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sports | 5 Football gears up for Idaho Senior quarterback Ryan Tannehill and head coach Mike Sherman talk about the team’s level of preparation for the upcoming Idaho game.

campus | 3 Packed like sardines Freshman general studies major Brittany Perez tells her experience living in a converted study carrel. The recent destruction of some Northside residence halls, coupled with an increase in enrollment, have contributed to overcrowded on-campus living situations like Brittany’s.

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‘Dreamers’ tell their stories Undocumented students publicly discuss life in the U.S. Natalee Blanchat The Battalion Four undocumented students stepped behind a podium and tearfully shared their fears, hopes and experiences Thursday. “I was born in Mexico and was brought to the United States when I was eight-

years-old,” said Adan Torres, senior accounting major. Torres, who has been active in the Corps of Cadet and Aggie Band, was one of the four panelist “dreamers” who shared their experiences during the “Meet an Aggie DREAMer” event organized by The Council for Minority Student Affairs (CMSA). Torres said he was eight when he and his family fled from Mexico. They were forced to live in a three-bedroom house with three other families — with multiple family

members living in a single room. “I just remember my mom saying to pack my bags because we were going on a vacation. When I asked her how long, she said she didn’t know, and then one night we crossed,” Torres said. Jose Luis, senior education major, described a “dreamer” as a person who qualifies for the Dream Act, federal legislation that would grant citizenship to

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campus | 7 Aggie lends a hand The fires in and around Bastrop have left thousands of people homeless. Eduardo Sanchez, a senior ocean engineering major from Houston, resolved to help the victims of the fires when he witnessed the devastation firsthand.

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Junior linebacker Caleb Russell greets fans as he runs onto Kyle Field before the start of A&M’s game against SMU on Sept. 4.

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Twelfth Man shares story of perseverance Adrian O’Hanlon III The Battalion

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ormer walk-on Caleb Russell earned scholarship and Twelfth Man status this summer after three years of bluecollared determination. Caleb played tight end at Midlothian High School, enjoying the highlights associated with skill positions. He said he wasn’t the biggest or the fastest athlete coming out of high school, but knew he wanted to play for a Division 1

football program. Russell’s older brother, Josh, walked on at A&M in 2006 but did not try to recruit Caleb for the Aggies. Instead, Caleb went to football camps at various Division 1 schools under the guidance of his

parents. Caleb’s mother, Andrea, admitted that the recruiting process was difficult but they kept strong faith during the process. “We were behind in the process from the get go,” Andrea said. “It seemed like the recruiting process was left up to the parents so we took him places to get him exposed and kept praying.” After many football camps and a rogue recruit advisor, scholarship offers came from a list of schools that Russell narrowed to SMU, Air Force and Texas A&M. The list was further-shortened after SMU hired a new head coach

who wanted to utilize Caleb on the offensive line, which was not to his liking. Then, A&M was nearly eliminated from the list when Caleb’s recruitment file was lost during a coaching change. Bad news piled-on when the Russells were told that A&M could no longer honor the scholarship offer. Next on the list was a visit to Air Force, where his father, Ronnie, said Caleb became enamored with the thought of becoming a fighter pilot. The mountainous scenery of Colorado Springs, Colo., made See Russell on page 4

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Ohio State President Gordan Gee tackles the future of higher education

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Trevor Stevens The Battalion The Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee opened the fall 2011 Commitment to Excellence Dialogues Thursday evening in Rudder Theater. The Commitment to Excellence Dialogues are a series of lectures, divided into two segments: “Our Shared Responsibilities,” which focuses on the University’s respon-

sibility to advance Texas A&M’s role as a leader in higher education, and “Our Shared Accountability,” which focuses on how Texas A&M can continue to improve and demonstrate the University’s success. Time magazine named Gee one of the nation’s Top-10 university presidents in 2009. Gee has served Jay Kapadia — THE BATTALION as president or chancellor at several universities, both public and Dr. E. Gordon Gee, president of Ohio State University, speaks See Gee on page 4 Thursday in Rudder Theatre.

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Madeline Burns The Battalion Flying high above Kyle Field and circling the stadium with the G-forces pulling up and down and from side to side, Marine recruiters made their salespitch to students. For the past three days, the Marine Corps has been recruiting potential pilots at the College Station Eastwood Airport. At the event, Texas A&M students and prospective marines were able

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news for you texas Shoplifiter gets life in prsion after stealing from Wal-Mart FORT WORTH— A man has been sentenced to life in prison for shoplifting and knocking down a Fort Worth store worker who later died. The Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office says William Kennedy was sentenced Wednesday after being convicted of aggravated robbery. While fleeing a Walmart after stealing a television last year, the 38-year-old knocked down a worker who hit his head. Bruce Florence died nine days later in a hospital. The 56-year-old Florence suffered from hepatitis and had been waiting for a liver transplant. Tarrant County prosecutors told jurors that Kennedy had nine prior convictions, including ones for theft, drugs and burglary After the trial, prosecutor Nelda Cacciotti said she hopes all shoplifters get the message that thefts may have long-term consequences.

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The Battalion Star Wars — one of the most revered movie franchises of all time — releases in high definition Blu-ray Friday. The multi-billion dollar franchise, which started as an idea no one wanted, has extended beyond the reach of the original trilogy of films in video games, books and an animated TV series. Though director George Lucas has revised the series in years past, he offered a different opinion when speaking to Congress in 1988 on the issue of outside parties altering films. “People who alter or destroy works of art and our cultural heritage for profit or as an exercise of power are barbarians,” Lucas said. Changes include a difference in the sound ObiWan makes to scare off the Tusken Raiders in A New Hope; inserting Darth Vader’s “NOOOO” from Revenge of the Sith into the emperorkilling scene in Return of the Jedi; adding blinking eyes to the Ewoks and Yoda’s CGI makeover. “I’ve been a Star Wars fan since I was four years old and it has been very frustrating to see Mr. Lucas change his movies in this nit-picky fashion,” said Brandon Wainerdi,

The Force is strong ◗ The complete Star Wars saga releases in a Blu-ray combo pack with over 100 hours of bonus features. a sophomore business major. From a more technological standpoint, other students said that Blu-Ray was not really necessary for Star Wars, since the older films cannot make a significant jump in picture quality. “I thought the audio actually seemed off on the BluRay clips I’ve seen,” said Martin Hinojosa, senior telecommunications media studies major. Star Wars will contain a number of special features spread across 11 discs, most of which are behind-the-scenes documentaries like “Star Wars Tech” and “The Making of Star Wars.” There are two whole discs filled with archival footage of deleted, extended and alternate scenes. The special features also include a 91-minute section devoted to Star Wars spoofs from TV shows such as Family Guy and Robot Chicken. “I’ve had these Blu-Rays pre-ordered since January and I’m not canceling just yet,” said Wainerdi. “Unless they digitally add Jar Jar in The Empire Strikes Back.”

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Dorms adopt summer camp style housing Tori Blanchard Special to The Battalion A freshman eagerly anticipates the moment she has been waiting for all summer as she walks to her dorm room in Underwood Hall. After a few attempts, she finally gets her door open and holds her breath. The sounds of her roommates trying to unpack greet her — all three of them. Exacerbated by the recent destruction of Northside residence halls and enrollment increases in recent years, living situations like this have become common across campus. “Residence Life is currently building a new Northside hall on the site of the recently demolished Crocker, Moore and McInnis Halls,” said Jeff Wilson, assistant director of the division of student affairs. “The new hall is planned to [house] about 650 beds and will open in August 2013.” Underwood Hall is housing three or four students in some rooms that are built for two. Study carrels in other dorms have been converted into “temporary housing.” Due to a large recruitment class, there is no longer room for non-Corps students in the corps dorms on the Quadrangle. Freshman general studies major Brittany Perez has lived for four weeks in a converted study carrel in Aston Hall. Many students like Perez who requested modular dorms or units in the Commons were assigned to converted rooms. The former study area now contains a bed, a set of drawers and a clothing rack. Perez said a study carrel is a poor substitute for a dorm room. “It is quite different because I have to share a bath-

room with four other girls living in study carrels down the hall,” Perez said. “It is really inconvenient when I need to use the restroom but five other people may be using it, taking a shower, or the custodians are cleaning.” Carol Binzer, director of administrative and support services for the Department of Residence Life, said the unfortunate situation is unavoidable while the University constructs new dormitories. “Plans have been ongoing for years to build new dorms,” Binzer said. Binzer added that her department tried to create room for students by giving a penalty-free exit alternative. “This is the first time in approximately five years that there have been over-assignments,” Binzer said. “Residence Life offered to let applicants out of their contracts at no penalty to create room.” She also said the University sent e-mails notifying students who would be placed in temporary housing. In order to accommodate the destruction of dorms, Residence Life created new ways to house students who want to live on campus — or at least within dorm prices. “Residence life [compensated for] the demolition by opening The Gardens Two at University Apartments for [older] undergraduates — apartment style living at modular prices,” Binzer said. “Additionally, a record number of [juniors and seniors] elected to stay living in residence halls; more new students accepted offers of admission than in past years and applied to on-campus housing; and the Corps of Cadets grew to a record number and took back two halls on the Quad to accommodate both their growth and the clo-

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sure of Dorm 8.” Currently, all converted study carrels remain in Underwood hall. Residence life reported that these students will receive a 25 percent reduction in housing costs. “I applied for housing the day before the deadline,” Perez said. “It was pretty late, mostly because I was trying to decide which college to go to. I have a roommate and she doesn’t really like living in the study carrel either, but we saw some of the other study carrels and ours is much bigger, so it could have been worse.”

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Fall 2010

97 101 Percentage occupancy of campus dorms at 7,446, minus Corps dorms

Percentage occupancy of campus dorms at 6,767, minus Corps dorms.

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Gerson Mejia, freshman general studies major, lives in a converted study carrel in Dunn Hall. Mejia is still on the waiting list for an actual room.

Percentage occupancy of Corps dorms at 1,901

Percentage occupancy of Corps dorms at 2,083

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private, including Brown, Vanderbilt and Colorado in a career spanning 31 years. President R. Bowen Loftin initiated the lecture by introducing Gee to the audience, which included students, several system regents, Chancellor Sharp and faculty from both Texas A&M and Ohio State. “[Gee] has proclaimed far and wide that we [institutions of higher education] must fundamentally reinvent ourselves in order to be able to survive,” Loftin said. In Gee’s address about the future of higher education, he said educators and institu-

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to fly in one of the planes used by the United States military. Participants of this event had the chance to hear about the program and to experience a Marines tact takeoff. They even had the opportunity to fly the plane under close supervision. Captain David Mathes of the United States Marine Corps emphasized the effort necessary for the Marines to find qualified pilots. “The Marine Corps does not have its own service academy,” Mathes said. “The Air Force has one, [along with] the Army, Navy and Coast Guard. The bulk of their pilots — 90 percent of them — come from their service academy, so they don’t have to actively recruit across the U.S.” Mathes said that the timing of the event was meant to coincide with the Engineering Career Fair, as the Marine Corps has often pulled some of their most qualified individuals from engineering col-

thebattalion A&M, I knew he was going to use that same fighter pilot passion to do great things there.” Russell redshirted his freshman year, the team’s first under head coach Mike Sherman, but continued to lift and review film in order to earn a spot on the team the following season. Russel said his desire to wear the Twelfth Man jersey supplied him with the energy to maintain a rigorous work routine. He reached that goal the following year in a 59-19 victory against UAB. Russell never recorded a tackle in 2009, but focused on little aspects to improve his chances and help the team reach its goals. Again in 2010, Russell’s hard work paid off as he was promoted to top backup at the “joker” position, behind future second-overall NFL draft pick Von Miller. Russell recorded four tackles in eight games, and received offseason hype as A&M’s preseason breakout player of the year in Texas Football Magazine. Coach Sherman said at the Big 12 Media Days that in some ways, Russell is more athletic than Von Miller. “He’s big and strong and

he’s probably stronger than Von,” Sherman said. “He’s starting to come into his own as a football player now and I’m kind of excited to see that. He can get to be a little too emotional sometimes and do some things I don’t like him to do.” Even with the high expectations that come with Russell replacing an All-American, Russell said he has worked to remain level-headed and has focused on performing to the best of his ability in spring and summer practices. The Russells said they were ecstatic to hear that their son’s efforts in the Maroon and White Game earned him the fan vote as the Twelfth Man for the season opener. They received more good news when they learned Russell earned the starting position at “joker.” But the best news of all came when head coach Mike Sherman informed Caleb that his improvement also earned him a scholarship. “We are blown away by God’s way of making this all work out,” Ronnie Russell said. “We’re thankful for Coach Sherman’s vision of giving Caleb a chance.”

Before the SMU game, that came with Russell ran out of the tunnel wearing No. 12 and waving a Twelfth Man towel, igniting the student section into a series of loud, whoops. He said it was exciting to finally realize his dream of starting at a Division 1 school but he remained focused on the task at hand. “When I get in the game, you really don’t hear or see anything else besides the play. It’s kind of like tunnel vision because you’re focused on the play and focused on doing your job right.” The Aggies won against the Mustangs 46-14, with the defense allowing 348 yards and forcing two turnovers. Although the maroon and white emerged victorious, Russell said the work is just beginning. “We have to strive for excellence,” Russell said. “If you feel like something has paid off, you got to keep working past that. You can’t settle, you can’t take a step back and say ‘oh, wow, this is cool.’ You got to keep grinding.”

tions of higher education must change because the nation cannot afford universities that are irrelevant. “Irreversible forward momentum, to me, in essence is not what we can do but what we must do,” Gee said. “Positive change and expanding and improving what we know and who we reach is the physics of academic momentum that forwards from the University to students to research departments and to all constituents.” Gee also said the catalyst of virtually all economic progress will be new ideas. “I’ve spent some time in India and China,” Gee said. “The 1.3 billion Chinese overwhelm almost every task, and they do it well. The 1.2 billion Indians will grow to

be 2 billion by 2050. There is no way for us to compete in simple scale, because there are 307 million Americans. But there is a way for us to compete; we take what we do and we out-think in order to perform.” Throughout his lecture, Gee continually returned to his point that for institutions of higher education to be effective and fruitful for the nation, they must be relevant to the community around them. “The internet has opened a virtual door to crowdsourcing, and our far-flung minds are being marshaled to find unconventional solutions, and universities must not be left behind, trapped in the old ways of thinking,” Gee said. John Leask, a junior industrial distribution major, said he

thinks A&M does a good job of being relevant to the College Station community. “We have lots of events that reach out to the community and I think they typically appreciate our involvement with them.” Leask said. Gee said he actively engages the citizens of Ohio, whether it is at fairs or at the state capital, to be connected with the community. Leask said Gee’s speech on the future of higher education left him more satisfied with the degree he is receiving. “The value of a degree is worth a good bit more than a million dollars,” Gee said. “The value of a college degree is truth and beauty and depth and purpose and hope and meaning and connection and sustenance and possibility.”

leges. The goal of the event was to recruit the most competent applicants and to educate students on the Marine Corps aviation program. “They developed this program to spread the word about Marine aviation,” Mathes said. “You’d be surprised how many kids don’t even know the Marine Corps has an air force. Did you know that that Marine Corps, percentagewise, has a larger air force than the Air Force?” Doug Melde, a recent A&M graduate, said that the reputation, history and values of the Marine Corps attracted him to the program over those offered by other divisions of the armed forces. Melde said he had applied to the Marine Corps aviation program before the recruiting event, but jumped at the opportunity to go up in the plane. “I absolutely love being in the air,” Melde said. “The ability to move in any direction, and the view from being up there is awesome. I also love the feeling of increased G-force as we turn, it inexplicably makes me instantly exuberant.” Aaron Cranford, a junior

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Recruitment Marine Captain David Mathes and Captain Charlie Stocker stand in front of a TC-12 plane. member of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets, explained why joining the Marines, Corps was a future goal of his. “I believe the thing that made me personally attracted to the Marines is the sense of camaraderie that the Marines share with each other that I believe no other branch achieves,” Cranford said. “While there was a lot of influence from having a father and a brother serve as Marines it was also the level of training that the Marines have. The Marines have been proven to have the most difficult and longest basic training than any

other branch.” Capt. Charlie Stocker, who is currently stationed in College Station, works to recruit A&M students year round and is himself an Aggie. “Our biggest responsibility is getting exposure around campus,” Stocker said. Stocker also said that what makes the Marine Corps aviation program different from others is that its participants are guaranteed spots in the aviation school before being committed to the program. This adds an extra incentive for those interested in being pilots.

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Aggies prepare for challenge against Idaho Austin Meek The Battalion After a well-deserved bye week following its 46-14 drumming of SMU in the first game of the season, the No. 8 Texas A&M football team is itching to get on the field and start a string of eleven games in 11 weeks. “It’s gonna be a long stretch but I think we can use that to our advantage,� senior quarterback Ryan Tannehill said. “If we can get on a streak and just start winning games then it’ll play out to our benefit.� Tannehill knows something about momentum. Last year, he led the Aggies to six consecutive wins after taking the quarterbacking helm from incumbent Jerrod Johnson, and opened the 2011 season with a two-touchdown, 246-yard performance. Senior defensive lineman Tony JerodEddie also turned heads in his season debut, earning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors for his career-high 3-sack effort. He spearheaded a defensive assault that downed SMU quarterbacks 8 times, marking the most sacks in a game since 2002 against Pittsburgh. “This year I’m really counting on him to be a staple on our defense — to be the enforcer, so to speak, to give us a sense of toughness within that front seven,� head coach Mike Sherman said. “We have some new people playing there, and he’s someone who has played a lot of football for us. I’m really counting on his leadership ability to step forward, and I think he’s done a really good job of that.� One of the brightest spots in the Aggies’ game against the Mustangs was the play of the secondary, a question mark at the beginning of last season. Junior cornerback Steven Campbell and safety Trent Hunter both picked off SMU’s highly touted Kyle Padron in the first quarter. Padron didn’t return after SMU’s third possession. “We push each other every day in practice,� senior cornerback Terrence

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Birthday benefits Bastrop The Battalion The fires in and around Bastrop have left thousands of people homeless and tens of thousands of acres of land destroyed.When Eduardo Sanchez, a senior ocean engineering major from Houston, saw the destruction firsthand, he decided to help the victims in any way he could. “I went to San Antonio that Sunday, when the fires had just begun,� Sanchez said. “On the way back, I got stuck in Bastrop. I witnessed everything and met people who were affected by the fires. Witnessing it really made me want to volunteer and try to find different ways to help.� Sanchez said for his birthday his friends suggested they go to Northgate and celebrate, but he told them to save that money and donate it to his cause. He spent the money on cases of water and other supplies to send to the fire victims. Juan Mata is one of Sanchez’s friends who spent his money on relief supplies. Mata said he donated the money because he wanted to help the fire victims and because he wanted to help Sanchez accomplish his vision.

“It’s a really admirable thing for him to do. Most people would want to party, but he just wants to help the people of Bastrop,� Mata said. April Baltensperger, who graduated from A&M in 2011, has also helped Sanchez in his efforts to aid the fire victims by donating money for supplies. Baltensperger said that Sanchez called her last week and described to her the destruction he had seen. “He told me that we needed to do something to help,� Baltensperger said. “Eduardo feels really compassionate for the victims. It’s really awesome what he’s done. Most people get an idea but never act on it. He shows how important it is to act on those visions. If it changes just one person’s life, it’s worth it.� Sanchez knew someone from the Bastrop area who planned to go back home this past weekend with relief supplies she had gathered. Between the two of them, they filled her Dodge Dakota “I feel accomplishment knowing that I’ve helped,� Sanchez said. “But I’m not doing this for me. I’m doing this for the evacuees.� Sanchez said he spoke to his classes and a few area churches in hopes to con-

Straube sets high goals for math department Kelly Tucker The Battalion On Sept. 1, the Mathematics Department entered a new era of leadership under Emil Straube. He replaces Albert Boggess, who led the department from 2002 to 2011. “He’s an outstanding mathematician and educator,� said Harold Boas, an A&M mathematics professor. “He’s very effective in working with people so I think he will do an excellent job in helping Straube the department realize its potential.� Straube received both the Outstanding Teaching Award in 1997 and Outstanding Service Award in 1998 from the mathematics department in recognition of his contributions as an educator. In addition to being a well-respected teacher, Straube has made achievements in research. Straube, who has been a member of the department for more than 20 years, has researched extensively on and become an expert in several complex variables and partial differential equations. He earned a Ph.D in mathematics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in 1983 and held several postdoctoral appointments before becoming an assistant professor at Texas A&M in 1987. While at Texas A&M, Straube has received numerous grants from National Science Foundation to continue his research. In 1995, he received the Bergman Award from the American Mathematics Society along with Boas for their work on the regularity properties of the Cauchy-Riemann equations and their consequences for biholomorphic mappings of domains defined in complex Euclidean space. “The Department of Mathematics teaches 25,000 students per year. At the same time, it is a highly ranked research department: the recent National Research Council rankings put us 14th nationally among public institutions,� Straube said. The new department head

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already has plans for improving the nationally ranked mathematics department. “My goal is to build on these strengths,� Straube said. “In particular, we will further adapt our course offerings to the continuously evolving, highly competitive career paths for which we prepare our students.� Specifically, Straube plans to enhance students’ experiences with online tools and post-graduate programs. “We will continue to make available proven effective online instructional technology to our students,� Straube said. “We will expand our efforts to provide meaningful and realistic experiences for undergraduates. These efforts will be guided by the unique experience and outlook provided by our strong graduate and research programs,� Straube said. He predicted that the continued improvement of already highly successful programs would help the department gain even more national prestige. “I will work hard to help these programs continue their amazing recent successes; in particular, I see no reason why we shouldn’t be a top 10 public department.� Making these goals a reality will prove to be no easy task given the recent sharp cuts to educations budgets across the state. Students in particular are concerned but optimistic about their new leader. “Straube knows what he’s talking about, so if there’s something he wants to do, I think he’ll have no trouble getting his point across effectively and convincingly,� said senior mathematics major Kirk Nelson. Straube has already begun considering how he can effectively lead. “Right now, the main challenges result from tight budgets,� Straube said. “This means finding new ways of delivering student services so that the same quality can be provided at lower costs. In terms of developing the faculty, it means finding creative ways to put together packages that let us compete for the best mathematicians worldwide.�

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undocumented residents who attend college or serve two years in the military. The Dream Act passed the House of Representatives in 2010, but failed in the Senate. Luis said by speaking at the panel he hoped to enlighten people about what it means to be undocumented in the U.S. “We want to be able to put a face to the issue of undocumented students,” Luis said. “Usually whenever somebody thinks of an undocumented person they think of a criminal, they think of a liar, someone who is in jail, someone who is a bad member of society, but we are ready to put a human side to the issue — there’s a member of the Fighting Texas Aggie Band, a student with a 4.0, someone who wants to be a teacher. These are all good people. ” Luis said that approximately 160 A&M students were classified as undocumented minorities in the spring semester. He added that being a student at one of the most conservative universities in the nation has been rough, but he is proud of who he is and continues to remain hopeful. “I was shot twice in both of my arms after leaving a country of violence and after my dad abused us everyday physically, emotionally, spiritually,” Luis said. “I want to give back. I have been offered jobs internationally already — France and Italy — and I don’t want to go anywhere I want to give to the one place that has given so much to me and that’s the United States.” Co-founder of CSMA, Tailandia, class of 2010, said her dream is to be able to teach students at a public institution. While she has received her teaching certifications, she is currently unemployed. Tailandia spoke under the condition that her last name not be disclosed. “The act passed in 2001 and I graduated from high school in 2006, so I always knew it’s something that was going to happen but I am disappointed,” Tailandia said. “All of those schools told me they would hire me if they could, but they can’t. I know I would have a job and I know that I am capable of it but I can’t — they can’t legally hire me.” A variation of the Dream Act has passed in 12 states, including Texas. The law allows undocumented students to qualify for in-state tuition. “There’s a lot of dreamers who are scared to share their story — especially at A&M so we’re just trying to provide a voice for them,” Tailandia said. After sharing their stories, Luis ended the panel on an emotional note. He recalled receiving an email from an incoming freshman student who was worried about applying to A&M because of his undocumented status. “A guy just came up to me and asked me for my name.

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The Council for Minority Student Affairs hosted a panel discussion to address topics of immigration and discrimination that many immigrants face throughout their lives and time at Texas A&M. After I told him, he replied you’re the guy who helped me come to college,” Luis said. “And for that reason

alone, if we don’t come out and risk everything, were not going to gain anything.”

An A&M shirt hangs outside St. Paul’s Cathedral near Ground Zero in September, 2001.

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news for you texas Aid coming to Bastrop area BASTROP — Federal and state officials say more government aid will flow to those fighting Texas’ wildfires as well as residents whose homes were destroyed by the blazes. The Texas Forest Service said Thursday that grants totaling $27 million will be expedited for use by volunteer firefighters under the state’s Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program. The agency said another $5 million will be made available to pay for equipment. The money was requested by Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Texas House Speaker Joe Straus. Associated Press

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