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Aggielife: Old school cool • Page 3 Opinion: Missing the Target • Page 9 THE BATTALION A Texas A&M Tradition Since 1893 Volume 110 • Issue 24 • 10 pages www.thebattaIion.net Wednesday, October 1, 2003 Johnson delays journalism decision By Sarah Walch THE BATTALION Next fall, Texas A&M will no longer offer high school students the chance to earn a degree in journalism. Earlier this year. College of Liberal Arts Dean Charles Johnson recommended the Department of Journalism be cut due to budget constraints. Johnson has been delayed in finalizing his decision tocut the journalism department by his impending trip to Qatar the week of Oct. 6-12 to help A&M’s west branch get its feet off the ground, said Leanne South, director of college relations. Johnson has received a preliminary report from thecommittee he appointed in August to look into “alternative pathways" for student journalists attending A&M. but that information is not yet available for release, she said. Senior journalism major Bernhard Hall said he w surprised when Johnson announced on July 10 liisrecommendation to cut the journalism department. “I never thought they would actually do it," he said. Though Johnson has said the student newspaper and yearbook. The Aggieland, could serve as an outlet for aspiring student journalists, Hall said a lot of journalism majors are not interested in news paper writing. “Newspaper writing is just a small part of the department,” he said. “(Students in journalism) also want to do public relations or broadcast journalism.” Senior journalism major Cheryl Kempe agreed. Students interested in magazine, news or broadcast journalism need a background educa tion, she said, and can apply what they learn at A&M to any type of job. Loren Steffy, Dallas bureau chief for Bloomberg News and president of the Former Journalism Students’ Association, said the A&M journalism department has always been a diamond in the rough. Over time, the biggest impact of the journal ism’s departure will be on laboratory settings such as The Battalion, he said. The University will have a significant decline in student journalists because most potential jour nalists would rather go to a school offering a jour nalism degree, he said. Johnson said all current journalism faculty members will retain a position somewhere in the College of Liberal Arts. Also, after the current journalism professors retire in about 10 years, new professors will be unwilling to come to A&M to join a program that doesn’t exist, Steffy said. However, without the full educational experi ence to provide a framework, “the quality (of The Battalion) is definitely going to deteriorate,” Steffy said. Directly following the announcement of Johnson’s recommendation in July, Steffy, the FJSA and the summer editing staff of The Battalion organized a letter-writing campaign and online petition, using the Web site www.savejour- nalism.com, to illustrate to the administration and the regents how many students and professional journalists are opposed to limiting journalism education. Hall said once the journalism department is gone. The Battalion could be forced to hold its own newspaper writing classes for non-journal ism majors unfamiliar with the style required for Journalism Update The future of Texas A&?M journalism Is being contemplated before the decision to close the department is finalized. j Liberal Arts Dean Charles Johnson sent a recommendation to President Robert M. Gates to close A&?M's Department of Journalism. ; Johnson charged a Committe to Effect Change in Journalism to identify issues related to the department's closure. i Gates announced that he will not consider closing the department until "alternative pathways" for journalism at A&?M are found. Johnson charged a Committee to Recommend New Initiatives in Journalism Education to suggest alternative pathways for students interested in a journalism career. The committee turned in a preliminary report to Johnson, but it is not yet available to the public. SETH FREEMAN • THE BATTALION SOURCE ; TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY reporting. Hall also expressed concern about future employ ers who have heard about the recommendation. “What are they going to say when I walk into an interview?” he said. See Journalism on page 2 Clowning around JOSHUA HOBSON • THE BATTALION Marcia Lightsey, of Bryan and a balloon artist also known as "Twister," waits as College Hills Elementary School fourth grader, Lyndie Ruesink of College Station picks out a balloon design and color in front of Gatti- Town off of Texas Avenue Tuesday afternoon. The 'Twist for Love" event is part of "Balloons Around the World 2003", where hundreds of bal loon artists across the globe tie thousands of balloons for kids for free or exchanged for a donation to a charity. Canned foods and other donations were accepted to benefit the Brazos Food Bank. ODP research gets $450 million grant COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M will continue its world-renowned role in explor ing the ocean’s floors after signing a new research contract worth $450 million on Tuesday. The 10-year deal is the largest research contract in the school’s 127-year history. A&M and Lamont- Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, two key partners in the research endeavor, will join the Joint Oceanographic Institutions to form the U.S. implement ing organization for the new Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, funded by the National Science Foundation. The new endeavor replaces the Ocean Drilling Program. A&M had been its science operator for nearly 20 years. “We are honored to be selected again to have a key leadership role in carrying out this program that has such profound scientific signif icance,” said A&M President Robert M. Gates. “We look for ward to a continued strong working relationship over the next decade with our colleagues at Lamont- Doherty, and with all of the partic ipants — U.S. and international — in IODP.” Paul J. Fox, director of the Ocean Drilling Program at A&M, calls the new agree ment “historic” because of its long term benefits. “We will now be able to read and record the Earth’s history and plane tary change the same way the Hubble spacecraft has allowed us to look into space,” Fox believes. “The IODP is of true fun damental impor tance in many aspects. It will place A&M faculty on the center stage of many new discover ies and it will be of tremendous benefit to the university in many areas of research.” The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is based in Palisades, N.Y., and is a leading unit of Columbia University’s Earth Institute. We will now be able to read and record the earth’s history and plane tary change the same way the Hubble space craft has allowed us to look into space. — Paul J. Fox director of ODP Sharon wants security fences for W. Bank Jewish settlements By Jason Keyser THE ASSOCIATED PRESS JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Ariel Sharon wants to shield several large Jewish settlements by extending Israel’s security barrier deep into the West Bank, but he would leave gaps in the section in hopes of defusing U.S. objections that the fence could mark a permanent border, a Sharon adviser and a settler leader said Tuesday. The plan, denounced by Palestinians as a land grab, comes up for approval before the Cabinet on Wednesday and is likely to pass. In its bid to stop Palestinian suicide bombers and other attackers, Israel has already built almost 100 miles of the barrier that will eventually stretch, depending on the route, up to four times that distance. Portions of the barrier — a network of fences, walls, razor wire and trenches — run on West Bank land, but to date it has largely kept to the Israel-West Bank dividing line known as the “Green Line,” diverting in some places a few miles into the West Bank to enclose Jewish settlements. Under the new proposal the barrier would veer almost 20 miles into the territory, cutting the northern section of the West Bank in two for much of its width. The new section will take several months to build and would incorporate on the “Israeli” side a bloc of settlements — Ariel, Kedumim, Karnei Shomron and Emmanuel — where some 45,000 Israelis live, said Ariel security chief Eli Shaviro. The United States backed the Palestinians’ opposi tion to the barrier’s extension when the idea was first raised several months ago. But excluding Ariel — See Sharon on page 7 Sharon seeks barrier extension Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon wants to shield several settlements by extending Israel’s security barrier deep into the West Bank. The fence would include the settlements of Ariel, Kedumim, Kamei Shomron and Emmanuel. — Separation barrier ~ “Green Line” Israeli settlement Palestinian controlled areas =1 1 J 1 V Kamei Shwrtmn ) ■ KMhjmim l tel Aviv 1 » « EmtoartueS I * • .Ariel /- f r” ; V wEsn 0 IG mi % ;BANK} Ramateh ( 6 10 Jericho < Jerusalem ^ ‘A |S R A E L >^ SOURCES: B’tselem; AP Associated Press House, Senate limping toward map agreement By April Castro THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AUSTIN — House and Senate ^publicans remained at odds on congres sional redistricting Tuesday and one of the bd negotiators said he hopes a fourth spe- c ial session won’t be necessary for both Cambers to agree on a new map. It appeared Tuesday that Gov. Rick Kerry’s preferred Wednesday deadline would be missed. “Obviously we want to get it done before the end of session so the governor doesn’t have to call a fourth one,” said Rep. Phil King, R-Weatherford, the House point man for negotiations. “But, I’ve done it three times now, 1 guess I can do it again.” Democrats successfully fought the meas ure during the regular session and the first two special sessions. The third special ses sion has been marred by a stalemate between Republicans over the design of West Texas districts. Through Tuesday, the Texas Legislature has been in session a record 215 calendar days this year. Members of the House and Senate, nego tiating team have had fruitless meetings behind closed doors several times this week to find middle ground in the roadblock. “I’m fairly encouraged,” King said. See Agreement on page 7 Boeing continues alliance with A&M By Nicole M. Jones THE BATTALION Boeing, the world’s leading aerospace engineering compa ny, announced its second-year support last week for its inter disciplinary curriculum part nership program with the Dwight Look College of Engineering and the Mays Business School. Boeing initiated this partner ship last year as part of an over all $245,000 gift to Texas A&M. The program is the first interdisciplinary initiative across colleges at A&M specif ically tailored for engineering design curriculum. The goal of the program is to prepare stu dents for real-world industry teams where engineering and business professionals depend on each other to make design and cost decisions. “Boeing is developing a closer relationship with a few schools around the country, and Texas A&M is fortunate to be one of those schools,” said David Lund, director of the Aerospace Vehicle Systems Institute, part of the Texas Engineering Experiment Station. Thirty seniors from three engineering departments — aerospace, mechanical and electrical — will work in “inte grated product development teams” and follow engineering project management processes to accomplish the design, sim ulation, test and evaluation cycle of a complex aerospace system, Lund said. With sponsorship from Boeing, funding is included in the project to ensure a useful out put that creates value, Lund said. Along with Lund, Dr. Clair J. Nixon, professor and associ ate dean of the Mays Business School, was asked to develop the original proposal for the program. The business school’s part of the program is still under construction, but Nixon said A&M students should benefit from it in the future. The business school is cur rently providing lectures and insight to the financial and global aspects of engineering See Boeing on page 7