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Safety for ﬁre and bikes Housing fires pose threat to dormitory living Justin Mathers
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Bike permits identify stolen cycles in case of theft Amber Jaura The Battalion Throughout the year bike accidents thefts affect many students on campus. Neglecting bicycle traffic laws and safety measures aren’t worth the trouble of putting yourself and others in danger. Debbie Hoffman, associate director for Transportation Services,, said a new bike program has been put in place this year to accommodate for bikes and improve safety. “For decades there was no established bike proBicycles that have gram and no organization been recovered that agreed to take on the since January. expense or responsibility
campus SEC to meet, vote on invitation Sports Illustrated reported Tuesday afternoon that the presidents of the members of the Southeastern Conference will meet today to vote on admitting Texas A&M. By tonight, A&M might know whether nine presidents voted to extend the invitation, the magic number for the SEC to act. Texas A&M President Bowen Loftin notiﬁed the Big 12 last week that A&M intends to exit in July 2012 to enter an unidentiﬁed athletic conference. If the Aggies receive an invitation, they will announce their intent to join the SEC as early as Wednesday. Justin Mathers, special to The Battalion
associated with managing bike parking,” Hoffman said. “There was no funding source for purBicycles reported chasing new bike racks, stolen on campus maintenance stations, or since January. to pay staff for addressing any issues related to bike program management, such as planning educational programs, monitoring the campus to ensure bikes are parked in racks, communication of rules, or removing the more than 1,800 bikes abandoned at the end of the spring semester.” Hoffman said the ultimate goal of the program is for the University to earn the League
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Percentage of university housing ﬁres started by cooking.
BASTROP, Texas — One of the most devastating wildﬁre outbreaks in Texas history left more than 1,000 homes in ruins Tuesday and stretched the state’s ﬁreﬁghting ranks to the limit. More than 180 ﬁres have erupted in the past week Natalee Blanchat — THE BATTALION across the rain-starved Lone Star Wildfires burn in brush outside State, and nearly 600 of the homes Spicewood, Texas while emergency destroyed since then were lost responders battle the blaze. in one catastrophic blaze in and around Bastrop, near Austin, that killed at least two people, bringing the raged out of control for a third day. overall death toll from the outbreak to at Whipped into an inferno by Tropical Storm Lee’s winds over the weekend, the least four. The Associated Press blaze burned at least 40 square miles, forced the evacuation of thousands and
Library catalogs go modern Justin Mathers Special to The Battalion Texas A&M has officially upgraded the library’s digital database. Inserting a number of features and a new interface, University Libraries sought to modernize and simplify the catalog search process. The complete revision of the Libcat and Medical Sciences Library (MSL) catalogs, the first since 1995, was a work in progress for several months, requiring the attention
Percentage of university housing ﬁres that occur in dormitories or in dormitorytype residences. information office at the College Station Fire Department, said this success is attributable to the collaboration between the University’s Environmental Health and Safety Department and the CSFD. “We work a lot with the University to ensure new students who are living away from home for the first time have the proper information so they can prevent these types of fires themselves,” Humphreys said. “In addition, newly constructed buildings adhere to strict fire codes, and after construction we always receive a detailed walkthrough of the building so we here at the station can be better prepared for any emergency.” The United States Fire Department report also states that cooking is the leading cause of university housing fires, accounting for 88 percent. The report added that university housing fires occur most fre-
Dorm on Fire Want to watch a dorm on ﬁre? Check out the video footage online this Friday at the batt.com to see what a burning dorm room looks like.
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of several subsections of A&M’s library technical staff. Bennett Ponsford, a member of the web services department, explained the background of the catalog upgrade. “The software in use now, known as Voyager, was created by a third party company called Ex Libris. About a year ago, they created a new version of the Voyager
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Special to The Battalion Ninety-five percent of university housing fires occur in dormitories or dormitory-type residences, and five percent occur in fraternity and sorority houses, according to a report by The United States Fire Administration, The report also states that an average of 3,800 university housing fires occur each year. Annually, these fires are responsible for 25 injuries and $9 million in property loss. Texas A&M, however, has maintained a respectable record with regard to on-campus housing fires, according to the Environmental Health and Safety Department’s record logs. Nathan Jennings, Safety Supervisor at the EHSD, noted that “Although a few incidents without injuries have occurred as recently as February, the most recent major fire in a campus housing residency was during the mid 90s.” In a short interview, Bart Humphreys, head of the public
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Study questions research funding Jessica Orwig The Battalion Texas A&M was found to be one of the least efficient universities from 1989 to 2004 at publishing research according to a study conducted by Jeffrey M. Litwin that measured the average cost of publishing research. “I focused on a macroeconomic assessment of what are considered to be some of the most research-intensive universities in the United States,” said Litwin, an associate dean at George Brown College in Toronto, Canada. Looking at a total of 72 universities, Litwin determined the average expense each publication costs to produce by comparing the total number of publications per year with the total funding the university received that year. The least productive universities were considered to be the schools spending the most amount of money per research paper. The average cost for Texas A&M was $128,269 per paper. Following close behind were Carnegie Mellon University ($118,344/paper) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) ($110,349/ paper). The two most productive universities, according to the study, were University of Pennsylvania ($28,547/
Program dollars ◗ Texas A&M $128,269 per paper ◗ Carnegie Mellon University $118,344 per paper ◗ Massachusetts Institute of Technology $110,349 per paper ◗ University of Pennsylvania $28,547 per paper ◗ Harvard University $31,231 per paper
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Gulf Oil spill | Researchers in the College of Geosciences and the Dwight Look College of Engineering are the lead investigators in a $14.4 million project that will investigate the transport and eventual fate of petroleum fluids.
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A&M amps up electrical power Roland Ruiz The Battalion In 1893, Texas A&M began a tradition of generating electrical power and steam on campus. Last month, the University kept this tradition alive in a big way by introducing a new Combined Heat and Power generation system, which is a $73.25 million project designed to operate for the next 30 years. As a result, the Combined Heat and Power system saved A&M more than a million dollars this past month alone in cost avoidance and will save more than $6 million annually. According to the Texas A&M Utilities and Energy Management website, the Combined Heat and Power generation system produces electricity and uses waste heat from a combustion turbine to generate steam in order to generate additional electricity. This continuous process produces electricity while providing cooling and heating for campus. Jim Riley, the director for Utilities and Energy Management, said the previous Combined Heat and Power system was able to provide 32 megawatts of power, but the new system is able to generate up
A $15 million gift from the Craig and Galen Brown Foundation of Houston is expected to beneﬁ t up to 70 students annually across the Dwight Look College of Engineering, College of Science and College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. The Honors and Undergraduate Research ofﬁce will nominate incoming freshmen on the basis of academic excellence, extracurricular activities and demonstrated leadership. The selected students will receive a fouryear scholarship from the Brown Foundation as well as scholarships provided by Honors and Undergraduate Research and their respective colleges.
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paper) and Harvard University ($31,231/paper). The study was discussed in The Chronicle of Higher Education in May of this year and has been presented at the Association for Institutional Research conference and the Congress for Humanities. Comments pertaining to the article claimed the research to be “not very useful” and “criminally presumptuous.” “Something this study cannot account for is that different areas of science research are more expen-
University unveils Combined Heat and Power generation system to 50 megawatts. “The CHP project is a major investment by the University that will provide operational, financial and environmental benefits for many years to come,” Riley said. “While reducing energy consumption and cost by 20 percent, the new CHP system will also reduce energy-related greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent.” The University submitted a funding request to the Department of Energy in 2009 and was one of only nine recipients nationwide to receive funding based on merits of the project out of more than 400 submitted applications. This DOE award resulted in a $10 million grant to help fund the project and reduce the financial outlay by the University. “When we heard about being one of nine recipients to receive the grant, we were ecstatic,” said Stuart Hightower, the assistant director for Utilities and Energy Management. “It was great to see the grant come through, and it erased some of the debt for the [Com-
bined Heat and Power] project.” Before the new project was approved by the Board of Regents in January 2009, the previous Combined Heat and Power system, installed in the 1970s, had served its useful life and was in need of an upgrade due to age and the significant growth on campus. Riley said that construction of the new Combined Heat and Power system started in 2009 and that all major equipment was operational as of Aug. 1 with final project completion scheduled for December 2011. “Operating the new [Combined Heat and Power] system saved the University over $1 million through the first month compared to the cost of purchasing all power requirements from the electrical grid,” Riley said. “Since the [Combined Heat and Power] system now produces 50 to 75 percent of campus requirements, it reduces the need to purchase supplemental power from off campus while improving system reliability.” Les Williams, the associate director
sive than others,” said James Aune, head of Texas A&M’s Department of Communication. “Social science research tends to be far less expensive than engineering or physics projects, which require expensive labs and equipment to perform.” Many outright disagreed with Litwin’s approach to measuring universities’ research productivity, but Litwin defended his work, saying it was one contribution to a larger compilation of studies dedicated to this kind of research. “This study is simply one of many, and you cannot take any measure in isolation,” Litwin said. “My motivation was to continue important research concerning the effectiveness
and efficiency of research colleges.” According to Litwin, measuring research productivity is an important main course served up for concerned politicians and their need for budget cuts due to limited financial resources. But the underlying problem is that measuring research productivity is rather complex, and when dealing with cuts that could mean fiscal devastation for certain academic research, some find the meat a little too tough to swallow. “To truly assess a research institution’s productivity or return-oninvestment, you have to look at the broad impact of research — including the long- and short-term economic, health, societal, and educational ben-
of Utilities and Energy Management, said that not only will the new Combined Heat and Power system provide reliable, efficient energy production on campus, but it can be a teaching foundation for students on campus and others around the state. “This system can be a world-class teaching model for students that are interested in this type of field,” Williams said. “It can help students learn about new efficient ways to generate energy and reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere.” Moving into the future with the Combined Heat and Power system, Texas A&M will enjoy utility and energy services that are some of the safest, most reliable, efficient and costeffective in the nation. Riley said with cost avoidance realized from the new Combined Heat and Power system, the University could use the savings to reinvest in other essential services. “The cost avoidance allows the university to maximize institutional funding in support of teaching, research, improvement of facilities and other programs,” Riley said.
efits,” said Jeffrey R. Seemann, Texas A&M’s vice president of research. Although the paper has yet to be published, Litwin is already looking ahead to the next potential measurement. He said that if he continues this study further, he will compare similar departments of different universities. He feels this will provide a more accurate measurement. Some students were unfazed by the results of the study. Ruben De La Rosa, Class of 2011, said, “No, my opinion is not changed from the results of this research. The research I did as an undergraduate was very insightful and led me to pursue a full-time job in the lab upon graduation.”
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software at the request of multiple universities including Texas A&M,” Ponsford, said. “But, we put off migrating to the new one until we got new hardware this summer. Since testing had already begun six months ago, it only took us a few days of down time to implement the changes.” Although the general search works much in the way it did before, there are additional features including a permanent account that allows students to bookmark a record for as many sessions as needed; a cover of the record on the results page, as opposed to just the record page; a help section for each search option; a newly equipped advanced search option; and an online viewer for historic photos kept by the University. Also noteworthy is an updated feature that displays the books added to the library’s database, organized by topic. Students and faculty can access this feature through a RSS news feed, updating continually. Susan Goodwin, head of learning and outreach services, said the changes are meant to make the library system as user-friendly as possible. “The revamped catalogs have been streamlined to help simplify the search process for all the great things we have available in the library,” Goodwin said. “Books and e-books, movies, journals, and more. Our hope is that the changes we’ve made make LibCat and Chiron [the Medical Sciences Libraries catalog] as intuitive and accessible as possible” When asked about the library’s catalog revision, senior agricultural communications and journalism major Jen Schulien said she believes it will be a boom for the student body. “The old system was really clunky, and it was really difficult to keep track of books you needed over an extended period of time. Now, with the new bookmarking system and more simplesearch options, it’s easy to find what you need and keep it noted,” Schulien said. Libraries’ technical staff plans to add a search engine, which is currently being tested and will combine the Libcat and MSL catalogs into one database. This search is set to debut later this fall.
campus news Student Senate to meet tonight The ﬁrst fall semester meeting of the Student Senate is at 7 p.m. on the ﬁrst ﬂoor of Koldus in the Governance room. Tanner Wilson, a senior applied mathematical sciences major and speaker of the student senate, said senators will consider 10 bills. Among the bills, Wilson said, a measure regarding local city council elections, is of special importance. The bill addresses future election dates — to be held in November or May — and the length of terms for council members — either three or four years. The student senate will vote to establish an ofﬁcial position on behalf of Student Government. The Senate will also consider the academic calendar for possible changes, such as endorsing a break from classes on Labor Day and the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Luis Cavazos and Robert Carpenter, staff writers
Fraternity House Schedule of Events Fraternity
Monday, September 5th
Tuesday, September 6th
Wednesday, September 7th
Alpha Gamma Rho
Burger Burn, 6-8pm
Billiards at Fast Eddie’s, 6-8pm
Producer’s Cooperative Tour Meet at Lot 100, 5:30-7:30pm
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Meet the Betas at the Beta Barn
Skeet Shoot (Your Advisor’s Property) Directions will be provided.
Fajita Night at the Beta Barn
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
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Grand Station Bowling, 6-9pm
Dodge Ball/Basketball @ Read Bldg.,6-9pm
Food & Darts @ Fitzwilly’s, 6-9pm
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Fast Eddie’s Billiard Hall, 7-9pm
Fish Fry @ Delta House, 7-9pm
BBQ @ Delta House, 7-9pm
Billiards at Poets, 6-8pm
Driver Practice, 6-8pm A&M Golf Course Driving Range
Catered Informational, 6-8pm FarmHouse
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Fast Eddie’s, 6:30-8:30pm
Pool & Darts, Fitzwilly’s, 6:30-8:30pm
Cookout at Shotzi’s, 6:30-8:30pm
Pool at Fast Eddie’s, 9pm
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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Grill Hotdog’s @ Fiji Barn, 6-8pm
Fast Eddie’s Pool Hall, 6-8pm
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Cavalier Cigers, 8-10pm
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Veteran’s Park, 5-8pm
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Billiards at Poets Billiards, 7:30-9pm (Business Casual)
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Slideshow at the College Station Hilton
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
BBQ at the SAE House
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Fitzwilly’s Burgers & Games, 6-9pm
Poker at the Sammy House, 6-9pm 4442 Raymond Stotzer Pkwy College Station, TX 77840
Sammy Smokeout, 6-9pm 4442 Raymond Stotzer Pkwy College Station, TX 77840
Poker & Cigars @ Cavalier Cigars, 7-9pm
Billiards @ Fox & Hound, 7-9pm
Wild Game Dinner, Sigma Chi House, 7-9pm
Poker at Sigma Nu House
Wild Game Cookout @ Sigma Nu House
Billiards at Poets
Sigma Phi Epsilon
Fajitas at Sigma Phi Epsilon House
Driving Range at Jackson Hole
Informational Meeting at House
Meet & Greet BBQ
Poker Tournament, Cavalier Cigar Co.
Basketball with the Brothers at Read Building
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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.
This meeting will include information on ways to get involved during the year, as well guest speaker Dr. Donald Curtis, Assistant Dean of Liberal Arts! Food and drinks will be provided! Meeting is open to all former and current members of Golden Key International Honour Society.
In 1941 my Dad took me to my first Aggie/UT football game. I don’t remember it but I did see a lot more games over the past 70 years. I was there when the Aggies beat UT for the first time at Memorial Stadium. I was there when John David Crow ran all over UT on Thanksgiving at Kyle Field. I was there when UT and the Aggies grieved for the students killed in the Bonfire collapse. There are so many memories. In 1955 I wanted to go to A&M and wear those “Aggie Boots.” But my Dad went to UT so I went to UT and thus became a true “Orangeblood.” Over the years I’ve watched UT Football become a “money game” and football become too important compared to academics. This has happened at universities all over the country. Integrity and those wonderful words — “Duty, Honor, Country” have slowly eroded in almost every university. But, every other year, when I watch the Aggie Corps march up Congress Avenue I feel there is still hope for our country. There are “Aggies” who are a notch above all the rest. They still believe in Integrity and “Duty, Honor, Country.” When I went to see the Aggie/UT game at Kyle Field, I was always impressed by the sense of “oneness” that Aggies have. When I served in the Army in Germany the Aggies were always supporting each other and I’ll always remember their “Muster.” I guess I’m getting old and remembering those “good old days.” With the Aggies leaving the Big 12 and the loss of all those things like Bonfire, Aggie Corps Parade, and “We are the Aggies“ being sung, I for one think it is a wrong move. It is “The Fall of the Last Fort” — The last place where Texas students are still “class acts” and tradition still has importance — where winning and money are not “everything.” Texas will be the poorer for the loss of the Aggies to the SEC — and who will sing the song — “Goodbye to Texas University.” Makes me sad. We moved from my native Texas last March. I will miss Texas but will miss the Aggies even more. I’d still love to wear those Aggie Boots. Bob Waldrop is agraduate from the University of Texas, class of 1964.
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Jorge Montalvo — THE BATTALION
here is a horrific injustice lurking in the shadows of academia, turning our college community into a bastion of selfishness and greed. This gross injustice is brought upon by an unfair system that rewards the rich and impoverishes the poor. This disgusting system is our collegiate grading system.
It’s insane that in this millennium, Texas A&M allows an elite few with 4.0 GPAs to parade around campus while thousands of students live in academic squalor. There is no reason why these few should receive the bulk of academic scholarships, admission into competitive colleges and majors and later receive preferential treatment for graduate school or in job searches. For the sake of equality it is imperative that Texas A&M recognize this issue and student government should immediately take up legislation to address this gross academic imbalance. To mitigate GPA disparity in the interest of fairness I
would suggest using federal effective income tax rates. According to the Tax Policy Center a la 2007 (the most recent numbers I could find), broken down by quintile, this policy would mean the highest quintile of GPA earners would be taxed at 14.4 percent, the next at 6.2 percent, the middle quintile at 3.3 percent, the second to lowest quintile at -0.4 percent and the lowest quintile at -6.8 percent. Looking more closely at the highest quintile, this would mean that the top one percent of GPA earners would be taxed 19 percent, the top five percent would surrender 17.6 percent and the top 10 percent would give up a mere 16.2 percent of their GPA for the greater good. I would actually push for even higher rates on those top GPA earners who unfairly receive the majority of academic wealth. If we are ever going to help the poor and middle class GPA earners, we need shared sacrifice. When it comes to fairness, our president had it right on the campaign trail in 2008 when he said, “I think when you spread the wealth around it’s good for everybody.” This seems obvious when so many college students are struggling with grades. To paraphrase another presidential quote, at a certain point, you’ve made high enough grades. There is just no reason that students blessed with higher
intelligence or more work ethic should get all of the academic pie. How do we expect those low GPA earners to succeed when the good grades are hoarded at the top? It is absolutely pivotal that Texas A&M address this absurd disparity. Those who don’t make the best grades deserve a chance at academic success as much as anyone. These elite students who studied in high school and are breezing their way through college by attending classes, studying hard and being responsible are ruining academia for those less fortunate — those who, through no fault of their own, don’t do as well in school. There is a virtual monopoly on high GPAs, making it almost impossible for someone who cares less about studying and more about enjoying college life to advance in academic society. It’s time for A&M to stand up for the little guy. It’s time to end this corrupt capitalistic academic farce that only rewards the high GPA earners and make sure every college student gets his or her fair share of academic success. Taylor Wolken is a senior economics major and opinion editor at The Battalion.
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of American Bicyclists’ Bike Friendly University award. Ron Steedly, alternative transportation manager, said bike racks were installed at the Wehner, Reed McDonald, Chemistry, Bizzell, James J. Cain and Halbouty buildings to provide additional parking for bicycles. More bike racks will be installed later this school year. Students are encouraged to register their bikes on the Transportation Services website. A Transportation Services dispatcher said the registration is voluntary and is in place so University police officers and
other officials can assist in locating lost or stolen bicycles. “We encourage everyone to register their bike,” Steedly said. “The main benefit is safeguarding your property. Bike registration identifies an owner in cases of bike theft recovery and possible impoundment. The visual registration sticker also serves as a theft deterrent since it is obvious an owner can be identified.” Baron works with crime prevention on-campus and said in 2010, there were approximately 280 bicycles reported stolen on campus. Since January 2011, he said they received 173 reported bicycle thefts and recovered 47 bicycles. He said most recovered bikes were returned safely because the owners had engraved their bikes with their driver’s license number. “Other effective ways to prevent bicycle theft are always lock your bike and use a good quality case harden steel “U Bolt” style lock and secure the U Bolt lock through the bike frame, the rear tire and the bicycle rack. Also, be sure to report [bicycle theft] immediately to the University Police,” Baron said. He said the most common issues with bicycle safety on campus are bicycle traffic law violations. “A bicycle is a vehicle and a person operating a bicycle has the same responsibilities
as a driver operating a motor vehicle,” Baron said. “All laws and signs that regulate the movement of vehicles on the roadway also apply to bicycles. A bicyclist is required to obey all traffic laws. Common violations we give out are stop sign violations, no front head lamp with riding at night and riding the wrong way on a one-way street.” The fine for a bicycle violation is $140. The University police issue bicycle citations through a Brazos County Justice of the Peace. “Remember to be alert when riding your bike on campus,” Baron said. “Be extra cautious of pedestrians and other vehicles to avoid accidents. State law does not prohibit one from riding their bike on the sidewalk, but it is discouraged. Always use designated bicycle lanes when riding on the roadway.” Hoffman said she is excited about the quick progress that has been made toward improving bike parking in key areas of campus. “As Aggies, we have responsibility for being good stewards of this wonderful place we call Aggieland,” Hoffman said. “Aggies are stepping up and setting a standard where we don’t park bikes on trees, light poles, or blocking the accessible routes to buildings.” Freshman mechanical engi-
neering major Cameron Elson said he is glad the University is focusing on ways to deter bike theft and working to provide space for bike racks. “Any way that bike theft can be prevented, it should, and I’m glad the University is concerned in these matters.” Elson said. “I think free bike registration is especially useful as it’s good to know that if your bike is ever stolen, the University police can try to track it down for you.” Steedly said another benefit of the bike program is that it cleared some of the cluttered bike areas on campus. “The main positive was the appearance of the campus regarding bicycles,” Steedly said. “The main negative was cutting locks to move bikes leaving the bike unsecure.” Transportation Services addressed the issue of cutting locks by using University locks to lock bikes. “This worked well this summer during testing since we saved many Aggies money by not having to replace a lock,” Steedly said. “While there are cases where bikes must be moved such as safety and accessibility, our intent to minimize moving bikes reduces lock cutting as much as possible. If a lock is cut and the bike is moved, we will still lock it in a rack to minimize the possibility of theft.”
cally, these inspections see to it that banned items such as extension cords and candles are not present in the dorm rooms. The thorough inspections, along with a vicious information campaign aimed at incoming students, have contributed to the steady decline of the number of these disallowed items found each year. And for further measure, fire drills are practiced once every semester in the dormitories. The Environmental Health and Safety Department, in conjunction with the CSFD, is also set to run its third annual mock dorm room burn this Thursday. Maggie Guzman,
coordinator for risk management, told The Battalion that the event is very informative but also fun to watch. “The event, which this year will be in the Corps plaza, involves CSFD standing watch over an 8x8 dorm room which is set on fire in a different way every year. As the fire begins they show the students what’s burning and how fast certain items can burn,” Guzman said. “It’s very interesting. If students still believe that with all of the concrete and tile their rooms aren’t capable of burning, they should come to the mock burn.”
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Texas A&M enrollment has surpassed 50,000 for the ﬁrst time in University history, according to a ﬁrst week enrollment report. The ﬁgures state that enrollment now totals 50,054, an increase of 925 students compared to the ﬁnal ﬁgure for the fall semester last year. When including the two branch campuses, A&M Galveston and A&M Qatar, total enrollment for Texas A&M now stands at a record 52,585. Staff and wire reports
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Promoters look for new faces Sophomore Tyler Nuckols, tourism management major, promotes his FLO by giving out free compliments. Various FLOs lined up in Academic Plaza, the Commons, and Koldus, in order to promote their FLOs to the freshmen.
Stephanie Leichtle — THE BATTALION
Top Gadhafi loyalists flee across the Sahara to Niger TARHOUNA, Libya — Convoys of Moammar Gadhafi loyalists, including his security chief, fled across the Sahara into Niger on Tuesday in a move that Libya’s former rebels hoped could help lead to the surrender of his last strongholds. Still, efforts to negotiate the peaceful handover of one of the most crucial of those bastions, the city of Bani Walid, proved difficult. Tribal elders from Bani Walid who met Tuesday with former rebels were confront-
ed by angry residents of the city, including Gadhafi supporters, who fired in the air and sent them fleeing, mediators said. Many in Bani Walid remain deeply mistrustful of the forces that have seized power in Libya and are reluctant to accept their rule. Some former rebels depicted the flight to Niger as a major exodus of Gadhafi’s most hardcore backers. But confirmed information on the number and identity of those leaving was scarce as the convoy made its way across the
vast swath of desert — more than 1,000 miles — between populated areas on the two sides of the border. Gadhafi himself is not in the convoys, the U.S. State Department said. As the first group of a dozen vehicles pulled into Niger’s capital, Niamey, a customs official said it included Mansour Dao, Gadhafi’s security chief and a key member of his inner circle. The Associated Press
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Published on Sep 7, 2011