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Event to coach students to give back

Aggie Vision to focus on nonprofits

Showing Aggies how to give back, MSC Lead’s first Aggie Vision program will focus on educating students on nonprofit organizations.

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In-flight humor: Aggie’s mom goes viral

Flight attendant appears on Ellen show

Over the years, Marty Cobb, veteran flight attendant for Southwest Airlines, found that anecdotal and humorous safety instructions break up the monotony for well-seasoned travelers and relieve the anxieties of first-time fliers.

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Salvador Dali exhibit opens in MSC

From the trademark mustache to otherworldly futuristic inventions, students were emerged in the surreal world of Salvador Dali.

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Student groups lend hand with ‘Neighbors’ tour

Screaming fans, a flip cup tournament and a talent show with a star-studded panel of judges all made appearances Wednesday in a series of events before the pre-screening of the upcoming film “Neighbors.”

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Nonprofits strive to house local feral cats

Limited shelter space spurs action

An issue has been scratching at Bryan-College Station for years — controlling the feral animal population.

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Earth Day a chance for conservation

Holiday began in 1970 with student schedules in mind

People around the world are making efforts to respect and replenish the Earth.

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Q&A: Game show goes viral

Right place, right time for A&M student on Wheel of Fortune

Allison Rubenak, lifestyles desk editor, sat down with Shelby Edmiston, sophomore industrial distribution major, who won second place on the College Wheel of Fortune in an episode aired April 11. She is the subject of a popular video clip where one of the other contestants mispronounced the final answer. 

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Jazz-rock fusion to hit Rudder

Stringing together popular music, rock ’n’ roll and jazz, Aperio-Music of the Americas will feature the works of younger composers in its performance, Indie-A-Go-Go, presented by the A&M Department of Performance Studies.

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Houston-based artists lecture, reflect on career

The Art Guys challenge artistic norms

Humorous and unconventional, The Art Guys seek to prove that art can more than just a painting on a wall. 
 
A performance duo that met at the University of Houston in 1983, the Art Guys now travel nationwide to different universities to give lectures, perform and display their contemporary art.  
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Downtown art fair showcases community talent

The Downtown Bryan Association, in conjunction with the Arts Council of Brazos Valley, hosted the fifth-annual Downtown Street and Art Fair Saturday. 

Amanda Reynolds, programs and event manager for the Downtown Bryan Association, said the purpose of the fair was not only to showcase the artists’ work, but showcase downtown Bryan itself.

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Aggie moms take on Parents’ Weekend

Instead of humming with the sounds of students walking to and from class, the MSC will be buzzing with the sounds of the Aggie Moms’ Clubs annual Aggie Moms’ Boutique. 

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Voice of the past, for the future

Holocaust survivor believes in the strength of generations to come

At concentration camp sites, one can find buildings, rooms and artifacts that provide visitors a glimpse into the horrors of the Holocaust. Max Glauben, a Holocaust survivor from Warsaw, Poland, does what the artifacts cannot do — share his experience.

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Evening to ‘fuse’ talents together

Student artists aim to impact public positively with charity event

Members of Aggie ARTISTS will fuse their creative and artistic talents together for an evening aimed at creating a force of change. 

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‘West Side Story’ finds realism in production

Violence, drama and grit transform a classic musical for the 21st-century audience.

Set in a 1950s Upper West Side neighborhood in New York City, the characters of “West Side Story” find their home in flux. 

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Aggie cinema to screen ‘Mean Girls’

Mean Girls” will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary on April 30, and MSC Aggie Cinema is throwing an early birthday party with a special showing of the beloved high school satire.
Christine Woods, MSC Aggie Cinema chair and senior computer science major, said she and the rest of Aggie Cinema were especially excited to show “Mean Girls.”

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Wedding

ISA shows how the world says ‘I do’

Exotic belly dancers, graceful performers of tai chi and scenes of both traditional African-American and North Indian weddings graced the stage of Rudder Theatre Thursday evening. 

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Cosplay

Convention culture offers medium for expression

Comic book and anime conventions draw millions of fans and millions of dollars every year, as individuals seek to claim their identity and their place in a community.

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Vagina

Time to talk

Monologues to explore sexuality, identity

Sex, orgasms, childbirth, menstruation, masturbation, rape — all are topics of Eve Ensler’s play, “The Vagina Monologues.”

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Dance

Dance crew picks up beat for spring show

Fade to Black welcomes former members

Focusing on more than the rhythmic pounding of feet on the stage floor, BeyOnDa Beat will feature current and former students in Fade to Black’s spring semester show.

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Art gallery show to honor, accentuate women’s figures

With the sounds and movements of belly dancers in the background, the public will get the chance to take in a downtown Bryan art show designed to commemorate the female figure.

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Festival to shine light on work of indie filmmakers

As the lights dim and color flashes across the screen, attendees of the Texas Independent Film Festival will get a glimpse into the inner workings of the minds of independent filmmakers.

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Hope flows from student-run, clean-water initiative

Ministry works to provide nourishment

It’s been a little over two years since Brian Lamb found himself staring out an airplane window, mesmerized by the curvature of the earth and the body of water below him. He asked himself how one person could make a difference and in a moment’s time, he realized that his answer was one word — water.

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Q&A: Strokes of Aggieland

ArtFest winner’s work couples heritage, tradition

Cassidy Tyrone, lifestyles writer, sat down with Yashwant Prakash Vyas, senior electrical engineering major, who was awarded Best In Show in Thursday’s Artfest with a Warali painting of Aggie traditions. Artfest was hosted by the MSC Visual Arts Committee and showcased the diverse talents of student artists in an art competition.

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Holi fest to splash Simpson with color

Hindu tradition accessible to people of all cultures

Simpson Drill Field’s large green expanse will be splattered with copious amounts of colorful powdered paint on Sunday when A&M hosts the Hindu tradition of Holi — the Festival of Colors. 

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FLO competition unites and serves

Freshman men representing their Freshman Leadership Organizations will dance, perform and answer questions in front of an audience to determine who is the king of the FLOs.

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Fahrenheit 451 smolders across generations

Stage adaptation to begin Thursday

With a message that has burned into the minds of its readers over the last 60 years, Ray Bradbury’s 1953 novel “Fahrenheit 451” will take Rudder Theatre in a stage adaptation of the iconic work.

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Girl

Screening to spotlight global struggle for women’s education

Women’s Day event a collaboration of A&M organizations

‘Girl Rising” demands awareness for the 66 million girls missing from classrooms around the world.

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Banquet to spotlight economic disparity

The Woodson Black Awareness Committee and the Committee for the Awareness of Mexican-American Culture have teamed to host this year’s Hunger Banquet to increase awareness of poverty in the U.S.

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Student groups share love of reptiles with children

A&M students bonded with local elementary students this weekend over reptiles.
 

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Review: "Bring It On: The Musical" soars over expectations

Rendition of movie series to surface issues

It could be quite easy to write off a lighthearted show like “Bring It On: The Musical.” Writer Jeff Whitty took the familiar “Bring It On” plotline and created a cast of tongue-in-cheek characters who drive home the message of staying true to yourself when “life hands you a lemon.”

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Houston rodeo offers students practical experience

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo-goers have probably heard plenty of “Howdys” from the approximated 300 Texas A&M student interns working the three-week event this year.

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Funhouse bounces to Northgate

A vibrant district on any day, Northgate has become a bit more colorful with the presence of an an inflatable, 15,000 square foot, purple and orange castle.

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Speaker to clarify changes to China’s 1-child policy

Lecture seeks to offer unbiased explanation

China is the world’s most populous nation with 1.3 billion people and counting. For 34 years, the nation has implemented a one-child-per-couple policy that attracted both criticism
and praise.  

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Q&A: Quest for Meaning

Christian apologist preaches faith on campus

Photographer Matthew Wong sits down with Ravi Zacharias, Christian apologist and founder of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, to discuss his thoughts on faith and spirituality in the 21st century.

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Youth tinker with Rube Goldberg machines

Event draws local middle school

Six teams of students from A&M Consolidated Middle School competed to build their best Rube Goldberg-style machine for the University Art Gallery’s Fuzzy Logic Competition Wednesday in Rudder Plaza.

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‘Bring it On’ brings more than music

Tony nominated musical features glam and gravity

Get ready for high-flying stunts, singing, dancing and most of all, get ready to bring it on.

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Tragedy, art mingle at Austin festival

Thousands flocked to Austin over Spring Break to participate in the annual South by Southwest festival, but the festival drew attention for more than just its music and entertainment events.
 

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Con draws costumed Aggies

Anime Matsuri 2014 brings thousands to Houston over break

More than 20,000 attendees packed the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston Friday through Sunday for Anime Matsuri 2014, an annual three-day anime convention featuring fan panels, celebrity guests and merchandise galore.

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Movie Review: Characters transcend imagination

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” to engage art enthusiasts and casual moviegoers

The Grand Budapest Hotel immerses the audience in a lavish world on the brink of war.

Wes Anderson’s film absolutely delights as the splendor of an imagined world meets the quirks of the human experience. 

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Student-crafted art installation to accommodate poetry slam

After two weeks of work, seven vacant blocks on the north end of Downtown Bryan will once more be occupied by the annual workings of transitory art — ArtFill

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Lessons from adversity

Student overcomes trauma, deepens perspective on how to live

Swiss psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross said finding ways out of the darkest times shapes beautiful people. From their struggles they develop “compassion, gentleness and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”

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Troupe brings Shakespeare to life in theater and classroom

The Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts welcomes to the stage, Shakespeare’s comedy, “As You Like It.” Performed by the acclaimed Actors From the London Stage in Rudder Theatre, the show began Wednesday and will run through Friday. 

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‘King and Nation’ waxes philosophical about band origin

Student rockers flirt with music scene, balance studies

Their style can range from upbeat, get-up-and-dance songs to more low-key tunes. Self-described as “indie garage rock,” King and Nation produces a unique sound right out of College Station.
 

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SXSW

Students flock to Austin’s sprawling music-fest

The “Live Music Capital of the World” will live up to its name Friday through March 14 with its 28th annual South by Southwest music festival. 

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Diversified beliefs converge in interfaith relationships

Crossing religious boundaries brings challenges, benefits

Tyllen Bicakcic is a Muslim. Julia McDonald is a Christian. Together they represent just one of the interfaith student couples on campus.

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College of Architecture to collect 3,000 milk jugs for art installation

Project to make statement of diversity

Thanks to an upcoming art project, milk jugs destined for disposal can now be recovered for recycling. 

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Illusionist uses tricks to heal, delight

Intent on using his talents for more than pulling rabbits out of hats, illusionist Kevin Spencer is bringing his contemporary magic show and his magic-trick-based physical therapy to Bryan-College Station 

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Mardi

Piety to indulgence: ‘Fat Tuesday’ rooted in history

Tuesday ushers in a holiday that is more than the gold, green and purple-themed New Orleans extravaganza that it is commonly known for.
Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, marks the end of the Mardi Gras season.

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'Tiger Brides' documentary uncovers romantic history

Clinical associate professor Valerie Hill-Jackson’s documentary told stories of love found in the most unlikely of places.

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CrossFit open

CrossFit enthusiasts brace for Open

Though they utilize the same maneuvers, CrossFit workouts vary from gym to gym. In the CrossFit Open, however, everyone prepares the exact same workout, which were outlined Thursday for the Open Competition on Saturday.

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A&M dance presents annual show, Perpetual Motion

With energy and fluidity, dance is brought to life through timeless movements, but also through new images and media. 

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'Jerry Maguire’ inspiration to hit A&M

Sports agent to share insight on success

Representing more than 150 professional athletes in sports ranging from football to boxing to baseball, world-renowned American sports agent Leigh Steinberg will speak on campus Friday.

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These are my confessions

Anonymous sites, apps offer veil for student secrets

Stories of nightlong partying escapades, declarations of love for classmates and tales of the bizarre ironies and hypocrisies of one’s personal life are subjects that many college students would never think to admit to their friends and classmates — until recently. 

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Pokemon Anarchy

‘Twitch Plays Pokemon’ catches fire among students

In the 1990s, a video game phenomenon with Japanese roots sprung out of a red-and-white ball and into the homes of many children and adolescents. Twenty years later, it’s still going strong. 

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Grad panel discusses citizenship status limitations

The Council for Minority Student Affairs held a panel Monday night to discuss the possibilities and limitations faced by undocumented students when applying to graduate and medical school.
Nery Guerrero, CMSA vice president and senior nutritional sciences major, said the advice offered by the panel is significant because many advisors are ill prepared to assist in applying to graduate school.

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Olympian to headline lecture

Softball pitcher brings unique insight

The seventh-annual Laboratory for Study of Intercollegiate Athletics lecture series will feature former University of Tennessee softball pitcher and U.S. Olympic medalist, Monica Abbott, at 6:30 p.m. Friday. 

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Rebel Run to benefit church mentor program

Run to feature obstacles, slip and slide

Some 5K runs benefit charities, and some incorporate obstacles. The Rebel Run does both.

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Oldest living Aggie celebrates 102nd birthday

Mike Dillingham served in WWII, still attends football games

Escorted in a limo and greeted by a saber arch, Mike Dillingham, the oldest living Aggie, appeared in style Tuesday at his 102nd birthday at the Carriage Inn in Bryan.

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Q&A: Burgeoning publication mines laughs

Creator of satirical site speaks out on the next step for The Mugdown

David Cohen, lifestyles reporter, sits down with Benjamin Gothman, junior biology major and editor-in-chief of
The Mugdown, a new satirical website. 

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Judaism

Trek ties together present, past

Birthright trip opens Aggies up to Israel

Two Jewish philanthropists, Charles Bronfman and Michael Steinhardt, once envisioned a program where young Jews would have the opportunity to explore and regain a connection to their ancestral past. In 1999, they realized this vision with the creation of what is now known as Taglit Birthright Israel, which offers the experience of a free trip to Israel. 

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Ballet

Timeless tale gets stage facelift

'Romeo and Juliet' to be reimagined in ballet rendition Wednesday

The tragedy, the heartbreak and the romance of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays will be brought to life by the Moscow Festival Ballet’s rendition of “Romeo and Juliet” in Rudder Auditorium on Wednesday. 

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Passion sparks faith

Aggies attend nationwide Christian conference

The venue that usually serves as home to the Houston Rockets instead housed thousands of young adults for an annual Passion Conference — their expectant voices echoing in unison throughout the Toyota Center.
 More than 17,000 young adults and college students ranging in age from 18 to 25 flocked to Houston on Friday and Saturday for one of the Christian conferences. The conference this year was hosted in two cities: Atlanta, Ga., and Houston.

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3K/5K supports Aggie vet students

Participants run alongside their dogs in fundraising event

Saturday morning came bright and early for about 200 runners and their furry companions as they stretched and warmed up for the See Spot Run race.
See Spot Run 3K and 5K is an annual race put on by the College of Veterinary Medicine where people of Bryan-College Station can come and run alongside their dogs.
P.J. Wonder, co-coordinator of See Spot Run, said the school has been planning the event since last semester and the proceeds act as a fundraiser for students in the vet school.

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Performers to focus on B-love, history

Digging deep to discover the roots of African history and searching through the high-reaching branches of modern African-American culture, B-love, an event organized by MSC Woodson Black Awareness Committee, will include poetry, dance, song and history on Thursday in honor of Black History month.

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All out of love

Some students are not so enamored with Valentine’s Day

As drug stores overflow with heart-shaped chocolate candies and stuffed bears, and shades of red and pink tint the supermarkets, Valentine’s Day makes its presence known.

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Community Effort

Pressure on the campaign trail

With 10 to 15 students in each of the four candidate’s inner campaigning circle and many more carrying out smaller tasks for campaigns, the days leading up to the Feb. 21 election are a community effort.
 

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Screenwriter dives into truth-versus-fiction debate

Former student presents short film ‘Everything’s for Sale’

Overcoming the effects of financial struggles drove former student Phillip Maxwell to create his short film “Everything’s For Sale,” which was screened on campus Monday.

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When hunger calls

Former student runs late-night, snack-delivery operation

When Sarah Laningham, Class of 2008, walked through campus as an agricultural engineering major, she never thought owning a night-operating business would become her life.
 

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Dani Kline

Apologetics forum sparks faith debate

Ratio Christi, the Student Apologetics Alliance on campus, hosted its first open forum of the semester in the MSC Thursday evening.
 

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‘Driver Friendly’ to kickstart Lunch Box Special series

Students strive to draw musical diversity

In its first Lunch Box Special of the semester, MSC Town Hall will feature the alternative rock group,
Driver Friendly.  

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Netflix binges impact campus social dynamics

Netflix binging — the act of watching multiple television episodes back to back in one sitting — has become a popular pastime among
college students. 

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A startup spirit

Freshman creates recruiting service tech

The number of students on campus at Texas A&M is a large one, and a smaller number of students work for local businesses. Smaller still is the number of students who create such businesses — and Ryan Walters is one of them.

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Year of the horse

Students experience Asian culture in Lunar New Year celebration

Students, volunteers and residents of the Bryan-College Station community meandered around a feast of Chinese food, various tables showcasing traditional New Year activities and gazed upon the Kung Fu, Tai Chi and lion dance performances set up in and around Sbisa Dining Hall
on Wednesday. 

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Department organizes film screening to battle stereotypes

Sundance winner ‘In a World’ to be shown Thursday

In a world of inequalities and stereotypes, the women’s and gender studies department is working not only to deconstruct and understand the prejudices of modern society, but also to engage students in these pursuits in inviting and interactive ways.

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Art

Exhibit delves in darkness of human condition

Goya, Castellon paired for similar artistic concerns

The darker side of the human condition has fascinated artists for centuries, leaving their audiences to question what truly lies in the deepest recesses of their minds.

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Tenor

Performers to bring Broadway to Aggie stage

During a typical night at a Broadway production, one might expect to hear songs that tell a story, but The Ten Tenors, who hail from Australia, offer up a compilation of the greatest and most memorable songs that have graced the stages of the Great White Way.

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Residential distress

Resident advisors act as campus mentors

Resident Advisors at A&M have their fair share of responsibilities, juggling the roles of being resident, administrator and peer mediator within the hall.

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Lunar New Year descends on Sbisa

Confucius Institute holds inclusive event

With swirling hues of red, aromatic foods, dragons and lanterns, Asian cultures welcome and ring in the Lunar New Year — a time for families and friends to celebrate new beginnings.

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Anime translator visits campus art gallery

Workshop brings Yokai to Japanese Exhibit

As part of the exhibit “The Floating World: Ukiyo-e prints from the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art,” Stark Galleries held an all-ages art and storytelling workshop Saturday.

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Benefit concert to support local restoration program

Restore Her seeks to raise awareness for Human Trafficking

A benefit concert will be held Thursday in Rudder Auditorium to help raise money for Restore Her — a program of Still Creek Ranch, a local boys and girls home.

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Map

45-acre garden plan takes shape

Campus green space could break ground in 2014

The Board of Regents planted the seeds for the Gardens and Greenway Project in 1998 when it designated a 45-acre plot of land on which to develop a public garden and various outdoor teaching platforms. Now the project is coming together.

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Conference seeks to answer Holocaust questions

‘Banality of evil’ explored 50 years after Eichmann trials

Much of the discussion and education of the Holocaust is focused primarily on the actual events that occurred during the Holocaust, said Ashley Passmore, professor of German, Jewish studies and international studies, but the aftermath, including the trials and proceedings following the Holocaust, are much less discussed and comprehended today.

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Veritas

Former student publishes cookbook

Chef showcases uniqueness of Aggieland establishment

Veritas is known for its Asian and French infused cuisine, but will soon be home to what author and executive chef, Tai Lee, calls the first locally published cookbook in
College Station.

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Intern

Internship hunt seen as important but daunting

Students share job search experience, strategy

To some students, the word “internship” sounds daunting, to others, exciting, and still some are unsure what to think. As the internship-searching season begins, Aggies weigh in on their personal experiences of an internship pursuit.

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Rabbi

Ancient tradition in the modern day

The Texas A&M Hillel Jewish Student Center will play host Friday evening — and for many Friday evenings to come — to Ruth Tsuria, communication graduate student, who will be leading a weekly lecture series titled “Love and Sex in Judaism.” The series will follow the first couples and first relationships throughout the Jewish scriptures to tease apart how these ancient texts apply to the modern world.

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For Creager, A&M is home

Country singer, Class of '93, to perform Friday

Nearly two decades ago, Aggie and country singer, Roger Creager, made his mark on the Texas country scene, starting at a small dance hall in College Station and playing open mics in Bryan.

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Alcatraz

A&M prof explores depths of Alcatraz

When most people think of Alcatraz Island, they’re taken back to the time of gangsters in stripes and prison bars. When A&M geology professor Mark Everett thinks of Alcatraz, he’s taken underground.

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Resolutions

Resolution revamp

As 2014 rolls on, students reconsider goals

At the start of a new year and a new semester, some students are reflecting on past experiences in order to improve the upcoming year with their New Year’s resolutions.

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Grammy nominated Gungor to perform in Bryan

The Grammy nominated musical collective, Gungor, is headed to Downtown Bryan to continue their winter tour.

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Mandela's legacy felt as far as A&M

Global icon’s death inspires reflection, admiration from Aggies

Beloved for his lifetime of seeking justice, unity and harmony, Nelson Mandela witnessed the end of an apartheid policy he fought to eradicate after 27 years of imprisonment, and was elected as the first black president to a democratic South Africa.

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Students get creative with time afforded by reading days

Although the Wednesday and Thursday before finals are designed to give students time to prepare for their upcoming exams, some Aggies use the days to escape the stress of long semester.

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Ring

Family: Aggie and otherwise

Student sacrifices personal Aggie ring fund for Philippnes typhoon relief

Across the Pacific on an island country, homes and belongings lay damaged and farms are destroyed. Distributing food remains a priority.

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Students avoid spring registration woes

With the semester coming to a close, a familiar feeling resurfaces in the mind of every returning student — registration has come. As the last of the assigned sign-up times approach, some students try to find ways to manage this sometimes stressful process.
 

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Turkey with a twist

For many, cooking an entire turkey is a scary and seemingly impossible task. You have to deal with meat thermometers, the turkey’s insides, using an oven for several hours and then after all that work, the meat turns out dry. If you’re in college and you need something a bit less challenging, I may have a solution.
 

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World

Students receive acceptances, prepare for semester abroad

As some students look forward to the closing of another semester, others are looking ahead to adventures abroad.

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The doctor is in

Doctor Who fans at A&M celebrate show’s 50th anniversary

Fans of Doctor Who in Aggieland and around the world celebrated Saturday the 50th anniversary of the British television program that has withstood the test of time. 

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Fire

Midnight premier sparks hunger in adoring moviegoers

The fans, the costumes, the trivia games, sodas and popcorn — with tonight’s premiere of, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” looming, fans are gearing up after a year and nine months of waiting. 

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Bats

What about the bats?

Hanging upside down between the cracks and crevices of Kyle Field, the winged division of the 12th Man will need to seek residence elsewhere as a result of stadium renovations.

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Play

World's a stage

Troupe performs alternative plays

When the lights are extinguished in the theater, disbelief often goes with them as audience members willingly buy into fantastic story lines and characters. But in an effort to bring the real world to the stage, the New York Neo Futurists will perform 30 plays in 60 minutes grounded in realism. 

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Welcome to the Riff Off

Student a capella groups collaborate in Flag Room performance

Two a capella groups battled for center stage, surrounded by students soaking in the music. With a scene reminiscent from the film “Pitch Perfect,” A&M’s own Riff Off placed two of the University’s a capella groups, The Femattas and Apotheosis, in a musical cooperation. 

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Art Gallery

Comic exhibit showcased in MSC art gallery

Cartoonist's work on display through Jan. 5

The MSC Visual Arts Committee is showcasing comic art from Speed Bump cartoonist Dave Coverly at the student-run Reynolds Student Art Gallery.

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Memphis

'Memphis' takes the stage

Broadway blends music with history in Rudder Auditorium

There was a time when radio was the main source of music, and the kinds of music on the radio were limited to only what certain musicians produced.

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Russia

Q&A: A world of knowledge

Professor Brett Cooke discusses interests in Russia

David Cohen, lifestyles writer, sits down with Brett Cooke, professor of international studies

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Under the Century Tree

Couples display Aggie spirit in engagements

Some Aggies leave campus with more than one ring.

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Caleb

How to save a life

Student advocates for ski helmets after near-death experience

s they cram the last coat into the SUV and slam the back hatch shut, students might be anticipating their first flight down the mountain or the feel of fresh snow under their feet, but a skiing or snowboarding accident is likely not their first consideration.

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Impact, history of rap takes mic

Panel to focus on impact of music to culture

As students turn the knobs of their car radios, they may pay little attention to the origins and implications of the music blaring from their speakers, but the MSC Woodson Black Awareness Committee will turn up the volume with five panelists to discuss the impact of rap music on the black community and society as a whole.

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Dancing for a cause

Songfest to bring variety of acts to Rudder Auditorium

Whether seasoned veterans or first-time performers, students will step onto the stage of Rudder Auditorium to show off their dancing skills. Songfest, the largest Greek-sponsored philanthropic event at A&M, will hit the stage Friday and Saturday night.

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Casino

Casino night mixer offers communication tuneup

Students to interact with businessmen through gambling

In the moment before the slot machine rings out, before the dice falls onto the felt, before laying down the winning hand, there is a silence ready to be filled. In an effort to offer students an opportunity to practice informal business communication, MSC Hospitality will present Let ’Em Roll, a casino night mixer. 

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Award-winning actor presents Medal of Honor stories of valor

“Beyond Glory,” a series of monologues depicting the defining moments of eight Medal of Honor recipients, was brought to campus Wednesday by MSC OPAS.

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Camp

Leaving the comforts at home

Students with sense of adventure camp on campus

They nestled in their hammocks, bracing the cold, Sunday night at Academic Plaza. Monday and Tuesday night they encountered rain. This week, armed with a couple of backpacks filled with provisions, they are forgoing the comforts of home. 

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Comics

Comic Showdown

Students debate virtues of comic giants Marvel, DC

The Friday release of “Thor: The Dark World” — the sequel to “Thor” — will add just one more piece to the controversy surrounding the age-old question comic book fans have debated for decades: Marvel or DC? 

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Music department presents faculty recital

Lights dim and the sacred pre-concert silence filled Rudder Theatre. Andrea Imhoff, music lecturer, founded the Music Faculty Recital in 2011 and came forward in her concert black to address the audience and start the show.

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Deb

Prof to writers: read everything

Ag comm lecturer says Aggie mindset draws her to A&M

Cameron Steele, lifestyles writer, sits down with Deb Dunsford, agricultural communications and journalism senior lecturer.

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Tartuffe

Baroque goes disco

Cast members say 'Tartuffe' full of witty humor

The Texas A&M University Department of Performance Studies will present a new, disco-inspired take on Moliere’s Neoclassic French comedy, “Tartuffe,” at 8 p.m. in Rudder Forum Wednesday to Saturday and Nov. 13-16.

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Worship

Worship event lasts through the night

Students endured rain, late hours of the night and an early start of the morning to worship, pray and share their faith with the Aggie community beginning Monday at 8 p.m.

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WriMo

Writers tackle 50,000-word task

November novel-writing marathon brings students together

Aggies are taking the challenge — writing 50,000 words in 30 days — setting pen to paper, tapping away at keyboards and scrawling frantically in notebooks. Many have already started their stories for National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, which spans from Nov. 1 to the 30.

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Fraternity paint party spreads faith message

The Christian fraternity Kappa Upsilon Chi, KYX, throws a party each semester in order to give its pledges an opportunity to display brotherhood and fraternity ideals. The fraternity’s first-ever paint party, held Friday, entailed goggles, music and lots of paint.

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Under the Kyle veil

From field painting to peace keeping: a glimpse into the gameday infrastructure

For those who complete the meticulous, behind-the-scenes work at Kyle Field, gamedays begin long before the gates are opened and end far after the stadium empties. 

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Loftin

The Prez perspective

University President R. Bowen Loftin illustrates gameday from the bowtie's eye view

Gameday can come and go for students, with little concern paid to a schedule or plan. They stand, they yell, they leave.

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Cult classic Rocky Horror comes to Bryan

As the iconic red lips appear on the screen, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” pulls viewers out of their seats, away from the relaxed movie watching experience and into a different reality.

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Red Wasp

Filmmakers descend on Bryan

The Brazos Progressives will feature independent films at the 11th Annual Red Wasp Film Festival on Friday and Saturday in Bryan.

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Corn

Corn Maze Closure

Drought conditions shut down Snook seasonal tradition

Attendees used to meander through twisting rows carved into cornfields and bumped into dead ends and dark corners as stalks stretched above their heads at the “Krazy Kountry Korn Maze” in Snook. But this year the maze is nothing more than a muddy field of weeds.

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Banana

Costumes feature the frightening and funny

Students discuss popular and unique Halloween garb

Many students are preparing their costumes as Halloween quickly approaches. Whether they are store bought or handmade, scary or clever, dressing up can be a fundamental part of the festivities.

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Q&A: Stand for truth

Professor debunks misconceptions common to her field of study

Allison Rubenak, lifestyles writer, sits down with Kristan Poirot, professor in communication, women’s and gender studies.

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Fraternity constructs haunted trail for charity

18th annual Wicked Woods open Wed. to Fri.

Chainsaws buzzing, evil clowns laughing and students screaming — the Halloween spirit is in the air and Wicked Woods is turning on the terror to benefit charities.

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Ye Olde Faire

Renaissance festival entices with food, costumes

There is an enchanted 55-acre village nestled in Todd Mission, Texas. With a king and queen, hundreds of peasants, servers, pirates and sorcerers, there is something different to see every weekend. It is Texas Renaissance Festival season, which began Oct. 12 and continues through Dec. 1.

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33-year veteran new University police chief

Ragan encourages community and student involvment

J. Michael Ragan was named Wednesday as chief of the University Police Department. 

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Cupcakes

Pinterest brings in the season

Spring may be a time for new beginnings, but there is something about the autumn season and transition into winter that students may find equally inspirational. Pinterest, a virtual bulletin board, has evolved into a go-to resource for people, including students, to plan and share ideas.

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Blues

Revue brings blues to Rudder

Playing to a packed and enthusiastic house, the Blues Brothers and their band, joined by singers Precious and Ebonie Taylor, rocked Rudder Auditorium on Tuesday night.

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Teams to scour for art in Amazing Aggie Art Race

Event designed to enhance student art awareness

Some art just can’t be framed.

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Old favorite

Aggie musician returns to College Station for concert

 

 

Granger Smith, Class of 2002, will return to College Station to play a show Thursday with his “country boy” alter ego Earl Dibbles Jr. set to make an appearance.
 

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Ferrel

Former student to share his past through music

Dean Ferrell, singer and songwriter, has gained a broad perspective of life, from working the Northgate scene to traveling the world. 

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Reveille

Life with the First Lady

Perspective from the end of a campus celebrity’s leash

Parker Smith is a normal college student. He goes to class, is a member of the Corps of Cadets, plays intramural flag football, loves football and the Aggies and is involved in many organizations. But everywhere he goes he has a constant companion — Reveille.

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Should've Been Cowboys wins Battle of the Bands

Students slowly filled Rudder Plaza Friday night, attracted by the sounds of musical tones and vocals echoing from the stage. Instruments crowded the area, signifying the beginning of MSC Town Hall’s musical standoff, Battle of the Bands.    

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Blues Bros. come to campus

Tuesday performance inspired by film

Get out that briefcase full of blues — the Blues Brothers Revue is ready to rock Rudder Auditorium on Tuesday night. 

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Fall

Tailgates heat up as weather cools

Kyle Field frequenters say fall changes comfort, not menu

Tailgaters breathe in crisp autumn air as the calendar year starts to come to a close and the temperatures begin to fall. Donning extra layers and leaving the sweat stains behind, Aggies will be celebrating their team and the weather over the next few game days.

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Wardrobe

Fall opens gameday wardrobe

Despite the often blazing Texas heat and hours of standing, an increasing number of girls are choosing to trade comfortable clothes for finer football wear.

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Pancakes, served with prayer

Group to offer free food on Northgate

A typical midnight on Northgate doesn’t often feature a kitchen full of sizzling griddles, hundreds of students talking over free pancakes and students praying on the side of the streets, but this weekend will include all of that — with just enough syrup on the side.

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Celebrate recovery

Band reunites for cancer benefit concert to give thanks to supporters

In the fall of 1996, a group of five Aggies formed what became one of the most popular student bands in College Station — Haywood.

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Men of the wild

National champion adventure racers advocate for sport

Thirty hours of intensive running, mountain biking and canoeing through the wilderness with only a topographical map and a compass as a guide — this is what the newly formed Texas A&M adventure racing team lives for. 

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Bonnie Bishop, daughter of A&M icon, to perform

Grammy winner to hold concert Thursday

In 1963, women gained admittance to Texas A&M. In honor of the 50 years of inclusion, the Women’s Former Student Network will hold a leadership conference on Thursday, which will conclude with a concert at 8 p.m. in Rudder Theatre

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Battle begins

Student musicians prepare for Battle of the Bands competition

MSC Town Hall will host Battle of the Bands at 6 p.m. Friday in Rudder Plaza. The annual fall event will feature five bands chosen by a subcommittee of MSC Town Hall, combining different genres of music to produce an entertaining and competitive experience.

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Aca-awesome

A capella media portrayals alter image of all-female singing group

By now the picture is recognizable to many — a small group of people stand on a stage under a spotlight and make music with no instruments whatsoever. 

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Coming Out

Monologues showcase life stories

Coming Out Day event highlighted by largest ever attendance

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of National Coming Out Day, Texas A&M hosted its seventh annual Coming Out Monologues on Friday, which were written and performed by members of the student body and others affiliated with the University.

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Flood

Campus reels after storm

6,800 B-CS residents left without power at peak stages of Sunday storm

A powerful storm that blew through College Station early Sunday morning caused flooding, power outages and tree damage across campus and surrounding areas. Blocker Building, among other campus structures, saw water leaks and saturation that required hours of repair.

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Q&A: Prof fosters new media

Rice helps usher in changing journalism landscape

Elizabeth Evans, lifestyles writer, talks with journalism lecturer Dale Rice.

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Holocaust

Community relives history with Holocaust survivor

Ernest Wertheim explains his involvement in Nazi resistance

More than half a century ago, Holocaust survivor Ernest Wertheim risked his life to lead persecuted Jews down ski slopes to safety, evading Gestapo gunfire along the way. He sat before A&M students Wednesday at the Hillel Building to share his tale — a story still relevant today, he said.

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Pay it Forward

Family tragedy spurs acts of kindness

Last year, a fatal plane crash irrevocably changed the lives of one Aggie family. On the anniversary of the death of her father, brothers and uncle, Alyson Ledet is using her story to change the lives of those around her.
 

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The March Divide

Slow it down

Jared Putnam to headline MSC Town Hall

MSC Town Hall will once again bring Coffeehouse to campus — this time unplugged in the MSC Flag Room. 

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Q&A: Life after chemistry

Professor discusses her past 30 years at A&M

Allison Rubenak, lifestyles writer, sits down with chemistry professor Wendy Keeney-Kennicutt

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String orchestra makes semester debut

As the conductor raised his arms, the sounds of the 67-member string orchestra filled Rudder Theater in unison. Their latest concert, performed Sunday, ranged from songs like “Brandenburg Concerto No. 3” to Percy Grainger’s “Molly on the Shore”.

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Slam.

Texas Grand Slam brought nation’s top poets to Bryan

Tucked away in the corners of Bryan and College Station lies an underground society of writers and poets, eager to speak their mind and write their souls. This past weekend, poets battled their way for the top prize at the Texas Grand Slam poetry contest, hosted by Mic Check — a nonprofit poetry organization— all in the name of spoken word.

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Wiener Dog

And the wiener is...

Dachshund festival hosted races, family fun

Lined up in their cage-like starting blocks, with their short legs ready to propel them down the track, eight dachshunds get ready to race for the prize of a squeaky toy and a loving pat.

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Students road trip to Austin for music festival

Austin City Limits to offer uniqueness, live shows, new people

The crowd sways, the sound reverberates through the air and the words hit the brain at a rate faster than any pair of headphones could deliver. Live music offers an experience unlike the predictability offered by recorded songs.

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Q&A: Professor sums it up

Mathematician shares stories of travel and family

Alexandra Slaughter, lifestyles writer, sits down with mathematics professor Rosanna Pearlstein

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Poets descend on Texas

Texas Grand Slam draws marquee talent

Poetry doesn’t just live in dusty textbooks tucked neatly on library shelves. Slam poetry brings poets on stage to perform their work live, and this weekend poets from around the country will come to Bryan to compete in Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival.

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Fantasy

The real life of fantasy

Fantasy football alters ways fans approach the game

The world of fantasy is not always the realm of knights, goblins and princesses, but can instead be the territory of friends huddled around makeshift draft rooms attempting to prove who has the most sports knowledge. In this hectic environment, friendships are built, strengthened and sometimes even destroyed in an attempt to justify a basic competitive urge — the drive to win a championship, even if it is hypothetical.

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Saucy competition

Applications open for annual salsa contest

The first step on the road to the Brazos Valley Worldfest’s third annual Salsa Challenge has begun with the opening of online applications. 

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Date

Keyboard connections

Students find identity and confidence in Internet-dating world

With the ever-increasing presence of social media, it can be important to ask what kind of implications modern technology has on all aspects of society. Andrew Ferguson, graduate student in sociology, is seeking to do exactly that, especially when it comes to the world of online dating.

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Ringler

Student saps own savings to fund charity run

It was a hot day in the slums of Kampala, Uganda. Sarah Ringler stood in the stifling and stuffy back room of a small clinic filled with sick people. The clinic was dirty and smelly, details Ringler barely noticed as she came to a bed where twin baby girls lay, IVs duct taped to their arms. The mother of these little girls, both sick with malaria, begged Ringler to hold them and pray.

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Degas exhibit offers student insight into the 19th century

Robert Flynn Johnson cleared his throat as he stepped out to speak to the more than 50 people present to see the Degas exhibit, “The Private Impressionist.”

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Open mic night offers creative student outlet

The Forsyth Gallery is hosting an Open Mic Night from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday in its gallery on the second floor of the MSC for everyone from poets and musicians to directors and visual artists.

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International

International students transition to American life

While many students will learn a foreign language or study abroad for a semester, few will spend their undergraduate or graduate years immersed in a university somewhere else on
the globe.

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Q&A: To war and back

Storyteller shares life stories, advice on writing

Elizabeth Evans, lifestyles writer, sits down with creative writing professor Larry Heinemann.

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Country comes to town

Recent contestant on ‘The Voice’ to headline Coffehouse show

MSC Town Hall will feature the semester’s first professional headliner Thursday as part of its free Coffeehouse Series.

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Votary Band

What's in a name?

Band Votary blends devotion to faith, music

They had been playing together most of their sophomore year, but Jack Thweatt, lead vocals and guitar, and Travis Thompson, pianist and keyboardist, never could settle on a name. With their first official gig quickly approaching, they needed to decide fast.

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Billboards seek end to atheist isolation

Emblazoned across a background of a light blue sky and white clouds are the words, “Don’t believe in God? You are not alone.” The billboards are simple — designed to grab attention — which the group behind the signs said is the intent.
 

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Tailgate

A tailgate in the crowd

Groups use varying strategies to draw attention

In another testament to the dedication of the 12th Man, Aggie tailgaters were voted the No. 1 tailgaters in the nation by “Tailgater Magazine.”

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Journey

History comes alive

‘Journey’s End’ brings WWI trench warfare, shell shock to stage

The new Liberal Arts and Humanities Building opened in 2012, but those who walk inside its Black Box Theater step back in time to World War I, to the trenches of St. Quentin, France, in March 1918. The floor is laid with sandbags marking out the trenches and the room is seemingly lit by candlelight. Two sheets suspended in the air portray haunting images from World War I.

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And the Emmy goes to...

Students debate award hopefuls

With award season fast approaching, students sound off on the front-runners and underdogs as “The 65th Annual Emmy Awards” will be held Sunday, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.

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Video

Italian life, documented

Brazos Valley Italians chronicle heritage

Honoring a deep heritage, filmmaking partners Sergio Carvajal and Romina Olson have captured Italian culture in the Brazos Valley in a documentary series focused on Texas-Italian life.

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Wedding

Ring (before) spring

Couples balance education with life as newlyweds

With classes, student organizations and jobs, college life can be hectic. When students add a marriage to the mix, life can become a unique balancing act.

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Tailgate

Family-sized BBQ

Squadron 17 tailgate featurest largest BBQ pit on Quad

Squadron 17 in the Corp of Cadets holds the biggest tailgate on the Quad each gameday. Four sophomores are chosen to cook the barbecue, but it takes parent contributions and teamwork within the outfit for the tradition to live on.

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Gun

Guns are for girls

Local women take up arms in all-women's gun association

Ready? Take aim. Fire!
The College Station-Snook chapter of A Girl and a Gun women’s shooting league provides a positive environment for women to learn about firearms and firearm safety, said Megan McMullen, Class of 2008.

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Band

Race to the stage

Up-and-coming indie band returns to College Station

When James Hoelscher, Class of 2010, signed onto Craigslist almost a year and a half ago to look for fellow musicians and potential band mates, he never imagined what the present would hold.

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Back at Home

Aggie makes life change a musical goal

Stewart Mann spent two years as an Aggie before leaving for Nashville to pursue a music career.

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Movie

Vengeance to forgiveness

Faith-based film makers from A&M announce long-awaited release

Three years ago, the work seemed almost over for Aggie filmmaker Joshua Mills, but he will finally see his first feature film, “Brother’s Keeper,” hit the big screen in November.

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Town Hall

Coffeehouse kickoff

Choice of Gonzalez as MSC Town Hall opener a 'no-brainer'

The Coffeehouse Series, which showcases free, stripped-down performances presented by MSC Town Hall, will be holding a Student Spotlight show Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., in the lower level of the MSC. The show will include student openers and feature singer-songwriter and sophomore general studies major, Daniel Gonzalez.

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Cookout camraderie

Tailgaters descend on Spence Park

Hours before the Aggie football team dominated Saturday’s game against Rice, fans achieved a victory of their own — a successful first tailgate of the season.

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Gameday Garb

Women find creative ways to look good, beat the heat

Aggie women across the Brazos Valley are pulling on boots, fitted tees and maroon dresses in the name of football and fashion. Since women became a part of Texas A&M in 1963, gameday attire has continued to draw students’ attention.

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Album releases capture all listening palettes

With the summer — and the catchy tunes that accompany it — coming to an end, students are anticipating upcoming albums from their favorite artists as the release dates near.

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Professor

Q & A: with assistant English professor Lucia Hodgson

Lucia Hodgson, who is from California, specializes in areas of literature that include childhood studies and transatlantic slavery.

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Forsyth

Exhibit displays magazine, glass artwork

Sometimes it is easy to forget art exists outside of paintings and sketches hung on gallery walls. With their latest exhibits featuring works of commercial typography, illustrations and glass etching, Texas A&M’s Forsyth Galleries asks patrons to reevaluate their definition of fine art.

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Grub

Burger bar offers unique options

Former student traveled country to bring stand-out flavors to CS

Aggies love their chicken tenders and pizza rolls, so any restaurant willing to break the pattern sometimes faces the risk of rejection. Yet individuality adds variety, which can serve as a sigh of relief in the midst of repetition.

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Cosplay

Cathartic cosplay

Students express themselves through costume

Half the fun of comic conventions is pulling on the costume of a favorite character and becoming someone else for a day. This practice, known as “cosplay” or “costume play” is a favorite hobby of two Texas A&M students and thousands more people across the United States.

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Friends

Risk pays off in vacation venture

Friends find success in selling vacation packages

Matt Kinsel, Charles Shewchuk and Josh Lewis all have one thing in common, success.

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Tailgating

Fire up the grills

Free food brings fans together

The air is electrified through the sea of maroon and white. Plates of food — brisket and hamburgers and hot dogs — pass between the hands of friends and strangers. Red plastic cups slosh as people pitch washers and horseshoes. Aggies have waited impatiently for this moment all year.

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Hospital

Hospital opens doors to A&M, Blinn students

After a March 2011 groundbreaking, the massive structure located off of Highway 6 and Rock Prairie Road is functioning as Scott & White’s new hospital.

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Disney

Disney inspires A&M students

Internship program provides work, plenty of play

Students from across the country and the world traveled to the place “where dreams come true” this summer to study with Mickey and all the Disney characters through the Disney College Program.

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Rosehill

Local band raises suicide awareness

The band Rosehill has not only musical talent but a mission. This Texas country band has used their to be a platform after their drummer, whose name they declined to give, committed suicide, an event that irrevocably altered the course of their lives and the direction of their band.

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Streaming

Streaming websites present free, ethical dilemmas

When popularized shows such as “Breaking Bad” or “The Walking Dead” are not airing, crowds are still finding ways to watch. When music isn’t blaring on the radio, people listen elsewhere.

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Wedding

Jerseys and dresses

Video of Aggie wedding sweeps the Internet

Though their century tree proposal was everything a traditional Aggie couple could dream of, Heather and Harvey Willis’ “Game Day” wedding was anything but the traditional ceremony.

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Sarah Hoffschwelle

Gallery owner does more than just exhibit art

Though Benjamin Knox began his career in the humble confines of his dorm room, the painter and photographer is now the owner and operator of the Benjamin Knox Gallery and Wine Depot, a redesigned train depot on University Drive modeled after the original train station that gave the city of College Station its name.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Monster weekend

Pixar's latest coming-of-age tale isn't just for kids

As I sat near the front row of the theater with kids at least 10-15 years younger than me Sunday, I couldn’t help but get a sense of nostalgia. We were all there to see Disney/Pixar’s “Monsters University,” the prequel to the 2001 blockbuster “Monsters Inc.”

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TECH REVIEW: Brand new operation

iOS 7 promises a new look and delivers with first modern update

One year ago consumer electronics giant, Apple Inc., released iOS 6, which was promised to be a game changer for the smartphone and tablet industries.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Super letdown

Run away from "Man of Steel" faster than a speeding bullet

Despite a progressive portrayal of women and minorities and some powerful acting performances, the exhausting torrent of fight scenes in “Man of Steel” crowded out opportunities for decent character development, while failing to conceal plot lines with loose ends.

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Frat to host meal-packing event

Each year since 2010, Kappa Upsilon Chi, or KYX, has purchased raw materials from the nonprofit organization Feed My Starving Children to produce thousands of sealed and packaged meals to help feed hungry children around the globe.

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Fisherman launches guide business

While many may consider fishing a hobby, Ben Paschal has made it into a career.

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Trending Theology

Younger generation interprets religion on its own terms

In the rush between biology and philosophy, students hurriedly shove loose change into a vending machine, hitting various combinations of letters and numbers to select the beverage that will fuel them through the next class. Rarely do they stop to run their fingertips over the embossed “In God we trust” found on each coin.
 

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Josh McKenna

Fashion choices reflect student personalitites

Fashion may be born in the backrooms of clothing design companies, but it is the individual who creates style. Different activities, interests and hobbies seem to define the clothing people wear. Even Ralph Lauren said, “Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It’s not about brands. It’s about something else that comes from within you.”

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Missionary takes spiritual quest abroad

For many student considering future careers and destination, Lebanon doesn’t often grace the list of possibilities. Yet it’s at the top of the list for at least one aspiring missionary on campus.

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MSC hosts slam poetry event

MSC Townhall will be presenting their 4th annual “Anything but Common” slam poetry event on Saturday as part of the MSC Birthday Celebration.

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Aggie SWAMP hosts annual festival, uses film for expression

Picture it — a line of well-dressed college women, standing as they giggle over a bachelor in a suit, rose in hand. Now, the image quickly cuts to the same girls, outfitted for battle and out for blood. “The Bachelor Games,” Aggie SWAMP Club’s recently released film, combines the hit television show “The Bachelor”and the popular book-turned-movie series “The Hunger Games” in a quirky piece that exemplifies the work of the club.

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Dieters follow caveman regimen

From South Beach to Beyoncé’s acclaimed lemon detox drink, diet fads have come and gone over the years, filling refrigerators and pantries across the nation with spices, veggies and strange juices. The newest fad to hit kitchens may be a little simpler than past diets, bringing eating habits back to the stone ages.

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COURTESY

Yeah Yeah Yeahs slow down

It’s been a long 10 years since the Yeah Yeah Yeahs first broke out from the basements of New York clubs on the back of their debut album “Fever to Tell.” Since their emergence, they’ve headlined festivals, gone a little dance-rock and even saw their charismatic front woman, Karen O, score a trippy film based on the children’s book, “Where the Wild Things Are.” Through it all, they managed to maintain a fairly solid sense of identity as a band known for their intense volume, with the occasional flash of quiet sweetness embedded in the noise. With the release of their new album, “Mosquito,” however, this identity seems to be a bit in flux.

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Star parties offer outlet for astronomical interests

Star parties, facilitated and supervised by individuals of the Mitchell Institute in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, allow students the opportunity to observe the night sky with advanced telescope equipment. These parties welcome all students, and are perhaps best known for the students and professors involved in coordinating them.

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Horror film redefines cult classic

Five teenagers get together for a retreat to a cabin in the woods, only to be stalked and destroyed one by one by a demon they accidentally summon. Or a murderous psychopath with a sharp weapon. Or a horde of disgusting zombies. Sound familiar?

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Play immerses audience in history, explores relationships

What happens when eight people with nothing in common find themselves stranded in a diner during a blizzard? You get “Bus Stop,” a witty, comical and evocative play that takes audience members into history and explores the complexities of relationships.

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Roger Zhang

Aspiring movie critic reviews films in blog

By the glow of a computer screen, Shelbi LeMeilleur, freshman English major, began a blog In February of 2011. LeMeilleur had a distinct mission in mind for her little corner of the Internet — she would watch and review every movie listed in the book “1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.”

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ArtFest winner thanks university for nurturing talent

Sarah Stimson, senior communications major, has called herself an artist since 2011 when she took her first drawing class at A&M, and has since impressed fellow students and professors with her creativity, natural talent and diligence to her craft.

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'Phantoms' brings Broadway hits

Audiences will be treated to the “music of the night” with the opening of the world premiere concert event “The Phantoms of the Opera,” which will close the 40th season of MSC OPAS.

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COURTESY

Scuba club pushes environmental convservation through trips, events

As Meghan Loftus strapped on her scuba gear and plunged into the Comal River, she knew not only that was she making a positive impact on the environment, but that she had also chosen to be a part of a unique organization at Texas A&M. 

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Sikh

Tie a Turban day to educate students on Sikh faith

At Texas A&M University, a small group of students practice a religion that numbers more than 30 million globally and is the fifth largest organized religion in the world. Sikhism, a monotheistic religion founded during the 15th Century in Punjabi, India, is a religion that places importance on equality, service, social justice and truthful living.

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Satirical website presents skewed take on Greek life

What started as a website has launched into a phenomenon. With a New York Times Best Seller and the rough outlines of an impending movie, Total Frat Move has morphed into a state of mind.

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Spring Breakers is weird and wild

The latest film from oddball writer and director Harmony Korine, is an arty crime film shot with a glossy sheen that makes it impossible for audiences to look away.

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Former student part of Oscar-winning team

Pitted against animated films such as “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Frankenweenie” — Pixar’s “Brave” won the Academy Award for best animated feature film in February, thanks in part to the help of a graduate from Texas A&M.

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Passover

Jewish community prepares for commerative holiday

The smell bubbling up from pots on a stove carries from the kitchen, while the steady rhythm of a knife chopping carrots provides a tempo for the crowd busily preparing the approaching feast.

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Elyse Wudeck

Undead create cultural epidemic

The zombie apocalypse is upon us; the undead stalk the land and infect the everyday lives of people. They are infesting TV and books and starring in major motion pictures. They have taken a bite out of the media, fueling an obsession with the undead and creating a movement rivaling that of the hormonal vampire or nerdy wizard.  

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Alec Goetz

Festival's free shows, new artists attract student crowd

This year’s South by Southwest festival featured the old and the new, with musical artists such as the Flaming Lips and the recently popular Macklemore hitting stages to entertain masses of grinning and sunburned music lovers. Though the costs for some shows were high, students attest that this year’s festival offered free lineups that entertained at a cheaper expense.

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Josh McKenna

Multi-genre writer shares insight to his craft

For a man who never experienced a traditional creative writing program, Charles Taylor took to the craft quickly.

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Vivek Karthikeyan

Student organization offers comedic relief

While some people have a hard time coming up with jokes on the spot, actors of Freudian Slip make it their job to do so.

Freudian Slip, which started in 1992, is a group of A&M students who love improvisation.

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Papacy faces changing church

Cardinals tangle with modern media as world watches Vatican City

The Sistine Chapel, graced by the fingers of Michelangelo and the footsteps of popes, will be the site of the upcoming papal conclave. The chapel has stood to hear the prayers of the faithful for centuries, but the world around it has not stood so still.

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Health Services push nutritious campus diet

It’s a daily struggle for some college students: after working on homework assignments, studying for tests and balancing extra curricular activities, finding time for creating and maintaining a balanced diet seems to get pushed aside.

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Annual philanthropy creates educational opportunities

For its annual “Project 365” event, the Chi Psi fraternity auctioned its members and other volunteers to provide dates to the highest bidders and generate funds for the fraternity’s philanthropy.

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Thomas Harbour

"Empires Fall" reading attracts important audience

Last Friday evening, a staged reading of “Empires Fall,” a play about the relationship between President George H.W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev, the General Secretary of Soviet Union, was featured in the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center.

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"21 & Over" adds twist to familiar story

From the people who brought you “The Hangover” comes another movie about the crazy antics that can ensue under the influence of alcohol. The comedy “21 & Over” will make you laugh and squirm in your seat with its witty humor, obscene references and stereotypical displays of alcohol-induced chaos.

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Feeble Contenders mix faith-based lyrics with indie sound

What does a 27 year old living in Austin have in common with a handful of college kids in Aggieland

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Pope Benedict XVI resigns

Conclave to select new leader; unique departure makes process unclear

Pope Benedict XVI will officially step down from the papacy Thursday and become “Your Holiness Benedict XVI” and add either the title of emeritus pope or emeritus Roman pontiff.
Benedict was the first pontiff to resign in more than 600 years and his unique exit has left Catholics around the world speculating about things ranging from his new title to what his resignation will mean for future popes.

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Tell Your Story forum features tales of inspiration, social rise

Tell Your Story hosts a leadership conference every spring that features three speakers with various backgrounds. The objective of this one-night forum is for the speakers’ stories of overcoming adversity to inspire and empower others to recognize their passions.

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COURTESY

Cinematic favorites star in live debut

Full of ritzy numbers and classic characters, HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD dances audiences down memory lane, showcasing popular movie musical moments from the last 50 years in a display of live performances and theatrical talent.

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COURTESY

Students launch literary magazine

The unsung artists of A&M have a new outlet with which to share their creative works in The Eckleburg Project, A&M’s newest literary magazine. The magazine was created by eight students, who say the purpose of the project is to open the door for a greater appreciation of the arts.

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Caleb Stewart

Student mixes tunes on the side

While most eighth graders were worrying about who they would take to the school dance or where they would go to high school, Tim Farmer was dreaming of brighter lights and faster beats.

Farmer, known locally as DJ Roughneck, said it has always been his dream to get involved in music.

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Tanner Garza

Former student adds acoustic touch to performance

In a blend of pop, rock and acoustic instrumentations, Charlie Gore, Class of 2012, took the stage at the latest performance of the MSC Town Hall Coffeehouse series, serenading an audience with soulful melodies and vibrant renditions.

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Alice Chang

Films compete for Oscars

The 2013 award season will come to a close on Feb. 24thThe85th Annual Academy Awards, also known as The Oscars, will be broadcasting from Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre and hosted by Seth McFarlane.

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Students face workout woes

As New Year’s resolutions lose their luster and energy levels dwindle, working out is sometimes the last thing on students’ minds. With sleep and studying often taking precedence, running on the treadmill or spending 30 minutes on the elliptical are often cut out of a student’s schedule.

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Patient progress

Student recovers from nearly fatal accident

Jan. 5, 2012, was the day that changed everything for senior university studies major Caleb Jentsch. After an accident that almost took his life, Jentsch has returned to A&M, spreading his message of faithful endurance.

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New Works Festival showcases student playwrights

 

From actors and directors to designers and playwrights, the Student New Works Festival exists to showcase Aggie talent and to give theatre arts students the chance to live a dream.

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Josh McKenna

Technology puts new spin on romance, redefines dating

The scene is familiar: candle light, food and romance. It’s date night, and nervous laughter and quick glances are traded over the tabletop. The night seems to be going well, though the couple doesn’t talk much or really even look at each other. Little screens aglow, their phones seem to be doing most of the entertaining, replacing words with emojis and awkwardness with apps.

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Elyse Wudeck

Masquerade

Secular side of celebration masks religious history, students say

Once a year, floats, masks, and gold, green and purple beads combine with thousands of people for a unique holiday: Mardi Gras.

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COURTESY

Modern renditions of classic fairy tales return to dark roots

There has been a recent trend in Hollywood to produce the “twisted” fairy tale, taking the sweet stories people know and love and applying a more sinister perspective. From the newest rendition of “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” to past blockbusters like “Snow White and the Huntsman,” moviegoers have flocked to theaters everywhere for these darker twists on old favorites.

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Prescription of faith

Christian Scientists declare spiritual healing

Pass the bars of Northgate’s Boyett Street and the foam of the night’s first brew spills onto the floor. Laughter and music pour into the Saturday night air. Sunday morning on the same street, a few voices turn the words of a hymnal into song.

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The Muslim Next Door

Imam Wazir Ali’s presentation of “The Muslim Next Door” intermingled an Arabic dialect with familiar “Howdy.” Ali is the director of the Mercy Community Center and the Imam of the Houston Masjid of Al-Islam.

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COURTESY

'Downton Abbey' enamors students with historical drama

A revival of petticoats, fancy hairstyles, chaperones and elaborately served meals has taken televisions and hearts by storm across America and the UK.

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COURTESY

Watermelon Queen sows industry message

To most, watermelons are juice dripping down your chin on a summer day in Texas or a seed-spitting contest in your grandmother’s backyard. But to Kimberly Duda, watermelons represent a rich history and a progressive future that are much more than a simple summer memory.

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Students pick 55th Grammy Award favorites

Every year, Billings Artworks in Ridgeway, Colo., sees almost 100 little golden gramophones assembled by hand, gilded and engraved, each one for a different category. The statuettes then make their way to the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where, on the 10th of February, they will each be awarded to big names in the music industry.

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Kaitlyn Becker

Web health tips may mislead

Though they’re cyber-fueled and lack the official medical practitioner’s title, Internet health sites are a contagious trend among students, resulting in interesting diagnoses and possible malpractice.

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David Cohen

Movement mobilizes against human trafficking

 

Slavery, the fastest growing criminal industry, generates an estimated $32 billion annually, ranking only behind weapons and drugs. From bonded labor to sex slavery, modern day human trafficking affects virtually every country, making the issue a growing concern worldwide.

End It Week, a weeklong campaign run by Texas A&M students and organizations, strives to involve people in the prevention of forced labor and bondage.

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Mic Check puts poetry center stage

Words have the power to change things, evoke emotions and bring people together. Blended in a flowing structure of artful expression, words can mean more — as promoted by the slam poetry organization, Mic Check.

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COURTESY

Zombies warm hearts of audiences

With a twist on the classic zombie tale and an oddly charming and somewhat dead cast of characters, “Warm Bodies” will make audiences laugh with its dry humor and refreshing take on the living dead.

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Jenna Rabel

Corps welcomes scouts to Aggieland

Service, leadership and honor are values held highly in the Corps of Cadets. It aspires to keep tradition alive through the recruiting of young men and women striving for excellence and a sense of purpose – standards cultivated at a young age by the Aggie Eagle Program.

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Furry friends take the stage

 

This Saturday, Rudder Theatre will be taken over by performers of a furrier nature.

The Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre, a troupe composed of performing cats, dogs, feathered friends and the world-renowned Russian entertainer, Gregory Popovich, is coming to A&M campus for a day of laughs, fun and house-trained amusement.

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COURTESY

Bush School features lecture on newly-released book, 'Into the Desert: Reflections on the Gulf War'

The Gulf War, a long forgotten conflict for many, has had a lasting impact on American history. “Into the Desert”, a book by Dr. Jeffrey A. Engel, attempts to discuss the war in depth, taking readers back to a time when foreign policy was being redefined in the Middle East.

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Brother Jed

'Confrontational evangelist' evokes student discourse

He stands on stone benches in a tweed coat, screaming “you’re gonna die, sinners.” And the crowd around him keeps growing.
He calls himself a “controversial evangelists” — the traveling preacher who often finds himself in a curious and sometimes heckling crowd. Brother Jed Smock visited academic plaza again Wednesday and spoke to a stop-and-go crowd that sometimes numbered about 200 students. Jed travels to speak at college campuses across the country to spread his message.

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Surge of women shifts political makeup

Women, an infamously underrepresented minority in the world of politics, saw a historical increase in representation in our nation’s capitol this last election season.

With a record-breaking 20 women in the U.S. Senate and 101 females in the U.S. House of Representatives elected to the two chambers of the 113th U.S. Congress, citizens and politically inclined students are discussing how policies could see a stronger female influence.

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London actors bring 'Hamlet' to A&M

In a classic tale of revenge, betrayal, love and death, “Hamlet” takes audiences to the very core of human nature, asking the vital and famous question, “to be, or not to be?”

Professional actors plucked from the Actors From The London Stage touring company will perform William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” in Rudder Theatre on Thursday.

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Faithful unbelievers

Irreligious students identify outside religious culture

Scuffed Sunday school shoes lie in the back of a closet, five years too old and three sizes too small. An alarm clock sits idly on a shelf, silently keeping track of the minutes that no one is awake to count. It’s been quite some time since it woke anyone on a Sunday morning.

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Artists shoot truth and lies

In the Stark Galleries’ latest exhibition, “The Absolute Truth… Nothing But Lies,” photographers Dave Einsel and Robert Sebree fuse reality and make-believe in a myriad of realistic and distorted photography.

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Spring into fashion

New styles and daring combinations are predicted to make appearances this spring season, or, in the case of Texas, just about any day now.

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COURTESY

'Movie 43' will stun audiences with cast and humor

With an impressive cast list and no ambition, “Movie 43” will humor and possibly offend audiences.

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Writer's Debut

Emily Sturrock is not your average student. Majoring in both theater arts and creative writing, reporting for Lifestyles at The Battalion, and writing her own play production that will be performed on campus in February, she takes busy and creativity to another level.

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Chase Krumholz

Students strive for healthy lifestyles

 

With the fast-paced schedules and cheap lifestyles that many college students become accustomed to, healthy diets and exercise are often placed on the backburner. Comfort foods become a must as late nights and long days kick in and sleeping takes priority over exercising.

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The return of Schwarzenegger

When Arnold Schwarzenegger uttered the words “I’ll be back” in the classic action flick, “The Terminator,” he wasn’t kidding.

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Crafting personalizes dorm decor

“Homemade”, a term usually reserved for experiments in the kitchen, is being redefined by students.

DIY, or “Do It Yourself” projects, are taking over the world of cheap and fashionable dorm décor. With step-by-step instructions on sites like Tumblr and costs that don’t cut into pizza and gas money, many students are making it a point to use their own creativity to decorate their spaces and make them feel more like their own.

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COURTESY

Open House

Student organizations, groups and clubs are a huge part of A&M culture. Not only do they offer students a chance to get involved and have an impact on campus, but they also provide fun, purpose and a way to meet others with similar interests.
This Sunday, the Spring MSC Open House will offer students the opportunity to interact with and learn about over 300 organizations. The event, held every semester by MSC Marketing and the Division of Student Affairs offers a venue for clubs and groups to gather and reach out to students in one cohesive body.

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MSC opens bold exhibition, features Mesoamerican art

With the start of another semester comes a new exhibit at James Reynolds Student Art Gallery in the MSC. Kathy Sosa, a mixed media artist from San Antonio, presents her Mesoamerican-inspired art in a brilliant display of bold colors, portraits and abstract themes.

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Stafford features alternative lineup

 

In a blend of indie rock and folk-inspired tunes, Thursday’s lineup at the Grand Stafford Theater in Bryan is sure to bring something new and different to the stage.

The show features everything from hard rock beats to orchestral themes, and is the fourth stop in a cross-country tour for co-headliners The Eastern Sea and Kopecky Family Band. The bands will play along with Buxton, a folk group from Houston. 

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Tanner Garza

Spring TV means returning favorites

As the spring semester begins, students are seeing the return of some of their favorite television shows. Not only are books, papers and homework making a re-appearance, but television’s hottest, funniest and most dramatic characters as well.
 

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Jenna Rabel

A&M faith culture inspires Breakaway leader

Ben Stuart has become something of a celebrity on campus.

Known for his inspirational talks and witty sense of humor, Stuart’s ministry has attracted thousands of students to Breakaway every week, furthering both his message and work in the college world.

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Book adaptations dominate screen

Turning books into movies is a trend well known to filmgoers. The end of 2012 saw several films go from bookshelves to movie theatres in what seemed like a literary craze, sparking interest and competition with what adaptation was the best.

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New year inspires students to make changes

 

Students make resolutions for a new year centered on grades, health and more. Many are hopeful for fresh starts and changes as 2013 and the new semester commences.

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Opinion: Preventative measures

Health benefits outweigh initial awkwardness

For the woman who has never visited an OB-GYN, the idea of gynecological check-ups can be terrifying. Who can blame her?

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B-CS offers safe-sex services

Sex sells, but contraception does not always follow the same trend.

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Social network, web app, help students share lists and experiences

College boils down to the experiences people have. Memories of the good times are the ones that tend to stick more than memories of class and lecture halls. Unbucket is a recently developed app that enables users to form lists of things to experience and connect with other people through those lists.

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Study habits foster exam success

Though the act of studying proves to be difficult for many students, the process of learning how to study and how to do it well can present an even greater challenge. With procrastination, distractions and chaotic schedules rampant among students, establishing effective study routines for tests and quizzes is vital to achieving good grades and valuable habits.

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Texas tunes

Alt-country band set to rock Stafford

The newly formed red dirt country band, Cody Canada & The Departed, will debut their first original album this Friday at the Grand Stafford Theater in downtown Bryan with Rosehill.

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Spoken word to be performed at Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival

Poetry on paper is static. Slam poetry is animated, loud, a form on its own. This weekend, the Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival is coming to Bryan.

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Damned

Play explores an alternative hell

The hellish habits of others become the tools of torture when three people are doomed to be roommates in hell. Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit is an existentialist’s window into human relationships and perceptions of hell, requiring the audience to think about themselves in relation to others.

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Voters analyze popular vote as election day nears

In the U.S., even though a democratic system is in place, the method for electing the president isn’t solely dependent on the popular vote.

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Award-winning play opens in Downtown Bryan theater

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 last curtain call.

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Students bearded with no mission in mind

It’s that time of year again: the time of changing leaves, layered clothing and facial hair. Lots of facial hair.

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Halloween throwdown

Classic monsters battle it out for supremacy

Creepy Spirit from Paranormal Activity- Silent but deadly, this villain tends to target suburban families with its eerie household pranks and occasional possessions. Though totally evil and a definite bad guy, this demonic character also shows some definite weaknesses in this competition, with breaking household items and setting small things aflame being its main haunting strategies

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Mexican Sunrise hits Bryan theater

Texas filmmaker tells the story of a disastrous bachelor party

A wild bachelor party gone wrong doesn’t always follow the plot of The Hangover. Consequences can be serious and even life threatening. Texas filmmaker Rowdy Stovall uses this premise in his film Mexican Sunrise, based on true events.

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Latter-day Saints clarify Mormon doctrine

Frequently seen around Academic Plaza, a religious group is doing their part to spread their beliefs to the students of Texas A&M. Easily recognized by the white shirts, black ties and friendly attitudes are the members of the Church of Latter Day Saints, otherwise know as Mormons.

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Brown bag lunch

Professors, students talk art over brown bag lunch

Every third Thursday of the month, excluding December, the MSC Forsyth Gallery will be hosting “Brown Bag” lunches. Students are invited to stop by the gallery from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., bring their lunch, and sit at the round tables for an art lecture and discussion.

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Alternative anchors

Some Texas A&M students are finding an alternative way to get their information on the presidential campaign outside of traditional news media outlets. Programs like “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “The Colbert Report” and “Saturday Night Live” appeal to students who want to stay updated on the campaign news, but find traditional news uninteresting and uninformative.

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Uncorked concert

Sisi Berry soulfully serenades audience in downtown Bryan

The music scene in the Bryan-College Station area changed as Sisi Berry introduced a soulful, bluesy style of music to mesmerize audiences.

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Austin City Limits showcases eclectic live performances

Once a year for three days Austin becomes the center of the world. At least, that’s what it feels like when Austin City Limits music festival, commonly known as ACL, returns to Zilker Park with a bill full of the latest and greatest musical acts and 75,000 adoring fans from around the country. For some, the festival is a highlight of the year.

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Country artists sing from soul

Drowning in a sea of mainstream music, it can be difficult for new artists to find a place to grow in the spotlight. But for the Texas Country duo Rosehill, scheduled to play Saturday at the Lakeside Icehouse on Lake Bryan, heads have started to turn and show interest.

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Sailed the ocean blue

Christopher Columbus: hero or villain? Many people praise him as the European who discovered the Western Hemisphere, even if that half of the globe had already been inhabited for thousands of years. More people have a negative view of the man because of the disastrous consequences that followed Columbus' 1492 expedition. But I think the blame for those consequences should not fall on the shoulders of Columbus.

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Penn State professor lectures on climate change reality

Thursday night Michael E. Mann, professor of meteorology at Pennsylvania State University, visited Texas A&M to give a lecture on human-caused climate change and the disinformation given by the United States government.

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True riff

Southern rock band takes Stafford stage

In an age of auto tune and empty beats, a group of men strive to create more organic music. The Dirty Guv'nahs plan to bring their rock and blues inspired sound to the Grand Stafford Theatre on Thursday.

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Aaron Cranford

Students pickup post-game garbage, earn cash

Some students consider A&M football one of the most important and exciting parts of the Aggie experience. At every home game, over 70,000 fans pile into the stadium.

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David Cohen

Diverse exhibition

Stark Galleries offer multiple collections

J. Wayne Stark, Class of 1939 designed a gallery available to students, providing them the opportunity to view and share museum quality art on campus. Today, The Stark Galleries, located in the MSC, display various forms of art from around the world.

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Artistic impressions

As the season changes and Fall sets in, Forsyth Center Galleries trades former, vibrant mixed media art and abstract sculptures for soft, Impressionistic paintings and smooth Cameo glass works.

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Herpetology Club brings reptiles to campus

The reptiles, normally housed in the College of Veterinary Medicine, are regular attendees of the Texas A&M Herpetology Club.

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Jewish community seeks atonement on holy day

At sunset Tuesday and extending through sunset Wednesday, Jewish Aggies are observing Yom Kippur, a holy day in which Jews fast and seek atonement for sins committed in the past year.

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Texas Tribune Festival offers political debate, dialogue

Sunday marked the culmination of the second annual Texas Tribune Festival. Hundreds of speakers came from all across Texas to discuss topics ranging from law and order to energy and environment.

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'AGS WIN' in tradition

With a snapshot and an Aggie spirit, Buddy Bradford started a tradition that would last more than 20 years and gain him recognition from many generations of Aggies.

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The Midtown Men

Golden oldies

Rudder auditorium grooved to 1960s musical hits on Thursday night during a performance of “The Midtown Men.” The show features Tony Award-winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award-nominated J. Robert Spencer — the original cast members of the hit Broadway show, “Jersey Boys.”

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Energy fix

Coffee can cause detrimental health effects for students

Managing studies and extracurricular activities can be difficult, and for the average late night studier and procrastinator, a steaming cup of caffeine is often the key to getting everything done. Though offering temporary energy and focus, coffee can be harmful to leading a healthy lifestyle in college if not consumed in careful moderation. Full story

Caffeine Fix

Managing studies and extracurricular activities can be difficult, and for the average late night studier and procrastinator, a steaming cup of caffeine is often the key to getting everything done. Though offering temporary energy and focus, coffee can be harmful to leading a healthy lifestyle in college if not consumed in careful moderation.

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Lock and load

Students pioneer gun competition club

Some students are interested in learning how to shoot properly and take part in competition while doing so. Aggie 3-Gunners is a new student organization billed as the nation's first collegiate 3-Gun competition team. Chase Jennings, a geography graduate student and veteran 3-Gun competitor, created Aggie 3-Gunners. Full story

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Downtown beat

Venues, galleries display local color

The first Friday of every month brings a unique celebration of arts and culture in Historic Downtown Bryan.

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Northgate Vintage gets a new look

Every day, Texas A&M students embark on numerous kinds of challenging endeavors. Kate Vincent, a senior biomedical engineering major, used her faith, creativity and business skills to breath new life to Northgate Vintage, a vintage clothing store on University Drive. Full story

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Encore performance

Local duo renovates historic Grand Stafford Theater

The University of Texas at Austin has always had an advantage over Texas A&M in its access to the state capitol’s music culture. Aggies who prefer their tunes with a little less twang and a little more anything else are usually looking at a two-plus hour drive to Longhorn country or Houston for their live music fix. Full story

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Field fashion

Put on your best game face

As A&M approaches football season, students are adding to their game-day wardrobe. From jerseys to dresses and body paint to school-spirited shoes, Aggies are taking game-day apparel to a whole new level in order to best represent A&M in the SEC.

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Keepers of the spirit

Cadets wear traditions on their sleeves

 

Honor, integrity, discipline and selfless service are the characteristics of the more than 2,100 men and women of Texas A&M University’s Corps of Cadets. 

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Defying all odds

Pre-med student and mother of two, diagnosed with rare disease

With a baby bump that could barely fit in a desk, then-freshman Susan Castillo had all eyes on her when she walked into a classroom.

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Cadets march into leadership

Despite the Texas heat, the Corps of Cadets spent the weekend outdoors, marching in celebration of another year coming to a close. Select units traveled to San Antonio to march in the Battle of Flowers parade, but returned in time to take part in the 18-mile March to the Brazos. Full story

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    Dermatologist urges students to avoid dangers of UV rays

    With summer fast approaching, many students are looking forward to basking in the sun at the beach or by the pool. While a few hours here or there spent in the sun seem harmless enough, a fast-growing epidemic is making our summer months more dangerous, according to a local dermatologist.

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    Students go extra ‘green’ mile

    Adopting a green lifestyle is making more of a splash on campus than expected. Aggies all over campus are taking full advantage of ways to reduce their impact on the Earth.

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    ‘Unsinkable’ tells Titanic survivors’ stories 100 years after tragedy

    Playwright, actress steals show performing as multiple characters

    Two days after the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s tragic collision with an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean, MSC OPAS presents a production based on actual diaries, letters and interviews from six women who survived the Titanic. 

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    Consumer vs. creator

    Jared Baxter: The power of internet backlash

    There have been endings that were happy, sad, controversial and everything in between. And then there was the conclusion to the Mass Effect series, an internet-fueled beast in a class all its own.

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    Ring wraps make tradition sparkle

    The Aggie Ring is beloved for its rich history, symbolism and the educational accomplishment it communicates. But one student took her ring a step beyond the traditional, adding a distinctive flare. 5 comments

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    Beer and other beverages

    Students explore alternative ring dunk options

    Some students prefer a pitcher of Shiner Bock while others like the lighter, but always smooth, Keystone Light for their Aggie Ring Dunk. But since drowning that golden symbol of history and accomplishment in a pitcher of ale became an unofficial tradition, students have explored alternative beverages to chug — some more edible than drinkable.

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    Grant marks first for Fresh Minds

    Art and music are performance mediums often used to convey meaning, but what happens when they are used as research tools rather than features of a music video?

Keeping Traditions

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    There's a spirit...

    Bonfire Memorial embodies Aggie Spirit, stands for fallen students

    The Aggie Bonfire was one of the most celebrated and anticipated traditions at Texas A&M. Working as one through hard labor, sweat and determination, bonds were forged that could only be described as familial.

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    Aggie Ring

    Keeping Traditions

    One of the most highly anticipated events in Aggie's college life is the moment they receive their hard-earned Aggie Ring.

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    Reveille

    Keeping Traditions

    The most well-known and beloved lady on campus might only be knee-high, but she is frequently sought after for photographs or simply an approving wag of her tail.

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    Silver Taps

    Keeping Traditions

    As an Aggie family, students honor deceased peers on the first Tuesday of every month at Silver Taps. At 10:15 p.m., Aggies quietly gather in the Academic Plaza as the Albritton Tower bells play hymns. At 10:30 p.m.,....

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    Joe Terrell: Reporting on sexual assaults challenges me

    An English teacher who knew I wrote for The Battalion pulled me aside after class last semester. She told me she might have a story for me. Nothing could have prepared me for what followed.

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    UNTHINKABLE

    Male victims of sexual assault face a society that doesn’t understand their experience

    When they leave the bedroom, John grabs hold of Gary’s shirt and whispers into his ear. “You better not tell your parents. They aren’t going to believe you.”

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    UNJUSTIFIED

    Sexual assault victims navigate grueling path bringing assailants to justice

    Stepping into the College Station Police Station, 20-year-old Stephanie feels sick. Her mother walks by her side. Somewhere between the parking lot and the station’s front door, she takes Stephanie’s hand in her own....

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    UNBROKEN

    Sexual assault victims learn to live with the psychological trauma of their attack

    “You’re a slut.” The words sting, but don’t match the physical pain that follows as Ashley’s boyfriend lands a punch to her face.

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    UNSPEAKABLE

    Sexual assault victims voice their stories about a prevalent and underreported threat

    An hour later, she’s curled up in a ball in the corner of her shower, surrounded by curtains of steam as scalding hot water pours down from above. Her clothes, ripped and torn, lay in a soggy pile in the shower’s opposite corner. She reaches for a washcloth and begins scrubbing her bare skin, rubbing her flesh raw until traces of blood swirl around the drain.

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    MSC reopening attracts thousands

    The Memorial Student Center came back to life as Aggies once again occupied its couches, walked its halls and paid respects to military heroes after the building was opened and rededicated on Aggie Muster day. Students readily welcomed the campus living room’s return.

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    Ceremony reinstates MSC traditions

    Two traditions, absent three years on the A&M campus, were reinstated in anticipation of the reopening of the Memorial Student Center. As of Thursday afternoon, tradition dictates that students and visitors are to keep off the grass surrounding the MSC and remove their hats upon entering the building.

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    A memorial home

    Hall of Honor immortalizes Aggie heroes

    In a reverent, secluded hall of the Memorial Student Center, sunlight illuminates the names of Aggie heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of their country.

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    Ballroom adds to MSC appeal

    As the campus living room, the MSC is a hot spot for socializing, studying and relaxing between classes. But on the building’s second floor, a grand ballroom will showcase a different side of the MSC’s personality as a proper entertainer to special occasions, including dances, banquets and weddings.

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    Dining options fill campus living room

    When the MSC opens its doors on Saturday after three years of renovation, students will be able to satiate their stomachs and social cravings with a host of new choices.