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Guide to B-CS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 History. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12, 13 Corps of Cadets. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Texas A&M University Renovations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Rights & Responsibilities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 The Association of Former Students. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Academic Plaza. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Bonfire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Easterwood Airport. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Aggie Trivia/ Aggie Yells. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Blinn Team . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

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Guide to B-CS

What you need to know to become a local So you’re going to be new in town, and you’ll need to find your way around. While there’s far more to see and do in Aggieland than can fit in this publication, here are basic locations that will help you get started.

or maybe even a new state, you might want to look into updating your driver’s license or vehicle registration. The driver’s license office in Bryan is located at 2571 North Earl Rudder. The phone number is 979-776-3110.

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Applicants must complete required forms and pay the required fees.

First, it might not be a bad idea to pick up a map of the area. You can either do this online, or visit the BryanCollege Station Convention and Visitors Bureau. Not only can you get an area map there, but the staff will gladly point you in the direction of any number of fun and interesting places and events. The bureau’s website is www. visitaggieland.com, or stop by in person at 715 E. University Drive in College Station.

GETTING SQUARED AWAY Since you’re going to be moving to a new town

For tags and registration, go to the Department of Motor Vehicles at 300 E. William J. Bryan Parkway in Downtown Bryan. To purchase license tags you will need to have your vehicle inspected. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

TIME FOR SOME FUN Downtown Bryan and College Station’s Northgate district are the major hotspots for food, fun, live music and even a

little theater if you’re up for catching a play. Both locations are packed with things to do to keep you busy day or night. There is plenty to do all over the area. Do a little shopping at the Post Oak Mall in College Station or take in a Brazos Valley Bombers baseball game in Bryan.

ENTERTAINING THE FAMILY You’ll need somewhere to go when the parents visit, provided they aren’t into the nightclub scene. Luckily, the Brazos Valley is full of great places to go without having to drive very far. Visit Messina Hof Winery in Bryan, the Blue Bell Creamery in Brenham, Washington-onthe-Brazos near Navasota or take them to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum if you feel like

sticking around campus. Another great place to visit with the family is the Wolf Pen Creek District in College Station. The park at Wolf Pen Creek offers a variety of outdoor recreational experiences such as walking, picnicking and playgrounds. The amphitheater at the park is a main entertainment center, hosting outdoor concerts, plays and festivals. The Arts Council of the Brazos Valley is also near the park in case

you want to show off how cultured you’ve become for your parents.

AND MUCH, MUCH MORE There are plenty of adventures to be had in your time in Aggieland. Check with the Bryan-College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau, campus organizations or your fellow Aggies to see what all the area has to offer. Information provided by the Bryan-College Station Visitors Bureau.

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A Legacy

A History of Texas A&M University History

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Texas A&M University, the state’s oldest public institution of higher education, opened in 1876. The university owes its origin to the Morrill Act approved by Congress on July 2, 1862. This act provided for donation of public land to the states. The land was to be sold at auction and the proceeds set aside in a perpetual fund. The act directed that interest from this fund “be used to support a technological college whose objective must be, without excluding other scientific and classical studies and including military tactics, to teach branches of learning pertaining to agriculture and mechanical arts in order to promote the liberal and practical education of the industrial classes in the various pursuits and

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professions of life....” By resolution of the Legislature of the State of Texas in November 1866, Texas agreed to provide for a college under the terms of the Morrill Act, but no such institution was organized until the establishment of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas by Act of April 17, 1871. The same act appropriated $75,000 for the erection of buildings and bound the state to defray all expenses of the college exceeding the annual interest from the endowment. Proceeds from the sale of the 180,000 acres of land scrip received under the Land Grant College Act were invested in $174,000 of gold frontier defense bonds, forming a perpetual endowment for the institution. A commission created to locate the institution accepted the offer of 2,416 acres of land from the citizens of Brazos

County in 1871, and instruction began in 1876.

Corps of Cadets

As the state grew, so did its land grant institution. Texas A&M now has a physical plant valued at more than $1 billion. The main campus at College Station includes 5,200 acres and is one of the largest campuses of any major institution of higher education in the nation. Texas A&M was established as a military institution, and the Corps of Cadets has played an important part in its history and development. Although membership in the Corps of Cadets became voluntary in 1965, Texas A&M historically has produced more military officers than any other institution in the nation except for the service academies. The University is one of only three institutions with a full-time corps of cadets including ROTC programs leading to commissions in all branches of service - Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.

A&M Today Texas A&M University offers a variety of programs in both undergraduate and graduate studies through its academic colleges -


Agriculture and Life Sciences, Architecture, Bush School of Government & Public Service, Mays Business School, Education and Human Development, Dwight Look College of Engineering, Geosciences, Liberal Arts, Science, Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and General Academic Programs-and at Its marine-oriented branch campus, Texas A&M University at Galveston. In addition, its extensive research efforts in all fields total more than $700 million. In keeping with the diversified and expanded character of the institution, the 58th Legislature of Texas, on August 23, 1963, changed the name of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas to Texas A&M University. On September 17, 1971, the designation Sea Grant College was assigned to Texas A&M University in recognition of its achievements in oceanographic and marine resources development. Texas A&M was one of the first four institutions nationwide to achieve this distinction. Texas A&M added a third special designation to its credentials on August 31, 1989, when it was named a Space Grant College based on its continuing commitment to space research. Texas A&M is one of a select few institutions nationwide to hold the triple Land-Grant, SeaGrant, and Space-Grant designations.

For the 2012 fall semester, the university’s enrollment totaled a record 50,227 students as of the 20th class day. the official reporting date. That’s an increase of 416 over the comparable period for 2011, according to the university. Spring semester enrollment is traditionally less than that for the fall semester because of the large number of students who graduate in December, according to university officials. Every state in the nation and more than 115 foreign countries are represented in the coeducational student body.

Aggies Around the World

Texas A&M operates an engineering-oriented branch campus In Qatar--formally known as Texas A&M University at Qatar--that is fully funded by Qatar Foundation. It also operates study and related facilities in Mexico, Italy and Costa Rica. Additionally, Texas A&M has formal memorandums of agreement and related arrangements for research and related endeavors with universities and governmental entities in more than 40 countries. It is one of the leading research universities in the nation in exchange and study abroad programs.

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Corps of Cadets At the heart of the Aggie Spirit

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The Corps of Cadets develops welleducated leaders of character who are academically successful, embody the values of honor, integrity, discipline and selfless service, and are fully prepared for the global leadership challenges of the 21st century. • The Corps is the largest student organization at Texas A&M, and it is also one of the largest uniformed bodies of students in the nation, outside of the military academies. • It is a four-year leadership development program based on a military organization framework; however, membership in the Corps carries no military obligation. • This fall, over 2,400 men and women will be among its ranks ó all participating on a voluntary basis. • ROTC programs lead to commissions in all four branches of the military: Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. • Consistently, Texas A&M commissions more officers than any other institution, except for the service academies. • The Corps includes the Hollingsworth Leadership Development Program, a unique endeavor through which cadets can earn an “Academic Certificate in Leadership Studies.” • The Corps of Cadets Athletics Program offers opportunities for athletes in the Corps to compete at the club sport level in a variety of sports. • The Corps of Cadets International Excursion Program offers cadets the opportunity to travel and engage in high impact international learning experiences. Recent trips have included China, Germany, Qatar, Kuwait, South Korea and the Philippines. • More than 250 former cadets have achieved the rank of general or admiral. Traditions Cadets in the Corps are at the heart of the Aggie Spirit. Because Texas A&M was a military college for most of its first 100 years, many of its most cherished traditions grew out of the Corps experience. The University’s Bonfire, Yell Practice, Aggie Muster and Silver Taps traditions all originated with the Corps. Thus cadets consider themselves “Keepers of the Spirit” and “Guardians of Tradition.” The Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band is the largest military collegiate marching band in the United States. The band is famous for its unique style of military precision drill and is an integral part of the Corps of Cadets. Performing at all home football games and several away games, the Aggie Band is one of 14 the most-traveled university marching

bands in the nation. This fall, the band will have over 400 members. Cadet Life The Corps has its own distinctive uniforms, dedicated residence halls and dining facility. All cadets are assured of availability of on-campus housing, an added benefit of Corps membership. Students who join the Corps enjoy a “best of

both worlds” atmosphere, living in a military organization framework while attending classes with the rest of their fellow students at a contemporary tier 1 university. Cadet officers direct the daily Corps routine, under supervision of the Commandant of Cadets and his staff. The Corps members live together in cadet units, hold daily formations, march to meals, conduct marching drills and physical training and participate in other military-style activities. Academics The highest priority for the Corps of Cadets is academic excellence. During the Academic Day there are no Corps activities as they move freely to and from their classes. Freshman and sophomore cadets have mandatory study period – Evening Study Time (EST) – a multi-hour study period on Sunday through Thursday evenings. Two full-time Corps Academic Advisors lead a cadre of staff and faculty members called Corps Academic Mentors and there are numerous mentor and tutoring programs within the Corps providing additional academic assistance. The Corps also has the four-story, 17,000-square-foot Buzbee Leadership Learning Center, which has two computer labs, as well as small and large group classrooms for cadet study. Corps Special Units The Ross Volunteer Company, the oldest student organization in the state, is an honor company composed of junior and senior cadets. The unit is the official honor guard for the governor of

Texas and marches in major parades. Parsons Mounted Cavalry, formed in 1973, is a revival of the mounted cavalry once present at Texas A&M. This is a parade and show unit composed of junior and senior cadets who represent the University at events across Texas. Fish Drill Team, a special unit composed entirely of freshman Cadets, compete in precision drill competitions around the country, and have won the national championship almost every year since they were created in 1946. The Corps special units also include the Color Guard, Corps Center Guard

and the O.R. Simpson Honor Society. Additionally, Reveille, the official mascot of Texas A&M, is cared for by Company E-2 in the Corps of Cadets. Members of the Corps also represent Texas A&M University at numerous public events; they provide a visible presence at many campus, state and national ceremonies. Corps units and activities are open to all qualified applicants. the Corps also represent Texas A&M University at numerous public events; they provide a visible presence at many campus, state and national ceremonies. Corps units and activities are open to all qualified applicants. Information provided by the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets. corps.tamu.edu

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Texas A&M Renovations A&M gets renovated football stadium, golf course By Holli L. Koster

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Special to The Eagle

Updated sporting facilities are on tap for the Texas A&M University campus this year, with the golf course and Kyle Field undergoing major renovations. Construction on the $450 million Kyle Field overhaul began in November of last year and is being completed in two phases – all due to come to a close in August 2015. The redevelopment will increase the stadium’s capacity from 82,600 to 102,500 game viewers. Meanwhile, the golf course, which closed in October of last year, will reopen in the fall under new management and with a new design for the 18-hole university course. In addition to renovating the 18-hole course on the southeast quadrant of the Texas A&M campus, the $5 million construction project will include space for three new holes for research and educational purposes when the course is reopened.

Texas A&M Golf Course

Texas A&M officials have selected Sterling Golf Management, operator of several country club courses and driving ranges, to operate the golf course when it reopens. Jeffrey D. Blume, a 1989 Texas A&M graduate in landscape architecture who operates his own design firm, will oversee the renovation and new design for the course. Blume has been responsible or heavily involved in the design or renovation of courses in the United States – many in Texas – and courses in Japan, Mexico and China. The course was previously operated by Texas A&M’s Department of Recreational Sports. Department Executive Director Dennis Corrington said the renovation is much needed and well deserved for its loyal customers and members.

Kyle Field history

Kyle Field was named after athletic council president and Dean of Agriculture Edwin J. Kyle, who is credited for leading the way in getting a new sporting facility for the Aggies in the late 1920s. In 1929 the university added grandstands on the north and west ends 16

of the stadium, converting Kyle Field to a 33,000-seat horseshoe. The stadium grew again in 1953, when a partial second deck and a press box were added at a cost of $346,000. From that year to 1967, the university added an additional 15,000 seats to Kyle Field.

Master Plan for Texas A&M University Golf Course Now at 82,600 seats, Kyle Field is ranked as the No. 4 stadium in the nation by The Sporting News, and was considered one of the most intimidating stadiums in its former conference, the Big 12 Conference.

Kyle Field renovation

Renovations to Kyle Field will include: • redevelopment of Houston Street, connecting George Bush Drive on the south to Military Drive on the north • construction of “Kyle Field Park” on the north side exterior to serve as a pre- and post-game gathering place • a west side entrance into “Champions Hall,” a three-story merchandising and concessions area • Twelve Founders’ Suites on the west side that will feature high-end finishes, 20 seats and an exclusive lounge area • possible maroon lights on each corner that would light up after victories • twelve seats on the student side that will always remain empty to honor fallen Aggies from the Bonfire collapse and those who have died in war • a club on the second deck of the west side that extends from goal line to goal line to service club seating. Also, two overhangs will be utilized to trap noise inside the stadium • the lowering of the field and movement of seating close to the action to enhance the noise level For more information, visit http:// kylefield.com.

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RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES What you have the rights to and some rules you need to follow The following statement of students’ rights and responsibilities is intended to reflect the philosophical base upon which University Student Rules are built. This philosophy acknowledges the existence of both rights and responsibilities, which is inherent to an individual not only as a student at Texas A&M University but also as a citizen of this country.

Students’ Rights

Students’ Responsibilities Article I
A student has the responsibility to respect the rights and property of others, including other students, the faculty and the administration. Article II
A student has the

Rules of note

Motor Vehicles

All motor vehicles must display a valid university parking permit before they may be parked on university property, with the exception of those parked in visitor pay areas and 30-minute spaces, which do not require the display of any type of permit. Permits are obtained from Transportation Services. All motor vehicles on university property must be operated in accordance with the university rules and appropriate Texas motor vehicle laws. Illegal parking may result in the vehicle’s being ticketed or impounded in a secure lot. Vehicles with excessive violations may be towed and impounded even if they are parked in the legal space at the time of the tow. Students with delinquent citations may be blocked from registration, transcripts, etc. Citations not paid within 10 working days will be billed on the student’s fee statement. If the account is not cleared, the Fiscal Department will block for nonpayment. When, in the judgment of Transportation Services, a student’s failure to comply with appropriate parking rules becomes a breach of discipline, that office shall refer the student to the Department of Student Life. At such time, a student may have his or her permit revoked and be prohibited from parking on the campus for the remainder of the year. Additional rules entitled Motor Vehicle Rules are published and distributed by Transportation Services on an annual basis. Vehicle operators are required to comply with all published parking or traffic rules.

Bicycles All bicycles should be registered with Transportation Services.

Bicycles can be marked with an identifying number by the University Police Department to ensure proper return if recovered after theft or confiscation due to illegal parking or abandonment. All bicycles on university property must be operated in accordance with university rules and appropriate Texas motor vehicle laws. After the close of the spring semester, all bicycles will be removed from the residence hall bicycle racks, except those racks specifically designated for storage during the break between semesters. Bicycles that appear to be abandoned in the racks or near other campus buildings or parking lots will be impounded by Transportation Services. In cases that result in the removal of the chain/ lock, the owner will absorb the cost of replacement.

are not permitted in residence halls, university food service areas, university-owned apartments or other university buildings except where authorized. Such authorization must be obtained in writing from the particular building proctor. When a classroom situation is involved, the pet owner must also obtain additional authorization from the instructor of the class. For more information, go to http://student-rules.tamu.edu

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A student shall have the right to participate in a free exchange of ideas, and there shall be no university rule or administrative rule that in any way abridges the rights of freedom of speech, expression, petition and peaceful assembly as set forth in the U.S. Constitution. Article II
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history and impact on Texas A&M. It will be on these same grounds that you and your classmates will try on a Class of 2017 Aggie ring and gather for your first yell practice surrounding the 12-foot bronze Aggie ring on the Haynes Ring Plaza during Gig’em Week GatheRing. As you become involved in student life, The Association will be there, as well, providing staff support and funding for scholarships, traditions and student activities. Toward the end of your time as a student, you will visit The Association to order your very own Aggie ring and celebrate that achievement on Ring Day! As graduation approaches, you and your family will be invited to attend The Next Tradition (TNT) to learn how you can remain active with the Aggie Network and become involved in supporting the organization

Most importantly, as a former student, you can assure that future generations of Aggies enjoy an inspiring and enriching collegiate experience by faithfully giving back through The Association’s Annual Fund, just as those who preceded you have done for 134 years. The Association of Former Students proudly promotes Texas A&M and our core values of excellence, integrity, leadership, loyalty, respect and selfless service. It is an organization dedicated to connecting Aggies to one another and to their alma mater. To learn more about The Association, its history and how you can be involved as a student and a former student, please visit www. AggieNetwork.com, call 979-845-7514 or follow Aggie Network on Facebook and Twitter. Information provided by the Association of Former Students.

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that enriched your collegiate experience. When you graduate, you may leave College Station, but you will always be part of the Aggie Network and will have a home in Aggieland – the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center! When you return for football games, you can enjoy food and fellowship and watch the game on the Alumni Center’s Huddleston Video Wall in a familyfriendly environment. As you gather for class reunions, you can reminisce and share the story of Texas A&M with your family through exhibits housed on the Neely Mezzanine. You can find information on local A&M Clubs, Aggie Muster gatherings in your area and the annual Coach’s Nights events through AggieNetwork.com. And who knows, you might even become one of the select few honored each year by The Association and Texas A&M as a Distinguished Alumnus!

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Welcome to Academic plaza A few Texas A&M traditions proposals and photos. But, beware! Walking underneath this tree alone is supposedly bad luck, and you run the risk of being alone forever. By day, Academic Plaza is fun, lively and full of activity. But, once a month it becomes a silent and solemn site of remembrance. The greatest tradition associated with Academic Plaza is Silver Taps. Silver Taps is a ceremony that is held on the first Tuesday of every month at 10:30 p.m. in honor of current undergraduate or graduate students who have died in the previous month. On that day, flags on campus are flown at half-mast. Tables are set up around campus, where students can write letters to the families of the fallen students. Cards are placed on the base of the flagpole in Academic Plaza that include a fallen student’s name, class year, major and birth date. At 10:15 that night, the lights on campus are extinguished and hymns begin to play from Albritton Bell Tower. Then at 10:30, the Ross Volunteer Firing Squad marches into Academic Plaza and lines up in front of the statue of Sul Ross. They fire a 21- gun salute in honor of the fallen students, which is followed by the playing of Silver Taps. Buglers atop the Academic Building play this special rendition of Taps three times. It is played once to the North, once to the South, and once to the West, but never to the East because the sun will not rise on the fallen Aggies again. When the ceremony concludes, all that is heard is the shuffling of feet as students leave the plaza. This tradition shows how deeply Aggies care for members of their family. It is a beautiful display of what it means to be a part of the Aggie Family.

There are so many wonderful traditions on this campus. Whether it is something as silly as determining the fate of a relationship or something as serious as paying final tributes to a fellow student, these traditions make up the fabric of this great university. These traditions unite the student body and create a true sense of family amongst all Aggies. So, take

part in these traditions. Avoid the Century Tree at all costs while alone. Place a bag full of pennies on “Sully” before your first college exam. Most importantly, attend every Silver Taps ceremony, and encourage others to attend, as well. Welcome to Texas A&M, Class of 2017! Welcome to the Aggie family!

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Bonfire began in 1909 as the casual custom of gathering junk and scrap wood for a bonfire, symbolizing the undying love all Aggies hold in their hearts for Texas A&M, and eventually evolved into an exciting and eagerly anticipated tradition at Texas A&M. For nearly a century, Bonfire was lit just prior to the annual football game with the University of Texas (referred to as “t.u.” by Aggies), representing the burning desire Aggies have to “beat the hell out of t.u.!” Aggie Bonfire has been a testament to Aggie spirit and what Aggie leadership, teamwork and motivation can accomplish. Since the tragic fall of the stack on November 18, 1999, Aggie Bonfire is now remembered in a memorial on campus dedicated to those who were lost and injured that day and throughout Bonfire’s history. The Bonfire Memorial marks one of the greatest tragedies that befell Texas A&M University - the collapse of Bonfire that took the lives of 12 students and injured 27 students. For each student who lost his or her life in the collapse of Bonfire, a “gateway” was constructed, facing

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each one’s hometown. A marker where the center pole was placed is inscribed with the date and time the Bonfire fell and compass directions to orient visitors to the hometowns. The 12 gateways form a 170-foot diameter, the same perimeter of Bonfire. The Bonfire Memorial begins with the Traditions Plaza. “The Spirit of Aggieland” song and the poem “The Last Corps Trip” are inscribed on walls. Traditionally the song and poem were sung and read before the lighting of Bonfire. Visitors then follow The History Walk. The 90 years of Bonfire tradition are remembered as each year has a granite stone for when Bonfire was lit. There is a gap in the timeline for the 1963 assassination of United States President John F. Kennedy. Bonfire was constructed, but did not burn to mourn the president’s death. Three previous Bonfire-related deaths are represented by an amber light embedded in each year’s stone. Stepping inside one of the gateways, visitors symbolically fill the void left by the fallen Aggies. The families of each victim contributed

to the bronze memorials to ensure an accurate reflection on the life and spirit of each individual. Miranda Adams, Christopher Breen, Michael Ebanks, Jeremy Frampton, Jamie Hand, Christopher Heard, Timothy Kerlee, Jr., Lucas

Kimmel, Bryan McClain, Chad Powell, Jerry Self and Scott West understood the meaning of Bonfire and the power of the Aggie spirit. The Bonfire Memorial seeks to share that understanding with respect, remembrance and spirit.


Easterwood Airport Serving Aggies’ travel needs Photo by Patrick Danielczyk

Many new Aggies are surprised to find out College Station has its own airport. Easterwood Airport is owned and operated by Texas A&M University and serves both the school’s and community’s travel needs. Collegiate athletic teams routinely fly in and out of Easterwood Airport; Life Flights and Military Medivac flights coordinate operations through the airport; and Easterwood Airport served as the base for President George H. W. Bush’s 75th and 80th birthday skydiving trips. In 1938, the Texas A&M Board of Directors authorized the development of an airport at the existing site. The

university applied to the Civil Aeronautics Authority (CAA) for certification as a primary flight training school under provisions of the Civilian Pilot Training Program. In 1940, the airport was formally named for Navy Lt. Jesse L. Easterwood. Easterwood was a former student of the college, who enlisted in the Naval Air Service in 1917. After being commissioned as ensign, he was later promoted to lieutenant in the Naval Air Service and was the second American to qualify as a naval aviation pilot. He served with the Royal Flying Corps in 1918 and had to his credit 16 successful raids behind

German lines. He served in three foreign countries and was killed in an airplane accident in the Canal Zone on May 19, 1919. He was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously “for distinguished and heroic service as an aviator.” The original facility in 1940 consisted of one hangar and a turf landing strip and taxiway, which were eventually paved through funding provided by the CAA, the Works Projects Administration (WPA) and Texas A&M. In 1948 a large hangar was relocated to the airfield from a U.S. Army flying field near Corsicana. The FAA established a Flight Service Station (FSS) at the airport in 1951, and Pioneer

Airlines began scheduled air service that same year. Many changes have occurred over the years, including moving the Flight Service Station to Montgomery County. United Express and American Eagle now provide scheduled air service. The first control tower was erected at the Airport in 1952, and a commercial passenger terminal was constructed in 1957. Work began on an extension of Runway 1634 to its present 7,001-foot length in 1984. At the same time, the associated parallel taxiway to Runway 16-34 was also extended. In 1988, work began on improvements to the airport access road, and

initial construction of a new passenger terminal began. The new McKenzie Terminal became operational in 1990. Upon completion of the McKenzie Terminal, plans were made to convert the old passenger terminal into a general aviation terminal to meet the needs of these passengers and pilots, including corporate operators that use the airport. The old passenger facility was remodeled to meet the needs of this segment of the aviation community and re-opened for service in 1994 as a modern general aviation facility, housing line service and support personnel as well as flight operations.

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Beat the Hell [Pass Back: Left arm clapping bicep, Right arm pulling up, fist clenched] Beat the hell outta (whoever we’re playing that week)!

Military [Pass Back: Saluting motion] Squads left! squads right! Farmers, farmers, we’re all right! Load, ready, aim, fire, BOOM! (Seniors only: “Reload!”) A&M, give us room!

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The Aggie Band performs the Four Way Cross during the last home game each year. The maneuver was first checked by a computer in the 1970s and declared impossible because two people would be in the same place at the same time. As you know, the band has proven differently. At Yell Practice and other similar events, the Junior Yell Leaders will pace back and forth. Although this just seems like all the other crazy traditions, there is a story behind it. It started with an old yell leader named Peanut Owens, who had very large feet. At this time, Yell Practice was held at the YMCA building, which has extremely narrow steps, so poor Peanut could not fit his feet on the steps. So, he began to walk back and forth in order to keep his balance, and then the other boys began to join in. There have always been many questions about the War Hymn. Where did Hullabaloo come from? Which verse are we meant to sing? Well, the War Hymn was written by JV “Pinky” Wilson, class of 1920, while he was stationed in the trenches of France during WWI. The verse that we currently sing is the original song; however, Mr. Wilson went back in 1938 and wrote what he considered to be a more appropriate verse that can apply to all opponents. As for the much disputed phrase “Hullabaloo Caneck Caneck,” Mr. Wilson borrowed this phrase from an Old Army yell written back in 1907. However, when Dr. Jack K Williams, the president of Texas A&M University, went before the Texas Legislature for some other issues, he was asked what “Hullabaloo Caneck Caneck” meant. He responded, “It is Chickasaw Indian for ‘Beat the Hell out of the University of Texas.’” If you think the dorms are bad now, imagine being here back in Old Army days! Two times during our school’s history students were forced to sleep out in “tent city,” or rows of tents located where Simpson Drill Field stands today. In 1907 The Eagle reported “there are 72 out of the 350 students

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living in tents over at A&M College. That’s grit as well as gumption!” Also, after WWI from 1920-1923, the college grew so quickly it couldn’t get the money to build dorms fast enough and at least 300 students were forced to live in tents. They responded by saying that it was actually much cooler than the barracks. Everyone has heard the story about Bevo getting his name, but what really happened? Well, according to the most popularly accepted story, t.u. had been looking for a mascot and finally found a steer with a burnt orange hide, so they decided to reveal it at half time of the 1916 AMC vs. t.u. football game. At the time, it was simply referred to as the “Texas steer.” After announcing publicly that they were going to brand its side “21-7” (the final score of the 1916 game, which t.u. won), some Aggie pranksters snuck in and branded “13-0” on the steer’s side (the score of the 1915 game, which the Aggies won). T.u. then decided to name it Bevo after the title of a “near beer” or nonalcoholic beer that was popular in Austin at the time. The steer was not re-branded, however, because costs of feeding it were too great for the university to afford. Instead, t.u. officials decided to slaughter it and serve it at a university banquet in 1920. Texas AMC officials were then presented with the section of hide that had the 13-0 brand. Its current location is unknown. Getting a date to A&M football games has always been a part of football weekends, but it actually used to be a much bigger deal than it is today. Until the mid ‘80s, both Corps and non-reg dates would dress up for each home game and wear mums purchased from the horticulture department. In 1985, the horticulture department stopped selling mums, but Corps and Band dates continued to dress up for games. Although mums can no longer be seen at football games today, they were worn well into the ‘90s.


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Blinn College’s website – www.blinn.edu – is an interactive site designed to answer questions from prospective students (and parents) as well as serving as the primary communications tool with current students. Blinn College has open enrollment. Students must submit high school and college transcripts and test scores. Blinn accepts the THEA, ACCUPLACER, COMPASS and ASSET or exemptions due to high scores on the SAT, ACT or TAKS. Requirements may differ for technical and workforce education. Advising is available and is required for students who have not passed all sections of assessment testing. Texas A&M and Sam Houston State advisors are available on the Blinn campus in Bryan weekly to answer questions for students who plan to transfer. Information provided by Blinn College.

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Blinn College has been a trusted name in Texas higher education for the last 129 years. Founded in 1883 by the Southern German Conference of the Methodist denomination, Blinn College was originally called Mission Institute. The Brenham school was renamed Blinn Memorial College in 1889, after the Rev. Christian Blinn from New York, who had donated a large sum of money to the school. The school opened classes in the Bryan/College Station area in 1970. Demand for the classes was so high that a permanent campus was built. Blinn expanded to Schulenburg in 1997 and to Sealy in 2005.

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2013 Aggie Football Season Date

Hyman oversees first Aggie football season in the SEC By RICHARD CROOME

richard.croome@theeagle.com

Photo by Stuart Villanueva Aggie players burst through a cloud of smoke to take the field against LSU last year.

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It would “There have be difficult to been a lot of great believe any days to be an athletic director Aggie,” Hyman could have a told 12thManTV more satisfying after the and rewarding announcement experience than of Kyle Field was Eric Hyman had made. “There in his first year at is going to be Texas A&M. a new chapter Hyman, who written for the held the same history of Texas position at South A&M and the Carolina, replaced Photo by Stuart Villanueva. A&M Athletic Director history of Texas Bill Byrne at the A&M athletics and Eric Hyman speaks at a press conference last year. end of June 2012, the history of Texas and from the time A&M football.” he arrived, the Aggies were breaking The renovation will begin after the ground in one way or another. last home game of the 2013 season, and As a veteran in the Southeastern is scheduled to be completed by the first Conference, Hyman helped escort Texas game of the 2015 season. A&M into the league, watched as the The first phase will involve the football team had arguably its most highdemolition of the first deck of the east profiled season ever and oversaw the side of the stadium, re-construction winning of a national championship and of the first deck and construction of two second-place finishes. the south end zone. Phase II starts in Hyman rode the wave of A&M freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel’s November of 2014, with the demolition of the entire west side of the stadium, Heisman run, witnessed the Aggies’ complete construction of the south end victory at No. 1 Alabama and reveled in zone and re-construction of the west a Cotton Bowl dismantling of Oklahoma side. that led to the highest AP ranking in When finished Kyle Field will seat football, No. 5, since 1956. 102,500, the third largest in college He cheered on seven teams to SEC football and nearly 20,000 more than it titles (regular season and tournament) does presently. and oversaw 10 teams finish in the Top It will have the largest seating 10. He took in the Aggie women’s first capacity in the state of Texas and the NCAA Tennis championship final, a SEC. narrow loss to Stanford, and greeted the Hyman warned the endeavor will track and field teams back to College be a daunting task and that there will Station after the men won their fourth be issues to work around and problems national title in five years and the to solve. He was proud to emphasize, women placed second. though, that the Aggies will keep playing A&M finished fifth in the Leirfield football in Bryan-College Station. Director’s Cup, its best ever placing They should also be playing many in the competition, which is an more sports on TV, with the next big accumulation of points earned by the project in the conference being the SEC top 10 male and 10 female sports at each Network. institution. Hyman signed a five-year contract And although it would be hard to top when he moved from South Carolina. the news of the 2012-13 athletic season, With what has transpired since his Hyman will likely stay busier in the future after a momentous announcement arrival and what is on the horizon, he will be a busy man over that time. made on May 1. As athletic director, Hyman will play a major role in the $450 million 30 renovation of Kyle Field.

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Manziel shines in A&M’s 2012 football season By RICHARD CROOME

richard.croome@theeagle.com There would be an argument for both sides on whether joining the Southeastern Conference or Johnny Manziel’s Heisman Trophy run was more prominent to Texas A&M football. In truth, the two went hand in hand, with Manziel leading the Aggies through what most thought could be a trying first season in the SEC, while the conference gave Manziel the stage to shine like he would in no other league, including the Big 12, the conference A&M exited in July of 2012. After new head coach Kevin Sumlin anointed Manziel the starting quarterback, there was little stopping the redshirt freshman, who piled up unheard of numbers against non-conference opponents and in the SEC, which is known for its defenses, especially against the run. Manziel took it a step at a time, first breaking A&M freshmen records, then SEC

freshmen records and finally which he set a FBS bowl record eventual national freshmen records, for quarterbacks by rushing national before going after marks set by for 229 yards. champion quarterbacks of any class. Manziel’s heroics helped Alabama, The 6-foot-1,200-pounder A&M to an 11-2 mark and made 29-24. finished with a Football Bowl the transition to the SEC much It included Subdivision (FBS) freshman, easier on the Aggies, who were Manziel’s SEC and A&M record 5,116 picked to finish fourth or fifth Heisman total yards, 1,410 of which in the West Division, but ended moment, came on the ground for an FBS up with a 6-2 record. when he Photo by Stuart Villanueva. Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel is hoisted into freshman and A&M record for The pinnacle came at started to the air by teammate Luke Joekel after scoring during the third quarter a quarterback. Tuscaloosa, when the Aggies scramble, Just a few of the other upended then No. 1 and fumbled, at Kyle Field Nov. 24. marks he set included regained Photo by Stuart Villanueva. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel the SEC and A&M the ball in up to its high expectations; celebrates a touchdown during the first half against Florida. mark for total yards the air and then threw Mike Evans, another redshirt in a game with 576 a touchdown to Ryan freshman, emerged as (vs. Louisiana Tech). Swope. Manziel’s favorite target; He set an A&M mark The play, the upset and the defense, which was a with 453 passing and the fact the Crimson question mark at best before yards for a game (vs. Tide still went on to win the season opened, turned out Arkansas), and was their second straight to be a positive under Mark the first player to have national title, have made Snyder. three 300-yard passing this season’s Sept. 14 Sumlin and his staff tied and 100-yard rushing game at Kyle Field the it all together, and had the games in a season. most anticipated game in Aggies finish No. 5 in the polls And to top it off, college football. -- its best finish since 1956. after becoming the The 2012 season The Aggies have already first freshman to win wasn’t all about Manziel. reaped the rewards of its first the Heisman Trophy, The offensive line led season in the SEC, with their he went out and broke by tackle Luke Joeckel, recruiting classes for 2013 and the Cotton Bowl mark the second player taken 2014 both in the Top 10. with 516 total yards in in the NFL Draft, lived

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Rec Sports

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The Department of Recreational Sports provides the students of Texas A&M University with a myriad of opportunities for fitness, fun and recreation. Drop-in recreation at the 400,000-squarefoot Student Recreation Center (The Rec) costs nothing each time you visit because the fee is automatically included in your fee statement. Just show your student identification card for access to the weight and fitness room, indoor courts, thirdfloor track, natatorium, outdoor center, climbing and bouldering walls, backyard area, tennis courts and more. Free play is also, available at the department’s outdoor field facility, the Penberthy Rec Sports Complex. In addition to drop-in

recreation, Rec Sports offers numerous programs and services to help students and other Rec members live an active, healthy lifestyle. Some of the offerings included are: H Intramural Sports H Sport Clubs H Group RecXercise H Specialty Classes H Endurance Programs H Aquatics H CPR Classes H Outdoor Adventures H Indoor Climbing H Strength & Conditioning H Massage Therapy H Equipment rental Rec Sports is equally proud of the development opportunities made available to Texas A&M students in the form of employment and leadership. Each year, Rec Sports employs close

Have fun, stay fit to 1,000 Aggies, making it the largest employer of students on campus. To find out what types of jobs are available and

how to apply, visit the employment page on the Rec Sports website. For more information about Rec Sports, visit

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Study Abroad

of our faculty mentors today, things are getting into full swing! We have a weir trail, a tarp fortress to keep the construction site dry, sap flow data since January, a throughfall network, and our list of accomplishments can only grow from here. Something we really enjoy at the Soltis Center is getting to see biodiversity firsthand.  We’ve seen bullet ants, toucans, hummingbirds, vipers, lizards, and heard the beating of bird wings, which we first mistook for jaguar growls.  We also see armies upon armies of leaf-cutter ants.  They travel long distances with leaves or flowers many times their size.  Hanging up tarps at the weir site, we’d see leaf-cutter ants coming down the trunks of extremely tall trees, carrying their precious cargo home.  This first week, we’ve occasionally felt like little leaf-cutter ants at the top of a tall tree.  There’s a lot to do and a long way to go before we can reach our goals, but like the determined ants, we carry on with our eyes on the prize. We’re excited to continue onward and upward in our projects and to experience more delights of Costa Rica this coming week. Sincerely yours, The leaf cutter ants Contact the Study Abroad Programs Office to learn about all the different international opportunities available through Texas A&M University. Visit Studyabroad.tamu.edu or call 845-0544. Information provided by the Study Abroad Programs Office.

The Study Abroad Programs Office works to provide students in all fields and at all levels a wide range of high-impact experiences abroad. Last year, over 3,200 Aggies participated in course work, research, internships or service learning opportunities in 80 different countries. In addition, the Study Abroad Programs Office also contributes to the development of on-campus experiences that foster cultural awareness, including the Academy for Future International Leaders. Below is the excerpt from a blog written by students participating in the Research Experience for Undergraduates, directed by Dr. Chris Houser of the College of Geosciences. Participants designed and conducted research projects that focus on the rich biodiversity surrounding the Soltis Center for Education and Research in Costa Rica. This post comes to you from the ecohydrology team. Nathan, Olivia, Gracie and I (Esther) will be focusing on the study watershed’s hydrology, which includes quantifying sap flow, throughfall, and groundwater table depth, as well as constructing a weir to get streamflow data. Rounding out our first week at the Soltis Center, we met with several challenges.  Technical issues like finding which USB port actually works on the netbook, locating gaps in huge data sets, and late delivery of materials for the weir site slowed our progress, but we successfully made headway on weir site preparation, relocated throughfall gauges, and downloaded data at the sap flow site.  We’re working out the kinks and with the arrival of three 2013

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Nurturing your spiritual life

After your first day on campus, you’ll be in a daze. Too many faces, too many places and too many instructions. After a week, you’ll miss home and the simplicity of life before college, at least until the first Aggie football game.

Your academic life has many avenues to help nurture it along and keep your head from spinning, like tutors and study groups. In the midst of all the action, you may forget to take a step back and indulge your spiritual side. Many organizations around the Bryan-College Station area have programs to help nurture your spiritual life. These student programs come in various forms, and can be found all around the area.

There are Bible- and church-related programs such as Bible study groups, worship services, retreats and choirs. There are also social/spiritual programs like a get-acquainted conference, care groups for all students and special groups (such as freshmen and transfer students) and lunch and worship services. If you are wanting to find a religion that fits you or wish to join a church that reminds you of the one where you grew up, The Eagle has a complete listing of all churches online. The worship directory lists the pastors and gives information about each church across the Brazos Valley. For more information, visit www. theeagle.com/brazos_life/

worship_directory.

Some programs service the students and community, such as English as a second language classes and group and individual mission projects in the Brazos Valley, as well as around the world. Projects such as the AIDS Patient Support Group, a group that visits the local youth detention center, groups that hold retreats for high school students and groups that help with national organizations, like Habitat for Humanity, are also available. All of these programs, as well as some not mentioned, are open to any Aggie.

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- Worship every Sunday & Wednesday at 7pm with dinner served at 6pm - Bible studies, small groups, retreats, service projects, and a choir - Sunday School at 9:30am

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Campus Care Local resources for students According to 2009 admissions data from Texas A&M University, the average incoming freshman attends college 163 miles from their parents. Living three hours away from home, and being on your own for the first time presents a new challenge to a college family. How do you help your student solve problems when you can’t be here with them? The answer: Your new student will need to rely on local resources. But whom can you trust? Who will you turn to for advice when they need a good mechanic? Or have a flat tire on the way home from a late-night study group? What if they have trouble with the law, have an accident, or need a sober person to drive them home from a party? For someone who lives in the Bryan/College Station area, these are easily solvable. Back in your hometown, and for the past 18 years, you have known these answers.

But now, you are in a new town, and you need new information. There are restaurant guides and housing guides, but what if your student needs help when you can’t be there for them? Here is a list of local companies that can assist your student in a time of need:

Texas A&M University Police Department

979-845-2345 - Remember to dial 911 for police, fire, or medical emergency.

Code Maroon - codemaroon.tamu. edu - Code Maroon is Texas A&M University’s emergency notification system that gives the University the ability to communicate health and safety emergency information quickly— by text message, email, KAMU-FM radio, campus cable television system, and emergency broadcast system radios.

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(979) 775-5599 - Pop-ALock has grown to become the largest professional

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Carpool

carpool.tamu.edu - 979-6939905 - CARPOOL is a studentrun non-profit organization serving the Bryan/College Station area with free rides home every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.

parent requests 24x7. Campus Care was created by law enforcement officials who saw the need for parents to have a local advocate for their student. As you consider different options in the B/ CS community, discuss with your student some options for handling common problems

that will occur while they are away. Contact a few of our local providers and get to know them before you need their services. Knowing who to call when you need help will help your student have a safer college experience. For more information, visit http://www.tamu.edu/services.

Better Business Bureau bryan.bbb.org - (979) 2602222 – The BBB provides a list of accredited businesses that are in good standing with the BBB, and alerts the community to common scams to avoid. The BBB also provides dispute resolution between businesses and customers.

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Aggie Jargon

Terminology used by students of Texas A&M University Aggie: A student or former student of Texas A&M University.

Frog: Cadet who joins the Corps after he/she starts school.

Aggie Spirit: Undefinable, yet an awesome force that overtakes students, former students, and friends of Texas A&M University.

Gig’em: A closed fist with the thumb up is a sign of approval and of winning almost everywhere.

Aggieland: (1) Home of the Fightin’ Texas Aggies; (2) Texas A&M’s yearbook. The Association of Former Students: The alumni association - there is really no such thing as an ExAggie; there are only Former Students. You don’t even have to graduate to join the Association. Once an Aggie, always an Aggie! Bad Bull: Anything that does not promote the Aggie Spirit. Batt: The Battalion, Texas A&M’s student newspaper. Bonfire: A past tradition that symbolizes A&M’s desire to beat t.u. in football.

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Chicken: The famous restaurants, Dixie Chicken or the Chicken Oil Company. If they say, “Meet ya at the Chicken,” you better get more info! Commons: The residence hall complex consisting of Krueger, Dunn, Aston, and Mosher halls and the dining and recreational areas the halls share. Corps Trip: Trip made by the entire Corps to an out-of-town football game. Dead Elephant: Any senior student during the spring semester. East Gate: The main entrance to the University. Elephant Walk: Held the week before the last football game, seniors celebrate their place in A&M’s history by wandering around the campus like dying elephants. ExCel: Freshman orientation program designed for freshman students, held the weekend before classes begin in the fall. F.O.W.: Freshman Orientation Week - held the week before classes begin to help Corps freshmen make the transition from a high school environment to the Corps of Cadets’ way of life. Final Review: The last Corps review of the school year, held on graduation day. Graduating cadets turn the command of their outfits over to the officers for the following year. First Yell: Typically held the weekend of the first home football game. Hosted by the Yell Leaders, the weekend includes free food, games, live music, great BBQ, and a major performer.

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Good Bull: Anything that promotes the Aggie Spirit. Howdy!: Traditional Aggie greeting; a derivative of “hello.” Howdy Camp: An orientation camp designed for students entering A&M in the Spring semester. Hullabaloo: (1) The first word in the Aggie War Hymn; (2) A dining area located in the basement of the MSC. Humping It: Position taken by an Aggie when giving a yell. To do this, put your hands on your knees and bend forward at the waist. Jollie Rollie: G. Rollie White Coliseum - a place where volleyball and special events are held. Koldus Building: The John J. Koldus Building houses Admissions and Records/School Relations, Athletics, Career Center, Student Activities, Student Government, numerous student organizations, and several meeting rooms. Mt. Aggie: The practice ski slope that hosts ski classes and practice sessions before ski trips.

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to participate in A&M Traditions.

Sco-Pro: Scholastic Probation.

Whipping Out: (1) The way Corps members greet one another, usually with a handshake and a “Howdy!” (2) To ace a quiz or do a spectacular job on anything.

SPO: Student Programs Office - located in room 216 of the Memorial Student Center. Student Activities: Central location for clubs and organizations, Student Government and other opportunities. Drop by 125 Koldus to see how getting involved can help you develop to your full potential. Sully: Statue of Lawrence Sullivan Ross, former Governor of Texas and former President of Texas A&M, located in front of the Academic Building. T-Camp: An extended orientation camp designed for students transferring to A&M. Tea-sip: Student at t.u. Trigon: Military Science Building. t.u.: Aggie term for the University of Texas. 12th Man: Aggies not actively engaged in an athletic event but who support the team. 2-percenters: Aggies who choose not

Whoop!: Aggie expression of approval. Whoopstock: Aggie Unity Festival celebrating diversity at Texas A&M. Wildcat: Another Aggie expression of approval; each academic class has its own wildcat. Yell Leader: One who leads Yells and Yell Practice. Elected each spring by student body. Yell Practice: Spirit session, which is held regularly during football season. Friday before home games, it is held at midnight on Kyle Field. Zip: (1) Senior in the Corps, identified by gold braid on his or her hat, Senior boots (2) Any Senior.

MSC: Memorial Student Center. Mug Down: Kissing one’s date during yell practices and football games. Non-Reg: An undergraduate student who is not a member of the Corps of Cadets. Northgate: The north entrance to campus, across the street from the Main Post Office on University Drive. Home to many restaurants and bars. OCA: Off Campus Aggies, a student organization working for the benefit of students who do not live on campus. Ol’ Army: Like it “used to be” at A&M. Quad: Where the Corps residence halls are located. R.A.: Abbreviation for resident advisor of a residence hall. RHA: Residence Hall Association - a recognized student organization working for all students living in the residence halls. Rest!: Be quiet!

Fish: A freshman.

Rules & Regs: Texas A&M University Student Rules, where you can find the definitive answer to most policies concerning student life, academic and administrative procedures.

Fish Camp: Freshman orientation camp held just before classes begin in the fall. Provides an overall introduction to Texas A&M.

R.V.s: Ross Volunteers - members of the military honor company named for Lawrence Sullivan Ross, the oldest student organization in Texas.

Fish Pond: Fountain across the street from the All Faith’s Chapel.

Sbisa: Pronounced “sa-bee-sa”; claims to be the largest dining hall on any college

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Code Maroon

Texas A&M’s Emergency Notification System Code Maroon is Texas A&M University’s emergency notification system. Code Maroon uses multiple notification methods in a best effort to reach campus members in an emergency – by SMS text message, Texas A&M Email (Neo), KAMU-FM radio, campus cable television, Emergency Alert System radios, desktop pop-ups, classroom speakers, Twitter and RSS. Code Maroon is only used to provide official notification of critical situations that pose an imminent, physical threat to the community. To receive text message alerts, campus members must have a Texas A&M NetID or Single Sign On (SSO) identifier and sign up for Code Maroon. The University strongly encourages campus members to sign up to receive text message alerts

as recent tests of the Code Maroon system indicate that text messaging is a faster method of notification than email. Anyone can receive Code Maroon alerts by subscribing to the Code Maroon RSS feed or following “TAMUCodeMaroon” on Twitter. In an emergency, Texas A&M will post additional emergency updates and announcements at http:// emergency.tamu.edu as they become available. To sign up to receive Code Maroon text alerts and learn more about Code Maroon, visit: http:// codemaroon.tamu.edu In an emergency, what should you do? • Be aware of your surroundings. Being aware of where you are and what is happening around you can help you to understand how information, events and

your own actions will impact your safety and your ability to protect yourself, both now and in the near future. ï Protect yourself. Based upon your assessment of the situation, use your best judgment to protect yourself and, if possible, others. • Call for help. Any emergency service can be summoned by calling 911 or 9-911 if using a campus phone. • Help others. Once you are safely away from the danger, warn others of the hazard and help if you can without putting yourself in danger. For more information on emergency preparedness, visit http://www.tamu.edu/ emergency. Information provided by Code Maroon.

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Aggie Ring Symbolism The Aggie Ring is enriched with meaning

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olive leaves representing achievement and the desire for peace. Students wear their Aggie ring with their class year facing them until commencement, where all graduates will turn their rings so that their class year now faces forward, symbolizing their status as a proud former student of Texas A&M. In turning their rings, graduates will notice the proud majestic eagle on the ring crest now stands behind their class year, just as their Texas A&M education and Aggie core values provide a strong foundation as they step forward toward a bright future.

The crossed flags of the United States and Texas are a reminder of dual allegiance to nation and state.

The Olive and Laurel branches encircle the star signifying achievement and a desire for peace.

The star represents the Seal of the State of Texas.

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The ribbon joining the branches symbolize the necessity of joining traits to accomplish one’s ambition to serve.

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The saber signifies valor and confidence.

Live oak leaves surrounding the star signify strength to fight. The thirteen stripes symbolize the thirteen original states and A&M’s intense patriotism.

The five stars on the shield signify the five phases of development of the Aggie student: mind, body, spiritual attainment, emotional poise, and integrity of character.

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