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ith the recent explosion of social networks, namely Facebook, students are not the only ones utilizing its capabilities.

Local authorities, as well as law enforcement departments across Texas, are using social networking technology to prevent crime as well as catch criminals. Bryan Police Department assistant chief of police, Peter Scheets, said Bryan PD uses Facebook to keep tabs on criminal activities. In one instance, the police department was able to apprehend a suspect that had evaded police twice,

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because he posted the details on Facebook. Detective Chris Loup, of the Bryan Police Department, who has received training for online social networking security, said that he has also used Facebook to identify a suspect based on information the victim had given him. Another college town, Waco, has seen an increase in the use of Facebook as both an investigative

tool and a way to get important information to the public. Jim Doak, chief of the Baylor University Police Department, said Baylor UPD uses Facebook to identify individuals; however, he said he was unable to give details about specific cases. “[Facebook is] going to be with us as time goes on; we’re working on it and we will eventually get more involved,” Doak said. Local authorities are also using Facebook as a tool for crime prevention. Bryan PD and College Station PD post tips on how to deter car burglaries and be safe in the city at night, especially on campus.

“We put crime prevention tips on Facebook and it has been very beneficial for that use.” said Patrick Swanton, public information officer sergeant for Waco Police Department. “We do not have an official page, but eventually we will have a page.” Swanton said he was unable to comment on whether the Waco Police Department uses Facebook for investigations. Larger cities, such as San Antonio, are also using Facebook as a tool for investigations. “A detective that worked in the intelligence unit was looking for a suspect. He was able to track the suspect on Facebook, and, after the suspect posted that

he was celebrating his birthday at a club, the detective was able to send officers to apprehend the suspect,” said Matthew Porter, San Antonio public information officer. “We’ll monitor tips that come in, and we’ll use any social network to follow up on them.” Departments of law enforcement, according to federal statutes for surveillance, need a criminal predicate to search social networks for information on suspects, incidents or witnesses. “I completely agree with the fact that law enforcement should use any means of information to catch criminals,” said Blanca Guerrero, senior communicaSee Facebook on page 6

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Michael Dror Special to The Battalion Once criticized as a den of vanity where celebrities and common people alike told spellbound followers their breakfast menus or pets’ latest antics, Twitter has become a medium for companies and potential employees to connect and learn about each other. Many Aggies are utilizing the online phenomenon to research potential employers and become more competitive applicants. “We have students who are following employers who tweet to learn more about their organizations and job openings,” said Leigh Turner, executive director of the Texas A&M Career Center. Students said they find the process ultimately rewarding, despite having to sort through the millions of tweets broadcast on the site daily. “I plan to use Twitter to see what updates

there are in the professional world and to receive notices on internships, jobs or just updates within the companies or industry,” said Teague Ross, sophomore civil engineering major. Thousands of companies market themselves with the latest social media trends using Twitter to post job openings. This has been helpful for numerous Aggies, who can take the opportunity to learn more about company’s hiring techniques and industry trends before actually applying. Students can often find job opportunities through Twitter. Insurance company Liberty Mutual posts job openings using its @WorkAtLiberty Twitter handle, linking interested viewers directly to job applications. Additionally, companies are able to provide qualifications they are looking for See Tweet on page 8


Sophomore setter Allie Sawatzky registered nine kills and seven digs against Kansas Saturday.

The Battalion With the momentum from a conference win during the weekend, the A&M volleyball team returns to action Wednesday in College Station to take on the No. 22 Oklahoma Sooners (17-4, 4-1 Big 12). The Sooners lost their first conference game Saturday to Iowa State and will be looking to steal a win on the road. The Aggies (14-4, 3-2 Big 12) came back from a 2-0 deficit to win against Kansas Saturday and senior Kelsey Black said the team hopes to carry that confidence into Wednesday’s match. “It was like another of those big steps of the season to come from two games behind like that,” Black said. “We know how well we can play, and we showed everyone including ourselves that we can do anything.” See Volleyball on page 2

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Black leads A&M with 3.61 kills per set and is also one of the team’s better defensive players with 3.25 digs per game. Only libero Megan Pendergast has more with 3.89 digs per set. Juniors Alisia Kastmo and Lindsey Miller each average 2.56 kills per frame. The two continue to improve as Kastmo tallied nine kills and Miller posted a career-high in kills Saturday against Kansas. Although the Aggies began the season with a set rotation, head coach Laurie Corbelli has made several changes in the past few games. Corbelli said the team continues its transition to a conference contender. “We’re always striving to improve,� head coach Laurie Corbelli said. “We have been doing a better job in our transition game and are continuing to get quicker, more efficient, and more effective.� One of the players to watch for the Sooners is senior setter Brianne Barker, a teammate of Black’s in high school. Three players for Oklahoma, including Barker, played on Black’s high school team, something Black said could play to

the Aggies’ advantage. “Three of their players were actually my teammates so it will be really similar with them coming at us on the offensive end,� Black said. “I think we have definitely prepared ourselves this time to play them.� Senior Suzy Boulavsky paces Oklahoma with 3.30 kills per set, with freshman Tara Dunn her with 3.12 per game. Sophomore Sallie McLaurin is second in the Big 12 in blocks and was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week last week. The Sooners lead the Big 12 in overall hitting percentage at .259, while the Aggies are just behind hitting .258. In blocking, an area where A&M has improved this year, Oklahoma averages 2.33 per set as A&M records 1.9 per game. A&M is 35-8 all-time against Oklahoma, with an impressive 12-3 record when playing in College Station. “We have played them so many times and have seen them for the past three years,� senior middle blocker Stephanie Minnerly said. “It is more of a personal game now because we want to beat them after playing against the same girls for so long.� Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. at Reed Arena on Wednesday.

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tennis | The men’s tennis team travels to Norman, Okla. for the Oklahoma Invitational on Friday.

golf | Both the men’s and women’s golf teams will tee off Sunday in San Antonio, Texas and Norman, Okla., respectively.


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Aggies ready as Bears loom Austin Meek The Battalion The No. 21 Aggies avoided a three-game slide during the weekend by beating Texas Tech 45-40 and are looking ahead to this week’s matchup against the Baylor Bears. “First and foremost, just to get another win after two losses, and with the way we lost [the previous two weeks], it just felt good,” senior defensive tackle Tony Jerod-Eddie said. “Tough conference opponent, away, in Lubbock—I don’t know anything else about that—but it felt really good.” A&M failed to score in the second half until 4:33 left in the 3rd quarter when the Aggies returned a 65-yard touchdown off a blocked

field goal. Junior cornerback Dustin Harris got a hand onf the ball and senior Terrence Fredrick took it to the house. “The past two years I got to the one-yard line both times, so I made sure I got in,” Frederick said. Head coach Mike Sherman said the play was a turning point, but also mentioned junior tight end Michael Lamothe’s fourth quarter touchdown reception in which he shed two would-be tacklers and fully extended his body to cross the plane. “I thought the play of the game obviously was the field goal block and the return for a touchdown by Terrence Frederick and the block by Dustin Harris, but the other play that can’t go unnoticed is Michael LaMothe’s ef-

fort,” Sherman said. The Aggies also received contributions from a pair of freshmen. Jarvis Harrison started at left guard, and Howard Matthews recorded five tackles, including the first sack of his career. “It was a big game and a very hostile environment and I thought they both handled it quite well,” Sherman said. “Howard was in a composed, not panic type of state, which I thought was good, as was Jarvis, so they did their jobs. There are some things we’ve got to clean up with both guys, but I thought they both fared well.” Sherman updated the injury list, as senior receiver Jeff Fuller will return Saturday from a concussion incurred at Tech, but freshman

“joker” Brandon Alexander is questionable after dislocating his elbow. Both Sherman and DeRuyter said they hope to have junior strong safety Steven Campbell back after missing the past two games. Sherman also confirmed that senior defensive lineman Jonathan Mathis is out for the season with a knee injury. The Aggies will look to win two in a row when No. 20 Baylor travels to Kyle Field for Saturday’s “Battle of the Brazos.” “The past two years we beat them, at their spot and here,” Frederick said. “I know that this is the game they’re looking forward to but we’ve just got to go out there and play. We know they’re going give us everything they have and we’ve got to go out there and do the same.”

A&M Anglers look to reel in victory Barrett House The Battalion The Forest L. Wood Texas Regional Fishing Championship, sponsored by the National Guard will take place Oct. 13-15 at Lake Somerville with 20 teams competing. Representing A&M will be two separate groups from the Aggie Anglers bass fishing team. First place will be awarded $50,000. Weston Brown, senior engineering technology major and president of the Aggie Anglers will compete with Andy Schafer, an A&M graduate and former club president. The other team will be composed of senior wildlife and fisheries sciences major Cody Collins and senior construction science major Kyle Bates.

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The first day of the tournament is strictly for practice. The following days will encompass all twenty teams competing against each other. The top five teams will compete the last day for the championship. The goal of each team is to catch five of the biggest fish each day. The winning team will have the highest combined weight of all the fish. The Stephen F. Austin team beat the Aggies last year at the National Championships, and are currently A&M’s biggest rival. Some of the bigger schools competing are LSU, Oklahoma and Baylor. “SFA beat us last year and we’d really like to beat them,” Schafer said. “Baylor is also one of our competitors and we plan on beating them

Learn more Students can go online to anglers.tamu.edu for information about the club. The next meeting is Oct. 17, and the next fishing trip is at Lake Waco on Oct. 22. twice that weekend.” Bates said his team is not worried about SFA. “…but we know that they’re going to bring it,” Bates said. The ongoing drought will affect the tournament. The lake’s water level has been lowering since June. “The lake has gone from 4.5 feet low to 9 feet low,” Collins said. “The weights of the fish are going to be a lot closer together, making for a closer tournament,” The club won the tour-

nament two years ago and placed second last year. All four members competed in several tournaments, placing well in each of them. “We are competing for $50,000 and need all the support we can get from our fellow Aggies,” Schafer said. “Twenty-five percent of the prize money will go to the club and the rest will be divided between the two winning teammates. Bates said he is confident about how his team will do. “Somerville is our backyard and we’ve fished it a lot,” Bates said. “This is my last tournament as an Aggie and it’s important to win this one.” In order to qualify, teams must compete in tournaments sponsored by their university. The Aggie Anglers are an of-


Andy Shafer (left) and Weston Brown (right) set out early in the morning in search of the largest bass. “We encourage students ficial student group with 30 members. The club competes to check out the website both locally and nationally and and come join the club,” holds four tournaments a se- Schafer said. mester for members.

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From Minna Nashef, junior political science major Last Monday, a Hispanic friend of mine — and fellow Aggie — received a note on her car window, which was in The District’s parking lot. On it the writer stated, “Just because you are Black does not mean you are handicap [sic]. Now back of the parking lot! Thanks – White People.” Yes, my friend was wrong to park in the handicapped section of the parking lot. But I am incredibly embarrassed messages like these are written the 21st century, let alone in a student community near A&M. As Aggies, we (should) know diversity is something we (ought to) value. We should realize it is good to be tolerant and loving of people – differences notwithstanding. I hold myself to a higher standard than the person who wrote that note because I represent Texas A&M. I hope the majority of Aggies agree

with me and will set better examples. I would like to remind everyone that we should work together to end the ignorance of the few. For us, this process begins at A&M.

From Kristal Brown, toxicology graduate student Regarding the Oct. 4 column, “Being Black on Campus,” calling Caucasians “white” can also be offensive or discriminatory. No one ever points out that calling us white is a slang term because it’s never been any different. I’m not proud that my ancestors might have had slaves or discriminated against people because of their skin color. I don’t think it was right or fair but it doesn’t influence my current views of society and people. However, by writing an article that clearly blames small town white people for being small-minded and closed-off to new ideas, the

column spreads the hate that it claims to oppose. It is possible, even probable, that those people didn’t know better and couldn’t open themselves up to new things until now; until they came to college and met diversity. That’s where the dialogue can start! If people run away from those who don’t accept or understand others, then they do not broaden anyone’s horizons. When confronted with someone you consider to be intolerant, students should ask them why they don’t understand or like you, and explain your perspective.

It may be surprising how understanding people can be and how thought provoking the discussion can be if people will give opportunity for dialogue.

From Lisbeth Rives, food science graduate student As an avid biker around campus, I always try to put safety first and foremost during my rides. I firmly believe that the safest place for a cyclist to be is on the road — away from sidewalks and pedestrians. In response to the article printed on biking laws (“University police buckle down,” Oct. 4), I wonder why the two-lane, one-way road by Blocker (New Street) is not made into a one lane road with bike lanes going both ways alongside it. I bike to Blocker twice a week and I am forced to go on the sidewalk during heavy pedestrian traffic to avoid going the wrong way down New Street. There is never so much vehicle traffic on New Street where two lanes are needed. Motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians would be safer with this relatively quickly and easy fix.

From Steve Baum, oceanography assistant research scientist Our overlords have seen fit to ban bicycles from the unnecessarily narrow pinch-point created on the north side of the Pavilion, near the construction of the new humanities building. Given their obvious concern for pedestrian comfort and safety it would be nice if they would also see fit to ban double parking on the south side of the Pavilion, where the two-car-wide alley almost always has two cars parked side-by-side, such that even a pedestrian can barely squeeze through. If they fear that will enrage the car gods, they can build another half-dozen parking garages to appease them.

From Tony Listi, Class of 2009 Regarding the Sept. 25 opinion blog, “On: Domestic Islam,” the only “pseudointellectualism” in America with regard to Islam and sharia law comes from those who refuse to quote and interpret the Quran in light of the sunnah (the authoritative sayings of Muhammad), and of the actual history of Muhammad, his early followers and the imperial Islamic caliphate. Islam, like any other religion, should be judged and interpreted according to the beliefs and actions of its founder and early followers, not any Muslim living today. And just because many Americans have realized the true intolerant, violent and imperial nature of pure Islam by studying the Quran and sunnah, does not mean that they hate all Muslims. Not all Muslims know or adhere to pure, traditional Islam as practiced by Muhammad and his early followers. .

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Texas A&M has the opportunity to recognize one of the most distinguished men who ever served the University. Eighty-six years ago today, Charles Gordone was brought into this world in humble Elkhart, Ind. In his life, Gordone rose to the pinnacle of the arts world, starred on Broadway with the likes of Maya Angelou and James Earl Jones, and eventually became the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. He was an actor, director and activist throughout his career. However, Gordone’s great contribution to A&M, and the reason he should be remembered here, is that he chose to spend his final years in life at the University, as a professor of English, speech and theater arts. With the construction of a new liberal arts building, A&M has the opportunity to honor Gordone’s contributions to Texas A&M, and recognize the growing visual and performing arts community on campus. Then-University President Frank Vandiver recruited Gordone to advance racial diversity in the arts. A&M was not Gordone’s only option, nor from the perspective of the arts was it his strongest, but he made a commitment to the University’s progress by accepting Vandiver’s invitation at a time when A&M struggled to fully-integrate. Placing a permanent memorial to Gordone on campus would show A&M’s commitment to bringing the best talent, to cultural diversity, and to the liberal arts programs, which are often overlooked. The African-American Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., will feature Gordone beginning in 2014. Gordone has also been honored in his hometown with a historical marker. Here, where Gordone gave his final years educating students, he should be remembered. Robert Schiffhauer, assistant professor of architecture, has a multitude of paintings that honor Gordone. They were displayed in the Wright Gallery this summer, but now rest in a small room at his home in College Station. John Walker created a sculpture aptly titled, “The Spirit of Charles Gordone.” It uses the raven from Native American mythology, whose ancestry Gordone shares. In a sad irony, the raven, which spreads light across the world, today it sits in a dimly lit garage in Bryan waiting for a new perch from which to shine. The administration has an opportunity to honor Gordone’s life, accomplishments and contributions to A&M by providing a visible and permanent memorial to his memory.

Alexis McNair: Minority achievements often overlooked on campus


Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, later Texas A&M University. Gaines’ role is significant in our history. But this key fact is overlooked and unmentioned in the campus tour we all experienced several times as prospective students. The State of Texas has accepted this history, and it’s time for Texas A&M to do the same. When I think of men who have helped shape and build this University, statues of men like James Earl Rudder and Sullivan Ross come to mind. Matthew Gaines should be one of those men. Athletics is an area where blacks succeed, and all outlets of media visibly recognize this success more than success in academic fields of study. When blacks excel in anything, I am proud. It would be nice however if the media were to remove its “blinders” and observe other areas in which Blacks bring recognition to this institution. “We Are the Aggies; The Aggies Are We.” February is one month out of the calendar year that the black culture takes full advantage of, as far as getting our history known and prevalent. Out of 28 days, Texas A&M University observes Black History Month for about a week, through events like the Black History Month Kick-Off, the First Friday Lecture Series featuring someone of black or African-American descent, and a play sponsored by MSC OPAS. For the remaining eleven months, it would be nice to see the same efforts put forth to acknowledge and educate others about our achievements and history. So I ask, why are black achievements going unnoticed? Is it a lack of interest? Or maybe, because our population is so few, we don’t command enough attention to be recognized. Tradition is a core value that A&M upholds. Let’s make it a tradition to recognize A&M’s history: the whole history. As a black student on campus, I am grateful for the recognition we receive as a community, but I am not satisfied. Alexis McNair is a junior industrial engineering major and vice president of the Black Student Alliance Council.

e aren’t asking for a huge ceremony in Reed Arena, or for the Aggie band to play the “Aggie War Hymn” for us. An article in the campus news or a quote in The Battalion is a start. However, as a black woman on this campus, the talents and award-winning research that my fellow white Aggies have achieved blind me. That’s all I see.

I commend what the students and faculty of this university have accomplished. Texas A&M University has a habit of making the achievements of its community evident, but the typical and traditional “faces” of these accomplishments are white. Knowing Texas A&M University is a predominately white University, as a freshman I knew the black community would be small. When someone of my race — or a minority in general — succeeds in anything, I take notice. Within the black community, we do our best to recognize the achievements of minorities, specifically those of the black race. Outside of organizations like the Black Student Alliance Council, the MSC Carter G. Woodson Black Awareness Committee, Black Graduate Student Association or even the Black Faculty Alliance, it is rare that an accomplishment of a black Aggie is advertised across campus. I am not implying that there is no recognition of black achievements, only pointing out that there is not enough recognition of black success. Though small in number, we deserve an equal opportunity to be recognized for our gifts and talents. One man in particular set the foundation and expectations for future black students to establish themselves as leaders at Texas A&M: Matthew Gaines. While a Republican state senator, Gaines played a leading roll passing the Morrill Land Grant College Act, which established the

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HAVE YOUR GRADUATION PORTRAIT made for the 2012 Aggieland yearbook. To schedule your free portrait sitting, go to www.thorntonstudio.com. Then go to School Portraits, Scheduling, click New User, complete form with Registration Password: tamu. Or call 1-800-883-9449. Or walk in Training Room 027 of the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center, 9 AM –1 PM and 2 PM – 5 PM weekdays. It’s your yearbook. Be in it.

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nation&world Wall Street protesters continue march NEW YORK — Now it’s personal: Hundreds of anti-Wall Street protesters held a “Millionaires March” on Tuesday past the homes of some of the wealthiest executives in America, stopping to jeer “Tax the rich!” and “Where’s

my bailout?” Walking two-by-two on the sidewalk because they had no march permit and didn’t want to be charged with blocking traffic, members of the Occupy Wall Street movement and other groups made their way up Manhattan’s East Side,

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nation&world texas Romney challenges Murder spree Gov. Perry suspects caught WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney has a new message for those who attack his Mormon religion: Back off. The Republican presidential candidate delivered it to Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday. Romney challenged his chief rival to reject the endorsement of an evangelical pastor who claimed the former Massachusetts governor isn’t a Christian and belongs to a cult because he is Mormon. “I would call upon Gov. Perry to repudiate the sentiment and the remarks made by that pastor,” Romney said at a news conference in Lebanon, N.H., hours before a GOP presidential debate Perry, through a spokesman, refused to disavow the pastor, Robert Jeffress, who heads a 10,000-strong Baptist congregation in Dallas.Romney’s challenge on a highly charged, emotional issue raises the specter of religious bigotry and brings into sharper focus the difficulty Romney faces in appealing to evangelical Christians, a bed rock of red support.

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SEATTLE — A boyfriend-andgirlfriend duo suspected in a murder spree that left four people dead in three Western states are expected to be returned to Washington state within a month to face charges that could bring the death penalty. David “Joey” Pedersen and his girlfriend, Holly Grigsby, waived their right to an extradition hearing during a brief court appearance Tuesday in Yuba County, north of Sacramento, where they were arrested last week. The pair, who have expressed white supremacist beliefs, are suspected of killing his father, David “Red” Pedersen, 56, and his wife Leslie, 69, about Sept. 26 in Everett, Wash., and, later, two other people, including a 19-year-old man they believed was Jewish. The pair were charged Monday in the Pedersens’ deaths with aggravated first-degree murder in Snohomish County, Wash.

in potential employees. “St. Louis: Seeking someone w/1+ yrs research exp.,” tweeted Fleishman-Hillard, an international public relations firm. The tweet included a link to the position overview and responsibilities as well as the online application. Joe Midura, a biological and agricultural engineering graduate student, said he was apprehensive about using Twitter as a tool for job searching before he stumbled upon a potential employer’s tweets. “If I am interested in learning about a particular company, such as for a job interview, then I check out their Twitter feed,” Midura said. In many cases, the emergence of Twitter as both a public relations platform and advertising engine means companies can feed consumers information about their products while boosting the value of the company name. “I’ve never thought about connecting to brands to get information, though that would be a good way for me to hear about interesting headlines and stuff going on in the world, such as new album releases or [Apple founder Steve] Jobs’ passing,” Midura said. “It’s fun and useful to see how Twitter works, but I’m not interested in following people that just post about their meals or kids.”

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