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No. 10 A&M rolls over SFA, 106-56 Tanisha Smith scored 30 points and No. 10 Texas A&M cruised past Stephen F. Austin 106-56 on Wednesday. Tyra White added 17 points and Sydney Carter had 16 as the Aggies (4-0) shot 58 percent from the field.

Bryan police sponsor toy drive Santa will be wearing blue this Christmas. The Bryan Police Officer’s Association is playing the role of Santa Claus as they work to give toys to more than 1,000 students in the Bryan community. Jason James, public information officer, is one of the many officers who looks to give back to Bryan. “We see what’s going on in the neighborhoods and we want to help out when we can,” James said. “We want to give back to the community we serve.” The toy drive started in the 1990s on a single street and has expanded to the whole city. Toys and other donations will be taken through Friday at the police department. Donations also will be accepted from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at Holiday Magic at Sue Haswell Memorial Park. For more information, go to the Bryan Police Department Web site or the Facebook page. Travis Lawson, staff writer


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Senior accounting and finance major Hunter Bollman serves as Student Regent for the Texas A&M University System.

Student regent represents Aggies across the state Rebekah Skelton | The Battalion

Student leader profile series Every other week, The Battalion profiled a student leader to gain insight into their lives and what it takes to do their job.

The Aggie values are defined by service and spirit, and perhaps no student embodies these ideals more than Hunter Bollman. A senior accounting and finance major, Bollman is the student regent for the Texas A&M University System, and A&M would be hard pressed to find a more fitting student for the position. “I don’t know if I’ve met someone on campus that works harder than Hunter,” said former student body president Mark Gold, a class of ’09 biomedical sciences major. “He has spent countless hours doing things that students might not even

recognize. He doesn’t always get the thanks he deserves for the time he’s spent serving A&M but he doesn’t mind because he loves A&M and the students so much.” The first in his family to attend A&M, Bollman said he knew after going to an Aggie football game that he was definitely interested in the school. “My second experience was my junior year [of high school],” Bollman said. “I did the tour of campus and I got goosebumps. I just knew it was

Graduate team works on anti-cancer agent Travis Lawson The Battalion The concept of protein synthesis is old news for fighting bacteria, but the idea of using it to fight cancer is fairly new. A team of graduate students headed by Texas A&M University chemistry professor Daniel Romo has synthesized a compound from marine sponges which causes tumor cells to shut down. Romo collaborated with researchers at Johns Hopkins University and developed a synthetic derivative that he said might one day be used as an anti-cancer agent. The compound was first isolated by a group in New Zealand and Romo’s team synthesized it in 1998 to produce larger quantities to study its stability and biological activity. “We also synthesized a compound that allowed our collaborators at Johns Hopkins to basically find out why this compound was exerting anti-cancer activity,” he said.

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“What they found was that it inhibits protein synthesis in mammalian cells.” Texas A&M patented the discovery named by the team as DMDAPatA, and Romo said it seems to have the same potency as the comRomo pound found in the marine sponges. “That is exciting from the standpoint that we were able to find a compound that is very close in structure,” he said. “As a result, we now have a compound that is easier to synthesize reasonable quantities.” Though, two pharmaceutical companies have shown interest in the studies, Romo said the agent was far from being put on the market. “There are always possibilities about how we would push this along but it is still a long road,” he said. “It can take 10 to 15 years for a drug to reach the market and we are about two or three years in.”

Meet the student regent Find out what Hunter loves most about being an Aggie and his plans after graduation. Hear from him Read his guest column to students. student leader | 7

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A group of 15 architecture students design renovations for a New Orleans hospital.

Students design real-world project Luz Moreno The Battalion Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, on Aug. 29, 2005, leaving many residents without homes, grocery stores and hospitals. Floodwaters from the broken levees poured into New Orleans’ 9th Ward, causing massive damage to the area. A group of 15 students in the Architecture For Health studio at Texas A&M University split up into seven groups to build models to design renovations of the hospital. “We want to reconnect the 9th Ward with the heart of New Orleans,” said Rebecca Carranza, a senior architecture major. Students created designs for a 90- to 100-bed facility with an emergency center, surgery unit, intensive care units for adults and children, a post-anesthesia care See Design on page 4

The Battalion Since its formation in the summer of 2008, the Maroon Coats have made a name for themselves in the Aggie community. A branch of the Texas A&M Foundation, Maroon Coats was created to help with major gift fundraising. Members act as event hosts for donors and the University, traveling with development officers in the Foundation to thank donors and reinforce their confidence in Texas A&M University. “The original vision of the Maroon Coats is beginning to take shape,” said Strategy Intern Taylor Bradshaw, a senior accounting major. “The confidence that has been placed in our group is truly humbling, and we are honored to be the student representatives of such a thriving nonprofit operation.” With more than 450 hours of service under their coats, the organization has been able to make an impact on A&M. “The impact I’ve personally seen has come from the donor relations that we’ve built,” said

Maroon Coats President John Kovach, a senior agricultural economics major. “It’s good to see donors come back on campus and have them request to see a Maroon Coat so they can see what they’re doing on campus. By them showing their excitement it motivates the Maroon Coats to keep serving A&M.” One of the initiatives Maroon Coats are working on involves traveling with development officers to secure financing for the Memorial Student Center. Last year the Maroon Coats started with 12 members and put on one event a month. This year, with 20 members, the group has two or three events a month, and most recently held an event paying tribute to the newest honorary Maroon Coat, former President George H.W. Bush. “He’s displayed leadership not only for our University but also for the nation,” Bradshaw said. “He embodies the Aggie core values.” Selections for Maroon Coat members will begin in the See Maroon on page 4

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DALLAS — A federal appeals court says a suburban Dallas school district’s rules regulating when students could hand out religious materials are constitutional. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld the 2005 Plano school district regulations. But the appeals court sent claims over a policy in effect before 2005 back to the district court. The most recent rules allow students to distribute materials before and after school, at three annual parties, during recess and at designated tables during school hours. Middle and high schoolers could also use lunch periods to hand out items. Before the 2005 policy, four families with students at Plano schools said their children were banned from handing out pencils saying “Jesus is the reason for the season,” candy canes with cards describing their Christian origin, and other religious materials.

Junior health major Ashley Stigall (left) and sophomore general studies major Monica Laughlin (right) perform with the rest of the Aggie Dance Team Wednesday night at Reed Arena. Jon Eilts — THE BATTALION

Fort Hood suspect charged with attempted murder FORT WORTH, Texas — An Army psychiatrist was charged Wednesday with 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the deadly mass shooting at Fort Hood that also injured more than two dozen soldiers and two civilian police officers, military officials said. Maj. Nidal Hasan has already been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder after the Nov. 5 shooting in a building at the Texas base where soldiers must go before being deployed. Witnesses said he jumped on a Hasan desk and shouted “Allahu Akbar!” — Arabic for “God is great!” Army officials have said he was armed with two pistols, one a semiautomatic capable of firing up to 20 rounds without reloading. The additional charges come less than 24 hours after Hasan’s civilian attorney was notified that the Army plans to evaluate Hasan to test his competency to stand trial as well as his mental state at the time of the shooting. John Galligan, Hasan’s attorney, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Army officials had not returned his calls so he did not know when or where the “mental responsibility” exam would take place. Galligan said he had filed an

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WASHINGTON — Copies of e-mails between the White House party crashers and a Pentagon official undermine their claims that they were invited to President Barack Obama’s first state dinner. Tareq and Michaele Salahi pressed a Pentagon aide for four days to score tickets to the big event. By their own admission in the e-mails, they showed up at the White House gates at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 24 without an invitation. The Secret Service has said they weren’t on that list and that it erred by letting them in anyway. The administration said the White House social office will make sure that one of its staff members will be present at the gates in the future. Secret Service spokesman Malcolm Wiley said the plan for the dinner did not call for a social office employee to be at the gate but agents didn’t call the office to ask for assistance or clarification. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Wednesday the decision to station social office staff at the security checkpoint during events was implemented Tuesday night, when the White House threw a party for volunteers decorating the White House for Christmas.

objection to the evaluation pointing out that Hasan was still in intensive care at a San Antonio military hospital recovering from gunshot wounds that left him paralyzed. The results of the mental evaluation could prevent Hasan from being sent to death row or even being tried at all, although those scenarios are unlikely, experts say. The exam is done by a board of mental health professionals to determine whether the suspect had a severe mental illness at the time of the crime; if so, his or her clinical psychological diagnosis; whether that prevented him from knowing at the time that his alleged actions were wrong; and if he is competent to stand trial, according to military law. If the board decides Hasan is not competent to stand trial, he would be hospitalized until he is found competent, Stevens said. If it deems that Hasan had a severe mental illness but did not lack mental responsibility at the time of the crime, the military must decide whether to proceed with the case or drop the charges and have Hasan discharged from the Army based on his mental illness, Stevens said. Authorities have not said if they plan to seek the death penalty. Associated Press

Tiger Woods apologizes to family, fans THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Tiger Woods said he let his family down with “transgressions” he regrets “with all of my heart,” and that he will deal with his personal life behind closed doors. His statement Wednesday follows a cover story in Us Weekly magazine that reports a Los Angeles cocktail waitress claims she had a 31-month affair with the world’s No. 1 golfer. “I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves,” Woods said on his Web site. “I am dealing with my behavior and personal failings behind closed doors with my family.” Woods did not offer details of any alleged relationship. “I will strive to be a better person and the husband and father that my family deserves,” Woods said. “For all of those who have supported me over the years, I offer my profound apology.” The cocktail waitress, Jaimee Grubbs, told the magazine she met Woods at a Las Vegas nightclub the week after the 2007 Masters — two months before Woods’ wife, Elin, gave birth to their first child. About three hours before Woods’ statement, the magazine published what it said was a voicemail — provided by Grubbs — that Woods left on her phone on Nov. 24, three days before his car crash outside his home in Florida. Woods has spoken only three times through his Web site, although this was his longest posting. “For the last week, my family and I have been hounded to expose intimate details of our per-

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Blast from the past Clay Harley

Leonard Cohen’s latest release looks back at one of his early performances.


eventy-five year-old Canadian folk singer, novelist, and poet Leonard Cohen’s latest release takes a look back at a performance from his earlier days. Leonard Cohen Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 is a CD/DVD combo containing video and audio footage of Cohen’s latenight performance to a crowd of 600,000 at the third Isle of Wight music festival. The performance features Cohen and his small band—The Army— performing many of Cohen’s

compositions. At this point in time, Cohen was quite new on the music scene, and only had two albums. However, he was a renowned poet and novelist before he began his musical career. Cohen’s music features his serious, contemplative lyrics as the focus of most of his songs, and that is captured in this documentation of the 1970 performance. While the CD features the performance in chronological order, the DVD encompasses the event. Beginning with two of the live songs as background music, director Murray Lerner puts into perspective the size of the enormous crowd and the rioting and chaos that had been taking place at the festival. Several of the artists performing before Cohen had been booed off the stage. Before starting his first song, Cohen, in his slow deliberate drawl, asks the crowd to each light a match in order to let him see where they are. The camera pans across the crowd showing many lights in the blackness. Then Cohen slowly eases into the first song, his well-known “Bird on the Wire:” “Like… a… bird.” From here Cohen continues to

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1. Bob Marley “No Woman No Cry” |easy easing election|

2. Bob Marley “Three Little Birds” |he’s really quite good with his easing|

3. The Felice Brothers “Take This Bread” |yes, it has a strange intro|

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4. Simon & Garfunkel “Bridge Over Troubled Water” |or Elvis’s version, for a laugh|

5. Victor Wooten “Amazing Grace” Courtesy photo

Canadian folk singer Leonard Cohen’s latest release contains live audio and video footage from a performance at the third Isle of Wright music festival in 1970. Cohen and his band “The Army” followed Jimi Hendrix. calm the crowd with his tinny baritone notes, introspective lyrics and satisfying melodies and chord changes. The small group of musicians providing accompaniment for Cohen adds to the assuagement with clean electric guitars, simple bass lines, and a keyboard and two female backup singers to create a warm sound. The exception to the mostly soothing songs is “The Stranger Song.” Cohen performs this one solo, just him and his guitar. The dark, slow song is about having a revelation of consciousness in life. Its tone and theme are haunting, and this can be seen in the uneasy expressions the audience members take on, sitting and watching, deep in thought. Also featured throughout the DVD are interviews with various musicians who also performed at the festival: singer and songwriters Kris Kristof-

ferson, Judy Collins, Joan Baez, and Cohen’s producer and keyboard player Bob Johnston. This CD/DVD combo is a must for any Leonard Cohen fan, a performance from his early days in music before an enormous crowd featuring wonderful live adaptations of his studio recordings. However this release will satisfy any music lover, especially those who enjoy folk music. It’s a well-done piece containing some great music. Clay Harley is a senior management information systems major.

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7. Third Eye Blind “Motorcycle Drive By” |so good to hear it|

8. Grateful Dead “Ripple” |ripple reek|

9. The Mother Truckers “Ride Me Down Easy” |great take on an oldie|

10. Sublime “What I Got” |what have you got?|

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Methodist church offers service With many Aggies leaving College Station for the holidays, students often miss the opportunity to celebrate a candlelight Christmas with the community. “Since most students and many faculty members travel over Christmas, we would like to offer the campus community a chance to celebrate the birth of Christ with their Aggie family,” said church intern Taylor Smith. “This service is open to the entire community and we hope to reach capacity so that hundreds of Aggie students and faculty can sing carols, take communion and light candles all in remembrance of the new born Savior.” The service will be at 7 p.m. tonight at A&M United Methodist Church in the main sanctuary and will be led by the Rev. Kip Gilts. “The service will feature carols accompanied by the magnificent Schantz Pipe Organ, choral anthems, readings, a message and communion,” said Smith, senior industrial engineering major. Community members, faculty and students will aid in leading the service. A&M United Methodist Church is at 417 University Drive. Ann Littmann, staff writer


“Our ultimate goal is that everyone will leave Texas A&M knowing about the Foundation, and that every donor and prospective donor will be reminded of the memorable Aggie spirit that still resides in the hearts of current students.” — Taylor Bradshaw Maroon Coats stratedgy intern and senior accounting major

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The Maroon Coats was created in the summer of 2008 as a branch of the Texas A&M Foundation. In this photo the newest honorary Maroon Coat, former President George H.W. Bush stands with current members.

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spring and applications can be found online at marooncoats. Students applying must have attended A&M for at least one year with at least one year remaining and are required to maintain a 2.5 grade point average or greater. Bradshaw said that during the selection process officers look for

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unit, radiology department, and a lab for blood and tissue analysis. The designs were structured to withstand hurricane-force winds and make the flow of the hospital smoother. Many of the students took into account wind flow, possible flooding and going green. They made the hospitals capable of functioning in case a hurricane was to hit New Orleans. “Harmony is our goal,” said Rachel Hardaway, senior architecture major. “We wanted it to all flow together and portray the feeling of New Orleans.” The goal of the project was to build a hospital and to make it a community center. The designs had recreation centers, shopping malls and restaurants to surround the border of the hospital to make it more lively and attractive. They also made use of nature, such as daylight and vegetation, to make it more comfortable. The architecture students worked on the project for months. Visiting lecturers came to the College of Architecture every

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the place for me.” Since enrolling in the University, Bollman has wasted no time in helping to make A&M a better place. As a former Fish Camp counselor and an active member of both the Honor Council and Brothers Under Christ, it is clear that Bollman has a heart to serve. “I wanted to give back to the institution that has blessed me and given me so much,” Bollman said. A unique opportunity for Bollman to give back came last year when he was one of 55 applicants recommended to the chancellor to become the Student Regent on the A&M University System Board of Regents. Each of the 11 campuses selected five students for the position. The chancellor then chose between three and five applicants and submitted them to Gov. Rick Perry for his final selection. “It was completely overwhelming [to be picked as Student Regent],” Bollman said. “I was so humbled and honored and blessed. I was just in shock that the governor would have picked me for this position.” The Board of Regents is the highest governing authority over the A&M system and has 10 mem-

students who have a unique passion for the University. Maroon Coats will have a booth at the MSC Open House on Jan. 24 and applications will be due Jan. 28. “Our ultimate goal is that every student will leave Texas A&M knowing about the Foundation,” Bradshaw said, “and that every donor and prospective donor will be reminded of the memorable Aggie spirit that still resides in the hearts of current students.”

Wednesday this semester to talk about sustainability and health care reform. Two professors from the University of Tokyo, Ruka Kosuge and Kazu Okamoto, also observed and listened to ideas of students. Also participating and lending advice at the event were Jeffrey Gerber, CEO and president of Pierce Goodwin Alexander & Linville and J. Wood, an architect and developer with Fiorano Ventures LLC. “It’s great to see other ideas from different perspectives,” Gerber said. “We’re creating a new community where people can come back to New Orleans.” The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority issued a call for design concepts for a health care facility in the 9th Ward. Wood and Bob Wehrmeyer, president of FAS Cos. in San Antonio, are working with NORA, and — familiar with past work from the studio, approached Mann and Joseph J. McGraw, architecture professor emeritus — about the project. “We like to work with real clients, real cites and real designs,” McGraw said. “We’re as real as the real world.”

bers. Bollman is the only student. The Board presides over 115,000 students at 11 universities, seven state agencies, and one health and science center. “My job is a two way street,” Bollman said. “I serve as an advisor to the Board of Regents on issues affecting students and I serve as a liaison between to Board and the students.” His favorite part of the job, Bollman said, is getting to go out and meet new people — something that those who work alongside him say he does very well. “Student Regent is a role that requires somebody to branch out, get to know people, get to know the issues of many organizations on campus, and Hunter has done that very well,” said Corps Cmdr. Brent Lanier, a senior political science major. “He has established relationships with many people on campus and through that he has been able to communicate any issues people have to the Board of Regents. He’s the face of the students to the Board and he’s done a very good job.” Bollman may be leaving A&M in the next year and a half, but the Spirit of Aggieland will never leave him. “I love the people, the environment, the Twelfth Man, going to see basketball and football games,” Bollman said. “I love everything about this place.”



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Von Miller named Hendrick’s Award finalist Texas A&M junior “jack” linebacker Von Miller was chosen as a finalist for the Hendrick’s Defensive End of the Year award. The final vote for the award will be concluded on Dec. 8 and winner will be announced on Dec. 9. Miller leads the nation with 17 quarterback sacks, the second most in a single season in A&M history.

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Double the win, double the fun Jon Eilts — THE BATTALION

Texas A&M senior forward Bryan Davis goes for a layup in the Aggies’ 84-59 win against Prairie View A&M Wenesday at Reed Arena. Davis had five points in the match.

Patrick Hayslip The Battalion The No. 19 Texas A&M men’s basketball team defeated Prairie View A&M 84-59 Wednesday night in Reed Arena with help from its bench. Freshman forward Khris Middleton came off the bench and led all Aggie scorers with a careerhigh 17 points while fellow freshman guard Naji Hibbert also set a career-high with 11 points. “It’s amazing what making a couple shots will do for your confidence,” said A&M Head Coach

Men’s and women’s hoops take back-to-back wins

Mark Turgeon. “We know what he’s capable of. He can score so quickly. I heard a couple of the seniors saying that they needed to get Khris going because they know how good he is.” Prairie View roared out of the gate shooting the ball well from long range, opening up a 15-6 lead helped by sophomore guard Michael Griffin, who scored 10 of his first half 13 points in the first four minutes of the game. A&M’s three-point shooting helped them get See Men on page 6



Texas A&M sophomore guard Tyra White goes for a layup in the Aggies’ 106-56 win against Stephen F. Austin Wednesday in Reed Arena. White had 17 points in the game.

Michael Teague The Battalion Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair and his No. 7 Aggies notched a 106-56 victory Wednesday night over his old employer, Stephen F. Austin State University. “You want to do that because you have so much pride for that school,” Blair said. “That was my first job. I coached a very similar team to what’s down there. That was the style of defense we played.”

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The Aggies’ offense gashed the Ladyjack’s defense for the third most points in school history. A&M shot 57.5% from the field and outscored Stephen F. Austin 70-10 inside the paint. “A&M is very good and we knew that,” said Stephen F. Austin head coach Lee Ann Riley. “Give them credit. Honestly, I think this could be (Blair’s) most balanced team because of their inside-out; they can score. They lost some great players last year but now they’re so balanced.

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Absolutely 1 Fun Laugh-A-Lot Defensive Driving! Ticket dismissal/insurance discount. W&Th (6pm-9pm) or Sat (8am-2:30pm). Walk-ins welcome. At Denny’s (across from TAMU). $25 cash, restrictions apply. 979-694-8888. Train Your Brain for Finals! Improve Study and Test Taking Skills with hypnosis. $25 advance, $30 door- limited seating. For times, directions and reservations 979-739-7143

313 Sterling 3bd/2.5ba home located minutes from campus. $1300/$1000 deposit. Avail. Now. 979-268-3200.

Spacious 3bd/3ba. Close to campus. Washer and dryer provided.

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AUTO I buy vehicles, running or not running. 979-778-1121.

FARM/RANCH Horse boarding $100/mo., large pens with shelter, lighted arena and more. 25-minutes from campus. Call 979-589-2334.

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. $400/mo., 2bd/2ba, central heat and air, W/D, Longmire Ct., CS. 979-822-1616 $450/m includes utilities, 1/1 furnished, country living, pool, wifi, pets ok. 979-255-7577 $700/mo., available mid-December. 2bdrm/2ba. duplex on San Mario Court. Pets ok, lawn care provided, w/d connection. 979-220-5681. $900 Available now 3bd/2ba duplex near tamu. Has W/D, lawn care and pests paid. Call Jimmy (832)724-3554 or $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. 1/1 apartment, w/d, two huge closets, on bus rout. $500/m. 281-413-5940 2 bedroom Four-plex and Duplex, a couple of different floor plans to choose from. Some with wood floors, fireplace, fenced yard. 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 available 12/5/09, Richmond Ridge Townhome. Large open plan, granite, ceramic. $995. Broker/owner. 979-777-5477. 2/2 Duplex on Navarro Drive. Available immediately. 254-396-3993 or 2419 Brittain, 3bd/2ba duplex, fenced yard, great location, w/d included. Available now. $975/$900 979-268-3200. 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, 3 or 4 bd/2ba house. Close to campus. Available Now. Pets allowed. 979-204-9810 or 3/2 duplex. 5-minutes from campus, fenced yard, bus route, fairly new. Call 214-505-6534, 469-233-4653. 3/2 House w/study-Wolf Pen Area! Close to shuttle, w/d conn, fenced w/ lawn care, 979-775-2291. 3/2 house, walk to campus, $1100 +deposit, flexible lease term 979-324-3901. 3/3 Duplexes, 1400sqft, fenced backyard, all appliances new, excellent specials, 979-694-0320. 3bd./1ba. House, $800/mo., Close to campus! 307 George Bush East, Jan-Aug, Call Ryan 512-496-4131.


3bd/2ba great floorplan, on shuttle route. Washer and dryer. Fans, stainless appliances. New, new, new. 3bdrm/3ba duplexes. Great floorplans, fenced yards, w/d, tile floors, icemakers, alarm systems. 979-776-6079. 4/2, acre lot. Plenty of parking. Just remodeled. All appliances. $1000/mo. 903-693-2544.

Spring/ Summer sublease at Parkway Place. First Month Paid!!! $448/mo. All bills paid. Call Charlie, 214-929-9435, email Spring/ Summer sublease at Parkway Place. Was $560/mo, now $460/mo. January free. Furnished, all bills paid. Call Mitchell 903-388-7165. Sublease 1bd/1ba, w/d. Jan.1st- July31st. $695/mo. University Square Apartments. 979-693-2720 or 707-421-8020. Apply at complex.

4/3, 3/3 &3/2 Townhouses, Duplexes &Fourplexes, 1250-1700sqft. Very spacious, ethernet, large kitchen, extra storage, great amenities, on bus route, now pre-leasing for 2010, excellent specials. 694-0320. 903 Azalea- Duplex- 3bd/2ba w/d included, new carpet, great location, shuttle, available now $900/$900 979-268-3200. All bills paid, 4-bdrm condo on Southwest Parkway. Has 3 rooms for rent, $425/each with private baths, shared common area, 210-771-4535. Available 1/1/10. 2bdrm/1.5ba. condo w/carport. New carpet, paint. Pool, w/d included, on shuttle route. Water paid. 1501 Stallings. 214-709-6319. Available now. 4/2/2 newly remodeled, pet-friendly, new carpet &paint. $1275/mo. 1208 North Ridgefield. Biking distance to campus. 979-776-8984. Balcones Apartments, only 2 left! 1/1 on bus route $475/mo. 703-8282.

Sublease for spring 2010. 4/4.5 Aspen Heights. $595/m plus electric.

Casa Verde town-home 2/2 W/D connection. Near bus stop. Pest, water, lawn paid $695/mo. 703-8282.

Child Care- FT & PT shifts available. Some nights & Saturdays required. Apply in person at 3609 E. 29th St., Bryan.

Close to campus 2bd/2bth. Washer and dryer. Fenced yard.

Cleaning commercial buildings at night, M-F. Call 979-823-5031 for appointment.

Cozy 2bdrm/2bth condo 3-blocks from campus, yard, w/d connections, over 1000sqft., no HUD, updated, $565/mo., 506-A College Main 254-289-0585. Efficiencies, 1 and 2 bedrooms. 1-month free rent. 979-693-1906. Female roommate needed! Spacious 2-Story House in Horse Haven estates $550/mo. All bills paid! Available 12/2, Call Melody 254-715-3826 For rent/pre-leasing 3 bedroom/2 bath townhouse in Wolf Pen. One block to campus. On shuttle route. $1200/month. 979-777-8407.

Two rooms in nice mobile home. Master with private bath $475, 2nd bedroom $375. Central-air/ht, internet, cable, everything included. 210-364-7006.

FOR SALE For Sale 1999 Honda Night Hawk, 10,000mi., Black, $1,250 210-363-6837. Wolfpen district 2bd/2.5ba condo on TAMU shuttle. 1904 Dartmouth 817-422-3207

HELP WANTED Assistant teachers part-time. Working with children 18-mo. through 6-yrs, great learning opportunity for education majors or anyone wanting experience working with children. Please apply at or 979-693-6556. Athletic men for calendars, books, etc. $100-$200/hr, up to $1000/day. No experience. 512-684-8296.

COACHES WANTED! We need enthusiastic, positive, motivational volunteer coaches for YOUTH BASKETBALL. Season begins early January 2010! Call 764-6222 or 764-3424. Horse feeding. 7am Mon-Sun. Can split days with 2 or 3 people. South CS. Jamie, 512-673-0772. J. Cody’s hiring all positions. Apply within, 3610 S. College. No experience necessary, just common sense! Now hiring waitresses, door girls, and entertainers. Apply in person 4075 Hw.6 South. College Station.

House for rent 3/1.5/1, 0.75 acres, horse ok, 6mo. lease available. $875/mo., $875 deposit 979-696-1670.

P/T service station attendant and lube tech. Basic Automotive knowledge. Villa Maria Chevron, Villa Maria & E.29th. 979-776-1261.

Northgate rent new. W/D connection. 1/1, 2/2, 3/3. Walk to campus. (979)255-5648.

Pool Cleaner needed. Part time, full time, $8-10/hr. 979-229-0071.

Oak Creek Condos high-speed internet and basic cable. 2bdrm/1.5ba. $515/mo. Water, sewer, trash paid. Fireplace, icemaker, pool, hot-tub. 979-822-1616. Pre-leasing Townhome Style Condos 2bd/2.5ba off Spring Loop and University Drive. River Ridge Townhomes. Close to campus on the bus route. Call 979-690-1504 or email Ridgewood Village efficiency with loft. Uniquely designed floor plan. No pets, $385/mo, $250 deposit. 1211-1213 Holik. 979-696-2998. Some short term leases available. $415/mo. Ridgewood Village, large very quiet tree-shaded 1bdrm/1bth studio, no pets. $435/mo, $250 deposit, 1201-1209 Holik. 979-696-2998. Some short term leases available $485/mo. Roommates needed. 4bd/4bth $325/mo., washer/dryer. University Place on Southwest Parkway. 281-844-2090.

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PETS A+Teacup puppies: Maltese, Shorkies, Maltipoos, Yorkies &Poodles. $500 &up. 979-324-2866, Adopt Pets: Dogs, Cats, Puppies, Kittens, Many purebreds. Brazos Animal Shelter, 979-775-5755, Ragdoll Cats and older kittens. Fully vaccinated, spayed/neutered, and felv/fiv negative. $100 & up.

REAL ESTATE Buy &Sell B/CS homes, condos, duplexes. RE/MAX. Nadia Michael 979-693-1851. 979-739-2035.

ROOMMATES 1 roomate needed. Spacious 2 story townhouse in Canyon Creek. Fully furnished. 4/2.5 $400/mo. +1/4 utilities. 713-823-9341. 2 rooms open in house- Edelweiss Gardens. Fully furnished 4/2.5 $390 +1/4 bills/$550 all paid. Tile/Central A/C/HBO/Garage/Backyard. Call Shawn 832-788-5093, Female roomate sublease 1-room. January-July 2010. One month free. $600/mo. All bills paid including internet and cable. At The Woodlands. Call 214-477-5398. Female roommate for spring/summer for house 1mi from campus. $387.50 +1/4bills. Emily 979-877-9746, Female roommate needed. 2bd/2ba in The Zone apartments. Available for immediate move in. $530/mo +1/2 electricity. 1st month free. Contact Barbara 713-550-6560. New Condo! Sublease 1 room. Private bath &bed. Wood floor. W/D in unit. December half month free. Jan-May $315/mo. 519 SW Pkwy. Call 281-639-8847, 713-922-7722. One female roommate in duplex on bus route needed. $350/mo +1/2 utilities. Pets ok. 817-266-1286. One roommate needed for spring, 3/1 house 309B Sterling, $250/mo plus 1/3 utilities. Joe, (325)669-7757. Roommate needed for Spring semester. 2/2 apartment. $343/mo. +1/2 utilities. 803-673-4113. Roommate needed. January- May 2010 lease. 12x20 bedroom in 4/2 house. Deck, porches, furnished common areas. $450/mo +1/4bills. Contact 832-326-1955.

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Texas A&M freshman forward Khris Middleton scores a layup in the Aggies 84-59 win against Prairie View A&M Wednesday in Reed Arena. Middleton scored 17 points.

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back into the game when Holmes hit a crucial three-pointer at 12:07 to stop the run by the Panthers. Griffin came right back to help stop the bleeding for the Panthers, giving them a 21-17 lead. Sophomore forward David Loubeau later tied the game at 2121 with a jump shot in the paint. Middleton made three consecutive plays down the stretch with two three-pointers while sandwiching a rebound off a Senior Panther forward Darnell Hugee’s missed lay-up. “Khris can really shoot,” Turgeon said. “He defended better and he was more physical tonight, which you need to be successful.” Hugee, the Panther’s leading scorer with 15.2 points per game, struggled with foul trou-

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They put five out there who can score and that’s hard to guard.” Senior guard Tanisha Smith led the A&M offense from the opening tip, scoring 10 points in the first six minutes. Smith went on to finish with a career-high 30 points and became the first A&M player under Blair to do so. “I’ve been staying after practice, shooting and making great shots” Smith said. “Knowing my shot selection and that I had smaller players on me, I just penetrated every time. I could score easy every night if the defender is smaller than me.” A&M leading-scorer Danielle Adams racked up 10 points and 4 rebounds off the bench. The junior center has scored in double-figures in all four games this season but struggled against the Ladyjacks. “That was not a very good game for her,” Blair said. “Poor shot selection with her shooting fade-aways with a 5’8 kid guarding her. She was shooting threes early in the shot clock. She’ll learn what we want and she’ll get the playing time she earns in practice.” A&M sophomore Tyra White kept the offense coming

ble and was held to only two points in the first half. A dunk by Middleton with 51 seconds left would send the Aggies to the half up 35-25. Senior guard Donald Sloan led the Aggies with nine points in the first half shooting two of four from behind the arc and four of four free throws. A&M came out of the second half with the same diligence at the three point line as senior guard Derrick Roland had two three-pointers to help the Aggies to a 41-28 lead. Junior guard B.J. Holmes, who had five points and three rebounds, electrified the crowd with 2:33 left with a block on Griffin driving to the hoop. The Aggies face Akron Friday at 7:00 p.m. at Reed Arena. Akron, who is apart of the MidAmerican conference made it to the NCAA tournament as a 13 seed in 2008.

from all directions. The guard also put up a career-high in points with 17. Sophomore forward Adoara Elonu led A&M on the boards, picking up a career-high 10 rebounds. She added 8 points to the effort as well. Both teams came out with intense full court defenses that caused 10 turnovers in the opening minutes. Blair credited the Ladyjack’s pressure, but said the team needed to improve their ball movement. “This game gave us something to work on,” Blair said. “We did a poor job passing the ball and handling the press. That was ugly basketball for our kids. That’s their style of play and we didn’t adapt to it. Give them a lot of credit for what they did in the first half.” The Aggies found their focus however, and launched off on a 19-2 run behind White. A&M finished strong and took a 5729 lead into halftime. The Aggies, however, wouldn’t let off the gas and outscored the Ladyjacks 49-27 in the second half. Next up for A&M is the Colliers International Classic in Berkeley, California. The Aggies will kick-off the tournament Saturday against Southern Illinois.


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When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? I think I changed my mind about what I wanted to be at least 20 times growing up. By 6th grade I knew the professional sports career I dreamed of in elementary school wouldn’t become a reality for a number of reasons.


What are your goals for after graduation? I have an internship this summer with KPMG that I am excited about. This will give me a chance to learn about public accounting. One day I would like to work in Washington, DC at the Capitol for a few years when I graduate or work for a management consulting firm.


What is your favorite memory made at Aggieland so far? I couldn’t pick just one favorite memory at Aggieland. I love my college experiences, from the random hangouts with friends, to watching A&M BTHO Texas on Kyle Field two years ago and going crazy with the student section at basketball games. Compiled by Ian McPhail


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where I saw thousands of Aggies gather together to honor the lives of those we lost the previous year. That to me is the definition of the Aggie Spirit and the Aggie family. Four years ago I came to Texas A&M as an outsider, but through my experiences in Aggieland as a student and a student leader I can now say with confidence that “I bleed maroon…”

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great, but the commitment to service is much greater. While at A&M I encourage you to seek out ways to get involved and serve on campus and in the BryanCollege Station community. My question to you is, where are you serving today? To say that the past four years have been the best years of my life is an understatement. I have had an amazing college experience and formed relationships and friendships that I will carry with me the rest of my life. As I sit back and reflect on my experiences at A&M, I am reminded of some amazing memories. I can’t help but look back at my first campus Muster,



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y journey at Texas A&M University started out very differently than many would expect. I am a first generation Aggie, and did not grow up “bleeding maroon” nor was I taught to say “Howdy” and “Gig’em” before I could walk. I had no idea what the traditions of A&M were. When I arrived on the campus for the first day of Fish Camp, I felt like an outsider. Four days later when I returned to campus, I had become a Fightin’ Texas Aggie. Over the past four years, I have developed a deep love and appreciation for Texas A&M, and everything it represents. I love our history, values and the traditions we hold so dear. Mostly I have fallen in love with the Aggie family, and the belief of service over self. It is the Aggie commitment to selfless service that has formed the foundation of our institution since 1876 and will guide us growing forward for years to come. I have been involved and held leadership positions in organizations across campus. I first got involved as a freshman by pledging Brothers Under Christ, an organization that I am still a member of today. In my sophomore year I started serving more and became a Fish Camp counselor in Camp Nichols, as well as a member of the Student Senate. As a junior, I served again as a counselor in Camp Forman, served on the Student Government Association’s Executive Council and participated in the Mays Business School Fellows Program. This year I have the opportunity of a lifetime, to serve as the student regent for the Texas A&M University System, where I represent the voices of 115,000 students at 11 universities to the Board of Regents. With all the things people could be doing with their time, why get involved and serve? My desire to serve stems from my love for others. 1st Peter 4:10 says, “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” I try to use my gifts to make a difference in someone else’s life. For me, there is no greater feeling then being able to go to bed at night knowing I helped make a difference at Texas A&M. It was my desire to improve college life for my fellow Aggies that led me to serve in the Student Government Association and work in student services. That desire also prompted me to apply as the Student Regent, a position where I serve students all across our state, ensuring that future students have the same opportunities I have been blessed with. As a student leader, I have had numerous opportunities to grow as a person. I have traveled across the state and nation, meeting with government officials and business leaders to lobby and speak on behalf of Aggie students. I have served side by side with my roommates and best friends at Big Event every March, where students show the Aggie Spirit by helping our fellow community members in need. I continue to serve on the governing board of this University and will be at the table when the next Texas A&M president is chosen. Like each of you, I have also faced challenges and obstacles during my time at A&M. I have done my best to learn from them, overcome them and grow from them. Take advantage of the resources available at Texas A&M University, because they are endless. Each and every one of us is blessed to have the opportunity to attend Texas A&M, an institution where the commitment to academic excellence is

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If you had three hours of free time, what would you do with it? I am a habitual napper. I love to nap and can pretty much anywhere at any time. If I had a few hours of free time, you would probably find me asleep for a portion of it.

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What do you love most about being an Aggie? The Aggie Spirit and the Aggie family. I love how students come from different walks of life, with different experiences and backgrounds. At Texas A&M differences are embraced, and the loyalty of Aggies and the commitment to the Aggie values unite all Aggies.

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Joaquin Villegas The Battalion The Student Recreation Center space quickly filled with students in the fall open house, so quickly that it caused some problems with air conditioning and congestion. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are hoping to help traffic flow and avoid the bottlenecks by having a better layout and opening some more entrances to the courts,â&#x20AC;? said Sarah Barnes, vice president of MSC Marketing. Open House moved to the Rec Center because of the Memorial Student Center renovations. The area previously used in the Rec Center was not big enough for the amount of students. Barnes said the group has worked out the problems. For the first time, the Aggieland Market, where students interact with Bryan-College Station area businesses, will be available during the MSC Open House. More than 3,000 faculty, students and community members participated in the Aggieland Market in 2008. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not only will it provide more opportunities for the students, but it will allow us to share the student experience with them,â&#x20AC;? Barnes said. MSC Marketing opened early registration for the Spring MSC Open House this week. The

Open house â&#x2013; 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 24 in the ďŹ rst ďŹ&#x201A;oor of the Student Recreation Center â&#x2013;  Early registration for $30, which guarantees an organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name on the event map, will close Jan. 15. Regular registration for $35 ends Jan. 21. MSC Open House connects students with organizations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The event will still be in the courts we used for the Fall Open House,â&#x20AC;? said Eric Blodgett, communications coordinator for the MSC, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but we will not be using the Archery Room or the Front Lobby of the Rec.â&#x20AC;? The open house will be in a smaller area than in the fall, and fewer slots will be available for student organizations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We typically have a smaller number of organizations for the Spring Open House. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why we only have 300 slots available,â&#x20AC;? Blodgett said. The event is expected to draw a lot of students to learn about opportunities in student organizations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It really offered a lot of opportunities about organizations I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even know were available at A&M,â&#x20AC;? said Samantha Jones, freshman biomedical sciences major.

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