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.
Get ready for angry social media rants, it’s officially presidential campaign season once again.
It’s almost here, folks. Just over a month until college football is back in our lives.
Dear Incoming A&M Students,
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.
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.
Mars makes it extremely easy to die before you even get to the surface.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
You already know if you are going to like Muse’s new album, “Drones.” Here’s a hint: it sounds like Muse.
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.
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.
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!--
Tropical storms and Python scripts – a far cry from Apollo or Mars, but so went the past few days at Johnson Space Center.
The universe has secrets, but mankind’s largest telescope will soon be built to unlock many of them.
It might have been the Lunar Lander suspended above the hall or the casual lunch discussions on astrodynamics, but sometime after I drove onto NASA Johnson Space Center’s campus it hit me – incredible things happen here, and I get the privilege to experience it all for the next 10 weeks.
I bear no hatred for the LGBT community, but I’ve got a bitter taste on my tongue when it comes to the Kardashian/Jenner clan.
Vanity Fair introduced Caitlyn Jenner Monday, and within the past few days she has taken social media by storm. Jenner’s transition to a female continues to stir up controversy on Facebook and Twitter.
In 2013 A$AP Rocky released a great album. “LONG.LIVE.A$AP” carried a new sound — a soundtrack for college parties that incorporated cinematic beats and the notorious slowed-down voice in the background. Yet, because of the long stream of heavy hitting rap albums of 2013, his album got lost in the mix. The rapper’s debut album was released the same year as Drake’s “Nothing Was the Same,” Kanye’s “Yeezus,” Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP 2,” and three months after Kendrick’s “good Kid, m.A.A.d city.” The competition was tough for the newly popularized rapper. However, it’s a whole new year for A$AP Rocky with “AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP,” and it will be hard for him to be overshadowed.
I don’t have to tell you that “Mad Max: Fury Road” is a good film. According to RottenTomatoes.com, the film is minor degrees from perfect. It currently holds a 98%, making it the tenth highest rated film on the website.
Dear Chancellor Sharp,
In light of the Texas 84th Legislature’s passage of SB11 on May 26th, I’d like to make a few points in favor of the bill. Starting September 1st, 2015, concealed carry of handguns will be allowed inside campus buildings of public universities in Texas.
The spring 2015 The Battalion staff saw the appointment of a new university president, the retirement of Reveille VIII, the introduction of Reveille IX and a tumultuous SGA election season. Aggies have graduated to move on to bigger and better things. But we’re still here.
Five days. That’s all I have left of my undergraduate time at Texas A&M. These last three years (yes, three — I’m graduating early, don’t judge) have been life-changing.
As cliché as it sounds, it genuinely seems like yesterday that I first set foot on the Texas A&M campus. And now, to my disbelief, I have five days until I walk across the stage at Reed Arena to become a former student. As I struggle to figure out where the time went, I can’t help but look back fondly on the four years that helped shape me into the man I am today.
‘College will be best four years of your life.” I heard this statement echoed perpetually.
As I prepare for life after Aggieland, I return, again and again, to Marina Keegan, a 2012 Yale graduate who wrote one of these “here comes the real world” essays for her university newspaper.
Over the past 200 years scientists and engineers have worked tirelessly to perfect the heart of any vehicle — the engine. However, with the increased pressure to go “green,” many automakers have turned their attention to electric vehicles at the cost of research into more groundbreaking technologies such as one I came across in a graduate seminar.
A redesigned university seal and a renamed MSC Flag Room — just another day for a Texas A&M leadership that has shown a consistent willingness to change parts of this university with little notice or student input.
Marvel has done it again.
To give a sense of the importance of Disaster City exercises, consider the fact that a group of first responders set to train at Disaster City Saturday were sent with their training exercise equipment to help out with the earthquake in Nepal.
‘Howdy, my name is John Rangel. I’m honored to be your Muster Host tonight.”
For generations, celebrity beauty fads have made women (and men) go to extremes to have the “ideal look.” Everything from juice dieting, binge exercising or plastic surgery has been attempted to get what people consider the ideal body. And some of these trends have just become more and more ridiculous or downright dangerous.
Aggie Muster is tonight. By now, hopefully you know that — you’ve seen the posters, or the awareness tables set up around campus, or seen a Muster-related post on Facebook. This year, I’ve had the privilege of serving on the Aggie Muster Committee as a Media Coordinator, along with my partner, Jamie Bennett. Our year has been dedicated to promoting this time-honored tradition so that as many students as possible will fill up Reed Arena tonight. But no video, no poster, no Facebook post can fully convey what this sacred ceremony truly means.
More than 100 Aggies will be honored at Tuesday’s Muster ceremony. Many of their stories are long and fruitful; some were cut tragically short. It is hard to find joy in a life lost, but Muster calls the Aggie family to do just that — to not only mourn those who will never walk campus again, but to celebrate the marks they left behind.
Along with 4,811 other Aggies and their families, I was pretty excited to finally get my own little piece of gold Friday. I felt like I’m sure many of them felt — like we’d been waiting ages for this day.
Today I graduate. Not with a diploma, but with a Texas A&M Class of 2016 Ring. Three semesters remain, but the only verification anyone asks for when they hear you are an Aggie will finally rest on my finger at 12:30 p.m. Friday.
When I came to Texas A&M three years ago, I didn’t realize how special the Texas A&M Aggie Ring was. Raised in a Longhorn household — pause for appropriate hissing — I didn’t really get what was so special about the ring until my own Ring Day drew closer and closer.
‘Houston, we have a problem…”
In case you missed the outrage over Thursday's campus prank, here’s the short of it: Propaganda-style signs riffing on the relationship between the Corps of Cadets and fraternities went rampant on social media. Students took to Facebook and Twitter claiming the perpetrators of these signs were not “real Aggies.” The Corps of Cadets said the cartoons displayed on the signs did not align with the organization’s core values. The Mugdown, a satirical outlet, claimed responsibility. In a statement, it refused to apologize and defended its intentions to bring to light longstanding tensions between the Corps and the “non-reg” student body.
As a faculty member and U8 soccer coach, I was appalled to hear that Texas A&M University officials are negotiating with City of College Station officials to use Veterans Park and Athletic Complex (VPAC) as a parking lot for “Get to the Grid” in Fall 2015. Local media have already reported on the position of the Brazos Valley Youth Soccer Association (BVYSA), which I and many other soccer moms and dads (and their kids) strongly endorse. It is obvious that the use of VPAC as a parking lot would displace several Saturday youth soccer games. According to BVYSA, College Station officials told University officials that VPAC had low or no use on Saturdays — a claim entirely untrue. I urge Battalion staff to investigate how College Station officials portrayed the Saturday use of VPAC to University officials.