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SBP candidates push ideals Downplay Corps, Greek contrast as campaign issue Sarvesh Kaslay

The Battalion andidates for student body president, Reid Joseph and Garrett Nerren, fielded prepared and spontaneous questions at the first debate of campaigning Tuesday night in the MSC Flag Room. Kyle Field, student fees and the role of student government were the main topics of conversation. When asked about the topic


of mandatory student fees, Nerren responded by asking the audience whether they knew what the University Advancement Fee was. A small portion of students raised their hands before Nerren himself admitted to only recently learning about the fee. “The university advancement fee is a cluster fee and most of the time students have no idea what the different components are for,” Nerren said. “But we want to make this information available to students by being approachable.” Joseph said the University Advancement Fee can be a helpful

The next debate The two SBP candidates will debate again at 6 p.m. on Monday in the George Bush Presidential Library theater. resource to cover the University’s expenses, including the renovation of the student section of Kyle Field. “We, without a doubt, support the renovation of Kyle Field. The architects have said that it is a disaster waiting to happen and it has to See Debate on page 6

Chase Krumholz — THE BATTALION

SBP candidate Reid Joseph (left) responds to a question during the debate, while Garrett Nerren (right) listens to his opponent’s response.

Backstage ambition

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Alex Galewsky, senior sociology major, stands in front of the venue where many of the bands she works with perfom.

Student seeks behind-the-scenes future in music Emily Villani The Battalion


he’s just a girl with a dream, a dream she admits may be far-fetched. Her hope is to one day play a prominent role in a big industry — receiving all-access passes to shows, meeting artists and pursuing her lifelong passion: music. “It’s probably impossible,” she said of her aspirations. “I’ll settle for just being involved in live music as much as I can.”

And that is exactly what Alexandra Galewsky is doing. Already, as a senior sociology major, she works in the music industry through her internship with Defacto Productions. Defacto is a concert production and artist management company in Bryan. “We don’t work with people that are already established,” said Jose Arredondo, founder of Defacto Productions and Class

of 2011. “We’re more like that springboard for independent indie bands to get out of the garage.” Galewsky’s involvement with Defacto began with her membership in MSC Town Hall, a student organization that promotes live performances and events on campus. However, she said it was her

resident Barack Obama urged a deeply divided Congress Tuesday night to embrace his plans to use government money to create jobs and strengthen the nation’s middle class. In his first State of the Union address since winning re-election, Obama conceded economic revival is an “unfinished task,” but he claimed clear progress and said he prepared to build on it as he embarks on four more years in office. “We can say with renewed confidence that the state of our union is strong,” Obama said. With unemployment persistently high and consumer confidence falling, the economy remains a vulnerability for Obama and could disrupt his plans for pursuing a broader agenda, including immigration overhaul, stricter gun laws and climate change leg“We can say with islation. Numerous times he renewed confidence urged Congress to act that the state of our quickly on his priorities union is strong.” — but vowed to act on — President some issues on his own if Barack Obama they do not. Obama also announced new steps to reduce the U.S. military footprint abroad, with 34,000 American troops withdrawing from Afghanistan within a year Obama called for increased federal spending to fix the nation’s roads and bridges, the first increase in the minimum wage in six years and expansion of early education to every American 4-year-old. Jobs and growth dominated Obama’s address. Many elements of his economic blueprint were repacked proposals from his first term that failed to gain traction on Capitol Hill. Obama broke little new ground on two agenda items he has pushed vigorously since winning re-election: overhauling the nation’s fractured immigration laws and enacting tougher gun control measures. “Each of these proposals deserves a vote in Congress,” he said. “If you want to vote no, that’s your choice.” On the economy, Obama called for raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 by 2015. Obama also called on Congress to tackle the threat of climate change, another issue that eluded him in his first term. Tackling voters’ rights issues, Obama announced the creation of a commission that will seek to make it easier and faster for people to cast ballots on Election Day. Obama also called on Congress to pass legislation giving the government more power to combat the rapidly growing threat of cyberattacks. The Associated Press

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inside life | 3 Binge watching

A&M seeks stable offense against high-scoring Ole Miss

Read more about the TV marathon epidemic sweeping A&M on page 3.

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voices | 4 Agriculture proud Anthony Pannone, agricultural graduate student, debunks misinformation surrounding modern agriculture on page 4.

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The Battalion ame-to-game shooting consistency has eluded the Texas A&M men’s basketball team of late. While A&M has been sporadic, Ole Miss hasn’t had a problem making shots. Junior guard Marshall Henderson — the leading scorer in the SEC and the subject of student-section ire everywhere he has gone — will lead Ole Miss into a contest at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Reed Arena against an A&M team looking for a rhythm. A&M — after following a 45 percent shooting performance against Missouri by making 20 percent against Georgia — aims for stability in its play. Head coach Billy Kennedy said his team has to work more on shooting.

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Junior guard Fabyon Harris looks to drive in the lane during a game against then-No. 21 Missouri.

“That’s what we’re going to do,” Billy said. “We’re going to get into the gym and shoot more and chart every shot. We’ve got to get consistent in making them. We had twenty really good looks when you break the film down, and missed them. If it’s a lay-up, an open jump shot, an open three, you’ve got to make those shots. But at this time of the year, when you get good ones you’ve got to make them.” Ole Miss comes to Reed Arena third in the SEC with an 18-5 (7-3) record. This has already been a historic season for the Rebels as they started off 6-0 in SEC play for the first time ever. Individually, the success of Ole Miss goes beyond Henderson’s SEC-leading 19.9 points per See Basketball on page 5

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Special to The Battalion our eyes are glued to the television and the conversation on screen is reaching a pinnacle, the much-anticipated moment — the confrontation. Taking a glance away from the TV, you realize that you are still on the couch, bowl of cereal in hand, crumbs all over your shirt and pajamas on from the night before. It’s five in the evening, and another day has fallen victim to a television binge. Many students have succumbed to a new addiction, watching entire seasons of television shows in a matter of days. Whether it is 36 episodes of “Breaking Bad” or four straight seasons of “Dexter,” many students now watch their shows in indulgent binges, dreading when the season comes to a close and the game of waiting and anticipation begins. The cycle continues and finally ends in 15-hour television marathons void of sun, the outside world and patience. “These shows stand in for novels in the manner in which they’re presented and consumed,” said English professor, Harriette Andreadis. “Making them available all at once seems to encourage this since these shows have story arcs, like novels, rather than being selfcontained episodes.” Jason Shannon, sophomore visualization major, said he likes the idea of having a whole season at his fingertips without the wait and the week-by-week showings. “I think it’s pretty genius,” Shannon said. “It’s instant gratification. You can always find a place to watch a whole season of any show. It’s also great for when you don’t have time to do it during the week.” These shows can be an escape from reality, especially when students have school or work they know they should be doing. Bingewatching offers a distraction, but can quickly become addicting.


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ambition to branch out of the ‘A&M bubble.’ Galewsky already had a passion for music, but just loving music wasn’t enough for her. She wanted to manifest her enthusiasm through real, hands-on experience in some aspect of the industry. “I realized I could talk about, listen to and think about music and artists until I was blue in the face,” Galewsky said. “I wanted to figure out how I could turn that into a career.” In an effort to broaden her scope of concert production experience, Galewsky volunteered with Rock the Republic, a music festival in downtown Bryan. “It was the first time I really got to help with a live show,” Galewsky said. “I’d helped

“I do it to procrastinate,” said Lyndsay Miskell, sophomore biology major. “I just get really into it and have to see the next episode. I know it’s probably not good for me, but I do it anyway.” Chantell Lamas, freshman animal science major, said she does not always mean to binge watch, but often loses track of time with her favorite shows. “I love ‘White Collar’ and ‘Supernatural’ on Netflix,” Lamas said. “‘White Collar’ is always a mystery and ‘Supernatural’ just has really cute guys. I’ll be watching and before I know it, it’s 4 a.m..” Many websites, along with television recording devices, allow students to consume multiple episodes without a second thought. Online websites with an instant feature are especially becoming popular. According to Comcast Corp, Netflix users watched an average 38 hours each of online television a month in 2012. “I feel like I’ve seen every show on Netflix,” said Brad Evetts, sophomore construction science major. “My favorites have been ‘The Office,’ ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and ‘Friday Night Lights’ but I’ve pretty much seen everything on there.” Some students believe TV binging has a negative effect on society and avid watchers. “Personally, I don’t think it’s a good habit,” said Claudia Ortiz, senior finance major. “I feel like we should be doing more outdoorsy things, working out and doing sports rather than watching so much television at once.” Shows such as “Family Guy,” “The Office,” “Saturday Night Live” and “Revenge” made the top list for the last month of online viewing on Hulu, a website that streams TV shows. Popular Netflix titles include “House of Cards,” “The Walking Dead” and “The Vampire Diaries.” “If you’re in college, it’s a great stress reliever to just watch TV,” Shannon said. “If you’re in college, you need that.”

with Town Hall shows but that was more just watching other people do it, whereas this time, if there was a problem, people came to me to fix it because I was the stage manager.” After volunteering with Rock the Republic — and loving it — Galewsky searched for similar opportunities in the music world. When she discovered that Defacto Productions was the company behind booking all the music for the festival, she applied for a spring internship. More specifically, Galewsky’s job title is a management intern. Her work entails generating new ways to reach potential audiences. “I help come up with new and cool ideas to help out the bands that Defacto manages,” Galewsky said. “I spend so much of my time thinking about these kinds of things anyway that it doesn’t ever seem like work.” If a band is about to release a new single,



Binge-watching alters TV landscape

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Tanner Garza — THE BATTALION

Sophomore economics major Wade Feielin sits down to start a new episode of “Breaking Bad,” a televison show that follows the story of a high school chemsitry teacher who makes and sells meth. Shows such as this are popular for binging phases.

Galewsky thinks of ways to connect people with the music. If a band wants to tour, Galewsky researches radio shows or festivals where the group could play. “It’s a lot of thinking and seeing what other up-and-coming bands are doing and how they’re using social media to reach a larger audience,” Galewsky said. Part of what makes Galewsky’s internship so unique is the size of the area. “Since Bryan-College Station is such a small area, we’re kind of in charge of doing just about everything you could think of involving the music industry,” Galewsky said. “I couldn’t get this experience anywhere else.” Galewsky is one of about 15 interns at Defacto, with positions that range from photography to public relations. Galewsky’s coworker, Christian Weise, works as a social media intern.

“I really enjoy the team effort of interns and bosses and how the product is formed onstage and off,” Weise said. “We’re a family of people working toward a common goal of success for this venue and this community and I’m lucky to be a part of it.” Galewsky hopes to work for a production company or do talent-buying for a music venue in the future. Her ultimate goal is to one day have an all-access pass to South by Southwest, a festival that offers the convergence of original music, independent films and emerging technologies in the spring. “This is doing literally everything in preparing me for one of those careers,” Galewsky said. “ I’m actually doing exactly what I would like to pursue professionally.”

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than Taylor Swift has had break-up songs. If farming — whether cotton, vegetable, fruit, nut or animal — has not been and is not sustainable then that raises this question: How have farmers continued to produce an abundance of food and fiber? Third, “Polyface Farm.” The farm is controlled by Polyface Inc., which is a business run by self-proclaimed lunatic farmer, Joel Salatin, who since appearing in the movie “Food Inc.” has become the epitome of “sustainable farming.” Why all farmers are not considered epitomes of sustainability baffles me. Anyways, mentioned in the article but not named is a grazing method called “mob-grazing,” where for a specific period of time a farmer moves a group of cattle to focus grazing on a small area then moves to a new spot, allowing the land to rest before the cattle return to graze. Though this seems like the ideal grazing method, and after reading the article you might believe every farmer should use the method, it doesn’t appeal to every farmer


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“We’re going to get into the gym and shoot more and chart every shot. We had twenty really good looks when you break the film down, and missed them. If it’s a layup, an open jump shot, an open three, you’ve got to make those shots.”

-A&M head coach Billy Kennedy

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Junior guard Fabyon Harris releases a floater in the lane. Harris went 6-11 in a 46-52 loss against Georgia.

Clash at Reed A&M will tip off against Ole Miss at 6 p.m. Wednesday at home. Elston Turner leads the Aggies with 15.6 points per game, while Marshall Henderson of Ole Miss leads the conference with 19.9 per game.

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game. Forward Murphy Holloway became the school’s all-time career leader in rebounds (965), forward Reginald Buckner is currently sixth all-time in blocks (290) in the SEC and head coach Andy Kennedy looks to tie B.L. Graham for most wins in school history. Over the past few games, A&M has played teams close, with the last four decided by six points or less, two of which went into overtime. Toughness may play a key role. The Rebels most recently lost to Missouri 98-79, but flagrant fouls — one to each team — were given out as scuffles took place throughout the game.
 Andy said it was tough fighting their way out of early pressure. “It seemed like we were running uphill the entire game,” Andy said. “And anytime they did miss shots, which was not often, [Missouri] got them all.” The Aggies will try to contain the Rebels and their SEC-leading offense that averages 75 points per game. Billy said it’s a tough matchup for Texas A&M. “They’ve made more freethrows than we’ve attempted,” Billy said. “This is a very explosive offensive team, one that’s a tough match-up for us. We have to control the tempo some and take care of the ball because they will force turnovers. We have got to do a good job of keeping them off the free-throw line.” On the road against Georgia, A&M fell short, 46-52. Junior guard Fabyon Harris went 6-11 while the rest of the team went 6-39. Harris has come into his element recently, and after hitting the game winning three-pointer with 11 seconds remaining against Missouri, he said it was his duty. “I wanted the ball because I knew coach would get on me because I turned the ball over at a crucial time,” Harris said. “I just let it fly, and it went in.”

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The Battalion hile the adage “less is more” has not always held true, the University’s Utilities and Energy Management Department has shown they can do more with less. Texas A&M was selected by the Environmental Protection Agency as a recipient of its Energy Star CHP (Combined Heat and Power) Award, given to the University in recognition of the CHP plant located on campus that generates enough power for 11,000 homes and supplies energy and heating to the entire campus. Jim Riley, the executive director of utilities and energy management at A&M is responsible for overseeing the plant and will be accepting the award on behalf of the University at the International District Energy Association Campus Energy Conference on Feb. 20 in San Diego. The facility saves the University up to six million dollars a year


in energy costs and is twice as efficient as a standard off-site power plant. “It really is a cutting-edge, 21st century, state-of-the-art, highly efficient facility right here in the heart of campus and a lot of people don’t really know that,” Riley said. CHP facilities conserve energy costs by taking advantage of wasted energy that is normally lost in the power generation process. The facility’s gas turbine generates electricity from natural gas, which drives the facility’s generator. The waste heat from this process is then used to create high-pressure steam which runs through another generator and heats buildings and domestic water for buildings on campus. “Even if there was a regional power outage on the grid, we could operate to produce up to 50 megawatts to power the campus,” Riley said.

The facility was a $73.25 million investment by the University, but will be able to pay for itself within 10 years, Riley said. “The payoff has been huge,” he said. “We have improved the operation of the plant and the optimization. It’s about fine tuning and optimizing to make sure that you’re using the energy in the smartest possible way.” For some who work for the University’s utility and energy management department, this award is an acknowledgment of their efforts. “I think it really is a nice acknowledgment of the vision and the foresight and the leadership that the University has shown,” Riley said. “We are the ones that are the experts in utilities and energy, but the University has been very supportive and it’s nice to get that acknowledgement.”

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be fixed as soon as possible, not just for safety but also for return of investment,” Jospeh said. “From an outsider’s perspective Texas A&M football comes first and foremost and the students should also play a part in this initiative.” Nerren said he doesn’t want to see an unnecessary rise in student fees because of the multi-million dollar renovation project. “I want to keep things low, but let’s face it, this project is going to require millions of dollars and I think we have to face the facts that a slight increase in the fees is something the students will have to deal with,” Nerren said. Although Joseph and Nerren rarely addressed one another, the two candidates disagreed on at least one topic during the debate. While Nerren said there is a disconnect between SGA and the student body, Joseph “respectfully disagreed,” saying SGA is perceived well by students. “Who doesn’t love Carpool, Big Event, Aggie Muster?” Joseph said. “All these are under SGA. The budget of the SGA is just $50,000, and you get all these events at just about $1 per student. SGA is doing a lot for students and we will continue to do that.” Nerren said the average student might not be able to recall anything specific student government has done for them. “Student body president is a student-elected position,” Nerren said. “We want people to be involved in the government and we want to make the student government association transparent and better communicate with the students about the issues they are facing.” Joseph said the governing side of student government has room for improvement. “We will be more effective at communicating with students so that we are representing the student body, which is the number one responsibility of the student government,” Jo-

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