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The Battalion, Aggieland get nod for statewide awards

A&M publications recognized, yearbook becomes national Pacemaker finalist

The Texas Intercollegiate Press Association awarded and recognized 27 Aggies involved in Student Media at Texas A&M in its annual newspaper and yearbook competitions. 

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Shifting gears

Student feedback sought on bike issues to guide improvement

Transportation Services is seeking student feedback about A&M’s bicycle-pedestrian infrastructure in hopes of improving it in the fall.

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Club advocates for bone marrow donation awareness

Organizers say education is key in meeting needs

Be The Match–TAMU, an organization that advocates for bone marrow education, is working to eradicate common misconceptions about bone marrow donations to save lives. 

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Clinic strengthens kinesiology field

May event to target strength training myths

Offering opportunities to obtain certifications and presentations on current findings in the field, the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Texas clinic will open its doors to Texas A&M students for the first time in May.

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Prof: ‘Amazing’ that plane stowaway lived

The FBI confirmed Monday that a 16-year-old boy traveled from San Jose, Calif., to Honolulu, Hawaii, sitting in a not-so-typical airline seat — the wheel well of the plane.

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Softly call the Muster

Honorary roll call remembers fallen Aggies

With a mood of solidarity and solemnness, Aggie Muster reminded the 12,000 Aggies in attendance Monday what it means to be a part of the Aggie family. 

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BBQ planners: Muster more than tears

The aroma of a barbecue pit will fill the air of south campus Monday as the Muster Camaraderie BBQ celebrates Aggie Muster and welcomes the Class of 1964 back to campus.

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Fallen students to be awarded remembrance ring crests

Current students who pass away before accumulating enough credit hours will never receive their Aggie Ring. However, The Association of Former Students has made an effort for more than a decade to honor these students with the Ring Remembrance ceremony along with the traditional recognition at Aggie Muster.

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Class of change

Class of 1964 includes first women on campus

When Stan Wylie remembers his time at A&M more than 50 years ago, he first recalls the lifelong friendships formed as a student. Like many members of the Class of 1964, Wylie said the time between stepping on campus as a freshman and donning his senior ring is characterized by much more than just classroom lectures.

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Muster speaker aims for unity, life celebration

Muster speakers serve to set the tone of the event and unite attending Aggies. This year’s speaker, Bill Youngkin, Class of 1969, was selected after months of deliberation by the Muster committee. 

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West, TX: One year since the blast

An ammonium nitrate explosion at a fertilizer plant killed 15 people on April 17, 2013.

While the scars left by the plant explosion are still evident, one year later the city of West is on the path to recovery.

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Dining changes to include mandatory meal plans for freshmen

As a result of consultations with student groups, University and Chartwells officials have released dining changes for the 2014-2015 academic year, including a measure that requires only freshmen living on campus to purchase meal plans.

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Grad student shakes up curriculum

Abby Perkins, curriculum and instruction graduate student, came up with an idea to teach children about earthquakes and their effects in a fun, new way — with a board game. 

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Memorabilia displays honor deceased Aggies

The tablecloth that sat under Polo Manukainiu’s hand as he signed with A&M. A cross made out of the necks of Ian Pogue’s cherished guitars. An Aggie Ring placed next to Ken Nelson’s Harley Davidson jacket and motorcycle helmet. A placard with the words “City of Bryan Mayor” printed neatly under Lonnie Stabler’s name. These items and more will be displayed in the MSC Flag Room until Muster on Monday in an attempt to tell the story behind the names called.

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Student NASA design fits like a glove

Seniors engineer virtual reality project

For their senior design project, a group of eight engineering students from different disciplines are working on a virtual reality glove to be utilized while training future NASA astronauts. Matthew Torres, senior electrical engineering major, said NASA is trying to build a virtual environment that will help astronauts get acquainted with their work environment — space.

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Judicial Court finds senator failed to comply

The SGA Judicial Court ruled Tuesday that Student Senate finance chair, Cary Cheshire, failed to comply with bylaw provisions by failing to hold a hearing for a funding request by Fish Aides for its annual Big Banquet. 

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Heels bring sex crime awareness to new heights

Donning red high heels, more than 100 men took to campus streets and sidewalks to raise awareness for sexual violence.

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Organization spearheads drive to help war refugees

Faculty and students encouraged to participate

Working to create a place for international refugees in Houston, MSC FLI’s annual drive only collected bicycles in the past, but this year, the freshman leadership organization is encouraging students and faculty to donate anything from old furniture to old shoes, along with bicycles, to the Houston-based nonprofit Life Cycles.

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Liberal arts dean named associate provost

Jose Luis Bermudez, dean of the college of liberal arts, accepted the position of associate provost for strategic planning, effective July 1, the Office of the Provost announced Tuesday in an email.  

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The shacks are back

The campus squirrels have new neighbors this week in Rudder Plaza.

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Former intelligence agents talk spying

Students and visitors caught a glimpse of the complex and deadly world of counterintelligence Monday evening at “Spy Games: The Art of Counterintelligence” as two espionage experts discussed security issues the U.S. faces at home and abroad.

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Banquet honors work of custodial staff

Hosts urge students to thank custodians

Amid the music, food and dancing, hosts of the annual Big Banquet attempted to convey gratitude for custodians on campus — something organizers say students should consider more in their day-to-day lives.

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So long, General Weber

VP to leave behind position, memories at month’s end

Lt. Gen. Joe Weber, vice president for Student Affairs, will leave the University later this month to become executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation. 

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Trial questions senator’s actions

J-Court to decide whether to force funding hearing

What began as an appeal to the Student Government Association’s Judicial Court regarding fair practices in senate morphed into an expedited trial Monday on the legal scope of the judicial branch. 

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Provost: President search duration a ‘good sign’

Faculty Senate convened Monday to touch base on a variety of topics ranging from the search for the next University president to the switch from the Zimbra email server to google’s gmail.

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Custodial banquet is a go despite budget tiff

Fish Aides seeks SGA funding for event

When Fish Aides began hosting annual custodial banquets, the organization had two priorities — show gratitude for the people who work behind the scenes at the University and expand the banquet. Whereas in past years the organization has received some of the banquet’s funding from the Student Government Association, this year Fish Aides is seeking alternative sources for funding after the SGA denied its funding request in October.

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Howdy Farm brings market close to A&M

Vendors to sell fresh goods at brewery

Howdy Farm will have its inaugural farmers market Thursday, which will host a variety of vendors selling items such as fresh-picked farm vegetables, homemade goods, locally brewed beer and fresh eggs.

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51 Buck Weirus recipients get nod for spirit, leadership

Bestowed with a framed certificate and a new watch, 51 students were recognized as recipients of the Buck Weirus Spirit Award on Sunday at the Clayton W. Williams Alumni Center.

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The Ring: gold connects generations

Aggie Ring Day marks record number of orders

The excitement and glimmer of Aggie Ring Day encircles the past, present and future of the Aggie legacy.

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Start to finish

The Battalion made the trip to the Balfour factory in Austin to trace the Aggie gold to its source.

4,327 students will receive their Aggie Ring this Friday at the Clayton W. Williams Jr. Alumni Center — the largest Aggie Ring Day in history. Before those rings are placed on student’s hands, they were molded and cast by over 50 craftsmen whose careers are dedicated to making the Aggie Ring possible.

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Police caution Aggie Ring dunkers

Police advise those attending and participating in ring dunks to exercise caution if they consume alcohol this weekend.

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Legacy lives on

Father influences Aggie family

If you ask Pat Brunner what her late husband Richard “Dick” Brunner, Class of 1993, would compare his Ring Day experience to, he would have said that receiving his Aggie Ring was ranked “right up there” with having children.

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Aggie Ring collections immortalize memories

The Aggie Ring Collections stand in the Clayton Williams Jr. Alumni Center as living memorials to hundreds of Aggies who proudly attended Texas A&M University.

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Pour one out

Combined ring dunk unites 3 generations of Aggies

While his father and great-uncle will drink from mugs, Corbin Lawson, senior industrial distribution major, will be downing a pitcher with no prior practice. 

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Friends make cadet's ring a reality

Anonymous donor closes financial gap

On paper, junior economics major Noah Andersen is the public relations sergeant for the Corps of Cadets, a member of Parson’s Mounted Cavalry and will be the 2014-2015 Corps chief of staff. To his friends, Andersen exemplifies what it means to be a servant leader.

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Q&A: Political pull on science

Aimee Breaux, city desk editor, sat down with Neal Lane, former director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy under the Clinton administration, during his visit to campus Thursday. While here, Lane gave a lecture titled “Giving Science Advice to the President — and Why It’s Getting Harder.”

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Parents’ Weekend plans spring game alternatives

With Kyle Field construction underway, Parents’ Weekend organizers have made alternative plans for two staple events of the weekend — Midnight Yell and the Maroon and White football game. 

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Activist to speak out on global warming

Environmentalist and author Bill McKibben will give lectures Thursday and Friday on global warming and the international movement to end the use of fossil fuels as an energy source.

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Speakers to show beauty of the brain

A group of graduate students hopes to show students across the University that the study of neuroscience is more than just lab work — it’s an art form.

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A field of their own

The cricket club has a new home, courtesy of Rec Sports. A new cricket pitch was constructed at the Texas A&M polo fields for the Aggie Cricket Club. Rec Sports provided approximately $8,000 for the pitch, which sits next to the rugby field.

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Students push for Chicano studies minor

Panel to generate buzz for petition Wednesday

While the University offers a Hispanic Studies minor, some students believe there is a need for expansion of the curriculum. 

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Police connect felon to Monday fire

Police have connected a felon to a house fire that occurred in Bryan and left two dead Monday, according to a probable cause statement released by Bryan Police. 

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A look back at Bear

A&M presents legendary head coach’s contracts

A legacy was commemorated Tuesday when Texas A&M University System officials presented the original employment contract of Paul “Bear” Bryant, the former head football coach who oversaw a Heisman trophy win and Southwestern Conference title during his short tenure at A&M.

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Men to don red heels to take steps against sexual assault

Men at Texas A&M will walk a mile in a pair of red heels to show support for people who are victims of sexual violence as part of the Women’s Resource Center’s fourth annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event Tuesday in Koldus Plaza.

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Clinton-era White House director to espouse research

Neal Lane to speak on campus Thursday

Neal Lane, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy during the Clinton administration, will present a lecture on campus to help address the increasingly limited funding for science research.

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Improv dancers interpret art

Thirty of Christine Bergeron’s dance improvisation students had a change in setting when their assignment landed them in the Stark Galleries on Tuesday morning.

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Peace, love, & down syndrome

Student pledges funds for Down syndrome support

As graduation approaches, many college seniors have on their minds questions about student loans and how to make it in the real world. For senior Alexandra Dempsey, the end of the semester brings something else entirely — a push to raise $2,200 through Peace, Love & Down Syndrome, a self-started project.

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Behavioral health hospital to aid county’s mental health needs

After 13 months of construction, the Rock Prairie Behavioral Health Hospital opened its doors Monday morning to fill a gap in the Brazos Valley community’s healthcare system.

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Second Lonestar Showdown to help revitalize rivalry

A&M and UT intramural teams to face off on court

The rivalry between Texas A&M and the University of Texas again will heat up on the court as the intramural basketball champions from both schools face off Sunday in the
Lonestar Showdown.

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New group of Maroon Coats inductees suit up

Maroon Coats, an organization that represents the student body to University donors, inducted 17 new members Friday at the Jon L. Hagler Center.

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Name change to help job opportunities

‘Rural’ dropped from title to ease student concerns

The formerly named Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health removed the “rural” part of its name on Friday in an effort to reduce the limitations on employment opportunities that several of its graduates said occurred because of the title.

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The Bush legacy

Library event marks 25 years since 1989 inauguration

Government officials, public figures and friends of the Bush family gathered this weekend at the George Bush Presidential Library to celebrate the legacy of the 41st president of the U.S. 

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Weber named TxDOT executive director

Lt. Gen. Joe Weber, Texas A&M vice president for Student Affairs, will leave his position this month to join the Texas Department of Transportation as executive director. 

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TEDxTAMU brings fresh ideas to campus

TEDx returned to Texas A&M on Saturday, this time with presentations on topics ranging from the art of helping to leadership of a lost generation.

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Weber accepts position as TxDOT executive director

Lt. Gen. Joe Weber, vice president of Student Affairs, announced in an official statement Friday that he will be leaving his position at the end of the month to serve as Texas Department of Transportation executive director.

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TEDx connects ideas to students

“Ideas worth spreading” has become the slogan for the TED Talks conferences. TEDx will be presenting ideas that are worth spreading to Texas A&M Saturday for its second year.

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Race Day at A&M

Aggie show car and driver steer onto campus

Greeted by a Texas Aggie yell practice and the roaring engine of car No. 24, Jeff Gordon visited Texas A&M University Thursday to showcase the maroon and white paint job and Texas A&M engineering logo his race car will sport during Sunday’s Duck Commander 500 NASCAR race.

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Q&A: Spread the word

Former student talks about battle with illness and the organization she began.

Jennifer Reiley, city desk editor, sat down with Angela Herrera, Class of 2012, who started BTHO-HLH (hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis) in March 2013, a little over a year after she was diagnosed with the immune disease.

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Sports passes altered for fall 2014-2015

Students will have only one option for ticketing

Texas A&M students will now have one option when it comes to purchasing sports passes. The 12th Man sports pass, which will grant admission to more than 170 athletic events and take effect in Fall 2014, will be the only student sports pass choice at $290.

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Panels to celebrate president’s legacy

Event to evaluate Bush’s past, present and future influence

As the world looks back at George H.W. Bush’s presidency on its 25th anniversary, experts will gather at the George Bush Presidential Library to remember the impact of those four years. 

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Police advise festivalgoers to exercise caution

Chilifest 2014 is just around the corner and officials have teamed up to remind festival attendees to be safe.

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Aggies weigh in on Chilean earthquakes

An 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of northwestern Chile on Tuesday, killing six and causing an eight-foot tsunami and the evacuation of coastal areas. The earthquake led to a 7.8-magnitude aftershock Wednesday night, the extent of which was not available at time of press.

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Q&A: The road to identity

Transgender grad student unwraps path to finding herself

Pallavi Kaushik, city reporter, sat down with Eleanor Lockhart, communication graduate student and transgender woman. Lockhart, who was given the name Luke at birth, shared her experiences as a student, an academic and a woman.

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A&M helps retailer adapt amid changing technology

Studies target consumer experience

In response to the rapidly changing nature of the gaming industry, a well-known video game retailer has partnered with the Center for Retailing Studies at Texas A&M to redesign the retail experience and create innovative ways to interact with customers.

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Cheer club preps for nationals

Technical squad to perform routine Sunday

The Aggie Competition Cheer Squad will hold its annual Show Off where members will showcase the routine they will take to the National Cheer Association competition in Florida.

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Rice talks political ‘shocks’

Former secretary of state visits campus Tuesday

Carrying her expertise and experience with her to the podium, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke on the state of politics at home and abroad Tuesday. 

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Aggie car to race onto campus

Replica to be revealed during Race Day

Sporting the A&M logo, the No. 24 Axalta Racing Chevrolet SS of Hendrick Motorsports will be painted in a custom shade of Aggie maroon with Jeff Gordon behind the wheel next week at the NASCAR Sprint Cup race. 

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Contest asks: Who says you can’t play with your food?

A&M holds inaugural edible book festival

With 65 pun-inspired entries like “Harry Pot-pie,” “Game of Scones,” “Julius Caesar (Salad)” and “The Maize Runner,” Evans Library’s first annual edible book festival offered something for both book and food lovers.

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Theatre arts to bring laughs with Greek comedy

Texas A&M theatre arts will claim the stage to combine feminism, sexual awareness, war and comedy in a modern adaptation of Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata.”

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Proceed to safety

A&M site of helicopter rescue training

The Brayton Training Field hosted two Texas Air National Guard helicopters Tuesday for a two-day helicopter search-and-rescue workshop.

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Workshop to emphasize military-civilian relations

Emergency first responders nationwide will gather Tuesday and Wednesday at the Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station to learn from the nation’s most active urban search and rescue team — Texas Task Force 1.

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I history

History event ushers in international perspective

Speaking points range from food to war

A small MSC meeting room was overflowing Monday evening as international students provided attendees with information and perspectives on their own cultures at the International Student Association’s I-History event.

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Week to observe Aggie traditions

Council to involve students in campus history

With rings, yell leaders and Silver Taps, the traditions of Texas A&M shape student experiences from the inside, as well as the outside world’s perception of the University. 

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Designed for disaster

Group marks 25 years of disaster research

From wildfires to hurricanes and floods, the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center has spent the last quarter century preparing communities to better respond to disasters.

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Service helps international students bridge cultures

Painting houses, plucking weeds, fixing fences and planting flowers, a wide range of students came together Saturday to give back to Bryan-College Station with The Big Event. 

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Record breaker: Big Event hits 20,503

With 20,503 students participating in The Big Event on Saturday, coordinators and speakers expressed the same idea — thank you for helping us say, “Thank you.”

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April to honor Asian heritage

Events take aim at dissolving stereotypes

Texas A&M will play host to pan-Asian events this April as the Asian Presidents’ Council presents “Breaking Stereotypes,” a series of games, activities and free movie screenings that aim to bring Asian Heritage Month closer to students.

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Annual film event finds temporary home at Olsen

For the last three years, the Student Athlete Advisory Committee has provided an opportunity for students and student athletes to interact with Film on the Field, traditionally held on Kyle Field.

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Aggies to attend UCLA Hackathon

Students to represent A&M at LA Hacks

Four Aggies will have 36 hours to show the world what they can do. 

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State legislators entertain questions from constituents

State legislators and the general public came face to face during a political conversation Thursday as part of The Texas Tribune’s TribLive series.

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Panel highlights inclusion tales

When Malcolm Hall, Class of 1964, was student body president, he had to explain to classmates why women should be admitted as students. When Bill Jones, Class of 1981, was a student at A&M, he had to explain to his family and friends why he, as a black man, decided to attend the University. When Elaine Mendoza, Class of 1987, first came to at A&M just three years after women were allowed to join the Corps, she never imagined women leading predominantly male units in the Corps.

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Visiting legislators to illuminate political landscape

Conversation to engage constituents outside major cities

The Texas Tribune will mediate a political discussion on campus Thursday in an effort to hold Texas politicians accountable and involve constituents outside of major cities in
the discussion.  

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‘Lavender graduation’ to celebrate LGBT graduates

Event to feature first transgender Texas judge

This year Texas A&M’s GLBT Resource Center will host its inaugural “Lavender Graduation,” a ceremony spotlighting LGBT Aggies for their accomplishments as they
celebrate graduations. 

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ISA improves I-week with a world of culture

Cultures of the world are coming to campus this week as the International Student Association hosts “I-Week,” a week of events intended to entertain and educate the student body. 

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Conflict, conservation mesh in photographer’s work

Howard Buffett uses photos for education

From a blood diamond conflict in Sierra Leone to the Mount Hagen Festival in Papua New Guinea, Howard G. Buffett has captured stories from across the globe. Already given the opportunity to interact with his photography, students were able to hear these accounts when Buffett spoke on campus Tuesday.

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A&M professors respond in wake of Texas oil spill

Buoys used to prevent spread near the Port of Houston

Texas A&M system professors have answered the call to action following Saturday’s oil spill in Galveston Bay, helping locate spilled oil and gauge environmental effects.

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Gay student turns painful past into progress

Club president shares ‘pray away the gay’ story

When Levi Bohanan, junior political science major, came out to his parents in eighth grade, his parents began sending him to retreats and local Christian therapy sessions designed to encourage young individuals to reject a homosexual orientation. The sessions continued through high school until Bohanan’s parents, unable to come to terms with his sexuality, kicked him out of their house. 

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Anti-trafficking advocates make pit stop on campus

Six months ago, Chance Stephens left Santa Monica, Calif., on foot with a mission to speak to as many churches, colleges and towns as possible about ending human trafficking. One stop on his cross-country trek was College Station, where he has continued his mission over the past week on and around the Texas A&M campus.

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Creative, time-intensive builds serve as Chilifest icons

Amid the scattered beer cans and live music at Chilifest is an unofficial contest, one that rivals the event’s official chili contest. 

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Plight of the Monarch

Researchers reflect on Texas’ role in butterfly migration

It is one of North America’s longest natural migrations, and it could be in danger of vanishing.

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Corps group to celebrate 50 years of inclusion

Event to host panelists who played role in integration

The celebration of the 50th year of Texas A&M integration will continue with “Fifty years of Inclusion: A Cultural Infusion,” an interactive panel that will bring former and current students together to discuss A&M’s progress in diversity — and the work it has ahead.

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Borlaug statue to be placed in Capitol

Nobel prize winner well known for perfecting strain of wheat

Norman Borlaug, the A&M professor of international agriculture credited with saving millions of lives, will be honored posthumously Tuesday when a statue of Borlaug is installed in the U.S. Capitol to coincide with what would have been his 100th birthday.

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Stories from Space

Veteran astronaut visits Texas A&M

Caroline Corrigan, city reporter, sits down with Leroy Chiao, former astronaut, who spoke Friday on campus about the biomedical effects of working in space.

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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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Disaster Day

Students learn focus amid chaos

The room is, in essence, controlled chaos. Groans and yells of a woman in labor echo from one side and a nurse calls a Code Blue from the other, setting another five people into action. Disaster Day is in full swing.

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Water ski team pays tribute to fallen teammate

Tournament dedicated to Amanda Hoffman

As the Texas A&M water ski team gears up to host the annual Polar Bear Tournament, skiers remember Amanda Hoffman — a four-year veteran of the team and May graduate who passed away last June. 

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Run for the ring

5k to fund ring endowment

Former scholarship recipient shares Run for the Ring story

As students race toward graduation, receiving their Aggie Ring is a major mile marker. Helping give their peers a push toward that finish line, Sunday’s Run for the Ring will give students the opportunity to ensure a few more Aggies graduate with gold on their right hand.

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UPD release photos of bike theft suspects

University Police is hoping to speak with two white males suspected of bike robbery Feb. 18 in the West Campus Garage. 

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Students initiate maintenance projects

Organizations combine efforts to restore campus

Student Government has been working with SSC Service Solutions, the organization that handles maintenance at A&M, to reinstall commemorative plaques at Simpson Drill Field and to solve Bonfire Memorial
lighting issues. 

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2014 marks 125th anniversary of Aggie Ring

Association to commemorate symbol of spirit

Since its creation more than a century ago, the Aggie Ring has evolved from a piece of jewelry to one of the most recognizable symbols of the Aggie spirit.

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In with the new

University announces final plans for the $54 million Rec expansion, construction to begin Monday

The Texas A&M Department of Recreational Sports announced the final plans Tuesday for a $54 million renovation and expansion to the Student Recreation Center that will be funded without an increase in student Rec Sports fees. 

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Competition puts twist on hacking connotation

Hacker Bowl brings together students, prospective employers

While hacking is sometimes associated with stealing or committing crime, Aggies will compete Saturday in A&M’s inaugural Hacker Bowl in hopes of winning prizes and gaining interviews with sponsoring companies.

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UT funds advance telescope project

A&M has financial stake in world’s largest telescope

Texas took another step toward the stars earlier this month when University of Texas System Regents met on March 7 to approve a $50 million commitment to funding the world’s largest telescope, a project in which Texas A&M has a stake.

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Event to place students in crisis simulation

7th Disaster Day to be the largest to date

Disasters are unexpected, but that doesn’t mean students in medical fields can’t be prepared for any incident thrown their way. 

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Exhibit aims to provide grasp on global conditions

Center to name $5,000 grant recipient

Capturing both the beauty and the strife of the world through the lens, an event on campus seeks to display and raise awareness of the human condition around the globe.

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Symposium provides glimpse into work of women researchers

Event features research on women and gender issues

Women from across campus came together Monday to celebrate Women’s History Month and to feature current research that will help light the path of success for others. 

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A ‘thank you’ for all

Big Event staff member: purpose is to serve community

Thousands of students will disperse to job sites all over Bryan-College Station on March 29 as part of the annual Big Event in an effort to serve the community. The perceived socioeconomic status of some of the residents who request student workers, however, has caused some students to question how the Big Event operates.

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Class Stars recognizes shining students

Nominations still open for student awards

Personal achievements and community service can sometimes go unnoticed, but a certain on-campus program will soon recognize students who are highly regarded by their peers and reward them for their accomplishments.

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Festival to promote A&M sciences

Physics, engineering demonstrations to be displayed

The Mitchell Physics building will play host Friday and Saturday to Texas A&M’s annual Physics and Engineering Festival.

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RHA bids to host conference

Texas A&M University’s Residence Hall Association is working to place a bid to host the 2015 Southwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls conference. 

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Government Relations bridges gap between A&M, legislature

A&M staff represents system interests, seeks research funds

As a public university and a hub for an array of research, Texas A&M relies on funding from a multitude of sources. While tuition paid by students offers some of the money necessary to run the university, federal and state funding provide a significant portion. The Government Relations team, made of members from Texas A&M and the branch campuses, works to ensure continued government support for much of the research taking place across the Texas A&M System. 

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UPD investigates early morning campus death

According to a Texas A&M University Police press release, UPD officers and medical personnel discovered a deceased person between the Mitchell Physics Building and the street early this morning around 6 a.m.

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Transit introduces more route changes

Off-campus bus riders should start preparing for changes as Transportation Services announced another round of route adjustments scheduled to begin in the fall.

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Q&A: Up and Coming

Student artist performs at Houston Rodeo

Jennifer Reiley, city editor, sits down with singer-songwriter Tori McClure.

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Evans to open ‘edible book’ culinary contest

Evans Library will blend culinary and literary creativity April 1 with Texas A&M’s first edible book competition. The competition will allow contestants to enter “punny” representations of their favorite book titles or characters, constructed solely out of food. 

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A&M inches closer to open online courses

Texas A&M University has taken the next step toward offering Massive Open Online Courses to students and individuals around the world.

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Research week caters beyond hard sciences

Event offers valuable project feedback

Texas A&M’s Student Research Week was created in 1994 to offer aspiring Aggie researchers access to feedback both from experts and fellow students. 

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Maroon Out T-shirt design contest opens

Entries available to current, former students

In the spirit of unifying all Aggies, Class Councils will be accepting T-shirt design submissions for next year’s Maroon Out game from both current students and former students for the first time. 

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Award to recognize faculty members who inspire

Koldus award searches for ‘the extra mile’

In honor of an administrator remembered for inspiring and reaching out to students, the annual John J. Koldus Faculty and Staff Achievement Award recognizes Texas A&M employees who go the extra mile to nurture and encourage their own students. 

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Grad wildcat foils stuffed ballots

Group hopes new tradition closes social gaps

The Graduate Student Council discussed upcoming GSC officer elections and the new graduate student wildcat, which was unveiled March 1 at the basketball game, when it met Tuesday night for its biweekly meeting. 

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Child’s letter prompts response

A&M package prepared for 5th grader

The Department of Student Activities received a letter Wednesday from Preni, a fifth grader in California, asking for information on Texas for a school project. Student Activities posted online and asked for donations — and received responses in the form of anything from a copy of Aggie Bound, A&M’s prospective student guide, to T-shirts, pencils and a cadet bider.

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UN coordinator to speak on world hunger, health

To raise awareness of and reduce international conflict, the Texas A&M Conflict and Development Center will host Ken Davies, global coordinator of the U.N. World Food Programme’s Purchase for Progress initiative. His visit will feature lectures regarding the P4P initiative, food security and HIV in Asia and Africa by Davies and his wife, Dr. Margrethe Juncker.

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No-pet policy applies to training service dog, apartment complex says

The line distinguishing pet from service partner is not always clearly drawn, as a student affiliated with the student service dog training organization Patriot Paws was denied the ability to train due to the policies enforced by her residence.

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Russians retell stories from the gulag

The Department of International Studies hosted “The Roads We Did Not Choose” on Saturday, a Russian play about women who were thrown into prison camps by Stalin’s forces.

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Archery team aims to give students a shot

Films inspire new generation of athletes

Texas A&M hosted the USA Indoor Nationals in the Physical Education Activity Program Building over the weekend.

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A&M law school broadens membership for bar association

Aggie lawyers from across the state came to College Station this weekend as the Texas Aggie Bar Association hosted its 15th annual conference at the MSC.

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AFIL discusses current issues in Asia

Organization hosts seminar for prospective members

Education not only impacts and shapes the students in the classroom, but the individuals each of those students comes into contact with. The Academy of Future International Leaders offers assistance and instruction to students looking to extend this impact across the globe. 

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MSC LEAD subcommittee reaches out to middle schoolers

Aggies Reaching Out, a MSC LEAD subcommittee, is preparing for another trip to McAllen this May to reach out to eighth grade students and inform them of their options for higher education.

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Cadets share Turkish experience in seminar

Corps members reflect on international similarities

As part of the Turkey: Tradition and Transformation 2014 conference on Friday, members of the Corps of Cadets will discuss the insight they gained from their trip to Turkey in January.

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Crowd-sourcing site fuels Howdy Farm expansion

As a big finish in its week-long campaign, Howdy Farm is launching its own fundraising page Friday on a new website, 

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Turmoil in Ukraine

Understanding the Eastern Europe culture crisis

As tensions in Ukraine have captured international attention over the last few months, A&M professors analyze and interpret the conflict and its implications.

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Department of English to revise 3-track curriculum

Recent changes made by the Department of English to the English major degree plan have created rumors around campus, concerning and confusing students.

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Aggies respond to letter from California student

A letter received from a fifth grader in California has sparked an Aggie movement. Signed “Preni,” the letter explains how Preni is writing a report about Texas and is requesting information about Texas A&M for her project.

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Judge rules gay marriage ban unconstitutional

The Texas ban on marriage for same-sex couples was declared unconstitutional at the national level Wednesday by a federal judge but remains in effect pending a ruling by an appeals court. 

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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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Fish Drill Team aims for fifth Mardi Gras victory

Cadets attribute daily practice to winning streak

The Fish Drill Team will compete against 30 other military schools Friday at the annual Mardi Gras Drill Meet at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Yearbook rakes in 13 Gold Circle Awards

Aggieland recognized for reflecting evolving campus

Staff members for Texas A&M’s 2013 Aggieland yearbook received 13 Gold Circle Awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s national yearbook competition.  

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Q&A: The Madden man

Former EA graphics director makes switch to A&M

Alexander Nelowet, city reporter, sits down with Andre Thomas, visualization lecturer and former graphics director of Electronic Arts.

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Q&A: Hanging with the fruit flies

Prof discusses genetics research, intricacy of his work

David Cohen, lifestyles reporter, sits down with Keith Maggert, associate professor of biology.

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tiger bride

Prof gives GI’s wives a voice

‘Tiger Brides’ documentary to screen

After 70 years of silence, the GI brides of Tiger Bay are getting a chance to add their legacy to WWII history.

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2 A&M football players arrested

A pair of Texas A&M defensive starters were arrested early Sunday.

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Here and there

Venezuelan students grapple with violence from afar

While the violent conflict in Venezuela continues across lines and borders, the effects of the turmoil are felt by Venezuelan Aggies.    

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State Rep. Keffer bestowed with A&M reward

Texas State Rep. Jim Keffer was given the Friend of Texas A&M award on Monday for his work toward advancing higher education in the 83rd Texas Legislature.

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number 2

More visibility prompts new class growth

Freshman class increased in response to application increases

As high school seniors receive general acceptance letters to Texas A&M this week, the Class of 2018 is posed to follow the trend of increased attendance rates at Texas A&M.

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Runners slip, slide for charity

The second annual Rebel Run, sponsored by Grace Bible Church’s Youth Impact ministry, kicked off at 10 a.m. Saturday with the 8K race, followed by the 5K race at 10:30 a.m.

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High schoolers compete at NJROTC showcase

The Texas A&M Naval ROTC hosted the Area 10 Texas NJROTC State Championship Friday and Saturday for high school programs across the state.

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Student Senate looks into scantron vending

Texas A&M’s Student Senate is considering the installation of two scantron vending machines on campus through a partnership with Barnes & Noble. 

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High graduation numbers necessitate adjustments

GSC to meet with interim president Hussey, seeks student input

Graduate Student Council will meet Friday with University Interim President Mark Hussey as a follow up on a proposal to extend graduation ceremonies to Sunday in addition to Saturday. 

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Call for help

Students seek awareness for Venezuelan political unrest

In response to limited coverage of violence and anti-government protests in Venezuela, Texas A&M students are banding together to aid Venezuelans in what they feel their movement needs most — international attention.

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DNA discovery bridges Asians and Americans

A&M prof uses genetics to strengthen ancient migration theory

Working with a geneticist from Denmark, Texas A&M professor Michael Waters, director for the Center of the Study of the First Americans, has analyzed the DNA of a one-year-old child’s remains found in western Montana. The remains are 12,500 years old and show direct ancestry to all Native Americans, a discovery that affects modern theories about Native American origins.

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Student body president announced

Kyle Kelly wins election

Friday evening it was announced that Kyle Kelly was elected as student body president.

With 6,067 votes, Kelly amassed over 60 percent of the total votes cast for all four candidates and clenched the position currently held by student body president Reid Joseph. Following the announcement, Joseph’s father, a former yell leader, led the crowd in a heartfelt yell. Kelly said he was filled with emotion as he heard his name announced.

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Mid-East dissected

SCONA to conclude annual conference

After a year of preparation, MSC SCONA hosted its conference, “Caught in the Sandstorm: From Persia to the Sahara.”

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Aggie Adaptive Sports expands athletic norms

Group to hold basketball game Saturday

Destroying the notion that sports can’t be played sitting down, Aggie Adaptive Sports provides an opportunity for disabled students to play and compete in the sports they love. 

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5K lights path for service projects

G.L.O.W. to benefit charities in Texas and internationally

Currently the largest 5K on campus, the G.L.O.W. 5K has an average participation of more than 3,000 people. The nighttime fun run, which is held annually by Maggies and Aggie Men’s Club, is ready to light up the night again Saturday. 

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Q&A: The virtue of hindsight

As students vote for his successor, Reid Joseph reflects on his tenure as SBP

Annabelle Hutchinson, city reporter, sits down with student body president Reid Joseph.

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Campaign spending limits draw mixed opinions

Behind the minimal increases this year in the Student Government Association campaigning budget limits is a careful consideration of the nature of campaigning on campus.

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Site hosts debate to fill void

Election commission opted not to have SBP debate

Citing low student participation, the Texas A&M Election Commission chose not to pursue student body president debates this election season. As a result, an online SBP debate emerged, allowing students to both interact with their candidates and learn more about what each candidate hopes to accomplish if elected.

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Conference encourages women in engineering

Women in Science and Engineering, an organization made up of graduate students, faculty, postdoctoral faculty and staff, will hold its annual career and professional development conference Saturday to provide information to A&M women looking for STEM careers.

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Hearing puts impeachment to rest

The procedural impeachment trial for Student Body President Reid Joseph took place Wednesday evening as an item of business at the general Student Government Association meeting. 

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Professor’s work featured in Miley Cyrus video

Dissertation experiments in facial expression find surprising new home

A skull made of French fries, stuffed deer, giant dancing teddy bears and hundreds and hundreds of slices of white bread are just are just a few features of Miley Cyrus’ music video “We Can’t Stop.” 

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Matt Neumann

Candidate vies for accountability with Regents, Corps of Cadets

Quoting former U.S. President George W. Bush’s 2008 Texas A&M commencement address, Matt Neumann said he is running off the idea that popularity is as fleeting as the Texas wind.

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Kasey Kram

RHA president looks beyond students’ time on campus

At the heart of Resident Hall Association president Kasey Kram’s student body president campaign is the idea that the Aggie experience extends beyond the typical four years as an undergraduate student at A&M.

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Gus Blessing

Push for student input, realistic expectations drive campaign

The driving force behind Gus Blessing’s campaign is the simple idea that Student Government Association policies don’t matter if Student Government Association itself doesn’t matter.

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Kyle Kelly

Cadet runs on SGA experience, goal to represent diverse groups

With a student body president campaign centered on the unique Aggie experience, Kyle Kelly brings both understanding and fresh ideas.

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C and L

Century Tree damage not permanent

Tree defacers could see jail time if caught

An inscription etched into an Aggieland tradition drew attention this week when an unknown suspect carved initials into the bark of the Century Tree. 

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Grad wildcat contest narrows to 3 finalists

The graduate student wildcat video competition closed Friday, and the wildcat committee met Monday to declare the top three submissions that graduate students will vote on.

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Library cans student fines

Aggies may waive fines with food donation

In an effort to foster a sense of community and service in Brazos County, the Texas A&M Libraries are hosting their first Food for Fines Drive through Friday.  

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Kyle Field

Instant replay, faster history

Kyle Field to feature nation’s largest video screen, officials say

Texas A&M will have the privilege of calling itself home to the largest college football stadium in the state upon the completion of the $450 million redevelopment of Kyle Field in 2015. And starting in September, Aggies can boast about having the biggest video board in collegiate athletics. 

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Tour takes stand against discrimination

Racism, sexism, religious intolerance, homophobia — students lined up to express their distaste for discrimination and more as a part of USA Network’s bus tour, titled “I Won’t Stand For…”.

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A&M jets to forefront of UAS studies

B-CS home to unmanned aircraft tests

Texas A&M is one of six Texas universities selected by the Federal Aviation Administration to operate Unmanned Air Systems, also known as UAS, on testing sites throughout the state. 

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Friedman shares thoughts on weed with students

Kinky Friedman, Democratic primary candidate for Texas Agricultural Commissioner, visited Texas A&M on Monday to discuss his main campaign platform — the end of marijuana and hemp prohibition in Texas — with members of Texas Aggie Democrats.

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Author to discuss efforts to fix Iraqi, Afghan economies

Volunteers from Borlaug Institute assisted in restoration

Paul Brinkley, aided by government agencies, volunteers and members of Texas A&M’s Borlaug Institute, which he called the “Indiana Jones of international agriculture,” spent five years as the U.S. Department of Defense’s top-ranking official responsible for economic rebuilding in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

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Joseph, Cheshire reach agreement

Trial will no longer seek removal from office

The impeachment of student body president Reid Joseph took a new turn this weekend as the involved parties met to discuss ways to move forward, and a member of Texas A&M’s Board of Regents spoke in support of Joseph.

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Senators prohibited from sharing impeachment information

Joseph denies claims made in J-Court appeal

In the wake of the impeachment of Student Body President Reid Joseph on Tuesday, little information has been disclosed by the Student Senate. Speaker Chris Russo said in an email to the senate that senators are not permitted to release information about the charges brought against Joseph under threat of impeachment, in accordance with senate by-laws.

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Get ready for Google

A&M shakes Zimbra for Gmail

Starting this May, Texas A&M will begin to wean students and faculty off the Zimbra email server in favor of Gmail accounts.

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Donation strengthens A&M corporate partnership

One of the largest live-fire training facilities in the world, the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service’s Brayton Fire Training Field, provides the initial and continuing education of first responders. With a $500,000 donation from Phillips 66, the training field moves another step closer to executing its 20-year expansion plan.

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Panel differs on Texas’ future as swing state

“A Swing in the South: Texas’ Future in American Politics,” the first MSC Wiley Lecture Series event of the semester, gave three speakers a platform Wednesday to discuss the future of Texas politics.

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A statement from student senator Cary Cheshire

To my fellow Texas A&M students,

Howdy! My name is Cary Cheshire and I currently serve as the Finance Chair for the Texas A&M Student

Senate. As many of you already know, on Tuesday I and 21 other Student Senators filed a petition to

impeach Student Body President Reid Joseph.

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A statement from SBP Reid Joseph

On February 11, 2014 at 6:45PM a small group of Student Senators informed me of a petition for my impeachment. The trial date has been set for the next general meeting of the Student Senate on February 19, 2014 at 7PM. I have requested the accusations of this petition and have been denied. I also have been denied a list of the petitioners who brought forth these charges. We are currently working to ensure due process and accountability to the student body, and ask that the opposition make all charges available to the public. 

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Prospective students flock to event

Aggieland Saturday, a campus-wide open house to welcome prospective students and families to the University, will be held
this weekend. 

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Career fair offers direction, opportunities

As booths for 61 companies filled Rudder Exhibit Hall on Wednesday, the crowd of students and companies represented at the College of Liberal Arts spring career fair served to illustrate the growth that the event has experienced in recent years.

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Corps names next commander, leaders

New commander David Trigg calls position a privilege

The Corps of Cadets announced on Tuesday its new student leaders for the 2014-2015 school year.

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A global perspective

Korean ROTC cadets soak in A&M culture through exchange

Thirty-five ROTC cadets from South Korea have been scattered across campus since Jan. 31 for a three-week leadership program, learning Texas A&M traditions and culture and spending time with the Corps of Cadets.

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UPD seeks book theft information

On Jan. 29, a male subject entered the MSC Bookstore between 12:07-12:15 p.m. and stole an unknown number of books.

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Speaker champions women in politics

Barbara Franklin details strides made in D.C.

Former Secretary of Commerce Barbara H. Franklin was welcomed by the Bush School Tuesday night to discuss her role in advancing the cause of women and those individuals who pioneered allowing women in the landscape of politics.

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Student senator files to impeach SBP

A student senator filed Tuesday for the impeachment of student body president Reid Joseph on the grounds that he has failed to comply with the legal duties of his position. 

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Largest-ever career fair to draw students Wednesday

The largest Liberal Arts Career Fair in Texas A&M history, in terms of company attendance, will take place Wednesday, said Donald Curtis, assistant Liberal Arts dean. The fair will host more than 60 businesses and 120 recruiters.

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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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Graduate student LGBT club creates welcoming atmosphere on campus

A new organization created to foster an accepting environment for LGBT graduate students, The LBGTQA Graduate Group of Texas A&M, was unofficially founded last semester and is on its way to becoming an official
A&M organization. 

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Former student’s story brings national issues close to home

On May 25, 2012, for her 21st birthday, Ana Parra mailed an immigration application to bring her deported father back to the U.S.

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Diversity discussion challenges perspectives

To open up the Texas A&M Social Justice Week, the Department of Multicultural Services presented a workshop Monday titled, “Who Hates the “D” Word,” to address diversity on campus.

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Sex trafficking takes spotlight in film

MSC FLI, cinema club pair for ‘Break the Chain’ on Tuesday

To refocus the view of human sex trafficking, MSC FLI and Aggie Cinema Club are teaming up through an event called “Break the Chain” to bring awareness to the international issue and inspire action.

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Political pioneer to share story

Franklin helped pave way for women in D.C.

Barbara Hackman Franklin, former Secretary of Commerce, will visit the Bush School on Tuesday to discuss her experiences as a woman in government and the book by Lee Stout, “A Matter of Simple Justice: The Untold Story of Barbara Hackman Franklin and a Few Good Women.”

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Dinner serves up diversity

Student activities to begin awareness push

Aimed to raise social awareness in the Aggie community, the Department of Student Activities is promoting Texas A&M’s Social Justice Week from Monday to Thursday.

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Conference supports vets

SGA eases post-war transition

Stepping out of the line of duty and into civilian life is a transition that Operation Veteran Success hoped to make a little easier Friday and Saturday

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World Class

Institute brings premier scholars to Texas A&M

Yale, Harvard, Ulm — leading scholars from these institutions and others will join Texas A&M faculty to collaborate on research across campus as part of a University initiative to boost Texas A&M’s research profile.

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Screenwriter to discuss craft

Aggie to show film, give lecture

The Liberal Arts Building will witness the return of an Aggie along with the showing of his short film, “Everything’s For Sale,” in a lecture on the art of screenwriting and filmmaking.

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Annual Bloody Cross race stirs Corps competitive spirit

Clad in their physical training gear, cadets raced around the Quad Saturday and Sunday, competing against other units in the Corps’ annual Bloody Cross race.

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Engineering dean earns honor

Banks to be inducted in national academy

Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering at Texas A&M will become the eighth A&M faculty member to be inducted into the National Academy of Engineering. She is the first to be named while serving as the chief executive of A&M’s engineering program.

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‘Howdy, I’m a Mormon’: LDS hits campus to share

Missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can be found in Academic Plaza next to a sign that reads, “Howdy, I’m a Mormon.”

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Safety in Sochi

Olympics open amid security concerns

With the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Games on Friday in Sochi, Russia, security and housing concerns surround the games.

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Frats shoot clays for Wounded Warrior

Groups combine to support injured veteran association

With his mission finally coming to fruition, Ryan Cagney and the Delta Kappa Epsilon and Beta Theta Pi fraternities will hold a student-run sporting clay shoot fundraiser to benefit Wounded Warrior Project in Snook on Saturday. 

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Grad wildcat video contest takes shape

YouTube submissions open Monday

The Graduate Student Council is moving forward in the creation of a graduate student wildcat with the opening of its video competition Monday.

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Aggie’s first cookbook sells out

Chef Tai Lee, Class of 2002, held a signing party for friends, family and supporters Thursday for his recently published “The Veritas Cookbook,” named after the local restaurant he co-founded.  

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The 12th Can takes action to fight hunger

Texas Aggies Making Changes is hoping to expand its 12th Can Food Pantry to ensure fellow Aggies don’t have to worry about going hungry.

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Health Center director talks charges

Student Health Services answered questions at Wednesday’s Student Senate meeting in regards to the proposed $5 visitation charge for normal visits to Beutel that may be implemented as early as June 2014. 

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Law professor Dennis Kelly to detail beauty and history of patent models

In an effort to bridge the gap between the worlds of engineering and art, the MSC Stark Galleries will bring H. Dennis Kelly, Texas A&M School of Law professor, to speak on the patent exhibit on display in the MSC

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Graduate Student Council approves officer reelection bylaws

During the Graduate Student Council’s (GSC) biweekly meeting Tuesday, bylaws were updated to match the changes made to the GSC Constitution last meeting, which now allows GSC officers to be reelected.

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‘Fruitvale Station’ screening to spotlight police brutality

Panel discussion to include CSPD chief of police

To spark discussion on police brutality, the MSC Woodson Black Awareness Committee and the College of Liberal Arts will show the 2013 film “Fruitvale Station” on Thursday. 

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Q&A: New dean, old classics

Interim associate dean’s research focus is folk medicine text

Steven Oberhelman, interim associate dean of undergraduate programs in the College of Liberal Arts as of January and classics professor, sat down with city editor Jennifer Reiley to discuss his research focuses and more. 

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Injection innovation

A&M researchers develop material to target body parts

Within the Biosensing Systems and Materials lab, Mike McShane, associate professor of biomedical engineering, and biomedical engineering graduate students Jason Roberts and Dustin Ritter have developed a new injectable material that could deliver drugs to targeted parts of the body.

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Canine companions

Student organization trains guide and service dogs

For 17 years, Aggie Guide-Dogs and Service-Dogs has trained puppies for a mission.

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First Steps

A&M researchers make strides in bipedal robotics

Rolling, flying and swimming, robots today are capable of many physical actions. However, there is one simple movement that continues to elude the robots and their designers — walking.

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Silver Taps to honor Jinhoon Lee

Graduate student personified personal bravery, passion

At the surface, Jinhoon Lee was a soft-spoken man with a spark of curiosity behind his eyes. But beyond the first impression, Lee’s life story is, to the very end, a story of passion, bravery, hope and above all, love.

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Silver Taps

Students reflect on impact of Silver Taps letters

Traditions Council works to comfort grieving families

Every month for Silver Taps, students are encouraged to participate in a tradition that began when Sul Ross died — writing letters to the grieving families, assuring them the Aggie family grieves as well. 

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Facebook blows the candle on 10th anniversary

Facebook users will have one more happy birthday wish to send on Tuesday as the social media site celebrates its 10th anniversary.

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Brother Jed Smock makes loud return to campus

Students congregated around Jed Smock, the traveling evangelist commonly known as “Brother Jed,” and his companions
on Monday.  

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Event tackles religious taboos

In her interactive dialogue “Islamophobia — Exploring the boundaries of American tolerance,” Emily Sutcliffe, assistant director of the Toll Public Interest Center at University of Pennsylvania Law School, shared her experiences as an Islam convert and posed the question of whether or not tolerance of other people should be the goal of society.

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A&M has a financial Super Bowl stake

Tussle regarding 12th Man usage pads Aggie coffers

While fans across the nation’s living rooms are concerning themselves with the score of the game or the bowl of guacamole on Super Bowl Sunday, marketing officials for the original 12th Man will be keeping a close eye on the nation’s other 12th Man — the Seattle Seahawks.

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Regents approve tuition hike

Handful of students voice concerns

The Texas A&M Board of Regents approved a guaranteed tuition and fees plan that will go into effect Fall 2014 at Thursday’s general meeting in Galveston.

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Primary voting registration to close Monday

Monday is the last day to register to vote for the March 4 primary elections, where voters will select candidates to represent their respective parties in the November general election. The race for Democratic and Republican candidates for Texas governor and U.S. senator will be included on the ballot. 

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Capitol Hill visitors offer insight into debt

With former President George H. W. Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush, among the audience members in a full auditorium, former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles and former U.S. Sen. Alan K. Simpson shared their insight Wednesday night on what it would take to solve the national debt.

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Tuition increase on Regents’ docket

The Texas A&M Board of Regents will discuss a proposed increase in tuition at a meeting Thursday at Texas A&M–Galveston.

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On-campus pageant to showcase inner beauty

Competition offers platform for women

A group of women on campus is hoping to bring a message to the forefront for Black History Month — inner beauty
is empowering.

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Obama aims to catalyze Congress

President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union Address to the 113th Congress Tuesday evening, outlining his 2014 agenda with particular attention to the home front. 

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For new students, AOLP is first A&M glimpse

Orientation leader application due Wednesday

They can be seen all across campus — maroon clad tour guides leading groups of prospective Aggies around to the sights and smells of A&M — but much more goes into Aggie orientation than meets the eye.

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The Brain Train

A&M researchers burrow into the mind’s paths

Like a subway in New York, transporters in the brain shuffle their passengers along every day, thousands of times per minute, to keep the brain working. These transporters are synaptic vesicles and in Mark Harlow’s lab, researchers navigate through this microscopic traffic to gain insight as to how our brain works.

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Painting illustrates identity on campus

Inclusion grant yields colorful project

As students tramp from class to class, certain facets of their identity may be proudly displayed while others might be quietly tucked between papers and books in their backpacks.

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Bell tower namesake leaves behind story of service

Former student Ford Albritton Jr. passed away Sunday

Ford Albritton Jr, Class of 1943 and former member of Texas A&M University’s Board of Regents, died Sunday. He leaves a legacy of University service that can be seen and heard from the iconic bell tower that bears his name on Old Main Drive.

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Pedal fees

Feedback sought for proposed mandatory bike registration

Mandatory bicycle registration may become a requirement in the future for Texas A&M bicyclists, according to the Bike District Plan proposal discussed in December by the Transportation Services Advisory Committee. 

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Former students work to build veteran therapy facility

Though the tangible effects of combat are often hard to ignore, the “invisible injuries” of combat trauma or brain injury affect one in three combat service members, according to the Lone Survivor Foundation.

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Dance marathon to benefit hospitals

The Aggie Belles will host the Aggie Dance Marathon, an eight-hour fundraising event to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network at the McLane Children’s Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas. 

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Employment across generations

Workshop to help with communication

As the American workforce grows to encompass four generations, miscommunications that fall between the ears of youth and those of their elder counterparts aren’t just clichés, they’re obstacles the Texas A&M’s Department of Employee and Organizational Development seeks to break down with its upcoming program, “Bridging the Gap: The Multigenerational Workforce.”

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Replant seeks funds to continue recovery mission

Organization returning to Bastrop for second year

Aggie Replant will travel to Bastrop State Park again this February to take part in the Bastrop Lost Pines Recovery Campaign. Organizers hope to have 10,000 seedlings in the ground by the end of the four-day event and expect it will take about 600 Aggies to complete the job.
However, planting trees twice a year can be a financial challenge of its own.

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Lecture to focus on debt crisis

Former White House official, senator talk national deficit

The Bush School of Government and Public Service will host former White House Chief of Staff Erskine B. Bowles, and former U.S. Senator Alan K. Simpson, on Wednesday to discuss the nation’s debt crisis in an event titled “What Will It Take to Fix the National Debt?”

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Big Event Goes Global

A&M tradition set to travel overseas this year

After over 30 years of impacting Bryan-College Station and the country at large, The Big Event is going global.

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Ag commissioner hopefuls tailor campaigns to youth

With state elections drawing closer, candidates for the position of agriculture commissioner are targeting younger voters and addressing opportunities for young workers entering the agricultural market.

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Freezing temps close campus

Canadian cold air causes College Station shivers

Expectations of sleet and snow caused the University to close its doors Thursday evening, as winter weather may cause roadway safety hazards.

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Classics prof reconstructs Renaissance language study

Whether they were captured by voices echoing off ancient stone walls or flowing out in scrawled hand on parchment, epics and stories have long seized and secured the mind. And for those analyzing these works and words, it’s not always what you say — but how you say it.

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Q&A: Aggie in orbit

Former student prepares for third stint in ISS

Steven Swanson, NASA astronaut, will be making his third trip to the International Space Station on March 25. Swanson received his doctorate in computer science from Texas A&M. On his two previous trips to the ISS, Swanson and his team spent two weeks in space. This mission, using a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, will last for five and a half months. He spoke with Jennifer Reiley, Battalion city editor, on Tuesday.

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Slice of the sky

A&M, others race to fund world’s largest telescope

Texas’ race to help build the world’s largest telescope may be in jeopardy if Texas A&M and the University of Texas at Austin, among other institutions, do not find a way to meet funding requirements within the next year.

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To Washington and back: Gates returns to A&M

Former Aggie president delves into memoir

Former Texas A&M President Robert Gates visited A&M on Tuesday, blending in to Aggieland again with a Blue Baker cup in his hand and a familiar greeting.

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Beutel Bucks

Health center mulls student fee hike

A $5 visitation charge may be put in place by June 2014 for normal visits to Beutel as Student Health Services administrators review their budget and potential sources of revenue. Dr. Martha Dannenbaum, Student Health Center director, said this is the approach that will most likely to be taken, as opposed to raising the Health Center Fee on students across the board.

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GSC updates bylaws, constitution

The Graduate Student Council had its first meeting of the spring semester Tuesday to discuss updates to the GSC’s bylaws and constitution.

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Song and Sci-Fi

Cushing Library accepting filk material for collection

In an effort to expand its prestigious science fiction literature archives, Cushing Library has begun to seek out donations for a “filk” collection, a task that comes with a unique set
of obstacles.

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YouTube channel highlights on-campus research

Physics graduate student explains his work on graphene

In order to shine light on its efforts and achievements, the Graduate Student Council, in conjunction with The Partnerships for Environmental Education and Rural Health Program, will release Tuesday the first video of its new
YouTube channel, “Breaking Grad.” The channel will feature graduate student research projects and let undergraduates peek into the lives of Aggie graduate students.

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Open House exposes Aggies to breadth of student life

Members of organizations big and small gathered Sunday to showcase their organizations during the Spring MSC Open House.

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Cancer patients’ children find refuge at camp

Camp Kesem opens applications for summer

For students looking to spend part of their summer giving back, counselor applications are now open for Texas A&M’s chapter of Camp Kesem, which provides the opportunity to spend a week of the summer with children coping with the emotional strain that cancer can place on a family.

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Organization tackles common stigmas of Islam

‘Islamophobia’ lecture to be held Thursday

The Muslim Students’ Association will present “Islamophobia: Exploring the boundaries of American tolerance” Thursday to kick off the Islam Awareness Initiative, a series of events aimed at educating the public about Islam.

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Sorority partners with girl scouts

Kappa Delta members act as mentors

Beyond raising funds for a cause, members of the Kappa Delta sorority are looking to provide girls with something money can’t buy — role models.

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Former A&M president, defense secretary to speak Tuesday

Robert Gates' memoir revolves around time as defense secretary

Former A&M President Robert Gates made the journey from College Station to the Pentagon, and on Tuesday he will return to A&M to speak about his new book, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War.”

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The energy answer

Prospect of return investment drives energy initiatives

With the development of West Campus housing and plans designed to increase enrollment at Texas A&M such as the Engineering School’s 25 by 25 plan, the University faces multiple issues associated with an expanding population, including increased energy needs.

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‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ hits the stage

Aggies take the spotlight in popular musical


For some, musicals may provide the gateway to catharsis and the medium for escape. For others, the dreams of acting and performing are made real by the opportunity to create that escape for an audience.

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Aggie Cinema brings free movie screenings to campus

'Ender's Game' to get season rolling Friday night

Aggie Cinema is set to start the year with a bang as it brings “Ender’s Game,” the action-packed adaptation of the classic 1985 novel, to Rudder Theatre at 7 p.m. Friday. It will be the first in a line of free blockbusters this spring semester that will include “Catching Fire,” “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and others.

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Spring transfers face unique challenges, opportunities

As returning students hit the College Station city limits after the winter break, it can feel as if they’re simply coming home. But for transfer students coming in as an Aggie for the first time, the experience is anything but familiar.

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Breakaway sees spring attendance drop

Breakaway Ministries annually claims a higher attendance rate throughout the fall semester than the spring, and Tuesday night’s 5,797 attendees represented the same decreased numbers when compared to those seen throughout
the fall.  

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Aggie theatre professor helps veterans share their stories

Performance seeks to close gap between soldiers and civilians

To the average American, war is distant. It shoots from TV screens and claims millions in cash in a blockbuster movie weekend, but the fact that America has had a military presence in two countries for more than a decade points to an unprecedented disconnect — the gulf between the American warrior and the U.S. citizen has rarely been wider, said Jonathan Wei, national program founder of “The Telling Project” and “Telling Aggieland.”

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Hit the books

Corps embarks on academic initiatives, measures success

In an effort to be leaders in every aspect on campus, the Corps of Cadets has put into place initiatives to raise the academic standards of both the Corps and the University.

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Twitter offers bird’s eye view of SWAT arrest

When sophomore political science major Hayden Greer noticed flashing police lights and officers with automatic rifles and shotguns outside his neighbor’s house Tuesday night, he did the first thing that came to mind — tweet about it.

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Equestrians acquaint Aggies with Polo Club

Free Riding Week provides students chance to learn sport

The Texas A&M Polo Club will open its barn to campus Monday through Jan. 24 as it hosts its annual Free Riding Week. Students can ride a horse and learn the game of polo for free from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

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A&M considers free web classes for future

Massive Open Online Courses already available elsewhere

Thousands of students woke up, got dressed and attended class on campus for the first day of school Monday. These students participate in a long-standing process — paying for classes at the university they attend, working on assignments, studying for tests and eventually earning credit that they can use toward a degree. Some of these courses may even be online. However, A&M is looking into a rising form of online education that offers college courses to anyone with Internet access — free of charge.

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Police probe reported post office theft

Wellborn and Harvey offices report 18 affected boxes

College Station police received calls Monday from two local U.S. post offices reporting cases of theft and mischief, which included stolen parcels and damages to Postal Service property. 

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Breakfast to honor MLK

Event features former civil rights chairwoman

The MSC will host the Woodson Black Awareness Committee’s seventh annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Thursday.

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Holiday service

FLO spends break helping others

When the freshman leadership organization Fish Aides decided to replace its annual winter ski trip with a service project a few years back, its intention was to help others. But somewhere along the line, members found themselves receiving as much as they gave.

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New campus means new handles for Loftin

Students remember impact of @aggieprez

The reputation of his Twitter handle precedes him online the way the legend of his bowties precedes him on campus, but it is one more thing Aggie students will have to share with their Tiger counterparts as former University President R. Bowen Loftin transitions from Texas A&M to the University
of Missouri. 

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Elect her

Closing the gap

‘Elect Her’ aims to change gender norms in politics

Making great political strides throughout the country and capital, women filled a record-breaking 101 seats in the 113th Congress. Yet their numbers still represented less than one-fifth of the
Congressional body.
In response to unequal representation in politics, the American Association of University Women has created “Elect Her,” a program designed to inspire and educate women on the process of running for both student government positions and political office. This year, 50 campuses will host the program, including Texas A&M’s “Elect Her: Aggie Women Win.” 

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Members pledge proactive mindset

Evaluation by Southern Association of Colleges nears

The Faculty Senate convened Monday to discuss proactivity within its committees and in the University in preparation for the upcoming Southern Association of Colleges evaluation for Texas A&M University. 

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Bonfire burns Saturday

After a month and a half delay due to weather conditions and oversaturated grounds, student bonfire will burn Saturday.

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Route 4 adds Wehner stop

After observing routes during the fall semester, Transportation Services has made an adjustment to Route 4, the “Gig ’Em” bus route.

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County offers free HIV tests

Brazos County takes aim at virus prevention

In an effort to increase the health of both individuals and the community, the Brazos County Health Department will provide free HIV tests with same-day results on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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Fight the flu

Peak flu months a cause for concern

A new semester can offer more experiences, more activities and more chances to catch the flu.
Dr. David Teller, associate director for medical services at the Beutel Health Center, said when students choose to not get immunized against the flu it leads to a decrease of something known as herd immunity.

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Degree’s return nets positive response

Journalism back after decade-long hiatus

After removing the degree a decade ago, Texas A&M University will reestablish the journalism major as part of the University Studies program and will be accepting students for the Fall 2014 semester.

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A&M prof to lead workshop

Improving educational outcomes may indeed be as easy as child’s play.

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Meeting to refine core curriculum

The Texas A&M Faculty Senate will meet to discuss core curriculum changes prompted by revisions to Texas state education law in the first meeting of the Spring 2014 semester.

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Grads weigh in on superstitious graduation date

This December’s Friday the 13th should prove to be quite lucky for the 3,782 Texas A&M students receiving diplomas that day, as soon-to-be alumni balance the legend of an infamous date with the celebration of their accomplishments.

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Livestock judging team wins national championship

After bringing home their 12th national championship since 1913, the Texas A&M livestock judging team is continuing to uphold a long legacy of success.

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Goodbye for A&M president R. Bowen Loftin

A farewell reception for University President R. Bowen Loftin will take place from 9 - 11 a.m. Thursday, in Rudder Exhibit Hall. All students and faculty are welcome to attend the event, which will feature speeches from students and staff starting at 10 a.m.

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Winter safety tips from university police

Holiday spirit isn’t the only thing on the rise as the semester draws to a close.

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Outgoing A&M president Loftin imparts philosophy of student connection

While University President R. Bowen Loftin will step into the position of University of Missouri Chancellor on Feb. 1, the story of his career in higher education is in many ways a tale of give and take with Texas A&M University.

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Public hearing spotlights tuition increase

With student loan after student loan, Cameron Fawcett, senior mechanical engineering major, has borrowed and saved to afford an education. Fiscal burdens are certainly not uncommon among students across the country, and a proposal submitted by University officials calling for an increase in tuition at A&M has sparked conversation and concern among students like Fawcett.

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Grant to improve women's health

A&M to fund exams, pap smears, vaccinations

Brazos County has some of the highest incidents and mortality rates associated with breast and cervical cancer in Texas, said Dr. Jane Bolin, a professor in the Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health.

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Loftin to become chancellor of University of Missouri

Outgoing University President R. Bowen Loftin was named the 22nd chancellor of the University of Missouri on Thursday morning — the result of a nationwide search by the University of Missouri that began in November.

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From the ground up

A&M architecture studio crafts plans for hospital under prof’s tutelage

Ten Aggie architecture graduate students recently had the opportunity to represent one of the top two health architecture programs in the nation at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, Fla.

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Sorority strengthens bonds amid Stryker family tragedy

Members of Delta Zeta have come together in a time of tragedy to show support for their sorority sister, Stephanie Stryker, who lost her parents and brother in an auto accident Nov. 26.

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Grant awarded to support STEM education

The $150,000 grant presented to Texas A&M University on Monday to support education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics highlighted the ever-growing economic focus of STEM technology in Texas and the role Texas A&M University plays in STEM research.

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Singing acts to join voices for holiday concert

Groups to mix carols with holiday-themed musical pieces

Century Singers, Singing Cadets and Women’s Chorus will join Sunday for a holiday-themed concert, “Holiday Spirit of Aggieland.”

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Senate convenes for final meeting of semester

Student Senate will convene for the last time of the semester on Tuesday to vote on a bill that seeks to end randomized ticket pull for football games.

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Council invites student input on A&M budget

Public hearing to be held Wednesday

In response to the Texas A&M Board of Regents’ October approval of tuition and fee guidelines for the next academic year, a public hearing will be held by the Texas A&M University Council for Strategic Budgeting to inform the public and get student input.

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Contest opens scope to broadly gauge student writers

To give recognition to writers at A&M and project their pieces to a broader audience, the University Writing Center will conduct a writing and video contest open to all undergraduate students, titled “Aggie Voices,” until Feb. 4.

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Impulses drive men to cheat more, study says

Infidelity has always proved a controversial topic. From women’s magazines to serious research, statistics tend to show that men are more likely to cheat. 

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Thanksgiving, Hanukkah share same date

For the first time since President Franklin Roosevelt set the national date
for Thanksgiving in 1941, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah will be celebrated on the same day. Although the holidays come from different cultures and backgrounds, they share more than a spot on the
2013 calendar.

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Thanksgiving provides new experience for students

International students celebrate American holidays

For many students, Thanksgiving will be just like the one the year before, and the year before that — the same food and the same family jokes. But for some international students, the holiday can bring with it brand new experiences and traditions as they spend their breaks thousands of miles away from their own families and cultures.

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Aggies find a home away from home

Fifteen years ago, Monsignor Mike Sis, a former pastor at St. Mary’s Catholic Center, saw the need to create a home away from home for Aggie Catholics. Today, community members open their doors and pile their tables with food, welcoming students into their homes through the Adopt-an-Aggie program. 

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Namesakes offer example, mentorship

Countless individuals make lasting, positive impacts on campus and the Aggie family. To honor both these people and the impression they leave, several hundred nominations are made each year for Fish Camp namesakes.

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Student reports sexual assault in residence hall

The University Police Department is conducting an investigation after a Texas A&M student reported she was sexually assaulted in her residence hall Saturday evening.

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Residence halls combine Thanksgiving and camaraderie

To bring their communities together before and during the holidays, some campus residence halls are hosting their own Thanksgiving celebrations.

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Group brightens kids’ Christmas

MSC ALOT provides gifts for B-CS children

For some children, the holiday season misses a crucial aspect — presents under a tree. 

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Station brings tunes to light

Student radio features unknown artists, local groups

Students may not hear much of the Underground Kingz on KANM Student Radio but the title describes well the station and those who run it. They keep their airwaves free of Top 40 hits and big-name bands while playing mostly underground and indie tunes. 

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Rules of the road

UPD advocates awareness of bike regulations

Darting along sidewalks and dodging through crowds and cars to make their way to classes in the nick of time, cyclists are a staple to college campuses like Texas A&M.

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Skepticism lingers as anniversary passes

A&M professor to discuss conspiracy validity Friday

The assassination of John F. Kennedy is still surrounded by doubt and conspiracy, even 50 years later. For one Texas A&M professor, this speculation is well founded.

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College boosts faculty numbers

34 new positions added, including 2 department heads

Despite University-wide budget cuts, the College of Liberal Arts has found the means to hire 34 new permanent faculty members.

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Naked man not charged, says UPD

Students on campus Wednesday were greeted by the sight of a naked man claiming to be Jesus.

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Howdy Farm brews B-CS links

New brewpub sources produce from A&M garden

The Howdy Farm, an on-campus farm that sells produce throughout the community, has recently found a buyer in a new brewery on Northgate.

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1963: 'Bonfire' yell practice goes on as usual tonight

Maybe best ever says yell leader

Editor’s Note: This is the front-and-center story from The Battalion on Nov. 26, 1963, four days after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It is reprinted exactly as it appeared 50 years ago, typos and all.

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Forum tackles science in media

Saturday discussion to hinge on dilemmas in disasters

The morality of surviving a post-apocalyptic world may be the last thing on the mind of “The Walking Dead’s” Rick Grimes, but ethical dilemmas in such dire situations, real and imagined, will be the center of discussion at Saturday’s bioethics conference.

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Video competition expresses Muslim creativity

In an effort to explore faith in a creative way, the Muslim Students’ Association will hold a video competition.

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Students manage fund to benefit startups

Research Valley Fund, an investment group based in Bryan-College Station, announced on Nov. 1 the creation of Maroon Fund I, an angel fund to be managed by students at Texas A&M. 

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ags can

The man with a can

On-campus food bank opens to provide for students, faculty

Texas Aggies Making Changes will strive to make sure fewer people aren’t going hungry this Thanksgiving when it opens The 12th Can, A&M’s first on-campus food pantry, Wednesday
and Thursday.

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Cotton comes to campus

Seasonal transportation cited as source

Although snow is at least 30 degrees from the forecast, Aggieland has had a white, downy layer of cotton blowing onto campus as farmers have their product hauled out of the field and onto the road.

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Addressing education

Speaker provides insight on higher education and changing demographics

A central theme dominated Luis Fraga’s presentation of the President’s Advisory Council on Educational Excellence for Hispanics’ findings and proposed educational plans Wednesday night—the educational success of Latinos is integral to the nation’s success.

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'Catch an immigrant' game draws group ire

Event planned at UT cancelled amid scrutiny

While the Young Conservatives of Texas’ “Catch an Illegal Immigrant” event planned for Wednesday on the UT campus was cancelled, members of the Texas A&M Council for Minority Student Affairs gathered Tuesday night in the MSC to further establish their support for undocumented workers.

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Old people

Bond across generations

Class Council forms relationship with Bryan residents

As some Aggies on the sophomore Class Council have found, service has a way of transforming tasks and to-dos into affection and friendship.

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Students react to US Supreme Court decision

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it would not block restrictions in a Texas abortion law that limited abortion options for women and led to the closing of Planned Parenthood clinics across the state.

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GSC addresses issue of dissertation copyrighting

The GSC held its bimonthly meeting Tuesday night where members discussed pending business, including copyrighting on final dissertations.

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Religious panel debunks misunderstandings

From the non-denominational Christian pastor on the left end of the table to the Rabbi on the right, representatives from seven religious ideologies gathered Monday in the MSC to discuss a variety of topics ranging from common misconceptions to when life begins.

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Academic affairs committee amends makeup work bill

Representatives from the Academic Affairs Committee of the Texas A&M Faculty Senate convened Monday afternoon to discuss an amended bill that addressed attendance and makeup work, which was endorsed in March by the Student Government Association.

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Route redirection

Transportation readies route changes for Fall 2014

The wheels are turning to enact changes in Texas A&M’s off-campus bus routes in an effort to better utilize transportation resources.

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Philippine group aids storm-ravaged homeland

Talent show profits donated to typhoon relief

The damage in the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan, which hit land on Nov. 8, has left a great deal of people in need of help. A&M students have answered the call and are joining to collect money and provisions to send to survivors.

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Worldfest meshes B-CS diversity

Event featured displays from around the globe

The 50 culture displays grouped around Wolf Pen Creek for Worldfest on Saturday provided a colorful and fun way to celebrate Bryan-College Station diversity.

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Students to host panel discussion

Group to promote understanding of different religions

An organization founded on the idea of learning more about the world and sharing that knowledge with others is seeking to take on a topic they see as particularly relevant to campus — religion.

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Tension brews over garage additions

Plan draws varied reaction from Student Senate, transportation

A new project may soon be added alongside ongoing Kyle Field construction, but the proposal to add a fourth parking garage to the University’s planned parking expansion is not without controversy as students and Transportation Services clash over possible parking rate increases.

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'We remember them'

Remembrance set for Monday

Monday will mark the 14th year the Aggie community has come together to remember the 12 killed in the Aggie Bonfire collapse of Nov. 18, 1999.

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Ring day come true

Friends rally around goal of student's ring fund

For most Aggies, Ring Day is a time of joy and pride as they place a symbol of their identity and accomplishments on their right hand. But as students pose for photos and receive congratulations from friends and family, they may forget the students who should be sharing the experience, but can’t afford the expense.

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Events emphasize female preparedness

Focus of weekend workshops includes salary negotiations

As women navigate a world and a campus that may not present the clearest path to success, the Texas A&M Women’s Resource Center offers direction to students and faculty with events particular to the female experience.

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Indian music festival to advance cultural cohesion

Weaving their own unique strands into the tapestry of the Aggie family, Indian students will present Baithak, an Indian classical music festival, Saturday on campus.

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Panel to discuss Syrian Enigma

Aalap Ashtamkar

The MSC Wiley Lecture series will be hosting a talk, ‘The Syrian Enigma: A Continuing Crisis’ on Thursday. A part of the continuing Wiley lecture series, the event will feature an expert panel to provide their views and opinions on the ongoing Syrian crisis.

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Worldfest gives residents taste of various nationalities

Petting a camel or watching Honduran dancers perform is not often on the typical College Station to-do list, but Brazos Valley Worldfest is offering residents the opportunity to check both things off this weekend. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater will be filled with the displays and performances from the various cultures represented in
the community.

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Plans uproot Howdy Farm

Expansion to pave over sustainability project

West Campus will be getting more crowded in the next few years as the University plans for the construction of new dorms and a new parking garage. However, the area designated to serve as the new home to these construction projects has been occupied by Howdy Farm for the last five years.

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Inclusivity pioneers share tales from early days

Speakers address share tales from early days

As students trekked across campus Wednesday, some took the time to stop and gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the legacy that brought them to this University.

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Lab takes bilingual approach to language

Researchers examine multilingual tendencies

As wires and connections knit the world’s cultures closer and closer together, researchers in the Texas A&M language and cognition lab work to understand the growing population of multilingual speakers.

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Bach meets Bruno Mars

Century Singers balance genre choices

The audience sat in the dark, waiting expectantly for the singers to appear on the stage. But music instead erupted from among the audience, as the performers jumped from concealment and headed to the stage surrounded by song.

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Speakers to share integration stories

One of first four black students admitted to A&M to speak

Students can get a glimpse Wednesday of what Texas A&M was like when women and African-Americans were first allowed to enroll.

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Senate to vote on extended library hours

Progress made to extend hours in Evans; bill to support A&M in Israel also on docket

Student Senate will meet Wednesday to vote on a bill extending Evans Library hours and a bill to support the proposed Texas A&M branch in Israel.

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Phase one of construction to reach completion for '14 season

The Aggies’ win against Mississippi State Saturday marked both the last game in Kyle Field as it stood this season and the beginning of the first phase of a $450
million redevelopment. 

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National Roll Call recognizes veterans' service

Students recognized military service on Monday by reading off more than 6,000 names of people who have served, are serving or have died serving in the U.S. Armed Forces since Operation New Dawn in 2010.

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Cultures collide in celebration

Groups to collaborate for Fusion Fiesta

In a showcase of campus cultural crossroads, various student groups will hold a multi-national celebration to promote diversity.

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Fish awarded Corps Brass

Culmination event signifies ‘what we stand for as cadets’

With sweat dripping down her back and fatigue setting in, Ashley Straker ran alongside other freshmen in her unit during the Corps Brass culmination Saturday. Unlike any of her workouts with the Corps of Cadets thus far, this one was the hardest, and she found herself fighting off the thought — “Will this ever end?” — by remembering the cadets before her who had worked for their brass in the past.

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Military tactics prompt dialogue

Notable guests share experiences with light-footprint strategies

A panel of three, including a four-star general, the chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times and an ambassador who has been named an honorary marine, shared insight Friday on the changing American military.

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Committee makes progress on graduate wildcat competition

The graduate student wildcat initiative reached a new milestone Thursday evening when the committee in charge of choosing the new graduate student wildcat convened for the first time to decide on rules and regulations for the upcoming video competition.

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League of their own

Outfit rivalries spice up Corps intramural competition

There are intramurals, and then there are the Corps intramurals. The Corps of Cadets are quite literally in leagues of their own during their intramural games.

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Foundation celebrates 25 years since Bush election

Advisors share experience from the 1988 campaign

A quarter of a century ago, President George H.W. Bush was elected president of the U.S. The George Bush Foundation held a celebration event Wednesday night in remembrance of Nov. 6, 1988.

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Pixar Perfect


Former students and Pixar artists, Don Bui and Robert Graff, presented on the artistic and technical process of animated movie creation Wednesday night.

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Run of Heroes to benefit wounded soldiers

In an effort to give back to those that have already given so much, the first Challenger 17 Run of Heroes will be held Sunday on the Quad to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Kitchen fire clears Rise at Northgate

Residents of The Rise at Northgate were evacuated Wednesday night for what the College Station Police Department said was a cooking-related fire on the seventh floor.

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Hamilton society debuts with discussion on China

With the rise of China as a world power in recent decades, the Alexander Hamilton Society addressed the idea that the U.S. will be forced to recognize current and future competition between the two countries with its inaugural campus event.

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‘Night Out’ to benefit BUILD

Community-wide profit share begins Wednesday

A Night Out in B-CS, a large profit share coordinated by the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, will take on a new charity cause Wednesday — BUILD.

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Pixar Studios to give lecture at Texas A&M

Pixar Animation Studios will host a presentation in the Langford Architecture Center on the creation of animated films Wednesday, featuring two former students who work as visualization artists for Pixar.

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Graduate wildcat supporters to iron out logistics

GSC president says wildcat to provide sense of identity

The next step for a graduate student wildcat was announced Tuesday at the Graduate Student Council bimonthly meeting.

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Ceremony to induct hall of honor’s first Vietnam veteran

Ceremony to induct hall of honor’s first Vietnam veteran

The University’s newest addition to the Memorial Student Center’s Hall of Honor represents two firsts — Clarence Sasser will be the first black veteran and first Vietnam War veteran inducted into the Hall of Honor in a ceremony to be
held Thursday.

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Elections to include Prop. 6

State amendment for water conservation to have impact across Texas

Proposition 6, one of the nine Texas constitutional amendments up for vote Tuesday, would initiate plans to assist in improved water storage.

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Documentary film screening to prompt discussion of activism

Group evaluates black, LGBT community relations

The story of the struggle surrounding LGBT issues within the black community will be brought to campus by the MSC Woodson Black Awareness Committee.

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Group touts military appreciation

With the rich military tradition at Texas A&M, celebrating veterans is a large part of the University’s identity. Aggies recognize veterans in many ways, and Class Councils’ 11-11 Day is a way to show appreciation for the sacrifices soldiers make by serving their country.

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Caleb Tate

Compassionate cadet brought ‘carpe diem’ maxim to life

When people remember Caleb Tate, more than a few things come to mind. 

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Jae Hoon An

‘Loving’ student found home in relationships, culture

Mom, can we give a friend a ride home?”
Joyce Kelly looked at her son Trey and at the young man in football pads standing beside him, and agreed. That simple act of kindness sparked a connection between the Kelly family and Jae Hoon An that would eventually make An a part of the Kelly family, a relationship that grew through high school and into An’s time at Texas A&M before his death on Oct. 11, two months before his graduation.

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City Council

Housing to be central point in City Council election

Candidates differ on South Knoll plan

Students registered to vote in Brazos County have the opportunity Tuesday to affect the future governance of Bryan-College Station in local elections. Multiple positions are up for election, including the contested race for College Station City Council Place 2, which could be of particular importance for students.

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Veterans wall

Display honors fallen soldiers from Texas

19 honored Aggies second-most among universities

They are brothers, sisters, daughters, sons and friends. They are U.S. veterans, and for those who visit the Memorial Student Center this week, their service is not to be forgotten.

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A&M prof’s address aims to impact world food policy

Joanne Lupton delivered keynote Friday to world symposium

Joanne Lupton, Texas A&M nutrition professor, traveled more than 5,000 miles to deliver the keynote address at an international scientific symposium designed to influence worldwide nutrition policy Friday in Kronberg im Taunus, Germany.

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Student Senate passes meal plan restitution bill

Student Senate passed The Restitution Owed After Compromising the Health and Expectations of Students (ROACHES) bill unanimously at their Wednesday meeting. 

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Police stress caution amid Halloween fun

Officers say to employ sober drivers, monitor noise levels

To keep people in Bryan-College Station safe for Halloween, police departments sent out tips regarding costumes, parties and alcohol consumption to raise awareness of safety hazards particular to the holiday.

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Groups to bring day of the dead festivities to campus

In an effort to spread cultural awareness on campus, a celebration of Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, will take place Friday in the Memorial
Student Center.

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Return of Rivalry

Intramural games aim to revive showdown in Texas

Texas A&M packed its bags and waved goodbye to the University of Texas to leave for the SEC, ending a 118-year rivalry between the two schools. But an initiative between the student governments of both universities will bring back the rivalry through intramural football and
basketball games.

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Survey prompts meal plan changes

University Dining Services eliminated meal trade time zones on campus and enabled meals in the Howdy plan to role over every month, instead of expiring after 28 days.

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Virtual files held for ransom

IT department offers virus prevention tips

The A&M IT department sent a mass email to all students on Tuesday warning them that a serious computer virus called CryptoLocker is spreading across campus.

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Fajita dinner aims to fund child advocacy center

Philanthropy event donates proceeds to Scotty’s House

Sizzling meat, warm tortillas, raffle prizes and live entertainment are all being planned and prepped for the fourth annual “Theta Fiesta.”

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Group to discuss China as world power

Panel to center on US response to Chinese ascension

The newly formed Texas A&M Chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Society hopes to shed light on the increasing global prominence of China for students with a panelist discussion.

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Adapting to Aggie life

Program offers guidance, resources to transfer students

Coming to a university large in both enrollment and acreage such as Texas A&M can be daunting and downright intimidating for transfer students. To ensure a seamless transition into Aggie life, the office of Peer Academic Services launched the Transfer Student Program across campus this semester.

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Senate to continue dining dialogue

Dining bills, memorial resolution to be deliberated

Student Senate convenes Wednesday to vote on the Restitution Owed After Compromising the Health and Expectations of Students (ROACHES) Bill, which calls on Chartwells to credit four meals to students with Fall 2013 meal plans because of the failed health inspections and the subsequent closure of dining facilities on Oct. 3rd. 

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Behind the mask

Local Halloween stores employ marketing strategies

At the beginning of September every year, Halloween retail stores crop up in vacant buildings across town and stay until the first of November. 

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Class service project to have international impact

What started as a class service project to help out Bryan-College Station has morphed into a clothing drive with international implications.

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First impressions

Tour guides explain Aggieland from the inside looking out

Throughout the year, Texas A&M welcomes more than 30,000 students and parents to tour the campus and learn about
Aggie history.  

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String duo set to perform Tuesday in Rudder

Two men from Croatia form 2Cellos, find YouTube fame

While access to covers of popular songs are just clicks away on YouTube, two young men from Croatia take the idea of a traditional cover and spin it on it’s head — using cellos, rather than their voices to make renditions of famous songs.

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A&M to host Texas Supreme Court

Justices to hear oral arguments for two cases Nov. 7

Texas A&M will host the Texas Supreme Court on Nov. 7 in Rudder Theatre as the court hears oral arguments from two cases.

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Historian discusses life in shadow of grandfather Churchill

Celia Sandys addressed family legacy Friday

Celia Sandys, the granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill, greeted the crowd Friday in Rudder Auditorium with a “howdy” and a smile.

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Mays school recognizes fast-growing companies

Aggie 100 ceremony showcases spirit of A&M startups

Students, business leaders and Texas A&M faculty gathered Friday at The Zone Club to recognize the fastest-growing businesses owned and operated by former Texas A&M students at the Aggie 100 award luncheon.

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Pro-life Aggies display symbolic cemetery

Tiny crosses numbering 3,300 dotted the lawn
Wednesday in front of the Academic Building.

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At universe's edge

A&M researchers help discover farthest known galaxy

The answer to how the cosmos formed lies at the edge of the universe, and astronomers at Texas A&M and the University of Texas, among other institutions, may have caught a glimpse of it.

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Panel discusses US intervention

Recent events such as the conflict in Syria have placed a global spotlight on the current U.S. policy on international intervention.

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Class changes Afghan perceptions

Video conference with foreign students battles cultural ignorance

To break through the media-fueled perceptions of Afghanistan, 125 Texas A&M students took part in a project to speak with students from Afghanistan’s Herat University.

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Cushing Library supports graduate humanities researchers

While some students used their summer for travels, two A&M graduate students spent their summer exploring archives and making striking discoveries without ever having to set foot off the campus.

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Suspect wanted in wallet theft

University Police Dept. reaches out for student help, talks prevention tactics

The Texas A&M University Police Department is searching for information on the theft of a wallet on Oct. 6 from the Student Recreation Center.

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Chili peppers heat up neuroscience research

A&M researchers use capsaicin to study pain

A bite of a jalepeño or habanero pepper can sometimes prove too hot to handle. These peppers may represent frantic gulps of water and burning tears to some people, but to a neuroscience lab at Texas A&M, they can offer key insight into the neurological processes associated with pain.

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Former student, prof to speak at book fest

Texas Book Festival in Austin showcases cultural literature

Aggies will be among the bookworms, publishers and authors flocking to Austin this weekend for the Texas Book Festival.

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Program to evaluate US foreign protection obligation

Panel seeks to highlight intervention case studies

From the Cold War to the current crisis in Syria, the U.S. has long debated intervening in foreign countries to restore balance and bring American democracy and ideals, allowing for a variety of opinions on U.S. foreign actions.

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Panel to discuss changing military tactics

Lecture series to offer insight on US 'light footprint' performance

To add to the discourse on the current changes faced by the U.S. Armed Forces, the MSC Wiley Lecture Series will bring experts to campus to discuss the context and future of the U.S. Military.

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Armed robbery on University Dr.

Police, FBI investigate aggravated robbery of armored truck

College Station Police Department responded to an aggravated robbery of an armored truck at 2:06 p.m. Monday in the parking lot outside the Bank of America located at the 100 Block of University Drive East according to a
police report.

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St. Mary

Spiritual oasis to rise

Church expanding to meet growing Catholic population

To match the growth that will come with the University’s 25 by 25 Initiative and Vision 2020, the St. Mary’s Catholic Center will expand its campus to include nine buildings on
12 acres. 

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Chartwells responds to campus complaints

Surveys to gauge opinion on current meal plans

In response to recent negative student opinion, Chartwells, the food service provider for Texas A&M, is administering surveys in an attempt to incorporate student opinion into dining options.

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Center celebrates 15 years of service

Student, faculty children utilize services

The Becky Gates Children Center celebrated 15 years of serving the children of Texas A&M faculty, staff and students Saturday.

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Civil rights behind the scene

Film to prompt Chicano identity discussion

In conjunction with other campus groups, the Department of History will host a screening of “Prejudice and Pride” and a Q&A session with filmmaker John Valdez in hopes of prompting discussion of the Chicano identity and its development with Texas A&M students.

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Maroon Out game unites 12th Man

T-shirts raise money for class gifts, Elephant Walk, other traditions

What started as a simple idea to unite the student section has evolved into a gargantuan effort and tradition that brings the 12th Man together.

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Senate stands against grad wildcat

Student Senate convened Wednesday and passed a resolution stating their opposition to the creation of a graduate student wildcat with a 37 votes in favor of the resolution, 8 against and 1 abstention.

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Call to service

Cadets help restore Blocker after flooding damage

Blocker received some unexpected visitors Tuesday.

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Congress avoids default, reopens government

Two-week shutdown delayed A&M research

The U.S. Congress marked the short-term end to a stalemate over differing positions on the 2013-2014 fiscal year during 11th-hour talks Wednesday, ending the shutdown that deadlocked Washington for more than two weeks.

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Nominations for 25th A&M president open to community

The search for someone to fill University President R. Bowen Loftin’s bow tie has reached another landmark as the Board of Regents created a website to provide information on the search and allow students and community members to
provide nominations.

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Loftin gives state of the school address

University president answers student questions at meeting

President R. Bowin Loftin gave a State of the University address and answered questions from students at the second annual Town Hall meeting presented by the Graduate
Student Council.

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Hispanic engineers to foster STEM future

Group to promote science to high school students

In hopes of engineering better futures for students, “Noche de Ciencias” will be held by the Texas A&M chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers on Thursday at Bryan High School.

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Volunteers apply education to help abroad

Group seeks sustainable Costa Rica water system

Not many undergraduates get the chance to apply what they’re learning in class to their daily lives. However, the members A&M’s chapter of Engineers without Borders take their skills around the globe, with projects both locally and internationally.

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Oval Office Wisdom

Former Obama advisor speaks on sacrifice, White House experiences

In a lecture at the Annenberg Presidential Center Tuesday night, former senior advisor to President Barack Obama, David Axelrod, spoke on his experiences with the Obama administration.

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Junior cadet to be honored with ceremony Thursday night

Caleb Tate, junior university studies major and member of Company P-2, died Tuesday evening from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident, a hospital official said.

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Grad students continue push for own wildcat

Members urged to oppose Student Senate bill

The Texas A&M Graduate Student Council (GSC) convened for their bimonthly meeting Tuesday night, where members addressed the Student Senate resolution to denounce the creation of a graduate student wildcat .

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Senate to address dining, grad student wildcat

Student Senate will convene Wednesday to discuss nine bills, including three bills concerning dining services.

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Floods put Blocker, YMCA classrooms out of commission

The aftermath of Sunday’s powerful storm left its mark with water damage that has put several classrooms out of commission. The YMCA and Blocker Building each took a hit from the flooding, leading to the cancelation of classes.

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Churchill’s granddaughter to come to A&M

Sir Winston Churchill — soldier, historian, writer, politician — is considered by many to be one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century. His granddaughter, Celia Sandys, will visit A&M on Oct. 25 to share her story of life with her grandfather.

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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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Alumni to offer advice on job market

Communication Day to offer students direction toward career

To help ensure the bright futures of students following in their not-so-distant footsteps, the Alumni Advisory Board for the Department of Communication will be hosting a “Communication Day” from 3-6 p.m. Thursday at the Memorial Student Center.

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Golf tourney to fuel endowment fund

The Student Government Association will host the third annual “Tee Up with SGA” golf tournament Nov. 15 on Texas A&M’s newly renovated golf course to help raise funds for financial self-sustainability.  

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2 students chosen for science recognition

Space center director to visit campus for presentation, lecture

Rudder Theatre will host Col. Robert Cabana, Kennedy Space Center director and former space shuttle astronaut, as he presents awards granted by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation to two Texas A&M students.

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First openly transgender NCAA athlete speaks

 The GLBT Resource Center welcomed Kye Allums as the keynote speaker Thursday night for A&M’s celebration of Coming Out week, a week dedicated to the encouragement of honest living in regards to sexual orientation and gender identity. The event, held in the ILSB Auditorium, was meant to highlight issues faced by transgender students.

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'MSC first lady' remembered

Colleagues speak to memory of Jane Bailey

Jane Bailey, development specialist for the Memorial Student Center, died Monday after 28 years of dedication and work for Texas A&M.

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Memories for sale

Athletic department to sell pallets of playing field grass

Aggies can now follow in the footsteps of Johnny Manziel and Mike Evans as pallets of Kyle Field’s grass will be available for purchase online starting at 10:30 a.m. Monday, allowing Aggies everywhere to trod the ground of legends.

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Demonstration against dining

The Texas Aggie Conservatives asked pedestrians outside the MSC to sign a petition Thursday requesting an end to mandatory meal plans.

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Small scale, big science

A&M group propels Nobel-winning research

The hunt for the Higgs boson is over, and two pioneering physicists now have a Nobel Prize to prove it.

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Open house to showcase research

Event organizer invites all who are interested to learn about program

Members of the women’s and gender studies program will be in the spotlight as their ongoing research will go on public display for Friday’s open house in celebration of the department’s 25th anniversary.

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Students cope with government shutdown

The effects of the federal government shutdown have yet to affect Texas A&M University and College Station to the extent seen in other areas, but side effects could become more severe as the shutdown wears on.

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Former advisor to share lessons from Obama campaign

David Axelrod, former senior advisor to President Barack Obama, will offer leadership lessons from his time working with the Obama administration.

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National group recognizes CARPOOL

Campus group started after run-in with MADD

Mothers Against Drunk Driving, which sparked the idea for CARPOOL, will recognize the organization Thursday for keeping drunk drivers off the roads of Bryan-College Station.

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White Cane

Volunteers to don blindfolds to understand visual impairment

Sensory activities include crafts, food tastings

Though crafted as a mobility tool, the white cane used by visually impaired individuals has come to represent independence and accomplishment.

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In disaster's wake

Students voyage to Haiti in effort to serve those still afflicted by earthquake

Although the tremors faded more than two years ago, many challenges remain in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake that devastated much of the nation. 

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Aggies CAN

Competition food drive bridges gap between athletes, community

With the manpower and influence to make a difference, the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is seeking to bridge the gap between athletes and the community by hosting the annual Aggies CAN food drive.

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Q&A: Write the history books

Prof's mantra: 'Do things for passion, not money'

Kadie McDougald, city desk assistant, sits down with history professor Arnold Krammer.

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Sorority encourages campus to 'Think Pink' for a week

From cupcakes to decorated bras, the Texas A&M chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha is working to sprinkle a little pink on campus with a week of activities.

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Fair offers chance to browse grad schools

More than 100 programs to be represented

By deciding to attend graduate or professional school, many students are faced with tacking on years to their academic careers after graduation.

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Chartwells says dining sanitation improved

Last week's closures reopened, student trepidation remains

Following the closure of MSC Food Court, Einstein’s Bagels and Sbisa Dining Hall on Thursday, Chartwells officials said Dining Services is once again up to health standards and plans to stay that way.

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Kye Allums

Transgender athlete to speak for ‘Coming Out Week’

First openly transgender NCAA athlete to share story

As the keystone of the GLBT Resource Center’s celebration of Coming Out Week, Texas A&M will host speaker Kye Allums, the first openly transgender NCAA Division I athlete.  

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5K to honor fallen Aggie soldiers, Lt. Col. Roy Tisdale

What began as a humble way to honor a fallen Army officer has grown into a race in honor of 31 fallen Aggie soldiers to preserve their legacy. 

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Habit of winning

Athletes discuss pregame rituals

Texas A&M students participate in a variety of unique traditions, and Aggie athletes are no exception.

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Finances, Republican sway could hamper Democrat Davis' chances

Professors, students discuss Davis' candidacy

Wendy Davis announced Thursday her intention to run on the Democratic Party ticket for governor of Texas in 2014. After an impromptu filibuster against Texas abortion restrictions flung her into the national spotlight, her gubernatorial prospects have been discussed by politicos around the nation.

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Student's virtual study aid launches

StudyOnBoard promises online white board capabilities

Between the late nights and the scattered Greek symbols, library whiteboards are something of a hot commodity in the world of mathematics and engineering study groups. But with a little student ingenuity and some beta testing, the campus market for study group whiteboards just might go virtual.

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Student Senate passes SGA allocation bill

Bill requesting the use of dining dollars in Kyle Field also passed

After weeks of debate, Student Senate passed the annual $50,000 Student Government Assoication budget Wednesday night.

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CARPOOL brings Halloween early

Monster Mash fundraiser to strengthen community ties, group says

Halloween will make an early appearance Sunday when CARPOOL hosts its annual fall fundraiser, “DRIVEN: Monster Mash 5K and Fun Run.”

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Gay history commemoration begins

Remembrance of past struggles can galvanize present, organizers say

October marks the start of LGBT History Month, an appreciation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history as well as the history behind the gay rights movement. In observance of LGBT History Month, the Texas A&M GLBT Resource Center and other organizations are hosting various events as part of Coming Out Week, which starts Oct. 10.

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Senate to consider funding allocation

The Student Senate will convene Wednesday evening to evaluate new bills, including the appropriations bill that will determine which portion of $50,000 each SGA executive committee will receive for the 2013-2014 school year.

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Tee time set

Renovated golf course grand opening Oct. 25

After nearly a year’s wait, the renovated Texas A&M golf course is nearing the final stages of completion.

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Speaker discusses insurance disparities

Grad students consider changes in A&M health care

On the same day enrollment opened for the Healthcare Insurance Exchange, the Graduate Student Council (GSC) meeting hosted a guest speaker to address the topic of University healthcare changes.

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Affordable Care Act exchanges open Tuesday

Health care bill takes step in implementation process

With the opening of the Healthcare Insurance Exchange, Tuesday marks the next major step in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.”

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Budget bill stalls, furloughs follow

Health care entanglement in spending bill results in 1st shutdown since 1996

Congress failed to approve a 2014 spending plan Monday night, leaving the U.S. to enter the new fiscal year in a government shutdown.

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Graduate Student Council to address later class times

The Graduate Student Council will hold its bimonthly meeting on Tuesday to discuss insurance, class times and Aggie Rings.

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Service project to build Aggie Spirit on campus

Last spring, students suggested a nonprofit project that would unite students from all over campus by providing them with a way to give back to the community.

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White board prompts cross section of campus ideology

Design a wooden frame, assemble it in Rudder Plaza, stretch about 30 feet of butcher paper over it, hang some Sharpies off the top, and what do you get? A crowd of Aggies eager to share their opinions and experiences through writing.

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Cultural event celebrates Hispanic dance, music, food

With the smell of fajitas in the air and Hispanic music in the background, the night was one that Tadeo Huerta, the president of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, said was perfect.

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SGA seeks expansion with limited funds

At a time when Student Government Association committees are seeking to expand their impact across campus, the student senate finance committee is faced with the question of how to allocated the same annual $50,000 budget.

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Razorbacks say no band, Reveille at football game

Arkansas to capitalize on limited home field time

In line with the usual 12th Man away-game festivities, patches of maroon in the stands will contrast the opposing team’s colors, white towels will whirl and yell leaders will proudly lead Aggie fans at Saturday’s game against the University of Arkansas.

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Students react to hours-long Cruz speech

Three years after president Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, the controversy surrounding it continues to gridlock Washington D.C. and the nation, most recently evidenced by the standoff between Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and the U.S. Senate still occurring at the time of publication.

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Injured veterans receive personalized housing

Army Sgt. Aaron Kumamoto made the transition out of the Middle Eastern war zone and into a cramped apartment after returning home from serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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From mice to men

Organ Biotech Center to provide regenerative medicine

With the announcement earlier this month that the Texas Emerging Technologies Fund, TETF, will invest $3 million to support the creation of the Center for Cell and Organ Biotechnology, Texas A&M is poised to explore the potential of regenerative medicine.

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RHA to host forum for student dining concerns

The Residence Hall Association, RHA, will host a meeting with the University Dining Services 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Hullabaloo Hall Multipurpose Room to express student concerns about the current meal plans on campus. 

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City council to discuss rent houses, parking

South Knoll Neighborhood Plan to impact student residents

The issue of permanent residents and student residents coexisting in College Station will be discussed at the College Station City Council meeting Thursday, as major changes to parking and housing regulations in the South Knoll area may soon be on the way.

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Groups look to Aggies for help

MSC to host search for volunteers Tuesday

Organizations from the Brazos Valley will be looking for a helping hand at the MSC Respect Lounge when the Leadership and Service Center hosts the Volunteer Opportunities Fair from 10:30 a.m. – 2:20 p.m. Tuesday.

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Right to Read

Banned Books Week reminds campus of U.S. censorship history

Texas A&M will promote the right to read by participating in this year’s Banned Books Week, an annual nationwide awareness week that celebrates the freedom of expression through reading and raises awareness of the continued practice of banning books within U.S. communities.

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Behind the band

Fightin’ Texas Aggie drum majors lead the Noble Men of Kyle on and off the field

When the nationally famous Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band forms at the north end of Kyle Field at halftime, it is led by the designated drum majors with a mission to uphold that “nationally famous” title.

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Grad wildcats

Pass it back, grads

Grad students to open wildcat competition

From learning the freshman wildcat at Fish Camp to taking part in Pull-Out Day and getting to “Whoop” for the first time, the four wildcat cheers are a large part of the undergraduate A&M experience. Texas A&M may soon, however, have a fifth wildcat added to that list.

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Former students fulfill Aggie’s dream

Aggieland will shine a little brighter Friday when 3,509 students receive their Aggie Ring.

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Ring provides financial obstacle for some

The Aggie Ring is something that Aggies — and non-Aggies — recognize and respect as a unique symbol of the excellence in character and academics that comes with an education at Texas A&M. 

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Band hosts cancer survivor to raise awareness

The Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band will play host to an honorary guest Saturday during the game against Southern Methodist University — a 6-year-old cancer survivor by the name of Charlie Dina. 

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'Spur the ponies'

Bottle cap tradition unites freshmen cadets

Freshmen cadets are sporting fish spurs for their original purpose this year in preparation to “spur the hell outta the Ponies” at Saturday’s football game against Southern Methodist University.

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Hullabaloo Hall to be recognized Friday


A ceremony will be held on Friday to dedicate Hullabaloo Hall, the newest residence hall on campus.  The ceremony will also honor the three residence halls demolished that Hullabaloo replaced.

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A religious app for that

Grad students probe purpose of mobile apps rooted in faith

In today’s society, there seems to be an app for everything. While some of the most pointless apps seem to garner the most attention, three communication graduate students are researching apps that carry a different meaning.

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Drones and the Constitution

Students and members of the community were given constitutional food for thought Tuesday at the MSC Wiley Lecture Series forum, “Drone Warfare and the Constitution.”

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Q&A: From Greece to Aggieland

Professor Vasilakis gives a glimpse into his personal life

Alexandra Slaughter, lifestyles writer, sits down with English professor Apostolos Vasilakis

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Event celebrates Hispanic 'desire to succeed'

The Hispanic Presidents’ Council and the Professional Hispanic Network teamed up Monday night in the Memorial Student Center to lead the opening ceremony in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Record fundraising

$740 million in reported 2012-2013 fundraising dwarfs previous high

Donations to Texas A&M from Sept. 1, 2012, to Aug. 31, 2013, reached an all-time high for the University at more than
$740 million.

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J-Court denies transfer student's SBP eligibility

Transfer student Jarrett Namken argued to be able to run for Student Body President in the spring — what he claims is his right as an Aggie — during a hearing for the Student Government Association Judicial Court’s first case of the year.

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Syrian student shares conflict perspective

Family among millions forced to relocate due to violence


While most A&M students have watched news on the Syrian conflict unfold on their TV screens, an international student from Syria gets a firsthand account of the crisis every time he speaks to his family late at night.

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Events pay tribute to founding document

The Office of the Provost will celebrate the 226th anniversary of the United States Constitution with a week of planned activities all across campus.

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File period for fall SGA election opens Monday

The opportunity to either join or choose student senators for the 66th session will return will return with the opening of a filing period for the Fall 2013 Election Cycle.

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Cultural celebration to focus on Hispanic progress

Organizations across campus are gearing up for a month of celebrating Hispanic culture and the contributions Hispanics have made to the University.

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'12THMAN' license plate sells for $115K

The “12THMAN” license plate up for auction by Texas A&M and sold Thursday for a national record price of $115,000, the University announced Thursday.

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Students provide care, relief during games

On Saturday afternoon, tens of thousands of devoted fans will flock to Kyle Field to support the Aggies as they face Alabama. But, while those in attendance have a good time, the members of Texas A&M’s Emergency Care Team, TAMECT, will be there to serve A&M in a very particular way.

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Born an Aggie

NFL official, 'First Down' author reflects on experiences

Texas Sports Hall of Famer Red Cashion is one of few people who can truly call Texas A&M’s campus home. The retired NFL official was born on A&M’s campus in 1931 where his father worked as secretary of the YMCA Building.

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Barbecue for 'Bama

Teams go head to head, mayors of Bryan, College Station, Tuscaloosa go grill to grill

The battle between two schools just got a little tastier.

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Smoke break philosophy

Prof shares 'informal education' from campus bench

Kadie McDougald, city desk assistant, sits down with philosophy professor Scott Austin.

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Emergency responders offer practical CPR experience

As a part of Campus Safety Awareness Week, emergency responders were on call today at the MSC to train students in hands-only CPR.

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'Bama car smash' to raise charity funds

Engineering students gather funds for Down syndrome group

In hopes of fueling the gameday spirit with some good, old-fashioned destruction, the Aggie Club of Engineers (ACE) will present its second ever “car smash” Thursday from 2-8 p.m. in front of the Texas A&M Student Recreation Center.

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Astronaut launches commemoration

In 1963, Texas A&M opened enrollment to African Americans and women. Half a century later, the University is celebrating the positive impact diversity has made on the quality of Texas A&M.

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Evolving literary magazine hits stride in second effort

Fast-growing mag open for writing, art submissions

The Eckleburg Project, a literary magazine at Texas A&M, is taking submissions for its Fall 2013 edition, the second edition in the magazine’s history.

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Panel seeks to ensure future global food provision

Globalization discussion to take place Thursday

A panel of A&M AgriLife administrators will convene Thursday to discuss international agriculture as part of The Norman Borlaug Institute’s 2013 Seminar Series.

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Event displays global network

Workshop aims to create diverse leaders

The International Students Association will be hosting its third annual I-Global Leadership Workshop on Sunday in the MSC to teach students networking and leadership skills in a culturally diverse community.

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Experts discuss energy future

Experts reflected on America’s path to a shale revolution at the MSC SCONA sponsored event held Tuesday night in the MSC.

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City Council to strenghten economic ties to A&M

The College Station City Council will consider the implementation of an Economic Development Master Plan on Thursday, which will promote a mentality of partnering with Texas A&M to maximize economic benefits for College Station residents.

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Gameday hype causes swell in student ticket pull

Monday marks second-highest ticket-pull day in A&M history

Tents around Kyle Field marked the beginning of the student ticket pull for the much-anticipated game against Alabama.

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Streak-for-tweet challenge nets social outburst

Through the offseason, Johnny Manziel showed himself to the world through tweets and hashtags. On Monday, Austin Black used Twitter to show just as much, with the possibility of exposing even more of himself on Saturday.

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Events seek to prepare campus for emergencies

The Office of Safety and Security will be holding its annual TAMU Campus Safety Awareness Week from Tuesday through Thursday, ending with the fifth annual Dorm Room Burn on Thursday at Simpson Drill Field.

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Flag display to honor attack victims

The annual 9/11 Never Forget Memorial, hosted by the Texas Aggie Conservatives, will be displayed in Academic Plaza through Thursday.

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To boldly go

Largest-ever telescope to provide A&M astronomers access to universe

Science fiction might soon lose the second word in its title.

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Pro-life supporters celebrate clinic closing

Former Planned Parenthood director speaks at ‘Breakthrough’

Now a vacant building, the former Planned Parenthood clinic in Bryan, was a stark contrast to the commemoration and applause from people directly across the street on Saturday.

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Architects seek student input on new housing

‘West Campus Housing’ is about to be added to the long list of construction projects taking place across Texas A&M University.

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Arrest made in sexual assault case

An arrest was made Thursday in a sexual assault case that occurred on campus, according to a press release from Lt. Allan Baron of the University Police Department.

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Inclusivity simplified

Rainbow Resource Fair brings LGBT-friendly groups under one roof

The GLBT Resource center, in conjunction with Aggie Allies, held its first ever Rainbow Resource Fair this Wednesday, showcasing 20 different organizations and groups that provide support and services to the LGBTQ community.

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Sororities to show spirit through soccer

The Collegiate Panhellenic Council
(CPC) is exhibiting its Aggie Spirit by
teaming up with the athletic office for a sorority night at the women’s soccer game against Baylor
on Sunday.

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Traditions Council stands behind the bugle call

Behind the echo of 21 shots fired, the haunting sound of bugles, and the somber moment of silence, the students of Traditions Council work to continue the century old tradition that is Silver Taps. Full story

Rainbow fair to promote inclusivity

The MSC will play host Wednesday to the first ever Rainbow Resource Fair.

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Transit line offers travel options for students, residents

Bus routes offered to Houston, Dallas on the way

The future of routine bus travel has found its way to College Station, thanks in part to the efforts of a group of business majors at Texas A&M.

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Letter from the Ross Volunteers

Howdy, Ags. To the Class of 2017, welcome to Texas A&M University. To those who’ve returned to Aggieland, welcome back!

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Travis Terrell Lamb

Accepting friend marked by curious mind

Once a topic caught his curiosity, Travis Terrell Lamb would not stop until he had learned everything there was to know about it. His insatiable desire to learn and grow and to accept everyone for who they are made Travis a loving son, brother and friend to every person around him.

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Saron Alexander Hood

'A young man with wisdom beyond his years'

Saron Alexander Hood was only at A&M for a few weeks, but he impacted many lives while he was here.

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Polo Hafoka Manukainiu

Freshman football player 'gentle giant' with 'big heart'

Polo Hafoka Manukainiu was described by those close to him as a gentle giant who loved football, Texas A&M and — above all else — family.

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Vergil 'Coke' Hopping

Rodeo coach, teacher a 'true man of the West'

Vergil “Coke” Hopping was a man of the West. As both a true cowboy and a true teacher, he loved the land, he loved to ranch and he spent his life teaching others and his family about both.

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Nathan Walker Hardcastle

Outdoor enthusiast with lofty goals put family first

Nathan Hardcastle was inherently active, full of life and couldn’t stay in the same place for more than five seconds. Even with his passion for all things outdoors and a vibrant personality, he was best known for his passion for others.

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Raka Mallick

Compassionate animal lover remembered for social nature

Raka Mallick had a passion for her family and dogs as well as a dream to be an industrial engineer. For her, attending A&M was a path to reach this dream, but along the way, she ended up impacting the lives of those closest to her.

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Ian Alexander Pogue

Family says passionate weight-lifter 'whooping from heaven'

His actions were selfless, his heart was big and his chatter was constant. But above all, Ian Alexander Pogue’s smile was contagious.

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Austin Kyle Stanfill

Peace Corps hopefull was 'a force of nature'

Bruce Stanfill laughed when he described his son, Austin Kyle Stanfill, as a “force of nature.”

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US congressman to hold town hall meeting

Rep. Bill Flores to discuss economy, deficit

U.S. Representative Bill Flores will hold an official town hall meeting for Bryan-College Station to discuss key national topics and answer constituent
questions at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday at Rudder High School’s Margaret
Rudder Auditorium.

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Funeral plans scheduled for Reveille VII

'First Lady' memorial breaks tradition

A memorial honoring retired Reveille VII, who died in May, will take place Sept. 6 in Reed Arena, with notable changes from past
Reveille funerals.

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Bow tie sized void to fill in Aggieland

The hunt for University President R. Bowen Loftin’s replacement is now underway, as A&M System Chancellor John Sharp announced Wednesday the names of nine committee members who will search for presidential candidates.

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Students relive March on Washington

Wednesday night in Rudder Plaza, students went back in time to experience the March on Washington For Jobs and Freedom as it happened 50 years ago.

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REC expansion on the way

33.5 million dollars; 140,000 square feet; no increase in fees

The Student Recreation Center is about to make some substantial gains.

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Activist, A&M prof championed diversity

Gordone legacy continues to inspire leaders of today


50 years ago to date, over 300,000 participated in the March on Washington. One such participant was former Texas A&M professor Charles Gordone.

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Singing Cadets

Auditions continue for Singing Cadets ensemble


This year, the Singing Cadets will take the stage for their 108th season.

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MSC memorializes historic march

Fifty years ago, 300,000 people marched on Washington as the civil rights movement fought against the segregation and unequal treatment of minorities that was still embedded in various
state constitutions.

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Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band goes to ‘battle’

Cotton Bowl halftime performance nominated for NCAA vote contest

As every Aggie knows, football games aren’t just about football.

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Students gain real knowledge through simulated trials

With the many informational meetings taking place this week for the hundreds of organizations on campus, some prepare to attract students interested in pursuing law school.

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Aggie pioneers one-stop dorm shop

Former student finds entrepreneurial risks can reap rewards


One of the first memories Shanil Wazirali, Class of 2012, hasof Texas A&M is the memory of sweating while driving back and forth to stores with his parents, trying to get all of his dorm room supplies together.

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Corps of Cadets units reactivated in age of expansion

The reactivation of three Corps of Cadets units, C-Company, C-Battery and Squadron 4, through ceremony this Friday and Saturday marks another step in the overall trend of Corps expansion and diversification.

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Jessica Smarr

Defense course empowers women

University police host classes to teach practical protection

The first few weeks of the semester can be an exhilarating time as students settle into their new courses and schedules, but they also represent an increase in sexual assaults on college campuses said Heather Wheeler, the program coordinator of the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) at Texas A&M.

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Allison Rubenak

‘Stop Hunger Now’ packages 17,000 meals

150 students participate in service project before classes begin

Clad in hairnets and plastic gloves, 150 new and returning students and leaders from the Aggie Orientation Leadership Program (AOLP), gathered on Tuesday in the Memorial Student Center for Stop Hunger Now — an inaugural Gig ‘Em week service project.

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Expanded buying options drive price comparisons

Online alternatives open class materials market

Whether combing shelves for ISBN numbers or opting for online shopping carts, purchasing textbooks will inevitably be on the mind of new and returning students as they prepare for the fall semester.

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Texas A&M acquires law school

On Monday Aug. 19, classes will begin for the first time at the Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas. Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp announced the finalization of the university’s acquisition of the law school on Tuesday, which previously operated as part of the Texas Wesleyan University system for the last 24 years.

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Allison Rubenak

New rabbi embraces Aggieland

West coast native, Rabbi Matt Rosenberg, will soon be a familiar face to students as he fulfills his new role as campus rabbi and executive director to Texas A&M Hillel Foundation, a chapter of the nationwide network and organization for Jewish students.

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Mark Doré

Fall practice showcases new players, brings clarity

The Texas A&M football team began its fall practices amid plenty of allegations, but among that old news, new football stars were forming.
Just one day before camp, news broke that quarterback Johnny Manziel reportedly took thousands of dollars for signing autographs.
The reports have stolen headlines for much of the week, but the first week of football practices have brought clarity to the team. 

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Preparations come together for move-in day

Incoming students expecting to call the Texas A&M campus home in the coming months will move in to residence halls beginning Sunday, and the Aggie family will be there to help.

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Matt Wong

Commencement to begin new chapter

A&M softball coach prepares convocation speech as students ready to walk stage

Driving down I-10 on Monday en route from one recruit’s house to the next, Texas A&M head softball coach Jo Evans began to talk aloud in her car.

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Autonomous ocean gliders improve environmental studies

Though 70 percent of the earth’s surface is covered by oceans, 95 percent of these waters are currently unexplored, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Researchers at Texas A&M are working to discover more about these murky depths with new unmanned, missile-shaped Slocum gliders.

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A&M scientists aim to predict wildfires in Texas

A group of A&M researchers are working on a project that could help the Texas A&M Forest Service better predict fire dangers in different regions across the state.

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University President R. Bowen Loftin honored by Board of Regents

At Thursday’s Texas A&M University System Board of Regents meeting, regents announced University President R. Bowen Loftin will be honored with the “president emeritus” designation following his last day in office.

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Students seek academic support at Academic Success Center

Since the spring semester, the Academic Success Center has started helping Texas A&M students improve their academic performance and is now prepared to support even more students in the coming months.

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Movies serve as focus of geoscience courses

As part of its retention program, the College of Geosciences will begin to implement freshman seminars with non-traditional topics, using movies such as “The Day After Tomorrow” and even “Finding Nemo,” to enhance freshman students’ first year of college and introduce them to the different aspects of geosciences.

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Regents honor former Senator

University System Chancellor John Sharp on Thursday is expected to present to the Board of Regents a proposal to honor former student and Texas Senator William Tyler “Bill” Moore.

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Regents seek $137 million complex approval

The Texas A&M Board of Regents are scheduled Thursday to consider a plan that includes a $137 million Engineering Education Complex that will include a renovation and addition to the current Zachary Engineering Building, according to a press release sent by the University on Wednesday.

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Professor develops egg sanitization machine

An egg-sanitizing machine with the potential to provide the poultry industry with an increase in viable chicks has been invented by A&M researcher Craig Coufal, and is undergoing the final trials before it enters commercial markets.

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Sumlin suspends Ennis; status of Raven, Everett still in question

Sumlin addressed the status of three Texas A&M players who had run-ins with the law during the offseason. 

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A&M announces Polo Manukainiu’s funeral arrangements

Texas A&M sports information director Alan Cannon announced Monday that the team would attend a Saturday funeral in Dallas for Manukainiu.

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Camp begins, questions linger

Amid inquiry, Manziel, A&M suit up for first practice

In front of a packed room of media representatives, Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin on Monday fielded questions before the first football practice of the year, but Johnny Manziel’s off-the-field behavior once again trumped pre-season preparations.

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Quarterback Johnny Manziel faces possible NCAA investigation

ESPN report states Manziel took cash for signed memorabilia

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is facing an investigation by the NCAA for allegedly signing autographs for paid compensation, according to a Sunday report by ESPN.

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Urbanovsky endowment exceeds goal

Luke Urbanovsky died in a car accident on June 16, 2012, at the age of 19, but his family — both biological and Aggie — has ensured his memory will live on.

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A&M breaks ground on 11,000-square-foot aviary

The Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences broke ground Friday on a new Exotic & Wild Bird Aviary that is scheduled for completion in May.

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Aggies compete in World Championships

Senior Aggie swimmers Cammile Adams and Breeja Larson packed their bags to travel overseas this week as they compete in the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain.

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Gentle Giant

Friends remember fallen Aggie football player

The people who had the opportunity to meet Texas A&M student and football player Polo Manukainiu before his death described him as genuine, friendly, an ambassador and a gentle giant.

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Aggies expand knowledge with worldwide travels

Aggies have traveled across the globe to study abroad, gain new experiences and learn about other cultures. Summer is often a popular time to study abroad because it works better with many students’ degree plans.

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Texas A&M redshirt freshman football player dies in car accident

Texas A&M redshirt freshman defensive lineman Polo Manukainiu was killed late Monday night in a car accident in New Mexico, according to a press release from the A&M athletic department.

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Mark Doré

Changes brewing on Northgate

Micro-breweries and new parking rates target daytime crowd

The College Station City Council voted Thursday to allow micro-breweries and micro-wineries on Northgate. The council also agreed to raise parking rates in the Northgate district during game days and peak hours.

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First Fish Camp session to begin Tuesday

Before freshmen arrive to for a fall semester full of Texas A&M traditions, approximately 6,100 of them will spend four days experiencing their first tradition — Fish Camp.

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Billionaire Aggie oilman Mitchell dies at 94

After a life of service and contribution to A&M, the energy industry and the world, George P. Mitchell died at the age of 94. Class of 1940, Mitchell graduated with a petroleum engineering degree and later founded Mitchell Energy & Development Corp. and the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation.

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Concussions bring Swope’s young NFL career to a halt

Former Texas A&M wide receiver Ryan Swope caught passes at Kyle Field from names like Ryan Tannehill, who is entering his second season as a starting NFL quarterback, and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.

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Aggie billionaire oilman dies at age of 94

Oilman billionaire and Texas Aggie George P. Mitchell died Friday morning at the age of 94, according to the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation website.

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‘Holler House on the Brazos’

Coaches, former students remember forgotten icon

Seen by some as an office or classroom, by others a sports arena and still others as a bookstore, for 59 years G. Rollie White Coliseum has served in many roles on campus.

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Attorney speaks out on reseating lawsuit

At a press conference held Tuesday in downtown Houston, Claude McQuarrie, the attorney representing upset endowed seat holders in their lawsuit against Texas A&M’s 12th Man Foundation, shed new light on the Kyle Field
re-seating debate.

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Vet Med partners with animal shelter

The Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences have formed what Kenita Rogers, the college’s associate dean for the professional programs, said is the largest partnership between an animal shelter and a veterinary program in the country.

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Grad students help Alamo preservation

As time takes its toll on the Texan landmark that symbolizes the fight for independence that occurred more than 175 years ago, a conservation team led by Robert Warden, professor of architecture and director of Texas A&M’s Center for Heritage Conservation, strives to ensure the Alamo does not become merely a memory.

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Aggies team up with NASA for groundbreaking research

When Texas A&M electronic technology and industrial distribution professors Joe Morgan and Jay Porter were contacted by NASA in 2012 with an academic innovation challenge, they gladly accepted.

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Regents' Scholarships help first-generation students

After high school seniors receive their acceptance letters, the challenge of paying for college can sometimes become a daunting reality.

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Aggies file lawsuit over seating at Kyle

Texas A&M’s 12th Man Foundation is facing lawsuits from Aggies in Houston and central Texas whose endowed seats at Kyle Field will be moved after the $450
million redevelopment project.

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Babies help scientific research at Infant Cognition Lab

For more than 10 years, researchers at Texas A&M have been trying to answer a not-so-simple question of cognition: what is the world like through the eyes of an infant?

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College of medicine appoints new deans

The Texas A&M Health Science Center announced Friday that Dr. Ruth L. Bush and Dr. Wei-Jung Chen have been named interim vice dean and acting associate dean of the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine.

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Exploring the dead zones

Aggies study Gulf waters for lack of oxygen

A summer on Texas’s Gulf Coast is typically known for its popular beaches in Galveston or South Padre Island, not a lack of oxygen in the water. Full story


Online program offers diverse security education

With a growing demand for professionals in the field of homeland security, Texas A&M is preparing the current and future workforce to defend the safety of America.

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Aggie raises $5,000 with bike ride

From June 9 to July 6, Laine Melikian, a junior recreation, parks and tourism sciences major, rode his bike from Virginia Beach, Virginia, all the way back to his hometown of Georgetown, Texas, to raise money and awareness for cancer.

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Updated tech leaves no flash undetected

Every flash of lightning within 100 km of downtown Houston will now be accounted for and easily accessible by anyone connected to the Internet.

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Sean Lester

Incoming students could push College Station over 100,000

Approaching a landmark population of 100,000, the once completely rural town of College Station continues to grow into a thriving and booming community.

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University seeks Loftin's replacement

Student Body President Reid Joseph said Monday that a committee is already being formed to find a new president for Texas A&M once current President R. Bowen Loftin steps down in January.

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Health Science Center becomes part of A&M

The Texas A&M Health Science Center was formally added to Texas A&M University on Monday in connection to a move that was authorized in August by the University System Board of Regents.

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University President Loftin announces plans to step down

University President R. Bowen Loftin announced Friday that he will step down from president of the University effective January 13, 2014.

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Living with purpose

4 students intern at cancer foundation

The iconic yellow wristbands with beveled lettering spelling out LIVESTRONG could be found on countless wrists dating back to 2004.

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EA Sports travels to Kyle Field for improved NCAA 14 video game

In previous versions of Electronic Arts Sports video game NCAA Football, Texas A&M had a hard time showing what truly makes the gameday atmosphere at Kyle Field so unique.

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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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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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Indian students support home country

After thousands of Uttarakhand people were immobilized by the sweeping monsoons that struck the North Indian state in mid June, the Indian Graduate Student Association (IGSA) organized a local initiative in College Station for the injured state.

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Perry not seeking re-election

Gov. Rick Perry announced Monday in San Antonio that he will not run for re-election in 2014. As the longest-serving governor in Texas history, Perry has decided that it is time to step down at the end of his term.

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Cartoons of dragons, witches explain statistics

An associate professor in the Texas A&M Department of Statistics, Alan Dabney, has found a new way to convey statistics to non-statisticians — cartoons.

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12th Man licence plate to be auctioned for use

While driving through Aggieland, it’s become common to see Texas A&M license plates on the bumpers of many devoted
Aggie fans.

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Board of Trustees welcomes new member

On Wednesday, the Texas A&M Foundation board of trustees honored their newest member, an individual who is not only a diehard Aggie, but a former chairman of the 12th Man Foundation and a member of the Dean’s Development Council at May Business School.

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Juniors Everett, Raven suspended after posting bail

Two Texas A&M football players turned themselves in to Brazos County authorities Monday after their involvement in an April assault case, according to Assistant Chief Brandy Norris of the College Station Police Department.

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Alice Chang

NSA surveillance legal and beneficial, professor says

On June 5, The Guardian published its first article utilizing information they gained from Edward Snowden, a contractor for the National Security Agency, who claimed he had revealed “unconstitutional” actions conducted by the U.S. government. 

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Phillips 66 awards students with money, opportunities

Energy manufacturing and logistics company Phillips 66 is launching scholarship that focuses on providing students in majors that align with Phillips 66 recruiting portfolio and business needs.

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NCAA champion qualifies for World Championships

Fresh off a national championship with the Texas A&M track and field team, senior javelin thrower Sam Humphreys is once again on his way to compete for another title.

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Science rules

Math-science camp encourages leaders of tomorrow

This week, 50 middle school students from around the Brazos Valley took over the Texas A&M campus with their excitement, their smarts and their willingness to learn.

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A&M joins other leading research institutions in multi-disciplinary agreement with Motorola

Motorola and its parent company, Google, have created a research agreement with eight universities that includes Texas A&M, the company announced last Wednesday.

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OSHA investigates construction accident

Equine complex collapse injures five workers

Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigations are underway to evaluate the cause of the collapse of a 300-foot-long barn under construction, injuring five, as a part of the $80 million Texas A&M University Equine Complex Project.

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Chartwells proposes new meal plan, dining dollar system

Chartwells, the food management division of Compass Group USA, proposed a new meal plan system to be implemented in the 2013-2014 academic year.

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Century Tree seedlings raise over $100,000 for scholarship fund

The Century Tree has remained a cherished piece of Texas A&M’s history and traditions since the early days of the University.

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A&M celebrates Bush Sr.'s birthday with socks, cake

Wednesday was a day for cake, ice cream and a celebration at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, celebrated his 89th birthday at his summer vacation spot in Kennebunkport, Maine. There he donned his trademark crazy socks, this time sporting the Superman emblem.

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Researchers develop technology to reduce energy consumption

Energy conservation is on the rise, and new software and technology at Texas A&M is making energy reduction an easier, more common practice than ever before.
Instrumental in this process is the Energy Systems Laboratory at A&M, where researchers work toward reducing a building’s energy use, maintaining current equipment quality, and improving the quality of life for others. 

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Aggies on top again

Men's track wins fourth title in five years, women finish second

It didn’t take long for Texas A&M track and field coach Pat Henry to return to the championship podium after a one-year layoff.
Henry helped lead the A&M men’s team to a co-championship at the NCAA outdoor track and field title in Eugene, Ore., after a dropped baton in the 4x400 meter relay cost them an outright win. The Aggie women finished as NCAA runner-up to Kansas.

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Graduate student launches 3-D printer website

Amid the pens, flash-drives and packs of gum on Michael Mehlman’s desk, rests a 3D printer, the small machine with which he formed his entrepreneurial enterprise.

In February, the applied physics graduate student launched grain3d, a Web site where customers can browse and download designs to a flash drive and print them using a home 3-D printer.

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Four A&M baseball players selected in MLB draft

Four Texas A&M baseball players were selected in the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Friday and Saturday.

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A&M teams enter national championship as favorites

Expectations for head coach Pat Henry and the Texas A&M track teams are the highest they’ve been since back-to-back-to-back men’s and women’s national championships from 2009-2011.

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From sea to shining sea

A&M Dean to race across America

Summer at Texas A&M can be a time for some of the 50,000 students and 2,800 faculty to relax for several months after the school year.
For Jose Bermudez the summer season is entirely the opposite.
Bermudez is the dean of the College of Liberal Arts at A&M and considers his hobby of cycling a job in itself.

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Todd Staples

Old Ag returns to Aggieland to sign copies of new book

Todd Staples, Commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture and Class of 1984, returned to Aggieland on Wednesday to sign copies of his new book, “Broken Borders, Broken Promises: How Porous Borders Are Robbing America's Future,” at the Texas Aggieland Bookstore.

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Task Force 1

Teams of volunteer responders provide assistance during disasters

Even amid the debris and destruction of disasters created by the forces of nature and sometimes the hands of men, a team of responders at Texas A&M
provides assistance and hope at a moment’s notice.
Texas Task Force 1 is an urban search and rescue response system, which operates out of College Station and deploys in response to disasters such as the 9/11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina and, more recently, the West fertilizer plant explosion and the tornado that struck Moore, Okla. Composed almost exclusively of trained volunteers, this team provides support and relief across the state and country in times of need.

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Study analyzes graduate student completion rates

Texas A&M boasts a student body of more than 50,000 students, and approximately 10,000 of those ambitious minds were not quite ready to kiss the books goodbye, finding themselves in pursuit of a post-undergraduate education. 

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Retired Reveille dies after surgery

Reveille VII, a retired “first lady of Aggieland” died Thursday after an emergency surgery at the Small Animal Clinic at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Tina and Paul Gardner acted as caretakers of Reveille after she was retired in May 2008. Tina said she noticed something was wrong with Reveille and immediately took her to the Small Animal Clinic the previous Tuesday.

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Perry appoints student regent

Corps of Cadets leader to focus on student opinion

One hour before his last final of the spring semester, senior biology major Nick Madere received a phone call coming from the same Austin area code that he calls home, but he
didn’t answer.  

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Christopher Lorek

Former Student dies in FBI Training exercise; loved family, team, country

As a father and husband, a member of the FBI Hostage Rescue Team and a part of the Aggie family, Christopher Lorek, Class of 1993, was characterized by friends, family and teammates as constantly working toward something larger than himself.
Lorek and teammate Stephen Shaw were killed May 17 in a maritime counterterrorism exercise off the coast of Virginia Beach.

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Aggie athlete, openly gay

Olympian swimmer defends his University, identity

Amini Fonua holds many titles. He is a former team captain for the Texas A&M swimming team. He was the 2012 Big 12 Champion in the 100-meter-breaststroke. He represented Tonga at the 2012 London Olympics. He is an athlete, student and teammate. And he is gay.

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'Vizzers' break-in historic venue with futuristic twist

Viz-a-GoGo, an annual program that features work from A&M graduate students in the visualization programs, celebrated its 20th anniversary with a trip through time in one very famous DeLorean.

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Cadets receive commissions, embark on military careers

Thousands of students will receive diplomas Saturday and step into a new stage in their lives. A select number of others will march.

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Rep. Flores to speak at May graduation

About 7,100 students will walk the stage Friday and Saturday and shake hands with University President R. Bowen Loftin for the May commencement ceremonies as they mark a milestone in their lives.

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A&M-led relief effort assists West residents

A group of more than 100 Aggies caravanned to West, Texas, on Saturday to shovel debris, load trash bags and be a source of comfort to residents still experiencing the effects of devastation caused by the fertilizer plant explosion.

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Regents approve Kyle Field funding plan

The Texas A&M System Board of Regents approved the proposed construction and payment plans for the renovation of Kyle Field — the most expensive collegiate stadium renovation in history. University president R. Bowen Loftin addressed the board and said he needed flexibility in order to best serve the University. Full story

Panel encourages dialogue on religion, GLBT issues

Through a question-and-answer panel discussion on GLBT issues, United Campus Ministry, in collaboration with Treehouse Lutheran and Canterbury House Episcopal Student Center hopes to share a clerical perspective on the matter.

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Citywide profit share to support West community

Juggling early finals and the approaching end of the semester, student leaders at A&M continue to launch a six-day campaign to raise money for relief efforts of the community of West, Texas.

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Bryan groups gather music acts for West relief festival

Multiple Bryan-based organizations and companies will come together Sunday to host Fest for West, a festival that will raise money to assist relief efforts for victims of the fertilizer plant explosion in West. 

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Regents to hear Kyle proposal

The University Board of Regents prepares to meet Wednesday and Thursday to consider approving various proposals including the University’s proposed Kyle Field renovations and changes to tuition and fees for the Texas A&M University System.

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Chalkboard bucket list

Initiative displays students' lifetime aspirations in public

“Before I die I want to … ”

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Campus demand leads to female service group creation

While discovering the challenges associated with building an organization from the ground up, a new women’s organization seeks to give members an outlet to develop strong friendships while engaging in pursuits of leadership and service.

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Balancing the equation

Leaders focus efforts against engineering gender inequality in search of quality candidates

Forty-seven percent of Texas A&M students are female, but the classrooms in the Zachry Engineering Center and other familiar campus math and science destinations remain predominantly male.

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Students work toward global hunger relief

As the population expands, and with it comes a rise in demand of world food supplies, one group of Texas A&M students has met the resulting challenge head-on.

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CS city manager dies at 48

College Station City Manager Frank Simpson died Saturday of an apparent heart attack.

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Corps tramps 18 miles in symbolic passing of guard

The Corps of Cadets marched 18 miles Saturday in a round-trip trek from the quad to the Texas A&M Beef Center, near the Brazos River for the 37th annual March to the Brazos.

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TEDx will keep academics in spotlight, director says

Three A&M professors, one high school teacher and one artistic director spoke Saturday for TEDxTAMU — a student-organized Technology, Entertainment and Design conference with an A&M twist.

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'Vizzers' to show works at Queen

Instead of sitting at desks, visualization students hurriedly move across the plaster-and-dust-covered floor of the Langford Architecture Building, putting last minute touches on their soon-to-be showcased visualization projects.

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Century Singers say goodbye to director of 25 years

After 25 years with the University, music director Jess Wade will retire, passing down the baton after Friday’s spring concert for the Century Singers.

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Corps trek signals annual leadership transition

Over 2,200 members of the Corps of Cadets will march 18 miles on foot Saturday for the 37th annual March to the Brazos.

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Ring Dance to continue ring-turning tradition

The graduating class of 2013 will take over the Memorial Student Center Ballroom on Saturday night for the 78th annual Ring Dance.

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Landscape students help redesign Reed greenery

When A&M administration decided Reed Arena needed a facelift, it looked no further than current landscape architecture students.

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President gives address to 10,000 West mourners

President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Gov. Rick Perry, and Texas Sen. John Cornyn joined 10,000 people at the Baylor University Ferrell Center for the memorial service of the 12 first responders killed in the West Texas fertilizer plant explosion. 

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Supporters aid sexual assualt victims

Wearing denim buttons Wednesday and lighting candles Thursday, students and local organizations have responded to a perceived deficiency in awareness of sexual assault among the community.

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Magazine nears print debut

Showcasing the creative minds of student writers and artists, editors of a new literary magazine prepare to release the first edition of The Eckleburg Project, a collection of works created and published by and for students.

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Maroon Wall stands for no show Westboro

Members of Maroon Wall for West and Red Wall against Westboro gathered Wednesday to discourage Wesboro Baptist Church from protesting at the memorial service for Captain Kenny Harris, a first responder to the West explosion.

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Voice-texting while driving not safe alternative, study shows

As Texas lawmakers are debate House Bill 63, which would make texting while driving illegal, results from a study at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute reveal the danger of recently developed voice-to-text applications.

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autism speaks

Group works to increase autism awareness in B-CS

From a lit up Rudder Fountain to University President R. Bowen Loftin’s bowtie in honor of World Autism Day on April 2, the color blue has popped up on campus frequently this April.

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Whataburger condiments to hit H-E-B shelves

Whataburger CEO Preston Atkinson announced Tuesday that the restaurant will bottle its Fancy Ketchup, Spicy Ketchup and Original Mustard. A Whataburger press release announced that the condiments will be available at all Texas and Mexico H-E-B stores this summer. 

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Conservation event to highlight water research

College Station residents turn on faucets daily and water appears, but students may not often consider the global issues surrounding the resource.

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Crowdsource initiative launches

Student web venture tackles hazy campus questions

Adapting to the rigors of college life presents many questions, but a student-run project out of student business accelerator Startup Aggieland seeks to provide answers for curious freshmen.

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Leadership transition prompts senator reflection

In what has been described as a year of ups and downs, senators from the 65th Session of Student Senate reflect on the past session and offer advice for those preparing to serve in the 66th.

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Texas Senators gamble law change

While lawmakers may not pass legislation to help legalize casino gambling in Texas this legislative session, senators proposed a resolution for a constitutional amendment to legalize gambling beyond horse track racing, bingo and state lottery.

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Lawmakers tap brew laws

Bill package widens craft beer distribution

Water, yeast, malt and hops — the four main ingredients to a craft brew. Now add a long-awaited package of legislation to the mix, and the beer can reach more than just those who make it.

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Human walls to meet Westboro picket in West

Planned memorial services for those killed in West, Texas, have drawn attention from more than just mourning community members.

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Speaker urges two-state solution

A senior fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine, Hussein Ibish, addressed students Monday at an event hosted by Aggies For Palestine regarding what he said was a need for peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Presidential playbook changes hands

Joseph notes hard work ahead as he moves into SBP position

As the 65th Session of Student Senate nears its end and Muster concludes, Reid Joseph transitions from being student body president-elect to taking over all executive responsibilities, which were carried out by former Student Body President John Claybrook.

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Gender gaps in Koldus

Leaders diagnose sparse female SGA presence

With 13 women represented in the 74 members of Student Senate and three women having ever been elected student body president, Student Government Association seeks to evaluate an under-representation of women.

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Sequester cuts threaten A&M airport

Slashes in spending could close traffic control tower, threaten game day flyovers

Sequester cuts that went into effect March 1 will soon impact at least one facet of the Bryan-College Station community — its airways.

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Math fair creates excitement for young students

The A&M math department saw a record crowd in Blocker on Saturday for the annual Math Mini Fair — 95 students in grades ranging from kindergarten to high school.

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Plant blast in West stirs A&M community response

The explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas — a town of less than 3,000 people located 100 miles northwest of College Station — brought students and community members into relief action Thursday.

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'Softly call the Muster'

"Let comrade answer 'here.'"

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Students run for Aggie Ring scholarship

Aggies dunk it, wear it and admire it, but the Traditions Council is now giving them a chance to run for it.

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Freshman organization brings service opportunities to Kyle Field

Kyle Field Day — a campus-wide event that gives students and members of the surrounding area the chance to engage in community service — will be held Saturday.

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Worldwide running community shows support for Boston

What started as a Facebook page 9 a.m. Tuesday quickly evolved into a global effort to show support for those affected by the bombings at the Boston Marathon.

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GLBT bill arguments linger in Senate

Arguments relating to the Religious Funding Exemption Bill resurfaced as Student Senate passed seven bills unanimously at its Wednesday meeting.

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Explosion in West

Fertilizer plant blast shakes Texas town, Aggies mobilize support

An explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas — 20 miles north of Waco — injured more than 100 people and killed an unconfirmed number Wednesday night, Department of Public Safety officials reported.

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US Senate rejects background check amendment

The U.S. Senate rejected Wednesday amendments to gun legislation, which includes a bipartisan measure to expand background checks.

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Contaminated mail furthers national tension

Amid heightened tension after the bombing at the Boston Marathon, U.S. Secret Service intercepted a letter addressed to President Barack Obama on Tuesday that contained a suspicious substance.

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Vigil couples Syria, Boston crises

When two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing three on the eve of a planned campus vigil for an ongoing Syrian civil war, the choice for the student organizers was clear — light candles for both.

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Veto override vote to hit floor amid end-of-session agenda

Student Senate will vote Wednesday to uphold or override Student Body President John Claybrook’s veto of S.B. 65-70 — also known as the Religious Funding Exemption Bill — which stirred controversy in early April.

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'Well-planned' attack threatens national security

Two bombs exploded Monday near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three, injuring more than 170 and leaving, what President Barack Obama called on Tuesday, an “act of terrorism.”

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SGA gives thanks to custodial staff

Seven years after 35 custodians were invited to the first annual Custodian Appreciation Luncheon, Fish Aides opened the MSC Ballroom doors on Monday to its largest number of custodians to date —535.

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Shacks are back

Shack-a-thon seeks to raise awareness of poverty housing

Walking past Rudder fountain this week, students will see Aggie Habitat for Humanity’s spring fundraiser and living billboard — a village of shacks that has emerged on campus for the past 13 years.

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Bombing kills 3, injures over 140

Government officials call Boston Marathon an act of terrorism

Spectators’ cheers turned to screams as chaos unfolded Monday at the Boston Marathon after two bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three people, and injuring more than 140.

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Same-sex marriage shifts in public perception

As the U.S. awaits upcoming Supreme Court decisions regarding The Federal Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8, the debate regarding the legality of same-sex marriage continues. Shifting viewpoints on the matter has led to major political ramifications as well as an evolving social construct.

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Immigration reform prompts student action

The U.S. Senate’s bipartisan “Gang of Eight” senators plan to announce a deal regarding Comprehensive Immigration Reform by Tuesday. 

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Event bolsters agricultural awareness efforts

For students who wonder where the shirts they put on, the milk they drink or the cereals they eat in the morning come from — Farmers Fight Day provided answers on Thursday.

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Parents' Weekend brims with variety of events

Aggieland will welcome back to campus its proud parents starting Friday for the 94th annual Parents’ Weekend.

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Ring day brings tangible evidence to hard work

For many upperclassmen, Friday’s bright atmosphere may be due to more than the sunny forecast —for the first time, they will get to flash their new Aggie rings.

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Personalities shine in dunks with twists

While the unofficial tradition of the ring dunk has entrenched itself in Aggie lore, ring dunkers have more wiggle room in choosing the contents of their pitchers.

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Dining in the Dark to impart daily struggles of the visually impaired

Eating is an experience that employs every one of the senses, and one event at A&M will gauge the effect of robbing one part of the equation from mealgoers — their sense of sight. 

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Singing Cadets to serenade Aggie parents

Promising a little something for everyone attending, Texas A&M’s all-male group of singers hope to share their passion and love for A&M at their annual Parents’ Weekend performance on Saturday.  

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Athletes thank community through film on Kyle Field


“Everybody get up and do the Space Jam.” Many college students knows these lyrics by heart and students will get to watch “Space Jam” on at 7:30 p.m. Sunday on Kyle Field in a free viewing hosted by Aggie athletes and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, SAAC.

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UT Student Senate counters vetoed A&M bill

The University of Texas Student Senate quickly responded to the recent A&M Student Senate action.

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Student Senate confirms leaders

With nearly unanimous votes, the 66th Session of Student Senate confirmed four top executive council members under Student Body President Reid Joseph and voted on the remaining four officer positions within Senate.

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A&M prof unveils Houston lightning map

Houston is the Capitol of Texas – for lightning, that is.
Thousands of strikes per year make Houston exactly the highly charged area Dr. Rodney Orville, professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M University, needs to implement a revolutionary new lightning detection system.

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A&M competitive cheer to vie for national title

Texas A&M Football didn’t bring home a national championship this year, but Aggie Cheerleading just might.

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Gun bill amendment to reach Senate

A bipartisan amendment introduced Wednesday morning to an already-proposed gun package advocated for by President Barack Obama — which will undergo a Thursday vote — could be the first sign of compromise between Republicans and Democrats in Congress on gun laws.

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International week culminates in fashion show, stage performances

The lights dim and silence falls over the audience. A shriek escapes from the back of the theater, and dark figures begin to creep down the aisles. As the monsters slink onto Rudder Theater's stage, a slow drumbeat begins, escalating into a frenzy. The mysterious features of the monsters are revealed — as devils.

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Echo Taps to honor Army sergeant

A U.S. Army Sgt. and former Texas A&M student was killed Friday in a training accident at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Army officials announced Monday.

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High heels, hairy legs

Traversing the treacherous terrain of a mile’s worth of uneven sidewalk while sporting bright red high-heeled shoes, men showed support for sexual assault survivors Tuesday evening at the third annual Walk A Mile in Her Shoes event. 

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66th Session to cement leadership

In preparation for the 66th session of Student Senate to take over legislative duties from the 65th session in the April 30 Senate meeting, the 66th session will meet Wednesday to elect remaining Senate officers and confirm four recently appointed members of the executive council of Student Body President Reid Joseph.

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Participants swap mock vows to highlight cultural divides

Two weddings held Tuesday might have looked unfamiliar to onlookers — and not just because they were held on Simpson Drill Field.

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Sophomores to 'pull out' Thursday

Pullout Day, hosted by Class Councils, will occur during the Texas A&M baseball game Thursday evening, during which the class of 2015 will have the privilege to officially pull out and do the junior “wild cat.”

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Athletes train to compete in CrossFit Games

“Every rep counts, keep moving,” onlookers yelled as a competitor in the Reebok CrossFit Open wrapped up the last 10 seconds of his workout.

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Paint system designed for disaster aversion

An asteroid bears down on Earth and nations scramble for a lifeline. But before the U.S. picks up the phone to call Bruce Willis, the better choice may be to pick up a can of spray paint. 

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Men to hike awareness of sexual assault issues in high heels

Men will attempt to strut across campus for one mile in high-heels to raise awareness about sexualized violence issues at Walk a Mile in Her Shoes on Tuesday.

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Council advocates tradition preservation

Promoting the idea of the Aggie family, the Traditions Council — a sub-committee of the Student Governing Association — is holding its annual Traditions Week.

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Rudder's Rangers support injured veterans with military exercise

Rudder’s Rangers will hold the Rangers Gauntlet CrossFit games at Veteran’s Memorial Park on April 20 for the Wounded Warrior Project to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members.

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Color Craze

Holi festival, I-week celebrate cultural diversity

Red, green, yellow, blue, orange, purple — a frenzy of Aggies color-splattered from head to toe. Groups of people dancing, wrestling and crowd surfing with friends they had met only 10 minutes before. This is what a passerby might have witnessed Sunday at Simpson Drill Field for the Holi Festival.

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Senators plan to uphold veto

After extensive media attention and controversy, some senators said it’s time to put The Religious Exemption Funding Bill to rest. The executive branch and legislative branch of Student Government Association released a joint statement Friday after Student Body President John Claybrook announced his plan to veto the bill.

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UPD chief retires after 42 years

After 42 years with the Texas A&M University Police Department, Police Chief Elmer E. Schneider Jr. retired Friday.

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Cadets attend leadership conference

A group of sophomores in the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets attended the 10th Annual Nichols’ Rising Leaders Conference on April 3-5.

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SGA pushes to end bill discussion in press release

In a statement of union between the executive and legislative branches, the Student Government Association published a press release Friday advocating the end of discussion on the veto of The Religious Funding Exemption Bill.

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Student Senate bill floods social media, A&M says no opt-out in place

Sixty-four senators cast votes — 35 for, 28 against, one abstention. Many more voices have since been heard.

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GLBT muslim activist speaks for awareness week

In celebration of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Awareness Week, Faisal Alam — a queer identified Muslim activist — spoke on campus Thursday about the struggles and lives of GLBT Muslims.

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Physics fest expects crowd

Cancel your weekend plans – physics is calling.

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Eyes on Senate

Narrow vote passes religious funding bill as students crowd meeting

Student Senate passed The Religious Funding Exemption Bill — formerly The GLBT Funding Opt-Out Bill — Wednesday by a majority vote of 33-30.

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Fencing club strives for championship

“Unus pro omnibus, omnes pro uno.” The phrase can be translated to the motto of Dumas’ famous Three Musketeers, but also stands as the motto for another swashbuckling group — the Texas A&M fencing club.

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Bill drops 'GLBT' language

Authors broaden scope of funding legisltion

The verbiage and title of “The GLBT Funding Opt-Out Bill” was amended Tuesday at a Student Senate finance committee session to avoid singling out the GLBT Resource Center. 

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Vietnam veteran shares realities of war

When the award-winning author of novels such as “The Things They Carried” spoke on campus, he wanted students to understand that war is much more than the patriotic acts depicted in movies. 

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Committee to hear GLBT bill feedback

Despite controversy surrounding The GLBT Funding Opt-Out Bill, there will be little public testimony at the Student Senate Finance Committee meeting Tuesday.

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Silver Taps: Amy Janette Pacheco

Music-lover cherished ROTC, friendships

Amy Janette Pacheco was the epitome of pursuing your dreams.

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Silver Taps: Ashley Rose Gould

Doctoral student loved cello, diving, cooking

With a passion for oceanography and desire to help others, Ashley Rose Gould taught those around her about the importance of appreciating every day.

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Silver Taps: Chess Ronald Mizell

Goal-minded sports fan protected nature

Chess Ronald Mizell was known as the kind of man who would put a smile on the face of everyone he met.

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Silver Taps: Miguel Angel Hernandez

Distinctive laugh, love of sports set cadet apart

With his spontaneous humor and explosive nature, Miguel Angel Hernandez endeared himself to fellow cadets in Company B-1. Life as a freshman in the Corps of Cadets is not an easy task, but Miguel had a way of helping his fellow freshman through it with laughter.

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Silver Taps: Ross Allen Maxwell

Strong spirit pursued classes through illness

Few questioned Ross Allen Maxwell’s dedication to Texas A&M. Despite being diagnosed with a stage-four brain cancer, Ross made sure to attend every football game that he could.

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Professor's studios reshape hospital design

Blueprints of a rehabilitation center in the South China Sea sit on the floor and a sketch of a Wounded Warriors center for soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder leans against the wall.

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Awareness week to spread education, understanding

The GLBT Resource Center begins its Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Awareness Week at A&M on Monday, including events from coming out stories to searching for GLBT-friendly jobs.

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Debaters suade way to nationals

Coachless debate team seeks support

One team that won’t earn airtime on ESPN as it competes for a national title this month: the Texas A&M Speech and Debate Team.

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Court questions same-sex marriage

Students claim religious persecution, debate church and state boundaries

The Supreme Court concluded debate on cases that could grant legally married same-sex couples the right to federal marital benefits Wednesday.

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From spy to screen

Man behind 'Argo' recalls daring escape

The atmosphere was tense, the stakes high. Six American diplomats, caught in the political turmoil of the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, were being smuggled out of the country.

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66th Student Senate elects speaker

With two meetings remaining in the 65th session and until the next session takes over the legislative responsibilities, Christopher Russo was elected to the position of Speaker of the 66th session of Student Senate with a 73-0-1 vote and Student Body President Reid Joseph was sworn in.

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La. man pleads not guilty of extortion

A Louisiana man pleaded not guilty to a charge of using an underage girl to extort money from an A&M professor, who jumped to his death from a campus building in January, according to the Associated Press.

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Students commit to day-long worship

After a morning of nearly freezing temperatures, a group of students completed a 24-hour worship session at Rudder Fountain Plaza.

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Veterans offer healing through laughter

The “GI’s of Comedy” tour entertained a Rudder Auditorium audience Tuesday evening with its brand of military-influenced humor.

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A&M facility to prepare against influenza pandemic

The Texas A&M University System announced it will join a pharmaceutical company to enhance preparedness for pandemic influenza.

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Research week plumbs student innovations

Student researchers and research enthusiasts are coming together from labs and academic haunts scattered across A&M to highlight breakthroughs made this year by the student body.

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University Police search for missing A&M student

The University Police Department seek assistance and information regarding the whereabouts of a Texas A&M student, according to a Tuesday press release.

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State water shortage could boost conservation funds

Drought conditions around the state could lead to more money for conservation research — including that at Texas A&M.

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Blackmail scam surrounds prof's death

A Louisiana man accused of luring a Texas A&M professor into a sexually explicit online relationship will be arraigned in federal court Tuesday on a charge of using a phone and the Internet for extortion, the Houston Chronicle reported Monday.

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A&M military tradition beckons GI comedians to Rudder

“GIs of Comedy,” composed of former Army and Air Force personnel, will bring its comedy skit to Rudder Auditorium on Tuesday.

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Auto accident investigation to close Harvey Mitchell Parkway

Four people remain hospitalized after the auto crash Saturday night on Harvey Mitchell Parkway.

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DA drops charges against Bryan woman

Criminal charges against Brittany Henderson — a Bryan woman arrested in connection with a bomb threat at Texas State University — have been dropped by the Hays County District Attorney’s office, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

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Saturday auto crash kills 2, injures 5

A major auto accident Saturday killed Nathan Hardcastle, sophomore ecological restoration major, and Taylor Leonard, 19, who was visiting from Houston.

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The Biggest Event

Students participate in largest one-day student-run community service event

Despite the scattered showers, cold weather and looming clouds that threatened hundreds of outdoor projects, thousands of volunteers huddled in groups early Saturday morning for the 31st annual Big Event — the biggest to date.

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Freshmen celebrate milestones, partake in traditions

Under the arches of the Quad, symbolic of the spirit of the 12th Man, the freshman class of 2016 celebrated milestones and strengthened their Aggie spirit at the 9th annual Fish Fest on Thursday.

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Sumlin, new media blitz accompany record sign up

The largest one-day student-run service project in the nation is back — and it’s bigger than ever.

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SBP-elect calls for cabinet members

With the release of applications for the 14 positions in the new executive cabinet, Reid Joseph, student body president elect, said he is looking for experienced students who exhibit the core values of A&M to help lead the Student Government Association.

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Christian apologist presents three-part proof of God

Christian apologist William Lane Craig defended his faith in a lecture Thursday using The Kalām Cosmological Argument and Christian apologetics.

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Senate bill discriminates, GLBT Aggies say

GLBT Aggies vice president Maria Miguel said a Student Senate bill that would potentially threaten GLBT Resource Center funding is a form of discrimination.

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Senate confirms board members, passes 3 bills

Student Senate confirmed the five remaining nominees to the nine-member Student Services Fee Advisory Board, SSFAB, and passed three bills in the Wednesday meeting.

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'A Song of Ice & Fire' author to visit A&M

Early episode screening, Cushing exhibit accompany writer's stay

Brace yourselves, sci-fi fans — Deeper Than Swords has arrived.

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Higher ed experts talk rise of online classes, budget cuts

Professionals in the Texas education system fielded questions Wednesday on challenges facing public and higher education as part of a lecture titled “Cost vs. Quality: The Future of American Higher Education.”

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12th Man Foundation names president and CEO

Irven E. “Skip” Wagner was named president and CEO of the 12th Man Foundation on Wednesday.

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Senate to address fee advisory board

With only four meetings left, the 65th session of Student Senate will meet Wednesday to confirm Student Service Fee Advisory Board members and discuss and vote on pieces of legislation introduced before spring break.

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Construction projects to facilitate population swell

In preparation for population increases, the city of College Station and Texas A&M are working on several projects to alleviate future traffic congestion.

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Nobel Prize winner speaks on housing market crash

The 2002 Nobel Prize recipient Vernon L. Smith will deliver a lecture on the U.S. housing bubble collapse at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center.

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Quad eatery feeds cadets and non-regs

More than 2,000 uniformed cadets file in at 7:10 in the morning. Their day started an hour ago, with physical training, roll call and a ceremony to honor the American flag. Trays in hand, they are hungry for breakfast.

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40 days for life

Sidewalk counselors aid pro-life campaign

With six days left in the 40 Days for Life national pro-life campaign, Coalition for Life members say the relationship with Planned Parenthood has evolved while continuing to counsel women in front of the health care facility that offers abortions.

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Interns promote attitude of sustainability on campus

“Green” is an often politically charged term that the Office of Sustainability at A&M works to neutralize, while encouraging and equipping students with the means to help sustain their environment.

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Public program broadcasts student shows

Turn on the TV – A&M students are on the air.

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Student gamers use tournament winnings to help pay tuition

A group of students found a way of using their shared hobby of playing video games to help pay the bills while working toward earning a college degree.

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A&M grads assist family’s story of migration from Cuba

“First they took baseball, then they took freedom” — the opening words to the book “Cubanos in Wisconsin” by Silvio Canto Jr., the story of Fidel Castro’s communist takeover of Cuba and his family's subsequent migration to the U.S.

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Authorities investigate campus bomb threat for Friday

Code Maroon alerts were sent to subscribed University email accounts and phones at 1:30 p.m. Thursday regarding a campus-wide bomb threat for Friday, according to

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Student-raised fund breaks record to serve orphans

Breakaway’s 7th annual Shalom Project sought to inspire students to make a difference in the lives of disabled orphans while asking students to meet a goal of more than $100,000 — which, on Wednesday, was met and surpassed.

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Funeral set for freshman cadet

Service and funeral arrangements for Amy Pacheco, a freshman member of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets, who was killed in a car accident over the weekend have been set. 

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Student Senate unanimously passes four bills, swears in 24

Student Senate passed four bills unanimously — including two dedicated to veteran affairs — at the March 6 meeting.

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Pass it back, Ags

5 for Yell preps to represent maroon and white

Since he was 6 years old, Roy May dreamed of following in the footsteps of his father, Class of 1966, as an A&M yell leader. When the 33-year-old sophomore engineering major was elected junior yell leader — along with his 5 for Yell running mates — he did just that.

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Senators to fill vacancies, vote 3 bills

The 65th Session of Student Senate will swear in 24 newly elected senators to fill vacancies that opened throughout the session. At the Wednesday meeting, Senate will also vote on a short list of legislation.

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Organizers extend Student Research Week deadline

Student Research Week organizers are calling on students to submit and present research at the event that students say gives researchers real-world experience.

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Organization gains national honors through global reach

Many student organizations have an impact on the campus, community, state and country. But when the A&M chapter of Engineers Without Borders built a Costa Rican pipeline for one of its international projects, the impact of the award-winning organization went global.

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Silver Taps: Stephen Patrick Byrne

Doctoral student taught at his alma mater

Stephen Patrick Byrne was a man known by his friends and family as a great teacher, a good man, a loving father and husband and — from his time as an undergraduate in the 1970s or his stint as a senior construction science lecturer — an Aggie.

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Silver Taps: Kirsten Allison Salerno

Role model dedicated her work to help veterans

Friends and family remember Kirsten Allison Salerno as a woman whose passion, enthusiasm and commitment came from serving veterans and improving their well-being.

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Corps calls Echo Taps

Two cadets honored in the Quad after accident

Students gathered with the Corp of Cadets for an Echo Taps ceremony Monday night to honor Amy Pacheco and Miguel Hernandez, both of whom were killed in a car crash Sunday leaving a JROTC drill meet in Houston.

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The Daily Texan adapts, tightens in evolving field

In a time when digital screens compete with and often replace traditional forms of media, the state of a physical newspaper’s relevance is often questioned. But regardless of whether students and citizens choose Twitter or blogs over print to stay informed, the answer may be soon made irrelevant by a more immediate concern: can the print version of a newspaper remain afloat?

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Bush School, Habitat for Humanity sponsor home

Current and former students of the Bush School — along with a number of faculty members — gathered Saturday to raise the walls of a five-bedroom Habitat for Humanity home in honor of former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, for their many years of public service.

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Crash kills two cadets, injures one

Three people, including two members of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets, were killed in a head-on collision involving a wrong-way driver early Sunday morning on Highway 290 outside of Houston.

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Two Cadets killed, one injured in early morning auto accident

Two A&M freshman in the A&M Corps of Cadets and another woman were killed in an auto accident around 3:30 a.m. Sunday on Highway 290, the Harris County Sheriff's Office said.

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A&M spokesman receives international marketing honor

Texas A&M spokesman Jason Cook received international recognition for his contributions to shaping the image of Texas A&M into a thriving top-tier University.

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Aggies honor late student's legacy through concert

Over 400 people will gather Saturday to sponsor an organization that a recently deceased Aggie cherished his first and only year at A&M.

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State of the media

Journalist practitioners report industry scoop

Stop the presses — journalism isn’t dead.

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It Can Wait

Text and drive simulation encourages precaution

AT&T began the “It Can Wait” campaign in 2009 to educate drivers about the dangers of texting while driving. AT&T brought the national campaign to the Memorial Student Center on Wednesday.

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Researchers seek evidence of earlier human presence

Complete and utter darkness surrounds her. Postdoctoral student Jessi Halligan might as well be swimming through tar as she attempts to navigate the cold darkness of the Aucilla River in Florida. 

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Engineers recalculate vaccine mobility

What started as a class project grew into a more effective way to refrigerate and transport vaccines to remote villages in developing countries.
Four students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering turned heads with a mobile refrigeration system called the “Coolbike.”

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A&M poll shows support for fee bump

The Kyle Field poll presented by the A&M administration last Wednesday showed that 55 percent of responding students favor an increase in the University Advancement Fee and student sports passes to fund a $75 million portion of the planned $425 million renovations. Full story