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The results are finally in Following appeal, Thomas McNutt and John Claybrook in runoff election Barrett House The Battalion

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Student body president candidates Thomas McNutt, left, and John Claybrook, right, will face each other in a runoff election Thursday and Friday.

A few hundred students sit patiently in front of Koldus, dividing into groups based on support of student body president candidates. In the Governance Room, a trial unfolds, pitting the McNutt campaign against the Election Commission. Then the Judicial Court deliberates. Three hours later, McNutt prevails, but now faces John Claybrook in the runoff election. The original plan to announce the election results at 8 p.m. Tuesday was postponed after an appeal was filed by the McNutt campaign against

a decision from the election commission Monday, adding an additional $450 to McNutt’s expense report for his website, bringing the total to $1,789.98 — a mere $10 shy of the allowed $1,800 budget for student body president candidates. SGA’s Judicial Court officiated the appeal. The Judicial Court ruled that the $50 value McNutt assigned to his website is not accurate, but that the Election Commission is unable to value the website at $500. Kyle Jackson, election commissioner, said the commission valued the site at $50 and See SBP on page 4

Primary results ◗ Thomas McNutt: 32 percent

◗ John Claybrook: 21 percent

◗ Drew Barber: 18 percent

◗ Jose Zelaya: 7 percent

◗ Sam Hodges: 6 percent

◗ Brody Smith: 3 percent

Student elections yield tight races, first woman yell leader candidate keeps hope Justin Mathers The Battalion Tuesday night’s election results ushered in a new generation of Texas A&M representatives, including three yell leaders, three class presidents and a Residence Hall Association president. Tuesday also gave way to a first at Texas A&M: a yell leader runoff election in which a woman candidate will be on the ballot. The RHA president-to-be, junior Mason Lanham, was elected with 58 votes in a vote featuring three write-in candidates. The newly elected junior and senior class presidents, Rachel Norman and Trent Segers, respectively, won in single candidate races. Sophomore class president Meghan De Amaral was victorious after a close race, with a difference of only 236 votes.

Yell leader elections yielded two new junior yell leaders, one returning senior yell leader and a runoff election that will decide the fate of the remaining four senior candidates. Returning senior Nelson Ingram and juniors Hunter Cook and Ryan Crawford were outright winners of the night, each capturing more than 50 percent of his respective votes. The runoff election that will determine the other two senior yell leaders will continue until the winners are announced Friday night. Campaigning will continue Wednesday, while Thursday and Friday are the designated voting days. The election will feature Drew Nelson, Hunter Skoog, Samantha Ketcham and current junior yell leader Josh Light. See Elections on page 4

inside religion | 3 Striving to find links Texas A&M’s SGA Diversity Commission will hold a “World Religion and Spirituality Symposium” Wednesday at Mays Business School. The main focus of the evening will be to link different belief systems together.

Ten-run comeback for Aggies The Aggies pulled off the biggest comeback in school history Tuesday against Northwestern State.

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Senior yell Because only one candidate, Nelson Ingram, received at least 50 percent of the total vote for senior yell leader, four candidates advanced to a runoff election for the final two spots: Drew Nelson, Hunter Skoog, Josh Light and Samantha Ketcham.


‘Five for Yell’ candidates kneel in anticipation, waiting for election results to be announced Tuesday in Academic Plaza.


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Aggie smokers may be blown off-campus by fall semester

A&M, Big 12 finalize terms

Justin Mathers The Battalion Smokers at A&M might find themselves squeezed out of their last remaining strongholds on campus by Aug. 31. University administrators on campuses around the state are carefully considering tobacco-free campus policies as a result of new rules created by the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas, or CPRIT. In January, CPRIT’s oversight committee adopted a policy that requires grant recipients to have policies in place prohibiting tobacco use in buildings and structures where financed research activities take place — including outdoor areas immediately adjacent to those buildings. Grant recipients must also provide smoking cessation services for community members who wish to partake. As the University of Texas

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regulations are too extensive. “I would think a lot, if not most, of the buildings on campus are used in research for one way or another,” Lucky said. “I don’t think it’s fair to

The Battalion According to a Texas A&M University press release issued Tuesday, Texas A&M and the Big 12 conference have reached an agreement on withdrawal terms for the Aggies’ July 1 transition to the Southeastern Conference. In the agreed settlement between the two parties, the Big 12 will withhold approximately $12.41 million from A&M — money that would otherwise be distributed to the Aggies by the conference in fiscal year 2012. A&M expects, however, to receive some monetary benefits from the Big 12 signed television contract with Fox Sports, among other unspecified concessions. A&M’s total losses from the settlement, all considered are expected to be $9.31 million. A&M president R. Bowen Loftin said he was thankful for the way the negotiation was conducted. “We appreciate the Big 12 working with us on a quick and amicable settlement,” Loftin said in the press release. Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas expressed similar sentiments. “This agreement was accomplished through a collegial, respectful process among the conference, its

See Smoking on page 3

See Big 12 on page 6

James Thompson — THE BATTALION

Michael Youngkin, junior chemistry major, smokes on campus while University administrators consider a tobacco-free campus by fall 2012. at Austin mulls over a campuswide tobacco ban, smokers and non-smokers alike at A&M are grumbling over a similar possibility. Nathaniel Lucky, a freshman biology major and a non-smoker, said he thinks the

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nation&world Students to rally for justice for Harvard gays expelled in 1920s

Karl Marx is coming to the Texas A&M campus Wednesday — or, at least, a professional actor characterized as Karl Marx. Students interested in the life and philosophy of Karl Marx can attend a discussion at the Sul Ross Statue from noon to 1 p.m. Students will be presented with the question: Is Marxism the answer to America’s current social and economic problems? A theatrical performance by actor Robert Weick will follow at 6:30 p.m. in Rudder Theatre. The 70-minute production will discuss economic policies and social justice, including the Occupy Wall Street movement.

BOSTON — Students and faculty at Harvard University are calling on the school to award posthumous degrees to seven students expelled nearly a century ago for being gay or perceived as gay, and they’re timing a rally for their cause to coincide with a visit by Lady Gaga. But Harvard says it doesn’t award

posthumous degrees, except when students complete academic requirements but die before degrees have been conferred. Students and faculty members plan a rally during a campus visit by Lady Gaga, who will be at Harvard on Wednesday to launch her Born This Way anti-bullying foundation.

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PRAGUE, Czech Republic — A five-year search by a Czech author has discovered that 16 paintings in the Czech Republic were once owned by Adolf Hitler. The art works, which Hitler bought in Germany during World War II, had been moved to Czechoslovakia after it was occupied by the Nazis to prevent them being damaged by Allied attacks. Hitler bought the 16 paintings — by

Increases in football season ticket prices are the latest change brought on by Texas A&M’s move to the SEC. Student season ticket prices were raised by $25, bringing the football pass to $225 and all-sports passes to $350. General public tickets were raised by $50. These changes are also affecting single game tickets, which sold for as little as $25 last season. With the increase of visiting ticket allotments mandated by the SEC, no cuts made to the number of student season tickets, and the waiting list for season tickets boasting more than 4,000, single-game tickets may no longer be an option for Aggie fans.

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Panel to discuss unity of world religions Chase Carter The Battalion Texas A&M’s SGA Diversity Commission will hold a World Religion and Spirituality Symposium at Mays Business School on Wednesday from 8-10 p.m. The event is a collaboration of knowledgeable leaders of five different faiths meeting at a round table discussion panel to answer questions concerning the interplay between different religions and how each deals with topical world issues. Daniel Gutierrez, a senior industrial distribution major and vice president of the Diversity Commission, conceived the idea last summer while musing on the perceived close-mindedness of Aggies, and how he could personally work to change that image. “We, as students, exist together with all sorts of different beliefs and ideals, yet some still don’t fully understand or are hesitant to learn,” Gutierrez said. “It happens all the time here, but we want to change that.” Along with the other members of the Diversity Commission, Gutierrez began contacting leaders throughout the community. The Commission brought together representatives from Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Atheism and Hinduism for the Symposium. The two-hour panel will answer questions attendees submit before the start that will be read by Craig Rotter, moderator and the coordinator for Residence Life. By showcasing each religious leader at a round table discussion on equal footing, the Diversity Commission seeks to keep discussion civilized and scholarly. “This is not a competition, there isn’t a winner,” said Ryan Stepp, senior finance major and

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Almost $600 million in grants have been issued thus far, with most of these directed to academic institutions. Texas A&M University received more than $3.4 million in grants throughout the duration of CPRIT’s lifespan, the latest of which came in

Director of Finance for the Diversity Commission. “We want to inform the student body and spread understanding about these different faiths.” The main focus of the evening, as decided by the commission members, is to highlight what links the five different belief systems together. They said people tend to focus on what sets them apart from other people instead of celebrating what they share. “I believe all world religious issues can be solved through understanding each other and the commonalities we share,” said Kamiar Kordi, sophomore international studies major and chief of commission for the group. “And that needs to start at the collegiate level.” The members admit the symposium did not come together without problems. From the beginning, they struggled to find people they felt qualified enough to represent the faiths at such a large event. “How can we, as Aggies, make a notable difference in this world? That question drove me every day in planning this,” Gutierrez said. “Eventually, we want to nationalize the event and bring it to other universities.” Moving beyond Texas seems like a dream for the group, but they can’t imagine it taking root anywhere but Texas A&M. The core values of the school and the quality of the students seemed an ideal atmosphere to showcase a symposium of this scope. According to the group, Aggies place faith, in whatever they choose to believe, high on their priority list. The Symposium dares to illuminate many of the less prevalent faiths on campus and the Aggies who identify with them. “Certain groups may believe they don’t fit into the generally accepted idea of what an Aggie is,” said Leonardo Zingg, sopho-

January 2011. Additionally, the Texas A&M University System Health Science Center and the Texas Agrilife Extension Service received almost $9.1 million in grants during that same time. The new regulations take effect Aug. 31, 2012, for all institutions currently receiving grants and those who apply for new grants following March 1. Institutions that do not comply risk losing funding.

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more general studies major and the Commission’s officer of commerce. “Their stories are just as essential and valid.” With more than 200 people attending, the Diversity Commission plans to make this event an annual occurrence. In the past, continuation has been an issue for the group, many events never making it past the first year. The World Religion and Spirituality Symposium offers the

A student and smoker who asked to remain anonymous said the regulations were designed to force campuses into school-wide bans. “It’s obvious that [CPRIT] intended to force campuses to go smoke-free,” the student said. “These schools can’t afford to lose their grant money.” Ellen Read, information specialist of the media and marketing division at CPRIT, responded to the claims

group a variable platform to build on year after year with new topics or speakers for each event. “With our fellow Aggies poised to become leaders all around the world, we need to protect those core values that exemplify who we are,” Gutierrez said. “That way, we can make sure we lead in the best way possible. It all starts with understanding.”

that oversight committee’s new regulations were designed to force tobacco-free campuses entirely. “We want taxpayer dollars to go toward what they gave us the mandate to do,” Read said. “So no, that was not the intended effect, but if that’s what happens as a result then that’s not too bad for us. In fact, we would be happy about that.” A campus-wide ban on tobacco at Texas A&M, which includes 5,200

acres and more than 500 buildings, would cover an extensive area. Jason Cook, A&M vice president for marketing and communications, said the University has not made any decisions on a smoke-free campus. “Right now we have policies in place that comply so we’re not overly concerned with this,” Cook said. “It would be a big decision to make the campus tobacco-free so we haven’t yet decided on a clear path.”

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added a major campaign violation against McNutt for falsifying expense reports. The violation totaled 15 percent of the campaign budget, or $270. Along with a minor violation, McNutt’s total expenses now sit at $1,629.98. After the primary results were announced, McNutt celebrated with supporters. He finished with 32 percent of the total vote, leading Claybrook by 11 percent. “God’s blessed us with a wonderful message and wonderful support. We’re absolutely humbled and overwhelmed,” McNutt said with tears. “We thank the student body for recognizing that we are here for them first and no one else. If they will trust us with the vote, I promise we will not let them down.” Claybrook rallied his supporters following the announcement, saying the campaign work starts Wednesday morning before runoff voting Thursday and Friday. “We are excited to be in the runoff and have no doubt that we can win,” Claybrook said while supporters chanted “Claybrook” and “S-B-P.” “We will continue our campaign of integrity and relationships and stick to our guns.” The hour-long hearing included testimony regarding whether or not specialized labor — such as painting signs, taking photos and videos, creating a website — should be included in an expense report, and what value, if any, should be placed on the website created for the McNutt campaign. According to Kyle Womack, representing the Election Commission, the $500 fair market value assigned to McNutt’s website the by the election commission was based on assessments from third parties web designers. “$500 was a pretty fair estimate,” Womack said. “A series of analysts who verified, not website creation, but the specific creation of gonutsformcnutt. com, for the hosting and management for one month, at the minimum is $500.” According to Jackson, the final value of $500 was as much as $2,500 lower than some expert estimates. “They did not find that it was fair to assess in upwards amounts of $2,000, $3,000 because we could not place our thumb exactly on what was the fair market price,” Jackson said. “If these individuals provided us with a minimal amount, then that is what the Election Commission decided was the proper amount to assess the fair market value.” McNutt was asked why he initially listed Bryce Richardson’s website services as $50, and he said he did so after discussing with Jackson how to include the website in his expense report.

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Caroline Cyrier, Thomas McNutt’s campaign manager, speaks with McNutt during the SGA justice court appeal Tuesday evening in Koldus 144. Justice court and the election commission deliberated for three hours before announcing results.

“[Jackson] said you have to expense the template and the domain name, so that’s exactly what we did,” McNutt said. “I called Bryce and I said if someone was going to charge for this template what would it be, he said 50 bucks.” Former student Charlie Nelson, who runs his own business making websites, described the different aspects of creating a website and how much it would cost. Including a template, copy and pasting, charging an hourly rate of $25, and paying for a domain, Nelson said it would be about $100. Jackson said the Election Commission made the initial ruling monday after receiving complaints from other campaigns about the $50 claim. Bryce Bender, campaign manager for Drew Barber, said complaints were filed be each candidate. “It was all submitted together,” Bender said. There will be one day of general campaigning Wednesday, followed by two days of runoff voting on Thursday and Friday. Election results are planned to be announced at 8 p.m. on Friday in Academic Plaza.

(left) SBP candidate Jose Zelaya, left, speaks with John Claybrook, right, while waiting for election results Tuesday night. (right) SBP candidate Thomas McNutt reacts after learning that he advanced to the runoff elections.

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Ingram, the big winner of the night with 9,037 votes, said he was mostly thankful for the experience. “It’s been a fun time campaigning; a fun time meeting everybody,” Ingram said. “I just want to thank A&M. I love it here, and everything I do is for Texas A&M. I can’t wait to serve next year.” Ingram, part of this year’s 5 For Yell team, also said he plans to campaign the rest of the week for his team members in the runoff election. Samantha Ketcham,

the first woman to reach the runoff stage of the yell leader election process, said she was ecstatic to have made it this far. “I’m stunned, and really excited, since a girl’s never made it to this part,” Ketcham said. “Tomorrow I’ve really got to figure out what I’m doing. But this gives me a chance to meet more people and talk, not just about the campaign, but about A&M. I can’t wait.” The runoff election will pit all four candidates against each other in a single vote; the two candidates who receive the most votes will fill the remaining yell leader positions. Hunter Cook, newly elected junior

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ATHLETES FOOT STUDY Volunteers ages 18 and older are needed to participate in a 6-week clinical research study with an investigational topical medication for the treatment of athletes foot. Eligible volunteers will receive at no cost: • Study related medication • Medical Examinations related to study • Compensation up to $150.00 for time and effort Participants will be required to make 3 office visits over the 6 week period. For more information please contact:

URINARY TRACT INFECTION STUDY Female volunteers who think they might be experiencing a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) are needed to participate in a 2 day clinical research study of an investigational study medication for the pain that is associated with a UTI. Symptoms of a UTI include: Pain, Burning and Frequency when urinating. Eligible volunteers will receive at no cost: • UTI Assessments by a Study Doctor • Antibiotics for their UTI • Study Medication • Compensation up to $1000.00 for time and effort Eligible volunteers will be required to make 2 office visits. There is no cost to you for participating in this research study. For more information please contact:

J&S Studies, Inc.

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Romney pulls sweep in GOP race Romney wins primaries in both Arizona and Michigan WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney scored a hard-won, home state triumph in Michigan and powered to victory in Arizona Tuesday night, gaining a two-state primary sweep over Rick Santorum and precious momentum in the most turbulent Republican presidential race in a generation. Romney tweeted his delight — and his determination: “I take great pride in my Michigan roots, and am humbled to have received so much support here these past few weeks. On to the March contests.” The two other candidates, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, made little effort in either state, pointing instead to


next week’s 10-state collection of Super Tuesday primaries and caucuses. Romney’s Arizona triumph came in a race that was scarcely contested, and he pocketed all of the 29 Republican National Convention delegates at stake in the winner-take-all state. Michigan was as different as could be — a hard-fought and expensive battle in Romney’s home state that he could ill afford to lose and Santorum made every effort to win. Returns from 75 percent of Michigan’s precincts showed Romney at 41 percent and Santorum at 37 percent. Paul was winning 12 percent of the vote to 7 percent for Gingrich.

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institutions and Texas A&M University that led to a resolution that all parties believe is fair,” Neinas said. The Aggies will leave the Big 12 as the highest ranked overall athletic department in the conference. A&M finished eighth in overall athletics in the annual Learfield Sports Cup in 2011. John Sharp, chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, said the SEC would allow the Aggies to expose their successful athletics and academics more efficiently. “Texas A&M’s move to the SEC increases the University’s geographic footprint and will bring national recognition to this great institu-

Santorum was already campaigning in Ohio, one of the Super Tuesday states, when the verdict came in from Michigan. “A month ago they didn’t know who we are, but they do now,” he told cheering supporters, vowing to stay the conservative course he has set. With his victory in Arizona, Romney had 152 delegates, according to The AP’s count, compared to 72 for Santorum, 32 for Gingrich and 19 for Paul. It takes 1,144 to win the nomination at the Republican National Convention in Tampa next summer. Associated Press

tion, which it certainly deserves,” Sharp said. “We look forward to the increased exposure that the SEC will provide Texas A&M, not only in athletics but also in teaching and research.” One of the initial members of the Big 12 Conference in 1996 after the dissolution of the Southwest Conference, A&M won a record nine conference championships in 2011. Conference championships in women’s soccer, women’s swimming and men’s and women’s indoor track give the Aggies four titles this season. A&M will take that momentum into the SEC. “I’m happy that A&M settled the deal with the Big 12 Conference,” Liz Gunther, junior marketing major, said. “I look forward to see A&M play in the SEC next year.”

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