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Stitching together the pieces

Over these last four years I’ve come to realize that going through college is a lot like putting together a quilt. You have to make something out of all these little pieces of fabric — out of all the pieces of you.

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Sunday 05/08/2016
College ends, memories last
Updated: May 09, 2016 - 12:00 am

Aggieland will always be a place of memories. 

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Always keep shooting
Updated: May 09, 2016 - 12:00 am

What a ride this has been. 

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Once an Aggie, always an Aggie
Updated: May 09, 2016 - 10:35 am

After five years on campus, I finally graduate this week. To put it simply, it’s bittersweet. Leaving Texas A&M for the “real world” is hard. For me and many of the thousands of other graduating seniors, Texas A&M is where we learned the lessons that shaped our lives — it’s our home.

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Curtain call
Updated: May 08, 2016 - 11:27 pm

I've always been intrigued by Elvis Presley’s exit line, “Thank you — thank you very much.” It’s humble, and I respect that, but it’s also the coolest damned thing you can say in the moment. It speaks leagues about the appreciation he shows toward his fans, and in that, there is truth — without an audience, a microphone means nothing. 

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Every end is a new beginning
Updated: May 09, 2016 - 12:00 am

I remember thinking after a particularly difficult day of napping and recess in elementary school that I couldn’t wait until the day I graduated college and could say I was done with going to school. 

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"Captain America: Civil War" has Marvel again raising the superhero standard
Posted: May 08, 2016

It’s impossible to talk about “Captain America: Civil War” without bringing up DC’s “Batman vs Superman.” Both films attempt to act as bridges towards the future while maintaining a distinct identity. Both films pivot on getting two protagonists to turn against each other. Both films feature origin stories of characters we’ve grown up with. But while “Batman vs Superman” stumbled on nearly every step, “Captain America: Civil War” provides equal parts excitement and humor in a tight concluding package that further demonstrates Marvel’s continued dominance of the film industry.

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Sunday 05/01/2016
Key and Peele outshine Kitty in ‘Keanu’
Updated: May 01, 2016 - 10:09 pm

The transition from sketch writing to filmmaking is often a minefield for potential comics. “SNL” has birthed more than a few stinkers from their vast sketch library, and even famed comedian Louis C.K. wrote and directed the abysmal “Pootie-Tang,” an off-shoot from “The Chris Rock Show.” Some of the best fare the worst upon making the move, but even though Key and Peele’s “Keanu” slips in some of the same spots, its hit-or-miss humor hits often enough to warrant the ticket price.

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Key and Peele outshine kitty in "Keanu"
Updated: May 01, 2016 - 10:06 pm

The transition from sketch writing to filmmaking is often a minefield for potential comics. “SNL” has birthed more than a few stinkers from their vast sketch library, and even famed comedian Louis C.K. wrote and directed the abysmal “Pootie-Tang,” an off-shoot from “The Chris Rock Show.” Some of the best fare the worst upon making the move, but even though Key and Peele’s “Keanu” slips in some of the same spots, its hit-or-miss humor hits often enough to warrant the ticket price.

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Drake's "Views" leaves a lot to be desired
Updated: May 01, 2016 - 9:16 pm

With “Views,” Canadian rapper Drake trades the brag-heavy rapping of past albums for dancehall and R&B tracks that leave a lot to desire from the critically acclaimed hip-hop artist.

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Thursday 04/28/2016
With multiple Aggies departing, who will fill their shoes?
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 12:43 am

After another eight-win season capped with yet another bowl appearance, Aggie football must endure the revolving door of players leaving the team due to graduation, the NFL Draft and transfer.

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Monday 04/25/2016
‘Flipped classrooms are no substitute for a real teacher’
Updated: April 26, 2016 - 7:50 am

Flipped classrooms — a teaching style where lecture videos teach material and class-time is used to answer questions — are an attractive educational tool that is planned for A&M’s future engineering classes. Their promise, however, may fall flat, and the college should reconsider its implementation. 

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Album review: Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' is charged with emotion, message
Posted: April 25, 2016

Coming two months after her equally bashed and praised “Formation” video, Beyoncé's Lemonade is an emotionally charged surprise release. It's overwhelmingly in your face with her disdain for Jay-Z's alleged infidelity and her status as a successful black woman. While it is reminiscent of her last album, “Beyoncé,” “Lemonade” has more emotion and power behind the lyrics, pulling no punches. Although the album slows down at times, the end result is a tight album with a strong message and theme: Beyoncé feels betrayed, and she's not worried about being polite.

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Rich in Traditions — including the bad
Updated: April 25, 2016 - 12:11 pm

Coming off of last week, it’s clear Aggies carry with us traditions that bring campus together — and traditions that tear it apart.

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Sunday 04/24/2016
"Corps of Cadets: The Musical" is a fun — if silly — diversion
Posted: April 24, 2016

Thanks to the writing and direction from senior cadet Robert Bannon — and with a little help from The Mugdown — what was once only a Facebook post has become a fully-fledged musical. And while it doesn’t break any new ground, it’s a fun, silly romp with a ton of heart and enough A&M references to please any Aggie.

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Thursday 04/21/2016
Muster means family
Posted: April 21, 2016

I asked my parents for two things this Christmas — a pair of noise-canceling headphones and their presence by my side at my senior year Muster ceremony.

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Wednesday 04/20/2016
Tubman on the $20 is priceless
Updated: April 20, 2016 - 10:59 pm

Harriet Tubman will soon become the new face of the $20 bill, marking a significant victory for many. 

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Guest column: ‘Live it, preserve it, be there’
Posted: April 20, 2016

The first time I sat in Reed Arena was for Fish Camp 2014 Session D’s send-off. As a first-generation Aggie, I had no clue that in that same building I would experience one of the biggest transformations of my life.

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Muster is a call to celebrate, not just mourn
Updated: April 20, 2016 - 10:37 am

I remember being no older than six when I stood next to my parents at my first Aggie Muster in Virginia. “Here” followed each name called out, and the ceremony’s barbecue, shared memories and Roll Call gave me a memory whose lessons last to this day — an Aggie should attend Muster because Muster brings the Aggie family together as no other tradition can.

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Trump, Clinton claim victories in New York
Posted: April 20, 2016

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton both picked up a win in their respective New York primaries Tuesday, marking another major milestone in the 2016 presidential campaign trail. 

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Monday 04/18/2016
Muster is two days away — plan to be there
Updated: April 18, 2016 - 10:13 pm

I do not remember what I did April 21, 2014, but I do know what I missed. I didn’t visit the Reflections Display to see how a single heartbeat can mean the world to family and to friends. I never whispered “here” for the students I stood for at Silver Taps and memorialized in writing for this newspaper. And I didn’t hear my own heart beat in the stillness of Reed Arena, or feel it jump when three rifle volleys cracked the silence.

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Sunday 04/17/2016
‘The Jungle Book’ is a remake worth seeing
Updated: April 17, 2016 - 10:08 pm

Producing a remake is equivalent to walking a tightrope over a pit of alligators. Lean too far to the right — nostalgia and faithfulness to the original — and your product comes off redundant. Too far to the left — modernization and new ideas — and you risk severing the connection between past and present. Either way, you’re swamp meat. 

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Sunday 04/10/2016
Black Aggie Family barbecue serves to connect students
Updated: April 10, 2016 - 8:05 pm

My first semester at Texas A&M has been a rush of change and excitement. I’ve met a slew of new people. I’m taking more challenging classes, and I’ve begun to get a sense of what I want out of my life after college. But coming from a college with a higher percentage of black students, it was alienating seeing fewer black students in my classes here. 

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Bullet holes and plot holes
Updated: April 10, 2016 - 7:53 pm

"Hardcore Henry” doesn’t want to waste your time with the details, so why should I? Here’s the skinny: “Henry” is a B-movie. It’s Vimeo and YouTube fare masquerading as a worthy theatrical release. It’s a one-note gimmick played out over 96 minutes that — no matter your preference for bloody ultra-violence — eventually grows stale.

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Friday 04/08/2016
Don’t just wear your ring — live it
Updated: April 08, 2016 - 12:10 pm

I was 30 minutes into orientation at the NASA Johnson Space Center when another intern walked up and introduced himself — “Howdy! I noticed your Aggie Ring. I’m Class of 2018; what’s your name?”

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Thursday 04/07/2016
‘I didn’t do it for the beer. I did it for the ring’
Posted: April 07, 2016

Muster, Silver Taps, Ring Day, Bonfire Remembrance — a look at many Aggies’ calendars gives you an idea of how deeply tradition permeates this campus. A lot of traditions passed down from one class to the next strengthen the Aggie network — but not everything needs to be passed down. 

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Wednesday 04/06/2016
The Panama Papers
Updated: April 14, 2016 - 1:32 pm

Roughly two days ago, the biggest information leak in history came to light. Now known as the Panama Papers, the 2.6-terabyte leak implicates hundreds of business leaders, politicians and even some heads of state in a massive tax evasion scheme.

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Sunday 04/03/2016
'Eye in the Sky' review: Thriller depicts drone warfare fairly
Posted: April 03, 2016

Modern warfare is complicated. As political as it is strategic, words and decisions have replaced guns and bullets — in an atmosphere where political correctness is sacred, every consequence must be measured. And although “Eye in the Sky” presents a competent and compelling depiction of drone warfare, it’s partially tainted by its repetition.

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"Eye in the Sky" depicts drone warfare fairly
Updated: April 03, 2016 - 9:40 pm

Modern warfare is complicated. As political as it is strategic, words and decisions have replaced guns and bullets — in an atmosphere where political correctness is sacred, every consequence must be measured. And although “Eye in the Sky” presents a competent and compelling depiction of drone warfare, it’s partially tainted by its repetition.

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Thursday 03/31/2016
Grown from the STEM up
Updated: March 31, 2016 - 11:23 pm

Science, technology, engineering and math professionals are the backbones of modern society, and STEM educators are the osteoblasts that make those backbones. If you don’t understand that metaphor then you must not be drinking enough calcium. A proper education is just as essential to the development of children as their nutrition, and just like nutrition, well balanced consumption makes for the best results.

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Trump's woes continue with new legal case
Posted: March 31, 2016

Donald Trump just can’t catch a break. 

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Wednesday 03/30/2016
Guest Column: We must be unapologetic in demanding safe abortion
Updated: March 31, 2016 - 6:31 am

Abortion — It’s not a bad word, but it’s one that makes a lot of people nervous. But that’s exactly why we have to talk about abortions and humanize those who have them.

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Guest Column: Women deserve more than abortion
Updated: March 31, 2016 - 6:30 am

One of the main reasons people oppose the pro-life movement’s desire to end abortion is due to a misconception that abortion is oftentimes a woman’s only option. 

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Sunday 03/27/2016
What's next?
Posted: March 27, 2016

A historic 2015-2016 campaign came to a bitter end in Anaheim, California Thursday night as A&M fell to Oklahoma 77-63.

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"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" isn't so super
Updated: March 27, 2016 - 9:13 pm

When I judge a film, the most important aspect is also the simplest one: how does it make me feel? While the question is certainly subjective, it stands as a baseline for how I approach a film’s critiques. Every piece of film’s aim is to conjure an emotional reaction in the viewer, and the best filmmakers know what strings to pull to have the audience where they want them. Unfortunately for comic book fans, Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” left me with just one reaction: boredom.

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Wednesday 03/23/2016
‘Everyone is fighting a battle of their own’
Updated: March 23, 2016 - 10:03 pm

For HelpLine Awareness Week, The Battalion will publish daily guest columns written by HelpLine’s volunteers. As anonymity is a concern due to the nature of HelpLine calls, The Battalion has granted the guest columnists the use of pseudonyms.

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Don’t expect comic book films to disappear anytime soon
Updated: March 24, 2016 - 5:46 pm

"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” will be released this weekend, and whether or not it’s any good, it will make hundreds of millions of dollars. Two months later, both “Captain America: Civil War” and “X-Men: Apocalypse” will accomplish the same feat. These are only a handful of the dozen or so comic book films planned for the upcoming years, and their prevalence begs a question — why are there so many comic book films?

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Tuesday 03/22/2016
'I can be there as long as you need me'
Updated: March 23, 2016 - 10:27 am

For HelpLine Awareness Week, The Battalion will publish daily guest columns written by HelpLine’s volunteers. As anonymity is a concern due to the nature of HelpLine calls, The Battalion has granted the guest columnists the use of pseudonyms. 

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Monday 03/21/2016
Analysis: A&M can’t rely on a miracle for Sweet 16
Updated: March 22, 2016 - 1:07 am

Just two days before enduring one of the most devastating losses in college basketball history, Northern Iowa upset sixth-seeded Texas 75-72 on an improbable halfcourt buzzer-beater. Jubilant Panthers raced off of the bench to mob hero Paul Jesperson on the Oklahoma City hardwood.

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'It's okay to only be okay'
Posted: March 21, 2016

For HelpLine Awareness Week, The Battalion will publish daily guest columns written by HelpLine’s volunteers. As anonymity is a concern due to the nature of HelpLine calls, The Battalion has granted the guest columnists the use of pseudonyms. 

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Sunday 03/20/2016
Editorial board: Rusty’s example will continue to serve Texas A&M
Updated: March 21, 2016 - 8:30 am

Texas A&M is made better by many, but few had so large an impact on the tradition and spirit that sets our university apart like Rusty Thompson.

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How being a HelpLine volunteer also helped me
Updated: March 20, 2016 - 11:31 pm

For HelpLine Awareness Week, The Battalion will publish daily guest columns written by HelpLine’s volunteers. As anonymity is a concern due to the nature of HelpLine calls, The Battalion has granted the guest columnists the use of pseudonyms. 

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Thursday 03/10/2016
"10 Cloverfield Lane" will keep you guessing
Updated: March 10, 2016 - 5:19 pm

If the modern age of film has taught us anything, it is the effectiveness of a well thought-out marketing campaign. Films live and die by their trailers, as too much information can lead to viewers already knowing too much going in, and a lack of information can leave viewers feeling betrayed when their expectations aren’t met. This marketing landscape has made it especially difficult to advertise mystery films, as they function best when viewers go in blind. That said, “10 Cloverfield Lane” pulls off what many mysteries fail to achieve: it surprises at every turn.

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Wednesday 03/09/2016
Memes have taken over the 2016 election
Updated: March 09, 2016 - 11:32 pm

As election season has continued to unravel, there’s been an alarming trend. It’s getting harder to ignore and it has me honestly scared about the upcoming election. It seems every social corner of the Internet — from Facebook to Twitter to Reddit — is stuffed with political memes.

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Sunday 03/06/2016
5 takeaways from the Democratic debate
Updated: March 06, 2016 - 9:25 pm

After a weekend of voting for the Democratic primaries, candidate Bernie Sanders won Kansas, Nebraska and Maine but lost to his opponent Hillary Clinton in Louisiana. The two candidates faced off again in Flint, Michigan in a confrontational debate Sunday night. Battalion news reporter Brad Canon gives five takeaways from the heated debate.

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Friday 03/04/2016
"Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" is a misfire
Updated: March 06, 2016 - 7:31 pm

“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” carries an apt title, but it’s not necessarily the one I would’ve used. Yes, there’s plenty of whiskey, multiple tangos and least one foxtrot, but the arc of the film — in which a frustrated white woman "finds herself" through culture shock —  begs the title “Eat, Pray, War.”

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Wednesday 03/02/2016
5 things to watch for at the GOP debate
Posted: March 02, 2016

After a revealing Super Tuesday and a heated debate last week, four Republican candidates will get back on stage to face off once again. Battalion news editor Sam King gives five things to watch for during the Fox News GOP debate in Detroit Thursday.

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Tuesday 03/01/2016
Living the game: ‘10 Cloverfield Lane’ takes objects from the real world and puts them in a virtual reality
Updated: March 07, 2016 - 9:01 pm

In today’s world we are inundated with so many different advertisements and marketing campaigns that I catch myself in a constant struggle to avoid them. However the team behind the soon-to-be-released movie “10 Cloverfield Lane” is implementing a marketing scheme that has fans — me being one — begging for more.  

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Stand for those who stand no more
Updated: March 01, 2016 - 10:22 am

An open letter to the Aggie family,

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Monday 02/29/2016
The stakes are high for Super Tuesday
Posted: February 29, 2016

For those political junkies like myself who have been following along with the race since August, Super Tuesday is like the birthday of an election year — not as great as Christmas, but still pretty great. 

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