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Despite flaws, "Deadpool" is dead fun

“Deadpool” doesn’t take long to make an impression. With its slow-mo, nearly operatic opening credits, the film boldly claims that Ryan Reynolds is “hot,” its writers are the “real heroes,” and its director is “some douchebag,” among other things. It’s the first of many nods to the business of filmmaking and a self-awareness the titular character is known for. It’s also one of the few truly fresh ideas in this fun, but only partially realized superhero movie.

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Thursday 02/11/2016
Reused jokes take "Zoolander 2" off the runway
Updated: February 11, 2016 - 12:20 am

They say humor is tragedy plus time. Only through the lens of distance can what was once painful become hilarious, and if that happens to be the case, perhaps the tragedy that is “Zoolander 2” can one day declare itself a comedy — just don’t expect to laugh at it anytime soon.

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Wednesday 02/10/2016
My first Lent as a converted Catholic
Posted: February 10, 2016

As a Protestant growing up with a lot of Catholic friends, I always “practiced” Lent each year because it was fun to try and give something up, or to see how long I could go without something. TV, candy, soda and — one year — skipping school, all took their turn as habits I tried to sweep under the rug for six weeks, only to be uncovered the day after Easter, if I even made it that far.

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Monday 02/08/2016
Guest column: Muster hosts give meaning to Aggie experience
Posted: February 08, 2016

On April 21, 2011, my grandfather was honored at the annual campus Muster. My older brother, a freshman at the time, proudly answered, “here” when Robert Fly, Class of 1948, was read over the campus Roll Call.

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Friday 02/05/2016
"Hail, Caesar!" is a light, funny homage to old Hollywood
Updated: February 07, 2016 - 5:46 pm

‘Indulgence’ is a word often thrown around when discussing the Academy Award-winning Coen Brothers’ filmography. The brothers consistently release some of the most technically proficient and controlled films in Hollywood — films that bend the rules of genre and polarize audiences. Love them or hate them, the Coen brothers have a unique sense of style and humor that is once again on display in “Hail, Caesar!”

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Thursday 02/04/2016
Takeaways from the Democratic debate
Posted: February 04, 2016

Thursday night Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton faced off for the first time after Iowa. Assistant news editor Tyler Allen gives his take what you may have missed.

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What to watch for during Saturday’s GOP debate
Posted: February 04, 2016

In between the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primaries, the dwindling pool of Republican candidates will have the chance to debate for the eighth time this election cycle. News editor Sam King gives her take on what to watch for at the debate.

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Wednesday 02/03/2016
Not all stars burn brightly
Updated: February 04, 2016 - 12:17 am

The vaunted and highly sought after five-star recruit. Typically a player who was the superstar on his high school squad and was recruited by many different schools. The recruit is only 17 or 18 years old and has already met with the smartest minds in college football who try to persuade him to be on their team. The recruit has been dubbed a five-star athlete, but remains only a high school teenager. The youngster still has yet to play ball against college athletes who have proven themselves on a college level.

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Tuesday 02/02/2016
Guest column: Don't fuel brother Jed's delusion by heckling
Updated: February 03, 2016 - 12:24 pm

The weird feeling in the air and the gathering of hecklers means only one thing, old brother Jed is back on campus. I'm a graduate student, so I don't pay attention to much what goes on around campus anymore, outside of what I've been involved in since last fall. However, seeing students heckle brother Jed while he's on campus makes me shake my head in disappointment.

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Guest column: ‘Faster than a speeding bullet’
Updated: February 02, 2016 - 12:30 am

While we’re waiting for “Beam me up, Scotty” transporter technology, the next best thing might turn out to be getting to a destination at the speed of a bullet.  

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Sunday 01/31/2016
Caucus marks milestone for 2016 campaign
Updated: February 01, 2016 - 12:59 am

After months of campaigning and pandering to the public, a huge milestone on the 2016 Presidential Election trail comes Monday with the Iowa caucuses. 

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My Clothing, My Choice
Updated: January 31, 2016 - 11:48 pm

“Aren’t you hot in that?” — the question I’ve gotten too many times to keep count. Here’s the highly anticipated answer: Yes, I am hot in my hijab — but I’m much hotter without it.

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Thursday 01/28/2016
To break a pod
Updated: January 28, 2016 - 11:34 pm

In the first class of my first day as an aerospace engineering senior the professor walked to the front of the room, ripped the syllabus in half and told us we wouldn’t be studying propulsion systems after all — Elon Musk was bringing the Hyperloop concept to Texas A&M, and we’d either join together as a team to design a pod, or we’d politely leave the room. 

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5 takeaways from Thursday's GOP debate
Posted: January 28, 2016

In the last debate before the Iowa caucuses, the GOP candidates — with the exception of Donald Trump — took the stage for one last attempt to garner voters. Here are assistant news editor Tyler Allen’s takeaways from the debate.

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Wednesday 01/27/2016
Guest Column: Oil-price limbo
Posted: January 27, 2016

I came to Texas A&M to earn a degree in petroleum engineering because the oil industry in North America had been absolutely booming when I was in high school, but a drop in oil prices has created a more dismal future for up-and-coming petroleum engineers.

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Monday 01/25/2016
R.C. Slocum’s life shows how to live the ‘Spirit of Muster’
Updated: January 26, 2016 - 11:39 am

Muster is still three months away, but Texas A&M’s most unique tradition already softly makes its call across campus. 

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Sunday 01/24/2016
When the marijuana cookie crumbles
Updated: January 24, 2016 - 11:55 pm

America needs to make up its mind on marijuana.

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Dirty in all the wrong ways
Updated: January 24, 2016 - 11:58 pm

Dan Mazer, the man credited with directing "Dirty Grandpa," isn’t a filmmaker.

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Friday 01/22/2016
A transfer in strategy
Updated: January 22, 2016 - 5:30 pm

After falling short from a third consecutive NCAA Tournament last season, Aggie fans were not bothered by the idea of Billy Kennedy being fired.

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Thursday 01/21/2016
Analysis: Candidates lack transparency in college affordability policies
Updated: January 21, 2016 - 11:58 am

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Should we tap the brakes on automated cars?
Posted: January 21, 2016

Automated cars have long been a part of science fiction movies and books. Just like tech seen in ‘Back to the Future,’ it seemed unlikely to me that they would soon exist in real life. But technological companies such as Tesla and Google are pushing forward to real automated cars. 

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Tuesday 01/19/2016
Failure will lead to SpaceX’s success
Updated: January 21, 2016 - 11:52 pm

Engineering is a dirty job. Engines break down, pipes burst and rockets explode — I’d be worried if they didn’t.

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Monday 01/18/2016
Sorry not sorry: Why I’m choosing to issue fewer apologies in 2016
Updated: January 18, 2016 - 11:51 pm

'‘I’m sorry, but could you explain this report to me?”

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A call for your voice
Posted: January 18, 2016

Howdy Ags. 

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Analysis: A tipping point in Oregon
Updated: January 18, 2016 - 9:51 pm

It is becoming increasingly difficult to take the militiamen in Oregon seriously.

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Tuesday 01/12/2016
Obama delivers final State of the Union Address
Updated: January 12, 2016 - 11:20 pm

President Barack Obama gave his final State of the Union Address Tuesday night, focusing on the future of America rather than specifying particular proposals he has for the next year. The address was centered around four specific questions for America’s future:

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Sunday 12/13/2015
‘Use your education’
Posted: December 13, 2015

A couple of things:

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Allen’s transfer is not the end of the world
Updated: December 13, 2015 - 10:16 pm

It was bound to happen eventually.

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Monday 12/07/2015
'Trump’s willingness to bar Muslims from entering the United States is ludicrous'
Updated: December 07, 2015 - 8:33 pm

Donald Trump can’t seem to escape the headlines, with his most recent remarks calling on the United States to bar Muslims from entering the country. Whether it is Ben Carson who claimed that an American Muslim shouldn’t be president of the United States or Jeb Bush’s suggestion of only allowing Christian refugees from Syria, the current political climate espoused by GOP candidates is a poisonous one for America’s six to seven million strong Muslim minority. Forget the moral implications of providing a religious litmus test for potential refugees or immigrants; the fact of the matter is that this latest suggestion by Trump is simply unconstitutional.

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Sunday 12/06/2015
Review: Kid Cudi's new alternative rock album disappoints
Posted: December 06, 2015

Oh my beloved Kid Cudi.

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Album review: G-Eazy's latest album impresses, promises bright future for artist
Updated: December 06, 2015 - 10:19 pm

G-Eazy’s new album “When It’s Dark Out” comes at a great time.

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Review: Low expectations for ‘Krampus’ lead to success
Posted: December 06, 2015

Comedy and horror can co-exist, and “Krampus” proves it.

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Monday 11/30/2015
Strong start, disappointing end
Updated: November 30, 2015 - 10:31 pm

Another year in the books, and for the second year in a row, the Aggies faltered in SEC play after a strong 5-0 start.

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Sunday 11/29/2015
10 songs to spice up your Christmas playlist
Updated: November 29, 2015 - 10:52 pm

Now that the we’ve all awoken from our turkey-induced slumbers, it’s time to turn on the Christmas music. However, that doesn’t mean you have to listen to those same old tunes that have been knocking around for centuries. Here are 10 songs you can use to break up the “Jingle Bells” and “Winter Wonderland” repetition.

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A darker, grittier Marvel
Updated: December 16, 2015 - 7:35 pm

In the latest addition to the Marvel Universe, the new Netflix original series “Jessica Jones,” offers fans of the superhero world the opportunity to explore questions of ethics and how much power should be given to those with powers.

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Sunday 11/22/2015
A fitting finish
Posted: November 22, 2015

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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‘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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