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Gullette is specializing in management information systems, one of the seven tracks available within the program. He said the program helped him prepare for his career. “We have a really good accounting department and really good professors that help prepare us for that,” Gullette said.

Daniel Callahan freshman chemical engineering major

“I’ll get a job, go to community college to get some credit hours out of the way and go to the beach.”

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Military The Texas A&M Corps of Cadets has existed since the University was founded and has produced more than 43,000 commissioned officers. While not everyone in the Corps is required to enter the military, many A&M students are contracted before graduating. Senior history major Zac Clark will be moving in June to Norfolk, Va. “I think A&M has prepared me very well for going into the military,” Clark said. “My experiences and training in the Corps gave me a lot of leadership insight about how to lead a group of people. The traditions of A&M have instilled a lot of pride in me. Clark said he does not know what he will be doing on the U.S.S. Ross — the ship he has been assigned to — but says he is prepared. “I really feel like having come to A&M I have an edge over a lot of people,” Clark said. “I know I’ll be working for the betterment of the ship and the crew.”

Accounting Katie Fox

The department of accounting is globally recognized. It is ranked 14 in public undergraduate programs by U.S. News & World Report and 10 globally by Financial Times. The Professional Program of Accounting within the major is responsible for allowing students to graduate with a bachelor’s and a master’s degree, participate in an internship and leave campus with a job. Senior accounting major Will Gullette will graduate in December and begin working at Deloitte & Touche. “The PPA program was especially helpful in securing an internship, and I got to tailor my classes to the specific area of accounting I wanted to go into,” Gullette said.

sophomore mathematics major

“Lots and lots of classes and catching up on everything and hanging out and having fun.”

Stephanie Dougherty senior international studies and Russian double major

All grown up

Graduates from Texas A&M enter four main industries after graduation: accounting, military, oil and gas and consulting.

Story by Brandi Tevebaugh | Graphics by Evan Andrews | The Battalion

“I am interning with Sen. John Cornyn in Washington, D.C.”

allows for a broad area of knowledge that can feed students into fields that might not match their degree plan. Senior biomedical engineering major Leigh Sinclair is beginning work as a consultant at Quorum, a company that provides computer software to the energy industry. “I have done a lot of engineering classes,” Sinclair said. “I feel like I have a pretty good grasp on the overall problem solving mentality that you need to have, and I think that’s one of the most important things that companies look for in engineers when they’re looking for consultants.” Sinclair said her extracurricular involvement has given her more practical knowledge. “I was really involved in MSC OPAS, so I went through all the leadership positions there.”

Oil and gas The petroleum engineering department at A&M has ranked first in undergraduate programs by U.S. News & World Report, and since 1930 has awarded more than 4,000 bachelor’s degrees. The degree program prepares students to enter the oil and gas industry in three possible areas: drilling, production or reservoir engineering. Senior petroleum engineering major Michael Sollee is prepared to work in July for Anadarko Petroleum Corp. in Denver, Colo. “Everything I’ve learned at A&M I’ve used for internships,” Sollee said. “Going into different jobs that I’ve had, I’ve found that it’s been a lot easier to adjust than [for] other interns because of the schooling I’ve had. It’s

Travis Jernigan junior construction science major

“I’m going to stay here and work; I’ve been working on the YMCA renovation, and take one class.”

Laneisha Johnson been honestly pretty easy, in terms of internships. I go into an internship prepared. I owe it to A&M.” Sollee said through his previous work experience he is confident his degree will make him successful after graduation. “The petroleum engineering department’s so good that they can prepare us for everything that we need to know.”

sophomore supply chain management major

“I should be spending it in Houston. Hopefully I’ll be taking online classes, but for the most part, just working.”

Consulting Economics, engineering, finance, sport management and other majors allow students to enter firms as consultants. Consulting encompasses a wide range of fields in which A&M graduates are considered experts. The academics and extracurricular experiences of students in these majors

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Editor’s note The Battalion’s final issue for spring semester will be Monday, May 10. Publication for the summer will resume June 1. Photo illustration by Jeramie Heflin — THE BATTALION

Graduates have options in repaying loan debt Robert Carpenter The Battalion When the class of 2010 bids farewell to A&M next week, more than half will be leaving with both a diploma and a student loan by which to remember their education. Joe Pettibon, assistant provost for student financial aid, said A&M students graduating with loans have debts averaging $21,000. Pettibon said these students should not worry about immediate action. “Most of the loans have a six-month grace period so you don’t have to start payments the day you graduate,” Pettibon said.

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When planning for the conclusion of this grace period, Pettibon said there are numerous options for graduates to consider. The standard plan divides payments more than 10 years, which equates to monthly payments of under $200 for those with $20,000 in federal loan debt. However, there are alternatives for students who experience difficulty meeting these payments. One option for students may be to decrease payments by extending the length of the plans beyond 10 years. However, Pettibon discouraged students from doing See Debt on page 5

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Summer films pick up old storylines

This summer some of the most anticipated sequels will hit theaters near you including “Iron Man 2,” “Toy Story 3” and “Sex and the City 2.”

Fish Camp prepares to welcome class of 2014 Values

Melissa Appel Special to The Battalion Texas A&M University will prove again that everything is bigger in Texas as students will welcome in the largest freshmen class in University history with the largest student-run orientation program in the nation. Fish Camp, a time-honored Aggie tradition, serves to be one of the first introductions that many of the incoming freshmen have to the A&M’s traditions, spirit and family. “I think Fish Camp is a really good opportunity for freshmen who maybe haven’t grown up with the traditions to learn the traditions, become familiar with them See Fish Camp on page 5

◗ Development ◗ Integrity ◗ Compassion ◗ Unity ◗ Continuity ◗ Outreach For more information visit http:// fishcamp.

No Silver Taps in May Melissa Appel The Battalion Although it is a timely tradition, Silver Taps does not take place every month of the year, instead it coincided with the student academic calendar. The tradition takes place during the fall semester, September through December, and the spring semester, February through April. There is no Silver Taps in January

because of the Christmas break, and there is no ceremony in May due to finals. Students who die after the December Silver Taps are honored at the February service, and those who pass away after the April Silver Taps or during the summer will be honored at the September Silver Taps in the fall. If no student dies during the previous month, the Silver Taps service See Silver Taps on page 6

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Dead day party

Josh Abbott Band and the Kyle Bennett Band will perform at 9 p.m. Tuesday at Hurricane Harry’s.


Mother’s Day

Don’t forget. Mother’s Day is Sunday. Mother’s Day began in ancient Greece, where Rhea, the Mother of the gods, was honored.


Cap and gown pick-up

Students who ordered a cap and gown may pick it up starting May 10 in the MSC Bookstore.

Today sunny high: 91 low: 58 Wednesday sunny high: 92 low: 60 Thursday partly cloudy high: 91 low: 69 Friday 20% chance of showers high: 86 low: 64

corrections The women’s equestrian team are national champions this year. An article, “Aggie sports year in review” highlighting 2009-2010 sports appeared on page 5 of Monday’s issue.


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Gov. Rick Perry announced the 2010-2011 Student Regent to the Texas A&M System Board of Regents Monday. On June 1, Cresencio Davila will begin representing 115,000 students who attend the 12 universities within the Texas A&M System. After graduating in 1994 from John F. Kennedy High School in San Antonio, Davila did not enter college, but entered the work force and began a family. He is married and has four children under 7. In 2006, Davila enrolled in college and graduated three years later with a bachelor’s in accounting from A&M—San Antonio. A&M-SA was one of two universities to join the System in 2009. Davila is pursuing his master’s in business administration from A&M-SA. On top of school and a full-time job, Davila serves as president of the student government association and of the Delta Beta chapter of the Delta Mu Delta Fraternity. Davila said he was humbled by the appointment and takes seriously the task of representing students. “I think the most important thing is to provide the students’ perspective and voice with regards to issues that are facing different A&M campuses or A&M as a whole,” Davila said. “I have to represent every one of the students, and so I expect to do that in the Board of Regents and before the [Texas] Higher Education Board.” Davila said it was because of his “desire to serve.” “Volunteering in the student government association really rekindled my desire to serve and utilize my gifts,” Davila said. “I want to be a part of something bigger than myself, to make my contribution to the world, to leave my realm of influence a little more positive than when I came in.” Robert Carpenter, staff writer

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Creating a campus through collaboration Architecture, education administration students learn process of building schools Samantha Johnson The Battalion Doctoral students in the College of Architecture and College of Education Administration teamed this year to learn the process of designing schools. “It is a collaborative effort between Dr. Bob Johnson in architecture, and myself in education administration to introduce future architects and K-12 school leaders to each other and begin to develop understanding of their different worlds and how they may interact in the future,” said Virginia Collier, professor in the Department of Educational Administration. Collier said while this is the first year the students have interacted, consulting between the faculty of the two colleges has been going on for years. “Interaction between professors in the two departments goes back over 15 years. I have used Dr. Johnson as a resource as did my predecessor, Dr. Arnold Oates,” Collier said. “In turn, I have assisted with school design studios for many years and we have discussed our desire to bring students together.” It has not been a completely smooth first year for the program, said Robert Johnson, professor in the college of architecture. “The program hasn’t worked out as well as we have hoped. The college of education students have full-time jobs and were having to meet on the weekends, and there actually wasn’t a parallel class for our students,” Johnson said. Collier said she attributes most of the difficul-

ties to the different schedules of the two programs. “EDAD [educational administration] students are graduate students who hold full-time jobs and attend classes at night and on Saturdays,” she said. “That is the direct opposite of the schedule for architectural students.” Despite the challenges, Collier said it is important for these two programs to be able to interact. “Cross-college work within the University almost always adds strength to both programs. It’s a shame we can’t find ways to do more. It has been a challenge, however, and Dr. Johnson and I would both agree that we needed more structured activities for the teams,” Collier said. Christopher Stein, a doctoral student in the educational administration program, said the collaboration has made him aware of the parts of constructing a school that he had been missing before. “I have enjoyed learning about the process of designing and constructing a school. The class has opened my eyes to the complex nature of building a school and the collaboration needed between many parties to successfully complete the construction and opening of the campus,” Stein said. He said this experience with collaboration will help him in his future. “I have learned the importance of collaboration between many parties,” Stein said. “This experience has allowed me a glimpse of the roles of people above that will allow me to have a great understanding of the complex process of building a new campus.”

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5 before you go things you should know


Redefined day

Students will attend Friday classes today, the last day of the spring semester. Final exams begin Friday.


Cinco De Mayo

Sbisa Dining Hall will have a Cinco De Mayo celebration from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Shredded pork salsa verde tostadas, enchiladas and cilantro queso are among the foods being served. Meals are $8.25 per person and meal plans are accepted.


Perpetual Motion

The eighth annual dance concert put on by the A&M dance program will feature three nights of performances 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 7 through 9 in room 263 of the Read Building.

Last An Aggie beer of study the year break



Take a break from studying with The Association of Former Students Friday at the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center. There will be entertainment on the 26-foot media wall and interactive exhibits about Aggieland.

Enjoy the last beer of the year with Granger Smith who will perform May 12 at The Texas Hall of Fame with special guest Josh Langston. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $8.

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h, summer. It’s time to ditch our textbooks for swim trunks and cold lemonade and our sweatshirts for shorts and tanks. The hot season ahead is bringing with it some cool styles for guys and girls. For females, the always-in white tee and jeans, paired with a fun accessory remains a must-have. Ruffled skirts are in, too – just don’t go too short. You can pick up some tiedye scarves to throw on for a breezy summer evening. Any color will work. Angela Washeck Ladies, this summer, choose fabrics with room. Peasant tops, shorts with longer inseams curls for a pretty yet quirky look. and tee-shirt dresses will help you create a careIf you’re hitting the pool anytime soon, free summer look. As always, nautical is in. don’t be afraid to work a solid or patterned You simply can’t go wrong with striped monokini – the brighter the better. pieces and anchor accessories. They show just enough skin and still Junior communication major Check out this appear tasteful. Skyler Yancey strives to create summer’s hottest For the men, top-sider shoes a relaxed look in the warm fashion trends, will always be a classic look. For weather. including rompers for a laid-back appearance, don a “I love solid colored sungraphic women and the straw dresses you can accessorize tee with fedora for men. with cute sandals,” she said. fitted “Especially turquoise — I love jeans, turquoise jewelry.” throw on a Something else to remember: this cardigan and go – summer, classy is in (think ruffles, lace and you’ll be a hit on any bows.) Longer skirts and shorts are showing up date. more on the runway, and they look like they Another trend for are here to stay for a while. men is the popular athBangles are a quick way to add panache letic brand Under Arto any outfit. Choose stacks of solid brights, mour, especially when neutrals, cute floral patterns and bracelets with it comes to working embellishments as well. out in the heat. The most important trend of this season for “I would say Under women is the romper. If you haven’t seen it, Armour so when it the romper is a one-piece cross between shorts gets about 100 degrees and a skirt, a little like a jumper. Pair the romper I don’t pass out when with a cardigan, a chunky necklace and gladiator I’m running outside,” sandals, and you’ll be golden. If you’re feeling said sophomore geoextra daring, rock a bow headband with loose

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Toms and Sperries are both popular shoes that can be paired with shorts, capris and casual dresses during the hot summer season. sciences major Chris Harrison. Be sure to pair your sleek exterior with a solid pair of aviators; they’ll never go out of style. To really stand out in your look, there has never been a more opportune time to sport a straw fedora. Pick any color you want, and this summer it will complement your outfit. Also, look out for corduroy cutoffs and denim shorts — and the timeless button-down plaid shirt. Plus, Ked-style sneakers of all colors will work.

Toms are another popular shoe this summer, as they come in several colors, styles and unique patterns. They are extremely comfortable shoes that can be paired with almost any outfit to give it a distinct style. Don’t give in to the temptation to get lazy in your style in the sweltering summer sun. Choose a few great pieces and vary your usage of them. Catch on to this summer’s fashion theme: Bring out your chic side with pride, but keep it classy, Aggieland. Angela Washeck is a freshman communications major.

Having fun out of the sun T

he summer movie season is almost upon us in all of its popcorn-friendly glory, so here’s a brief (albeit quirky) rundown of the top movies vying for your hard-earned cash. The blockbuster season begins early on May 7 with the release of the hotly anticipated “Iron Man 2.” Sequel to the unexpected blockbuster that came out two years ago, “Iron Man 2” Joe Terrell retains much of the same cast from its predecesgest film of the summer (potentially the year) sor, including leading man Robert Downey Jr. With the addition of several new characters and with “Toy Story 3.” Let’s all be honest with ourselves for a minute. “Toy Story 1 & 2” villains (and a greater emphasis on action), let’s probably holds a special place in all of our hope the film doesn’t tread the same ground inner child’s hearts, so you’re going to that doomed “Spiderman 3” a few want to see this. Who doesn’t want years ago. This summer’s to team up with Buzz, Woody, May continues with the release line-up of movies Jessie, Mr. Potatohead and Rex of Ridley Scott’s “Robin Hood” includes something as they try to break out of a (which looks a lot like “Gladifor everyone from daycare in brilliant Pixar 3-D? ator” with a PG-13 rating), romance to actionJune also marks the release of “Shrek Forever After” (a series packed drama. “Killers” (June 4), which stars which needs to be put to rest), Ashton Krutcher and Katherine “MacGruber” (which has the Heigl. “Killers” is about a woman potential to be the best Saturday who gets caught up in the world of Night Live inspired film ever), “Prince international intrigue and action when meets an of Persia” (which looks a lot of like “Pirates of the Caribbean” in the desert sans Johnny Deep), undercover assassin. This plot sounds suspiciously similar to “Knight and Day” (June 25), and “Sex and the City 2” (if you actually want starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, which to go see this then you probably already know is about [see plot synopsis of “Killers”]. Which what to expect). one will be better? Well at least the latest The next movie on the summer blockbuster “Knight and Day” trailer has a Muse song on it. radar is “The A-Team.” Based off the beloved Moving on, the first weekend of July features old school TV show of the same name, “The the release of “Twilight: Eclipse.” Because of A-Team” promises to be one of those action its reverent and rabid fan base (combined an movies you turn your brain off before you Independence Day release date), “Eclipse” will walk into theater. But with a cast that includes probably be one of the largest grossing films of Bradley Cooper (“The Hangover”) and Liam the summer. July 16 marks the opening day of Neeson (“Taken”), it’ll probably be a fun ride. my pick for best film of the year with “IncepThe next week, June 18, delivers the big-

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“Iron Man 2” is one of the hottest action movies coming out this summer with Robert Downey Jr. returning as Tony Stark and starring Mickey Rourke as a villain.

tion.” Directed by Christopher Nolan (“The Dark Knight”) and starring Leonardo Dicaprio, “Inception” revolves around a group of businessmen who can reconstruct your dream world and then steal your subconscious. If that synopsis just blew your mind then get ready because the film reportedly has a budget of over $200 million and it will be simultaneously released in IMAX. Prepare for smart thrill ride that looks to be a masterpiece. The summer season also means that it’s for

your obligatory Will Ferrell movie. “The Other Guys” co-stars Mark Wahlberg and Samuel L. Jackson, and is about two meek New York City detectives. This sounds a lot like an Americanized version of “Hot Fuzz” but hopefully this isn’t another “Land of the Lost.” But it’s directed by Adam McKay who works well with Ferrell (see “Anchorman”), but that doesn’t mean this won’t be terrible. One thing’s for certain though: it can’t be as bad as this year’s “Cop Out.” Overall, your summer viewing choices are extremely diverse, but stay away from obvious duds like “Salt,” “Marmaduke” and “Cats & Dogs 2: Revenge of Kitty Galore.” Joe Terrell is a sophomore telecommunications major.

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Summer events heat up in Bryan and College Station

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Stop by the newest campus coffee stop on west campus: West Side Exchange Located in the West Campus Library.


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large or specialty coffee to celebrate our opening. Offer good May 7-9, 5pm - 8pm.

Hang out or volunteer at the Texas fourth annual Texas Reds Steak and Grape Festival, June 18-19 in Historic Downtown Bryan. Activities include wine tasting from 20 different wineries, continuous live music, shopping and the arts. Purchase pre-sale tickets until June 17 for $16 at http://www.bryantx. gov/texasredsfestival or at designated locations listed on the site.



More of a listener than a player? Wolf Pen Creek has (free) performances all summer as part of the Starlight Music Series, including Roger Creager May 15 and Hotel California, a tribute band to the Eagles June 12. Check out the city of College Station’s Facebook page for the full schedule.


2 Make some music at the sixth annual 2010 Hill Country Acoustic Music Camp, Kerrville, Texas June 2-6. Classes include songwriting, classical guitar, dobro, country guitar, banjo, fiddle lessons, and more. HCAMP is a production of The Texas Arts & Crafts Educational Foundation. Kerrville is just Camp details and registration information can be found at http://www. or by calling 830-459-2120.


Go organic this summer and use Saturday mornings to shop at the Brazos Valley Farmers Market, from 8 a.m. – noon Saturdays at the Corner of Texas Avenue and William J. Bryan Parkway in Bryan.

Be a tourist in your own backyard. A program started by the College Station Visitors Bureau encourages visiting local attractions. Stop by for a “passport� that you can fill with stamps from different locations, and once filled enter it in to win a patio set.


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Man sought in NYC bomb NEW YORK — Authorities have identified the buyer of the SUV used in a failed Times Square terror attack and are seeking him as a potential suspect, two law enforcement officials said Monday. The buyer is a man of Pakistani descent who recently traveled to Pakistan. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the case is at a sensitive stage. The officials say the man is a Connecticut resident who paid cash weeks ago for the SUV parked in Times Square on Saturday and rigged with a crude propane-and-gasoline bomb. The car’s last registered owner was questioned Sunday by investigators, and said he sold the 1993 Nissan Pathfinder to a man he did not know three weeks ago to a stranger, one official said. Officials say the owner, whose name has not been released, is not considered a suspect in the bomb scare. But the revelation of the sale led authorities one step closer to whomever was aiming for mass carnage on a busy Saturday night in the heart of Times Square and achieved only streets emptied for hours of thousands of tourists. New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne confirmed Monday that inves-

tigators had spoken to the registered owner. The vehicle identification number had been removed from Pathfinder’s dashboard, but it was stamped on the engine, and investigators used it to find the owner on record. “The discovery of the VIN on the engine block was pivotal in that it led to identifying the registered owner,” Browne said. “It continues to pay dividends.” Investigators tracked the license plates to a used auto parts shop in Stratford, Conn., where they discovered the plates were connected to a different vehicle. They also spoke to the owner of an auto sales shop in nearby Bridgeport because a sticker on the Pathfinder indicated the SUV had been sold by his deal-

ership. Owner Tom Manis said there was no match between the identification number the officers showed him and any vehicle he sold. In New York, police and FBI examined hundreds of hours of video from around the area. They had initially wanted to speak with a man in his 40s who was videotaped shedding his shirt near the Pathfinder, but backed away as the buyer became clear. The man had not been considered a suspect and officials said it’s possible he was just a bystander. Police also received around 120 tips, and three of which were considered promising, and collected forensic evidence from the Pathfinder. Associated Press



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and know what’s going on at football games,” said Jarrod Underwood, a junior chemical engineering major who attended Fish Camp 2007. Faced with a trend of increasingly large freshman classes, Fish Camp 2010 will consist of seven sessions, 42 camps, eight directors, 84 chairmen and women and 1,032 counselors. Work for the upcoming summer’s Fish Camps began last fall as directors and chairpersons began the organizational tasks, budgeting and training necessary for completion of the orientation program, whose operating budget is more than $1 million. Counselor applications are available at the beginning of the spring semester, with the positions being announced about one month into the semester. Those who choose to apply for a leadership position in Fish Camp see it as an opportunity to give back to incoming freshmen in the same way that they benefited from the camp during first years. “Fish Camp had an enormous impact on me as a freshman, so I decided to apply in the hopes that Fish Camp would continue to have an impact on my life,” said Jay Evans, senior political science major and Fish Camp 2010 director of administration. “After being involved with Fish Camp for four years, I can say that I will never forget my experience.” During the four-day event, incoming freshmen have opportunities to build their Aggie networks through mixers and socials. They learn about the Aggie Spirit through mock Silver Taps and Muster ceremonies. Smaller discussion groups give students a support group to building each other up. “I hope that the new students who come to Fish Camp

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can have an amazing experience, and I hope that when they leave they are full of the Aggie Spirit and feel excited and blessed to be a student at such an amazing University,” Evans said. Fish Camp takes place at the Lakeview Methodist Conference Center in Palestine, Texas. Since it was first there in 1956, Fish Camp has expanded to accommodate more students as Lakeview has expanded its facilities. Even with the emphasis on the sheer large numbers of students, Fish Camp continues to stress the importance of insuring that every individual Aggie walks away with a better perspective on college life and Texas A&M, Evans said. “My favorite part about Fish Camp is the freshman campfire on the last night of camp,” Evans said. “It is always so rewarding and heart-touching to see that shy, quiet camper stand up and pour their heart out about how much their time at camp has meant to them.” For many freshmen, the friends they meet during Fish Camp continue throughout their four years of college and beyond. “Fish Camp was a great way to meet friends, and I still talk with many of them,” said Tyler Moquin freshman general studies major who attended Fish Camp 2009. “It’s a great opportunity for incoming freshmen to get plugged in and learn about the incredibly awesome Aggie traditions.” When the class of 2014 leaves at the end of the Fish Camp, counselors and directors believe the exerience will serve as a beginning for a valued career as a Fightin’ Texas Aggie. “I hope that when a member of the class of 2014 leaves camp, they feel like they are ready to be an Aggie,” Evans said. “I hope that they have fallen in love with Texas A&M like so many students who have come before them.”

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ing Silver Taps. On the second Tuesday of every month, Aggies stand in Academic Plaza in silence, letting their presence act as a simple, yet powerful, manifestation of the Aggie Spirit to those families. The first Silver Taps was in 1898 to honor Lawrence Sullivan Ross, former president of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas. Although much time has passed, the tradition of Silver Taps has changed very little in its nature. Students simply gather together in silence on the lawn of Academic Plaza at 10:30 p.m. Ross Volunteers march into the Plaza and fire a 21gun salute. Then the simple tune of “Taps� can be heard playing toward the north, south and west. “Taps� is not played a fourth time toward the east because it is said the sun will not rise on that Aggie’s life again. Students then walk away and return to their respective lives and duties. The gesture is so simple and straightforward, yet poignant and profound for the family members that sit in front of the Sul Ross Statue, in the middle of a very palpable sensation and transparent representation of the Aggie family. “For some of the families, it is their first time to experience the strength of the Aggie family,�

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is omitted. The last time a Silver Taps was not held for this reason was in November 2008. When the Texas Aggies needed another man on the field, E. King Gill stood together with his team. The tradition of the Twelfth Man was born. When the Texas Aggies lose one of their own, Aggies stand together to show support at Silver Taps. The tradition of the Twelfth Man is exemplified. Silver Taps is a time when Aggies gather to remember current students at A&M who died in the previous month. “The purpose of Silver Taps is to provide an opportunity for students to pay their respects for a fellow member of their Aggie family,� said Marissa Sibal, chairwoman of Traditions Council and senior finance major. “But more than allowing students an opportunity to pay their respects, it is an opportunity for that Aggie’s family to come to A&M and see the support that the Aggie family can provide for them, it’s a way to show them how much their Aggie meant to our Aggie family.� Traditions Council is responsible for organiz-

said junior agricultural communication and journalism major Lesa Teer, campus relations subchairwoman in Traditions Council. “It gives me chills every time to see looks of grief mixed with awe as the family members walk into Academic Plaza and realize that there are thousands of students silently standing in the dark to honor their child, not necessarily because they were friends or roommates or even from the same country — but simply because we are all Aggies and we are all a part of the Aggie family.� Family members are greeted by members of Traditions Council on the night of Silver Taps. A member of Traditions Council escorts each family through the evening, from a special reception beforehand to the ceremony in Academic Plaza. “There are no words to describe walking into Academic Plaza and escorting the families of the honored Aggies and seeing the Aggie Family coming together to pay tribute to their son or daughter,� Sibal said. “Silver Taps sometimes is the gap that brings the honored student’s family and the Aggie family that the student had here at A&M.� The simple action of standing with and for a family has a place in the realm of Aggie traditions that is crucial for uniting Aggieland in a manner unlike any other. The gesture is unpretentious, the significance


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The Silver Taps Ceremony is not held in May or December. Students who die during those months are remembered at the following Silver Taps. pronounced. Aggies are asked to join each other to stand for those who no longer can. “No word sums up Silver Taps better than selfless,� Teer said. “Taking thirty minutes out of your busy schedule to silently stand in the dark for an Aggie that you may have never even heard of is one of the most selfless things someone can do. Silver Taps is an amazing display of the Aggie family and truly makes you realize that you are a part of something so much bigger than yourself.�









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Rec programs won’t miss a beat Alex Welch Special to The Battalion If you are planning on staying in College Station this summer, the Student Recreational Center will have plenty of options to keep you active and safely out of the sweltering Texas heat. Intramural indoor soccer, 3-on-3 basketball, 4-on-4 flag football, sand volleyball, kickball tournaments and golf doubles will all be offered. Sign-ups for the first and second summer sessions run from June 1-7 and July 6-12, respectively. “I go kayaking all the time at Town Lake in Austin, and since I won’t be staying there this summer, its great there’s a place that offers it around College Station,” said sophomore chemical engineering major Emily Donahoe. Registration opens up June 1 for all Outdoor Adventure programs. For costs ranging from only $15-$50, Rec Center members and guests can participate in a wide variety of clinics, day trips and educational courses on surfing, rock climbing and kayaking. The Indoor Climbing Facility will have several clinics throughout the summer, and a new Rec Rock Camp will be offered for children age 1117. The registration fee is $250 per child and includes climbing time, instruction, equipment rental, a mid-morning snack and a camp T-shirt. The Rec Center Natatorium will play home to Basic Scuba, Advanced Scuba, Scuba Referral Dive and Adult Learn to Swim classes on several occasions during the summer. Spots are still available for Session IV of the Texas A&M Aggie Swim Camp held for kids 8 – 18 with

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The Student Recreation Center provides students many of the same amenities in the summer as offered in the fall and spring semesters. skill levels from beginning competitive to advanced athlete. The Texas A&M coaches will be at every water workout, and student-athletes will serve as counselors. Extra spots may become available for the first three sessions. Visit for more information. “I took a scuba kinesiology class this semester and got certified. It was a cool experience. I usually go to Gold’s Gym to maintain my physique. But, I’ll probably hit up the Rec this summer for an Advanced Scuba class,” said senior finance major Bartley Schaetter.

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so if financially able. “There are different repayment options that would allow the student to stretch those payments out, what would normally be over a 10 year period over a longer period of time,” Pettibon said, “but if you are able to pay more you should pay more. That is just a good practice in general any time you borrow money.” Kyle Richter, a senior mechanical engineering major, said he is approaching the repayment of his loans systematically, according to interest levels. “Right now I have a loose plan for paying back my loans,” Richter said. “I’m going to pay off the interest bearing loans as quickly as possible, and then pay off the subsidized loans on time because I won’t benefit from paying those off early.” Pettibon said students struggling to meet payments might want to also consider loan consolidation when applicable. “Every loan servicer is going to have a minimum amount students have to pay, typically $50 per month,” Pettibon said. “So you may have three minimum $50 payments and if you consolidate you’re going to have one $50 payment you have to make.” For federal loans, there are also income contingent payment plans which require minimum payments of 10 percent of a graduate’s income. For these students, the maximum repayment plan is 25 years, after which point debt will be forgiven. Those pursuing careers in public service may also want to be aware of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007. The act provides for loan and interest forgiveness after the borrower spends 10 years

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Personal debt Students seeking information on their loan amounts, outstanding balances, loan statuses or servicers should access the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS), an online database which organizes information on all Title IV student loans. continuously employed in public service. Qualified occupations include teaching, military duty, law enforcement, university positions and certain health care jobs. To qualify, borrowers must make payments on-time for 120 months. As for students with loans who will not be graduating this May, Pettibon said it is not necessarily a good idea to work 30 or 40 hours per week for the sake of avoiding debt. Instead, he advised living on a budget and carefully considering how much money to borrow. “Some students will simply take the amount of money that has been awarded to them at face value without considering that many students can live cheaper than the average,” Pettibon said. “If they don’t need that money, then don’t borrow the money.” Cynthia Wright, junior environmental geosciences major, said avoiding unnecessary expenses has helped her avoid student loans. “I try to watch my spending and I don’t buy a lot of things just for pleasure or anything like that,” Wright said. Pettibon said this is the attitude that far-sighted students take when making financial decisions. “We have an expression in financial aid, ‘You can live as a college student while you’re in college or you can live as a college student when you get out,’” Pettibon said. “One of the things you’ve got to do is get through college so you can get the job that you want, and don’t live like you’ve got the job already.”

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ike any time of great crisis, I understand the lines of morality become blurred during finals. For instance, this morning I rolled through a stop sign as I rushed to a test I was late for. I ran over three old ladies, six cats and a box full of adorable puppies, but such are the chaotic ethics of the semester’s end. So, sir or madam, what I am trying to say is your actions do not fall under the umbrella of action movie morality’s justifiable thievery. That’s right, I said it, you’re a bad person. Shame, shame on you, and may rabid weasels gnaw on tender areas of your anatomy. For all of you readers that were not inJames Cavin volved in jacking my roommate’s scooter, I have the following request. Please keep My grade, and all the good I can do because of it, more than justifies stepping on a an eye out for a blue Vespa. If you see one, follow this carefully devised few toes. However, just because we’ve got a widening gray area to the moral spectrum strategy: Beat the driver unconscious doesn’t mean everybody can start unravelusing a blunt object, such as ing the fabric of society. So, to whom it may concern (you know who you are), the baseball bat, tire iron or the Vespa itself. following is a list I’ve compiled of the only Ascertain the Vespa is, in times it is acceptable to steal something: fact, a blue 2003 ET4 with a When it’s owned by Soviets or poorly dent on the side (an old dent, accented B-movie actors playing Soviets. not one caused by beatWhen it’s guarded by lasers. ing the driver). When it’s a supernatural artifact Finals can make If so, continue of unfathomable power, capable beating the unconscious any student of altering the flow of history driver until I arrive with as we know it, or destroying desperate, but the rabid weasels. the world with Spielbergian taking away Why am I so angry special effects. someone’s about this? Well, an Aggie Unfortunately, my roomtransportation does not steal, nor tolermate’s slightly beaten up blue is wrong. ate those who do. Also, this 2003 ET4 Vespa, which until particular Aggie does not look this morning was sitting outside our forward to having to drive his roommate apartment, is none of the above. Unless places. Do you know what time Sean has of course I am greatly mistaken about the to be at work by? One! That’s right, one nature of motorized scooters, in which in the afternoon! So if I’m going to have case, enjoy your bid for supernaturally to wake up every day by 1 p.m., the least aided global domination. (Which would mean that my roommate is, in fact, a covert you can do is find those responsible and beat them to death. Wait, Sean just told Soviet agent ... hmm ... “Sean” does have me that he’ll walk to work ... OK, so a distinctly Slavic sound to it, now that maybe don’t beat them to death, but at I think about it ... Well, nothing a little least a noogie or something. morally gray Jack Bauer-style questioning Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to won’t answer.)


go delete all the hate mail telling me that stealing laser guarded Soviet super weapons of a paranormal nature is against the Aggie honor code. P.S. Dear thieves, you do realize that even if my roommate’s only form of transportation was in fact, an artifact of unfathomable supernatural power, it’s not going to end well for you, right? Trust me, these things never do. You’re going to get your faces melted off, or your souls sucked into the Vespa dimension as the incorporeal horror you’ve unleashed wreaks havoc on your secret island base, or face-propellered to death by Harrison Ford. Better to just return it. James Cavin is a senior English major.

Swindled by textbook sales


t’s nearing the end of the semester, which means students have realized they’ve spent hundreds of dollars on textbooks this semester, many they have not opened, read or wanted. But as we try to sell back our books, students are annually shafted by low resale prices.

Cole Allen

A great number of professors seem to want students to buy their book to gain commission profits off of it. While some professors require minimum reading material, actually realizing their class is not the only one you are taking, others make you buy 10 books, many you’ll never even open. Throughout my years of college, I’ve Paul Patti, Traditions Bookstores general learned college textbooks are not worth manager, helped explain the high cost. the debt induced while purchasing them. “When newer editions come out with There are some great books many changes in CDs, pincodes and such, this will enjoy, and possibly even all influences the price,” Patti said, Textbooks can keep. But mostly, we regret “Teachers have the ultimate say on cost almost the $200 not remotely what book they want and need.” as much as helpful to me the professor I understand the overall need required because he or she for a book to help a professor the tuition, if wrote it. teach, but why should a book purchased from The amount of money cost so much and only be worth a a store. spent on textbooks as under10th of the original cost at the end graduate students is outrageous. of the semester? If the cost of the books The money to fund rainforest or plant is so much, we should at least be reimgreenery that we need, rather than overly bursed 75% of our original investment for abuse paper. Better yet, we could have all books in good condition, anything less is united together and made our own bailout/ a slap in the face. Last semester I bought a stimulus plan, and used it to pay the pricey government book for $50, was offered $3 cost of tuition, excluding books. Requirback, even though the class was still being ing tons of books overwhelm students not taught with the same material. I don’t only with more sleepless nights, but with understand why a book that I didn’t even the price of those books. Maybe bookstores open is only worth $3, the paper alone is should offer a buddle or bulk price, that worth more. way it’s more like Costco. “There’s a lot that goes into buy-back. The incredible monopoly textbooks I understand where the frustration comes have on schooling circles back to professors. from,” Patti said. “The standard of buy-

back is usually half the original price of the new book, but once a quantity is met, it drops down to whatever the wholesalers is paying for the book on a national basis.” With low resale value, a lot of students turn to other sources like Amazon and eBay for their books. Yet they can still be pricey, and the shipping wait can be deterring, especially if you’re needing a book for class soon. Patti explained that whole-sellers set the price, and that Traditions’ commission is extremely low, sometimes as low as 50 cents a book. If Wal-Mart sold books there wouldn’t be this textbook shafting problem we face every year, because of their awesome return policies. Over the course of my studies, I have learned a few things to help stop textbooks from increasing your student loans. Pair with some friends in class; make sure they are not slackers and split a book. Go to the library and rent a book, but chances are someone got to it first. Checking out the text from course reserves can buy time while you wait for shipping. Or, find a sugar daddy or momma, and have them supply your every college need. This one is harder to do than you think. Lastly, you could boycott books. You would be surprised how far note taking can get you, especially with slides. But find some way to avoid the stores. Last semester I spent more than $700 on books and got $102 back. With the money I’ve spent on textbooks, I could have probably bought my own forest and printing company and made profit, rather than lose so much. Cole Allen is a senior political science major.

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Junking Jefferson I

n their last meeting, the Texas Board of Education proposed some rather ridiculous changes to the current high school social studies curriculum. These changes, passed under a 10 to 5 party-line vote, introduce some of the most obvious examples of bias and misrepresentations of history imaginable.

Jeremy Northum

board is doing is most unsettling, and this manipulation faintly resembles propaganda. The proposed curriculum standards are now published in the Texas Register, and are open for 30 days of public comment. A final vote will be taken May 20. Texans need to comMany changes were made but one stands out ment on these proposed standards. Send a mesamong the rest. Thomas Jefferson was removed sage to these 10 that you will not put up with from a list of influential individuals whose this nonsense. writings students must study. Apparently, 10 To the 10 State Board of Education members members of the State Board of Education have who voted for the curriculum changes: stop forgotten their history so I will give them a rewriting history. You are on the State Board of short refresher course. Education, not the State Board of IndocJefferson was only the third president trination. Your actions are shameful of the United States, the second The State Board and will hurt students in Texas. vice president, the first secretary Actually, they hurt more of Education of state, an ambassador to France, than just the students in Texas. shouldn’t alter the second governor of Virginia, Because Texas is such a large history by removing founder of the University of Virstate and the largest buyer of Jefferson’s ginia and the principal author of textbooks in the country, its influence in the Declaration of Independence, curriculum standards influence textbooks. to name just a few of his accomthe textbook market throughout plishments. Needless to say, he is an the country. Many states will wind important figure in American history and up with these standards as publishers deserves to be studied. often market textbooks geared for Texas across Now here is the fun part. In the document the nation. outlining the proposed changes, there is a paraTo make this situation even stranger, the graph above the aforementioned list of authors, people of Texas have only themselves to blame stating students must be able to “identify the for this mess. Members of the State Board of impact of political and legal ideas” of a list of Education are elected, so no one can blame documents. Somehow, perhaps by an act of the governor. Texans should be wary of voting Divine Providence, the Declaration of Indepen- for State Board of Education members without dence is on that list. This implies that despite knowing the candidate and the issues. Checktheir actions, these 0 members of the State ing boxes next to random names under the Board of Education are not complete idiots, assumption that the choice does not matter is they do understand the importance of this docu- not acceptable. As they have demonstrated, ment. However, they refuse to acknowledge State Board of Education members have quite the accomplishments of the author because they a bit of influence over the students of Texas, a do not see eye-to-eye with him, most likely due negative influence in this case. to Jefferson’s “separation of church and state” comment in his 1802 letter to the Danbury Jeremy Northum is a graduate nuclear Baptists. This almost slight-of-hand trick the engineering student.

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Samantha Johnson The Battalion Darryl J. de Ruiter, associate professor of the Department of Anthropology, was part of a team that identified a previously undiscovered human ancestor. De Ruiter served as the lead de Ruiter Cranio-dental specialist for the team and was the second author on the paper “Australopithecus sediba: A New Species of Homo-like Australopith from South Africa,” which ran as the cover story in the April 9 edition of Science Magazine. The Battalion’s Samantha Johnson sits down with de Ruiter to discuss what was found in that South African cave. Question What was discovered? Answer Australopithecus Sediba, a transitional form [of human skeleton} descended from Australopithecus Africanus and ancestral to Homo, which is our genus. We have found two skeletons already, but there are two more that we can see so far. Question How does this differ from Australopithecus Africanus? Answer The cranium is the same size as Africanus, but shaped like early Homo, and the teeth are shaped like Australopithecus, but the same size as early homo. Also, the arms and legs are formed like Australopithecus, but the pelvis is formed like early Homo. Question Approximately how old are these fossils? Answer Between 1.78 and 1.95 million years old. Question What is the significance about this find? Answer It is an Australopithecus but it is more Homo like than any other species, making it a better candidate for a direct descendant of Homo. Question How was it discovered?

Answer They were found in South African cave named Malapa. In the 1920’s limestone miners dynamited the area, but stopped before going too deep. There were about 200 blocks from this blasting stacked form a road, the fossils were found in these blocks. The site was recognized by a team of geologists on Aug. 1, 2008 and the first fossils were found on the 15th. Question When did you know it was something different than previously identified species? Answer It was a gradual process that took months. I guess we really realized it in July of 2009 when we were in Nairobi comparing the fossils to the ones that they had. We knew it was different from the West African fossils, but we had to compare it to the East African ones. Question Is there anything else that people should know about this find? Answer It is not a “Missing Link,” that is a term people should stay away from because it implies that evolution is a straight chain of events, it is not. Australopithecus Sediba was evolved from Africanus and moved toward early Homo.

Top discoveries of 2009 1. Fossil connects humans, lemurs 2. Fish with transparent head seen alive for first time 3. New cloud type discovered 4. “Extinct” bird seen 5. Oldest skeleton of human ancestor found 6. Gold rush-era “Ghost Ship” wreck 7. Biggest snake discovered 8. Giant snakes threaten up to 1/3 of U.S. 9. Ancient gem-studded teeth 10. Megamouth shark SOURCE: National Geographic

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