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With director Aaron Schneider at the helm, Tom Hanks is making waves again with “Greyhound,” a World War II naval film based on the novel “The Good Shepherd” by C. S. Forester. The film depicts the harrowing journey Allied ships braved in the Battle of the Atlantic as they fought to cross th…

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In fall 2020, Texas A&M welcomed students back to campus after months of virtual learning due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In order to keep students and staff safe, A&M implemented a mask mandate. The initiative, named “Don't Pass It Back,” seeks to prevent the spread of COVID-1…

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Throughout the last week, I have dealt with the rolling blackouts plaguing most of the state. My power cycled on and off at one- to two-hour intervals for several days, and many Texans had it even worse. Some residents were without power for days. Near my hometown of Azle, temperatures got a…

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“We felt the house shake, but it hadn’t occurred to us that they dropped a bomb. Pretty quickly, it got smokier and smokier. At first we thought it was the tear gas, but then it got thicker. … It started getting hot in there. The house was on fire.” - Ramona Africa, lone adult survivor of th…

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When many Texans look at our state, they either think it will remain a conservative stronghold for many years to come or that it is on the verge of switching blue. However, with many new demographic changes in Texas, there will be great shifts in the support bases for the major parties in th…

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Directed by Jude Weng, “Finding ‘Ohana” is a Netflix original released on Jan. 29. It follows the story of two teenage siblings from Brooklyn that connect with their Hawaiian heritage. Starring Kea Peahu, Alex Aiono and Kelly Hu, this film focuses more on trends than its original idea of hig…

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As we progress further into 2021, the term “new year, new me” does not seem to be resonating with the College Station City Council. Most council members, along with the College Station Association of Neighborhoods, or CSAN, continue to push for a Restricted Occupancy Overlay, or ROO. 

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The U.S. House of Representatives voted 230 to 199 on Feb. 4 to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from her two House assignments, the Labor and the Budget and Education committees. The decision was made based on her recurring social media posts advertising dangerous conspiracy theories. 

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On Jan. 29, Arlo Parks released a new album titled “Collapsed in Sunbeams” and many of its tracks made it to Parks’ top 5 most popular list on Spotify. Every track that has gained a great deal of popularity since its release is well-deserving of its spot. Though Parks has less than 4 million…

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Texas A&M recently unveiled a report from its commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The report's findings led the Board of Regents to implement eight actions aiming to tackle racial injustice on campus. Some of those changes include increasing the number of scholarship recipient…

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Jan. 15 brought the release of “WandaVision,” the first of Marvel Studios’ planned series for Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Currently, the show is five episodes into its eight-episode season and it has been a wild ride for viewers.

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Many people don’t pay any mind to the labeled piece of cloth flying in front of their municipal buildings, and I can’t blame them. Most cities, even many states, say very little with their flags. A white banner with the words “College Station'' doesn't invoke much feeling — at best it can se…

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In one of the first actions taken by the new administration, President Joe Biden halted production of the Keystone XL pipeline via executive order. Many environmental activists in both America and Canada claim the shutdown was a huge victory. Even so, the shutdown of the pipeline will end up…

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On Jan. 22, Moon Taxi released a new album titled “Silver Dream.” With a two-year span between the last album and their latest, it was about time for some new music from such an upbeat band during these trying times. The tracks “Morocco” and “Red Hot Lights” were both so iconic during their …

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Released on Jan. 15 and currently available to stream on Netflix, “The Dig,” directed by Simon Stone, starts 2021 the right way in the world of cinema. Starring Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes and Lily James, “The Dig” takes a unique approach to the lifestyle and problems people encountered du…

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The theme of President Joe Biden's inauguration speech was a simple one: unity. In fact, the theme throughout his presidential campaign was his promise to try and unify the country. However, as we all know, actions speak louder than words. Unfortunately, the newly elected president has falle…

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Christmas Day of 2020 brought the release of Pixar's “Soul,” the latest addition to the studio’s repertoire of fun and friendly films. As is typical of Pixar, the film makes use of a lighthearted atmosphere to address the deeper themes placed within its story.

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Faculty at Texas A&M hold positions of power over their peers and students, so you would think the university would want to know any information about prospective instructors and how they treat their peers and subordinates. However, while Title IX compels universities to investigate sexu…

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Little has changed at Fish Camp since the oldest member of The Battalion’s Editorial Board attended some 12 years ago. In that time, the organization has been plagued by persistent rumors of certain students (mostly men) abusing their positions as counselors to take advantage of incoming fre…

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In the latest round of Big Tech censorship, social media app Parler fell victim. On Jan. 9, Google and Apple removed Parler from their app stores. At around the same time, numerous QAnon-associated accounts on platforms including Facebook and Twitter were also banned.

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Roger Ebert once said movies are the “most powerful empathy machine in all the arts.” “Pieces of a Woman,” directed by Kornél Mundruczó and written by his partner Kata Wéber, is an unfortunate example of how the medium of film equally lends itself to exploitation and manipulation. “Pieces of…

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When I was looking through Twitter the other day, I was surprised to see #AsATexan trending. Knowing the bastion of joy and kindness that Twitter is, I braced myself for the worst and decided to see what the hullabaloo was. Some posts were unfavorable to Senator John Cornyn and other members…

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In the 1790s, the word “scientist” more accurately described a rich weirdo with too much free time. Chief among these weirdos was Edward Jenner. Jenner noticed the milkmaids on his estate who had previously contracted cowpox recovered far better from smallpox than those who had never had cow…

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“Wonder Woman 1984,” directed by Patty Jenkins, continues the long-anticipated story with Gal Gadot as the fierce Wonder Woman, Diana Prince. Gadot returns in this sequel to tackle new foes and face some old ones. Starring Chris Pine, Pedro Pascal and Kristen Wiig, “Wonder Woman 1984” was re…

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In no uncertain terms, the past few years have not been the best for the Republican Party. We have not held a majority in the House of Representatives for years and most recently lost the Senate in a state that should have been a landslide win for the GOP. For the first time since 1932, the …

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Last fall, Texas A&M decided this semester’s standard, week-long Spring Break students and faculty are used to will be shortened to just one day, March 19. This decision makes sense from a public health perspective — after all, we are trying our best to limit the transmission of COVID-19…

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As a Fish Camp counselor this past year, one popular question my fellow counselors and I asked one another was what our deep and shallow fears were. Shallow fear responses ranged from light-hearted spider phobias, needles and uncomfortable spacing between holes. But what really got me thinki…

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Released in theaters on Nov. 13, and then onto streaming platforms Dec. 11, 2020, “Wolfwalkers” is the newest film from the Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon. It follows young Robyn Goodfellowe, an English girl in the Irish town of Kilkenny where her father Bill has been hired to hunt do…

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The 2020 college football season (or experiment) ended about two weeks ago with Alabama coming out as victors in a season with more twists than a soap opera. The one thing I anticipate at the end of the season is that some of these competitors can finally get rid of their student-athlete tit…

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I have had to work low wage jobs throughout my time in college in order to sustain myself. Making $7.50/hour while working 15 - 30 hours a week left me with less than what I pay in rent, but thanks to the money I receive from scholarships (and a hearty diet of pasta, rice and beans), I scrap…

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The United States recently reached a dreadful record relating to COVID-19 — 400,000 Americans have died. On top of that, over 100,000 businesses have closed due to lockdowns, and over 12 million people are still out of work. Some are calling for drastic economic measures to combat some of th…

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Since the massive riot at the Capitol Building, many Big Tech companies such as Twitter and Facebook have used the insurrection as an excuse to deplatform many Trump supporters, including President Donald Trump himself. What makes this situation so unique is multiple companies banned a wide …

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The new year has started and election season in Texas has (finally) come to an end. A lot of good candidates were voted into office; however, we, as students, failed to get two pro-student candidates elected: Dell Seiter and Jason Cornelius. 

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Recently, Professor Filipe Castro, a tenured anthropology professor at Texas A&M, was fired for alleged classroom misconduct. Some might say good riddance, while other students and faculty are concerned about the implications this could have on the university and Castro himself. Last spr…

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I quickly learned in life that actions have consequences. My parents were swift to correct any undesired behavior as I grew up, and even still, I hear the lecturing as an upperclassman. I would imagine that 20 years down the line, I’ll continue hearing my parents’ displeasure with some of my…

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“You will never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength. You have to be strong.” — President Donald Trump at his Jan. 6 rally. 

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As I’m writing this column it is pouring rain outside, which only seems fitting, as this is a truly solemn day in American history. 

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Recently, a large cheating scandal was uncovered at Texas A&M University. During finals, students in a 400-level finance course were sent an email giving them the chance to come forward by Dec. 8 or potentially face suspension or expulsion.  We’re not the only ones. All around the countr…

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The news broke on Apr. 1, 1985, though no one thought it was an April Fool’s Joke: Ten years after Sherri Skinner and company had found themselves in the MSC — a ten years marked by advocacy and antagonism, bravery and hostility — a restrained memo from the Supreme Court, not 20 words long, …

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“If God will not let homosexuals into his kingdom, I do not see how we can recognize them as an active part of Texas A&M.” — Letter to Editor, The Battalion.

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“Drawn-out legal battles can constitute repression if authorities use them as tools of discouragement.” — Andrew Vaserfier, “Lesbian Gay and Student Mobilization at Texas A&M University.”

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“You know, this school really needs a group, and if nobody else is going to start one, why don’t we?” — Sherri Skinner

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Carlton Caper did not mince words in his letter to The Board of Trustees: “I had hoped not to intrude on your summer,” he wrote, “but we seem to have a crisis on our hands.” At issue was a group of college students intent on starting a local chapter of Gays and Lesbians Organized for Action …

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My time here in Aggieland has been anything but ordinary – starting as a 17-year-old fish in khaki, and finishing as a 25-year-old in a t-shirt and jeans. If you told me back then I wouldn’t graduate until I was 25, I’m not sure I would have stuck around.

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I can’t believe this day has finally come; the day I’ve always dreamed of, without knowing that this is what I wanted all along.