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Brandon Rhyder to perform at Harry’s Brandon Rhyder, a popular Texas country artist, heads to Hurricane Harry’s for a performance. He shares his experiences moving up in the industry and fans divulge reasons for admiring the musician.

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Big 12 names Hodges defensive player of week Texas A&M senior linebacker Michael Hodges was named the defensive player of the week by the Big 12. Hodges registered 14 tackles in the Aggies 9-6 victory over Nebraska.

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Catching a Koldus The student body government has proposed several bills to help students academically this semester, but Aggies interested in the seeing their government at work may have difficulties finding the meeting room in Koldus.

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wide-eyed crowd sprang to their feet Sunday as a feverish beat took over Rudder Auditorium. Lights blazed, hearts thumped, and the feet of 50 dancers rumbled the stage as Fade to Black raised the audience to their feet in a mix of hip hop, tap and lyrical dance. Fade to Black began in 1991 as a dance ensemble with a predominantly African-American membership. Leslie Speikes, the Fade to Black adviser, said they have “Fade 2 a diverse background. Black prides “Our family beautifully recogitself on being nizes the dream behind the word one of the most ‘diversity,’” Speikes said. “Over diverse groups on the years, we’ve been blessed’s that to be influenced by almost appreciation for every ethnicity and country others’ uniqueness involved in the Texas A&M and culture community.” Tony Cohns, a senior comthat makes this puter engineering major and organization a joy to the organization’s president, be around.” said Fade to Black is a family full of Aggie students Tony Cohns, coming from different backFade to Black grounds to dedicate their time president to dance and serving the community. The group has of 50 members and nine officers. “Fade to Black prides itself on being one of the most diverse groups on campus,” Cohns said. “It’s that appreciation for others’ uniqueness and culture that makes this organization a joy to be around.” At the Fall Show on Sunday, Fade to Black danced to the theme “You Can’t Stop the Beat!” in 12 numbers ranging from hip-hop dancing to tap and ballet. “Fall show, “You Can’t Stop the Beat!” is their best yet.” Speikes said. “Watching dress rehearsal, I laughed, I cried, I learned to ‘dougie’ [the dance move] and I praised God all in the span of a couple of hours. Have no doubt the Aggies are legitimate and dynamic artists.” Fade to Black also had special guests Hardchord Dynamix, Percussion Studio and Zhen Liu perform in between dance numbers. In the second act, members of the audience danced on stage in a competition to see whom the crowd most admired. This year, Fade to Black is celebrating its 20th anniversary. “We practice about two to three hours a day from Sunday through Thursday,” Cohns said. “As the president, I am extremely proud of this group from where it’s been to where it’s headed.” Fade to Black asked for donations to Love146, a non-profit organization devoted to ending human sex trafficking. The dance number “A Tiny Heart’s Dream,” choreographed by Brittany Hawkins, was dedicated to Love146. “All the girls that did the dance for Love146 were so touched by it,” said Colette Hartman, a senior entomology major and an emcee for the show. “It was such an emotional process.” Because of its timing just before Thanksgiving, the organization also collected canned goods for the Lincoln Center, a tradition for every fall show. “I love that this organization has the ability to bring together so many people from so many backgrounds,” Hartman said. “When everyone comes together for practice, they all get along through dance.”

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Campus celebrities campaign for reading Emily Villani The Battalion From Yao Ming to Yoda and Yo-Yo Ma, READ posters are back – and they are coming to Aggieland. Texas A&M libraries are participating in the national READ campaign, which began Nov. 8. Started in 1985 by the American Library Association, the READ campaign aims to encourage literacy and reading through posters featuring public figures encour-

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criminal record and completed a four year degree at an institution of higher learning or served honorable in the armed forces. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced this past week that he wants to bring the DREAM Act to the Senate floor as stand-alone legislation. Reid said he wants to pass the legislation before Congress adjourns. On his official Twitter account, he announced this initiative via tweet. “I will move the DREAM Act as See DREAM on page 4

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Truly Texan Country artist to perform at Harry’s Ryan Haughey The Battalion As Student Bonfire burns Tuesday night, College Station will welcome one of Texas’ own up-and-coming musicians. A rising star in the Texas country scene, Brandon Rhyder will be playing at the annual BTHO t.u. concert with the Brian Burke Band at 10 p.m. today at Hurricane Harry’s. Rhyder, touring in support of his 2010 release “Head Above Water,� said he looks forward to playing in Aggieland. “College Station is a really, really fun place,� he said. “Fans have always been there for us.� After grabbing attention with his debut album “Conviction,� Rhyder’s most recent release builds upon his unique sound and has been wellreceived by fans. With the single “Rock Angel� hitting number one on the Texas Music and Texas Regional Radio charts, another single breaking into the top five and a new track, “Battery,� rapidly gaining popularity, Rhyder is benefiting from a huge wave of momentum following the release of “Head Above Water� in February. “The response has been just great,� Rhyder said. “We feel that we have a really great group in place that is able to push us forward.� Much of Rhyder’s popularity has been attributed to his unique musical style. “I don’t write for a genre, but I have country roots,� he said. Rhyder’s rise to fame in the Texas Country circuit has been the product of more than a decade of hard work and devotion to his first love in life: music. In fact, the singer has only taken off one weekend per year for the past several years. “Music is my passion; it’s what I feel like I’ve been put on this Earth to do,� Rhyder said. Students said they appreciated Rhyder’s dedication to his craft. “He’s something completely different from other Texas country artists,� said Steven Birkenfeld, sophomore agricultural engineering major. “He doesn’t fit into a mold.� Rachel Robson, sophomore mathematics major, said Rhyder’s music is reminiscent of early ‘90s country songs, such as the popular sounds of Clay Walker and Garth Brook. “Rhyder’s voice is smooth on his ballads, but most of his music is rougher than stereotypical country,� Robeson said. “His lyrics have

universal appeal.� Rhyder, who describes himself as a constant student of music, always looks to improve and develop his sound. “The more I learn, the more it shows the different ways I can approach writing,� he said. “Every record that I’ve ever put out has been different. We have to keep getting better.� For Rhyder, music is something that comes naturally. Sometimes, he said, songs will write themselves. “A lot of time – it’s not work – a lot of time,� Rhyder said of the requirements for songwriting. “It pours from pen to paper. It’s all inspiration.� But a life in music is not without its hardships. Rhyder said he found it very difficult to be able to book a show at the beginning of his career. As his band’s popularity grew, Rhyder discovered new aspects of a music career that most people do not consider. “As you add more people and equipment, it turns into a corporation,� he said. He said when it comes to managing his band, he strives to find a balance between knowing everything that is going on and allowing his staff to work. Yet don’t think Rhyder is all business. One fulfilling aspect of his music career is the relationships he has developed, Rhyder said. “All the people I’ve been able to share the stage with, all the people I’ve become friends with and played with – I’ve gone from a fan to a partner,� Rhyder said of the experience of playing with bands he grew up listening to, including Roger Creager and Robert Earl Keen. Although music is his main focus, Rhyder also finds time to pursue his other passions. From hunting to cooking, Rhyder said he always looks for ways to get involved in activities that capture his interest. Recently, he finished filming a couple of hunting shows. “I’m an artist for any level of entertainment,� he said. “I’m a country boy. I love to hunt and fish and I want my kids to grow up that way.� From his beginnings, picking up guitar from a man in town to having a video on the CMT Top 12 Pure Country Countdown, Rhyder’s development as a musician has been a transformative experience. Despite all his success, he remains humble. “I try to pick up a guitar every single day; every time I pick it up, I learn something,� Rhyder said. “I feel that I know about a third of what it takes and that I have so much room to grow.�

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nother play, another tackle for Michael Hodges. The senior inside linebacker, with a team-leading 98 tackles and an effort that is described by junior safety Trent Hunter as “fanatical,” has taken leaps and bounds from a humble beginning in his hometown of Helotes, Texas, and O’Connor High School in San Antonio. If bets were made about where his football career would go after graduation, Texas A&M would have been put at 1,000:1, and that’s being generous. According to Hodges, there were some Big 12 teams that were sending letters, but they were the impersonal-type that told him he was worth a walk-on opportunity but no chances to earn a scholarship to play football. SMU and Rice — the two teams that targeted him the hardest — both pulled out in the middle of the fall of 2005. Rice’s interest came and went reasonably quickly, as did Baylor, but SMU continued to push for Hodges until one weekend. “SMU actually came down for a game, I talked to the guy every week and at some point he made his decision that I wasn’t for him,” Hodges said. Enter Air Force, who offered the linebacker a scholarship to come to Colorado Springs, Colo. and play linebacker. Without any hesitation whatsoever, Hodges accepted and made the 873-mile trek across three states to play for the Falcons. But the scholarship didn’t come without its problems. Hodges did make friends in his first two years at Air Force, but happiness tended to be an inconsistent feeling. Nearly every day at Air Force, Hodges would talk to his mother every day as a “shoulder to lean on.” This trend continues to a lesser extent today, with Hodges saying there isn’t more than

three or four days that he and his family go without talking. Hodges said some days it was simply a goal to wake up, go through the day then hit his head against the pillow again to repeat the process. “After giving it two full years and not getting constantly worked on by the upperclassmen, I still wasn’t happy,” Hodges said. “I gave this school an opportunity, now it’s time to check some other options.” Hodges also said he would do the same thing again if the situation played out exactly as before. “I’m proud that I went to the Air Force Academy,” Hodges said. “I’ve got some of my best friends from that school and I don’t regret [the decision] at all.” ASSOCIATED PRESS After two years, Hodges came home for the summer and had a choice to make. He Senior linebacker Michael Hodges celebrates with fans following the team’s 9-6 upset knew with no playing time in two years at Air over Nebraska. Force, that there were even less eyes on him than before, so a scholarship was out of the he was given another “full offseason” to develop have scared his teammates. question. Two schools stood out to Hodges — his strength, lifting weights and “made strides “I remember [outside linebacker] Jonathan Texas A&M and Texas State. as an athlete” that semester to get ready for the Stewart standing there saying ‘Oh my gosh, “I wanted to go to a school I could play at,” 2009 season. you’re crazy,’” Hodges said. “I felt once I got Hodges said. Hodges developed a relationship with back, it started rolling. This is an amazing opThe decision was his to make, but it was then-defensive coordinator Joe Kines that portunity and I seize every moment [I] have, and something his mother, Christine, said that it was exciting.” helped him choose the Aggies over Texas State. ended with the coach asking him if he should continue playing. Hodges’s first start was in the reincarnation of “One day, we were standing at the stove and “It was basically do or die,” Hodges said. the Texas A&M-Arkansas rivalry, the Southwest she said, ‘When it comes down to it, you’re “[Kines] said ‘If you don’t get your position here Classic. Although the team lost 47-19, Hodges always going to wonder if you could’ve and make a spot for you here, there’s no real still found positives in the match-up. played at the Division One level,’” Hodges reason for you to be here.’” “I think we could’ve made that game much said. “From that day forward, I made that That meeting, Hodges said, was the microcloser if not won, but that was our maturity at decision.” cosm of their relationship — frank, blunt and the time,” Hodges said. “That was extremely Hodges went to Blinn College in Bryan with the goal of walking on to the Texas A&M honest. At the end, Kines asked Hodges if he was disheartening but it was a catch-22 — it was a coward, which he found odd. Hodges said no, awesome to get a start, but not so awesome to be football team. Blinn College, however, doesn’t there was an awkward pause, and that was the a part of that first loss of the season.” have a football team, so Hodges resorted to end of it. The Aggie team finished the year 6-7 and had running his workouts, going to gyms with “I still mean to this day to ask him about it,” a lot of optimism going into 2010. A 5-3 start friends. Hodges said. curbed some of the enthusiasm, but recent wins “[The workouts] weren’t so stringent,” He went into spring football in 2009 as the over Oklahoma and Nebraska — games that Hodges said. “It was a little more lax.” second string linebacker, but advanced to starter Hodges totaled 19 and 14 tackles in, respectively On top of the self-workouts, Hodges took within the first week. By the time camp came — have buoyed the team back. 15 hours in the fall 2007 semester. He made a out, Hodges tore his left ACL, which he said left The most recent win over Nebraska ranks as 4.0. him absolutely devastated. But after 24 hours, he Hodges’s favorite win thus far. When Hodges came to A&M, he was able stopped feeling bad for himself and set his target “When we have the Twelfth Man screaming to work with the Aggie football staff, and his return date with the staff. ‘Wrecking Crew,’ that speaks so much to me athletic ability took another leap forward. Hodges did a lot of work with physical theraand it gives me chills thinking about it,” Hodges Hodges said that his knowledge of weightpist Matt Kee. said. “Having the stadium pour down on the lifting and conditioning could take him so Once the knee healed in August 2009, Hodgfield was exceptional and I have pictures that I far, and that the A&M staff helped him push es went to strength and conditioning Coach will keep framed. It’s such a keepsake to remind forward. Dave Kennedy, who helped Hodges make big myself just how special Saturday night was.” “When you have a goal to be the top strides in his recovery. Kennedy told Hodges Since Oklahoma, Hodges has worn the same performer and be the best athlete your ability that he wasn’t ready to play, but the then-junior lucky undershirt, saying that he’ll only wear a allows you to be, you need somebody to push would hear none of it. different one after a loss. He doesn’t expect to be you at times,” Hodges said. “There’s things I “I [didn’t] care what percentage I was at,” changing the shirt after Thursday’s game with the couldn’t tell that I was doing wrong looking at Hodges said. “I worked so hard to get to this Texas Longhorns. myself in the mirror that a coach can correct level, so if you’re going to let me play, I’m going “We’re going to take on this Texas opponent me on which takes you to another level.” just as stringent as if they were the No. 1 team in The first day of Aggie workouts in the spring to play.” The first time Hodges hit the field was “pretty the country,” Hodges said. of 2008, Hodges didn’t know anyone and said File — THE BATTALION awesome,” but preferred to hit the other person Hodges is 0-1 as a starter against Texas and it was “weigh in, get your height, go jump and instead. That emotion wasn’t emitted during will be playing in Austin to try to break the run a couple things then ‘farewell.’” Hodges hits Huskers’ quarterback Taylor streak. Nobody’s betting against him this time. As Hodges sat out 2008 due to transfer rules, plays, though, as Hodges let out a yell that may Martinez during the upset.

sherman showing he has ‘it’ during turnaround


ike Sherman doesn’t have ‘it.’” Do you remember those words? They were part of a headline ran in the middle of October in this paper, suggesting that the much-maligned coach should possibly dust off his resume and possibly move into a different career phase. He was called every negaKyle tive word in the book and questioned about when this Cunningham team could get over the hump … if ever. senior sport management major

And through it all, Sherman stood by supporting his players as the waters got deeper and more shark-infested. As the writers and message board users swam around the chum, waiting to get their teeth into him, Sherman stood by. Fans lambasted him for waiting as long as he did to put in Ryan Tannehill over Jerrod Johnson. The truth is we don’t know how Tannehill would have played against either an Arkansas or Missouri team that threw everything at Johnson. Letting Tannehill get his feet wet in real game time against Kansas, then starting him against a weak secondary like Texas Tech? A pretty solid decision that gave the new toast of College Station the confidence to battle through the struggles against Oklahoma, then rally back against Baylor. Everyone saw Tim DeRuyter as the coach to replace Sherman when the athletic department did the right thing and fired Sherman at the end of the year. Who brought in DeRuyter? Or Dat Nguyen, Nick Toth and Terrell Williams for that matter? I’ll give you a hint — it was none of us. Texas A&M fans were angered by disappointing results — the first time that’s genuinely

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happened in a long time — and demanded a great product, not a merely good one. While that anger is turning into passion that leads to victories, we must all admit that the anger blinded us from the decisions Sherman has made in his tenure. What Sherman has done is more than recruit the best players — he’s recruited the right ones. Guys like junior running back Cyrus Gray, who stepped aside for Christine Michael and waited patiently until the opportunity came to display his talents as a runner once again. It’s guys like Johnson, who broke practically every career passing record Texas A&M had to offer, then graciously stepped aside for Tannehill. It’s guys like Michael Hodges, who play like every play will be their last, and still perform in the classroom. It’s guys like Tannehill, who volunteered to play wide receiver to add depth and see the field and keeps humility despite his newfound successes. “That’s straight up to the top what Coach Sherman has done to this program,” Nguyen said. “Character players are No. 1 for him; guys who come here and represent this University.


Senior “joker” Von Miller and the Aggies celebrate following the 9-6 victory. And you couldn’t ask for a better guy … it starts from the top. The players display what coach is.” A combination of these class acts, a continued belief in his players and a rejuvenation of the Twelfth Man have led to a tidal wave of winning. A team that once looked lost now has won practically every game you can ask of it; they beat the better team in Oklahoma, won a trap game on the road against a decent Baylor team, then won the bare-knuckle, football equivalent of a street fight against Nebraska. All done while Sherman has commandeered the team. And now, Sherman has the chance to do something that he has yet to accomplish — beat-

ing Texas. The Longhorns are not the same team that came into Kyle Field last year and won, but that’s obvious as they limp into the final game with a 5-6 record. The team is a mess with both rumors of coaching turnover and turmoil and prevalent player struggles. Sherman needs the win to show the state of Texas and the nation how far this team has come in this past month and a half. The decisions he has made in two-plus years will converge Thursday as the balance of power begins to shift to the maroon and white. Just think of what could’ve happened if the athletic department decided Sherman didn’t have ‘‘it.’’

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t has been a busy semester at the Student Senate, with a fair amount of legislation up for debate. But a few bills stand out among the rest and might make students actually notice our student government, if they can find where the meetings are held. The Senate started strong, representing Student Rules. Certainly any stuobvious academic student interests. First dent who has missed class due on the agenda is S.B. 63-03 Evening to illness or a UniversityExam Bill, “a bill requesting that approved excuse should not professors give students flexibility in be arbitrarily penalized by scheduling out-of-class examinations.� any policy. The bill, introduced by Speaker Pro It is common practice Jeremy Tempore Scott Bowen, requests that for the Student Senate to examinations be held during regularly forward copies of passed Northum scheduled class hours whenever poslegislation to all relevant nuclear physics sible and when exams are held outside graduate student parties. A copy of the of regularly class hours, more options Kinesiology Attendance for taking these exams be made availBill was forwarded to the able to students in order to minimize schedule Department Head for the Departconflicts. This bill passed by a vote of 38 to 12. ment of Health and Kinesiology, The 12 who voted against this bill have clearly among others. It is safe to say that not had the pleasure of taking evening exams. the students of Texas A&M would Another bill of perhaps even greater imporlike to hear a public response from tance to those finishing their requirements is S. Health and Kinesiology Department B. 63-25 Kinesiology Attendance Bill, “requestHead Richard Kreider. ing the kinesiology department follow the same The final bill of interest was introduced attendance policy as every other department at by Agriculture Senator Justin Pulliam and Texas A&M University.� This bill, introduced perhaps showed the 33 senators’ inexplicable by Academic Affairs Chair Chris Esparza and preference for secrecy. S. B. 63-16 Meeting LoStudent Advocate for Academic Affairs Crystal cation Accessibility Bill was voted down, despite Usher, criticizes the kinesiology department’s calling “for a more accessible and student-friendly attendance requirements for its classes. It states location for holding meetings.� that the kinesiology department breaks Student The bill states that Koldus 144, the regular Rule Section 7, which outlines the University’s meeting location for the Student Senate, is buried excused and unexcused attendance policies. in the back of Koldus and is very difficult to find, The bill goes on to criticize the kinesiology a fact to which anyone who has ever actually department for lowering a student’s grade for discovered this room can attest. Additionally, the missing class regardless of whether the student bill says Koldus 144 is a cramped location, offers was excused. It continues, saying “not only does little room for visitors and is not always open to the kinesiology department break Student Rule the public. Section 7, but it does so with no clear form or The bill requires the Student Senate to post a process, subjectively allowing certain classes (such map of Koldus, including directions to Koldus as KINE 199) this special provision, while not 144 on the SGA website, and that the Student allowing others the same fortune.� Senate have representatives available and signs This bill was passed by a unanimous vote, posted to direct visitors to Koldus 144 on the “urgently� requesting the kinesiology department evening of Senate meetings. The final requireto begin following Section 7 of the Texas A&M ment of the bill is that the Student Senate always

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meet in a location open and accessible to the public when not in executive session. The Student Senate prides itself on being the official voice of all students at Texas A&M University and often states this in many of its bills. At the same time, however, when a bill is introduced with the sole purpose of making the

Student Senate more open to students, it fails by a vote of 6 to 33. Though the senators’ commitment to fairness on exams and class attendance is laudable, why vote down a bill to help students be involved in their own senate? The Student Senate should set an example of transparency before they expect it from anyone else.

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