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Commons renovation promises modern student living experience

For the first time since it was built in 1971, the Southside Commons area will receive a complete facelift.

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Wednesday 05/27/2015
'Aggies helping Aggies': Cadets' boots paid for in full after theft
Updated: May 27, 2015 - 8:05 pm

After senior Corps cadet Benjamin Graham’s senior Corps boots and gear were stolen earlier this month, he and his family were greeted with support from the Aggie family.

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Q&A: Noel Jett, 16-year-old Texas A&M graduate
Updated: May 27, 2015 - 9:13 pm

The Battalion writer Claire Shepherd spoke with Noel Jett, who graduated from Texas A&M this spring at the age of 16. Jett talks about what life is like as a profoundly gifted child and why she is no exception to human struggles.  

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Texas bill could allow campus carry
Updated: May 27, 2015 - 8:31 pm

With notable amendments, the Texas House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 11 Tuesday, which would allow concealed carry licensees to legally carry firearms on college campuses including buildings.

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Board of Regents approves Pugh as VPSA
Updated: May 27, 2015 - 5:13 pm

Chancellor John Sharp and the Board of Regents approved the appointment of new Vice President of Student Affairs Daniel J. Pugh, Sr., Ph. D. in a telephonic meeting at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday afternoon, according to a Texas A&M University Newswire press release.

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Monday 05/25/2015
Severe thunderstorm, flash flood warnings in effect for Brazos County
Updated: May 25, 2015 - 8:19 pm

A Code Maroon alert warned subscribers of a tornado warning issued for south College Station Monday around 6:35 p.m. The alert advised area residents to seek shelter immediately and to check local media forecasts.

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Friday 05/22/2015
TAMUS employees, retirees, dependents to receive free access to second medical opinions
Updated: May 22, 2015 - 2:14 pm

According to a Texas A&M University System press release, Chancellor John Sharp announced a new program Thursday that will provides over 50,000 Texas A&M University System employees, retirees and their dependents free access to second opinions from doctors across the country.

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Friday 05/15/2015
Student strikes tree in front of vice president's house
Updated: May 15, 2015 - 11:25 pm

The University Police Department is investigating an accident that involved a black mustang hitting a tree in the front yard of the vice president’s house Thursday morning.

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Monday 05/11/2015
Cadets transfer ranks in annual Final Review
Updated: May 11, 2015 - 8:26 am

The Corps of Cadets seniors stepped off the Quad for the last time Saturday morning as they marched in formation toward Simpson Drill Field to complete Final Review. 

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100-plus to commission as military officers
Posted: May 11, 2015

Texas A&M prides itself on its military history. On Friday, more than 100 students will commission as officers in the U.S. military and join the Aggies who went before them.

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Thousands of students to walk the stage this week
Updated: May 11, 2015 - 8:26 am

As 7,700 College Station Aggies prepare to walk the stage this week, A&M faculty and staff are busy preparing for the eight local graduation ceremonies, and seniors are reminiscing about their time in Aggieland. 

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International student joins J-Court for first time in recent history
Updated: May 11, 2015 - 12:23 am

For the first time in recent history, an international student has joined J-Court as an associate justice. However, the student, Dhananjay Khanna, says serving as associate justice will be nothing new.

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Wednesday 05/06/2015
Friends, family of crash victims remember women as friendly and optimistic
Updated: May 07, 2015 - 12:13 am

A crowd of more than 100 people gathered on Simpson Drill Field Wednesday to mourn and celebrate the lives of Corinthia ‘Nikki’ Williams and Alexis Emmou, who died early Sunday in an auto accident. The evening began with a prayer and was followed by an emotional exchange of memories from the friends and families of the two women.

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Tuesday 05/05/2015
Former Bush staffers share insight into working in White House
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 3:13 pm

The George Bush Presidential Library Foundation and William Waldo Cameron Forum on Public Affairs stepped back in time as three former Bush staffers reflected on their White House experiences and how they influenced their careers today.

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Graduate & Professional Student Council to send letter regarding new seal to Board of Regents
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 11:57 am

The Graduate and Professional Student Council, GPSC, drafted a letter Tuesday expressing concerns on the decision-making process the Board of Regents used to change the university seal.

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Black balloons meant to stir conversation on police violence
Updated: May 05, 2015 - 11:17 am

Nineteen black balloons and one red balloon adorned Rudder Plaza Monday afternoon. The balloons, attached to posters of those who have been killed or critically injured by police, stood as reminders to passers by.

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Monday 05/04/2015
Two executive positions remain unfilled after special session
Posted: May 04, 2015

The 68th Student Senate unanimously confirmed the position of executive vice president and other executive cabinet positions at its special session Monday.

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Ex-Bush staffers to share stories
Updated: May 04, 2015 - 11:04 pm

The George Bush Presidential Library Foundation will host three former Bush staffers as part of the William Waldo Cameron Forum on Public Affairs. The speakers will discuss their experiences working under President George H.W. Bush and how those moments have shaped their careers.

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One less reading day on schedule this year
Updated: May 05, 2015 - 12:24 am

This semester, students are experiencing a change in their study habits brought on by the university. 

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One less reading day on schedule this year
Posted: May 04, 2015

This semester, students are experiencing a change in their study habits brought on by the university.

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Memorial service, crowdsourcing organized for car crash victims
Updated: May 04, 2015 - 10:15 pm

A memorial service will be held Wednesday night for two students who died in a car crash.

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Sunday 05/03/2015
Senior responds to needs of Nepal after earthquake
Updated: May 04, 2015 - 9:57 am

Jonathan Brewer has been eagerly counting down the days to graduation. But near the end of his countdown,  a massive earthquake struck Nepal on April 25. Now, Brewer is counting down to a different date.

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Retiring history prof looks back at 41-year tenure at A&M
Updated: May 04, 2015 - 2:09 pm

After 41 years of teaching history, professor Arnold Krammer has shaped it as well, affecting the lives of thousands of students. Even now, as he retires this year, commemorated with a surprise send-off celebration Thursday, his fire for teaching remains.

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Two students killed, two injured in auto accident early Sunday
Updated: May 04, 2015 - 3:47 pm

Two students were killed in a one-car auto accident around 1:10 a.m. Sunday while heading northwest on FM 244, according to KBTX. Two more Aggies were injured in the crash, with one in critical condition at the Temple Scott & White Memorial Hospital as of Sunday evening.

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18-mile march commemorates the raising of $113,000 for prenatal health
Updated: May 03, 2015 - 8:44 pm

More than 2,200 from the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets made an 18-mile trek starting and ending at the Quad Saturday for the 39th annual March to the Brazos.

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Man arrested in deadly College Station shooting that left one dead
Posted: May 03, 2015

One man is in custody on charges of murder after a Sunday shooting killed a 19-year-old College Station resident and injured two others, according to a College Station Police Department release.

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Friday 05/01/2015
President Young, on his first day: 'The passion for the university is something I've never seen'
Updated: May 04, 2015 - 12:05 am

A revitalized Kyle Field is months from its unveiling, enrollment continues to rise, construction projects dot the campus landscape and a handful of new deans are in place. And now, one more change at a university full of them — the president’s office has a permanent occupant.

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Thursday 04/30/2015
Nepalese Student Association hold candlelight vigil for earthquake victims
Updated: May 01, 2015 - 9:43 pm

Aggies gathered Thursday night at Rudder Fountain Plaza for a candlelight vigil in honor of those who died in the recent 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal.

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A&M seal change stirs online pushback
Updated: April 30, 2015 - 12:05 am

In a move that resulted in social media outcry, the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents approved a change to the university seal and the MSC Flag Room’s name at its Wednesday meeting.

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Wednesday 04/29/2015
Corps raises money for prenatal clinics
Updated: May 01, 2015 - 3:59 pm

The Corps of Cadets will participate in the 39th annual March to the Brazos Saturday to raise funds for March of Dimes, an organization that advocates for prenatal health education and research. 

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Aggies celebrate retiring mascot’s time at A&M
Updated: April 29, 2015 - 11:13 pm

Aggies gathered at the Clayton Williams Jr. Alumni Center Wednesday to bid farewell to Reveille VIII with a celebration of the mascot’s service to A&M.

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Kelly says farewell as he passes the SBP torch
Posted: April 29, 2015

With his term officially over after the 2015 Muster, Kyle Kelly has had a week to reflect on his time as Texas A&M’s student body president as the position passes to Joseph Benigno, 2015-2016 SBP.  

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Board of Regents approve A&M seal update, Flag Room re-naming
Posted: April 29, 2015

The Texas A&M University Board of Regents met Wednesday, approving a number of items, including an update to the university seal.

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Board of Regents names chairman, vice chairman
Updated: April 29, 2015 - 2:20 pm

The Texas A&M Board of Regents selected Cliff Thomas as its chairman and Elaine Mendoza as its vice chairman Wednesday, according to a press release.

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Tuesday 04/28/2015
Rescued from the Everest avalanche, Aggie tells her story
Updated: April 29, 2015 - 8:46 am

Danielle Banks, the 22-year-old Texas A&M graduate who survived the avalanche on Mt. Everest caused by the earthquake in Nepal, now awaits her trip back to Texas at the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu. 

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Baltimore unrest a symptom of ‘over-policed and under-protected’ community, prof says
Updated: April 29, 2015 - 8:47 am

Protests continued Tuesday in the streets of Baltimore in response to the death of Baltimore local Freddie Gray, who died while in Baltimore police custody, stirring unrest among the city’s predominantly black population. 

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The First Lady’s handlers sound off on her character as campus prepares her send-off
Updated: April 28, 2015 - 10:17 pm

After seven years of Kyle Field Saturdays, campus appearances and photo opportunities, the First Lady of Aggieland will be the center of attention one last time.

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Former student shares story of surviving the Mt. Everest avalanche
Updated: April 28, 2015 - 6:29 pm

Danielle Banks, the 22-year-old Texas A&M graduate who survived the avalanche on Mt. Everest caused by the earthquake in Nepal, now awaits her trip back to Texas at the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu.

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CSPD calls Sorority Row kidnapping report a 'miscommunication'
Updated: April 28, 2015 - 2:05 am

College Station Police responded to a report of a kidnapping on Sorority Row and determined the report was the result of miscommunication between several parties, according to a press release.

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Monday 04/27/2015
Q&A: Former NASA employee, current stand-up comedian
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 11:13 pm

Shayla Rivera, Class of 1983, worked at NASA upon graduating from A&M with a degree in aerospace engineering before transitioning to a career in stand up comedy. The Battalion news reporter Nikita Redkar spoke with Rivera about her decision to make the switch from hard science to comedy.

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Aid from Aggieland: Nepalese students create a fund to help quake victims
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 11:11 pm

As the death count after the Saturday earthquake in Nepal climbs past 4,000, according to the Associated Press, rescue workers from around the world are trying to aid those left in the 7.8-magnitude quake’s wake. In response, a group of Aggies are trying to help in their own way.

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Former student rescued from Mt. Everest slopes
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 11:15 pm

A former student was air-lifted from Mt. Everest Monday after being stranded due to a magnitude-7.8 earthquake, according to an article by KHOU.

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Funnel clouds seen in Brazos County
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 8:21 pm

Two funnel clouds were spotted in the Bryan-College Station area around 5 p.m. Monday.

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Sunday 04/26/2015
Trained for tragedy: Disaster City simulates a hurricane-induced decontamination scenario
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 12:26 pm

On a cloudless 86-degree Saturday afternoon, screams could be heard echoing from the basement of a collapsed single family home as search-and-rescue teams got their bearings with time working against them.

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Brazos County home to biologically diverse ecosystem
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 12:44 pm

Aggies avoid stepping on the grass outside the Memorial Student Center out of respect to the living memorial. Members of the Society for Conservation Biology, meanwhile, avoid stepping off hiking trails onto grass out of respect for the ecosystem found in Brazos County.

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Thursday 04/23/2015
Open Carry Bill Passes State House of Representatives
Updated: April 23, 2015 - 11:33 pm

A bill passed Monday by the Texas House signified a victory for gun rights advocates throughout the state.

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Event connects current, former liberal arts students this weekend
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 9:08 pm

Current Liberal Arts students will have the opportunity to interact with former students at the annual Liberal Arts CONNECT Conference on Friday and Saturday.

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Group holds fair to raise Israeli support
Updated: April 23, 2015 - 11:18 pm

Aggie Students Supporting Israel, or ASSI, held its first “Israel Fair” in Rudder Plaza to spread its name and message.

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‘Bioblitz’ event showcases local animals, insects
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 12:45 pm

Nature calls, and some students will answer with participation in this weekend’s Bioblitz.

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Disaster City to hold decontamination scenario
Updated: April 23, 2015 - 11:13 pm

Effective response during and in the aftermath of natural disasters requires training, and a facility at A&M is equipped to train first responders in a variety of scenarios. One such readiness exercise is scheduled for this weekend. 

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