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Power line sparks wildfire Madeline Burns The Battalion Smoke from a wildfire filled the air in south College Station Sunday afternoon, painting a gray backdrop to the Jumbotron at Kyle Field.

The fire started Sunday afternoon at approximately 2 p.m. on the feeder road of Earl Rudder Freeway, just north of the Harvey Mitchell Parkway intersection. “The original call was for a down power line, and before the guys got here they could see

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smoke,” said Bart Humphreys, public information officer for the College Station Fire Department. The air was thick with smoke and small specks of ash stuck to the faces of the emergency perSee Fires on page 8

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Game day video It’s game day Game day in Aggieland is one of the best experiences as a student at Texas A&M University. Watch a swift video reflecting Texas A&M’s season opener win: Aggies 46, SMU 14 on thebatt.com.

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Cadet injured A female cadet was injured after the conclusion of the A&M-SMU game Sunday. Following A&M home victories, it is tradition that Corps freshmen “capture” yell leaders and carry them out of the stadium. Witnesses said the cadet lay motionless on the playing surface for several minutes following the Corps freshmen’s departure, and emergency medical personnel carried the cadet off the field on a stretcher. Elmer Schneider, University Police Department chief, confirmed that there was an injured cadet, but the cadet’s name and condition were not available at time of press. Robert Carpenter, staff writer

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Junior Christine Michael runs through Southern Methodist University’s defense as he totaled 85 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries.

A&M defeats SMU in 46-14 blowout Austin Meek The Battalion SMU head coach June Jones used his third and final timeout with 0:01 left in the 4th quarter, hoping that quarterback J.J. McDermott just might be able to toss a 32-point touchdown pass as time expired. His plan didn’t work. The Aggie secondary batted down McDermott’s pass amid raucous applause from the 86,951 fans in attendance as the home team celebrated a 46-14 route of the SMU Mustangs. “For an opening game like that, to have almost 90,000 people in the stands cheering and yelling and screaming for you, that was a special atmosphere today and our fans really stepped up to the plate,” Sherman said. The Aggie Express, the talented duo of running backs Cyrus Gray and Christine Michael, rumbled for over 200 yards and 4 touchdowns and quarterback Ryan Tannehill played mistake-free football as the No. 8 Texas A&M

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The Aggie experience: Football

Silver Taps Tuesday will be the first Silver Taps of the semester at 10:30 p.m. at Academic Plaza. The Battalion will feature all those being honored at the ceremony.

football team stifled critics and gave further credence to its top-ten billing. Gray sounded excited to have Michael back on the field for the first time since breaking his leg in a game last October. “I’m glad to have my brother out there toting the rock and doing what he do best,” Gray said. “Hopefully during these next games we can continue to feed off one another. The Aggie defense made the first big plays of the game, intercepting SMU passes on its first two possessions forcing Jones to pull starter Kyle Padron in favor of McDermott. Michael made the first TD plunge from 4 yards out and Gray punched one in from the 5-yard line, giving the Aggies the 14-0 edge. After a second Gray touchdown, the Aggies Samantha Virnau — THE BATTALION closed out the first quarter with a 20-7 lead, the most points scored in a first period since 2005. Senior quarterback Ryan Tannehil hands off the ball to The Mustangs struck early in the second senior running back Cyrus Gray against SMU on Sunday. with a 27-yard McDermott touchdown pass to Arrius Holleman, narrowing the margin to 20-

James Solano The Battalion In a familiar fall setting, on an unfamiliar Saturday night under the lights of Kyle Filed, an age old tradition that is stitched in maroon fabric is about to kick off arguably the most anticipated football season in school history. An unmistakable buzz swarms through the sweltering September night as droves of Aggie faithful file into the

confines of Kyle Field for the first Midnight Yell of what could be an historical season. By the time the yell leaders appear from the North end zone of Kyle Field, with lit torches and dates in hand, after stepping off from Duncan dining hall, they are greeted by a zealous group of fish, eager to “pull out” — and consequently push — regs and non-regs, a patient group of seniors and “super seniors” that endured 4–8 and

6–7 freshmen seasons, and the man himself, Coach Sherman, alongside his special guest, the beloved Von Miller. A resounding “HOWDY” ricochets back at senior yell leader David Benac, as he emphatically addresses the Twelfth Man to begin yell practice. The last time the Twelfth Man stood, humped it, and yelled their heads off at Kyle See Yell on page 7

Opening day record ◗ A&M broke a opening game day record with 86,951 people in attendence, the sixth largest crowd in Kyle Field history.

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The annual Texas A&M Campus Safety Awareness Week Emily Villani The Battalion Two traditions started almost simultaneously over forty years ago. One tradition made campus a safer place to be; the other changed it forever. A&M’s Corps Escort Service began when A&M opened its doors to women in the early ‘70s. “This service has existed for over 30 years and was initiated so that cadets could protect, as well as meet, females at the University,” said Grace Mills,

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civil affairs and public relations sergeant for the Corps of Cadets. “[The Corps Escort Service] is most often used on the weekends when students tend to stay out later or return to campus late in the evening,” said Mills. Corps escorts are available for students, faculty and staff to provide safe ways to traverse campus after dark. Females comprise the majority of the service’s users. “Most escorts occur after 9 p.m. when it becomes dark, and females aregenerally more at risk walking back

alone,” Mills said. In order to request an escort, a person has to contact the Guard Room with their location and destination. Guard Room then dispatches a cadet escort to that person. Usually, only male cadets work Guard Room in the evening. “Female cadets may not work Guard Room during the evening hours, with the exception of the Executive Officer, which may be another reason females are the more prevalent users of the service,” Mills said.

The Corps Escort Service is most active during nighttime hours because this is when there is a higher risk for crime occurrences. “There will be shifts where there are absolutely no escorts and others where several cadets will be out escorting at the same time,” said Mills. “It is used frequently enough to confidently state that it is a helpful service that provides security to people walking alone late at night on campus.”

Safety week ◗ Safety week kicks off 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Zone Plaza with a emergency respone team meet and greet open to all students, faculty and staff.

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soccer | The Aggies play at 1:30 p.m. today against McNeese State at Aggie Soccer Stadium

cross country | Men’s cross country won the Baylor Open Sept. 1 in Waco

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volleyball | A&M plays in the SFA Ladyjack Invitational on Friday and Saturday

sports A&M wins Portland tourney Courtney Nelson The Battalion The Aggie women’s volleyball team continued their hot season start this weekend, recording four wins at the Portland Nike Invitational. The Aggies swept their home tournament last weekend before dropping an international friendly to Israel on Tuesday. Volleyball head coach Laurie Corbelli said the Aggies are performing well early and learning valuable lessons before Big 12 play starts. “We saw a lot of different styles, a lot of different defenses and I’m convinced that this weekend will prove to be a huge step for us as we pursue our goals,� Corbelli said. In the team’s first away game of the season, A&M defeated Portland in four sets behind senior captain Kelsey Black’s nineteen kills and huge .457 hitting percentage. Junior Tori Mellinger, who played libero for the Aggies her first two years, made her first official start as an outside hitter and did not disappoint with eleven kills in the match. A&M took charge early in the first set, hitting .308 and winning the frame 25-13. From the beginning, A&M seemed to be in complete control, shutting the Pilots down 6-0. The Aggies again jumped to an early lead again in the second set. Despite closing the gap to 18-16, the Pilots

could not string together enough points to win the set. A&M capitalized on a Portland error and came up with the game-ending streak to finish 25-17. After losing the first two games, the Pilots emerged with with a sense of urgency. They pulled out to a comfortable lead, but A&M charged back to make it a several point game. The A&M squad hit just .026 in the third set, but rallied to come within two points of the Pilots before they clinched the set, 25-21 With the momentum shifting, the home Portland team forced a fifth game. However, the Aggies stifled the comeback, hitting .438 and putting down sixteen kills in the set. In the closest game of the match, the teams tied thirteen times and switched leads twice. The Aggies went on a big run to finish the set and the match at 25-18. Friday’s match against Butler was another confidence boost for A&M, which won in straight sets 25-16, 25-20, 25-17. In their best hitting performance of the season, A&M swung for a .392 average against a Butler team that has not won a contest this season. The first game was tied at 11-11 before the Aggies went on a decisive 11-2 run to take the first set, 25-16. Despite efforts to remain close, the Bulldogs faltered

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and could not compete with the hard-hitting Aggies. Junior hitter Alisia Kastmo added four of her twelve kills in the second set to lead the Aggies to a 25-20 win. Butler went down early in the third behind the Aggies’ momentum, as A&M won the game 25-17 to go 2-0 in the tournament. On Saturday, the Aggies won their first match of the day against Nevada with ease, 25-12, 25-21, 25-20. Hitting .337 for the match, A&M distributed the ball to many players and was able to get everyone involved. Black had only seven kills, followed by Kastmo and Elise Hendrickson with six. Head coach Laurie Corbelli allowed several inexperienced players to record significant time on the court. Sophomore Heather Reynolds contributed five kills and 11 digs, while junior middle blocker Stephanie Minnerly added four kills. After starting 9-0 in the first game, the Aggies looked comfortable and did not give the Wolfpack a chance to play catch-up. Between Nevada service and attack errors, A&M left no doubt as Kastmo finished the game with a kill. An early run was enough to keep the Aggies in front for the remainder of the game. Game three saw a different starting lineup than usual, but the Aggies proved their depth and swept the Wolfpack.

Sept. 1 A&M def. Portland, 3-1 (25-13, 25-17, 21-25, 25-18) Sept. 2 A&M def. Butler, 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-17) Sept. 3 A&M def. Nevada, 3-0 (25-12, 25-21, 25-20) A&M def. Washington, 3-0 (27-25, 25-15, 25-18)

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The Aggies finished the tournament against Washington State, which turned out to be the biggest test of the tournament. With the usual starters back in place for A&M, the first game was close from the first serve. With the Aggies leading late, 21-18, the Cougars

scored four consecutive points to retake the lead, but the maroon and white came back to win the set, 27-25. Washington State kept it close early in game two, but the Aggie offense overpowered the Cougars, constructing a 14-5 run and easily winning 25-15.

Game three resembled the first set. It was tied late at 18-18, but A&M scored seven straight to win the set, 25-18, and match. With the win against Washington State, the Aggies finished 4-0 in the tournament and only lost two sets of the fourteen they played.

Aggies shutout Dartmouth, 3-0 James Solano The Battalion The Aggies returned to the friendly confines of Ellis Field Friday night to avenge two tough road losses with a shutout victory over Dartmouth, 3–0, in front of a large crowd of 4,887 fans on Fish Camp Night. With the win, the A&M soccer squad improved to 2-3 on the season, as they dominated Dartmouth across the board. The Aggies outshot the Big Green 22-to-6, led by goals from freshman forward Shea Groom and senior forward Merritt Mathias. Freshman keeper RenÊe McDermott from San Clemente, Calif., made her first

Calendar September 5 vs. McNeese State at 1 p.m. September 9 at Duke at 3 p.m. collegiate start, assisting the Aggies in the first shutout of the season. “I was really pleased with the way that we were seeing the goal and putting chances up and I really thought that Dartmouth’s goalkeeper had an outstanding night,â€? head coach G Guerrieri said. “I’m really happy for RenĂŠe [McDermott]. I thought she had a great game tonight.â€? The relentless pressure the Aggie offense posed on the Big Green defense was too

much to defend in the 19th minute, when junior Chelsea Jones found Mathias near the top of the box. Mathias dribbled towards the end line and sent a cross pass to Groom, where the freshman drilled the pass beyond the inside of the left post for a 1–0 Aggie lead—which would be the lead taken into the half. The Aggies emerged in the second half with a head full of steam, as they quickly posted a second and third goal, to take a commanding 3–0 lead throughout the remainder of the game. In the 53rd minute of the match, freshman Katy Perry sent the ball from the top of the box to senior Rachael Balaguer, who then crossed

to Groom in the box for another goal, making two on the night for Groom. “[Groom] is a game-breaker of a player and that’s a pretty good indication of what she can do,� Guerrieri said. “She’s got a huge upside that I think we’re going to have a fun career with.� Perry was all over the field the entire game. Minutes after assisting on Groom’s second goal, Perry connected with Mathias in the penalty area, where Mathias then delivered a laser shot from a difficult angle off of the bottom crossbar for an Aggie score. The A&M defense only al- nities with four routine saves lowed four shots on frame, led in the victory. The Aggie soccer team by McDermott, who denied plays again today at 1:30 p.m. Dartmouth scoring opportu-

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campus news Audition for the cause Students and community members are invited to audition for Talent for the Cure, a local talent show and fundraiser that benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Auditions will take place in Rudder Auditorium from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 10. Contestants with any type of talent are welcome to audition and those interested can sign up by email, Talentforthecure@ gmail.com, by 5 p.m. Sept. 8. Prizes will be announced at a later date. The Talent for the Cure show begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8 in Rudder Auditorium. Hailey Gatilin, junior university studies and business major, is organizing the event. “I have been a Type 1 Diabetic since I was 5 years old and don’t remember what its like not to have it,” Gatilin said. “This show means so much to me and I personally thank you for having any interest in performing or evening coming just to watch the show.”

Think before you Tweet The Associated Press MEXICO CITY — A former teacher turned radio commentator and a math tutor who lives with his mother sit in a prison in southern Mexico, facing possible 30-year sentences for terrorism and sabotage in what may be the most serious charges ever brought against anyone using a Twitter social network account. Prosecutors say the defendants helped cause a chaos of car crashes and panic as parents in the Gulf Coast city of Veracruz rushed to save their children because of false reports that gunmen were attacking schools. Gerardo Buganza, interior secretary for Veracruz state, compared the panic to that caused by Orson Welles’ 1938 radio broadcast of “The War of the Worlds.” But he said the fear roused by that account of a Martian invasion of New Jersey “was small compared to what happened here.” “Here, there were 26 car accidents, or people left their cars in the middle of the streets to run and pick up their children, because they thought these things were occurring at their kids’ schools,” Buganza told local reporters. The charges say the messages caused such panic that emergency numbers “totally collapsed because people were terrified,” damaging service for real emergencies.

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Veracruz, the state’s largest city, and the neighboring suburb of Boca del Rio were already on edge after weeks of gunbattles involving drug traffickers. One attack occurred on a major boulevard. In another, gunmen tossed a grenade outside the city aquarium, killing an tourist and seriously wounding his wife and their two young children. On Aug. 25, nerves were further frayed when residents saw armed convoys of marines circulating on the streets, making some think a confrontation with gangs was imminent. That is when Gilberto Martinez Vera, who works as a low-paid tutor at several private schools, allegedly opened the floodgates of fear with repeated messages that gunmen were taking children from schools. “My sister-in-law just called me all upset, they just kidnapped five children from the school,” Martinez tweeted. In fact, no such kidnappings occurred that day. Defense lawyer Claribel Guevara said the rumors already had started and that Martinez Vera was just relaying what others told him. She said he never claimed to have firsthand knowledge of the incident.

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Saturday kicked off football season with the first Midnight Yell of the fall. The Fightin’ Texas Aggie Yell Leaders rilled up more than 25,000 Aggies to BTHO SMU.

Aggie earns Army leadership award Jennifer Siegel The Battalion The Aggie Corps of Cadets was well represented among up-and-coming military ranks this summer. Band Commander Dalton Fuss ranked first among 488 cadets in his regiment at Operation Warrior Forge. The senior history major was honored with the U.S. Army Leadership Excellence Award at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state. The 29-day training and assessment exercise, also known as the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC), prepares Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadets for commission as second lieutenants following college graduation. Fuss plans to commission with the Army. According to Fuss, Aggies were distinguishable among their peers throughout the experience, largely due to the training they receive through the Corps. “Aggies have a reputation for leadership excellence and are often looked upon as unofficial leaders and mentors throughout the entirety of the camp,” Fuss said. Other Aggie cadets also performed well at LDAC, with several ranking in the top five of their platoon. “There were over 6,600 Cadets that attended LDAC this year and our Texas A&M Cadets performed above the national average in almost every category,” said Captain Gustavo Diaz of the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets.

Diaz added that the holistic corps experience prepares cadets for military leadership. “The linkage between the Corps of Cadets leadership development programs, Army ROTC academic instruction and leadership development, and the academic rigor of a Tier1 University like Texas A&M produces a very mature and well-rounded Cadet,” Diaz says. Fuss has taken advantage of many opportunities provided by ROTC programs. He has made two trips to Russia through Texas A&M’s ROTC department, advancing his study of the Russian language. He also spent time at West Point, N.Y., training with cadets from the U.S. Military Academy. Since Sept. 11, 2011, Fuss has worked towards a career in the Army. “I knew that I had to be a man on the ground,” Fuss said of his early decision. He aspires to be an Army Special Forces officer, known as a Green Beret, and hopes to gain experience as an infantry officer. Fuss said the Corps of Cadets pushes students to manage time and work with a tight schedule, a necessary skill for military officers. “We are forced to prioritize our lives and work efficiently,” Fuss said. Many of these skills were tested at LDAC, confirming that Fuss’ experiences have been beneficial. “LDAC focuses on measuring a cadet’s leadership potential and evaluating individual soldiering skills such as Land Navigation and First Aid,” Fuss said. Training schedules and focuses at LDAC

Band Commander Dalton Fuss received the U.S. Army Leadership Excellence Award at Joint Base LewisMcChord in Washington state. Courtesy Photo

vary from day to day. All training provides cadets with necessary information to succeed in Army leadership positions. Training includes weapons training, gas chambers, a zodiac, water confident course and cultural awareness. U.S. weapons training gives the cadets opportunities to learn and practice with different caliber weapons. During gas chambers training, cadets gain experience using gas masks, and the zodiac and water confident course allows them to overcome challenges on the 65-foot zip line. Cultural awareness training is meant to aid cadets’ noncombat preparedness. They are taught that people from different cultures may react differently to situations. “The training at Joint Base Lewis-McChord solidified my aspirations of becoming an in-

fantry officer and encouraged me to initiate changes in the type of training that we use at A&M,” says Fuss. Diaz says they typically notice a change in cadets when they return from LDAC. “Upon successful completion of LDAC our Cadets return more self confident in their abilities as future Officers in the United States Army. This self-confidence assists them in their 4th and final year in Army ROTC where they become trainers to the underclassmen.” Fuss plans to implement what he learned in Washington into his training schedules for the Corps of Cadets and the Aggie Band. “Our Corps is making some huge strides in the right direction, and I feel so blessed to be a part of them,” Fuss said.

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Producer’s Cooperative Tour Meet at Lot 100, 5:30-7:30pm

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Delta Chi

Grand Station Bowling,7-9pm

Poker @ Knockouts, 7-10pm

Carney’s Pub, 7-10pm

Delta Kappa Epsilon

Pool & Pizza @ The Fox & Hound, 8-10pm

Poker & Cigars @ Murphy’s Law, 7-9pm

Invitational Barbeque, 7-9pm 3200 Callie Circle

Delta Sigma Phi

Grand Station Bowling, 6-9pm

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Fast Eddie’s Billiard Hall, 7-9pm

Fish Fry @ Delta House, 7-9pm

BBQ @ Delta House, 7-9pm

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Driver Practice, 6-8pm A&M Golf Course Driving Range

Catered Informational, 6-8pm FarmHouse

Kappa Alpha Order

Fast Eddie’s, 6:30-8:30pm

Pool & Darts, Fitzwilly’s, 6:30-8:30pm

Cookout at Shotzi’s, 6:30-8:30pm

Kappa Sigma

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Poker Night at Kyle Field Press Box, 7pm

BBQ at Frat House, 7pm

Phi Delta Theta

Bowling at Grand Central, 7pm

Cavalier Ciger Co., 7pm

Phi Delta House Food & Slideshow, 7pm

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Field —creating an unbridled and vaunted home field atmosphere — was against the No. 9 Nebraska Cornhuskers, Nov. 20, 2010. Not only did the Aggies win the game 9–6, but the Twelfth Man made headlines of its own, setting the NCAA record for the most students ever at a college football game with 31,005. “The atmosphere at the [Nebraska] game was the best atmosphere in college football thanks to you, the greatest student body in the country,” Sherman wrote in his address to the Twelfth Man in Friday’s Fall Sports Preview in the Battalion. But Coach Sherman isn’t the only one to recognize the passion of Aggie football fans. ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit proclaimed the Twelfth Man as “the best student section in college football,” when ESPN College Gameday Live invaded College Station in 2006 for a showdown with then No. 18 Oklahoma. As Coach Sherman enters his fourth season in 2011 with a squad ranked No. 8, after a 9–4 campaign in 2010, Aggie football is at a fever pitch with students and alumni, and rightfully so. Aggie Athletics proudly announced last week that season tickets are sold out for the first time in school history, along with student sports

passes. Kyle Field is revered for having the largest percentage of student seats within a collegiate stadium in the nation. Even with 1,500 additional students tickets added to the allotment from last season, it’s still not enough. “We increased our student’s numbers this year anticipating that we are going to have a really good football team,” said Bill Byrne, Texas A&M athletic director. “We increased them and they still couldn’t meet demand.” The demand was evident at Saturday’s yell practice. The first deck was packed like a can of sardines, and the second and third deck were also full, where Aggies had trouble finding “wood” to hump it on. Coach Sherman was all business in his maroon blazer, as he commended the Twelfth Man for their efforts last November against Nebraska. He let down his guard when he jokingly asked the class of 2015 to be loud and pick up the seniors that are getting old and not as loud. Sherman fired up the crowd as he asked the Twelfth Man a fervent question in the form of a rhetorical answer, “hell yeah!” “Are you ready,” he asked, “hell yeah!” was the resounding answer projected from third deck down to the first. Von Miller waited to the side of Coach Sherman before he fired up the Twelfth Man himself, with a grin from ear-to-ear, watching

his fellow Aggies get psyched for Sunday’s matchup against SMU. “The last time I was here at this field with this type of atmosphere, was at the Nebraska game just like coach said,” said Miller. “And if I remember it was 9–6 and we won that day. But what really helped that win was the Twelfth Man. I just want to say I appreciate y’all, and every last one of you, and I hold this Aggie network real close to my heart. I’m looking forward to this season, and I’m looking forward to the Twelfth Man.” Miller then lead the Twelfth Man into a familiar “Wreck-ing Crew, Wrecking Crew” chant as he wished his dear ol’ Texas Aggies good luck. As the lights dimmed and the Twelfth Man “mugged” down with its dates, senior yell leader David Benac lead the rambunctious students into the final yell of practice, “beat the hell outta SMU!” “It’s incredible to look up at the stands at Kyle Field and see three whole sections nearly full just for Midnight Yell,” said junior yell leader Josh Light. “I can’t wait to see what tomorrow holds. It’s going to be awesome to lead 86,000 fans and beat SMU.” President R. Bowen Loftin simply put it best, by saying, “be here tomorrow, be loud, and be proud.”

The Game Two hours prior to kick off, the Corps of Cadets and the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band step off from the quad en-route to Kyle Field. The pulse of Aggieland leads the way with 2,000 plus cadets on their heels, to the tune of brass, drums and spurs clanking on the concrete. It is game time in Aggieland. The Aggies’ 46–14 home opening victory against SMU garnished great approval from the 86,100 Twelfth Man faithful in attendance. The crowd roared as the Aggies picked off SMU quarterback Kyle Padron on their first two possessions, jumping out to a rapid 14–0 lead. A few groans passed through Kyle Field when SMU retaliated with 14 points in the first half, but the Aggies would ride out the game with 26 unanswered points, relieving the Twelfth Man, which never let up and yelled until the last second ticked off the scoreboard. “Being part of the Twelfth Man is one of the best things about being an Aggie,” said Brittany Smedley, junior bioenvironmental sciences major. “The game was exciting and it felt great coming together with the Aggie family to cheer on our guys against SMU after waiting months for this football season to start. We kicked it off to a great start.” It has been a long time coming for a patient student section that remembers a shocking 18–14 season open-

ing loss to Arkansas State in 2008 at Kyle Field. “The work the Ags have put into improving the football program has taken leaps and bounds in the last couple of seasons,” said Travis Vivian, senior horticulture major. “And you can trust me, I’ve been here for awhile.” The buzz that engulfed Kyle Field at Saturday night’s Midnight Yell had not dissipated Sunday, as there was plenty to whoop about, and much to look forward to as the No. 8 Aggies picked up where they left off from last season with a convincing win. “Creating the type of successful football program A&M has established takes perseverance, patience and dedication, similar to the principals I’ve followed in my time at A&M watching them from the student section,” Vivian said. With a sure win, minutes before the game ended, the yell leaders took off their shoes and rolled up their pants to lead the Twelfth Man in the singing of the “Aggie War Hymn,” accompanied by Coach Sherman and the football team. Shortly thereafter, the yell leaders fled a rambunctious group of Fish that laid delivered tackles that Coach DeRuyter would have been proud of. Game one is in the books. If Coach Sherman were to ask the Twelfth Man if they are ready for the Idaho Vandals’ visit next Saturday, a resounding “hell yeah!” would

undoubtedly assure him.

Game highlights ◗ Senior running back Cyrus Gray posted his eighthstraight game of 100-yards rushing with 132 yards and two scores. ◗ Senior quarterback Ryan Tannehill went 21-26 for 246 yards and two touchdowns. ◗ Senior defensive end Tony Jerod-Eddie set a careerhigh with three sacks.

Von Miller makes an appearance at midnight yell practice Saturday.

Sunday night after the victory against the Mustangs, freshmen cadets carried the yell leaders to Fish Pond in front of Sbisa Dining Center, throwing the new yell leaders into the pond for their first time. This tradition continues after each home football victory. (above right) The football team celebrates the victory with the War Hymn.

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sonnel. Emergency vehicles surrounded the proximity and a helicopter circled the area. Evacuees sat alongside the road, while people who had not yet left their homes hosed down their lawns and houses with water. Matthew Prince, a 49-year-old residentsaid that he had been waiting for over an hour to receive news on the status of his home. “It’s interesting to come home and find a fire truck in your driveway,” Prince said. “It’s kind of scary when it’s in your backyard.” Prince said he was worried about his home and was particularly upset because the fire fighters and officers would not let him return to get his cats. His mother was sitting with him for moral support. “I guess it’s a good thing that the fire truck is right there,” Prince said. “When I got here you could see the smoke, smell the smoke. You can see how dry everything is. Things catch fire and just burn and burn.” Mike Henson, another resident of a nearby neighborhood, said when he came home from work he could hear sirens and see the emergency vehicles, but didn’t pay much attention until an

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Guard Room receives the bulk of their escort requests within roughly the same time frame that A&M’s University Police Department receives the majority of their calls: between 2 p.m. and 12 a.m. Although there are certain times of day and night when criminals aremore likely to act, crime can happen any place and any time, saidSergeant Baron of the University Police Department. “All college students must be aware that criminal acts can and do occur on a college campus,” Sgt. Baron said. Although crime rates at Texas A&M are relatively low; students should not let their guards down. There are precautions that students can take to avoid unsafe situations and reduce their susceptibility to crime on campus. The three main aspects of student safety are personal security, vehicle security and property security. “Students should be mindful about their personal safety and should never walk alone if they have concerns regarding their safety,” Sgt. Baron said. Instead of walking alone, Sgt. Baron

officer knocked loudly at his door. “I was at work all day,” said Henson. “All I know is I came home and they told me to get out.” According to Humphreys and local reports, the fire began shortly after strong winds downed a tree, hitting a power line and causing the fire. Winds and dry brush caused the fire to spread rapidly. It is estimated that the fire caused damage to roughly 70-100 acres. No one was injured, and no houses or buildings were damaged. The fire was determined to be under control approximately three and a half hours after the first call was received. The A&M football game Sunday evening further complicated matters by requiring fire and police personnel to remain on campus for safety reasons, leaving Bryan and College Station emergency resources limited. The College Station fire department called for assistance from other cities in the county in order to contain the fire before it grew out of hand. “We are really fortunate,” said Humphreys. “A vegetation fire of that size inside a city with no structural damage is pretty rare.” Texas in flames The College Station fire was one of many that broke out across the state of Texas Sunday. High winds and dry

conditions resulting from a recordbreaking drought across the state contributed to fires in East and Central Texas, claiming at least two lives. A fire in nearby Bastrop County has reportedly burned 14,000 acres, leading to a mandatory evacuation of surrounding communities. Around midnight, KVUE News in Austin reported that at least 300 Bastrop homes were consumed by the flames. Wild fires have also been reported in Cedar Park, Steiner Ranch, Spicewood, Corsicana, Paige and the Longview area. Mandatory evacuations in many of these areas were enforced late Sunday night.

recommended alternatives such as walking with friends or using services such as the shuttle buses, a Corps escort or Carpool. Sgt. Baron offered tips for maintaining personal security when walking by yourself is inevitable. He advised that people walk only on busy, well-lit streets and to walk toward lights and other people if a he or she feels that someone is following. Both Sgt. Baron and Sgt. Kemp of the College Station Police Department emphasized vehicle safety. The most common reason for people to call in to the police office is to report a theft, and vehicle burglaries are common in the college community. “One of the big things that we have throughout the community is burglaries of vehicles, and we really stress to people that they lock their vehicles and they remove all valuable items from sight,” said Sgt. Kemp. “Don’t leave purses, wallets, laptops, backpacks and things like that where you can just walk up to the window and see them.” Sgt. Baron and Sgt. Kemp also warned students about suspicious activity in the parking lot. “If you see somebody loitering around in the parking lot, walking around and looking inside of vehicles or trying door

handles on vehicles, take time to call the police,” said Sergeant Kemp. “If you’re on campus call the campus police; if you’re in the city call the nonemergency number for the Bryan or College Station police and try to get the best description of the person if they get in the vehicle. And of course, try to get a license plate number.” In order to maintain a vehicle’s security, Sgt. Baron advises that people park in a well-lit area, put valuables in the trunk, and always lock the car doors. He also recommends that a person have his or her key out and ready to unlock the door when walking back to the car. People should apply the same safety precautions to their house or dorm, as residential burglary rates are rising. Both Sgt. Baron and Sgt. Kemp urge people to secure their residences when they leave. “We have had a lot of residential burglaries,” said Sgt. Kemp. “The residents are not locking or securing their apartments or homes when they leave. Even though they think they are just going to go down the street or just to someone’s house really quick and come back, they’re not securing their doors and allowing these people to come in.”

The Associated Press contributed to this article

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