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Diplomatic discussion Professors deliver commentary on Middle Eastern unrest, sanctions Annabelle Hutchinson The Battalion


he possibility of Iran going nuclear and the crisis in Syria were hot-button issues discussed by former ambassador and Bush School professor Larry Napper and Bush School professor Mohammad Tabaar during the first installment of the Great Decisions Discussion Series.

The discussion also covered the Arab Spring protests, rivalries between Turkey and Iran and the U.S. relations with Turkey and Iran Wednesday night at the George Bush Presidential Library. The focus — Iran becoming a nuclear power — has been an ongoing issue in American politics and continues to be pertinent in the upcoming national election, though Napper said the resolution of the issue is unclear. “The answer to that is that I don’t know,” Napper said. “I don’t think anybody knows yet how all this is going to play out.” Napper said the pressures and sanctions are ratcheting up on Iran because it has not aborted its nuclear arms program. He said there are in-


Retired Ambassador Larry Napper, left, introduces Wednesday night’s discussion on the topic of Turkey and Iran relationships with Syria. creasing military pressures as well. “The international community wants Iran to abandon enrichment or to at least restrain it,” Napper said. Tabaar also commented on Iran’s nuclear arms program. He said, according to U.S. intelligence, Iran has not made the decision to go all the way to acquire nuclear weapons.

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Students plant seeds Wednesday afternoon at the Howdy! Farm on West campus. The student-run farm is offered as a hands-on experience for students.

Micah Mills Special to The Battalion The Howdy! Farm — an Aggie student run and operated organic farm on West Campus — is growing a vision for the future of A&M to enrich student’s time spent at school. Howdy! Farm is an experimental learning lab established in 2009 by Brady Grimes, Class of 2012. Grimes wanted to create an environment that offered hands-on experience in agriculture and felt there was no avenue to administer sustainable agriculture in a classroom setting. The farm’s goal is to promote organic research in the state of Texas, connect people of the local community to their food source, serve as a location for hands-on learning and help make A&M a more sustainable campus. Through the Aggie Green Fund, the Howdy! Farm received a grant in 2011 for $50,000, and this past spring received an additional $96,000. With this new money, the Howdy! Farm is hoping to implement a new plan to involve a larger part of the student body with interaction in agriculture through the creation of the Howdy! Farm Suitability Center. The grant describes a project that would be designed by students in the College of Architecture and constructed by students in the De-

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partment of Construction Science for use by all Aggies. Lindy Reese, senior English major and Community Supported Agriculture director, said the farm is in a transition phase and hopefully will expand within the next couple of years. “The directors are working on a project to expand the students’ views on the Howdy! Farm,” Reese said. “The farm is an experience all students can take part in.” The Howdy! Farm directors envision the farm to be something that is part of the Aggie experience for students, not just for horticulture or majors dealing with agriculture. Matt Weintrub, senior horticulture major and Howdy! Farm field director, said there is a vision for the future of the farm expansion. “We have a vision for the Howdy! Farm to create a board and expand the farm’s resources and people,” Weintrub said. “It’s my hope that it can ultimately become an interdisciplinary program for students that spans from different majors ranging from marketing to poultry science.” The academic adviser for Howdy! Farm — a position currently held by Kevin Crosby, associate professor of horticultural sciences See Howdy Farm on page 3

inside state | 3 Dead wood As a result of the 2011 drought, Texas lost 301 million trees with Brazos Valley having the highest mortality in the entire state. Burl Carraway, head of the Department for Texas A&M Forest Service Sustainable Forestry, chimed in on the issue.

sports | 5 Moving football a bad idea Forcing home football games outside of Kyle Field would have devastating results with local businesses, students and the football program as the victims. Student jobs, the sustenance of local business, student experience and the advantage of the 12th Man could be jeopardized.

life | 4 Reptile round up Texas A&M herpetology club makes a variety of reptiles accessible to students at meetings coordinated through the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Tabaar said he is not sure whether nuclear weapons will increase security for Iran or for the regime. He said one problem is if Iran goes nuclear, it is likely that other countries — such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt— will also try to go nuclear, something, that would not be in Iran’s interest. Napper closed the discussion on Iran’s nu-

clear program by saying solutions exist for the nuclear problem such as repurposing the uranium held by Iran. Another hot-button issue discussed was the unbridled civil war waging in Syria and its effects in the U.S., Turkey and Iran. See Napper on page 6



Sidney Gardner is the new GLBT Resource Center coordinator after the previous coordinator, Lowell Kane, left to Purdue University.

UM graduate fills GLBT Resource Center position Jessica Smarr The Battalion Even on a campus rich in tradition, times still change and the clock marches on. Sidney Gardner recently accepted the position of Program Coordinator for the Texas A&M GLBT Resource Center and is focusing on maintaining the past and improving the future. A Texas native, Gardner graduated with her undergraduate degree from Texas Women’s University. She then attended the University of Minnesota in Mankato to complete her master’s degree in women’s studies. There she held a graduate assistantship in the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual

Center. Gardner said this is where her love for working within gender and sexuality resource centers began. After completing her work at the University of Minnesota, Gardner worked professionally at the Metropolitan Statue University in St. Paul in the Gender and Sexuality Services Center. She assisted in forming an alliance of individuals who worked with the GLBT community and their allies in the area. What was formed, Gardner said, was essentially a Minnesota GLBTA campus alliance. “We started what ended up becoming a non-profit organization in the state of See GLBT on page 6

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Students debate corporal punishment Micah Mills Special to The Battalion The use of corporal punishment on children is a topic that has historically sparked numerous debates, studies and social-activist groups across the nation, and is still capable of the doing the same thing today. The Melbern G. Glasscock Center Critical Childhood Studies met Wednesday in the Memorial Student Center to discuss the specificity of corporal punishment use on children at state, federal and international levels. Both Critical Childhood Studies and

Amnesty International led the discussion. Critical Childhood Studies is a group interested in prompting the question: “What is childhood studies?” The first topic of the group’s discussion series focused on corporal punishment. Critical Childhood Studies is composed of members from different backgrounds and have an interest in discussing children and how to raise awareness on issues involving children. They meet once a month and each meeting has a different discussion See Corporal on page 3

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Brazos Valley hit hard by 2011 drought Julie Blanco The Battalion According to a survey by the Texas A&M Forest Service released Tuesday, 301 million trees were killed in Texas as a result of the 2011 drought, with Brazos Valley as the region with the highest tree mortality rate at 9.7 percent — almost 25 million trees. The survey, done by the U.S. Forest Service Inventory and Analysis Program and the Texas A&M University Ecosystem Science and Management Department, used 599 field plots and satellite imagery to determine the tree mortality rate. “We looked at satellite imagery to identify areas that were green before the drought that weren’t green after,� said Burl Carraway, head of the Department for Texas A&M Forest Ser-

vice Sustainable Forestry. “Then we focused our efforts there.� Carraway said the original estimate of tree mortality from December 2011 was 100 to 500 million trees. “Leaves fall off trees so it’s hard to tell if a tree is alive or dead in the winter,� Carraway said. “That’s why we went back for a more definite study in the spring and summer.� The three areas hardest hit from the drought were Houston, Juniper-Crocket and CaldwellBastrop. “Brazos Valley was the hardest hit region across the state,� said Chris Edgar, Texas A&M Forest Service analyst. “As I drive around, I see a lot of dead oak and cedar trees. The land looks pretty stark, so the estimate seems very plausible to me.� Factors that led to the drought

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that caused the high tree mortality rate are high temperature, strong winds and lack of rain. “Last year was hotter than normal, windy and dry,� Carraway said. “These factors dried the trees out.� Nearly the entire state was in the drought category last year. “This year was more typical in terms of temperature and rainfall,� Carraway said. “We could still see continued mortality, but not near the amount of last year.� Although there are large amounts of dead trees across the state, these trees can help regenerate the forests because tree mortality is a natural process. “The standing and fallen trees that stay out there are providing services to the forest, so I don’t see them as a problem,� Edgar said. “They provide habitats

To learn more â—— To learn more about how to sign up for CSA and the Howdy! Farm, students can visit their Facebook page at TAMUHOWDYFARM or go to www.studentfarmblog.


Howdy! Farm is open to all majors. A co-op program is in place where students receive produce between October to January.

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— would serve as chairman of the board, consisting of professors from multiple departments, in hopes that they would assist the students in relating subjects and curriculum into hands-on experience at the farm. The farm has possible plans in the works to build a student living and learning community on West Campus, where the Howdy! Farm would become an integrated part of the project. “The Howdy! Farm could one day become the West Campus grassy knoll with a white picket fence surrounding the area,� Weintrub said. “The students have given us a huge investment up to this point to create this incredible experience, which I think is important that


â—— Currently, the Howdy! Farm is a projecting to earn $34,000 for the next ďŹ scal year between its CSA program, sales to University Dining, and participation in Farmer’s Markets.

the farm remain accessible on campus for future generations of Aggies to come.� The Howdy! Farm also has a new project this year known as the CSA, which operates like a co-op farmers market. Students can sign up to receive produce between the months of October to January for either an eight or 12-week period. Students, such as senior horticulture major Page Hamby, are currently taking a class at the Howdy! Farm. Hamby said she values the opportunity the farm has provided. “The Howdy! Farm has given me some hands-on experience that has really sparked my interest in horticulture,� Hamby said. “I’m glad A&M has such a mentoring experience that I could be a part of.�

for insects, birds and wildlife. The trees are a natural part of the forest.� In rural and remotes areas, the dead trees remain where they are and begin the decaying process. “The dead trees hang around for two to three years, maybe even four, to fall and decay,� said Tom Spencer, department head of the Texas A&M Forestry Services. “They fall to the forest floor and make space for new trees.� Despite the chance for new tress to grow in place of the old ones, Spencer said dead trees pose a threat to surrounding areas. “The amount of dead trees increases the difficulty to control wildfires and increases the risk to people and property,� Spencer said. “Wildfires start easier, burn longer and it takes a lot to put them out.�

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topic with an overlying topic relating to children. Lucia Hodgeson, chair of Critical Childhood Studies and assistant professor in the Department of English, is responsible for sparking interest in this topic and established the group. “I found interest in discussing children from everything in details of their rights and privileges to how they are viewed legally and socially,� Hodgeson said. “I found students, professors and volunteers interested in the same thing to start this group.� The meeting began with a presentation that gave background information on corporal punishment and quickly moved to a heated discussion with the small group. The questions discussed brought up the legality and ethics behind corporal punishment and how the U.S. uses it, in comparison to other countries. Members brought different resources to the table — from personal experiences to scientific studies — in order to have a more credible debate, with a chance to ask questions and become more informed on specific issues. Marissa Madsen, senior English major, is involved with the group and helped start it with Hodgeson. “Basically the goal of Critical Childhood Studies is to raise awareness to rights of children and also what it means to be a child,� Madsen said. “The program is mostly geared toward undergraduates to participate, but there are seminars that are directed more toward the faculty.� In order to reach out to more people and have a more in-depth discussion, Mark McMonigle, sophomore philosophy major and president of Amnesty International, came as a partner to the meeting with several hot topics and key points to discuss. “Amnesty International is interested in all human rights, including those of children and dealing with corporal punishment,� McMonigle said. “We were obviously interested in the Critical Childhood Studies for what they have to offer to people and the message they promote.�

Lawyers for rap-metal duo Insane Clown Posse have ďŹ led a lawsuit in Michigan seeking documents that would explain why the FBI considers its fans a gang. The federal lawsuit says the FBI failed to timely respond to a 2011 request under the Freedom of Information Act. Insane Clown Posse fans are known as Juggalos. Last year, the FBI included Juggalos in its national report on gangs. The report doesn’t mention a direct connection to Insane Clown Posse, but says many Juggalos have “ganglike behaviorâ€? and commit crimes and violence. The report includes a picture of a Juggalo wearing face paint and aiming a gun. The group says its fans are a “family,â€? not a gang.

Space station may move to avoid passing junk The International Space Station may have to move to avoid some space junk. NASA said debris from an old Russian satellite and a fragment from an Indian rocket could come too close to the station on Thursday. The station would be moved Thursday morning if necessary, NASA said Wednesday. There are three astronauts living at the orbiting outpost. Space junk moves so fast that it can puncture the station. Engineers try to give debris a wide berth whenever something comes close. NASA said it didn’t know the size of the Russian debris. The engines of a European cargo ship docked at the station would be used to push it out of the way.

NYC auction offers 125 meteorites for sale A New York City auction will offer 125 meteorites for sale, including a large chunk of the moon and a 179-pound iron cosmic rock that evokes Edvard Munch’s iconic painting “The Scream.� The sale, one of the largest of its kind, is being held by the Dallas-based Heritage Auctions on Oct. 14. The sale also includes a large piece of the Peekskill meteorite, famous for puncturing a Chevy Malibu in 1992 about 50 miles north of Manhattan, and the largest complete slice of the most famous meteorite in the world, the Willamette, a huge specimen that is housed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The moon rock has the highest pre-sale estimate of $340,000 to $380,000; less than 0.1 percent of all meteorites recovered are lunar in origin. The 18-inch-tall meteorite, dubbed “The Scream,� is estimated at $175,000 to $225,000. Associated Press

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The Battalion For many people, the idea of being in a room with a snake can be nightmarish. For others, it can be just another day on the job. The College of Veterinary Medicine houses over 72 different species of snakes, turtles and lizards. The reptiles are regular attendees of the Texas A&M Herpetology Club. A passionate reptile enthusiast, senior wildlife and fisheries sciences major Kristen Norris founded the Herpetology Club during the summer of 2010. After being frustrated with the lack of a herpetology organization at Texas A&M, Norris decided to start her own. “When I got to A&M, the first thing I did was type in ‘reptiles,’� Norris said. “I felt that A&M needed a herpetology club and we’ve had a lot of success in getting a big group together twice a month.� The Texas A&M Herpetology Club does a wide range of activities, all involving live reptiles. These include taking weekend field trips to reptile conventions and attending seminars on how to bag and capture snakes, some of which are venomous. The variety of reptile-related activities has managed to attract many people from different majors, all of whom share a common enthusiasm for reptiles. “I saw it at open house.� said senior horticulture major Daniel Haywood. “I like reptiles so I joined it.�

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The Herpetology Club brings in a large amount of reptiles to the College of Veterinary Medicine, ranging from the monitor lizard to the even larger Burmese pythons and boa constrictors. Smaller reptiles, like corn snakes, iguanas and an assortment of turtles are also present at meetings. The Herpetology Club even houses a maroon and white corn snake named “Aggie� and an orange and white king snake named “T-sip.� The Herpetology Club is active in animal rescue. Many club members work with the Reptile Hospice and Sanctuary of Texas. People working with the hospice have found reptiles in a variety of places such as abandoned homes and used washing machines. A boa constrictor, named “Lucky Stars,� was rescued by the hospice when her head was nearly chopped off after her previous owner called 911, mistakenly thinking that the snake was trying to kill her when it wrapped around her arm. “It’s a little frustrating because people don’t give the same credibility to reptiles as they do to cats or dogs,� said Reptile Hospice director Teresa Shisk-Saling. According to Norris, the Herpetology Club is a way for people who are afraid of reptiles to get overcome their fear. The Texas A&M Herpetology Club meets every other Thursday at 7:30 pm at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

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12th Man is significantly reduced. And oh, remember how the Kyle Field atmosphere attracts students in droves? It attracts student-athletes as well. And we wonder why Kevin Sumlin asked to make Kyle Field louder through renovations, to make the impossible possible. The answers are obvious.

It’s time to make the impossible possible. Keep Aggie football at Kyle Field. Chandler Smith is a senior communication major and sports editor for The Battalion.


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I know first hand I am not alone in my sentiments. Many local businesses have already cried murder regarding potential financial losses if football must leave for even one season. Their concerns, as shown recently, are very legitimate. According to an Oxford Company economic study, $86 million of business sales would be lost if A&M abandons football at Kyle Field for a single season. Broken down further, $21 million would be lost in household income and roughly 1,000 jobs would be jeopardized from the lack of sales alone. The real whopper? $177 million in gross revenue would be sucked

Leaving Kyle Field would also be egregiously unfair to students, the heart and core of the experience in A&M football. Incoming freshman would be left without a live orientation to one of the most glorious experiences A&M has to offer. Upperclassmen would be deprived of this same experience in their final opportunity to witness the greatness that is Kyle Field. Lest we forget, many of these students — right, wrong or indifferent — attended this University because of its ultimate recruiting tool: the experience of Kyle Field. Less pressing, but still of importance, is the reduction in home field advantage for the football team. There is a statistically significant difference between playing at home and in neutral or away environments. With many students without the financial means to travel to an off-site location for games, the advantage from playing with the

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The Syrian crisis started 18 months ago in March when protests broke out against the Syrian president, Bashar alAssad. After the government responded, protests continued to spread across the country and into the borders of neighboring countries. By the end of the summer, the protests escalated into a fullfledged civil war resulting in the deaths of more than 21,000 people. Napper said the U.S. and Turkey have not been able to cooperate in responding to the crisis in Syria. Napper said Turkey wants to push the current regime out of control in Syria, but the U.S. is reluctant to make bold or costly efforts in supporting the rebels that are trying to uproot the current regime. “It is my view that we are much more likely to have influence on Assad when Turkey and the U.S. are on the same sheet of music,” Napper said. According to the United Nations, more than 230,000

Dr. Mohammad Tabaar, former BBC correspondent and professor at the Texas A&M Bush School, shares his perspective on the topic from an Iranian point of view. refugees have registered for United Nations support since the fighting began in Syria. It is estimated that tens of thousands more refugees have not registered. Napper said Turkey is having a horrific problem managing all of the refugees that have fled across the Turkish border from wartorn Syria. This is something fueling Turkey’s persistence in removing Assad. “Turkey has been openly calling for Assad to go,” Napper said. In contrast, Napper said Iran is doing almost anything it can to prop up the Assad regime in Syria. “It would be a really strategic catastrophe for Iran to lose the Assad regime,” Napper said. Tabaar said Iran desperately wants to keep Assad in power in Syria because Syria is one, if not the only, ally to Iran.

“Iran believes that if it doesn’t fight for Assad in Damascus now, tomorrow it has to fight in Tehran,” Tabaar said. The Great Decisions program is a national discussion program that highlights thought-provoking foreign policy challenges facing Americans each year. It is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. The program allows students, such as international affairs graduate student David Blanco, to participate in international discussions. The issue of U.S. relations with Turkey is something Blanco said all students should pay attention to. “[Students] should be paying attention. Everything that is happening in the Middle East will involve us,” Blanco said. “That relationship is very important for the goals that we set.”


provide a therapeutic group for students who are questioning their sexual orientation or coming out. The center will also be providing discussion groups and bringing speakers to campus. Though Gardner is looking forward to these changes, she said her primary focus is to maintain the support and services previously offered to students. “At this point, I just want to make sure that there is a seamless transition from the previous services that were offered and what we’re offering now,” Gardner said. Student staff members also expressed their anticipation to working more with Gardner. Madison O’Brien, a senior theatre arts and psychology major, said she very much appreciated Gardner’s attention to the old and the new. “I’ve been very impressed with her attention to detail,” O’Brien said. “She’s been very observant about how our processes work and how we can change that to benefit the center and the community and the organizations. She’s focusing on the whole spectrum.” Megan Caldwell, a junior in the school of rural public health, said she was very pleased with Gardner’s connection to the students. “I’m really excited about the fact that Sidney is really engaged in the students,” Caldwell said. “She’s interacting with students on their level.” Gardner said that for her, this is an occupation that gives her great joy, knowing she is making a difference in the lives of students. “To give back, and to blaze a trail for students going forward was something that I wanted to be a part of,” Gardner said.

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non-profit organization in the state of Minnesota specifically formed around uniting the campuses in the state, public, private, around LGBT issues in higher education,” Gardner said. This alliance utilized the students, faculty and staff involved to provide resources and develop training materials for various campuses and larger companies within the state of Minnesota. Gardner said this was what she was most proud of during her time at Metropolitan State University. Gardner said the transition to Texas A&M was as if she was coming home. Though the environment at Texas A&M is considered an unfriendly atmosphere for GLBT students, Gardner said it is important to remember the resources that the campus does have and the progress that has already been made. “We’re the only dedicated center in the state. If you look at [the University of Texas] or [the University of Houston], those centers are combined with the women’s centers,” Gardner said. “It really says something that we’re able to have this kind of center and provide these kinds of services and to show that there is a great need on this campus. We have this amazing foundation, amazing people, and fabulous services that we’re able to provide for our students.” Gardner said she is very excited to be here and has already taken steps to increase the resources available to Texas A&M students. The GLBT Resource Center will be partnering with the Student Counseling Services to

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