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Good things come in small packages and bovine are no exception. Miniature cows are rising in popularity as household com...
09/03/2020
Mini cattle becoming a popular household pet

Good things come in small packages and bovine are no exception. Miniature cows are rising in popularity as household companions.

Miniature bovine are becoming increasingly popular as homesteading pets, primarily among hobby farmers.

With its fall season canceled, the Texas A&M crew team is finding a new way to keep the spirit of the sport alive.
09/03/2020
Texas A&M crew faces new challenges with canceled season

With its fall season canceled, the Texas A&M crew team is finding a new way to keep the spirit of the sport alive.

Members of Texas A&M crew have regularly competed in rowing competitions all over the state and the country since 2001 and enjoyed great success, racking up hundreds of medals in

After SEC guidelines halted live band performances and restricted Yell Leaders’ access to the field, these two groups ar...
09/03/2020
SEC on-field restrictions affect spirit, band

After SEC guidelines halted live band performances and restricted Yell Leaders’ access to the field, these two groups are adapting to continue bringing the Spirit of Aggieland to football games.

While the sidelines will seem bare and the field silent during halftime of Texas A&M football games, the Aggie Band and Yell Leader team are finding new ways to keep

Columnist Caleb Powell argues that Senator Kamala Harris’ record as a prosecutor could hurt Joe Biden in November.
09/03/2020
Opinion: Is Kamala Harris a boon or bust for the Biden Campaign?

Columnist Caleb Powell argues that Senator Kamala Harris’ record as a prosecutor could hurt Joe Biden in November.

Over a year ago, Senator Kamala Harris described herself as “obviously a top-tier candidate” in the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary. That top-tier candidate then ran out of money and dropped

CLERY: The Texas A&M Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division is investigating a student report of sexual ass...
09/02/2020
Sexual assault reported on campus

CLERY: The Texas A&M Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division is investigating a student report of sexual assault next to Moses Hall.

The Texas A&M University Police Department was contacted early this morning with a report of a sexual assault occurring on campus.

Though they won’t get the chance to play this fall, the Texas A&M men's rugby club is having its annual fundraiser for a...
09/02/2020
Rugby club launches annual team fundraiser

Though they won’t get the chance to play this fall, the Texas A&M men's rugby club is having its annual fundraiser for a two night hunting trip at 777 Ranch. The raffle will close at midnight on Dec. 22.

Despite uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Texas A&M men’s rugby football club is having its 14th annual raffle fundraiser.

BREAKING: Texas A&M President Michael Young announced today he will retire from his position in May 2021.
09/02/2020
Young to retire in May 2021

BREAKING: Texas A&M President Michael Young announced today he will retire from his position in May 2021.

Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young announced Wednesday morning he will retire from his position, effective May 31, 2021.

The Suicide Awareness & Prevention Office has planned multiple virtual events throughout September for Suicide Awareness...
09/02/2020
Suicide Awareness Month goes virtual

The Suicide Awareness & Prevention Office has planned multiple virtual events throughout September for Suicide Awareness Month.

The Suicide Awareness & Prevention Office is putting on more events than ever for Suicide Awareness Month.

Opinion writer Sam Somogye urges students to register to vote in College Station elections.
09/02/2020
Students should register to vote in College Station

Opinion writer Sam Somogye urges students to register to vote in College Station elections.

In less than 63 days, Americans will exercise a freedom not every person across the globe has the privilege of experiencing: voting. On Nov. 3, whether it be in person

Silver Taps: Erik Alexander Medina — A dedicated Aggie with love to spare #Here
09/01/2020
Silver Taps: Erik Alexander Medina

Silver Taps: Erik Alexander Medina — A dedicated Aggie with love to spare #Here

Known for his encouraging nature and ability to make friends wherever he went, Erik Alexander Medina influenced the lives of many.

Silver Taps: Cody Allen Reinhard — A passionate politician who always wore a smile #Here
09/01/2020
Silver Taps: Cody Allen Reinhard

Silver Taps: Cody Allen Reinhard — A passionate politician who always wore a smile #Here

Kind-hearted, intelligent and unafraid of showing his true self, Cody Allen Reinhard will be remembered by his family and friends for his radiant personality.

Silver Taps: Aidan Alexander Berwick — A unique soul with a kind heart #Here
09/01/2020
Silver Taps: Aidan Alexander Berwick

Silver Taps: Aidan Alexander Berwick — A unique soul with a kind heart #Here

Aidan Alexander Berwick, for friends, family and strangers alike, is a name that means kindness, love and a spirit unlike any other.

Silver Taps: Caitlyn Mychele Harman — A determined spirit with a passion to serve #Here
09/01/2020
Silver Taps: Caitlyn Mychele Harman

Silver Taps: Caitlyn Mychele Harman — A determined spirit with a passion to serve #Here

Outgoing and determined, Caitlyn Mychele Harman will be remembered as an ambitious individual with a drive to help.

Silver Taps: Prescilla Marie Sanchez — A loving daughter and sister, strong in faith #Here
09/01/2020
Silver Taps: Prescilla Marie Sanchez

Silver Taps: Prescilla Marie Sanchez — A loving daughter and sister, strong in faith #Here

Prescilla Marie Sanchez was a dedicated student, daughter and sister who was rooted in faith from a young age and will be remembered for kindness to everyone she encountered and

Silver Taps: Elizabeth Anne Slovak — A free spirit with a heart for service #Here
09/01/2020
Silver Taps: Elizabeth Anne Slovak

Silver Taps: Elizabeth Anne Slovak — A free spirit with a heart for service #Here

Though she only became an Aggie a short while ago, Elizabeth Anne Slovak embodied Texas A&M’s core value of selfless service with family, friends and strangers alike.

Silver Taps: Steven Devon Anderson — An artist, an activist and an example #Here
09/01/2020
Silver Taps: Steven Devon Anderson

Silver Taps: Steven Devon Anderson — An artist, an activist and an example #Here

As a generous friend who worked tirelessly within the community and expressed himself through art, Steven Devon Anderson will always be remembered for his endless joy and desire to help

Silver Taps: Asa Thomas Graham — A passionate creative with heart of gold #Here
09/01/2020
Silver Taps: Asa Thomas Graham

Silver Taps: Asa Thomas Graham — A passionate creative with heart of gold #Here

Remembered for his relentless work ethic and generosity, Asa Graham was dedicated to spreading love to everyone he met.

ICYMI: Tonight's Silver Taps ceremony will be streamed at 10:30 p.m. on KAMU-TV and Texas A&M's youtube channel.
09/01/2020
Silver Taps to be delivered virtually this fall

ICYMI: Tonight's Silver Taps ceremony will be streamed at 10:30 p.m. on KAMU-TV and Texas A&M's youtube channel.

Texas A&M’s 122-year-old tradition of honoring current students who have died will be delivered in a new format this fall.

Senior cornerback Elijah Blades announced he has chosen to opt out of the 2020 football season but will return in 2021.
09/01/2020
Elijah Blades opts out of 2020 football season

Senior cornerback Elijah Blades announced he has chosen to opt out of the 2020 football season but will return in 2021.

Senior cornerback Elijah Blades has become the second Texas A&M football player to opt out of competition this season, he announced in a tweet on Aug. 31.

Opinion Writer Garion Frankel explores the harms of publicly shaming people violating COVID-19 guidelines.
09/01/2020
Unmasking COVID-shaming

Opinion Writer Garion Frankel explores the harms of publicly shaming people violating COVID-19 guidelines.

The COVID-19 pandemic needs little introduction. As of Aug. 26, it has killed nearly 180,000 Americans and rendered our lifestyles essentially unrecognizable. Many of us have worked diligently to stop

NEW: The Bryan Police Department has released the names of the three individuals killed in a plane crash on Sunday, Aug....
08/31/2020
Bryan airplane crash kills three members of one family, A&M student is only survivor

NEW: The Bryan Police Department has released the names of the three individuals killed in a plane crash on Sunday, Aug. 30. The name of the sole survivor has not been released at this time.

Originally reported by KBTX, on Sunday, Aug 30., a plane crash at Coulter Airfield in Bryan killed three people and left one passenger in critical condition.

BREAKING: KBTX has confirmed that two Texas A&M students were among those involved in a fatal plane crash today in Bryan...
08/31/2020
Bryan airplane crash kills three members of one family, A&M student is only survivor

BREAKING: KBTX has confirmed that two Texas A&M students were among those involved in a fatal plane crash today in Bryan. The names of everyone involved have not been released at this time.

Originally reported by KBTX, on Sunday, Aug 30., a plane crash at Coulter Airfield in Bryan killed three people and left one passenger in critical condition.

Texas A&M football canceled practice on Friday so athletes and coaches could participate with other student-athletes in ...
08/29/2020
Student-athletes hold march across campus

Texas A&M football canceled practice on Friday so athletes and coaches could participate with other student-athletes in a march across campus to bring awareness to social issues.

Texas A&M football canceled practice on Friday afternoon to reflect on current social issues following a team meeting in which they had an “open and honest discussion regarding social injustice.”

The fourth and final night of the Republican National Convention concluded last night and featured prominent politicians...
08/29/2020
2020 Republican National Convention comes to a close

The fourth and final night of the Republican National Convention concluded last night and featured prominent politicians and Trump administration officials voicing their support for Donald Trump and Mike Pence.

The Republican National Convention (RNC) concluded, including speeches from many politicians, many shots at Joe Biden.

The SEC has announced new guidelines for football gameday operations this fall.
08/28/2020
SEC limits on-field personnel, prohibits band performances

The SEC has announced new guidelines for football gameday operations this fall.

The words, “Now forming at the North end zone of Kyle Field” will not be heard at Texas A&M football games this fall, according to new guidelines from the SEC

Guest writers Patrick Mann and John Harkins explain why many Aggies have joined Students for Biden.
08/28/2020
The Big Tent Movement

Guest writers Patrick Mann and John Harkins explain why many Aggies have joined Students for Biden.

Patrick Mann is a recreation, park and tourism sciences senior and John Harkins is an industrial distribution junior. Both are members of Students For Biden.

For more than 35 years, students and their families have trusted The Princeton Review to help them get into their dream ...
08/28/2020

For more than 35 years, students and their families have trusted The Princeton Review to help them get into their dream schools. The Princeton Review - Texas' dedication to providing personalized, innovative, best-in-class private tutoring, test prep, and admission products and services helps students knock down barriers and achieve their academic goals. For decades, The Princeton Review has led the way as experts in truly effective online education to focus on helping students transition to best-in-class live online, self-paced, and on-demand platforms. Want to be a more competitive applicant? The Princeton Review offers Score Guarantee course options that will guarantee a competitive score or your money back! Check out The Princeton Review’s FREE resources, sample classes, strategy sessions, practice tests, and more to jumpstart your test prep journey!

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In search of a bit of paw-sitivity during these times? The Bryan Animal Center is holding ‘Clear the Shelters Day’ on Sa...
08/28/2020
Adoptable animals look to find forever homes on ‘Clear the Shelters Day’

In search of a bit of paw-sitivity during these times? The Bryan Animal Center is holding ‘Clear the Shelters Day’ on Saturday, August 29 where you can adopt a pet at no cost. 🐶

The local coordinators of ‘Clear the Shelters,’ a free event happening all day Saturday, said they hope residents will use the opportunity to adopt, not shop.

Brazos County Health District and Texas A&M officials updated the public on A&M’s COVID-19 Dashboard, clusters of positi...
08/28/2020
Aug. 27 press conference takeaways

Brazos County Health District and Texas A&M officials updated the public on A&M’s COVID-19 Dashboard, clusters of positive cases, Midnight Yell + more at an Aug. 27 press conference.

The Brazos County Health District (BCHD) updated the public on the current state of COVID-19 in the area.

The new organization, COOL, has been formed to help elementary students advance their reading skills through mentorship ...
08/27/2020
New student organization promotes child literacy

The new organization, COOL, has been formed to help elementary students advance their reading skills through mentorship with A&M students.

A group of students have just started Creating Optimistic Outlooks on Learning (COOL), a new organization at Texas A&M University promoting child literacy.

Student organizations and social events can no longer be advertised on campus by means of “chalking.” Effective immediat...
08/27/2020
A&M revises campus signage policy, bans chalking

Student organizations and social events can no longer be advertised on campus by means of “chalking.” Effective immediately, no markings, temporary or otherwise, are allowed on campus surfaces.

The Texas A&M announced changes to “campus signage” in the university Standard Administrative Procedure (SAP) in a university-wide email.

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08/26/2020

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The School of Public Health and the College of Architecture partner together to present a weekly lecture addressing hosp...
08/26/2020
Architecture for Health series to be held on Zoom

The School of Public Health and the College of Architecture partner together to present a weekly lecture addressing hospital patient surges and how architecture plays a role in public health.

The Fall 2020 weekly visiting lecture series “Architecture for Health” will be held on Zoom this semester, focusing on surge capacity in hospitals.

BREAKING: Texas A&M’s new COVID-19 dashboard shows an overall 12.9% positivity rate. A total of 358 students, faculty an...
08/25/2020
A&M’s positive COVID-19 cases total over 400 since Aug. 2

BREAKING: Texas A&M’s new COVID-19 dashboard shows an overall 12.9% positivity rate. A total of 358 students, faculty and staff reported testing positive for COVID-19 in the week of Aug. 16 - Aug. 22.

Four days into the start of fall classes, Texas A&M has launched its COVID-19 dashboard and released data regarding the presence of the virus among A&M students, faculty and staff.

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Please read this in its entirety. Lets not judge a person past or present by one act. Keep the statue of Governor Lawrence Sullivan Ross in front of the Academic building Ol Rock The Good Ag started this petition to President Michael K. Young Texas A&M University Recently, an online petition has been circulating regarding the removal of the statue of Lawrence Sullivan Ross. Texas A&M prides itself in its esteemed traditions and history, and Sully represents both. The selfless service Ross provided to our school and our state is thankless, and the least we can do is preserve the humble statue which stands on our campus and serves as the cornerstone of many Aggie traditions including Silver Taps and placing a penny on the very statue in question. Below is a list of only a few of Sully’s many accomplishments and contributions to the well-being and success of the state of Texas and Texas A&M University. Contributions as President of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas 1890 – 1898 · Ross resigned his office as one of the most successful governors in Texas history in order to act as the president of the college which had become a laughing stock and was facing closure. · When Ross arrived, there was no running water, insufficient cadet housing, a disinterested faculty, and extremely poor discipline. Sully, at his own expense, had all the buildings remodeled, brought on new faculty, and built a three-story dormitory. · In order to improve the quality of education, Ross introduced a common curriculum for all students despite their career path, personally interviewed all perspective cadets and faculty, and used state funding to lower the cost of tuition and make the college more affordable. Ross even pushed for the introduction of women into the college and was met with heavy resistance, but managed to allow the family of faculty and staff to attend class regardless of gender. · Ross was known to be very accessible to all students and attended as many student activities and athletic events as possible and garnered the reputation as being “slow to condemn, yet ready to encourage.” But more importantly, Ross issued an official memorandum against hazing and banned its practice at the college. · Ross would eventually become a beloved figure among students and faculty alike and his untimely death while serving as president came as a shock to the school. He was laid in state on the academic plaza, where his statue has stood for over 100 years, and the students held the very first Silver Taps in honor of their late President. Contributions as Governor of Texas 1886 – 1890 · Following the Civil War, Ross was reluctant to enter public life and returned to his old family farmstead near Waco, however, in 1885 he was approached about receiving the Democratic nomination for governor, which he refused initially and later reluctantly accepted. Ross would win a landslide victory and preside over the state government he helped shape as a member of the 1875 constitutional convention. · During his first term as governor, Ross oversaw the expansion and establishment of both Texas A&M and Texas A&M Prairie View, Texas’ first place of higher learning for African Americans. · Ross would also successfully push tax, land, and education reform that made him extremely unpopular with the Democratic party at the time and was branded a Republican sympathizer and radical progressive. · During his Reelection campaign neither the Republican or Progressive Party would field a candidate, stating they were satisfied with Ross’s performance, however his own party fielded an official candidate that ran against Ross in the general election on a white supremacist platform. · Later, during his second term, Ross would enact the state’s first anti-trust and labor laws much to the dismay of his Democrat compatriots and well ahead of any federal legislation. · Ross would also introduce Arbor day as well as preside over the only special session of the state legislature convened in order to deal with a budget surplus, which Ross insisted be spent as tuition assistance across the state, furthermore, the number of state funded charitable institutes doubled from 4 to 8 and greatly expanded their operations under Sully's leadership. “Lawrence Sullivan Ross, 1838 – 1898, solider, statesmen, knightly gentleman, brigadier general CSA, governor of Texas, and president of the A&M college.”
Sine the Batt decided not to post anything about this event today, I'll just dropped this here.
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Before the Aggies kickoff at 2:30 p.m., here is the recap for last week’s matchup against Lamar.
Before the Aggies kickoff at 2:30 p.m., here is the recap for last week’s matchup against Lamar.
As a Former Student (‘81) I try not to worry myself with what the current student body says or does. I had my time; it’s now your time. I recently read that a lot of students wanted to return to playing t.u. in football. The author of the story tried to make the case that we shouldn’t shy away from the challenge. It bothered me at the time but I could not put my finger on why. After reading about some of the circumstances that LSU had to deal with, it reminded me of why I am so glad that we no longer play t.u. Everyone knows that the friends you keep affect you. Same thing goes in business and in Universities.
2019 DIME BOX BLACK BRIDGE FESTIVAL & 42nd ANNUAL MINI-MARATHON October 4-5, 2019. Dime Box Oktober Fest! is the theme for the 2019 DIME BOX BLACK BRIDGE FESTIVAL & 42nd ANNUAL MINI-MARATHON (10K, 5K & 2 mile run, 2 mile walk) featuring a BBQ Cook Off, Parade, Craft Booths, quilt display, live music, street dance. Friday, October 4: begins at 6 PM – free will donation chili/potato soup supper, music, 42 Tournament, Little Mister and Little Miss Black Bridge pageant, Street dance. Saturday. October 5: 42nd Annual Mini Marathon begins at 9 AM, followed by fun, food, and games, quilt display, craft booths, music, parade, BBQ auction. Hosted by the Dime Box Lions Club Foundation. Proceeds benefit Lions projects and “Black Bridge Park” Contact: dimeboxlionsclub.com or check us out on Facebook: Dime Box Lions Club
Oh yea!!!
So now the Battalion is the enemy of the people? Old Ags are celebrating the potential demise of Texas A&M’s student newspaper and journalism school due to a lack of funding. Where is the outrage?
I support you! Every school deserves a voice!