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Volleyball makes NCAA tourney The Texas A&M volleyball team concluded its 2009 fall season with a sweep against Missouri Saturday at Reed Arena. The Aggies (18-6) received an at-large bid Sunday into the Omaha Regional of the NCAA Tournament and will play at 5 p.m. Friday against Arizona.

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Couple donate $5 million to Corps An anonymous Aggie couple has given $5 million to the Corps of Cadets to endow Corps 21 Scholarships and benefit the Cadets Leadership Excellence Program and Sanders Corps Center. The scholarships provide a yearly $5,000 stipend for four years to recipients chosen for outstanding academic and leadership success. The funds allocated for the Sanders Corps Center will go toward staffing, exhibits, operations and maintenance of the privately funded museum and visitors’ center. The money set aside for the program will meet needs of the cost and operations of the program, such as faculty salaries, seminars and programs. “The Corps of Cadets Leadership Excellence program is designed to help teach leadership skills through the classroom and practical experiences through the Corps,” said Corps of Cadets Director of Development Brian Bishop. The Class of 1953 graduate, who said a scholarship allowed him to attend A&M, gave to encourage participation in the Corps and reduce financial burden. The couple previously donated $450,000 to Texas A&M, funding a Presidential Endowed Scholarship and past Corps 21 Scholarships.

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Leading the team Texas A&M junior quarterback Jerrod Johnson carries the ball in the Aggies’ 49-39 loss against Texas Thursday at Kyle Field.

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In the highest scoring game in the rivalry’s history. Texas A&M and Texas traded punches back and forth as the Longhorns narrowly left Kyle Field with their undefeated record intact. Check out the game story at

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ow. It’s four days after the fact, and all I can say following Thursday’s 4939 Texas victory over Texas A&M at Kyle Field is, well, wow. Thursday was, without a doubt, this sportswriter’s greatest sporting experience. Ever. It was one of, if not the best game of the entire 2009 college football season. But more than anything, Thursday evening, like A&M’s season, was the ultimate roller coaster ride full of hills, peaks and sudden emotional plummets. When Aggie receiver Jeff Fuller sent an echo through the entire Brazos Valley with the first of his three touchdowns on the third play of scrimmage, it became fairly obvious the Aggies weren’t going to be pushovers for No. 3 Texas. And after 60 minutes, the Aggies proved something to not only their in-state rivals, but also the rest of the country. They proved that, thanks in part to their quarterback, A&M football may be on the brink of restoring the winning tradition that was prevalent throughout the late 1980s and 1990s.

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Thursday’s game proves A&M is on the brink of restoring the winning tradition Now, let me preface this argument by saying I am not accepting or endorsing loss. The Aggies finished 6-6. They played .500 football against a very mediocre schedule. In the end, the record is all that matters. But it’s something Johnson that quarterback Jerrod Johnson said in the press conference immediately following his epic quarterback duel

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Derrick Roland scored 19 points to lead Texas A&M to a 66-65 victory Sunday over No. 22 Minnesota in the 76 Classic. Nathan Walkup added 11 points while B.J. Holmes and Donald Sloan scored 10 points apiece.

Women at 6 p.m. Wednesday against Stephen F. Austin and men at 8 p.m. Wednesday against Prairie View A&M.

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Moon water poses research insights

Former student sues A&M over bad academic advising As a freshman she said she was told to fail courses rather than Q-drop

Melissa Appel The Battalion A former student is suing Texas A&M University in response to misleading academic advising she received. Jennifer Temple, who entered Tex-

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as A&M as a freshman in fall 2007, said the advice of her adviser damaged her grade point ratio and hindered her efforts to continue her education. During her freshman semester, Temple was enrolled in both a calculus course and a computer programming course. Temple said her instructors had difficulty speaking English and were hard to understand. As the semester progressed, her grades dropped, and she considered Q-dropping the two courses. See Suit on page 2

H2O on lunar body a ‘big surprise to most astronomers,’ A&M lecturer says ■

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The Battalion Forty years after space exploration first placed a man on the moon, scientists are still uncovering new insights into the lunar body. A mission by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration fired two spacecraft into the surface of the moon on Nov. 13 and discovered a substantial amount of water in a polar crater. These results followed an experiment

in September when three spacecraft used light spectrum to show evidence of water on the moon surface. The equipment worked by picking up the wavelengths of light reflected by the molecules and matching it to a known water molecule fingerprint of spectrum. This experiment was a joint effort featuring NASA’s Cassini spacecraft and Deep Impact probe alongside India’s Chandrayaan-1 satellite. This information shows possibility and intrigue for scientists in the field. “We used to think that the moon couldn’t possibly have any water, so this finding is a big surprise to most astronomers, including me,” said Texas A&M See Moon on page 2

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Department of Physics and Astronomy lecturer Kevin Krisciunas. The data from the two expeditions showed water was in the polar craters, where some scientists had previously mused it could be, and along the entire surface of the moon. Evidence of water molecules and hydroxyl molecules — a water molecule missing one hydrogen atom — was picked up by the spectrometers used in the September experiment across the lunar surface. By crashing into the polar crater, the spacecraft caused a reflux of more than 25 gallons of water. The water was found in the forms of both vapor and ice. With such a surprising announcement, many were questioning what this means for the possibility of life on the moon and other planets. “The finding of water to me simply means that some comets have collided with the Moon’s south pole region,� Krisciunas said. “Since a comet nucleus is a bunch of rocks and dust held together by ices, a certain fraction of the ices might be [water]. A certain fraction of the Earth’s water came from such collisions. It stands to reason that the moon was hit by similar projectiles. Water is good for life, but you also need the right kind of atmosphere and the right temperature for life to originate.� Regardless of its origin, the location of water on the moon could prove useful in further space exploration both on and beyond the moon. “It would make it a lot easier to make a permanent base up there if we have a source of water,� said Alex Janecke, graduate student in mechanical engineering. However, as NASA researchers gear up for more tests regarding the plume of water vapor and dust, some scientists are cautious to get too excited about the results just yet. “Some people hope that there will be enough water there to sustain a lunar base, but frankly I doubt that there is all that much water there,� Krisciunas said. “Some is a surprise, but lots of water is unlikely, in my opinion.� Further experiments are yet to be conducted, but scientists and citizens alike are excited and optimistic about the opportunity for increased knowledge of the universe. “I think that’s very interesting,� said freshman nuclear engineering major Tyler Moquin, “and I think we should explore the options we have on the moon because we know a whole lot more than 50 to 60 years ago.�

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Above: After Reveille VIII finishes chewing on a stuffed Bevo, she takes a nap during halftime Thursday at the Texas A&M vs. Texas football game. Left: Reveille VIII hangs her head in sadness at the end of the game after seeing the Aggies lose to the Longhorns 49-39.

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Temple visited with Sofia Fuentes, an academic adviser in the Department of General Academics, who advised her against Q-dropping. Fuentes instead said accepting a grade of an “F� or a “D� and using a First Year Grade Exclusion. According to the suit filed by Temple, Fuentes said this was the best option because using a Q-drop would put her at risk to lose her position on her parents’ healthcare plan. “Having no reason to doubt Ms. Fuentes’ guidance, [Ms. Temple] quit attending classes, as advised, so that she would be eligible to exercise the grade exclusion policy,� the suit said. With a First Year Grade Exclusion, courses that receive a grade of either “D� or “F� are not included in the grade point ratio calculation. However, this system is restricted to the Texas A&M University System and not universally accepted. When Temple later applied to attend the University of Texas, she was rejected based on the lower GPR calculation that included

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Club gives feral animals a home on campus Clay Harley The Battalion At one time or another, you have probably encountered one or more of the feral cats that live on the Texas A&M campus. You might have wondered, “Where did it come from?” or “How many of these suckers are out there?” or “Shall I pet it?” or “May I have it?” Well you’ve got questions, and Aggie Feral Cat Alliance of Texas has answers. A feral cat is a cat that is too wild for regular human contact. Feral Cat Alliance of Texas is a volunteer group made up of Texas A&M students, faculty and staff dedicated to providing care for and long-term management of the feral cats on A&M’s campus. The organization also provides educational information about responsible pet ownership in order to help reduce strays, a common source of feral cats. The focus of the alliance’s activities is to take care of existing feral cats and to take steps to lower the feral population. One of the ways this is accomplished is through humane capture, testing and release of feral cats on campus. By spaying or neutering captured cats, the group has helped bring the campus feral population down. This means more cats are in domestic settings than in the wild. “It really helps us that people know we take care of the cats on campus and that we aren’t just running wild and crazy,” said Allegra Lamison, a second year veterinary student at Texas A&M and the president of the alliance. The alliance uses a TNR (trap-neuter-release) system. The cats are caught in traps, identified, tested for diseases, vaccinated, spayed or neutered and

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then re-released to the location they were captured. Often, the alliance allows senior veterinary students the opportunity to perform these operations. The alliance also establishes feeding stations for the cats at locations on campus. Volunteers provide meals to the cats and observe them daily. The locations of the stations vary from year to year. As of now, there is a cat regularly fed at the Biological Sciences Building East building (the cat is aptly named BSBE), two cats in the greenhouse across the street from BSBE, and another two near the West Campus Library. There are also colonies of cats being fed at more remote locations like riverside campus locations and Graham Road. Another part of the alliance program involves providing foster care and rehabilitation for kittens and socialized adult cats. These cats are allowed to be adopted by qualified owners. The alliance also regularly provides information to the community about responsible pet ownership and the problems that pet overpopulation can cause. However, because the feral population is so much lower than it was in 1998 (when the alliance began), activities differ from what they used to be. “We don’t have as many members doing some of the old activities as we used to. We used to have a very large feral cat population problem on campus and we had a lot of members because we had a lot of cat colonies, but we have made a really big dent in the cat population on campus. There are, I think, less than 100 [cats] on campus right now. So we’ve gotten our undergrads more involved and

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The Aggie Feral Cat Alliance of Texas built a house and regularly feed BSBE, the cat who lives outside of the Biological Sciences Building East. Members of the club feed other cats on campus and provide foster care for cats that they put up for adoption. reached out the community. There are a lot of cat shelters around that we collect donations for and foster.” Lamison said the alliance accepts help from nonmembers. “We are always looking for people to help us with our community service projects,” Lamison said.

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with Texas quarterback Colt McCoy that has stuck with me. “We feel we can match up with anyone in the country,” Johnson said. “We have some great guys, and coaches who can recruit. We don’t take this as a moral victory because we expect to win. One good thing is that this game gave us some national exposure to show that Texas A&M is headed in that direction.” “We expect to win.” “We don’t take this as a moral victory.” Those are the types of things you want to hear from a leader. And in his second year at the helm, Johnson has grown into more than that. He’s the most skilled quarterback this University has ever seen. There’s no comparison. On Thursday, he accounted for 439 total yards and four touchdowns against the No. 3 defense in the entire nation. But the most impressive things were the maturity and growth he demonstrated. He never played outside of himself, he never forced anything and on the national stage, against a team like Texas, that is saying something. “I can’t say enough about Jerrod Johnson,” Head Coach Mike Sherman said. “He’s probably under the radar for what he has been able to do.

I thought he managed the game very well. He wasn’t perfect, but I was extremely proud. I’ve never been around a player who has progressed like he has. I’m very proud of him. He showed tenacity. He wanted the ball in his hands.” Great players always want the ball in their hands. And Johnson is on the threshold of becoming just that. He’s personally rewriting the history books every time he steps on the field. His 2009 season consisted of 3,217 yards passing and 28 touchdowns. He only threw six interceptions. Those are numbers unheard of in College Station. Following the game Thursday, many national pundits are hyping up Johnson as a Heisman candidate for 2010. It’s fairly realistic and deserved. But, the more noteworthy thing is the simple fact that national pundits are even talking about Texas A&M football. Even in a loss, we may look back on Thursday as the turning point for this program. Sherman said Wednesday the team was going to make the students and fans proud. Well, they did more than that. The team fought tooth and nail with one of the best teams in the country. They left everything they had on Kyle Field. They earned the respect of their rivals and the Twelfth Man. And, as Johnson said, they showed that A&M is headed in the right direction. David Harris is a junior economics major.

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BIG 12 NOTEBOOK Final season results and notes

Kansas State (6-6) The Wildcats had a bye week to finish the season following a Nov. 21 loss to Nebraska. Kansas State finishes 6-6 with bowl possibilities ahead.

Iowa State (6-6) The Cylones were one of three teams to finish the season 6-6 overall. They are predicted to make a bowl game, but will fight over which bowl between the Wildcats and A&M.

Texas (12-0) The Longhorns defeated A&M 49-39. Texas will put its perfect record on the line against Nebraska Saturday in the Big 12 Championship.

Baylor (4-8) After going up 10-0 against Texas Tech, the Bears were run over by the Red Raiders on the way to a 20-13 loss. They finish the season without bowl chances.

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The Tigers defeated Kansas 41-39 with a last-second field goal to secure Missouri’s third-straight conference victory.

Texas A&M senior outside hitter Sarah Ammerman played in her final home game in College Station Saturday at Reed Arena. Ammerman has led the Aggies in the 2009 season in kills.

Tournament bound Cournety Nelson The Battalion The Texas A&M volleyball team (1810, 11-9) finished their season strong this weekend as they defeated the Missouri Tigers in straight sets on Saturday 25-18, 29-27, 25-20. Head Coach Laurie Corbelli said she was proud of her team and the way they played and finished out the regular season. “This was something we wanted really badly and we know Missouri really well, they know us really well,” Corbelli said. “The team that came to play and wanted it more was going to be the winner. It was evident how much my team wanted this match. I am really proud of how they prepared themselves and executed

their game. Each and every one of them looked like All-Americans tonight.” It was a very special day for the Aggies, as they honored their six seniors in a tribute following the match. In their first meeting this season, the Tigers managed to defeat the Aggies in five games, giving A&M its first conference loss of the season. This time, the Aggies came out prepared and were not about to be beaten in their final match, on their home court, on senior day. The first set opened with several intense rallies between the two teams. Freshman libero Tori Mellinger seemed to always be in the right spot, getting nine digs in the set. Senior outside hitter Mary Batis led

the Aggies with five kills, while Missouri’s Paola Ampudia had nine of her team’s fourteen kills. The Aggies hit .319 and took the game 25-18, while the Tigers hit .220. The second set brought slight problems for A&M, which struggled defensively and were down for most of the game. The middle blockers got the Aggies back into rhythm, helping A&M hit .409, while Missouri hit a solid .386. The game was tied at 24, and would be back and forth until the Aggies came out on top 29-27. “Our middles did a great job of getting up,” Batis said. “And when

The Battalion Texas A&M’s men’s basketball team turned some heads this weekend with two upsets over top-20 teams at the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif. A&M Head Coach Mark Turgeon said he still sees improvement is needed in his team. “We didn’t play great, but in the big picture, we are what we expected, and we can get better. The players know how good I think they are.” The Aggies (5-1) went 2-1 in the tournament with victories over No. 19 Clemson and No. 16 Minnesota. A&M’s only loss came in a seven-point loss against No. 8 West Virginia. “In practice we go hard every day and know we have the potential to be a very good team,” said junior guard B.J. Holmes. “We always believe that we will go as far as we take ourselves.” Holmes performed well in the tournament. The guard averaged 16 points per game and knocked down 7 of 11 three pointers in the three matchups. Senior forward Bryan Davis averaged 8.3 rebounds per game in the tournament. The Aggies opened the tournament with a 69-60 win over

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No. 19 Clemson on Thanksgiving. Holmes came off the bench to lead A&M with 20 points including nine from beyond the arc and 11 from the free-throw line. “I’m proud of this team,” Turgeon said. “We started off a little bit tentative, obviously, but we played great defense for 17 minutes in the first half and that helped us. We inflicted a lot of our own pain with silly fouls and missed shots. It’s good to beat a great team like Clemson.” Despite taking a lead into the half, the Aggies were unable to upset West Virginia, falling 73-66 on Friday. The Mountaineers went on a 12-1 run in the second half to jump up to a 56-45 advantage. A comeback by A&M late in the game was hampered by two late turnovers by Sloan. “We couldn’t guard them or stop their shots in the second half,” Turgeon said. “We didn’t have any success with our secondary break or motion. Their half court defense really made the difference, and you have to give them credit for that. We also missed some free throws in the second half. It was a four point game, but we kept missing the free throws and that hurt us.” A&M closed out the tourna-

Kansas lost its seventh -straight game in a 41-39 loss against Missouri. The Tigers kicked a field goal as time expired to hand Kansas its worst record since 2004.

Texas Tech (8-4) The Red Raiders beat Baylor 20-13 and finished third in the Big 12 South. They are predicted to make a bowl game.

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Oklahoma (7-5)

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Oklahoma finished with the worst record since 1999, Bob Stoops first season as head coach. The Sooners defeated Oklahoma State 27-0 on Saturday.

Nebraska (9-3) Nebraska finished at the top of the Big 12 North standings and will play Texas in the Big 12 Championship game Saturday at 7:00 p.m. The Cornhuskers finished its regular season with a win against Colorado.

Colorado (3-9) The Buffaloes lost 28-20 to Nebraska in its final game of the season. The 3-9 finish is Colorado’s worst since 2006. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Texas A&M senior guard Derrick Roland dunks the ball in the Aggies’ 66-65 win against No. 16 Minnesota Sunday at the 76 Classic Sunday in Anaheim, Calif. ment Sunday night, defeating Minnesota 66-65. Trailing midway through the first half, the Aggies hit five three pointers and ran up a 14-0 run to claim the lead. The Golden Gophers

Oklahoma State (9-3)

surged back in the second half and pulled within one thanks to A&M missing 11 of their last 13 free throws of the game.

Oklahoma State lost its second conference game of the season against Oklahoma. The loss prevents the Cowboys from receiving an at-large bid into a BCS bowl.

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FOR RENT $375 pre-lease. 1/1, 2/1. Free Wi-Fi, On Northgate, on Shuttle. Short term leases ok. Call agent, Ardi. 979-422-5660. $580/mo 4/4.5 private bath and reserved covered parking at Callaway Villas. Sublet beginning January. Must call me before you conact Callaway. 713-408-8597. $900 Available now 3bd/2ba duplex near tamu. Has W/D, lawn care and pests paid. Call Jimmy (832)724-3554 or duplexrenter@yahoo.com $900, Available Now, PRE-LEASE, 3, 4 bdrm. houses near TAMU, pets ok. Call Agent Ardi 979-422-5660. 1-3/bedroom apartments. Some with w/d, some near campus. $175-$600/mo. 979-696-2038. 1-acre close to campus 4bd/2ba +study, 2000sq./ft., newer double wide, fenced yard, large deck, washer and dryer included, $1100/mo. owner/realator 219-0405. 2 bedroom Four-plex and Duplex, a couple of different floor plans to choose from. Some with wood floors, fireplace, fenced yard. www.twincityproperties.com 979-775-2291. 2/1.5 with W/D connection, great location, with backyard. Near bus-stop. Water , lawn, & pest paid. $600/mo. 422-4296. 2/2 duplex on Navarro Drive. Available immediately for sublease. 254-396-3993 or Lshanks@tamu.edu 2/2 Duplex on Navarro Drive. Available immediately. 254-396-3993 or Lshanks@tamu.edu. 2419 Brittain, 3bd/2ba duplex, fenced yard, great location, w/d included. Available now. $975/$900 www.texascrosswinds.com 979-268-3200. 2bd/1ba W/D water included, shuttle stop in front, 3/4 mile from campus. Ceiling fans, very clean. (979)690-4181. 2bdrm/3ba duplexes. Great floorplans, fenced yards, w/d, tile floors, icemakers, alarm systems. 979-776-6079, www.aggielandleasing.com 3 or 4 bd/2ba house. Close to campus. Available Now. Pets allowed. 979-204-9810 or Jm.quast@yahoo.com 3/2 duplex. 5-minutes from campus, fenced yard, bus route, fairly new. Call 214-505-6534, 469-233-4653. 3/2 duplex. Prelease January. Very nice. 5mins to campus. W/D. Lawn care, security monitored. $900/mo. 979-691-0304, 979-571-6020. 3/2 House w/study-Wolf Pen Area! Close to shuttle, w/d conn, fenced w/ lawn care, www.twincityproperties.com 979-775-2291. 3/2 house, walk to campus, $1100 +deposit, flexible lease term 979-324-3901. 3/3 duplex. All appliances, fenced yard, large living areas, yard maintenance, available January. 979-204-2644 or clydie@elliscustomhomes.com Efficiencies, 1 and 2 bedrooms. 1-month free rent. 979-693-1906.

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Schev[ikhoven] pushed the ball outside we just had a lot more openings against their blockers.” The Aggies, who have struggled this season in third sets, came out stronger than the first two sets. After picking up a lead, sophomore outside hitter Kelsey Black, senior setter Jola Kelner and senior outside hitter Dylan Faulkner were put in. The starters finished out the game, with senior outside hitter Sarah Ammerman and Batis both having double-doubles. The game ended 25-20, and the Aggies completed the sweep and concluded their final match of the season. Senior tributes took place following the game, when the seniors and their parents were recognized on the court and given their framed jerseys. “I am just glad we saved the senior awards for after the match,” Ammerman said. “That was when it really hit me. It hit me this morning, the

and Donald (Sloan) would have made their free throws,” Turgeon said. “Earlier in the year we were 19-of-23 from the free throw line. Hopefully the guys will get so mad at themselves for all the misses that it doesn’t become a bigger problem.” The Aggies will head home to face Prairie View A&M Wednesday in the second leg of a double-header at Reed Arena.

whole time getting ready, I was just putting my uniform on, and it was hitting me pretty hard. The match comes first, and we wanted it really bad, so we had to put that ahead.” Batis said the emotion of playing her last home game was hard to deal with during the final set. “The emotion really started coming for me at point 21 for us, after that I made a service error,” Batis said. “I was saying to myself ‘Mary, you can’t cry yet, you gotta win first.’ The whole match we played our hearts out. We just put our emotion into the game and that is when we play our best. It was good to have that fight back.” The win caps off a 4-game winning streak helped propel the Aggies to an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. The Aggies have been placed in the Omaha Regional, along with Texas, Iowa State, and Nebraska. A&M will face off against the Arizona Wildcats, who are 1910 on the season. The Wildcats also received an at-large bid out of the Pac-10 conference. The game is slated for 5 p.m. Friday in Baton Rouge, La.

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t’s getting to be that time of the semester when students find themselves forced to actually check books out from the library. This can be a foreign, daunting task, which is why I have compiled a step-by-step guide to help you through the process. Step 1: get inside the library. This can be far easier said than done. See, Evans Library is equipped with the single most devilish device of modern engineering contraptions, the revolving door. The trick to getting through is knowing when to stop. You push for too long and you will, through some devious workings of the dark arts I have yet to fully understand, end up exactly where you started. (Random aside, people say it’s impossible to slam a revolving door. This is a lie. All you have to do is get someone you don’t like to stand inside it first.) Step 2: Once you’ve overcome this crafty obstacle and gained entry to the library’s interior, it’s time to actually locate the desired book. Now you can try to just meander through the building until you find what you’re looking for, but in my experience, this is a good way to end up in the section on ancient Aztec castration practices. See, things at Evans aren’t laid out like your average library, with the usual sections dedicated to fiction, non-fiction, self-help, ferret legging, and so on. No, we use the Library of Congress system. Like anything congressional, trying to understand it will make your brain explode. In this system, every book is given a “call number” based off of the year it was published, the type of book, the author’s age and social security number, the number of pages and the publisher’s birthday divided by the square root of the average number of seconds it takes to read the title backward. This number is then thrown away and replaced by a random code generated by an excited monkey

dancing on a keyboard. In order to discover this call number, you’ll have to make use of one of the many computers scattered throughout Evans Library. Approach the computer and have this conversation. Computer: “Search?” You: “The Book I am Looking for.” Computer: “How about a microfilm on the Agricultural Taxes of Renaissance Johannesburg?” Remember, no matter how tempting it is, strict library tradition states you cannot ask a librarian for help. That’s cheating. Step 3: Give up on what you were looking for and grab a random interesting book off of the shelf, such as “The Big Book O’ Pop Up Pirates.” Then grab a bunch of serious looking books with names like “The Biochemistry of Theoretical Time Travel” so the checkout person won’t think you’re a loser. Step 4: Attempt to use the self-checkout. The self-checkout is a theoretically easy to use machine. All you have to do is run the book’s bar code past the laser scanner on the self-checkout machine, and you’re good to go. Unfortunately, another unspoken library rule dictates the book’s bar code must be located in a place completely inaccessible to the scanner, such as Vancouver. This is also designed to stop working on the most embarrassing book out of all the ones you’re checking out. So even if you have 19 books on theoretical physics and geothermal politics and other things that make you look sophisticated when you leave them on your coffee table, you can be certain the scanner will refuse to work on the 20th. Which is invariably titled something like “Making Friends through Increased Personal Hygiene: Your One Stop Self Help Guide for Treating Unsightly Nasal Warts At Home.” This leaves you no choice but to attempt to casually checkout with a librarian. Librarian: “Let’s see here, ‘How to Draw Ninjas for Beginners.’” You: “It’s, um... for a friend.” Librarian: “I see.” You: “I just read it for the articles!” Step 5: Leave the books in a large pile by your bed, and never look at them again. James Cavin is a senior English major.

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