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Students feel UT ticket pull unfair Barrett House The Battalion Students who camped out in front of Kyle Field for more than two days seeking front row tickets for the Thanksgiving A&M-UT game were sorely disappointed Monday morning when a ticketing gaffe failed to reward their perseverance. Those affected most by the error were the line leaders, many of whom arrived early Saturday morning to camp out. Ticket pull began at 7 a.m. Monday morning. Sections 231 and 232 straddle the 50-yard line, making the front rows sufficiently valuable for students to spend the weekend camping out to pull the seats. However, after pulling on Monday, the leaders gathered and discovered their tickets were all in section 231, but none were in the first 8 rows. While complaining to the ticket manager, the section continued to fill up. Once it was full, section 232 started to pull, allowing those who were further back in line to receive front row tickets. “Whenever we went inside to complain, we came back out and I met a girl who had gotten row 2 in section 232. I’m sitting in row 14, section 231. I’d much rather have her ticket,� senior agronomy major Sergio Espinal said. Espinal added that he arrived in front of Kyle Field at 2 a.m. Saturday to ensure that he received the best tickets possible, and that he and other leaders provided structure to the early arrivers, using lists to document line orders. “If it hadn’t been for us, the place would have been in chaos by 5 o’clock Saturday afternoon,� Espinal


Freshman forward Kelley Monogue battles for possession in Friday’s NCAA Tournament win against LSU at Ellis Field.

Aggies tame Tigers A&M shuts down LSU in first round of NCAA Tournament, 4-0 James Solano The Battalion The No. 3 seeded Texas A&M soccer team (16-5-2) advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after blanking Louisiana State (13-8-1) Friday at Ellis Field, 4-0. “I thought it was a pretty well-played game by our guys,� head coach G Guerrieri said. “We were able to keep possession pretty well. Getting a goal eight minutes in let our players breathe and as the game went on, we got stronger and stronger.� A&M had a dominant performance in its shutout, allowing LSU one shot on frame and six shots on the night. The Aggies were

able to get on the scoreboard early, taking a 1–0 edge into the half with a goal by freshman forward Kelley Monogue. Monogue has 19 goals on the season, tying the A&M record for most goals scored by a freshman. Ashlee Pistorius set the mark in 2004. In the second half of the match, the Aggies tacked on three additional goals en route to a shutout victory and a berth in the second round. In the 72nd minute, Freshman Meghan Streight put the Aggies up 2-0 with a header into the back of the net. Less than two minutes later, senior Beth West was able to pitch the ball from the

right corner to fellow senior Bri Young at the six yard box, where the veteran was in position to head the ball into the goal for a 3–0 A&M edge. The Aggies were able to put the final nail in the coffin on LSU’s season in the 87th minute. Junior Lyndsey Gnatzig chipped a long ball from midfield to the attacking third where freshman Annie Kunz received the ball and beat an LSU defender in a oneon-one matchup. Kunz blasted the ball from the penalty area for a 4–0 A&M finish. Senior university studies major Ricky Hernandez said the fans in attendance contributed to an electric atmosphere to See Soccer on page 4

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Kennedy returns, A&M wins 83-58

Lelei paces regional, women place third Adrian O’Hanlon III The Battalion A trip to the 2011 NCAA Championships is in store for Texas A&M cross country after individual champion junior Henry Lelei led the men’s team to second place in the South Central regional race. A&M assistant track coach Wendel McRaven said the men were confident going into the meet and sealed a spot in the title meet with a strong second half of the race. “We felt like we didn’t need to finish in the top two to get into the NCAA meet, but we

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The Battalion For the first time this year, Texas A&M men’s basketball head coach Billy Kennedy coached from the sidelines Sunday, leading his team to a 83-58 victory against the Southern University Jaguars. Emotions were high in Kennedy’s return from medical leave, following his Parkinson’s disease diagnosis last month. Southern head coach Roman Banks was one of Kennedy’s assistant coaches at Southern Louisiana and said it was hard to focus on the game. “[I] was kind of emotional when I first came out there,� Banks said. “I had to get over that emotion first. I had to sit down for a little bit and then concentrate on the game. That was more important, to see him out there.� The game started with A&M junior forward Ray Turner putting back an offensive rebound for a quick two points. Turner went on to grab eight rebounds and registered his second consecutive 20-point effort while recording two steals. The Aggies jumped to an early 6-2 lead and then stretched it to 11-4 with 16:30 left in the first half. Junior guard Elston Turner contributed seven of the Aggie’s 21 points early, as A&M took a 21-6 lead

were capable of getting top two,� McRaven said. “They competed really well over the second half of the race when it really mattered.� The No. 24 Aggie men earned an automatic berth to the national title due to one of Lelei’s best performances of the season. Lelei ran the 10,000-meter race at Cottonwood Creek golf course in Waco, Texas, in 30:09.4. He outpaced SEC individual champion Eric Fernandez (30:18.0) of Arkansas by more than nine seconds. “It’s very incredible for us, as a team, to automatically qualify for See Regionals on page 5

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A&M men’s head basketball coach Billy Kennedy makes his home debut on Sunday at Reed Arena. in the first 10 minutes of the game. Texas A&M distributed the ball, ending the first half with eight team assists en route to a 46-21 lead. Elston ended the half with team-high 11 points, and Ray was second in scoring with nine points. Despite the 25-point lead, Ray said that Kennedy wanted more from him on the defensive side of the court. “It felt good [to have Kennedy on the See Basketball on page 4


A&M junior Henry Lelei paces toward a first-place finish in Saturday’s South Central regional race.


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said. “We feel like we deserve something.� Carole Dollins, vice president and division manager of ticketing, said a technical error caused the mishap. “Section 231 pulled first. However section 232 is supposed to pull first, and has always been pulled first in the past,� Dollins said. “As a result, the system pulled starting at row 9. It’s something that we didn’t catch, and by the time we did, we found the tickets had all been pulled.� John Sorkness, senior bioenvironmental sciences major who waited in line for more than 48 hours, called the mistake an injustice. “Every person who was first in line was severely disappointed with the tickets they received,� Sorkness said. Many of the line leaders had camped out before, and never had a problem like this. “There’s nothing in our guidelines that says it isn’t random,� Dollins said. “When you consider we’ve got 12 windows, there’s nothing that we imply that you’re going to be in the front row.� Dollins would not comment as to why the system started pulling at row 9 in section 231. An anonymous source said that she has had tickets in these rows when attending with a student athlete. Another source, a student athlete, said athletes go online to pull tickets — via athtickets. — and don’t have to wait in line with other students. He added that his tickets are usually near the 50-yard line on the first deck. The NCAA manual, which contains bylaws


Students camp out last week in front of The Zone at Kyle Field for the UT game. regulating collegiate athletics, includes instructions for athlete ticket purchasing. “An institution may not provide a special arrangement to sell a student-athlete ticket(s) to an athletics event,� the manual reads. “Tickets shall be available for purchase by student-athletes according to the same purchasing procedures used for other students.� Dollins also said 40 seats located farther back in sections 231 and 232 are reserved for students from Texas A&M’s Galveston campus. Dollins invited students to provide feedback in order to improve the ticket pulling process. “I want to give students an avenue to talk about this issue and discuss it in more detail,� Dollins said. “We need to make the effort to discuss this further.�

Searching for help, President Barack Obama lobbied the skeptical leaders of Russia and China on Saturday for support in keeping Iran from becoming a nuclear-armed menace to the world, hoping to yield a “common response� to a crisis that is testing international unity. The United States’ vast worries about Iran grew starker with a report this week by the U.N. atomic agency that asserted in the strongest terms yet Iran is conducting secret work with the sole intent of developing nuclear arms. The U.S. claims a nucleararmed Iran could set off an arms race among rival states and directly threaten Israel.

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Texas’ war on women Naila Dhanani: Planned Parenthood’s contribution to society deserves state funding


merica: land of the free — unless you’re a woman who wants to exercise her reproductive rights. Although abortion has been legal in this country since 1973, women are unable to be openly “pro-life” — pro-their life, that is.

The 40 Days for Life campaign has recently come under fire by those who consider “pro-lifers” to be religious fanatics who care more about the child in the womb than they do the mother. This is absolutely not true. Pro-Life Aggies, the Brazos Valley Coalition for Life and the 40 Days for Life campaign offer counseling and life resources for women who are considering abortions. Hope Pregnancy Center and other centers in B-CS offer free ultrasounds, pregnancy tests, baby clothes and supplies, and classes for struggling mothers who chose life instead of an abortion. Members of Pro-life Aggies regularly volunteer to babysit children for mothers who take these classes and recently even held a baby supply donation drive. Pro-lifers in the B-CS area care deeply about the women affected by abortion and are committed to peacefully promoting life in B-CS.

Abortion-care providers Evan Andrews — THE BATTALION were unfairly targeted in the state legislative session this summer. About $7 million was cut from family planning services, Providing safe abortion care is viincluding Planned Parentttal. The Guttmacher Institute, a nonhood, which serves Texas’ pprofit organization focused on sexual poorest women. The and reproductive health, estimated that physician for routine check-ups and basic services, according argument was taxpayer dollars shouldn’t be allocated to fund 200,000 to 1.2 million illegal abortions were performed each to the Texas Medical Association. This means no access to a procedure some might not agree with. year before the passage of Roe v. Wade. birth control, no cancer screenings, no HIV tests. Contrary to conservative opinion, defunding Planned ParCriminalizing abortion endangers the woman’s life and Who do they turn to for these services? Planned enthood is not a step closer to the illegalization of abortion. evidently fails to curtail abortion rates. Parenthood. It is, however, class warfare. In her memoir, This Common Secret: My Journey as an AborPlanned Parenthood is one of the few organizations that The wealthy are shielded from the effects of the cuts, tion Doctor, Susan Wicklund describes her grandmother’s expeoffers preventative care and should be funded appropriately. receiving abortions at private-care facilities. Instead, the state rience performing an illegal abortion more than 70 years ago. Comprehensive sexual education and birth control can legislature targeted those who rely on Planned Parenthood Her grandmother’s best friend faced an unwanted pregreduce the need for abortions — something anti-abortion because of economic necessity. nancy at age 16. advocates claim to want. In this regard, it simply makes sense Legislators said they were faced with a mandate from votThe two had heard “if you put something long and sharp that Planned Parenthood should be receiving more money ers: balance the budget and don’t raise taxes. Basically, cut as ‘up there,’ in the private place, sometimes it would end the from the federal and state government — not less. much as you can from wherever you can. pregnancy.” Instead, 12 Planned Parenthood clinics in This was a big mistake. It worked — the pregnancy was terminated. But so was “Although Texas have been shut down as a direct result Although government funds cannot be her best friend’s life. of misguided legislation. It’s a trend in which government directly spent on abortions, ignorance ran Wicklund’s grandmother went on to say of abortion docno one wins, not even those against Planned funds cannot be rampant and obstinacy ran supreme. tors, “People like you do it safely so that people like me don’t Parenthood. Low-income men and women directly spent on Planned Parenthood is not just an murder their best friends.” will now have nowhere to go for basic abortion, ignorance abortion-care provider. More than 90 perA woman cannot be forced to want to have her child. It health care services simply because legislators ran rampant and cent of its services are based on preventative, should be a decision left to her and her physician. Governwould rather attack reproductive rights than obstinacy ran primary care. These services — including ment intrusion, including the defunding of abortion-care serve their constituents. routine health care screenings, birth control supreme” providers, has no place in our free society. With fewer centers open and fewer services and counseling — are necessary, yet undervalued So, let’s clarify. Fact: abortion is legal. Funding Planned offered, women are at a severe disadvantage. Less in our society. Parenthood properly won’t increase abortion rates. Instead, it sexual education will lead to more unwanted pregnanPreventative care, especially, is under-appreciated. cies and this will lead to more backyard abortions if safe abor- will ensure all women have access to safe abortion care — so In 2008, the American Medical Association reported the tion care — which Planned Parenthood offers — is no longer we don’t end up killing our best friends. U.S. will face a shortage of about 40,000 primary care physiavailable to those in need. cians by 2025. Naila Dhanani is a junior biomedical sciences major Even if Planned Parenthood only performed abortions, it Already, more than a quarter of our state’s population and opinion columnist for The Battalion should still be celebrated. has no health insurance and is unable to see a primary care


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bench]. He was getting on me, but it felt good,� Ray Turner said. “I don’t think I was very good on defense today, that’s why he was getting on me.� A&M repeated its second half performance, as the Aggies closed out the game with contributions from its bench players. Senior guard Zach Kinsley got the crowd going after he slammed the ball in the net and came right back with a 3-pointer on A&M’s following possession. Branch also provided crowd excitement as he dribbled through defenders to make a layup on two consecutive drives. He finished the game with 6 points, 4 assists and 2 turnovers. After the game, Kennedy said he did not want his health to become a team distraction. “I haven’t arrived yet,� Kennedy said. “When you just try to survive every day and feel good mentally and physically, it’s tough. It was great to be out there tonight, though. I’m not 100 percent recovered by any means, but I’m getting better.� The Aggies play at 6 p.m. Thursday at Madison Square Garden in New York against Mississippi State in the 2k Sports Classic tournament. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2 and ESPN3.

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Junior forward Ray Turner scored 20 points for the second straight game Sunday against Southern. Turner went 9-11 shooting and grabbed 8 rebounds.


Freshman midfielder Katie Perry battles for possession against LSU Friday.

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boost the team. “I think the crowd support motivated [the team],� Hernandez said. “I think a rematch against [Oklahoma State] would be an exciting rematch if they make it that far.� With the victory, the Aggies have now won eight out of its past 10 matches, and freshman goalie Jordan Day earned her sixth shutout in

seven matches. The Aggies look to build on their winning success and move onward in the NCAA Tournament. A&M will play Virginia Tech (13-7-1) at 3 p.m. Friday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the campus of No. 2 seed University of Virginia in Charlottesville. The second and third round will be played there. “We’ve had some good road wins this season, so hopefully we can get another one,� Guerrieri said.


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Not much since KSU quarterback Collin Klein rushed for five touchdowns and threw for another. But like the Big Bang Theoryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sheldon when he tested his friendship algorithm, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m choosing the least objectionable activity in writing about the young talent A&M displayed against KSU. Sure, senior running back Cyrus Gray shouldered the load for the A&M offense â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which b-t dubs, had more offensive yards than its opponent and LOST for the fourth time this season. But several underclassmen got the tap, proving to coaches they belonged on the field. Before the K-State game, sophomore running back Ben Malena was timid at his third string spot. Against the Wildcats though, Malena was quick,

physical and ran like his life depended on each carry. He even took a page from legendary NFL back Larry Csonkaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s playbook and trucked a dude on a big gain. Sophomore quarterback Jameill Showers got some snaps and ran in for a score. I know it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a â&#x20AC;&#x153;back-upsaves-the-seasonâ&#x20AC;? kind of a game, but getting the guyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legs under his feet is important for the beasts of the Southeastern Conference. Get him some tough runs so heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll just bounce right up next year when Alabama and LSU are camping in the A&M backfield. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a shot at the o-line. The hog mollies up front have been the most reliable part of the team all year. Sophomores Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews anchor the baby-faced and talented line that can move mountains on command. Helping on the outside â&#x20AC;&#x201C; really anywhere coach says heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needed â&#x20AC;&#x201C; is sophomore tight end Michael Lamothe. Every time Lamothe scores, Brooks and Dunnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hard workinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; manâ&#x20AC;? should blare on the Kyle Field PA system. Give this guy a hard hat and send him to the Liberal Arts building construction site and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be complete by the end of the semester. Not much can be said about the defense but sophomores Damontreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Moore and Toney Hurd are some diamonds in the rough. Hurd is a tiny


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nationals,â&#x20AC;? Lelei said after the race. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I woke up this morning and told the guys, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s go get it. Why do others say we will be number three, we can finish in the top two.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Sixteen points separated A&M and No. 11 Texas, as the South Central champion Longhorns scored 40 points to the second-place Aggiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 56. A&M and Texas are two of 18 automatic qualifiers from nine regional meets during the weekend. Thirteen at-large selections will fill out the field of 31 teams for the NCAA Championships on Nov. 21 in Terre Haute, Ind. No. 15 Arkansas â&#x20AC;&#x201C; reigning SEC champions â&#x20AC;&#x201C; took bronze with 65 points and will need an at-large selection to compete at nationals. Head track coach Pat Henry said beating Arkansas is a good indicator of what A&M can expect in the SEC next season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arkansas is the SEC champion, and when we talk about going to the SEC itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good thing. We can compete right up in there,â&#x20AC;? Henry said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Across the board, with both men and women, they came here ready to compete and get after it.â&#x20AC;? On the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side, A&M entered the meet ranked sixth in South

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Senior utility player Elise Hendrickson, left, and senior outside hitter Kelsey Black, right, jump above the net for a block against Missouri Saturday at Reed Arena.

A&M sweeps Mizzou at home Courtney Nelson The Battalion Continuing to make its push toward the NCAA tournament with its twentieth win of the season, the Texas A&M volleyball team swept Missouri (25-17, 25-22, 25-20) Saturday at Reed Arena. A&M (20-6, 9-4 Big 12) lost the match against the Tigers earlier in the season by a narrow margin, but showed improvement since that meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To get the twentieth win was really a lot of fun for me as the coach,â&#x20AC;? A&M head coach Laurie Corbelli said after defeating Missouri. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our balance was maybe what stood out the most in terms of our distribution. Everyone was reliable today and ready to go in a very focused and disciplined way. I think that is what I enjoyed the most about our teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance today.â&#x20AC;? Game one began with both teams exchanging points, with nine ties and four lead changes before the Aggies came alive at the 16-16 mark. Senior Kelsey Black put down five kills in the frame, while junior Tori Mellinger hit .571 with four kills. Junior Lindsey Miller was effective at the net with three blocks in the first to shut down the Mizzou offense. A rocket by Black gave the Aggies the 21-16 lead before they went on to take the first set in a convincing 25-17 win. The Tigers took the early lead in the second set at 12-8, but the Aggies made up ground and tied the game at 13-13. Black spiked a ball to the face of Mizzou freshman Sarah Meister for a second time in the match to put A&M ahead 16-13. A&Mâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 19-16 lead was erased as the Tigers tied it before A&M libero Megan Pendergast served up two aces for A&Mâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s string of points

to make it game point 24-21. Sophomore setter Allie Sawatzky finished it with a kill as the Aggies went up 2-0. The third set started in favor of the Aggies, but Missouri came back to within one point before A&M went off on a 5-0 run to put the Aggies ahead 17-11. The Tigers battled back to make it 16-18, but another Pendergast ace, a kill from Mellinger, and two Missouri service errors ended the match 25-20. Mellinger finished the game with nine kills and 12 digs while hitting .350. Black and junior Alisia Kastmo each finished with nine kills, while the Aggies as a whole hit .268. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve only had one loss so far in the second round [of conference play], and even in practice, every one has been getting better,â&#x20AC;? Mellinger said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel like weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re almost unstoppable. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying too hard and letting everything flow naturally. I think our confidence level is super high because everything feels so natural.â&#x20AC;? The distribution was relatively even for the Tigers as Brittney Brimmage and Whitney Little posted nine kills each, and Lisa Henning recorded a game-high 11. A&M will have the week off to prepare for Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contest at Oklahoma, which the Aggies beat earlier in the season. Following that match, the Aggies will come back to College Station for the Lone Star Showdown with Texas before finishing the regular season with Iowa State. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The team is looking really good, and even though the next few games will be really tough, I feel like this gives them some momentum and hope for the rest of the season,â&#x20AC;? said senior sport management major Brittani Kelly.

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