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Champion Aggies visit Obama Matt Woolbright Special to The Battalion WASHINGTON — The 2011 Texas A&M women’s basketball team was in the nation’s capitol Thursday to celebrate its national championship one more time — this time with President Barack Obama at the White House. Flanked to the right and left by A&M players and coaches, Obama welcomed the Aggie crowd on the White House lawn with a loud “Howdy.” He then referred to A&M’s history as an

all-male school until the 1960s as extra reason to praise the team’s accomplishment. “Now, winning a national title is a pretty big deal for anybody. And it’s an even bigger deal when you think about just how far this team has come,” Obama said. The president went on to acknowledge Danielle Adams for scoring 30 points against Notre Dame in the National Championship game; Sydney Colson for her aggressive offense; Sydney Carter for her tenacious defense; and

Tyra White, the “Silent Assassin,” for her clutch shooting. “Not too many people get called out by Obama, but if he says it, then OK,” White said of the president’s remarks about her “Silent Assassin” nickname. Obama also praised the Aggie players for their efforts off the court and their status as role models for girls and young women across the country, including the first daughters, Malia and Sasha. Matt Woolbright — Special to THE BATTALION

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Coach Gary Blair gives the president an A&M jersey on Thursday.

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Herman Cain, a businessmanturned-politician vying for the Republican presidential nomination, visited College Station for a book signing on Thursday. Go to thebatt.com for the full story.

Student Senate recap The Student Senate had a busy evening Wednesday, debating more than 15 bills and passing seven. Check out thebatt. com to read about Senate stances on Joe Routt, students’ right to view graded material and crosswalks around campus.

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Freshman Annie Kunz is a dual athlete for the Aggies — a soccer player in the fall and a heptathlete for the track team in the spring.

Standout freshman opens career red-hot James Solano The Battalion She is driven by a tenacity to compete and win, which is manifested on the playing field. Freshman Annie Kunz, Aggie soccer forward and track and field heptathlete, currently leads the team and Big 12 Conference with 10 goals on the season; ranking No. 40 in the nation. Tradition and the opportunity to compete on one of the nation’s perennial national powerhouse soccer

and track and field programs brought the Golden, Colo., native to Aggieland. “I loved it when I came down here,” Kunz said. “The people and traditions here are great. In my hometown at my high school, tradition was a big thing there, so I decided to come down here and I like it a lot.” A 6-foot athletic wunderkind, Kunz’s talent and competitive fire are in her blood as the daughter of former NFL Super Bowl Champion, Terry Kunz. The star said she looks to her father for advice in life.

“My dad is my hero,” Kunz said. “I definitely look up to him for advice when it comes to sports and really anything in life.” The standout freshman has already recorded two hat tricks this season in victories over McNeese State and Fordham, and she is on track to break the single-season A&M scoring record. Kunz started playing soccer at age three, where she gained an appetite for competition and fell inSee Kunz on page 3

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A&M looking for bounce-back win

Joe Terrell The Battalion Alongside Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur is among the most important holidays in the Jewish calendar. This weekend, more than 10 million people worldwide will observe the holiday and welcome a new year with a clean slate. “It’s a solemn day,” Rabbi Yossi Lazaroff said. “But it is also a happy day because it concerns the forgiveness of our sins. It’s a day of introspection and prayer, but we

come to it with a sense of optimism.” Yom Kippur commemorates the day that God forgave the Jewish people for crafting a golden calf as an idol at the base of Mount Sinai. The event, recorded in the Torah, took place after Moses received the Ten Commandments during the exodus of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. Upon learning of his people’s sin, Moses spent nearly three months on top of the mountain pleading for forgiveness See Yom Kippur on page 2

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Rabbi Yossi Lazaroff, of Rohr Chabad Jewish Student Center in College Station, demonstrates the blowing of the shofar that will take place at the conclusion of Yom Kippur on Saturday night.

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After starting 2-0 with a combined win margin of 62 points, the No. 24 Aggies (2-2, 0-1 Big 12) dropped consecutive games to No. 6 Oklahoma State and No. 10 Arkansas by one and four points, respectively. Now leading a 2-2 team, senior quarterback Ryan Tannehill maintains that his squad can still emerge as one of the country’s best.

“We’re still confident in who we are and what we can do,” Tannehill said. “We saw how good we could play that first half [against Arkansas], and we believe that’s how good we are. It’s just a matter of us playing two halves.” The Aggies have struggled in the second half this year. The offense has scored 115 first half points through four games, compared to 35 points in the second half of games. See Texas Tech on page 3

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from God. It is said that on the 10th day of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Jewish calendar, God granted the Jewish people forgiveness. Known as the “Day of Atonement” and the “Sabbath of Sabbaths,” Yom Kippur is the culmination of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, which begins 10 days earlier. Yom Kippur is a day meant to honor God’s forgiving nature. “It’s a time to make sure you are on the right page with God, and to make sure that the next year will be even better,” said sophomore agriculture economics major Cory Nagelberg. According to Jewish tradition, God inscribes each person’s fate for the next year and waits until Yom Kippur to seal the verdict. During those 10 days, the Jewish people seek forgiveness from God and from others. “I’ve been apologizing to the people I’ve wronged the past year,” Nagelberg said.

Yom Kippur services will be at 6:45 p.m. Friday and start at 10 a.m. and continue all day Saturday at the Rohr Chabad Jewish Center. Services will also be at 8 p.m. Friday and at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Texas A&M Hillel Foundation.

“In the weeks prior to Yom Kippur, I find myself praying harder to prepare myself spiritually.” On the eve of Yom Kippur, followers take part in two festive meals: one is in the morning with the other prior to the onset of Yom Kippur. The High Holy Day will last from sundown on Friday to nightfall on Saturday. During that time, a synagogue will hold five consecutive prayer services. “When we pray we refer to God as our king and as our father,” Lazzeroth said. “We look at God as the creator of everything that is good.” The Torah instructs fol-

lowers to “afflict” themselves, which means to abstain from physical pleasures during Yom Kippur. For these 26 hours, Jews are expected to abstain from eating and drinking, wearing leather shoes, bathing, applying lotion or creams and, for married couples, to refrain from any form of spousal intimacy. “For me fasting is the most important aspect of Yom Kippur,” Nagelberg said. “It really is a way of purifying yourself.” Since Yom Kippur is a High Holy Day, the Jewish people abstain from all activities forbidden on the Sabbath, which include any type of creative work such as turning on lights, driving and taking part in public activities. “These restrictions are meant to focus our attention on our relationship with God,” Lazzeroth said. “We spend most of the day in prayer and repentance.” Yom Kippur concludes with another festive meal where the fast is broken. The event is marked with singing and dancing and the blowing of the shofar, a ram’s horn.

“Ultimately, Yom Kippur is a fresh start,” Lazzeroth said. “It’s something that God grants us on a daily basis, but Yom Kippur highlights it. It’s a renewal.” About the Rohr Chabad Jewish Center: Lazaroff is the Rabbi of the Rohr Chabad Jewish Student and Community Center, located in the neighborhood behind Fuegos and Barnes and Noble near Texas Avenue. Rabbi Yossi founded the center in 2007. “We created a home away from home for Jewish students,” Lazzeroth said. “It is also an educational center that allows for people to learn and connect to their heritage in a fun environment.” Lazaroff said that the Jewish representation at A&M is less than at other Texas universities. “Percentage wise, Jewish students represented at A&M is typically less,” Lazzeroth said. “There might be 500 [Jewish students] compared to UT, which probably has about 5,000.”

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Honestly, I have never had a more exciting and fun win. That was probably the best feeling I’ve had in soccer my whole career.”

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love with the sport. “My parents threw me in it, and I excelled at it and just stuck with it,” Kunz said. “I have always been competitive, it’s my nature. I hate losing. Having fun is a big part of playing for me.” By the time she became a high school senior, Kunz was a highly-touted recruit with an impressive résumé. She also helped lead her Wheat Ridge high school team to back-to-back 4A State Championships in 2009-10. For her efforts, Kunz was two-time 4A Colorado Player of the Year, and was named Colorado 4A State Championship MVP in 2010. Kunz also took fourth place at the 2009 USA Junior Olympic Nationals in the heptathlon. As a freshman at A&M, Kunz is etching her name

— freshman forward Annie Kunz on defeating previously No. 1 North Carolina

in the A&M record books displaying fanatical effort on the field. “Annie’s freshman season is off to a good start,” head coach G Guerrieri said. “Her athleticism, nose for goal, and precision around the goal mouth make her incredibly difficult to deal with for our opponents.” Kunz has been a catalyst to the success of the Aggies’ potent offense, which is currently ranked No. 2 in the nation in scoring, averaging 3.57 goals per game. She was a lynchpin in the tripleovertime victory against then No. 1 North Carolina earlier this season. Kunz said beating the Tar Heels was the most memorable game of her career to date. “We definitely wanted to

get revenge on North Carolina after the Duke game [7–2 loss],” Kunz said. “Honestly, I have never had a more exciting and fun win. That was probably the best feeling I’ve had in soccer my whole career.” In recognition of her success on the playing field, Kunz was recently named No. 14 on the TopDrawerSoccer.com Big 12 Top 20 Player Rankings and Team of the Week, Big 12 Player of the Week, and named to the Our Game Magazine’s College Players to Watch lists. Kunz is one of 10 freshmen this season on the Aggie soccer squad, but she has been able to set herself apart and capitalize on playing time, as she leads the team in scoring. “I think Annie is one of

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the best forwards I’ve played with and can always score in the box whether it’s with her head or foot,” said freshman forward Kelley Monogue. “Annie is always a defender’s worst nightmare, not only can she beat you with possession, but also on the dribble with her speed.” As the Aggies (8-5, 2-1 Big 12) are well on their way into the season and conference play, Kunz has progressed as one of the nation’s best forwards, propelling the Aggies in winning more games. “This season we have a really good chance at winning the Big 12,” Kunz said. “We have the potential for it and I think we can definitely get there this year, and that would be nice to leave the Big 12 winning that [championship].” The road to a Big 12 Championship goes through Lubbock Friday night to face Texas Tech, where Kunz and the Aggie squad look to pick up a victory.

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Sophomore forward Annie Kunz leads the Big 12 in goals scored and is tied for most points.

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Texas A&M stuck to the script in last Saturday’s Southwest Classic against Arkansas. After heading into the locker room with a 35-17 halftime lead, the Aggies scored three second half points and allowed the Razorback offense to register 25, eventually ending in a 42-38 Arkansas victory. “It’s a four quarter football game, and we’ve just got to come out and execute in the second half,” junior wide receiver Ryan Swope said. The defense returned nine starters from the 2010 season, but lost All-American linebacker Von Miller to graduation. After grabbing two interceptions in the season opener against Southern Methodist University, the Aggie defense hasn’t recorded a third pick. The Aggies also have zero fumble recoveries on the season. “If we go out there and get our hands on the ball as a secondary we’re gonna be alright,” senior cornerback Terrence Frederick said. “But in the past games we haven’t done that so we need to show we can step up.” The Aggies travel to Lubbock on Saturday to take on Texas Tech. The undefeated Red Raiders (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) face the Aggies fresh off of a 45-34 conference win on the road against Kansas. Tech overcame a 20-point deficit to silence the blue-clad Kansas fans.

“They visit schools to tell kids about the importance of hard work, because they understand that a good jump shot doesn’t mean much if you can’t get it done in the classroom,” Obama said. “So congratulations again. Thank you for the example that you set on and off the court. We are so proud of you.” During the ceremony, head women’s basketball coach Gary Blair gave the president a white A&M jersey, No. 12 with Obama on the back. “We’d just like to thank you,” Blair said to Obama. “It’s an honor for us at Texas A&M to be here.” The team brought a second jersey — No. 1 — for first lady Michelle Obama. “Well, yes, that’s — I think that’s about right,” said the president, laughing, about the choice of numbers. “I am 12th.” During the team’s visit, College Station Rep. Bill Flores and Sen. John Cornyn led the team on a tour of the Capital. The Aggies also took time to give pointers to youth in a basketball clinic at the White House, and attended a dinner honoring the team Thursday evening. “It’s been completely unbelievable, a once in a lifetime experience,” White said. Athletic Director Bill Byrne, University President R. Bowen Loftin and System Chancellor John Sharp accompanied the team during the Washington visit. “These women are very special people,” Loftin said. “This was a reward to them, a recognition that they really deserved and earned.” Before bidding the Aggies farewell at the White House, the president invited the players to return for a second visit, if they can earn it again. “Hopefully we’ll get a chance to see you back soon,” Obama said. “And as they say at A&M: ‘Gig ‘em!’”

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thebatt.com Tech quarterback Seth Doege set an NCAA record with a 90.9 percent completion rate against New Mexico in the second game of the season. Tech ranks sixth nationally in total offense, with Doege passing for 328.8 yards per game. Doege has thrown

14 touchdowns to only one interception in four games. Tech running back Eric Stephens is averaging 117 yards per game, good for second in the Big 12, and wideouts Darrin Moore and Eric Ward both rank in the Big 12 top-10 for receptions per game. “Year-in and year-out they have great skill on the outside and running back and a pretty good offensive line,” senior defensive tackle Tony Jerod-Eddie said. “They’re gonna give us all they’ve got. They’re undefeated right now, like No. 5 in the nation in total offense or somewhere up in there, so it’s gonna be a tough game but if we go out and play like we’re capable of playing we’ll be fine.” In 2010, the Aggies started 3-0 before dropping three consecutive — two of which

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After more than a year of watching their league get picked apart, leaders of the Big 12 Conference voted Thursday to add TCU as early as next season. It was the first aggressive act by a league desperate to secure its membership amid dramatic shifts in conference affiliation. TCU Chancellor Victor Boschini Jr. suggested TCU is all but ready to join the Big 12. “These discussions with the Big 12 have huge implications for TCU,” Boschini said. “It will allow us to return to old rivalries, something our fans and others have been advocating for years. As always, we must consider what’s best for TCU and our student-athletes in this ever-changing landscape of collegiate athletics.” Associated Press

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