she could do with her music to benefit more people than just regular fans, led her to discover Musicians on Call, a group that plays for hospitalized people. The Musicians on Call model pushed Tadros towards the style of tour she is doing now – performing for those in retirement centers, assisted living homes and at The Arc, a foundation for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Her tour-mate, Chloe Charles, wasn’t told about this until the middle of their first tour together, back in the summer. “We were in Europe and the same feeling kicked up and I was thinking, ‘What am I doing this all for?’” Tadros said. “You know you’re working towards something bigger, but it still felt like a selfish sort of thing – sell my merchandise and pay my bills. During the second week of the tour I was feeling really depressed.” This led to Tadros asking Charles to do this tour – just a plan back then – which Charles supported. Six stops on the tour will be for those in assisted living, retirement communities or various Arc locations.

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Aly Tadros performs in retirement centers, assisted living homes and at the Arc, a foundation for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The entire tour will take place as Tadros takes an online class for lyric writing, which she said takes up multiple hours of her day. “You’re learning all of the clinical, intellectual sides of analyzing and putting together songs,” Tadros said. As the learning process continues for Tadros, she only hopes that she can give as much to the world with her music as she can take in.


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NEW YORK — Bruce Willis, famous for his movie roles, believes the real stars are the military and veterans. In honor of Veterans Day, the actor threw a party Thursday for hundreds of veterans on board the USS Intrepid, a U.S. Navy Bruce Willis aircraft carrier that has been converted into a museum in New York City. Willis says supporting veterans isn’t about politics but about freedom, and he wants to recognize the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for Americans. He said “there’s no country like” the U.S. and that when he travels the world, he always loves “coming home.” The party was sponsored by Sobieski Vodka, of whose parent company Willis is a part owner.

Malaysian gay romance film receives praise KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — “Dalam Botol,” or “In A Bottle,” is a Malay-language film about a man who gets a sex change operation because he thought it would satisfy his male lover, but who ends up regretting it. The film, which is Muslim-majority Malaysia’s first gay romance movie, earned applause from movie bloggers invited to its first public screening Wednesday, three months before its scheduled nationwide release. “Even five years ago, we wouldn’t have been able to make it,” said Raja Azmi Raja Sulaiman, the film’s producer and writer. “I’m glad that at this time, at this moment, we can show it.” Associated Press

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The Battalion: November 12, 2010  
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