The Battalion: Opinion

Opinion

rss feed

Top Story

'This ring is for you'

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.

  • icon Updated: Yesterday

Recent Headlines

Thursday 04/16/2015
From factory to finger
Updated: April 16, 2015 - 11:57 pm

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. 

Comments (0)
Apollo 13, 45 years later
Updated: April 16, 2015 - 12:35 pm

‘Houston, we have a problem…” 

Comments (0)
Monday 04/13/2015
Column: Campus sign fiasco shows we can all be too quick to judge
Updated: April 14, 2015 - 1:28 pm

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.

Comments (0)
Guest column: If A&M can renovate Kyle Field, why can’t it handle parking without disrupting youth soccer?
Posted: April 13, 2015

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.

Comments (0)
Swipe right for revelation: Tinder is more than its stereotype
Posted: April 13, 2015

Dating is not my forte. 

Comments (0)
Keep College Station weird: Aggieland ranked No. 5 on hipster city poll, which isn’t as surprising as you’d think
Updated: April 16, 2015 - 10:08 am

College Station is known for Aggieland, its country atmosphere and especially its conservative culture. It’s not known for being in any way associated with the vintage-wearing, non-conforming hipster subculture much more identifiable with places like New York City or Austin.

Comments (1)
Sunday 04/12/2015
New ‘Game of Thrones’ episodes leaked, so I binge-watched them. Here’s what to expect.
Updated: April 12, 2015 - 11:29 pm

Editor’s note: Some “Game of Thrones” spoilers follow. Read at your own risk.

Comments (0)
Tuesday 03/31/2015
Letter to the editor: A ‘thank you’ to The Big Event
Updated: March 31, 2015 - 10:47 pm

How about those Aggies! 

Comments (0)
Guest column: 30 years after a gay rights ruling changed A&M, one of the case’s chief advocates examines the impact
Posted: March 31, 2015

Marco Roberts, Class of 1986, was president of Gay Student Services, now LGBTQ Aggies, when its U.S. Supreme Court case — Gay Student Services vs. Texas A&M — was decided on April 1, 1985.

Comments (0)
Sunday 03/29/2015
Column: No truer showing of service than Big Event
Updated: March 30, 2015 - 4:27 pm

My Big Event lasted longer than most — something in the vicinity of 12 hours — but I did no more glamorous work than the almost 22,000 students pulling weeds and painting fences. 

Comments (1)
Friday 03/27/2015
The Batt has a new website
Updated: March 27, 2015 - 3:58 pm

The new site emphasizes simplicity and reader experience. We left out many of the bells and whistles; Aggies seem to have little patience for them, anyway. We prefer to let the hard work of our student reporters, photographers, graphic artists and editors shine through.

Comments (0)
A&M has a niche in training students for chaos and disaster
Updated: March 27, 2015 - 12:47 am

The tension in the room is thick. Quick thinking attempts to push away the stress and panic as long as possible. Adrenaline and automatic response take over as patient after patient is treated. The after effects of the disaster are apparent, and this is just a training scenario.

Comments (0)
Tuesday 03/24/2015
Keep Kennedy: A&M has improved each season under Kennedy. Time to let him finish the job.
Updated: March 25, 2015 - 1:55 pm

F

Comments (0)
Wednesday 03/11/2015
Column: The actions of a few shouldn't condemn the many
Posted: March 11, 2015

As a member of the Aggie Greek community, I grow frustrated when I hear about an incident in which Greek life’s reputation is dragged through the mud. The actions of a small few affect the lives and reputations of many.

Comments (0)
Tuesday 03/10/2015
What would I do differently?'
Posted: March 10, 2015

When I was younger — 12 or 13, I can’t remember — I went to an Astros game with the men in my family. On the way back to the car, we saw a couple arguing. The man had the passenger door open and he wanted the woman to get in and shut her door and her mouth. She wanted no part.

Comments (0)
A letter to the sexual assault task force
Posted: March 10, 2015

It’s uncomfortable to acknowledge that sexual assault is a national problem — and perhaps even more so to admit that it is caused by Aggies on campus. But for all the uneasiness, it’s nothing compared to the consequences of ignoring it.

Comments (0)
Monday 03/09/2015
Real problems, real engineering
Posted: March 09, 2015

What’s the best thing that can happen to an engineer? A potential investor walking up to you to say, “I love your idea and I want to invest in it.”

Comments (0)
Tuesday 03/03/2015
Letter to the Editor: Yell Leaders' choice to nullify votes disappointing
Posted: March 03, 2015

I was disappointed to learn that the Senior Yell Leaders decided to “nullify” the student body election results.

Comments (0)
All bills are created equal, no matter how odd
Posted: March 03, 2015

HCR 39 (‘Steak Capitol,’ whatever that means):

Comments (0)
Sunday 03/01/2015
Veterans deserve support, regardless of boundaries
Posted: March 01, 2015

I’m what people would call a “military brat.” I was born in a little town called Bedford in England, within driving distance of the nearby United States Air Force base where my dad was stationed in 1993.

Comments (0)
Veterans deserve support, regardless of boundaries
Posted: March 01, 2015

I’m what people would call a “military brat.” I was born in a little town called Bedford in England, within driving distance of the nearby United States Air Force base where my dad was stationed in 1993.

Comments (0)
Rebounding helps men's hoops find identity
Posted: March 01, 2015

Assuming Texas A&M makes the big dance, it’s hard to say how well the team will perform. But one thing is certain — it keeps improving down low.

Comments (0)
Thursday 02/26/2015
COLUMN: Eating disorders are debilitating, but they can be overcome
Posted: February 26, 2015

I was 19 the first time I felt comfortable sharing a meal with someone who had cooked for me, after I had been ill three years prior. It was a poignant experience, because for someone who struggled with an eating disorder and was able to recount every calorie I ate, a night where my compulsions were averted, was rare.

Comments (0)
Monday 02/23/2015
Editorial: Handling of Yell Leader elections raises the question: Why 'gig the vote' at all?
Posted: February 23, 2015

The controversy is in the numbers, but the trend is clear — after four years of inconsistency, yet another ambiguous Yell Leader election result highlights the shortcomings of the election commission’s instant runoff system.

Comments (0)
Handling of Yell Leader elections raises the question: Why 'gig the vote' at all?
Posted: February 23, 2015

The controversy is in the numbers, but the trend is clear — after four years of inconsistency, yet another ambiguous Yell Leader election result highlights the shortcomings of the election commission’s instant runoff system.

Comments (0)
Friday 02/20/2015
Speak your mind - civilly, of course
Posted: February 20, 2015

Civil discourse is conversation intended to enhance understanding. It’s meant to give a well-rounded look at an issue. And when civil discourse is pushed aside in favor of personal gain or prejudice, the consequences can be severe.

Comments (0)
Wednesday 02/18/2015
Mark your heart, not just your forehead
Posted: February 18, 2015

I tried to give up TV once for Lent — it did not end well. Other times I settled to give up the usual suspects, and candy, soda and pizza all took their turn. Lent was 40 days of less sugar and more fish, capped by an Easter holiday whose joy was more culinary than religious.

Comments (0)
Review: Imagine Dragons challenges itself in second album
Posted: February 18, 2015

In a music world of blatant sexual messages or songs reliant on a catchy chorus, Imagine Dragons continues to write narratives. The band’s second album, “Smoke + Mirrors,” hit shelves and iTunes early Tuesday morning.

Comments (0)
Mark your heart, not just your forehead
Posted: February 18, 2015

I tried to give up TV once for Lent — it did not end well. Other times I settled to give up the usual suspects, and candy, soda and pizza all took their turn. Lent was 40 days of less sugar and more fish, capped by an Easter holiday whose joy was more culinary than religious.

Comments (0)
The Battalion editorial board endorses Joseph Benigno for student body president
Posted: February 18, 2015

For his traditions-oriented platform and experience in helping lead a functional student government environment, The Battalion editorial board endorses Joseph Benigno for student body president.

Comments (0)
Mark your heart, not just your forehead
Posted: February 18, 2015

I tried to give up TV once for Lent — it did not end well. Other times I settled to give up the usual suspects, and candy, soda and pizza all took their turn. Lent was 40 days of less sugar and more fish, capped by an Easter holiday whose joy was more culinary than religious.

Comments (0)
Tuesday 02/17/2015
Editorial: Commander choice a further sign of recent Corps modernization
Posted: February 17, 2015

The Class of 2016 will see four Corps of Cadets commanders in its time on campus, including the first black man and the first woman to lead the 139-year-old institution.

Comments (0)
Scholarship courses waste time
Posted: February 17, 2015

Scholarships offer students many benefits, but the joy of earning money toward college can soon be stamped out when scholarship organizations require students to enroll in a scheduled class during the day.

Comments (0)
Scholarship courses waste time
Posted: February 17, 2015

Scholarships offer students many benefits, but the joy of earning money toward college can soon be stamped out when scholarship organizations require students to enroll in a scheduled class during the day.

Comments (0)
Monday 02/16/2015
Rapper Drake's new mixtape flops
Posted: February 16, 2015

Drake’s new mixtape, “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late,” is said to be a halfway point between 2013’s “Nothing Was The Same” and the upcoming “Views From The 6.” The new 17-track tape has fans scratching their head at the element of surprise that it carries. The mixtape was probably released due to contractual obligations to Cash Money Records and is weirdly not a free mixtape that we are used to seeing from Drake, who often releases them between his albums.

Comments (0)
Thursday 02/12/2015
Editorial: A&M shows incredible foresight with Thursday's telescope investment
Posted: February 12, 2015

Fifteen years ago, Texas A&M was a small dot on the national astronomy roadmap, with a limited amount of students and faculty, older buildings and a department that wasn’t officially recognized until 2009.

Comments (0)
Column: 2015 season will give youthful roster chance to prove itself
Posted: February 12, 2015

Football season is over and the droves of camera crews that showed up every Saturday are leaving Aggieland almost as quickly as College Station’s three-week long winter, which can only mean one thing — it’s baseball season.

Comments (0)
Wednesday 02/11/2015
Letter to the editor: Concerning the future of the president's house
Posted: February 11, 2015

Dear Chancellor Sharp ’72,

Comments (0)
Letter to the editor: Urging 'students first' priority
Posted: February 11, 2015

Dear Board of Regents:

Comments (0)
Tuesday 02/10/2015
Letter to the editor: All Faiths Chapel needs more than a facelift
Posted: February 10, 2015

In 2009 I recognized that All Faiths Chapel, on the campus of Texas A&M University, was in disrepair and in fact dilapidated. The landscape was in like manner. Interpreting this as a call to renovate our Chapel, I approached Dr. Woodcock, professor emeritus in the Department of Architecture. His suggestion was to begin with an architectural/structural assessment that would cost about $16,000.

Comments (0)
Music review: Kendrick's 'Berry' aims at racial issues
Posted: February 10, 2015

The day after Kendrick Lamar won two Grammys for his September release “i,” he released “The Blacker the Berry,” a track addressing racial issues bluntly. The track has accumulated more than one million views in 24 hours on YouTube.

Comments (0)
Letter to the editor: With Brother Jed, remember the Aggie core values
Posted: February 10, 2015

I think we can all agree that there’s a problem with Brother Jed, the inflammatory preacher who visits campus regularly. I’m writing to propose a solution by recalling our A&M core values.

Comments (0)
Monday 02/09/2015
Voluntourism: Stop that plane
Posted: February 09, 2015

It’s summer application season. Students will pursue a wealth of internships, summer counseling positions and study abroad programs. As you plan your own summer, think about this: more and more students are shunning summer jobs and the beaches for the opportunity to travel overseas and volunteer their time working in orphanages, summer camps and community housing projects.

Comments (0)
Editorial: Young makes the first steps like an old pro, but his move off campus sets troubling tone
Posted: February 09, 2015

Even without a bowtie or Aggie Ring, incoming A&M president Michael K. Young ably engaged with students Monday in a manner unseen at A&M since its last president left for Missouri.

Comments (0)
Wednesday 02/04/2015
Column: Waking from the DREAM and facing the realities
Posted: February 04, 2015

The Texas DREAM Act is under scrutiny this legislative session, and with the majority of the Texas Legislature leaning to the right, things could soon change.

Comments (0)
Column: Signing day probably doesn't matter all that much
Posted: February 04, 2015

We got Daylon Mack. Kyler Murray, too — the Texas high school football GOAT.

Comments (0)
Tuesday 02/03/2015
Always think before you tweet, Aggies
Posted: February 03, 2015

Tweet others the way you want to be tweeted.

Comments (0)
Not worthless. Not worth less.
Posted: February 03, 2015

On average, women in the United States will be paid 77 cents to every dollar earned by a man. In Texas, the rates are slightly higher, with women receiving 79 cents to the dollar, but this is not something to be celebrated.

Comments (0)
Thursday 01/29/2015
Staffpicks: Who's going to win the Super Bowl?
Posted: January 29, 2015

Brandon Wheeland, Sports Editor

Comments (0)