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Candidates plan for SEC move Jonathan Webb The Battalion

Voting schedule ◗ Students will vote online through vote.tamu.edu and will need a valid UIN to enter the voting site ◗ Primary voting opens Monday at 8 a.m. and closes Tuedsay at 5 p.m. ◗ Primary results will be announced at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Academic Plaza ◗ If no candidate receives 50 percent of the vote, run-off voting between the top-two vote-getting candidates will be Thursday and Friday

With talk of renovating Kyle Field and the bitter Texas rivalry on hold, Fall 2012 could be a season of change for Aggieland. Drew Barber, Thomas McNutt and Brody Smith are three of the candidates vying to become Texas A&M’s first Student Body President in the Southeastern Conference. Smith, senior history major, said his objective would be to preserve traditions wherever possible because that is what makes this University unique. “I believe that the SEC will bring more coverage and interest for Texas A&M and expand our recruitment base,” Smith said. “The more press and coverage we have for Aggieland, more money, interest, respect and enthusiasm will be generated for the Aggie experience.” Smith foresees a greater national presence of Texas A&M in

sports and, through that venue, A&M as an academic institution. “I think we will be better able to maintain a streak of excellence in all of our athletic events through the better financial environment of the SEC,” Smith said. “Academically, our broad range of quality courses has ensured that the Aggie Network is a force to be reckoned with in the business world, and I think that the SEC will generate more interest from out-of-state applicants to come to A&M for a great education and make A&M more diverse in the many types of students accepted to the University who become Aggies.” Smith said that with the student body president as the mouthpiece of student opinion, the next school year will be crucial to instill the values and experiences Texas A&M has to offer to visitors from the SEC, who will range from each school’s student government associations to fans on game days. See SBP on page 2

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Big Event deadline arrives The sign-up deadline for Big Event is Friday. In its 30th year, Big Event is a service project benefiting the Bryan-College Station community. This year the volunteer project will be held on March 24. To register, visit bigevent.tamu.edu

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Hoops previews The Aggie women’s basketball team will play Texas Tech at 7 p.m. Saturday at Reed Arena, while the men go on the road to play Oklahoma State at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Up to bat Holy Cross visits Blue Bell Park for the weekend-long series starting at 6:35 p.m. Friday.

Tennis action The Aggie men’s and women’s tennis teams face Rice and TCU, respectively, this weekend, both at home.

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From left, Drew Barber, John Claybrook, Sam Hodges, Thomas McNutt, Brody Smith and Jose Zelaya consider a debate question Thursday.

Front and center SBP hopefuls answer student questions during debate Amber Jaura The Battalion Student body president candidates sat in front of a capacity crowd in the George Bush Library Auditorium to answer questions submitted by the student body. More than 170 students attended to hear the candidates answer questions in a debate format unique to this election cycle. Questions addressed the candidates’ views on tuition, legislative preparation and specifics about each candidate’s campaign agenda. All candidates supported University President R. Bowen Loftin’s recent recommendation that the Board of Regents raise tuition by 3.95 percent, but took individual approaches to maintaining low fee levels.

Drew Barber proposed auditing nonacademic programs that receive student fees as a way of identifying efficiencies, a sentiment echoed by Thomas McNutt. “I would say any university department that is receiving direct funding from student fees should be audited,” McNutt, a junior political science major, said. “Auditing should not be a bad word. You can sit down with these administrators and they are happy to show you what they do and how they do it.” Junior finance major John Claybrook said fees that do not benefit the majority of students should be re-evaluated, and that “luxury fees” should never be raised. He said the rec center fee charged to students regardless of use is See Debate on page 4

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A&M to begin outsourcing non-academic services Trevor Stevens The Battalion Texas A&M staff may soon have new employers, after University officials announced Thursday that the decision process has begun to outsource facility services. Emails circulated Thursday, informing University staff employees to attend a meeting at 11 a.m. Friday in Rudder Auditorium. At the meeting staff employees will be updated on plans for the future of facilities services’ employer and employees. Steven Moore, vice chancellor of marketing and communications for the Texas A&M System, said the decision to outsource facility services has not officially been made. But he said the decision to go through the process has been made. Texas A&M officials will issue an appease to outside companies to offer the opportunity to bid on the em-

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Claybrook responds to a question while Barber and Hodges listen Thursday evening at the George Bush Library Auditorium.

ployment of facilities services at the University. “The decision has been … to determine whether or not [outsourcing] is going to be an effective way to deliver the services, versus what we do now,” Moore said. Bids have not yet been issued, but Moore said they are going to be rolled out in the next week. When asked to comment on the status of the decision to outsource Texas A&M University’s facilities services, University vice president for communication and marketing Jason Cook deferred to the vice chancellor of marketing and communications for the System. Moore said the motivation behind outsourcing facility services is to preserve the core functions Texas A&M delivers: teaching, faculty and research. See Outsource on page 2

Meeting details University President R. Bowen Loftin will hold a public meeting for interested A&M students and employees at 11 a.m. Friday in Rudder Auditorum. He is expected to address plans to invite bids from private companies to manage facilities’ services and discuss potential impacts to the A&M community.

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Keep students in mind Jeff Pickering: University needs autonomy, time for dialogue

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hile I believe the outsourcing of Texas A&M’s non-academic university services as a matter of cost savings is an option worth investigating, I do not believe it is in the best interest of my fellow students for the A&M System to micromanage campus services.

Making these types of decisions, to potentially outsource dining services, custodial services, landscape, and facilities maintenance, from a System level rather than a University level is concerning to me as Student Body President. We as students have representation on all university committees, including those that would be affected by these changes. Active student voices

in all decisions made by each of these university entities is critical to me as SBP, and more importantly as a customer paying for these services. If we were to outsource the aforementioned services, would those external corporations invite the same level of student input? For example, in the case of Dining See Students on page 4

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Filing issues complicate Corps endorsement Due to a filing error, the Corps of Cadets was removed from the organizational endorsement of student body president candidate Thomas McNutt Thursday. Kyle Jackson, election commissioner and finance graduate student, said that per the election regulations, only a Universityrecognized student organization can endorse. “It’s really just a paperwork issue,” Jackson said. “What they submitted doesn’t match what Student Activities says. If they re-file, it will be fine.” The Corps of Cadets is recognized under the Division of Student Affairs, not the Department of Student Activities. Jackson said the election board wants to resolve the issue, because the more organizations that endorse students, the more students become involved with the election. After being notified of the inconsistency, the Corps of Cadets exercised endorsements by filing through organizations that fall under the Department of Student Activities — including Corps Operations, First Brigade Staff, First Wing Staff and the Combined Band Staff. Kalee Bumguardner, staff writer

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“This is what the students obviously pay for to come here,” Moore said. “And [we’re] examining every means we can outside [academics] to save money, reduce cost and become more effective and efficient.” It is unclear at this point whether changes

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Members of the student organization Aggie Cannabis Reform and Education Society conduct a poll to gauge student opinion of legalizing medical marijuana in Harrington Square Thursday. Of the 659 votes placed, 583 answered ‘yes’ while 121 answered ‘no.’

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“I want the end of my student body president term to be one where our fellow universities in the SEC are proud to call us a member of their conference because of their experience getting to know the best that Texas A&M has to offer,” Smith said. Barber, a junior finance major, said the move to the SEC would have tremendous implications for the future. “We have got an excellent conference that shows our passion and shares our tradition. Involvement in the SEC will place us on a national stage, week in and week out,” Barber said. “We are going to be able to show other schools in the SEC what it means to be an Aggie and everything that comes with that.” Barber said it is a tremendous responsibility but also an incredible opportunity to be a representative of the student body at Texas A&M. “This is the premier conference in terms of athletics, but as we always have in the past,

to facility services, which includes dining services, landscape maintenance, building maintenance and custodial services, will affect student-worker positions. Moore said after recommendations are made from an appointed committee, the board of regents will conduct a final analysis before a decision is made. Most companies that would bid on the control of facilities services at Texas A&M do

Aggies will meet the challenges that are before us. I have no doubt in my mind that we can and will exceed those expectations,” Barber said. In terms of academics, Barber said Texas A&M will utilize its relationships with peer Association of American Universities, or AAU, institutions to further the academic culture. “We entered the SEC as one of the top schools academically, and with that there comes an opportunity for new relationships, particularly with our peer AAU institutions,” Barber said. “We can use those relationships not only as AAU institutions but also as peer institutions. I think together we can have a great impact on the academic culture of the conference.” McNutt, a junior political science major, said he has been for the move since it was first mentioned. “I recognized from the very beginning that we are Aggies, and I think we are the best. I have always wanted to be the best and compete with the best,” McNutt said. “The move to the SEC will help us do exactly that.”

not provide outside employees, Moore said. “The normal course or action is to hire your employees to do that,” Moore said. “Obviously they know the job, they know what to do, they know where to go.” The company selected would conduct an evaluation of the departments within facility services and make changes according to the way and the staff they decide to run the services.

Because of its student involvement and school spirit, McNutt said there is a lot of good that Texas A&M could do as a leader in the SEC. “We have one of the best student bodies as far as involvement is concerned,” McNutt said. “I think that we can be a real leader when it comes to student involvement, school spirit and pride in our athletic programs.” Because of Texas A&M’s high academic rank entering the SEC and SEC’s high rank among other conferences, McNutt said it is a smart move in terms of academics. “Academically, we are going to be ranked higher within a higher-ranked conference, so it is a win-win,” McNutt said. With more eyes on Texas A&M now, McNutt says it is imperative that this new audience sees a school who is student-first, who is united and who keep tradition a priority. “With a lot of conferences undergoing various changes, it makes me feel good that we are going into one of the oldest, most established, tradition-rich conferences in America. I think we fit better,” McNutt said.

“When universities do this, or when anyone does this, you are basically shifting the risk from the university to the outside employer,” Moore said. Student Regent Fernando Trevino declined to comment on decisions to outsource facility services.

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Services, members of the student government association have worked alongside the Division of Administration and external consultants to evaluate all of our on campus dining options. We have invested a significant amount of resources into a comprehensive

survey and consultation. It is my opinion that we should at least review the findings of this consultation in order to methodically evaluate the services we provide before moving forward in a major policy shift. Texas A&M, in the fulfillment of our mission as a land grant university, has an obligation to serve the community in which we are a part. Should this policy shift occur suddenly, we could

detrimentally impact our reputation as a premiere institution and employer of the working class community of BryanCollege Station, possibly including my fellow students. Jeff Pickering is a senior communication major and student body president.

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an example of a fee that should be reconsidered. When considering issues like tuition and fees, Brody Smith, senior history major, said he plans to organize an executive cabinet that represents both undergraduate and graduate perspectives. “I know tuition and fees are somewhat different for both classes of students, but I want to make sure we are all on the same page when it comes to what fees we have, what conditions on campus are going to be changing, what type of campus environment we want to promote,� Smith said. “I want to make sure that, as a candidate, my cabinet is well versed with all aspects of graduate students.� Earlier this week, McNutt said he would support allowing early registration for members of the Corps of Cadets, saying their large time commitment and regimented lifestyle merit this benefit. He was asked whether this policy would further divide the relationship between cadets and the rest of the student body. “Those guys are waking up at 5 a.m. and doing [personal training]. Those guys are volunteering, whether they’re contract or not, to defend the integrity of this university,� McNutt said. “They’ve got a lot of scheduling difficulties and it would just give them a bit of an advantage to be flexible around their schedule.� Barber, Claybrook and Hodges disagreed with McNutt’s stance, saying it would

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The candidates break from the evening’s serious mood after Jose Zelaya, right, thanks the others for their support of his personal testimony. show preference to one group of students. “Would it be nice? Yes, I would love it. But I don’t think it’s fair to the general student body,� said Hodges, the only cadet in the race. The candidates generally agreed about the importance of fostering diversity in SGA, supporting the administration’s emphasis on the issue. “Does increased diversity alter quality? Absolutely not,� Barber, a junior political science major, said. “[University President R. Bowen] Loftin has stressed that it never comes at the expense of quality. We always look for quality first.� Asked about Student Senate’s actions in spring 2011, when an amendment saying students not residing legally in the country should not be allowed in-state tuition passed by one vote, Jose Zelaya said it is important to look at the state’s tax structure. “In the state of Texas, we

SGA debate tweets appear to target candidate Several tweets from the Student Government Association twitter account, @tamu_sga, during Thursday’s debate appeared to single out candidate Thomas McNutt with quotes fabricated or taken out of context. One read, “McNutt replies, ‘disconnecting the student body with SGA,’� after McNutt said SGA is doing a poor job of communicating its role to students. Chris Tucker, SGA chief of communications, said he didn’t know who sent out the tweets, but that the password has been changed to prevent hacking. don’t have an income tax. The state institutions are run through sales taxes and property taxes. Whether you are a tourist, whether you are undocumented, whether you are a citizen or a resident, you pay those taxes. Therefore, if you are paying into the system, then it’s only fair for you also to receive the benefits of the system,� said Zelaya, a curriculum and instruction graduate student. “I think it is very important for A&M

not to focus on the problem or on the issue, but instead focus on real solutions.� Voting Friday is the final day of general campaigning before primary voting begins. Primary voting will be open from 8 a.m. on Monday through 5 p.m. Tuesday. If a runoff is necessary, there will be another debate between the finalists Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the George Bush Library Auditorium.

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