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Operation Replant Volunteers restore plant life to beautify B-CS Hannah Meyerdirk

Junior nutritional science major Remigio Acevedo helps plant a tree as part of Replant. Many of the trees planted were grown on the A&M Riverside Campus.

Special to The Battalion Eight hundred Aggies ran to the rescue of the cry of “go green” by participating in the environmental giveback event called “Replant” on Saturday. Replant is a student-run organization that coordinates a one-day event for students to volunteer to help replant trees


in the B-CS area. Students could sign up as groups or as individuals. Around 76 organizations, which translated into about 800 people, signed up to take part in the event. Replant has been around for quite a long time. Back in 1990, Scott Hantman, the chair of the Environmental Issues Committee, organized the first Replant

in an effort to offset the effects of cutting down trees for Aggie Bonfire. “We had a lot of problems this year with our trees, unfortunately,” said Andrea Fonseca, senior horticulture major and president of Replant. “So on top of the quality control, we teach people the right way to plant a tree. Scorching from travel was a

problem with our trees as well. Of course, the trees will recover with the proper care.” Leaders of each organization that sign up for Replant are required to go to one of the three informationals held the week before Replant takes place. They are given all the information for Saturday: they are taught safety, See Replant on page 3


Emerging club charges interest in energy solutions Sarvesh Kaslay Special to The Battalion “Practical efficiency” is a term that has become a buzzword in energy sustainability circles. This is the same phrase that Texas A&M Energy Club president and chief operating officer Doug Rickerd and Stephen Hassenflu reiterate when talking about engineering new ways to achieve energy efficiency. The energy club is a nascent student organization that aims to bolster discussion and promote cutting-edge ideas related to the energy sector. It also brings in experts from the industry with the goal of increasing awareness and knowledge about the field. “The energy club is on a higher level, a way for students to connect to the industry as a whole. We are focusing on a portfolio of issues; be it oils and gas, renewable energy or sustainability,” Rickerd said. While working with the Utilities and Energy Services department, Rickerd said he realized profitability and sustainability could coexist after understanding the steps that the department was taking to monitor and control consumption of electricity. Building on these experiences, the energy club attempts to come up

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◗ The energy club will host Exxon Mobil for “The Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040.” at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Emerging Technologies Building. with pragmatic solutions for challenges facing the energy industry. “We are a new club trying to mesh with the private sector and the University to get everyone involved to form a community working toward the greater good. We are trying to raise awareness about the easy ways to promote energy efficiency. For example, making a building [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design]-certified and using LED lighting are very easy and convenient solutions,” junior finance major Stephen Hassenflu said. Hassenflu said the clubs main focus is on achieving efficiency without sacrificing productivity. “We can automate different processes in order to make them more efficient but at the same time we must take care to not trade efficiency for some of the comforts that we have,” Rickerd said. “The best See Energy club on page 3


The Del Rio family dresses as astronauts on the Discovery space shuttle Sunday during the Night at the Museum Halloween Event at the George Bush Library.

Bush Library treats community Jake Walker The Battalion Captain America, with a bag of candy in tow, was one of many visitors to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum on Sunday for its fifth annual Children’s Costume Contest and Trick-orTreating Halloween event. Families from BryanCollege Station dressed as an and eclectic group of superheroes, werewolves, zombies

and astronauts, converged on the plaza outside the library for an evening ofHalloween festivities. The Bush library plays host to families for holidays all throughout the year, including Fourth of July and Easter. Warren Finch, director of the Bush library, said these events are a way to say thank you to its supporting community. “We’re a part of the com-

munity,” Finch said. “We get a lot of support from the local folks, a lot of support from Texas A&M, support from College Station and Bryan and it’s kind of a way to give something back.” Attendees were encouraged to do some giving of their own and donate canned goods and other non-perishables to the Food for Families holiday food drive, which helps feed families in the Brazos Valley.



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way is to find how to balance the two so that they can work harmoniously together.” Rickerd said they want people to look outside the classrooms and figure out how they can help. He said the classroom is great for people to get educated, but it’s a real world we live in and we have to work on real challenges. In order to tackle these real world issues, the energy club works on case studies that address energy-specific topics. It encourages students from interdisciplinary courses to participate and provide innovative solutions to energy problems across Texas. One such recent case study was titled “Power Across Texas.” It addressed the issue of energy dissipation to the border towns in Texas. The other major initiative by the energy club is inviting speakers from the industry to talk about their research or area of expertise and enlighten students. The last group meeting featured John Messer, manager of Enterprise Information Systems from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. Messer provided the students with a very comprehensive overview of the electricity markets in Texas and across the U.S. The overview provided a start to the club’s corporate speaker series. Assistant professor and head of the electrical engineering department, Le Xie, serves as the faculty adviser to the energy club. “As the faculty adviser, I am very pleased to see that this campus-wide, student-run organization is thriving in the community. With the track records that the leadership team has shown, I am very confident that their planned events in this year will be successful,” Xie said.

given a map of their site and told where their site will be, how much time they have to get to the site and watch a video on how to plant a tree. Fonseca said the goal of Replant for this year was to have fun and give back to the community. “Our goal is to bring Aggies together, have fun, learn about the environment and go out to give back to the community. The staff of Replant, aware of the changing environment, took precautions to give the trees the best chance to survive. Fonseca said smaller trees were planted this year to give the trees a better chance of survival because of the recent drought. At each site, one of the Replant staff gave tips on how to take care of the trees. Replant also partnered up with KBB (Keep Brazos Beautiful), who donated informational packets pertaining to the care of the trees.

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Sophomore international studies major, Lidia Gregg said Replant’s focus is to inform people about the environment and assist in improving the situation. Replant partnered with Habitat for Humanity and planted trees at one of their sites. Most of Replant’s funds to plant the trees and organize this event come from fundraising, grants and funding from Student Government Association. Texas A&M student’s environmental giveback for the Bryan-College Station area made a large impact for everyone involved, the planters, the ones who received the trees and of course, the environment. Replant is looking to the future, continuing to fundraise and plan for next year’s event. “We have this goal to inform people about Replant,” said Gregg. “People compare us to Big Event all the time, but we are not Big Event. We are an environmental committee dedicated to providing environmental awareness.”


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against Auburn. With this sensational freshmen class, we shouldn’t be surprised, but the knock against Williams, the thing I’ve held against him, was his size. Small running backs aren’t every-down backs in the SEC, just as they aren’t in the NFL. But Williams carried 19 times for 110 yards and a score, catching three passes out of the backfield for an additional 24 yards. Aggie fans have seen Williams this season. He has handled kickoffs — most memorably when he took a fourth-quarter kickoff more than 70 yards into LSU territory in the 24-19 home loss — and has seen spot work in the run game, usually to spell Michael or Malena. Saturday’s 19 carries, even if a good chunk came with the game well in hand, is substantial. Offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury having the confidence in Williams to give him 20-plus touches in an SEC game says something about what the staff thinks they have in the freshman. Truth be told, I’ve been waiting to talk about Williams all season. He’s a special talent. If he doesn’t pan out as a viable option in the backfield, I expect to see four years worth of punt- and kick-returns — good ones — out of him. But a lopsided affair against a one-win team went a long way to cementing the picture of Williams as a future featured running back of Sumlin’s Aggies. Mark DorÊ is a junior English major and sports desk assistant for The Battalion.


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