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Turner drops 40 as A&M scorches defending champion Kentucky

James Sullivan The Battalion

Texas A&M, competing in its first conference road matchup of the season, downed the defending national champion Kentucky Wildcats 83-71 Saturday afternoon at Rupp Arena. Senior guard Elston Turner scored a career-high 40 points during the marquee victory, helping A&M improve to 12-3 over-


A&M’s Elston Turner shoots under pressure during the first half of the Aggies’ 83-71 victory.

all and a perfect 2-0 in SEC play. The Aggies edged former Southwest Conference rival Arkansas at home 69-51 Wednesday. “I was just going with the flow,” Turner said. “I didn’t really pay attention to who was guarding me or what they were trying to do. I was just really trying to get my team going — we had to have confidence that we could beat this.” Six-foot-five senior Turner

was just a single point shy of his personal best of 26 points entering halftime. Turner finished the matchup 14-for-19 and 6-for-10 from beyond the arc, adding four assists and six rebounds as well. The second-year transfer from the University of Washington further noted the game as his “best performance” to date, surpassing high school and even Sweet Sixteen memories with the Huskies. Fellow teammate and junior

guard Fabyon Harris knocked down 14 points of his own, finishing a distant second to Turner, the Aggies’ leading scorer for the season. “I just sat back and watched the show,” Harris joked following the victory. “I’m used to seeing Elston do that in practice and he just showed that he can do that on the big stage in the win tonight.” See Kentucky on page 4

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b! life | 3 Books vs. movies

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Life of Pi” and “Les Misérables” hit theaters this break in a surge of literary adaptations that took over the box office. Students weigh in on the films and how the books were portrayed.

life | 3 New year, new you Students make resolutions for a new year centered on grades, health and more. Many are hopeful for fresh starts and changes as 2013 and the new semester commence.

sports | 4 A&M downs Auburn Four Aggies notched double figures in scoring in a 78-56 win. A 16-4 run to open the game distanced easily the Auburn Tigers Sunday at Reed Arena.

study | 6 Best way to an ‘A’ Students evaluate their study habits from last semester and modify the ones that didn’t work so well. Student Counseling Services offer helpful study techniques and suggest that perhaps the best way to an ‘A’ is learning how students personally retain information.

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Fernando Aguilera, senior aerospace engineering major, takes charge of Squadron 6 as the reactivated unit’s commanding officer.

Gov. Rick Perry’s former squadron rekindles after decades of deactivation Michael Dror The Battalion

For two decades, former members of the Corps of Cadets’ once-vaunted Squadron 6 Flying Tigers had fond memories and cherished friendships as evidence of their time at Texas A&M, but no active students to serve as an embodiment of their legacy after the unit’s 1992 deactivation.

Dozens of former Flying Tigers gathered Saturday to celebrate the unit’s reactivation. Among them were Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Class of 1972, and A&M System Chancellor John Sharp, also Class of 1972. The two men expressed concerns about the unit’s hiatus, and playfully tried to claim credit for the reactivation of Squadron 6. The growth of the Corps of Ca-

dets, whose numbers are the highest in more than 10 years, necessitated the reactivation of Squadron 6. Company S-2 was also reactivated with 36 members and the appointment of senior Michael Smith as the new outfit commander. “This morning has been a long time coming,” Corps Commandant Joe Ramirez said. “I look forward to adding even more units as the

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Unexpected death of dept. head evokes memories of influence Micah Mills

The Battalion A good professor teaches students about a field of study. A great professor feeds students knowledge that will be carried for the rest of their lives. James Aune, professor and head of the Department of Communication, was a great professor. Aune died Tuesday. He was described as a man appreciated far beyond his intellect. His students said he was the teacher they stayed after class to talk to. He was even known for moving a test for Chilifest or sporting events.

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Aune had been part of the A&M community since 1996 and had a strong connection with his colleagues and students. Kurt Ritter, professor emeritus of communication and long time friend and co-worker of Aune, said he and Aune shared similar interests, professionally and personally. Over their 16 years working together, they developed a close friendship. “He was really appreciated for his intellect,” Ritter said. “He was a really smart guy and people appreciated that of course, but he was also appreSee Aune on page 6


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John McClure, senior university studies major, dives head first into the water to begin the 1000 free on Saturday afternoon at the Student Recreation Center Natatorium. The Aggies fell to No. 9 Auburn 111-189.

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Book adaptations dominate screen Gabi Nintunze


Bilbo Baggins sets off on his journey in a scene from Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit,” an adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkiens’s classic novel.

Special to The Battalion Turning books into movies is well known to filmgoers. The end of 2012 saw several films go from bookshelves to movie theaters in what seemed like a literary craze, sparking interest and competition to determine which adaptation was the best First out in the box office was “Life of Pi,” based on the young-adult novel by Yann Martel. Directed by Ang Lee, the film follows the adventures of Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel after he survives a shipwreck that kills the other passengers, including the boy’s family. Widely described as a masterpiece by critics and moviegoers, Lee makes careful use of 3D and digital visuals, creating a spectacular immersion effect. “It was gorgeous,” said junior math major Emily Moore. “Especially the way they did the animals. It was really different.” The film was a critical and box office success, garnering rave reviews, eleven Academy Award nominations and was awarded a Golden Globe for best origi-

nal score, as well as more than $300 million in box office earnings. Next on the list was Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” the first in a trilogy adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy classic “The Hobbit.” This return to Middle Earth follows the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, as he strives to help a group of misfit dwarves reclaim their fortress from the dragon Smaug. The film earned a record-breaking $84 million on its opening weekend. To date, the film has earned more than $830 million and three Academy Award nominations for Best Visual Effects, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and Best Production Design. Some reviewers questioned its pacing and its visual representation, but others believed the film representation was well done. “It never felt like any time was wasted the way I was worried it would,” said sophomore education major Jenna Guinn. “It covered just enough. I would’ve hated for it to be any shorter.” Another popular adaption this holiday season was “Les Misérables.” Written by Victor Hugo in 1862, the novel was critically hated and publically lauded. In

1836 the author’s son, Charles Victor Hugo, wrote the first theatrical adaptation. In the latest film adaptation, starring Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, a fleeing convict, and Russell Crowe as a persistent police inspector, the movie presents a story of hope and loss in a time wrought with revolution. With a stunning set and popular cast, many students seemed to love this inspiring film. “The cinematography was flawless and the story was gripping,” said sophomore education major Callie Strickland. “I would like to see some awards there.” “Les Misérables” was nominated for nine BAFTA awards, eight Academy Awards and won Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture in Comedy or Musical, Best Actor for Hugh Jackman and Best Supporting Actress for Anne Hathaway. Adapting literature to film is a longstanding tradition, as is taking them to anywhere — from animation to sungthrough musicals. From the early 20th century to present day, it’s a successful habit that people are sure to see for a long time to come.

New year inspires students to make changes Cassandra Fournet

Special to The Battalion Once again, a new year is dawning, and all of last year’s cherished moments have turned into nothing more than memories, stories and pictures. With the onset of the new semester comes the task of setting a New Year’s resolution. This decree for change can come in many forms, whether it be a personal goal, a project or the reformation of a habit. After a leisurely-spent holiday feasting on turkey, stuffing and other holiday treats, many students are choosing to incorporate weekly fitness into their schedules as routines become cemented once again. Lauren Drey, junior education major, said she is going to strive for healthiness this year and force herself to accomplish her New Year’s goal. “I am going to run a half marathon,” Drey said. “This time, I will follow a schedule I found online and go ahead and sign up. That way I have no choice.” With the new year also comes a new school semester and new academic goals. Whether it’s raising a GPA, receiving that Aggie Ring or obtaining the perfect internship, many students have decided to focus their attention away from recreational activities and obtain a more diligent approach toward their grades.

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Derek Bahner, junior manufacturing and mechanical engineering technology major, said he is going to take a more studious approach this year by applying more effort to his studies. “It may sound nerdy,” Bahner said. “But I need to stay focused on school more and not be as lazy. I need to put more effort and time into my homework.” Other students have decided to head toward the nearest grocery store and create their very own culinary concoctions. Amanda Surman, senior civil engineering major, said she wants to learn culinary skills in order to have more time with her roommates and eat healthier. “I would like to learn how to cook this year,” Surman said. “I wouldn’t mind cooking up a nice, big grilled salmon with my roommates. I don’t really like the cooking part, I just want to eat.” This year also provides a chance to start fresh

and be more caring toward others. Throughout their busy day-to-day routines, some tend to forget to take even a small moment to remember those who surround them. Mason Bond, junior environmental studies major, said he plans on showing kindness by helping others in his everyday activities. “I plan on performing random acts of kindness each day,” Bond said. “These can be anywhere from sparing a stranger some change to anonymously purchasing their coffee.” Some students do not have a particular goal chosen, but have decided to acknowledge all of life’s simplicities by spending extra time with loved ones and embracing what’s to come. Castrejón Csitkovits, sophomore industrial engineering major, said his goal is to learn from each day that passes. “I want to savor the sweets and learn from the sours,” Csitkovits said. Whichever area of improvement, Aggies have decided to make 2013 a year for changes. After all, the New Year is a time for second chances. Collin Seifferty THE BATTALION

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Bone elevates A&M to win No. 20 women’s basketball team routs Auburn, 78-56 Drew Chambers

The Battalion As students entered town for the start of the spring semester, the Texas A&M women’s basketball team showed they were in midseason form. The Aggies eased to a 78-56 victory over the Auburn Tigers Sunday afternoon at Reed Arena. The Aggies started the game on a 16-4 run with senior guard Adrienne Pratcher and junior center Kelsey Bone leading the way with eight and six points respectively. Bone led all scorers in the game with 19 points, while the Aggies led a balanced attack with four players with double-digit scoring performances. Bone shared the secret to her success. “I’ve just relaxed,” Bone said. “I’ve always felt like I’ve had to prove a point. I just decided to let the game come to me, now the point has been proven — so to speak.” The A&M defense kept a secure lead for the Aggies throughout the game as they forced 15 turnovers, had four blocked shots and recorded seven steals. The Aggies went into the locker room at halftime with a 43-23 lead, 22 of those points coming in the paint and 15 through fast breaks compared to Auburn’s 14 and two, respectively. Auburn shot no free throws through the first half and only received four points from their bench. The second half started off completely opposite of the

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Despite Turner stealing the spotlight, Harris made his presence felt with a mere 4:04 to play and the matchup deadlocked at 63, sinking a jumper that would lead to an 11-0 run for A&M to end the game. With the victory, Aggie head coach Billy Kennedy showed signs of reviving a downed A&M program following a disappointing 14-18 (4-14 Big 12) conclusion to A&M’s final run in the Big 12 last year. Last season broke a string of six consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances under former coaches Billy Gillispie and Mark Turgeon, but Kennedy has geared A&M for a return to prominence in his university’s

first half as Auburn went on an 8-2 run before the Aggies got settled in. Head coach Gary Blair said his team has to play better in the second half. “We played a perfect first half,” Blair said. “The trouble is the second half. It’s the turnovers.” After only eight turnovers in the first half, the Aggies gave the ball away 14 times in the second half. Texas A&M worked past the turnovers as senior forward Kristi Bellock along with Bone both attained double-doubles, grabbing 10

rebounds each. Bellock had 13 points on the night. Freshman guard Courtney Walker was the second leading scorer for the Aggies, but struggled in the first half with only six points. Walker said the key was focusing on defense. “[Coach Blair] told me to work on defense,” Walker said. “Guarding their best player and playing hard. The offense eventually came.” The Aggies have a week off before they travel to Georgia to take on the Bulldogs next Sunday.


Junior forward Kelsey Bone draws contact on her way to the rim for two of her game-high 19 points. new conference. For Kentucky head coach John Calipari, A&M’s 12-point win marks his only conference home loss and third largest margin of defeat since his tenure began in 2009. Kennedy said Kentucky’s youth went to A&M’s advantage. “This is a special place, it’s hard to win here,” Kennedy said. “I’m really proud of the fight that our team showed today. [Turner] got a lot of opportunities to score and Kentucky’s young and you were able to see that. Fortunately, we took advantage of it.” A&M held the Wildcats’ superstar freshman forward Nerlens Noel to just 15 points and 11 rebounds for the game. Freshman Archie Goodwin led Kentucky in scoring, recording 17 points

for the day. The Aggies will host No. 11 Florida (12-2, 2-0) Thursday at Reed Arena, hoping to notch a league-best 3-0 in SEC conference play.


Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy, bottom center, watches the closing moments late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kentucky Saturday, Jan. 12, an 8371 victory.

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m. basketball | Senior guard Elston Turner was named ESPN National Player of the Week.

m. basketball | The Aggies look to Thursday’s home date against No. 9 Florida.

swimming | The Auburn men (No. 9) and women (No. 11) beat A&M in a home meet.


Track rushes to fast start Both men’s and women’s track and field teams took first in the weekend’s 12-team Texas A&M Invitational.

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Manziel nabbed the second Heisman in A&M history and the nickname of “Heismanziel” in the same night.

Projected inside the Top 5 overall picks by many analysts, Moore chose to forego his senior year after an All-America junior campaign.


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December 6 Joeckel became the first Aggie Outland Trophy winner, awarded to the nation’s most outstanding lineman. Josh McKenna — THE BATTALION

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A side effect of winning is that coordinators don’t last long. Brian Polian became the third A&M coordniator in recent years to accept a head coaching job.

Stemming a tide, offensive tackle Jake Matthews opted out of a likely first-round selection in the upcoming draft, choosing instead the opportunity to play with younger brother Mike.


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“Camaraderie, friendship and brotherhood were molded here,” Perry said. “Your time here is more than about yourself. One person will be successful only if all of you are.” Perry continued by addressing the unit’s 31 new members directly. “You are now part of a legacy changing the world,” Perry said. “It’s good to see the Tiger flying once again.” Other former students attending the morning ceremony were excited to see the unit revived. “I’m looking forward to seeing them bring back our old traditions,” said Tony Godinez, Class of 1990. “A lot of us like to come back on football game days to visit the quad, and having our old outfit around will be even better.” Echoing some of the Governor’s comments, Godinez emphasized the bonds formed within Squadron 6. “Going out to bonfire with my buddies from [Squadron 6] formed the strongest friendships in my outfit, and was one of my favorite memories at A&M,” Godinez said. In assuming the mantle of leadership, Aguilera said he is striving to give back to the University and the many former students who paved the way for his success. “This is a great day to be part of a great legacy,” Aguilera said. Aguilera then turned to the crowd and made a promise that his outfit would be committed to the excellence that former students had embraced. “You are our legacy, what we look forward to one day being,” Aguilera said. “We will take care of the Corps and we will make you proud.”

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Rick Perry, Class of 1972, was a member of Squadron 6 and was present at the outfit’s reactivation ceremony Friday morning on the Quad.

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