The Battalion: Opinion


rss feed

Top Story

Fresh fall fashion staples

The fashion week frenzy that is September is now behind us, leaving an influx of runway-inspired items to revive wardrobes that are in dire need of autumn staples. The Battalion Life & Arts editor Katie Canales chose four fall pieces that are bound to provide a quick way to stay fresh and modern this season.

  • icon Updated: 6:58 am

related items

Recent Headlines

Thursday 10/08/2015
How many is too many?
Updated: October 08, 2015 - 1:03 am

"There was another mass shooting today.”

Comments (0)
Sunday 10/04/2015
'Martian' breaks Ridley Scott's bad-movie streak
Updated: October 04, 2015 - 11:46 pm

Last week NASA announced there is probably running water on Mars — news that made the idea of humans someday living on the red planet seem that much more possible. The new movie “The Martian,” released Friday, explored the idea of this possibility even further.

Comments (0)
Friday 10/02/2015
Saturday: The tell-all
Updated: October 04, 2015 - 11:21 am

In the Southeastern Conference, each week presents the biggest game of the year. That’s certainly applicable for the Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State matchup Saturday.

Comments (0)
Thursday 10/01/2015
Don’t let inconvenience deter you
Updated: October 01, 2015 - 1:01 am

Please don’t let the relocation of vital student services from Cain Hall deter you from getting the help you may need.

Comments (0)
Wednesday 09/30/2015
Rediscovering the night sky
Updated: October 01, 2015 - 12:27 am

My first memory of the night sky came from driving around pastures in my dad’s truck with my brother and sister; all of us had our heads hanging out the window to stare up at the stars. Despite the fact I’ve gazed at the galaxy countless times over the years, I’ve never seen the night sky quite like I did Tuesday night at the Mitchell Institute’s Star Party.

Comments (0)
Sunday 09/27/2015
New Disclosure album ‘Caracal’ lacks originality
Updated: September 27, 2015 - 8:12 pm

I consider myself a fan of Disclosure’s music. It strikes a tight balance between dance and pop, between silly and serious. It’s a sound that, over time, has begun to take prominence in popular music, and when they announced their new album ‘Caracal,’ I was excited to see where they would take it. Unfortunately, Disclosure’s attempt at evolution leaves me feeling bored.

Comments (0)
Waka Flocka Flame brought the magic to CS
Updated: September 28, 2015 - 12:53 am

When my kids ask me when I became a man, I will tell them about the Waka Flocka Flame concert I attended last Thursday night.

Comments (0)
Thursday 09/24/2015
A new SEC has arrived, but Arkansas was left behind
Updated: September 25, 2015 - 12:05 am

If the last SEC football game that you watched was the “Game of the Century” in 2011, where No. 1 LSU went into Tuscaloosa and defeated No. 2 Alabama by the score of 9-6 in overtime by a game-winning field goal, then flipping on an SEC football game in 2015 would be a remarkable change. 

Comments (0)
'One is silver, and the other gold'
Updated: September 25, 2015 - 12:03 am

When I was young, my favorite restaurant was Whataburger. I didn’t care that it was only a fast-food burger joint or that it offered a less-than-stellar atmosphere, I was more concerned with the food itself.

Comments (0)
Wednesday 09/23/2015
‘I didn’t really know what it meant to consent to sex’
Updated: September 24, 2015 - 12:43 am

When we reach a certain age, our parents teach us about sex — but we’re never taught about consent.

Comments (0)
Tuesday 09/22/2015
Guest Column: ‘We cannot go down in history as the generation that just let all of this happen’
Updated: September 22, 2015 - 8:25 am

Today, more than 50 barrel bombs will be dropped on innocent citizens across Syria. 

Comments (0)
Monday 09/21/2015
Ryan Adams newly released cover adds emotion to Taylor Swift's '1989'
Updated: September 21, 2015 - 1:15 pm

Ryan Adams' new cover of Taylor Swift's "1989" strips away the upbeat pop, leaving bare bones of raw, emotional lyrics. 

Comments (0)
Sunday 09/20/2015
‘GO:OD AM’ not to be missed
Updated: September 20, 2015 - 9:43 pm

Mac Miller’s been through a lot since his phenomenal and weird album “Watching Movies with the Sound Off.” He released the melancholy mix tape “Faces” in the midst of a drug addiction, sold his mansion in Los Angeles to move in with his supportive older brother and girlfriend in New York and signed a $10 million record deal with Warner Bros. Most recently, he created the energetic “GO:OD AM,” turning over a new leaf for himself musically.

Comments (0)
Online activism should only be the first step
Posted: September 20, 2015

"#YesAllWomen because women are shamed for breast feeding in public when the media idolizes Victoria’s Secret and Carl’s Jr. ads.”

Comments (0)
Thursday 09/17/2015
‘Your identity cannot exist on titles and organizations alone’
Updated: September 17, 2015 - 8:25 pm

Dear Applicant,

Comments (0)
Wednesday 09/16/2015
Five takeaways from the Republican Presidential Debate
Updated: September 17, 2015 - 3:27 pm

With Ronald Reagan’s Air Force One for a backdrop, 11 presidential hopefuls took the stage last night in the second primetime GOP debate. CNN’s hosts played the candidates against each other in an attempt to spark true one-on-one debate — an effort that worked at times, but fell flat at others. Here are five things that stood out through the rhetoric:

Comments (0)
Guest column: 'I ask the A&M system — proceed with caution'
Updated: September 17, 2015 - 4:29 pm

On September 3rd of this year, the Board of Regents voted to move forward with a plan to lease out the land where Cain Hall currently sits for a hotel, parking garage and a new Cain. This October, staff in the departments of Residence Life, Student Counseling Services, Disability Services and others important to thousands of students will begin to vacate Cain in phases and move to temporary sites across campus.

Comments (2)
Tuesday 09/15/2015
Five things to look for in GOP Debate
Updated: September 16, 2015 - 12:40 pm

The second round of Republican presidential candidate debates will take place Wednesday at the Reagan Presidential Library in California. If this debate is anything like last month’s Fox News Debate, viewers and pundits will have much to talk about.

Comments (0)
'The once proud Texas is not so proud anymore'
Updated: September 17, 2015 - 3:22 pm

Tuesday afternoon marked the end of a brief, 22 month era at the University of Texas.

Comments (0)
Friday 09/11/2015
‘Never Forget’ the Pentagon, Flight 93
Updated: September 11, 2015 - 3:03 pm

Fourteen years ago Friday was the deadliest terror attack in American history. When we think of the 9/11 tragedy, we think of the 2,753 victims who died in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. We think of the fallen Twin Towers and of Ground Zero and the dust and rubble that covered the streets for weeks after. We think of our fellow Americans in New York who witnessed the horror, who had loved ones in the World Trade Center, who died in service when the towers collapsed. 

Comments (0)
‘Terrorism has no religion’
Updated: September 11, 2015 - 2:52 am

On September 11, 2001 my religion was hijacked by terrorists.

Comments (0)
Wednesday 09/09/2015
Career fairs are no longer a game. Senior year is here, and it’s either get hired or go home — literally.
Updated: September 10, 2015 - 11:09 am

The recruiter and I made eye contact. He took my resume, nodded as I talked as much as I could about my summer internships and work, asked a few questions, and finally addressed the topic we both knew I desperately wanted to hear. 

Comments (0)
Tuesday 09/08/2015
Take the time, write a Silver Taps letter
Updated: September 08, 2015 - 1:00 am

Six of our classmates did not attend Gig ‘Em Week. Their parents did not lend them a hand during campus Move In. Their friends will go to Friday’s Midnight Yell without them, and they will never stand with the 12th Man on Saturdays again. 

Comments (0)
Sunday 09/06/2015
Analysis: Questions shift from defense to quarterback
Updated: September 07, 2015 - 1:57 am

Following an offseason full of questions and uncertainty regarding the Texas A&M defense, the Aggies had a national platform to establish a new and improved ‘Wrecking Crew.’ 

Comments (0)
Friday 09/04/2015
It’s time for this year to be ‘The Year’
Updated: September 04, 2015 - 8:08 pm

Let’s take a look at Kevin Sumlin’s track record since he became the Aggies’ head football coach before the 2012 season: one Cotton Bowl, one Chick-Fil-A Bowl, one Liberty bowl, zero division titles, zero SEC championships, zero playoff or BCS bowl appearances and zero national championships.

Comments (0)
Wednesday 09/02/2015
No joke: Don’t throw away vote on ‘Deez Nuts’
Updated: September 03, 2015 - 1:22 am

Nine percent of North Carolinians surveyed preferred “Deez Nutz” over Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in a late August public policy poll.

Comments (0)
The next giant leap: America’s future in space is bold, bright and focused on Mars
Updated: September 03, 2015 - 1:22 am

It all boiled down to one question — how do you keep an astronaut alive long enough to land on Mars? A spacecraft heavy enough to sustain a manned Martian mission reaches the planet with too much energy to attempt a safe entry, but the fuel necessary to slow down is too heavy to haul into orbit. Vehicle atmospheric drag is a great solution if the occupants are robots, but the human body is very fragile and maneuvers must be restricted. 

Comments (0)
Break the chain: Feminism movement requires looking beyond cultural stigmas
Updated: September 02, 2015 - 12:24 am

When I was born, my dad called my grandma to tell her the news. She replied, “Oh, don’t worry, you’ll get a boy next time.” 

Comments (0)
Tuesday 09/01/2015
Letter to the Aggie freshmen
Updated: September 01, 2015 - 12:32 am

Dear Freshmen,

Comments (0)
Monday 08/31/2015
The first draft of campus history
Updated: August 31, 2015 - 1:10 am

From day one in Aggieland, I was told, “From the outside looking in, you can’t understand it. And from the inside looking out, you can’t explain it.” Three years of interviewing Aggies later, I stand by this statement. I can’t explain the Aggie Spirit, but every day at The Batt, we try.

Comments (0)
Friday 08/07/2015
Road to the White House
Updated: August 07, 2015 - 12:08 pm

Get ready for angry social media rants, it’s officially presidential campaign season once again.

Comments (0)
Wednesday 07/29/2015
Game by game breakdown of 2015 Aggie football
Updated: July 30, 2015 - 4:22 pm

It’s almost here, folks. Just over a month until college football is back in our lives.

Comments (0)
Guest Column: Dear Incoming Students...
Updated: July 29, 2015 - 10:40 pm

Dear Incoming A&M Students,

Comments (0)
The world's largest swimming pool is also NASA's astronaut proving ground
Updated: July 29, 2015 - 8:22 pm

If you want to experience outer space, jump into the nearest pool – NASA’s training philosophy has centered on this maxim for decades, and they have the largest swimming pool in the world to prove it.

Comments (0)
Monday 07/13/2015
Staff Picks: Aggie traditions
Updated: July 13, 2015 - 7:49 pm

Penny on Sully

Comments (0)
Wednesday 07/08/2015
An Aggie in NYC: Technical difficulties should stand as a warning
Updated: July 08, 2015 - 7:51 pm

NEW YORK — The newsroom in the Fox News Channel headquarters seemed casual as I sat at my desk working on prompter script for the next day’s morning show. I knew, however, upstairs the employees on the Fox Business floor were probably running around, making calls, checking every newswire, Twitter feed, anything to make sure the audience gets the most accurate updates on the stock exchange freeze Wednesday morning. 

Comments (0)
An Aggie at NASA: A dangerous endeavor
Updated: July 10, 2015 - 1:17 pm

Mars makes it extremely easy to die before you even get to the surface.

Comments (0)
Wednesday 07/01/2015
Letter to the Editor: If the Confederate flag represents hatred, so does the U.S. flag
Updated: July 01, 2015 - 9:07 pm

Dear Editor,

Comments (0)
Opinion: Why condone the flag of a broken nation?
Updated: July 01, 2015 - 9:12 pm

In the wake of the Charleston shooting, the infamous piece of fabric that was once a representation of southern pride has become a symbol of controversy.

Comments (1)
Death of a dragon
Updated: July 08, 2015 - 7:38 pm

A white plume enveloped SpaceX’s Falcon 9 just before the rocket exploded, destroying ISS-bound cargo and the company’s infallibility minutes after take off on Sunday morning.

Comments (1)
Monday 06/29/2015
Opinion: ‘This action is beautiful’
Updated: June 29, 2015 - 7:06 pm

On June 26th, Gov. Greg Abbott posted the following to Twitter: “Marriage was defined by God. No man can redefine it. We will defend our religious liberties.”

Comments (0)
Opinion: Blurring the line between church and state
Updated: June 29, 2015 - 7:44 pm

When the Supreme Court ruled that bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, I, like many, rejoiced in the decision. It meant marriage equality and freedom, and meant that we as a nation could finally close the book on a debate that neither side was willing to budge on.

Comments (0)
Opinion: System of checks and balances in jeopardy
Updated: June 29, 2015 - 7:34 pm

In a landmark decision on Friday, June 26, The Supreme Court voted 5-4 to mandate the recognition of same-sex marriage in all 50 states. The ruling, which had Justices Kennedy, Ginsberg, Sotomayor, Breyer and Kagan in the majority, held that the 14th Amendment requires states to both license and recognize licenses from other states for same-sex marriages. Chief Justice John Roberts, along with Justices Thomas, Scalia and Alito, dissented.

Comments (3)
Wednesday 06/24/2015
Music should be shared
Posted: June 24, 2015

When Taylor Swift sent a letter to Apple Music, the new streaming alternative to Spotify, earlier this week demanding them to change their payment policy during the user’s three month trial period, I was peeved. The letter was concerning the fact that Apple was choosing not to pay the artists, writers or producers during the trial period. 

Comments (3)
An Aggie at NASA: Flight mechanics, pizza and beer
Updated: July 08, 2015 - 7:38 pm

Mars aerocapture and flight mechanics. Pizza and beer. Internships are as much about enjoying new atmospheres as they are about professional development, and NASA is no exception.  

Comments (0)
Monday 06/22/2015
Muse’s new record ‘Drones’ on
Updated: June 22, 2015 - 5:25 pm

You already know if you are going to like Muse’s new album, “Drones.” Here’s a hint: it sounds like Muse.

Comments (0)
Friday 06/19/2015
Movie review: Pixar's 'Inside Out'
Updated: June 19, 2015 - 3:07 pm

Oh Pixar, you’ve really gone and done it now. You’ve been tugging at our heartstrings for over 20 years and have now unleashed on us a flat-out masterpiece of animation.

Comments (0)
Opinion: Don't forget the human
Updated: June 19, 2015 - 3:26 pm

On August 1, 1966 Charles Whitman climbed to the top of the University of Texas Tower. He was a husband, a son and a marine -- and the first mass shooter in United States history. He shot randomly, killing 16 people, one of whom was my grandfather, Billy Paul Speed, a rookie cop responding to shots fired.

Comments (0)
Wednesday 06/17/2015
Review: Despite record turnouts, 'Jurassic World' fails to impress
Updated: June 18, 2015 - 12:44 pm

There’s a moment in Jurassic World that encapsulates everything about the franchise: A massive dinosaur stalks a group of helpless people, and for a moment everything gets quiet. The monster sniffs the air, looking, and then moves on. Everyone breathes a sigh of relief. But then!--

Comments (0)