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March 5, 2001
Volume 107 ~ Issue 109
12 pages
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turned home to New York and has
been preparing for Monday-morn
ing interviews on CNN and Live,
As I was getting
ready Friday night,
I decided I should
probably wear [my
Aggie ring] because
it brought me good
luck as Miss Texas.’’
— Kandace Krueger
Miss USA
with Regis and Kelly.
Krueger said she someday hopes
to work as a sports broadcaster.
“This is going to be a fabulous
opportunity, career-wise,” she said.
Krueger won Miss Texas in
July and has been on a school sab
batical since then.
“I chose to take the year off and
focus on my responsibilities as
Miss Texas,” she said.
Krueger said she will take off
another year from school as she
travels the nation as Miss USA and
prepares to compete for the Miss
Universe crown in May. She only
need 13 hours to graduate.
“I do hope that I am able to re
turn to A&M,” Krueger said.
Despite her new titles and re
sponsibilities, Krueger has not for
gotten her ties to A&M. She said
her Aggie ring was one of the only
pieces of jewelry she wore for Fri
day’s telecast.
“As I was getting ready Friday
night, I decided I should probably
wear [my Aggie ring] because it
brought me good luck as Miss
Texas,” Krueger said. “I think that
was; a good decision.”
Krueger said Friday night’s
evejnt was the 50th anniversary of
the Miss USA pageant, and many
former queens were there. Among
thos;e was Kimberly Tomes, also
an /kggie. Tomes won the pageant
in 1 977.
“She wasn’t aware going into
the pageant that I was from Texas
A&M,” Krueger said.
K'rueger said Aggies should set
goafs and pursue them.
“What is important is that you
achieve your goals on your own
merit, keeping your own morals,”
she $aid.
Krueger said she will continue
to fight for breast and ovarian can
cer awareness as her cause during
her reign as Miss USA.
“I set a goal after 1 won Miss
Texas to touch as many people as I
could.,” she said.
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Center sand volleyball court Sunday.
Kandace Krueger, a senior journalism major, beat out 50 other women for
the title of Miss USA. Krueger will compete for Miss Universe in May.
Airplane crash
kills 21 people
UNADILLA, Ga. (AP) — Military
crews battled slick, muddy conditions
Sunday as they tried to recover the re
mains of 21 National Guard members
killed when their twin-engine C-23
Sherpa crashed in a field in heavy rain.
Officials were not sure how long the
recovery would take because of deep
mud in the area, which has had nearly 4
inches of rain over the weekend.
“It’s a quagmire,” said Lt. Col. Deb
orah Bertrand, a spokeswoman at
Robins Air Force Base in Warner
Robins that had tracked the plane.
Although the rain had stopped, winds
were expected to force crash site crews
to halt work overnight, said Faye
Williams, a spokeswoman at Robins Air
Force Base. “You’re trying to get big flat
beds, heavy equipment in and out,” she
said. “You don’t want to have a problem
with stabilization.”
Three Florida Army National Guard
personnel and 18 Virginia Air National
Guard members were killed when the
transport plane crashed Saturday morn
ing south of Macon and burst into flame.
Officials said there were two debris
fields: one 400-feet-by-400-feet and a
smaller one about a quarter-mile away.
On Sunday, skies were overcast and
winds were strong as about 150 workers
searched slowly through the wreckage.
“They’re far more concerned with
safety at this point, than speed,” said
Maj. Randy Noller, spokesman for the
National Guard Bureau in Washington.
“Slippery mud makes it a relatively dan
gerous site.”
The bodies will be taken to an Air
Force casualty center in Dover, Del.
In-flight data and voice recorders
have been found, but investigators do
not know yet if they were working, said
Col. Dan Woodward, an Air Force
The Army Safety Center’s investiga
tion team from Fort Rucker, Ala., “will
require a significant arrtount of time” to
investigate the crash and determine the
possible cause, Noller said.
“Obviously there was bad weather
when the crash happened, but at this point
we don’t know if it was a factor,” Noller
said. “It’s an obvious criteria to look at.”
Air Force officials escorted reporters
and photographers Sunday past dozens
of muddy all-terrain vehicles and
Humvees to a command post about a
half-mile from the main crash site. The
area could be reached only by a dirt road
marked by gullies carved by the heavy
weekend rains. Water stood in ditches
and fields that had been plowed 3 feet
deep in preparation for spring planting.
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gjResnet hosts study-group site
By Emily Hendrickson
Ujc Battalion
Finding a study group is now easier
’thanks to a new Website created by se
nior computer engineering major Dal
las Ramsey. Students can submit their
'schedules online and find others with
the same classes. They then have the
option to contact each other and form a
study group.
|B The Website was created last year but
was only accessible to Aston Hall resi
dents. This semester, it is available cam
pus-wide, Ramsey said. Students can
submit their courses and find students
;with the same classes, along with their
email addresses and phone numbers.
I Ramsey said everyone can benefit
ifjrom this site if many students use it and
contact each other.
H “There are approximately 1,000 en
tries right now, but there could be a lot
more if students knew this site was
available to them,” Ramsey said.
Anyone can access this site and email
questions to another student in the same
class. Another benefit of the site is that
it provides the student’s residence hall
addresses, so students will know if they
live in the same area on campus.
The site was awarded “Program of
the Month” by the Department of Resi
dential Life in September 2000.
“It may not be a flashy Website, but
it gets the job done,” Ramsey said.
Fliers were placed around campus
and in the residence halls so that students
would know this site is available.
More people need to use this site in or
der for it to be more successful, Ramsey
said. Some students have not yet received
See Studying on Page 6.
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Police arrest Corps scholastic officer
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The Battalion
Philip Carson, Corps of Cadets
icholastic officer and a senior econom-
cs major, was arrested Saturday and
charged with providing alcohol to a mi-
tor. n
The Corps scholastics officer is a
lorps Staff position responsible for the
academics of all cadets in the Corps.
According to the College Station
Police Department (CSPD) significant
activity report, Carson was arrested at
217 University Dr. just before mid
night Saturday.
“Saturday night, I was at Shadow
Canyon, and I poured a beer for a friend
of mine,” Carson said. “It was a mistake.”
He said he did not think to ask his
friend whether he was of age before he
poured the beer.
Mark Welsh, Corps commander and
a senior finance major, said he has not
made any decisions on disciplinary ac
tion or the future of Carson’s position on
the Corps staff.
“I am sure [Carson] will be given a
chance to tell his side of the story,”
Welsh said.
He said the situation is unique be
cause it involved a cadet, and the charge
was not for a minor in possession. Car
son’s case will go through the same dis
ciplinary channels as any other alcohol
violation. Welsh said.
Welsh said that in the eyes of tbie
Corps, Carson will be innocent until
proven guilty, but he will await the resul ts
See Arrest on Page 6.
Students brave bad weather to
plant more than 300 saplings
By Andy Hancock
The Battalion
While most students were sleeping this past Sat
urday, a number of Aggies braved the cold, rainy
weather to participate in Replant.
Three Replant sites were chosen for 2001 Re
plant; a tree farm in Somerville, Tiffany Park in
Bryan and the Bryan Regional Athletic Com
plex. At the Somerville site, voluateers potted
more than 1100 seedlings, and about 300 trees
were planted at the two Bryan sites.
A tradition started in 1991 as a way to compen
sate for trees that were cut down for use in Bonfire,
Replant has now grown into a tradition focused on
environmental issues.
“Replant is now totally for the environment,”
said Replant director and senior educational health
major Leanne Hall.
In the past, seedlings and trees were planted at
old Bonfire cut sites, however, in recent years all
trees have been planted at various locations within
the B-CS area, Hall said.
Originally the majority of trees planted were
young small trees. Now, though fewer trees are
planted, they are bigger. The trees that were plant
ed stood on average of 5 feet tall according to Hall.
Bigger trees are planted for a number of reasons,
Hall said.
“We began planting larger trees because they
have a higher survival rate and also from advice
from the Texas Forest Service,” Hall said.
The Texas Forest Service suggested that begin
ning in Fall 2001, future Replants will be held in late
October rather than early spring due to better
chances of tree survival.
Replant participant and Student Body Presi
dent Forrest Lane spoke at this year’s kick off to
the rain-soaked crowd, as those with umbrellas
huddled beneath them.
“It is all about giving back to the environment
and the community,” Lane said. “I have been com
ing out since 1996.”
Approximately 1,300 volunteers participate in
Replant each year.
ANDY HANCOCK/The Batta' ion
Forrest Lane, student body president and se- •
nior political science major, addresses Replant
participants Saturday. Over 300 trees were
planted around the area.