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news for you texas Thriller jacket on tour AUSTIN— The red-and-black calfskin jacket Michael Jackson wore in his 1983 Thriller video is going on tour. The new owner, an Austin commodities broker, said Tuesday he plans to take the jacket around the world to raise money for charities that help sick children. Verret already has an agreement with the auction house to give $100,000 from the sale of the jacket to the Superhero Kids Fund at Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin.

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nation &world Mexican prison break MEXICO CITY — Mexican prosecutors say a prison director and six others officials have been detained in connection with a jail break that left seven prisoners dead and allowed the escape of 61 others. A statement Tuesday from the Attorney General’s Office says that Nuevo Laredo prison director Alfonso Daniel Ramirez Garza and security coordinator Juan Lorenzo de la Cruz Rodriguez are among those being questioned.

Obama urges congress WASHINGTON — The all-consuming negotiations in Washington on the nation’s debt and deficit may not leave any time this summer for Congress to finalize a trio of free trade agreements backed by most lawmakers and billed by the White House as job creators. President Barack Obama has been urging Congress to pass the trade deals as soon as possible, but the administration has yet to send final legislation on the agreements to Capitol Hill. The White House wants to ensure that a package of retraining assistance for American workers displaced by trade deals is alongside the three agreements. Associated Press

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Texas A&M students paint a mural for Las Lomas residents as part of an initiative to help improve overall life in the community.

Aggies help struggling community back to its feet Erin McAllister Special to The Battalion


uring the past year, students of Peter Lang’s Architecture Design V course have developed a program with the town of Las Lomas to help the town residents rebuild their struggling community. “My work since the days when I was writing my Ph.D. focused on what role cities play in producing new forms of culture, and I found that it’s in the cities’ newest peripheries and outskirts where the most interesting things emerge,” said Lang, an architecture professor. Lang researched contemporary cities, urban suburbs and the outer limits of various cities. When he moved to College Station in

2008, he began looking for towns where he could continue his research. He then found Las Lomas and began what is now a program between the town’s community and Texas A&M students, to help the lower-income residents get back on their feet. When Lang and his students approached Las Lomas, they had no idea what was going to hap-

The mural in Las Lomas continues to be a hallmark of the town.

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women’s basketball


Announcer gives her take on championship

Beard in race to win the Bowerman Award Adrian O’Hanlon III

Adrian O’Hanlon III The Battalion They were an underdog to Baylor in the Big 12 title game. A Cinderella in the NCAA Final Four. Even after making the 2011 Women’s NCAA Championship, few watched the Texas A&M women’s basketball team in a classic title game because Dancing With The Stars was on. The 2011 NCAA National Champion Texas A&M Aggies struggled against the underdog tag on a nightly basis throughout the season, but Agnes Green, an 11year public address announcer for the 2011 NCAA Women’s Final Four, said the Aggies had an unseen advantage in their historic tournament run. “The Aggies appeared to be the fan favorite and that could be for many reasons,” Green said. “The whole team, the staff and the [head] coach [Gary Blair], everybody was very congenial.” Green said she was impressed by the authenticity of A&M Head Coach Gary Blair during an open practice on the Saturday before the championship game. Green said Blair made a connection with the fans in attendance by revealing some of his strategies with his usual warm and friendly demeanor. “Coach [Blair] gave the fans tips and advice and he literally did a clinic for the fans,” Green said. “He would tell the fans what he was running and why he was running that particular play or routine. That really made a difference to the fans

to hear the coach talk about why he ran certain plays.” Blair’s southern hospitality was contagious as Green said the athletes and fans showed the same compassion and enthusiasm for the sport and its fans. Green said although it was the first trip to the Final Four for A&M, everyone from the coaches to the fans carried themselves with grace and confidence. “They really did not take for granted that they were in the Final Four,” Green said. “They were very excited, they were curious and the Aggie fans were so gracious and nice. They were very spirited and had these big, head pictures of the players and that was a huge hit among the fans.”

The Battalion The Bowerman Award, the track version of the Heisman trophy, narrowed its list of contenders to the final three, and A&M senior sprinter Jessica Beard made the cut. Beard stands with LSU sophomore Kimberlyn Duncan and Arkansas junior Tina Sutej as the three finalists for the highest honor in collegiate track and field. The ten-person Bowerman Advisory Board chose its finalists based on their performances during the 2011 NCAA Division I indoor and outdoor track seasons. Beard’s selection makes her the second Aggie to receive women’s Bowerman finalist honors after Porsha Lucas was named a finalist in 2009. Beard said she worked diligently to rank among the best in the nation and is thankful to have that work noticed. “Right now I’m just really speechless and humbled,” said Beard. “I’m just really grateful that all the work we’ve done this past year has been noticed and I have an opportunity to be a finalist for this outstanding award. I thank God, my family and friends, as well as the Texas A&M coaching staff and all the supporters of Aggie track and field.” In her senior season, Beard swept the NCAA titles in the women’s 400-meters and anchored the A&M 4x400 relay teams that took gold in both indoors and

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See Beard on page 4


The lady Aggies celebrate their women’s basketball championship.



◗ The Bowerman award will be presented in a ceremony at the USTFCCCA Convention December 14 at the JW Marriot Hill Country in San Antonio, Texas. Fans can vote for Jessica Beard beginning August 1 on the USTFCCCA website, www.

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Michael Rodriguez: On voting in the District 14 special election


ith the special legislative session completed in Austin, an announcement was made by State Representative Fred Brown (R) that he would be stepping down as representative of District 14. Brown resigned from his seat after 12-and-a-half years to join his former business partner Garland Shelton in Temple managing a car dealership. Representative Brown also stated that the reason for resigning was due in part for him to spend more time with his family. With Representative Brown stepping down, the question now becomes, who will take his seat? Local politicians have already put their names in the light to run in a

special election in November for the District 14 seat in the Texas legislature. The locals who initially put their name in the race were current City of Bryan Mayor Jason Bienski, Brazos County Tax Assessor Gerald “Buddy” Winn and former Texas Aggie football player Seth McKinney. McKinney and Bienski have since withdrawn their names from the race. With the economy still in decline, unemployment staying steady at 8 percent,

and now funding for education taking a $4 billion hit statewide, this makes the seat that much more important. You may ask as to why care about this race? It’s just another election, another person to fill in a seat by making false promises to the people. It’s important because not only does this election affect local politics in Bryan-College, but it affects students at Texas A&M. Students have started noticing (including yours truly) there are fewer grants and scholarships, and more loans in the Financial Aid Portal. Ah those loans! There are unsubsidized loans, subsidized loans, short term loans, Parent Plus loans, sign here with blood loans…oh wait, that one doesn’t exist…yet. So with loans galore taking over student financial aid packets, students should be concerned as to who will step up to the plate and be the voice of their constituents. With that said, students must remember that cuts do have to be made. We are in a declining economy where every penny must be spent wisely. The person that the constituents elect should be fiscally responsible because what good would it be to spend money that is not really available. We must pull ourselves up by the bootstraps and really ask ourselves what is truly important and what isn’t necessary. The elected official must stand up for local businesses and look to try to improve our community. Granted as mentioned before,


we may not get everything we want but as long as we receive the necessities, we will be ok. People everywhere should take a look around and realize that in tough times, we must refrain from a luxurious lifestyle. Some people are already making necessary adjustments to their own personal budgets to ensure that their finances are in order. Many at A&M are making sacrifices just to pay for classes. From joining the military, to working multiple jobs, to taking fewer classes, everyone is trying to figure out how to get out of this mess. Fear not fellow peers, there is one way our community can make an impact on what happens. Part of the solution is to go out and vote. Don’t just vote for a flashy candidate that looks good on television or is a smooth talker. Take the time to get informed on the upcoming issues. Watch the news, listen to talk radio read the papers, ask questions! Get informed one way or another folks, and use your morals and values to assist in making the best choice that you feel will represent District 14. The clock is ticking till November’s special election and more candidates are sure to put their names in the running. So let the campaigns begin for District 14 and have an ear open for who stands for what folks! Michael Rodriguez is a senior industrial engineering major.

How to create green jobs on campus

Robert Vartanian — Courtesy Photo

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said panel directly under solar-proof awning. IMPORTANT: The key to the job creation is making sure the panel will receive as little sunlight as possible.

solar panel thanks to previous strategic placement. Reinstall the solar panel above solar-proof awning allowing panel to function properly. Note: If you hire one crew to uninstall the panel and another to reinstall it you create

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TAKE A PIECE OF A&M HISTORY WITH YOU · Reserve your 2012 Aggieland The 110th edition of Texas A&M University’s official yearbook will chronicle traditions, academics, the other education, sports, the Corps, Greeks, campus organizations and seniors and graduate students. Distribution will be during Fall 2012. Cost is $75, plus tax. Go to the optional services box in Howdy when you register for fall. For info, call 845-2613.

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A warning sticker is shown on a rail at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Rangers to raise railings after fan death The Texas Rangers are doing architectural and engineering studies at their ballpark with plans to make all front-row rails the same height to make the stadium safer following the death of a fan during a recent game. Rangers officials say they intend to make all rails 42 inches high, which they say would be the highest standard in the United States. Some current rails will be raised as much as a foot. Railings around the ballpark now are 30 or 34 inches in most areas, with 42-inch rails already at the end of aisles that led to the front row. City building requirements are that guardrails must be at least 26 inches high. Rangers vice president Rob Matwick says the studies should be done in a few weeks.

Polygamist’s request denied A visiting judge on Tuesday denied polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs’ second attempt to remove the West Texas judge overseeing his upcoming sexual assault trial, this time because of alleged bias after she made calls to inquire about progress in the case and accepted extra police protection because of threats associated with it. The 55-year-old Jeffs is ecclesiastical head of a radical, Mormon offshoot known as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which believes polygamy is the key to heaven. He is scheduled to go to trial next week on two counts of sexual assault of a child that are punishable by up to life in prison.


Libyan rebel fighters gesture at a checkpoint Tuesday outside oil town.

Libyan troops kill 8 rebels Government forces in trucks disguised with rebel flags shelled opposition positions Tuesday near the strategic eastern oil town of Brega, killing eight rebel fighters and wounding dozens more, officials said. In an audio message directed at a rally of thousands in the town of al-Aziziya, south of Tripoli, embattled ruler Moammar Gadhafi emphasized the importance of Libya’s vast oil wealth to his regime, and called the civil war a battle “for our way of life.” Rebel forces have been pushing to seize the front-line town of Brega, which is home to an oil refinery and terminal, for nearly a week, but they say fields of land mines planted by Gadhafi’s forces have slowed the advance.The rebels are fighting in a residential area on Brega’s eastern side and control about one-third of the town, spokesman Mohammed al-Rajali said. Field commander Ahmed Maysawi said rebel forces were working to clear the mines so they can move forward. Associated Press

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A&M architecture students help paint a wall in Las Lomas,Texas as part of a project.

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pen. An organization called Colonias Unidas approached Lang and his students and asked for their help. “The community wanted to develop a candle making business where the women could create and sell their own candles. They also wanted a community garden to produce vegetables and be used as a learning tool for the neighbor-

hood children,� said Allison Gay, a senior environmental design major who worked on the project. Las Lomas was in need of income and had heard of the idea of candle making from a colonia in El Paso and wanted to try and see if they could have the same success. The architecture students began to experiment by making candles out of recycled materials. This was not a typical project for architecture students, but through the process, they realized why this project was so important. “It was a great learning experience that challenged me to create according to the needs of these specific people,� Gay said. “This project has made us face the realities of lowincome needs. There is such a great need for funding, and learning how to design and work within a budget is a skill that can be used anywhere.� When the students figured out how to make the candles, they wrote the procedures on

their blogs. This helped the women of Colonias Unidas see from a distance how to produce their own candles so they could try for themselves. After months of communicating from a distance, the students organized a trip to visit Las Lomas. They not only shared more ideas on the candle making, but they helped with construction to benefit the community as well. The students’ actions with the community helped get residents back on their feet. “The students collaborated with the community to come up with items they could make and sell. The students used their resources to provide ideas and methods that the people could use to sustain the products,� said Casey Cody, a junior construction science major. “If the people had not been a part of the process it would have diminished the success. Both sides contributed and both sides benefited. People who are part of the process are part of the success.�

LEBANON, Ohio — A judge has ordered a mental evaluation of a former high school teacher charged with 16 counts of sexual battery involving male students in southwest Ohio. The court on Tuesday approved 33-year-old Stacy Schuler’s plea of not guilty by reason of insanity with a note on the order saying that attorneys also intend to maintain her initial not guilty plea. Prosecutor David Fornshell declined comment. Messages were left for Schuler’s defense team. Schuler resigned as health and gym teacher at Mason High School in February after her arrest earlier this year. She was charged with sexual battery counts allegedly involving several teenage boys and three counts of providing alcohol to minors. A new date will be set for the trial that was scheduled to start Aug. 8. Associated Press

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The Reed Rowdies made their appearance on the big stage with huge cutouts of the women’s faces at games to show their support for each of the Aggie players. Green said the Aggie fans were very spirited throughout the tournament and only added to the growing popularity of the overlooked team by waving the gigantic heads during timeouts. She also said the Reed Rowdies made sure they were heard as the Aggie women played some of the fastest and most effective basketball during the tournament. “[The Aggie fans] were louder,� Green said. “Many fans that come to see the Final Four just come to see good basketball because many of their teams never make it to the Final Four. They’re coming to see good and exciting basketball.� Some analysts recognized A&M’s efficiency through the season and considered them a sleeper in the NCCA Tournament, and Green, also an anesthesiologist, quickly noticed the Aggies’ talent. She credited the Aggies’ success to their up tempo offense and pesky defensive play, as well as increasing fan support on their way to the title game. “The Aggies gave fans that exciting basketball, excellent play and were an exciting and new team for fans to learn about,� Green said.

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outdoors. Beard’s performance made her the third female to accomplish the feat in NCAA Division I history. Beard also ran a world-leading 50.79 seconds in winning the 400 NCAA indoor title, breaking her own school record and ranking her second on the all-time NCAA list. Beard came up big in tight spots all season; winning relays from the back of the pack, earning max individual points to help the Aggies win team titles and rewriting the records at A&M. When the Aggie women needed to win the 4x400—also the last race of the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships—for the third consecutive team title, Beard posted the fastest split in NCAA history to secure the victory. Beard’s determination to be the best was proven time and again on the track, but it was in practice where she made her move up the ranks. Head Coach Pat Henry praised Beard for her diligence and ability to outdo herself on the national stage. “This honor is really special,� said Henry. “Being selected as the top three among thousands of collegiate athletes is a huge achievement and a big time honor for her. All of the people who watched the meet that day in person or on CBS saw what an impact person Jessica was for us in contributing to our winning the championship.�


Fans gather when the women’s basketball team returns home with the 2011 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship title. “You had the excellent play out on the court and you had the fans showing their support for the team.� In the end, the very label that stuck with the Aggie women throughout the season played a major role in the team’s first national title. Some have said the women came out champions because of effective strategy, efficient play and emotional senior leadership. Others said they won because the label left a chip on their shoulders. One thing that is certain is that America loves an underdog, and Green said the same was true for the Aggies in their historic tournament run. “People wanted to pull for the underdog,� Green said. “They were the underdogs and now they’re the champions.�

Beard’s productive senior This honor season also earned is really her honors as special,� Texas A&M said Henry. women’s Dis“Being selected tinguished Letas the top three terman of the among thousands of Year and A&M’s collegiate athletes is selection to repa huge achievement resent the school in voting for Big and a big time honor 12 Athlete of the for her.� Year and NCAA Pat Henry Woman of the Women’s basketball Year. She earned head coach 25 total points the 2011 NCAA Championship meets to cap her career total at 76.25 at nationals. Perhaps the most impressive feat of her senior season was posting the fastest split in NCAA history while anchoring the winning women’s 4x400 relay. Beard also dominated the field to take gold in the 400 before winning the title-clinching relay, but her productive senior season is no surprise. Since stepping on campus, Beard has earned seven consecutive gold medals in the 400 at the Big 12 Championships, preceded by a silver finish. Her career point total at the Big 12 Championships came to 127 points; 73 of those were earned indoors and 54 were earned outdoors. Beard also medaled seven out of eight times she competed for NCAA gold in the 400.

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