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Blinn students die in wreck A&M student involved in a fatal car crash Saturday morning Natalee Blanchat The Battalion On Saturday, two Blinn College students were killed and several others injured in an accident involving an A&M student. At 2:38 a.m., Anish Tharappel, freshman mechanical engineering major, was driving a 2004 Chevrolet pickup traveling eastbound

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on Holleman Drive when he collided with a 1999 Toyota 4-Runner traveling northbound on Texas Avenue, according to a College Station police report. According to the report, Tharappel, a member of Squadron 16 in the Corps of Cadets, was stopped at a red light at Texas and Holleman. When the signal changed, giving Tharappel a protected turn, he proceeded into the intersection and the driver of the Toyota, Samantha Bean, freshman biology major at Blinn’s Bryan Campus, failed to stop at the light and was struck by the Chevrolet on the

driver’s side of the vehicle. Two passengers in the Toyota, Lauren Crisp, freshman biology major at Blinn’s Bryan Campus, and Denton Ward, fine arts major at the Brenham campus, were killed when the impact of the collision caused the SUV to spin out and collide with a light pole on the northeast corner of the intersection. Tanner Giesen, the remaining passenger in the vehicle, sustained incapacitating injuries and was taken to the College Station Medical Center. Bean, who received non-incapacitating injuries, was treated at the center and later released.

Bean was the only occupant in the car who was wearing a seat belt, according to the report. Sergeant Danny Junek said police obtained a search warrant to test blood specimens for alcohol levels. The results from the Department of Public Safety in Austin are pending and it is unclear whether the driver of the Toyota was operating under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. Police conducted a fatality accident reconstruction at 7 a.m. on Sunday, shutting down See Wreck on page 5

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Muster speaker chosen Professor emeritus John Hoyle, Class of 1957, has been selected as Texas A&M’s campus Muster speaker. Hoyle specializes in leadership training and assessment, and was an awardwinning teacher and research at A&M for more than three decades. The Muster ceremony and roll call for the absent will be at 7 p.m. April 21 at Reed Arena.

Pelosi comes to A&M Nancy Pelosi, House minority leader, will speak at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center at the George Bush Library. Pelosi was the first woman Speaker of the House. Andrew Card, acting dean of the Bush School, will moderate the conversation.

voices | 3 Tearing down walls The Texas Western Miners deserve recognition from all colleges during Black History Month.

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The Aggie baseball team celebrates Friday evening after senior infielder Matt Juengel hit the first home run in Blue Bell Park.

No. 5 Aggies christen Blue Bell Park with 3-game sweep of Illinois-Chicago James Solano The Battalion

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ithout skipping a beat, the No. 5 Texas A&M baseball team swept Illinois-Chicago in its season-opening series, improving to 3-0 as the Aggies unveiled their new stadium in a weather-complicated weekend series. Friday’s rainy home opener was postponed in the top of the sixth inning due to inclement weather. The Aggies were up 7–0 when rain clouds opened up for a heavy downpour, officials then decided to postpone the remainder of the game until Saturday afternoon. The maroon and white went on to shut-out UIC

10–0 Saturday afternoon in the conclusion of Friday night’s delay, before going on to beat the Flames 9–2 Saturday night in game two. As for the debut of Blue Bell Park, fans said they were impressed with the stadium despite the nasty weather. See Sweep on page 6

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contact hours — the hours a student spends in the classroom — has increased both at the Bryan campus and in the Blinn system overall by 7.13 percent. Because of this, it’s difficult to judge whether or not Blinn will lose funds. “We report that number of contact hours to the legislature, and that’s what they reimburse us by,” Webb said. “Our reimbursement from the state will go up, but our tuition revenue will go down a little bit, so it’s a little hard to measure.” Webb said he thinks the meningitis vaccine requirement is to blame, but that it is difficult to

The No. 14 Aggies (18-6, 9-4) scored 17 of the game’s first 21 points, never trailing in a 63-49 win over the Oklahoma State Cowgirls (1310, 5-9). Reed Arena paid tribute Men’s to the Oklahoma State coaches, hoops Kurt Budke and Miranda Serna, On Saturday, the who lost their lives in a November plane crash, while also putting on a mens’ basketball “BTHO breast cancer” campaign. team lossed at With 10 minutes remaining Reed Arena to the in the first half, the Cowgirls had No. 3 Missouri more turnovers (5) than points (4) Tigers, 71-62. Khris and had missed all 10 of their shots. Middleton was The Aggie defense held Oklahoma the top scorer for State to 18 points in the first half the Aggies with and 35.2 percent field goal shooting 15 points. percentage for the game. Oklahoma State head coach Jim Littell said that his team wasn’t able to establish their

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The Battalion Blinn College in Bryan experienced a decrease in enrollment this spring for the first time since 2007. The decrease was caused in part by revised Texas legislation, which requires all new higher education students to receive a bacterial meningitis shot before registering for classes. Brandon Webb, marketing and media relations for Blinn College, said even though the number of students at the Bryan campus has decreased by 2.14 percent, the total number of students in the Blinn system has increased by 1.23 percent. On top of that, the number of

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Prospective students wait for campus-wide tours in the Commons area during Aggieland Saturday, Texas A&M’s annual open house. Aggieland Saturday gives juniors and seniors in high school an opportunity to experience Texas A&M. Twelve thousand students registered to attend the event.

Officials: 44 dead in Mexico prison riot MONTERREY, Mexico — A fight among inmates led to a prison riot in northern Mexico that killed 44 people Sunday, a security official said. Nuevo Leon state public security spokesman Jorge Domene Zambrano said the riot broke out at about 2 a.m. in a high-security section of a prison in the city of Apodaca outside the northern industrial city of Monterrey. Several inmates attacked others, and the fighting then spread and blew up into a riot, Domene said. Fortyfour people died before authorities regained control of the prison a couple of hours later, he said. Families of the prisoners gathered outside the prison

pushing at the fences and in the border city of Juarez shouting at police to de- killed 17 inmates. Mexican mand word of the victims. authorities detained the diDeadly fights happen pe- rector and four guards over riodically in Mexico’s pris- that clash. Surveillance ons as gangs and drug cartels video showed two inmates stage jail breaks and battle opening doors to let armed for control of penitentiaries, prisoners into a room where often with the involvethe slain victims ment of officials. were reportFamilies of Some 31 prisedly holding the prisoners oners died in a party. gathered outside January during Twent ythe prison, a prison riot in three peopushing at the the Gulf coast ple were fences and city of Altamira killed in a shouting at in Tamaulipas prison riot police. state, which borin Durango ders Texas. Another city in 2010, and fight in a prison in the Tama 2009 riot in Gomez aulipas border city of Mat- Palacio, another city in the amoros in October killed 20 northern Mexican state of inmates and injured 12. Durango, killed 19 people. In July, a riot at a prison Associated Press

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Breaking down barriers Michael Rodriguez: Celebrate Texas Western Miners’ contributions

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s people celebrate black history month, there is a tale that must be told. It is of a team that changed the face of basketball and broke the barriers of segregation.

In 1996, Coach Don Haskins was assembling his team out at Texas Western College, now the University of Texas at El Paso, and was looking for players that would best fit his coaching philosophy of hard-nosed defense and a controlled offense. Haskins did not care about the color of the player, but instead looked to see if the player had right skill set. “Don was color blind and he played his best players,” said Mary Haskins, Don’s widow. “His best players just happened to be black.” Haskins and the Miners finished the regular season with a 23-1 record and a No. 3 ranking. However, Texas Western did not get the respect they deserved. They were mistreated and discriminated against because of the racial make-up of their roster. No one in the nation believed this “experiment” would continue to be successful. “The Miners went through a lot of discrimination. I mean, all the other players were white, there were no black officials so it

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was very tough for them,” said Ray Sanchez former sports writer and sports editor for the El Paso Harold-Post. Through all the hardship and discrimination, the Miners made it to the NCAA Tournament championship game where they faced the highly favored and all-white Kentucky Wildcats. The Miners started five black players that night, a first in NCAA history. The Miners defeated the Wildcats 72-65. To this day, UTEP is the only school in Texas with an NCAA Division I men’s basketball championship. “In my honest opinion, I did think that [Coach Haskins] was trying to make a statement,” former Texas Western center David “Big Daddy D” Lattin said. “Coach [Adolph] Rupp had said that it was impossible for five black players to beat five white players. Coach Haskins just told us that it was up to us to go out there and win.” What makes this team so important is they proved black players were capable of playing

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the game of basketball and doing things off the court just like whites. This team was intelligent on and off the court. Four of the seven black players graduated and the other three went on to have successful business careers. “El Paso adored all of the players. They were all unique people, but most of all they were very smart,” Mary said. The team did not get a visit to the White House or accolades after its victory. Haskins received hate mail after the ’66 season , which took a toll on “The Bear.” Mary said the hate mail “diminished the joy of winning.” “Coach Rupp would say publically that David Lattin and the other players were nothing but criminals. He was wrong, these were all fine people, great people,” Sanchez said. From that point on, black players were re-

cruited and allowed to play in all sports. The average number of black players increased from 2.9 to 5.7 from 1967 to 1995. Society and sports wouldn’t be the same if it weren’t for the Miners taking the court on that fateful March night in 1966. “Our team didn’t know prejudice. We were cohesive and most of all, we driven and disciplined,” Lattin said. “This game opened up the opportunity for youngsters to go to school in the south to be recruited not only for basketball but for all sports. This opened the door for everyone.” Michael Rodriguez is a senior industrial engineering major.

Protect Texas’ future Kori Wilson: State right to pass Voter ID bill

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he nation has seen a recent backlash against a Voter ID initiative — like the one passed by the Texas legislature during the summer requiring voters to present photo identification at the polls — with many labeling the referendum a revival of minority disenfranchisement. The bill is now in the hands of the U.S. Department of Justice, which will determine whether the initiative conflicts with the supreme law of the land. The voter ID bill ignited yet another bipartisan issue leading up to the presidential election in November. Many Democratic Party members have accused conservatives of promoting a hidden agenda to undermine voters that are elderly, disabled and poor — many of whom are more likely to support big government. However, if the potential voters in question are indeed law-abiding citizens, then voter ID laws should not prove to be an obstacle. Voter ID requirements can effectively manage a fight against voter fraud, including voter impersonation of the living or deceased and voter ineligibility. The American Civil Liberties Union has dismissed the notion of voter fraud and has even declared voter ID laws unconstitutional. Because of laws against any form of poll tax in the U.S., voting must be free FOR all voters. Several state governments have distributed free voter IDs in an effort to encourage participation at the polls under the new laws. State ACLU Executive Director Charles Samuelson said the organization’s

attorneys have not been able to find a single case of voter impersonation during the past 10 years. “If you can’t find a crime, why change the law?” Samuelson asked at a Capitol press conference. Voter fraud is difficult to prosecute — as is rampant and widespread insider trading, intellectual property theft and money laundering. Does it exist? Yes. Should we ignore it? Certainly not, especially when American democracy is at stake. The term ‘minority disenfranchisement’ has become psychologically synonymous with voter ID laws, suggesting that photo ID requirements discriminate against those without the means to procure valid identification. On the contrary, voter ID laws actually empower responsible and proud citizens who realize the importance of the individual establishment to the nation as a whole. The ability to show an ID that says, “I am an American and I am freely representing myself,” should reinforce the desire for one’s voice to be heard.

Furthermore, there seems to be no difficulty in our elderly, disabled or poor obtaining ID necessary to receive Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps – and even this observation becomes irrelevant when considering those states that offer free distribution of identification to those who desire it. University activist groups have declared state laws requiring government issued photo IDs as discriminatory toward the student population, which generally trends liberal. I would say it is very rare to come across a young person of eligible voting age currently enrolled in the higher education system who is without some form of state or federal identification. Requirement of government issued identification is already in place for many more quotidian activities, such as driving, cashing a check and passing through airport security. U.S. Department of Transportation records reveal that there were 205.8 million valid drivers’ licenses in 2009, meaning there are 19 million more individuals with photo IDs than there are registered voters, evidencing

that a government issued photo ID is not difficult to obtain. Is the security and integrity of the United States’ democratic system not deserving of the same kind of protection that it provides to its individual citizens, for which it was originally established? As students in Texas, we should advocate for this kind of individual recognition. Any form of voter fraud undermines the very backbone upon which our nation was built, as future leaders of this country, students at Texas A&M should be concerned about appeals whose true aim is to disenfranchise the American identity.

Kori Wilson is a senior finance major.

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determine with complete certainty. “It’s a tough question to speculate on,” Webb said. “We think it had an impact. If people drop off and never come back we don’t know if it’s because of the vaccine or a death in the family or something else.” Webb said that since the new law only affects new students, some students who attend A&M and wanted to take one or two classes at Blinn might have decided against it after learning they would have to get the vaccine. “If you’re a new student, you’d have to show evidence of the vaccine,” Webb said. “If they were already enrolled before the legislation passed, they could stay here without getting the vaccine. It’s a

complicated piece of legislation that had to be interpreted quite a bit.” Webb said Blinn is in the process of figuring out how to increase enrollment in the future. “We have completely renovated our recruiting process, not necessarily due to ups and downs semester to semester, but it was just time,” Webb said. “We’ve been doing the same recruiting for a number of years. We’ve had steady upward enrollment and we’re not in trouble, but that’s something you constantly want to fine tune to make sure we’re reaching students how they want to be reached.” Mike Spies, assistant director for transfer admissions at A&M, said that the decrease in enrollment at the Blinn Bryan campus probably will not affect the number of students enrolled at A&M. The University has a partnership with Blinn College in which

students are enrolled in classes part-time at both institutions while trying to gain full admittance into A&M. “We can’t really say for sure one way or the other but I don’t think it’s going to be a major factor on our enrollment,” Spies said. “We get a lot of students from Blinn, but we get students from all over the state and country. We don’t have any shortage of applicants.” Hallie Pierce, a senior psychology major who transferred from Blinn to A&M, said she can imagine the vaccine being a reason why enrollment at the Bryan campus has decreased. “People don’t like being forced to get a vaccine,” Pierce said. “Required vaccines are pretty expensive. A fee for parking is different than a fee for your health. It doesn’t affect different aspects of your life, whereas with your health, it’s your health.”

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Akhil Datta-Gupta, petroleum engineering professor, received one of the highest honors in his discipline when he was named a member of the National Academy of Engineering. The academy has more than 2,000 peer-elected members. University President R. Bowen Loftin and Vice Chancellor and Dean of Engineering M. Katherine Banks will recognize DattaGupta at a reception at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Datta-Gupta is a Regents Professor and L.F. Peterson ’36 Chairman in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering. Datta-Gupta’s work developing the theory and practice of streamline simulation for fluid flow in heterogeneous reservoirs contributed to his

election to the academy. “On behalf of our faculty, students and Aggies worldwide, I would like to congratulate Dr. Datta-Gupta on this tremendous honor,” Loftin said. “His work is an excellent example of the impact that land-grant universities such as Texas A&M have on finding solutions to problems that we face now and well into the future. Dr. DattaGupta’s service to our students, his faculty colleagues, and external partners has been truly remarkable.” Datta-Gupta is the 19th member of the National Academy of Engineering from Texas A&M. Kalee Bumguardner, staff writer

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South Korea holds drills despite threat SEOUL — South Korea on Monday conducted live-fire military drills from five islands near its disputed sea boundary with North Korea, despite Pyongyang’s threat to attack. South Korea reported no immediate action by North Korea following the drills, which ended after about two hours. The drills took place in an area of the Yellow Sea that was the target of a North Korean artillery attack in 2010 that killed four South Koreans and raised fears of a wider conflict. The Associated Press

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“The new stadium felt really classy, like a real ballpark,” said Fredrik Treven, sophomore electrical engineering major. “The entrance I thought was nice though I couldn’t see much of the stands because I was hiding in my jacket for most of the time. In general, it just had a nicer feel to it.” Travis Barnes, sophomore industrial engineering major, said he was also pleased with the renovations and noticed many of the original Olsen Field traditions remained. “I thought it was really nice. It was definitely a lot different walking through those big new gates,” Barnes said. “The big crowd was really nice. Of course, it still has the older feel with the traditions but it was nice to see the new face of the ballpark.” Before Friday’s rain delay, the Aggies jumped out to a 2–0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when senior first baseman Jacob House sent a screaming line drive over the newly constructed, short right field visiting bullpen. Junior All-American pitcher Michael Wacha dominated in 5.1 innings, striking out eight batters total and fanning five of the first seven batters. The Aggies tacked on five more runs before the game was postponed. Junior left fielder Brandon Wood slugged a solo home run over the left field wall to conclude Friday night’s scoring.

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Spectators brave inclement weather to watch the first game at Blue Bell Park Friday evening. Saturday started with the conclusion of game one, and ended with a 9–2 A&M victory in front of 4,002 fans. Senior All-American Ross Stripling got the nod, pitching seven strong innings, fanning eight batters, and limiting the Flames to just six hits and two runs. “You start talking about defining moments in games and that first inning Stripling gives up hits to the first two guys, they’re about to grab the momentum right away and all he does is retire the next 15 in a row,” said Texas A&M head coach Rob Childress. With the Aggies already up 1–0 in the first inning, House homered for the second time of the season to put the Aggies up 2–0. Junior All-American Tyler Naquin went 3-for-3 with three runs Saturday night. The Aggies concluded the sweep with a 7–0 shutout Sun-

day in front of 4,224 fans under blue skies. Sophomore Rafael Pineda made his first career start, pitching a no-hitter into the eighth inning, but a pop fly landing on the grass in the outfield ended the no-no bid. “My fastball and changeup is what we stuck with mostly,” Pineda said. “Coach Childress called a really good game, and Cole Lankford did a really good job back there, he kept me confident.” Pineda’s stalwart performance on the mound was backed by a strong defensive effort. “Scott Arthur made a diving catch, Brandon Wood jumped over the wall, giving up their bodies ... so did Matt Juengel,” Pineda said. “We just played carefree baseball today and gave up our bodies for the team.” The Aggies play Stephen F. Austin on Tuesday at Blue Bell Park at 6:35 p.m.

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offense due to the A&M defensive pressures. “Their pressure gave us a great deal of problems getting into our offense,” Littell said. “They’re long, athletic, play extremely hard, and they’re well coached.” Double-doubles by senior forward Adaora Elonu (19 points, 11 rebounds) and senior guard Tyra White (11 points, 13 rebounds) paced the Aggies on the team’s start-to-finish victory. The Aggies met the Cowgirls in Stillwater in January and lost 53-57, and Elonu said that the team tried to play with more aggression than it showed in the earlier meeting. “We definitely focused on pounding it inside and working it inside and out,” Elonu said. “In the game we played before we were too timid and we were letting them push us around.” Junior center Kelsey Bone overcame foul trouble to trail only Elonu’s scoring output with 18 points. Littell said that Bone’s impact has grown since the teams last met. “Kelsey Bone has improved a lot since the first time we’ve played her and she’s very physical and did a good job of burying us down deep,” Littell said. “We’ve preached not to give up drop step layups and we gave up quite a few of those to her.” Elonu said the key to Bone’s relatively recent emergence as a dominant in-

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Senior guard Tyra White going for a lay up during Saturday’s basketball game against the OSU Cowgirls. White scored 13 total points during the game. occasions but we can’t fall terior threat is aggression. “She knows she’s a great behind 15-2 in the ball game player and I think she’s finally and have a shot,” Littell said. taking it upon herself to be “The difference in the game that dominant force inside for was that they took 19 more shots and that’s due to offenus,” Elonu said. A&M opened the first half sive rebounds and turnovers. with a 17-4 run and the sec- Credit A&M’s pressure and ond with a 20-7 spurt, but their length and athletic abilallowed Oklahoma State to ity.” The Aggies travel to Norwork their way back into the game. The Cowgirls trailed man, Okla., to take on the by just nine with less than Sooners Tuesday in a game four minutes to play. Littell that figures to make a strong said that he was proud of his impact on the Big 12 standteam for making the game ings. A&M leads Oklahoma by one game for second place closer. “I’m proud of our kids for in the conference standings. coming back on two or three Both trail Baylor.

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