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A fitting finish

Big movie sagas don’t often end on a good note, but the last film in the “Hunger Games” series leaves fans generally satisfied.

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Sunday 11/22/2015
‘The Night Before’ falls short
Posted: November 22, 2015

Holiday films are difficult to execute. Different cultures expect different values to be displayed, and if the film doesn’t hit the mark, it gets forgotten relatively easily. These films aim to achieve cult status and become part of the holiday canon, but because much of their identity is dependent on the season, bad holiday films can end up feeling soulless. Unfortunately, such is the case for “The Night Before.”

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Ask where the money goes before investing
Updated: November 22, 2015 - 11:39 pm

Throughout the process of investing the $17.2 billion in the joint endowment between Texas  A&M and the University of Texas, no one is asking a simple question — exactly who are we giving money?

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Opinion: Reactions to refugees challenge Thanksgiving values
Posted: November 22, 2015

I’m preparing for a bitter Thanksgiving.

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Thursday 11/19/2015
Little piece of gold with big memories
Updated: November 19, 2015 - 9:45 pm

The Aggie Ring. The little piece of gold that means you’ve made it. The small, bright circle that is supposed to be a symbol of status and demand attention and respect.

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Wednesday 11/18/2015
Guest Column: A Muslim's perspective on the aftermath of the Paris attacks
Updated: November 19, 2015 - 2:51 am

Friday evening, along with the rest of the world, I turned on the news and watched the horrific events in Paris unravel, and my heart broke.

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Tuesday 11/17/2015
Finding the science in science fiction
Updated: November 17, 2015 - 10:44 pm

ontinuing a 50-year legacy, CBS announced it will launch a new Star Trek television series beginning in January 2017.

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Monday 11/16/2015
‘Remember the fallen’
Updated: November 16, 2015 - 11:29 pm

“From the outside looking in, you can’t understand it. From the inside looking out, you can’t explain it.”

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Friday 11/13/2015
Thinking March in November
Posted: November 13, 2015

The goal remains the same for Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy: earn an NCAA Tournament bid. Before last season, the aspiration seemed far-fetched. Heading into 2015-2016, it’s utterly ridiculous — in a good way.

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Thursday 11/12/2015
Column: Coffee, hold the Christmas
Updated: November 12, 2015 - 7:17 am

This just in — Christmas is ruined and Christendom with it.

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Monday 11/09/2015
New Bond film misses the mark
Updated: November 09, 2015 - 12:45 am

There’s a lot to like about Daniel Craig’s portrayal of James Bond. He’s stone-faced, unflinching and certainly built for the part. His films’ attempt to move Bond away from his slick, womanizing, shaken-martini past and emphasize a grittier, more realistic take on the international spy have been universally acclaimed. “Casino Royale” (2006) and “Skyfall” (2012) are high marks for the franchise, setting a precedent in quality and tone that, unfortunately, “Spectre” never quite reaches.

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Thursday 11/05/2015
What to watch for at Friday’s Democratic forum
Updated: November 05, 2015 - 10:10 am

The Democratic pool is down to three heading into Friday’s Democratic forum at Winthrop University in South Carolina. From dropouts to Congressional hearings, a lot has changed for these candidates, setting the stage for an interesting night. Here’s what to look for in the forum.

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Tuesday 11/03/2015
Be there for those who can’t
Updated: November 03, 2015 - 12:28 am

Last month was the closest I’ve ever been to Sully during Silver Taps.

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Thursday 10/29/2015
All on Sumlin
Updated: October 30, 2015 - 7:22 am

The finger can be pointed at many for the Aggie offense’s ineptitude, but at the end of the day the problem is not Kyle Allen. It’s not even the popular candidate Jake Spavital. The issue resides with the head coach, Kevin Sumlin.

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Tuesday 10/27/2015
5 things to look for in Wednesday's GOP Debate
Updated: October 27, 2015 - 11:37 pm

Ten Republican presidential hopefuls will again take the stage at Wednesday’s Republican primary debate in Boulder, Colo. The debate begins at 7 p.m. Central Time and will be hosted on the University of Colorado’s campus. Here are five things to look for throughout the evening:

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Monday 10/26/2015
Movie review: ‘Steve Jobs’ is unconventional yet effective — just like the man himself
Posted: October 26, 2015

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Movie review: ‘Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension’ is nothing new
Posted: October 26, 2015

It is kind of amazing how horror movie franchises can show the same thing over and over and still be able to draw a crowd. “Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension” is anything but original. By the sixth installment of the franchise, you start to feel like if you have seen one of the movies, you have seen them all. Still, it garnered $8.2 million in box office sales in week one alone.  

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23-3: No longer in our hands
Updated: October 26, 2015 - 1:10 am

At least it wasn’t 59-0.

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Thursday 10/22/2015
Analysis: Another week, another ‘biggest game of year’
Updated: October 23, 2015 - 8:43 am

Distinguishing which teams are the best in the SEC up to this point in 2015 has been utterly confusing.

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Wednesday 10/21/2015
Film's Beauty and Broadway's Beast
Updated: October 22, 2015 - 6:23 am

The Broadway on-tour musical production of “Beauty and the Beast” in Rudder Auditorium was a stark difference from the 1991 animated Disney version from my childhood.

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Tuesday 10/20/2015
Student athletes are already paid
Updated: October 21, 2015 - 12:33 pm

Arguably the most hotly debated issue in college sports right now is whether or not college student-athletes should be paid.

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Student athletes deserve a piece of the pie, too
Updated: October 21, 2015 - 12:07 pm

In the debate surrounding whether or not to pay collegiate athletes, the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s “bread and butter,” revolves around the idea of ‘amateurism.’ This basically means that getting an education is first priority and on-field exploits come later. In short, players are students first and athletes second.

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Sunday 10/18/2015
Album review: ‘Dopamine’ fails to deliver
Updated: October 19, 2015 - 11:17 pm

Every once in awhile, the music industry stumbles upon an album that transcends genres and creates a truly unique sound unlike anything it’s heard before. Børns’ “Dopamine” is not that album. 

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Friday 10/16/2015
Sumlin’s biggest challenge
Updated: October 16, 2015 - 12:57 am

Much has happened since the appalling 59-0 beat down Texas A&M suffered in Tuscaloosa, Ala. last October. Kevin Sumlin has positioned himself to coach the biggest game of his career against the Crimson Tide Saturday and potentially one of the most important games in Aggie history.

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Thursday 10/15/2015
Head Yell Leader urges students to hiss, not boo
Updated: October 16, 2015 - 12:36 am

Howdy Ags!

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Tuesday 10/13/2015
Election Day: March 1, 2016
Updated: October 14, 2015 - 12:11 am

Election Day is still over a year away, but another arguably more important election is much closer.

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Monday 10/12/2015
As Aggies, we need to foster a level of understanding for the GLBT community
Updated: October 12, 2015 - 1:14 am

I am a Hispanic, heterosexual, Christian male. I bring little to the table when it comes to the obstacles of marginalization that members of the GLBT community may face. But I do bring something to the table. 

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Thursday 10/08/2015
Fresh fall fashion staples
Updated: October 09, 2015 - 6:58 am

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.

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

"There was another mass shooting today.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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'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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.”

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

Dear Applicant,

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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:

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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.

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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.

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'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.

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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. 

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

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

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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. 

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