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adies, gentlemen and anyone else not covered by those first two designations, the time has come for full-blown panic.

Please feel free to put this paper down and run around in a circle screaming “What will we do? What will we do? It’s all too late!” and other things people scream James Cavin as poorly comsenior political puter animated science major hybrid-sharklizards-supersoldiers bite their faces off in Sci-Fi Channel original movies. OK, you can start reading again now. So what’s all this panic about? Ahem: CLASSES START TODAY. For those of you nonprocrastinators who fail to grasp the gravity of the situation, allow me to explain. See, a class is a gathering of individuals held for the purpose of spreading knowledge. Knowledge is transmitted from one person to another, much like a social disease. And just like most social diseases, knowledge is something you pay money to get. The actual science of knowledge transmission is a little tricky, but in layman’s terms it goes something like this: you give money to a university, and the university gives you classes, (while you sit in the back solving newspaper sudoku puzzles), then your classes give you a bunch of tests. If you’re good enough at taking tests for four (or in some cases seven and a half) years, then the university gives you a slip of paper called a “degree,” which says “this person can have a job, maybe,” only it says it in Latin or something knowledgy (I think, although I’ve never actually seen one). Anyway, this “job” then gives you money, which you take and give to the people that you borrowed money from to give to the university, so that people don’t come and break your thumbs, or leave annoying voice mail messages. If you do well enough at your job, then you can eventually get something called a “retirement,”

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which is from the Greek word “retirementos” and translates roughly to “the right to wear your pants really high and complain about how much a loaf of bread costs these days.” So basically, how well you do in these “classes” will decide everything about the rest of your life; from your starting salary, to your retirement date, to how many of your children will be born into indentured servitude to pay off your student loans (read the fine print), to what size refrigerator box you will be living in once you finish your English degree. Obviously, this situation needs to be handled with the greatest attention and discipline, which is something that you may not have been doing if you’ve, for instance, spent the last 47 hours drinking wine coolers and perfecting your Super Shotgun skills in Doom II: Hell on Earth. Unfortunately, Doom II will not give you a diploma (unless by “diploma” you mean “crippling carpal tunnel”), so it’s time to buckle down and panic your way through the first week of classes. Classes which, I might remind you, will decide all the details of your entire existence, such as which thumb your student loan company will take first. Do you need to run around and scream some more? Me too. OK, now that we’ve got the panicking down, what do we do about

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surviving this week? Step number one is to create a calming mantra. This is simply a phrase that you can repeat to yourself when things start to get out of hand, something that will remind you that no matter what college life throws at you, everything’s going to be OK. For instance, my mantra is “No matter what my GPA is, McDonald’s is always hiring.” I find it helpful to slowly rock myself in a corner and cry into a blanket while I say this, but it’s not strictly necessary. Step number two is to develop a “coping mechanism” to deal with the stress of classes. This is something you do to “blow off steam” or relax during stressful times. It can be a “happy place” you go to, such as a local park, or an activity you enjoy, such as morphine, to give you a break from the non-stop work of panicking about your classes. For instance, even though I’m super stressed about this semester, I know that I can still sit down at my computer and enjoy a relaxing 47hour Doom II marathon. After all, class doesn’t start for six minutes.

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Bonfire In the early hours of November 18, 1907, a group of Aggies celebrated an A&M football victory by burning a pile of wood and garbage near the train station. Two years later, Bonfire burned on campus for the first time. Over the decades, Aggies became increasingly ambitious with the construction of the Stack, even reaching

109 feet in height in 1969 before the University decided they would not allow it to be more than 55 feet tall. “It was kind of a unifying factor on campus for students from all different organizations. Even if people didn’t build it, they went to watch it. There would be 70,000 people at Burn said, Nathan Coffman, senior redpot with Student Bonfire and civil engineering

major. On November 18, 1999, Bonfire fell, killing 12 Aggies. These lost Aggies are remembered each year with a memorial week and service at 2:24 a.m. each year on the anniversary of the collapse. The loss is permanently commemorated with the Bonfire Memorial on campus, which features a dozen “portals” inscribed with per-

sonalized messages from the Aggies’ family and close friends. “The memorial, for me, it shows a greater sacrifice. No matter how bad it is, it could always be worse,” said Michael Espericueta, outreach awareness sub-chairman for Traditions Council and senior economics major. Although Aggie Bonfire is no lon-

ger endorsed by the University, some students continue on the tradition off campus each year with Student Bonfire. “I’m from Virginia, so coming here, I didn’t really know anyone, so I went out to Cut. You do manual labor with these people, so if nothing else, you have that in common,” Coffman said. He said students interested in

getting involved with Bonfire can find contact information for the different on and off campus crews on studentbonfire.com. All students are invited to Bonfire Burn, which is held the week before the annual football game against the University of Texas. “Bonfire still burns in every Aggie’s heart,” Teer said.

Sul Ross During final exams, some students get creative by making Aggie figures, such as Reveille or the “Gig ‘Em” sign, out of pennies and placing them as a good luck offering at the feet of Sully’s statue in Academic Plaza. Typically, Aggies simply put a single coin at the feet of the former University president, for good luck. The story is that Sul Ross would tutor students, but would generously charge only a penny for their thoughts. “He was once — and still is — a very important figure on campus. People still put pennies on Sully even if they don’t know why. He’s an example that just doing something small for others can have an impact for much longer time than you think,” Teer said.

Rivalry An important element of being an Aggie is not being a Longhorn. For years, A&M has prided itself on having been around longer than that other school in Austin, which has been playfully nicknamed “t.u.”, standing for the belittling “texas university.” “It’s one of the longest rivalries in the United States,” John Busch, senior yell leader and finance major said. “Both schools have strong personalities.” References to A&M’s superiority over those Longhorns are featured on T-shirt slogans, in our school’s fight song and in business signs throughout College Station. “You get a kick out of seeing people go against each other. It’s just good family fun. And it’s just kind of ingrained itself in the culture,” junior yell leader and business honors major David Benac said.

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One of the most highly anticipated events in Aggie’s college life is the moment they receive their hard-earned Aggie Ring. “It’s is a tangible object that you will have for the rest of your life that connects you to the University,” Teer said. “It’s a tradition you’ll always have with you.” While the ring itself is a symbol of every Aggie’s commitment and love for A&M, the design is full of important symbols. Aside from the class year, the Aggie Rings stays the same from year to year, connecting former students around the globe with a single glimpse at a glimpse of the recognizable gold. Among the many symbols engraved on the ring are a cannon, saber and rifle to symbolize the Texans who fought to defend their beloved state, and a shield with five stars representing intellect, body, spirit, emotional poise and integrity. Many Aggies celebrate the arrival of their rings by participating in a Ring Dunk party, in which students down entire pitchers of a favorite beverage to get to their ring at the bottom. While a number of Aggies opt to dunk their ring in beer, others pick less traditional beverages such as KoolAid, sweet tea or Dr Pepper.

The most well-known and beloved lady on campus might only be knee-high, but she is frequently sought after for photographs or simply an approving wag of her tail. Reveille VIII, or “Miss Rev, ma’am,” as members of the Corps of Cadets must address the four-year-old collie, is A&M’s furry mascot who brings joy to Aggies who cross her path. “Reveille represents how one person, or in this case, the dog, can bring so many people happiness and make so many people smile,” said Cody Guffey, mascot corporal and sophomore political science major. “Dog is man’s best friend.” The first Reveille, a black and white mutt, arrived in Aggieland in 1931, capturing the hearts of students. Upon her death, she was given a formal military funeral and buried at the north entrance of Kyle Field, so she can always watch the Aggies outscore their football opponents. All Reveilles are given this honor. While the University has also been home to other canine friends, include three-legged Tripod and former University president James Earl Rudder’s bulldog Ranger, Reveille has charmed her way to the top.

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As an Aggie family, students honor deceased peers on the first Tuesday of every month at Silver Taps. At 10:15 p.m., Aggies quietly gather in the Academic Plaza as the Albritton Tower bells play hymns. At 10:30 p.m., the Ross Volunteer Firing Squad marches in to fire a 21gun salute, as is typical for a fallen soldier’s funeral. Buglers play a special arrangement of Silver Taps from the dome of the Academic Building. The taps are played three times: once to the north, the south and the west. The buglers do not play to the east, signifying that the sun will never rise on the deceased Aggies’ life again. “Silver Taps, for me, always give me chills because it shows that no matter how big this campus gets, every single person matters,” said Michael Espericueta, outreach awareness sub-chairman for Traditions Council and senior economics major. During the day before Silver Taps, the Traditions Council sets up booths in the Commons, the Quad, Wehner and in front of Koldus where students are provided with cards they can fill out to give to the mourning families.

getting involved with Bonfire can find contact information for the different on and off campus crews on studentbonfire.com. All students are invited to Bonfire Burn, which is held the week before the annual football game against the University of Texas. “Bonfire still burns in every Aggie’s heart,” Teer said.

Muster

Midnight Yell The first Midnight Yell was held in 1931, in front of the YMCA building, before the University of Texas game, with railroad flares stuck into flower pots to light the area. In the present day, students flock into Kyle Field the night before every home game to prepare for the next day. The Yell Leaders lead the crowd in the University’s songs and tell fables about how the Aggies will beat the hell out of their opponents. “A lot of people think we have a joke bank that we pull from, but that’s not true. We hear a joke or know a joke from growing up,” Busch said.

What began in 1883 as a gathering of Aggies reflecting on their college days and evolved into an annual celebration of Texas independence on San Jacinto Day is now a worldwide event. On April 21 each year, Aggies gather in more than 300 locations around the globe — including on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan — to remember fellow Aggies who have passed away in the past year. “I think it helps individuals feel connected. I know if I were to pass away, no matter what, I’ll be honored at Muster,” Teer said. While the largest Muster gathering happens on campus in Reed Arena, at every Muster location, a roll call for the absent is read out. Family members and friends answer “here” and light a candle in memory of lost loved ones. “Muster began as a commemoration, driven by respect for old friends and a desire to remember college days gone by. Campus Muster continues each year because current students are committed to serving the Aggie family, and to making each April 21 the best it can be,” said Ali Walsh, programs chairwoman for the Muster Committee and junior civil engineering major. “Muster is service to others, integrity, respect, excellence, selflessness and remembrance. Muster embodies what it means to be an Aggie. “ Walsh said the 23-member Muster Committee works hard for the full year to prepare for each Muster, contacting families, preparing reflections displays and training Muster hosts among many other tasks.

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dent of MSC Marketing, said planning the event is a fivemonth process beginning in the spring semester. Guthrie said there would be plenty of outdoor activities with live “entertainment-based” demonstrations. Tables for the organizations will be on the concourse as well as on the arena floor. “It’s about facilitating the flow of students in the most orderly fashion,” Guthrie said. “The goal is getting the students in, letting them see what they want and getting them out efficiently without any backups.” Open House provides students a chance to enrich their college experience by exhibiting the wide variety of extracurricular activities that A&M has to offer. “Open House is a great opportunity for students to come and see what they want to do,

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A row of students saws ’em off Sunday at Freshman Convocation in Reed Arena.

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The Gig ’Em was the first hand sign introduced to the Southwest Conference. Hand signs, some more obnoxious than others, were adopted by other Texas schools as the Gig ’Em gained popularity across the state.

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According to campus legend, the Animal Industries Building, recognizable by the stone animal heads that line the tops of its walls, is haunted by the ghost of a man who died after an accident in the building’s basement.

Kyle Field has an official capacity of 83,002, but it has held crowds of over 88,000 people in the past. To put that in perspective, in 2006 the population of College Station was estimated at 86,000.

Reveille may be the highest ranking member of the Corps, but she’s not A&M’s only mascot. The unofficial Aggie mascot is Ol’ Sarge, the cartoon army man that can often be seen on T-shirts and other Aggie merchandise.

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Speaking of Reveille, in addition to having her own student ID, she has a cell phone that’s operated by her handler. That being said, don’t expect to get her number any time soon.

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In addition to more famous Aggies like Gov. Rick Perry and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, other notable graduates include Gary Kubiak, coach of the Houston Texans and Francis Turner, an engineer credited with creating the Interstate Highway System who actually graduated from the University twice.

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While it started at Texas A&M in 1983, The Big Event is no longer an event exclusive to the Aggies. Sixty-eight universities around the country now participate in the massive service project, though the College Station Big Event is the largest.

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Muster began as a school holiday reserved for the Corps of Cadets’ track and field competition. During World War II, it evolved into the somber memorial it is today. Muster remains one of the Aggies’ most sacred traditions.

The Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band is the largest military-style marching band in the world. The editor of the Bryan-College Station Eagle once said of the band: “A&M is probably the only school anywhere that throws in a free football game with its performance.”

Before he became credited for saving Texas A&M while he was president and saving the grades of superstitious students on exam days, Lawrence Sullivan Ross participated in 135 battles in the Civil War as one of the Confederacy’s youngest generals.

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The Battalion A fire about 11 p.m. Saturday at The Meridian left a College Station resident dead. It was a single alarm fire that authorities believe started in the kitchen. A woman in her 60s was rushed to the hospital as soon as responders reached the scene. She was pronounced dead at the College Station Medical Center after CPR administered on the way to the hospital failed. Meagan Glassgow, class of 2010, called 911 after an hour and a half of smelling the smoke from her apartment. “I smelled smoke, and I put off calling for about an hour and half. I thought someone was grilling outside my window. I called around 10:50. I didn’t think it was what it was — I couldn’t imagine it,” Glassgow said. Justin Reeves, sophomore general studies major, said his mother and grandmother were in town to help move him in when the fire started. “My mother and grandmother were with me and it really freaked them out,” he said. “First thing I saw was the fireman running,

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Residents look on as firefighters respond to a fire that occurred late Saturday evening at The Meridian apartment complex. all of them were headed towards the pool. They got their equipment set up. I didn’t see fire, just a lot of smoke and them carry out an unconscious women and rush her to the hospital.” Jones said the woman was a long-term resident of the complex. “She’s lived here as long as I can remem-

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For many, this will be the first time away from home. For all, a new school vor every moment, year brings with it even the bad, and new opportunities. learn from every What you choose to experience. do today and tomorLooking back row will shape who at the sumyou become years mer serving the from now. student body as From the first Vicky Flores editor in chief, day of freshman I will take away junior MIS major, year, I was one city editor and all the incredof those people summer 2010 ible stories of who had a plan for editor-in-chief Aggies followeverything. I knew ing their dreams exactly what classes and succeedI would take, exactly where ing. I will continue to tell I would be in two years and your stories as the fall city what type of person I would editor. Being editor-in-chief be after graduation. I would has taught me a lot not only graduate with a marketing about journalism and myself degree, get that dream job but, more importantly, what everyone would be jealous it means to be an Aggie. The of and be married, all by key to being an Aggie is truly the time I was 25. But then finding your niche in a sea something weird happened. of thousands of students and Things didn’t turn out the making your own path in life. way I thought, so I had to Start putting one foot in front learn not to fight change, of the other and see where it but embrace it. And that, will take you. Be brave freshto me, is the most impormen, and for those familiar tant thing to learn during with Aggieland, it is never college. too late for a new adventure. Attending such a large The ultimate goal: don’t live university means students with regrets. have an endless supply of So I say goodbye to you as opportunities. Don’t come editor-in-chief and hello as in knowing who you are; be your city editor. If you would excited that during the next like to get in a story idea four years you will find out or even become a reporter, who you really are. Join feel free to contact me with a club, make new friends, questions at metro@thebatt. take classes that interest you com. The Battalion is here to and follow your passion. Sa- serve you.

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Senior microbiology major Ryan McMasters and junior general studies major Jacob Lofland want freshmen to know that it’s OK and even encouraged to be yourself in college. “You’re not the only freak in the room. For some people, high school sucked and for others, it rocked. But either way, college is nothing like high school,” McMasters said. Lofland said it’s vital for freshmen to become comfortable with who they are and to show it off to others. “If you’re always trying to be someone else to fit in, you’ll be miserable,” Lofland said. McMasters said he found it rewardAlthough ing to pursue as much opportunity freshman year for fun as possible while balancing may seem studies. intimidating, “This is the one time in your there are some life when you can have fun until three in the morning, go to secrets to IHOP, take a nap, have a class at making it less eight, get out at noon and play ultidaunting. mate Frisbee by 12:15. After this, life is a huge degree less exciting,” he said. Joey Kelly, senior finance major said he benefitted from taking more difficult classes at a community college since grades do not transfer. Kelly stressed that freshmen should not fear Q-drops, eating in cafeterias or riding a bike to class. “You are not too cool to ride a bike,” he said. “If you do, you get to sleep an extra 10 minutes. [It’s] worth it.” Kelly also accentuated the importance of joining at least one of A&M’s over 800 student organizations. “Get involved,” he said. “And pretend like everyone you meet is the coolest person in the world. You are no better than them and they may end up being someone important in your life.” Sophomore psychology major Amanda Voisard learned a great deal her first year about the weight academics carry in the grand scheme of college life. She said she wants the upcoming Aggies to know that if they’re struggling in a class to use the tutoring resources available both on and off campus. “4.0 and Go and A+ Tutoring have both been helpful to many students and they’re close to campus, so take advantage,” she said. School will be one of the biggest adjustments to make, according to all of these students. But they said there are ways to chill out when stress levels are high. Senior kinesiology major Caitlin Giesler said, “Always make time to work out. It’s a great stress reliever and study break, and it will ease the transition from high school athletics to a college lifestyle.”

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e all remember our first day at A&M. After handing over loads of cash for books, putting every hair in place, whipping out the campus map and walking around like lost puppies, we found an inconspicuous seat in our first classes and gawked at the syllabus. It was scary. It was exciting. It was… different. But several upperclassmen think it doesn’t have to be difficult if the upand-coming Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2014 freshmen know a few simple tips.

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Freshman year bucket list ◗ Attend Midnight Yell and mug down with someone ◗ Sweat through your maroon on the third deck of Kyle Field during a September football game

◗ Go pond hopping ◗ Attend a ring dunk ◗ Run through the dorm hallways screaming “The Spirit of Aggieland”

◗ Go to Northgate, repeatedly ◗ Go to a $4 movie ◗ Attend Silver Taps at the beginning of each month ◗ Make it to Muster ◗ Saw ‘em off with a stranger ◗ Indulge in a “Sbisa sandwich”: two chocolate chip cookies with Blue Bell ice cream in between

◗ Participate in the milk challenge ◗ Grow facial hair ◗ Pull an all-nighter ◗ Read The Battalion each morning

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Fish food Top Guests eat at Freebirds on University Drive. Center Spoons Frozen Yogurt offers toppings for guests to add to their desserts. Bottom Material science engineering graduate student Nick Sears and senior international studies and Russian major Samuel Price enjoy lunch at McAlister’s Sunday.

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ear lost, hungry freshman, for Mexican food. Welcome to your first day of “I love eating at McAlister’s because I school; you are officially a part love the quick service and wide variety of the Aggie family. Those who are of healthy options,” said Molly Livingespecially sharp realize college life is stone, sophomore English major. going to be very different from living For long days on campus, Heat home. One obvious difference is bert’s near the engineering hub across that parents are no longer serving your Caroline University Drive dishes up take-out meals. You must now use your survival authentic Cajun food — not a fake Ward skills to feed yourself daily. You can use imitation. The hot dog cart outside of junior Koldus offers the best hot dogs you your campus meal plan, prepare your communication have ever eaten. own meals or feast at one of the many major eateries in Bryan and College Station. Hullabaloo Diner, featured on the A myriad of choices can be found Food Network, is a 1940s diner previwithin five miles whether you are looking for ously located in New York, sold on eBay and barbecue, sushi, pizza, Mexican food or a delimoved to Brazos County. Offering diner food cious burger. All students have their favorites and breakfast all day, the French toast will bring and soon you will too. you to tears. With American-sized portions, you Personal favorites for sophomore English ma- will be walking out with a to-go box or pants jor Jevon Jemaa are Wings ’N’ More and Blue that no longer fit. Baker because he says they are not expensive. “Why do I love Layne’s? I love to eat at “Their food is all really original, freakin’ awe- Layne’s because it is 2012 times better than some and they’re unique to Aggieland,” he said. Cane’s. A-A-A WHOOP,” said Tori Laredo, Alyssa Blessing, junior kinesiology major, junior special education major. said she also likes Blue Baker for the good, fresh The Cane’s v. Layne’s rivalry runs deep in food and the Dixie Chicken for the atmosphere College Station. Both serve chicken fingers with and awesome food. delicious sauce, fries and toast. It is rumored “Spoons [frozen yogurt] is awesome, that Cane’s “stole” the recipe for Layne’s sauce, Freebirds [burritos] is unique to the area and but this is highly unlikely since the founder Whataburger is open when all other places are of Cane’s went to Louisiana State University, closed,” said Nathan Jordan, junior international where this fast food idea was a class project. studies major. I think the toast is better at Cane’s, but Red Mango serves teas, chillers and non-fat, Layne’s sauce is spicier. Both places should frozen yogurt desserts with lots of fresh fruit be given a fair chance. toppings for the health-conscious or those who Muldoons, Mugwalls and Sweet Eugene’s simply want a delicious sweet treat. are three popular coffeehouses where friends “JJ’s is the best snow cone place ever. The meet to study or just take a break. snow cones cost practically nothing for their Other popular favorites are Junek’s and heaven in your mouth taste. The bubblegum Rudy’s for barbecue, Firehouse Subs for its flavor even comes with a gumball,” said Demi big portions and hearty recipes, and the laidDillman, class of 2010. back Fuzzy’s Tacos and Buffalo Wild Wings Antonio’s serves inexpensive specialty pizzas for everything. — try barbecue chicken ranch pizza. Hungry Last spring, while serving as a Muster Host, Howie’s makes pizza with eight different crust I met a former Aggie who told me College flavors to please all taste buds. Gumby’s has Station used to be a little cow town with only pizza, wings and pasta and serves pizza rolls for a few places to eat on Northgate, but in 1990, 50 cents every Tuesday. Mr. G’s original recipe Olive Garden opened and rocked everyone’s pizzas are made using fresh ingredients daily. world. Since then choices have expanded “Fish Daddy’s introduces a classy and casual significantly. atmosphere, and Casa Rodriguez is the best Start working on the Freshman 15 by trying Mexican food in the area,” said Chelsea Murout some of these places, but there are many phy, class of 2010. other good ones out there. Before long, you Casual, yet upscale, Abuelo’s is also excellent will have your own favorites.

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