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Trained for tragedy: Disaster City simulates a hurricane-induced decontamination scenario

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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Sunday 04/26/2015
Brazos County home to biologically diverse ecosystem
Posted: April 26, 2015

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 23, 2015 - 11:26 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
Posted: April 23, 2015

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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MSC celebrates 64 years since its dedication
Updated: April 26, 2015 - 8:43 pm

The Texas A&M University Center will hold a celebration carnival for the MSC’s 64th birthday Friday afternoon as a way to commemorate “the campus living room.”

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MSC wood panels are one of the first records of A&M history
Updated: April 23, 2015 - 11:37 pm

Thousands of students walk by them everyday and many stop to admire the detail within their large structures. The Centennial Wood Carvings display 100 years of Aggie history to compel past, present and future students to reflect on their own Aggie experiences.

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Wednesday 04/22/2015
Alumni Center to hold retirement send-off celebration for Reveille VIII
Posted: April 22, 2015

Texas A&M will host a celebration for the retirement of Reveille VIII April 29.

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Chancellor: VP resignation is extension of current protocol
Updated: April 23, 2015 - 3:48 pm

In a move traditionally limited to university provosts, Chancellor John Sharp has requested resignations from all A&M vice presidents and special advisers ahead of incoming A&M president Michael Young’s term.

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League of Legends team L.A. bound for finals
Updated: April 22, 2015 - 11:14 pm

Texas A&M’s League of Legends team is poised to face off against three other North American teams in a battle for $180,000 in scholarships.

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Let comrade answer ‘here’: Aggies fill Reed Arena for campus Muster ceremony
Updated: April 22, 2015 - 9:52 am

The campus Aggie Muster ceremony honored the memories of Aggies before a maximum-capacity crowd of around 13,000 in Reed Arena Tuesday. 

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Tuesday 04/21/2015
Muster Camaraderie Barbecue unites new and old Aggies
Updated: April 22, 2015 - 12:34 am

Current and former students greeted and conversed with one another before Muster on Tuesday, recalling old and new experiences in Aggieland.

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Monday 04/20/2015
Musters around the world
Posted: April 20, 2015

“There’s not another Aggie group in really the four state area. There’s one in Nebraska, in Omaha. But we really encompass the western part of Nebraska, Montana, Wyoming, so if any Aggies want to come from there we have some Aggies in our club that live 300 miles away. We’re not unfamiliar with driving long distances when you live out in the part of the country. People are very intentional about wanting to honor that piece of their history.”

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Honoring the fightin‘ Texas Aggie Class of 1965
Updated: April 21, 2015 - 10:06 am

Eleven members of the Class of 1965 went to Vietnam and never came back. Their ultimate sacrifice will be honored with 11 empty seats at the 2015 Campus Muster ceremony Tuesday. 

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Muster hosts serve as student connection for families
Updated: April 20, 2015 - 10:25 pm

Each year, families travel from across the country to attend Aggie Muster to remember their loved ones. For those who meet and assist those families, the Muster hosts, the day becomes a unique experience.

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Campus Muster to honor 119 Aggies
Updated: April 20, 2015 - 10:24 pm

The 2015 campus Muster ceremony will take place in Reed Arena at 7 p.m. Tuesday to honor members of the Aggie family who have died in the past year. 

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A sense of duty, a sense of honor
Updated: April 20, 2015 - 10:25 pm

Rep. Will Hurd watched the Leonid meteor shower with a group of friends on a chilly November night in 1999 before going to bed around 2 a.m. Less than an hour later, a phone call told him the news — Bonfire had collapsed, and he needed to hurry to the polo fields. 

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More than a name: Muster Reflection Display gives some context to the names called
Updated: April 21, 2015 - 9:26 am

The Muster Reflections Display attaches stories to the names read on the Roll Call for the Absent and gives visitors the chance to see a glimpse of the honored Aggies’ lives, interests and personalities. The display contains tables for around 50 Aggies, each filled with various objects and photographs all chosen to convey a story.

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Ring crests offered to families of students honored at Muster
Updated: April 20, 2015 - 10:13 pm

Last weekend’s Aggie Ring Day signified a celebration of tradition for 4,811 students and their families. But for loved ones of the 10 current students who died throughout the 2014-2015 academic year, their sons and daughters never had the chance to order or receive their Aggie gold. 

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Sunday 04/19/2015
Former student, Vietnam veteran honored at dedication service
Posted: April 19, 2015

A memorial dedication service for the U.S. Army Captain Joseph Kerr Bush Jr., Class of 1966, was held at Saturday outside of Sanders Corps Center.

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Ring Day(s) in Aggieland: Storms complicate record-setting Aggie Ring Day
Updated: April 19, 2015 - 10:21 pm

Although the clouds rolled in and storms divided Ring “Day” across two days, College Station saw its largest Aggie Ring Day turnout yet. 

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Friday 04/17/2015
Ring Day activities suspended until Saturday
Updated: April 18, 2015 - 5:23 pm

Due to severe weather, Ring Day was canceled at 4:54 p.m. Friday.

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Thursday 04/16/2015
Former student, Vietnam veteran to be honored with memorial Saturday
Updated: April 17, 2015 - 12:00 pm

As Aggies celebrate Ring Day and Parents’ Weekend, former and current students remember one of their own in the midst of the festivities.

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Parking challenges expected for Ring Day
Updated: April 17, 2015 - 3:30 pm

With another Ring Day underway, parking and traffic are of concern for students and visitors.

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Chancellor John Sharp requests resignations of all A&M vice presidents
Updated: April 16, 2015 - 10:44 pm

In a memorandum Thursday, Chancellor John Sharp requested that all vice presidents at the flagship College Station campus submit resignations.

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Fish Fest unites freshmen, despite inclement weather
Updated: April 16, 2015 - 11:58 pm

Despite heavy rainfall Thursday evening, Class Councils carried on their annual freshman class event, Fish Fest, aiming to connect the Class of 2018 through food, music and other activities.

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Jewish organization holds 24-hour vigil for holocaust victims
Updated: April 16, 2015 - 8:37 pm

In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Texas A&M Hillel, a Jewish campus student organization, held a 24-hour vigil for victims of the genocide.

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Astronaut muscle loss leads to student research
Updated: April 16, 2015 - 12:12 am

Kevin Shimkus, doctoral candidate for the Space and Life Sciences Fellowship, researches the musculoskeletal effects of multiple space-flight missions on astronauts with a NASA grant. The Battalion news reporter Cassidy Hudson spoke with Shimkus about his research and work at Texas A&M.

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Wednesday 04/15/2015
Researchers work with apps tailored toward autistic kids
Updated: April 16, 2015 - 12:10 am

To assist people with autism in the area, the Brazos Valley Rehabilitation Center partnered with the Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M in 2010 to create a specialized clinic offering diagnostic assessment and behavioral intervention. 

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White House veterans Axelrod and Fleischer address Rudder crowd
Updated: April 16, 2015 - 12:32 pm

Former White House staffers blurred party lines Wednesday, discussing their experiences in central roles under the two most recent American presidents. 

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Fish Fest aims to unite freshman class
Posted: April 15, 2015

Since 2005, Fish Council has worked to bring the freshman class together through Fish Fest, an annual event that offers free food, music and activities for freshman looking to transition into their sophomore year and bond as a class.

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French philosopher discusses threats abroad
Updated: April 15, 2015 - 11:01 pm

Focusing on Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin as major concerns for the United States, French writer and philosopher Pascal Bruckner addressed Putin’s actions in Crimea and how the United States should respond.

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The Mugdown reveals seniors' identities
Updated: April 16, 2015 - 12:10 am

Seniors of The Mugdown have 'Coming Out Day'

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Campus parking passes to get price bump beginning fall 2015
Posted: April 15, 2015

On-campus parking permits will increase 3 percent for fall 2015 and each of the next four years thereafter — a 15 percent hike, all told. After that, an inflationary increase of 2 percent will be assessed each year.

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Tuesday 04/14/2015
Pulitzer Prize Winner, Geraldine Brooks, visits A&M
Updated: April 15, 2015 - 3:10 pm

Pulitzer Prize winner and renowned journalist Geraldine Brooks came to Texas A&M Tuesday evening to share stories about her life.

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Enrollment uptick puts strain on SCS
Updated: April 14, 2015 - 10:53 pm

In light of a 25 percent increase of students registering for counseling over the past four years, A&M’s Student Counseling Services hopes to fill staff vacancies to better balance the ratio between staff and students who need assistance. 

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French philosopher to weigh in on possible threats abroad
Updated: April 14, 2015 - 10:24 pm


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White House advisors to visit A&M
Updated: April 14, 2015 - 10:06 pm

Texas A&M will host David Axelrod, senior advisor to President Barack Obama, and Ari Fleischer, press secretary for President George W. Bush, to discuss life behind the scenes of the presidential decision making process.

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Point of order puts open carry bill on hold in Texas House
Updated: April 14, 2015 - 3:13 pm

A decision on an open carry bill was stalled Tuesday in the Texas House of Representatives.

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Monday 04/13/2015
Q&A: From classroom to the Capitol
Updated: April 13, 2015 - 11:35 pm

Gracie Mock, The Battalion news reporter, sat down with Leighton Schubert, Class of 2005, District 13 state representative and former Texas A&M student. Schubert took over after a special election and was sworn into office March 3.

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Shack-A-Thon raises awareness of global poverty
Updated: April 13, 2015 - 11:26 pm

Aggie Habitat for Humanity is hosting its annual Shack-A-Thon to help raise awareness of people living in poverty across the world. The 10 organizations participating in the four-day event were each assigned a country to represent. The money raised will go toward building a home in Bryan-College Station.

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Provost says local park won’t be used for football parking
Posted: April 13, 2015

Texas A&M Provost Karan Watson addressed the Faculty Senate meeting Monday about issues such as football parking at Veterans Park and concealed carry on campus.

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Aggie-made app helps pet owners
Updated: April 13, 2015 - 9:35 am

With more than 35,000 followers on the Chinese social media site Weibo, an Aggie-founded online app that answers pet-related questions in China has begun to gain steam. 

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Weekend-long startup event expedites idea creation
Updated: April 13, 2015 - 8:46 pm

Students from across campus created a business from scratch in 72 hours this past weekend through Startup Aggieland’s 3 Day Startup weekend.

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Chilifest aims to aid local charities
Updated: April 13, 2015 - 12:18 am

While many associate this year’s Chilifest with downing cases of beer and performances by the Eli Young Band and Josh Abbott Band, Chilifest organizers say a large part of the event is about raising money for charities.

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The Battalion takes home 26 TIPA awards
Posted: April 13, 2015

The Battalion received 26 awards this weekend at the annual Texas Intercollegiate Press Association competition, including a first-place award for overall excellence.

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Talks shed light on nautical archeology
Updated: April 13, 2015 - 12:24 am

Texas A&M anthropology department hosted its 16th annual “Shipwreck Weekend” this weekend to promote new developments within the field of nautical archeology. 

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Sunday 04/12/2015
It’s official: Clinton is running for president in 2016
Updated: April 13, 2015 - 10:49 am

Putting to rest the speculation that has surrounded her the last few years, Hillary Clinton announced Sunday afternoon she will officially run for president in 2016.

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