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ohn Andrew Comstock, then 19, a freshman from Richardson, Texas, residing at Moses Hall, was enjoying his first Bonfire experience on the clear night, then tragedy struck. He was on top of the third tier when Bonfire collapsed at 2:42 a.m. Nov. 18, 1999. The stack swayed first throwing him off balance. When the center pole snapped it was a huge thump. So loud people could hear it miles away.

He was dazed at his 40 foot fall from the tall stack. As he began to fall he wrapped his right arm around the log and his pot fell off his head. He bit through his lip and was unable to talk; the log that fell on his jaw had made it difficult. “I wouldn’t say there was immediate pain,� Comstock said. “I was kind of in a state of shock. But after seven hours it hurts. It was cold and aching.� After falling he realized his left arm was free. He raised it up to wave it and within the first 30 seconds someone grabbed his hand. “It really stopped me from freaking out,� Comstock said. “It let me know that they knew where I was.� Twelve students died and 27 injured on the fateful night, 11 years ago today. Comstock is known as the 13th man and has the distinction tattooed on his shoulder. He remained conscious throughout

the process. With his left arm, he signaled his mom’s number to firefighter, Darrin Allen, who stayed with him all night, so they could contact her immediately. “I knew it was going to be a long time before we got him out. I knew he was in pretty bad shape and a lot of things had to happen before he could be removed,� Allen said. “He couldn’t really talk that much and communicated via hand signals. He gave us his mom’s telephone number and I can remember talking to her on the phone. She said she was up and awake and was watching it happen on TV.� The position of Comstock was of such risk that they told him he would be that last one to be pulled out because many pieces of debris needed to be removed before extracting him. Every five to 10 minutes Allen would ask how he was doSee 13th Man on page 7

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Freshman civil engineering majors Cooper Sylestine and Manny Ibarra skateboard Wednesday afternoon outside Kyle Field.

Gitmo detainee acquitted of all but one charge The ďŹ rst Guantanamo detainee to face a civilian trial was acquitted Wednesday of all but one of the hundreds of charges he helped unleash death and destruction on two U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998 — an opening salvo in al-Qaida’s campaign to kill Americans. A federal jury convicted Ahmed Ghailani of one count of conspiracy to destroy U.S. property and acquitted him on more than 280 other counts, including one murder count for each of the 224 people killed in the embassy bombings. The anonymous jurors deliberated over

seven days. Ghailani, 36, rubbed his face, smiled and hugged his lawyers after the jury left the courtroom. Prosecutors said Ghailani faces a minimum of 20 years and a maximum of life in prison. The trial at a lower Manhattan courthouse had been viewed as a possible test case for President Barack Obama administration’s aim of putting other terror detainees — including self-professed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four other terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba — on trial on U.S. soil.

Protests in Kashmir mar Eid al-Adha SRINAGAR, India — Security forces ďŹ red warning shots and tear gas to quell protests in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir on Wednesday, after prayers marking a Muslim festival led to street demonstrations against Indian rule. Clashes erupted after police and paramilitary soldiers stopped hundreds of protesters chanting “Go India, go backâ€? and “We want freedom.â€? The demonstrators marched after Eid al-Adha prayers in Srinagar, the disputed region’s main city. Protesters hurled stones and bricks at security forces in downtown Srinagar, the ofďŹ cer said. No casualties were immediately reported. Anti-India sentiment runs deep in Kashmir, a Muslim

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Students can go see a screening of this summer’s smash comedy “The Other Guys,” starring Will Farrell and Mark Wahlberg, at 7 or 9 p.m. Friday in Rudder Theatre.

The student hip-hop dance group Fade to Black will have its fall show from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday in Rudder Theatre. Tickets can be purchased for $8, or $6 with a canned food donation, at the MSC Box Office.

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Kappa Alpha Theta will have a public $5 fajita dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Theta House. Live music will be provided by Johnny Stimson and his band. T-shirts can also be purchased for $8. All proceeds will go to Scotty’s House for abused children in Bryan.

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The Department of Performance Studies will present a production of “Dangerous Liaisons,” a play about deceit and scandal among the French aristocracy in the 18th century. The performance will take place at 8 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday in the Rudder Forum.

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music

Three’s company too Strings trio to perform for MSC OPAS he definition of “American” is a kaleidoscopic one across all genres, especially in the music industry. While some define American tunes as purely jazz or purely rock, the true definition lies within the ability to fuse elements of all tastes into one harmonious journey of artistic expression.

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Knowing that, wouldn’t it be great if MSC OPAS gave us an act that adequately reflected the undefined mix-match that is American music? Ladies and gentlemen, the bows have been rosined and it’s Time For Three. Time For Three — or Tf3 for short — is comprised of three young graduates from Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute for Music. Members Zach De Pue and Nick Kendall are the violinists and Ranaan Meyer plays the double bass. The group formed in 2003 and has since been steadily on the rise, playing in numerous prestigious venues with many other talented artists, including composer Jennifer Higdon and musician k.d. lang. They even recorded the soundtrack to the History Channel’s production “The Spanish-American War,” were Time for Three featured on Fox’s “Good Morning will perform at Philadelphia” and performed in the 8 p.m. today in Pennsylvania Society’s annual gala from the Waldorf-Astoria in New Rudder Theatre. York. The trio have also appeared Facebook frequently on public television and “Fans” of OPAS NPR. can receive a $5 But what are they? There really ticket discount. isn’t an answer. The trio, although using classical, acoustic instruments, breaks the traditional mold by combining elements of gypsy, jazz, country, bluegrass and classic instrumental music. They also perform various covers of pop and underground sensations such as Imogen Heap, Dirty Projectors and the like. While all three members of Tf3 majored in classical music, they liked to play other musical styles in their spare time in college, perhaps resulting in their enthusiastic, modern compositions at present.

“There’s a lot of passion in the group. We’re basically a fraternity of brothers,” said Ranaan Meyer, bassist. Bottom line: don’t try to label them. Tf3’s creativity and unconventional approach to music draws from the different backgrounds of its members and the refusal to conform to traditional models of creativity. “De Pue and Kendall first discovered their mutual love of fiddling in the country western and bluegrass styles. Then, Meyer introduced them to his deep roots in jazz and improvisation,” said MSC OPAS Executive Director Anne Black. Typically, a Tf3 composing session is just an experimental jam party, playing with the ideas of one of the members. “There is never an exact plan,” Meyer said. “We don’t have a set way of creating music. We’re basically a classically trained garage band.” However, don’t expect the show, to be of grungy garageband quality. The show, which will be at 7:30 p.m. today in Rudder Theater, includes a combination of original pieces and covers and will “[create] a journey for everyone to enjoy,” Meyer said. Senior civil engineering major and MSC OPAS student committee chairman Alex Bushunow said he is pumped about the performance and thinks all students should be too. “I’m very excited to have the opportunity to hear up-andcoming performers such as Time for Three. It’s great to see young performers that have undergone intense classical training and have used that to make original music of all genres that resonate with people of all ages,” Bushunow said. A special treat for students will be the coffee hour after the show, an opportunity to mingle with the members of Time for Three. “Coffee hour with the students after the show is truly great for us, as all three artists are our age. Having someone that students can relate to and still share the experience of touring around the country is rare indeed,” Bushunow said. If you are looking for culture, fusion and amazing music

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Ranaan Meyer, Nicolas (Nick) Kendall and Zachary (Zach) De Pue constitute Time for Three, a trio of classically trained musicians known for both original compositions and innovative covers of contemporary songs. without the snobbery, come see Time For Three tonight. Tickets are still available at the MSC Box Office and if you “like” OPAS on Facebook, you will get an additional $5 off for student tickets. “It’s going to be a party from beginning to end with the audience,” Meyer said. “We’re really excited about sharing our music.”

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Catchin’ up with the men Aggies look at what went right and wrong in first two Beau Holder The Battalion

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Above: Sophomore forward Khris Middleton dribbles during the Aggies’ victory over Alcorn State. Below: Sophomore Ray Turner goes up for a hoop in the victory. Right: Freshman Keith Davis battles inside during the season-opening game.

Two games into the 20102011 season, the A&M men’s basketball team is exactly where it thought it would be. Easing into a nonconference schedule that features — aside from the Old Spice Classic midseason tournament and a Dec. 11 matchup against No. 15 Washington — low-ranking teams, the Aggies won their first two games with a balanced offensive attack but dealt with foul issues and the lack of focus most teams expect to face early in a season. “I think there will be some common sense and efficiency as we go forward,” Head Coach Mark Turgeon said. “We keep talking about adjusting. A lot of our [fouls] are a little bit of laziness and sloppiness. It’ll work out in time.” Friday, the Aggies opened the season in Reed Arena against Alcorn State, members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Senior forward Nathan Walkup scored a career-high 22 points; freshman center Kourtney Roberson, in his first game, scored 12 and grabbed nine rebounds. An opening-night crowd of 7,010 watched A&M build a 52-25 halftime lead and cruise to an 88-56 victory despite committing 34 fouls. Four Aggies scored 10 or more points. “As a team, we were pretty good in the first half,” Turgeon said after the victory. “We ran, we got more stops and we gained a little more flow in the first half. We scored in our transition in the first half, and we didn’t in the second … We have to start second halves better.” A&M traveled to Corpus Christi on Monday night to face the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders, echoing Turgeon’s desire for his team to be exposed to a road-game atmosphere early in the season. In the face of a raucous audience, the Aggies went up 23-8 early and led 41-22 at halftime. The Islanders played A&M evenly in the second half, to Turgeon’s chagrin, but the Aggies still left with a 21-point road win. Roberson, proving himself to be a revelation down low, added 14 points in 19 minutes. Sophomore guard Naji Hibbert’s 12 points set a new career-high. With 22 points over two games, a much more confident and comfortable-looking Hibbert has already totaled one third of his entire scoring in 34 games played in 2009-2010. “Last year was kind of rough, but this year’s much easier be-

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cause I’m a lot more relaxed,” Hibbert said. “The coaches believe in me; they tell me to relax before every game because in a lot of games last year I was a lot more tense than I am now.” Junior forward David Loubeau, expected to be a force beneath the basket for the Aggies, fouled out of the Alcorn State game with nine points and three rebounds and scored only eight against A&M-Corpus Christi while spending a plurality of the game’s minutes mired on the bench with multiple fouls. Senior guard B.J. Holmes took control against the Islanders while Loubeau and junior point guard Dash Harris’s fouls kept them off the floor. Holmes scored 13 points, made seven assists, created seven steals and only turned the ball over once. A&M has won 65 straight non-conference home games and 16 of its last 17 in Reed Arena. The only Big 12 team

currently averaging more points per game is Kansas. Friday, the Aggies, in their last game before the Old Spice Classic, will play at home against the Texas A&M-International Dustdevils from Laredo. “This time of year, I put a lot more into us than our opponent,” Turgeon said. “But we’re really just trying to get our fundamentals down. We know [the Dustdevils] are really disciplined; they play hard. They’ll run a lot of sets, which is good for us. They’ll run a soft press, which we haven’t seen yet.” Though it is a small sample size, the first two games have offered this: finding consistent scoring appeared to be A&M’s Achilles’ heel heading into the season, but if the pattern of four players currently averaging 10 or more points per game holds, the Aggies seem primed to repeat their yearly surprising of the critics.

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William, Kate begin to plan royal wedding Now it’s all about the details: The dress, the date, the venue. Prince William and Kate Middleton sat down with advisers Wednesday to begin planning the royal wedding that some Britons have waited years to see. The second in line to the throne and his long-term girlfriend will marry next spring or summer, but they haven’t announced a date or a venue. Westminster Abbey or St. Paul’s Cathedral, where William’s parents Prince Charles and Princess Diana married, are considered the front-runners.

Britain’s Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton pose for the media Tuesday at St. James’s Palace in London after they announced their engagement.

Bill Nye the Science Guy faints on Calif. stage Bill Nye, host of the Emmy-winning treated. USC senior Tristan Camacho 1990s television show “Bill Nye says Nye collapsed in mid-sentence the Science Guy,” collapsed at the podium. About 10 during a California speech, seconds later, she says he then got up and continued was conscious and asked his presentation. The Los the audience how long Angeles Times says the he was out. Nye told the 54-year-old Nye apparently audience a similar thing fainted on stage Tuesday happened to him earlier Nye evening in front of hundreds in the day. Nye assistant of people gathered at Christine Sposari didn’t the University of Southern California. immediately respond to an e-mail request Paramedics and campus safety officers for information sent early Wednesday. responded, but it’s unclear if Nye was Associated Press

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ing and he would respond with thumbs up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was great, amazing, considering the circumstances,â&#x20AC;? Allen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t there when they actually got him out, when they got him free, but I visited him every day in the hospital for the next two to three weeks. He was unconscious and in a coma but I sat with him and with his mother whether it was visiting hours or not.â&#x20AC;? After seven and a half hours of waiting and pain, emergency officials were finally able to slide him out. Allen asked Comstock to give the crowd thumbs up, he obliged and the entire crowd cheered. They put him in an ambulance and rushed him to the College Station Medical Center. His condition was so critical and certain that the university prepared a news release dated Nov. 29, 1999 announcing his death. Comstock framed it and uses it as a reminder every day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is creepy to people when they see it,â&#x20AC;? Comstock said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of a weird thing and it reminds me that if you do die, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a blur and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about it.â&#x20AC;? The last thing he remembers that morning was doctors standing over him and admitting him to the operation room. He gave the doctors a message. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make it, tell my family I love them,â&#x20AC;? Comstock said. Comstock woke up on New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day. In mid-February he was released from College Station Medical Center and on April

14, 2000, he was released from the Zale Lipshy University Hospital in Dallas. The nerve damage in his right arm, right foot and left leg required many surgeries, and, in the end, he still had his left leg amputated and suffers from partial paralysis on his right side. Comstock knew that after a long night of pain and hope that his future was of great perseverance. After a few years at community college is Dallas, he returned to Texas A&M in 2001 to finish his Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in agricultural leadership and development. He received his Aggie Ring a month before graduating in May 2010. Currently living in College Station with his girlfriend, he has been sending out resumes and preparing for the holidays. Since Bonfireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collapsed in 1999, the Aggie Bonfire has not continued in the same capacity. The site where the logs tumbled, the Polo fields on the northeast corner of campus, has been made into a memorial. Students still build a bonfire in the spirit of defeating the Aggiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; archrivals from Austin, but it is done off-campus and the students know how bad things could be, should a mistake occur. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would definitely say that the building of [student] bonfire is a lot safer than it was in 1999,â&#x20AC;? said Nathan Coffman, a senior Civil Engineering major involved with student bonfire. Regardless of the future of the tradition, Comstockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mind will never forget the night he began the battle for his life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It changes everything, â&#x20AC;&#x153; he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You just got to stay hopeful and have a good attitude and take things as they are.â&#x20AC;?

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Rebecca Hutchinson The Battalion Throughout history, women have taken strides toward equal pay, voting and other women’s rights. Now, women are breaking through the forefront in leadership. Aggie women learned about confidence through the personal stories of professional women at the annual Women’s Leadership Conference. The Women’s Resource Center sponsored this year’s conference, “Leadership in Heels: Walking the Path to Courage and Confidence.” The event took place Nov. 13 at the Hilton Hotel. It highlighted women’s ability to carry roles of leadership while retaining their femininity, and how obtaining these skills is a continuous learning process. Interacting with speakers and panelists, female A&M attendees had the opportunity to establish a support network with current and former Aggie women. “Everyone really enjoyed the speaker, Olivia Bennet,” said Carol Krenek, a senior leadership studies major, conference delegate and a member of the Corps of Cadets. Olivia Bennet was the keynote speaker at the event, and is a 20-year-old professional artist from South Lake, Texas, whose style has often been compared with artist Georgia O’Keeffe. “She painted while she spoke, which was exiting for all of us,” said Angela O’Pry, a member of the development committee. “It was really inspirational hearing her speak about fighting leukemia at a young age and being successful after it.” She spoke about setting goals for herself and taking the necessary steps to reach them, and if she was unable to, she would pick another and keep going, O’Pry said. Other speakers included

teachers and women in corporate jobs, who comprised a majority of the Women Former Students’ Network. “These women were chosen based on their résumés and whether or not they have spoken at panels in the past,” O’Pry said. In the breakout sessions, panelists discussed issues such as work and home life, health and beauty, networking and giving back the community. “We want to empower women by equipping our delegates with the basic tools they need to succeed as professionals and as leaders around campus, in the workplace, and throughout the communities they’ll proceed to influence,” Krenek said. Etiquette speaker Randi Knapp led a lunch for them, O’Pry said. The delegates were taught proper business dining etiquette and how to eat in a professional setting. “Overall, this is a great opportunity for young women to learn how to be confident – no matter what you do; be professional, confident and successful,” O’Pry said. This is the third year of the conference. The orginal idea was presented in May 2007 by Kristina Campbell, class of 2008, to enhance women’s leadership at Texas A&M. The first conference was in November 2008. To take part in the conference, students fill out an application online, said Jimmi Natho, a member of the marketing committee. This year about 50 delegates attended this event. “I can tell you that the short time I’ve spent working with these women has really motivated me to develop others as leaders, as well as to focus on my own personal improvement,” Krenek said. “As a cadet, I don’t interact with women as much as other students do, so it’s been a blessing and unique experience for me.”

texas Experts: BP ignored warnings A new report from an independent scientific panel says BP and its contractors missed and ignored key warning signs and failed to fully recognize important risks in the days and hours leading up to the massive Gulf of Mexico oil well blowout. Some of the panel’s conclusions appear more critical of BP, the owner of the well, than preliminary findings issued last week by the presidential oil spill commission. The National Academy of Engineering, which issued the latest report, said BP and others involved in the disaster failed to manage risks and didn’t even have a system in place to weigh safety against costs..

nation &world NATO: Role in Afghanistan war may pass 2014 NATO may keep fighting in Afghanistan past its 2014 target date for shifting authority to Afghan forces, the alliance’s top civilian in the country said Wednesday. It was the latest indication that the U.S.-led military operation in Afghanistan will remain sizable well into the next decade, despite plans to draw down troops and transfer responsibility to the Afghan government. NATO’s Mark Sedwill said the end of 2014 was not a deadline. “It’s a goal,” he told reporters in the capital. “It’s realistic but not guaranteed.” U.S. officials have said the handover will start early next year. Associated Press

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unemployment. Democrats need to stay away from health care. Republicans can’t repeal it and Americans are tired of it. With persistent gridlock for the foreseeable future Americans want out politicians finding solutions they can agree on. Republicans need to start laying groundwork for 2012. They aren’t going to make any broad sweeping changes without control of the Senate or presidency. They need to extend the tax cuts to help ease the overwhelming uncertainty for businesses and focus on jobs. Lower the capital gains taxes and the corporate income tax which is the second highest in the world. They need to start identifying places to cut spending. Start with defense. Show they can make tough decisions, and then start making the case for entitlement reform. They should hold back on healthcare but be clear it is priority number one in 2012. Token statements like the moratorium on ear marks or Boehner giving up Pelosi’s mega jet won’t get Republicans very far. The next two years will be grueling. There will be gridlock. There will be partisanship. Who will step to the plate with real solutions Americans can get behind? This election was a win for Republicans but game seven is in 2012.

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Democrats took control of conthan “No” gress in 2006 and the presidency ama since Obama in 2008 by winning indepenfice. took office. dents. This year they passed the getThe forgetindependents to Republicans in edge table Pledge hot potato-like fashion. Leading rica to America into this election, 73.8 percent of ed to pandered Americans disapproved of Conative conservative Taylor gress while a meager 19.8 percent but failed ideals, Wolken approved according to the Realulate any to articulate sophomore general specifics. ClearPolitics, RCP average. s. Cutting studies major Republicans took the house but spendingg is always Democrats have the Senate and popular until people presidency. Americans don’t like the direcey aren’t going find out what they tion the country is headed, but Republicans orm of cutting to get. The platform lation has been can’t say where they would take us. Americans taxes and deregulation want the parties to compromise and each party canonized in Democrat mocrat rhetoagrees the other should. Conservative talking ric as the “failed policies of the heads call this election a mandate while liberals past.” In the process cess of distancing try and normalize the landslide as the result of themselves from the Bush Adminiscans failed to defend their polia down economy. What did this election mean tration, Republicans emocrats to characterize any and what happens now? cies, allowing Democrats This election is a clear indication Americans policy as part of the Bush failures. are very unhappy. The RCP average shows ly did this election mean? So what exactly nhappy and independents and 63.6 percent of Americans think we are heading Americans are unhappy down the wrong track. Unemployment is stuck moderates, who decide elections, are shopping an step up to the challenges just below 10 percent. We need jobs. We need for a party that can economic growth. We need functional govern- we face today. Democrats pushed too hard left ment. One party rule shoved through legislation and opened the door for formerly defunct Retacked too far left has been too much for most publicans, hurting moderate Democrats most. Americans to stomach. What happens now? The Democrat leadership spent time in As overstated as it is, Democrats must power trying to fulfill a liberal wish list instead triangulate and move to the center. Calling of focusing on jobs. They miscalculated the Republicans the “party of no” doesn’t stick depth of the recession as their stimulus fell when Americans don’t like their agenda. flat. They squandered the president’s political Democrats best bet is passing the Bush Tax capital in a long unpopular process leading to Cuts in full now and showing Americans they an even less popular Affordable Care Act. This are ready to work together. They have the served to lead Blue Dog Democrats like lambs votes to do it now. Not only will it show an to the slaughter in the elections. effort to compromise, but with the economy All this unpopularity left the maimed Relooking gloomy, the vote allows them to take publican brand in the lucky position of being some credit if the economy improves and lets the other guy. The sweeping gains in congress Republicans take some blame if it doesn’t. are far from a vote of confidence for the party Next, they need to focus on jobs. Shipping that has had trouble articulating anything other jobs overseas is a good political issue with high

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In response to the anti-undocumented student letters, you anti-immigrant folks speak of undocumented students “cheating the immigration system,” but our abusive immigration system is such a source of persecution and suffering that it must be changed completely. No one is obligated to live by laws that are immoral. I’m always shocked to find how hard-hearted to humanity people can be. If you support imprisonment and deportation for immigrants because they cross an arbitrary imaginary line called a “border,” you should definitely have yourself arrested and deported and see how you like trying to make a living in one of the countries these folks come from. Then in a week, when your starving self is hopping a train from El Salvador trying to make it up to the U.S., I hope you beg forgiveness for your silly views of everyone else who’s on the train with you trying to make it here so they can feed their family. To any undocumented students out there, I’m glad you’re here, and so are many other people who feel the same. Don’t give up hope, and God bless you for your perseverance.

From Addison Rogers, senior kinesiology major

The Student Body President’s veto of SB 63-11 bill is way off base. I understand lawmaking should be left to lawmakers, not students. But if we can’t change the face of our University to shape into what we want and reflect us as a student body, what is the point of student government? Being from out of state, I feel the financial burden placed on citizens of the other 49 states. I am extremely confused as to why I have to pay a tremendous fee as a U.S. citizen simply because I’m from a different state, yet illegal immigrants are given a discount? I understand the president’s issues are not with the bill, but rather the validity of the student government passing and enforcing this bill. My question to the president is if student government does not exist to represent the student body and the majority’s beliefs, what is the real purpose? Why veto what the student senators have passed by a wide margin? Why limit the power of the student, the entire reason Texas A&M University exists?

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