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Units in the Corps of Cadets “dress right dress� to align with the cadets farthest to the right Tuesday afternoon on Simpson Drill Field as staff sergeants grade the cadets’ drill precision.

campus news Funeral set for cadet Funeral arrangements have been made for Miguel Hernandez, a Texas A&M Corps of Cadets member killed in a car accident earlier this month. Visitation will be at 6:30 p.m. April 5 and the funeral service will be at 2 p.m. April 6, both at Houston Spanish Spring Branch Seventh-day Adventist Church. Staff report

inside sports | 2 A&M earns shutout victory Senior Rafael Pineda and the A&M pitching staff threw a shutout game while the offense scored early and often, garnering A&M the weekday victory.

arts | 4 GIs of Comedy Read about the four veterans who visited A&M Tuesday on a comedy tour aimed at giving back to fellow soldiers and military supporters.


Research week plumbs student innovations John Rangel

The Battalion tudent researchers and research enthusiasts are coming together from labs and academic haunts scattered across A&M to highlight breakthroughs made this year by the student body. More than 600 students will present and compete in a variety of research topics at the 16th annual Student Research Week, SRW. With its Tuesday kickoff, SRW runs through Thursday, when students will be awarded recognition for their work by a group of judges. Held in the MSC ballroom and surrounding space, the program aims to recognize and celebrate student research at A&M by fostering an environment for students, faculty, and staff to learn about ongoing research conducted on campus. Erica Gacasan, freshman biomedical engineering major and student volunteer for SRW, said bringing recognition to the work done on campus is important to all students, regardless of academic background. “A&M is an innovative campus,� Gacasan said. “There are groundbreaking things going on here. It’s important to know what [is


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being researched] because eventually you will be faced by its implications.� This year’s theme is “Where Curiosity Speaks.� Inspired by Steve Jobs — who once said, “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, everything else is secondary� — SRW aims this year to provide students a chance to showcase their discoveries. For Michelle Ramsey, A&M biology doctoral student, curiosity led her to discover a new method for potentially understanding the way certain diseases are caused and thus how they can be prevented and cured. “A lot of cells [in the body] function based on their orientation towards the cells around them,� Ramsey said. “When these cell patterns are disrupted, it can cause things such as developmental disorders and polycystic kidneys.� Ramsey said her research focused on the way photoreceptors in the human eye are arranged, and how these cell patterns in the cornea show possible similarity to structures found elsewhere in the body. She said while it was well understood that their genetic pathSee Research on page 2


Students commit to day-long worship Chris Scoggins

The Battalion fter a morning of nearly freezing temperatures, a group of students completed a 24-hour worship session at Rudder Fountain Plaza. Heart of Worship — held from 8 p.m. Monday to 8 p.m. Tuesday — was organized by students who encouraged others to join in public worship, professed the Christian faith and took prayer requests. “It’s what God calls us to do,� said Brandon Shirk, freshman business administration major. “It’s a way that we grow in faith and sharpen other believers in Christ.� Jack Stephenson, junior university studies major, and his collaborator Conner Wright, junior information and operations management major, put the event together. The two were inspired to organize the event after witnessing a 72-hour complete Bible reading. “I think it is good just to publically declare your faith,� Stephenson said. “We have the ability to worship openly on campus and so we want to take advantage of that.� Stephenson said the appeal of the event lies in its simplicity, explaining that during some of the larger-scale worship concerts the event becomes more about the participant’s experience than about the worship.



Students gather during a 24-hour worship session organized by two Christians who wanted to encourage students in public worship. Heart of Worship aimed to make worship the primary focus by keeping the experience simple but uplifting. “Proclaiming your faith in public is a hard thing to do,� said Thai Ho, freshman biomedical sciences major. “The ability to do that is one of the greatest forms of worship.� Students were given the opportunity to sign up as worship leaders and perform

he University police seek assistance and information regarding the whereabouts of a missing Texas A&M student. Andersen Oldham Puckett, junior computer science major, was last seen leaving the University Apartments at 10 p.m. Sunday wearing a jacket and dark colored jeans, according to University police. Puckett is a white male, 19 years old, 6’0�, 140 lbs., with brown hair and hazel eyes. He drives a 1997 white Ford Explorer with a Texas Andersen Puckett license plate, VDG655. Puckett was reported missing by his parents, and those with information regarding his location are asked to contact University police at 979-845-2345. There were no updates on Andersen at the time of press.

during the event. The performances lasted from 30 minutes to an hour while other students interacted with passers-by. “We have experienced joy in Christ and we cannot help but to worship him,� Stephenson said. “It’s this overflow of joy we have in having a relationship with him and it has presented a lot of opportunities to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with people.�

La. man pleads not guilty to extortion Professor’s widow says husband was ‘good man’


Louisiana man pleaded not guilty to a charge of using an underage girl to extort money from an A&M professor, who jumped to his death from a campus building in January. A judge in Houston on Tuesday ordered Daniel Timothy Duplaisir of Metairie, La., to remain in jail without bond. His trial is scheduled for May 28. Authorities allege that Duplaisir used the girl to lure James Aune, professor and head of the Communication Department, into a sexually explicit online relationship and then contacted Aune, acting as an outraged father, to demand money. Daniel Duplaisir Court records show text messages between Duplaisir and Aune that indicate the threats to publicize the relationship contributed to the communication professor’s decision to jump from Northside parking garage. FBI investigators used text and email conversaJames Aune tions found on Aune’s campus computer and iPhone to determine that Duplaisir had been threatening to call police and Aune’s employers if he did not send him “something like $5,000,� according to the affidavit. Aune transferred Duplaisir $1,000 initially and promised to send more money in January, according to the FBI document. Aune texted Duplaisir the morning of Jan. 8: “Killing myself now. And u will be prosecuted for black mail,� according to the affidavit. The widow of Aune, Miriam Aune, said her husband was a good man who was “very human with flaws, just like all of us.� She said Tuesday she’s not excusing her husband’s actions but that he was duped by Duplaisir, who she says orchestrated the scheme for money. She said her husband had been depressed for several years before his suicide. Associated Press



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Senior pitcher Rafael Pineda threw seven and one-third innings in A&M’s 7-0 shutout victory over UT-Arlington on Tuesday evening. said. “He threw a heck of a game, we really needed that from him tonight. We need him to help us out anyway he can.” With one out and the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning, freshman pitcher A.J. Minter came in with a 3-0 count to relieve Pineda. Minter struck out the next two batters, leaving the Mavericks scoreless. Over the course of the season, the Aggies have outscored opponents 121-85, holding them to a a little more than three


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in the second, third and fourth innings. Besides Garza, who went 2-2, junior second baseman Jenna Stark and senior catcher Meagan May each earned an RBI. On the mound, sophomore pitcher Lauren Ainsley (9-2) threw a complete game, allowing only four hits and one run. Texas State sophomore pitcher Rayn House (2-12) was saddled with the loss, giving up two earned runs on four hits in three and one third innings. Texas A&M (27-5, 4-4 SEC) returns to action Friday through Sunday for a three-game home series against No. 4 Alabama.

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m. golf A&M scores seventh place finish at Bulls Bay Behind senior Cameron Peck and his 17th career Top 10 finish, Texas A&M placed seventh at the Bulls Bay Intercollegiate. A&M improved its overall team score each Cameron Peck day of the three-day tournament, ending with a total of 26 over-par. Individually, Peck closed out the tournament at three over-par, good for a tie at seventh place. Staff report

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66th Student Senate to elect speaker

UTEP evacuates after bomb threat

The 66th session of the Student Senate will meet Wednesday in the Koldus Governance Room at 7 p.m. to elect the next Speaker of the Senate, Speaker Pro Tempore and Rules and Regulations Committee Chair. All candidates to these three positions will be nominated during the meeting and are required to have experience in at least one previous senate session. Candidates will give a presentation and have an advocate speak on their behalf. Positions will be determined by a majority vote of all members in the 66th session.

The University of Texas in El Paso was evacuated Tuesday after officials received word of a bomb threat. UTEP students and staff got a text message warning of a bomb threat and telling them to leave campus. UTEP Police Chief Cliff Walsh declined to say whether police had a suspect, citing their ongoing investigation, but said there was no immediate danger.


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The “Root Cause” of the Middle East Turmoil Would peace descend if the Arab-Israeli conflict were resolved? Many are convinced that the conflict between Israel and its neighbors in the predominantly Muslim Middle East is the “root cause” of the ongoing violence in the region and of worldwide acts of terror. Some leading politicians and many pundits have attempted to establish linkage between the Arab-Israeli conflict and the turmoil prevalent throughout the Middle East. But does this linkage really exist?

What are the facts?

Jewish state, that have waged numerous unprovoked wars against Israel. Israel is a tiny country, with fewer than eight And how about terror? Many believe that Israel is million inhabitants (1.6 million of whom are Arabs). It the root cause of the terror that Islamists have is surrounded by 22 Arab countries with 400 million visited—and visit to this day—upon the world. But people. Nonetheless, Arab propaganda has convinced consider the attack on the United States on September the world that Israel is an aggressive invader in the 11, 2001, murderous attacks on the London subway Middle East—a mighty Goliath compared to helpless system and in Mumbai, Arab states. It is a supreme as well as the irony that tiny Israel, the “This lust for war and terror will India, assassination of a U.S. size of New Jersey, outnumbered 50 to 1 and cease when Arab-Muslims come to diplomat in Sudan and encircled by implacable terms with the West’s leadership most recently the U.S. Ambassador and three other enemies obsessed with its officials in destruction, is considered a role in the fight for human rights.” consular Benghazi, Libya. These and mortal danger to Muslims dozens of other acts of cowardly terror would have and to peace on earth. The linkage theory is that if taken place even if there were no Israel. Rather, they Israel would make peace with the Palestinians, peace are a reflection of the hatred that radical Islamists would descend upon the world and Islamist terror harbor against the West and its institutions. That would cease. hatred has nothing to do with Israel. Yet many believe But Israel and the Arab-Israeli conflict are clearly that if only the United States would withhold its not the root cause of the strife and turmoil in the support of Israel—or “force” Israel to make peace with Middle East. Israel was not involved in the deaths of the Palestinians—Middle East terror would cease and the millions who perished in the Iraq-Iran war, nor in we would no longer have to fear the scourge of suicide the current Sunni-Shiite civil war in Iraq. Peace bombings, a uniquely Arab invention. Israel’s role and between Israel and the Palestinians would do nothing responsibility in Arab discontent is an illusion. Arab to stop Iran’s headlong development of nuclear and Islamist hatred toward the West and their deadly weapons and its goal to achieve Middle East internal struggles would continue even if Israel ceased hegemony. Israel has no part in the Syrian civil war, to exist. which has so far killed more than 60,000 people, nor Many claim that Arab and Islamist terror is the has it played any role in the chaotic “Arab Spring” that result of despair, hopelessness and poverty. But the is still roiling Egypt, Yemen, Libya, and Tunisia. facts prove otherwise. While Middle East Arabs are Neither does Israel have any influence over the some of the richest people in the world, instead of intractable conflict between warring Palestinian using their enormous wealth to benefit their people, factions—Fatah in the West Bank and the terrorist they squander it in luxurious excesses for a privileged group Hamas in Gaza. few. The nineteen 9/11 hijackers were not poor or Is Israel an intruder in the Middle East? The state desperate. They were, without exception, wellof Israel resulted from the same process that created a educated people, members of upper-middle class dozen or more nations in Europe and the Middle East families. The leaders of such Arab-Muslim terror from the remnants of the Austro-Hungarian and organizations as Hamas, Hezbollah, al Qaeda and Ottoman Empires by Western democracies and the Islamic Jihad are educated people, from the upper United Nations. For three thousand years Jews have reaches of their societies. No, terror is not a response continually inhabited what is today Israel and Judea of Arab-Muslims to alleged injustice by Israel, but is and Samaria, the so-called “West Bank.” In short, few rather a customary strategy used by Arabs and countries born in the 20th century have a stronger Islamists to express their grievances against any claim to national self-determination than does enemy, even their own brethren. This pattern would Israel—and certainly not the Arabs, who have never not be any different if Israel had never existed or would had a state in Palestine nor a capital in Jerusalem. Yet cease to exist. it has been Arab nations, unable to countenance a The cause of violent revolution and attacks on the U.S., Israel and other Western states is dysfunctional ArabMuslim governments and the exploding influence of radical Islamism. This lust for war and terror will not end with an Israeli-Palestinian peace, but rather will cease when Arab-Muslims come to terms with the Jewish state’s right to exist and the West’s leadership role in the fight for human and democratic rights. This message has been published and paid for by

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he “GIs of Comedy” tour entertained a Rudder Auditorium audience Tuesday evening with its brand of military-influenced humor. The troupe helps heal its fellow soldiers through comedy and brings laughter to supporters of the U.S. Armed Forces, according to its website. The event began when Jody Fuller, a captain in the Alabama National Guard, announced himself as the master of ceremonies, energizing the crowd with jokes and comparing himself to Johnny Football. “When people told me I couldn’t be an officer in the military because I stuttered, it is kind of like when people told y’all A&M wouldn’t be good in the SEC this year,” Fuller said. “Guess we both proved them wrong.” All four comedians touched on the Corps of Cadets and the rich military history at Texas A&M, and reflected on their time in the Armed Forces. The audience was largely composed of members of the Corps of Cadets and older

men and women — a demographic that troupe member Tom Irwin, former Army private first class, made light of. “Y’all are some old looking college students,” Irwin said. “I mean, you are all definitely seniors. It kind of makes me miss my parents.” Mariah Stanley, sophomore international studies major and member of the Corps of Cadets, said she appreciated the veterans’ military references, considering the history at A&M. “I think it is cool that their comedy is military oriented, because we can relate to it,” Stanley said. Troy Franklin, junior biological and agricultural engineering major and member of the Corps of Cadets, said he came to the oncampus event to relax and enjoy a laugh. “It’s been a busy couple of weeks and my buddies and I thought it would be fun to have a break and a laugh,” Franklin said. The group of four veterans began touring in 2010 to provide entertainment for service members who have returned from a combat deployment, are preparing to deploy and those who support the military.

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A&M facility to prepare against influenza pandemic T

he Texas A&M University System announced it will join with a pharmaceutical company to enhance preparedness for pandemic influenza. A&M and GlaxoSmithKline, GSK, announced Wednesday the approval of the establishment of a $91 million influenzavaccines manufacturing facility as the anchor of its Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing, CIADM. In a ceremony at the State Capitol in Austin — with Gov. Rick Perry and A&M System Chancellor John Sharp in attendance — the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the approval of the partnership. “The Texas A&M Center, anchored by this facility, is expected to bring more than $41 billion in expenditures within the state of Texas over the next 25 years, and will add more than 6,800 direct and related jobs to Texas,” Perry said in a System press release. One of three such disease prevention centers in the U.S., the A&M Center is at the vanguard of U.S. pandemic-preparedness ef-

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forts, the System press release stated. Once constructed and operational, the center’s influenza manufacturing facility will be able to supply 50 million doses of pandemic influenza vaccine within four months of an outbreak. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services established the center in June to enhance the nation’s emergency preparedness against emerging infectious diseases, including pandemic influenza, and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats. GSK produces 30 types of vaccines worldwide and the company provided more than 20 million flu shots for the U.S. market in 2012. “In Texas A&M we have found a partner with a rich tradition of service, and with pioneering technologies that will benefit the entire pharmaceutical industry in making vaccines available and accessible to all in need,” GSK senior vice president Antoon Loomans said.

Trevor Stevens Editor-in-Chief

The Battalion is published daily, Monday through Friday during the fall and spring semesters and Tuesday and Thursday during the summer session (except University holidays and exam periods) at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843. Offices are in Suite L400 of the Memorial Student Center. News: The Battalion news department is managed by students at Texas A&M University in Student Media, a unit of the Division of Student Affairs. Newsroom phone: 979-845-3315; email:; website: Advertising: Publication of advertising does not imply sponsorship or endorsement by The Battalion. For campus, local, and national display advertising, call 979-845-2687. For classified advertising, call 979-845-0569. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Email: Subscriptions: A part of the Student Services Fee entitles each Texas A&M student to pick up a single copy of The Battalion. First copy free, additional copies $1. Call 979-845-2696 for mail subscriptions.

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