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he first Code Maroon reached the backlit phones and computer screens of students and faculty at 12:29 p.m. on Aug. 13. By then, the heavy chorus of weapon fire was already echoing across Fidelity Drive, less than half a mile from the intersection of George Bush Drive and Wellborn Road. At the end of the bloody half-hour firefight, three people were dead, including Constable Brian Bachman, civilian Chris Northcliff and shooter Thomas Caffall. Caffall wasn’t the only headline in the bloody summer of 2012. The nation looked on in horror at Aurora, Colo., where James Holmes strolled into a movie theater with an M&P15 assault rifle and left 12 moviegoers dead

Way of the gun This article is the first in a twopart series. Pick up a copy of The Battalion Nov. 8 for the campus carry edition of the series. and 58 wounded in his wake. In quick succession came the shootings at the Sikh Temple in Milwaukee, the Empire State Building and the Minneapolis sign

manufacturing plant. For students, faculty, staff and community members, it would have been all too easy to turn off the evening news and brush away the sting felt by the tragedy. However, Caffall wrenched away any harbored hope of ignoring the issue of guns and mass shootings in this country. On that day, Bachmann approached the house of Caffall at the 200 block of Fidelity Drive a few minutes after noon, in order to serve an eviction notice. Caffall had lost his job some months ago and told family members he planned never to work again. After a tense conversation on Caffall’s front porch, the situation futher escalated when

Guns out of control ◗ U.S. has less than 5% of the world’s population, but 35-50% of civilian-owned firearms. ◗ In the U.S., there are 88.8 guns per 100 people. ◗ Death in the U.S. from firearms are 8 times higher than it’s economic counterparts.

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Commander in chief candidates differ on military strategy Molly Livingstone Special to The Battalion Bumper stickers are plastered to cars, yard signs abound and campaign ads are aired repetitively. Amid presidential candidate’s attempts to woe the approval of voters, conversations over whose stance on a plethora of policies can get jumbled in the mix. Some young voters don’t realize how the policies established in the distant-from-College-Station Washington D.C. can impact them in Aggieland. Two fundamental issues relevant to Texas A&M students are military spending and foreign policies. Both presiden-

tial candidates have touched on these topics during their campaigns to win the votes of American citizens. President Barack Obama’s basic military strategy at this point in the war in Afghanistan is to draw down U.S. troops in Afghanistan and transition security responsibility to the Afghan people to responsibly end the war there in 2014, according to his campaign website. Joseph Cerami, senior lecturer at the Bush School, said Obama’s intention by reducing U.S. troops is to reduce spending. “It’s costly to have ground forces and [we See Military on page 2 Elyse Wudeck — THE BATTALION


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Katie Nortman The Battalion Superstorm Sandy left a wide path of destruction as it slammed the East Coast early this week. The latest update on the damage left by this historic super storm is standing at 61 deaths, 20 billion dollars in damage and 6.5 million homes and businesses without power. Electricity outages stretched as far west as Wisconsin and as far south as the Carolinas. Airports and businesses are slowly beginning to resume work, including the New York Stock Exchange that experienced its first two-day shut down since the blizzard of 1888 — one of the most severe blizzards in the history of the United States. The storm alone was not one of the most detrimental that the U.S. has experienced,

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however it was the environment it struck that left such catastrophic mess to clean up. “Most of the damage was similar what would be expected to happen in Texas with a category one or weak category two hurricane,” said John Nielsen-Gammon, a professor in the Department of Meteorology. “It would be familiar to us but unfamiliar to them. They also didn’t have the infrastructure set up to handle it. The subway system got flooded out without much of the land protecting the entry ways.” The extent of the damage was so severe that in some areas trick-or-treating was ordered to be postponed until Monday. Nielsen-Gammon said, overall, this hurricane was very well forecasted. “From what I understand See Sandy on page 2

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The Battalion After more than an hour of debate, Student Senate voted decisively in favor of the Texas A&M Personal Protection Bill on Wednesday with a 38-19 vote, but because a senator’s motion to reconsider the bill, it was stalled and will be voted on again at the next Senate meeting. The bills calls on the Texas government to mandate that concealed carry be allowed on campus and in buildings at pubic universities, and for A&M to align its policy with said legislation. The Texas A&M Personal Protection Bill seeks to end the law that allows universities to create their own policies for concealed carry. Texas A&M policy allows concealed carry on campus, but not inside buildings. The student body voted against having guns on campus in two referendums that took place in 2009 and 2011. Senators such as Trevor Brown, senior political See Senate on page 5

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“From what I understand the events played out similar to what was forecasted,� Nielsen-Gammon said. “The storm surge in New York City was actually larger than what was forecasted. It also moved a little faster than expected.� In regards to an event like this hap-

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pening in the future, it would take another atypical list of meteorological events to come together. “It took several things coming together in just the right way [for Sandy],� Nielsen-Gammon said. “The odds of something like this happening again in the near future are very small. Going back to colonial times, every 100 years or so New York City gets hit with a hurricane [or another natural disaster],

so this may have just been their storm of the century.� Many of the affected cities are attempting to return to normality as businesses begin to open back up and workers begin to head back to the daily grind. However, like it is with any hurricane, the damage left by this unique and historic storm will inevitably been seen and worked around for longer than most would like.

“We are not overly concerned with any significant changes, regardless of who our boss is,� Gibler said. “However, we are going to be reducing the size of our military.� Obama’s Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, has a different approach to conducting the military.,As president, Romney would keep faith with the men and women who defend the U.S. just as he would ensure that the military’s capabilities are matched to the interests we need to protect, according to his campaign website. This would include reversing cuts to the military and strengthening U.S. armed forces. Cerami said there are definite distinctions between Romney’s policies and Obama’s. “Romney is in favor of increased military spending,� Cerami said. “Especially in the Navy. Naval forces are critical for our security posture in Asia. However, it is hard to put your finger on where the money will come from.� Some members of the Corps of Cadets are concerned with the future of the military and who their commander-inchief will be in the coming years. Nathan Dunbar, senior English major, will be a second lieutenant in the Army following graduation and is in favor of Romney’s policies. “I don’t like the idea of Obama mak-

ing the cuts to downsize our military,� Dunbar said. “I support Romney’s idea that we need an army big enough to be able to fight in two areas at once and beef up security for our embassies overseas in the countries that are known for harboring terrorist groups.� Matt Keller, senior industrial distribution major, said Obama’s policies are not ideal for the present situation. “Obama is getting out of Afghanistan too fast. He is just waving a white flag and saying it’s not our problem anymore,� Keller said. “While I don’t disagree with downsizing the Army after getting out of Afghanistan, I am vehemently against leaving Afghanistan until the job is done there.� Cermani said voters, including college students, are essential in how future policy will be implemented. “There is the widespread perception that Washington D.C. is broken and new leaders and leadership approaches are needed to get the important work done,� Cermani said. “The voters will decide which candidate is providing convincing evidence that they can lead in both domestic and international affairs. That to me is why all citizens, including Texas A&M students, should vote.�

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Caffall produced a firearm and opened fire. The ensuing firefight between law enforcement, first responders and Caffall resulted in more than 100 discharged rounds. Caffall’s death brought an end to the chaos, but not before the deaths of Bachmann and Northcliff, and survivor Barbara Holdsworth suffering critical injuries. The flurry of bullets and sirens ended with three dead and a community altered. So extensive and sprawling was the area canvassed by the shooting that Lt. Allan Baron of the University Police Department said the investigation is still ongoing. In a statement released after the shooting, University President R. Bowen Loftin said the incident left the University deeply saddened. “This is a sad day in the Bryan-College Station community,” Loftin said. “My thoughts and prayers, as well I am sure of the entire Aggie community, go out to the families and close friends of those who died so tragically, those who were injured and anyone else personally impacted by this senseless act of violence.” No matter a person’s political affiliation, a level of vitriol is released into the air any time the hot-button subject of firearm rights is broached. With each camp deeply entrenched in their own opinion, the polarizing nature of the debate guarantees a cultural stalemate. Neither side of the fence has anything in mind other than the protection of American citizens. But how should a modern America approach its guns?

Caffall in context Placing A&M within a larger context of other recent American shootings is a tender, layered matter. Amid the similarities between the local shooting and other highprofile shootings, the most obvious point may be the most significantly binding: legally obtained firearms were employed in the shooting and killing of innocents. The scope may not be as large as Aurora — though it is impossible to quantify the pain inflicted in such incidents. FBI crime classification reports define a mass murderer as an individual who kills four or more people, not including himself, in a single incident. But there is a similar degree of senselessness in the act. Because Caffall was killed in the shootout and unable to stand trial, it is impossible to determine if the act was premeditated or one of impulse. Grouped in this way, these headline-making shootings between Aurora on July 20 and Minneapolis on Sept. 27 have a staggering effect. But has there been a marked, measurable increase in these shootings? Or, the nation’s attention having collectively turned to the subject after Aurora, is this presumed spike a case of heightened sensitivity and alertness to the matter? James Alan Fox, professor of criminology at Northeastern University, is known as “The Dean of Death” for his extensive research on mass murders. Fox, in a recent blog post published on boston. com, contends that though no one can deny that the summer of 2012 has seemed especially horrific, the not-so-tiny flaw in all of

these theories for the increase in mass shootings is that mass shootings have not increased in number or in overall body count, at least not over the past several decades. “The clustering of mass murders is nothing more than random timing and sheer coincidence,” Fox said. However, he said the lack of any upward trend should not stop individuals from trying to find causes and solutions for extreme violence. Larry Burton, an expert on workplace violence and professor at Bryn Mawr University, disagrees. In an interview with U.S. News & World Report after a recent shooting at a school in Baltimore, Md., Burton said 2012’s shootings have been noteworthy. “This appears to be what will be one of the worst years ever in terms of homicides at work, worship and obviously in terms of school shootings,” Burton said. “Something is going on that is generating such a spike in these cases.” Jack Bodden, resident A&M professor in abnormal psychology, said though he couldn’t attest to whether a spike in mass shootings has taken place, there could be an element of “monkey see, monkey do” that is in play. “There may also be a weird kind of competition between [shooters] much as in a video game,” Bodden said.

Media representations In any given shooting, only a few people have any real contact with the shooter. The rest of the populace depends on massmediated representations given through news anchors, reporters, bloggers, public statements made by officials and sometimes, family members or neighbors of the perpetrator. Caffall’s stepfather, Richard Weaver, said his stepson was “crazy as hell” and called him a “ticking time bomb.” “He had been ill,” said Linda Weaver, Caffall’s mother. “It breaks our hearts that his illness led to this.” Caffall’s Facebook page was taken down shortly

after the shooting, but not before providing a look into the quasi-personal world of Thomas Caffall. Guns pervaded the page. Caffall posted pictures of his weapons, which included a vintage Russian rifle he called his “new toy.” His “inspirational people” included famous snipers and gun manufacturers from history. There is consistency in the representations of mass shooters across media platforms. If someone was to remove the names from the descriptions, it would be difficult to differentiate between a portrayal of Caffall and one of Holmes, who

has been similarly painted as mentally ill. Nearly every mention of Wade Michael Page, the shooter in the Sikh Temple massacre in August, has made mention of his white supremacist roots and racist ideology. Family members of Andrew Engeldinger, the disgruntled Accent Signage employee who opened fire in his Minneapolis workplace in September, mentioned a family history of schizophrenia in interviews. A neighbor of Jeffrey Johnson, the August Empire State Building shooter, said he “must have snapped.” Mental illness is a frequent buzz word in these descriptions. The question inherent in the discussion is whether mass shooters are as ill as they are portrayed or whether these exoticized representations made these individuals seem more different than they were. Bodden said it’s possible for both options to be simultaneously true. “The media typically does use strong language to describe mass shooters,” Bodden said. “In some cases it may be clinically accurate, but more often the language simply reflects our fear and revulsion over the act itself.”

What makes a mass shooter? “I doubt seriously that we would find any shooter to be free of significant psychopathology,” Bodden said. Some research suggests the correlation between mental illness and violence may not be as strong as the public may think. Support for that theory lies in a consensus report published in 2006 by the Institute of Medicine titled “Improving the Quality of Health Care for Mental and Substance-Use Conditions.” “The contribution of people with mental illnesses to overall rates of violence is small,” the report read. “The magnitude of the relationship is greatly exaggerated in the minds of the general population.” Scientific American supports this, finding that the severely mentally ill account for just three to five percent of violent crimes. Both of these studies examine violence in sum rather than a narrower look at mass shootings. Burton isn’t convinced. He said the nation’s elevated rates of gun violence is due in part to mental illness, but focuses his criticism on governmental policy. “We do have a breakdown in our mental health system,” Burton said. “Tens of thousands of patients in the past few years [were] released due to budget cuts. Then there’s the availability of weapons and ammunition. You could argue that plays a part.” For the sake of argument, if one supposes the correlation between mental illness and violence can be clouded, there is one link between mass murderers that isn’t so easily diminished: loneliness and the lack of significant personal relationships. Bodden said he has observed this common theme as a factor in the shaping of a mass shooter. “These pathological loners have few or very weak connections to others,” Bodden said. “They have never felt cared for and so they lack the capacity to feel for or with others.” He described these killers as “injustice collectors.” “They seem to hold onto insults, slights, teasings, nurturing them until they bloom into full-fledged hatred,” Bodden said. “I would say the single biggest difference between a mass shooter and a ‘normal’ person is the shooter’s lack of empathy and lack of close relationships. Bodden said the public isn’t always aware of the extent of this difference. “The thing most people fail to appreciate about mass shooters is how fundamentally different their perceptions of the world really are and how autistic their thinking processes are,” he said. Johnson was described as a quiet, animal lover. Family of Engeldinger said he had no known friends. Caffall’s mother and stepfather said he quit his job months prior to the shooting and planned never to re-enter working society. Holmes and Page carried similar “loner” stigmas. The pattern is consistent among the major perpetrators of the summer’s shootings. Caffall’s shooting in College Station wasn’t the same as Holmes’ in Aurora or Page’s in Milwaukee. Simplifying these acts by lumping them together is demeaning for the families of victims who become a number in a body count or a marker on a timeline of violence. But by examining the makeup of these killers and by situating the College Station shooting within a national context, this community can begin to make sense of one fated August day.

The clustering of mass murders is nothing more than random timing and sheer

coincidence.” — James Alan Fox, Professor of criminology at Northeastern University

There could be an element of ‘monkey see, monkey do’ that is in play.... I doubt seriously that we would find any shooter to be free of significant psychopathology.” — Jack Bodden, A&M professor of abnormal psychology

He had been ill. It

breaks our hearts that his illness led to this.” — Linda Weaver, mother of Thomas Caffall

30,000 people killed by firearms in the U.S. annually.

270,000,000 firearms in U.S.

Average of 20 mass shootings in U.S. each year.

More than 1 million deaths in the U.S. by firearms since 1968.

More than 40 percent of guns are bought on a secondary market. SOURCE - National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

Mass shootings since June 2012 James Holmes

Wade Michael Page

◗ Holmes assaulted a midnight screening of “The Dark Night Rises” on July 20 in Aurora, Colo. ◗ Armed with a M&P15 semi-automatic rifle, Glock 22 pistol and Remington 870 shotgun, Homes killed 12 people and injured 58 others.

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◗ Page opened fire in a Sikh Temple located in Oak Creek, Wis., on Aug. 5. ◗ Armed with a Holmes

Springfield XD(M) 9mm pistol, Page killed six people and injured four others. After being injured by police, Page shot himself in the head.


Andrew Engeldinger

Jeffrey Johnson

◗ After being fired from his job in Minneapolis, Engeldinger began shooting at his workplace on Sept. 27.

◗ After being fired from his job in New York City, Johnson gunned down his former boss outside the Empire State Building on Aug. 24.

◗ Armed with a Glock 19 9mm pistol, Engeldinger killed five people and injured four others. Engleldinger committed suicide before he could be apprehended.


◗ Armed with a .45 caliber pistol, Johnson was killed moments later by police. Eight bystanders were injured by stray rounds fired by police officers.


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Runnner’s world

Julie Blanco: Although I didn’t enjoy every workout, running is more than my 5:30 a.m. wake up call


s a cross country runner I’ve been programed to function early in the morning before the rest of the world around me wakes up. Getting up and going to practice has been a part of my life for so long that I just don’t know if I could change my ways. But as a senior planning on graduating in May and with one year of eligibility left, one question is constantly on my mind. Am I still willing to pursue a collegiate running career as a fifth-year senior? For the past 10 years my life has revolved around running. I’ve made countless sacrifices for this sport that I’m sure many runners can relate to. I’ve told my friends that I can’t go out because I have to go to sleep at 9 p.m. I’ve passed up eating warm, delicious cookies. I’ve allowed my feet to turn into those of a Hobbit, calloused with the occasional nail falling off. And even though I haven’t had the career that I had planned since I signed my letter of intent, I’m so happy to have had the experience of being a collegiate runner. There have been times when I’ve gotten so caught up in running that I’ve forgotten that I’m at Texas A&M for an education. Sometimes I just thought of having class as an extra perk. To my dismay I’ve had many phone calls from my dad to remind me that in reality it was the other way around,

student comes first in student-athlete. Like other aspiring athletes, I came here filled with so much hope. I had high expectations for what I could accomplish but dreams that I had soon dwindled as I was struck with injury. Since then I’ve felt that I haven’t been able to reach my full potential but maybe if I can get the track gods on my side for the next few months I can become a miracle in the running world. During my years on the team I’ve learned to master basic life skills, one of them being the art of time management. I learned to not show up late to practice because there’s the chance I’d just be told to leave. I know how to successfully set an alarm to wake up in the morning. It has been reiterated to me for the past three years to be on time and go to class. As a result I’ve been able to get my act together and I now have no patience for late people. I’ve also grown to understand the power

of perseverance. There have been many days when I wanted to give up on running. During the grueling workouts when I’d be fighting to hold onto the pace I’d often think to myself, “Why am I doing this? What am I putting myself though all of this pain for?” I love how running gives me time to myself. Even though I’m usually running with a group of chatty, gossip girls, running gives me a chance to think. When I’m not listening to other people’s discussions, I often have conversations in my head. I think about things I’d like to say to certain people but never actually do. And then there are the occasional days when I talk to myself in Spanish and wish I was like the native speakers in my classes who I can never really understand. Running is supposed to be fun. Although I haven’t enjoyed every workout, looking back I’m glad that I finished them and fought to hold on even when I didn’t think I could. It’s funny how you surprise yourself with what you can do if you put your mind to it.


Julie Blanco is a senior university studies major and a staff writer for The Battalion.

Resilience under weather Rebecca Haughey: Cheers to being a New Yorker and a hurricane survivor


hen I moved to Manhattan from Texas this past summer, I was bracing myself for a lot of big adjustments. I was prepared for subway cars jam-packed with grumpy commuters, for a faster-paced stride and life. I was certainly not anticipating a hurricane to be thrown into the mix.

Let me preface this by saying that I lived on the Gulf Coast of Florida in high school. I am well-acquainted with that frenzied dance between civilization and nature in the form of a hurricane. However, I cannot safely say the same of the eight million people who live in our nation’s largest city. The panic began to really set in early Sunday afternoon, following Mayor Bloomberg’s announcement that all NYC transit would shut down that evening. Much to my surprise, there was a line around the block to get into my neighborhood supermarket, like it was Disneyland or some other place people actually want to go. Store employees were herding customers in one-byone, handing each the cold comfort of a shopping basket as a sort of shield for the terrors that awaited us inside. It was as if every New Yorker had the same realization at the same moment that, at least for the next few days, they would not be able to enjoy the urban luxury of ordering food via Seamless on their smartphones. The grocery store was transformed into a madhouse, a free-for-all, as frazzled shoppers ransacked the rotisserie chicken selection and frozen pizza section. Did I mention that the average New Yorker doesn’t really cook at home much? I won’t even discuss the mob of frustrated customers and yelling employees that constituted the checkout “line.” As for the storm itself, the experience from my fourth-floor apartment on the Upper East Side was fairly mild. Although FDR Drive, a highway that runs along the East River about a

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block away from our apartment, did flood during the height of the storm Monday evening, by Tuesday morning the water had completely receded. The wind howled and the rain poured, but we never lost our power, as millions of other residents did. It seemed like at least half of the city that never sleeps was suddenly thrown into a coma. Admittedly, there were a few moments when I began to regret living in an apartment with what I once thought of as a very fortunate city view, that of a lush garden courtyard — complete with trees that were now menacingly thrashing about from the powerful gusts. Of course, living in a city presents itself with a whole new slew of natural disaster-related concerns. My husband saw the window of a nearby high-rise condominium smashed in by some construction scaffolding that had come loose in the wind. Needless to say, I hadn’t seen that happen before in my small Floridian hometown. With all of the subway lines out-of-service due to flooding, the city is left crippled. Students of all ages can’t get to classes, and employees can’t get to work. According to Kinetic Analysis Corp, total financial losses could be as high as $25 billion, including interruption to business. I’m not a numbers-person, but I do know that is a lot of money. I’m beginning to think that the reason Superstorm Sandy received so much media hype was not because of the magnitude of the storm — it doesn’t take a meteorological expert to understand that a Category 1 storm is not a Katrina. Sandy “Frankenstorm,” whatever you want to call it, was highlighted because


FDR Drive begins to flood Monday afternoon as the waterlevel of the East River continues to rise.

of the sheer magnitude of the crowds of people and industries it impacted. When I read the news online and see images resembling scenes from the film “The Day After Tomorrow” while my immediate neighborhood is merely damp in the aftermath, I am left feeling both relieved and oddly alienated from those in less fortunate, lowlying areas. I have co-workers who live in Queens, Brooklyn, Long Island and New Jersey, and I wonder when our office in Midtown East of Manhattan will be fully up-and-running again. Yet I’ve learned a lot about this city in the four short months I’ve had to explore it. If there’s one thing that’s true about the stereotype of New Yorkers, it’s that they’re a tough breed of people. Personally, I prefer the term “resilient.” I think that spirit of determination is perhaps best illustrated by the scenes from the sidewalk on a Tuesday afternoon stroll

around the neighborhood. There were children in rain boots stomping in puddles, joggers stretching their legs after hours cooped inside, and dogs happily toting their own piece of fallen tree debris. What’s my favorite image of post-Sandy life? The pubs bursting at the seams with the crowds of people, both the local regulars and friends escaping from the darkened districts of downtown, all sharing the warmth provided by well-lit shelter, a good drink, laughter-filled conversation and a hearty toast. Here’s to living in New York and to being a hurricane survivor — both at the same time, as improbable as it still seems. Rebecca Haughey, Class of 2011, lives in New York and is a former lifestyles editor for The Battalion.


From Paul Adamski, junior philosophy major

I was displeased to see that The Battalion decided to publish an ad by, “Facts & Logic About the Middle East.” I hope that this short piece of mine will convince those responsible for this decision to express more careful judgment in the future. In my opinion, the issue at hand is not one of freedom of speech. The Battalion had the freedom not to publish this ad, but the decision to do so reflects poorly on Texas A&M. My concerns are with the ad’s reductionist account of complex matters and how this reductionism conflicts with the nature of Texas A&M as an institution of higher learning and as an institution whose student body contains strong moral integrity. First, the ad’s notion that “the Iranians and other Muslims are crazies ... because they take instructions directly from Allah, who tells them to kill the Jews and other infidels, whatever the cost.” It is easy to make reductionist statements from snapshots. Snapshots can be staged by professional photographers in order to remove all external, unwanted details. The professional, academic scholarship clearly states that Jews in the medieval world were better off under Muslims than Christians. I hope it is clear why I would be wrong to reduce the relationship between Christians and Jews to this particular snapshot. In fact, I hope that it is common sense to most people that Muslims are not crazy. I hear from Christians that atheists are crazy and from atheists that Christians are crazy. Republicans claim that Democrats are crazy, and so on. No, what I submit as crazy are these absurd generalizations that reduce intelligent and complex individuals to an entity belonging to a homogenous collection. Second, the beating of the drums of war calling for military action. “What can the world, what can the USA, what can Israel do about [the deadly threat of a nucleararmed Iran],” the ad asks. What needs to be done is for everyone to leave complicated issues to those in our intelligence agencies: the same agencies whose experts stated with high confidence back in 2007 that Iran had halted its nuclear weapons program due to international pressure. That is contrary to the ad’s claim that experts are unsure of how far Iran is from reaching its goal. If this goal is towards nuclear weapons, the experts agree that Iran is infinitely deterred from their goal since this is no longer their goal. These judgments released to the public in 2007 were reconfirmed in 2010 and 2012. We should always be honest with ourselves. The ad claims that “however ‘evil’ the leaders of the Soviet Union ... may have been ... they were not evil.” What evidence do we have that the leaders of Iran are evil outside of reductionist snapshots? I submit that as civilians, this sort of knowledge we won’t have access to. The responsible course of action is to leave such matters to those in positions whose sole work is the collection and analysis of intelligence for the sake of this country’s protection. The opposite course of action is to make unwarranted claims of the sort that, “If Iran is not stopped now, it may well be too late not very long from now.” It may become more difficult to make judgments if we can no longer make these reductions that simplify matters, but Texas A&M is an institute of higher education that should not permit this sort of laziness. The student body is also one of high moral integrity, we respect life. We may differ on the particulars, the permissibility, for example, for war and abortion, but we all agree that in a perfect world none of these things would occur. Even for those who believe war is permissible, understand that the case for war cannot be made carelessly and ignorantly. To do so, would be immoral.

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Senate votes to keep students as fund source for veteran tuition The Battalion Amid the different costs to attend Texas A&M, one in particular is being brought up for reconsideration. The Hazlewood Act, a bill that provides qualified veterans, their spouses and dependent children with an educational benefit at Texas public colleges and universities, has caused an unsettling among some students. With assistance from Hazlewood, qualified veterans receive exemption from up to 150 hours of tuition and major fee charges. The tuition and fees of current students at the universities fund the veteran’s tuitions. Texas A&M Student Senate voted on a bill Wednesday that requested for a reevaluation of the Hazlewood Act in order for it to become funded through the state and not through the students of Texas A&M. “We want the state to know we can’t keep shouldering the burden of paying for [veteran’s] tuition,” said Brody Smith, senior history major. “We need to make sure programs that support veterans are not detrimental to students in any way.”


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Student Senate voted the Hazlewood Act Bill down. “The state needs to find alternative means of funding,” Smith said. “State dollars, donors or other sources that won’t take away money that could be spent on the University.” Because the Hazlewood Act is state legislation, Taylor Sessions, senior agricultural economics major, said he feels that it is not the students’ place to provide funding for it. “The Hazlewood Act is a state legislation bill but it is not funded by the state,” Sessions said. “So it’s putting a tax on the University.” Although some students say this takes away from what other University expenditures, veterans who are current students at A&M feel different about the legislation. Josh Melendez, junior accounting major, is a Marine Corps veteran who served from November 2005 to November 2009 and has taken advantage of the opportunity provided to him by the Hazelwood Act. “Being blessed with the Hazlewood Act is what you look forward to,” Melendez said. “When you’re away you think about when you


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science major, argued that student opinion has not been taken into consideration. “If this bill was so important that our predecessors thought that they needed a referendum, then why now do we not have a referendum?” Brown said. “The reason they don’t want a referendum is because they know they are going to lose.” Senators such as Cary Cheshire, junior political science major, argued that students should not be polled with a referendum on this issue because students elected senators to represent them. Senator Jose Luis Zelaya, graduate student in education, said the opinion of faculty and staff was not taken into consideration for this bill. “I think that is very disrespectful to not ask for faculty opinion and police department opinion when they are included in the bill,” Zelaya said. The Graduate Student Council spoke before the meeting and said they were not in favor of concealed carry inside campus buildings. A motion to amend the bill to include a referendum was made by Robbie Cimmino, senior agricultural leadership and development major, but the amendment failed.

A vote was then taken on the bill, which resulted in the bill passing with a 38-19 vote. Shortly after, Joseph Puente, junior telecommunication media studies major and writer for The Battalion, motioned to reconsider the bill. Senate rules only allow senators who vote with the majority on a bill to motion to reconsider it. Puente strategically voted in favor of the bill so that he would be allowed to call for the reconsideration. Puente said he motioned to reconsider the bill in order to give Student Senate more time to gather student and faculty opinion. “I believe that within the next two weeks, we can get more students to say whether they are for or against it,” Puente said. Speaker of the Senate Scott Bowen, senior chemical engineering major, said when a bill is reconsidered, it will be voted and debated on again at the next senate meeting. Senate also unanimously passed the Support to Repeal the Student Success Fee Bill, which requests the repeal of the Student Success Fee, also known as the University Advancement Fee. The bill’s author — Fernando Sosa, sophomore political science major — said there is a lack of transparency in the University Advancement Fee and that the Texas A&M System Board of Regents will discuss the issue Friday.

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Boris Kolenkhov (M. A. Sterling, front right) startles Mr. Kirby (Reid Self, front left) as others look on (from left to right Jeff Garrison-Tate, David Manuel, Annette Brittain, Trevor Jae and Sandra Lys) Courtesy

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Award-winning play opens in Downtown Bryan theater Cassandra Fournet Special to The Battalion In the dark of the 29th Street Studio, two lovers, bound by passion but restricted by family, will devise a plan to salvage their relationship before the final curtain call. This weekend the Brazos Valley Troupe will present the Oscar- and Pulitzer Prizewinning play, You Can’t Take it With You, by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman. The play is directed by M.A. Sterling. Sterling said the play boasts historic value based on its prestigious awards and classic film adaptations. “The original production of the play opened in Booth Theater on Dec. 14, 1936, where it ran for 837 performances,� Sterling said. The play won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for drama and became the basis for Frank Capra’s 1938 film You Can’t Take it With You, starring James Stewart, Jean Arthur and Lionel Barrymore. The story takes place in

If you go “You Can’t Take it With You� will be showing at the 29th Street Studio in Bryan in The Town & Country Center. Showtimes are: ◗ 7:30 p.m. Thursday ◗ 7:30 p.m. Friday ◗ 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday New York City, and focuses on the contrasts of two particular families, the Sycamore’s and the Kirby’s. Tony Kirby and Alice Sycamore fall in love, forcing the two families together. But after the Kirby’s have dinner with the Sycamore’s, they discover their worlds might not be compatible. The Sycamore’s believe in living life to the fullest, while the Kirby’s believe in a material world. Sterling said the play allows viewers a comedic release and is relatable from generation to generation. “People see this play time and time again because they

need a good laugh. It also shows love of family and transcends time,� Sterling said. Jeff Garrison-Tate, who plays the character of Grandpa, said the play teaches a valuable lesson. “The lesson that the play teaches is to be open minded. Don’t be judgmental,� Garrison-Tate said. “The play is beautifully written. Who you are and what you do is greater than material items. The script shows us that those that have the least give the most.� Sara Brittan, who plays the character of Alice Sycamore, said the play shows how important family is. “They can be eccentric and out there, but you still love them,� she said. Sterling said the performance helps the audience escape reality. “The power of a theater performance has the ability to take you away from your troubles, because they are going to be waiting for you when you walk back outside,� Sterling said.


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