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With the start of a new semester comes the return of many hit sitcoms to the TV lineup, sure to bring the procrastination bug to many college students.

tech | 4 NASA research Two Texas A&M aerospace engineering professors have been awarded a grant by NASA to assist in research of rotor blade aircrafts.

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Adviser parallels college degrees and long-term investments Chris Scoggins

The Battalion It is a nightmare that plagues the dreams of many young adults. Work — or rather the lack of it, in an economy teetering close to another recession — is affecting the lives of undergraduates and turning a bad dream into a waking reality for graduates and young job seekers.

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Students across the country are facing increased difficulty finding employment after college, a trend that has been prevalent since the beginning of the economic recession in 2006. Recent college graduates are fighting for jobs against a shrinking workforce. Josh Armstrong, Class of 2012, graduated last May with a Bachelor of Science degree and is currently unemployed. Life after graduation for Armstrong is filled with an air of uncertainty. “Life is just at a different pace now,” Armstrong said. “It’s you trying to find out what you want to do. You wake up every day without knowing what’s going

to happen.” The millennial generation, the group of young Americans age 18 to 29, is facing 11.5 percent unemployment, according to a December’s millennial jobs report by national, non-partisan organization Generation Opportunity. This number does not take into account the declining labor force participation rate, which additionally has created 1.7 million young adults that are not counted as unemployed because they are not in the labor force. This means that 1.7 million young Americans have given up looking for work altogether due to the lack of jobs, according to Generation Opportunity. If the 1.7 million is factored, the millennial unemployment rate would be 16.3 percent. For students such as Armstrong, this is not encouraging news. Some students believe continuing school may be the best option to market themselves. “You learn a lot during your undergraduate,” Armstrong said. “Any graduate program is a professional program. Being out of school and [the] See Millennial on page 4

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The Battalion Ben Stuart has become something of a celebrity on campus. Known for his inspirational talks and witty sense of humor, Stuart’s ministry has attracted thousands of students to Breakaway every week, furthering both his message and work in the college world. A former youth pastor and student at Dallas Theological Seminary, Stuart became the executive director of Breakaway in 2005. Since then, his talks and ministry have become a mainstay at A&M,

with Breakaway recently hitting the 10,000 mark for attendees. Though it is a huge part of his life now, Stuart admitted that he initially declined the position at Breakaway. He said coming to the A&M campus and visiting with students changed his mind. “I would come [to campus] and fill in to speak,” Stuart said. “Every time I came down and met with students and saw what was happening [at A&M], I saw that God was moving and that it would be crazy to not get involved.” See Stuart on page 3

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Students enjoy watching their favorite TV shows in the MSC media lounge. Series such as “Game of Thrones” and “New Girl” can be seen in the upcoming, spring season.

Lauren Masters: Semester welcomes TV’s best distractions, debuts sitcoms As the spring semester begins, students are seeing the return of some of their favorite television shows. Not only are books, papers and homework making a re-appearance, but TV’s hottest, funniest and most dramatic characters are as well. Reality TV is everyone’s guilty pleasure. When our lives seem just a little too tough to take, we immerse ourselves in those of the glamorous and trashy, if only for a brief thirty minutes. With the start of the reality TV season, viewers will see the return of favorites like “Kourtney & Kim Take Miami,” “The Bachelor 17”, “Duck Dynasty,” “The Real World” and more. Students can rest assured that distractions will be plenty as the Kardashians take yet another city, a bachelor looks for love in all the wrong places and some

bearded guys roam the swamps. In addition to these “candid” favorites, students can also look forward to the premiere of some of their favorite fictional series. HBO will make a huge comeback this semester with a second season of “Girls” and a third for “Game of Thrones.” Other popular returning shows include CBS’s “How I Met Your Mother,” ABC’s “Revenge” and “Modern Family,” ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars” and FOX’s “New Girl.” Some new shows are making their way to television as well this season. “The Carrie Diaries,” the prequel to the epic series “Sex and the City,” will make an appearance as well as “How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life),” an ABC comedy series about a recently single mom who moves

back in with her parents. With busy schedules and a lack of fancy recording devices, online watching outlets are a must for students. Hulu, a free site for several TV shows, allows viewers to watch their favorite shows shortly after they air and even offers exclusive series such as “SPY,” “Pramface” and “Freshmeat.” Netflix, catching on to the trend this season, will release its first original series, “House of Cards.” In addition, Netflix is reviving the comedy “Arrested Development.” So whether your poison is comedy, drama or reality television, the time has come. TV shows are back and ready for viewing. Get comfy on the couch, pick up the remote and watch. Lauren Masters is a junior Telecommunication MediaStudies major

Stuart Continued from page 1

Stuart said the position wasn’t easy to fill and it presented difficulties with finances and working facilities. However, he said being in the position has been a positive experience, advancing his faith and love of working with college students. “It’s provided some of the greatest challenges in my life and some of the greatest joys too,” Stuart said. “Seeing God provide has been really building to my faith.” Breakaway, a weekly service that’s is held at both Kyle Field and Reed Arena, includes worship by an instrumental band and Stuart’s messages. Stuart said he spends a lot of time preparing for each Breakaway and working on how he can relate his messages to college students. “I spend a lot of time studying the text of scripture and asking myself if I understand it,” Stuart said. “I think about who I’m speaking

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Ben Stuart hopes that Breakaway’s message spreads to more people.

to and how it applies to their lives.” Laura Rose Nieman, sophomore recreation park and tourism sciences major, said she likes how Stuart’s messages are so relatable and how Breakaway offers a retreat from an otherwise busy schedule. “I like going to Breakaway because it’s an hour and a half set aside for worship and hearing the gospel in a way that’s applicable to my life,” Nieman said. Although Stuart is known for being entertaining, his talks also hold deep meanings and messages. Stuart said the purpose of his talks is to introduce students to Christianity and to provide them with the knowledge to further that acquaintance. “We really want to equip students with what they need to know so that they can leave college with confidence in their faith,” Stuart said. Michael Sobolik, international affairs graduate student, said going to Breakaway and hearing Ben was affirming for his faith. “I felt like I was finally hearing someone who understood where I was in life,” Sobolik said. “I just felt like he was preaching the word to my age group.” Stuart said he hopes Breakaway’s message spreads to more and more people in the future, as it already has begun to do. He said the ministry is expanding and evolving with new online features and various conferences. “I want more people to know Jesus personally,” Stuart said. “We’re getting a voice that’s going further out, even to multiple countries. It’s very encouraging.” Stuart said he wants to continue his work with college students and ministry, both spreading his message to more students and his impact on the A&M campus.

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Obama urges Congressional Republicans to increase debt ceiling President Obama warned Congress on Monday that Social Security checks and veterans’ benefits will be delayed if congressional Republicans fail to increase the government’s borrowing authority. Obama said he was willing to negotiate deficit reduction with GOP leaders but insisted those talks be separate from decisions to raise the $16.4 trillion debt ceiling and avert a possible national default. Obama also recited a litany of other possible consequences if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling, including sending the economy back into recession. Just weeks from hitting the first of the deadlines, neither of the two sides are on the same page nor pursuing a common approach.

are still important pieces of information missing from the models that aim to describe it, especially The Battalion Orion Space capsule. An emergency atmo- on how it can be mitigated. Any breakthroughs spheric re-entry vehicle for a possible Space by the A&M team would be a direct impact on Station failure. These may sound like research the related science and aviation communities. “Helicopters, wind turbines and basically any topics performed exclusively at Johnson Space rotor blade application will benefit [from our Center and other similar large-scale laboratories, research],” Weber said. “By reducing but in fact, these and other studies [dynamic stall’s] vibrational effects, we Continued from page 1 have been conducted in College can improve the wind speed, mainStation and a new breakthrough in tenance cost and maneuverability of University, I’m hoping for a post-gradthe field of aerospace engineering rotor-blade aircraft.” uate degree.” could be on the horizon. Besides contributing to the aeroMany students have hopes of graduatTexas A&M’s Aerospace Engispace engineering community’s body ing and getting their dream job right out neering Department received part of knowledge, a better understanding of school. Samantha Wilson, a director of a $1.2 million grant from NASA of dynamic stall would aid both civil with the University Career Center, arto study “dynamic stall,” a pheand military helicopter uses. gues that students should look at their nomenon associated with rotary “Emergency response aircraft education as more of a long-term investaircraft. The grant was awarded to would become faster and more mament. Bowersox Boeing, which recruited the help neuverable,” Weber said. “And the “Investing in a college education is of two A&M aerospace engineermilitary would be able to design very much like investing in the stock ing professors, Rodney Bowersox more advanced stealth helicopters, for market,” Wilson said. “It’s not a shortand Edward White. instance.” term investment. Just because you pay The research, to be conducted In order to study dynamic stall, that in four years doesn’t mean that the at A&M’s wind tunnel off campus, several technical challenges need to return is going to happen the year you aims to solve a challenge that has be overcome at the wind tunnel facilget out of college.” faced helicopter designers and roity before proper research can begin. Wilson said it’s a parallel of basic ecotary blade machines for decades. “A&M’s wind tunnel was designed nomics. Money invested in stocks over “Dynamic stall in a helicopter to have an airspeed of just over Mach six months will not generate a heavy reoccurs as a result of a helicopter’s 0.2, or about 160 miles per hour,” turn, so graduates expecting to be heavy method of movement,” White White said. “For this research projearners right out of school will likely be said. “A helicopter such as a ChiWhite ect, we need to go Mach 0.5 — 380 disappointed. Money invested over the nook is efficient at hovering, but miles per hour — or half the speed of course of several years or a lifetime will when it flies forward, small shocksound. We plan to accomplish this by doubling generate a far greater return on investwaves occur along the rotor blades.” the wind tunnel motor’s power and decreasing ment. Wilson explained many of the A helicopter moves forward not only by rotatthe test area size, among other things. Hopefully current CEOs of Fortune 500 compaing its blades, but by pitching them up and down these efforts will allow us to reach our Mach nies started at the bottom and worked as they rotate. This creates a differential force, their way up, but their college educawhich drives the helicopter through the air. threshold.” The A&M team has two years to demonstrate tion was what initially allowed them to However, these motions also create some comto Boeing and NASA that the experiment is feaget their foot in the door on their road plicated aerodynamics, one of which is known sible and a third year to conduct the study if the to success. as “dynamic stall.” “If you get your foot in the door and In addition to Bowersox and White, four preparations are successful. Both faculty and student researchers remain optimistic in the face of pay your dues, you have the possibility graduate students and several student workers these challenges. to build your career,” Wilson said. will assist during the research. “The project is very unique, very large scale,” There are also students who think “I have been working on the project since the beginning with Dr. Bowersox and Dr. White,” Weber said. “I feel privileged to be a part of it.” said Jamie Weber, graduate aerospace engineering major. “I recently completed my Master’s thesis on unstable dynamics on wind turbine blades. The research we are beginning is a similar concept, see ads at thebatt.com but a different application.” Research into dynamic stall has continued since it was first studied in the 1970s. There

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The successive departures of offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury, defensive end Damontre Moore, offensive tackle Luke Joeckel and special teams coordinator Brian Polian were the painful symptoms of a Cotton Bowl thrashing and a stuffed field house trophy case. Coaches leapfrogging to head coaching jobs and juniors skipping out early for the NFL are things that happen to winning teams. They come with the territory. Ask Nick Saban and Alabama how long coaches and players last. There are other symptoms of success, and when head coach Kevin Sumlin announced the nine December midterm enrollees for the football team, we saw one in particular: a recruiting boom. The perception was that perhaps too many of 2012’s building blocks were being skimmed off the top of the 2013 pot, and fans grew antsy. The midterm group (with an impossibly large boost from the announcement that offensive tackle Jake Matthews will stick around for his senior season) stemmed — at least in the eyes of the fan base — the outward flow of talent from College Station. The nine midterm enrollees — three from junior college, four early high school graduates, one prep school standout, one TCU transfer — will play roles on the field. Enrolling for the spring allows them the opportunity to experience spring games and spring training under the eye of Sumlin and his revamped coaching staff. That extra experience gives fans a better-than-usual chance to see these first-year Aggies on the field next season. The flashy names of the recruiting class of 2013 are yet to come, and while Sumlin has kept his underclassmen from the microphones of the media, he hasn’t kept them off the field. Doesn’t matter; these nine have a leg up. Cameron Clear is a monster of a blocking tight end at six-foot-six. One recruiting site had him inside the Top 10 overall coming out of high school;

he’s a junior now, a junior college transfer. He was a catch, and is expected by many to start at tight end. Linebackers A.J. Hilliard, Tommy Sanders, Reggie Chevis and Brett Wade will enter a wide-open arms race for the spots made vacant by the graduation of Sean Porter and Jonathon Stewart. Sophomore Jeremiah Stuckey could make noise in the sorting out of the two open spots on the offensive line. For junior engineering major Stephen Neathery, offensive tackle is the team’s biggest need so that “Manziel can be Manziel.” JaQuay Williams, who ranked as high as No. 2 among prep school players, is expected to be one of as many as eight or nine wide receivers in the recruiting class of 2013. But he’s the first to arrive — don’t be surprised if that matters. Last, Alex Sezer will compete with a young defensive back corps for playing time. On Monday, A.J. Hilliard — a TCU transfer — was reported to have replaced the formerly announced Kenny Flowers. Their significance matters more than their quantifiable contributions. The two-headed Sumlin-Manziel monster has done wonders in terms of recruiting. The 2013 class is the best in A&M history, or it’s close. 2014 looks even better. Those classes exist only in the verbal commitments of seventeen- and eighteen-year-olds, though. They aren’t enrolled. They aren’t in uniform. These nine, however, are. They represent the first tangible evidence of a swing in recruiting power firmly in the direction of College Station. Sophomore business major Bailey Burrus said A&M’s status as the only Texas team in the SEC played a part in this shift. “With great recruiting coaches like Sumlin and [receivers coach David] Beaty,” Burrus said. “I think the success can be sustained because of the appeal of playing in the SEC and

staying in Texas.” Look at the teams A&M fairly and directly beat out for this group. You’ll see the usual culprits in Texas and Oklahoma, the ones who have preyed on A&M for years. You’ll see the new threats, the SEC powers who since Manziel was in diapers have filched recruits out of Texas backyards such as Florida, Alabama, LSU and Arkansas. The playing field has been leveled. Junior biomedical engineering major Austin Smith said the SEC played a part in recruiting success even before Manziel. “I think the SEC was a boost to our recruiting because we saw some recruits jumping on board with us before Johnny did his thing this past season,” Smith said. “With Manziel here, I expect even more talented guys to take a serious look at signing with us, like I said earlier.” Texas will always be the breeding grounds for future Aggies. It’s big, it’s fertile with big-time recruits, and it’s local. A&M is a part of Texas. However, the spring enrollees don’t necessarily reflect that. Clear is from Memphis. Others hail from Cordele, Ga.; Pacifica, Calif.; Tyrone, Ga. It’s hard to pluck important recruits in Texas. It’s harder to snag them from outside the state. The common denominator here is talent. Sumlin — and give him credit, but don’t give him all of it, because he has a staff exceptionally suited for recruiting — saw talent and he went and got it. That he was successful in landing outof-state, sought-after players may mean it’s time to talk about a national shift in power, not just an in-state swing. The Heisman Trophy, after all, was presented from New York City on national TV. The Letterman Top 10 isn’t read in College Station. The Cotton Bowl wasn’t just televised locally. A&M — through the vessel of a young quarterback — is a household name for the time being. If Manziel’s brilliance elevated this team to the level at which it sits, there’s a sure way to cement that status: consistent and continued winning. Nine spring enrollees won’t legitimize a team. But this nine doesn’t stand in isolation. They’re just one more symptom and it doesn’t take much of an expert to diagnose the cause. And if the diagnosis is a winning program, few to none in College Station are hoping for a cure.

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Agriculture advocates root up origins of A&M’s focus Shrikant Chaturvedi

The Battalion With the goal to revitalize agriculture as one of the core purposes of A&M’s existence, “Farmers Fight” is an agricultural advocacy movement founded in 2012. The movement is dedicated to promoting agricultural awareness to students of the University. The initiative aims to construct a renewed focus on agriculture towards college students. The movement works to promote a positive and educated understanding of American agriculture through educational events and media publicity. This would enable people to better understand how vital agriculture is to the nation, economy and way of life. Mason Parish, junior agricultural economics major, is the founder of the group. Many of the college organizations have united to increase awareness about modern agriculture as a part of this group. “Farmers Fight is a student-led initiative to reconnect American society to the world of agriculture,” Parish said. “Beginning with Texas A&M University, Farmer’s Fight unites the student body to tell agriculture’s story, encourage customers to ask where their food comes from and give students, faculty, public officials and farmers and ranchers an opportunity to become “agvocates” for the agriculture community.” Farmers Fight is comprised of three pillars: “training the advocates,” “community outreach” and “campus connect.” All three sectors are integral parts in carrying out the agenda of the organization. “Training the advocates

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From left, Liz Schusterman, Jasmine Dillon, Edwin Aguilar, Kelsey Wood, Amy Orth, Katie Burchfield, Morgan Sinclair, Victoria Pilger represents Farmer’s Fight’s the entire campus in order to mission to provide students initiate conversations about with the communication agriculture amongst students. skills necessary to become ef- These booths represent the fective advocates for agricul- diversity of agriculture: from ture, and is held in the form organic farmer’s markets, to of a local conference with animal agriculture, to food speakers from the agriculture technology, to the fashion industry,” Parish said. industry. The goal of camOnce the training is over, pus connect is for every perthe advocates are educated son who sets foot on Texas enough to be able to partici- A&M’s campus to know pate in the next step of com- that an agricultural event is munity outreach. taking place.” “Community outreach Campus connect is better provides students with the known to the student body as opportunity to reach out to “Farmers Fight Ag Advocacy those within the surround- Day.” Last year, it included ing Bryan/College Station booths around campus that area through agriculturally- had the advocates readily related classroom and com- available to educate and enmunity events,” Parish said. gage students into conversaAlthough community tions regarding agriculture. outreach branches out to a This year’s Farmers Fight younger audience, the cam- Day will take its debut on pus connect phase is neces- April 11th. sary to reach out to the tar“This time we are plangeted group of people, which ning to reach out to a largare college students. These er audience and make the are the people who will be program more interactive,” most equipped and able to Dakota Fleming, senior agricarry on the tradition of ag- culture communications and riculture. journalism major and current “The original idea and the ag advocate said. third pillar of Farmers Fight, The group strives to teach campus connect, is the accu- everyone how to care for mulation of the year’s efforts animals, the land and the imin the form of a campus- portance of producing safe, wide advocacy day,” Parish nutritious food for the world. said. “Booths are set up in “Farmers Fight is looking highly populated areas across to raise campus engagement

from our participation last year,” Danielle Harris, assistant dean for student success and advisor of the group said. “Our goal is to raise awareness with Texas A&M students about maintaining access to a safe food supply. Eventually, there will be nine billion hungry people in the world and thought must be given to how we will feed those people.” Harris said that conversation starts by dispelling myths about where our food comes from and how it gets to grocery stores for our consumption. She said they are looking forward to addressing these issues this spring. This year’s advocate conference will be held on March 21st. The conference is one of the basic entry points to get involved as an advocate, but students do have to sign up for the conference. It is open to all majors and there will be more information provided about the sign up for the training at a later date. There is a meeting next Wednesday, January 23rd, however, in AGLS 115 at 7:30 p.m. for students who are interested in information on the organization.

Watch and learn For learning more or getting involved, contact farmersfight2012@yahoo. com. The YouTube video “Stand Up” featuring Jasmine Dillon from Texas A&M for the Farmers Fight program is very popular. The link for the video is: http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=yFoGib8AfZo

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