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Stand and deliver Actor, activist addresses students, Hispanic community Barrett House The Battalion Academy Award-nominated actor and social activist Edward James Olmos was warmly welcomed to Aggieland as he came to engage students and discuss important issues with his own touch of drama and comedy. Olmos was invited to the University by the Committee for the Awareness of MexicanAmerican Culture to be the keynote speaker for the opening ceremony Monday for Hispanic Heritage Month. Olmos is known for his roles in “Stand and Deliver,” “Battlestar Galactica,” and “Selena.” Outside of acting, Olmos is involved in social activism for the betterment of the Latin community. Prior to Olmos’s speech, President R. Bowen Loftin shared some historical facts with the audience about Hispanic history at A&M. Loftin said Hispanics have been involved with the school since its beginning. “The history of Tejanos and Hispanics in Texas is the history of Texas A&M,” Loftin said. “They came from all kinds of backgrounds, came here to become part of this great Aggie family.” Loftin sais the influence of the Hispanic community is felt today as their presence on campus continues to grow.

inside science | 3 Human submarine Texas A&M ocean engineering students are bringing imagination to reality as they build a racing human-powered submarine. After a year of production, the team has their sights set on taking the top prize in the International Submarine Race.

lifestyles | 4 Living partners As the semester begins to take off with assignments, quizzes and exams, the honeymoon phase with your roommates begins to run its course. Despite the growing tension, there are ways to keep the relationship from reaching the boiling point.

“Now there are 8,160 Latinos here at Texas A&M — almost 20 percent of the student body,” Loftin said. “This month recognizes the extraordinary contributions of Latinos for this state and this school, and certainly this nation.” After Olmos was welcomed by the crowd with cheers and “whoops,” he responded with a “whoop” of his own. Olmos expressed his appreciation for A&M and Aggie football before settling into his speech, which covered topics ranging from the Latino community in the country, race relations across the globe and the importance of education. Olmos shared his experiences he’s had with issues — such as the Dream Act — directly impacting the Hispanic community, but said the difficulties associated with them have made individuals stronger. “I’ve been with a lot of the Dream Act kids. I told them, ‘You’re so lucky to have been able to understand your life in the way you understand it,’” Olmos said. “It has been so difficult that it’s made you even stronger now.” Olmos said he made those individuals a promise — a promise he applied to everyone See Olmos on page 6


Actor, director and Latino activist Edward James Olmos speaks at the Hispanic Heritage Month Opening Ceremony Monday evening at the MSC Ballroom. He said there is not one U.S. holiday where a Latino is honored.


U.S. representative shares political insight Annabelle Hutchison Special to The Battalion Bill Flores, U.S. Representative for Texas’ 17th Congressional District, led a town hall meeting Monday to address national issues such as the economy, energy and health care. The Annenberg Presidential Conference Center at the Bush School was the last of three town hall meetings held by Flores across Texas. In the meetings, Flores updated constituents on the work he is doing in Washington and listened to their concerns about various national issues. “This is what I have been trying to do in Congress,” Flores said. “I have been trying to follow the constitution, put Americans back in control of their government, develop mainstream solutions, not Washington solutions, to build a strong economy,

to help our job creators, to help balance the budget.” Flores spoke directly to college students and gave statistics about the economy and unemployment and said college graduates have been particularly hurt by the economy. “In terms of jobs and the economy, we still have the worst unemployment crisis since the great depression,” Flores said. “Half of recent college graduates are jobless.” Flores spoke about his party’s proposed solutions for the problems facing our country at the meeting and said he wanted to try to fix the fiscal debt. “As with any business that is in trouble, there are two things you need to fix,” Flores said. “You need to stop spending. You also need to grow your income.” See Flores on page 6


Congressman Bill Flores addresses his constituents during a Town Hall meeting Monday night at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center.



Borlaug legacy helping relieve world hunger

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Special to The Battalion He cared care about students at Texas H fed more starving peoA&M. He ple than he fed himself. Father of the green g revolution and Nobel Peace Peac Prize winner, Norman Borlaug was wa also said to have been a hands-on, ppractical researcher. N Named after the accompplished scholar, The Norm man Borlaug Institute ca carries on the efforts of Mr. Borlaug. “The goal [of the institute] is to help the world become free fre of poverty and hunger,” said Julie Borlaug, Mr. Borlaug’s granddaug granddaughter and the associate director for f external relations for the institu institute. Born in Cresco, Iowa, Mr. Borllaug completed his undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees

at the University of Minnesota. He then went on to lead wheat production improvement efforts in Mexico, and develop grain varieties for feeding starving peoples around the globe. During his 20 years in Mexico, and he and his colleagues perfected a dwarf wheat variety that was resistant to diseases, produced a wheat strain with stalks that wouldn’t bend or break. Mr. Borlaug was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his humanitarian efforts in improving cereal crops, such as wheat. He is known as the Father of the green revolution, which was a series of initiatives to spark an increase in agricultural production to feed the worlds’ growing population. He influenced public policy, advised leaders, was a source of inspiration for countless individuals, and is credited with saving more than a billion people from starvation.

Kevin Andrews Special to The Battalion Football season in Aggieland is well underway, but athletes from other varsity sports are working hard to build championships — and fan support. The 12th Man Student Foundation is hosting a series of free events where students can interact with varsity athletes from a variety of sports. The first social will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Cox-McFerrin Center at Reed Arena, and will feature players from the men’s and women’s basketball teams and a catered barbeque dinner. Daniel Alexander, a redshirt sophomore forward, is one of several Aggie basketball players planning to attend the event. “We’re excited to bring fellow students into our facilities to hang out and give them an inside look into what it means to play basketball for



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A&M sprays campus for West Nile Virus In coordination with the Brazos County Health Department, Texas A&M University is addressing the mosquito population to reduce the risk of contracting the West Nile Virus in the Brazos County area. “If you have to pick the most dangerous animal in the world, most people would be surprised to hear that it’s the mosquito,” said Michael Merchant, a professor and extension urban entomologist who works for the Texas A&M urban extension service in Dallas. “Mosquitos and the diseases that they transmit are responsible for more human death and illness than any other kind of animal.” The University will ground fog for mosquitos early Wednesday morning, said environmental health and safety

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director John Salsman yesterday in an email to students, faculty and staff. Pesticides will be dispersed in creek beds, storm drains and heavily foliaged areas on campus. The pesticides are designed to kill only mosquitos. “[The Brazos County Health Department] has been detecting large numbers of mosquitos that are positive for the West Nile Virus around the Brazos County, and it’s been like that all summer,” Salsman. This threat, although serious, is not a new one. The Brazos County Health Department has been tracking and testing mosquitos all summer, as well as in preceding years. “We had West Nile Virus mosquitos in Brazos County last year and the year before,” Salsman said. “Texas A&M

and both cities have been taking actions to attempt to reduce the population of mosquitos.” Like A&M and the Brazos County area, other Texas cities, like Dallas and Houston are taking action to reduce the mosquito population and prevent new cases of the virus. In addition to the measures the University is taking to reduce the risk of the virus, individuals can also take steps to prevent personal infection. Salsman advises to avoid standing water, to wear insect repellant with DEET, to avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn and to wear long sleeves and pants when outdoors. Emily Villani, staff writer

Business Career Fair begins Tuesday The Business Student Council is kicked off the annual Business Career Fair on Tuesday. Alex Phillips, the President of the Business Student Council said that the Council exists to serve May’s Business School. “One of the ways we do this is through the career fair,” Phillips said. “This is one of the largest student-led career fairs in the nation.” Kyle Klansick,vice president of Business Student Council, said recruiters come back to the career fair every year for the Aggies and encouraged students to do research on the companies and to be confident. “If students could hear the things I have heard from these recruiters, they would be a lot more confident going in,” Klansick said. “Recruiters really do love Aggies.” Jennifer Keith, staff writer

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A&M submarine team dives to success Autumn Rizzo The Battalion At first mention, a human-powered submarine race seems more likely to be a scene from “Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” with a submarine under the command of Captain Nemo than a student organization. However, while The Nautilus was a figment of Jules Verne’s imagination, Aggie Ocean Engineering students have been making it a reality for the past two decades. The A&M Human-Powered Submarine Team has been designing, constructing and racing submarines. A team of about twenty students work together to choose materials, shape, design the interior and make all the decisions that will lead to a buoyant, hydrodynamic craft. The team has built eight submarines since 1991, including the Maroon Harpoon. Each craft takes a year to build and often includes revisions, post-testing or

racing. The team first runs digital Computational Fluid Dynamics simulations, which test how the current craft shape, surface and interior design will go through the water, and tests miniature models as well. For construction, the team must build a ventilated room in order to contain the fumes from the process, build the frames necessary to hold the submarine mold while layering the shell material — in the Maroon Haroon’s case, Kevlar — and foam in between the shell to keep the submarine buoyant. “Construction is pretty much 24 hours a day with people coming and going,” said senior ocean engineering major Cory Taylor. “It’s pretty detailed work.” After construction, the team tests at the Offshore Technology Research Center on West Campus. Unfortunately, the team only has a few nights of the year to test the submarine, so the pressure is high to foresee all possible prob-

Photos by Thomas Storey — THE BATTALION

The submersible is powered by a student pilot who must pedal continuously in order to move the craft underwater.

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Members of the A&M Human-Powered Submarine Team are SCUBA certified and can escape the submarine in less than 10 seconds in the event of an emergency. lems and weak points between testing availability. “Some of the teams [at the 2012 International Submarine Races in June] were still constructing the day of the race,” said Ginny Whisenhunt, senior ocean engineering major and co-captain of the team. Safety regulations are also strict because the pilot must be submerged for the duration of the race. Not all teams pass the safety requirements. Racing is a humanpowered event, so oxygen availability, space for the pilot of no more than 5’10’’ tall, ergonomics and the pilot’s athleticism must be considered. “It’s definitely an athletic event,” said Todd Shipman, senior ocean engineering major and co-captain of the team. The pilots must be fit enough to pedal continuously in a cramped space. Fortunately, most of the pilots already cycle or do other aerobic exercise multiple times

per week. Similar to many athletic teams, skill and preparation by the pilot are also key. In order to reach the fastest speed at different measuring points throughout the race, the pilot constantly adjusts the angle of the boat in the water, looks for hand signals from team members and is ready to unlatch and swim to the surface at a moment’s notice. It’s this attention to detail and dedication that puts A&M at an increasingly higher rank in the world of international submarine racing. They placed seventh in the most recent International Submarine Race with the Maroon Harpoon, despite the increasing number of annual competitive schools. Their next submarine, starting construction this year, is taking it one step further by adding a second pilot to the design. “It will definitely be a new challenge,” Whisenhunt said. “But that’s always exciting.”

news for you nation&world Endeavour stuck in Florida NASA’s youngest shuttle was supposed to depart Florida’s Kennedy Space Center on Monday for its permanent museum home in Los Angeles. But stormy weather along the Gulf of Mexico nixed the travel plans until Wednesday morning. The shuttle will be bolted to the top of a modified jumbo jet when it leaves Florida. Endeavour will stop off in Houston, home to Mission Control, and fly low over NASA facilities en route. After a stop at Edwards Air Force Base in California, it will arrive at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, a day later than planned. Endeavour, which retired last year, will go on display at the California Science Center.

iPhone 5 orders top 2 million in 24 hours Orders for the iPhone 5 topped 2 million in their first 24 hours, more than double the amount of its predecessor over the same period. Apple said Monday that while most orders will be delivered on Friday, demand for the iPhone 5 exceeds the initial supply. As a result, some of the devices are scheduled for delivery in October. The iPhone 5 represents the first major revision of the iPhone’s screen size since the first model was introduced in 2007. The iPhone 5 will be available at Apple’s 356 U.S. stores starting Friday. Each customer who makes a purchase at an Apple store will be offered free personal setup service, which will help them customize their device. The phone will be available in more than 22 countries on Sept. 28.

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Battle of the roommates University offers students conflict-resolution services Joanna Raines The Battalion The honeymoon phase is over. Exams are beginning, time commitments are straining, and slowly but surely, that roommate you’ve been living with reheats more and more Thai takeout every week. Roommate conflict can intensify the stresses of college life, often leading to increased anxiety and decreased academic performance. Knowing the steps to take when personalities collide can make or break a student’s college experience. Students can take preventative measures to alleviate brewing tensions before they reach a boiling point. “The earlier issues are dealt with, the more easily they are resolved and the less aggravated the parties get,� said Carol Binzer, director of administrative and support services department of residence life. It’s important to remember that conflict in living situations is normal. Most commonly, the conflicts Binzer has seen have been centered around food and cleaning. Open communication is key. One form of open communication is a “roommate contract,� which is available to both on-campus and off-campus students and can help ease conflict. “It can be awkward, especially if you’ve never had to live with someone else before,� said Mibika Morehead, program coordinator for the department of student life. “Even communicating how you’re going to communicate can set you up for success.� The contract should address lifestyle preferences such as cleaning, pets and finances that will allow students to set boundaries. If open communication doesn’t help the situation, it might be time to bring in a third party. “I would say that students should seek a third party, in the form of someone in their hall’s

staff, when they feel that the disagreement or issue is affecting their ability to feel comfortable in their room,â€? said Eric Busche, junior political science major. A third party can act as a mediator to help keep the peace in tough situations. For on-campus students, there are live-in staff that act as neutral parties and promote community among residents. There are also resources avail-able to off-campus studentss through adult, graduate and off-campus student services. Thesee resources can help solve conflictt between roommates and between residents and management. The last resort in resolving roommate conflict is complete separation. This option is nearly impossible for off-campus students due to lease agreements, but resident life does allow on-campus students to move at high levels of disagreement. “When students are interested in switching roommates due to a conflict, they will have to have exhausted all hopes of coming to a solution,â€? Binzer said. There is no roommate pair that is immune to disagreements. Friends and strangers alike will rub each other the wrong way, but it is the way in which these conflicts are handled that can make the difference between friends and enemies. “We had a case where two gh high friends who had gone through school together ‌ got intoo a bitter argument about just nott living aks, aswell together.â€? said Sarah Jaks, sistant coordinator for adult, gradurvices. ate and off campus student services. “It turned into one of those things et out where they both wanted to get of it.â€? By taking advantage of the student counseling services and madult, graduate and off-camnts pus student services, students me can maintain a peaceful home or life that is an environment for success.

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Elise Brunsvold: Roommate personalities are plentiful but diverse


very college student has heard the roommate horror stories, from psycho suitemates to best friends gone rogue. Here are five types of roommates that top the list: The Hot Mess Th If you’re a clean freak, llook away now. The m messy roommate is the w worst when it comes tto personal belongings and an trying to keep a dorm room organized. This disorderly individual often comes with a floor covered in dirty cloth clothes and more than a coup couple left out and half-eaten sandwiches. san You might even wonder wo what’s lurking just beneath bene the layer of clothing that decorates your dorm room. Whatever the case, the W messy roommate is often one of the least fun, fu with the mixing up of personal belongings and embarrassment when guests come over being just a couple of the less than fun side effects.

The Vampire With different classes andd Wi intere interests, clashing sched-ules can be a big problem m whe when it comes to room-mat mates. Some situationss are less severe, with onee room roommate waking upp earli earlier or going to bedd a little later than thee ot other. t Other situa-tio tions, however, are a little to deal with.. lit ttle harder h The vampire roommate is one such suuch case, often sleepingg day andd staying out or partying all night. This can ruinn all da any sleeping schedule and make it harder for one roommate to be in the room during the day.

The Thief More than a few college students have had the ultimate displeasure of being stuck with a robbing roommate. Often “borrowing� or “accidentally taking� what is yours, these roommates will stop at nothing to wear your clothes and use your stuff. This situation is more than awkward, awkwa with tense confrontations and uncomfortable u encounters often ensuing. ensu Though it’s almost impossible to keep your stuff out of o your roommate’s reach—seeing r as you share s a room and ADT isn’t dorm friendly— you can always file a complaint or at a least take comfo comfort in the knowle knowledge that styl is to steal your style for.

The Food Hoarder Some unlucky students always get stuck with the food-hoarding roommate. This individual loves their snackage, often hiding Teddy Grahams, Gushers, and NutriGrain bars in various alcoves about the room. Though this can be manageable, the addition of produce and/or rotting substances can make this situation unbearable. After all, no one wants the smell of turkey or decaying bananas banana wafting from their dorm room.

The Non-Rent-Paying Roommatee If your roommate has a clingy boyfriend or girlfriend, you may be more than familiar with the he unwanted third roomie. This individual, though gh not technically a resident, seems to spend all theirr time in your room. Though it can be fun getting to know them at first, their squatter-like habits can get annoying noying as the school year drags on. Not only does this prohibit ibit you from walking around in your underwear, but the relationship between you and your roommate can remain underdeveloped as well, making the non-rent-paying roommate an unwanted addition.


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Texas A&M,” Alexander said. “We did this last year and it was a great experience, so we’re looking forward to doing it again.” Participation in this event is limited to the first 75 students and there is no cost to attend. After a barbeque dinner, the players will hold a Qand-A session and give a tour of the facilities. However, eating barbeque and socializing with students isn’t all the basketball team has been doing. “We’ve been working really hard in the offseason and can’t wait to get back on the court to start our season,” Alexander said. Tina Scott, president of 12th Man Student Foundation, is looking forward to hosting similar events down the road. “We’re working right now to plan events with several different teams including baseball and softball in October, and swimming and diving in November, so that





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students can get to know the athletes and see the facilities,” Scott said. 12th Man Student Foundation is also sponsoring a road trip for students to the rescheduled football game against Louisiana Tech. Members of the organization can travel on a charter bus to Shreveport, stay at a hotel and receive a ticket to the game for $100, while nonmembers pay $135. Megan Lawrence is one of the officers planning this trip. “This is a great opportunity for students to get to an away game this year for a very low cost,” Lawrence said. “But more importantly, it puts members of the 12th Man in the stands of our opponent’s stadium to stand and yell for our team.” The social with the basketball team takes place Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in one of the practice spaces at the CoxMcFerrin Center of Reed Arena. More information can be found on 12th Man Student Foundation’s Facebook page.



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Earn money and work around your class schedule! The Battalion Advertising Office has an immediate opening for an Advertising Sales Representative. Must be enrolled at A&M and have reliable transportation. Interested applicants should drop off resume in the MSC Suite 400, Battalion Advertising Office from 8am-4pm. Experienced auto mechanic. Must have own tools. Flexible schedule. Stratta Auto Care 979-703-7936. Hallmark Cleaners hiring delivery driver and counter help. Apply in person 3611 S.College Ave. J.Cody’s hiring meat cutters and cashiers, apply within 3610 South College. No experience necessary, just common sense! Looking for enthusiastic female student to pick up 3-kids at 3-schools, help with homework and prepare a snack. Ages 14,11,9. M/W/F, 3-5:30, Fridays are flexible. $15/hr. Must have reliable transportation, clean driving record, experience, non-smoker. Email resume to Not sure what you want to do when you graduate? Let us give you the opportunity to see if this is the business for you! Manager trainee position available, part-time, to see if this is what you would like. Ag owned and operated since 1987. College Station Pawn is seeking business majors for possible full-time manager position. Apply in person at 2232 S. Texas Avenue, ask for Donna. Nursery workers, Sunday school teachers for children, musicians for worship team. Casa de Dios.1700 Groesbeck, Bryan. Transportation provided, Hector Part-time job helping handicapped. Male student preferred. $360/mo. 5-10hrs/wk. 979-846-3376. Play an active role in website development! Neutral Posture is looking for someone to enhance web applications and develop database-driven web interfaces & new applications. This project based position offers flexible 20-30 hours/week schedule. EOE. Send resume to Student work! part-time work, $16 base-appt. flexible, conditions apply, all ages 17+, call now! 979-260-4555. Visit our website

The Callaway House, a private student housing residence hall, is accepting applications for the following positions: Kitchen Supervisor, Prep Cook, Dining Attendant, Dishwasher, Server (part-time). Apply in person at: 301 George Bush Drive West or online at: our-company/employment EOE. The Dollar Floor Store hiring part time workers. Fork lift experience a plus but no experience necessary. Must be able to lift and pass drug screening. Please contact David Makuta at 979-775-9200. Tutors wanted for all subjects currently taught at TAMU/ Blinn and Sam Houston State starting at $8.75/hour. Apply on-line @, 979-268-8867.

MUSIC Private guitar lessons in my home, beginner through advanced, blues, rock, jazz. Call Phil 281-785-3729.

REAL ESTATE B/CS. Sell/Buy/Invest! Michael McGrann TAMU ‘93 Civil Engineering 979-739-2035, 979-777-6211, Town & Country Realty.

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Edward James Olmos stars in many Latino themed movies such as “Stand and Deliver� and “Selena�. Olmos strives for Latino rights, equal education and fair opportunity.

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in the audience — to pass that strength on to others. “Promise me that when you’re at the full understanding of yourself and you’re at the top of your game and you’re really doing well and you’re really the best teacher you can be, grab the children from your culture and educate them,� Olmos said. Olmos said those in the audience

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Mr. Borlaug was offered a teaching position at A&M for the fall of 1984. He was a hands-on and practical researcher, and spent time working alongside students, interns and farm workers in the field. He was involved with the University and students right up until he died in 2009. “He loved the spirit and students of the University,� Julie said. The Bolraug Institute provides policymakers, researchers and University faculty with scientific training and collaborative research opportunities. It is the international version of Texas A&M Agrilife Extension and Research, which serves Texans by providing educational services on a community level. Vincente Partida, communications coordinator for the institute, said undergraduate and graduate students can qualify for internships. “We do research and development all over the world,� Partida said. Partida was introduced to the institute by former director Edwin Price. During his junior year at A&M, he participated in an internship with the institute in Guatemala with the help of Johanna Roman, coodinator for Latin American programs.

should fully realize their educational potential, which in turn will positively impact others. “You’ve got to doctorate. Discipline yourself to go that extra mile,� Olmos said. “Do it because you’re not only going to help yourself and your family but everybody around you. Everybody will benefit from that.� Olmos also spoke about the issue of race, saying there isn’t one national holiday dedicated to someone of Latin descent. “If it wasn’t for Martin Luther King there isn’t one person of color we say

thank you to in this country,� Olmos said. “There are no national heroes of Latin descent. We know many that should be.� Olmos didn’t hesitate — as noticed by students such as junior kinesiology major Evan Boullosa — to speak about sensitive topics that could be viewed as controversial. “He addressed sensitive topics responsibly but didn’t pull punches,� Boullosa said. “The speech was given with such confidence and sincerity that it was easy to side with him.�

Partida was then hired as a student worker in South Africa during his senior year. “[The Borlaug Institute] is a great resource with many possibilities for students,� Partida said. “There [are] lots of opportunity in international development in agriculture, education and health care.� Student organizations can also apply to participate in the projects offered by the institute. The Freshman Leadership Institute and the Academy For International Leaders took groups of students to help in Guatemala. One of the projects within the Guatemala internships included building greenhouses, as well as teaching children the nutritional values of vegetables and how to raise them. Students participated in training on how to teach youth activities when they got to Guatemala. Interns also had the opportunity to teach farmers and farmer’s cooperatives how to integrate technology and help with management systems. Students and faculty are paired with projects based on the need of the area and the funding available to the institute. The United States Department of Agriculture aids in funding for the internships in Guatemala. The Rwanda Spread Program is another example of what the institute is involved in. The program was dedicated to

helping the area back onto its feet after the 1994 genocide. The program educated young farmers and the widows from the genocide about the management and quality control of coffee production. Premium coffee sells for up to five times the cost of regular coffee beans, and with this program, small farmers were able to achieve that quality and gain access to the higher profits. Not only did the program aid with coffee, but it also embraced Mr. Borlaug’s vision by educating many of the people on the transmission of AIDS and malaria, improving access to health care and improving infrastructure. As this project drew to a close, the World Coffee Research project was born. The World Coffee Research is working on an International Multi-Location Variety Trial. Researchers gathered in London to share ideas, as well as create a committee to collect, catalog and preserve coffee varieties from all over the world. Coffee is second only to oil as a commodity, but due to the competitive nature of the market this is the first time researchers from multiple countries have come together to share ideas. This project seeks not only to improve the genetics of the coffee crop and the agricultural techniques to grow it, but to improve the farmers’ livelihood and to prevent famine.

and that Flores had a shameful record of simply going along with his party and being unwilling to compromise for the benefit of the nation. “For the record, Bill Flores is a Tea Party, big business, elite sympathizer who has voted ‘no’ on every effort of the Obama administration to create jobs for Americans, support small businesses and make the wealthy class pay their fair share in taxes,� Wood said. Flores also spoke on healthcare reform and said he doesn’t support a government-run solution. “Our goal in health care reform is to

improve access to high quality health care and to lower cost,� Flores said. “And we can’t do that with a big government solution in my view.� Nicole Heath, a senior agricultural communications and journalism major, said it was significant that Flores came and held a town hall meeting on campus because it educates students. “I think it is important that especially students in this area be aware of what is going on in D.C. and what’s going on with our country,� Heath said. “Bill does not always give the problem, but he gives solutions.�


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Flores said the way to increase income is by growing the economy with more workers — meaning more people receiving paychecks and paying taxes. Flores said he supported the Keystone oil pipeline to help create jobs at American refineries and improve energy security and promote cheaper gas prices. B. Dan Wood, political science professor, said he did not agree with what Flores has been doing in Washington

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