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Junior forward DJ Hogg scored 13 points and played 34 minutes during Tuesday’s loss.

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Texas A&M men’s and women’s swimming and diving are ranked No. 9 and No. 1, respectively.

A&M hosts SEC Championships Wednesday through Sunday at Rec By Hannah Underwood @hannahbunderwoo For the first time since the 2013 season, the Texas A&M swimming and diving teams will host the Southeastern Conference Championships from Feb. 14-18 at the Recreation Center Natatorium. The women hope to notch their third consecutive SEC Championship win, while the men are looking to improve on last year’s 7th place finish. The men are currently ranked No. 9, while the women hold the No. 1 spot. With the meet being held at home in College Station, swimmers and coaches alike said they expect an incredible atmosphere. “Our team is big and it’s exciting to say that I really do believe that everyone’s going to swim very fast,” senior Bethany Galat said. “What makes it special is that it’s not

only here, but it’s here my senior year and SECs is probably one of my favorite meets. It just creates such an incredible team atmosphere because every day matters, every point matters. It’s going to be pretty fun.” For the seniors on the team, hosting this meet is a dream that is long in the making. “We’ve known it was going to be here at A&M since our freshman year when we first walked in and it’s just kind of that final chapter,” senior and captain on the men’s team Jonathan Tybur said. The Aggies last hosted this meet five years ago, which was their second year in the SEC. A&M head diving coach Jay Lerew said having home pool advantage in this meet is vital. “My first year here, we hosted SECs for the first time,” Lerew said. “That was when we first got into the SEC, so that was cool. It’s nice to be at home, home field advantage makes a lot of sense with our diving board. [The divers are] used to our diving boards. They don’t have to go to somewhere else and find different spots, different flexes of boards.”

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Both teams have found success in dual meets throughout the year. The men downed longtime rival Texas in the fall, a feat no Aggie swim team had been able to accomplish since 1962. Galat said credit for the success of the team is due to not only the swimmers, but also to those working on the sideline and behind the scenes. “Looking at the leaders of the team, the coaching staff, the athletic trainers, the nutrition, weight training and also leaders of the team, everyone brings their own leadership,” Galat said. “That creates an atmosphere where everyone is motivated, everyone’s focused and everyone’s competitive. It just gives me the chills thinking about it because it’s so true. It creates an incredible environment, both on the guys team and the girls team.” Along with the advantage of competing in their own pool, the swimmers are also looking forward to the presence of the crowd. “I swim breaststroke so you come up every stroke and you really can hear the SWIM & DIVE ON PG. 3

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Locking down love under the Century Tree By Deborah Anderaos

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From their first kiss at Midnight Yell to a proposal in Academic Plaza, three engaged Aggie couples reflect on their relationships this Valentine’s Day. Three soon-to-be brides said “yes” to their Aggie lovers under the Century Tree this past fall semester. Two senior couples and one former student couple continue to plan for their wedding day coming up. Haley Neu, mechani-

cal engineering senior, and Travis Burdick, statistics senior, said they met in a math class their sophomore year at Texas A&M. “I had seen Haley around the class and thought she was cute, so I sat by her in class and we got to talking, went on a few study dates and after that I finally took her out to dinner to Texas Roadhouse on University Drive and we took off from there,” Burdick said. Neu and Burdick dated for two years before Burdick proposed under the Century Tree on Oct. 22, 2017. Burdick said he spent the last first few months before October planning his pro-

posal to Neu. “My cover story was that I told her we were having an Aggie Band dinner that we could bring dates to and that we would take pictures at the Academic Building,” Burdick said. “I had a friend pick Haley up because I had made up an excuse that I was running late, while Haley walked in front of the Century Tree we had all our family and friends there.” Neu said her favorite part about being an Aggie couple is that her fiancé is in the Aggie band. “I love sitting with the Aggie Band members and LOVE STORIES ON PG. 2

First loss of February for No. 21 men’s basketball breaks four game win streak By Ryan MacDonald @Ryan_MacDonald2 After beginning Febuary with a hot start, ended on Tuesday night, as the Aggies fell to Missouri 62-58. A&M sophomore forward Robert Williams made a layup with 2:38 remaining to cut the Aggies’ deficit to just one point trailing 57-56. After working the ball around the perimeter, Mizzou guard Kassius Robertson drove to the basket and netted a layup to extend the Tigers lead to 59-56. The Aggies then pushed the ball up the court and found junior guard D.J. Hogg, who swooshed an elbow jumper with 1:19 remaining. Hogg then fouled Tilmon on the other end who made one of two free throws. On the next possession, the Aggies worked the ball around the key but were unable to find an open shot before the shot clock expired, giving Mizzou the ball back. With eight seconds remaining, Mizzou inbounded the ball and the Aggies stole it, eventually finding Williams in the low post. Williams then missed a game-tying contested layup, effectively ending the game. A&M fouled Mizzou guard Jontay Porter, who sunk both of his free throws, giving Mizzou a 62-58 lead, which they clinched. Before the game, head coach Billy Kennedy said this game would likely be a low-scoring affair, and the first team to score 60 points would M. BASKETBALL ON PG. 3

Romantic rib-eyes warming hearts Meat science center provides uniquely shaped Valentine’s steaks By Cassie Stricker @cassie_stricker

Travis Burdick and Haley Neu are engaged to be married in October 2019.

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Valentine’s Day is known as a day for sweet chocolates and candies, but the Rosenthal Meat Science and Technology Center is serving couples with something a little heartier. The Rosenthal Meat Science and Technology Center is the most extensive facility of its kind in the U.S., according to the Texas A&M University Department of Animal Science website. The 29,538-square-foot-facility includes a retail meat sales store, a multi-species harvesting facility, four large meat coolers, a processing/fabrication area, two cutting rooms, three smokehouses and a meat packaging area. “The purpose of the center is really to conduct teaching, research and extension activities for the Department of Animal Science as they’re related to meat science,” Ray Riley, manager of the Rosenthal Meat Science and Technology Center, said. Few things are more romantic than a rib-eye steak for Valentine’s Day according to Riley, who said Rosenthal packages some of the best steaks. “They’re very high quality,” Riley said. “They’ll be a great eating experience and the perfect gift.” Rosenthal has been selling heartshaped rib-eyes for Valentine’s Day since 2014, Riley said. The steaks cost $14.99 per pound and each feeds two people. “The heart-shaped rib-eye steak

comes from a boneless rib-eye roll and basically what we’re doing is cutting a butterflied steak,” Riley said. “It’s almost like two steaks in one. You’ve sliced one but it’s not all the way through and you’ve butterflied that out and then you trim it to give it more of the heart shape.” The Rosenthal Meat Science and Technology Center has prepared students for the meat industry while providing current and former students with tasty products for over 35 years. Riley said he has been the center’s only manager since completing his animal science undergraduate degree at Texas A&M in 1981. Not much has changed at the center in the last 36 years, but food safety and the humane treatment of livestock have become more important in the industry, according to Riley. “In our meat science class, we expose our students to food safety, meat inspection and the harvesting of beef, lamb and pork,” Riley said. Riley said Rosenthal provides students with a unique learning experience that is meant to prepare them for the animal industry after they RIB-EYES ON PG. 3

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BATTASKS What are you doing for Valentine’s Day?

“I have no plans, I’m just going to study for my exam on Thursday.” Jennifer Pho, biology junior

“I’ll probably watch the Olympics.” Conor McGowan, international studies freshman

“I’m hanging out with some girlfriends. We’re going to see Fifty Shades Freed.” Megan Bush, psychology senior

“I’m going to cook dinner at my girlfriend’s apartment.” Shane Bird, finance junior Compiled by Taylor Fennell

LOVE STORIES CONTINUED having my guy to kiss when A&M scores a touchdown,” Neu said. Holly Venber, education senior, and Daniel Brubaker, statistics senior, met during the fall semester of 2015 through Carpool, a non-profit student organization at A&M which provides free, non-judgmental rides home to students on weekend nights. “We were both members of Carpool and this organization has a lot of social events for their members where the organization refreshes on policies once a week, and this is where Holly and I met each other,” Brubaker said. Venber and Brubaker gradually became friends after taking classes together in the 2016 summer semester. “Daniel tutored me in calculus that summer, we went to Sweet Eugene’s every night … and became really good friends,” Venber said. “In the fall of 2016, we started going on actual dates and in November we officially began to date.” In order to keep their relationship fresh while balancing a busy college schedule, Brubaker said they make it a point to dress up a few times each month and go out to

dinner. “We both have a lot of responsibilities, but you always need to eat,” Brubaker said. “When we can’t go out, Holly and I cook dinner together at one of our houses.” Former students Kindall Arnst and Brett Pennington, both Class of 2014, recently became engaged on Nov. 4 after the A&M-Auburn football game. The couple met at Texas Roadhouse on University Drive, where Arnst worked as waitress. “I started hitting on her while she served us and we ended up having a conversation and I got her number that night,” Pennington said. Arnst said her and Pennington’s first date included a movie and cooking Cajun chicken pasta together. Arnst and Pennington dated for three and a half years before the proposal, but they had discussed getting married many times. “Brett told me we were going to take Christmas pictures around the Academic building, which I thought nothing of because we had done that in the past,” Arnst said. “Except when we got to the Century Tree, he asked if I’ve ever walked under it and that is when it dawned on me what was happening and I just started crying.”

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Travis Burdick and Haley Neu dated for two years before getting engaged under the Century Tree.

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Jennifer Mosbrucker — THE COLUMBIAN MISSOURIAN

Texas A&M basketball committed 16 turnovers during its 6258 loss to Missouri.

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Cassie Stricker — THE BATTALION

Heart shaped rib-eye steaks are a special Valentine’s Day product sold by the Rosenthal Meat, Technology and Science center.

RIB-EYES CONTINUED graduate. According to their website, The Rosenthal Center has a 148-seat classroom that allows for easy transport of meat from the coolers, making it easy to bring fresh products and carcasses into a learning environment. “The facility allows [students] to get hands-on experience that they wouldn’t be able to gain any other way,” Riley said. “You have an industry setting with the opportunity to get hands-on experience.” Learning at the Rosenthal Center is not limited to a classroom, according to animal science senior Anna Schmidt. Students are involved with the whole production process, from kill to final product. “The students are on the kill floor for harvesting,” Schmidt said. “They watch and help with swine, lamb and cattle

slaughter. They’re on the fabrication floor, they’re breaking down the carcasses right alongside the grad students and workers. If you have a job here, you learn pretty quickly that what you do is extremely important to how well the process runs and our overall goal to create a good product. Not many places give students those kinds of opportunities.” Riley said most day-to-day activities at the center are based on the meats course and its lab. Students learn about different topics each week and the facility in turn converts the products used in lab for teaching to sellable goods. The sellable goods are taken to Rosenthal’s retail meat sales store — the most familiar aspect of the center to students outside of the animal science program, Riley said. According to the website, the Rosenthal meat sales area provides a variety of meat and dairy products including beef, pork, lamb, sausage, beef jerky and ice

cream. All of these products are processed at the Rosenthal Meat Science and Technology Center. “When Ag Café gets busy, a lot of students come over here for our grab and go stuff like the beef jerky,” Schmidt said. Riley said the store also offers products such as hickory smoked ham during the holiday season and a variety of products that many former students pick up for their tailgates during football season. A complete price list and monthly specials can be found online at agrilife. org/Rosenthal. Orders can be placed by phone at 979-845-5651, by email at meat@tamu.edu or in person at the meat sales store Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Editor’s note: This story was written as part of AGCJ 313 taught by Dr. Holli Leggette in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication.

SWIM & DIVE CONTINUED crowd,” Galat said. “It’s not as much as other sports, but absolutely the crowd does make a difference.” Tybur said part of the excitement for this meet comes from the transformation of the pool for meets. “It’s just really amazing to get to see that come alive and seeing the pool get set up,” Tybur said. “They have the new landlines that they’re just putting in. Eventually they’ll put up all the decorations, all the banners and so with that you’re leading up to all of the hype so that’s cool to see.” Senior Mauro Castillo’s said since this meet is being held at home, it is a little more personal. “My parents never came to an SEC meet before and this is going to be the first meet that they are able to come and watch me swim,” Castillo said. “I’m very excited and it’s also my last meet

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Both men’s and women’s swim will look to cement their place in the SEC this weekend.

have a very good chance to win the game. The Aggies defeated Mizzou 60-49 in the teams first match-up on Jan. 20. Kennedy’s prediction proved true as both teams struggled to hit open shots on offense. Williams dominated the paint on both ends of the court, and was nearly halfway to a double-double at the first media timeout. Both teams were neck-and-neck in the first 9:56 of the game and the game was tied 14-14. The Aggies then went 6:56 without scoring a point, and found themselves trailing 20-14. Coming into the game, the Aggies depth was a major question as guards Jay Jay Chandler, J.J. Caldwell and Duane Wilson would not play in the game. The Aggies’ bench got even thinner at the end of the first half, as junior center Tyler Davis did not play the last 11 minutes of the half, and senior center Tonny Trocha-Morelos did not play in the last six minutes as both had two fouls. Mizzou forward Jordan Barnett found success from behind the arc in the first half, netting four and leading the game with 11 points in the half. Mizzou held a 29-21 lead over the Aggies at the half. A&M trailed 50-36 in the second half, but slowly crept back into the game. The Aggies comeback was enabled due to a much improved shot selection in the second half. The maroon and white netted 45.2 percent (14-of-31) of their shots from the field in the second half. Preventing the Aggies comeback was a multitude of turnovers. After committing just nine turnovers against Kentucky on Saturday, the Aggies made many errant passes that accounted for some of the Aggies 16 turnovers. The second half Aggies looked like a completely revamped squad. However, they still fell short, losing 62-58. The Aggies will return to action on Saturday at Arkansas (178, 6-6 SEC) at 3 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN.

at this pool as a student athlete and as a Texas A&M swimmer, so I’m very excited to see how fast I can go.” Senior diver Tyler Henschel’s year hasn’t gone quite the way he planned, but he said he is looking forward to finding success at the SEC Championships. “Last year, my biggest meets for the school were the important ones — the SEC championships, Zones to qualify for NCAAs and the NCAAs itself,” Henschel said. “This year it’s kind of on the same track. The dual meets last year didn’t go all that great, and the dual meets this year didn’t go all that great, which I kind of like because I go, ‘Okay, I didn’t do good here, that means I’m going to do better on the competitions.’ I like those bigger competitions, I like the pressure and I like to go into them and just give it all I have.” Men’s head coach Jay Holmes said he trusts his team will remain unfazed by the pressure competing at this level

could bring. “These guys have all been to big meets before,” Holmes said. “They’ve all been to junior nationals where there’s thousands of competitors or U.S. Open where there’s a thousand people there.” Bultman said he expects his team to use this meet to qualify and prepare for the upcoming NCAA Championships. “Obviously we’ve got some very good swimmers and having them be able to swim fast when they need to be able to swim fast in the important meets is the key,” Bultman said. “This meet is important. We want to do well as a team but we also want to get more girls qualified for NCAAs. We feel like we already have 11 or 12 girls qualified for NCAAs and so we’ll have another nine or 10 and this will be their meet to try and get qualified for NCAAs.” The meet kicks off on Wednesday with time trials at 10 a.m. and will finish on Sunday.

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DATING ON A DIME: BUDGET FRIENDLY PLACES FOR A DATE Though midterms are well underway, many Texas A&M students will be taking a step back from studying to enjoy quality time with their significant other this Valentine’s Day. Finding time to get to know and have fun with the person you are dating is vital to having a relationship in college. However, it can often be difficult to maintain a budget while still enjoying time with your Valentine. Here are 10 of the best date spots for A&M students in the Bryan-College Station area:

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Hammocking on Campus Perfect for those who live in the dorms, hammocking offers students a way to enjoy nature without ever leaving campus. Jayce Scott, construction science junior, said his favorite place to take his hammock is Academic Plaza. “It’s inexpensive, and both girls and guys really love it,” Scott said. “Just get a hammock, set it up on a nice branch, and you’re good to go.”

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Cold Stone Creamery Whether you began your date hammocking in Academic Plaza or tore up the ice at Spirit Ice Arena, Cold Stone on Texas Avenue is a great place to end your night with your Valentine. “You can get ice cream and make awesome memories for about $10,” Scott said.

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Escape Room BCS Thrill-seekers and mystery-lovers alike will love the challenges the Escape Room has to offer. Located on Harvey Road, The Escape Room challenges you to escape a locked room in a set time limit using only “You get to see how creative people can get finding different keys and objects to help you escape from the room,” Rachel Evans, agricultural leadership and development sophomore, said. “It’s honestly the best way to get to know someone because you have to use your teamwork skills to get out.”

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College students who enjoy visiting the movie theater frequently can catch the latest box office hit at a fraction of the price. “They have awesome college deals for the movies. Just show your ID and you can get a movie discount,” Scott said.

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One of campus’s best-kept secrets, watching the sunset on top of West Campus Garage is the ideal way to relax after a busy day of class and is easy for students to access the perfect view of Kyle Field. “Either sun-up or sunset,” Miriam Camarillo, recreation parks and tourism junior, said. “Maybe even sun up with a guy that likes worshipping and doing a Bible study with your significant other at sunup on the rooftop. That would be neat. Definitely not during winter though. That would suck. If it was sunset, I would like to picnic there as well.”

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Lick Creek Park Located on Rock Prairie Road in south College Station, Lick Creek Park has something to offer for everyone. The 516-acre park contains picnicking areas, several miles of trails and a brand new nature center. “It’s neat to do something along the lines of a hike without having to leave town,” Camarillo said.

Spirit Ice Arena is a local ice skating rink by Post Oak Mall that offers group skating classes, A&M Hockey events and group parties. College students are perhaps most familiar with Date Night on Thursdays from 8-10 p.m., where tickets are purchased at two for the price of one. Scott said he met his girlfriend Kyra Hamilton, communication sophomore, in the A&M Ice Skating class and enjoys going back to reminisce about when they first met. “They turn the lights down low and have cool songs playing,” Scott said. “It’s really a really cute date spot to go on a Thursday night.”

U Paint It This paint-your-own pottery studio located on Harvey Road allows painters to produce their own one-of-a-kind keepsake, according to Evans. From bowls to picture frames and everything in between, U Paint It has multiple ceramic pieces available to be customized. “It is relatively affordable and you get to see each other’s creative sides and make fun of your own drawings,” Evans said. “I’ve done it on multiple dates and every single time it ended up being so much fun.”

Grand Station College Station’s largest entertainment venue, located off of Highway 6, includes an arcade, laser tag, bowling and other activities for students to unwind and have a great time. Camarillo said she loves going to Grand Station for their daily specials and wide variety of entertainment. “It’s really fun to go from laser tag over to bowling to arcade,” Camarillo said. “It allows people to be a little goofier.”

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Hey Sugar Just beyond Texas A&M University Gardens Apartments, Hey Sugar recently opened up in Century Square and serves several thousand types of candy and over 250 sodas. “They have all sorts of candy and sodas from all over the world, and even have some candies that were popular when we were kids and aren’t in many stores today,” Evans said.

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