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trends | 3 Debaters control podium

The Texas A&M Speech and Debate Team recently gained national recognition as the group continues to shine bright in competition. The team is open to all students.

sports | 4 New Aggie attitude Aggie fans may not have found Saturday’s 30-27 win over Ole Miss an easy game to watch, but that makes it no less promising going forward.

sports | 5 Soccer splits weekend Riding hot on a 12-game unbeaten streak and a Friday home 5-0 blowout of Alabama, the No. 5 Aggies fell 2-1 to Florida on Sunday.

nation Out of this world A commercial cargo ship rocketed into orbit Sunday in pursuit of the International Space Station, the first of a dozen supply runs under a mega-contract with NASA. It was the second launch of a Dragon capsule to the orbiting lab by the California-based SpaceX company.

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Weeklong event highlights GLBT visibility, community Emily Villani The Battalion October is GLBT History Month, and Texas A&M’s GLBT Resource Center has built a week of programming around National Coming Out Day on Thursday. But the Resource Center isn’t the only organization involved in this week’s GLBT-related activities. “The week is a combined effort to promote National Coming Out Day

and has education about what it means to come out and all the experiences that may be associated,” said Ryan Cano, senior architecture major. Although one objective of the week is to promote National Coming Out Day, it’s not the singular focus. “Not all of our events are particularly coming-out related,” said Mickey Belaineh, senior political science major and student worker at the GLBT Resource Center. “It’s encom-

passing all different aspects of being GLBT-identified.” Coming Out Week serves as a platform for GLBT visibility — not just to the A&M community at large, but to the rest of the GLBT community. “Some people are considering coming out, but they’re afraid that they’re going to be alone,” said Steven Ahern, plant pathology graduate student. Belaineh said acceptance of the

Coming Out Week schedule ◗ Film: Raid of the Rainbow Lounge. 7 p.m., Wednesday, HECC 209 ◗ Coming Out Stories. 7 p.m., Thursday, MSC 2404 ◗ Guess Who’s Gay: Faculty/Staff. 7-8:10 p.m., Friday, Rudder 501

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Backs to the wall, Aggies steal win James Sullivan The Battalion The Aggie offense took the field with 8:35 left in the fourth quarter, down by ten and holding not a sliver of momentum. Following last season’s second half debacles, many Aggie fans would consider a comeback at that juncture to be out of the question. Led by redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel, A&M was able to rack up 13 points on two consecutive drives, pushing the program to a victory during its conference road debut against Ole Miss, 30-27. “We didn’t play as well as we wanted,” head coach Kevin Sumlin said following the win. “But for us to operate, come in [to Oxford], and turn the ball over like that on the road in the SEC and win is something that I think our team can build confidence in.” Over the course of the game, the Aggies gave the ball up six times, increasing their season total to seven


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The Aggies saw it off Saturday evening after a victory over Ole’ Miss. The Aggies came from behind in the fourth quarter finishing 30–27.


Two up, two down for A&M Michael Rodriguez The Battalion The Texas A&M volleyball team made a statement this weekend by sweeping South Carolina and Mississippi State and improving their record to 14-2 and 6-1 in SEC play, retaining sole possession of first place in the SEC West. In the process of the weekend matchups and for the fifth time in school history, the Aggies open their first 16 games with only two losses while breaking the program record for least amount of points allowed in a match. The Aggies only allowed Mississippi State 32 total points (25-8, 25-14, 25-10), breaking the previous mark of 41 points allowed to Texas Southern in 2009. “I was really pleased with our execution overall,” head coach Laurie Corbelli said. “I didn’t think there was a part of our game that was subpar for how we’ve been playing in practice and how we’ve been performing in matches.” Chase Krumholz — THE BATTALION Friday night, the Aggies jumped Senior opposite Alicia Kastmo spikes the ball toward Mississippi State Sunday evening at See Volleyball on page 6 Reed Arena. The Aggies swept MSU.


Aggieland welcomes Raga Sarvesh Kaslay Special to The Battalion The Zachry Auditorium was witness to a pool of talent showcasing the classical arts of India, as the Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth organized a concert in which Texas A&M students exhibited their artistic prowess. The event, held Saturday night, commenced with the resonant voice of 11-year-old Srinidhi Narayanan, whose father, Krishna Narayanan, is a professor in the department of electrical engineering. Srinidhi sang a piece of classical Carnatic melody. Indian classical music is distinguished into two main streams, Hindustani and Carnatic music.

The Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth encourages all kinds of traditional Indian performance arts such as classical singing and dance. Srinidhi’s performance was followed by Shakthi, who came from Austin to participate in the event. Other singers who shone bright were Ambika Venkat, sophomore computer engineering major, and Soundarya Ramakrishnan, management information systems graduate student. Bharathi Kalluri, computer science graduate student, sang Indian classical songs in three different languages: Telugu, Marathi and Hindi, representing the southern, central See Raga on page 3

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news for you South Alabama University student shot by police officer A police officer fatally shot a University of South Alabama freshman who was naked and had been banging on a window at police headquarters. Campus officials didn’t give any indication that Gil Collar, 18, had a weapon when he was shot. A university spokesman said he was fatally wounded at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday after an officer heard a bang on a window and went outside to investigate. A statement issued by university spokesman Keith Ayers said Collar assumed a “fighting stance” and chased an officer before being shot. The officer tried to retreat numerous times to defuse the situation before opening fire, the school said. But sophomore Tyler Kendrick said campus authorities haven’t provided any satisfying answers about why Collar was killed. “It upsets me that there’s no other way to apprehend an unarmed student rather than shooting him,” Kendrick said. Associated Press

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GLBT community at A&M has been on a steady incline. “A&M is constantly becoming a more welcoming environment,” Belaineh said. “Just from being here three years has been a drastic difference from my freshman year to now. However, there’s still progress to be made.” Belaineh said Coming Out Week events reflect the diversity within A&M’s GLBT community. “The GLBT community is not monolithic by any means,” Belaineh said. “Everybody has very different experiences and comes from very different backgrounds. This is also an environment for all these people of various backgrounds and experiences to share that with one another and learn from one another’s experiences.” Coming out varies greatly from person to person, but Cano said most people who have had coming out experiences seem to agree that it doesn’t happen all at once. “It’s not just a one-day occurrence,” Cano said. “Coming out is a process.” Cano said his coming out story occurred in three steps. First, during his sophomore year of high school, he came out to his friends and classmates. Second, during his junior year, he came out to his sister. Third, during his senior year, he came out to his parents. Although he didn’t think his friends and family would reject him for being gay, Cano said he put up safeguards in preparation for

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and northern regions of India. The Bharatanatyam, an Indian classical dance, was performance by Malavika Yuvaraj. Apart from song and dance, Rahul Nair, management information systems graduate student and writer for The Battalion, performed a Tabla — Indian drums — solo. What made his exhibit stand out was that he explained all the nuances to the audience, helping them learn and connect to the music. “Rahul is not just a good player but a great performer because he presented his work to the audience in an enlightening manner,” said Srividya Ramasubramanian, associate professor in the department of communication. The event had a diverse audience from undergraduates to professors, their love for the

the worst. In his sister’s case, Cano waited for her to go away to college. This way there were 180 miles between them, just in case. For the same reason, Cano didn’t come out to his parents until after he had applied to multiple schools. He made sure he had a way out in case his parents didn’t accept him. “A very difficult part of the process is coming to terms with having to lose my family and my closest friends and my entire support system,” Cano said. “It was, ‘If they don’t accept me, what am I going to do?’” Although he had already come out as gay in high school, when Cano entered the new environment of Texas A&M, he said he had to come out again. “Here, I have to start over again,” Cano said. “Every day you have to come out in some sort of way. Me riding on the bus with all these people there who I don’t know, wearing a rainbow bracelet — that’s in a small sense, kind of coming out to them.” Senior theatre arts major Madi O’Brien described her coming out experience as relatively easy and drama free. Like Cano, she said it was a process of coming out to her close friends and family. “For me, I just got to a point where I was ready to be out, so I put my relationship status with my girlfriend on Facebook,” O’Brien said. “I made sure and had personal, one-on-one coming out moments with the people I was really close to.” O’Brien said one of her biggest realizations was that she had to let the people around her deal with her coming out in their own way. “Even though this was something that I had been processing and dealing with per-

arts uniting them under one roof. “The experience just blew me off my feet,” said Vijay Chaitanya, management information systems graduate student. “These artists have musical talent wired to their soul.” Sivakumar, an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics said the Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth highlights an array of Indian music and dancing, both nationally and locally. “[The Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth] have made it a point to hold frequent concerts, which are intended to feature a number of talented artists from the local University community as well as other Texan cities,” Sivakumar said. “These events have always been successful, the most recent one being no exception.” At the end of the show, Ramasubramanian distributed certificates of appreciation to all


Students and community members gather to celebrate Sunday at Thomas Park during the Big Gay Barbecue, celebrating National Coming Out Week. sonally for a long time, it was very new for everyone that I was around,” O’Brien said. Cano said coming out isn’t just about the individual. It also affects those connected with that individual. “Coming out is as much about other people as it is about self-acceptance and coming to terms with your own identity and your own sexuality,” Cano said. Belaineh said he hopes Texas A&M will continue to become more welcoming to the GLBT community.

“My biggest vision for what I would like A&M to be like is for it to be a place where LBGT-identified students who are incoming freshmen don’t have to think, ‘Man, am I going to be able to be out on the Texas A&M campus?’” Belaineh said. Cano said he hopes that someday coming out won’t be such a big deal. “For me it would be nice for coming out to not be as important,” Cano said. “I would like to see the day when people don’t need to come out.”

the participants and thanked the society for organizing the show. “The future of Indian classical music and culture seems to be in really good hands,” Ramasubramanian said. The Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth was founded by Kiran Seth, a professor of mechanical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in 1977 with the intention of raising awareness of Indian classical music in the youth of India. The Texas A&M chapter of the society began in 1989. It organizes all of its concerts, or Baithaks, with the help of donations from various organizations and individuals and does not charge any entry fee to perform or attend. “Baithak is one of the most important events which happens in our campus to encourage our local talents interested in Indian classical arts and probably the fall 2012 Baithak was the best Baithak ever,” said Shankar

Bhattacharya, professor in the department of electrical engineering and primary advisor to the society. Harsha Nagarajan, a mechanical engineering graduate student and primary student coordinator of the society, said the Baithak provides musicians and international students with the opportunity to express their artistic abilities while alleviating whatever homesickness they may be experiencing. “Other than providing an opportunity in the public platform for the budding artists, it also helps the international students at Texas A&M feel at home and encourages them to pursue their hobbies with greater passion,” Nagarajan said. The next concert on Nov. 5 will feature famous sarod player Ustad Alam Khan.

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soccer | A&M will meet the Razorbacks on the road in Fayetteville on Friday.

volleyball | With a date in Arkansas on Friday, A&M will take to the road.


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fter an old army farmer’s fight, Aggie faithful can breathe once more. Rowdy up the gang and get a victory yell going. We have a lot to be excited about.

I could talk about the six turnovers, the missed opportunities or the five penalties for 55 yards, but I won’t. Aggies everywhere deserved to go crazy after a victory like that. And Sumlin and the players did exactly that as the 12th Man TV video showed from the locker room Saturday night. Enthusiastic fan Samuel Austin Smith rightfully said on Facebook that he couldn’t see previous coaches getting that excited. “For some reason I can never imagine Mike Sherman or Dennis Franchione having ever done this,” Smith said. In a new season in a new conference with a new coach, this is a new team. Not only did we overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles, we won a furiously close game on the road in a fashion I haven’t seen in all my time at A&M. I’m not saying we’re perfect or even close to it — we played a horrible game and beat a team we were supposed to beat — but for once we didn’t drop a necessary win. Sumlin has changed the aura of A&M football and

said it’s all about closing games out and fighting until the end. “For [the players] to not quit and continue to play was huge,” Sumlin said. “For a team to have us down like that, for our football team to respond the way they did on the road in an SEC game, it was huge for our team.” As I try to contain the emotional high that I get from replaying the highlights of the game in my head, let’s look at what this game means. We said we would BTHO the SEC and that’s “exactly what we’re gonna do to ‘em, Ags.” The SEC is known for the grind of its season. LSU losing to Florida, Georgia taking a beating from South Carolina and Arkansas taking control of Auburn are all examples of this from this weekend alone. Week in and week out, a team must put forth its best performance and, although it was a sloppy one, the Aggies still added another “W” to the win column and climbed into the top25 rankings. A&M stands behind only unbeaten Alabama and Mississippi State in the SEC West. The A&M defense has a big part to do with that

success, as they seem to always come through at the right time this season. Junior defensive back Tony Hurd Jr.’s late interception to close the game was direct proof of this and it all goes back to the mentality Sumlin and his staff has engrained into the minds of the players. Senior linebacker Johnathon Stewart displayed this by saying no matter how long they were on the field or how the offense played, the defense had to do their job. “The whole game we were fighting,” Stewart said. “[The offense] was turning over the ball but defensively we didn’t care. If we go out and stop the other team turnovers will be insignificant.” This team is ready for the SEC and it’s time for the fans to join. We have to live up to the Aggie faithful name, no matter how bad we’ve been disappointed in the past. This is a new and improved team. Thanks and Gig ‘em.

Drew Chambers is a senior communication major and sports reporter for The Battalion.

Junior defensive end Damontre Moore tackles Rebel quarterback Bo Wallace.


Senior receiver Ryan Swope, top, hauls in the go-ahead touchdown against Ole Miss. Freshman receiver Mike Evans, bottom, reaches over the defender for a key reception that extended a fourth quarter drive which resulted in a touchdown.

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through five games. Manziel, who before Saturday was turnover-less, was responsible for half of the team’s giveaways, throwing two interceptions and fumbling once inside the red zone. Despite A&M kicking off the game with a 59-yard Ben Malena score, the Aggies were forced to rely on a defensive touchdown just before the half to tie the game at 17. Until Manziel’s unprecedented scoring frenzy in the final minutes of the matchup, the Rebels dominated the second half. Sophomore quarterback Bo Wallace racked up 305 yards through the air along with one touchdown against a porous A&M secondary. “We did not play good football today,” senior wide receiver Ryan Swope said. “These guys are just hungry to win and just didn’t want to give up today.” The Aggies’ two late scoring drives were reminiscent of the Arkansas blowout A&M engineered the previous week. Short on time, Manziel completed three passes for 64 yards and a touchdown while adding a 29-yard scramble to the end zone during the final minutes. “Right now, we’re just trying to establish an identity as a team,” junior running back Ben Malena said. “We just kept fighting. We never put

our head down and we came out with the victory.” The A&M defense, on the other hand, was able to shut down the potent Ole Miss offense on consecutive drives. Between A&M’s scores, senior linebackers Sean Porter and Jonathan Stewart singlehandedly stopped third- and fourth-and-short conversions, granting the Aggie offense its opportunity to take the lead. On the Rebels’ final chance to squeeze out a win with only a minute remaining, sophomore defensive back Toney Hurd Jr. stepped in front of a slant pattern and

intercepted the ball, effectively ending the game. Despite allowing 27 points, Hurd Jr. said the A&M defense was satisfied with its overall performance, especially while under pressure in the waning seconds of the matchup. “All year [the defense] has been playing really well,” Hurd Jr. said. “For us to get this big-time win is really big, not only for the defense but for every aspect of our team. We just stayed together as a defense and kept our heads up and found a way to win.”

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Alabama blowout eclipsed by tough Florida loss The Battalion After an 11-game win streak, the No. 5 Aggie soccer team fell at home 2-1 to the No. 18 Florida Gators on Sunday on the heels of a 5-0 win against Alabama on Friday. Sunday’s loss was the first South Eastern Conference loss for the Aggies this season, pushing their record to 6-1-1. Friday’s win against Alabama was the Aggies’ tenth shutout of the season and the underclassmen on the team have played a major part in the team’s success. The five leading scorers for the Aggies are sophomores, led by Annie Kunz’s 17 points and Kelly Monogue’s 14, and highly touted goalkeeper Jordan Day is a sophomore as well. Texas A&M soccer coach G Guerrieri said the sophomores are something special. “Last year at the end of the season, they were rated as the number one freshmen class in the country,” Guerrieri said. “They truly are special and the fact that they all came in at the same time makes them compliment each other so well. As a coach it’s a dream come true.” After Friday’s 5-0 blowout, sophomore forward Shea Groom said the


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Holy Cow Towel: Twitter, FB, Pinterest. Girls post about product. Commission /bonuses. No soliciting. Contract. 254-495-8112. J.Cody’s hiring cashiers, apply within 3610 South College. No experience necessary, just common sense! Need experienced editor for dissertation. APA Style. Please Call (832)372-2853 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. Part-time position available, technology and website design, flexible schedule, 979-985-5610. Student work! part-time work, $16 base-appt. flexible, conditions apply, all ages 17+, call now! 979-260-4555. Visit our website STUDENTPAYOUTS.COM Paid Survey Takers Needed In College Station. 100% Free To Join. Click On Surveys. 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 $10/hour. Apply on-line @, 979-268-8867. Utilities & Energy Services Recycling Services Student Workers wanted (TAMU/Blinn student), must be able to work 24 hours/week and summers, apply in person: 510 Adriance Lab Road 979-862-2069.

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Special to The Battalion The Texas A&M Speech and Debate Team is a student run organization set on providing a forum in which Aggies are able to sharpen their tongues and hone their public speaking skills through national and collegiate-level competition. In ancient Europe, central Germanic tribes were observed by Roman legions to settle their political arguments by their politicians engaging in physical combat to the death. Today, this tradition is carried on in Aggieland in the form of the Texas A&M Speech and Debate Team — minus the battle-axes. The organization is fairly new, springing into existence through the acquisition of University funding. This was accomplished through the combined efforts of the founding president of the organization and 2009 Speech and Debate National Champion in extemporaneous speaking, Omar El-Halwagi, and former treasurer, Audrianne Doucet. El-Halwagi and Doucet are both A&M graduates from the Class of 2011. ZoĂŤ Christiansen, sophomore business major and current treasurer for the team, is in charge of managing the team’s funds and is also an active competitor. “[Through Speech & Debate] one can learn to communicate effectively on [virtually] anything,â€? Christiansen said. “I have been competing since my freshman year in high school and since then I have become more politically aware, a better writer, a better citizenâ€? At the most recent speech and debate tournament, held at Rice University, Christiansen took home first place in After Dinner Speaking. After Dinner Speaking is an event in which the competitor is given a national or major issue and is asked to develop and present an insightful speech — often humorous — on the subject before a panel of judges.

“Speech and debate is a wonderful opportunity for networking,� Christiansen said. “We are constantly around individuals from across the United States: U.T., Western Kentucky, University of Houston, Rice, Texas State, LSU.� Dominic Odom, sophomore business major and president of the organizatoin, is responsible for providing the effective leadership and management behind the team. Odom competes in extemporaneous speaking. In extamperaneous speaking, competitors are given a major issue and a short period of time to prepare, memorize and present a 3-7 minute speech on the subject in front of a panel of judges. Odom said his experience can be applied to the real world. The team is not just for those interested in fast-paced competition. Members of the team are eligible to compete in a variety of 11 events ranging from prose-poetry reading, to impromptu and persuasive speaking, and parliamentary debate. Although it is encouraged, there is actually no obligation for members of the team to compete. Stephanie Gullo, junior political science major is an example of someone who merely wants to improve her speech. “I mainly desired to improve my speaking skills for my life,� Gullo said. El-Halwagi said his experiences from competing are responsible for his current successes. “Speech and debate [was] the most instrumental thing I’ve ever done,� El-Halwagi said. “All of my success has been tied to [my time] doing speech and debate [at A&M]. It will change your life.� El-Halwagi is currently applying to law school and resides in Houston, Texas. Texas A&M will be the site of two upcoming regional Speech and Debate tournaments held at the Zachary Engineering and Blocker buildings on Nov. 9-11. The tournament will be open to the public.


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out in front of the gamecocks using a 12-4 run with a strong defensive front led by seniors Lindsey Miller and Stephanie Minnerly. The Aggies completed game one with senior opposite hitter Tori Mellinger, who, along with Miller, had four kills in the set and ended the set with a kill down the line for the 25-12 game one win. The Aggies continued to show their balanced attack as the Aggies took games two and three by the score of 25-16. Miller showed her experience by identifying holes in the defense and not letting those kill opportunities go to waste as she finished the night with 12 kills and a .500 hitting efficiency. “It was just a matter of really seeing the block and trusting that [Allie Sawatzky] was going to set me up for something like that,�

Miller said. “It was definitely a combination of everyone just hitting so well that it caused a lot of holes for everybody.� On Sunday afternoon, the Aggies faced a young Mississippi State team that is suffering through injuries. The Aggies showed that there was no let down as they overpowered the young Bulldogs by sweeping them 25-8, 25-14, 25-10. The loss dropped the Bulldogs to 4-12 (0-7). With the direction of the match, Corbelli went to the reserves as those in attendance saw the likes of freshmen Sierra Patrick and Shelbi Vaughn enter the game and make an impact as the Aggies took game three 25-10. The Aggies will hit the road to face Arkansas and Kentucky, where once again they will try to fend off opponents from dethroning them from first place. The Aggies will face Arkansas on Friday at 7 p.m. and Kentucky on Sunday, October 14 at 12:30 p.m.

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