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Violations overruled, Claybrook elected SBP SGA Judicial Court refunds all fines against Claybrook Jake Walker


John Claybrook celebrates with his campaign team after learning he is the student body president-elect.

The Battalion Supporters of John Claybrook erupted into celebration at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday when they learned the Student Government Judicial Court overturned Claybrook’s disqualification, officially making the candidate student body president-elect. “I’m ecstatic. It’s good to remember that tonight was a win for our campaign. It wasn’t a win for me,” Claybrook said. “We’re glad the voice of the students was heard tonight.”

Runoff contender Thomas McNutt was not present when the Court made its official ruling. He reacted to the news by congratulating Claybrook and offering his support. “In victory and in defeat, we give God all the glory, and I wish my good friend John all the best of luck,” McNutt said. “If he needs any help in improving Texas A&M, I’m here to do what I can.” It was announced that Claybrook was disqualified on Friday, after receiving 60.25 percent of the runoff vote. He was disqualified because an audit of his expense report increased the candidate’s total expenses above $1,800, the limit for SBP candidates. Mark Womack, a member of John Claybrook’s campaign team, presented

his case to the Judicial Court Monday night. Womack gave a fiery defense of the campaign’s actions, drawing a standing ovation from the audience in the Koldus Governance Room, most of whom were Claybrook supporters. Given past Judicial Court hearings, the court has the authority to both reassess fines against a campaign and reinstate a disqualified candidate, as it eventually did Tuesday morning. Womack began his defense by saying the Claybrook campaign would prove that the candidate’s campaign expensed items purchased according to strict interpretations of the rules and that Claybrook rightfully won the election. “There is no one here that would See SBP on page 4


trends | 2 New kid on the block Yet another chicken finger restaurant comes to College Station, this time setting up shop directly between longtime rivals Layne’s and Cane’s.

Commanding change New leadership marks historic first for Corps Barrett House The Battalion

No Silver Taps Tuesday


exas A&M is going through a period of change — a move to the SEC, the ever-present construction on campus, outsourcing facilities services and the reopening of the MSC, to name a few.

Normally, Silver Taps is held every first Tuesday of the month to honor students who have died during the previous month. Traditions Council reported that no students died during the month of February, so there will be no Silver Taps on Tuesday.

With these changes to the University, the Corps of Cadets is preparing for a change of its own: Marquis Alexander has been named Corps commander for next year, which will make him the first black cadet to hold the position. As the highest-ranking position a cadet can obtain, the Corps commander is charged with running the 2,800-strong group of cadets. Alexander, junior international studies major, said his appointment reflects the increase in diversity in the Corps. And, while he was excited to be assigned the position, the fact that he is going to be the first black Corps commander was something he initially overlooked. “I was overjoyed, but it didn’t really hit me — the whole first black Corps commander thing — until later, after other people brought it up to me,” Alexander said. “I felt very humbled, and I felt honored that they would instill so much trust in me and put me in charge of what we’re looking at being the biggest Corps next year.” It has been 48 years since the Corps saw its first black cadets, and, though Alexander acknowledged the significance of his appointment as the first black Corps commander, he said he wanted people to focus more on the fact that becoming a Corps commander is an accomplishment many never obtain. “I don’t want people to focus on, ‘Oh, he’s the first black Corps Commander,’” Alexander said. “I want people to say, ‘He was the Corps Commander.’ “I guess it is a significant event, because in 135

South Carolina to fill rivalry void On Monday, President Loftin tweeted that South Carolina will be Texas A&M’s permanent rival upon entry to the SEC. John Tee, staff writer

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Marquis Alexander will be the first black Corps commander in the history of Texas A&M. Alexander is a Ross Volunteer and current sergeant major.

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La Nina brings respite from drought

Primary election date pushed back, set for May 29 Chase Carter

Natalee Blanchat The Battalion After one of the worst droughts in history, farmers and ranchers are enjoying a break from the hot spells as La Niña continues to bring rain to the Pacific Southwest. Because of La Niña, the oceanic-atmosphere phenomenon, a chain of cold weather patterns have caused wetterthan-normal conditions across the north and warmer weather patterns throughout the south, allowing many Texas to enjoy a mixture of sunny weather and high rainfall during an unusually warm winter season. John Nielsen-Gammon,

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Clouds form over West Campus near dusk. professor of meteorology and The rain has been unexpectstate climatologist, said the in- ed, but certainly welcome, crease in rainfall has been wel- because we could certainly comed by farmers and ranch- use the rain with the drought ers who have watched stock going on.” tanks fill, reservoirs become According to the National replenished and winter wheat Oceanic Atmospheric Assoand rye sprout. ciation, the U.S. experiences “Weird weather in Texas La Niña for an average of five — it is definitely typical,” months. Because of the cyclic Nielsen-Gammon said. “We patterns of La Niña, which pretty rarely have normal has been affecting the country weather, and this has been See Weather on page 3 an especially unusual winter.

The Battalion Due to redistricting litigation and rulings by a federal court in San Antonio and the Supreme Court, the primary election date in Texas has been pushed back from April 3 to May 29. Additionally, because of the delays caused by rulings against the constitutionality of the previous maps, the candidate-filing window has been extended to March 9. Given the current situation, early voting for Brazos County will not open until May 14, after many college students and graduates return home for summer break or move out entirely. “Early voting especially will be down,” said Jaime Hines, elections coordinator for Brazos County. “Under normal circumstances, students don’t normally make a strong showing. Most aren’t going to be available to show up at the polls and don’t know how to vote from their home counties.” Hines said during a general election Texas

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A&M’s polls make up as much as 25 percent of total votes for Brazos County; while that number is substantially lower for local elections, the loss of student voters will still have an impact on the county. According to Harvey Tucker, political science professor, low primary election turnout is a general trend across Texas, with percentages often less than half of what is expected for general elections. See Primaries on page 3

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New bird on the block joins rivalry John Tee The Battalion Between Layne’s, Raising Cane’s and Chicken Express, there’s not exactly a shortage of chicken restaurants in College Station. Still, another one will open its doors with plans to shake things up a bit Fowl Digits is the brainchild of Mark Holubec, Class of 1985. He said he wanted to open a restaurant more akin to a sports bar than a fast food joint. His wife Anne, Class of 1984, and brother Bryan, Class of 1987, are helping Holubec with the process. “I just came up with it,� Holubec said. “It’s a fun place to take your family, have a beer and watch TV.� According to Fowl Digits’ Facebook page, the restaurant is purported to have over 50 flat screen, high-definition TVs that aid its sportsbar purpose. Another of Holubec’s goals was to make Fowl Digits more of a family-oriented dining experience — a restaurant that offers something for the young and old alike. “At the end of the day, kids can eat chicken fingers and watch TV while mom and dad can have a beer,� Holubec said. The primary difference between Fowl Digits and its competitors lies in the menu. First, Fowl Digits is a bar, so alcohol — primarily beer and margaritas — is on the drink menu. Also, fried is not the only option at Fowl Digits; customers can order chicken fingers oven-roasted or chargrilled. Fowl Digits also plans to serve chicken in a variety of dishes, ranging from salads to quesadillas. “There are lots of ways to serve a chicken finger, and we’ll figure it all out,� Holubec said.

As a result of the differences, employees from both Layne’s and Cane’s have welcomed their new neighbor. “I just think that it’s another chicken place in a row of three,� said Will Lee, an employee at Layne’s. “It won’t be as bad a rivalry as Layne’s and Cane’s. They’ll serve other things, and it won’t be a total exact copy. We’re kind of excited about it.� Other employees are actually anticipating the arrival of Fowl Digits. “It sounds like they have an interesting business model, and we look forward to the competition,� said Miguel Duque, senior environmental studies major and Cane’s employee. Even though Fowl Digits’ competitors have been in town for many years, the reaction among some students has been quite positive. “Honestly, I would say the market is open enough to handle a third chicken finger place, but I think the tradition of Layne’s would keep it afloat,� said Steven Taylor, junior industrial engineering major. “Cane’s is a chain restaurant, so they can handle competition better.� Furthermore, the general consensus among students is that alcohol on the menu is what really distinguishes Fowl Digits from its peers and is what will draw in the crowds, in particular those who want alcohol but do not necessarily want to travel all the way to Northgate. “The sports bar will be the thing that gives them the edge,� Taylor said. “It will cater to a larger crowd.� Whether loyal to Layne’s or to Cane’s, many are ready to take a bite out of Fowl Digits. “Overall, I’m excited to try it,� Duque said.



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Cloud patterns are indicative of the weather. the rains in December, there was significant question as to whether they would be able to plant this year.� Gene Hall, spokesman for Texas Farm Bureau and Class of 1976, said that the drought, from June to August, cost the state $5.2 billion in damages, eclipsing the previous record of $4 billion with the 2008 drought. “As far as the rain we’ve gotten, I’m not prepared to say the drought is broken, but it’s probably bent,� Hall said. “When you’ve got a situation like that, and you’re looking at 24 to 28 inches of rainfall in a six-month period to break the drought — I don’t think any area has gotten that yet.� The U.S. drought monitor reported that 85 percent of the state was in exceptional drought conditions in September. Portions of West Texas, including the arid Trans- Pecos region where Lubbock, Midland and San Angelo are located, are currently in severe to exceptional drought stages. “We sent record numbers of cattle to auction barns in the state during 2011 because we ran out of grazing or we

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“During the last three voting periods, less than 4 percent of the population voted in primary elections, for both Democrats and Republicans,� Tucker said. “The problem is not all Texans are registered voters. We’ve seen a decline of 15 percent [in] the last decade.� While students who are registered in their home county cannot vote in Brazos County, there is an alternative to driving home to vote. “If their permanent residence is somewhere other than Brazos County, all they have to do is fill out an application for ballot-bymail and send it in to their county,� Hines said. “It’s a little extra work, but a lot easier than making a trip back.� Despite the resources that students have, Tucker said he still

ran out of feed,â€? Hall said. “So I think this recent rain will help in that respect, and it will build up the soil moisture ‌ [for] spring planting, but only time will tell.â€? Hall said that, even with the devastation from the drought, future agriculturists can hope for promising careers due to the economic growth of up-and-coming international nations. As the demand for exporting food and fiber grows, so will the business in U.S. agriculture. “There are parts of the world that are starting to develop a middle class, such as India, Brazil and China, and improved diet goes with that,â€? Hall said. “The prices and demand are going to stay fairly strong. Nothing much happens until you eat, and the wide span of the industry makes it an exceptionally bright field to be in.â€? Nielsen-Gammon said that while summer rainfall is unpredictable at this point, he is optimistic. “We’ll get to see wildflowers this year,â€? Nielsen-Gammon said.

believes the inconvenience of mail in ballots or the burden of driving home are enough to dissuade voting. Another factor he cites is the no-contest electoral atmosphere in many areas of the state. Tucker said students do not feel the need to vote in these smaller elections and focus instead on general elections. Additionally, Tucker believes the Republican focus at A&M will drive down turnout further. “Student voting in the Brazos County Democratic Party primary will be low for the same reasons,� Tucker said. “Turnout is low in general and for one additional reason: fewer contests with multiple candidates in the Democratic primary than in the Republican primary.� Attempts to contact Ted Cruz, candidate for U.S. Senate, and Elizabeth Ames, candidate for State Senate District 25, for comment were unsuccessful.

What can I do? â—— Students can learn more about out-of-county voting and applications for ballot-by-mail at www.brazosvotes. org and http:// www.lwvtexas. org/.

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years I’m the first black Corps Commander. It’s kind of cool.” Current Corps Commander Pat Reeves said he also recognizes the significance of Alexander’s appointment — citing that Alexander was also the first black sergeant major the Corps ever had — but that it is something that has been overlooked by cadets. “The best thing I’ve noticed about this is that [the race] aspect of his command has gone unnoticed,” Reeves said. “I was very pleased with the Corps of Cadets, and, hopefully, other student leaders across campus will see that race went unnoticed.” Zach Leger, junior history major, who was in the same outfit as Alexander, said it’s great for Alexander to be the first black Corps Commander, but that the appointment is so much more than that. Leger said Alexander is right for the position. “I think Marquis was the best man for the job, regardless of the color of his skin,” Leger said. “He’s one of the hardest-working, most honest, humble men I’ve ever met. He’s going to do everything he can to make sure that the Corps stays on track in meeting its goals.” As the Corps Commander, Alexander said he wants to help bring the Corps into the 21st Century and to mature cadets in key positions. Specifically, Alexander said he wants to branch

out the Corps into the rest of the University. “We want to try to start working with the MSC President and the FLOs, and see if we can get the Corps out in the University and off the Quad,” Alexander said. “We want to show that we are willing to work with the other students because they’re part of the University, too. In 10 years we’ll be completely irrelevant if we keep going the same route that we’re going.” Alexander anticipated his biggest challenges stem from the transition period the Corps is currently in, which includes the University’s move to the Southeastern Conference. “Right now it’s split: some people love the way things are going, and others say, ‘We’ve never done it this way’,” Alexander said. “Especially with the new conference, now there is going to be so much centered around change, and what I don’t want to see is a rift between cadets.” Reeves also anticipates that the move to the SEC will be a challenge, and said Alexander will have the responsibility in aiding student organizations to unite and ensure every Aggie is represented. “My advice to Marquis would be to continue dialogue with leaders around campus so that all the organizations have a voice and that we don’t marginalize what is to be an Aggie in any respect,” Reeves said. “We have to make sure that we stand together and stand by each other. It’s going to be his responsibility to stay true to our purpose and serve the University.”

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