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Law enforcers use social media to catch criminals and prevent crime Barrett House The Battalion
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,
inside sports | 3 Gone ﬁshin’ The Aggie Anglers will test their luck this weekend in the Texas Regional Fishing Championship. Hooking the big one could win the group $50,000.
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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
Students turn to Twitter for career research
Volleyball faces No. 22 Sooners in Reed Courtney Nelson
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
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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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University President R. Bowen Loftin speaks with students in the Latin Economics and Business Association Tuesday evening in Wehner Building room 109. Loftin spoke about the importance of international students at A&M, enhancing the diversity of perspectives in the student body.
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Black leads A&M with 3.61 kills per set and is also one of the teamâ€™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. â€œWeâ€™re always striving to improve,â€? head coach Laurie Corbelli said. â€œWe have been doing a better job in our transition game and are continuing to get quicker, more efficient, and more effective.â€? One of the players to watch for the Sooners is senior setter Brianne Barker, a teammate of Blackâ€™s in high school. Three players for Oklahoma, including Barker, played on Blackâ€™s high school team, something Black said could play to
the Aggiesâ€™ advantage. â€œThree of their players were actually my teammates so it will be really similar with them coming at us on the offensive end,â€? Black said. â€œI think we have definitely prepared ourselves this time to play them.â€? 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. â€œWe have played them so many times and have seen them for the past three years,â€? senior middle blocker Stephanie Minnerly said. â€œIt is more of a personal game now because we want to beat them after playing against the same girls for so long.â€? Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. at Reed Arena on Wednesday.
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basketball | A&M’s annual “Maroon Madness” event will tip off Friday night in conjunction with Midnight Yell.
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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