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Slump threatens SEC, NCAA tournaments James Sullivan

The Battalion eading into the final five games of the season, Texas A&M women’s basketball was poised to make a run at the Southeastern Conference regular season title and a possible No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. With an SEC-best eight-game winning streak and a No. 10 national ranking, A&M looked to knock off conference leaders No. 7 Kentucky and No. 8 Tennessee. Instead, A&M finished by losing four of its final five games, falling to No. 19 in the polls and the No. 4 seed in the SEC tournament. For A&M head coach Gary Blair, the rough stretch has given his team insight into where improvements must be made. “We looked like we were Coach Blair in the light-weight division and we were playing the heavy weights, and that’s what it looked like to me,” Blair said after a 67-52 home loss to LSU in the season finale. “We were just not physically able to stay with them in one-on-one situations. I should have coached better, but by gosh, we had a great game plan going into this game, and we were going to be in transition, and we were going to run, and we were going to do everything,


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During Echo Taps, a bugler plays “Taps” followed by a second buglar, echoing at the other end of the Quad.

2 cadets honored on the Quad after accident Sarah Gibson The Battalion


tudents gathered with the Corp of Cadets for an Echo Taps ceremony Monday night to honor two freshmen cadets from Company B-1. Amy Pacheco and Miguel Hernandez were in a car crash Sunday on the way back to College Station after a JROTC drill meet in Houston. A Mustang traveling the wrong way on Highway 290 collided with Pacheco’s vehicle, killing Pacheco, Hernandez and the driver of the Mustang, as well as injuring freshman cadet Francisco Campos. Amy Pacheco was a construction science major.

“[Pacheco] was always smiling and was always willing to help others,” said Daisy Echeverria, junior psychology major. “She had such a positive attitude and was so excited to be here.” Echo Taps is a long-standing A&M tradition similar to Silver Taps, though it is less known to those not in the Corps. Echo Taps is held on the Quad the night following the death of a cadet. The entire Corps dresses in “midnights” on the day of Echo Taps to honor its fallen comrade. One bugler plays a rendition of “Taps” at the end of the Quad and a second bugler at the opposite end of the Quad echoes it shortly thereafter. Immediately following the ceremony, the cadets return to

their dorms in silence. Miguel Hernandez was a general studies major. “[Hernandez] was one of the first friends I had here at A&M,” said Oswaldo Tejada, freshman forensics major. “I never saw him not smiling. He had a way of unifying people. Last semester our focus group wasn’t getting along because we were all from different backgrounds, but he brought us together.” Campos was transported to a Houston hospital after the accident and underwent surgery Monday. Pacheco and Hernandez will be honored at Silver Taps next month.

Organizers extend Student Research Week deadline Ashe Matocha

The Battalion tudent Research Week organizers are calling on students to submit and present research at the event that students say gives researchers real-world experience. Undergraduate and graduate students can participate in Student Research Week, SRW, by presenting a research project, original work, class project or class paper. SRW includes expert panels, resource tables, research symposiums and keynote speakers to recognize and celebrate student research. The deadline to sign up for Student Research Week, SRW, was Monday but has been extended to March 11. Vineet Bhambhani, biotechnology graduate student and student research director, said SRW is a great place to practice presenting and see how judges organize research. “It’s very applicable to the real world,” Bhambhani said. “Whether it’s engineering or any other topic, it helps students out with real-life skills that they’ll need in the work force.” Jenny Gvillo, agriculture economics graduate student and judge coordinator, said judges can range anywhere from faculty to graduate students to industry professors and


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The Battalion riends and family remember Kirsten Allison Salerno as a woman whose passion, enthusiasm and commitment came from serving veterans and improving their well-being. “The kind of work that Kirsten did was profound in the truest sense of the word, and it may best be exemplified by the words of one of her long-term patients when she said to me, ‘Kirsten saved my life,’” said Jerry Gonzales, a friend, classmate and co-worker of Kirsten. Kirsten, counseling psychology doctoral student, was a woman dedicated to helping veterans battling post-traumatic stress disorder. Kirsten obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Malta and then completed her master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of North Florida before arriving in College Station. Gonzalez described Kirsten as a woman who made a profound difference in the lives of her patients. “She was highly respected and considered a role model by her peers because she was very well-rounded as a psychologist trainee and outstanding as a student,” Gonzales said. “She had unlimited potential because she was gifted as a clinician, researcher and supervisor, but was humble and grounded in her Christian faith.”


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“Kirsten is a role model and inspiration to all who knew her. She will be dearly missed, and always remembered.”

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The Battalion tephen Patrick Byrne was a man known by his friends and family as a great teacher, a good man, a loving father and husband and — from his time as an undergraduate in the 1970s or his stint as a senior construction science lecturer — an Aggie. “He was very committed to A&M,” said his wife, Penny Byrne. “When the opening came for him to teach at his alma mater, he jumped on it.” Before pursuing his doctorate at A&M, Stephen received a bachelor’s degree in construction science at A&M in 1975. He then went on to receive his master’s degree in 1977. Stephen, whose father also went to A&M, knew he would be an Aggie from a young age. “He can remember hearing the Aggie War Hymn as early as three years old,” Penny said. “When it was time for him to start thinking about college he knew there was only one place he would come, and that was A&M.” Stephen was always a sports fanatic. Not only as an athlete in his younger years playing for his high school’s football and swim teams, but also as a proud supporter of Aggie football and baseball. “He was a big-time Aggie,” professor of construction sciences Jim Smith said. “He

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humble and grounded in her Christian faith.” Andrew Cook, director of training for the Central Texas Veterans Healthcare System in Temple, Texas, oversaw Kirsten’s training during her time from 2011-2012 serving as a student trainee in the Substance Abuse Treatment Program in the Mental Health and Behavioral Medicine division. He said she had applied for the pre-doctoral internship within the last six months and could have potentially been one of six interns for the system. Linda Castillo, professor and training director of the counseling psychology program at A&M, supervised Kirsten’s

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phen was also a well-known family-man who served as a deacon and usher at his Baptist church. For Paul Byrne, Stephen’s son, fond memories of his father go back to early childhood days on Kyle Field. “I remember as a kid going to the same seats that he had now on the second deck,” Paul said. “He was a baseball ticket holder as well and also enjoyed going to his grandson’s games.” Paul, Class of 2002, followed in his father’s footsteps when he majored in construction science at A&M. Stephen taught his son’s senior-level construction

science class during his tenure at A&M. “There were none of my friends who could say they experienced that,” Paul said. “He had even arranged with the president of the University so he could hand me my diploma.” Stephen was described by friends as someone people could call upon if they ever needed anything. He was a man who was more than ready to give a helping hand. “He was just a good man,” Paul said. “He had great character. For me, he was the best dad any boy could imagine.”

clinical work when she first began the A&M counseling psychology doctoral program. Castillo said it came as no surprise when opportunities were presented to Kirsten. “I’ve watched her grow to be an excellent therapist so it was no surprise that she was offered numerous interviews for internship, which all psychology doctoral students training to be psychologists are required to do,” Castillo said. Kirsten’s husband Stefano Salerno — head coach of the men’s soccer team at A&M Consolidated High School — saw immediate support from students and parents of A&M Consolidated when they found out about Kirsten’s death as they organized and showed support. The community fundraised money, food donations and airline miles to help Stefano and Kirsten’s family make the trip from Malta to College Station. Both

families live in Malta, and to ensure that as many family members as possible were able to make the trip, two local soccer clubs also sold bracelets in memory of Kirsten for $5 each. In honor of Kirsten’s life and time served at the Central Texas Veterans Healthcare System, colleagues from the system set up a memorial fund bearing her name. “We set up a memorial fund focused on psychology training and it’s dedicated for training of future psychology students,” Cook said. Gonzales said Kirsten cared for and made an impact on the people she met. “Kirsten is a role model and inspiration to all who knew her,” Gonzales said. “She will be dearly missed, and always remembered.”

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baseball | Jonathan Moroney was named SEC Freshman of the Week after one home run and four RBIs in the weekend tournament.

track & field | Sophomore sprinter Deon Lendore was named the South Central region Men’s Track Athlete of the Year.

athletics | ESPN announced Monday that A&M-related content will broadcast from 2-6 p.m. on April 13 for an “Aggie Afternoon.”

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but it’s hard to be in transition when you’re always taking the ball out of the net. And that’s what happened to us.” Despite dropping the final three matchups, including the 15-point LSU loss on senior night, Blair remains confident that his team hasn’t “hit the wall,” but instead just “played three very good teams.”

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The SEC standings support that claim. LSU now has a six-game win streak that includes wins over No. 7 Kentucky and No. 9 Georgia. Late season troubles have hit the Aggies before. Last year, A&M closed out the year by losing three of its final four games, two to unranked teams. The Aggies bounced back, advancing to the Big 12 Conference tournament finals and the second round of the NCAA tournament. From the perspective of senior guard Adrienne Pratcher, the Aggies’ season is not nearly over. She looks forward to the SEC and NCAA tournaments. “We still have some of our season left,” Pratcher said. “We have the SEC tournament coming up. Even though it was senior night the seniors are still going to be around for NCAA first and second rounds, so hopefully our fans can come out and support us there. Maybe some will even come to Duluth to watch us in the SEC tournament because we are definitely going to make a run.” The Aggies have felt pressure once falling behind. For senior forward Kristi Bellock, using practice time to fight the urge to force shots or to panic late in games will allow the team a stronger composure during tournament setting. “We have to continue to get better in practice so we don’t get behind in games and we won’t have to fight as hard to come back, because we are not as good of a team when we are behind,” Bellock said. “I think we were forcing some shots just because we had not scored in a while. That’s something we have to get better on.”

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“It’s obviously a huge win at a personal level as a head tennis coach for me, but more importantly for Texas A&M University,” Joffe said. “I think this is the best win in program history and also they are the two-time national champions defending, so it’s a huge win for a variety of those reasons, and I’m just thrilled for our kids.” Texas A&M has already achieved its highest ranking in school history behind an 8-1 (2-0 SEC) record.



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Special to The Battalion t’s a daily struggle for some college students: after working on homework assignments, studying for tests and balancing extra curricular activities, finding time to create and maintain a balanced diet seems to get pushed aside. March is National Nutrition Month, which was started to raise awareness of healthy eating habits, exercise and overall well-being. The goal is to emphasize creating good habits to ensure a better future, a lesson that Student Health Services dietician Megan Windham said is crucial to students and young adults. Windham said eating healthy on campus will be a major component of National Nutrition Month and will serve as this week’s theme in a major campaign to help students develop healthy eating habits. Windham, Class of 2008, gave some basic tips on how to eat healthy as an on-campus resident. She said she sees students of all shapes and sizes with various degrees of eating disorders, nutritional needs and health issues. Windham said making feasible goals is the key to improving health at any stage of life. “You have to start small, like maybe you’re not ready to give up Cokes, but you can start eating regular meals,� Windham said. “The small steps make a lifestyle change.� Ally Coe, senior allied health major, said she tries to watch what she eats and is conscious of


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her caloric intake. “I don’t specifically count exactly how many calories I eat each day, but I try to be aware what I am eating and I try to eat a balanced diet,� Coe said. “I eat my fruits and veggies and limit red meats.� Coe said National Nutrition Month came just in time, and she believes it will provide a nice reminder for students to eat healthy. “I hope that it increases knowledge of nutrition, especially since it is no longer January and people are forgetting their New Year’s resolutions,� Coe said. Laine Melikian, sophomore recreation, parks and tourism science major, is one of many students who have found it hard to eat healthy with the on-campus dining choices. “When I eat on campus, I pretty much just eat chicken fingers, french fries and gravy,� he said. Melikian said he tries to work out often, but acknowledged that he will have to think more about his food intake in the future. “I am sure once my body gives out when I am older, I won’t be able to eat what I want,� Melikian said. Windham said the “freshman 15� doesn’t have to become a reality, with resources available through Student Health Services to improve health and education on good dieting. “Living on campus does not have to be hard,� Windham said. “It doesn’t mean you have to gain weight or completely change your entire lifestyle.� Windham compared food to medicine, saying that both can help a person or be abused. “The best thing to do is add more fruits and vegetables to your diet,� Windham said. “You also don’t have to eat every meal with your meal plan. Incorporate other foods from the grocery store.�

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any student organizations have an impact on the campus, community, state and country. But when the A&M chapter of Engineers Without Borders built a Costa Rican pipeline for one of its international projects, the impact of the award-winning organization went global. In eight years of existence the organization’s A&M chapter has launched international projects in Costa Rica and Belize. In Costa Rica, it set out to improve the learning facilities and water system. As a result, a computer education center with bathrooms was constructed and completed in 2010 and a pipeline was built in 2012 to aid the Costa Rican water distribution system. The pipeline spanned one kilometer and helped improve the water supply of more than 100 households. Jorge Bustamante, junior biological and agriculture engineering major and the vice president of Engineers Without Borders at A&M, said the organization had to overcome obstacles in its work in a foreign community. “One of my main tasks has been creating a close relationship with the community which is critical for our projects to be sustainable,” Bustamante said. “It was very challenging because our time is limited and there are language and cultural barriers that need to be tackled to get the work done.” Members of the organization monitor the community for new project opportunities that will improve the quality of living. After building the pipeline in Costa Rica, the group made a trip back to assess the project’s impact. They’re now working to install water storage tanks to alleviate a water shortage problem. Reid Garcia, senior electrical engineering major and the A&M chapter’s president, said service trips have been a personally rewarding experience. “I learned so much from that trip — how to think on my feet, how to adapt when things didn’t go as planned, how to be sensitive to other cultures and how to get past a language barrier,” Garcia said. On top of receiving the award for Student Organization of the Year in 2011, the organization recently received recognition Feb. 18 as EWB-USA’s Premier Chapter. The award was won against 250 other chapters nationwide. “Receiving affirmation that what we are


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