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to get 10 miles,” Rossow said. “The only time it is really good is in the mornings before 8 or on weekends because everyone is asleep.” Rossow said she always tries to avoid the traffic by taking lesser-traveled roads, but oftentimes, other people have the same idea. There are always fender-benders due to people not paying attention, which makes traffic worse, Rossow said. City officials said they are aware of the traffic problems bud did not have data available regarding traffic counts along major roads. However, city planners and engineers have been developing projects to address the issues and alleviate congested roadways accordingly. “With the fact that Texas A&M University’s enrollment is now greater than 50,000 students and with the continued growth of Blinn College, it is likely that there is more traffic in College Station,” College Station traffic engineer Troy Rother said.

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The Battalion The standstill, the stop-and-go, the congestion. Traffic is not only a bother, but a problem of increasing magnitude that students deal with daily. This semester, traffic in College Station has become notably worse, especially in its proximity to campus. The city and state have some plans in store to alleviate the problem areas, but it seems that these plans cannot be implemented soon enough. “The worst intersections are Wellborn Road and George Bush Drive; Texas Avenue and University Drive; and George Bush Drive and Texas Avenue,” sophomore nutrition major Stacey Rossow said. “Mainly the intersections around the corners of campus.” Rossow said she has noticed the traffic more this semester while commuting to and from a Blinn College class every afternoon. “It’s really bad … anytime after 4 [p.m.] all over town, but if I hit rush hour, it can take an hour



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Water tax increase to affect students Robby Smith The Battalion Whether students write checks to landlords, utilities companies, or their apartment complex’s corporate offices, water rates in College Station will be increasing next semester, but rent should not be. On Sept. 22, College Station City Council voted to raise the wastewater rate — a tax on waste liquids including sewage and other liquid used by agriculture, domestic residences and industry — by 5 percent in a 6-1 vote. Councilman Jess Fields, class of

2010, voted against the increase. The council unanimously approved a slight decrease in the property tax rate. According to a city council press release, the wastewater tax increase is expected to generate about $12.7 million in sewer revenues, but homeowners will see “an increase of less than $2 per month.” “The wastewater rate increase is needed to cover increased operation and maintenance costs,” said Jennifer Nations, water resource coordinator for the College Station Water Services Department, “as well as [to] fund the capital improvements detailed in

the Wastewater Master Plan.” A new master plan was adopted in June to see what estimates and upgrades need to be made in coming years. “It will take about $50 million to upgrade [the current sewer system],” Nations said. “The increase was vital to bring in enough revenue to not have a deficit.” While most students are not yet aware of the upcoming rate changes, some of them are calculating the costs. “Even though my water bill was only

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In a rising age of technology more people are finding ways to use social media to communicate and influence the way people connect to others. Texas A&M University uses a number of social media networks and engages in conversations all over the world. Klout recently ranked Texas A&M as No.1 in the Top 10 Most Influential Colleges, finishing with a Klout score of 73. “We have to keep Texas A&M connected to the greater state, nation and world news and gearing

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The Battalion After Texas A&M made its official move to the Southeastern Conference, the A&M community responded with SEC co-branded merchandise, creating a demand in the marketplace among local Aggie fans as well as those scattered across the nation. When the apparel hit the shelves Sept. 29, 10,000 Adidas co-branded t-shirts and 5,000 Adidas co-branded caps were sold within the first five hours of availability. The proceeds of these sales will go toward the Bonfire Memorial, scholarships for the Corps of Cadets, the Athletic Department and the University Marketing Initiatives.


Though A&M will not switch conferences until 2012, SEC merchandise is available. “Now that we’re associated with the most powerful brand in college sports, this has given the University the opportunity to leverage with the SEC brand as we enter the conference in 2012,” said Jason Cook, vice president of marketing and communications. See Apparel on page 3

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the line of offensiveness. But I write to tell you how impressed I was with the individual A&M students who surrounded me. Not a single person was rude or even anything less than a perfect lady or gentleman. The people directly around me introduced themselves and talked with me. The young man in front of me, when I jokingly remarked that I hoped these new friends of mine would protect me if my Baylor shirt and cap attracted some mischief, said, “We Aggies are generally self-correcting. If anything happens, you let me know, and I will take care of it.� Chris, the Aggie sitting next to me, kept a running conversation with me about the game throughout the afternoon. As I turned to leave, the same young man in front of me (whose name I did not get) made a point to catch up with me and shake my hand, thank me for coming and wish me safe travels going home. We live in an increasingly uncivil world.

bought a ticket for Saturday’s “Battle of the Brazos� football game. Before leaving home, I put this note on my Facebook page: “On the road to College Station for the last foreseeable Baylor-A&M game. While I thoroughly enjoy rooting against the Aggies, we have to have a healthy respect for a good team, your rabid fans and the awesome Kyle Field experience. Sic ‘em.� I am an alumus of Baylor, the father of a current Baylor student, a member of the Baylor Alumni Council and an adjunct professor at the Baylor Law School. I have been to games at Kyle Field before, and I know what an incredible atmosphere Aggies create for the games. Despite the unease between the two campus communities arising both out of the conference alignment situation and our natural rivalry, I was really looking forward to sharing in what may well be the last Baylor football game in College Station. Having bought my ticket on eBay, I assumed I was getting it from some rich Aggie season ticket holder who could not make

it to the game. Imagine my surprise when I found myself in the middle of the A&M student section. Yes, I was the guy in green and gold about ten rows directly behind the Aggie Band. I am not ashamed to say that I was a little uncomfortable. For a Baylor fan, this could have been a scary place from which to watch the game. It is the nature of competitive football for fans to support their own team and deride the other. Collectively, the Aggie fans were appropriately disdainful of the Bears, and there were one or two cheers (and one particular gesture — you know which one I mean) led by the Yell Leaders that crossed


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Parkinson’s drug struck down A federal health panel unanimously voted Monday that a drug for Parkinson’s disease from Teva Pharmaceuticals has not been shown to slow progress of the debilitating neurological disease. Teva’s drug Azilect is already approved to treat symptoms of Parkinson’s, which causes tremors, muscle stiffness and a host of other movement problems. The Israeli drugmaker has asked the Food and Drug Administration to expand approval so that Azilect can be prescribed to slow the underlying disease. Currently no treatments are approved for that use. But the FDA’s panel of outside experts voted 17-0 against recommending approval for that use, saying the company’s clinical study results were not convincing.

Astronomer finds planet orbiting two suns Jessica Orwig The Battalion If exoplanet discoveries created a hiccup in planetary formation theory 19 years ago, a recent finding has taken complications one step further, says astronomy professor Darren DePoy. Using data from Kepler — a NASA space telescope dedicated to find planets in other solar systems, known as exoplanets — scientists have found the first exoplanet to exist in a system with two stars. Already drawing comparisons to the fictional planet Tatooine, which has two-star sunsets in Star Wars, the formation of this planet is undoubtedly a mystery, DePoy said. “It’s surprising that they would find something like that for a number of reasons,� DePoy said. “If you go back 20 years ago and you ask somebody, ‘How do planets form?’ Well, all of those models and ideas [for planet formation] were informed by our particular solar system.� Before scientists first confirmed the existence of an exoplanet in 1992, the general consensus was that other solar systems would look similar to Earth’s, with gas planets farther from the star and rocky planets closer. Moreover, it is thought that Earth’s solar system formed from a “big blob� of gas and dust, DePoy said. In its early stages of formation, most of the “blob� collapsed into a star while the remaining gas and dust eventually formed a disc that orbited the new star — comparable to pizza dough tossed in the air until it becomes a circular disc ready for toppings. As the dust orbited, it collapsed further to form planets. However, this scenario cannot be the same for a two-star system as


it is for a single-star system, DePoy said. “If you collapse two stars out of the same blob, then all of the angular momentum goes into the two stars, and they don’t need to form a disc,� DePoy said. “And the notion was [that the two stars] probably don’t form a disc, and therefore don’t have planets.� While the telescope Kepler continues to find exoplanets in solar systems very different from the Earth’s, scientists continue to adjust and readjust the theories of planet formation to fit their observations. “Kepler’s off finding a lot of weird things and trying to sort them all out,� DePoy said. Ryan Oelkers, a second-year astronomy graduate student, is looking at some of the “weird things�

that Kepler is finding. Oelkers is working with DePoy and using Kepler data to determine certain aspects of exoplanets. “One way that you figure out that you’re looking at a planet is you take the light coming from a star and you point a telescope at it and keep taking pictures,� Oelkers said. Oelkers said that depending on whether or not the light from the star gets dimmer, one can ascertain the presence of a planet. He used the example of the way that the Sun appears to get darker when the moon moves in front of it. However, determining exactly when a planet begins and ends its path across a star can be difficult due to measurement uncertainty, Oelkers said. To help diminish this difficulty, DePoy and Oelkers use

an original computer program distinguishes between detection signal and interfering noise to determine the precise time an exoplanet should cross in front of a star from start to finish. With this knowledge, scientists can indirectly determine the atmospheric composition of an exoplanet; whether it is composed primarily of methane, nitrogen or something else entirely. “We’re finding a lot of planets around stars that don’t match anything in our solar system,� Oelkers said. “So, we’re trying to figure out what these exoplanets are made out of, so we can figure out how they were formed and have a good model of how the birth of a solar system happens.�

Scientists clone coyotes A South Korean team led by disgraced stem cell scientist Hwang Woo-suk is claiming to have cloned coyotes for the ďŹ rst time. The Sooam Biotech Research Foundation said Monday that eight coyotes were born in June as part of its efforts to clone various species of animals in cooperation with South Korea’s Gyeonggi Province. The province says it will raise the coyotes but will later donate them to zoos at home and abroad. Hwang and his former colleagues also created the world’s ďŹ rst cloned dog, Snuppy, in 2005 Associated Press


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what we put on social media toward the hearts and minds of people,” said Diane McDonald, director of social media and marketing programs for Texas A&M University. “We have continued to be a part of it and be relevant to bigger conversations outside campus.” Klout is an online website that measures social media influence. Based on the quantfiers “true reach,” “amplification” and “network” impact, experts look at every time users create content and how people interact with that content. Only schools that create an account and login to Klout can be evaluated, receiving a score. But the tool is gaining traction among normal social media users. “True reach” is the number of people influenced. Klout filters out spam and bots and focuses on the people who are interacting with the content. If users interact regularly, the source will most likely have a high “amplification” score. “Network” measurement indicates the total influence of the engaged audience. “It seems basically to be the measurer of popularity at any given moment, and it is no surprise to me that there has been a huge uptick in A&Mrelated social media traffic between sports talk, higher enrollment and an Aggie running for president,” said Ed Walraven, senior lecturer inthe College of Liberal Arts. In January, the online company ranked Stanford, Syracuse and Harvard in the top three spots, scoring 70, 64 and 64 respectively. A recent press release from Klout said both University of WisconsinMadison and the University of Oklahoma tied at 4th place with a score of 67. In a complex algorithm in calculating user influence, Foursquare, a geo-tagging social media network, is now included. Students contribute to social media influence, and with the help of geo-location based applications, measurement scores increase. Foursquare partnered with the University in July for their university program. “As a student, this ranking really assures me that Texas A&M is taking into account who they can reach online,” said senior English major Kate Chapman. “Nearly every student on campus has a Facebook, Twitter, Google+ account or uses Foursquare. A&M knows this, that’s why they choose to put so much emphasis on their online content. Social media is honestly the best way to connect, interact and engage with students.”


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Bill Eisele, researcher at Texas Transportation Institute, said several population factors in addition to increased student population have increased traffic. “The Bryan-College Station area has… had a very robust economy,” Eisele said. “Former Aggies are also attracted to the community to retire. I think the traffic on the roads is a reflection on that very robust economy and subsequent population growth.” Eisele also said it is important to consider that new students who are still learning the area and getting used to the transportation system contribute to complications on the roadways. Joe Guerra Jr., who coordinates transportation planning in College Station, said the city’s planning and development services and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) are cooperating on two projects in the campus area to alleviate traffic congestion. One of these involves the intersection of George Bush Drive and Wellborn Road. “TxDOT is designing it, but there has not been funding appropriated yet,” Guerra said. “The next phase will be land acquisition for the project, which could take up to four years.” Rother said the plan includes a bridge that will allow Welborn Road traffic and the railroad to go over George Bush Drive without interruption, while George Bush Drive will slope underneath the

uncle, Gerardo Garcia Ramirez. “It’s incredible that there isn’t a single clue or suspect,” he said in Spanish. So, while authorities offer rewards for information that leads to an arrest, he asked people — especially in the Hispanic communities of central Arkansas — to come forward with any details about what happened to his niece. He said Guardado’s family still can’t believe that they have to bury such a wonderful young woman. “She was always working and studying,” he said. “She was a good daughter, a good sister, a good niece.” Associated Press

bridge structure. “Pedestrians will have separate structures at the intersection so they will not have to cross vehicular traffic when going through the intersection,” Rother said. Another project will connect Jones Butler Road, which terminates South of campus at Luther Street, to Penberthy Road, which runs along the intramural fields and beside Reed Arena. “This roadway extension will improve connectivity and capacity by providing an alternative access point onto the Texas A&M University campus without having to drive through the intersections of George Bush with Marion Pugh and Wellborn Road,” Guerra said. Guerra also said the extension of Jones Butler will provide some traffic relief for students who normally take Wellborn Road, and is scheduled to begin next fiscal year. Guerra said TxDOT and the city face construction funding issues, which are the main reason these projects are taking so long to implement. “We can plan all we want, but at the end of the day, if there is not funding available, they cannot get done,” Guerra said. Guerra also said it costs more to construct now than it did in 1993, due to inflation and the higher cost of materials. “TxDOT has to face budget cuts since the state gasoline tax has not been raised at either the state or local levels since 1993,” Guerra said. “There is less funding available, but more cars on the roads. They are more fuel efficient, so there is less revenue being generated at the pump.”

Some roads in College Station are state-maintained roadways, such as Wellborn Road, FM 2154, University Drive, FM 60, George Bush Drive, Texas Avenue and Highway 6. City funding for road transportation projects is independent of state funding. “The city funds things through the city’s capital improvements bond election,” Guerra said. “The citizens’ committee decides on the list of projects after being given many recommendations, and then the voters decide if it is appropriate to spend bond money to finance those projects.” Guerra further explained that the reason the city uses bonds to finance these projects is that these are high dollar projects and the city does not have the money to finance these projects up front. Citizens pay back the bonds a little at a time through property taxes. “In the last bond elections, we did not raise property taxes to pay back the current loans,” Guerra said. Rother said the city’s Capital Improvement Plan to widen and extend existing roads hasn’t been impacted by budget reductions following bond elections in 2009. At the end of the day, Guerra said what is most important is that the city and TxDOT are moving in the same direction. Rossow offered some ideas for alleviating congestion in the meantime. “People don’t need to be out all of the time,” Rossow said. “Staying home and studying at your house can lessen the amount of vehicles on the roads. Or carpool if you want to go study somewhere.”




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