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A&M students protest Iran election results Community rallies to support fight for freedom Censorship is a problem in Iran, and was an issue in the election, said petroleum engineering graduate student Danial Kaviani. “The TV is under control of the Supreme Leader. They check the newspapers before publishing,” Kaviani said. “You will see a blank column where the government said ‘you cannot publish this.’” Ahmadinejad’s government has shut down cell phone networks, text messaging services, and websites, Kaviani said. “If we give information to people, he cannot win,” Kaviani said. Tuesday’s protest at Rudder was intended to show solidarity with the people of Iran, Kaviani said. Protests are illegal in Iran without a permit from the government. “We are worried about the militia that support the government. They don’t wear uniforms. They go into the crowd and they cause terrible, terrible crimes,” Mirjafari said. “According to state radio, eight people were killed yesterday in a very, very peaceful rally … If you think you have a lot of supporters, why do you do this? Why do you send a militia into a peaceful protest and kill

Julie Rambin The Battalion Iranian students and community members Bryan and College Station gathered at Rudder Plaza to protest the results of Friday’s election in Iran, and raise awareness of the issue. “We believe, and a lot of Iranian people believe that this election has been stolen,” said Mehran Mirjafari, protest organizer and electrical engineering graduate student. “We don’t want violence — we just want our votes back.” The Iranian government announced Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won 63 percent of the votes and reform leader Mir Hossein Mousavi received 34 percent of the votes. “With the massive rallies in the streets it is impossible,” Mirjafari said. “There were two main Reformist candidates, and both of them received less votes than Ahmadinejad in their own provinces. It would be like Barack Obama being defeated in Chicago.” Students at the protest said the Iranian government had ignored the actual election results and imposed Ahmadinejad as president. “The fraud is obvious,” Mirjafari said. “Ahmadinejad is not our president. We have not elected him.”

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Where on campus?

Senior wildlife and fisheries science major Kim Putnam is currently serving as the Fish Camp Director. Putnam has been involved with Fish Camp since her freshman year.

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Find out what she loves most about being an Aggie and post graduation plans.

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Student leader profile series Once a week during the summer, The Battalion will be profiling a student leader to gain insight into their lives and what it takes to do their job.

utnam has been involved with Fish Camp since her freshman year. While becoming involved with other organizations on campus, she has steadily become more active with the freshman orientation organization. Friends, family and fellow Fish Camp staff all describe her as selfless, genuine and committed to serving others.

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Survival show fires up locally Outdoor Channel films series at emergency training facilities Matt Nance The Battalion The Outdoor Channel filmed 10 episodes of its survival show, “The Best Defense,” in College Station. The series was filmed at two Texas Engineering Extension Service locations: Brayton Fire Training Fields and Disaster City. TEEX is a member of the Texas A&M University system. The series explores several disaster situations ordinary citizens could be

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confronted with, including pandemic events, localized weather, economic collapse, earthquakes, fires, chemical spills and terrorism, said Emmy award-winning executive producer Tim Cremin. “Over the past few years with Katrina, economic situations and the War on Terror there are a lot more larger issues that seem to be effecting us on an individual level,” Cremin said. Two of the figures working on the

series are Cremin and Michael Bane, the co-producer and series host. “The outdoor channel wanted a show on disasters that affect a community or even a nation and what people can do on their own to better prepare for those situations,” Cremin said. College Station provided several resources “The Best Defense” could use to create the show. “They searched and found Disaster See Show on page 4


Disaster City in College Station is a site for the upcoming show The Best Defense. The show simulates disasters to teach real life survival skills.

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KENNEBUNKPORT, MAINE – The Texas A&M University Singing Cadets were at this famous New England coastal town Saturday evening at the request of former first lady Barbara Bush as a surprise for President George H.W. Bush on his 85th birthday. The Singing Cadets, long a musical favorite of the former president, were the entertainment for his surprise party — and a special birthday gift to him from Texas A&M.

In addition to being featured at the former president’s surprise party, the Singing Cadets witnessed his parachute jump with the Army Golden Knights, landing on the shore of his Kennebunkport church, St. Anne’s. While in the Northeast the Singing Cadets sang the National Anthem at Fenway Park Thursday night for the Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees baseball game. They traveled back to Boston on Sunday to sing at a service at the Old

North Church, where Paul Revere began his historic horseback ride to warn that the British were coming, thus igniting the American Revolution. The Singing Cadets wrapped up their visit to the area with a special appearance at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Monday as part of an exchange program between the George Bush and the John F. Kennedy libraries. Texas A&M University news

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WASHINGTON — Declaring North Korea a “grave threat” to the world, President Barack Obama on Tuesday pledged the U.S. and its allies will aggressively enforce fresh international penalties against the nuclear-armed nation and stop rewarding its leaders for repeated provocations. In a display of unity with South Korea’s leader, Obama said the world must break a pattern in which North Korea puts the globe on edge, only to put itself in line for concessions if it holds out long enough.

The Battalion The Texas Legislature has modified the program that grants high school students that graduate in the top 10 percent of their class admission to the state university of their choice. The new law will limit the amount of students admitted to the University of Texas at Austin to 75 percent of Texas residents and the top 10 percentile. This will admit 25 percent of freshman students outside of Texas or not in the top 10 percent. The rule change is due to capacity issues and to create diversity, said junior psychology major Samantha Krage. “I agree that diversity is a big ticket issue for a lot of universities,” Krage said. Many people have argued that the rule considers only grades, which should not be the only thing to be considered in acceptance, Krage said. “I honestly think that the top 10 percent rule is unfair to a lot of people,” Krage said. “Being in the top 10 percent will not and does not dictate how well you do in college.” As of now, the amendment to the law only applies to the University of Texas at Austin, and does not take effect for another two years. However, rumors have circulated that it could be considered

for other universities, including A&M, assistant provost for enrollment Alice Reinarz said. “From the legislative hearings, the issue has been that UT Austin had capacity issues,” Reinarz said. “They didn’t have room to admit many students using measures other than top 10 percent, but A&M doesn’t fall into that category.” Last year, the University of Texas at Austin gave admission to more than 80 percent of graduates that came from the top 10 percent of their class. Texas A&M admitted 53 percent of graduates from the top 10 percentile. “This is just not an issue for A&M as described by the current bill that just passed,” Reinarz said. “Since the proportion of Texas resident freshmen at Texas A&M from top 10 percent admits is not 75 percent, we would not be currently affected by the bill, even if it applied to our institution.” The rule should be balanced in awarding admittance, said sophomore forensic and investigative sciences major Christopher Hensley. “Terms of fairness is difficult to argue because it’s hard to say whether the top 10 percent rule as it stands now is truly fair,” Hensley said. “But, I feel that universities look at students’ work load and effort in school in order to make their

“I do think it will increase diversity and it will give an opportunity to those who may not have received one otherwise.” —Samantha Krage junior psychology major

decisions and that if they happen to be in the top 10 percent that just adds to their desire to admit the student.” What will happen at UT Austin in two years is only speculation at this point, said Reinarz. “As far as the diversity issue goes, I do think it will increase diversity and it will give an opportunity to those who may not have received one otherwise,” Krage said. “I believe that everyone should have an equal opportunity to a top quality education.” Good grades in high school do not necessarily lead to good grades in college, Hensley said. “I don’t think this new law will work because it won’t stop the amount of students coming into the university,” Hensley said. “Ultimately I don’t think this will favor the students that could be admitted and aren’t in the top 10 percent of their class because college is a completely different experience than high school.”

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA is confident repairs to a leaky vent line will allow space shuttle Endeavour to blast off Wednesday. But NASA won’t know for sure until it begins fueling the space shuttle Tuesday night. The potentially dangerous hydrogen gas leak prevented Endeavour from launching Saturday on its space station construction mission. The planned launch time is 5:40 a.m. Forecasters put the odds of good weather at 80 percent.

Gov. Perry: resignation no surprise SAN ANTONIO — Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he was not surprised by the sudden resignation of Texas A&M president Elsa Murano. Perry says he considers it part of his job to stay in the loop about university administrators but that he has faith in the board of regents to make the right decisions. Associated Press

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After an historic year with three NCAA titles, and four total, College Station is on top.

Sloan and Davis return to Aggieland


CLA has over 104 NCAA team championships, surpassing the century mark in 2007. Stanford and USC round out the top three with 95 and 85 respectively. Oklahoma State is fourth and leads the Big 12 in national titles with 48, the bulk (38) coming in wrestling and golf. Texas is seventh on the list with 39. But a little town on the Brazos has something that none of these schools steeped in victory has. With A&M’s three national championships the Aggies are guaranteed at least a tie for most NCAA team titles in the nation for 2008-2009. Seven schools have two titles. Only North Carolina, with a baseball team still alive in the College World Series, has a chance to tie the Aggies. As of right now A&M is the lone representative from the Big 12 to stand atop the land in some sports. Only Texas, also alive in Omaha, has a chance to keep the Big 12 from an entire summer where the big dog is Reveille. I have always been a fan of alternate history and asking the question “what if.” This brings up just how badly A&M would have distanced, not just the state or the Big 12, but the nation, had some more things fallen Aggieland’s way. The Aggie women finished a close second to Tennessee for the indoor track and field title. And A&M baseball started the season ranked No. 1. Not to be “that guy” but A&M was closer than many think to five national titles in one year. Then there is the fact that College Station played host to six championships this year and will host more next year. Then we add in Equestrian’s championship in western riding along with their historical dominance along with archery in the non-NCAA sports category. That is even more national championships associated with A&M this year. A year ago ESPN had a big song and dance about where “Titletown, USA,” the city with the greatest sports dominence, was located. They eventually chose Valdosta, Georgia, largely due to its high school dominance. And while I don’t necessarily disagree with them (largely because I fear the entire town of Valdosta is passionate enough to hunt me down if I do and then print it), I do think that maybe for one year our little town on the Brazos has earned that honor. Title Station, Texas; it’s got a nice ring to it. Brett Sebastian is a senior geography major.

Brett Sebastian The Battalion While former Aggie graduate Chinemelu Elonu decided to begin his professional career yesterday by declaring for the NBA draft, he was not the only Aggie with a tough decision to make. Seniors Brian Davis and Donald Sloan, who had previously entered the draft, withdrew at the deadline and announced their intentions to return to Texas A&M for the senior season. “It was an education process for me and it taught me a lot,” Sloan said to Aggieathletics. com. “I’m anxious to come back to A&M with a strong senior season and compete Davis for championships.” Sloan led the Aggies in assists and was second in scoring to graduated senior Josh Carter. Davis averaged double-digit points and recorded 46 blocked shots as a center. Sloan declared for the NBA draft on April 13, putting his name on the draft board, but didn’t hire an agent. If he had hired an agent NCAA rules

would have prevented him from returning for his senior season. Elonu and Davis declared similarly, on April 20, for the June 25 draft. “It’s always been my goal to play in the NBA, and going through this process will give me some idea about where I may be projected,” Davis said shortly after his initial declaration. “Coach (Mark) Turgeon is supporting me and, if things don’t work out, I will come back and work even harder to make my senior season a special one for A&M.” Since their declarations, the teammates began workouts with various NBA teams in order to improve their draft value as well as their individual game and skills. “Working out for the NBA teams was a great experience and I felt like it made me a better player,” Davis said. “I’m looking forward to coming back and winning championships next season.” With the decision deadline Monday, Elonu decided to end his A&M career and test the professional waters. Sloan and Davis decided to return to Texas A&M. The NBA draft consists of two rounds and 60 picks, with


Senior Donald Sloan drives to the basket against Texas on February 16. the Los Angeles Clippers picking first overall. Draft experts did not rate the Aggies highly. Sloan and Davis were not expected to be drafted while Elonu was projected as a possible second-round pick. With Sloan and Davis’ return comes senior leadership and a number of skills learned

Arizona State’s Drew Maggi throws to first for a double play after forcing out Texas’ Travis Tucker.

Brett Sebastian The Battalion The Texas Longhorns baseball team went 2-0 to start the opening weekend of the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. The Longhorns came from behind in two games to defeat Southern Mississippi 7-6 on Saturday and then Arizona State 10-6 on Tuesday. Texas, the overall No. 1 seed from the beginning of

the tournament and the last remaining Big 12 team is in its record 33rd apperance in the CWS and is searching for its seventh national championship. Texas jumped out to an early start 2-0 against Southern Miss but found itself tied 6-6 going into the bottom of the ninth. Texas then scored the winning run, not off its bats, but by having Travis Tucker walked in to home by Southern Miss pitcher

The Aggies were 24-10 last year and bowed out in the second round to No. 1 seed UConn in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. With the exception of Carter, Elonu, and Bryson Graham, the Aggies will return their entire roster for the 20092010 season.

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by competing against some of the best collegiate and amateur talent in the world. “It was a good process for Sloan and Davis,” Texas A&M Head Coach Mark Turgeon said. “They learned a lot. They are ready to come back, lead the team and have great senior years.”

Jonathan Johnson to give Texas the win 7-6. “Championships are decided by the unexpected and we were the beneficiaries of some nervousness tonight,” said Texas Head Coach Augie Garrido. “Total offense means doing what the ball tells you to do. But you have to be disciplined enough to do that.” With Southern Miss relegated to the losers bracket, where it was eventually eliminated by North Carolina, Texas advanced to the winners bracket and a game against No. 5 seed Arizona State. Arizona State had advanced thanks to a 5-2 win over North Carolina on Sunday. On Tuesday Texas found itself down early again, this time 0-6 to Arizona State. They came back again, scoring six in the fourth inning to tie the game. UT added a run in the seventh and then three in the eight to provide insurance. Texas would hold Arizona State the rest of the way to collect them come from behind win to go up 2-0.

The Texas A&M National Champion Men’s Golf team will host one of six 2010 NCAA Southwest Regionals, May 20-22 at Traditions Golf Club. “We are thrilled that the NCAA has selected Traditions Club to host the Southwest Regional,” A&M Coach J.T. Higgins said. “This is a great opportunity to showcase our community, university and golf course. It comes as no surprise to me because Traditions is ex-

actly what the selection committee looks for when picking regional sites. “It is a tough, demanding course, the community will support the championship and we have all the amenities and staff to host a championshipcaliber event. We are looking forward to running a great regional championship which will hopefully lead to hosting the national championship down the road.” Kalee Bumguardner

Aggie tennis duo selected to play for elite squad Austin Krajicek and Conor Pollock, Texas All-American doubles tennis players, won the doubles portion of the Recoating West USTA Men’s Professional Tennis Tournament, beating thirdseeded Alejandro Gonzalez and Eduard Struvay of Columbia 6-2, 76 (1) last week at the Del Oro Tennis Complex. Krajicek and Pollock were among 24 top collegiate tennis players selected to compete on the United States Tennis Association Summer Collegiate Team, an elite program designed to provide college players with valuable exposure to the USTA Pro Circuit in a team-oriented environment during the summer months. Kalee Bumguardner

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Big 3/2 duplex with all appliances, lawncare, tile and carpet, fenced yard. $900 979-324-5835. Bike to campus, available August 1st. 2/1 C.S. duplex, fenced backyard, w/d connections, pets allowed. E-walk shuttle route. $575. 979-218-2995. Bryan huge 4-2 clean and quiet, historic area, large trees, w/d connections, fenced yard, students welcome. 701 Banks. $1300. 979-255-5461. C.S. & Bryan, several nice 3&4 bedroom homes, W/D included, pet friendly, $950-$1795. Laurie Stone, Broker, The Oldham Goodwin Group, 979-777-5777. Callaway Villas. Need to sublease. Fall-2009. 4/2.5, W/D. $615/mo. 936-348-1561. Fully Furnished 3 Bed 3.5 Bath Townhome. No more hassles with trying to find a hotel. This townhome has eveything ou need furniture, dishes, linens, appliances, cale and internet, televicion, washer and dryer and fenced bak yard. Great for Parents for game season!!!!! You can rent by the month or long term. Just need it for the weekend? Call for rate. $1800.00 per month $1000.00 deposit. Call for Tour 979-485-0300 or 979-255-3280. Email: Web: Great 4bd/2ba house in popular area400 Pronghorn Loop. Comes w/ W/D, Ref, ethernet in each room, large fenced bkyrd, pets o.k. w/ deposit, 2-car garage. Available in July or August. Call Joey at 979-218-4091. House for rent, 2/1 on small cattle ranch, 10-15 minutes from campus, partially furnished, W/D, fridge and stove. $500/mo. 979-690-6192. Duplex for rent, 2/1. No deposit. $675/ month rent. Limited time only $999.00! 3bd/2.5ba in College Station, Built in 2000, serene country setting, minutes from campus, fully loaded, Full size W/D and kitchen appl., Free lawn care, fenced backyards. Pets (including large dogs) welcome. Must see! Call for tour. 979-485-0300 or 979-255-3280. Web: Need 2-people to take over 12-month lease August 2009. 2bd/bth at Woodlands. E-mail if interested Newly remodeled 4/2 house. Walking distance to campus, tile &wood floors, great location, nice big deck &yard. 776-6079, Nice 2/2 Duplex- On TAMU bus route! All appliances, NO PETS. $800/mo. Call 832-215-1801 or 832-338-5397. One room available in 3/2 on 3-acres, just four miles from campus. Horse property. $470/mo. Cable/Internet provided. 858-442-4918. Open House, for lease, 3/2 townhouse, 203 Navarro, 1278 sqft, built in entertainment center, high ceilings, dedicated parking space, 3 blocks from shuttle, ceramic tile, microwave, w/d, stove, side by side refrigerator, $1200/mo. 979-268-3200. Pre-leasing for August. 3b/1.5b, carport, on shuttle, pets ok, fenced, $750/month. 979-776-8984. Upstairs 2/1.5 off Holleman. W/D included, new flooring throughout, non-smoking. $675/mo. 220-0468.

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

Athletic men for calendars, books, etc. $100-$200/hr, up to $1000/day. No experience. 512-684-8296, Child Care- FT & PT shifts available. Some nights & Saturdays required. Apply in person at 3609 E. 29th St., Bryan. Cook, cashier and runner, 7-day a week position. Background check. Evening employment. 979-776-8135, call for an appointment. PT/FT lawncare crewleader/driver. Valid Texas DL, good record. $8+/hr start. 979-324-0692. STUDENTPAYOUTS.COM Paid survey takers needed in College Station. 100% free to join. Click on surveys.

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PETS Teacup puppies: Maltese, Shorkies, Maltipoos, Yorkies &Poodles. $500 &up. 979-324-2866,

ROOMMATES $300/month, +1/3utilities, 3bd/2ba, all appliances, includes cable/internet, close to campus. 979-885-9993. 1-Male needed in 3bd/2ba with W/D, $400/month, +1/3utilities, on shuttle route. 979-236-3911. 1-roommate needed Fall, & Spring. 4/2 house. 2505 Antietam. $400/mo +1/4 utilities. Clara, 361-463-1727.

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City. It is a world-renowned facility based within the Texas A&M University System,” said TEEX emergency response director Bob McKee. “We had a large event planned where we had a number of experts from all over the United States, so we corresponded the dates and provided them with twelve experts in various fields.” “The Best Defense” used Disaster City, a training facility for first responders in emergencies, as a background. The makers incorporated the experts with the different disaster scenarios provided at the facility. “Providing subject matter experts and our facilities as a

backdrop for the show was a natural fit for our agency,” said TEEX media relations coordinator Charles Glenewinkel. The series covered a plethora of scenarios that could affect people all over the country, Cremin said. “Somebody living in California will have to make different preparations than someone living in Oklahoma,” Cremin said. “In California one would need to take earthquakes and fires into account. In Oklahoma it would be tornadoes.” The producers also filmed at the Brayton Fire Training Fields, a firefighter training facility. “The Brayton Fire Fields are tremendous,” Cremin said. “The fact that they have a facility where they have these large structures, chemical plants,

ships or homes, that they can actually set on fire so these first responders can train in a realistic but safe environment is amazing to me.” Some of the experts have up to 30 years of expertise in their fields of study. “We will not be able to teach people in a short amount of time everything they should do if they are faced with a Hurricane Katrina situation,” Cremin said, “but hopefully we will ignite a little spark to get people to start looking for that information and making their own individual plans for them and their families.” The first show will air July 1, at 7 p.m. central time on the Outdoor Channel, and the remaining shows will air on Wednesday nights.

2 male roommates needed. 4bd/4ba townhome. $425+utilities, cable+internet incl. 512-565-6503. 2-male, non-smoking roommates needed. 4bdrm/2.5bath at Longmire and Baron, C.S. $488-$538/month. Call Jessica 979-220-3454. 2-Roommates needed for 09-10 year, 3/2 house on bus route with backyard, $400/mo +1/3 utilities, Lindsey 512-557-5592. Male roommate wanted for the 09-10 school year. 4bd/2ba house at 3203 Callie Circle, in nice neighborhood near shuttle stop. $400/month +1/4bills. Move-in August, 12-month lease, email Greg. Room for rent, share house and yard, no pets. $350/month, 2-blocks to campus. 979-530-5014. Roommate needed, 2bd/2ba on shuttle route. $500/mo includes all bills 936-591-1053. Roommate needed, female non-smoker. Fully furnished, all bills paid. $550/mo, C.S. 979-690-7394. Roommates needed. Two male roommates needed for 3/2 duplex off of University Drive in College Station. On TAMU and Blinn bus route. Great Location. Small deck and fenced yard. Small pets allowed w/deposit. Partially furnished, W/D included. Lease $350 per month and 1/3 of utilities. Call 361-230-9119 or 210-845-6474. Available 8-15-09.

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Protestors from around the Bryan-College Station community Tuesday rallied against the results of the presidential election in Iran.

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them?” The Iranian government has closed universities in Tehran to quell opposition, Kaviani said. “We have freedom of speech, but we don’t have freedom after our speech,” Kaviani said.

Iranians who do protest may face jail time, Kaviani said. “Students in the universities are under huge pressures,” Kaviani said. “Some of my close friends have been arrested in the past few years. They wrote some things against the president, and the government came and arrested them. Some of them are still in jail.” A free government could flourish in Iran under a different leader, said Sohrab Shahandeh. “People don’t understand Iran,” the sophomore architecture major said. “They think all they need is democracy, but [Iranians] also have to preserve their culture and history and build a free government

around that.” Government openness would help to bring about greater freedom for the Iranian people, Kaviani said. “It’s a hard question,” Kaviani said. “It wouldn’t be a pure democracy, of course, but it would be much better.” Concern and a sense of solidarity with family members still living in Iran motivated some protesters, said Shahandeh. “I think what most people take for granted is that America is such a great and free country,” Shahandeh said. “I feel like it’s my duty to come here, protest, let my family know I’m supporting them in their fight for freedom.”

STUDIES IN PROGRESS ATHLETE’S FOOT STUDY Volunteers ages 12 and older are needed to participate in a clinical research study with an investigational topical medication for the treatment of Athlete’s foot. Study participation will be a maximum of 8 weeks. Eligible volunteers will receive at no cost: • Study related medication • Medical examinations relating to their athlete’s foot • Compensation of $50 per visit for maximum of $250 For more information please contact:

RED DRY SCALY PATCHES OF SKIN ATOPIC DERMATITIS STUDY (ECZEMA) Volunteers ages 18 and older needed to participate in a 6-week clinical research study with an investigational topical medication for atopic dermatitis (RED, DRY, SCALY PATCHES OF SKIN). Eligible volunteers will receive at no cost: • Study related ointment for 4 weeks • Physical Examination • Dermatological Assessments • Compensation up to $300 for time and effort For more information please contact:

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Gay partners to receive benefits WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama plans to extend health care and other benefits to the gay and lesbian partners of federal employees. White House officials say Obama plans to announce the decision today in the Oval Office. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the president had not yet made the announcement. The move would give partners of federal employees access to health care and financial benefits such as relocation fees for moves. Officials say Obama would detail more of the decision today.

Calif.: Video of octuplets broke child-labor r laws LOS ANGELES — A Web site’s exclusive deal to document the lives of Nadya Suleman, uleman, at right, and her fragile octuplets came with a hidden risk: on Tuesday state regulators gulators charged that two of the newborns were endangered by long hours of filming and nd inadequate supervision while under the relentless eye of a video camera.

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Obama proposes consumer agency WASHINGTON – Setting up a certain fight with big business, President Barack Obama is proposing a new regulatory agency to police lenders and protect consumers in credit, savings and other banking transactions. Obama would transfer some banking authority that now rests with the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department to the new consumer agency — the Consumer Financial Protection Agency.

Reporters planned smear campaign SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea laid out its evidence Tuesday against two American journalists sentenced to hard labor for entering the country illegally. The country’s official news agency reported that the journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, documented their journey into communist North Korea. “We’ve just entered a North Korean courtyard without permission,” the Korean translation of their videotape narration said, according to Korean Central News Agency. Ling, 32, and Lee, 36, were sentenced last Monday to 12 years of hard labor in a North Korean prison for illegal entry and “hostile acts.” Before Tuesday’s report, little was known publicly about the journalists’ arrest March 17. Associated Press

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Photos by Jon Eilts — THE BATTALION

Taylor Harris,15, practices batting Monday during the Aggie Softball Camp at the Aggie Softball Complex. The camp is for ages 13 to 18 and ends Friday. Participants learn varsity-level skills with individual instruction and emphasis on the fundamentals of softball.

Sonia Sotomayor ■ was born June 25, 1954 ■ is a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. ■ On May 26, President Barack Obama nominated Sotomayor for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace retiring Justice David Souter. ■ If confirmed, she would be the court’s first Hispanic justice and its third female justice.

FDA says Zicam nasal spray erodes sense of smell WASHINGTON — Consumers should stop using Zicam Cold Remedy nasal gel and related products because they can permanently damage the sense of smell, federal health regulators said Tuesday. The over-the-counter products contain zinc, an ingredient scientists say may damage nerves in the nose needed for smell. The other products affected by the Food and Drug Administration’s announcement are adult and kid-size Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Swabs. The FDA says about 130 consumers have reported a loss of smell after using Matrixx Initiatives’ Zicam products since 1999. Shares of the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company plunged to a 52-week low after the FDA announcement, losing more than half their value. Matrixx defended the safety of its products, but said it may remove them from the market. A warning letter issued to Matrixx on Tuesday asked the company to stop marketing its zinc-based products, but the agency did not issue a formal recall. Instead, regulators said Matrixx would have to submit safety and effectiveness data on the drug. Associated Press

Florida football players plan ride along with police officers Independent Florida Alligator During the next few weeks, expect to see University of Florida football players seated in the front, not the back, of local police cruisers. In four years, the UF football team has racked up 21 arrests, including nine felonies, and three citations. In light of these numbers, the University Athletic Association and Gainesville Police Department partnered to provide a way for players to see what the other side of law enforcement is like. Football players can volunteer to attend a ride-along with GPD officers between 5 p.m. and 4 a.m., the department’s busiest hours, said GPD spokesman Lt. Mike Schibuola. “Students get arrested every weekend, but student-athletes get more attention,” he said, adding that the arrest rate is similar for both groups. According to Schibuola, about 25 students are arrested every weekend, usually for possession of alcohol by a minor or underage drinking. In April 2007, former offensive guard Ronnie Wilson was arrested on charges of

WASHINGTON — Defending her membership in an elite all-women’s club, Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor told senators that the group doesn’t discriminate unfairly by gender and includes men in many of its activities. Her explanation, in a letter submitted Monday evening to the Senate Judiciary Committee, was accompanied by copies of several rulings, briefs and speeches that the judge had not previously given to the panel. GOP senators requested the material and questioned Sotomayor’s membership in Belizean Grove, a group of prominent professional women, because federal judges are bound by a code that says they shouldn’t join any organization that discriminates by race, sex, religion or nationality. “I do not believe that my membership in the Belizean Grove violates the Code of Judicial Conduct,” Sotomayor wrote. She told senators that the group involves men in some of its events and that she was unaware of any man who had tried to become a member. Sotomayor’s backers noted that the court’s only current female justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, belongs to the membership-only International Women’s Forum. So did former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who defended her involvement in all-women groups during her Senate confirmation hearings. Associated Press

Sophia Templin, at right, learns how to properly bunt Monday during softball camp at the Aggie Softball Complex. The second session of softball camp will be for 9- to 12-year-olds from Thursday to Sunday.

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battery and discharging a firearm in public, an incident that sparked the phrase “University of Felons in Gunsville, Fla.” to be used by Gator critics. Wilson reportedly spat on someone outside of a Gainesville nightclub, took an AK47 assault rifle out of the trunk of a car and fired it into the air. After two charges for marijuana possession and a misdemeanor for battery and assault, Wilson was kicked off the team. Earlier this month, starting cornerback Janoris Jenkins was Tasered and arrested after fighting five people outside of a Gainesville nightclub. Steve Russell, radio personality for AM 850’s “Sport Scene,” feels the arrests of Florida football players has been sensationalized. “In the summer, stories that might not be a big deal in the heat of competition become a little more blown up because there is nothing going on,” Russell said. Still, Russell does not excuse the rate of UF football player arrests. “Bottom line, there are probably too many, and it is the head coach’s responsibility to help make it better,” Russell said.

Utah Valley University drills active shooter on campus Todd McMurtrey The Daily Universe, BYU An active shooter drill was held at Utah Valley University on Sunday in order to train law enforcement officials to more effectively respond in the event of a school shooting. The drill started at 10:30 a.m. when actors portraying shooters entered the school and began firing blanks, throwing flash bang grenades and taking students hostage. More than 50 actors portraying students and victims were inside the school and were instructed to simulate the panic and chaos that would be expected during a real situation. However, with the sounds of gunfire, smoke machines and occasional explosions, simulating panic was easy for some students. “Some people were really freaked out, you could tell,” Dylan Fullmer said. “You’d

hear the gunshots and stuff, it was crazy.” Law enforcement entered moments later to set up a perimeter and locate suspects. Local police departments, SWAT and medical and police helicopters took part in the rescue. Many rescue teams also had to deal with simulated traps, such as bombs on doors; all while taking cover from gunfire and tending to the wounded. The drill ended when the shooters were taken into custody or “killed.” The drill was praised by law enforcement as a valuable learning opportunity and involved multiple agencies from throughout the state. “It was a great learning tool,” said Sgt. Justin Sprague, of the Utah Valley University Police. “Overall, the agencies that don’t normally work together meshed and responded very well.”

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Kim Putnam, head director of Fish Camp senior wildlife and fisheries sciences major born Jan. 15 in Anchorage, Alaska

hometown: Katy, Texas positions: counselor, co-chairwoman, director

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What do you love most about being an Aggie? What I love most about being an Aggie is how unique our school is and the opportunities it provides to students. No where else will you find a University with the support that you find at Texas A&M; our family network extends far beyond College Station and well past our four our five years in school. I am thankful for everyone who makes possible the cultivation of strong student leaders.


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If you had three hours of free time, what would you do with it? I would catch up with friends and family, and sleep! I would definitely read, relax or spend time with people I do not get to see often.


When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? As a child I was very much a dreamer. I wanted to be everything from a veterinarian or a teacher to a pilot or actress. The sky was the limit!


What are your goals for after graduation? After graduation I hope to travel a bit before settling down to work. I will be working in a zoo or aquarium training animals and increasing awareness about conservation.



What is your favorite memory made at Aggieland so far? I will always cherish the football games, days spent lounging on Academic Plaza and lunch in the 12th Man. My best times at A&M have been freshman year adventures, Midnight Yell, volunteering on campus, silent nights at Silver Taps, watching Aggies get their rings, dressing up for Fish Camp events, Muster, and the random hangouts that happen on campus.


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I really wanted to make sure that we were creating good leaders and good mentors, and role models — people who could transition these freshmen in an inclusive environment where they felt welcome, accepted and really excited to be Aggies. — Kim Putnam head director, Fish Camp

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Senior wildlife and fisheries sciences major Kim Putnam is serving as the 2009-2010 head director of Fish Camp.

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ish Camp head director and senior wildlife and fisheries major Kim Putnam is working to ensure the large incoming freshman class has the same welcoming experiences that she had. Putnam was involved in numerous clubs as a freshman, and went through Fish Camp in 2005, following the lead of her two older sisters. “I fell in love with the organization, their mission and what they do,” Putnam said. “So I applied to be a counselor that next year and got it.” Putnam was a counselor for two years. She then became a co-chairwoman in 2008, she said, in order to have more of a leadership role through out the organization. She was co-chairwoman for session D, with the Abbott namesake. Putnam is selfless and committed

to serving others, said Fish Camp cochairwoman Morgan Turpin. “She is a very humble leader and someone you can always trust to do the right thing.” Students need to know that Putnam is dedicated to everything that she does, said Turpin, and is motivated to make the world a better place. During Fish Camp one of Turpin’s favorite memories of Putnam was the “G-Sway” where the counselors were in a group and swayed to remind them of their unity. Turpin said this was Putnam’s favorite thing to do. After much thought about whether or not to continue with the organization after being a co-chairwoman, Putnam said she decided there was still much to do in leadership, and the direction that Fish Camp was going in, so she applied for director. “I wanted to make sure that every freshman was getting the best experience possible,” Putnam said. “And what is the best way to do that but going ahead and applying for the position of director? And I received

it, which was such an honor and I am so thankful every day for that.” Fish Camp makes giving freshmen a hearty “Howdy!” top priority, Putnam said. “I really wanted to make sure that we were creating good leaders and good mentors, and role models,” Putnam said. “People who could transition these freshmen in an inclusive environment where they felt welcome, accepted and really excited to be Aggies.” Since joining the organization, Putnam has created co-chairperson committees and implemented new training techniques so that students taking part will have more of a leadership role than before, she said. Putnam oversees six other assistant directors and the organization as a whole. Putnam is also in charge of working with people outside of Fish Camp, including those in the University officials. This summer, Putnam is overseeing registration in preparation for the Class of 2013.

Putnam has earned internships and is also involved in volunteer organizations. She has interned at Moody Gardens Aquarium in Galveston, where she worked with sea lions, seals and penguins every day. The internship led her to be interested in a career working with animals. Putnam joined MSCC Hospitality her freshman year and remained a member for three years. She will graduate in December. “I will probably be working with a zoo or a wildlife rehabilitation clinic,” Putnam said. “But there is always, in the back of my mind, doing something with student affairs or student development because I have really come to love working in that type of environment.” When Putnam is not volunteering or involved in organizing the details of Fish Camp she enjoys spending time with loved ones. “I love reading. I love catching up with my family and my friends,” Putnam said. “It’s all relational,

spending time with the people I have developed relationships with during college.” Putnam said her greatest accomplishment is being able to have the chance to help and encourage other people in accomplishing their goals and to help them have the confidence to succeed. One of the most influential people in her life is her older sister, Dawna Putnam. Putnam has watched her older sister grow through A&M and she admires the path that she took; she has become one of her greatest role models. Dawna also took on leadership roles in Fish Camp. “Kim is really one of my favorite people in the world,” Dawna said. “She gets along with almost any kind of person. She is totally genuine; what you see is what you get with her.” Putnam allows people to feel comfortable with who they are, and is there for her friends when they are in need, Dawna said.

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