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Travis Lawson The Battalion An ongoing feud between the Texas A&M University student-run Carpool and taxi cab companies in College Station has been alleviated after a meeting Dec. 3 between the two sides and College Station Police Department. Taxicab companies and Carpool have operated concurrently without problems since the organization was founded in 1999. However, companies have been complaining Carpool is stealing business by offering free rides to the community. Multiple incidents on Northgate between Carpool drivers and taxicab drivers caused the College Station Police Department to intervene and settle the matter. The Director of Public Relations for Carpool Rebecca Orth, a senior health major, said the two sides are beginning to see eye-to-eye. “I kind of felt like the taxi companies felt like we were out to get them, but that is not the case at all,” Orth said. “Our goal is to get the drunk drivers off the road so if they end up in their car or our car then our mission is accomplished.” See Taxi on page 7a

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cool Student carries Aggie Spirit in an unusual way Anne Littmann The Battalion To the outside observer, “Cooler Guy” may appear to be just a man on a motorized cooler, but to those who know him best, he is so much more. The man behind the cooler, sophomore mechanical engineering major Michael Riemer, never expected to become a sensation. “I feel like it’s crazy; I didn’t expect it at all. More people know me as Cooler Guy than my actual name,” Riemer said. “Today I was riding around campus and some guy came up to me and said ‘Hey I’m a fan of your’s on Facebook.’” Riemer, whose fan base totals 1,492 on Facebook, has decided to use his newfound fame to encourage Aggies to show their support, especially for Aggie Athletics. “I mostly use my fanpage to encourage Aggies to go to games and especially out to soccer games because not a lot of people follow soccer but our women’s soccer team is awesome,” Riemer said. See Cooler Guy on page 6a

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Ann Littmann The Battalion Code Maroon experienced nced a system malfunction that caused some subscribers to not receive notification when thee service issued an alert on Dec. 1 that an escaped prisoner was spotted in College Station, nearr the Texas A&M campus. “There was a technical chnical malfunction,” said Charley Clark, k associate vice president for University risk and compliance. “We are always trying to improve our system.” It was later concluded the threat to the campus and the College Station area was unfounded, Clark said. Although the situation proved to be non-threatening, the Critical Incident Response Team is concerned some Code Maroon alerts circulated even though many students received the information from other sources, including, the Texas A&M University Web site, emergency alert radios, e-mail and Twitter messages. “This was the first alert sent out using the new system,” Clark said. “However, the system was tested on Sept. 17, and it performed well.” Universities around the country rely on automated alert systems in order to send out vital information in case of an emergency. Texas A&M University installed the Code Maroon Emergency Notification System, which informs students via text message, Texas A&M e-mail, KAMU-FM radio, campus cable television, Emergency Alert System radios, Twitter and RSS feeds.

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and techniques to manage stress not only during finals time, but all year. “If you have good time management, especially with your studies, then that will really help with reducing your stress and anxiety,” said Student Counseling Services Counselor Sarah Ou-Young. Counselors advise not to study all night for exams since students can be left with fatigue the next day or the rest of the week. Ou-Young recommends students keep a general schedule as much as possible in terms of sleep and study patterns. “As a grad student, I have found that setting a specific day or time in my weekly routine to do things have allowed me to manage stress a lot better,” said Tereso Herrera, a human resource management graduate student. “I try not to schedule anything on Saturdays and leave that time to relax.” Counselors said eating fruits and drinking juices during long nights of studying are much more

effective than eating fatty and sugary foods that may cause sleepiness and loss of concentration. “Refrain from excessive use of caffeine or alcohol because those things will make you more jittery and will actually contribute to your stress level,” Ou-Young said. Exercise to relax during finals is also recommended as it can give your mind a boost of energy to refocus. “During finals, I would either go for a jog, workout at the Rec or play basketball,” Herrera said. “One time I put together a flag football game with a few of my friends during dead week. This enabled us to get away from the books and have a little fun together.” Studying in a quiet environment instead of an apartment with noisy roommates also will help minimize test anxiety. Keeping your calm and not being around too much chaos will allow for an environment that is both stress free and beneficial to learning, Martinez said. See Finals on page 7a

More tips on avoiding H1N1 Robert Carpenter Special to The Battalion While the number of H1N1 cases has fallen, students should remain proactive, said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in a media conference Thursday addressing the issue of the H1N1 virus on university campuses. “Our basic message is that we are simply not out of the woods yet with regards to H1N1,” Duncan said. “While we’ve seen a dip in the reported H1N1 cases nationwide, we know that could change at any time.” A common theme of Duncan’s address was the importance of being vaccinated. “College-aged students are among the most at-risk populations for contracting H1N1, and so it is very

important for as many college students as possible to get the vaccine,” Duncan said. The vaccinations have been met with mixed reactions. Some have abstained from receiving a vaccination because of the lack of clinical trials completed before its release. However, Edward Sherwood, interim dean of Texas A&M’s College of Medicine, dismissed these worries. “The vaccine was produced using the same technology that has been used for years,” said Sherwood, an infectious disease specialist. “There is no reason to believe the safety profile will be any different than that of the seasonal vaccine produced each year.” Duncan also encouraged students to take common sense measures toward preventing the spread of the flu. Marshall Bowen, a sophomore political science

major, said he has noticed students around campus already being proactive in this regard. “People are just being a little more conscientious in washing their hands and in [their] sanitary duties as they go about their lives as students,” Bowen said. The University also appears to be doing its part to encourage a healthy learning environment, Bowen said. “I’ve seen more hand sanitizing stations, as well as frequently stocked soaps in the restrooms,” Bowen said. While the measures taken by both the University and students are in-line with recommendations made by Duncan, he emphasized flu prevention extends throughout all parts of students’ lifestyles. See H1N1 on page 6a

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Freshman mechanical engineering major Adam Kley and sophomore computer science major Michael Nootbaar walk between classes Monday with freshman chemistry major Kim Trevino while playing “Humans vs. Zombies.” “Zombie” players must “kill” humans by touching them. If a zombie does not get a kill within 48 hours, they “die” and are out of the game. Human players can temporarily stun zombies by shooting them with nerf guns or throwing socks. The team with the last remaining player wins. The game was started as a relief from studying for finals.

2010-2011 tuition rates under review Samantha Johnson The Battalion Texas A&M University System Chancellor Mike McKinney told the system’s presidents to prepare budgets based on a tuition increase of zero to 3.95 percent. At the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year, tuition was raised 4 percent, meaning the range presidents have been asked to prepare for would be less than this year’s increase. “These are all very preliminary kinds of estimates,” said Rod Davis, director of communication for Texas A&M University System. Davis said this announcement was about being prepared for a variety of situations. “I think they’re just trying to get ahead of the game and look at some numbers and the impacts at each level,” he said. Davis said the economy, which is less than predictable, was another factor that would influence the decision. “Nobody really knows what the impact of the economy and of the stimulus bill [will have].” Jason Cook, vice president for marketing and communications for the Office of the President, said this is just the first step before final decisions are made about tuition. “After this, we will get together without Tuition Policy Advisory Committee, then in January we are hoping to schedule some open forums with students. Then we will present a proposal to the Board of Regents,” Cook said. He said since there are so many steps between now and when a final number is reached, it’s too early to discuss what effects it could have. “This announcement simply gives us a road map as we look forward to our 2011 school year,” he said. Some students find hope in the “zero” part of

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and the Frog Anthony Gerhart The Battalion he Walt Disney Co.’s “The Princess and the Frog” marks the studio’s 49th animated theatrical release. In the film, a free-spirited prince is turned into a frog after an exchange with a suspicious voodoo doctor, and he kisses the lips of a girl named Tiana in an attempt to regain his human form. The plan takes a turn for the worse when Tiana turns out to be the one that changes forms, and the two frogs then travel together with hopes of recovering their human likeness once more. One of the particularly notable characteristics about this film is the reprise of handdrawn animation as opposed to 3-D Computer Generated Images. Mike Surrey, the supervising animator for the character Ray, and Mark Henn, the supervising animator for the character Tiana sat down and discussed the ins and outs of the return of this style of animation. “The Princess and the Frog” is set to release in theaters Friday.

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Mike I think it’s sort of dictated by what the director feels is the best way to tell the story they want to tell. As animators, we knew that it’s really the story that dictates how good your film is. Mark [Our new creative executive] John Lasseter said, “This is Disney animation. Yes, we’re making 3-D films now and that’s fine but Disney animation is all about hand-drawn. That’s your heritage. That’s our legacy.” So the short answer that John Lasseter said we’re going to do this and the studio said “OK.” So I think there was still some skepticism about that, but John was fully confident and we were certainly saying “Yeah, yeah, no problem here.” Q Walk us through the process of what a character looks like and how the animation development process takes place.

Mike The directors are the ones, from their scripts, saying that we’re going to have a firefly, we’re going to have an alligator, we’re going to have frogs, and a slew of characters. From that, they have a visual development department. This is a group of six or seven artists that we’ll bring in. They’ve gone out and done research trips; they went to New Orleans and took pictures and video of everything. They come back and then these visual development artists will sit down and come up with anything and everything as possibilities of design. Then we come in and they’ll say, “Here are all the drawings we like of your character. Take these and make them more animation friendly.” So I’m taking their drawings and playing off of that. At the end of the day, we can have this whole room filled with drawings, but it comes down to the director saying, “I like that drawing’s eyes, that drawing’s mouth, and that hairstyle,” and then it’s Mark’s job to pull it all together to make it work. Mark Right, and I think of ourselves as test pilots. They don’t give us a specific finished design, but like Mike said, we take all those things and start putting them all together and then we’ll start doing some test animation. Early on, we had our voices fairly set, and I would just say, “OK, here’s where we’re at with the design,” and find a [voiced] line that would be fun to animate so I would just start animating a test scene. We would find out if that voice would look right coming out of that design; it needs to match. Mike And then usually the process of when we’re in production as an animator, you’re animating maybe a couple seconds a week. For myself, I went through about 5 or 6,000 drawings and there’s maybe 1,000 of those that you’ll never see.

Q How long is the process and how does it compare to digital CGI? Mark They’re really almost the same. It’s still about a three to four year process. The big difference with CGI film is that it’s more frontloaded. You’ve got to have your characters designed, rigged and built; environments and everything all has to be set prior to the production schedule deadline. We have a little more flexibility. We have a little more flexibility in hand drawn to adjust things, and you learn as you go. It’s an urban myth that just because it’s created by a computer, it’s faster and cheaper and all that. It’s not; it takes as many if not more hours and people involved because now you have the whole technical side you have to support. Each has their own pros and cons, but they both really take about the same amount of time. Q Compared to the hand-drawn movies of the 1990s and before, how much did technology help out with the animation process? Mark A lot of things haven’t changed from the basic process, but the things that have changed are some of the tools that we’ve used. For example, our background painters would normally paint on a piece of illustration board, and those were photographed underneath the camera. We don’t use cameras anymore; we don’t shoot on film. We’re all digital. I have a scanner where I take my drawings and they’re scanned in, so they go into this digital animation world. The background painters now still paint by hand, but it’s digital, so I guess they use Photoshop or some other illustrator. Mike Where the technology has helped me is with [my character], Ray. He’s flying the whole time. Back in the 1990s, if I were I’m animating that character, I would have to animate him constantly moving around. If I just have him floating around there talking, I’m physically having to figure out how to move that around in a pattern to make it look like he’s just floating and hovering. Now I can animate him locked in space, scan it in with a program where I can move him around in the computer which allows me to give that feeling that he’s hovering and floating. To animate the wings [in the 1990’s], I think I’d probably still be animating them. We animated two cycles (where the wings go up, down, and back up again) with about 16 drawings, but we were able to use those same 16 drawings for almost every scene in the movie.

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Police capture tired, hungry escaped inmate in Houston HOUSTON — A convicted sex offender who was the subject of a weeklong manhunt after pulling off a daring escape during a prison transfer was captured Monday after authorities received several phone tips, including one from a salesman who recognized the inmate outside his business. A hungry, wet and barefoot Arcade Joseph Comeaux Jr. was caught in northeast Houston, about 25 miles northwest of where he escaped, said Alfredo Perez, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service. The area is heavily wooded but includes various businesses, a charter school and some residential neighborhoods. Comeaux, 49, was in a wheelchair

Nov. 30 when he pulled a gun on two guards and fired it during a transfer from a prison unit in Huntsville to one in Beaumont. The guards, who were unharmed, Comeaux were forced to drive to the Baytown area, where Comeaux took their weapons, handcuffed them together and ran away. Officials are still investigating how Comeaux got the pistol and why he was allowed to use a wheelchair since he was able to flee on foot, said John

Moriarty, inspector general with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He had two pistols on him, but investigators don’t know if they were the same ones he took from the guards, Perez said. Comeaux also took one of the guard’s uniforms and boots. He was still wearing the uniform when he was arrested, Perez said. Brian Boyd, a salesman at a company that rents and sells cranes, said he was outside his business when he spotted Comeaux standing in a ditch by the side of the road, trying to hitchhike, around 7:15 a.m. Monday. Comeaux then walked along the road, came to the company’s front door and asked if he could use the phone,

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pected it was the escapee,” Alexander said. “He sat out there in our foyer, drinking his coffee until the police came in and arrested him.” Houston police officer Adrian Rodriguez, one of two officers who arrested Comeaux at 7:40 a.m., said the prisoner was wet “from head to toe and looked like he (had been) sleeping outside.” “The only thing he said was he was hungry and he wasn’t going to talk until he got something to eat,” Rodriguez said. He said Comeaux walked with a limp and needed help getting to the patrol car. Associated Press

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“[Students should be] washing hands thoroughly, covering their mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, or a shirt-sleeve or elbow if a tissue is not available,” Duncan said. “Make sure commonly used areas and commonly used surfaces are being cleaned frequently. Leave plenty of disposable wipes and hand-sanitizer around.” In the case that students come down with H1N1 despite these efforts, Beth Bell, associate director of sciences for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, instructs students not to panic. “This is a situation in which a little bit of common sense is a good way to go,” Bell said. “Most people who get the flu or flulike symptoms will do fine, and don’t need to be rushing to medical care. Individuals with compromised immune symptoms, a chronic health disorder or

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For some fans of Cooler Guy, however, proclaiming their appreciation on Facebook is not enough. “I have actually found a few notes inside the cooler with pictures of dinosaurs on them and random things,” Riemer said. “I’ve also received four or five marriage proposals and that’s been odd.” Junior molecular and cellular biology major Austin Potter thinks Cooler Guy has earned his status. “He absolutely deserves the attention because anyone who drives a cooler around campus should obviously be a celebrity,” Potter said. “He’s not only become a symbol of how unique each Aggie individual is, but also shows the spirit each Aggie holds inside them.” However, being Cooler Guy does have its consequences. “The first week of class I got pulled over by a bike cop, and he told me that I couldn’t ride on the road, but he just gave me a verbal warning,” Riemer said. “Then about a month ago I got pulled over near Heldenfels for riding an unregistered vehicle on the roadway, and the two cops wrote me a $180 ticket. I told the cop he could go for a ride as long as he stayed on the sidewalk; it was obvious he was jealous, but he refused in the end.” Riemer is more than willing to share the spotlight that being Cooler Guy brings. “If anyone else wants to buy a motorized cooler that would be the most epic day—ever. We could race and be best friends and it would be awesome,” Riemer said. Riemer wasn’t always known as Cooler Guy; in fact, he once carried the title of Tandem Bike Guy. “Well it all started about two years ago during the summer of 2007. I was driving with one of my youth leaders, Joel Eisenbraun, when a curious sight caught my eye. It was a train of mobile ice chests that a grown man was riding around a parking lot. We were immedi-

and an others. “If you live in a dorm with a roommate, let your RA know that you are sick, so that steps can be taken to get you somewhere you can get well and keep people in your building from being infected,” Duncan said. With the semester winding down, Duncan had a special message for homebound students. ATTALION “If you are traveling home for the hols — THE B w re nd A Evan ida remember: travel only when you feel idays, who are pregnant also should not well, wash your hands often and get vachesitate to seek medical attention if expe- cinated while you are home if you haven’t riencing symptoms like fever, sore throat already been vaccinated,” Duncan said. or cough. “There are certain kinds of people who we do want to contact their doctor if they have flu symptoms,” Bell said. “People For more with any kind of condition like asthma, for example, or diabetes.” information Dorms, which have close living quarters, For more information on the H1N1 pose an additional obstacle to flu prevenvirus and the availability of vaccines tion. In addition to thorough sanitation around Bryan-College Station or your practices, Duncan encouraged sick students hometown, check http://www.flu.gov. to avoid spreading the virus to roommates

ately captivated by the sight,” said sophomore education major Nathan Abel. “We learned he was a young entrepreneur interested in promoting his new product called Cruzin Coolers. Joel was instantly sold on the idea, and a few weeks later he purchased a 500-watt electric motorized cooler.” This experience inspired Abel, Potter and Riemer to form a group known as the Transportation Gang. “I’m an avid roller skater, not to be confused with roller blader,” Abel said. “We created the club in an effort to promote alternative forms of transportation on campus.” Riemer originally rode his tandem bike, Abel rolled around on his roller skates and Potter rode a Razor scooter, complete with light-up wheels. “After contemplating [adding] several other forms of transportation to our portfolio, Michael made the announcement that he had just purchased a Cruzin Cooler of his own,” Abel said. “Michael has since surpassed all expectations of the original idea behind alternative transportation. We are proud of his success and wish him all the best in life.” To Potter, Cooler Guy has become a symbol to Texas A&M students. “I see the Cooler Guy as the Batman of A&M. He is the dark knight shrouded in mystery. Slightly rebellious and going against the grain and strikes fear into the heart of every bike cop he passes. Yet, all those who know him would see him as the ideal Aggie: a man of integrity and ingenuity,” Potter said. “Every day that I go to class the Cooler Guy inspires me. He makes me aspire to be so much more than I thought I could be. Every time he whizzes by at 13 mph, 15 with the optional gear conversion kit, I don’t just see a man on a cooler; I see the embodiment of the Aggie spirit and tradition in a very efficient form of transportation.” Riemer, known to his friends for his sense of humor, enjoys the opportunity his cooler brings to make people laugh. “I saw a guy rolling a regular cooler one day, and as I rode by all I said to him was ‘I win.’”

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“Code Maroon was developed immediately following the tragedy at Virginia Tech,” Clark said. “It was created to inform the campus community of instances of imminent danger.” Code Maroon switched vendors to AtHoc, Inc. “We have changed vendors on Sept. 1 to allow for more capability and flexibility with our system,” Clark said. “With a single integrated system sending alerts, if one doesn’t work, others will. We are always trying to reach everybody on campus and doing this by a variety of methods.” Students who did not receive the text message are thankful the situation was not threatening. “I didn’t get a text message, just an e-mail,” said senior mechanical engineer Kyle Richter. “If this was a more serious emergency then I wouldn’t have known about it, because I can’t be around a computer [all the time]. Luckily, it wasn’t a real threat.” Several students are concerned about a repeat occurrence. “The error worries me because an escaped convict is a big deal, and that should be reported,” said general studies major Travis Holmes. “If we are away from a computer in class then there is no way we would know to keep an eye out for any suspicious people.” The University Risk and Compliance Office is dedicated to solving the problem and making certain there is not a repeat incidence. “The safety of our students, faculty and staff is always of paramount concern,” Clark said. “We are working diligently to ensure the entire Code Maroon system functions properly in the future.” Clark said a Code Maroon test should be performed this week. “We want to test the system again before everyone leaves campus.”

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Corps of Cadets welcomes members throughout year Samantha Johnson The Battalion Most members of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets traditionally join their freshman year, but with Squadron 18, students who have transferred from other colleges or neglected to sign up freshman year have an opportunity to join. “Basically what we’re wanting is to get the word out to the University that it’s never too late to join the Corps of Cadets,” said Corps Commander Brent Lanier. The next opportunity to get involved with Squadron 18 will be at the beginning of the spring Semester. Students can sign up to be in the Corps until Jan. 8, which is the beginning of Spring Orientation Week. The squadron was started in 2002 as a way to help transfer students and students who didn’t join their freshman year catch up on the basics of being in the Corps. “The old way it was done, students would come in and automatically join their class, what happened was you never got a chance to learn the things you learn as a fish,” said Houston Richards, commanding officer of Squadron 18. “What you learn as a fish is leadership through followership, and that’s one of the most important lessons of the Corps.” The members of Squadron 18 are taken through a semester-long, condensed version of the freshman year experience in the Corps. Then they are able to join whatever class they are in academically the following semester. Richards, who transferred in after spending two years in a community college, said one of the biggest challenges that students joining Squadron 18 face is adjusting from normal college life to the structure of the Corps of Cadets. “The first semester you really focus on learning as much as you can, you know what it’s like to

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Orth believes one of the main problems was communication. Many of the taxicab representatives at the meeting thought Carpool was a free taxi that not only picked people up from Northgate, but also brought them to Northgate. “One of the main problems was that the taxi companies had never talked to us,” Orth said. “Half the companies didn’t even realize that we only take people home.” Carpool is an organization of 350 student volunteers who offer free rides to anyone in the Bryan-College Station community. The organization is intended to prevent people from driving home intoxicated from a party, Northgate or anywhere else. Carpool gives people who call requesting rides to Northgate information of other taxi companies that can help them. Carpool Chairwoman Rebecca Cain, a senior agricultural business major

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“What I did one semester that really worked was I spent the entire week before finals practically living in the library,” Martinez said. “I studied as much as I could for all my classes. I tried not to stress over it, because it’s pointless thinking about it, when I can do something about it. You waste time stressing when you could be learning and studying your material,” she said. Ou-Young said students should find their peak

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not be in the corps, and that’s the difficult part; going from being able to do whatever to the very structured life,” he said. “But it’s worth it, you can only do this once in your lifetime.” Despite the challenge the first semester is, Richards said they encourage students to participate in other organizations as well. “Sometimes when people come in they don’t think they’ll be able to do their organization, but we really encourage our people to get involved,” Richards said. Justin Esselburn, is a recent transfer from Blinn College who is in his first semester with Squadron 18. “I decided to join because my dad, who was Class of ’81, and both of my brothers were in the Corps,” he said. “I knew how it affected them, and they’ve been better people and that inspired me to do it.” Esselburn said the semester has been both challenging and fun, and he has found a network of support through the people he has met. “It’s the people that we met that got us through it,” he said. “When we got here, we didn’t know anyone, but through the missions we found out about each other and what our weaknesses and strengths were. Those are friendships like that you don’t find other places.” He encourages other students transferring to A&M or non-freshmen students who have considered joining the Corps to join. “It’s an awesome experience. It challenges you, but you don’t want to quit.” Richards said students who transfer and join through Squadron 18 are afforded the same leadership opportunities as students who joined as freshmen.

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said a plan is being worked out, and the relationship is beginning to mend. “We are just trying to come up with a compromise because we know that we all want to still have business off of Northgate,” Cain said. “After our meeting at the police department I felt really good.” Carpool keeps their cars in a parking lot behind Northgate, and Cain said the problems arise when a taxi and Carpool arrive at the same place. A temporary solution to share the roads on Northgate was discussed during the meeting and is in effect. Cain said the College Station Police made it clear Carpool is here to stay despite rumors the taxi companies were trying to shut the service down. Carpool driver Lindsey Dean, a sophomore communication major, said she has heard these rumors and it would be a bad thing for the people of College Station if Carpool was shut down. “I can understand it for them because it’s how they get money, but we are trying to do a good thing here,” Dean said. “We are trying to a good thing here and I think we are a great organization.”



 



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Women’s basketball welcomes North Texas The Texas A&M women’s basketball team will play against the North Texas Mean Green at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Reed Arena. The Aggies will test their unbeaten record against the visitors from Denton, Texas in the two teams’ 17th all-time meeting. A&M leads the Mean Green in the all-time series 12-4.

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Texas A&M senior forward Bryan Davis shoots the ball in the Aggies’ 75-65 victory against North Texas Monday in Reed Arena. Davis scored 15 points and had three blocks and six rebounds in the game.

Aggies perfect in Reed Kyle Cunnigham The Battalion Behind the solid offensive performance of seniors Bryan Davis, Derrick Roland and Donald Sloan, the No. 16 Texas A&M basketball team defeated North Texas 75-65 in front of 6,366 at Reed Arena Monday night. “I’m happy with the win,” A&M Head Coach Mark Turgeon said, “I thought we got better today; our execution was better today but we let down a little defensively.”

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Bryan Davis led the way for Texas A&M, scoring 15 points, and adding six rebounds and three blocks. The 6-foot-9 forward drew two charging fouls inside the first 10 minutes. Sloan was the high scorer of the night with 21 points. He added to the success of his teammates with four assists. Roland added ten points, good for fourth on the team for the night, and four rebounds. “We were able to go out there and play smart besides a few fouls,” Davis said. “We’re pretty smart players, and we can do whatever the team needs us to do.”

Texas A&M shot a solid 20-24 from the free throw line, an 83 percent clip that is the highest free throw percentage the team has had in the 2009-2010 season. “We’re a good free-throw shooting team,” Sloan said. “The numbers don’t show it, but with the amount of work we put in, it’ll start showing.” The first big play of the night came from starting freshman Dash Harris. The point guard was able to pick the pocket of a Mean Green guard, and then run the See Basketball on page 2b

aybe I’m splitting hairs. Maybe I’m just finding something to gripe about. Maybe this argument has become fairly repetitive. But, this can’t be ignored. The Bowl Championship Series, commonly known as the BCS, dropped the ball. Again. And in the process, they legitimately stuck it to the little guys, Boise State and TCU. When Texas kicker Hunter Lawrence capped off the Horns’ undefeated season with a 46-yard field goal to give them the 2009 Big 12 Championship and an assured spot in the BCS National Championship, I’m sure there was a collective sigh of relief from the BCS officials. We can debate the merits of Texas versus those of Cincinnati, TCU and Boise State all day. We can look at Texas’ schedule and see that the highest ranked team they beat was No. 19 Oklahoma State. We can sit here and say Texas is playing against No. 1 Alabama for their second championship in five years because, well, they’re Texas. Either way, the Big 12 Champion is going to be served as SEC fodder for the second year in a row. Exciting, huh? The true disservice and ultimate crime was realized, however, on Sunday evening. Following Sunday’s bowl announcements, I would hope the commissioners of the major conferences, the Big 12, Pac 10, SEC, Big Ten, ACC and Big East, all gave a quick

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Though most of us are used to it, the 2009 BCS assignments have proved that the system is flawed. thank you to Fiesta Bowl Executive Director John Junker. By pitting No. 3 TCU and No. 6 Boise State, two of the five unbeatens, against each other, the BCS and the Fiesta Bowl gave both teams zero chance of proving themselves. Need I remind you, we’ve seen this matchup before. In the 2008-2009 Poinsettia Bowl, the Horned Frogs defeated the Broncos 17-16. So why the rematch? Why are TCU and Boise State not allowed to show their stuff against a team from a major conference, such as Florida or Cincinnati? It’s fairly simple: the BCS is the ultimate beauty pageant. The system is controlled by the commissioners of the six power conferences, and those commissioners don’t want their precious conference champions to get beat up by the “less appealing” mid-major schools. They don’t want the See BCS on page 2b

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rest of the floor to put in a layup against the defensive pressure. Sloan had an impressive layup of his own in the first half. The senior guard split two North Texas defenders then floated the ball into the basket, giving A&M a 14-13 lead with 13:56. Another slow start plagued the Aggies, who were unable to get a lead larger than five until the 8:01 mark, when a Davis basket gave the Aggies a 24-19 lead. A slew of North Texas turnovers opened the gap further, and the Aggies took a 40-25 lead when the two teams went into the locker rooms for halftime. “We were a little bit uncomfortable, and we let their pressure effect us,” senior North Texas forward Eric Tramiel said. “We let their toughness bother us, and you can’t do that on the road.” North Texas was unable to close the gap in the opening 10 minutes of the second half, a point emphasized by a Bryan Davis block that went flying past the 3-point line. The Mean Green, however, fought back against a scrappy Aggie defense in the second half. Led by Tramiel, with 17

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secret to get out that the best teams in the country may actually play in the Mountain West or WAC. I mean, who cares if Boise State ranks first nationally with over 44 points per game? Who cares that the Broncos haven’t lost a regular season game in two seasons and beat the pulp out of No. 7 Oregon, the Pac 10 champion, in their 2009 opener? I’ll tell you one thing, the BCS doesn’t. They’re ignoring the fact that TCU possesses the No. 1 total defense and No. 4 total offense in the entire country. They don’t want the public to see that the Horned Frogs beat ACC runner up Clemson on the road and blew out BYU and Utah, both ranked teams. By putting the two midmajors up against each other, the BCS also squashed any opportunity for TCU to earn a split national championship. The AP isn’t going to

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points, six rebounds, and forward George Odufuwa, with 12 points and a team-leading nine rebounds,, North Texas brought the score to within nine.

We had to coach and execute a little bit. It’s a teaching moment. I thought we had a little fatigue and I was a bit concerned.” — Senior A&M forward Bryan Davis

“We had to coach and execute a little bit,” Turgeon said. “It’s a teaching moment. I thought we had a little fatigue and I was a bit concerned. ” Sloan delivered the final blows in the form of two free throws, putting Texas A&M up 71-60. A Davis block with less than one minute left gave the Aggies the ball, and two more free throws by Sloan put the game out of reach. A&M’s next matchup puts the team on the road to Toyota Center in Houston, where the Aggies will face the New Mexico Lobos on Dec. 12 in the Houston Holiday Shoot-Out. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. and the doors open at 4 p.m.

vote the Horned Frogs No. 1 if they go out and beat Boise State for the second year in a row. A win over the Broncos wouldn’t hold near the weight as a victory over No. 3 Cincinnati or No. 5 Florida. So, now all TCU and Boise State can do is wonder. They can daydream about having the opportunity to play for the country’s respect. All the while, the commissioners of the major conferences and the BCS will continue to rake in the dough. They’ll continue to tell you the system in place is the best possible at this time. And again, the country’s football fans will miss out. “This team could play with anybody,” were TCU Head Coach Gary Patterson’s remarks following Sunday’s announcement. And you’re probably right, coach. Unfortunately, you won’t get the chance to prove it because the BCS royally screwed this up. But hey, what else is new? David Harris is a junior economics major

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ost Aggies pride themselves on the aesthetic appeal of campus. Both antiquated and modernly designed buildings are surrounded by large open cobblestone walkways and courtyards dotted with old growth trees, at least for now. But this lovely campus has a dark side some will find hard to swallow. Often as most students go about their business, illicit and anonymous sex occurs publicly in the very buildings we call home. A quick search through the personals section of Craigslist might reveal more of this world than readers care to know. The use of study rooms in Evans for sex is better known, but these activities spillover into every corner of the University. To truly realize the extent of what goes on behind closed doors, visit the men’s bathroom on the second floor of the Academic Building. A casual observer might never notice the walls separating the bathroom stalls across campus are made of incredibly hard material, largely stainless steel or some form of faux marble. But a few weeks ago, the walls of the aforementioned bathroom were replaced with thick plastic. In a shorter period of time a large 8” hole along with several smaller peep-holes have been cut and melted into the walls. As early as the eighties, anonymous public sex has been happening on campus, and a lot of it. Even older generations of Aggies know about the reports and rumors about various places on campus being used for public anonymous sex. During an interview with a professor who wished to remain anonymous, the seriousness of these sexual exploits became obvious. The professor told a harrowing tales about one night in the late 80s, when he and his three young children were in the Academic building and went to use the restroom. Upon entering in the restroom

Richard Creecy

Underneath the noses of unsuspecting students, anonymous sex is occurring in buildings across campus. he encountered several males openly performing various sex acts. Needless to say he was mortified. In fact, the older classroom doors that had grates in them making it very easy for one to bend wide enough to reach through and unlock the door for larger “engagements.” Decades later, the glory hole carved into the second floor of the bathroom of the same building tells the same story. Efforts to curb public cuckolding on campus seem to have been, at best, modestly successful. Online posts and personals provide countless chances for a homosexual encounter, and the details of even browsing these messages are too graphic to repeat or even believe. But since these sexual opportunities seem to attract largely the gay community, the situation begs the question: why Texas A&M? Our school is ranked the 8th most conservative school in America by the Princeton Review, and seems like an improbable location. To answer this question, I interviewed a poster of a similar craigslist.org advertisement. The poster spoke only on the condition of anonymity, and so will be referred to as Mike. Mike is 26 years old and a life

long resident of Bryan and he does not, nor ever did, attend any higher education. Mike responded to the question of why Texas A&M campus with several explanations. The main point was that College Station is the perfect distance between Dallas, Austin and Houston. As for the location, it would not seem odd to anyone to see people of all ages walking around campus all hours of the night. Also, perhaps due to the aforementioned conservative tendency of the towns, there seems to be a larger number of homosexuals in the area than the general population realizes. Most have not come out yet and many have no intention of doing so. Mike added there is no fear that they will be caught, and because of that he is able to “meet up with” up to 15 new partners a semester. I concluded by asking Mike why this anonymous sex had to be on campus. Certainly there were more safe and sanitary places for men to enjoy each other’s company than a bathroom. Mike told me that there was more thrill in using public facilities and that he has a “good thing going” with no intention of ever stopping. There will always be people like Mike who take advantage of an open door policy, a larger question is where are the University Police who patrol campus 24 hours a day? Public sex has occurred long enough at A&M, and instead of simply fixing vandalized facilities, our fees and tuition should go towards stopping it. The University needs to put back those fancy non-permeable walls, and actually make their security employees do their job to protect the students, faculty, and staff from having to be subjected to these seedy and illegal sex acts. Richard Creecy is a senior classical studies major and is special to the Battalion.

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ast Tuesday, President Barack Obama addressed the country from the United States Military Academy at West Point on the issue of Afghanistan and his plans to begin resolving the situation there. His choice of location was strategic. His cadence and syntax were refined and poignant, as always (I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to kiss Jon Favreau, the president’s young upstart lead speechwriter). His message was clear: 30,000 troops will be deployed into Afghanistan for 18 months in order to protect our country and the innocent citizens of theirs. Toward the beginning of the speech, Obama gave a brief, “Afghanistan for Dummies”-style recap of why we got into this war. After the events of 9/11, we couldn’t just take the terrorism inflicted upon our nation lying down. We hunted down the alQaida and pursued Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, but to no avail. When intelligence was gained that he had made it into Pakistan, where it was confirmed and addressed in 2005 that they do indeed have WMDs, it is understandable that we had to take action. Now, I’m just as pro-peace and anti-war as the next neo-hippie, but I am also a realist. It’s easy to see that some kind of action had to be taken. While 30,000 troops may sound excessive, we have to trust that the man we elected to run our country knows what he’s doing. “As we end the war in Iraq and transition to Afghan responsibility, we must rebuild our strength here at home. Our prosperity provides a foundation for our power. It pays for our military; it underwrites our diplomacy; it taps the potential of our people and allows investment in new industry; and it will allow us to compete in this century as suc-

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A year into office, President Obama has not been given the chance to lead the country out of two wars. cessfully as we did in the last. That’s why our troop commitment in Afghanistan cannot be open- ended: because the nation that I’m most interested in building is our own,” said Obama in his address. The truth of the matter is that as a country with so much power, it is our privilege and our duty to come to the aid of those who need us. Sending more troops to Aghanistan not only aids their country, but helps protect ours. It’s not a pitch-perfect plan, but it’s a step in the right direction. Assuming the presidency of the United States, at this point in time, is essentially like being an overseer for the entire world. As a global superpower, people look to us to solve everyone’s problems. However, they also occasionally blame us for them, whether there is a direct correlation or not. In the eyes of many, if we are not the cause, then we are the reason the issue is even still around. In summation, it’s hard to be the President. After assuming a position of leadership (I was the editor-in-chief of The Battalion last year), it gave

me an unfounded wealth of perspective I had not anticipated. It made me realize how easy it is to criticize the people in charge, but how hard it is to fill their shoes once I was there. There was so much to consider on a daily basis that sometimes I felt like my head was going to explode—and I was only the editor-in-chief of a student newspaper. Imagine being the leader of the free world. I’ve become incredibly sympathetic to those in charge of others because you don’t know what it takes to make the tough decisions until you are the one making them. It is easy to see both ends of the spectrum —many Republicans view our president as a silver-tongued serpent who charmed his way into the Oval Office, while many Democrats view him as an incarnation of all their hopes, dreams and fears resolved. The most logical approach, though, is definitely the middle ground. Because at the end of the day, the president is just a man and it is a lot to ask that every decision he makes is the right one. It is impossible to say any president before him has led without missing a step, so why should he be any different? The trademark presidential call for unity and celestial blessings at the end of his speech seemed to embody a wholesome spirit, an honest plea for support. For how powerful or successful can a leader expect to be if he doesn’t have his populace behind him? “I believe with every fiber of my being that we, as Americans, can still come together behind a common purpose.” So do I, President Obama. And so should all of you. Nicole Alvarado is a senior communications major.

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