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Exhibition victory No. 6 Texas A&M women’s basketball defeated Oklahoma City 84-63 on Sunday. Read the game recap online at thebatt.com.

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The Aggie soccer team celebrates after winning the Big 12 Championship tournament against top seeded Oklahoma State on Sunday in San Antonio.

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he Texas A&M women’s soccer dethroned the No. 1seeded Oklahoma State Cowgirls Sunday in San Antonio, 1–0, to claim the Big 12 Tournament championship.

The last time the Aggies (15-5-2) advanced to the Big 12 Tournament championship game was in 2009, falling to OSU, 0–1. The Cowgirls g (19-1-2) finished the regular ular season undefeated, but needed ded a double-overtime, 1–0 victory tory against Texas on Friday to advance to its third final in ass many years. In October, the Aggies and nd Cowgirls squared off in College ollege Station, where the defensive ve battle resulted in a 0–0 draw. The two teams exchanged saves and fouls throughout the match without a goal. Freshman goalie Jordan Day had three saves at goal, and the OSU keeper had four. A&M was called for 18 fouls in the game, three more than

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OSU’s 15 and similar to the physical match the two teams played in October. But after 89 minutes of scoreless soccer, the Agg Aggies made one final offensive push. Freshman F forward Kelley Monogue Mon beat three Cowgirl defend fenders and screamed a shot past the O OSU goalie. The ball struck the ccrossbar and ricocheted in front of the goal, eventually finding the feet of senior s midfielder Megan Majewski. After Afte controlling the ball, Majewski sent a low shot through the box into the back corner of the net, sealing the victory for the Aggies with 9 seconds remaining in regulation. “It feels fantastic to be Big 12 Champions,” See Champs on page 5

Freshman forward Annie Kunz launches into the air to block a kick against Oklahoma State on Sunday.

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sports Nittany Lions face scandal The Penn State board met Sunday following the weekend announcement that criminal charges were filed against retired defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky that accused him of sexually abusing young boys. Two top university officials also were charged in the case for failing to report to state authorities.

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Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Blake Bell, nicknamed “Bell-dozer,” runs in for a touchdown against Texas A&M in the first quarter Saturday in Norman, Okla. The Aggies trailed 13-10 going into halftime before allowing 28 unanswered points in the third quarter. See page 5 for sports editor Adrian O’Hanlon III’s thoughts on the game.

The Battalion More than four months have passed since the state Legislature adjourned, marking the end of the regular and special legislative sessions. With the beginning of November comes College Station’s local election, when students and constituents can vote on how the changes made during the State’s legislative sessions will directly affect them. On the local ballot will be Texas Prop. 3. If approved by Texas voters, the bonding authority of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board will be extended to $1.86 billion in order to finance a greater number of low-interest student loans. According to Amir Barzin, student board member on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the debt obligations of the program do not count toward the state’s overall debt limit because the obligations are not paid by taxpayers, but rather by students through loan repayments. “The state is able to keep interest rates purposefully low be-

Do we care? One A&M political science professor says students need not bother with local elections. See what student leaders and candidates had to say about the topic on page 3. cause the program answers to tuition-payers,” Barzin said. “If passed, Proposition 3 will significantly extend the reach of the program to serve more students than ever before.” Voters have extended the College Access Loan (CAL) program’s capacity in six elections since its establishment in 1965, according to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board website. CAL has served more than 340,000 students with $2 billion in student loans. By voting “for” Prop. 3, voters will increase the amount of bonding authority given to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board at no cost to taxpayers. “In terms of where the Legislative Relations Committee and See Proposition on page 4

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nation&world 4.7 earthquake hits Oklahoma SPARKS, Okla. — The U.S. Geological Survey reports that a 4.0 magnitude earthquake has rattled central Oklahoma, the latest in a series of temblors to rock the state over the weekend. A magnitude 5.6 earthquake on Saturday night was centered 44 miles northeast of Oklahoma City and could be felt as far away as Tennessee and Wisconsin. The Survey also said a magnitude 4.7 quake early Saturday was felt from Texas to Missouri and that numerous aftershocks followed. There were no immediate reports of serious injuries or major damage from the quakes, but there were reports of cracked buildings and one buckled highway and a chimney collapse. Associated Press

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Value of student vote questioned Robby Smith The Battalion To vote, or not to vote? That is the question for many Texas A&M students as Tuesday’s Bryan-College Station elections approach. But politicians, students and faculty are not in agreement about the importance of the student vote. Harvey Tucker, political science professor, said it isn’t important for students to vote, largely because they are uneducated about local issues. “Students get their political information from The Colbert Report and The Daily Show, and those national media don’t cover state and local elections,” Tucker said. Perhaps stemming from a disinterest in local issues, student participation in elections has been historically low. Participation has dropped to the point that Jeff Pickering, student body president, said the City of College Station has discussed taking away the on-campus voting location because of low voter turnout. “If we continue on the current path we’re on, a path where fewer and fewer students vote in the City of College Station municipal elections, city officials will continue to explore taking away our on-campus voting location,” Pickering said. Tucker added that another problem with students voting is the time horizon. The typical student is a local resident for only four or five years, and the issues on a given ballot have lasting impacts that temporary residents have less incentive to consider.

Tucker expanded this concept to incorporate campus issues, as well. “The general problem with politics is that we know who is here now, but we don’t know who is going to be here in four years or more,” Tucker said. “This is a problem with such things like voting for local bonds or with Dr. Loftin’s plan for seeking input on a new parking garage on campus. The people who care are future Aggies, but he doesn’t know who they are yet.” This ballot will also decide the the Texas House District 14 representative, replacing former representative Fred Brown who stepped down following the summer legislative session. The winner of this special election will only fill the office for five months, and will not participate in any legislative session. There will be another race in March 2012 for the House seat. Tucker said Tuesday’s victor will have a slight edge in March because of incumbency, but will likely face another stiff challenge. Overall, Tucker said this special election is not important. “Should students vote because they think [this election] is important? No,” Tucker said. “Because the person who wins will not be making decisions in Austin that are important. They’ll have to run again before there is even one legislative session.” Candidates John Raney and Rebecca Boenigk disagreed with Tucker, each saying it is important for students to participate in local politics. “Students live in the community

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nation ‘60 Minutes’ honors passing of Rooney NEW YORK — 60 Minutes has paid tribute to the late Andy Rooney with a rerun far sooner than anyone wanted to see. The former commentator died Friday night from complications after minor surgery. Only a month ago, the 92-year-old curmudgeon gave his final commentary after 33 years on television’s favorite newsmagazine. On Sunday, veteran correspondent Morley Safer gave a short introduction about Rooney’s death. Then, 60 Minutes reran Safer’s interview with Rooney that aired Oct. 2. It was filled with clips from Rooney’s essays over the years. In his introduction, Safer said Rooney “had the special gift for speaking for every man.” In Rooney’s final essay, he said that he’d lived a life luckier than most and wished he “could do this forever.”

student life ‘Puss in Boots’ wins weekend box office “Puss in Boots” pounced on “Tower Heist” and “Harold & Kumar” at the box office. The DreamWorks 3-D animated film, distributed by Paramount Pictures, earned $33 million in its second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. The PG-rated film centering on the swashbuckling feline voiced by Antonio Banderas from the “Shrek” series surprisingly toppled the weekend’s two new releases, bringing its total haul to $75 million.

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the Student Body President and his cabinet stand, we are highly supportive of Prop. 3. With the increased costs of higher education, passing this will keep relative costs down for education and [allow] more accessibility to higher education for students in Texas,” said Bryce Bender, A&M Student Government Association (SGA) vice president of legislative relations. Additionally, constituents will have the opportunity to vote on a solely-local proposition, College Station Prop. 1. During the state regular session, the legislature passed a bill that has since caused cities and counties across the state to restructure and change the dates of local elections. These changes stem from requirements put into place by the federal Military and Overseas Voting Empowerment Act, passed by Congress in 2009, to allow more time between primaries, elections and runoffs. These changes were deemed necessary so that men and women serving overseas or stationed out of their home districts would have more time to ensure their votes are counted. Currently College Station holds elections every May. In order to comply with the state and federal laws, College Station has two options.

The first option is to move elections to May of odd-numbered years, which would change term limits from three to four years — this option is “for” Prop. 1. The second option is to move elections to November, and share local with state and federal elections, which have historically higher turnouts than strictly local — this option is “against” Prop. 1. “We are opposed to Prop. 1 and moving elections to every other May because November is a better option. Also, it is easier for students to vote if it is in November,” said Matt Cope, SGA vice president of community relations. Cope said November is the more costeffective option. State Rep. Van Taylor, sponsor of the House Bill that moved Texas’ election dates into compliance with the Military and Overseas Voting Act, said many cities have already moved to November elections. He also said a move to November elections would make sense for Brazos County, primarily because of its size. “The overarching goal is to make sure our men and women in uniform have the opportunity to vote — without these changes they cannot participate in our elections,” Taylor said. “With the changes being made to local election schedules, men and women in harm’s way can finally vote.”

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women’s hoops | Read the recap of No. 6 A&M’s 84-63 win over Oklahoma City online at thebatt.com.

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The Texas A&M volleyball team lost at Kansas State during the weekend in five games. Read the full recap online.

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Gameday atmosphere: Oklahoma Sooners

Letdown in Norman leaves players guessing Adrian O’Hanlon III: A&M football disappoints yet again

Chandler Smith: OU has classy fans, annoying fight song

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hen one goes to Norman, Okla., on a football Saturday, few tend to comment “Wow, you’re going there!?” And if you are, it’s probably because your team has little to no chance of coming out in one piece. Of course, it’s the football tradition and winning record that takes the cake at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, but I was pleasantly surprised by something that often goes by the wayside when talking OU football — the atmosphere. Upon first glance, the sight wasn’t really anything to write home about. The tailgate scene certainly wasn’t to the caliber that you’ll find in other football-rabid college towns like Oxford, Miss., or Baton Rouge, La., yet you could tell that the loyal Sooner fans were present in full force. The stadium structure wasn’t quite as imposing as you’ll see at Kyle Field, though the listed capacity remains about the same at 82,000. Once in the stadium two things struck me. The first was how much closer to the field the seating was than at Kyle. The second, surprising to me though not necessarily against their reputation, was how classy the fans were to the visiting team, even within the teeth of the Sooner student section. Thirty minutes, a Sooner Schooner, a band performance, a fireworks show and a kickoff later, the fans remained classy yet instantly rowdy once the Aggie offense took the field. Though former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach listed Kyle Field as the loudest stadium in the Big 12 in his book “Swing Your Sword,” he did acknowledge OU was near the top of that list. The Sooner fans did nothing to disclaim his observations and were quite raucous on almost every defensive snap. There was one thing I’ll say, however, that bothered me to no end. The Oklahoma Band. From start to finish, the Sooner band would play incessantly. So much that you could hardly breath before the next downbeat of “Boomer Sooner.” And you’d think context would matter? Nope. Good, bad or indifferent the band would play. First down OU? Boomer Sooner. Fourth down OU? Boomer Sooner.

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t’s not the aggravated shouting or the spankings you remember most after getting in trouble as a kid. The unforgettable look of disappointment on a parent’s face saying ‘I can’t believe you did it again’ is what sticks with you forever.

Landry Jones sacked in the backfield? A&M fans gave the football players those Boomer Sooner. same kinds of looks after the collapse to On and on they went with not just Missouri last week. Boomer Sooner, but any song. Bob Stoops Players said in the following Monday’s takes a swig of water on the sideline? Hell, press conference that they failed to “push let’s play Boomer themselves” in the Sooner. second halves of the The band aside, three collapses this the Sooners were season. classy winners and the The same players Oklahoma Memorial went on to say they Stadium experience needed to put forth was a memorable one. extra effort to avoid SEC chants rained those same kinds of down in the third let downs, leadquarter after Landry ing one to believe Jones and the rest of something would the Sooners lit up change against No. 7 the Aggies with 28 Oklahoma. unanswered points, but Then the Aggies that’s about as bad as it put up another goose would get from what egg and allowed were otherwise a solid 28-straight points bunch of fans. in the third quarter After the game, of the 41-25 loss to we tripped to OU’s Oklahoma on famous “Campus Saturday. Corner” — a must The loss was see for visitors — and somewhat expected then proceeded farther as Oklahoma is one into town to eat and of the best teams watch the Alabamain the nation and is LSU football game. known to explode Campus Corner, with after halftime. But locales such as “Hideanother low-scoring away” among others, second half and yet has great eateries, bars ASSOCIATED PRESS another loss to the and hangouts for postAggies’ record makes A&M head coach Mike Sherman calls game festivities. it hard to believe that plays during the OU game Saturday. And it didn’t hurt the players made a watching the Crimson conscious effort to Tide and Tigers duke it out in the game of “push themselves” for redemption against the year. the Sooners. Now fans — and hopefully the players Chandler Smith is a junior — realize the season is done and that this communication major team will not produce the first football title since 1939. It was fun while it lasted, but it’s time to stop glorifying the guys that set the

NCAA record for “almost a top-10 team” votes this year. Senior quarterback Ryan Tannehill entered the season as a top NFL prospect with the potential of topping the all-time list of A&M quarterbacks. He is the first player in NCAA history to reach 3,500 passing yards and 1,500 yards receiving but his legacy has stalled after leading his team to mediocrity. Tannehill’s a charming and smart guy — he plans to be an orthopedic surgeon — that will undoubtedly take some NFL snaps and will succeed in his future career. He may turn out to be the best statistical athlete to don the maroon and white. But he seemed to lack the drive of a champion against the Sooners. Other NFL-caliber athletes on the team have also faltered this season; losing fumbles, dropping passes and failing to wrap up on tackles. When players are predicted as firstround NFL draft picks, doesn’t that mean they are supposed to continue playing as such? Instead, A&M is getting pedestrian effort, lackluster performances and no leadership from its most-talented class since the 1998 Big 12 Championship team that produced NFL players Rocky Bernard, Seth McKinney, Jason Webster, Dante Hall and the beloved Dat Nguyen. Those days of fanatical effort and deafening Saturdays at Kyle Field are over and those players have moved on. Sure, fans will still support the kindhearted Aggie football players — people have been camped out in front of the Kyle Field ticket office since Saturday night — and A&M will make it to a bowl after beating Kansas — knock on wood. But at this point it’s a disappointing season that has the fans, athletes and coaches hanging their heads in shame, pondering “what ifs.” Adrian O’Hanlon III is a senior agricultural communication major and sports editor at The Battalion

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Majewski said after netting the game-winner. “There’s nothing better that we could have done in this tournament than to end on No. 1. It was a little surreal to see my shot go in. It was a great feeling.” Head coach G Guerrieri credited the victory to the team’s “never-say-die” attitude. “I’m so proud of the girls,” Guerrieri said after the win. “That was a great individual effort by Kelley Monogue to beat the three players and knock the ball off the post, and that was great composure by our senior, Megan Majewski, to bury that thing into the back corner.” The Aggies entered the tournament with the No. 2 seed, but had to come from behind in the quarterfinals Wednesday to defeat No. 7 seed Kansas 5–3 in penalty kicks. The Jayhawks (11-8-1) struck first in Wednesday’s match, stunning the Aggies with the first two goals and taking what seemed to be a commanding lead. But the Aggies retaliated in the second half, scoring three goals in five minutes to go up 3–2 with 20 minutes remaining. A late Kansas goal tied the game at 3–3 and sent the match into overtime. “We’ve talked to the players about how postseason and tournament time brings out some crazy situations,” Guerrieri said after the game against Kansas. “It was just a crazy, crazy game.” Senior Merritt Mathias and freshmen Annie Kunz and Kelley Monogue scored the Aggies’ three goals in regulation. Neither team was able to find the back of the net against the two freshman goalkeepers in two 10-minute overtime periods, leading to a penalty-kick shootout. Freshman Allie Bailey led A&M in penalty kicks, zipping the ball pass the Kansas goalie for a swift 1–0 lead. Kunz, freshman Megan Streight and sophomore Rachel Lenz also netted shots, but so did three Kansas players. With the game on the line, A&M freshman goalie Jordan Day made a diving save to hold on to the Aggies’ 4–3 lead. Mathias solidified the shootout victory with a fifth goal, sending the Aggies to the semifinal round with a 5–3 win to face No. 6 seed Missouri on Friday.

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All-Tournament team GK Adrianna Franch, Oklahoma State D Melinda Mercado, Oklahoma State D Carson Michalowski, Oklahoma State D Meghan Streight, Texas A&M MF Merritt Mathias, Texas A&M MF Kristin Cummins, Texas F Kelley Monogue, Texas A&M F Kristin Lopez, Oklahoma State F Annie Kunz, Texas A&M F Megan Marchesano, Oklahoma State

Offensive Most Outstanding Player Kelley Monogue, Texas A&M, F

Defensive Most Outstanding Player Adrianna Franch, Oklahoma State, GK “We’re traditionally a great penalty kicktaking team,” Guerrieri said. “I don’t think we’ve ever lost a game on penalties and that crosses a lot of generations of goalkeepers and great shooters. I thought that all five of our shots were on-the-money and Jordan pulled off a great save there in the corner to win it.” The Aggies avenged their 1–0 road loss to Missouri earlier this season by blanking the Tigers 3-0 on Friday. The sure-footed Mathias put the Aggies on the scoreboard early, scoring from the 18-yard box to put the Aggies up 1–0. Freshman standout Monogue then gave the Aggies a 2–0 edge as she scored her 18th goal of the season. But a Kunz goal that put A&M up 3–0 was the final straw, and the maroon and white advanced to the championship game to take on Big 12 regular season champion Oklahoma State. “It’s a good result, especially knowing that this is a team that we lost to just a month ago,” Guerrieri said after defeating Missouri. “We feel good about it. We’ve got a mighty task ahead of us to be able to go up against an undefeated team [OSU] and try to win another title.” The Aggies were up to the “mighty task,” and closed their Big 12 legacy with one final conference championship.

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Sophomore defender Rachel Lenz uses her head in the Big 12 title game Sunday. The selection show for the 2011 NCAA Tournament is set for 3:30 p.m. Monday.

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Rooney said the two characteristics involved in developing bioenergy sorghum are productivity and composition. “These characteristics manifest themselves in a plant that is quite tall and grows vegetatively,� Rooney said. “With these two characteristics combined, the sorghum crop can produce high-yield potential and accumulate significant amounts of cellulose, which can convert to ethanol.� But Rooney qualified his optimism with difficulties that accompany sorghum production. “Some of the challenges that we face with sorghum, or any biomass source, are being able to produce the crop as a biomass source, and then converting the biomass to a fuel that can be sold at an economically competitive price,� Rooney said. Travis Miller, associate department head and extension program leader for the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, said sorghum has a huge number of different genetic variations that gives a sorghum breeder a lot to work with. “What our department is trying to do is take the new technology to the field in order to improve Texas agriculture

through technology transfer,� Miller said. “But we can’t develop sorghum like we have with corn due to the lack of technology. Stephen Searcy, professor for the department of agricultural engineering, said his department is involved in putting together machinery to collect the sorghum and deliver it to a facility that can process the sorghum at a cost that is economically viable. Searcy said the project is heading in the right direction, though it is still in early stages of development. “Through our computer simulations, we’ve compared different logistic systems of how to collect, store and deliver the sorghum and discovered we can achieve our projected goals,� Searcy said. Searcy added that funding is an issue as the research team tries to progress with the project. Miller said the sorghum crop holds a lot of potential due to the adaptability of different weather conditions. “Sorghum in an important crop for a lot of Texas farmers,� Miller said. “This crop shows a lot of potential, but has yet to be discovered further.�

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