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10:30 p.m. Tuesday
An honor guard from the Ross Volunteer Company will march down Military Walk, where its members will fire three rifle volleys to honor the memory of the student. Buglers from the Aggie Band will play a special arrangement of “Taps.”
Letter from the Ross Volunteers
owdy, Ags. To the Class of 2017, welcome to Texas A&M University. To those who’ve returned to Aggieland, welcome back! At this institution, we talk a lot about selfless service — willingly and joyfully sacrificing our time and resources, while expecting nothing in return. In fact, this University and its traditions are rooted in service and self-sacrifice; just take a walk through the MSC. Throughout our history, Aggies have found ways to boldly serve this nation, state and most importantly, their fellow man. Silver Taps is the most special and intimate tradition on this campus and probably the most unique tribute in the United States, if not the world. To simply be in attendance is the most selfless act you could perform for the loved ones of your fellow Aggie. The gesture of standing in total darkness with a bunch of strangers on a Tuesday night is powerful and greatly appreciated by the visiting families. When there is no elbow room on the grass in front of the Academic Building, and the only sound is the wind through the Century Tree, it’s easy to see what the Aggie family is all about. Unfortunately, we again must perform the amazing act of solidarity that is Silver Taps. Attendance for Silver Taps is traditionally strong in September because of Fish Camp group involvement and the excitement that accompanies the beginning of a new year. Slowly but surely, the numbers dwindle until only the Corps and a few truly dedicated Aggies come to share in the embrace of the families. We owe it to our brothers’ and sisters’ families to be standing there when we tell them that we cared about their loved one and what they did with their life. To be clear: There is nothing “in it for you.” You aren’t dismissed from your Wednesday 8 a.m. or given a humanitarian award. Silver Taps is solely another medium through which Aggies experience the hidden joy and value in the tradition of selfless-service. In the past, the square area between Nagle, Bolton Hall, the YMCA Building and the Academic Building was full of Aggies standing together to honor those at Silver Taps; that was when the University had significantly less students. How much larger could our symbol of respect be with a student body of 50,000 Aggies? Please, on behalf of the families of the fallen, I ask that you carve 30 to 45 minutes out of your busy life on a Tuesday night. Surrender that time to the grieving families and join us as we honor the lives of our fellow Aggies. Show up at Academic Plaza on Tuesday night. The ceremony starts precisely at 10:30 p.m. Your presence alone is an amazing act of compassion and selflessness. How many people would you want to comfort and serve your family at Silver Taps? Respectfully and dutifully at your service, Firing Squad Commander ’14 Ross Volunteer Company
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Why is Silver Taps important to you?
Vergil ‘Coke’ Hopping
Travis Terrell Lamb
April 6, 1958 - May 2nd, 2013
July 20, 1993 - May 2, 2013
Coke included his love of the Lord in everything he taught. He taught his family love and forgiveness, and it was important for him to honor God’s creation.” — Edie Hopping, Coke’s wife
See Hopping on page 3
— Matthew Lamb, Travis’ father
See Lamb on page 3
Ian Alexander Pogue
Polo Hafoka Manukainiu
Dec. 28, 1993 - April 19, 2013
Jan. 22, 1994 - July 29, 2013
I believe Ian was put in this earth to love and show people how to love. Ian never failed to make anyone who crossed his path smile.”
He saw how the lifestyle of the Aggie family was and that made him want to be an Aggie himself. It’s all he ever talked about.”
— Brenda Moran, Pogue’s friend
— David Eteaki, Manukainiu’s uncle
See Pogue on page 4
See Manukainiu on page 3
Saron Alexander Hood
Austin Kyle Stanfill
June 11, 1990 - June 5, 2013
March 1, 1989 - May 3, 2013
He was a person that had an impact not just on his peers, but also on the parents. To me that is unusual for a young man, but that is the type of person he was.” — Karen
Hood, Saron’s mother
See Hood on page 3
Nathan Walker Hardcastle Feb. 19, 1993 - March 23, 2013 He was a loving and caring person. He put his family and friends in front of everything. And he was a hard worker who really worked toward his goals.” — Corey Jackson, Hardcastle’s best friend
See Hardcastle on page 5
One of the pieces of his legacy … was that he accepted you for who you were. I was shocked and amazed at how many lives Travis had touched.”
If it was for a party or for work, he was the first guy there and the last guy to leave. He didn’t do anything in half measures. It was all or nothing.” — Bruce Stanfill, Austin’s father
See Stanfill on page 4
Raka Mallick June 6, 1993 - April 12, 2013 She was one of the best friends, always smiling. I don’t think God could have made a more perfect child or friend.” — Alina Dattagupta, a childhood friend of Mallick
See Mallick on page 5
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silvertaps Polo Hafoka Manukainiu
Vergil ‘Coke’ Hopping
Freshman football player a ‘gentle giant’ with ‘big heart’
Rodeo coach, teacher a ‘true man of the West’
John Rangel The Battalion
ergil “Coke” Hopping was a man of the West. As both a true cowboy and a true teacher, he loved the land, he loved to ranch and he spent his life teaching others and his family about both. “Coke was a very intelligent man,” said Edie Hopping, Coke’s wife. “He was a natural teacher and was well respected.” Coke was a high school teacher for more than 30 years as well as a rodeo coach. Edie Hopping said he included God in every part of his life. “Coke included his love of the Lord in everything he taught,” Edie Hopping said. “He taught his family love and forgiveness, and it was important for him to honor God’s creation.” Edie Hopping said Coke was committed to keeping the spirit of the West alive. He was a ranch manager and often said it was the responsibility of all humans to take care of the livestock and the land. Coke received his master’s degree in agricultural education in 2012 from Texas A&M and was working toward his doctorate when he died. Coke’s path to a degree took him to some different
The Battalion olo Hafoka Manukainiu was described by those close to him as a gentle giant who loved football, Texas A&M and — above all else — family. Manukainiu, a freshman recreation, park, and tourism sciences major, died in a car accident July 29 along with his younger brother and a friend. David Eteaki, Manukainiu’s uncle, said Polo was simply a “happy kid” who wanted to receive an education and ultimately gain a place in the National Football League. “He comes from a household of nine siblings and his ultimate goal was to find a way to help his parents and young siblings by bettering himself,” Eteaki said. “He wanted to set his goal as trying to become an NFL player one day and getting his education while playing football.”
places before he found himself at A&M. He received degrees from Texas Tech and Texas Christian University and was the “Masked Raider” at Texas Tech during the 1979-1980 football season. His sons and daughter attended Texas A&M and introduced him to the campus. Cate Hopping, Coke’s youngest son, said his father
He found humor in the fact that most of his family went to Tech, but his children went to A&M. A Red Raider, a Horned Frog and an Aggie through and through. He was proud to be all three of them.” — Cate Hopping, Coke’s youngest son
found amusement when he and his children eventually ended up at Texas A&M. “He found humor in the fact that most of his family went to Tech, but his children went to A&M,” Cate said. “A Red Raider, a Horned Frog and an Aggie through and through. He was proud to be all three of them.” Dancey Creel, Coke’s daughter and Class of 2007, said Coke had the opportunity to visit the A&M campus when she was enrolled. He was impressed with the atmosphere and the values of A&M, though he never failed to find humor in his association with A&M’s rival schools. “He would always joke that the intersection of Lubbock and Coke streets was named after him,” Creel said.
Polo centered his life around his family and community, Eteaki said. During his breaks from school, Eteaki said Polo would frequently volunteer with youth camps and find time to spend with his mother, stepfather and siblings. Manukainiu was drawn to Texas A&M not only because of the core values which mirrored his own, but because of the Polynesian athletes he grew up watching play for the University. “He grew up idolizing Polynesian football players at Texas A&M,” Eteaki said. “He saw how the lifestyle of the Aggie family was and that made him want to be an Aggie himself. It’s all he ever talked about.” Manukainiu was always a big person with a big heart. “He’s always been tall,” Eteaki said. “People are attracted to him because of his size and height.” But even with the atten-
tion that his size and athletic skill attracted, Manukainiu didn’t often speak of himself or accomplishments,” said Chris Taualli, Manukainiu’s cousin. “He was very quiet, but when he would talk, he would have more interest in another person than himself,” Taualli said. Taualli said Manukainiu was “very passionate about football.” Manukainiu’s decision to commit to Texas A&M was largely based on the quality of the business school, Taualli said, and the overall business-like attitude of the Texas A&M football team. Taualli said Manuakiniu was born when he was a junior in high school and he played a large part in raising Manukainiu. “He was like my own child,” Taualli said. “I loved seeing him grow up to become the young man he was.”
He comes from a household of nine siblings and his ultimate goal was to find a way to help his parents and young siblings by bettering himself.” COURTESY
— David Eteaki, Manukainiu’s uncle
Saron Alexander Hood
‘A young man with wisdom beyond his years’ Annabelle Hutchinson The Battalion
aron Alexander Hood was only at A&M for a few weeks, but he impacted many lives while he was here. Karen Hood, Saron’s mother, said he was an inspirational young man who lived admirably. “Saron was a very caring person who is greatly missed by all,” Karen Hood said. “He was very much family oriented, and he saw the good in everybody. I am very proud.” Karen Hood said Saron made an impression on everyone he met because of how he carried himself.
“He was a young person that that he was.” was wise beyond his years,” Saron completed his underKaren Hood said. “He was graduate degree in sociology and somebody who made you think early childhood development at differently about your life be- the University of Buffalo, where cause of the way he lived his he was a receiver for its football life.” team. He was pursuing an addiSaron impacted people, she tional degree in chemical engisaid, with his spirituality, compassion and perserverance. “He was a person that had an impact not just on his peers, but also on the parents,” Karen Hood said. “To me that is unusual for a young man, but that is the type of person — Karen Hood, Saron’s mother
He was very much family oriented, and he saw the good in everybody. I am very proud.”
neering when he took a summer internship at A&M. Karen Hood said his dream was to play college football, but when he was unable to play at Buffalo his senior year due to health reasons, he wanted to become a chemical engineer. He chose to stay on the team as a signal caller, she said, when most people would have walked away. She said Saron stayed on the football team to help his friends, exemplifying the caring, admirable young man he was. “He stayed on with the football team to try to encourage, help and motivate others,” Karen Hood said.
Travis Terrell Lamb
Accepting friend marked by curious mind John Rangel The Battalion
nce a topic caught his curiosity, Travis Terrell Lamb would not stop until he had learned everything there was to know about it. His insatiable desire to learn and grow and to accept everyone for who they are made Travis a loving son, brother and friend to every person around him. Matthew Lamb, Travis’ father, said Travis always went out of his way to make friends with those who had no one to talk to. “He was very outgoing, extremely smart and very inclusive, particularly to people he did not know,” Matthew Lamb said. “He would make it a point to go and talk to the person eating alone, or
anyone who was alone in the dorm.” Travis’ intelligence was apparent at an early age, and his interests covered a wide range of topics. He was a third-degree black belt in taekwondo, he loved to read and play boardgames and was majoring in computer science engineering. “His favorite board games were the ones that created a lot of interaction [between the players],” Matthew Lamb said. “Some of his favorite ones were Cosmic Encounter and Pandemic.” Travis lived in the McFadden dorm his freshman year as part of the A&M honors program. Matthew Lamb said Travis loved being in the honors program because the environment was intellectu-
ally challenging. “Travis was into philosophy and loved to debate,” Matthew Lamb said. “He loved to have deep conversations about topics that weren’t ‘black and white,’ and to hear what others had to say.” Shannon Lamb, Travis’ sister, said Travis accepted everyone for who they were. “Travis always encouraged people to be themselves,” Shannon said. “In high school, he would go out of his way to make friends with the freshmen when he was a junior and senior. He was involved with the LGBT group at A&M. He was friends with absolutely everyone.” Travis loved to read, and his reading habits and interests were a reflection of his intelligence.
Stephanie Bristow, Travis’ girlfriend, said the reading recommendations he gave her never failed to surprise. “He would go to the bookstore to [stock] up on books every summer,” Bristow said. “He was one of the smartest people I’ve ever met, and if he didn’t understand something, he wouldn’t stop until he had figured it out.” More than 500 people attended Travis’ memorial service, a show of love Matthew Lamb said was testimony to his inclusive nature. “One of the pieces of his legacy … was that he accepted you for who you were,” Matthew Lamb said. “I was shocked and amazed at how many lives Travis had touched.”
One of the pieces of his legacy was that he accepted you for who you were.”
— Matthew Lamb, Travis’ father
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silvertaps Ian Alexander Pogue
Austin Kyle Stanfill
Family says passionate weight- Peace Corps hopeful was lifter â€˜whooping from heavenâ€™ â€˜a force of natureâ€™ Aimee Breaux
The Battalion is actions were selfless, his heart was big and his chatter was constant. But above all, Ian Alexander Pogueâ€™s smile was contagious. â€œI believe Ian was put in this earth to love and show people how to love,â€? said Ianâ€™s friend Brenda Moran. â€œIan never failed to make anyone who crossed his path smile. Whether it was by simply asking how their day was going or by giving them one of his beautiful smiles, he brightened everyoneâ€™s day.â€? Ian Pogue wanted to be a physical therapist after graduating, and he spent his time at A&M pursuing a degree in physiology and frequenting the Student Recreation Center. His friend Trestan Bryant said Ian had a way of getting him to the REC before the sun was even up. â€œHis life revolved around helping others,
the weight room and health,â€? Bryant said. â€œEvery day he found a way to get lifting. At one point, we ended up going when the REC opened up at 6 a.m. and that wasnâ€™t the first time.â€? Bryant said he seemed to find himself in all sorts of interesting situations when Pogue was around. Recalling the on-the-spot weekend trips to Austin, the late-night games of frisbee down the corridors of Moses Hall and, one Feb. 13, a trip to Wal-Mart to purchase everyone in the dorm a gift for Valentineâ€™s Day, Bryant said Ian took spontaneity to a new level. â€œHe was beyond spontaneous,â€? Bryant said. â€œThere was never a dull moment.â€? Bryant said Ian never asked for anything in return for the things he did and the state of Ianâ€™s day depended on the state of his friends. Bryant said he could not walk with Ian anywhere on campus without making a new best friend.
I believe Ian was put in this earth to love and show people how to love. Ian never failed to make anyone who crossed his path smile.â€? â€” Brenda Moran, friend of Ian
â€œHe never made a friend, he made best friends,â€? Bryant said. â€œWe thought he knew everyone on campus.â€? Lanette Pogue, Ianâ€™s mom, said 130 of those best friends crowded into their house for an all-night remembrance of his life after what she called, her sonâ€™s â€œhomecoming.â€? â€œ[W]e sang, laughed, told stories, pigged out on pizza â€” all things Ian would love,â€? Lanette Pogue said. â€œWe learned story after story from his young days in Vacaville, Ca., to his last days in Austin and College Station, Texas. How he valued people above all other earthly things and was a man of God filled with passion for life and relationships with others.â€? Lanette Pogue said her son impacted many lives and will be missed. â€œWe love and miss him and know he is whooping from Heaven,â€? Lannette said.
The Battalion ruce Stanfill laughed when he described his son, Austin Kyle Stanfill, as a â€œforce of nature.â€? Austin, a graduate student studying international economic development at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, was full of energy and constantly smiling. â€œYou definitely knew when he came into the room,â€? Bruce Stanfill said. â€œIâ€™m a little biased because I am his dad, but any person who knew him loved him.â€? Bruce Stanfill said his son was enthusiastic about life, his studies and helping others. â€œIf it was for a party or for work, he was the first guy there and the last guy to leave,â€? Bruce Stanfill said. â€œHe didnâ€™t do anything in half measures. It was all or nothing.â€? Before Austin attended the Bush School, he completed his undergraduate degree in international studies and communication at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. Austin spoke French, and studied abroad in France and Taiwan while he was pursuing his undergraduate degree.
We ended up broadcasting his funeral service live on the internet because he had so many friends around the world. He had friends everywhere from down in South America to all over Europe.â€? â€” Bruce Stanfill, Austinâ€™s father Bruce Stanfill said he was amazed at how many friends reached out to their family from home and from abroad after Austinâ€™s death. â€œWe ended up broadcasting his funeral service live on the Internet because he had so many friends around the world,â€? Bruce Stanfill said. â€œHe had friends everywhere from down in South America to all over Europe.â€? Austin had aspirations of going into the Peace Corps, marrying and furthering his work in the field of microcredit financing. During his undergraduate career, Austin raised funds to provide startup capital for villagers in the Yucatan so they could start their own businesses. Bruce Stanfill said Austin wanted to continue his work helping developing countries and micro-credit financing not only after gradu-
ation, but while he was still pursuing his graduate degree. â€œThat was really his passion,â€? Bruce Stanfill said. â€œWhat he really wanted to do was help people who couldnâ€™t get help otherwise.â€? Bruce Stanfill said Austin had a love for the outdoors. â€œOne of the things that Austin was proudest of was a high adventure trip he did with the Boy Scouts at Philmont in one of their leadership programs,â€? Bruce Stanfill said. â€œThat leadership course was really a game-changer for him. He went from being a part of the crowd to taking that step forward to becoming a leader.â€? Bruce Stanfill said his son lived life to the fullest, whether he was working, traveling or spending time with his closest friends.
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aka Mallick had a passion for her family and dogs as well as a dream to be an industrial engineer. For her, attending A&M was a path to reach this dream, but along the way, she ended up impacting the lives of those closest to her. Mou Mallick, Raka’s mother, said Raka was a smart young woman who loved being around people. “She was and is the best daughter,” she said. “[She was] very bright, attached to family with a lot of friends; very involved with her one year-old sister.” Bani Mallick, Raka’s father said he likes to remember the day Raka was born. He said this is his favorite memory of her because it was the first day she was a part of his life. “She was beautiful, bright eyed, and energetic,” Bani Mallick said. “[She was an] extremely loving child.” Bani Mallick said Raka was an animal lover who had a knack for picking up pets. “She loved animals,” Bani Mallick said. “She had four dogs and she got two of them from shelters.” Raka also enjoyed listening to music, attending anime conventions, cooking and reading books, her father said. But, beyond these activities, he said there was more to his daughter — her character will be remembered. “[I want her to be remem-
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athan Hardcastle was inherently active, full of life and couldn’t stay in the same place for more than five seconds. Even with his passion for all things outdoors and a vibrant personality, he was best known for his passion for others. Nathan’s best friend, Corey Jackson, said Nathan was highly spirited. “He was definitely very outgoing,” Jackson said. Jackson said he met Nathan in first grade where they were in the same class. The two grew up on the same street and were best friends from the start, he said. Nathan loved being active and taking part in outdoor activities as well as being involved with his fraternity, Alpha Gamma Rho, Jackson said. “He loved to go hunting and fishing,” he said. “When he was younger he used to do motocross with his dad and he loved being with his friends.” Although he had educational goals, Jackson said Nathan’s true aspirations were more
unconventional and fit with his animated personality. “He had some very interesting goals,” he said. “He wanted to major in ecological restoration but he really wanted to fly helicopters and shoot hogs out of it after he graduated.” Jackson said he found it hard to pin down one memorable moment with Nathan because of the long friendship they shared, but he enjoyed everything from attending Astros games as kids, “when they were still good,” to more recent memories. “We went to A&M-Galveston together freshman COURTESY year and we went fishing together all the time,” Jackson said. Above Nathan’s outgoing, quirky personality, Jackson said he wants his best friend to be remembered for the compassionate, determined person he was. “He was a loving and caring person,” Jackson said. “He put his family and friends in front of everything. And he was a hard worker who really worked toward his goals.”
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